I have a nice amount for a 45 year old man, but not nearly enough to win a World Long Drive Championship.
I have made this comment before and I did something about it, but not nearly enough. I am up to 134 MPH of club speed and 200 MPH of ball speed. If you look at the Trackman numbers from last year’s senior division, I should have a shot this year, as the rest of my numbers are optimized, as well.
I probably hit 133-134 in my first round today and blitzed the field. I was probably 130 in round 2, 127 in round 3 and 125 in round 4…if that. The conditions got better and I got shorter.
That’s four chances at one ball making me exempt in the last 4 months. I hit the ball solid all four chances in the winners bracket and losers bracket to get me to the final 8 at the World’s last year and the winners and losers bracket for spots in the world this year.
It wasn’t a choke job Sunday, I would admit that. I hit 20 of 24 balls in the grid for the day and all of them solid. I could feel myself fatigue and my arms get heavy as each round progressed.
The thing that makes it worse is every other competitor was bombing balls on the range in between rounds and I was conserving energy.
I have been arrogant. Back in the day, I didn’t have to train and was still the best in the world. That is no longer the case. The only thing this weekend cost me, was more money to go to further qualifying events. It won’t be a problem to make the world finals, as I won’t face competition this stiff at any of the other places I go to. However, if I don’t do something about this fitness issue, I am looking at another 9-16 place finish this year.
All of the other competitors fall into one of three categories. Guys who are fit, guys who have bulk and guys who are both. I am neither.
Knowing what fatigued, I need three things. Overall cardio stamina, greater upper arm and shoulder strength and stamina, and greater core strength and stamina. I found a trainer I trust and I start Tuesday on my journey to win a world title. I have the speed and the brass…none of my fellow competitors would question that. I had Senior guys and even Open division guys telling me how great my sets were and I should compete in the Open too.
I gave an honest answer. “I am too tired.”