“Playing Golf the Right Way”

Contributed by MacArther Plumart
December 2009

MacArther Plumart is an avid golfer and Society member. Playing Golf the Right Way is an inspiring essay for walking golfers everywhere.  Below is an excerpt.

I suppose it was right after my second hip replacement while I was still using my walker to get around my house when I made my mind up that one day I was going to become a walking golfer.  There are a lot of reasons why I made this decision, but I think the biggest one was that being able to walk a golf course for 18 holes would mark the symbolic end of this ugly and painful chapter in my life and usher in a new and more joyful time.  With this in mind, I attacked my rehab process with vigor and determination.  It has been 3 months since I made that decision and over the last few weeks I have played golf 6 times and walked all 6 of those courses.  Now realize this…it is still a challenge for me.  My legs swell after 4 holes, I have to take pain medicine and anti-inflammatories to be able to play golf and the last nine holes are a bit of a struggle.  BUT…I can do it!!!  And I am over-joyed!!!  I trust that each round hereafter will be a little less painful and require fewer and fewer pills to complete.  The end goal is to be able to walk a golf course without pain and without pain medicine.

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4 Comments

Mac
May 28, 2010 6:19 pm — Reply to this comment

Thanks guys! Experiencing ups and downs relative to pain, walking, and golf…but keeping things moving in a positive direction in a sensible and intelligent manner.

Thanks again!

Glen Maringer
April 5, 2010 2:44 pm — Reply to this comment

MacArther, nice essay! I admire your ambition to celebrate the game as it was meant to be played. I hope you reach your goals, and enjoy many rounds to come.

Mac
April 1, 2010 6:47 pm — Reply to this comment

FYI…I walked my first 18 hole round without any pain medicine…only Advil. A little stiff and sore for a few days afterwards…but getting there!!!

Rob Rigg

Great to hear Mac - Congrats!!!

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