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My story: Returning to golf after bilateral hip replacements at 35


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Posted 02 October 2012 - 09:37 PM

I am not sure where to start this story, but it may be best to go back to February of 2009 where it all started. I was playing the best golf of my life multiple rounds under par in the same year and my index had dropped all the way to a 0.09. Then one day I felt a twinge in my left hip and didn’t think much of it as it only really hurt for a couple of hours. This was not the first time I had felt this twinge, but it was starting to happen more and more frequently. As a 32 year old athletic man I thought I just tweeked something and it would go away. It did stop bugging me for a few weeks until I showed up to work after an early morning round at my home course. I went to get out of my car and my left hip was essentially frozen in pain, so much so I actually had to pick my leg up with my hands just to move it out of my car. That is the moment I figured out it was time to see the Doctor.

I had my first doctors appointment at an orthopedic center close to my home at the time. I really didnt know who or where to start this process with so I started with who was the closest to me. In March of 2009 the first X-rays of my hips were taken the doc noticed some arthritis around the hip socket and ball. He ordered an MRI to have a better look at the joint. I went in for the MRI the next week and waited for the results.

I had a follow up with DR#1 a couple weeks later to get the results. The MRI tech noted the labrum was intact and while I had some arthritis developing nothing major going on. The doctors prognosis "You are too young to have this much arthritis" great thanks what can I do? He said anti-inflammatory meds and deal with it. He prescribed Celebrex for me which I started taking.

In May of 2009 the weather was getting warmer in Arizona and I thought that might help because even on the Celebrex I was getting worse and worse. I went to play a round with my good friend and fellow golfwrx member Fore_Life I felt a sharp pain in my mid back thinking I pulled a muscle on my first warm up swing of the day. Since we were an hour from home I decided to pop a couple aspirin and play the round. I ended up shooting what might just be the best 78 I have ever shot in my life. That pain in my back turned out to be a kidney stone that sent me to the ER at 2am the next morning. To this day I think the Celebrex played a big role in the kidney stone so I immediately stopped taking the Celebrex.

Over the next few months I did my best to follow DRs advice and deal with it but the hip kept getting worse and worse and now my right hip was starting to bug me. I made some phone calls to find a really good hip specialist and went to see DR#2 around September of 2009. DR#2 just read the MRI report looked at some new X-rays. He said I was too young, he wouldnt touch me and I just have to deal with it. I told him it was taking away one of my biggest passions in life the game of golf, he asked if I play pro golf which I said no. He then told me there was nothing I could do. This was the first of many hits to my mental side I would take over the next few years.

At this point I just did not know where to go and what to do 2 DRs neither willing to help. I just started trying to deal with the increasing pain and discomfort as best I could. I continued to do this until mid-2010 then it had progressed so much that my performance at work was suffering, leaving early due to pain sales started to decline etc. My golf game had gone from low to mid 70s to high 70s low 80s and I was trending down from 60 rounds a year to 30 rounds a year. I didnt have a lot of hope at this point neither DR#1 or Dr#2 really wanted to spend any time helping me and looked at me as a liability against their malpractice insurance since I was so young, but I decided it was time to try DR#3 to try and get some answers and help. I took a shot in the dark made an appointment with an orthopedic guy who helped my dad with his shoulder and me with my hand on a previous injury.

Although he was not a hip specialist like Dr#1 and 2 Dr#3 took more X-rays and it looked like the arthritis was getting, but because he took his time and was actually interested in helping me he was also the first one to discover the real problem with my hips. He noticed it by taking a close look at the x-rays I had what is known as Femoral Acetabular Impingement Cam Syndrome http://www.hipfai.com/ Since he was not a hip specialist he could not help me with a treatment plan and referred me to DR#4 one of the AZ Cardinals team docs and hip specialist. Finally I felt a bit of hope and that I could get some answers and help to get myself better. I made an appointment with Dr#4 as soon as I could.  

