For the physically challenged, the thought of playing golf can seem a little bit far-fetched. And for those who played golf throughout there lives, only to have arthritis or a stroke, have even greater doubts of ever getting back on course.
Not to worry, most golf manufacturing companies have unique gadgets that can relieve the strain caused by constant stooping and bending. There is equipment designed for one-legged golfers, quadriplegic, as well as amputees.
Such adaptive golf equipment entails things like gripping aids/prosthetic gripping devices, adaptive clubs, and customised clubs. While this equipment caters for specific disabilities challenging the golfer, even younger people can use them. Here we shall look at several limitations and possible equipment necessary for disabled golf players.
Golfers with limb disability
There are several reasons why someone may lack the use of an arm or a weak grip; spinal cord injury, head injury, and neuropathy are some of the common ones. To help hold the golf club, manufacturers have designed various golf equipment for disabled players including oversize grips, cushioned grips, gripping aids, and gloves. For those unable to move (loss of limb functions), golfers may decide to play from a seated position, and there are numerous wheelchairs designed with unique features. Most commonly are the torque absorbers, placed below or above the knee prosthesis, that help in rotation movements during a swing.
Golfers with reduced strength
For those having limited strength, golf is still a viable game. The movements involved in playing golf are enough exercise that can probably increase one’s flexibility, strength, as well as endurance. You can try out these ideas if you want to play on “energy saving mode.”
-wear lightweight shoes
-shock absorbing shaft/insert
-play a shorter course
-use cart in-play
Golfers with visual impairments
Golfers with visual impairments can play golf by simply learning body positioning and directions of the swing. In fact, there are different parts of the golf field where those with visual impairments are better than those who have good vision. In essence, blind golfers ought to have a coach to allow them to decide which club to choose, how hard they are supposed to hit the club, and others even go an extra mile of tapping the flagstick in the target hole. There are many golfing techniques that if learned from professionals, those with visual impairments would be able to get a better feel of the game.
Golfers with hearing impairments
Sound plays a significant role in golfing; from when the ball hits a tree, puddle, or the sound made when you hit it. These are all indicators that most golfers with hearing may subconsciously pay attention to while golfing. However, if you have hearing difficulties, then consider paying close attention to the cues around you. Some people signal their partners with a simple, “fore!” while others have reported paying attention to what’s around them as ideal indicators.
In conclusion, before choosing the best golf equipment for disabled players, liaise with your instructor and try to find out the best and safest gadget you can comfortably use. Do not be afraid to google a few stuff. The internet nowadays has almost all the information we need and can be of good assistance during your research.