The Story of Iron Brian

How often have you heard someone complain about their high cholesterol, even though they eat right and work out regularly? 

I’m told that the biggest factor in determining such traits is beyond your control—it’s built into your genetics. Try as you may, if your grandparents “cursed” you, you may never get that cholesterol number down to the low 150’s (millennials should ask their parents what a cholesterol test is…😊).    



  So why would I bring that up, and why is there a robot golfer (Iron Byron) shown on Steemit as my avatar? Although we don’t have all the same parts, I do happen to have some “robot” in me in the form of a mechanical hip—the finest titanium-ceramic joint money could buy. Although it is likely somewhat self-inflicted—from many years of high-impact sports—there is certainly a genetic component as my ancestors have a history of osteo-arthritis that they have so generously shared with me. It appears that the 2nd bionic joint is not too far in the future—this time a knee.


  

    So, I absolutely love golf. I set the stage with genetics so that I have an excuse why I can’t blast a tee shot 300 yards in the air (like my 2 sons that play). If I am not playing golf, I’m either watching the latest PGA Tour event on the DVR, or reading about golf on the web. Although my day job is an avionics engineer, I will enter my 14th season as a high school golf coach next spring. I tell the kids that I coach you don’t need a perfect swing, and that I am the living example of how you can mis-hit shots all over the golf course yet still score around par. USGA handicap index is currently 5.1.
    
  I’ve been playing the game for nearly 50 years (don’t do the math to see how old I am). The past 20 or so I’ve often been accompanied by one or both of my sons, who each played some college golf. On a rare occasion—say once or twice a year—I can come out on top with the score of the day, but it’s normally a battle between the two of them, with me limping across the finish line in 3rd place. Given the onset of “senior menu” status, they finally allowed me to move up one set of tee markers from the back tees, and affectionately dubbed them the “JV tees”. I told my wife she is not allowed to play golf as I am barely clinging to the #3 spot in the family as it is—don’t want to drop to 4th!   
 

 The “Iron Brian” nickname was assigned by my brother, who claims I’ve never hit a tee shot out of the fairway (he’s older and has some memory issues). Occasionally I’ll bend over to put a tee in the ground and my hip joint will produce an audible squeak, much like a door hinge in need of a drop of oil. Then, out come the jokes like “Tin Man, get your oil can. That brother and I have had some spirited matches in the past, but yours truly normally comes out on top in that one. One time, after spending about $40 at the beverage cart throughout the day, he was so disgusted with losing to his little bro that he tossed the 6 1-dollar bills in the air that he lost to me, sending me scurrying across the green to catch them before they blew into the greenside water hazard. It’s the principle, not the amount. That same brother once disappeared into a deep grass bunker on the far side of the green, then sent his ball up onto the green in what appeared to be a miraculous shot from deep rough. My suspicions were soon confirmed by his sh#t-eating grin as he appeared on the green that it was indeed the top of his fingers I saw above the horizon, part of the hand that propelled the ball upward instead of his wedge. The great thing about golf is that (normally) there are no referees to blame bad calls on like with most other sports I have enjoyed. It’s just you against the course, and also against that bit of gray matter between your ears. Even though my best drives are behind me, I probably shoot more 9-hole under-par rounds now than ever before because I use the brain instead of the brawn. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to be able to hit an iron to the green for the 2nd shot on a par 5, but, realistically, that’s not going to happen. I have to play for position, leaving me with a good chance to get up-and-down from 100 yards or so. True story: On a course we never played before, my boys were contemplating how much of the dogleg par 5 they could cut off. Looking at the hole map, one said to the other, “Look, it’s only about 290 (yards) to carry that bunker”. Well, that line off the tee was not an option for me, so I aimed straight down the middle of the fairway, content to play it as a “3-shot hole”. Long story short—the big hitters tried to cut too much off the dogleg and found themselves in knee-high rough, both recording a bogey, while Dad hit a wedge from 100 yards and knocked in a 10-footer for birdie. Once in a while, “old age and treachery” triumphs over “youth and vitality”. 

