There once was this little boy who went around his parent house ravaging the carpets, walls, and furniture with his plastic golf clubs. As he got older, the yard had bald spots all over it, and one day you could find a 3 wood on the roof. Yes, those are just some of the looks into the past of me as a child. I wanted nothing more then to become a golf professional. Little did I know then, the adventure that would it lead me down.
And no, I never became that golf professional that I dreamed of, but I became so much more.
WHY A COME BACK?
In 2012 my dream kind of became true as I was elected into membership as a PGA Professional. That is still one of my favorite days, as I worked so hard to reach that point. It was in 2013 when I was playing at my best level, in handicap terms I was a +2. That year I had more rounds under par then my entire life combined. By the end of 2015 that handicap had moved up a little to around a 0, but still solid.
Then 2016 HIT!
January of 2016 I had my first run in with true pain. At that point I had 4 bulging discs in my lower back, causing excruciating pain. After almost three years of physical therapy, chiropractors, and pain killers I became bedridden in the spring of 2019. Prior to my back surgery in May of 2019 I met Thomas Malchow, a Kinesiologist out of Canada. (Not the last time you will hear about him) First we got going on my diet and the types of food that I needed to be consuming and many other habits that I needed to change. To get my life back to normal he set me up with a fitness and health system to utilize. (Plug here for http://www.trainfuly.com)
Never in my wildest dreams did I believe I would be able to play golf again, let alone to be at the level I am currently at. The comeback started prior to surgery when I started with the diet and then slowly into a routine of working out. Not a normal workout, one that was specific to having back issues. I am now almost a year from having that surgery. What better time to start talking about it and keeping a blog of what I am doing and working on to get back to playing at a high level.
Over the past couple months I have been getting back into a practice routine. The distances and control that I am starting to see in this short span is amazing. And this is even more amazing because I continue to revamp my golf swing that is more fit for someone with back issues. There will be plenty of conversation moving forward about what exactly I am working on.
GOAL OF THE COME BACK
In short, my goal is to be back at a 0 handicap. This time around it is not to fulfill my childhood dream of becoming a tour professional. Which by the way for those who do not know those guys would be around a +7 or better if they kept a handicap. No it is because I love playing this game and I love the challenges it brings.
Hope that my little blog posts show how a difficult situation can show you the light and how you can better your own golf game.
– BRYAN –