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September 10, 2013

Sniff and scratch? Aromatherapy for your golf game

Posted at 3:40 PM by Pete Madden

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If your golf game stinks, just plug your nose.

Every golfer searches for an edge, some tip, trick or technique to shave a few strokes off our Sunday scorecards. The pros hire swing coaches and sports psychologists; the rest of us fumble with laser-guided putting aids and stroke analyzer apps. Now we have a new tool: aromatherapy.

Chad Van Den Top, a Chicago-area lawyer and former golf pro, developed Swing Trust Oil in 2011. A potent blend of “essential oils derived from natural plant materials” with exotic names like bergamot, ylang-ylang and clary sage, Swing Trust Oil promises to help you “play better golf by driving up your confidence.”

“I’ve always been very interested in the mental aspect of the game,” said Van Den Top, who played a few Florida mini-tours before heading to law school. “You hit a couple of bad shots, and you can get anxious. Believe it or not, there are some essential oils out there that will reduce that tension.”

Swing Trust Oil comes in a small, easy-to-sniff flask that clips to your golf bag. Struggling to find the fairway? Stuck in the sand? Problems with the putter? Whenever golf gets you down, Van Den Top prescribes a whiff of Swing Trust Oil to help you play through the pressure.

“I know people who smell it almost every shot,” he said.

Mark Wilson, a PGA Tour veteran with nine professional wins, is a believer. After meeting Van Den Top through his manager and researching aromatherapy, Wilson agreed to endorse the product in December 2012, effectively becoming the face of the franchise.

“To be honest, I was a little leery at first,” said Wilson. “It seemed a little odd, but I was intrigued. I started thinking about when my wife has spices brewing or candles going. … It’s relaxing. You have to learn how to handle frustration in this game, and a couple sniffs before shots keeps me in the right state of mind to play golf.

You won’t catch Wilson using Swing Trust Oil on camera. He doesn’t want the extra questions, he says, so he keeps it “somewhat secret” from the other pros. Wilson stores his flask in his locker, so he sneaks a snort right before he laces up his shoes and heads to the tee, one of many things he does to calm his nerves ahead of a competitive round.

He’s not the only one. Van Den Top estimates he’s sold over 15,000 flasks at $29.95 apiece, a good haul in the business of occupying the nostrils of anxious golfers, especially when the benefits of using Swing Trust Oil are, uh, unproven.

SwingTrustOil.com touts the “art and science” of aromatherapy, but according to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, its practice (and the manufacturing of related products) is unregulated and unlicensed. Van Den Top himself freely admits that there’s no evidence to back up his claims, a fact he blames on the desire of drug companies to “keep essential oils in the shadows.”

“There’s no testing that can really be done,” he said. “You just have to go on your personal experience.”

Following a banner year in which he won the 2012 Humana Challenge, Wilson has made only nine cuts, finishing in the top 10 three times, since he started sniffing; with about a month-and-a-half of 2013 Tour play remaining, he has earned less than half of his previous year’s $2.1 million total.

“You can’t exactly measure it. It’s not like, ‘I sniffed that, so I’m gonna shoot a 64,’” said Wilson. “I love the smell, so whether you believe it works or not, why not do it?”

Sure, it smells desperate, but aren’t we all?

(Photo courtesy of SwingTrustOil.com)

January 15, 2013

My Bag: Mark Wilson at the Humana Challenge

Posted at 3:58 PM by David Dusek

"I can launch this driver a little bit better, hit it a litle bit longer and get a little more ball speed with the dame accuracy." -- Mark Wilson, defending champion at the Humana Challenge

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DRIVER: Ping Anser (8.5°) with a Grafolloy Tour X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland HiBore XLS (13°) with an Aldila NV 95X shaft
HYBRIDS: Ping Anser (17°, 20°) with Mitsubishi Kura Kage 80X shafts
IRONS: Ping i20 (4-PW) with Ping CS Lite shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour (52°, 60°) with Ping CS Lite shafts
PUTTER: Ping Karsten Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
GRIPS: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58 Rib
SHOES: FootJoy Icon

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Cleveland, Ping and Titleist clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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January 22, 2012

Winner's Bag: Mark Wilson at the Humana Challenge

Posted at 11:13 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping i20 (8.5°) with a Grafalloy Tour X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland HiBore XLS (13°) with an Aldila NV 95 X shaft
HYBRID: Ping i15 (17°, 20°) with Graphite Design YS 85X shafts
IRONS: Ping i20 (4-PW) with True Temper CS Lite shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour (52°, 60°) with True Temper CS Lite shafts
PUTTER: Ping Karsten Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Ping and Cleveland clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

 

February 07, 2011

Winner's Bag: Mark Wilson at the Waste Management Phoenix Open

Posted at 1:32 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping i15 (8°) with a Grafalloy Tour X shaft
FAIRAY WOODS: Cleveland HiBore XLS (13°) with an Aldila NV 95 X shaft
HYBRIDS: Ping i15 (17°, 20°) with Graphite Design YS 85X Hybrid shafts
IRONS: Ping i10 (4-PW) with CS-Lite shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour (52°, 60°) with CS-Lite shafts
PUTTER: Ping Karsten Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Cleveland, Ping and Titleist clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

Related: Follow David Dusek on Twitter | Facebook

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

January 16, 2011

Winner's Bag: Mark Wilson at the Sony Open

Posted at 10:18 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping i15 (8°) with a Grafalloy Tour X shaft
FAIRAY WOODS: Cleveland HiBore XL (13°) with an Aldila NV 95 X shaft
HYBRIDS: Ping i15 (17°, 20°) with Graphite Design YS 85X Hybrid shafts
IRONS: Ping i10 (4-PW) with CS-Lite shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour (52°, 60°) with CS-Lite shafts
PUTTER: Ping Karsten Anser
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Cleveland, Ping and Titleist clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

Related: Follow David Dusek on Twitter | Facebook

(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

June 09, 2009

Mark Wilson's golf clubs

Posted at 2:59 PM by David Dusek

Mark Wilson For over a year, I've published lists of clubs used by winners of PGA Tour events. However, on any given weekend, I also get information on the equipment being used by other golfers. Since so many people want to know what clubs the game's best players are using, I'll do my best to publish more bag information, more often.

Here is a complete list of the clubs Mark Wilson used last week at Memorial:

DRIVER:
Ping Rapture V2 (7.5°) with a Grafalloy Tour X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland HiBore XLS (15°) with an Aldila NV 95 X shaft
HYBRID: Ping Rapture (18°) with a Graphite Design Hybrid YS 85 X shaft
IRONS: Ping i10 (3-SW) with Ping CS Lite shafts
WEDGES: Ping Tour (60°) with PING CS Lite shaft
PUTTER: Ping Karsten Anser

(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)




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