Golfing With Arthritis

Get smart tips to adjust your swing, warm up and keep playing golf even with arthritis.

There’s no need to hang up your golf clubs once you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis. After all, the physical benefits of golf, such as improved strength, balance and coordination, and better range of motion, make it worth staying in the game. With just a few adjustments, you can improve your golf swing. Warm Up A good conditioning program is essential for all golfers, but especially if your joints need extra protection. Proper conditioning can help maintain as much range of motion as possible in the joints and help reduce your chances for injury. And warming up before you workout – including prior to tee times – is a must to properly help protect and prepare muscles and joints.

To warm up, begin by walking for a few minutes. Spend five to 10 minutes stretching – especially your hamstrings (rear thighs) and back. Range-of-Motion Exercises Simple range-of-motion exercises before you tee off are also recommended and can help prevent injury and improve the overall performance of your game. Here are a few exercises to help you get started.