What Was Your Last Golf Injury

I have been thinking about golf injuries lately. My biggest issue this year is / was my lower back. From time to time this year, I found it very difficult to bend over. Now in all fairness, my sore back is not completely related to golf, but I am sure it is / was a contributing factor. I did a bit of research according to the Golf Channel, back pain is the most common injury. Go figure!

If you are interested in the top 10 injuries, you can check it out here.  The list is pretty straight forward but I bet number 10 is the most overlooked! I asked this question a couple of days ago and here is what my small sample had to say:

I try very hard to avoid injuries, but from time to time my body responds negatively to my repetitive action of swinging a golf club. My worst injury to date was my right elbow. I developed golfer’s elbow and it lasted for three years on and off. Fortunately, that was about 8 year’s ago and my injuries are limited to minor issues.

Over the years, I have tried very hard to prevent injuries through physical training and keeping active; especially in the off-season. Additionally, I train during golf season to ensure I remain fit for golf. But, the key to my diatribe is that I must remain active if I want to continue to play lots of golf for 7 months of the year.

Remaining active is the key to longevity of golf. It is not only about playing golf, but doing other things regardless of what it is. I realize I may be preaching a bit, it is something I feel very strongly about. Remaining active is the key to feeling young and playing golf for a very long time. What do you think?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer blog.

8 thoughts on “What Was Your Last Golf Injury

  1. I had to go through 6 weeks of physical therapy for Bursitis in my left shoulder last year. It’s a very common golfer complaint too according to my doc. In my case, I couldn’t lift my left arm without lots of pain and even after the cortisone shot, the therapy was pretty painful.

    For most golf injuries, stretching is the key to keeping them away. I now have a regimen that I go through at least three times a week to help keep it from happening again. But it pays to do it carefully. I was also warned by the doc not to over do some of them. He warned that could also cause damage. So work slow and don’t force things.


    • Kevin

      Thanks for the great advice. I believe that everything in moderation, but continue to do something is the key to avoiding injuries that will affect my golf game. Your injury sounds painful, I hope to avoid that moving forward.



  2. Jim, my worst was tendonitis in the outside of my left elbow about 5 years ago. Lasted two seasons and then went away. I believe that it was not golf related but incurred while lifting weights improperly. I always seem to do some damage lifting the wrong way and have since removed weights from my workout. I now use a TPI routine and pushups; basically anything that uses my natural body weight as resistance. Haven’t had a problem since.




  3. A very important topic indeed, Jim.
    Sorry to hear about your back. It’s a tough game to play and places stress on our bodies. I had taken two weeks off just recently to rest up my first golf injury, an annoying case of golfers elbow. Fact is, the off season will be the most important time to rest it up, stretch it out better and get it back to as close to 100% as I can for next year. I appreciate your sharing your experience with this…three years? Yikes. I truly feel for golfers who’s injuries keep them off the course for any extended time. I found two weeks hard enough. This will certainly motivate me to get myself in better shape over the winter months.

    Be well, thanks,


    • Mike

      I hope you continue to heal and become fully recovered soon. Thanks for the kind words. Avoiding injury is always at the top of my list. Our season is so short, we cannot afford any time off due to injury.



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