There are many reasons why golf is an ideal sport for people living with a disability.
Golf is one of the few sports that allows people of differing abilities to play and compete together on an equal footing. Through the golf handicapping system, players of lesser golfing ability are effectively given a “head start” compared to better players.
This makes it an ideal sport for former golfers, disabled through accident or illness, to reconnect with their former playing group.
For those who haven’t experienced the game before, it is a unique opportunity to share a sport with able bodied friends or family.
By its very nature golf gives players time to build rapport and make a personal connection rather than just panting at each other red-faced and sweaty. It presents a unique opportunity to foster deeper relationships and potentially delve into more meaningful conversations.
A game of golf is often a rollercoaster of emotions in which players share an experience – intense joy, ultimate frustration and great success in a minimal amount of time.
It goes without saying that the socialising can continue at the 19th Hole!
Golf is a very adaptable sport.
Adaptable to most disabilities
Empower Golf has unrivalled experience assisting people living with a wide range of physical, mental, social and psychological disabilities to try golf.
For the most physically challenged players and wheelchair users, Empower Golf has the ParaGolfer available to try at our Come and Try Golf Clinics or by appointment. The ParaGolfer is a revolutionary mobility device which is designed specifically to negotiate all parts of the golf course, including greens and bunkers. It raises the player into a standing position to allow a more conventional golf swing. ParaGolfer FAQs.
We also work with those requiring a range of gripping solutions and/or other adaptive devices. Very seldom can we not find a solution to see an individual back in the game. Our founder is a quadriplegic himself.
Adaptable style of play
Golf is a game that can be played in a number of ways whether exclusively at the driving range, minigolf, long drive competitions or the traditional longer forms – 9 or 18 holes. A variety of formats ensure that it can be played at many levels – socially or competitively.
Golf is a sport that can be played throughout a person’s life. Even on the professional tour, there are players who are winning tournaments into their 60’s. This makes it an ideal intergenerational sport for families, especially when combined with the golf handicap system which allows players of differing abilities to play together.
Many studies have shown that golfers have increased life expectancy and better than average overall health.
Recently, Empower Golf even received a booking from a centenarian, who had lost the capacity to walk but wanted to try the ParaGolfer.
94 year old player attends Parkwood Clinic
Golf is truly a global sport with golf courses located in almost every country around the world.
With the growth of the disabled game local, state, national and international opportunities to compete exist for those with all disabilities. These tournaments present a unique opportunity to travel and build relationships with golfers from all walks of life and nations.
There are regular tournaments scheduled across Australia with World Championships scheduled every two years including August, 2016 in Oregon, USA.
To find out more about scheduled tournaments click here
In the near future, an international ranking system will be launched, and specific tournaments will attract world ranking points.
Finally, numerous disabled golf Associations around the world are working together to see golf join the Paralympics in 2024.
World Disabled Golf Championships - Japan 2014 - Australian Team - Bronze
Golf is a sport that encourages players to embrace the outdoors, nature and glorious sun filled days – all proven to have benefits in lifting mood and reducing depression and anxiety.
Life is Good at Long Reef
We encourage you to come to one of our regular Come and Try Golf Clinics.
At the very worst, you’ll try something new and spend a couple of hours with some great people. At very best, you’ll come away with a sport that you love and a whole new set of challenges to work towards.