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My wrist arthritis has suddenly got a worse of late (fwiw, the underlying cause is a previous injury, not age (I'm 35)), and golfing is something that really aggravates it. Alas, it's my hobby , and I don't want to stop. 

I generally find that I'm able to play with only slight/moderate pain, but a range session will cause a lot more problems. The rock hard range balls probably don't help.  Luckily, my course has a large practice area where you can take your own balls to. I figure that If I'm able to lessen the impact as much as possible, I should be able to do some limited practice without incurring the range like symptoms. 

So, what I think I need is a golf ball that is cheap (I will still lose some of these!) but also very soft. Any recommendations? 

Also, I know this is the balls forum, but any other tips on dampening the feel of poor impact would be helpful. Do thicker grips tend to help more or less than graphite shafts? 

Thanks in advance. 

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I think the ‘Noodle’ ball is soft and cheap. As far as graphite/larger grips I believe you’d have to experiment to know that for sure. People with arthritic hands have gotten relief from larger grips so being it’s your wrists you may just have to experiment. 

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1 hour ago, Moxley said:

My wrist arthritis has suddenly got a worse of late (fwiw, the underlying cause is a previous injury, not age (I'm 35)), and golfing is something that really aggravates it. Alas, it's my hobby , and I don't want to stop. 

I generally find that I'm able to play with only slight/moderate pain, but a range session will cause a lot more problems. The rock hard range balls probably don't help.  Luckily, my course has a large practice area where you can take your own balls to. I figure that If I'm able to lessen the impact as much as possible, I should be able to do some limited practice without incurring the range like symptoms. 

So, what I think I need is a golf ball that is cheap (I will still lose some of these!) but also very soft. Any recommendations? 

Also, I know this is the balls forum, but any other tips on dampening the feel of poor impact would be helpful. Do thicker grips tend to help more or less than graphite shafts? 

Thanks in advance. 

Are you hitting of mats? That may contribute more than the ball.

I wear a wrist brace when I hit off mats. The compression and support helps reduce the strain of hitting off mats.  I use the one below (Shock Doctor Wrist 3-Strap Support). It has stays that can be removed. I got it when I had a wrist injury last year. I tried a bunch and this one worked best because you can adjust how tight it is and it doesn't affect your grip.

https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/shock-doctor-wrist-3-strap-support-fa12sdwrstspprtlng/fa12sdwrstspprtlng

 

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1 hour ago, Moxley said:

Do thicker grips tend to help more or less than graphite shafts? 

I think both help. I have RA. Also have Tacki-Mac arthritic grips (oversize between mid and jumbo) AND graphite AND wrist braces AND Bionic gloves on both hands. I have found I can do without the gloves now that I have the grips, but I like them. My doc also prescribed a new pain mgt med, not opiate, that really works. Good luck; this arthritis stuff doesn't have to ruin your life. Best, -Marv

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 (over size) Avalon Chamois Grips, Calloway Super Soft Ball

 

 

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Probably cost prohibitive, but there use to be an item available called Sensicore Inserts. They were designed to be placed in the shaft to absorb the vibration caused when hitting the ball. Worked with metal, and graphite shafts to protect the golfer's hands/wrists from excessive vibration. 

Have not heard much about this item for quite a while. It may not even be available anymore. 

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Thank you for the suggestions. 

@boogielicious thanks for the brace recommendation - I had thought of this in the past but the only one I had interfered with my grip, but apparently this one doesn't do , so it will be worth a try. 

@MarvChamp good suggestion on the grips , I enquired at my club and there's a few in stock so will try the crossover which needs regripping (and is the club that gives me the most pain) to see how it works. 

Thanks also for the ball suggestions, Supersoft look good although a bit pricey for practice balls. That said, there isn't anything much cheaper. 

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Wilson Duo. Not super cheap but you can probably find for 15-20/ dozen. Very soft.

I bought some last year models at Dicks around December 17 for $7/dozen.

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On 8/29/2018 at 3:59 AM, Moxley said:

Thank you for the suggestions. 

@boogielicious thanks for the brace recommendation - I had thought of this in the past but the only one I had interfered with my grip, but apparently this one doesn't do , so it will be worth a try. 

@MarvChamp good suggestion on the grips , I enquired at my club and there's a few in stock so will try the crossover which needs regripping (and is the club that gives me the most pain) to see how it works. 

Thanks also for the ball suggestions, Supersoft look good although a bit pricey for practice balls. That said, there isn't anything much cheaper. 

Try Golfworks.com They have the first generation Maxfli SoftFli balls on sale for 7.99/dozen. I bought some last year for the Grand kids. I gave a few to some of my friends and they all said they were "way too soft!" I've only putted them. They are 35 Compression. Hope they work for you.

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While not the same weight as a true golf ball, a lighter limited flight ball, such as the Brush-t (discontinued) or Almost Golf is easy on the wrists.  There is very little feel from impact.

I've never hit the Almost Golf balls, but I hit the Brush-t ones.  They go 30%-40% in distance of a real golf ball.  But you can hook, slice, chunk them just like the real thing.  

Since I'm more of a sweeper, (and I hit in different areas in the back of the school yard), I'll go down the the school behind us as hit a tube of them a number of times.

It is really good for working on timing or just trying to smooth things out because if you rip it you may only get 5 more yards than a nice smooth swing.

Hard to stroke the ego ripping that 3W 80 yards... lol.

John

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@Moxley cheap and soft? try Slazenger Ultrasoft from Sports Direct. £6.50 per dozen and their softest ball. Same factory that makes Srixon Ultisoft so similar but cheaper look.

For dedicated practice balls try the Callaway HX practice balls from Amazon. Soft, limited flight and not bad price.

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