I've had three back surgeries, too. The last two came three years ago.
Before my latest surgeries, I played a 400-yard par-4 hole on my course with a driver and a 4 or 5-iron. Now I've moved up a set of tees, because I've had to ease off with my swing, and I play the hole at 360 yards with the same clubs.
You just gotta learn to live with it.
I play without pain because I spent over a year building a golf swing that puts as little stress on my back that a golf...