DEFIBRILLATOR SAVES GOLFER: Easy-to-use heart defibrillation machines ' essentially, stripped-down models of the apparatus found on hospital Code Blue crash carts ' have become popular items at golf courses. The trend is starting to bear fruit in the form of saved lives.
Bob Stearns, head professional at Manchester (Vermont) Country Club, used a defibrillator June 8 to help Ted Rugg, a guest at the club who went into cardiac arrest near the 18th green. While other staffers performed CPR, Stearns administered two shocks from the defibrillator, which restarted Ruggs pulse. By the time paramedics arrived, Rugg was stable and talking.
The machine, a Survivalink First Save model, is sold by Softspikes, which has moved in recent years to expand its product lines beyond artificial cleats. Softspikes is the exclusive distributor for this type of defibrillator, which is made by Minneapolis-based Survivalink. The Manchester club bought the machine last year and had a cardiologist train its staff.
Softspikes sells the First Save for about $3,000. More than 130 units have been sold since the 2000 PGA Merchandise Show, when Softspikes brought out the product.
MULTI-MATERIAL MADNESS: Well, not exactly, but bi-material shafts are gaining a foothold, albeit slowly. The latest entry to begin shipping on an OEMs clubs are GAT shafts from Graphite Design International, the Japanese company that started its U.S. operation in San Diego three years ago.
GAT, or graphite alloy technology, features a stainless steel core encased in a proprietary graphite composite mix. Titleist is featuring the GAT in DCI 990 series irons; tour player testing over the last year resulted in the current clubhead-shaft combination. The shafts will also be available in Titleist sister company Cobras Baffler irons. For an introductory period, Titleist and related companies will have exclusive rights to the shaft.
Other popular multi-material shafts on the market include the BiMatrx from True Temper Sports and the GT from Adams Golf.