Lady Golfer column: Claire Kane
I visited my dentist the other day and, as I watched him pull on a clear face visor for protection, I had a light bulb moment.
What a great invention for the game we love the most; perfect to stop the usual streaming of eyes and runny noses when battling down the fairway in a fresh wind. Better still, and back to the job in hand, more dentists can now eat as much garlic as they like without anaesthetising the patient. Unfortunately by the time he had finished prising open my jaw and prodding and drilling, I’d completely forgotten to ask him where I could acquire one from.
You may smile, but having the right kit is so important and it makes you wonder what other technology we could borrow to make golf more comfortable.
For instance, many golfers still step out onto the course in winter, confined in a combination of thermals, jumpers, gilets, fleeces and those annoying waterproofs that rustle when they walk, making them look like a Michelin advertisement and virtually unrecognisable from a distance.
We may feel ‘snug as a bug’ in our woolly hats and cosy snoods but, in reality, we look more like we’re ‘tooled up’ and about to rob a bank.
In comparison as far back as 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon wearing one of the most technologically advanced suits ever created, which provided comfort and total protection.
The spacesuit was made up of 21 thin layers of gossamer and produced by Playtex; yes the people who make bras and those old-fashioned corsets.
high-tech clothes have finally started to enter the world of golf. OK, I doubt if an all-in-one girdle would prove a top seller in the pro shop but thankfully, nearly 45 years later, high-tech clothes have finally started to enter the world of golf.
Although there are still a lot of old-style fabrics for sale which continue to make us look like the incredible hulk and need the washing skills of a magician.
Talking of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or, thankfully NASA for short, what puzzles me is how their latest rocket, MAVEN, has enough power to launch into space, travel nearly half a billion miles to Mars, orbit the planet, analyse and transmit data and stay in operation for up to as long as 10 years.
My golf GPS system only manages to do 18 holes, approximately five miles, before having to be recharged?
Oh, the wonders of science!