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  1. Hi, I had some problems with my swing path, so I started focusing on my right elbow, tucking it in to my right side. It did have a positive effect and I hit some beautiful push-draws. But then I started thinking. Is there a risk of over-doing this? One thing obviously is the swing path, getting too much inside-out. But I can detect if I am doing that by looking at the divot (and initial ball direction). But what else could go wrong? I have had problems with getting too "around me" in the backswing. And I guess that's the same as bad swing width. Is that a risk? Maybe there is something like "you should tuck it in, but remember to do this-or-that"? Any opinions? I know I could just look at the resulting shot but sometimes over-correcting masks out other errors in the swing (that I cannot see easily).
  2. Only been playing 6 months, and admittedly I am no spring chicken, however this is crazy. I have shoulder impingement in my right shoulder, tennis elbow in my left arm, I am starting to get golfers elbow in my right arm, and my left shoulder is also showing signs of impingement. I spend the evening transferring ice packs and heat pads from one part of my body to another. As well as this I have tried various exercises, which to be honest appear to make the problems worse. When I play, I go out on the course strapped up like a mummy, covered up by a jacket so I don't look to stupid. Someone once told me golf was meant to be good for you! What are your stories about golfing injuries, and have you any advice regarding my falling apart body ?
  3. I've been having golf elbows on my right elbow (I'm right-handed) for over 4 months now. I've been golfing for about 20 years with no elbow issue until now, I swing rather slow and rarely ever go to the range, and whenever I go to the range I only hit off the grass, never on a mat. I also don't play often, averaging 3 times a month in the summer so I can't figure out how I could have caused this injury. It started late last year, however I still played with it because it only became painful towards the end of the round so I've always managed to complete all 18. However I stopped playing since early last December hoping to recover over the winter time. I'm quite disappointed that it hasn't improve, it hurts whenever I lift something or use force on my right arm certain way. I'm going away in a couple of weeks on a golf trip where I'll be playing golf everyday for several days, I went to a simulator last week to get some practice and it started to be painful after swinging for about 10 minutes, I'm not sure how am I going to enjoy this trip with this pain. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  4. I have a question for everyone, especially the older golfers like me. After you play or practice, do you have any kind of aches and pains? I'm 62, and I am finding that I have to take at least a day or two in between practicing or playing. I have little backaches, or my elbows are sore. I wind up taking anti-inflammatories to deal with it, Advil and the like. Lately, I have been taking Advil prior to playing 18 holes, to suppress any minor back twinges or elbow pain in the middle of the round. These are minor aches and pains, but they can be distracting and affect my swing during a round, hence the attempt to suppress them. Does this seem normal? Does anyone else go through this?
  5. IM new here and not no tiger woods I would rate myself as a intermediate beginner. Yesterday I was out playing golf and before we started I was at the driving range with my driver and after a couple hits I felt a sharp pain in my lower right arm elbow area and today my whole lower arm is black and blue swollen. Have no clue what has happened. And very frustrated with my drives, I cant seem to be constant with hitting the ball straight and was wondering if I can get some advice with my driver and clubs and what could have happened to my right arm area. Thanks,
  6. Hi from PA. this is my first post. I was on another golf forum, but it took weeks to get a response if you got one at all. It was a morgue compared to here. I found this one Saturday and got more information on golfers elbow than I got from my doctors ! I heard of tennis/golf elbow before but never realized how painful it could be. Never is on someone else ! It started in August, I had to quit October 1. I have not played since then, was diagnosed in November, got a shot that only lasted 5 weeks but was not told to do any stretching or exercises.. I then went to an ortho MD, who gave me a brace and some exercises to do. I am doing them and some others I found on here. I can't play here now in PA anyway, but was planning a trip to NC in early March and hoping I do not have to cancel. Ray
  7. I play a lot of racquetball, plus I'm getting old, and I had to take a 4 week break from golf because my arm is killing me. I finally hit balls at the range last night, and it's still bothering me. My instructor was there giving another lesson and I talked to him for a minute and he said that a lot of guys play with one of those straps on their arm and it doesn't seem to bother most people. I know that The Mechanic wears one of these. Any of you guys wear one and were you still able to swing alright? I have one already and I'm going to give it a go this weekend.
