Why it’s so important not to come back too soon from an injury.

Six weeks ago I had a pretty bad fall. I was carrying my daughter and my son tripped and fell into my feet and knees, I didn’t see him and we all went down to the pavement. I rolled to not crush my daughter and all our weight fell on my left elbow and jammed my left shoulder.

At first I thought it was dislocated as it was just hanging there and I couldn’t move it. Then the fear was torn rotator cuff. Turns out is was just several severe muscle, tendon and ligament sprains.

I have intermittently tested the shoulder over the last several weeks. Hitting a few shots and getting longer and longer with my swing.

I thought I now had almost full range of motion and am almost pain free. Yes, I was cleared by the doctor to do this.

Luckily I have my Flightscope that told me to cease and desist anything more than a few test shots and half swings.

Before I hurt my shoulder, I was probably playing the best golf of my life. I had shot between 63-67 my last four rounds.

My numbers were near perfect.

Angle of attack minus 2 to minus 4 though the irons and driver plus 1.

My paths were running 1-3 right, my face to path was between 2 left and 1 right through the bag.

My swing direction was near zero with all clubs.

Driver club head speed was 120-125.

Last Thursday I hit more than 4-5 balls at a time for the first time. They weren’t going far as I still am not up to full speed, but fairly decent looking shots, but they felt very manipulated. So I turned on the Flightscope to see what was up.

Seeing the Flightscope data let me know it was till too soon.

I was getting Angle of Attacks down as much as 10 with 5 iron, I had several double digit in to out paths and some double digit face closed to path.

If you are thinking “yuck,” you are correct.

I looked at the swings on video and they looked fine enough at full speed, but something looked off. They were rancid frame by frame.

My left shoulder still does not have full range of motion. On half swings where my left arm didn’t get past parallel to the ground, they looked fine and numbers were fine.

As soon as I got past there, my left shoulder pulled my left arm in and my right elbow bent too much…in other words, my left arm pinned too far across my chest and I got very narrow.

Very steep and very in to out path were a result on the downswing.

Moral to the story…don’t come back too soon.

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10 Comments

  1. Mega

    Great insight regarding the injury, in hindsight I experienced some of this. Also, great testimony on FS, sounds like with the feedback of FS you really had honed in on your swing…

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  2. birly-shirly

    Firstly, get well soon Monte.

    Secondly, since we’re talking about mobility – what are your thoughts on TPI screening and training? As it happens, today’s the day I started working with a TPI physio to try and go back and re-address some of the things you suggested I work on last year, but which I found physically difficult to accomplish.

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  3. vjswing

    Monte, do you know a good physical therapist in your area? They can be worth their weight in gold – I know from experience, based on what I’ve gone through with neck & shoulder issues.

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  4. IPM

    Get well soon Monte.

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  5. torpet

    Another reason for taking it easy is the risk for “frozen shoulder” (please google). After an ice skating accident my whole golfing season was completely off. At it’s worst I could hardly lift my right arm at all!

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  6. Paul Kraus

    Hope you have a speedy recovery Monte and glad the kids weren’t hurt.

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  7. David Westenkirchner

    In this post, you seem to place a lot of stock in Flightscope measures of angle of attack, club path, face to path, swing direction, and clubhead speed. As you wrote, luckily you have one for your use. In your opinion, is there a use for so-called “swing trainers” such as Swingbyte for those of us not so lucky? If not, why not? If so, any recommendations? In advance, thanks for any reply!

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      The numbers are dangerous unless you know which ones are important to each individual, how to use them and how to manipulate them…and most don’t.

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  8. Chris Jakub

    Monte,
    I know how you feel…I too was playing some of the best golf all year 2 weeks ago shooting around or below par. I had surgery on May 30th with 9 stitches on my stomach which are scheduled to be removed this Friday. Talking to the Dr and reading info online the tensile strength of the skin for the incision takes awhile to heal(5-10% of normal strength at 2 weeks when the stitches are removed, 20% after 3 weeks, 50% after month). Because of the rotary motion of the golf swing it might be wise to wait closer to a month. 🙁

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