Every week I wonder what will be of interest this week and every time I do that I have to say: ‘let it go, when its in the flow it will happen’. So here goes – I have some bragging rights for this week.
Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a fanatical golfer, unfortunatley over the years I have struggled with managing Parkinsons and playing golf to my handicap. In the last year I have worked on managing my game despite my symptoms and this paid off this week. A few years ago I had to make a decision to start using a buggy as I was having some on and off periods. I also took a couple of lessons looking at what happens when I am off and the biggest part for me is the mental game. So this week I went out in my local club and played in the monthly medal competition.
I put into practise a suggestion made by Helen Jones (the current Irish senior stroke play champion) when I met her two weeks ago about target focusing and it worked. I also probably for the first time in my golfing career never counted my score. My medication trailed off in the middle of the 8th hole so I had to put into place my strategey. No practise swings and just try and keep the ball in play. My arms are rigid and I can’t turn my body but what I can do is practise the mental game. Boy did it work – I was still off on the 9th and thankfully the medication kicked in as I went on to the 10th and I had a par. I kept the focus going and I won the monthly medal in my category.
Its hard to explain how much mental effort it takes to achieve this but basically you get out of anything what you put into it!!