  8. For those of you who have suffered tennis elbow (outside the elbow as opposed to golfer's elbow which is inside the elbow), how long did you layoff from golf for it to completely heal?
  9. i did some searching and saw a lot of threads on golfer's elbow, but none really that addressed my question. for a while i was playing once a week and the elbow over time would be occasionally sore after a round. and it would just be tender, nothing really that unordinary or worth being frustrated or concerned with. a few weeks ago though i started going to the range a time or two during the week. for about 2 weeks straight i probably went to the range 6 times and played 4 rounds, so pretty much every other day i was hitting a lot of balls. after than my elbow got really sore after i would hit. it would hurt several days after. i stopped doing that and went back to playing once a week, and it returned to that semi-sore state. the thing is i'd like to go to the range a time or two during the week, but it sounds like my elbow just can't keep up with that schedule. is there anything i can do besides limit my trips to the range? the elbow never hurts while i'm playing, only after.
  10. I am a lefty and my right forearm is sore. Based on Dr Google it doesn't sound quite like tennis or golf elbow based on where I am feeling it. It's sore on the outside of my forearm, about halfway between my elbow and wrist. When I flex my forearm, I feel it at the most muscular part. Is there a way to easily tell whether this is simple muscle soreness from developing muscles that I haven't used much before (I've only been playing golf for about 6 mos and have been playing a lot more lately), or a sign of something more ominous to come? All I've done so far is stretching (stand with arms straight out in front of me and flex wrists up, then down) and icing on and off.
  11. I just started learning to golf five months ago. I am 47 years old and in excellent health. I lift weights and do martial arts several times every week. I practice golf three times per week, and have hit more than 11,000 balls at the driving range. At first, lots of things would get sore (palm of my left hand, blister on one of my right hand fingers, etc.), but after a while everything felt more normal - especially as my coach started to improve my swing. But my right arm has continued to stay sore, and actually feels like it might be starting to get worse. The pain area is from the point of the inner elbow bone to the muscles all around the uppermost part of the forearm. It hurts most when I use my right hand to pick up something. I assume this means I am gripping the club too hard, or bending my right arm on the downswing. Would love to hear some thoughts about this...
  12. Can anyone who has experienced "Golfers Elbow" aka tendonitis/tendinosis, give some tips or information based on their experience. I caused the injury by playing golf and/or hitting balls at the range almost daily on a quest to break 80. I strained a muscle in my upper back region and strained my elbow. I quit playing golf completely for 4-5 months and the pain hasn't really gone away. I have read that tendinosis can last several months as tendons take a long time to heal. I don't have health insurance so I can't afford to go to a doctor and go through the myriad of tests and xrays. So what are my options. Cortisone Shot? (has benefits but can also cause damage) Acupuncture? Massage Therapy? (It has helped alot with my back pain) Specific Exercises? Sit on the couch for 6 more months? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  13. Anyone had surgery for Tennis Elbow and if so, how long before you were back playing again. In addition was surgery a success? Thanks
  14. I've noticed in the past couple months that whenever I go out and shoot a great round (for me, that's anywhere in the 80's right now), the next day my right elbow is always sore. It doesn't get that way when I'm playing crappy, just when I'm making reasonably good contact with the ball. Coincidence or am I doing something different with my swing that's working, but is a bit hard on the body?
  15. I looked as far as 8 pages back and didn't see a topic like this, so I"m posting here. Forgiv me if I missed one, as i have no intention of spamming the board. I have been having golf elbow for abut a year now. It's not that severe, as I dont feel it when I play. But 2 days after playing, it comes and stays for about a week. Worst case ever was 2 weeks. Is it because i'm whacking the ground too much or is it the amount of force I'm using in my swing? I swing at about 106 with my irons, and i just bought a Superquad driver with a stiff flex 65. i'm gettng this because i was using the big bertha war bird for about a year now, and hit really hard with it. i noticed the only time i didn't get any pain after golf was a week when i used my friend's R7 with a regular flex. i hit it well that day. and that day only. Could the speed of my swing have any to do with it or is the cause of my golf elbow be because of the impact my irons are getting on the ground? Before yesterday, I always assumed the pain came because of the way I was driving. See this has got me thinking if I should change my drive swing to accomodate a regular flex (it's going to be EXTREMELY difficult) or stick with a stiff and be careful with the irons. See.... I'm assuming the pain is coming from how hard I swing the driver. Am I on the right course here, or is it misguided? Btw, do those fore arm bands you get at walgreens good for helping with these pains?
