I just wanted to make a post regarding where I left of last year. I want to post about this mainly because I am concerned about how long it will take to get back to 100% and I am excited to pick up where I left off. I hurt my shoulder in April and was playing disc golf a few days after. That was my third dis-location.
On a side note the whole reason I hurt my shoulder so many times was because of my thought process. After the first time I thought, ‘well I just won’t do anything crazy’. I kept snowboarding and sure enough, I wasn’t careful enough. Then I thought ‘well I will just Disc Golf and take it easy’. But a friend brought his kayak over to practice rolling and bam. My shoulder popped out again trying to roll a kayak. It was going fine but after 4 or 5 rolls the boat drifted into shallower water. When I was rolling the paddle hit the bottom of the pond and my arm clicked out of place.
So after that I waited a few days I was right back at disc golf. My game was definitely affected but I was able to improve overall throughout last year. I was not playing at the level I hoped but I am happy with what I was able to do. On October 4th I dis-located my shoulder again from climbing onto my porch. That’s when I knew I had to quit and surgery was inevitable. I haven’t played a round since.
What gets me really excited is how my mid-range and approach game was improving. Driving with putters was something I really got comfortable with. I changed my form to incorporate more reach back and really focused on creating a line, from reach back to target.
My putting was off and on like most people. I’m not too worried about putting, I will be putting in so much time putting this spring, and there really won’t be much else I can do to improve it. Putting is one thing I can do before my shoulder heals completely.
My max drives were strange and have the most concern for me. The later the season got last year the more I was feeling the effects of my shoulder. By the end my distance was down. I had less snap in my drive and I couldn’t figure out how to get it back. So I gained so much in the short game but my long game took a step back. After not working out much last year because of the injury and now being laid up for weeks and weeks, I have lost a total of 20 pounds, mostly muscle. I don’t need to get it all back to be effective but it would be nice.
I’m still positive about my distance game though, I know I will get there and any anxiety about it only comes from not having much else to do except sit around and think about it. It is going to take patience when I start playing again, I had a hard time choosing the lay up last year but this spring I am going to have to do it for my game and for my health. Keep the disc speed down and play smarter. Then as things get better I will unleash the cannon, lol. I’m not setting any distance goals because that really isn’t too important. I just want to be a competitive open player by the end of the season. I’m hoping I will get there sooner but again, must be patient. I am going to be playing this game for a long time, one season isn’t the end of the world.
I’m not writing the season off by any means, but I will be progressing as my health dictates, especially in the max distance part of my game.
I was talking to a friend the other day about how hard it is to see disc golf online every day and not be able to participate. It does suck but the bottom line is I can’t change that. All I can do is work online and get my mind right for a fun journey in 2013.
What are you most looking forward to this year?