DR#4 was great awesome personality and really interested in my case. It was now close to a year since my MRI had been taken and he was the first DR to actually pull out the films to see what was going on. In addition to the FAI it turns out the MRI report was wrong and both hip labrums were disintegrated the arthritis was worse than originally thought and really showed up on the newest X-rays from different angles. I had zero cartilage left in my hips and my range of motion was so far decreased even simple things like walking sleeping and sitting were getting harder and harder to do. I was ecstatic to finally find a DR willing to help and confident this was the guy to do surgery if that was what is needed. We discussed a relatively new procedure that shaves off some of the impingement to return some range of motion in the hips and alleviate some of the pain. We discuss the surgery risks rewards etc. then he drops the bombshell Aetna does not cover this surgery as they do not deem it medically necessary. In fact none of his treatment options are covered. My options are basically wait for Aetna to approve the surgery or have both hips replaced. He and I both agreed that replacement should be the last resort.

I am gutted at this point I finally found a great DR and answers to my problems but nothing can be done. I go about my life for another year, my attendance at work is horrid because it had just become downright tough to make it through a day and in hindsight I should have done more to look into my options such as FMLA etc but I have always been a proud person and didnt want that kind of help. My only hope was AETNA was scheduled to review the surgery again in December of 2010 so I just held out hope it would be approved.  My golf game was getting worse and worse I was playing less and less and enjoying it even less. Breaking 80 was now a rarity my drives went from 280 down to 250 or worse lost 1-1.5 club distance on my irons. Golf was just not fun anymore, but my love and passion for the game kept me going out when I could.  

In early January 2011 I did my usual daily check of the Aetna website and found out the surgery was not approved and would not be renewed again until December 2011. I was crushed again at this point I started looking at hip resurfacing options and changed positions from sales to the service side at my work with a large personal lines insurance company to avoid being fired as my sales continued to slip.  The change in position gave me a mental break from the disappointment and allowed me to focus on a new role and less on my hips.

The pain and discomfort continued to get worse through 2011 and golf was pretty much nonexistent I think I played 10-12 rounds in 2011. I did have one highlight round 12/31/2011. I had not touched a club in over a month but we had an usually warm new years eve so I decided to pop a couple Aleve and give it a shot. I ended up shooting a -2 69 on the round and nearly broke into tears on the 18th green. Playing as the outsider with another 3 they didn't quite know what to make of me kneeling down in pain on the 18th green with my hands in my face. I told them my story over lunch and they were shocked. They had never seen anyone shoot sub-par golf let alone someone with my issues. I thought this was the golf gods way of repaying me and giving me that one final round of golf the way I used to play. It took me 2 days to physically recover from that round. I played 3 more rounds between then and May of 2012 none even close to that day.

In early 2012 I had reached new levels of pain and discomfort getting a good nights sleep was now impossible. I was walking very slowly with a noticeable limp. I could not sit down at a dinner table for more than 30 minutes before I had to get up and stretch out my legs. My attendance at work was suffering again especially on cold or rainy days which just made things even worse.  I randomly check the Aetna website and about fell out of my desk to see the orthopedic surgery had been approved. I immediately called DR#4 to schedule an appointment only to have another huge setback. He no longer takes Aetna so I either need to come up with huge out of pocket expenses or start all over again.

Once again I am crushed and don't know where to go. It is now April of 2012 over 3 years since I started having problems with my hips and while I had some answers I really had gone nowhere. Golf was the one thing I always had to give me a break from things like this and I cannot even play anymore. I am just mentally run down at this point. It is taking everything I have in me to make it a full day of work and give my policyholders the attention and care they deserve. I remember a orthopedic center a friend of ours recommended. She was a HR rep for a big ballet company here and I figured that if they sent their dancers to these guys it might be worth a shot.

So I give them a call and ask to see their best hip guy DR#5. I go into the office get new X-rays wait for the doctor only to find out he is not the hip guy in fact he is one of the knee guys, very apologetic and seemed like a nice guy. He did have the MA's get me a rush appointment with the orthopedic hip DR, DR#6.

I went into see DR#6 to discuss the orthopedic option with him to see if it was a viable option that would provide me noticeable relief and improvements. We reviewed new films along with my MRI and a physical exam. He was very honest and straightforward with me and I felt very comfortable in this orthopedic group all the Dr's are Ivy League guys and worked with major sports teams as well as give back to the community. We discussed the procedure again along with risks rewards and likely hood of success. I asked him straight forward what is the likelihood I would see noticeable improvements? He advised 50% at best and even with that it would only last a few years before the FAI would comeback. We then broached the subject of hip replacement again. He thought it would give me a much higher chance at returning to golf and life pain free with range of motion returning with a much better quality of life. He referred me to his partner in the same office to discuss hip replacement if that was an option I wanted to approach. I went to dinner with my parents that night as my mom was in health care for 30+ years and a good sounding board. We discussed the pros/cons over dinner and decided to set an appointment with DR#7

