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I'm back on the course, after year long spinal fusion recovery. So happy to be back!!!


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#1 Hit em good

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Posted 24 December 2018 - 03:45 PM

Hi guys,

I just finished a year long recovery from spinal fusion, L5-S1.  The CT shows that everything has healed correctly, and I am clear to play golf.

I have played three rounds, and I am just so happy to be back on the course.  I'm about a club shorter compared to when I was at full strength, but the accuracy is there.  Shot a 78 today, while missing a couple 4 footers.    

I'm looking forward to many, many more years on the course.  God willing.

Merry Christmas guys,

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Posted 24 December 2018 - 04:34 PM

Merry Christmas to you as well-prayers for continued enjoyment and health.
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Posted 24 December 2018 - 05:16 PM

Great to hear sir !!!  I'm going to need one of these eventually and I like hearing success stories
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Posted 24 December 2018 - 06:52 PM

Outstanding. Merry Christmas and congratulations!!!!  Stay healthy and....fairways and greens!
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Posted 24 December 2018 - 06:56 PM

Tiger is on WRX??!!


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Posted 24 December 2018 - 07:04 PM

View PostHit em good, on 24 December 2018 - 03:45 PM, said:

Hi guys,

I just finished a year long recovery from spinal fusion, L5-S1.  The CT shows that everything has healed correctly, and I am clear to play golf.

I have played three rounds, and I am just so happy to be back on the course.  I'm about a club shorter compared to when I was at full strength, but the accuracy is there.  Shot a 78 today, while missing a couple 4 footers.    

I'm looking forward to many, many more years on the course.  God willing.

Merry Christmas guys,

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Awesome to hear! Outstanding news! Very, very happy for you!

To be honest, it leaves me a bit of hope. I could be heading down the same path in due time.

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Posted 24 December 2018 - 08:01 PM

Take it easy now! Congrats on your return!
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Posted 25 December 2018 - 10:55 AM

Welcome Back - sounds a true Christmas Miracle. Merry Christmas for chilly Chicago!
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Posted 28 December 2018 - 03:12 PM

View PostHit em good, on 24 December 2018 - 03:45 PM, said:

Hi guys,

I just finished a year long recovery from spinal fusion, L5-S1.  The CT shows that everything has healed correctly, and I am clear to play golf.

I have played three rounds, and I am just so happy to be back on the course.  I'm about a club shorter compared to when I was at full strength, but the accuracy is there.  Shot a 78 today, while missing a couple 4 footers.

I'm looking forward to many, many more years on the course.  God willing.

Merry Christmas guys,

Hit em good

Congrats,  I found out I fractured my L5 last year.  I walked away from the game for a year.  I am much better today letting it heal but not 100%.  I got 3 rounds in this summer and felt good.
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Posted 28 December 2018 - 06:10 PM

That is great to hear!  Have a great 2019 and welcome back to the game we all love.


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Posted 28 December 2018 - 10:19 PM

View PostHit em good, on 24 December 2018 - 03:45 PM, said:

Hi guys,

I just finished a year long recovery from spinal fusion, L5-S1.  The CT shows that everything has healed correctly, and I am clear to play golf.

I have played three rounds, and I am just so happy to be back on the course.  I'm about a club shorter compared to when I was at full strength, but the accuracy is there.  Shot a 78 today, while missing a couple 4 footers.    

I'm looking forward to many, many more years on the course.  God willing.

Merry Christmas guys,

Hit em good

I didn’t have anything near a fusion (had a microdiscectomy/laminectomy at L4-5), and took 3 months off. Was a 3 index before surgery, took me 8-9 months to break 90 after. Lost about 40-50 yards off my driver, and almost 3 clubs on all my irons.

Pretty impressive you can come back after a year away recovering from a spinal fusion and shoot in the 70s. Congrats! What kind of handicap were you playing to before the surgery?

Edited by bigred90gt, 28 December 2018 - 10:32 PM.


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Posted 29 December 2018 - 08:33 PM

Congratulations !  I know the feeling of being happy to be out there. I took a year off due to surgery,and it took me
almost a full year to get back to where I was. But was so happy to be able to play again that I really didn't care !
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Posted 29 December 2018 - 10:21 PM

Congrats! It’s amazing the surgical technology we have today. Sounds like you are off to a great start and appreciative!

I had Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (nothing compared to yours) about 3 years ago. Doctor told me I could golf in 6 weeks. I made the final check up appointment with the surgeon 6 weeks to the day. He cleared me and I played the next day. Funny, I didn’t even think about my neck until the third hole! I thought I might be timid but the surgey was really well done, fast recovery.

