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.