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DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Can you recommend any products that can help older golfers? I love to play golf, but at age 74, I have hip and back problems that make bending over to tee up or pick up the ball difficult. And I have arthritis in my thumbs that makes griping the club a problem.

— Ailing Eddy

DEAR EDDY: There is actually a wide variety of nifty golf accessories and adaptive equipment that can help older golfers who struggle with injuries, arthritis or loss of mobility. Here are several products for different needs. 

Bending substitutes

The game of golf requires a lot of repetitive bending and stooping that comes with teeing up the ball, repairing divots, marking the ball on the green, retrieving a ball or tee on the ground, along with picking up a club, sand rake or flag stick off the ground.

For teeing up the ball without bending over, consider one of the Northcroft Golf Tee-Up devices. These are long-handled
tools (11/2 to 3 feet long) with trigger-
style handgrips and a jaw that holds

the ball and tee for easy placement. They cost $69 to $72 and are available at NorthcroftGolf.com. For other tee-up solutions, see the Tee Pal ($55, TeePalPro.com) and Joe’s Original Backtee ($15, UprightGolf.com).

NorthcroftGolf.com and UprightGolf.com also offer a variety of stoop-proof ball pickup accessories, divot repair and magnetic ball marker products, priced from $5 to $12.

Or, if you want a great all-around golf picker-
upper, consider the Graball GrabAll Jaw. It attaches to the handle end of your putter and chipper and is designed to pick up golf balls, flagsticks, putters and green side chippers.

Gripping aids

To help alleviate your golf club gripping problem, there are specially designed golf gloves and grips that can make a big difference.

The best gloves are
the Bionic Golf Gloves (BionicGloves.com), which have extra padding in the palm and finger joints to improve grip. The Power Glove (PowerGlove.com) has a small strap attached to the glove that loops around the club grip to secure it in your hand. These run from $20 to $30.

Another option is to get oversized grips installed on your clubs. These can make gripping the club easier and more comfortable and are also very good at absorbing shock. Oversized grips are usually either 1/16th-inch or 1/8-inch larger in diameter than a standard grip, and cost about $10 per grip. You can find these grips and have them installed at your local golf store or pro shop.

Or, for a grip-and-
glove combination fix, consider the Quantum Grip (QuantumGrip.com) that incorporates Velcro material recessed in the golf club grip, and a companion golf glove that has mating Velcro material in the palm. Cost is $20 per grip, plus $35 per glove.

Vision helper

If vision problems make finding the ball difficult,
Chromax golf balls
(ChromaxGolf.com) can help. These golf balls
are reflective-colored, to  make them appear larger and brighter. Cost is $10.50 for a three-pack.

Ergonomic carts

There also are ergonomically designed golf carts that can help you transport your golf clubs around the course. If you like to walk, the Sun Mountain Sports Micro-Cart, V1 Sport Cart or Reflex Cart are great options. These are three- and four-wheeled, lightweight push carts that fold into a compact size for easy transport. They are available at SunMountain.com for $200, $210 and $230.

Or, for severe mobility loss, the SoloRider specialized electric golf cart (SoloRider.com) provides the ability to play from a seated or standing-
but-supported position. Retailing for $9,450, plus a $550 shipping fee, this cart is lightweight and precisely balanced, so it can be driven on tee boxes and greens without causing any damage. Federal Americans with Disability Act laws require that all publicly owned golf courses allow them.

Send senior questions to Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC “Today” show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

Article source: http://newsok.com/article/5509933


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