Pain Pain Pain - Why ?

Pain Pain Pain - Why ?

Post by TLC » Sat, 27 Apr 1996 04:00:00


I'd like some opinion on a problem I'm having. I develop 2 points of pain.  

-  My RIGHT ring finger knuckle  (swells - presumably from my middle finger knuckle  
knocking against that joint on my swing.)
  -  Tendonitis in my LEFT elbow

I'm very frustrated with this and the only thing that seems to help it is to not  
play golf. How do the pro's play daily, and practice without incurring such an  
affliction ? Does anybody else get this ?

I am wondering if the clubs are my problem. They're not a top name brand expensive  
set - but since I've only been playing 3 years, they've done me well. I am a 24  
handicap - shooting consistently in the mid-90's. The clubs are a metal shaft. I  
guess that would consider them "stiff" since they don't flex like graphite. Should  
I consider graphite shaft clubs ? medium flex, flex, or what ?  

I'd appreciate any comments or helpful advice on this. I REALLY love the game, but  
not playing in pain.

Tim

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Pain Pain Pain - Why ?

Post by kat.. » Sun, 28 Apr 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>I'd like some opinion on a problem I'm having. I develop 2 points of pain.  

>-  My RIGHT ring finger knuckle  (swells - presumably from my middle finger knuckle  
>knocking against that joint on my swing.)
>  -  Tendonitis in my LEFT elbow

I'd recommend you visit two people...a PGA pro and a doctor.

If you insist on an internet diagnosis, there are several
possibilities.

1. incorrect grip causing stress on your knuckle (see pro).
2. bending the left elbow on the backswing and snapping it straight on
the forward swing...hyperextending it (see pro).
3. Arthritis (see doctor).
4. a recent extremely fat shot that strained your elbow and possibly
your knuckle. (see doctor).
5. a tendency to hit fat that causes strain on one or both (see pro).

Graphite may help alleviate your pain...not because it is inherently
more flexible than steel (it's not)...but because it dampens vibration
better. If you do decide to switch, making sure the flex fits your
swing will also help.

Quote:
>I am wondering if the clubs are my problem. They're not a top name brand expensive  
>set - but since I've only been playing 3 years, they've done me well. I am a 24  
>handicap - shooting consistently in the mid-90's. The clubs are a metal shaft. I  
>guess that would consider them "stiff" since they don't flex like graphite. Should  
>I consider graphite shaft clubs ? medium flex, flex, or what ?  

I doubt the clubs are your problem. Also, like I mentioned, graphite
is not necessarily more flexible than steel. Graphite shafts are
available across the entire range of flexes, just like steel. Graphite
does help with dampening vibration, however, which may help.

Ric

 
 
 

Pain Pain Pain - Why ?

Post by Corey Lewi » Sun, 28 Apr 1996 04:00:00

I assume you are using an interlocking grip.  I used to use the interlocking
grip and my little finger on the right hand would swell at the second knuckle
to the point it almost looked broken!

The only thing that cured this for me was to switch to the overlapping grip
in which your right little finger is nestled on top of your left hand between
the little and ring fingers, rather than between them.  Any good golf book
should have illustrations on how this grip is formed (if you are not already
familiar).

This should take away a considerable amount of stress off of those two fingers.

-CorMan