Originally Posted by JDVasos
Over a year ago I had Rotator surgery (two tendons that where torn reattached). I started slow like you but several times I over did it and was in some uncomfortable pain because of it. I would first talk to your PT and doctor and ask them how much and far you can swing as you do not want to go back and have them redo everything.
Too bad about the injury. How are you doing now? Are you still seeing a PT?
Yeah I found out the hard way as well. Since my last post I was really enthusiastic about my results. I was hitting the 9i somewhere around 90 yards and thought if I can hit it like this I can walk a par 3 course. And so I did and after four holes I had to admit that hitting balls on the range is a different game than hitting balls on a course. I got tired, my shoulder started hurting and I gave it up right there. I went to my PT 3 days after that and he noticed it straight away. I went back two weeks back in progress and am now somewhere around the same level of mobility I was two weeks ago. So now I promised myself I will not go back to the range because I will eventually start over doing it again. Instead I will be at the putting and chipping green. That will be my playground at least the next four weeks.
Originally Posted by chasm
A couple of years ago I had a separation of the left shoulder. I was in the middle of a six-year break from golf at that time, but returned to the game at the start of this year. The lay-off, and the slight alteration to the shape of my shoulder caused by the injury, made me come to the same conclusion as you - I needed to start again as if I was a complete beginner, forget my previous bad habits and take it as an opportunity to get things right this time around.
The most important thing I did was take some lessons before those bad habits became ingrained again. I wasn't a complete beginner, of course - the basics of grip, stance and so on were still there - but having the advice of a pro from the outset meant that I am evolving a swing whichis markedly different from, and more orthodox than, the one I had before. I'm optimistic that I'll end up a better, more consistent player as a result.
The one thing I'd say about the injury is to ensure that you do enough physiotherapy to restore as much mobility to the joint as you can before you get into full swings with your golf clubs. If you try to do too much too soon I'd say there's a danger that you'll end up developing a swing that is compromised because you are trying to compensate for the lack of freedom in the joint. So take your time, would be my advice.
A separation of the shoulder sucks dude. Has it healed properly?
I am definitely going to get lessons as soon as I have some mobility back. I am planning to sign up on evolvr and will post some vids in the my swing thread.
Thanx for the advice. I have to take it slow indeed. I want to get better asap but as soon as possible will probably be in nothing short then nine months. I have to keep that in mind but it is hard sometimes. Guess I'll be doing a lot of the 19th hole this year and skip the first 18.