New Golfer

BevI’m a pretty new golfer. It’s been a stagger stop journey which started about six years ago. I was in the recovery room after shoulder surgery and when the surgeon came in the first thing my husband asked him was would I be able to golf? “No problem” replied the doctor. I figured my husband had already got to him or he was also a golfer. In any event I didn’t mind the idea so the following summer I tried golfing about a dozen games and was starting to enjoy it. Unfortunately on a holiday that winter I injured my foot walking on a beach and needed surgery to repair a ruptured plantar plate and tendon. Double ouch! Fast forward to the summer of 2014 and it’s six months post foot surgery and I’m doing well walking but still not jogging. My husband, an avid golfer for over fifty years, is on the course a minimum of four times a week and often more. I’m at home with a new puppy, bundle of joy, but I’m feeling pretty grumpy about my lack of exercise. I promised myself that if I could get enough mobility in my foot I would try golfing again.

In March of 2015 I started taking lessons in a practice facility in anticipation of actually golfing come the good weather. Well I haven’t looked back since. It’s been less than a year and I’m in love with the game. We’ve taken a few golf holidays, I joined our local golf club and when my 65th birthday came around in February I requested golf school for my gift. I golfed the entire summer of 2016, joined our ladies group at the club, went on a ladies overnight golf trip where I managed to break a baby toe!  Six weeks later off golf and running – again.  I was back at it in July wearing oversized running shoes from my post-surgery days and doing a cute little flip of my right foot when I hit the ball.  So my game didn’t advance much for a while but the toe was completely healed at six weeks.  I continued to make new golfing friends and picked up some games every week.  When the season ended I was awarded the most improved female player award at the club!  So I went from being a horrible golfer to just a bad one.  I did have a lot of fun though.