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.
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.