I was starting to think that I might never golf again. I last played a year ago and it didn’t go well. Besides just not playing well, I ended up having a foot drop for the first time the following few days. I chalked it up to the heat and exertion causing me too much fatigue. After that experience, this summer I lied about a back injury to get out of playing with colleagues in 100 degree heat.
Recently I found myself in the same circumstance of being expected to play with colleagues. However, I am happy to report a much better outcome.
I went to the driving range a decent amount in the weeks heading up to the event to help my body get extra practice adjusting for my compromised balance. I also went to try and build up as much endurance swinging a club that I could.
But most importantly, this time I was smart and conserved my energy as much as possible for the day prior to and the day of the golf. I was at a resort where my room was a five minute walk to the main lobby and where our meetings were held. Normally I would have enjoyed the walk on the beautiful resort. This time I wimped out and had the shuttle guys who drive guests around the complex give me rides back and forth each time. I also made a point of sitting and relaxing whenever I could, rather than walking around.
The conservation of my energy pre golf worked. I was relatively rested and in good shape for when we tee’ed off. I was also aided by a bit cooler temperature, a late start and an early sunset. When we got to the turn, it was already getting dark and at most we would have only gotten another hole or two in. We opted to head into the clubhouse.
So I only actually played nine holes, but it was very enjoyable and I played decent given that I haven’t been on a course in a year and I am pretty sure that no one noticed my unusual gait. This is just one more example of something that is ten times as enjoyable when you know that it may be your last time. You really appreciate that you can still do it.