Depending on what you have available, there are several options
- Sit: If you have the balance to sit on the front edge of your wheelchair, and the shoulder/arm strength to swing from this position then sitting might be for you
- Standing wheelchair: Great option if you have this type of wheelchair. I use a Permobil F5 VS.
- Paragolfer: I was able to try out this specialized wheelchair for golfing or other outdoor sports at a golfing event put on by Ability360. (www.standupandplayfoundation.org)
Make sure you’re not going to fall out of your chair. I first used a Universal Elastic Strap by Bodypoint, but found I needed something wider. I settled on a 9”-wide transfer strap attached to the back of my wheelchair by rescue climbing carabiners. It provides comfortable support that I trust.
A comfortable grip:
My hands are pretty weak, so I’ve found that equipment helps here too. I use two gloves that have gripping-dots and then a wide elasticized strap that wraps around both hands and connects back to itself by hook-and-loop.
Get on the range:
My local driving range wasn’t accessible, so I asked them to make it accessible. Often, and very nicely. Isn’t that a beautiful sight?
Off to, and on, the Range:
Once my knee block and strap are in place, I can take my own clubs down the range. If I get a little help putting the key into the ball-machine, I can push the button and get my own bucket of balls. I had a whole playlist of songs in my head to help with my swing-tempo, so I don’t rush. If there’s someone around to caddy for me (get me into my gloves, wrap secured around clubs, tee up balls, bungee my right armrest out of the way so I have more room for my backswing, and push me back upright when I’m tired and need to rest) that’s great. Otherwise I work with what I have. These didn’t go as far as I wanted, but I’m learning to get over that. They were fairly well grouped, which most golfers will tell you is quite difficult to do. If I can be kind to myself, and stay in the right mindset, I find the whole thing quite meditative.