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The Match of the Century
By: Connor T. Lewis
In 1926 Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones were at the pinnacle of their golfing years. Hagen had established himself as the greatest golfer of the professional ranks, and Jones had become the best in the amateur ranks and as many thought, the best in the world.
The idea of Jones and Hagen meeting each other mano-e-mano was quite the tempting proposition.
As a Physical Therapist, I see many patients who have a desire to return to golf after a Total Hip Replacement or Total Knee Replacement. In fact, many of the these patients have the Joint Replacement surgery to extend their ability to play. Many of them are avid golfers and have found increased difficulty with walking a course, driving the ball, or even just playing 18 holes and have had to limit their play time. Most, if not all, of these patients can return to playing golf.
In 1999, Jack Nicklaus, winner of 18-major golf championships and considered by many the games greatest golfer, brought the total joint surgery into the spotlight. A long history of severe osteoarthritis made it difficult for Jack to finish his golf swing, walk on uneven surfaces or even get out of a chair. After years of conservative management, including physical therapy, Jack elected to have his left hip replaced. After successful rehabilitation, Jack returned to competitive golf.
Below, I have outlined a general description of the rehab/recovery process after joint replacement from a physical therapy perspective.
Aimpoint as Poor Science, and Templeton is better but ...
Physics profs make terrible putting instructors. What ridiculous hubris to think that juggling a few standard formulae from their graduate school notes or a colleague's textbook can actually engage the perception and movement skills of REAL putting situations!
But of course golfers are absolute STOOGES for anyone claiming to solve golf skill issues with "science" and "numbers" with a substitute for skill. Grow up, folks. Science doesn't work like this, at least not in the form of a "modeled" green and putt (i.e., a dumbed-down cartoon simplification of real greens to a perfectly flat and uniformly tilted surface that comes only in INTEGER slopes and green speeds and distances in jumps of 2.5 feet or 5 feet and nothing in between). Aimpoint is not real physics -- it's a "model" version of real physics that gives calculations of "model" putts, and these calculations are NOT the aim for your specific putt on your specific green or your specific touch.
In my last blog, I discussed how to maintain the proper golf stance through strengthening and flexibility of the lower body. In Part II, I will discuss the upper half, trunk region. The upper body is extremely important in the golf stance. Since your arms attach to your trunk, it is essential that you have a consistent trunk position to avoid varying positions with your upper extremities and furthermore, your swing position.