Last summer, after retiring from teaching karate, I decided to take up golf again. It has been challenging! Not only am I that much older, I have some physical challenges to manage… loss of balance, trembling, freezing and loss of dexterity [particularly on the left side]. I have also lost a lot of strength, so I don’t hit the ball nearly as far as I used to. On the flipside, I tend to hit the ball much straighter!
Perhaps my biggest challenge, though, has been multitasking. That is to say, remembering to do all the things I need to do in order to have a consistent swing: slow take way on the back swing, shift my weight from the left foot to the right foot on the back swing, keep the left arm straight throughout the swing, keep my head down throughout the swing, shift my weight from my right foot to my left foot on the down swing and have a full follow-through with the club finishing around at my back. All this while keeping my back straight, shoulders square and knees bent.
Because of the chemical imbalance in my brain, it seems to have forgotten how to multitask, so I have to consciously think about performing each of these tasks each time I take a swing. More often than not, I leave something out, my swing breaks down and I duff the shot.
But I figure playing golf has to be good for me. Not only is it good exercise for my body, it is also good exercise for my brain. And with more practice, I will get better at it!
At the end of the day, how I hit the ball doesn’t matter! What does matter is that I enjoy myself because this will help take my mind and body out of the fight-or flight-state and put it in the happy, dopamine and serotonin producing state!