As we get older, our bodies begin to lose their ability to heal quickly and sometimes nagging pain can lead to serious injury. Luckily, by using the Peak Performance Golf Swing, many Surgites don't have to worry about playing with pain because the swing is so body-friendly. But, that doesn't mean that the body won't begin to break down at some point as we reach our later years.
Dean Levine wrote in about pain he's been experiencing for the better part of a decade. He's wondering if there could be something about his swing that is keeping his body from fulling healing. That could be, but there's also a good chance that because the pain has been persistent for so long, he could have some structural damage that needs examined by a medical doctor.
Dean Levine from Las Vegas here. For the last 10-12 years I've been suffering from right arm tennis elbow. I'm wondering is there something I'm doing wrong in the swing that keeps aggravating this condition.
Before we talk about issues in Dean's swing that could be causing his pain, it's important to remember that if you've got any sort of pain that doesn't seem to go away with rest, then you should go see a doctor. You've got to start with the medical part and then work on the actual swing. That's what I did when I began experiencing some soreness in my left thumb.
Upon my visit to the doctor, it turned out that I have no cartilage in the fleshy part of my left thumb. This is what was causing the pain during my swing. The doctor gave me a few options such as a steroid injection to help alleviate the pain and stimulate the area. Another option was to have surgery to replace the cartilage, which had a minimum recovery time of 3-4 months. Neither one of those options sounded very appealing to me, so I decided that since it didn't seem to be getting any worse, I could play with the occasional pain.
I ended up realizing that my thumb position on the club had a lot to do with the pain, so I adjusted accordingly. I also noticed that the only club that seemed to aggravate my thumb was the driver. To this day, I can stand on a driving range and hit hundreds of irons and 3 woods without any pain. But, after about 15 drives, that pain will start up everytime. So, in my case, I went to the doctor and got a few options. It was safe for me to continue to play but I had to realize what caused the pain so that I could avoid it.
Sometimes, I also use a wristband that I've had for 25 years since my days as director of Instruction at Harbour Town Golf Links. I picked it up one year at The Heritage Classic. It holds my body heat in which lets the muscles stay relaxed. They're also more intact and not moving around a lot, which really reduces the chance of overworking and stressing the muscles.
As far as the actual swing causing injuries, I believe that hitting down is one of the worst things you can do in golf. We want shallow divots like bacon strips not porkchops. We want our arms to be extended at impact and swinging up. But, if you're hitting down on the ball, your arms are going to take a big shock if you're hitting into the ground. This will most certainly lead to some sort of pain or injury over time.
Ultimately, go see a doctor first. If you've already done that, do the things I discussed today with your swing. As we grow older, we're all going to have some small issues. The key is to find out if you're actually injured and if not, find out what's causing your discomfort. Get healthy and stay healthy!
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