Dear accomplished senior,
Do you know of golf equipment that can help older golfers? My dad, who is 76 years old, loves to play golf, but arthritis in his hands has made grasping the club a challenge and his fragile lower back also makes it a problem to tee off or retrieve the ball stoop. Is there anything out there that can help?
– Golf friend
In fact, there are a variety of adaptive golf equipment that can help older golfers struggling with injuries, arthritis, or loss of mobility. Here are some golf products that can help with different needs.
Gripping a golf club is a very common problem for seniors with hand osteoarthritis or those with hand or elbow injuries. To alleviate this problem, there are specially designed golf gloves and grips that can make a world of difference.
Two of my favorite gloves are the Bionic Golf Gloves (BionicGloves.com), which have extra padding in the palm and finger joints to improve grip. And the Power Glove (PowerGlove.com), which has a small strap attached to the glove that is looped around the racket handle to secure it in the hand. These cost between $ 20 and $ 30.
Another option is to add oversized handles to your dad’s clubs. These can make gripping the racket easier and more comfortable and are also very good at absorbing shocks. Oversized handles are typically either 1 sixteenth or 1/8 inch more than a standard handle in diameter and cost about $ 10 per handle. You can find and have these grips installed at your local golf store or pro shop.
Or, for a grip-and-glove combo, check out Quantum Grip (QuantumGrip.com), which includes a hook and loop material sunk into the golf club grip and an accompanying golf glove with matching hook and loop material in the palm. Cost: $ 25 per handle and $ 40 per glove.
For golfers with back, hip or knee problems, there are a number of different aids that can eliminate the repeated stoops and stoops while playing golf. For example, to hit the ball without bending over, consider the Zero Bend Golf Tee-Up Foldaway. This is a 34 inch long handle tool that features a trigger style handle and a jaw that holds the ball and tee for easy placement. It costs $ 70 at ZeroBendGolf.com.
For more stoop-proof tee-up solutions, check out the Tee Pal Pro ($ 70, TeePalLLC.com) and Joe’s Original Backtee ($ 25, UprightGolf.com).
ZeroBendGolf.com and UprightGolf.com also offer ball picking tools and magnetic ball marker products that cost under $ 15.
Or, if you’re just looking for a great all-around golf picker upper, consider the GrabAll GrabAll Jaw – sold on Amazon.com for $ 10 for a pack of two. It attaches to the handle end of your putter and chipper and is designed to hold golf balls, flagsticks, putters and green side chippers.
Reflective golf balls
If limited vision is making it difficult to find the ball, Chromax Golf Balls (ChromaxGolf.com) can help. These are reflective colored golf balls that make them appear bigger and brighter. Cost: $ 10 for a three-pack.
Simple shopping cart
There are also ergonomically designed golf carts that can help older golfers carry their clubs around the course. If you enjoy walking, CaddyTek (CaddyTek.com) and Clicgear (Clicgearusa.com) have a variety of three- and four-wheel push / pull carts that are highly rated for function and foldability. The cost is typically between $ 150 and $ 300.
If there is a significant loss of mobility, the specialized electric golf cart SoloRider (SoloRider.com) offers the option of playing from a seated or standing but supported position. With a retail price of $ 10,500 plus a $ 600 shipping fee, this cart is lightly and precisely balanced so it can be driven on tea boxes and greens without causing damage. Federal laws from the ADA require that all public golf courses permit them.
Submit your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, PO Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor on the NBC Today Show and author of The Savvy Senior.