Return to Competitive Level of Play in Regular Golfers after
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In a younger and more athletic population, total hip arthroplasty (THA) is becoming more common. Regular and successful golfers are worried about their ability to return to their pre-surgery level of play. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of primary THA on golfers' game over a two-year period.

Questionnaires were sent to the French Golf Federation’s golfing members. Those who were older than 40 years and had undergone a unilateral primary THA provided information on the timing of return to play, pain during golfing, transportation mode, drive length, handicap and weekly playtime, before hip replacement and postoperatively. In addition, data relating to the surgical procedure was collected.

Results:
--Surveys were completed by 883 competitive golfers of which 599 were eligible for inclusion.

--The mean time to return to a complete 18-hole course was 4.73 months (SD 4.15, range: 0.7-36).

--Participants surveyed at a minimum 2 years after THA played at a higher level than before surgery with a handicap improvement of 1.8 and increased their mean weekly playtime from 8.8 to 9.3 hours.

--88% reported an increased or no change in drive distance. Hip pain while playing golf decreased after surgery (6.8 to 2.5 on the visual analog scale).

In conclusion, this study found that hip replacement enabled regular and competitive golfers to return to the course with improved golfing comfort and an objective improvement in driving distance and level of play compared to before surgery.

Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0883540321003454?dgcid=rss_sd_all
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