Golfing season is here! I really love being outside, surrounded by nature and all that green grass. I love the smell of fresh-cut grass. The great thing about golf is that it can be played by almost everyone. If you are in a power wheelchair, have an amputation or injury, golf is the kind of sport that can be played comfortably, regardless of your ability.
I love playing golf with my twin brother, Bobby, and my manager, Dick. We always have a blast and these days, it’s an activity we can do together safely.
Using My Edge® 3 Power Wheelchair on the Golf Course
My power wheelchair has pretty good battery life. It usually lasts 18 holes unless the grass is really wet. Take it from me: if you use a motorized wheelchair to get around, don’t go golfing in the early morning. All the moisture on the grass makes driving a motorized wheelchair challenging. Still, it’s great that my power chair can handle driving on different types of terrain. I attended the U.S. Senior Open a few years ago and drove my Edge 3 through some pretty tall grass. You can check out the video here.
Playing Golf with Modified Equipment
Individuals with disabilities can use different types of equipment that allow them to participate in the game. Some club shafts are bent for people who need to remain seated, like motorized wheelchair users. There are also gloves and grip aids, including prosthetic golf grip devices. Accessories, such as tee setters and ball retrieval systems help reduce bending.
How I Golf with iLevel®
Using my Edge® 3 motorized wheelchair with iLevel® technology, I can golf with one hand. When I am ready to take my swing, I use my prosthetic arm to grab onto my left armrest behind the arm pad. I clamp down so I have leverage and support. Then I use my good hand, swing and whack the ball. It takes some practice at first. I’m getting pretty good. It really surprises me at how well I can hit the ball. Practice makes perfect. Don’t be afraid to try!
Hope to see you out on the links!
About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.
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