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Is CBD the next wave of pain relief for golfers?

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We’ve all been there before: hit one too many balls on the range or stood bent over those short putts for 15 minutes too long.  The next step is usually right to an Advil, Tylenol, or any number of over-the-counter pain relievers to help with those aches and pains. But for golfers and athletes across the board, thanks to some new steps forward with the processing of hemp & cannabis products there are more options becoming available in the pain relief category including CBD (Cannabidiol).

CBD sprays and topical creams are one of the biggest trends in the market today, giving people options versus using the tried and true pain relief methods. We at GolfWRX witnessed this first hand at the PGA Show in Orlando where there were more than a handful of venders preaching the benefits of CBD.

Let’s be clear: yes, CBD is a product derived from cannabis, but it is a chemical compound found in the less modified hemp plant. It has no psychoactive effects, unlike its brother THC-delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (yeah, that a mouthful). CBD is in fact federally legal in all 50 states as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory – meaning it’s also approved by the FDA. The big difference between hemp and a full breed marijuana plant is that marijuana has been continually modified to increase the THC levels to increase the mind-altering effects, while hemp has remained pretty much unchanged and is a common fiber used in clothing, rope, and a multitude of other textiles.

The most notable vendors at the PGA Show were Medterra, a producer of CBD products located in Kentucky, and FR Endosport, which also just recently announced an endorsement deal with PGA/PGA Champions player Scott McCarron. FR Endosport was also recently spotted on tour and became part of a discussion in our forums.

When you take out the fact that this is a pain reliever derived from hemp, and the misconceived notions about products derived from plants in the marijuana family, CBD is in fact a possible alternative for many individuals looking to try something new for those aches and pains, and we expect to see more CBD products at future PGA Shows and advertised on professional tours.

 

 

 

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. The dude

    Feb 1, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    ……picture that dude selling snake oil off the back of a wagon in 1892….same thing

    • Zzz

      Feb 2, 2019 at 8:22 pm

      Yeah. Just like the BS they sling about Epsom salts and stuff like that.
      But I do love me some snake blood drink 🙂

  2. X

    Feb 1, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    CBD has not been proved by anybody to have any benefits at all

  3. X

    Feb 1, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Only losers use CBD.

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TG2: Brooks and Peter Kostis rip Patrick Reed

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Brooks Koepka and Peter Kostis both talk about Patrick Reed and his cheating allegations. Brooks was on SiriusXM and Kostis on No Laying Up don’t hold back their feelings on cheating. Kostis also has some PGA Tour beef, saying that they don’t care about the television broadcast.

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Watch for players lofting up at altitude at the WGC-Mexico Championship

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This week, at the PGA Tour’s WGC-Mexico Championship, we are going to watch some of the best and longest players on the planet play what will effectively be one of the shortest courses on tour.

Now, 7,341 yards is by no means a cakewalk, and there are shorter courses from a pure yardage perspective played on tour—Harbour Town, as an example, only plays at 7,099 yards from the very back. The difference is Harbour Town is played at sea level while Club de Golf Chapultepec is at over 7,500 feet of elevation, and when you factor in the altitude difference between the two courses, they play very differently—more on the math in a moment.

The altitude will also factor in how some players will be setting up their equipment and we could see some adjustments. The most obvious is lofting up the driver or fairways woods to increase carry, which is something Tiger Woods specifically mentioned last year.

The biggest misconception when talking about playing golf at altitude is that the ball doesn’t spin the same in thinner air and players “loft up” to maintain spin. Let’s get into the physics to bust this “spinning less” myth and simplify the science behind playing at altitude,

The golf ball is an inanimate object, and it has no idea it’s at altitude; the air will not have an impact on how much the ball will actually spin. Yes, increasing loft should, by almost every imaginable measure, increase spin but the air it travels through will not change the spin rate.

However, playing at altitude has an effect, Let’s break down what happens

  • Thinner air exerts less drag force (resistance/friction) on the ball. The ball moves more easily through this less dense air and won’t decelerate as quickly as it flies. But note that the faster an object moves the more drag force will occur
  • Less resistance also means that it is harder to shape shots. So you when you see Shot Tracer, the pros are going to be hitting it even straighter (this makes Tiger’s fairway bunker shot last year even more unbelievable)
  • Less force = less lift, the ball will fly lower and on a flatter trajectory

Time for some math from Steve Aoyama, a Principal Scientist at Titleist Golf Ball R&D (full piece here: The Effect of Altitude on Golf Ball Performance)

“You can calculate the distance gain you will experience (compared to sea level) by multiplying the elevation (in feet) by .00116. For example, if you’re playing in Reno, at 1 mile elevation (5,280 ft.) the increase is about 6% (5,280 x .00116 = 6.1248). If you normally drive the ball 250 yards at sea level, you will likely drive it 265 yards in Reno.”

Not every player will be making changes to their bag, and some will instead focus on the types of shots they are hitting instead. When speaking to Adam Scott earlier this week, I was able to ask if he planned on making any changes heading into Mexico the week after his win at the Genesis Invitational.

“It’s very rare for me to make club changes week-to-week beyond playing in the Open Championship and adding a longer iron. The one thing I focus on when playing at altitude is avoiding partial shots where I’m trying to reduce the spin because as spin goes down the ball doesn’t want to stay in the air. I’ve experienced partial shots with longer clubs that end up 25 yards short, and because of that I want to hit as many full shots as possible”

With Club de Golf Chapultepec sitting just over 7,800 feet above sea level, we’re looking at 9.048 or an increase of just over 9 percent. That makes this 7,341-yard course play 6,677 yards (+/- where the tees are placed).

 

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The Gear Dive: Urban Golf Performance owner Mac Todd

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In this episode of The Gear Dive brought to you by Fujikura, Johnny chats again with his old pal Mac Todd Owner and Operator of Urban Golf Performance in Los Angeles. They cover the growth of the business, what the new Club member experience may look like and much much more.

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