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So most people who have read my blogs or posts know that I am a forehand dominate player.

~ Well not anymore.

Over the last 2 months me and some buddies have been practicing at this field that has lights (because we do not have time to play in the daytime anymore.) We were basically in it to improve on distance as my local course is a long one with 4 par 4s and a 5. Dont know the footage, but a pro ranked in the top 50 in the world shot 9 down to give you a feel for how difficult the course is.

We were doing great for a minute. I shot my personal best as did my friend both at 2 over par. One night however, I suddenly had a sharp pain in my knee. It hurt so bad I had to quit throwing. I gave it about 3 days rest and went to practice again and I was stunned...

MY SIDEARM HAD ABANDONED ME!!!!

I mean gone. I couldnt even flick 50 ft correctly. I tried to correct it after 2 hrs no luck at all. All I could do is throw right into the ground, a roller, or a ballooning hyzer about 150ft. Same thing ensued over the next 4 days of practice. The pain was gone, but so was my throw. Well I was scheduled to play a tournament that weekend and I tried, only to embarrass myself to the world and shoot my worst round ever!

The day after the tournament I told my group that I would be throwing backhand from now on. My statement was met with some harsh criticism as I have tried to throw backhand for the longest time and have never really thrown a true backhand shot. This time was different though. I wasted a day at work reading how to throw backhand articles, I even bought the Scott Stokely e book. Something must have worked though, as I threw a 2 over 10 holes that afternoon throwing backhand for the first time. It wasnt climo, but for me it was easy, effortless, and the jolt I needed to continue playing this game.

I am happy to say that I am a backhander now!

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Comment by Born A Buckeye on November 17, 2008 at 7:35pm
its now an approach shot or when I need fading placement
Comment by DC ( DISCFUNCTIONAL CHRIS ) on November 14, 2008 at 2:21pm
wow thats interesting, personally i cant throw a sidearm approach shot to save my life, a long drive no problem, when i try to finess one it goes all floppy on me and i basically look like a dee de dee when i try to throw it, or it like goes crazy long and i double bogie the hole LOL its something i should work on probably, i saw a dave feldburg video awhile back and saw him doing some forehand approach and put shots and he was deadly with it !
Comment by Born A Buckeye on November 14, 2008 at 1:00pm
It has started to come back, only with a one step though and I use it for approaches or placement. No further than 200 ft though.
Comment by DC ( DISCFUNCTIONAL CHRIS ) on November 14, 2008 at 8:54am
i here ya man, i used to be forehand dominant in my drives as well, and last year for the same pain issues with my knees as well as my arm forced me to work on my backhand game, i havent totally given up the forehand shot as its definatley usefull on some holes, and a good tool to have in the ole bag of tricks,

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