Set up an appointment with DR#7 to talk about my original last resort hip replacement. DR#7 was very to the point and also concerned with my expectations after the surgery. The main culprit in the FAI was my years playing ice hockey with golf second. He wanted to make sure I had not planned on returning to high risk sports like ice hockey. I told him my main concerns were being able to walk, sleep, sit, work without pain, and return to golf. He felt comfortable with my expectations and we started discussing the surgeries. He would perform an Anterior Approach hip replacement using a large ball to give me greater stability and strength. He told me it would make a great platform to return to golf and alleviate the discomfort and pain from my life. Recovery would take 8-10 weeks to return to work and I could slowly work back towards golf shortly after depending on my physical therapy progress. Since I was so young we discussed how many times in my lifetime I would potentially need to have the surgery redone and gave me a time frame of roughly 15-20 years on the first replacements. I had also done my research both online and was lucky enough to talk to a few patients who had gone through the procedure. My main concerns were his familiarity with the procedure and qualifications. He then advised he has traveled the country teaching the procedure to different orthopedic surgeons and performed over 300 of the surgeries including many on younger males such as myself which presents its own set of challenges due to stronger tighter muscles mass vs. the typical elderly patient etc.

Once again I went out to dinner with my folks to discuss our thoughts and then I decided that was really mybest and only option at this point. We all felt very comfortable with the surgeon DR#7. We talked about therisks the number of times I would possibly need to have the surgery redone down the road. In the end getting my life back was the winner and called them back to schedule the surgeries. I was scheduled for bi lateral anterior hip replacements with the first (left) hip to be done in June the Tuesday after I returned from my trip to the US Open at Olympic Club. The right hip would be done 4 weeks later July 24th. For the first time in 3+ years I finally had an end in sight and felt good about my future.

I went to San Francisco with my Mom and Dad which has become a Fathers Day tradition now when the US Open is on the west coast we also went to Pebble in 2010. The trip was great but very difficult. Saturday was one of the best days I had ever seen in SF (I grew up in the Bay Area) sunny 70+ degrees out but on Doctors orders I could not take any pain meds or NSAID’s prior to surgery so I was really struggling to get around the hills of downtown SF. At dinner that night I remember telling my mom that if I was not 100% sure to have the surgery before the trip I was now completely convinced to go ahead with it.

Monday night we flew back home I did not sleep that night I was awake with anticipation for the first surgery the next morning. The first surgery went very well I was walking with a walker on Wednesday out of the hospital on Thursday. I then started my physical therapy on the following Monday. We worked on the left hip for the 4 weeks up to the next surgery.

Here is a pic of the replacement itself and some details on the surgery
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Surgery number 2 came quickly but was not as easy on myself, I was in a great deal more pain and exhausted after this one. I ended up staying in the hospital an extra day. Over the 1st weekend I had a ton of pain that I did not have after the first, and my right hip was still really swollen and draining fluid through the intentional drainage hole next to the incision. This did not happen after the first and had me worried. I was going through way more pain meds then the first time. I called the surgeon and spoke to a triage nurse who scheduled me to go in first thing Tuesday morning. She had a sense of urgency to her voice so now I was concerned. Turns out I had had a hematoma (blood clot). I still started light physical therapy the next week, but the hematoma really set me back a couple weeks before it fully went away.

Once the clot was gone I went full force into physical therapy 3 days a week usually 60-90 minutes each time just working on my lower body. I was seeing noticeable improvements at the end of each week. By the end of week 2 even with the clot slowing me down I was off the walker and just using a cane. By week 3 I didnt need the cane to walk short distances, week 4 no cane at all, but still had a limp. My mindset was get back to golf but I realized that if I rush things it could only make it worse dislocation being the biggest fear. I started to roll some putts after week 6 and a few chip shots after week 7.

The biggest problems I have run into is with the nature of the surgery having to cut through so much muscle it just takes time to rebuild those muscles and strengthen the legs and hips to the point muscle surrounds the new joints to fully secure them in place. The second problem is stamina, basically sitting on my a** for the better part of 3 years I had lost any stamina I had. As the weeks went by we kept progressing in PT.

