DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Do you know of any golfing gadgets or equipment that can help senior golfers? My 78-year-old dad loves to play golf, but arthritis in his hands makes griping the club difficult. He also has a hard time bending over to tee up or retrieve the ball. Is there anything out there that can help?
DEAR HELPFUL: There are actually a number of golfing gadgets and accessories on the market today that can help older golfers who struggle with arthritis, injuries or loss of mobility. Here are some possible solutions that can help keep your dad on the golf course.
Gripping a golf club is a common problem for seniors with arthritis or those who have hand or elbow injuries, or any condition that affects their hand strength. To help alleviate this problem there are specially designed golf gloves and grips that can make a big difference.
Depending on the severity of your dad's problem, an inexpensive option to check out is the Bionic Golf Gloves (bionicgloves.com, (877) 524-6642), which are ergonomically designed to improve grip with less effort. Or the Power Glove (powerglove.com, (800) 836-3760) that uses a Velcro strap to secure the club to your hand. These gloves run between $20 and $30.
Another option to consider is to get oversized grips installed on your dad's clubs. These can make gripping the club easier and more comfortable, and are also good at absorbing shock. Oversized grips are usually either one-sixteenth-inch or one-eighth-inch larger in diameter than a standard grip, and cost around $5 to $10 per grip. Your local golf pro can help with this.
Or, for a grip-and-glove combination fix, check out the new Quantum Grip (quantumgrip.com, (855) 692-3784) that incorporates hook Velcro golf grips and companion golf gloves that have mating loop Velcro material in the palm. This ensures gripping power and prevents the club from slipping in your hand. The price: $30 per grip or $189 for a set of seven, plus $40 per glove.