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If you love golf but struggle with arthritis pain or other nagging injuries that are limiting your play, help is available.

There are dozens of golfing gadgets and accessories on the market that can help keep you on the golf course and may even improve your game. 

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Gripping Helpers
Being able to grip a golf club is a very common problem for seniors with arthritis or who have limited hand strength due to injury or ailment. To help alleviate this problem there are specially designed golf gloves and grips that can make a big difference. 

Depending on the severity of your problem, an inexpensive option to check out is the Bionic Golf Gloves (877-524-6642) which are ergonomically designed to improve grip with less effort. Or the Power Glove (800-836-3760) that uses a Velcro strap to secure the club to your hand. These gloves run between $20 and $30. 

Another option to consider is to get oversized grips installed on your clubs. These can make gripping the club easier and more comfortable, and are also very good at absorbing shock. Oversized grips are usually either one-sixteenth-inch or one-eighth-inch larger in diameter than a standard grip, and cost around $5 to $10 per grip. Your local golf pro can help with this. 

Or, for a grip-and-glove combination fix, check out the new Quantum Grip (855-692-3784) that incorporates hook Velcro golf grips and companion golf gloves that have mating loop Velcro material in the palm. This insures gripping power and prevents the club from slipping in your hand. The price: $30 per grip or $189 for a set of seven, plus $40 per glove. 

Bending Solutions
If back, hip or knee problems or lack of flexibility is hampering you on the golf course, there are a number of innovative gadgets that can eliminate the bending and stooping that comes with teeing up the ball, repairing divots, marking the ball on the green, retrieving a ball or tee on the ground, and picking a club, sand rake or flag stick up off the ground. 

These stoop-proof devices run anywhere from a few dollars up to $70 and can be found at sites like Kool Tee (800-324-6205), Tee Pal, and the Upright Golf company (319-268-0939).