Ah, yes, I’m on the shelf again. Things have gotten quiet around here lately because I haven’t been doing much of anything.
When I arrived in Texas, I took upon the monumental task of rebuilding my swing with the help of a local pro. Things were slowly, but steadily turning around. I was spending a lot of time at the driving range. Probably too much, really, as I’ve hardly even set foot on a course this year (I started the process of moving here at the tail end of winter in New Jersey).
Around five weeks ago, I tweaked something in my hand or wrist at the gym during a workout. Whatever I did, I wasn’t even aware of it at the time. It started to ache ever so slightly after I was finished and on my way home. It hurts kind of at the back of my hand where my thumb starts to meet up with my wrist.
I’m sort of a “play through the pain” guy, so naturally, I found that I could still practice without too much discomfort. After a week of that, it started to get worse, so I took it easy for several days. On a trip back to New Jersey at the beginning of July, I played golf twice, and realized that I really needed to seriously rest it.
Since I came back to Texas on July 9th, I haven’t picked up a club, save for the occasional practice swing in my apartment, which I use to try and gauge whether it’s improving. Gripping a club isn’t painful, but swinging it is another story. You’d be amazed how much stability that stop thumb provides in the swing. Either that, or it just doesn’t take much resistance to make it hut.
It seems that it’s not getting any better, so my choice is to keep resting it, or to find a sports medicine doctor and get to the bottom of the problem. I’m probably going to end up doing both because who knows how long it could take me to get an appointment.
I guess the timing wasn’t too bad for this to happen, because it’s been over 100 degrees for nearly a month, so it’s a real grind playing and practicing in that weather. On the flip side, I feel like my momentum has been sapped. And my pro probably assumes I’m dead because I haven’t seen him for at least 6 weeks.
Fortunately, I have a few things to occupy the down-time, which is why I haven’t been active around here as much lately. One of them I hope to share with you at a future date. How’s that for cryptic?
That’s all for now. I’ll report back when I figure out what’s wrong or when it goes away on its own, whichever happens first. Now, I know how Tiger Woods feels. Well, as far as being sidelined with an injury anyway. I’m not really up on all the rest.