The Twelve Week Comeback
A book about how I come back from complete inaction and injury to competing in professional golf tournaments in twelve weeks.
The picture you see at the top is not recent; in fact, that fresh-faced kid was me back in July 2008, standing outside my balcony in Laguna Beach, California. This was back when I was still passionately pursuing my goal of playing golf professionally. I had just played a two-day event a few weeks before, which was my first tournament in six months after blowing out my knee in my first mini-tour event (which required nine weeks of physical therapy before I was even cleared to practice). Although I didn't play well at all, I had a promising final nine holes where I shot even par, which gave me some confidence going into my next tournament later in July. A lot of things went wrong, but suffice to say, after the next one-round event, I felt like my career was over. I gave my career another shot in Phoenix the next Summer, but issues from my knee started permeating into other areas of my body, and by the end of 2009, I was retiring indefinitely. From 2010-2013, I played 34 holes of golf, most of which I was not able to hit a simple bump-and-run chip shot due to tightness and nerve issues in my lower back. Quite the ending for someone who was only 22 when the first injury occurred.
Things have changed substantially the last couple years. I can hit a chip shot now, I'm re-enrolling to finish my degree at the College of Southern Nevada, majoring in CIT-Software. I've recently published a book titled Professional Golf for the Rest of Us, which I hope will help aspiring professionals learn from the mistakes I made when I was younger. Writing the book has been extremely fulfilling, but it also awakened something else in me: A desire to give my career one final shot.
I'm by no means old; I turned 31 this past May, and am in decent physical condition. Because of where I live, where parking can be scarce, I opt to not own a car, which gives me a chance to walk often, at least 2-3 miles a day, depending on my day's agenda. My body has incrementally improved, and I feel confident that, if I give it one more concentrated effort, I can compete in the one-day professional tournaments in Arizona and California.
I have zero desire to be a touring professional: I enjoy being creative as a writer, am looking forward to turning my education and writing into a business, and have taken on an enjoyable role as mentor and consultant to a good friend of mine who is preparing to start his playing career. All I want is one last chance to leave my playing career on better terms than a severely injured, both physically and mentally, tournament player. This book will detail the steps I take to overcome my physical ailments and anxiety about tournament golf, and be ready to compete in a short period of time.
I want this project to be an inspiration to others who have fallen down, that yes, you can get up, learn from your failures, and continue to pursue your passions. With the help of crowdfunding, we can make this project possible.
The $1000 goal will be the minimum required to cover the basic expenses.
The cost of use of golf facilities are estimated to be about $150 per month for the last two months, and $50 for the first month. This is because I will be focusing my efforts in the first 3-4 weeks on gaining strength and flexibility, with minimal need to practice or play. After the initial month, I'll ramp up use of the course and will need to pay greens/cart fees.
I intend on playing three one-day Twilight Pepsi Tour events, in consecutive weeks. The entry fees over around the $210 mark per tournament.
I have plenty of golf balls for practice and for practice rounds, but it would be of great help if I am able to purchase two-dozen premium golf balls, which are around $50/dozen.
The twelve-week process has already begun, and I will be hard at work in the gym, doing everything I can to get stronger and more flexible.
If you want to see my golf swing, both with the driver and wedges, you can view my Instagram account at instagram.com/mikeguillengolf.
The pledge awards are varied, giving a little something for even a $1 pledge. Anything $45 and above you can actually watch me play via live stream on Periscope! If you have any suggestions about additions or revisions, I'd greatly appreciate it. Let's make this book happen!
Risks and challenges
The only obstacle I can think of for this project is scheduling. Since I intend on being ready for tournaments around the end of October, there is a possibility of tournaments not being available right away. Typically, Pepsi Tour Twilight events run weekly, either in Arizona or California. Regardless of where they take place, I'm extremely flexible with where I am willing to play, even if it's a different tour.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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