Painful Golf Shots
How fun is it when you hit at 3-iron thin and your fingers go numb? I love that even more than having my eyeballs gouged out with rusty pliers. And those stinging irons are especially fun when the temps are cold. Nothing like having numb hands for three holes. It seems that right when the numbness goes away, you do it again.
Shock Lock on my 5-iron reduces vibration and elbow abuse! Click for more Shock Lock images.
Another really fun and painful golf related thing I experience is golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow. If you didn’t know, they are two different animals. My golfer’s elbow has flared up recently as I’ve been practicing a lot trying to shake off the winter rust. Range balls are much harder than regular balls because they have to be durable. As soon as I start pounding range balls, my elbows flare up and start hurting with tendinitis.
Shock Lock Sports to the rescue
I’ve been testing out Shot Lock Sports’ Shock Locks lately, to help reduce the impact vibrations which sting my hands and aggravate my golfer’s elbow. So far so good.
What are Shock Locks? Shock Locks are a vibration dampening system for golf clubs. They consist of three pieces of plastic and rubber which go around the hosel and the shaft of the club. Two are black and sort of a shell which goes around a clear rubber “underlast.” Installing them is fairly easy, though I did have a bit of trouble on my older Hogan irons as the hosels are pretty thick. Generally though, they install well on clubs which are 10 years old or less.
On The Course
The system thankfully dampens the vibration to my hands, arms and joints. I felt the golfer’s elbow creeping in a few weeks ago, but since I put the Shock Locks on my irons the condition has gone away.
I don’t notice the Shock Locks on my clubs or find that my swing or game is compromised as a result of having them installed. I do feel less feedback than if they weren’t installed, but that is basically the point. The Locks don’t weigh much at all and don’t change the club weight or feel in my opinion.
As slow as my swing is, I don’t think the extra width at the hosel slows it down either. The extra width does take up a bit more space in the golf bag.
Shock Locks change the look of the club as you are standing over it. That can take some getting used to.
The units also increase the space the clubs take up in the bag. If you have a small opening in your bag, the clubs will be more tightly packed.
If you are a total “feel” player looking for lots of impact feedback from your clubs, it might be contradictory for you to put a damping system on them.
Shock Locks deliver as promised. They reduce vibration and shock to my hands, arms, joints and even my brain.
Though I’m a player who loves club feedback I’m willing to give up a little of that. It is much more important for me to be able to play without flaring up my tendinitis. So I’m keeping the shock locks on my irons.
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