Friday, October 9

Can a Belt Help Your Golf Game?

By Charles Prokop

Copyright © Charles Prokop. Used with permission.

A POST AT THE ARMCHAIR GOLFER about the Hickok Belt reminded me of something I’ve wondered about: Can a belt help your golf game?

I've always thought a belt didn't do a lot more than hold up my pants, but I might be missing something here.

I was looking at the credits in Golf Digest (yeah, I'm one of those guys) and noticed that Phil Mickelson's belt cost $2,050. Now I'm all for someone spending whatever they want on whatever they want as long as they have the cash. Phil certainly has the cash and gives a huge amount of it away to charitable causes. If he wants to wear a belt that costs the same as a Dave Ramsey Special used car, he has my blessing.

But why?

I usually get my belts at Wal-Mart, and I get one about every two to three years when the old one finally wears out. They cost me around $10 and are reversible. I wear the same belt most every day. I won't claim the belt makes a fashion statement, but people aren't usually staring at my waist. (If they are, it's not my belt that I check. I try to find a subtle way to check my zipper.)

I figure I can have a lifetime supply of belts for less than that one belt of Phil's.

I may splurge next time and go for a belt that costs $25. I know I'll never play like Phil, but maybe that extra $15 will shave a stroke or so off my handicap.

It turns out the Hickok Belt was alligator, just like Phil's. So maybe there's a gator skin and sports performance link. Who knew?

Charles Prokop is a clinical psychologist who writes about golf at fairwaywords.


Spain Guides said...
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Spain Guides said...

Hi Neil, really enjoying your slant on the world of golf. Regarding Phills belt, I mean if you can afford it why not, and mentally can you imagine going out to play golf in clothes and accessories that costs around $3,000, that has to be worth at least 5 shots a round. Keep up the good work and look forward to more articles.

Rob Stinson said...

Nice article Neil,
I was thinking if wearing a belt which costs around $2000 guaranteed to take of 5 shots from my round if I would go for it or not....probably would !