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Breaking Radio Silence….To Celebrate!

Might as well turn this little ego kick I’m embarking on into a lesson…. So here we go!

The Power of Positive Visualization. 

So my time here at Carolina Colours has come to an end.  It’s been a fantastic time. 

I love this golf course!

When I first began playing the course I remember commenting to Ken that I really think I’ll make a hole in one here….  Because the design of the course fits my eye so well, I was confident that I would make a good run at holing out on one of the par threes.

We’ve talked about it a lot.  I’ve agonized over it after several close calls…. But most importantly, I had a visual of holing out most every time I stepped on a par 3! (most of the par 3’s anyway….)

Over the last month, it became a bit of a comical obsession of mine to ace #16.  It’s the shortest hole on the course, and the only one that has NOT had a hole-in-one recorded.  I’ve talked about it with staff and members and tried calling it pretty much to anyone I’ve played with over the last couple of weeks.  When Joe, Paul and Mike came up for a visit, I darn near holed it (or at least made the shot worth watching) each time we played! 

So yesterday was probably my last round here (as head professional) at Carolina Colours Golf Club.  Ken and I talked about how I might leave here without making my hole-in-one…..  What a shame.  While driving from 15 to 16, we discussed the possibility of taking a shag bag out the next day and just teeing away for the afternoon!!!! (yes, that desperate!)

Now I know that a hole-in-one is a bit like winning the lottery…. It takes a lot of luck.  And I honestly made that lottery connection in my mind before teeing off.  I thought about how cool it would be if this was the time.  How incredible would that be if I could ace this hole the very last time I play it as the Head Professional of the course….. 

108 yards.  Perfect 3/4 gap wedge.  When I hit it, we started talking it up (like many other times)… As it approached the green, I think we began shouting at the ball….  it hit about 4 feet from the hole, bounced past and then spun back into the hole…….

silence….   Total disbelief?  The best we could both do is say ‘I think that might have gone in?!?’

Holy #%%$#@ (mom, pardon the language), we were giddy, but still not quite believers…. I was afraid to believe too much!

And then we drove around so that we could see the entire green complex.  NO BALL. 

I DID IT!!!!  I now had that dumb glazy look on my face like Phil Mickelson gets when he’s just won another major (yeah, I’m equating this ace with a Major victory!  It’s my blog after all.)

Ken walked over to look first and confirmed that my ball was in the bottom of the cup.  It’s official. 

First hole in one-  15yrs old.  Hole #4 at Pinecrest GC. 140yd par 3  6:15am- A maintenance guy moving the sprinkler heads on the 3rd green saw it.  Yup, my last hole in one was back in the day when most greens were watered by the rotating sprinkler heads you hooked up to a hose!!!!

Second hole in one- 43yrs, 13 days old.  Hole #16 at Carolina Colours Golf Club.  108yd par 3.  Ken Gerhardt was the witness (and fortunately I managed to hole out on a hole short enough for him to actually see it go in!!!). 

How about them apples?   Pretty proud of myself right now….. 

Oh yeah.   VISUALIZE.  See the shot,  Trust the shot!  Let’s celebrate!

My Right Leg

So the knee is improving….  ever so slowly.  I’m able to put a decent amount of weight on it for short periods of time….

It made me think this morning about how I need that knee and leg for my golf swing!

My right leg does not do a whole bunch in the golf swing.  I don’t need it to fire into the golf ball on the down swing.   It doesn’t have to ‘muscle up’ in order to sustain knee flex, or leg angle in my back swing…

It does need stability!  It does need to have the strength to handle all my mass being displaced into it for a short amount of time in the back swing.  It also needs the strength to handle the rotating forces of the upper body after the heave being worked against by the leg and foot being anchored into the ground (my ACL hurts just thinking about a full turn into the backswing…..)

Most importantly, with a strong right leg, I don’t have to think at all about it after set up.  Once it is set,  physiology and physics will automatically do the rest!  With a proper HEAVE into the backswing, the stable right leg will allow the body’s mass to fall seamlessly back into the LEFT PIVOTAL AXIS (left leg). 

You don’t have to ‘DO’ anything with the back leg….  You just need it set up correctly and strong enough to handle the forces of the heave so that the swing can work with GRAVITY AND ROTATION!

Patience……  my right leg will soon be strong again. 

The Journey has Begun

Thanks for all the kind words and support going into my surgery.  I came out of it numbed up, drugged up and ready to heal!  My right knee was in pretty bad shape.  They went in athroscopically (small incision) and were able to stitch up and save my lateral meniscus and at least clean up my the torn edges of my medial meniscus.  Those repairs will make a world of difference once they are healed up in terms of walking, jogging, etc… with no pain!!!

The bigger procedure was replacing my ACL.  They took a bone patellar tendon bone allograph (that’s what they called it!? It’s a graph from a cadaver…Cool.) and inserted it through two drill holes…. First through the tibial tunnel, then through the femoral tunnel (basically, they slipped it through two holes that they drilled in my bones!) and it was attached with some really cool ‘bio bone’ screws….  
In the end, the knee should be better than ever once my rehab is finished up.  When I’m fully recovered from the ACL replacement, I should be able to be fully active in terms of GOLF, TENNIS, HIKING, etc…. I can’t wait! (oh yeah… PATIENCE….I can wait….)

I was blown away by the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Duke hospital.  I was amazed at how well they managed my pain (slightly bummed out that I didn’t need more brain altering drugs- you know, just for kicks…).  It was an experience in EXCELLENCE!

Now, I’m resting and beginning rehab.  It’s a long road ahead, but I’m fired up!  I’m considering it a challenge just like improving my golf game.  Here’s a great quote:  

I’m starting NOW!  I hope you are as well.  Make a goal to improve your putting, or your chipping, or to become fully trained in the GRAVITY GOLF DRILLS.  Next, create a workable plan and get started!  I know this rehab will teach me a ton about patience and persistence… Improving the golf game takes consistent and systematic training OVER TIME!  Let’s both get better. 

Need some guidance?  Send me a comment or email and I’ll be happy to get you on track! 

long overdue

The athletic golf website is long long overdue so in the meantime how about a blog?

it’s worth giving it a shot.
at least no restrictions on how long the text gets in here!

In this blog I’d like to discuss golf.  You can help shape the direction of my ‘conversations’ by sending questions and comments.  I also hope that this site becomes a resource for you to use when you need a refresher on THE ESSENTIALS of ATHLETIC GOLF, or some deeper insight into the genius of David Lee’s GRAVITY GOLF!   I intend to create a series archive of my writings….  Should be fun, and I hope rewarding for all of us.