If you think about the most physical sports in the world, undoubtedly sports like football or hockey would come to your mind, not golf. But apparently a new proposal believes that golf could be more dangerous than you think.
There has been a growing concern about the injuries that happen on the course when players and fans get hit by balls traveling well over 100 miles per hour. That issue came to head when a woman had one of her eyeballs to explode after a ball hit her during the Ryder Cup.
To help alleviate this issue, a European group is sponsoring a new proposal that would force golfers to wear helmets on the course.
As the group’s spokesperson said, this would be normal in any other sport. “If you look at a selection of other sports played in the UK, both contact and non-contact, there are measures in place to reduce injury,” Hall said to Golf Punk. “For example, many amateur and lower-league rugby clubs insist on protective helmets; martial arts classes provide pads for their students – and this is not just to prevent injury. It’s because financially, it makes sense for clubs (and their insurers) to prove they’ve reduced harm wherever possible.”
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While this may be a good idea on paper, I’m not sure if it would do much in the long run. Hall also explained that thousands of pounds are given to victims of golf injuries each year but I feel like most people have a propensity to yell fore when playing a normal round.
Still, it is interesting to think about the helmets that we could see PGA TOUR players wearing some day. Would it look more like a football helmet, hockey helmet, or a baseball helmet? And if it were required, would players be able to customize them and plaster it with sponsors. I could easily see Rickie Fowler wearing a bright orange helmet with Puma stickers all over it.
The safety concerns that could be saved by this rule is certainly to be considered but I don’t think there is any way this happens anytime soon. Perhaps a slow process of testing on local courses and studies can be conducted but in reality, I don’t think we’ll see Tiger Woods in a Sunday Red helmet in the future.
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