Future blogs may not focus on golf, but as they used to say on the PGA commercials, “I love this game!” As the legendary Tigger would say, Ta Ta For Now (TTFN).

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Welcome to Steemit @ironbrian!

Welcome here on Steemit. I hope you will enjoy your stay with us. Already nice picture. Thank you!

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Welcome to Steem! Please do some blogs about golf! It needs more coverage!

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You a little like Brian Cranston aka Walter White aka Heisenberg!
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What a cool entry! Welcome to steemit, @ironbrian!

The “Iron Brian” nickname was assigned by my brother, who claims I’ve never hit a tee shot out of the fairway (he’s older and has some memory issues).

Haha, thanks for the laughter.
And I definitely hope you're going to talk a lot about golf since I believe it's one of the most interesting sports of all.

Anyways, enjoy the ride on this lovely platform!

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(he’s older and has some memory issues).

Shots fired.

Welcome to steemit Brian.

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Welcome Brian, hope you enjoy steemit. It is true that genetics often determine your traits but don't let that stop you from achieving what you want in life.

hi Iron Brian, very happy to see you. i am wishing you the best and hope your are enjoying steemit. i am the best voter and follower, and hope you too follow me in this community.

Welcome to steemit! Age and genetics can contribute greatly towards your health but YOU control your lifestyle and that's still a huge factor ;) Hope to read more from you!

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Well look who it is! Thank you for not mentioning what happened the last time we played golf together... don't want things like that getting out around here...

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Haha, great comment - this is going to be fun here :-)

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Hahaha

I definitely want to see what does 50 years to the practice! and, of course, if it's possible, more pics of that awesome views in the background.

Welcome to the community, have an excellent day!

Hey Brian,

Welcome into this wonderful community.
Thanks for sharing your story.
I wish you all the best here may your dreams come true.

If you have any questions feel free to ask.

All the best.

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Remember, you only get old once but you can stay immature forever. Welcome to STEEMIT!

What a great little introduction, @ironbrian 😊

I laughed a lot, while I was reading about how your boys tryed to compete about cutting the course, while you outsmarted them and took it nice and slow!

  • It's just like - when you have to show someone something and everything goes wrong - I think we all have been going through this kind of embarrassing (at some point in life).

Your name @Ironbrian has an fantastic relation to your situation and I'm backing you 100% up on your little story; "even though you might get worn up, and some of your body parts might get replaced - as long as you're head is still functioning, you will still have the ability to win "sometimes".



I'm looking forward to read some more of your stories - I will upvote, resteem and follow you!
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I think your brother is just jealous that you can out think him at golf. LOL

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Welcome to Steemit! This was a great post. Thank you for sharing. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for you future work!

You write interesting post. I liked your joke on health issues being generously shared by your grandparents to you!!

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That is golf passion! Cool😎. Nice history I thing that small details make big differens. Yes our ancestors are linked to our deseas but we can make our choises make our Bodies and mind healthier

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nice post @ironbrian. But i have one thing to say , its true that genetics matters and you are more prone to the health problems that your ancestors had. But its still possible to stay fit and not have those problems by following a healthy lifestyle and positive thinking.
I hope you have very nice life and sometime over play your sons in golf . (hahaaha..) . All my best wishes with.
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New here too. Working on my intro post soon! It's great to welcome someone here :D Steem on!

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I wish you all the best here, may your dreams come true.

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Welcome to Steemit. :)

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Strategic is what you are @ironbrian. I enjoy gold very much and I haven't played in years. i grew up around it and it gives me feelings of nostalgia. Welcome to Steemit

Golf is a nice relaxing way to get really frustrated n super disappointed in yourself. Nice post, keep the 3rd position goin', make sure your wife doesn't join :)

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