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I took up the game of golf about five years ago.  I started as a weekend warrior but like every hobby I take up, I become obsessive.  I really started taking it seriously in the last three years and really stepped it up in the last six months.  I'm 46 years old and about a year ago in good health.  Lift weights on a regular basis and have had few injuries.  I finally recovered from tennis elbow in my right arm that wasn't golf related.  That ailment lasted about two years as I never let it properly rest.  I've been working with swing coach weekly over the past couple months.  He is in his 20's and hits the ball like a tour pro.  We did a walking lesson on Torrey South at twilight and got though about 12 holes.  He was 3 under from the tips with two boogies.  Pretty impressive.  I digress.  I recently developed tennis elbow (not bad yet and I stopped swinging since this weekend) in my lead (left) arm.  I've been hitting off mats recently as they alternate between mats and grass and I also bought a net for my backyard (I hit off a mat also as I have an artificial putting green).  I heard mats can make the issue worse.  I really want to avoid the headache I dealt with in my right arm (it still lingers but not debilitating).  I plan on resting it for about two weeks and then I'll ease back in.  Hitting fat is my current miss which isn't helping.

 

I currently hit Scratch EZ's with project x 6.5 shafts, soft stepped.  I have read that graphite shafts help with elbows but I'm not sure I'm ready to make the switch but will if it eliminates elbow issues.  What are your thoughts?  When did you make the change to graphite?  Am I too young to be worrying about equipment changes?  I would like to hit 50 balls a day but would be willing to switch to an every other day frequency if need be.

 

I'm rehabbing with a theraband flex bar green.  

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I switched to graphite a couple years ago due to a bit of arthritis in my hands. I was playing or practicing almost every day, and a teaching pro recommended that I make the switch to ease the stress on my body. I was playing Ping irons with stiff steel, and I switched to Mizuno JPX HMs with stiff Recoil 95s. I looked for clubs with the heaviest stock shafts. It really didn't take long to adjust, and it has helped my hands. If you do some research, and find the correct shaft, I think you would be happy with graphite. Also, try to avoid hitting a lot of balls off the mats. That really take a toll on my hands and arms.

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If it makes you feel any better I'm 41 and I made the switch to graphite/composite when I was 31.  I have had numerous injuries to my hands, wrists and elbows over the years from golf and bodybuilding.  Graphite irons shafts are a god send.  My miss is usually toe side and with steel it hurt like a mfer.  Currently, I'm able to golf twice a week and get in 2 to 3 range sessions depending on how much free time I have and I feel as though my wrists, elbows and hands can handle much more.  Tennis elbow pain sucks so do yourself a favor and make the switch to graphite asap.  I would recommend the MMT 125S but it's pretty stout so you can either play them straight in or hard stepped once. 

1 hour ago, Djshakes75 said:

Thank you.  Could you suggest a brand and model?

 

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TM SIM 2, 8* w/AD UB-7TX

TM SIM 15* w/Diamana ZF 80TX

TM Tour Issue Rescue 11 TP Deep Face Ghost Proto 16* HB  w/Thump 105x

New Level NLU-01 21* w/KBS Proto 105x

New Level 623-M 5-PW w/MMT 125 TX

54* Miura HB w/KBS 610 S+, 58* Miura w/KBS Tour Black

Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 1

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Djshakes75 said:

Thank you.  Could you suggest a brand and model?

UST Mamiya Recoil 95’s…you’re welcome 😉

Titleist 917D2, w/UST Mamiya Elements Chrome 7F4T
Titleist 915Fd, w/Aldila Rogue Black 80-2.8-S
18* KZG U Iron, w/UST Proforce V2 100-S
Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi 4-5, w/UST Recoil 95 F4
Mizuno MP-18 MMC 6-P, w/UST Recoil 95 F4
Callaway 52* MD5 JAWS S Grind
Callaway 58* PM Grind 19
T.P. Mills Professional Series Klassic/Odyssey O Works Tank #7

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2 hours ago, phizzy30 said:

If it makes you feel any better I'm 41 and I made the switch to graphite/composite when I was 31.  I have had numerous injuries to my hands, wrists and elbows over the years from golf and bodybuilding.  Graphite irons shafts are a god send.  My miss is usually toe side and with steel it hurt like a mfer.  Currently, I'm able to golf twice a week and get in 2 to 3 range sessions depending on how much free time I have and I feel as though my wrists, elbows and hands can handle much more.  Tennis elbow pain sucks so do yourself a favor and make the switch to graphite asap.  I would recommend the MMT 125S but it's pretty stout so you can either play them straight in or hard stepped once. 

Just wanting to make sure I understand.  Do you mean soft step?  9 shaft in pitch, 8 shaft in 9, etc.?  That would reduce the flex if they are stout.

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Ignore the part where I recommended hard stepping them.  The 125S straight in should work for you.  I game the TX flex and I believe they frequency out to just a hair over 7.0 if I remember correctly which maybe a bit too stout for you. 

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TM SIM 2, 8* w/AD UB-7TX

TM SIM 15* w/Diamana ZF 80TX

TM Tour Issue Rescue 11 TP Deep Face Ghost Proto 16* HB  w/Thump 105x

New Level NLU-01 21* w/KBS Proto 105x

New Level 623-M 5-PW w/MMT 125 TX

54* Miura HB w/KBS 610 S+, 58* Miura w/KBS Tour Black

Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 1

 

 

 

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I found that Callaway foam balls were less stress on the body than regular golf balls when I was learning to find the sweet spot with my driver.

Though I needed the more expensive Almost Golf balls to use my Mevo launch monitor.

 

I think a few short sessions a day is better than one long one.  Learn to stop before your body tells you to stop.

 

The only club I have with a steel shaft is my putter.  Everything else is ladies flex graphite.

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3 hours ago, ShortGolfer said:

I found that Callaway foam balls were less stress on the body than regular golf balls when I was learning to find the sweet spot with my driver.

Though I needed the more expensive Almost Golf balls to use my Mevo launch monitor.

 

I think a few short sessions a day is better than one long one.  Learn to stop before your body tells you to stop.

I only hit a seven iron in the net thus far as only had net a couple days before flare up.  I have almost golf balls for driver when I start swinging it. 

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