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Hi Maria
I am slowly recovering from a bulging disc in my back and have been unable to play or practice for over 10 months. My doctors assure me I will make a full recovery but I am anxious to get started. I was hoping you have has some students with a similar issue(s) and may be able to offer some suggestions or guidance. Any and all would be appreciated.
Many thanks and love your site!

Don Kuebel
--Don K. from Naples, FL

Hi Don. Thanks for writing I'm looking forward to helping you with your game.

Yes, I seem to have hundreds of students with back issues as they are common in golf, but just common in life as well. Many also have bulging disks and I think the most important thing is to get yourself in the care of a doctor which you have done. It's important to work with them on a plan for getting back into the game slowly and having them let you know how much and what activity is appropriate for each stage of recovery. Physical therapy and personal training can both help with strengthening the supporting muscles to make sure you protect your back.

I think these 2 articles here may benefit you. The first is on posture. It is so important that you start with and play with good form to prevent any further injury to your back. The second is on flexibility which is of course important for all golfers so that they can increase distance and protect themselves from injury.

Flexibility - Protect, Preserve and Improve Your Golf Swing:

Posture - The Swing's Foundation:

Other than fitness, I would recommend that you start easy and do most of your practice on your short game. You can make huge strides improving your putting, chipping and pitching without putting a lot of torque on your spine.

I hope that helps and if you have any other specific problems or issues with any area of your game feel free to ask.


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