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Started Jun-11 by HAX (CVeratanictu); 5952 views.
HAX (CVeratanictu)

From: HAX (CVeratanictu)

Oct-2

 

It has been a while...I had successful surgery to remove what was left of my kidney and the cancerous adrenal gland.  They were able to do laparoscopic surgery so recovery is much quicker.

i was in Wdwin Watts picking up a new driver shaft, and the hitting bay was open...I hit a few shots with a Srixon U85 24* utility club.  I could not make a full effort swing, but even at 60%, the club felt solid and flew nicely...I can’t wait to be 100% again.
 

Life without kidneys is weird.  I don’t know how to say it other than that,  every day I wake up and think it is a miracle that I am alive.  It actually surprises me when I do wake up.

I am so ready for a transplant.

 

 

We're all pulling for you Hax. God bless you. 

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HAX (CVeratanictu)

From: HAX (CVeratanictu)

Oct-11

I had my first day with zero pain at all on Wednesday of last week.  I am going to go to the driving range on Tuesday and hit a ton of 1/2 and 3/4 swing shots at about 60% speed.  I will post result when I get back.

Back to the comeback...again...and I know I have at least one more surgery ahead of me, I just hope it's a transplant in May or June.

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HAX (CVeratanictu)

From: HAX (CVeratanictu)

Oct-13

Hit the range this morning.  I will say this before I describe my morning.  The driving range and grass on the fairways at Palmilla Beach Golf Course in Port Aransas, Texas, are quite literally, the best I have ever played on.  I am not joking.  It is better than ANYTHING...the ball sits up so you can sweep it and spin it and control it, and it's soft and forgiving, yet allows the ball to roll out on the fairway.  Truly amazing to get this like this in an area dominated by Bermuda...Paspallum is the grass and it is FREAKING AMAZING!  You will look at it from a distance and it's so perfect that it does not look like natural grass...but it is.  Amazing.

 

 

 

 

OK...no expectations, today...just want to make solid contact.  I warmed up VERY slowly with my speed sticks, sensing for any sort of pain or pulling in my torso from the surgery.  None...so far so good.

My first swing/shot was so picture perfect, I should have just quit.  I had an 8 iron and hit a knockdown at the 100 yard flag, and what I got was a beautiful penetrating shot that hopped up and just went to the right of the flag and then curled back into it, landing just past it and rolling off the back of the "green".   Honestly, the contact was so pure and perfect, it was like THAT SHOT that you seek out and wish you could hit over and over and over again.

I made about a dozen swings, hit a lot of really nice little shots in the 110-115 yard range with my 8 iron.  I really concentrated on the AGM method of turning my hips and not lunging towards the ball and then letting my hips sort of pull my shoulders and arms along for power and control.

I then pulled out a new Tour Edge Exotics CBX 18* hybrid I got from Doug Mael.  My first swings were GREAT...I hit a ball that carried about 150 yards but man, this thing rolled out FOREVER.  The CBX line is dubbed the 'spin killer'...they are not joking.  I made a few more swings and stepped it up a bit, and actually hit one that carried to just in front of the 200 yard flag.  I can't wait to get my strength back and do a very detailed and thorough review and get some on course time with it.

Next up was a game I play called "birdie or par" where I use various clubs to hit balls at the 50 flag.  If the ball ends up in an 'imaginary circle', it's a birdie, if it's outside, it's a par, if it's off the green, it's a bogey.

I used the Mr. Shortgame 60 yard technique as can be seen here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAew1SabZYs  I used this technique with every club from my PW down to my LW.  I can cover  distances from 70 yards down to 30 yards pretty easily with the same swing and set up, I just use different clubs.  I don't know how many birdies and pars I had, but I had ZERO balls off the green.   I hit several balls long as the grass here, combined with a premium ball REQUIRES being aggressive, so I made sure I was not bouncing a low spin range ball up to the flag and hitting it the needed distance. I think I hit about 30 or 35 balls with this drill.

As I was feeling a lot better than expected, I decided to take a few swings with my driver.  I have a new Aldila NV 2KXV Green...a low launch, low spin shaft.  My Epic SZ is set at 9.5*, Square, and at 44.5" long.  I will describe my swing this morning like this...I would make a full shoulder turn but my acceleration back to the ball was at about 60% speed.  I can tell you right now I am going to dig this shaft.  The ball just jumped up, flattened out and WENT!  I carried the ball about 190 maybe 200 yards, and it rolled out another 30 or so.  I can't wait to see what this does when I can let it rip again.  As for the driver, my original shaft played at 45.5" long.  The shorter shaft at 44.5" makes the driver feel so much more controllable, but I do not feel like I am giving up anything.  I made 5 swings, and hit 4 nice shots...the last one was a pull hook that I don't want to talk about.

 I finished up with my 9 iron.  By this point, my legs, back, and trapezius muscles were REALLY crying out at me.  I had to focus to make a good swing.  I was hitting my 9 iron dead on the 100 yard flag with a short little knock down swing, and I did this 10 times.

I wanted to stay and putt, but my body was done.  I had enough.  I am very happy with how this went, and can't wait to dive deeper into my driver shaft and that CBX 116 hybrid.

