I’ve been in Florida for just over a couple of weeks now, and it’s been a really positive and productive trip. What a difference a year makes! On April 1st last year I remember being at a real low, but today I feel positive about what the future can bring. I was due to leave this afternoon to return to London but I’ve actually delayed my flight a few days. It’s so unbelievably cold in England, that practicing and playing golf will be pretty difficult so I thought if stay here a little longer. I probably should be staying here until at least the end of April given the weather forecast in England, but I have a family event in Germany at the weekend which I cannot miss!
I’ve been playing well, and hitting the ball generally pretty well. I am aware that I am guilty of over-thinking when playing on the course and that I must have a bit more faith in my golf swing. In an effort to be a bit more instinctive I have started to talk out aloud to myself when setting up to the ball. I’m sure I’m getting a few funny looks, but its working and I find it a good way to switch off and to ‘just hit the damn ball’!!
Putting certainly is improving and I’ve been holing some nice putts which is encouraging. It’s always nice to make birdies.
I’ve been in Florida for just over a week and have certainly played more golf than I have done in the last two years! The great news is that my body is holding up well to the increase in play, and I’m also hitting the ball pretty well too.
It’s fun to be back playing and without always being is total discomfort. When I think back to how I was feeling a year ago, I’m mightily relieved I no longer feel like that, and I’m pleased that the effort I have put in to get better has paid off.
Before I left to come to Windsor, I had been in Ireland at Carton House playing golf and practicing. It was great to be there, playing and practicing with friends. I really look forward to the Irish Open being back there this year in June, I just hope the weather is nicer than it was in 2005 and 2006 when it was last at Carton House.
I got lots of things to work on my game while I’m out here in Florida from putting to the long game. I am getting a little frustrated as I realise the more I’m playing golf the more I am starting to think too much about it all. Too many thoughts while Im standing over the ball. It’s a problem lots of people can relate to!
I have entered my first competition which will be in Roehampton on the 20th April. It will be exactly two years since I played a competition.. I’m
just really pleased that I’m back in a position again to enter tournaments. That in itself is a great achievement. Something I can be proud of!!
I returned from Cape Town a month ago, and came back with spirits lifted. No doubt helped by the sunshine and warm weather, but also importantly because I’d played a good amount of golf and was feeling confident that I was on the right track with regards to recovery.
I hadn’t played particularly well (sometimes really badly) but I just tried to ignore that and concentrate on the fact that I’d actually played golf. While I was away in Cape Town I had decided that I would like a fresh pair of eyes and fresh prospective when it came to lessons and training for golf. It’s fair to say that I’ve found the last few years pretty difficult, and I just felt like seeing a new coach was important for me, and with my desire to ‘wipe the slate clean’
I have had about fours lesson now in the last few weeks now with Michael Evans now at Burhill Golf Club and I’ve already made significant progress. My grip has changed a little, and I’m trying to get the clubhead more neutral at the top of the back swing. It’s hard work, but results are already showing. On Thursday I also went with Michael to meet Mark Leyland who is a specialist golf physio in Weybridge who uses a programme called NIKEGOLF360. It was interesting to meet Mark and to get some feedback about what I can and cannot do at the moment in my golf swing, and why this is. I’ve now got some more exercises and work to do which is very specific to my golf swing and which will be incorporated with the work that I do with Ailish at 6Physio.
It’s exciting because I’m really starting to feel so better, which I know is down to the work I have done at 6physio and also the work I do at home. I’m now able to concentrate more on more actually just playing golf and working on that side of things rather than worrying about the pain I have in every shot. This isn’t to say that I don’t have any pain at all, but it’s certainly lessening which is great. Michael and Mark are complimentary about my swing already, and as they said it’s even more encouraging when you consider the past two years I have had.
I’m excited to think that soon I’ll hopefully be playing golf properly and entering tournaments. Over the next few weeks I go to Ireland for a week, and I will spend my time working on my swing and putting changes at Carton House. Not long after that I will go back to Florida where I will be in the perfect place to really improve my golf, and work hard but without getting injured again!
It’s a really exciting time, 2013 is going to be a good year!
I’m at the airport waiting to fly to London, and quite honestly don’t really want to leave South Africa. I’ve had a fabulous time out here, and have enjoy the sunshine and warmth and work at Cape Thoroughbred Sales, but most importantly I have enjoyed golfing again. I’m not totally there yet but the last few weeks I have made a few milestones and not been too sore afterwards. I played my first 18 holes, and then I played 18 holes without a golf cart, and then I played 5 rounds of golf in 7 days- walking! I certainly won’t have done that in over 2 years. I was sore at times and did get some emergency physio on Monday, and it helped. On Tuesday I will go back to Six Physio on Harley Street for some more.
I know I will have played golf with some people over the last few weeks, and they might have been less than impressed with some of the golf I have played. Certainly I was quite rubbish at times, and there is so much to do to get back where I was, but considering where I was only a few months ago I have made seriously progress. It was only July/ August when I wouldn’t walk down the road but opt to get in the car because the pain was just too much, I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to hit a golf ball again.
So overall I’ve very happy with how I’ve progressed over the last few weeks. Onwards and upwards in 2013!!
