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Golf Clubs Cause Fire Concerns

Golf Clubs Cause Fire Concerns

The swing of a golf club could be a concern for sparking fires at golf courses.  Golfer's swings have actually caused fires 
in drought stricken California.  They are just as dry as we are, so Newschannel 6 wanted to find out if that could happen 
here.

Newschannel 6 observed a local golfer hit balls off dirt, sand and concrete.  Concrete was the only platform that produced a spark, but it did not produce a spark with every swing.

"I have seen sparks but I have never seen anything catch on fire," said Tony Dodge, head golf professional at Weeks Park Golf Course. "With the drought we and California have been in, it's entirely possible.  It's a little fair fetched but is it possible sure," he said.

Dodge also said it was most likely a perfect scenario that caused the fires in California, so Texomans should have nothing to fear.
Only titanium clubs are believed to cause sparks.  If you are not sure if you have titanium clubs or not, Dodge said the clubs will usually say what type they are.

Even though the chance of a golf swing producing a fire is extremely low, Dodge said cigarettes and cigars pose a much greater threat.

"We had to have fire trucks come a put out small brush fires that had nothing to do with swinging a golf club in anyway 
shape or form.  It was people just being careless with their cigarette bud," said Dodge.

James Parish, Newschannel 6
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