Jump to content

Knee Replacements and Swing Speed


PJE
 Share

Recommended Posts

I had one knee replaced in late 2019 and the other knee replaced in late 2020. 
I didn’t play much in 2021 or 2022. Lately, I’ve noticed I can hit the ball well (flush- good impact marks) but I’m shorter. I think I’ve lost at least 10 mph in swing speed since 2019. 
I’m now 60 years old but I was wondering if anyone else who’s had knee surgery lost speed? 
Or is age 60 about the time speed starts to diminish? 
Note: I exercise and stretch so I have okay flexibility. 
Any insights on these questions? 

 "Get dressed Spaulding, you're playing golf today."
" No I'm not Grandpa, I'm playing tennis."
 "No, you're playing golf and you're going to like it."
 

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I would think a lengthy layoff and age have more to do with it than the joint replacement. I'm getting ready to turn 70 and have been losing speed and distance for about ten years. Equipment changes have helped me get back some of what was lost. Still have all my original parts, although they crack, snap and pop a lot.

 

My wife had knee replacement a year ago July. We were out today hiking and rock climbing. She is doing as much now as she was ten years ago so I believe if you had a good procedure and aren't experiencing any pain or issues, the joint replacement is least likely to be the culprit.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I had both knees replaced in 2014 at the same time.  I was age 55 at the time.  After rehab I was playing better golf than I had in years.  Actually gained a few yards as I felt confident in getting on my left side. 
 

Fast Forward 8.5 years and age 63, I have lost more speed in the past 3 years than anything previously.  As they say age remains undefeated. 

  • Thanks 2

 

Titleist TSR 2 10*  HZRDUS CB Red 6.0 

Titleist TSR 16.5* HZRDUS Red 5.5 

Titleist TSi1 20* Aldila Ascent 
Titlesit T200 5-GW SteelFiber I 80 cw
Vokey
SM 54/58 

Scotty Cameron Special Select 5.5 Flowback 35" 


 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm only 49, had a hernia repair last year, and I already feel like I'm losing swing speed. Can only imagine what 60 will be like. 

As @Carolina Golfer 2said, Father Time is undefeated. 

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
  • Sad 1

Titleist ProV1x
Titleist 915 D2

Callaway Maverik 3W
TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 3H

Callaway Apex '14 3-iron
Callaway Apex Black '22 irons 5-AW
Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5
Callaway Jaws (60, 54)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

9 hours ago, PJE said:

I had one knee replaced in late 2019 and the other knee replaced in late 2020. 
I didn’t play much in 2021 or 2022. Lately, I’ve noticed I can hit the ball well (flush- good impact marks) but I’m shorter. I think I’ve lost at least 10 mph in swing speed since 2019. 
I’m now 60 years old but I was wondering if anyone else who’s had knee surgery lost speed? 
Or is age 60 about the time speed starts to diminish? 
Note: I exercise and stretch so I have okay flexibility. 
Any insights on these questions? 


I can only speak from experience and that of friends of the same age; between 75 and 85 YOA as of today. There are/ were c ten of us c 8-10 handicap until each reached c 65 YOA. One had one knee replaced and the other two. Both of these recovered their golf within c 6 months. Two had extensive prostate surgery and one of them uses my daughters graphite-shafted clubs.

 

I had 4 hernia operations, one toe op, a hamstring injury but could stay c 10HCP until aged 65. Thereafter ability regresses exponentially but can be mitigated by using longer and lighter shafts. Only one of the ten above has maintained driving distance, the two-knee guy. I’ve come down from 260 - 230 yds driving- runout distance and come down in driver flex from TX to A though it depends upon the shaft. Nine of the ten guys above remain above ground, only two play regular golf. So keep your weight down and enjoy your remaining active years would be my advice.

Edited by Pastit
Omission
  • Thanks 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm coming off meniscus surgery and the PT focuses on building strength in glutes, legs and keeping calves stretched. As we age, we tend to not focus on those areas which lead to knee and back issues. I also work on thoracic flexibility and various golf focused exercises to help keep me golfing longer. I know it doesn't sound ideal, but most of it is just a mental hurdle we need to jump over. You can't outrun Father time but you can at least make him work harder to catch you. 

