Golfer Burns Up Back 9
By Kickntrue on 4/14/10
I don't believe this story one bit. I WANT to- I'm just... don't.
1) It's just too awesome to be true.
2) How does a ball striking the ball make a spark?
3) There are other stories like this around the web and it reeks of a hoax.
Too bad though. Would be awesome.
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It's kinda far fetched but on certain courses I have seen my driver make a spark when I take a practice swing. I have had people ask me my club is making a spark. I am not sure that it is, but it certain looks like one. I don't know what else it could be. It is pretty apparent in the evening. I guess on some very dry day, that could start a fire.
You gotta watch those TM burner irons.
Bryan K says:
My driver sparks when it hits a sandy ground on the tee box...I think most drivers do, as I've seen it a lot.
when you have sand between the ball and a titanium club face (driver), you'll get the spark. i see it all the time in Texas.
The first time I saw a 'spark' was on the range later in the evening practicing with the driver off the tee. I swung and saw a spark come off at impact. At first I thought okay I'm must be wat too tired, I need to go now, as I'm starting to see 'things.' So I ask the friend I was with to watch and sure enough - another big spark flew off at impact. I assume it has to be sand (flint?) on the ball and the impact of the driver head causes it to spark at impact.
Now starting a fire... I guess it's plausible if the conditions were just right.
I agree with bjohn13, I have seen sparks many times coming of the bottom of my driver when I'm at the driving range at night. Sandy ground seems to be the key. I haven't started any fires though. I might take some gasoline with me next time and see if that makes a difference.
Kurt the Knife says:
I see sparks off my driver all the time when it starts to get dark.
Same here - low light, titanium driver, ball with a little grit on it. We hit hard enuf to compress ball and club face, so it figures that there's sufficient energy to generate sparks. Weird tho.
Some clubs may contain mixed metals including magnesium which burns very hot. Stainless steel provides the spark and WAMO flaming golf club.
add another one to the sparking titanium driver. had that happen a lot. Never had it happen with irons or out of the rough for that matter. Plus it doesn't seem big enough to start a fire -- though i guess if the conditions were Juuuuuuuuuust right it could. maybe. i dunno.
that old guy is a Pyro guarantee it!
I really doubt this because even the driest grass has some moisture in it, especially the rough. I do not see how this could work at all. Great thing to send in to Mythbusters!
I was interested in the other story out of asia, about the city of Fukuto. I wonder it that includes the horse he rode in on also.
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