  16. Just some soreness that I can get over on a night's rest, but could this be a swing flaw? I think it comes from keeping my left arm straight on the backswing to the top...is this normal or am I doing something wrong?? If so...are there any remedies? I feel that this affects me a little throughout my round as well...
  17. Slim 11

    Arm Injury

    This came out in another post, but I don't know if anyone will address it there so... My golf and bowling seasons overlap by about a month in the fall and likewise in the spring. Last fall my right arm (I'm right handed) really started bothering me. It got to where it was sometimes difficult to even pick up something light (felt like the whole arm was giving out). THe pain seemed to be concentrated in my elbow. Doctor diagnosed it as "tennis elbow" (tendinitis), gave me some ibuprofen and a brace. As bowling season went on it seemed to improve, rarely bothering me. Now that I am golfing again (for about 6 weeks) and bowling has just ended, it is acting up again. It seems to be more related to golf. The elbow hurts but the pain seems to run all the way to my wrist and up through my bicep. Going back to the doctor but wondering if anyone has had something similar. I don't think the tendinitis diagnoses is correct because the brace (which is supposed to relieve pressure on the tendons in the elbow) doesn't seem to help.
  18. I know there have been a few threads about golfer's elbow or other related tendon problems, but I came across some new info (at least to me) that is very important for anyone who has these problems. I have been having problems with my left forearm for a couple of years now, thought it was tendonitis or tenosynovitis (similar). I had it under control for a while but it has recently flared up again. In doing some research I found some really interesting info that proports that chronic tendon problems are rarely tedonitis, even though that is the usual diagnosis, but rather tendonosis. The treatements are actually quite different, so it is important that you know which problem you have. For example, NSAIDs and rest are the usual treatment for tedonitis, but those things are actually counterproductive for tendonosis. Here is a really good medical article (not too much jargon, either). http://www.scribd.com/doc/9914740/Overuse-Tendinosis that really goes over the differences between the conditions and the treatements.
  19. I developed "tennis elbow" in my right elbow (right hand player). I do not play tennis. I don't think it was from playing golf and was by bad ergonomics working on a computer all day holding a microphone, but it gets worse playing golf. Tried one of those braces you put in the upper forearm with minimal relief. Just ordered one of those braces that will put heat or cold over the outer elbow. Someone suggested an injection of steroids but I think that would mask the problem. I am doing some forearm exercises, not playing as much and changed the way I do some things at work but not much improvement after 2 weeks. Has anyone had this problem? Any suggestions? Thanks
  20. Do any of you guys experience golfers/tennis elbow? Do you use a brace? What stretches/exercises/warm-ups do you do to help this? I'm experiencing this for the first time and although the pain is bearable, it's there.
  21. For those who don't know, from June to September I play everyday...at minimum six times per week. I was shocked when all of a sudden after Monday's round I felt extreme pain in my wrist. Figuring it would go away, in the middle of the night I woke up with a horrible pain going all the way into my elbow. The next day I went to the doctor's and he diagnosed a forearm strain and tennis elbow. He said take two aleve's a day and ice three times per day. Stay off it at minimum two to three days, or up to two weeks depending on how I feel. I'm a little hesitant to go back and play to be honest with you, but I'm dying to get out there. I feel like I'm wasting my time sitting around not doing anything the past two days. I have NOTHING to do. All I've done was go on the computer, read Barack Obama's book, and watch T.V. all day. It's been horrible. Do you guys think I should play tomorrow? What would you do in this situation? Anyone ever have this? I know this is a type of injury that if you rush back, can linger for weeks and months...I'm so ripped in the middle on what to do.
  22. Cuz

    Golfers Elbow?

    Just starting playing golf this year and everytime I drive a bucket or even half bucket of balls at the range my right elbow is in major pain. Its not in the elbow itself but like on the very ouside edges on both sides of my forearm (outside edges of the crease in the elbow). Its not as bad when I play a round because I'm not swinging as often but it does bother me when doing that as well. Is this caused from golfers elbow, just needing to get more used to it, bad swing pratices or possibly related to something else? I'm in really good shape for being 42 (5'10", 160lbs) and have never had pain in this area before. Thanks Cuz
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