Fighting a Golf Injury

There is nothing worse than having a golf injury when your season is only 7 months long. There is a sense of urgency to try and play through the pain, but generally this is the wrong course of action. As I get older, I find that I have a few more aches and pains than before, but that is not what I am talking about. I mean actual injury where it impacts your golf swing and as such your entire game. This type of injury provides a mental dilemma that most golfers face from time to time.

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Preventing Golf Injuries Early In Your Golf Season

My biggest fear is injuring myself early in the golf season. I have, unfortunately, did this before and it makes for a long road to recover because of the amount I want to play. Given the challenges of a rusty swing and very wet terrain, the possibility of injury increases so I must be wary to avoid potential injury scenarios. Well, my second round of the year was one of those scenarios I need to avoid!

The worse injury I ever had was golfer’s elbow for two years in a row. I injured myself early in the season and it too months to recover. This injury did slow me down and as a result I had to cut back on the number of rounds and practice time to allow healing to occur. Of course, I cannot compare myself to someone like Tiger Woods who has recovered from 24 reported injuries throughout his career (not to mention the number of minor injuries unreported), but as an amateur, any injury sucks.

On Saturday past, I played my second 9 holes of the year. The course was in good shape, but still very wet. My swing was not in good shape, but the rust is slowly being knocked off. As I made my way around the course, I found that I was digging in with my irons more than normal and as such cause additional stress on my elbows. Well, around the 5th hole, I pulled something on the inside of my right elbow and it bothered me for the rest of the round. Fortunately, if I did not dig in too deep, there was less pain so I figured my injury was not as serious as I feared.

On a side note, I wrote about golfer / tennis elbow before. It is something that many golfers are aware of and try to avoid…..right Brian Penn?

After my round, I could notice some pain when rotating my arm. So, I took it easy that night and rested it on Sunday (although it was the best weather of the year) to ensure my injury had a time to recover. It is the smart think to do because I want to be able to play for the entire season, not just a few early rounds.

I seems that back injuries is the most common. But, it is not the only one:

Avoiding injuries early in the golf season (well actually any time) is important to us players who have a short season. Not only does it limit your playing time, but it hurts your handicap index because of the higher scores. Taking things slow and easy in early stages of your season is a great first step to enjoying your entire season. This is what I plan to continue doing; how about you?

Do you try to avoid golf injuries? If so, how?

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

Playing Golf Through Injuries

Any golfer will tell you that their worst nightmare is injuring ourselves playing golf. Over the years, I have had my share. It is sometimes was unavoidable and others by pure accident. Regardless of how I was injured, each it had a negative affect on my golf game. Trying to avoid injury during my off season is always a must, but sometimes my ego gets ahead of itself. Continue reading

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!

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Golf Injuries

Phil Mickelson withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open last night.  He cited a “locked back” that occurred when playing a shot out of the rough on the fifth hole in the second round.  With the Masters just around the corner, Mickelson decision was smart because he does not want to jeopardize his chances at a Major by aggravating any injury this early in the 2014 golfing season.  He also stated that if he played, the injury would probably change his swing and that is something he could not afford.  Too bad for the fans at Torrey Pines, Mickelson is a fan favorite.

Phil Mickelson’s decision to withdraw is not uncommon.  Many pros have withdrawn from tournaments citing injury.  As seasoned athletes, it is understandable that even the slightest injury could have long-term negative effects to their livelihood.  Mickelson’s back injury is a common injury for golfers, but it is only one of several that golfers want to avoid.

Golf InjuriesThe Physio Room discusses the five most common golf injuries.  Through the years, I and many of my friends can attest that they are correct.  I am sure if you quickly think about it you can name them: Golf expands this list even further.  Their list is more specific, but no less scary.

Injuries in golf are more common than non golfers realize.  The mechanics in golf are not natural and can cause strain on the joints, soft tissue and in come cases bones. The repetitive impact of the club hitting a ball, ground, rock, or thick rough does take its toll on the human body.  However, with proper preparation all injuries can be prevented.

To prevent injuries, the Mayo Clinic state ” Many golfing-related injuries are a result of poor mechanics or overuse, particularly in golfers who are new to the game or play infrequently. Although golf isn’t a contact sport, it puts significant demands on your body — which can easily lead to golf injuries. Follow these tips to stay in shape on the course.” Some of their suggestions are:

  • Warm up.
  • Start slowly.
  • Strengthen your muscles.
  • Focus on flexibility.
  • Build up your endurance.
  • Lift and carry clubs carefully.
  • Choose proper footwear.
It is important to understand that golf injuries can occur at anytime.  For some, are caused by poor mechanics, others because of course conditions and yet a few because players try something completely out of the ordinary.  If an injury does occur, as with Phil Mickelson, it is important to immediately take care of it to prevent long-term effects to your golf game.
I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!