I was scheduled to return to work 9/24 on a shorter workday schedule. I tried my best to make it work because I had been sitting at home on disability since mid may. My mind was ready to go back but after just a few days back I realized I still cannot sit at a desk for even a partial shift. So as of now I am back on disability, we came to the conclusion that since the incisions for the replacements are in the upper front thigh area that is what is causing the problems. The funny thing is if I had a more physically demanding job I would have made it back. We continue to work on those areas of my legs along with flexibility exercises. I also took a couple days off PT and it really helped. We had been working so hard my muscles needed some time to recover.

Today 10/2/2012 10 weeks after my most recent surgery and 14 weeks since the first I made my very first full swing on the driving range. I cannot tell you how great it felt to get back out and swing a club again. It has been just about 5+ months since I last made a full swing. I also needed to keep my head on straight and not overdo it. I hit some balls with Fore_Life I limited myself to 40-50 balls short irons only with very controlled swings. I feel like I am about 70% right now and will continue to work in PT and on the range as I improve strength stamina and flexibility. We are focusing on golf in PT and as I get closer to the transition to home workouts in 3 weeks we are going to build in a TPI program to further help my golf conditioning.

Here are a few swing videos of my first swings post surgery obviously things will continue to get better over the last 3 years my swing became a thing of pain avoidance more than anything so I have some work to do to get my old swing back.
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Face on #2

My main goals for getting back into golf are 1: getting driving accuracy back 2: getting my distance back with 165 yard 7 iron the goal. Currently 150ish it was 165+ prior to hip issues. 3: appreciate the game even more than before you just never know when it may get taken away from you.  

I used to be very active on Golfwrx before I really stopped playing. I decided to take some time away from actively posting because it was just another reminder of what things were like when I was playing. You will probably catch me posting more and more as I keep working my way back into the game. I will continue to update this topic with significant milestones all the way up through my first few rounds back.

Many of the local Phx wrx members are my regular playing partners and friends; they saw me get progressively worse through the last 3 years. That is all going to change and hopefully they can be there with me as I get progressively better and strive to get my index back down to .09 in the next few years. I missed playing with those guys and look forward to upcoming outings with the guys.

Thank you for taking the time to read this I know it has been a very long read, but that is the full story. Maybe it can help someone going through a similar situation. Golfwrx has given so much to me I try to be very open and honest in return.

Edited by One_Putt_Blunder, 03 October 2012 - 12:00 AM.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 09:38 PM

Down the line swing videos that would not fit in the original topic

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 11:01 PM

Incredible story, thank you for sharing. Best of luck on getting your game back. From what I'm seeing you won't have to wait long!

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 11:10 PM

Matt - genuinely STOKED for you man!  I honestly can't believe how fast you've recovered.. two hips replaced and you're swinging the club, and swinging the club well!  You should be very proud of yourself and thankful for those around you that helped you get to where you are right now.  I know I have missed seeing you on here and WRX has definitely missed your posts on here.  Can't wait to get in some golf with you soon  :drinks:  The wife got a new job too, so I should be able to get us out at Pelican Hill no problem.. and also probably get you a room out there too for your next trip out here man.  Congrats!
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Posted 02 October 2012 - 11:16 PM

One_putt...quite a story.  Hope you continue to get better and can enjoy golf and life pain-free!


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Posted 02 October 2012 - 11:19 PM

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Incredible story, thank you for sharing. Best of luck on getting your game back. From what I'm seeing you won't have to wait long!
Thank you very much.

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Matt - genuinely STOKED for you man!  I honestly can't believe how fast you've recovered.. two hips replaced and you're swinging the club, and swinging the club well!  You should be very proud of yourself and thankful for those around you that helped you get to where you are right now.  I know I have missed seeing you on here and WRX has definitely missed your posts on here.  Can't wait to get in some golf with you soon  :drinks:  The wife got a new job too, so I should be able to get us out at Pelican Hill no problem.. and also probably get you a room out there too for your next trip out here man.  Congrats!

