The Recovering Farmer

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I chatted earlier in the day with a colleague and explained to her that I seemed lacking in ideas for my weekly blog. Then I received an email from a friend who suggested he was tired or rereading my last one and could do with a new one. So why is it that some weeks I have all kinds of ideas and then suddenly everything goes blank. Nothing seems to make sense. Nothing flows. Almost like the weather. Unbelievable warm weather and just like that it turns cold. Sunday it was over 30 degrees and for tonight there are frost warnings. Perhaps it’s the change in seasons. Days are getting shorter. It seems like only yesterday I was waiting for the golf courses to open for the summer. With all these changes people often times have a change in mood as well.

I decided, Sunday, to watch the Blue Bomber game rather than to go golfing. I thought that I could golf Monday. Well, what a mistake that was. That was ugly. What happened to our invincible defense? Gone but not forgotten? And what about Pierce? Brutal. Not sure how often the guy can stand being tackled the way he was in that game. I was always suspect of our offense. Now we have back to back games against Montreal? Not good. It could get uglier. Perhaps I need to keep the faith. I know I won’t change any golf plans for a Bomber game again anytime soon.

So Monday morning I got up early and headed for the golf course. North wind. Showers threatening and a balmy 12 degrees. That was bad. I tried. Finally headed off the course to go to work. Thought I could golf Tuesday morning. Woke up early. Gale force north wind. Cloudy and cold. Went back to bed. That was really bad. So what now? Is the golf season over? Hope not. There is some good news in this someplace.

Back in early spring I had ordered a “belly” putter. For those of you who follow golf you know what I am talking about. A putter that is long enough that you stick in your belly for extra stability. Used to be that “old” guys would use these. Now there are many younger golfers on tour that use them. The belly putter never came. So I ended up buying a regular putter. I gave up on my putting. Nothing worked. Some of you may remember me lamenting about this last summer. Putting has always been my weakness. I think in official golf lingo, I have the yips. Two weeks ago I got a call from the golf store letting me know that a belly putter had come in. I picked it up. Took some getting used to. But it works. Still need to practice more. But at minimum I now have the confidence that the ball will end up near the cup. I know the ball will travel towards the target. Before I never knew. Now I hear that the PGA may make these putters illegal for use on the tour. Hope not. Just one problem. Either the putter is just a little too short or I need a bigger belly. Both easily fixed.

Now all I need is some nice weather. I am finishing this early Wednesday morning. Still dark outside. Thermometer reads -1. Frosty. Forecast calls for a north breeze and a high of 13. Got to the course at 7:30. Had to wait till 8:30 for the frost to clear the greens. Need some practice. Have another game with that certain left hander. Looking forward to it. Just hit me. He always has the home course advantage. Have to figure out how to get over that one. Oh well. It will be fun. Make it a good one.

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