MAD MAC'S TOP TIPS
Mac isnít a Doctor but he has been on the wrong end of Golfers Elbow over the last four decades. Mac is well aware that rest alleviates the symptoms, and then what? Give up golf? Play tentatively and hope it wonít come back - although your mental processes tell you it probably will?
Mac has no knowledge of proprietary wrist bands or magic potions, maybe they work. You pays your money, oh yes, and you takes your chance! Mac prefers to operate on the basis of ďif you always do what you always did, you always get what you always gotĒ It's a good motto for golf anyway!
So letís look at a few things that have been known to cause elbow pain during Macís career.
overly hard golf balls
1980-90s Topflites could set things off, as could hitting rock- like driving
range balls/practice balls warming up before a round.
Not warming up
Before a session on the range/ going straight into maximum effort strikes instead of
hitting 20 or so soft, rhythmical wedges
Gripping too hard
Relax! The swing gets longer and more powerful with soft, fluid muscles, but you knew
that anyway. So, check your grips, too shiny? Yep, that will do it. Too thick or, usually,
too thin? Have your hand measured up by a club fitter. Also there is a possibility that
these new ultra thin grips on fat shafts might not absorb jarring from impact, being
exclusively a hickory player now Mac canít speak with authority on this, but it has to be
The Wrong Clubs
Long ago, when Mac switched from forged blades to investment cast irons he spent half
the season crippled with elbow, wrist and back of the left hand tendon pain. A switch
back to Wilson Dynapower Fluid Feel irons fixed it overnight. There are some great pre-
owned forged blades out there, think about it. Also, maybe those super aggressively stiff
shafts may not be doing you any favours either. Find a custom club fitter and have it
Swing characteristics can cause
You might not be doing anything technically wrong as far as striking a ball is concerned
but it is a fact that some swings are longer lasting, and not as hard on the body than
others. Some swings are quite upright and have a steep angle of attack, great for
backspin and tear up divots suitable for the harvest festival,. They donít do your elbow
any favours. Some players fan the club open on the backswing and rely on their hands to
get it right at and beyond impact. This sets up a twisting movement in the forearms
which can give rise to problems. The answer is to go to a good qualified teaching
professional who is accustomed to teaching golf at an advanced level, not just beginners
with the standard PGA system.
Here is one especially true for Mac
Hours at the work bench applying traditional black pitched whipping (ah, that smell!) to
grips and hosels, the combined twisting and pinch gripping can set up an elbow reaction.
So Mac just stretches his hand, forcing the thumb and little finger as wide as possible
and hold it for ten seconds. Then, palm spread, lean it against a wall, so the wrist is bent
backwards and adding to the stretch. That seems to do the trick. I imagine you could do
the same against a tree out on the golf course.
If all else
Turn around and play left-handed (or vice versa if you are already of that persuasion)