Golf is usually perceived as a very challenging and demanding sport. We often see that the professional golfers who have experienced serious health problems have a hard time getting back in the swing of things (pun intended). However, the GSGA created a program aimed to help people with disabilities understand the beauties of the sport, and together, with several professionals, developed the adaptive golf.
The Origin of Adaptive Golf
The Adaptive Golf Program aims to help people with disabilities overcome challenges that might prevent them from enjoying the sport. The Acadamy helps people with all kinds of health related problems, being it arthritis or back pains to loss of limbs or consequences of the stroke. The program is available in more than 20 golf courses in Georgia, with the main headquarters at River Pines Golf Course in Atlanta.
The main aim of the adaptive golf is to help people to find happiness and normalcy in their lives after being affected by illness or disability. People suffering from stroke and its consequences make the largest segment of the participants who have not only physical but also deep mental traumas. The adaptive golf helps them to practice their physical movement and also supports their mental recovery.
How Is It Different?
The creators of the sports made the necessary improvement and changes to make the activity available for everyone. The shafts are shorter, and the grips are oversized. The specialists at the courses also teach their clients how to play with one hand or how to swing from a seated position. And they are the true masters of the craft since they overcame the same problems as their clients and want to share their experience and way of life with them
How to Play With One Leg?
Some people also have to cope with living life with one foot. The challenge is to keep the body stable when hitting the ball. The players must learn to deal with their body swinging much more than the bodies of people with two legs. Another issue is the reduction of the power, which is another reason the distances are reduced for the adaptive golf.
But people with disabilities don't have to worry that they would learn alone. There is an expert available at all the courses. The experts provide valuable advice about how to swing and hold their body to master their handicap, as well as how to cope with the initial inability to hit the ball accurately.
The Growth of the Game
The GSGA Adaptive Golf program is open to everyone in the United State with any kind of disability. Torganizersers of the program attempt to also include PGA Professionals who can make the sport attractive again for the people who may have given it up because of their health problems. The proudness and sense of accomplishment that follows after a successful hit can drastically improve the mental and physical status of the player who may have forgotten his/her disability for awhile. More than anything, adaptive golf hopes to help people feel the joy of playing the game.