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Posted 30 December 2018 - 10:11 AM

That is terrific to hear.

I am just finishing up a 5 month hospital stay to remove and replace infected hip replacements.

Your return to the game after major surgery makes me hope I can do the same one day.

Good luck!

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Posted 30 December 2018 - 03:57 PM

View Postbigred90gt, on 28 December 2018 - 10:19 PM, said:

View PostHit em good, on 24 December 2018 - 03:45 PM, said:

Hi guys,

I just finished a year long recovery from spinal fusion, L5-S1.  The CT shows that everything has healed correctly, and I am clear to play golf.

I have played three rounds, and I am just so happy to be back on the course.  I'm about a club shorter compared to when I was at full strength, but the accuracy is there.  Shot a 78 today, while missing a couple 4 footers.

I'm looking forward to many, many more years on the course.  God willing.

Merry Christmas guys,

Hit em good

I didn't have anything near a fusion (had a microdiscectomy/laminectomy at L4-5), and took 3 months off. Was a 3 index before surgery, took me 8-9 months to break 90 after. Lost about 40-50 yards off my driver, and almost 3 clubs on all my irons.

Pretty impressive you can come back after a year away recovering from a spinal fusion and shoot in the 70s. Congrats! What kind of handicap were you playing to before the surgery?

Sorry for the delay in responding.  My course is a short-ish par 71 course, on a military base, and breaking 80 is not too difficult.  I was a 6 cap prior to surgery.  I've played 4 times now, and my scores are about the same.  I am a club shorter though, due to a smoother, less aggressive swing.  I hope to keep the smooth swing!!!!

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Posted 30 December 2018 - 07:30 PM

View PostHit em good, on 24 December 2018 - 03:45 PM, said:

Hi guys,

I just finished a year long recovery from spinal fusion, L5-S1.  The CT shows that everything has healed correctly, and I am clear to play golf.

I have played three rounds, and I am just so happy to be back on the course.  I'm about a club shorter compared to when I was at full strength, but the accuracy is there.  Shot a 78 today, while missing a couple 4 footers.    

I'm looking forward to many, many more years on the course.  God willing.

Merry Christmas guys,

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Posted 30 December 2018 - 07:42 PM

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The first 3 clubs in your bag tell me all I need to know ... all time fav's of mine
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Posted 30 December 2018 - 07:43 PM

Congrats on the recovery. Hopefully there are many more years of golf in your back...


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Posted 30 December 2018 - 08:01 PM

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Op,
The first 3 clubs in your bag tell me all I need to know ... all time fav's of mine
You're a baller

Thank you for the kind words.  I just can't find a replacement for those 3 woods.  
I know you are a baller too!  

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 07:22 AM

Congratulations Hit em good!  I am likely headed down that path too at some point as I suffered a back injury over a year ago and have degenerating discs in the same area as your fusion.  I didn't play much this past season, only three nine hole outings.  I didn't find it enjoyable being tentative and trying to protect myself.  Physiotherapy has only got me so far and I am stuck at a plateau of perhaps 50%, perhaps a bit more.

Your success gives me hope that one day I will be enjoying this game again on a regular basis.  Good luck to you going forward.

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 07:25 PM

Best of luck going forward. Know exactly where you are as i have a had a disc replacement at C5/6 and had C4/5 fused. I came back a bit too soon and if i had to go through it all again i would definitely take my time. Was to keen to get back on the course.

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 04:58 PM

Congratulations to the OP and everyone else who has recovered from serious injury.  Rehab takes more discipline and will power than you can imagine.

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 07:09 PM

Congrats and good luck.

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 03:33 PM

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Congrats! It's amazing the surgical technology we have today. Sounds like you are off to a great start and appreciative!

I had Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (nothing compared to yours) about 3 years ago. Doctor told me I could golf in 6 weeks. I made the final check up appointment with the surgeon 6 weeks to the day. He cleared me and I played the next day. Funny, I didn't even think about my neck until the third hole! I thought I might be timid but the surgey was really well done, fast recovery.

ACDF aka "Peyton Manning Surgery" according to my (mid-single digit hcp) neurologist.  Had C5 - T1 done middle of 2013, back hitting balls in about the same timeframe and a full round inside 3 months.

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 03:35 PM

Congratulations to the OP, here's to plenty more years of frustration and joy.  And congratulations to the OP's surgeon on a job well done!


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Posted 15 January 2019 - 04:58 PM

That’s fantastic and great scores!!! Best wishes for a successful, enjoyable and pain free season :) Madison

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