It’s the type of situation every golfer dreads. And it was a terrifying experience for one of the country’s leading prospects two years ago. Having played 12 holes of his second round in the South Australian Invitational at Royal Adelaide, Andrew Martin suddenly lost all of his grip strength and could no longer hold the club properly. His first thought was that the pain must have been a bad case of tendinitis in his wrist. So he soldiered on over the fi nal six holes, barely able to get the ball airborne and struggling to hit it 150 meters.
To Martin’s dismay, the pain returned over the coming weeks whenever he tried to play golf. X-rays revealed Kienbock’s disease, a condition affecting the wrist, which disrupts the blood supply to the lunate bone. To repair the fracture in the lunate, Martin underwent a radial shortening procedure and had a compression plate inserted.
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