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Back surgery, left with no swing, what now?

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I posted this on the Golf Talk thread, someone suggested I post it here:

 

~~Well I've had my third back surgery, had a six month layoff what with the pain and all. Got the OK from the doc and went to the range. I have absolutely no golf swing at all! Tried hitting easy nine irons, they were all over the place. Very discouraging, what now, back for lessons?

 

Anyone else have problems coming back after injury and a long layoff? Tips are welcome.

post #2 of 11
6 months shouldn't be long enough to completely lose a swing...

My first thought is that you may still be stiff and sore from the surgery......that you've lost some flexibility. In that case, a few physical therapy sessions could be in order.
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I answered the original thread, still ..you may have to work on getting your swing back, but it's possible. Got mine back, only way better than it use to be..:-D 

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Develop yourself a golf swing that doesn't put much torque on your back no matter what anybody else thinks of it. Listen to your body (nobody knows what you feel except you).

 

Three back surgeries are three too many.

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I posted this on the Golf Talk thread, someone suggested I post it here:

 

~~Well I've had my third back surgery, had a six month layoff what with the pain and all. Got the OK from the doc and went to the range. I have absolutely no golf swing at all! Tried hitting easy nine irons, they were all over the place. Very discouraging, what now, back for lessons?

 

Anyone else have problems coming back after injury and a long layoff? Tips are welcome.

 

Good luck getting back into the game. I would recommend starting off slow, like you're doing, just keep at it.

 

 Simple, Specific, Slow, Short, and Success - The Five "S"s of Great Practice 

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Thread Starter 

Thanks guys, I'll keep at it but very slowly. I'll let you know how I progress. I think it will be a while before I go on the course through, and when I do I guess I'll ride, at least in the beginning. I see how it goes.

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Thanks guys, I'll keep at it but very slowly. I'll let you know how I progress. I think it will be a while before I go on the course through, and when I do I guess I'll ride, at least in the beginning. I see how it goes.

@cooke119 ,

 

Keep doing your therapy.  You need to get your body all the way back too, strength and flexibility.  This will help the swing along with what @mvmac suggests.

post #8 of 11
Seriously, get involved with yoga.
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I second the yoga.   It will help with your flexibility.  

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Thread Starter 

I actually practice Hatha yoga (probably how I hurt my back in the first place; just kidding), but I do practice and it does work.

 

I did go to the range on Saturday, took it easy and had much better results. I just went back to basics and forgot about all the stuff I had been reading about while I was recuperating.  Sometimes to much information is not a good thing, it had me all screwed up. I just held the V, started the backswing with my upper body, and concentrated on tempo more than anything else, nice and easy. And what do you know, I was hitting straight again, not too long but straight. I worked my way up to my hybrid and 3 wood, all nice hits. I didn't stay too long, but felt great when I left. It's a start.

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Originally Posted by cooke119 View Post
 

I actually practice Hatha yoga (probably how I hurt my back in the first place; just kidding), but I do practice and it does work.

 

I did go to the range on Saturday, took it easy and had much better results. I just went back to basics and forgot about all the stuff I had been reading about while I was recuperating.  Sometimes to much information is not a good thing, it had me all screwed up. I just held the V, started the backswing with my upper body, and concentrated on tempo more than anything else, nice and easy. And what do you know, I was hitting straight again, not too long but straight. I worked my way up to my hybrid and 3 wood, all nice hits. I didn't stay too long, but felt great when I left. It's a start.

 

 

Great to hear !!! yeah, hitting balls is o.k., If you do it at about 30 to 50% max. I hit 250 balls at the range, and not 1 swing is above 60% most much slower, and no pain after I'm done. Hope you can get back to playing soon..Good Luck!

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