I have bradycardia and I had a pacemaker put in 6 weeks ago. How long should I wait before playing golf?


10-12 weeks

by Tracey_E - 2020-10-23 19:07:18

My doctor said chip/pitch/putt is ok as soon as we feel up to it but wait 3 months for a full swing. 


by AgentX86 - 2020-10-23 20:19:50

This is really a question you need to ask your EP.  The instructions vary all over the place.

6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks ???

by IAN MC - 2020-10-24 05:50:16

Ask 4 Drs and you will get 4 different replies . I am certain that no clinical trials  have been done with golfers who have been implanted with pacemakers.

If your  EP is a golfer  , it is likely that he would get you back on the course more quickly than if he is not ! . (  I always avoid obese doctors who never exercise themselves !! )

For what it is worth, my EP is  a keen golfer himself  and his recommendation was :-

 -  try playing 9 holes with a half-swing at 6 or 7 weeks

-  try a few holes with a full swing at 8 weeks  and play on if it feels OK

It worked for me ... I was ready to play a full round at 8 weeks.

I'm sure my putter wasn't faulty before I had a pacemaker though ; something has changed  !

Best of luck


Listen to your body

by WazzA - 2020-10-24 10:03:00

By now leads should be well embedded, Ian MC gives you good advice taken from his EP too.

My advice too is take it easy & listen to your body it will soon tell you if you overstep the mark! :-)


by AgentX86 - 2020-10-24 14:33:49

My golf game sucks since I got my pacemaker.  Can't play the piano either.

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