'Dr. Divot's Guide to Golf Injuries' Is a Helpful Book for Golfers

Golfer Tim Clark holds his injured elbow during the PGA Tour Sony Open tournament
Injuries do sometimes happen on the golf course. 'Dr. Divot's Guide to Golf Injuries' helps golfers understand why and how to prevent them. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Dr. Larry Foster, a k a "Dr. Divot," is a golfer and orthopedic surgeon. His book, Dr. Divot's Guide to Golf Injuries, makes understanding the causes of golf injuries much easier. Foster discusses the causes of injuries that happen to golfers, their possible treatments - and also offers golf advice that can help golfers avoid those injuries. He does it all in a writing style that is (for the most part) easy for the layman to understand, and is always an easy read.

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We have a couple articles based on excerpts from Dr. Divot's Guide to Golf Injuries, which give you an idea of what you'll find in the book:

Keypoints About 'Dr. Divot's Guide to Golf Injuries'

Let's bullet-point some of the pro's and con's of the book, and a few more key points:


  • Author Larry Foster keeps the book from reading like a textbook.
  • Information is well-organized.
  • Golfers learn tips for preventing injuries - and for treating them when they occur.
  • Book is written for recreational golfers, but also compares injuries of duffers and pros.


  • Just a few spots get a bit technical for the layman.


  • Book is written by Dr. Larry Foster, a golfer and orthopedic surgeon.
  • First few chapters provide general info on golf injuries and how the swing relates to injuries.
  • Final few chapters focus on women and seniors, plus joint replacement for the golfer.
  • In between, Dr. Foster covers specific types of injuries, their causes and treatment.
  • The book also includes chapters on the golf warmup, plus conditioning and preventive exercises.
  • Includes many simple illustrations that help the golfer understand the material better.
  • The book was originally published in 2004 by Doctor Divot Publishing Inc.

    Why We Like 'Dr. Divot's Guide to Golf Injuries'

    You might think that a book about golf injuries written by an orthopedic surgeon - one that attempts to explain to golfers how their bodies work and how the golf swing affects their joints and muscles - would be dry as a bone.

    Some of them surely are. But Dr. Larry Foster, a k a "Dr. Divot," keeps his book from falling into that category with frequent doses of self-depreciating humor. Foster is writing for recreational golfers, not medical school students, and that is reflected in his flowing, easy-to-read writing style.

    That makes absorbing the information much easier - and it's great information. Foster explains to us how the golf swing affects our joints and muscles, and which joints and muscles are most susceptible to injury. Then he gives us tips for preventing those injuries, and explains what treatment options are available if they do occur.

    Most frequent golfers will suffer an injury - 60-percent of us a major injury - related to golf at some point in our lives, according to Foster's book. Foster also shows how a poor golf swing makes those injuries more likely.

    After going through the most common golf injuries, their causes and treatment, Foster offers warmup routines and conditioning exercises that can help us avoid trouble.

    All golfers would do well to learn the information included in this book. It's the best and easiest-to-read book that we've seen that focuses on golf-related injury prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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