Those who've read my columns dating back to 1978 know I'm not a fan of gimmicks or fly by night solutions to improve your game. Heck, golf is a game as hard as there is, because as Lee Trevino says, you have to play your foul balls.
Still, every blue moon there is something that pops up that, well, is simply amazing. This story isn't about a new golf club,magical ball or teaching aid. Nope, this time it's something completely different.
As a golfer gets a bit older there are aches and pains that are bothersome and sometimes even keeps one away from playing on certain days. There are obviously numerous pills to help limit the pain and get one onto the course, but for some nothing seems to work. At the recent 18th annual Media Classic in The Valley of the Sun in the greater Phoenix area I was introduced to a product that, well, works for me.
I've had this nagging pain in my right arm that didn't affect my swing but did cause pain and discomfort when my body turned in a certain direction. It also was painful when I slept on one side. Turning over in the middle of the night sparked me to sit upright, leading to a lack of fitful sleep.
And the solution? CBD.
Precisely it was a sauve provided by Physician's Choice CBD. A legal solution derived from extensive research of the hemp plant (not the marijuana plan) that is legal, bought over the counter, and helps soothe many of those nasty pain, aches, anxiety and sleep disorders which are nagging to a point of hurting your golf game.
Extensive research occurred with doctor's involved in each step culminated with the various products that help many people overcome a variety of ailments.
"I've always been intrigued with the concept, and the more I read and researched I soon knew there was something there," explained Jeff Schaeffer of Physician's Choice. "Cannabis has had a sketchy history, but when broken down into parts it became evident there was a use from legal components (of the plants)."
The result of years of work was a non-opioid pain reliever that provides numerous benefits without crossing over the line of being aanti-inflammatory drug. The benefits are many, it's easy to apply and there are no illegal components.
One can rub in a cream, take a pill or spray a mists under the tongue for the desired relief. Simple, easy.
To be clear, CBD is a chemical part that is found in both hemp and marijuana plants. When extracted from the hemp plant there is minute THC --- the part of the plants that promote a "high". There have been more than 20,000 studies which indicate help with pain and anxiety problems among others while not having the high component. In other words, perfectly legal.
The product is growing my leaps and bounds, as once the "high" component of THC is eliminated from the equation (yes, you will pass a drug test) people are giving it a try. For me, I'm sleeping through the night and much of the back pain from my bad golf swing has been significantly reduced.
There are numerous brands/varieties of CBD, but for me the extensive research by Physician's Choice is a game changer. It provides me with the confidence that I have a solid product. Not inexpensive, retailing in the $50 range for creams, the product has helped me.
Do your homework, but surely consider this product.
CHIP SHOTS: The host venue for the Media Classis was the new and improved and luxurious Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley. A long-time staple of area hospitality the resort underwent a complete renovation in 2017. The result was superb. Outstanding rooms, restaurants and spa, the 18-hole "Short Course" course was reworked and enhanced and is a great way to spend a couple hours on the course. The resort also has an agreement with the nearby championship Camelback Golf Course. A true can't miss resort, Mountain Shadows proves you "can go home again."