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Hey, Constantine, I'm glad we have been able to keep in touch over the past 2.5 years, and I particularly enjoyed getting to watch Star Wars with you the day before opening night at the super-late 7:00pm show time… 😄

We've talked a bunch about your shoulders, and I think you have a firm grasp on what and how to work on that. I think you're mentally strong enough to deal with the stops and starts and all that jazz that's bound to be a part of your re-entry.

I've never been able to imagine your situation, and that is as true now as ever, but I'm happy to have remained a friend and I'm really, really just thrilled to see you able to get back to golf, even if it's still a ways out. You know what they say about some things in life making you appreciate stuff more, but I know I don't have to remind you of that.

And, on the bright side… you'll be among the 2% of golfers who probably won't have to worry about your swing getting too long. 🙂

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16 minutes ago, boogielicious said:

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Great post! One stupid question, are you icing immediately after the round or practice? If not, do it. Also, there is a technique called ice massage that can target better and faster. Take a paper cup and freeze water in it. Peel back the paper and massage the spot for about 3-5 minutes if you can do it comfortably. This targets inflammation. Shoulders are harder to do, but it is worth trying. You may already be doing this, but I thought I'd ask.

 

Not sure if icing is the best option or even necessary, especially for chronic pain.

"In fact, icing appears to have no effect on recovery at all, good or bad. What few studies we have of this just show no difference"

"If ice can help a repetitive strain injury in any way beyond brief numbing, no one has ever actually proven it or shown how it might work."

The article does suggest that icing wont necessarily hurt, and shows some images describing the ice cups you mentioned, but just figured I'd throw it out there that icing isn't 100% necessary nor will it automatically make you feel better.

https://www.painscience.com/articles/icing.php

Nonetheless, glad to hear you are able to swing and play again and even managed a birdie on your first round back! Impressive!

 

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I won't speak for @JetFan1983, but I think he knows way, way, way more about what he's been dealing with than any of us could, and also that he appreciates the concern and good intentions.

I also imagine that he might rather we focus on the positives here, and not the stuff he's been dealing with that has taken him away from the game for awhile.

But again, not speaking for him, just trying to re-focus back to "Yay! He's playing golf again!"

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35 minutes ago, iacas said:

I won't speak for @JetFan1983, but I think he knows way, way, way more about what he's been dealing with than any of us could, and also that he appreciates the concern and good intentions.

I also imagine that he might rather we focus on the positives here, and not the stuff he's been dealing with that has taken him away from the game for awhile.

But again, not speaking for him, just trying to re-focus back to "Yay! He's playing golf again!"

Yeah, my bad. It is great to have @JetFan1983 back. He has one of the best avatars on the site! It was a good example of a my swing post too. 

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9 minutes ago, boogielicious said:

He has one of the best avatars on the site!

I spent far too much time making that one, and yet… I enjoyed every second of that time, and chuckled more than once.

9 minutes ago, boogielicious said:

It was a good example of a my swing post too. 

It was a phenomenal example, you're right.

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14 hours ago, JetFan1983 said:

Yea so, just to clarify to anyone who was wondering, (and feel free to skip over this, I won't be offended) I have this disease called adhesive capsulitis. Here's a link to the wikipedia page if you want a crash course in it. There's a lot of misinformation on it (for example, you cannot prevent it once you get it), but it'll give you a basic idea of what it is.

Wow. Sounds absolutely brutal. Makes coming back from shoulder surgery, which isn't fun, seem like a walk in the park. I hope that more research is done about this condition, and that they can figure out how to treat it in the future. Hope your recovery continues going well and that you're able to enjoy golf for many years to come!

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@JetFan1983 I just took the last very quiet day and a half at work to read this thread. Yours is a very compelling journey and I'm very happy to hear that golf again is a part of your life. I saw that I posted back in late 2012 on this telling you I would refer to this thread in my own journey. I got sidetracked for personal reasons but reading through this has reignited my resolve. I hope you continue to make progress and I look forward to following along.

