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.
Twist Tee - click for more images
I’ve been using some cool tees for my last few rounds called Twist Tee. These tees come with a an adjustable section which allows for customizing the height of the ball simply by twisting the top section.
Some other features include cool colors, stable ball cup (especially for windy conditions) and high strength.
The Twist Tee comes in two sizes. The longer size is pictured here and is adjustable from 2 7/8 inches to 3 5/8 inches. The shorter size tees it up from 2 1/4 inches to 2 5/8 inches.
I have a bunch of pictures, data, video and numbers to crunch following my first visit to the local TaylorMade Performance Lab here at South Mountain Golf Club today. The session was amazing and my host Mike Lewis was very good at is cool gig.
The wildest part of the session was dawning the reflector suit with 26 sensors, which then feeds data to the system and show you every possible number and 3D rendering of your swing.
The 26 sensors on my body and club translate to the 3D image of me on the screen in the background. VERY COOL. Click for more images.
The system did in fact confirm that I have a granny move at the top, but my impact positions and sides pin numbers are some of many great specs which show I can hit the ball straight.
It will certainly take a bit to crunch everything into an official review, but I wanted to give a shout out to Mike and the local TMPL for hosting me. It was an awesome experience.
Tomorrow I’m going to be doing my first TaylorMade Performance Lab session. A new “TMPL” has opened here in Utah at South Mountain Golf Course. These labs are very high tech and they do all sorts of cool swing analysis and club fitting.
My soon to be golf doc Mike Lewis will be diagnosing the “granny over the top across the line dual chicken wing lateral sway epileptic seizure early release inside out club face open” swing. Can’t wait to see that swing in 3D. It might break their system.
Stay tuned for a full report and photos, especially of the granny swing.
FAS-TEK system by TaylorMade - click to see more
Woa it has been at least a year or two since I’ve been to the TaylorMade web site. It was so bad with all the Adobe Flash animations and things flying around, that I couldn’t even find a product without waiting for things to fly around and load for 20 minutes. They’ve fixed that, and now the site loads fast! The site is actually nice to look at and is easily navigated now! Big improvement.
It isn’t perfect though. I’m not able to find much regarding the “FAS-TEK” accessory system. In fact searching for that specific term results in a blank page.
The FAS-TEK system is a cool option on golf bags which puts a little locking mechanism on the bag which an accessory can attach to. The accessories can vary from a sunglasses case, cell phone case, GPS/laser rangefinder case, cigar case etc.
Pictured right is a case which can be used to hold various items, but likely meant primarily for a larger laser. Click the image to see more.
FAS-TEK case suggestions
Despite having so many cool cases, here are a few I’d suggest below. Of course, should TaylorMade use any of these ideas, I want a full commission…
FAS-TEK propane golfer heating system