Is Tiger Woods Worth The Wait

With only two weeks away, the golfing world is anticipating the return of Tiger Woods at Farmers Insurance Open. It is exciting for many golfing fans to see his triumphant return. He will definitely add to the media hype and ticket sales, however I am not so sure it will make that much difference to the field at San Diego. Continue reading

Farmer’s Insurance Open – Players to Watch

The Farmer’s Insurance Open starts tomorrow. This tournament will have a very strong field and if you look close, some players are generating more attention than normal. Personally, I do not have a favorite for this weekend’s event, however I am intrigued by all the discussion and questions asked by the media.

four prosOf all the players this weekend, there are four players who have caught my attention without being in contention. I bet you can guess who they are; just in case you cannot here they are: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Mike Weir. These players in the spotlight and it will be interesting to see how they play at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are in the hot seat because of their poor play. It is difficult to comprehend that these two superstars are under performing for various reasons, but yet they are. Many pundits are posing the question of what his going on, but I suggest that nothing is happening. It is far to early in the season to count either of these players out of anything. After accomplishing just about everything a professional golfer can, I suggest that their motivation to play well does not come from the week to week grind of being on the tour. With only two months before the Masters, Tiger and Phil are carefully planning their strategy to peak at the first Major. Like it or not, I believe that their overall plan for the season is to play less, compete at the important tournaments and win Majors!

Dustin Johnson is returning after a self-imposed break from professional golf. During that time, he suggests he fixed challenges in his personal life, become a father, and a is better person. There are many articles speculating about why he left golf, but in the big scheme of things only he knows the real reasons. I am not sure how Dustin Johnson will be received by the golfing fans, but he is back and I wish him the best of luck on his personal journey.

Mike Weir is not playing very well this year. He has missed the cut at 4 out of 5 tournaments this year. He has struggled for some time due to injuries and well, just poor play. The reason I grouped Weir in the others is just to wish him well. I have followed Weir for years and thought I would send him positive thoughts during this weekends tournament. Good luck Mike; hit them long, chip them close and putt them true!

The Farmer’s Insurance Open is a fresh opportunity for Tiger, Phil, Dustin, and Mike to prove all the nay -sayers wrong. This week is a fresh canvas for these famous artists to create a masterpiece. I will be watching the action closely and wishing these four players well!

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Golf Injuries

Phil Mickelson withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open last night.  He cited a “locked back” that occurred when playing a shot out of the rough on the fifth hole in the second round.  With the Masters just around the corner, Mickelson decision was smart because he does not want to jeopardize his chances at a Major by aggravating any injury this early in the 2014 golfing season.  He also stated that if he played, the injury would probably change his swing and that is something he could not afford.  Too bad for the fans at Torrey Pines, Mickelson is a fan favorite.

Phil Mickelson’s decision to withdraw is not uncommon.  Many pros have withdrawn from tournaments citing injury.  As seasoned athletes, it is understandable that even the slightest injury could have long-term negative effects to their livelihood.  Mickelson’s back injury is a common injury for golfers, but it is only one of several that golfers want to avoid.

Golf InjuriesThe Physio Room discusses the five most common golf injuries.  Through the years, I and many of my friends can attest that they are correct.  I am sure if you quickly think about it you can name them:

About.com Golf expands this list even further.  Their list is more specific, but no less scary.

Injuries in golf are more common than non golfers realize.  The mechanics in golf are not natural and can cause strain on the joints, soft tissue and in come cases bones. The repetitive impact of the club hitting a ball, ground, rock, or thick rough does take its toll on the human body.  However, with proper preparation all injuries can be prevented.

To prevent injuries, the Mayo Clinic state ” Many golfing-related injuries are a result of poor mechanics or overuse, particularly in golfers who are new to the game or play infrequently. Although golf isn’t a contact sport, it puts significant demands on your body — which can easily lead to golf injuries. Follow these tips to stay in shape on the course.” Some of their suggestions are:

  • Warm up.
  • Start slowly.
  • Strengthen your muscles.
  • Focus on flexibility.
  • Build up your endurance.
  • Lift and carry clubs carefully.
  • Choose proper footwear.
It is important to understand that golf injuries can occur at anytime.  For some, are caused by poor mechanics, others because of course conditions and yet a few because players try something completely out of the ordinary.  If an injury does occur, as with Phil Mickelson, it is important to immediately take care of it to prevent long-term effects to your golf game.
I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!