Jul 2, 2014 8:36 PM by KSBY Sports
LOS OSOS, Calif. - Dr. Patrick Pinkart of Los Osos spent his childhood summers in Wisconsin on the green, playing golf from sun up to sun down, but his deep connection with the game was threatened in 1986, when a bad dive ended in a spinal cord injury.
Fearing that he would never play golf again, Dr. Pinkart designed a product that not only allowed him to tee off once again, but has changed lives for injured and disabled golfers across the country.
"It was entirely that I wanted to play golf again," Dr. Pinkart said when explaining his inspiration to create the product, called Quantum Grip.
Quantum Grip uses a combination of a velcro-lined glove and a matching club with a special grip to allow golfers, who would not have the strength to hold onto their club otherwise, to keep their grip and follow through. This was the biggest issue for Dr. Pinkart, even after eight years of rehabilitation. Ping Golf uses Quantum Grip in their adaptive club sets made for the Wounded Vets and disabled golfers. Quantum Grip has worked with both Operation Comfort and the Wounded Vets, as well as Saving Strokes, the American Heart Association's golf rehabilitation program.
"That's really where my passion is," Dr. Pinkart said about how Quantum Grip has helped the game of golf as a whole. "Helping people, who would not be able to play again, to play."
Santa Barbara native John Rieckewald is one of those people. Rieckewald suffered a stroke in 2011, that left him with limited use of his left hand.
"It's the difference between me playing and not playing," Rieckewald said. "My left hand is still really weak. I can't even hold on to the club without it. I have always played a lot of sports and it's hard for me to just turn that off. Having lost the initial opportunity to play and getting it back is huge for me."
The effects of Dr. Pinkart's invention go beyond his passion. Quantum Grip is now used to help golfers improve their swing by teaching muscle memory for proper hand-placement and creating a relaxed swing with more lag.
Quantium Grips Website- http://www.quantumgrip.com/
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