  • Like 3
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I had a total knee of my lead knee in 2010.  Once I was fully recovered, about 6 months for full recovery, I didn’t notice any loss of swing speed.  There was some distance loss when I first came back but that was due to the layoff from surgery and the fact that it took me a little bit to fully trust the stability of my new knee.  In the ensuing 13 years I’ve started to lose some swing speed but that is age related.  At 70 I can still manage 6400 yds. But those shorter tees are calling me.

  • Thanks 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 minutes ago, skraly said:

I had a total knee of my lead knee in 2010.  Once I was fully recovered, about 6 months for full recovery, I didn’t notice any loss of swing speed.  There was some distance loss when I first came back but that was due to the layoff from surgery and the fact that it took me a little bit to fully trust the stability of my new knee.  In the ensuing 13 years I’ve started to lose some swing speed but that is age related.  At 70 I can still manage 6400 yds. But those shorter tees are calling me.

Thanks. This is encouraging. 

 "Get dressed Spaulding, you're playing golf today."
" No I'm not Grandpa, I'm playing tennis."
 "No, you're playing golf and you're going to like it."
 

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

As others have stated, Father Time remains undefeated. I am going to be 69 soon and still play a lot of golf and want that to continue. Chasing speed in an effort to hold off the effects of aging brings with it the potential for further injury and I have focused on what is sustainable. I play the appropriate tees and golf remains fun.

 

 

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 1/26/2023 at 6:35 AM, Hickory4ever said:

As others have stated, Father Time remains undefeated. I am going to be 69 soon and still play a lot of golf and want that to continue. Chasing speed in an effort to hold off the effects of aging brings with it the potential for further injury and I have focused on what is sustainable. I play the appropriate tees and golf remains fun.

 

 

Ha ha! Yep, we’ve got a combo old guy tee set and the plain old guy set. 
I’m going to try that. 
Eventually, I will get some graphite shafted irons- but then I’ll have turned into my dad. If he was still around, he’d 

laugh. Ha ha!

 "Get dressed Spaulding, you're playing golf today."
" No I'm not Grandpa, I'm playing tennis."
 "No, you're playing golf and you're going to like it."
 

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, PJE said:

Ha ha! Yep, we’ve got a combo old guy tee set and the plain old guy set. 
I’m going to try that. 
Eventually, I will get some graphite shafted irons- but then I’ll have turned into my dad. If he was still around, he’d 

laugh. Ha ha!


I will not be getting graphite shafts, it is hickory or steel for me. I play my 76’ Wilson Staffs with R300 fine with my tempo, the same with my hickory clubs. It is a personal preference and given that I play 6 or 7 times per week, I have no reason to change. To each his own.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Our picks

    • 2023 Farmers Insurance Open - Discussion and Links to all photos
      Please put any questions or Comments here
       
       
       
      General Albums
       
       
      2023 Farmers Insurance Open - Monday #1
      2023 Farmers Insurance Open - Monday #2
      2023 Farmers Insurance Open - Monday #3
       
       
       
       
      WITB Albums
       
      Justin Thomas - WITB - 2023 Farmers Insurance Open
      Will Zalatoris - WITB - 2023 Farmers Insurance Open
      Michael Herrera - WITB - 2023 Farmers Insurance Open
      Michael Block - SoCal PGA Section Champ - WITB - 2023 Farmers Insurance Open
      Carl Yuan - WITB - 2023 Farmers Insurance Open
      Joey Vrzich - WITB - 2023 Farmers Insurance Open
       
       
       
      Pullout Albums
       
      New Taylor-Made putters - 2023 Farmers Insurance Open
       
       
       
       
        • Like
      • 5 replies
    • 2023 The American Express - Discussion and Links
      Please put any questions or comment here
       
       
       
      General Albums
       
      2023 The American Express - Monday #1
      2023 The American Express - Monday #2
       
       
       
      WITB Albums
       
      Justin Lower - WITB - 2023 The American Express
      Doug Ghim - WITB - 2023 The American Express
      Sam Burns - WITB - 2023 The American Express
      Caleb Surratt - WITB - 2023 The American Express
      Aaron Wise - WITB - 2023 The American Express
       
