Skip to comments.Golfers' hearing at risk from 'sonic boom' created by new clubs, doctors claim.
Posted on 01/04/2009 5:31:33 PM PST by PotatoHeadMick
Golfers face going deaf from the "sonic boom" created when their clubs strike the ball, doctors have warned.
A report in the latest edition of the British Medical Journal claims that some players are at risk if they use a new generation of thin-faced titanium drivers that help propel the ball further.
The booming noise the metal club head makes when it strikes the ball was found by ear specialists to have reduced the hearing of a 55-year-old golfer.
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Its time to standardize some head design parameters the heads are ridiculously big and hollow lately.
Tennis has equipment rules why not golf?
I heard a once.
As one ages, one’s hearing deteriorates. After decades of marriage I recognize that reality as merciful.
I guess these doctors have not seen my swing speed.
Frivolous lawsuit alert......
“thwock!” is the sound of golf, “ping!” is the sound of pasture pansies.
The last time I golfed I only hit two good balls all day...and THAT was when I stepped on a rake in the sand trap.
” Its time to standardize some head design parameters the heads are ridiculously big and hollow lately. “
Are we talking about the Senate again?
It was bad for the trees, dontcha know...
Could it be the age of the golfer and not the club?
” thwock! is the sound of golf, ping! is the sound of pasture pansies. “
And “tink” is the sound of an aluminum bat, hence the demise of sandlot baseball. Who the heck gets up on a summer’s day with the anticipation of the “tink” of the bat ringing in their heads?
Badda bump bump!
What did you say?
I heard a boom alright and I told that lady that people who live on golf courses should use their own homeowners insurance.
Well come to think of it I’ve been playing golf all my life and have been playing with the new thin walled drivers for some time now. I’m hard of hearing according to my wife. Any hungry lawyers out there want to take my case?
Sonic boom? Didn’t realize those balls travelled so fast.
Yes, I too am unlikely ever to suffer this problem (quite apart from the cheap set of clubs I use).
I have to agree with this study. I have stood next to people using certain drivers at the range and the noise the clubs make definitely are not good for my ears.
“What was that?”
What the pros don’t want you to know....
New report tells how new space age club may cause ....
It's not the balls travelling, but people people hitting them with tiny drums on sticks.
That is a hidden danger and needs to be addressed.
It is funny, I think of golf as a quiet sport. I never thought that a golf club could make that much noise. I do like the way the sport is conducted. Spectators are not running around shouting and talking like they are at some sports. I don't like noisy chaos.
I have no idea who appears dumber. Is it the “doctors” who make these stupid statements or the media who in lock step report them as truth? Never mind your feedback. I already know. It is those who claim to know the truth but who couldn’t find their own rectums in the dark.
“It is important to wear good hearing protection if you are going to shoot guns - every time and not just when you feel like it.”
It’s more important to “think twice, maybe three times, before posting once”
They actaully do regulate gold equipment.
A driver head can have a volume no greater than 460cc, can have a shaft no longer than 46 inches, can have a moment of inertia (MOI) no greater than 5600, and a coefficient of restitution (COR) no greater than .83.
The coefficient of restitution (COR) is the rebounding effect the golf club face makes at impact, basically, during tests when a golf is fired at a stationary club head at 100mph, it’s rebound can be no greater than 83mph.
Moment of inertia (MOI)is the club head’s resistance to twisting on it’s axis, helpful in preventing slices or hooks, though mostly marketing.
Now as for the sound at impact, that’s mostly based on clubhead speed, if you’re not swinging that fast you’re not creating that big a boom.
I swing at 118mph average, it’s rather loud from what I’m told, but I never really notice it.
So my general guess is this, you’d have to be playing almost daily for it to really affect your hearing since you’re only using a driver about 13 - 14 times a round if that since you’re unlikely to use it on a par 3.
I gave up golf.....it was bad for the geese (I hit one once - he survived)....he was WAAAAYYYY out there walking across the course......and I beamed him.....quite the sight!
A golf course is a terrible waste of a good gun range.
If you do any question about golf equipment at all let me know, golf is something I’m very passionate about and have spent quite a bit of time studying all aspects of equipment.
WTF? If this is causing a problem why doesn’t some brilliant golfer or man of medicine prescribe earplugs?
I think it only happens with perfectly square hits...
...So, I'm okay.
No, they are tired of being outdriven by their golfing partners and have decided to put a “scare” into them. What some will do to win a $5 nassau.
“thwock” is the sound of dolly parton taking off her bra
I’ve got you beat. I decapitated a crow, in flight, with a drive. PIssed me off too, it was an awesome drive and after the collision the bird head went furthur than my ball.
Unfortunately, it was also the only birdie I got that round.
ummm that would be “thwock” “Thwock”, unless the bra strap popped in which case it would be ‘SPROINGGGGGGGG”
Oh yes, sports injuries in non-sports. Carpal tunnel syndrome in checkers champions!
That's the noise persimmon makes. These modern clubs sound like hitting the bottom of a beer can. I can't think of an onomatopoeia for that sound.
I play pool and I am losing my hearing. It must be the sound of the pool balls clicking prior to them going into the called pocket. I guess I’ll have to start wearing hearing protection. Never liked the mouse ears though.
BAN 'EM! BAN THE NEW CLUBS, and all copycats of course!
That's their answer to EVERY PERCEIVED ILL in their increasingly pussified NANNY state.
What’s the difference between a golfer and a hang glider pilot?
From one, you hear “Whack”, “Damn!”
and from the other you hear “Damn”, “Whack!”
I don’t swing nearly fast enough to cause a sonic boom. However, what comes out of my mouth after I swing, telling the club/ball/tree/wind/etc. what I think about them.... well, I suppose you’d be better off not hearing that.
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