Adapted Golf Patient Story
In January 2003, I experienced a stroke, losing use of my left arm completely and leaving me with limited control of my left leg. A few years later I was nearing retirement and starting to think about ways to enjoy my "golden years." Although I had never stepped foot on a golf course in my life, it occurred to me that many of my friends play, and that perhaps getting out on the green could open a door for socialization and a bit of fun.
I got involved with the Adapted Sports Program's golf clinic and with clubs on loaner, began learning about the game and how I could, in fact, play with just one arm. I felt a bit apprehensive at first; I didn’t want to make a fool of myself. But then one day I was out on the course watching some people without disabilities play, and I realized I was hitting just as well as they were. And the rest was history. I kept practicing, played in various leagues and even started golfing competitively. Today, I play in several charity tournaments, including the North American One Armed Golfers Association's annual tournament.
There are some things I can't do now, that I could do before I had my stroke. But being part of this program has shown me that there are new things I can do today, simply because I choose to. Rather than sitting around on the couch and focusing on what I can’t do, I am getting out there and challenging myself physically, enjoying time on the golf course with friends and focusing on bettering myself. You never really know what you are capable of until you try, and I am proof of that.