       
       
       
       
      Pullout Albums
       
       
      New Cameron putter - 2023 The American Express
      Cameron putters - - 2023 The American Express
      New Bettinardi prototype putters - 2023 The American Express
      New L.A.B. Golf LINK.1 putter - 2023 The American Express
      New Evnroll putters - 2023 The American Express
      Jimmy Walker testing the Axis prototype putter - 2023 The American Express
      Cameron CT Baller Boy covers - 2023 The American Express
      Richy Werenski's Cameron Timeless putter - 2023 The American Express
      Graphite Design - CQ 6 & CQ 7 shafts - 2023 The American Express
      Titleist TRS hybrids - 2023 The American Express
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      • 11 replies
    • In-hand photos of 2023 TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus, Stealth 2, Stealth 2 HD drivers + fairways woods
      Check out our front page launch stories here and here. 
       
      What you need to know: For the first time, carbon is the most prevalent material by volume in a TaylorMade driver, and more carbon equals better performance, says the company. Last year, TaylorMade debuted a 60X Carbon Twist Face. With TaylorMade Stealth 2, engineers are bringing carbon to more of the golf club — and unveiling a new-and-improved Carbon Twist Face in the process. Stealth 2 Plus (low spin, most workable) Stealth 2, and Stealth 2 HD (draw bias, high launch, most forgiving) drivers make up the Stealth 2 family.
       
      Stealth 2 


       
      Stealth 2 Plus


       
      Stealth 2 HD



       
      What you need to know: Breakthrough movable weight technologies and versatile designs are the hallmarks of the 2023 TaylorMade Stealth 2 fairway woods. Stealth 2 Plus is branded as “three fairway woods in one” owing to the unique performance characteristics afforded by the 50-gram sole weight. Stealth 2 features a slightly lower profile 3D carbon crown than Stealth. This moves CG down and away from the toe with more weight in the rear of the club for higher launch and MOI. Ultra-high MOI Stealth 2 HD features an oversized 200cc head and low-profile sole, creating an easy-to-hit, draw-biased club.
       
      Stealth 2 fairway


       
      Stealth 2 Plus fairway


       
       


       
        • Thanks
        • Like
      • 47 replies
    • 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions - Discussion
      Please put any equipment questions or comments here
       
      More albums will be added tomorrow
       
       
       
      General Albums
       
      2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua – Tues. Pt. 1
       
       
      WITB Albums
       
      Jon Rahm mini WITB (w/ new Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond driver and fairway woods) – 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions
      Ryan Brehm WITB – 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions
       
       
      Pullout Albums
       
      SuperStroke Limited Edition Hawaii Collection covers and grips – 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions
      Collin Morikawa's new TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus driver and 3 wood – 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions
      Xander Schauffele's new Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond driver – 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions
      Xander Schauffele's Odyssey Toulon "XS Proto" mallet putter – 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions
      New Odyssey White Hot Versa and Tri-Hot 5K putters – 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions
      Sungjae Im's Scotty Cameron Tourtype F-5 proto putter (with new SuperStroke Zenergy 1.0 PT grip) – 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions
      Scottie Scheffler's new TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus driver and Stealth 2 fairway wood – 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

       
        • Thanks
        • Like
      • 82 replies
    • 2022 PNC Championship - Discussion and Links
      Please put any questions or comments here
       
       
       
      General Albums
       
      2022 PNC Championship - Thursday
      2022 PNC Championship - Friday #1
      2022 PNC Championship - Friday #2
       
       
       
      WITB Albums 
       
      Nelly Korda - WITB - 2022 PNC Championship
      John Daly, II - WITB - 2022 PNC Championship
      Tiger Woods - WITB - 2022 PNC Championship
      Qass Singh - WITB - 2022 PNC Championship
      VJ Singh - WITB - 2022 PNC Championship
       
       
       
       
       
      Pullout Albums
       
      Tiger & Charlie - 2022 PNC Championship - #1
      Tiger & Charlie - 2022 PNC Championship #2
       
       
       
       
       
      • 28 replies

×
×
  • Create New...