Today I would like to talk about pain. Pain can range from a slight muscle strain all the way up to debilitating chronic pain, but almost any pain can severely effect our golf games. It’s difficult to talk to any golfer over the age of 40 without the topic of pain coming up. But my discussion today will be different from many articles. In this day and age it is way too common for folks to talk about problems and what is wrong, but almost never do they give solutions.
About 20 years ago I lived in an area where I couldn’t play golf for about five years. Once I moved “back to civilization”, I started playing again. I knew that I was in my mid 50s, but I was surprised to see how many yards I had lost on my drives; with all my clubs for that matter. Not only did I lose 50 yards on my drives, but I discovered that my irons were requiring at least two more clubs for every range. The shots that used to require an 8 iron were now requiring a 6.
No matter how I worked at it the situation continued to deteriorate. I finally went to the Doctor and I was told what I feared. I had severe arthritis in both shoulders. I suspected this since not only couldn’t I hit the ball like I used to, but I was having lots of trouble sleeping and reaching. The pain in my shoulders forced me to toss and turn every ten to fifteen minutes. I normally lay on one side or the other, and my shoulders just couldn’t take the pain.
I hate to admit that my ego is this fragile, but my inability to play to the level that I wanted forced me to give up the gave again. I didn’t play for the next two or three years. Finally some of my former golfing buddies, and my wife, convinced me to “put on my big boy pants”, and accept the new reality. I had to accept my age, start playing from the senior tees, and accept what is rather than what used to be. After a couple of dozen rounds like this I did start enjoying the game again, but it just wasn’t with the exhilaration that it used to be. A good day was breaking 100. No more 70s or 80s.
About this time I read an article on CBD oil. CBD stands for cannabinoid oil. Cannabinoid oil is an extract of marijuana but without the hallucinogenic THC that makes people high. The article (and several other articles that I researched) touted the wonderful benefits of CBD oil for pain relief. Not only did I hate the deterioration of my golf game, but I was sick and tired of being in constant pain. I decided to try CBD oil. I don’t know this for a fact, but I have read that CBD oil is legal in all 50 states, but check out the laws in whatever State, County and City you live in.
I purchased a bottle of 300mg CBD oil for $70. By taking 1/2 dropper at night and 1/2 dropper in the morning this bottle will last a little over a month. (I usually get about 5 1/2 weeks out of it). The results have been incredible. I’m not saying that I’m 100% pain free, but I would say it’s 80% better. I can sleep comfortably, my arms do not cause me discomfort during the day, my biceps do not ache for no reason while sitting around the house, and my flexibility is immensely better. GOLF IS TOTALLY BACK IN MY LIFE.
The 300 yard drive is history, but I played in a 50 year class reunion last week, and my average drive was in the neighborhood of 200 yards, and my iron play is only one club greater than in the old days. Now keep in mind that we were playing from the senior tee, using “Winter Rules”, and had been drinking, but I shot 39 and 42. Not bad for 69 years old. A very satisfying round, very controlled, and very fun.
So, for the solution I promised. Check out the regulations in your area, and get some CBD oil. I promise you that you won’t be disappointed.