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HAX (CVeratanictu)

From: HAX (CVeratanictu)

Oct-22

OK...I will qualify this, I am only a month and a half outside of surgery.

Range trip today was awful.  I warmed up, was feeling good, hit a few shots, and about 30 minutes in, my back, neck, and left arm seized up...I mean, like when you're lifting weights and you just reach that moment of failure.  It was so bad I had to lay on the ground and just relax my back and neck.  I felt like and looked like an idiot, I am just glad no one was at the range to see me.  I just laid there for about 10 minutes and recovered and left.

I sure hope I can re-develop these muscles so I can still play.  Right now, I am pretty down about it.  I did not expect to go hit the ball as I did prior to surgery, but I did not expect to just seize up like this.  

I am hoping it's just a lack of conditioning, and not a result of dialysis sucking the damn life out of me.  I an fix the former and can't do a damn thing about the latter.

I did have a couple of hight notes.  I swung my MacGregor irons...comical.  The 5 iron, is actually .5" shorter than my 37.5" 5 iron.  It's too short, and about 3* too flat...but I did manage a couple of nice shots.  The 5 iron has about the same loft as my 6 iron...actually, it's probably about 1.5 clubs weaker than a modern 5 iron...consider it a 6.5 iron.  I flushed 2 shots that were just laser straight, and MAN did it feel good...solid CRACK but the feel did not match the sound...it was just SOLID.  The other iron I hit was the 2 iron.  Yes...a butterknife 2 iron.  I hit a bunch of stinkers...but I did hit a few that flew straight and carried about 175 or 180 and rolled out a bit.  All being said, I like them and will continue my project of restoring them.

I also hit the Flea Market find driver...jury is still out.  I need more time and more healing before I pass judgement on it.

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HAX (CVeratanictu)

From: HAX (CVeratanictu)

Nov-12

Hit balls this morning. Before I started warming up, I went and putted for about 15 minutes.  Man...the time spent on the putting track at home REALLY pays off.  I was just ON FIRE with the flat stick this morning.  Felt good to see that pay off and can't wait to take it to the course.

Hitting balls today was about the irons.  I was focusing solely on solid contact and accelerating through the ball.  I did a good job today of doing that.  I started working with my gap wedge at about 70 yards and just making some 3/4 pitches to the flag stick.  Contact was solid, distance was good, felt good, sounded good.  I then moved to the next flag.  As the tees at the range were all the way back this was a solid 9 iron for me, about 125 yards.  I just concentrated on making a nice shoulder turn, rotating my hips, and staying relaxed through the downswing and follow through.  I hit several shots that were just dead on the flag.  I repeated this with the 5-8 irons.  I am not quite to 100% but I think I could go scrape it around 18 holes.

I hit my driver a few times.  I don't want to say I was disappointed, but the power I had prior to surgery just is not back yet.  Yes, my expectations are unrealistic, but it is what it is.  I really like the new shaft, the Aldila 2KXNV Green at 44.5" long.  I did manage two nice drives that carried about 240 or so.  Ball flight is high, but flat if that makes any sense, and the ball just seems to take a big leap when it hits the ground.

I am going to definitely play 18 next week and see what happens.

BOGEYSBGONE

From: BOGEYSBGONE

Nov-12

HAX (CVeratanictu) said...

 

Hit balls this morning. Before I started warming up, I went and putted for about 15 minutes.  Man...the time spent on the putting track at home REALLY pays off.  I was just ON FIRE with the flat stick this morning.  Felt good to see that pay off and can't wait to take it to the course.

Hitting balls today was about the irons.  I was focusing solely on solid contact and accelerating through the ball.  I did a good job today of doing that.  I started working with my gap wedge at about 70 yards and just making some 3/4 pitches to the flag stick.  Contact was solid, distance was good, felt good, sounded good.  I then moved to the next flag.  As the tees at the range were all the way back this was a solid 9 iron for me, about 125 yards.  I just concentrated on making a nice shoulder turn, rotating my hips, and staying relaxed through the downswing and follow through.  I hit several shots that were just dead on the flag.  I repeated this with the 5-8 irons.  I am not quite to 100% but I think I could go scrape it around 18 holes.

I hit my driver a few times.  I don't want to say I was disappointed, but the power I had prior to surgery just is not back yet.  Yes, my expectations are unrealistic, but it is what it is.  I really like the new shaft, the Aldila 2KXNV Green at 44.5" long.  I did manage two nice drives that carried about 240 or so.  Ball flight is high, but flat if that makes any sense, and the ball just seems to take a big leap when it hits the ground.

I am going to definitely play 18 next week and see what happens.

 

You made me feel even worse.   You're basically playing at 1/2 capacity without body parts - and still hit distances that I (being healthy) only dream about...and you're disappointed??   Go play something else!    :) :)

 

Robb

HAX (CVeratanictu)

From: HAX (CVeratanictu)

Nov-12

Those were the shots I talked about.  I hit some real stinkers with the driver and irons.  Long and WRONG.  I know it's just a matter of playing and working at it.  

The muscles around my left side and hip are REALLY sore right now...I have gotten soft in all of this ruckus.

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