World Open One Armed Golf Championship!

Treatments, Rehabilitation, and Recovery
Dan
Posts:170
Joined:Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:08 pm
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:Injured 5/11/86, had just turned 18 yrs old
Evulsed C5-T1
Intercostal into Bicep 10/86
Location:Los Angeles
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World Open One Armed Golf Championship!

Post by Dan » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:12 pm

All packed and ready to head to St Andrews for the 75 World Open One Armed Golf Championship, first round will be Monday July 2nd. There are 72 players from 14 countries competing with about twenty players who have handicaps less than 15, so the competition should be very tough.

I will post a few updates as the tournament progresses and will do a post tournament wrap up.

Dan

Fred4545
Posts:27
Joined:Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:00 am
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:48 yr male with BPI from auto accident on 8/07/11. Suspected C5-T1 avulsion from early EMG but recently have flexed bicep. Had many serious and life-threatening injuries to deal with first, but am now doing much better. Just had nerve transfer surgery at Mayo by Dr. Skinner to reinnervate deltoid and tricep. Once this is working, we will move on to nerve/muscle transfer for dealing with my hand.
Location:Ohio

Re: World Open One Armed Golf Championship!

Post by Fred4545 » Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:00 pm

Geez Dan, that sounds so awesome. I hope you hit 'EM long and straight!!!

Keep us updated on the fun and when you get back, I would love to hear your tips on playing with one arm. My TBPI has left me (currently anyway) with no use of my left arm and hand, but I'm ready to rip away with my good arm. I miss the game big time...had an invite for tomorrow but haven't tried it at the range yet as I'm just now getting close with recovery from other injuries.

I can't wait to hear how it goes for you. Sounds like the dream trip of a lifetime.

Best wishes.

Jeff

Dan
Posts:170
Joined:Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:08 pm
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:Injured 5/11/86, had just turned 18 yrs old
Evulsed C5-T1
Intercostal into Bicep 10/86
Location:Los Angeles
Contact:

Re: World Open One Armed Golf Championship!

Post by Dan » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:14 am

Hi Fred,

You can see from this picture I don't use my bad arm at all, I have no use of it, so I just put it in my pocket to get it out of the way. Ask away on the tips, except I will say what I believe and work hard to do, you need to get the club on the proper swing plane, which there is a correct swing plane and it doesn't matter if you have one hand or two on the club. Or I'll say it another way, the ball doesn't know that the club hitting it has one hand or two on it, so get the club on the ro=ight path and you will be ok.

Just in case you were wondering, I am playing to about a 13-14 handicap and I hit my 7 iron 145-150 and a good drive is out there about 240-260. So the game is doable with one hand and is just as much fun as with two. So when you are healed from your other injuries, get out there and start swinging.

Dan
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Dan
Posts:170
Joined:Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:08 pm
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:Injured 5/11/86, had just turned 18 yrs old
Evulsed C5-T1
Intercostal into Bicep 10/86
Location:Los Angeles
Contact:

Re: World Open One Armed Golf Championship!

Post by Dan » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:26 am

By the way, the shoes I wear now are the Footjoy BOA's, they don't have laces but have a dial on the rear of the shoe that works like a snowboard boot, not only are they great for support, but for one hand, they are BEST! (you can search Footjoy BOA and find a bunch of models, from about $60.00 to over $200)

Reason I mentioned the shoes is I was looking at my left foot and noticing that I had rotated my weight too far to the left or back, the weight should be more forward and on the toe. That is a bit technical, but produces a better shot and eliminates a bad pull, which this shot was a little left.

Dan

MW
Posts:81
Joined:Fri Jun 19, 2009 6:13 pm
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:LTBPI, Feb 2009, hit by truck while on a run. Free muscle transfer at Mayo Clinic 6 months later.
Location:Chicago, IL

Re: World Open One Armed Golf Championship!

Post by MW » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:49 am

That's great Dan! Go get 'em!

mjoey
Posts:10
Joined:Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:01 pm
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:Left arm totally flail from 2000 TBPI
Location:LOUISIANA

Re: World Open One Armed Golf Championship!