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Yay, I got to practice and play nine holes today with my dad! I don't take these days for granted ever. It was probably a perfect day :dance:

 

I'm happy with how my swing is looking already after hitting only like fifteen range balls. Granted, I'm practicing really smart, but the changes are starting to show already. These vids are definitely an A+ start in my book.

Here's me dressed as a ketchup bottle hitting a 56:

 

Sorry for the vertical view.

This is a massive improvement from what it looked like in that first filmed swing a couple weeks ago IMO. 

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I hit it super solidly on the range swinging at what felt like 70% speed. Mostly tight draws. It's fragilé and will take a long time to ingrain, but great start so far for me. 

Here's me doing a drill swing with driver:

 

That was a tight draw too. I think. For some reason I don't look happy after that shot, but I stopped filming myself after that swing, so I must've been happy.

 

We played nine after this and I only shot a 44, but I hit a couple drives 270+, both push-draws. I made one birdie. The drives were a nice relief from the 215 yards I was averaging during that first round back. I focused on sequence the entire round, swinging at a slow enough tempo to give myself the best chance for the changes to happen. It worked sometimes.  

Now I would've played better but I was dealing with pain again today and I was protecting everything the farther into the round we got. I kept clubbing up and swinging slower and slower not to jar anything loose, and as a result, I basically blocked everything right over the last few holes.

Turns out, in addition to my shoulder issues, overall I'm more brittle than usual. I have a minor strain in my right forearm/wrist that I developed during my last range session at Abacoa (my previous Swing Thread update). It hasn't healed yet and started flaring up as the day went on. I probably need a couple more weeks for it to go away. I don't want to make it worse since it's minor and the last thing I want is to turn it into something serious, so I'll probably take the time it needs to resolve. I wish I could practice all the time, but I gotta be smart and let this heal.  

Despite that though, today was a perfect day. I gave my dad a lesson and he shot his lowest nine hole score ever, a 43, beating me by one (he played from the 5600 yard tees tho).

We were both on cloud nine after the round. It was our first round together in about three years. Yea, I mean... it just doesn't get much better than that. Golf, great weather, dad... Life is good.

Hopefully I have more updates like this to document in the near future here. Cheers, everyone. Have a great New Years. :beer: 

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On 12/19/2018 at 11:40 AM, Bo the Golfer said:

@JetFan1983 I just took the last very quiet day and a half at work to read this thread. Yours is a very compelling journey and I'm very happy to hear that golf again is a part of your life. I saw that I posted back in late 2012 on this telling you I would refer to this thread in my own journey. I got sidetracked for personal reasons but reading through this has reignited my resolve. I hope you continue to make progress and I look forward to following along.

That's awesome! I really appreciate that.

I've checked your content recently and noticed you were gearing up for (if not already doing) a diet and exercise program. I really want to do the same thing, so I've been mentally preparing these last few weeks. I'm kind of dreading it, but I know the long term will improve in too many ways for me not to do it. It takes me like 2-3 weeks to get used to fewer calories per day, and since I'm so out of shape, my fitness routine will be fairly basic. Maybe thirty minutes of weights twice a week to start? Baby steps. But I'm tired of all these minor strains I've been getting since I increased my overall activity in November. I won't be able to work out my shoulders, and exercise will most likely irritate them, but the rest of my body really needs the maintenance. 

Also, on your Swing Thread, I noticed you had an epiphany about the rotary function of the hips in conjunction with the slide. There's a third variable here as well that maybe you didn't know about: the extension of the pelvis. Here are a couple posts I wrote about that if you wanted to check that out and complete your theoretical understanding of this aspect of the sequence:

 

I do want to encourage you to invest in finding a great instructor though, and not doing this on your own. I've made my swing so much better in such a short amount of time because of it. It's absolutely worth the time, energy and money to work with a topflight teacher. Short of being born with talent and starting young, it's the biggest advantage in the amateur game to have a teacher that knows how to help you. In my opinion of course.

