It is amazing the thoughts that run through an individual's mind when they make a decision that could ultimately change the landscape of their career and the livelihood of their family. As I laid in a Vail, Colorado, hospital bed back in January my mind was racing...Will this surgery work? Should I just continue to play hurt and accept the semi-success that I have had since 2009? Will I ever play golf pain free? Will I ever return to the PGA Tour and be competitive? These thoughts and question marks have definitely been a mainstay in the back of my mind since the day I decided to have surgery on my left hip. But rather than waste time and energy worrying about the unknown, I decided to use these concerns as motivation and the driving force behind my daily rehabilitation. It hasn't been easy and I have worked extremely hard to get to where I am today. I still have a long way to go but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. My wife has been my rock throughout this entire process and she deserves a ton of credit. She held our family together when I was unable to walk and do my daily father and husband duties and her support never waivered. I owe her a tremendous amount of gratitude and I am extremely fortunate to have her by my side.
As I sit here writing this entry, I am confident that I have the answers to those earlier questions of doubt and concern...YES, this surgery will work...NO, I shouldn't have continued to play hurt and accept the everyday limitations of my body...YES, I will play golf pain free...and YES, I will return to the PGA Tour and be EXTREMELY competitive. Like I said earlier, I have a long way to go (I'm probably about 75%-80%) but I already feel a major difference in my left hip. The newfound freedom and extended range of motion has been a Godsend and I cannot wait to reach 100%.
My return to the PGA Tour is simple. If my progression continues as scheduled, I will give my hip a test run with a couple of rehabilitation starts on the Web.com in August. If everything feels "normal" then I will return to the PGA Tour in October at the Frys.com. The only hiccup I have seen so far in my recovery has been the continued tightness in my left hip flexor. I can't seem to shake this feeling of discomfort even though I constantly stretch it...hopefully it will work its way out soon.
With that being said, I am extremely excited to return to work in October. However, I would be lying if I didn't admit that I am also dreading my return to work in October. As everyone knows, my time at home is precious and, for the first time in my life, I have been able to experience what a "normal" husband and father encounters on a daily basis. I have gained so much from this experience and I am very fortunate to have spent this time at home. I cannot wait to get back to work but I dread not being at home...such is life.
On a brighter note, everything at The Blake Adams Golf Academy is going well. We are growing with each month that passes and our students are getting better. I have been on site almost every week to help my Director of Instructor, John Tillery, with clinics and the day-to-day operations. I am extremely proud of him and his continued passion to make the Academy a success. I am very fortunate to have him on board!
In addition to the normal weekly programs at the BAGA, John and I will once again host a Junior and Adult clinic in July. The Junior clinic (ages 8-13) is this coming Saturday, July 13th, from 9am to noon ($95) and the Adult clinic is Saturday, July 20th, from 8am to noon ($225). Spots are limited so please make sure you sign up in time. The BAGA is also proud to announce our first weekly series of clinics for Adults. More information and a schedule will be available in the next few days. Please call the BAGA at 706-818-5246 or email us at Academy@blakeadamsgolf.com for more information or to register.
Also, if you have interest in receiving updates on the programs, clinics, specials and other news about The Blake Adams Golf Academy...please send us an email at Academy@blakeadamsgolf.com and I will add you to our current list. I want our followers to stay informed about the Academy and become involved whenever possible. I have big plans for the BAGA and I don't want anyone to miss out!
Thanks, as always, for the continued support of my career. I will return to the PGA Tour and I vow to be better than ever!