The hips take a beating over years of playing golf, which is why I had a hip replacement in 2008. Stretching and exercises that strengthen the muscles around the pelvis are important. If you must have surgery, don’t think your best golf is behind you. I almost won the British Open at age 59, and I’ve been able to compete in the Masters every year since 1975, this one being my last.
Tom Watson is a Golf Digest Playing Editor.