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Can You Golf With A Bad Back?

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

In what would seem to be encouraging news for the Detroit Red Wings, Henrik Zetterberg is golfing.

Fellow Swede Erik Karlsson posted a picture Tuesday to his Instagram of a group shot of Zetterberg, Daniel Cleary, Valtteri Filppula and Karlsson at the Trump International Golf Links Association in Abderdeen, Scotland. 

continued with picture of the foursome.

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Youd think if there was a chance he’d tweak it he wouldnt be golding.

Or hes already decided hes not coming back and doesn’t matter if he does.

Posted by ThatGuy on 07/10/18 at 01:28 PM ET

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Can You Golf With A Bad Back?

The back is a tricky thing. I can golf with a bad back, but skating really takes it’s toll.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 07/10/18 at 01:31 PM ET

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Not in these circumstances, especially if you are trying to go on LTIR due to a bad back…that would not be good PR. 

I’ve had a feeling all along this has been a case of the bored-summer news cycle.  A hypothetical that was taken a bit too seriously.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/10/18 at 02:09 PM ET


Wouldn’t make much of this. I know people that have had 2-3 surgeries done on discs in their back that can still swing a golf club but can’t bend over to pick their ball up out of the hole.

3/4 swings are a lot less stressful/painful than an 82 game season with as many practices in between

Posted by MZ2215 on 07/10/18 at 02:17 PM ET


“Let’s see if he can go dog sledding”  Uwe Krupp

Posted by bababooey on 07/10/18 at 02:47 PM ET

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“Let’s see if he can go dog sledding”  Uwe Krupp

Posted by bababooey on 07/10/18 at 02:47 PM ET

Awww man, why you gotta’ go there?...

The back is a tricky thing. I can golf with a bad back, but skating really takes it’s toll.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 07/10/18 at 01:31 PM ET

That’s because the back is not one single ligament, bone, or muscle.  So it depends entirely on where/what in the back is the problem.

Who knows?  WIthout knowing specifics it’s hard to say.

Posted by Primis on 07/10/18 at 03:16 PM ET


I couldn’t golf prior to my bad back.

That said, the strains and stresses are much less for golf.  The pace and timing allow for that.  You can slow down and change your swing to minimize torque and stress is if its a specific area.  Hockey, the pace, adjusting for a moving puck, the physical demand are near impossible to protect certain aspects of your back.  And it did not say he was entering a longest drive contest.

All in all, it depends on the specific place of the injury, whether it can withstand the strains and stresses of a full season, as well as the hits, and stress skating creates.

Posted by murph1jj on 07/10/18 at 03:45 PM ET

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James O’Brien of NBC Sports,

If the Red Wings are realistic about their near future, they should err on the side of encouraging Zetterberg to way his health more than trying to gut out the 2018-19 season.

Again, what’s the best-case scenario if Zetterberg plays? He’d take a roster spot from a player who might be part of a longer-term solution in Detroit, on a team few expect to contend. There’s also the unsettling possibility that his own play would plummet. Zetterberg would have robust company if he joined the ranks of sports stars who’ve suffered depressing final seasons, but wouldn’t be more pleasant to see him instead end his Red Wings days with his head held high?

Conversely, the Red Wings could instead improve their odds of landing a lottery pick like Jack Hughes in 2019, something that – deep down – they should realize they really need. Along with the torch being passed to the next generation of Red Wings, there might be a better chance of fringe prospects receiving crucial make-or-break opportunities.

Also, a beloved star wouldn’t needlessly suffer.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/10/18 at 05:00 PM ET


You can golf with a bad back, especially if you’re in one or two swigs off the flask. It’s an annual trip. Maybe he “tweaks” it on the course but I doubt it. He doesn’t owe it but I believe he will be back for one more tour. Hopefully i’m right. If he plays he’s definitely not a player I would have a grudge for “taking” a roster spot from a prospect.

Posted by VFUSION on 07/10/18 at 07:57 PM ET


It’s time, Z has been a top notch player for many years, ultimately the team needs to move on. We need to seriously evaluate our talent here and Z, Neilsen, Vanek, Green and Kronner are in the way. With our excess of forwards and KH picks Vanek up, why. If I was in a trading mood, I would probably unload Bert-small, can’t finish - although he’s still young and gritty, maybe Jensen and Hicketts only because of their heights, both of them are tough and play with grit also. Wouldn’t trade for Trouba, he don’t impress me much or maybe Shania Twain said that. I know lame humor.

Posted by stateofmifan on 07/11/18 at 02:58 AM ET


Zetterberg’s presence won’t really make the Wings a Cup contender this season but it would be nice having him around for one more season to keep tutoring these forwards. He may not produce a ton but he has the work ethic and knowledge they can learn from. There are other ways to free a roster spot to make room for young player. They could still trade Nyquist, AA or Glendening. They could waive Frk or Witkowski. I wish they wouldn’t have signed Vanek but I’m not wishing for Z to hang it up just yet. One more season in D would be great.

I’m much more concerned about the logjam on defense stifling things. No movable contracts there and only Jensen could be waived. Plus, there is the unwillingness of Blashill to have someone like Ericsson or Kronwall be the #7 defensemen so a younger player can get minutes.

Posted by evileye on 07/11/18 at 11:30 AM ET

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