Pros: Less back pain, comfortable when worn and adjusted correctly....have not been close to as sore while playing 4-5 times per week since wearing the belt
Cons: Kind of annoying to take off and put back on while taking a pit stop, seems to ride up when sitting in cart.
Serola Sacroiliac Belt
I have always had back issues during golf season since I can remember, and I am one who likes to be out on the course as much as possible... and once I am on the course I don't want to leave. I have some friends who will rock 27 to 36 holes in a day. That used to be an issue. If I were to try and keep up with them that would mean less golf or at least less comfortable golf (and work) for the rest of the week, as well as expensive chiropractic bills. The golf swing just puts a lot of pressure on the body and it affects some people more than others.
So when I saw that The Sand Trap was offering the chance to try out this product and write a review, I was very happy to try it out and give my opinion for other people who are in my position. I want to play golf as much as possible and do not want to be held back. Work and family/friend obligations already get in the way of course time (not in a bad way unless you want to be a family/friendless hobo), but pain or injury keeping me off the course has to be my biggest golf-related frustration. A nice day outside, day off of work, friends calling up saying to meet them out on the course, and you have to say no...I have to sit inside and ice my back. That is just a horrible thing for an avid golfer to go through.
Since I have worn the Serola Sacroiliac Belt, I have noticed much less back pain after a round of golf. I played 45 holes on a Saturday a week ago and woke up a little sore (that's a lot of golf), but in better condition than I had playing 18 holes on days before wearing the belt. I would have been able to wake up, get ready and play 18 holes the next morning if I wanted to. That is great because there were times earlier this year where I would have played 18 holes, woke up the next day, limped out of bed, and just knew that I needed to take a day off of golf. I was going to the chiropractor every week or two because I just got to the point where there was no other way to stop the pain. That was costing me a lot of money. There are probably other factors, but I haven't been to the chiropractor since I started using the belt. I also have found that I have spent less time in a day thinking about back pain or just trying to be comfortable. That is big when I am on my feet at work every day.
I definitely recommend the Serola Sacroiliac Belt if you experience lower back/pelvic pain. You have to make sure that you wear it correctly, and there are some minor annoyances that I will bring up soon, but the bottom line is...if you are having pain in this game, you need to take care of it. We can't all be the lucky ones like some of my friends who can work all day (one of them toting a bag around for 4 or 5 hours as a caddy) then go out and play as much golf as they want and then wake up the next day as if nothing has happened. This product is no magic bullet or anything, but it has definitely helped me keep up with them much better than I had before.
Now on to the few annoyances. I don't know if this would depend on your body type (I am rather skinny, though blessed with a ghetto booty), but it wants to ride up on me, which means I need to readjust it from time to time. This isn't a huge issue if I am walking, but if I am riding in a cart then I need to readjust it every other hole or so...it just naturally wants to ride up when I am in a sitting position. It also makes it tougher for me to get to things in or out of my pockets....this might depend on the level on which you wear your pants. I don't sag or anything but the Serola Belt seems to sit on or between my regular belt and the level of my pants pockets. You also have to keep in mind that you will have to take it off and put it back on when you need to go to the bathroom. I know, duh/obvious, but those of us who like to partake in a few beverages per round might notice this a bit more than a few others.
But to be clear, none of these inconveniences trump the need to relieve some pain, which is what the Serola Belt does. I don't see how this product could be designed better to alleviate the issues I have mentioned. If it hurts there, you need to wear it there. Also know that I have used this product enough to be confident of my opinion of it. I have used it for about two weeks now which have included a golf outing followed by 27 holes in one day (45 holes total) along with about ten other days of golf...probably half of them nine and half of them 18. A pet peeve of mine is reading through reviews and having to sift through the ones where that guy buys a product, takes it out for the first time, and then has a very strong opinion one way or the other. How could he know anything about the product if he has only used it for a day?
So long story short, if you have to live through enough lower back/pelvic pain where you have to limit the time you can spend playing a game that you love, look into the Serola Sacroiliac Belt. It costs less than a chiropractic visit, so if keeps you out of his office once it already pays for itself...I would say that makes it worth a try.