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I am 71 yrs. old and thought I would never be able to play again.  I had a laminectomy a few years ago and thought I would never be able to swing a club again.  Someone suggested switching out my irons (which I haven't been able to hit for some time) for high angle fairway woods.  I have 3,5,7,9,13,15,17,19 (19 is the wedge)  I am learning to hit them fairly well and keeps me playing because the shaft is longer and I can sweep the ball and not have to hit so much down and through.  I have started taking lesions from a PGA pro and can really see a difference.  The problem is consistent application of the correct teaching that I have learned.  I still have problems with bulging disc at L6 and S1 but decided against surgery and opted for pain management.  3 Tramadol a day keeps me moving and playing golf.  My question is I don’t have much distance and I find out I don' really need all of those clubs.  How do I decide which ones to carry?  I don't hit very long and am taking lesions and it makes a big difference.  I would like to open a discussion with someone knowledgeable about some issues/questions I am having getting back into the game.  Would very much appreciate a few guys willing to share their experience if they have similar back issues.  This is a great site and looking forward to learning a lot.

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I am 71 yrs. old and thought I would never be able to play again.  I had a laminectomy a few years ago and thought I would never be able to swing a club again.  Someone suggested switching out my irons (which I haven't been able to hit for some time) for high angle fairway woods.  I have 3,5,7,9,13,15,17,19 (19 is the wedge)  I am learning to hit them fairly well and keeps me playing because the shaft is longer and I can sweep the ball and not have to hit so much down and through.  I have started taking lesions from a PGA pro and can really see a difference.  The problem is consistent application of the correct teaching that I have learned.  I still have problems with bulging disc at L6 and S1 but decided against surgery and opted for pain management.  3 Tramadol a day keeps me moving and playing golf.  My question is I don’t have much distance and I find out I don' really need all of those clubs.  How do I decide which ones to carry?  I don't hit very long and am taking lesions and it makes a big difference.  I would like to open a discussion with someone knowledgeable about some issues/questions I am having getting back into the game.  Would very much appreciate a few guys willing to share their experience if they have similar back issues.  This is a great site and looking forward to learning a lot.

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It is great to hear that you are still playing.  I would suggest estimating the distance you hit each club and then removing clubs that go a similar distance.   Example: if your 7 and 9 wood are approximately the same, the take the 9 out.  Some may recommend just taking every other club out, but you may have favorites too.

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