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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –If you've ever played golf, you know how important your back and other muscles are to playing a good game.

An area hospital is offering a program to help people with back problems get back on the course, but it can also help other golfers improve their game.

Tommy Franklin knows a thing or two about golf. "I've been playing golf since I was 12 years old," said Franklin.

For 57 years he's been out on the course having fun, while improving his game. On September 11, 2001 things changed. "9/11/01 the day we were attacked, I had back surgery," said Franklin.

Which meant Franklin had to learn how to play with a back problem. "Since then I have been limited in my golf swing," said Franklin.

So he ordered a program and modified his swing.

And now Phoebe offers a program to help folks, like Franklin get back into the swing of things when it comes to their golf game.

BACKtoGOLF is a fitness program for the recreational and professional golfer. "Having a healthy back concerning flexibility and strength is a key importance," said Louis Van Der Walt, physical therapist.

Louis says there are two types of people who typically go through the program."Typically you will have a referral from a physician due to an injury and depending on how long it takes to rehab you and get you pain free we then transition you to the BACKtoGOLF program

It is also for those just wanting to improve their game. "It comes down to improving strength, flexibility and balance coordination that will help get you back out there," said Louis.

Something Tommy Franklin says he may check into. "I'm always open to anything that can help me get my golf game get better," said Franklin.

Because he says he still hasn't made that hole in one.

The program includes a six step evaluation, golf fitness and special BACKtoGOLF exercises to help improve flexibility strength and coordination.

Phoebe Putney is the only licensed facility in the southwest Georgia that offers the program.

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