Friday, May 27, 2022

Nine, or eighteen?

 7:41 am - Friday - May 27th - Likely, CA - 53° F, humidity 53%, wind 3 mph out of the south...overcast today with a forecast high of 69° F.  On this date in 2012 TLE and I were visiting friends George and Brenda in Coeur d'Alene, ID....we 'courtesy parked' in their took me a while to shoe horn everything into that↴

Thursday wasn't nearly as warm as Wednesday, but it got up to 80° F, and was quite sultry and muggy (humid) was also mostly windless until mid morning.  Nevertheless, it was a shorts and t-shirt kind of day, and I love those days!  And what would be a better time to head out to the golf course and play 9, or even 18 holes?

One of the nice thing about being a staff member is we can just show up and snag an open tee time.  We (TLE was my chauffeur) decided to begin the day with the back 9, but before I teed off I headed to the driving range to hit a few balls with my driver.  After hitting just two balls around 200 yards I decided to quit while I was ahead, and just head to the 10th tee to start my round.  I actually was pretty consistent off the tee for the first 9 holes, but my short iron game stinks.....I seemed to have no touch, or feel for those shorter 50-70 yard shots.  Oh well, one thing at a time, right?  I did, however, putt pretty well, so I just need to clean up my short game.  Additionally, in spite of the winds that freshened as we played, it didn't seem to affect my shots at all unless I was hitting directly into the wind.

We were back at the Clubhouse just in time for lunch, so we stopped off and ordered a BLT and fries to share.  My back was doing pretty good after 9 holes, but I should have just been satisfied with playing pretty well for 9 holes, and headed home, but I was a little greedy, and wanted to see if the magic would continue.....well, it didn't.

My back began to stiffen up after a couple holes on the front 9, which meant I wasn't able to turn enough in my back swing, and I began to hit one bad shot after another.  Being the stubborn kind of guy I am I continued to forge on, but things just got worse.  By the time we reached the 6th hole on the front 9 my back was really affecting my game, so I finally called it quits, and we headed back to the Clubhouse to stow my clubs in my locker, and then head for home, where I took a hot shower, and then had TLE apply some Tiger's Balm to my lower back.  As I sit here tapping the keys on my laptop this morning my back is feeling better.  I just need to know when to quit, right?

My take away from Thursday was I hit a lot of good shots off the tee, and just a few good shots from the fairway, but my putting was much better, so I'm happy with my progress.  I just need to spend time working on my iron play, and stick to 9 holes at a time for now until my back gets stronger.  

After my shower I sat down to watch some golf, but within 10 minutes, apparently, I fell asleep, and didn't wake up for over an hour.  When I sat down I had no intention of napping, but my body had other ideas.  As the afternoon progressed the winds blew a little harder, but never bad enough to stow the patio awning.  As long as the wind is out of the west, or even southwest it doesn't affect the awning too much.

Well, that's it from LPG&RVR* for now....time to head into town to do our weekly shopping!  Thanks for stopping by!

*LPG&RVR = Likely Place Golf & RV Resort

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