Tapan Banerjee, is shown here putting, using an adaptive golf car. Banerjee, a golfer with paraplegia (paralyzed from the waist down), is an L5 paraplegic. Banerjee, sits during every shot of his 18 hole round of golf. These specially designed adaptive golf cars are light weight and gentle on the sensitive grass of greens and tees.
have a stand up seat
Of the nearly 7 million walking impaired
persons in the U. S. who use assistive devices, 75% use canes,
crutches or walkers and 25% use wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
Many who use wheelchairs are paralyzed and have no leg strength.
Those in wheelchairs and many of those who use other assistive
devices benefit from a stand-up seat like the unique seat provided
by SoloRider. While some play from a totally seated position,
the normal way to swing a golf club is from a standing position.
Depending on the golfers swing plane, these golfers could
raise the seat just enough to cause their swing to clear their
knees or raise themselves to higher levels, ultimately to the
near standing or golfing position. Thus, of the walking impaired
population who would be interested in playing golf, at least
85% could swing from a standing position when a stand up seat
With braces on his legs and using crutches, Monroe Berkman, a polio survivor and avid golfer, is shown here putting while standing. He prefers to putt standing without cruches, leaning against his SoloRider adaptive golf car, leaving the adjustable seat, in the down position. But when swinging the golfclub, to avoid falling, he takes advantange of its patented stand-up seat.
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