Golf - That's what's next

I recently got my domain name renewal invoice in.  This got me thinking about this blog.  When I first wrote a post it was all about my struggles with CFS/ME. At the time it was a good outlet for me, I was not in a great place with it and I couldn't really talk to anyone about it.  So having somewhere to vent some anger or just a place to moan was helpful.  Over the months I have always wanted to move away from just moaning and to move onto something that would appeal more to some of the other people that follow me.  I play online with many people from Frugal Gaming and that has been something that I have enjoyed doing. I briefly thought about reviewing games that I was playing, however the things that people would look for in a game review is not something that appeals to me.  The music, the graphics, the game engine is all something that I pay little to no attention to in a game.  I want to know if the game will keep me playing it, if its a bore or not.  So I decided not to take that route.

At the end of last year I started playing a bit of golf.  Then when on a coaching course I fell on my wrist and damaged it, so the 6 weeks healing pretty much put an end to that.  However this year I have started with a vengeance.  I have flirted with golf over the years.  Never invested any real money into it, my clubs were always giving to me by someone else and they were often many years old.  So this year I bought myself a new set of Irons. I spent a good few weeks looking into which clubs to go with.  I was looking for something that would give me a little more distance but was forgiving.  Technology has changed over the years and I was trying to catch up.  I had narrowed it down to 3 sets, The Cleveland TA7's, the Wilson DI9's or the Nike Slingshots. I spent days reading over reviews of each set of clubs.  Trying to find reviews that would be relevant to me.  On golfing forums people would ask what is the best clubs for them and the answer would always be go and try them out. This however is not always practical.  Most of the golf shops in my area close before I get a chance to get there and try them out.  I had then narrowed it down to the Cleveland or the Wilson.  I had planned on using American Golf to buy them but they didn't have either set in stock.  So I took my old clubs and met up with a friend at the driving range and explained my dilemma.  Well it just so happened that he used Cleveland irons now and had used Wilson's before. I then had a hit with his and that was me sold.  So that night I went online and ordered the Cleveland TA7's and they were delivered on the Wednesday.

So on the Thursday I went down to the driving range to have a hit for the first time.  I was hitting them straight and with a little more distance but nothing major.  I have however at 34 realised I am never going to make the European tour so distance wasn't really an issue.  So the next day, with a rush of blood to my head I then joined a local 9 hole course as a member.  I decided that 9 holes would be best for me as I am unsure if I can make 18 holes regularly with my CFS/ME and then on the Saturday played my first ever medal.  I have to say this was not something I was looking forward too.  I am quiet a shy person and the idea of being rubbish and having people seeing that I am rubbish is a bit of a put off.  I did manage however to complete the round with a score of 101.  I know that is pretty high and hopefully over time it will come down but I was happy that I had completed it.

A couple of years ago, I asked myself the question of what next?  Well I can safely say that the what next for me sports wise will be golf but I will always have gaming there along side it.

7 comments:

  1. I am very proud of you for keeping going, staying positive and not letting things get you down. You are doing great at golf and seem to be really enjoying it which is great to see. Love you x

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  2. Go you with the golf. At least it's something you enjoy and can take at your own pace. I am becoming a golf widow as Steven and my dad go out once a week either to the driving range or the 9 hole, and sometimes a full round at Langlands. They're going away on a golf weekend again this June. Maybe you could join them next year, if you're body feels up to it. It must be good to have a hobby. Think I'll take up bowls ;o)

    LA x

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  3. You don't let being rubbish put yourself off gaming so why should golf be any different ;-)
    Just remember, if you ever need to vent or moan again you can always write about Rangers :-p

    Seriously though, it's great to hear you're not letting health issues get you down and you've found a sport that you're enjoying.

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    1. Cheers Ben. If I was to moan and vent about Rangers I would have something to write about every day

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  4. I would love to read some game reviews from you.. Much prefer to hear views of someone reviewing about how they enjoyed a game, over technical prowess.

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    1. Thanks Lee. I think I would get some angry people visiting my blog if I done that. I would start of by saying that Mass Effect 3 is a bit boring

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