Injuries are never a laughing matter, unless they deserve it. I do have to admit, hearing the word “injury” follow the word “golf” well…it might get a chuckle. You can probably classify these in the same category as a beer league softball injury. The real humor though lies in the person who was injured admitting how it happened.
Case in point, Mr. Justin Rose injuring his shoulder by throwing a golf ball to his caddie. Yes, you read it correctly. Back in 2013 at the Barclays, Rose threw his ball to his caddie irritating his shoulder. Justin my boy, this wasn’t the time or place to work on your split finger. I do give him credit for uh, persevering (?) through this injury and completing the season.
People started to wonder what was up when he didn’t return to start the 2014 season and that’s when he came clean. I do have to give it to him again for manning up and telling the truth. I’m not too sure if I would admit that. Maybe something like “Yeah, I irritated an old MMA injury.” There, that’s better.
All jokes aside, golf can and does cause injuries. We need to learn how to prevent them. It’s all common sense too. You know, properly warm up, don’t over swing and stay within your limits. More importantly and often brushed aside by most of us hacks, muscle strengthening and building endurance.
Yeah I know, strength and conditioning training almost contradicts The American Golfers Man Code but let’s face it, we’re not getting any healthier downing hot dogs and finishing a six pack before the turn. The older and wiser I get the more I’m starting to understand moderation and balance, at least that’s what I tell myself.
That said, here’s to an injury free golf season!
Hit’em long…yell FORE!!!