Hip Replacement And Golf!

IMG_8091IMG_8103On February 3rd. I had my left hip replaced due to arteritis.  Before surgery I asked my Doctor (Irwin) if he thought I could be playing golf by April.  He said as long as therapy went well he didn’t see why not.

Well after 5 weeks of therapy I was ready for some warm weather and a chance to try out my new driver.  Last Monday I got the opportunity to go out with my grandson Kyle who is a great little golfer in his own right!  We booked a tee time for 2:00 in the afternoon and were going to start out slow with nine holes.  I had no idea how the hip would hold up as I was still favoring the left side with a pretty good limp.  The doctor told me not to swing very hard and at 70 years old that’s not hard to do.

On the very first tee I swung quite easy and made sure I did not rotate those hips to much.  To my surprise I hit a 200 yard shot straight down the middle on a par five. I’m not going to bore you with a play by play, but the game went “way” better than I expected.  I shot a 41 for 9 holes and Kyle had a 46.  I was a little sore, but that was to be expected after surgery and a 7 month layoff.

Three days later I hit Green Meadows again with my brother Darryl and shot a 44!  In reality those scores are under my handicap?  Now did surgery do something to improve my game?  Does slowing things down add to the equation?  Or was it just “beginners” luck?  I don’t know for sure, but I do know that second game about done me in.  I had sore muscles I never knew existed!  I’m going to lay low for awhile and make sure I don’t overdue it, but I do have a grin on my face as i think of being able to play minus the hip pain.  Come on summer I’m ready for ya!  The first photo is me on the green after my first par of the year! Whoopi!


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