March 18, 2016 at 04:58 AM
By eric l
eric lroanoke, TX
Short version: I hurt the left side of my back, pretty permanent. Will switching to lefty enable me to play with less pain? Has anyone ever had to do this before?
Long version: I got in a car wreck when I was younger and it has just been bugging me ever since. My head stayed in the car while my body tried to leave through the window. I ripped all kinds of muscles in my upper left back. Had to just drop the game since I physically couldn't play more than 9 holes. Prior to the wreck I was 4 handicap and could beat the ball to a pulp off the tee. That was nearly 10 years ago. I got back into it recently, not as heavily. I'm a shade away from single digits again (11 handicap) I went to a store to get fitted for a 100% swing and see how all the equipment has changed...I felt pretty good. I can still hit the ball with exceptional power and consistency. Worked up to 30 shots with driver, avg swing speed is 118. Kept a solid tempo and I'm not over swinging but still working for it no doubt. Next 2 days my back was sore. Figured I'd let it rest and go play a round at 100%. I made it to hole 7 and started aching. Hole 14 I was in legitimate pain. If I didn't have a cart I might have quit. I have tried 3/4 swings, modifying my follow through, and "swinging easy" but nothing I have done in the past few years has solved it. Even granny swinging I make funny noises after impact and hurt the next day. I'm at the point where I think switching to lefty and rotating the other way might be the solution. I do almost nothing lefty. I'm left eye dominant, that's about it. I understand the immense undertaking this would be, I have paid my dues in full as a righty. I have so many reservations about committing to the switch but, it might be worth it.
Has anyone made the switch, even on a whim? Is there any skill transfer?
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