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Going Back to Training Basic Techniques

In Personal on August 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I went out to the driving range over the weekend, and it would figure that right after I write an article about generating power I would lose all of mine. Last time out at the range I finished my bucket hitting my pitching wedge for 130 yards of carry, I finished this one hitting my nine iron well short of the 100 yard marker. My leg muscles got surprisingly sore after I started my new training regimen for August, which was theoretically supposed to be less stressful on my body. I couldn’t even feel the muscles around my hip very clearly and they definitely weren’t interested in snapping my swing around.

Which unfortunately seems to be the least of my concerns when it comes to my body. For some reason my elbow has been stinging me every time I rotate my forearm around and my wrist seems to get a little ache when I try to swing as well. I’m not sure if they’re connected or it’s just a bunch of little ouchies all happening at once. I’ve always had problems with my joints aching a little too easily, maybe it shouldn’t come as any surprise. But I’m taking time off this week to try and recover, and also to rethink my training.
It eats me up inside to lose days and to think about falling off an intense schedule, but with an undertaking this difficult I can’t become inflexible. It’s difficult enough just being me, I don’t need extra mental distress. I’m going to take the rest of the week off and see if my joint pain subsides. Then next week I’m going to really rethink everything based on what I learned from my first month and come up with a training plan I can stick to without maiming myself and that will help me actually get better.

My swing goal now is to take 1,000 “real swings” with a particular club I’m training that day, another 1,000 “practice swings” to work on my basic form with my practice clubs, and 1,000 practice putts. What I’m thinking is I can do this for two weeks, then take a week of rest where I do my form work and studying. My normal thing now is to go three days of full practice, one day of light practice with 1,500 to 2,000 swings, then repeat. That would be up to 39,000 swings during those two weeks. Maybe then during the rest week I’ll get in another 2,000-3,000 swings in form practice and putting.
Over a six week period that would be up to 84,000 swings. Still quite productive. Over 12 months that would equal 728,000 swings, assuming you lose some along the way, 700,000. At that pace I could still arrive at over a million swings by the end of 2013, not bad at all really. And possibly my training could pick up a little as I go, perhaps adding a few hundred swings to those daily totals. My first real goal though, is still to finish an entire year of this practice, no matter the specifics of the pace or style.

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