It's kinda weird I suppose that I would dedicate to a sport because I got run over by a truck tire... but... there is not but.
I started running golf in 1994, and I've been doing it pretty much ever since. For some reason, when I run golf, or walk with one club golf, or JEDgolff, I just feel better about things. Plus, since the truck tire incident, I really can't snail golf at all. All that getting in and out of the cart, sitting, then swinging a big, huge driver as hard as you can. When I think of this, I think of pain.
Which is what I have a lot of since the truck tire. It's been a long summer without JEDgolff. I used to do it in the summer but it's so freaking hard to find opportunities to do it. The weather's really only nice for three months around here and for those three months everyone and their brother dusts off their sticks. Sometimes you can sneak on a course at sunrise or in the gloamin before sunset... but it's just a hassle explaining it to the doofus in the clubhouse and then sometimes guys holler at you and even hit a ball at you. It's better to do it when it's not so warm and there's way less people.
So I'm noticing something. I didn't JEDgolff over the summer... and my back is flaring up. You can watch the video above of one of my first rounds of the year and my back is tight and I'm not turning on my swing. And because of this tightness and pain, there's no danger that I'll sink into my Natural Core Swing.
Here's the experiment, then. I plan on doing floor stretches that I learned at physical therapy rehabbing my back and hitting the Planet Fitness where they have this section that's dedicated to strengthening your core. I suspect that if I get serious about exercising explicitly so that I can strengthen my core, and can hence swing with less tightness (because the muscles aren't firing as much to hold my spine in place), I might be able to reduce my back pain.
It's worked before, so it's worth a try.