Health Masters Hand & PT MAY 2018

L A Sport Centered Around Self-Improvement WHY GOLF IS MY FAVORITE PASTIME

ately, with our wonderful patients referring their friends and family to our clinic more than ever, our new partnership with Fyzical, and me engaging in the community more frequently through workshops, I’ve been busy . This is even more true when you add in all the time I’ve been spending equipping my awesome team with even more tools to provide the highest standards of treatment. Luckily, I love my work and relish the opportunity to provide options that keep improving the lives of the people we serve. Still, there comes a point with any project when you need to step away for an hour or two and give your mind the rest it needs. Everybody’s got their own method of relaxation, but for me, most of these reflective moments happen on the golf course. Since I started playing the sport way back in 1980, it’s become a real passion of mine, but I didn’t jump right into it. Funnily enough, I picked up my first golf club on a whim. In college, I found myself needing a single physical education credit to complete my degree. Though I’d always been active — I was a runner and big into racquetball — I figured the class would be the ideal opportunity to try something new. So I asked my buddy if he wanted to learn how to golf, and we decided to sign up. It was a great decision, and now I try to get out on the links at least once a week if I can. There’s just so much to love about the sport. For one thing, I’ve always appreciated how it’s not a game of perfection. The adjustments you make to your form are so minute and subtle that you’re constantly tweaking your technique. And no matter how good you are, you’re going to hit a bad shot every now and then. The key is to learn from your missteps without dwelling on them. I can guarantee that when you do hit that perfect line drive, the jubilation you feel will make you forget any of the struggles you felt that day. In many ways, it’s the perfect reflection of everyday life: If you keep looking back, you’re never going to move forward.

In many ways, it’s the perfect refIection of everyday life; If you keep looking back, you’re never going to move forward.

issue. But now they absolutely love it. Whenever they’re in town or we’re traveling as a family, we make a point to go out and play. It’s just one laugh after another — we talk some trash, congratulate one another on our successes, and spend a few hours just enjoying the sunshine and friendly competition. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a more technically challenging sport, but over the years it’s become one of my favorite pastimes. Out on the green, the only person you’re competing with is yourself. It’s you who needs to make every swing count. The sport fits naturally with my personality. It’s the same kind of spirit I try to bring to the clinic every day as I constantly look for ways to improve our practice and bring in new opportunities to help our patients do the things they love. I want everybody to have the chance to unwind and enjoy their passions, whether that means golfing with their kids or just waking up in the morning without a nagging ache in their foot.

–Louis Zuniga

Of course, golfing is even better now that my boys are into it. As kids, they completely rejected the sport, and I didn’t force the

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