Have a happy New Year, Bo! :beer:

On 12/19/2018 at 8:38 AM, chspeed said:

Wow. Sounds absolutely brutal. Makes coming back from shoulder surgery, which isn't fun, seem like a walk in the park. I hope that more research is done about this condition, and that they can figure out how to treat it in the future. Hope your recovery continues going well and that you're able to enjoy golf for many years to come!

 

Thanks, man, but don't sell yourself short on surgery. That can't be a walk in the park either. 

I was reading about the pro golfer Will Claxton's return to the tour this season, and he was out for four years with both a serious hip issue and two ruptured discs in his back. When I read that, I really got kinda nauseous for him. Can't imagine going through that. I was happy to hear he's back playing, and at a high level.

Adhesive capsulitis stinks though yes. The online community for it is a real depressed bunch. I've met a lot of people who have had it for nearly a decade, and some who've had it in their hip joints too. I still have it myself, but at least the pain symptoms are like 90% gone. Hopefully it continues to improve for me over the next few years and then resolves entirely. My right shoulder is still pretty tender from it, and I don't think I'm doing damage to it, but I could be. Fingers crossed that golfing again is helping it. I think it might be.

I appreciate the reply! :-)

1 hour ago, Effington said:

Sounds great, and looks like the weather was perfect for ya.  

It was the most joy I've experienced on a golf course ever. It beat the day I first broke 80, the day I shot my lowest score ever (75), and was better than my first round back several weeks ago. Just a perfect day with lots of laughter. Days like that don't come along everyday, that's for sure. 

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2 hours ago, JetFan1983 said:

That's awesome! I really appreciate that.

I've checked your content recently and noticed you were gearing up for (if not already doing) a diet and exercise program. I really want to do the same thing, so I've been mentally preparing these last few weeks. I'm kind of dreading it, but I know the long term will improve in too many ways for me not to do it. It takes me like 2-3 weeks to get used to fewer calories per day, and since I'm so out of shape, my fitness routine will be fairly basic. Maybe thirty minutes of weights twice a week to start? Baby steps. But I'm tired of all these minor strains I've been getting since I increased my overall activity in November. I won't be able to work out my shoulders, and exercise will most likely irritate them, but the rest of my body really needs the maintenance. 

Also, on your Swing Thread, I noticed you had an epiphany about the rotary function of the hips in conjunction with the slide. There's a third variable here as well that maybe you didn't know about: the extension of the pelvis. Here are a couple posts I wrote about that if you wanted to check that out and complete your theoretical understanding of this aspect of the sequence:

 

I do want to encourage you to invest in finding a great instructor though, and not doing this on your own. I've made my swing so much better in such a short amount of time because of it. It's absolutely worth the time, energy and money to work with a topflight teacher. Short of being born with talent and starting young, it's the biggest advantage in the amateur game to have a teacher that knows how to help you. In my opinion of course.

Have a happy New Year, Bo! :beer:

 

Thanks, man, but don't sell yourself short on surgery. That can't be a walk in the park either. 

I was reading about the pro golfer Will Claxton's return to the tour this season, and he was out for four years with both a serious hip issue and two ruptured discs in his back. When I read that, I really got kinda nauseous for him. Can't imagine going through that. I was happy to hear he's back playing, and at a high level.

Adhesive capsulitis stinks though yes. The online community for it is a real depressed bunch. I've met a lot of people who have had it for nearly a decade, and some who've had it in their hip joints too. I still have it myself, but at least the pain symptoms are like 90% gone. Hopefully it continues to improve for me over the next few years and then resolves entirely. My right shoulder is still pretty tender from it, and I don't think I'm doing damage to it, but I could be. Fingers crossed that golfing again is helping it. I think it might be.

I appreciate the reply! :-)

It was the most joy I've experienced on a golf course ever. It beat the day I first broke 80, the day I shot my lowest score ever (75), and was better than my first round back several weeks ago. Just a perfect day with lots of laughter. Days like that don't come along everyday, that's for sure. 

Thank you for the great advice. I'm really planning on this being the year for both better health and better golf. Happy new year @JetFan1983

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