9/11/01 - "We will never forget"
Today I wanted to bring you a story of inspiration from one of our female Surgites. Sue Dickie suffered a horrible accident in a golf clubhouse due to wet floors. I'll let you read the story yourself, as Sue provided a very detailed account of what happened.
It was a long road back for Sue, and she believes that because of the Peak Performance Golf Swing, she's been able to play golf way ahead of her doctor's time table. If she had been a rotational player, there's no way she'd be back playing golf already.
Yesterday I went for what I hope is my final checkup with my orthopedist. I had a golf related injury in February. I crashed in the locker room on the way to the "facilities" and dislocated my shoulder, fractured the humerus, and tore a rotator cuff muscle. Yes, ouch. Golf shoes and stone floors (it looked dry, but wasn't) don't mix. Now, five months later, I've played a bit of golf and have been hitting the ball well. The secret? I have consciously let my muscles relax and have limited my swing--I've let my arms go up in the air and not back (into the sacred burial ground). If I let my arm angle back, my shoulder twinges. Thanks for the knowledge that a more limited and upright swing will work pretty well and be comfortable when it counts. If I hadn't been following your method, I just would have thought that I couldn't swing yet.
Back to the orthopedist: We spoke about The Open and how I was doing with my golf. I told him that I followed a web site that had let me play pretty well, even though I haven't completely healed. I demonstrated what my arms were doing during the swing. He got interested. He told me that he had played with a friend who had calcium in his shoulder joint. The doctor injected him in the locker room right before their game. He said his friend, with his stiff shoulder, played very well for the first nine holes. At the tenth hole, the steroid finally did its job and the man said his shoulder felt great. As you can probably guess, the man's game fell apart. The doctor said the man's swing got a lot bigger, less controlled, and that was the end to it. And, the surgeon broke into a great big smile when he heard the name of your web site and your nick name. It made my day.
As an added note: I have had no ensuing problems from playing golf. No pain, stiffness or soreness. I have had problems from carrying things, though--groceries and such. I think I wouldn't be on the golf course yet if I thought I had to do the big shoulder turn with the angled club.
Thanks for being there and for being so consistent.
An American in London
I would like to thank Sue for her candid remarks. I love hearing these types of stories from the Surge Nation. If you've got any similar tales you'd like to share, please feel free to comment below. The whole reason this swing got started was because of my own nagging back pain I was experiencing with a big, rotational swing. I'm happy to say I've been playing pain free golf for a long, long time and it's all because of the PPGS.
Keep it vertical and pain free!
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