Mar 23 2006, 11:03 AM
So my league starts up today at 4pm... and I'm just getting over the flu (from Monday) I'd saay I feel about 85% physically, and about 10000% mentally as it's the first league of the year...

any tips for playing in these conditions... I figure I'll be out practicing for 2-3 hours, take a nap, and show up about 45 minutes early hit a few puts, rather than my typical 4 hour practice followed by a warmup round or 2.
Also I plan on taking as much water/gatorade as I can cram into that new tour bag. Obviously this is not the round for libations before/during...

does this make sense? any other thoughts?

Mar 23 2006, 11:15 AM
My advice:
1) Throw more understable plastic w/ less power
2) Have a "Par,par,par" mindset instead of a "Birdie/bogey, birdie/bogey, birdie/bogey" mindset. Consistency saves energy.
3) Drink your a*& off (H2O, I mean).
4) Finally, I find I leave a lot of putts short when I'm under the weather, so consciously focus on your leg drive when putting. It'll save you a throw or two, at least.

Good luck!

Mar 23 2006, 11:18 AM
Try to sit down whenever possible! Might wanna bring a clif bar to eat before or at the beginning of the round too.

Mar 23 2006, 11:43 AM
Take everything slow and easy. Sit down when possible. Conserve your energy. Fight the mentality that you need to do more to overcome physical weakness caused by other words, don't overthrow shots to compensate for not being 100%.

I had the misfortune of getting food poisoning the day I arrived at Am Nationals last year. Fortunately, I got there more than a day early so the worst of it hit the day before the tournament began. Unfortunately, I couldn't keep anything down for two days and had to play round one on the Toboggan with zero food in my still queasy stomach. It sucked big time, I nearly didn't finish (thank good for the guide wires along the tobbogan runs on 18...I literally pulled myself up the hill). My goal was just to throw simple shots and not take any risks (or make any sudden movements ). It turned out to be the best round I shot that weekend, probably because I didn't have the energy or power to throw any bad shots.

Just concentrate on throwing everything down the middle and understand that you might not reach all the holes you normally expect to reach. Accept that and you should be fine.


Mar 23 2006, 12:08 PM
As stated above, stick with water rather than sugary drinks. Take it easy and don't overdo it by practicing for "2-3 hours". Just show up, warm up, & have fun! You can 'go get em' next week when you're 100%!

Mar 23 2006, 12:54 PM
thanx for the tips.... after about 45 min of putting, I found my energy getting low, so I think laying on the couch watching DG videos will be more productive than throwing away my energy (ie practice for hours)

to add insult to injury, my USDGC Rocs showed up on Monday :confused:

Mar 23 2006, 01:06 PM
I am learning the whole sick thing right now.

Two weeks ago in Atlanta, apparently I was incubating a cold. It came out full force on Tuesday following the tourney. I felt off the whole weekend. This is not an excuse but it may be an explanation.

Last weekend, cold was full force. Shot 7 OB shots on a gold course, ended up 9 over on a Par 60.

This weekend I am barely getting done with the cold. Only taking medication in the morning to fight off the sniffles. Energy is ok.

This morning I noticed my pull through had a bit more snap on it, causing a more stable flight then normal. But this is not a bad thing considering this weekend in Huntsville it is always windy, and then in a week I will be in Bowling Green. More stability is definately needed.

At least my putt has not suffered.

But I will find out how good I am recovering from a cold this weekend. I will report how it affected me.

Mar 23 2006, 02:11 PM
It is alot tougher playing while your sick.

If you absolutely have too , drink lots of fluids , get rest , take vitamins and eat good food. Still , no guarantees.

Mar 23 2006, 02:41 PM
I'm starting up a league here next week and I threw out my rotators cuff last week. Not only that, but then I decided to lift my legs the next and threw out my back, so I'm not sitting in good shape at all. I'm trying to decide if I should just take a few IBProfines and suck it up or not even play in my own league for the next couple of weeks. :(

Mar 23 2006, 04:46 PM
That bad Chris? You were popping so many pills last weekend...

You better get that checked out :)

Mar 23 2006, 04:50 PM
I recommend pedialite if you have been vomitting/still can't stomach anything. Much better than gatorade.

Mar 23 2006, 05:56 PM
It's your league that's starting up?

Throw your butt off! Get a high score, it'll only help your average! :p

allow me to be the first: BOOOOOOO! /msgboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

I'm kidding, multivitamins are a blessing when you can't get back to 100%

Mar 23 2006, 07:52 PM
Try to sit down whenever possible! Might wanna bring a clif bar to eat before or at the beginning of the round too.

I'd listen to Ryan - he had the flu just before Saturday's EIEIO and ended up smokin' the MA1's! He carried a stool to sit on most of the day so he could rest in between shots.

Me - I'm gonna play doubles this week after a stint in the hospital, so I'll be driving a golf cart to save my energy. :D

Mar 24 2006, 02:09 PM
Ended up doing alright.... -11 for 19 holes... Top group was -14 so no cash this week... my energy held up until about the 16th tee... right after I released my drive I felt my body go "Ugh time for a couch"

Mucho Props to my partner Al, and the other team in our foursome Brad and Les (with an L not a W)... First time I was paired with adv/pros who actually helped me with my game during the round!!! (I'm a borderline Nov/Am)
If you're reading this you guys ROC!!!!!

Main thing I noticed was my putts coming up consitently short, although most were perfectly on line!

Mar 24 2006, 05:11 PM
A cart does help out !!!!

Mar 25 2006, 02:07 AM
You usually practice for 2-3 hours, then play a round or two BEFORE leagues? :eek:What kind a day job you got bro? I'm lucky to warm up or practice more than four putts before leagues. What do you do right before a tournament starts? (

Mar 25 2006, 07:00 AM
That's what I was thinking too. Must be a younger player. At my age by the time leagues would start I'd be worn out not warmed up. /msgboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

But hey, if he can do all that and pay his bills too then I'm jealous.

Mar 26 2006, 11:35 AM
I'm a sound engineer... I typically work 3 or more weekends a month. Depending on rehesal schedules, etc.... it's usually locked in a theatre for 12 hours a day for a week, then 3 or 4 days off until the next show....

I'll tell ya throwing every day has really made loading/unloading trucks easier.... and being not quite 30 helps too...