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post #1 of 16
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Its been 6 weeks since I broke my wrist, and only a week since I've stopped wearing the brace. I've been mountain biking a couple times a week for the past three weeks, starting to get the gremlins out of my head.
But..................
But.................
But.................
I wanna golf so bad its making me crazy!


I took the clubs out in the yard yesterday to take a few swings. The breaking point in a swing is not good right now, with the minimal range of motion, but I could work around that if I had to.
What really killed me was when I dug dirt! Holy Cow that hurt!!!!

I really really wanna golf!
post #2 of 16
Tom Hanks said it best..

"There is no crying in golf!"
post #3 of 16
If it hurts when you dig dirt ....


Don't do that!
post #4 of 16
Perhaps if you try throlf (thrown golf). Use your off good (non injured) hand and throw the ball as hard as you can. Then use your putter on the green.



And yes, there is a website.

http://www.ausport.gov.au/__data/ass...499/throlf.pdf

post #5 of 16
/\/\ throlf---can we say 'shoulder injury waiting to happen!"

BTW a friend broke two fingers attempting to take a divot once on a sunbaked fairway.

I'd play it safe and skip golf until the thang healed
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
HAHA, J, the good hand is attached to the shoulder I tore up falling on Devils drop last winter. Kneale Brownson has a great image of that one!
post #7 of 16
BTW - I played for the first time yesterday after 10 weeks off due to shoulder surgery. I made it through 17 holes before the new shoulder gave up on me.

Course management is a little weird when coming back from injury. For example, when I hit really bad shots I just laughed because I gave it all I had and it was ok when I just did not have it. On the other hand, it's much easier to justify more conservative play. I had several risky shot options where the heart said "I can do that", but the brain said "yeah, but not today". It was amazing that I was not losing strokes because of being a chicken and how little trouble I got in throughout the round.
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by therusty View Post
BTW - I played for the first time yesterday after 10 weeks off due to shoulder surgery. I made it through 17 holes before the new shoulder gave up on me.

Course management is a little weird when coming back from injury. For example, when I hit really bad shots I just laughed because I gave it all I had and it was ok when I just did not have it. On the other hand, it's much easier to justify more conservative play. I had several risky shot options where the heart said "I can do that", but the brain said "yeah, but not today". It was amazing that I was not losing strokes because of being a chicken and how little trouble I got in throughout the round.
Good for you Rusty. Glad you got out there!!
All this makes me wonder how Tiger played the US Open so soon after his knee surgery. Makes me feel like a wimp.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
Its been 6 weeks since I broke my wrist, and only a week since I've stopped wearing the brace. I've been mountain biking a couple times a week for the past three weeks, starting to get the gremlins out of my head.
But..................
But.................
But.................
I wanna golf so bad its making me crazy!


I took the clubs out in the yard yesterday to take a few swings. The breaking point in a swing is not good right now, with the minimal range of motion, but I could work around that if I had to.
What really killed me was when I dug dirt! Holy Cow that hurt!!!!

I really really wanna golf!
Go Putt. Make sure your fundamentals are sound and just putt for hours. You will be surprised how much better you will get. I broke a finger a long time ago and just putted with my right hand for four weeks. I would gamle, putt one handed, take ther money and watch them cry, so yes their is crying in golf!

After a couple weeks start chipping, then pitching and after that you should be good to go with full swings.

Try not to "work around" any pain,discomfort or range of motion. You WILL end up compensating for it and develop bad habits!
post #10 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
Its been 6 weeks since I broke my wrist, and only a week since I've stopped wearing the brace. I've been mountain biking a couple times a week for the past three weeks, starting to get the gremlins out of my head.
But..................
But.................
But.................
I wanna golf so bad its making me crazy!


I took the clubs out in the yard yesterday to take a few swings. The breaking point in a swing is not good right now, with the minimal range of motion, but I could work around that if I had to.
What really killed me was when I dug dirt! Holy Cow that hurt!!!!

I really really wanna golf!
Been there; done that.
I once had to stop after 9 holes!. It was not so bad for me because I was never much of a golfer. On the other hand I hit a lot more dirt too.
post #11 of 16
I agree with Kosmo. Go putt.

Do Tiger's "Gate Drill" on 3 footers. Put a tee on either side of the putter head and stroke 3 footers.
post #12 of 16

Crying

Trekchick, agree go Putt. If this is really bugging you go play with one hand/arm/shoulder turn and hit. I played golf about 20 yrs ago with a man who had his left arm blown off in WWII at the Battle of Casino in Italy. He hit every drive 155-165 right down the middle and his short game was awesome. He beat me easily.

Give it a try on a short course and the range lst. Think of how this will improve your game when you start to use 2 wrists.

Ask yourself. Why not?
post #13 of 16
Putting good. Full shots bad. Use the time well, Grasshopper.

Throlf: bad. Mate who threw a ball like a cannon shell once bet me he could beat me on a hole if I didn't use any more than an eight iron; used a nine all the way down a 530yd par five (three shots with a nine, wedge for the last) and made the putt. He kept going but after recording an eight (pretty impressive) couldn't even use that arm to lift the beers he had to buy ...
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Putting is good. I've looked up some putting drills to help break the monotony of it. Feels good to smell the greens. I'll take that for now. Maybe I'll get out on the course by the end of the month.
post #15 of 16
It this point. Put the clubs away and don't even think about them. Seasons almost over anyway and you will have no "game" to speak of and you will fustrate yourself that much more.. As the old saying goes.. "Wait till next year"
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
Its been 11 weeks from my crash, and as Phil suggested, I used some old grips to do some excercises to get mobility back. I also worked on my putting game, the last few days I've been hitting balls in my yard, but today............it was the day I got out on the coarse!!!!
I went to golf with my brother in law. First game back since I broke my wrist on July 3rd. I had been practicing my putts since I couldn't do much else, and it really paid off!!!
I slowed my swing down to take it easy on the wrist, which was awesome for my line, but terrible for my distance. But the putts! Awesome. I actually chipped one in which was a first for me!!

It wasn't a great game overall, but it was a great first game back, with much promise, and learned patience, which is something my golf game needed!!
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