Finally, the weather is turning here in Southern Ontario and for many people it means only one thing…time to hit the golf course! “Accessible” and “golf course” are usually two words you will not hear in the same sentence, as the environment of the sport – hilly terrain, sand traps, sensitive green space and soft putting greens – does not lend for easy use of gait aids much less wheelchairs.
Ottobock has come up with a device that looks as though will neutralize these environmental challenges faced by those with mobility restrictions wishing to be frustrated by a tiny white ball. The Paragolfer is an all-terrain machine that can lift a golfer into an upright position. It also acts as your golf cart, and can even be used in the sand and on the greens!
After reading this article in my local paper, I called one of the golf courses mentioned to have a Paragolfer (Lakeridge Links), and was pleased to hear that it is offered FREE to golfers who require the device. Not only that, but you golf for free too. The only catch is that you must be golfing with a paying player, and the courses listed in the article each have only one Paragolfer (understandable, considering the price tag of over $16,000).
I give Ottobock loads of credit for this device. Not only have they created an aid for disabled recreational golfers, the Paragolfer can also be used in everyday situations. We’ve commented here before about the many benefits of standing, all of which you would receive by using this type of stander. You also have great mobility available with the Paragolfer, and lots of upper body freedom to allow for a wide range of functional activities whether sitting or standing.
I can’t wait until devices like the Paragolfer are so mainstream, we won’t blink an eye when we see them on the golf course or on the sidewalk. But until then, I love telling everyone I meet about the new device from Ottobock.
Have a great game!