2012 will certainly not go down as one of my most straight forward and problem free years so far, but I guess I can look back on it all as character forming!
At the end of 2011, I remember thinking 2012 had to be better that 2011. I went to Cape Town in January 2012 and hoped that the good warm weather would be a good place to start practicing and playing golf after my hip operation in July ’11′ At first it went to plan, I was astonished at how well I was hitting the ball. I really couldn’t miss, and was even getting complimentary comments with pros who were being nosy and watching me! Sadly things started to go wrong in South Africa, and the pain I was in started to increase quite considerably. I returned to England and to visit Mr Khanduja, who suggested a course of hydrotherapy at Addenbrookes Hospital. So off I trotted to Addenbrookes a couple of times of week. I don’t think the hydrotherapy sessions helped at all sadly. Perhaps they would have been useful immediately after my operation, but were not at this stage.
I thought I felt better a few months later, and I went to Florida. I thought Florida would be the perfect place to continue with the hydrotherapy exercises I had learnt, and I could gradually pick up my golf over the time I was there. Sadly I wasn’t right! Again I played well, particularly at the beginning of my time there, but it was all unbelievably painful, and no fun. I was in a really really bad way, and on the recommendation of friends I went to see various Drs, Surgeons, and Physiotherapists. After a few MRI scans etc and injections into my illiosoas ( I fell down for a day, which was not funny!) , I even contemplated going to New York to the Hospital of Special Surgery. They were very helpful there and told that they knew Mr Khanduja in England, and I was I good hands which was comforting up hear.
I returned to England mid April and in pretty bad form, as everything in my life was pretty dire! I could barely walk and was in constant pain day and night.
I returned to Mr Khanduja, who said more tests were needed. I had more MRI scans again, as ones I’d had in America were not useful to him. He needed new slides of my hip, and of my lumber spine, as well as various ultrasound scans. From the results of these scans they found that I needed to have another little operation which would involve injectingmy hip/ pelvis. It was all quite unpleasant, but it was all General Anaesthetic so I didn’t know a thing, and quite honestly I just desperately wanted to get better! A few days after my operation I went to @SixPhysio on Harley St on Mr Khanduja’s suggestion. It was probably the turning point. I met Naomi and Beth, and from then on I started to feel more positive that I would get better. From the end of June I been going to Harley Street as much as I can. Twice a week when possible, and it has most certainly been well worth it. Thanks to Beth, Naomi and later Ailish I have made significant improvement. I am no longer on strong horrible medication, and most of the time I’m in a lot less pain than I was only a few months ago. I’m not a hundred percent better but I’m slowly getting there. In September I hit a golf ball again, and was again pleasantly surprised at how well it went. Since then I been hitting balls, but been taking it slowly. I have played 9 holes a number of times, and bar a few hiccups where I started to feel worse again it’s been steady progress. I haven’t played 18 holes properly yet, but I will do soon. I felt that it was best to take my time, especially as there was little rush- I’d missed Tour School sadly again for another year.
I really hope that 2013 will be a vast improvement on 2012 in so many ways. I’m returning to Cape Town mid January to work for Cape Thoroughbred Sales, and I will stay there a bit longer and play and practice. Rather like last year but I hope more successfully! Later on in the year I hope to return to Florida to hone my game. In a few weeks, competitions schedules for various mini tours will be announced and at that point I can play a tournament as a target. I really hope I’m able to make it. All fingers and toes crossed. I’ve worked hard, and put the hours in so hopefully I’ll be rewarded this time.
When I last updated my blog at the end of September I had been for my first golf lesson which had gone surprisingly well. Since then I have had a couple more lessons, and I have played 9 holes of golf four times which is pretty exciting news.
It’s been fun to get back out on the golf course again and what’s been great has been that I have scored pretty well.
It’s all been really encouraging and there does seem to be light at the end of the tunnel.
Having said all that, I have realised that Ladies European Tour School in December is not going to be a possibility. I have had this competition as a target, but I have now admitted to myself that sadly it isn’t going to happen for me this year. The competition’s closing date was on Wednesday and the tournament is in just over a month’s time and although I am getting better, I am still not fully recovered and I must remember that I am still injured and I don’t want to undo all the good work and progress that has been made.
Tour School is incredibly intense physically and mentally and I am just not ready for it. I still haven’t played 18 holes yet, and practiced hitting more than 40 balls. I also haven’t played a competition for 18 months so that scoring/ competative side of my game would be a little rusty, and I really don’t think it would do my confidence much good at all.
I’m incredibly disappointed that I haven’t made it, but I’m really trying to see the positives that I have made over the last two or three months. It’s somewhat miraculous that I even contemplated playing in the competition!!
I’ve discussed the situation with all
my physiotherapists and Brian Hemming as well as Paul Ashwell and all are of the same opinion that the competition is just a month or so too early and that I would not do myself justice. Yesterday I played 9 holes and towards the end I was incredibly sore which wasn’t a good thing, but it did slightly reaffirm that I had made the right decision at this time.
Im going to continue to work very very hard to get better asap and I hope to get back golfing in competitions the New Year.
2013 is the year!!