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Athletes develop relationships with their equipment

Greg Silvia

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Sophomore golfer Lee Gearhart. Photo courtesy of Chico State.

Equipment is necessary for almost everything a person does on a daily basis.

The equipment an athlete uses can be critical in determining how they will perform, whether it be golf clubs or a baseball bat.

A golfer carries a total of 14 clubs in their bag at a given time. The relationship between a golfer and their clubs can be vary from day to day and can often get tense.

It takes about a month to break in and get comfortable with new clubs, said Lee Gearhart, a sophomore on the Chico State men’s golf team.

It is important for Jake Bailey, senior catcher, to be comfortable with the bat he takes up to the plate.

“Lately I have been using a DeMarini Voodoo when I go up to bat,” Bailey said. “I like the feel it has, the balance, and it’s even in the way the ball jumps off the bat.”

Every athlete has one special piece of equipment that is their favorite or that they have a special bond with.

For senior golfer Ricky Owaki, his favorite changes from time to time, depending on how he is hitting it. For now it is his 60-degree wedge.

“I can create the most shots with it and it is the most exciting,” Owaki said.

Gearhart has maintained a long and successful relationship with his putter.

“I have had it over five years now,” Gearhart said. “It has not always been my favorite but it has treated me well.”

Greg Silvia can be reached at [email protected] or @gsilvia on Twitter.

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