Update: Power Balance bands a sham: ACCC
Golf is no stranger to quick cures and accessories claiming to improve your game. The latest nostrum is has many golfers reaching for their wallet.
Power Balance bands have begun adorning the wrists golfers worldwide. A whole range of famous athletes have been seen
promoting trialling the piece of plastic including professional golfers, Paul McGinley and Jose Maria Olazabal. Now poorer social golfers are following suit.
Some of you may remember the Q-Ray bracelet
and know that these things only work as a placebo. The circle of quackery in question can be bought for around $60, sometimes much more. If you are susceptible to the placebo effect and want one, get a cheap one here
. Or get a rabbit’s foot..
A golfer on Twitter told everyone he was hitting the ball 20 metres further. When I asked if it was true, he said he wasn’t sure but added “They can’t hurt”.
They can if you need the $60. They can if you replace it with practice. They can if you have a swing problem.
Keep the cash. Use it for a bucket of balls or get a lesson. That works.
If you want to see how the balance tricks tests are done, here’s how Applied Kinesiology works.