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Golfers' hearing at risk from 'sonic boom' created by new clubs, doctors claim.
Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 04 Jan 2009 | Simon Johnson

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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It has to be said that some of those clubs make a heck of a loud "thwock!" noise, I'd imagine they would cause hearing damage after a while.
1 posted on 01/04/2009 5:31:34 PM PST by PotatoHeadMick
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To: PotatoHeadMick

Its time to standardize some head design parameters the heads are ridiculously big and hollow lately.
Tennis has equipment rules why not golf?


2 posted on 01/04/2009 5:33:41 PM PST by omega4179 (Bush Abandoned Ramos and Compean)
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To: PotatoHeadMick
Golfers' hearing at risk from 'sonic boom' created by new clubs, doctors claim.

I heard a once.

3 posted on 01/04/2009 5:34:04 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: PotatoHeadMick

As one ages, one’s hearing deteriorates. After decades of marriage I recognize that reality as merciful.


4 posted on 01/04/2009 5:34:17 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: PotatoHeadMick

I guess these doctors have not seen my swing speed.


5 posted on 01/04/2009 5:35:32 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: PotatoHeadMick

Frivolous lawsuit alert......


6 posted on 01/04/2009 5:36:35 PM PST by EggsAckley (Living under the "Tyranny of the Stupid")
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To: PotatoHeadMick

“thwock!” is the sound of golf, “ping!” is the sound of pasture pansies.


7 posted on 01/04/2009 5:37:18 PM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: proxy_user

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.


8 posted on 01/04/2009 5:37:35 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: PotatoHeadMick

Marketing 101.


9 posted on 01/04/2009 5:38:20 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: omega4179

” Its time to standardize some head design parameters the heads are ridiculously big and hollow lately. “

Are we talking about the Senate again?


10 posted on 01/04/2009 5:38:51 PM PST by Humble Servant
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To: gorush
I gave up golf for environmental reasons.

It was bad for the trees, dontcha know...

11 posted on 01/04/2009 5:39:30 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: PotatoHeadMick

Could it be the age of the golfer and not the club?


12 posted on 01/04/2009 5:40:55 PM PST by kempo
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To: xcamel

” “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?


13 posted on 01/04/2009 5:41:06 PM PST by Humble Servant
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To: PotatoHeadMick
Golf - a game played with implements ill suited for the purpose.

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
14 posted on 01/04/2009 5:41:44 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: gorush

Badda bump bump!


15 posted on 01/04/2009 5:43:13 PM PST by saganite
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To: PotatoHeadMick
It has to be said that some of those clubs make a heck of a loud "thwock!" noise, I'd imagine they would cause hearing damage after a while.

What did you say?

16 posted on 01/04/2009 5:43:33 PM PST by Ramcat (Thank You American Veterans)
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To: PotatoHeadMick

I heard a boom alright and I told that lady that people who live on golf courses should use their own homeowners insurance.


17 posted on 01/04/2009 5:44:09 PM PST by badpacifist ("Blessings come from God and He don't bless what he is against" ...Mrs Ray Charles)
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To: PotatoHeadMick

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?


18 posted on 01/04/2009 5:45:19 PM PST by kempo
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To: Phantom Lord

FYI


19 posted on 01/04/2009 5:47:07 PM PST by eureka! (Dear Lord: Some epiphanies for some of the 'rats now in charge, particularly BO? Please...)
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To: Humble Servant
This “person” should try Skeet with a 12gage - now that will leave a ringing in your ears...
20 posted on 01/04/2009 5:47:23 PM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: PotatoHeadMick

Sonic boom? Didn’t realize those balls travelled so fast.


21 posted on 01/04/2009 5:48:20 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: proxy_user

Yes, I too am unlikely ever to suffer this problem (quite apart from the cheap set of clubs I use).


22 posted on 01/04/2009 5:49:25 PM PST by PotatoHeadMick
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To: PotatoHeadMick

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.


23 posted on 01/04/2009 5:50:12 PM PST by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: PotatoHeadMick

“What was that?”
Tiger Woods


24 posted on 01/04/2009 5:50:49 PM PST by sono (Proud Member of the NY NYETS!)
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To: Izzy Dunne

EXACTLY!

What the pros don’t want you to know....

New report tells how new space age club may cause ....


25 posted on 01/04/2009 5:51:55 PM PST by Eagle Eye (Libs- If you don't have to play the rules then neither do we...THINK ABOUT IT!)
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To: Larry Lucido
Sonic boom? Didn’t realize those balls travelled so fast.

