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bijou
01-04-2009, 12:59 PM
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.

Subsequent tests of six titanium clubs against six thicker-faced stainless steel models found that the former all produced greater sound levels.

Dr Malcolm Buchanan, an ear, nose and throat specialist and one of the report's authors, said: "Our results show that thin-faced titanium drivers may produce sufficient sound to induce temporary or even permanent cochlear damage in susceptible individuals.

"Wearing earplugs is a possibility, although it may prove too radical for some."
...link (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/golf/4108699/Golfers-hearing-at-risk-from-sonic-boom-created-by-new-clubs-doctors-claim.html)

Did you hear about this already Ralphie? ... I SAID 'DID YOU HEAR ...?' :D

lurkalot
01-04-2009, 01:04 PM
wouldnt he actually have to hit the ball? :p

bijou
01-04-2009, 01:20 PM
wouldnt he actually have to hit the ball? :p

So cruel yet so very funny. :D

PoliCon
01-04-2009, 01:39 PM
What's the big deal? most people in the 50ish set already have hearing losses from listening to the crap they called music in the 70s.

biccat
01-04-2009, 02:05 PM
I'm pretty sure it's not a sonic boom.

lurkalot
01-04-2009, 02:16 PM
when I golf the biggest risk to my hearing is the hysterical laughter that turns into screams of anguish as the ball slices towards the parking lot and the windshield of someone's new BMW.:cool:

PoliCon
01-04-2009, 04:01 PM
when I golf the biggest risk to my hearing is the hysterical laughter that turns into screams of anguish as the ball slices towards the parking lot and the windshield of someone's new BMW.:cool:They shouldn't have parked there. right? ;)

Bubba Dawg
01-04-2009, 04:08 PM
They shouldn't have parked there. right? ;)

Sorry to break it to you, but Lurkie golfs at the mall. Something about being too cheap for greens fees.

PoliCon
01-04-2009, 04:13 PM
Sorry to break it to you, but Lurkie golfs at the mall. Something about being too cheap for greens fees. Meh makes no never mind to me. I hate both golf and malls. I shop online as much as possible and the only golf club I own - I own for practical defense purposes. I keep it in the car.

megimoo
01-04-2009, 04:17 PM
when I golf the biggest risk to my hearing is the hysterical laughter that turns into screams of anguish as the ball slices towards the parking lot and the windshield of someone's new BMW.:cool:Next time tee off and aim on bubba's head when he is at the mall !

lurkalot
01-04-2009, 08:06 PM
Next time tee off and aim on bubba's head when he is at the mall !

actually to hit him, I would have to aim about thiry degrees to his right... :o

Space Gravy
01-04-2009, 08:26 PM
That's why I wear my Ipod when I play.

Constitutionally Speaking
01-05-2009, 05:10 PM
Whenever I golf I get a sonic "wiff". It is really impressive!