BioMech Golf Equipment—a professional company that designs and builds sports equipment based on the body’s physiology and physics—has partnered with the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) to re-engage golfers and enhance the joy of the game to players impacted by Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurological condition that is characterised by motor problems including slowness of movement, rigidity, and tremor. BioMech Golf’s first product, the AccuLock ACE putter, has already demonstrated benefits to golfers with Parkinson’s. By virtue of its contact against the golfer’s leading forearm, the ACE facilitates a simpler, natural core putting motion. An upright, balanced stance helps to control and stabilise the stroke, thus eliminating unwanted and uncontrollable motion in the small muscles of the hands, wrists and arms, giving improved putting control.
Inspired by the benefits of the AccuLock ACE putter for people with PD, BioMech has partnered with APDA and will donate $5 from the sale of every ACE putter in 2016. BioMech CEO Dr. Frank Fornari said: “Being part of APDA’s efforts to support Parkinson’s patients and their families was unquestionably the right choice for BioMech. We are working to help golfers adapt to changes from aging, injury, disease, behavior, schedule, etc. and continue to play and enjoy the game—and life.”
“My parkinsonian symptoms have made it increasingly more difficult for me to play golf. The design of this putter has given me improved functionality and has allowed me to putt with better consistency and accuracy. The position of the putter’s shaft against my forearm provides stability and reduces my excessive movement. I am now able to get back out on the golf course and play the game I love,” said Jason Tracy, an avid golfer living with Parkinson’s disease for 11 years.
The collaboration between BioMech and the APDA will enrich players’ golf experience, raise awareness and disseminate information regarding Parkinson’s Disease, promote physical activity and generate funds supporting the mission of the APDA.
ACE putters are available at www.biomechsports.com