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Wheelchair-Bound MS Patient Able to Play Golf with Special Cart

September 17, 2015

Prior to the advancement of his multiple sclerosis, Jay Contrastano loved to play golf. The degree of disability among those with the disease will vary, and unfortunately he was unable to continue playing his favorite sport.

What he didn’t know, was that there was a way he could still hit the links when he was feeling up to it. He was introduced to a specialized golf cart one day at his local golf course. The cart is controlled by a joy stick that will lift and raise the user into an upright position and also control the speed at which the cart moves.

It's a battery-powered, multi-terrain vehicle that can be driven through sand bunkers and on greens (with no damage to the turf) and can traverse gradients of up to 30 degrees. A built-in gyroscope makes it virtually impossible to tip over.

Until he was introduced to this cart, called the Paramobile, at the Stanley Golf Course in New Britain, Connecticut, Jay didn’t think he would ever play golf again. “It’s very simple to use and gives you back hope that there are things like this out there to help people get back to doing what they love.”

If you wanted to view the cart and see Jay line up for a tee shot, click here. You can see a more complete demo of the Paramobile here