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Golf Gum: Could this chewing gum really lower your scores?

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If Jordan Spieth’s gum chewing at the British Open inspired you to chomp a stick on course yourself, you might as well chew gum specifically designed for the golfer, right? Such is the thinking of Denver-based Apollo Gum Company with its Golf Gum.

The spearmint-flavored gum contains B-vitamins and 80 mg of natural caffeine to boost a golfer’s energy and focus on course…and lower his/her scores.

Seriously. Lower scores. Golf Gum makes some bold claims

“According to a 2016 study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, “A moderate dose of caffeine consumed before and during a round of golf improves golf-specific measures of performance and reduces fatigue.” A 2015 Auburn University study found similar results, shaving, on average, two strokes off of collegiate golf scores. “Chewing gum was [also] associated with enhanced productivity and reduced cognitive errors,” according to the NCBI.

Troy Widgery, CEO and founder of Apollo Gum Company, claims the company is “creating the future of energy.”

“Golf Gum’s liquid core delivery system rapidly releases the full benefits of specially-sourced natural caffeine and B-vitamins. Although the taste lasts for hours, you don’t have to chew it for more than a few minutes to experience the results of a pure, compact formula that provides smooth energy.”

Golf Gum hits shelves on December 12, 2017, and can be purchased online at www.golfersgum.com. Local Colorado pro shops and select retailers will also carry the product, with nationwide expansion slated for early 2018.

What do you think, GolfWRXers, are you buying the claim? Have you ever sipped a coffee on course to beneficial effect? Chugged an energy drink? Are you going to give the score-lowering gum a try?

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  1. Math

    Dec 13, 2017 at 3:00 am

    Whats wrong with a cup of coffee?

  2. mM

    Dec 13, 2017 at 2:50 am

    The PXG of gum?

  3. Curt

    Dec 12, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Is it a coincidence that both pieces of gum and golf clubs are called “sticks”?
    I think not.

  4. shawn

    Dec 12, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Dogs don’t play golf… but I know a few golfers who play like dogs …lol

  5. CFMcG

    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Xylitol is toxic to dogs, be careful with it if you use products/candies that have it.

    via WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-996-xylitol.aspx?activeingredientid=996

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Billy Horschel wants armlock ban: ‘I’ll give the belly putter back and take away the armlock’

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Billy Horschel has caused a stir this week at the RBC Heritage, with the 34-year-old making the controversial claim that the popular armlock putting technique should be banned as “guys are doing it too good”.

The Florida native explained that the method needs reviewing due to the ability to change the grip position so that it’s “parallel or matches the face” and that he’d even happily exchange the technique for the belly putter.

“I mean, I’m bringing up something different here, and I’m sort going out on a limb, but I don’t think this arm lock putting is — should be allowed either. I’ll give the belly putter back and take away the arm lock.

I think when you look at what guys are doing now with the arm lock and moving the grips to the side where it’s parallel or matches the face and then when you do that up against your arm, I mean, it’s — you know that face is dead square and that face doesn’t rotate at all.

It’s just sort of locked in. Guys are doing it too good.”

Horschel further revealed that there is “a little more flow” in his view with the belly putter and flirted with calling the armlock, a technique very popular on tour, the dreaded ‘A’ word: Anchoring.

“Yes, you could say it’s anchored. I don’t know because I guess anchored is having one point against somewhere and a fixed point. I know that’s not fixed, but it’s something similar to an anchor style.

Like I said, I would rather give them the belly putter back. I think there is a little bit more flow. Some guys going that way are becoming great putters, but it’s just something guys are trying and seeing some benefits for.”

Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Kuchar, Bernhard Langer and now Kevin Kisner are some of Horschel’s peers currently using the armlock method. It’ll be very interesting to see what response we get from them (if any) in defense of the technique.

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Tiger Woods appears to be renovating his practice facility

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Tiger Woods’ home practice facility seems to be getting a makeover this spring, and it has got golf fans speculating on the 15-time major champion’s future.

A photo taken and shared this week by pilot Dakota Atkinson shows Woods’ backyard under construction, with three of the facilities’ four greens being renovated.

Per Tiger Woods’ design website, the facility is broken down as the following:

“Tiger started with a flat, 3.5-acre area, and, teaming with TGR Design, directed its design, layout, and shaping. The result is a practice facility of tournament-conditioned turf and bunkering that recreates the look, feel, and playability of various major courses. Using a variety of turf found on the PGA TOUR, the design allows Tiger to hit almost any shot of 150 yards or less to one of four unique greens.”

What this signifies for Tiger’s future is unclear, with many golf fans suggesting that the renovation could well be for his son Charlie. In contrast, others believe it’s a positive sign for Tiger’s potential comeback.

It’s worth noting that many tour pros have commented on Woods’ good progress from his injuries, and that Rory McIlroy told media before the Masters that: “When you hear of these things and you look at the car and you see the crash, it’s like, you think he’s going to be in a hospital bed for six months. But he was actually doing better than that”

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Will Zalatoris on the one hole he wishes he could do over at the 2021 Masters

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Fresh from lighting up the Masters with a brilliant performance last week, Will Zalatoris featured on Doug Flutie’s SiriusXM podcast Flutie Flakescast, where the rookie broke down his week at Augusta.

*All quotes courtesy of Doug Flutie’s SiriusXM podcast Flutie Flakescast*

The 24-year-old finished one stroke behind Hideki Matsuyama at the event, and when asked which shots he would take back if he had the chance, Zalatoris was quick to highlight his week-long performance on the par 5 13th hole.

“I think it’s any collection of shots on 13. I played it at even par for the week, which you just can’t do. I mean, you see all those guys knock one tight out of the trees and make eagle or make a good birdie and that’s what jumpstarts them to win the golf tournament. And I just didn’t have it.

I had about a 50 or 60 foot look that weirdly that green is just so slow. I don’t know what it was. I had, you know, I had two 50 footers over the last two days and on that hole and I three-putted both of them and that’s the difference right there.”

In contrast to Zalatoris, Hideki played the 13th hole in four-under-par for the week, including making an eagle on the hole during Friday’s round.

“You know, I just needed to play 13 in a couple under par, just like I would have basically just played average golf and you know it just, it is what it is. But that’s the one to me where it’s like every single day I’m walking off 13, like dang nabbit, like I just need one shot, one shot, one shot.”

The Californian also revealed on the show that his first Masters’ experience flew by, and he wishes he could have slowed the week down.

“Man, I wish I could have slowed it down. I did a good job of staying in the moment, but I mean that seven days that I was there felt like it went by in seven minutes. It was just, you know, every day I walked over that bridge on 12 and look back just cause it’s like, you know, I worked my ass off to get to this point and I finally got there and yeah, a lot of gratitude, a lot of appreciation. And obviously I knew I was playing some good golf, and so, you know, it’s a really good feeling to be frustrated to lose by one.”

The 24-year-old returns to action this week at the RBC Heritage.

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