My shoulder held up well hitting golf balls. Come to find out the issues I experienced were due to tightness from lack of use, not the pain from the rotator tear. In physical therapy we have spent a couple hours per session stretching the shoulder muscles, especially the movements involved with reaching above my head. The results are amazing. I can now get a coffee cup out of the cupboard, put on my belt and use my left arm to drive the car. I am glad I didn't have surgery!