Thanks Tai. I am working on a couple trips next year. now that the car is paid off the travel budget is bigger. I know Andrea and I are definitely going to the Bay Area for a week or so. Pasatiempo here I come. Long weekends to Socal should be very very do able. It has been a long road glad I am finally at the end of that chapter and starting a new one. I feel about 70% right now and will just keep taking slow and steady
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 10:31 AM

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One_putt...quite a story.  Hope you continue to get better and can enjoy golf and life pain-free!
Thank you, so far so good just keep grinding away in physical therapy trying to get back to 100%
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:09 PM

Thank you for sharing your experience. Best wishes for your continued improvement.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:19 PM

I read your story and i can not stop from wondering the sure hell you went through to get your hips done and wondering if you would ever be the same again and be able to walk normally let alone golf , it is good to see that with a lot of very hard work, physical therapy and giving yourself a kick in the a** once in a while you are able to get out and try to enjoy the game , it sure is impressive to see you with a full swing because a close friend also had bilateral hip replacements and was never the same so seeing you and golf together post surgery is great , i have issues with both of my knee's and i have concerns of never having the same ability as of golf as i had now is the main reason of dragging my feet when it comes to getting knee replacements in both knees , but when i see stories like yours it gives me some confidence that a positive result is possible after a surgical experience

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 07:57 PM

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The anterior approach has really changed the world of hip replacement. It really cuts down the recovery time and requirements and restrictions post surgery. Knees are a different animal, quite a few people at my physical therapy place recovering from acl total knee etc. Surprisingly takes much more time to get back to fully active after knee surgery vs what I had done. Going under the knife is never an easy choice. For me one of the biggest factors I considered was quality of life. I was willing to sacrifice some quality of life when I get much much older to be able to get back to being active now. Not having immense pain in my hips for the first time in 3+ years has been well worth the time and effort of the surgery and physical therapy. Best of luck to you what ever way you decide to go

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 08:34 PM

Great story.....  I remember you posting a lot back in the day and am happy to see a good member come back.....

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 10:25 PM

Thank you for sharing. I am 36 and having my hip resurfaced Dec 11. After one surgery to fix a torn labrum, which they shaved femoral head, and micro fractured hip. It felt great but after 7 years the pain has returned.  I have very little range of motion due to bone spurs and arthritis. I am like you described in constant pain. I am excited to see you have returned and appears kicking butt it gives me hope.  Keep improving awesome to see.  Thanks again

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:04 AM

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Great story.....  I remember you posting a lot back in the day and am happy to see a good member come back.....
Thanks higherground. The less i played the less i came around wrx it was bad enough not being able to play sitting here looking at new gear wasnt going to help hahaha. I managed to get by the last six months and only get 2 new pairs of shows and a new shaft for the driver. Good to be back and get caught up

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Thank you for sharing. I am 36 and having my hip resurfaced Dec 11. After one surgery to fix a torn labrum, which they shaved femoral head, and micro fractured hip. It felt great but after 7 years the pain has returned.  I have very little range of motion due to bone spurs and arthritis. I am like you described in constant pain. I am excited to see you have returned and appears kicking butt it gives me hope.  Keep improving awesome to see.  Thanks again
Sorry to hear the pain returned, I hope everything works out for you. It certainly is not fun to deal with and at times it gets very frustrating because other people cant see what is going on internally. It is not like we are walking around in a cast or brace.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 05:41 PM

Decided to hold off range sessions for a few more weeks. I tried putting a bit more speed behind the swing and the right side just did not feel ready to handle it. Practicing a swing while swinging scared would just do more harm than good. So I will spend more time on short game and putting for now and work back into the swing after a few more weeks of physical therapy and workouts. Really getting close and a gigantic difference in strength and flexibility from just a few weeks ago.
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 10:03 PM

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Decided to hold off range sessions for a few more weeks. I tried putting a bit more speed behind the swing and the right side just did not feel ready to handle it. Practicing a swing while swinging scared would just do more harm than good. So I will spend more time on short game and putting for now and work back into the swing after a few more weeks of physical therapy and workouts. Really getting close and a gigantic difference in strength and flexibility from just a few weeks ago.

Matt,

We should play the first tee course, it's $5, 9 holes all under 100 yards. All you can play, right across the street from vistal.


I still need to get off my phone and post a response via my PC, but let me just say that it was awesome to have you back out there taking swings. I knew it had been a huge ordeal but had no idea all of the s*** you went through with soooo many dr's and insurance issues.  

