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How to get back into golf following an injury

The weather is (finally) starting to warm up and the golf season is creeping up on us. At Cash Fore Clubs, we want to ensure that all players are fit and ready to return to the sport that they love safely, without risking injuries or making existing injuries worse.

What are some common golf injuries?

To a non-golfer or an inexperienced player, golf may seem like a minimal injury sport. However, with players spending 4-5 hours in a bent over stance, paired with rotational stresses from the swing, injuries from golf are far from uncommon. 

Some of the most common injuries among golfers are back pain, tendinitis in the wrist and elbow (from repeated movements and improper swings), rotator cuff injuries, hand injuries and knee damage. These injuries can range from minor strains and inflammation to tears that can require surgery.

How to avoid getting injured during a game of golf

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure, and so the best pain relief is to avoid getting injured in the first place. There are some simple measures that can reduce the tendency of getting injured when implemented correctly.

Making sure you warm up and stretch before and after playing golf (or any sport) can make sure that the muscles that you will be using are ready and can reduce the risk of injury.

As well as this, by implementing strength and conditioning training for your whole body into your routine, you can strengthen supporting muscles, even out any muscle imbalances, increase mobility, stabilise joints, correct posture and increase endurance. All of these things will help to decrease the likelihood of injury and improve your game.

Lastly, ensuring your technique and equipment is safe is an important way of reducing the possibility of injury. A lot of injuries are caused by improper technique and incorrect kit. Make sure equipment, such as clubs and shoes, are professionally fitted.

How to get back into golf following an injury

The most important thing to remember when returning to golf following an injury or after surgery is that it isn’t an all or nothing situation. You shouldn’t bring your previously injured and deconditioned body immediately back to the level that you were playing at before your break. If you took 6 months off running, you wouldn’t expect to be able to run a full marathon straight away – so why do you expect to play 18 holes of golf immediately after having time off?

Although most golfers will hate hearing this, reducing your practice and spending time focusing on strength training will ensure that you don’t return to golf too quickly and injure yourself again. 

Gradually training the injured area and surrounding muscles will improve your function, mobility, strength, power and endurance, and ensuring you warm up and cool down before and after a game will also help.

If your injury is more serious, physiotherapists, sports massage therapists and other healthcare professionals will be able to reduce your pain, aid in recovery and provide exercises to improve your muscle strength to help you return to golf as safely and smoothly as possible.

How Cash Fore Clubs can help

Cash Fore Clubs can help you return to golf following an injury as safely as possible. Our range of new and secondhand golf clubs can make sure that you have the proper kit, and if you visit our store in Chippenham, you can take advantage of our custom fitting and customisation service, as well as the lessons that we have on offer.

Contact Cash Fore Clubs or visit us today to find out how we can help.

CFC Condition Guide


5  – BRAND NEW – never been hit.
4 – VERY GOOD – This club has been hit a handful of times, may have a few very minimal marks.
3 – GOOD – This club has been used for a few rounds, shows signs of use but no major dings or chips.
2 – FAIR – Well used, still in completely playable condition but will show signs of wear and tear. Minor stone chips may be visible on the sole.
1 – POOR – This club will have heavy play marks, paint missing, with visible dents and chips.

NOT SELLABLE – major dents or stone chips on playing surface of club.


5  – BRAND NEW – still in wrapper – never been used.
4 – VERY GOOD – Have been hit a few times, but could still pass as new.
3 – GOOD – No major marks, but may show light signs of use, for example light scratching.
2 – FAIR – Signs of wear and tare, but no major bag rub and no rust marks. stickers may be starting to peel.
1 – POOR – Very visibly used with various age-related marks. Shaft sticker may be peeled or missing.

NOT SELLABLE – major bag rub or major pitting and rusting of shaft.


5 – BRAND NEW – As it says on the tin, this grip is brand new, with protective wrapper still in place.
4 – VERY GOOD – 
As new and completely clean, would only have been played a handful of times.
3 – GOOD
 – Played with, showing some minor imperfections, but have plenty of golf left in them.
2 – USED – Well used, with some more obvious imperfections. Still playable, but will likely need replacing fairly soon.
1 – POOR – Needs replacing with rubber shiny and splitting.

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