Post by mjoey » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:53 pm

Hey Dan I had those reel footjoys too loved them but just recently one back reel broke , I have to get me another pair

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Christopher
Posts:845
Joined:Wed Jun 18, 2003 10:09 pm
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:Date of Injury: 12/15/02

Level of Injury:
-dominant side C5, C6, & C7 avulsed. C8 & T1 stretched & crushed

BPI Related Surgeries:
-2 Intercostal nerves grafted to Biceps muscle,
-Free-Gracilis muscle transfer to Biceps Region innervated with 2 Intercostal nerves grafts.
-2 Sural nerves harvested from both Calves for nerve grafting.
-Partial Ulnar nerve grafted to Long Triceps.
-Uninjured C7 Hemi-Contralateral cross-over to Deltoid muscle.
-Wrist flexor tendon transfer to middle, ring, & pinky finger extensors.

Surgical medical facility:
Brachial Plexus Clinic at The Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN
(all surgeries successful)

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
~Theodore Roosevelt
Location:Los Angeles, California USA

Re: World Open One Armed Golf Championship!

Post by Christopher » Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:47 pm

Rock'n Roll Dan!!!

Thanks for the mass encouragement on this awesome post. Wishing you the best out there on a trip of a lifetime!

Keep us posted. I enjoy reading about your attention to the biomechanics of your game. I like that considered mentality of paying attention to all you can, then doing the best with what you've got, which you are clearly doing!

Cheers,
Chris

Rod B
Posts:10
Joined:Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:54 am
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:Rt Arm Erb's Palsy, 1960, St Luke Hosp. S.f. Ca. Dr. Z. Hand length shorter than left arm, waiters tip wrist, elbow doesn't extend all the way, can't raise arm above shoulder level, can't raise hand above eye level; Surgery in 1978 At UCSF Dr. Hoaglan, and Preffenger to stabalize. I hate when other people do a double take, but notice I do the same LOL. Didnt bother me when I was young, but from age 12 and up I was always trying to hide my disability . I don't hide it any more. Grew up playing softball, fishing, able to ride motorcycle as well.

Re: World Open One Armed Golf Championship!

Post by Rod B » Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:16 pm

Good luck!

Carolyn J
Posts:3424
Joined:Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:22 pm
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:LOBPI. I am 77 yrs old and never had a name for my injuries until 2004 when I found UBPN at age 66.

My injuries are: LOBPI on upper body and Cerebrael Palsy on the lower left extremities. The only intervention I've had is a tendon transplant from my left leg to my left foot to enable flexing t age 24 in 1962. Before that, my foot would freeze without notice on the side when wearing heels AND I always did wear them at work "to fit in" I also stuttered until around age 18-19...just outgrew it...no therapy for it. Also suffered from very very low self esteem; severe Depression and Anxiety attacks started at menopause. I stuffed emotions and over-compensated in every thing I did to "fit in" and be "invisible". My injuries were Never addressed or talked about until age 66. I am a late bloomer!!!!!

I welcome any and all questions about "My Journey".
There is NO SUCH THING AS A DUMB QUESTION.
Sharing helps to Heal. HUGS do too.
Location:Tacoma WA
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Re: World Open One Armed Golf Championship!

Post by Carolyn J » Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:12 am

Someone please share this on UBPN's FB page/s. I don't know how to do it.
This IS a great story for Mom's and teens AND the rest of us One-Handed people.
Many new people to our BPI Family do not come to these Forums,I discovered.
Thanks
Carolyn J 8-) :D
LOBPI/74

Fred4545
Posts:27
Joined:Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:00 am
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:48 yr male with BPI from auto accident on 8/07/11. Suspected C5-T1 avulsion from early EMG but recently have flexed bicep. Had many serious and life-threatening injuries to deal with first, but am now doing much better. Just had nerve transfer surgery at Mayo by Dr. Skinner to reinnervate deltoid and tricep. Once this is working, we will move on to nerve/muscle transfer for dealing with my hand.
Location:Ohio

Re: World Open One Armed Golf Championship!

Post by Fred4545 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:59 pm

Hi Dan,

Here's to hoping you hit it long and straight, and had a few 1 - putts today! That picture is amazing...I understand what you say about the swing plane but what about your other arm...I can't believe you just put your hand in your pocket instead of an athletic sling. Good for you. Can I ask how much mobility/control you have with the BPI arm? Also, you were obviously a talented player before...how long did it take for you to get back in the game, and did you take any lessons or just go to the range and start with the basics? Do you have any shoulder instability and pain in your BPI arm from playing and swinging that hard? Also, do you use any wrist brace or stability device for your "good" arm?

Sorry for all the questions but I love golf and am having a tough time not participating this summer. But I'm close except for the pain in my unstable shoulder.

Thanks for the motivation...that picture has me so fired up to go let it rip later this summer.

Thank you Dan.

Jeff

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