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#1 Node

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 07:23 PM

Ok so here it is I'm 55 and I have arthritis, I can no longer make a fist and my RH little & ring finger knuckles really hurt when I hold or swing a club, if I hit the ground and sting the fingers I know it for a long time..

 

I play Ok I just go through it but I'm sure I'm sub consiously changing my swing so I don't cause myself any pain.

 

My Handicap has blown out now to my Anchor 16 H'cap.  I don't only blame the arthritis for my poor putting that has not helped either.

 

Any recommendations from others who may have already gone through this.

 

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 07:38 PM

I have nothing mate but good luck. I hope you find solutions that help.
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Posted 12 October 2014 - 07:41 PM

Eventually your Handicap will catch up and make you competitive again but I want to get to Single Figures I was so close last summer .....

 

I feel like I'm cheating with a high handicap even thought I'm not playing any where near it.



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Posted 12 October 2014 - 07:46 PM

Not arthritis but I played with busted fingers for a while using an all Hybrid golf set like these:

 

http://www.adamsgolf...ons/tech_v3.php

 

 

basically any set of clubs with very wide soles that slide across the ground rather than dig reducing the impact on the hands.

 

Obviously thicker arthritic grips might be worthwhile as well.


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Posted 12 October 2014 - 07:47 PM

You could maybe try the grips designed for arthritis. There is a glove with e tra padding for arthritis as well.

Apologies as I dont remember whst the are called

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 07:49 PM

https://www.bionicgl...op/?id=81&cat=3
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Posted 12 October 2014 - 07:51 PM

http://www.lamkingri...grips/arthritic
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Posted 12 October 2014 - 08:13 PM

I'm only 42 and I get it in a few of the joints I have broken a few times (Ankle and wrist). I know it is painful, but I take tablets for it, and I grit through the pain of manipulating it a bit before I play. Annoying, but better than not playing at all.

 

Get on the medication. Its all good.


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Posted 12 October 2014 - 08:20 PM

Node....
I feel your pain....
There are some drugs that help.....
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Posted 12 October 2014 - 08:31 PM

I'm only 42 and I get it in a few of the joints I have broken a few times (Ankle and wrist). I know it is painful, but I take tablets for it, and I grit through the pain of manipulating it a bit before I play. Annoying, but better than not playing at all.

 

Get on the medication. Its all good.

I'm on medication mate and I take pain killers, I also use cream / Gel etc before playing at times...  They all help to a certain extent.



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Posted 12 October 2014 - 08:48 PM

Do t know what you take but try this. All medically proven.
1 anti inflammatories. Oral ones are good but can cause stomach side effects. So use the gels like Voltaren. The joints are near enough to the skin for them to
Penetrate to the joint. Best used 2-3 times a day regularly not just before a game.
2 fish oil in high dose. This was recommended to me by a top rheiumatologist/friend This has been proven in a very good NZ study but is not widely known about in the medical community. Need to take 1 capsule a day for heart benefits but must take about 12ml a day in liquid form for osteoarthritis. There are some good brands in the supermarket and chemist and most are flavored so not too bad to take if you follow straight on with some juice.
High dose fish oil basically got rid of 99% of my symptoms in about 3 months and I was getting a LOT of swelling and pain and disfigurement. Now they remain a bit mishappen but no other problems at all.
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Posted 12 October 2014 - 09:16 PM

Have you tried magnesium spray. Ancient Remedies is the brand.
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Posted 12 October 2014 - 10:04 PM

Have you considered graphite shafts if not already using them ? They can be less taxing on the joints and help with impact and vibration. 


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Posted 12 October 2014 - 10:09 PM

Have you considered graphite shafts if not already using them ? They can be less taxing on the joints and help with impact and vibration. 

That is a great idea, and I have also heard that using club heads like hibrids that have a large base also help not to dig in and give that painful jolt to the knuckles.



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Posted 12 October 2014 - 10:35 PM

That is a great idea, and I have also heard that using club heads like hibrids that have a large base also help not to dig in and give that painful jolt to the knuckles.

 

Maybe try graphite shafts, arthritic grips and thick soled iron combo ? You could also try going down a flex too, which in theory should lessen the impact a little more.

 

Get a single iron made up and see how it feels and plays ... See if there is any improvement before buying a whole set in that set up.


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