And it probably was awful for you. But it wasn’t that bad for me.
Here’s why: Stout’s BackSaver Grip.
I purchased one of these back in 2007, and it’s why I don’t need a snowblower.
Seriously. You screw it on (hardware comes with it) to the handle of ANY tool – snow shovel, regular shovel, rake, whatever – and it makes doing the job a ton easier.