On the comeback trail
Posted: 24th April 2012
Sorry for the absence, it’s been a while since I updated the website. It’s also been a while since I played golf.
I’ve been out of action since November because of a persistent wrist injury. I couldn’t pick up a club until March, which is the longest I’ve ever been without playing since I was about six or seven years old.
It’s been frustrating not being able to play. It’s obviously not ideal, but it’s one of those things you have to accept. I’ve spent most of the winter in Dubai, training and getting fit, with the aim of returning as soon as possible.
Improving the wrist has involved mostly rest and strengthening work on my arms and shoulders, which should provide extra support.
I’m fairly close to returning and hope to do so in June or July. I’ve been playing a few times a week for the last two or three weeks. I’m just trying to build up the stamina of the wrist and get some feel back in the rest of the game, so I’ve been focusing on my short game quite a lot.
I’ve been with the England squad this week up at Woodhall Spa, trying to help out the youngsters a little bit and help myself as well by getting some competitive practice.
The game’s definitely a bit rusty, but having spent a couple of days there, pitching, chipping and putting, it’s definitely improved from where it was. It’s probably still 20 per cent away from being as sharp as I’d like it to be, but it’s steadily getting better with each day and week of practice.
I’ve recently been back in the UK as my sister got married, but I’ll be heading back to Dubai to continue my work over there and hopefully I’ll be back soon.
I haven’t pencilled in any tournaments yet as I want to be completely ready when I return. There’s a few different events, but I’m probably two or three weeks away from confirming anything. I want to be in control of the injury and confident it won’t come back – that’s the main thing. Once that’s the case I can get back to the aeroplanes and hotel rooms.
It’s been lovely to have some time off, spending time in one place and sleeping in my own bed every night, but I’m really looking forward to getting back and competing. The fun bit of the job is trying to win tournaments.
The competition is what I’ve missed most – challenging on Sundays to win events. I’m also looking forward to seeing all the boys out on tour as it’s been a few months since I’ve seen them.
I’ve got a lot of goals I still want to achieve. I want to prove to myself that I can get back into the top 50 in the world and progress from there.
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