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September 2004

Letters and News September 2004

Letters and News

Golf writer tries to break Guinness mark, Power up your range and more....

Golf writer tries to break Guinness mark

Madness was the only word for it when Golf World’s Stuart Hood tried to break the world record for most golf balls hit in 24 hours.

The 23-year-old, who attempted the feat as part of a feature, started strongly, but quickly tired and was forced to admit defeat at the 5,000 ball mark, some 5,392 balls short of the current record. “Time-wise I could theoretically have done it,” Stuart said. “But realistically I was in no shape to continue. The blisters on my hands started bleeding after 700 balls and my right wrist became especially painful. It became a question of when to stop and 5,000 was far more than I expected to hit and a number I was happy with.”

Despite deeming himself happy Stuart still fell well shy of the record, which is held by American golfer David Ogron, who hit 10,392 balls in June 2002. Ogron is a full-time record breaker and also holds the record for most balls hit in one and 12 hours. He trained for three years prior to his attempt and hopes to better his current mark next year. “When you look at how David and I prepared we were poles apart,” Stuart admitted. “He hit 300,000 balls and I didn’t hit any. He trained for three years. I didn’t train at all. When you think about that it is not really surprising how many more balls he hit than me.”

Stuart first came up with the idea in February of this year during a features brainstorm and attempted the record on the 1st of July at Swingers Golf Range in Peterborough. Breaking it is not quite as easy as it sounds. Certain stipulations must be met for the record to count. All balls must be hit over 100 yards from the tee into a 30 degree arc and the record must be witnessed by two people at all times and recorded as proof. “I had said before the event that if I got close I would try again,” Stuart said, “but after doing it there is no chance. I had blisters on every finger and a couple on the palms of each hand. It was torture.”

If you fancy your chances at breaking the record or bettering Stuart’s mark, then log onto www.guinnessworldrecords.com and begin the process. Full details of Stuart’s attempt will be published in the October issue of Golf World, which is published on September 8th.

Explanar provides new revenue stream for ranges

The Explanar Golf Training System isn’t just a hit with golf professionals all over the world; it’s also providing a business model to generate much needed revenue for ranges.

With just one Explanar at a venue, a range can generate an additional £10k plus per annum. By using a second Explanar to rent out to golfers on a permanent basis, this can rise to over £25,000.

Providing a “paid for” warm up facility for golfers that actually trains and strengthens their muscles is a sure-fire hit.

The Explanar is endorsed by World No1 Coach Butch Harmon and is now distributed across the US and in 12 countries throughout the world.

Contact Explanar for a free CD and to book a demonstration on 01604 874740 or golfswing@explanar.com. See www.explanar.com

Power up your range

Power Tee has announced that it has recently installed its acclaimed automated teeing system at two leading driving ranges in Lincolnshire and Surrey.

That brings to almost 60 the number of ranges to have installed Power Tee, with the vast majority reporting substantial increases in ball usage.

This year alone, Power Tee has installed its system at over 15 ranges across Great Britain, with one of the latest being the popular Pachesham Park Golf Centre in Leatherhead, Surrey, where Power Tee was installed in 20 bays at it’s 33-bay covered floodlit range.

“We have had a very positive reaction from our customers since the installation of the Power Tees with the vast majority saying it really added to their enjoyment of the range”, said Pachesham Park Proprietor Phil Tay

 

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