A Blyster you’ll look forward to getting!
Back in April of this year I took some time off to celebrate my 40th birthday which was supposed to take place at Pebble Beach, hence the week off, but like you may have read that didn’t happen. Luckily for me I did get to spend a couple of really good days playing some excellent courses here in Nevada and in Utah.
The bad thing was I had a little too much time on my hands and spent a good deal of that time at the range working on my game. Stepping up from my normal 1 or 2 buckets I went three straight days and hit close to 400 balls each outing before the first round I played on my birthday.
Needless to say my fingers got obliterated by all the swings I took and by the end of last round I played that week the act of simply holding a cup of coffee was a bit of a challenge do to the blisters and ripped skin across the majority of my digits.
Please allow me to defend myself a bit before I get to the good in this write up. I’ve been an “over-gripper” for a while and it’s something that lately I’ve been able to get a grip on (sorry, bad pun) but at the time I decimated my fingers I was in the first stages of a dramatic swing change that was completely consuming me. I was in a panic to get a playable swing prior to playing the exclusive Cascata Golf Club and risked damaging my hands to do so. Stupid move I know, but I’ve never claimed to be smart when it comes to fixing my game.
Because of my “over-gripping” ways there was a particular booth at the PGA Show that took place back in August here in Vegas that caught my eye. The name was simple and as I found out so is the product. As I approached the Blysters booth I was greeted by the lone gentleman standing behind the counter and struck up a conversation about the unique product that is Blysters.
Blysters is the brain child of Mr. Francis Houle and after hearing a little bit about the product I was eager as I could to put those little sleeves on and go take a swing.
You can see from the photos that Blysters is a silicone sleeve that slides over your finger and acts as a barrier between the grip of the club and your skin. What makes Blysters fantastic and superior to any other form of finger protection is how it stays in place and is virtually non-existent on your hands while you play.
Mr. Houle told me about how he had horrible blisters and how he couldn’t find anything to help, a story I was all too familiar with. Not tape, not Band-Aids nor blister band aids would work. Sweat most of all was the culprit for the failures causing the tape and Band-Aids to roll off and honestly it’s just not comfortable. Mr. Houle couldn’t believe that there wasn’t anything on the market that dealt with this issue.
One night while study Mr. Houle was flipping through the pages of one of his books,
“I used a rubber finger to flip pages. I looked at it and cut the tip of it. I slid it down and it felt somewhat right.”
There you have it, an instant solution to a painful problem. Mr. Houle went on to say the he knew right away it was not going to roll off and that it felt unbelievably comfortable.
He began to do some research and in doing so found out that there was nothing really out there comparable to his concept and so the search began to find someone to help manufacture the sleeves.
Sounds too easy right! I have to give credit to Mr. Houle though; there isn’t a huge market for an item like this but that didn’t hinder his pursuit at all. I’ve asked the majority of my friends that play and only a few wear something for finger protection and all of them were excited to hear about the Blysters.
The durability of these little silicone sleeves is unremarkable. I’ve been using the same pair for two months now at home to practice with and it’s impossible to tell the difference between a brand new, never been used piece than the ones I have logged close to 10,000 swings with. Seriously! Take a look at the below photo. Two months pf non stop abuse from me and they look the same as they did when I opened the package!
There’s been an added benefit that has come along with the Blysters that I wasn’t expecting. I wear two on my right hand when I’m playing and the extra layer that they provided has allowed me to weaken my grip strength. I no longer apply the grip of death with my right hand and it has really provided me with a calming effect and relived my right side of the tension I’ve been swinging with forever!
I’m not going to go so far as to say that my recent success is all do to the Blysters, I’ve been working my ass off, but it has allowed me to practice every night in the garage and not worry one bit about hurting or damaging my fingers from the practice sessions and I’m grateful for that!
Available in white the Blysters sell for $9.99 and come 3 to a pack and honestly they’re made so well you might not ever have to buy another bag! There are also plans in the works to have the Blysters available in some bright vibrant colors to add a little flare to your game.
Don’t think that this is strictly a golf product though. There are many uses for Blysters from multiple sports to the everyday construction worker. If what you do cause any form of blisters on your hands than you’ll certainly want to consider picking some of the up!
Blisters have been frowned upon for many years when it comes to golf, not any longer! With Blysters you can say so long to the other Blister word and start enjoying your game so much more! I know I have!