The team at Empower Golf has extensive experience assisting people living with a wide range of disabilities to play golf. As each person is unique, we work with each person’s own abilities to tailor a solution that works for them.
For people with zero vision, playing golf involves precise teamwork with their caddie. The caddie will assist the player to position themselves:
- relative to the position of the ball on the ground
- relative to the direction of the hole
- dependent on the distance to the hole
- depending on the club used
- dependent upon the contours of the golf course
Of course, each player and caddie’s preferences about how to replicate this positioning may be slightly different. Once in precise position, the player needs to swing their golf club in a consistent direction, and with a variable power depending upon their caddie’s advice about the distance to the hole.
Given the wide range of impairments that can result from a brain injury or stroke, the best way to approach playing golf must be tailored to each individual person.
Depending upon the level of the injury and how complete the injury is, there are a range of solutions available to aid mobility and grip.
Empower Golf uses the ParaGolfer as an all-terrain mobility device for wheelchair users. The ParaGolfer raises wheelchair users into a standing position to allow a more conventional golf swing. Click for more information about the ParaGolfer or ParaGolfer FAQs.
Ben Tullipan, Empower Golf’s representative in Queensland, is a double leg amputee (one below the knee and one above) golfer, so has personal lived experience of learning to play golf as an amputee.
Depending on which limbs are affected and the level of severity, different stability and gripping solutions can be employed.
Email Ben if you would like some further advice.
Whether alone or in combination with other disabilities, Empower Golf has assisted people with hearing impairments to play golf.
Some people wrongly assume that a hearing impairment would constitute an unfair advantage in golf, by shielding unwanted distractions. However, the sound of the club during the swing and as it strikes the ball provide important information about the swing.
Given the wide range of possible cognitive ability differences, each person’s requirements need to be individually assessed to create a workable solution.
Empower Golf works with each person and their families or carers, if required, to maximise the enjoyment for each player.
If you have specific questions about playing golf with a particular disability or impairment, please contact James Gribble. Even if we don’t know the answers immediately, we can draw on the wider disabled golfing community for more information, and work with you to create a solution for you.
It can take some time, and trial and error, to find the best solution for you, but if you enjoy golf, it is worth the effort. See also, Why Golf??