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Painful backs are the curse of many a golfer, something I recently experienced on the golf course. If only I’d done a few warm up exercises, or gently hit a couple of balls into the nets but it was a chilly day, I felt sluggish after an indulgent Christmas and I made the mistake of just rushing onto the 1st tee. You’d think I’d have learnt from previous back problems - I know how important it is to keep core muscles strong but I’m not very self-disciplined when it comes to exercise. As for gyms I’ve always found them brimming with red faced individuals, waiting their turn to leap on complicated, torturous looking equipment. It’s interesting to compare the miserable partner. They consider it far more A few years between ago I recallsomeone signing upstarting for a Steps Class which, according theout convincing differences important to have a goodtoday with mates flyer posted through my letter box, would whip my muscles into shape, increase out playing golf and an experienced on a pleasant but forgiving course. my stamina and help megolfing lose weight. golfer in their twilight years.The fit looking instructress was a wonderful advert for her profession, making the exercisesBeginners look effortless whilst teaching a class can sometimes struggle with crammed full of glamorous ‘Sweaty Bettys’ who moved together in perfect unison. For instance, newbies are keen to play as long carries and dog-legs due to much golf but as possible so they’llI turned play inup anyin functional inexperience andand misjudgement. Intimated not undaunted, leggings baggy t-shirt,Sadly, set conditions. Whereas, older golfers are some elderly golfers alsoI must fail tohave cope with up my steps and enthusiastically hurled my body into the programme. reluctant to venture ontoheight the course the Towerlong carries lose their muscle climbed the equivalent of the ifEiffel (600 steps)asinthey the challenge to keep weather’s looking a bit dodgy and are more power and distance. up with the seasoned regulars. Despite oxygen deprivation, common sense finally than happy to while time in the being out of step with the class wasn’t the end kicked in and I cameaway to the conclusion clubhouse until the clouds pass by.Lance Corporal NewJones golfers are pretty naïve when it comes of the world, even if I did look like in Dad’s Army. to course management but they gradually It wasn’t until I tried to drive that I caughtlearn sightwhere of my to puce facetheinball, the car mirror When beginners initially enterhome competitions place nevertheless, and realise when I they tried need to co-ordinate the clutch realisedbullish my legand muscles they more lessons to and accelerator, they tend to Iremain optimistic had turned jelly soThe I ended up kangarooing alleven the when way home. improve theirtoscores. difference with they are in deep trouble. older golfers is they’ve already developed However, senior golfers know precisely Worse still, I woke the next day as stiff as a board, taking a good five minutes before I the techniques but it’s just a question of where to place the ball, even if they can’t could even swing my legs over the side of the bed. Every muscle from my waist down whether their hips, knees or shoulders will always reach it, or see it! They’re had gone into shock and my spine had seized up in sympathy. cope with the challenge. experienced and realistic enough to know if they’ve just played lousyback shotpain. it’s Days later, I hobbled through the doors of a physiotherapist, rackeda with Initially, as a beginner, it can be difficult probably unrecoverable and the chance of Instead of the usual bodily checks and manipulation, the physio asked me copious trying to remember how many shots you’ve scoring is pretty remote. questions, finally asking me to demonstrate how I walked up stairs. Now this physio taken let’s face it, multi-tasking is trickyto have serious doubts at this point - surely, came–highly recommended but I started when you’re so focused on striking and Beginners soon understand a good part of she knew how people walked up steps? tracking the ball. Interestingly, it’s not the pleasure of golf is about friendship but When I attempted the golfers action, to shealso pointed uncommon for elderly it’s the senior golfer who appreciates the out my core muscles on one side were ‘mislay’ the odd shot due to short term so ‘good feel’ factor of the constant cracks pathetic,loss. my hips tipped like a see-saw, memory with a bunch of fellow golfers, regardless putting enormous strain on my back. of how dire they play. When you’re fresh into golf, you’re keen to Numerous physio appointments later sign up for any games, even if you don’t It just shows you that regardless of your age, and minus hundreds of pounds, my have a clue what you’re entering, or who the benefits of golf are huge for everyone. core muscles were truly toned and my you’re playing with. Whereas the wiser, older hips back in balance. Let’s hope I golfer chooses carefully to avoid slogging recover quicker this time! © Claire Kane over long courses, through soggy meadows Follow my tales on twitter@golfsnippets or©having climb cardiac hills with a ClairetoKane

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