It's not the balls travelling, but people people hitting them with tiny drums on sticks.

26 posted on 01/04/2009 5:53:06 PM PST by Oztrich Boy ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule." - H L Mencken.)
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To: PotatoHeadMick
The “snap” from a bullwhip is a mini sonic boom as well. Golfers are such pansies.
27 posted on 01/04/2009 5:58:49 PM PST by LiberConservative
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To: PotatoHeadMick
They forgot to mention the dangers of second-hand sonic golf club boom.

That is a hidden danger and needs to be addressed.

28 posted on 01/04/2009 5:59:57 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: xcamel
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 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.

29 posted on 01/04/2009 6:00:53 PM PST by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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To: Humble Servant
Who the heck gets up on a summer’s day with the anticipation of the “tink” of the bat ringing in their heads?

Photobucket  Nae me, laddie!

30 posted on 01/04/2009 6:01:09 PM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY)|http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/|RCongressIn2Years)
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To: xcamel
Yup I credit shooting sports with hearing spring peeper frogs in the winter and song birds year around plus some buzzings and hums. It did leave me with an occasional selective hearing ability though. Now my gold clubs sound like flying divots and stuff.
31 posted on 01/04/2009 6:01:28 PM PST by mcshot (Zero man! Fill out your own employment application for US.)
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To: PotatoHeadMick

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.


32 posted on 01/04/2009 6:01:40 PM PST by mort56
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To: Wilhelm Tell

“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”


33 posted on 01/04/2009 6:09:55 PM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: omega4179

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.


34 posted on 01/04/2009 6:12:33 PM PST by gjones77
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To: Izzy Dunne

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!


35 posted on 01/04/2009 6:17:54 PM PST by goodnesswins (Tell the truth - GOEBBELIZATION (propaganda) is what many voters suffer from.....)
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To: gorush

A golf course is a terrible waste of a good gun range.


36 posted on 01/04/2009 6:22:08 PM PST by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: omega4179

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.


37 posted on 01/04/2009 6:22:08 PM PST by gjones77
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To: PotatoHeadMick

WTF? If this is causing a problem why doesn’t some brilliant golfer or man of medicine prescribe earplugs?


38 posted on 01/04/2009 6:24:38 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: PotatoHeadMick
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.

I think it only happens with perfectly square hits...

...So, I'm okay.

.

39 posted on 01/04/2009 6:40:17 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: EggsAckley

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.


40 posted on 01/04/2009 6:46:24 PM PST by richardtavor (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem in the name of the G-d of Jacob)
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To: PotatoHeadMick
I wonder if the damage from this "sonic boom" is more dangerous than 3rd hand smoke?


41 posted on 01/04/2009 7:05:27 PM PST by ProfoundMan (RightyPics.com)
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To: Humble Servant

“thwock” is the sound of dolly parton taking off her bra


42 posted on 01/04/2009 7:56:18 PM PST by stylin19a ( Real Men don't declare unplayable lies)
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To: goodnesswins

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.


43 posted on 01/04/2009 8:04:47 PM PST by commish
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To: stylin19a

ummm that would be “thwock” “Thwock”, unless the bra strap popped in which case it would be ‘SPROINGGGGGGGG”


44 posted on 01/04/2009 8:06:13 PM PST by commish
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To: PotatoHeadMick

Oh yes, sports injuries in non-sports. Carpal tunnel syndrome in checkers champions!


45 posted on 01/04/2009 8:08:30 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Don't rush to be savage!.)
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To: PotatoHeadMick
"thwock!" noise

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.

46 posted on 01/04/2009 8:08:52 PM PST by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: Wilhelm Tell

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.


47 posted on 01/04/2009 8:10:39 PM PST by encm(ss) (USN Ret.)
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To: PotatoHeadMick
THE answer to this grave health threat in Mediocre (once Great) Britain?

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.

48 posted on 01/04/2009 8:14:26 PM PST by DocH (Hussein Obama: Leader of an America-Hating Socialist /Black Nationalist Sleeper Cell)
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To: saganite

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!”

:)


49 posted on 01/04/2009 8:40:31 PM PST by Technocrat (Palin-Romney 2012!! Or vice versa.)
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To: PotatoHeadMick

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.


50 posted on 01/04/2009 8:41:38 PM PST by Mannaggia l'America
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