And, as an added bonus, the Bionic Golf Glove has won the seal of approval of the Arthritis Foundation for its effects on those with arthritic hands.
The Bionic Golf Glove is the creation of Dr. Jim Kleinert, a highly respected orthopedic hand surgeons. Patented anatomical relief pads placed between the hand's bony prominences give wearers more control over their golf clubs, making them feel "one with the club," its makers say.
"The benefits come from the patented anatomical design of the gloves including pre-rotated fingers, motion zones, and anatomical relief pads," Dr. Kleinert said. "The pads are a key feature because they fill in the valleys of the fingers to give the golfer better contact with the club grip."
The Bionic Golf Glove is the first glove to receive the Arthritis Foundations Ease-of-Use Commendation.
"Easy-to-use products can reduce stress on joints, and make everyday tasks easier for all people," said Dr. John H. Klippel, Arthritis Foundation president and CEO.
The Bionic Golf Glove is made of soft cabretta leather with a pre-rotated design, strategically placed anatomical relief pads and motion zones, features the company says aid comfort and durability.
"Palm padding helps unload stress on the hamate bone, where injuries frequently occur in sports that use a club, bat, or racquet," Dr. Kleinert said. "Pads in the fingers provide protection from blisters and calluses."
The technology in the golf glove - Bionic Technology, which is also the name of a new division with H&B - was first developed for hockey gloves, then evolved to catchers mitts and first base mitts in baseball, then batting gloves for baseball. A Bionic Gardening Glove is being launched nationally and has also received the Arthritis Foundations Ease-of-Use Commendation.
Bionic Golf Gloves will be available online after Oct. 1, 2004, at www.bionicgloves.com for $24.95 plus shipping and handling. The gloves will soon be available to selected pro shops, golf specialty stores, and sporting goods retailers.