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 12:23 AM

Did Dr. Freedberg or Dr. Waslewski do your surgery ? I had a huge shoulder operation in April and lost everything to do with college golf. I am from Boston where good doctors are everywhere and Freedberg was the best doc I have ever dealt with.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 02:58 PM

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Did Dr. Freedberg or Dr. Waslewski do your surgery ? I had a huge shoulder operation in April and lost everything to do with college golf. I am from Boston where good doctors are everywhere and Freedberg was the best doc I have ever dealt with.

Waslewski was DR#4 He really was awesome, but while he would have been the one to go arthroscopic on me according to his notes he would have referred me out for the replacements. He really specializes in shoulders more than anything. Trained on Tommy Johns with DR James Andrews. I am not familiar with Freeberg. Dr Myerthall of the Core Institute in Gilbert did my surgeries. I cannot say enough about him and his staff.
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 02:59 PM

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Matt,

We should play the first tee course, it's $5, 9 holes all under 100 yards. All you can play, right across the street from vistal.


I still need to get off my phone and post a response via my PC, but let me just say that it was awesome to have you back out there taking swings. I knew it had been a huge ordeal but had no idea all of the s*** you went through with soooo many dr's and insurance issues.  

Glad to have you back, you're not only a great friend, but a huge asset to the the wrx community.

Thanks Mark, that is not a bad idea let me know what you schedule is like Thurs or Sat would work for me. Sub 100 yards is perfect right now for me.
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:20 PM

+1,000,000 bud, great story and I wish you the best.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:52 PM

Matt, jaime works all week and then this weekend is the Prescott trip, headed out Friday evening.


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Posted 17 October 2012 - 01:06 PM

Hey stranger!

Incredible story... I remember you're sub par rounds, incredibly straight driving, throwing darts at the sticks, etc etc lol.

I can't believe all the hell you've endured the past few years man.  Glad to see you back and maybe you, Mark and I can all get together for a round someday!

Again, glad you're back and best of luck with everything!  :good:

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:24 PM

Thanks Deemo,

It was tough as hell to see everything fall apart. That trip up to Prescott was really the beginning of my game going bad and pain every round. Friday is my last day in PT then I transition to working out on my own in the gym. Prob still a month or so away from being able to hit driver and get out but when I am ready it would be awesome to get the gang back together for a round.
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Posted 17 October 2012 - 06:13 PM

Having gone thru the deterioration of the golf game due to hip pain and come out the other side post hip resurfacing, I can relate to your struggles.

Wish you all the best in your continued recovery!

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 12:34 PM

Thanks Dave looking forward to getting back out there and playing again
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 01:00 PM

Matt- great to read of how you got through this process. What a journey!

Thanks for posting and continued good luck with your recovery and golfing.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 04:44 PM

Thanks Jebb. I just finished my last regular physical therapy session. I was given an 11 page list of hip exercises to do on my own now that I no longer need to be monitored by a PT. Another big step on my road back. On a positive note I really feel good both mentally and physically for the first time in a long time. Working out has helped me drop 20+ pounds and I am back to a decent weight of 200 pounds at 6'2. Joined a gym to keep working out. Amazing what a difference it makes on my energy level and mental outlook. I really got out of shape the last few years by not being able to be active.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:09 PM

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Thanks Jebb. I just finished my last regular physical therapy session. I was given an 11 page list of hip exercises to do on my own now that I no longer need to be monitored by a PT. Another big step on my road back. On a positive note I really feel good both mentally and physically for the first time in a long time. Working out has helped me drop 20+ pounds and I am back to a decent weight of 200 pounds at 6'2. Joined a gym to keep working out. Amazing what a difference it makes on my energy level and mental outlook. I really got out of shape the last few years by not being able to be active.

At least you had 2 bum hips, I've put on an easy 30, whats my excuse? Sympathy weight lol/


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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:12 PM

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At least you had 2 bum hips, I've put on an easy 30, whats my excuse? Sympathy weight lol/


I'm gonna putt one down 18 @ stoneridge for you on sunday
Please do and take pics of that shot/hole for me as well. I cannot find pics anywhere of how bad that hole is.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:15 PM

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:51 PM

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I'm gonna putt one down 18 @ stoneridge for you on sunday


HAHAHA! I totally forgot about that! That was just epic...  :D

Didn't Mark and I have like 380 yard drives but like 300 yards left??? HAHA!


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