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  1. Golf fail?

    I have recently started playing golf for the first time at 45, so not even at handicap level yet. I was partially inspired by my 70-year old father who took up the game a few years ago. He is dreadful - but loves the game - I think he is down to 36 or something, and his improvements seem to come in spurts. Likewise, I don't seem to be a natural, but I enjoy it tremendously. I consider even the worst of rounds a lovely walk and some fresh air. I know it is frustrating to be stuck, but I am assuming you enjoy it, so why give up? You may well find that you'll get a few spurts and improve, but in the meantime just have fun.
  2. Newbie injuries - help!

    Thanks, noting this! I also got a bionic glove and they also seem to help a bit. But overall injuries are now subsiding and I have a worktrip coming up, so will have 2 weeks without golf, and hope to start from scratch - injury-wise.
  3. I only have access to mats, not grass, here in London. I used to also use one with a fixed, hard tee, and suspect this caused much of my injuries, as banging into a fixed object can't be good. Once I recover properly, I will try a more gradual approach to swing practice to build up strength in my wrists. I am not that ambitious for now - just want to get to a point where I don't feel that I hold up a game - so bogey/double-bogey would be ok (my etiquette and pace of play is pretty good). Once I get there I'll hopefully have another 30 years to improve :-)
  4. Ouch - sounds bad. Mine are different - wrists, fingers and elbow - basically over-use/tendonitis. I am in very good shape, but my forearms/wrists are probably weaker than I thought. I've been slowing down now for a few weeks, and it's def getting better. Funny - I've always thought of golf as a bit of a weakling game, but I stand corrected - everyone seems to go through severe injuries at some point,,,,
  5. Thanks all. These trajectories are helpful to assesswhat I (and others in a similar position) can aspire to, depending on how much effort I am able to put into it. I would love to do more, but as I am clearly prone to injury, I'll just have to do as much as possible. I like the idea of working backwards as I think I could knock off at least 3 strokes per hole with more accurate chipping and putting, and I lose a god-awful amount on mulligans on the fairway, Good lessons is a no-brainer for me. I am not a natural, and probably a bit timid on the full swing, so need the push on a regular basis (plus it stops me getting confused when all the well-meaning blokes on the course are giving me "helpful" tips). And winter is coming (!), so I reckon I'll have a lot of quiet time to work by myself which seems to help me a lot!
  6. Thanks for the straight-talk @Lihu. It's good to get a sense of pace I should expect. Loving your avatar!!
  7. Newbie injuries - help!

    Thanks @RandallT - good pointers. I think I will ask my coach to help me on my grip and really check what I am doing. I've been complimented on it by several pros, but it's no good if I wake up with a locked finger every morning, so clearly needs some work! Re stretching - I had a similar experience when I started running a few years back, so just plain silly not to take this seriously for golf. I guess the pint awaiting in the clubhouse is the easier option , but need to factor in time for stretching!
  8. Just curious on others' journey. I never held a golf club until 2-3 months ago, but started taking lessons and practice 9 holes twice a week and some chipping/putting practice. (I get injuries if I overdo it - especially driving range, and live quite far from the nearest club, sl that is my limit). At 45 I have no intention of being great, but progress is really slow, so trying to manage expectations. I am still using roughly 10 strokes for each hole (I count everything), which is really frustrating. I do see others doing much worse than me on the course after much longer, which just makes me worried that it will take years to get to a level which is adequate to play with my high handicap friends. I'd really like to hear from others who started late and their stories on progress.
  9. Newbie injuries - help!

    Thanks! Came from a running background, so know the value of cross training/warm up and stretching. Guess I underestimated the physical demands of golf, so didn't take this part seriously. Learned my lesson and will 'start over' - take a bit of time off and heal, and then take your kind advice!
  10. Newbie injuries - help!

    Thanks. I only do 50 balls each time, and a 20 prior to a round, but will limit even more and focus on the motion.
  11. New to the site and to golf. I have learned a lot from reading discussions here so thanks all! I am 45 and female, and started playing two months ago and have taken lessons and practiced 2-3 times a week. I am generally in good shape, but finding golf surprisingly tough on the body, and am always sore after a 9-hole or driving range session. The last few weeks I have developed mild cases of tendonitis in bothe wrists, trigger finger on left pinkie and a mild tennis elbow. Basically a wreck! I am laying off the driving range, as I think the mats and fixed tees are mostly to blame. I am gutted though, as it really gets in the way of progress. But guess my forearm muscles were simply too weak to begin with. Does anybody have some good tips for avoiding injuries - training which helps golf-specific muscles? I have found some yoga for golf videos. Did anyone try these out?Thank you.
  12. I'm a woman and I want to learn how to play golf.

    I just started 2 months ago (F45), and love the game. It certainly is a very difficult venture, and requires a lot of dedication, time and money. But hopefully it'll be worth it. As mentioned above, just be patient - you likely will take a year or twp to reach "decent" stage. Two pieces of advice: get lessons, and be careful not to overtrain on the driving range. I am currently afflicted by trigger finger on my left hand, sore wrists on both hands, and a mild case of tennis elbow on my right. Most women do not have strong forearms, so the repeated banging into mats are really tough.