But, it might also be a lack of a shoulder turn. And, you may not be able to turn your shoulders properly due to a limit in your flexibility. It then becomes paramount that you increase your flexibility through stretching exercises, which will then make it easier to turn your shoulders, get into the right position with your club in your backswing, and avoid a swing that creates a slice.
From a mental standpoint, a lack of swing keys often contributes to an inconsistent swing. We always advise players to have one or two thoughts and a routine, prior to hitting a shot. Then, go through this same routine every time. In addition, you should breathe and count your breaths while playing, in order to regulate your response to pressure.
Five Critical Steps to Managing an Accident at Your Golf Facility
Many golf club personnel take medical training in order to be in a position to help their guests with events like choking or a cardiac episode. It’s crucial that your staff not improvise assistance beyond their training. Your priority should be to ensure the immediate safety of the injured party and to contact Emergency Medical Services. Ideally, multiple staff members are helping at once, and these things happen simultaneously.
Once the injured party has been attended to and transported for treatment, rope off the area of the incident and take pictures. While cell phone pictures can be effective, using a camera with higher resolution is preferable because it captures greater detail. (Tip: make sure the date and time are set properly on your camera before you start.) And don’t take pictures from only one vantage point, vary perspective and distance to ensure that you get every pertinent detail. Should an incident become a contentious civil matter, liability can sometimes be decided by a single blade of grass.
According to AVVO, in February 2009, a 67-year-old golfer sued Candia Woods Golf Course in New Hampshire after his own golf ball struck a yardage marker and ricocheted into his own eye. The point is, you never know what constitutes liability from the perspective of an injured party, and you’re always better off being prepared than to risk being blindsided. Having a retainer agreement with pre-vetted counsel can speed this step, and ensure that you’re not spending time searching for the right lawyer, at the wrong time.
In most cases, our members and guests are friends. We see them every day. We know a great deal about them, from the condition of their golf games to the details of their business dealings and personal lives. While it may be tempting to volunteer sympathy and even a “mea culpa” after an incident, your staff should be trained not to volunteer perspective on the incident or its cause either to the injured party or to other members or guests. We’ve placed this step after retaining legal counsel intentionally, while it may seem cumbersome to run every interaction through counsel, it can be disastrous not to.
Golf accidents aren’t quite like common accidents. The range of acceptable behaviors on a golf course is narrower than in other places, and common understandings among golfers can sometimes preclude liability on the part of the facility owner. The act of walking onto a golf course is an acceptance of some of the hazards implicit in participation. Inexperienced witness analysis can omit these and other material details.
If an incident at your facility becomes a civil matter, a golf expert witness with a long history of analysis in the area of golf specific accidents can help your team capture the nuances of that incident, and properly communicate those nuances in a court of law. Proper analysis of a golf incident requires expertise in several disciplines, from facility planning to course design, from agronomy to the rules and etiquette of golf. Enlisting the help of an expert witness in the field of personal injury rather than a golf specific witness can be a potentially costly mistake.