I have one major priority? Find a way to play and not be in pain without going all in on pain meds. My right ring finger hurts like crazy after about 5 holes and I could not finish a round. Since it's well into the year I will post my progress and results to date.
1st step: Change to a arthritic grip (bigger around) - Complete and it helped but not nearly enough
2nd: Try wearing a glove on the right hand... I used baseball batters gloves since it was thicker and provided more protection. This would almost get me through a round but not quite. The last few holes were still a struggle.
3rd: Added Ibuprofen, 800mg and it helps but I did not solve the problem. I don't like taking meds so i am not taking them.
4th: Tried CBD oil... somewhat effective but not worth the trouble
5th Completely changing my grip. This is not a quick fix. I don't even need the glove now and can play witoutt pain but man, it's hard to hit a ball this way. I have gone to full baseball grip and I can hit balls all day long with little hand pain but this is going to be a long road back to par golf this way. Oh well, at least I am playing.
Goal number Two: Fit my clubs to my swing rather than my swing to my clubs. This sounds easy enough but when you live where I do, there are not many places to go for fitting properly. My set was supposedly fit to my swing but I swear they weren't, I believe that I had changed my swing to make the standard too long shaft fit me. So:
1st: I cut my shafts down at the grips to make the lie match my grip and height rather than get the lie changed. I have always felt these clubs, Callaways, were too long in the shaft.
Results to date. I am hitting more greens than ever because I am hitting the straighter when I catch them clean. Now, to get this grip worked out so I can catch them clean. That may take a little while. I do hit them a few yards shorter but that's no worries provided I know what they do. I just play 1/2 club more than I previously would pick.