About six years ago when I started hammering on copper and learning how to weld I was also learning how to play golf. One piece of practice instruction I got was "Go out to the driving range and hit a hundred balls every day." So I did. At night I was in a class where I hammered a lot on copper. All this after over 30 years when the heaviest thing I lifted every day was a pencil.
Susan calls my elbows "The $2,000 Mistake" because that's how much I spent on physical therapy and doctors within two years. There is nothing wrong with hitting golf balls and whacking on metal, just be sure you are practicing good ergonomics. It will save you a lot of pain and money.
Today, I still have pain but have backed off the cortisone shots and am working out with light weights under close supervision. And, I have Rene to help me. This is a shot of Rene (before we planted the Spring Garden) working on an area next to our driveway so Susan can easily park her car at an angle. We wouldn't have to do this if I hadn't taken over her garage spot for my studio. Rene lifts and carries and does all the stuff for me that I probably could do if I was 25 years old and hadn't trashed my elbows. He has family back in El Salvador so we hope they'll get a chance to see this picture.