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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lazorbeam says:
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.
activesense says:
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.
mmontisano says:
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.
lcgolfer64 says:
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.
tennesseeboy says:
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.
windowsurfer says:
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.
elhacker says:
Some clubs may contain mixed metals including magnesium which burns very hot. Stainless steel provides the spark and WAMO flaming golf club.
birdieXris says:
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.
Banker85 says:
that old guy is a Pyro guarantee it!
Clint24 says:
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!
falcon50driver says:
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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