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The QLink: Leading Golfers in a Winning Direction

By Shane Sharp, Contributor

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Visualize strutting to the first tee with all the confidence of a veteran bull fighter, ready to pipe your first drive of the day 250 yards down the center of the fairway. Imagine being undeterred by heckling Nassau partners, troublesome three-putts and bad lies. Think about being completely, and unequivocally in that magic spot known to most athletes simply as "The Zone."

The path to the promised land of peak personal performance could lie in benign looking pendant known as "QLink." Over 80 players on the LPGA and Senior PGA Tour are wearing the pendant at any given tournament, according to QLink's Director of Golf Todd Sinding. The results, while not directly tracable to QLink, have been staggering.

Rosie Jones captured the Kathy Ireland Championship in Austin, Texas back in March, and cited the QLink pendant as a major source of her improved performance. Carin Koch won the Corning Classic three weeks ago in Corning, New York - her first victory in seven years - with the QLink dangling from her neck.

On the Senior Tour, Mike McCullough won twice within a month's time after opting to wear the QLink. The veteran tour player had not collected a first place check in 612 tournaments over his career, and he publicly praised the pendant as being one of the keys to his long awaited victories.

Senior Tour members Gary McCord, John Jacobs, and Bob Duval also swear by the pendant. According to Sinding, at least six Tour players have won with the pendant on, and the number could grow drastically as QLink further infiltrates the market.

So how does the increasingly popular, cosmic golf aid put players in the zone?

The pendant's power is derived from Link's Sympathetic Resonance Technology (SRT), which is programmed into each pendant's hardware. Sinding says that the QLink essentially neutralizes electromagnetic fields that produce stress emitted from exposure to such common sources as computer monitors, cell phones and electrical appliances.

"Picture it as a large tuning fork, and picture you body as made up of lots of tuning forks," Sinding says. "Every cell has a frequency. With two musical tuning forks, if you strike one of the two, the second one will begin to resonate without touching it. The pendant uses the SRT to fine tune all your cells, reduce stress and create balance."

The myriad of LPGA and Senior Tour players that have become walking QLink endorsements were independantly tested using an FDA-registered Meridian Stress Assessment (MSA) prior to tournaments. According to Jerry Garrison, QLinks' Senior Tour representative, the results of the MSA's where overwhelming: over 40 players became QLink believers almost instantly after being shown significant reductions in overall stress levels.

"I think our testing has proven that it works," Garrison says. "We will test players in Boston in two weeks and I think we'll pick up 20 new (players)."

Sinding and Garrison are utilizing unsolicited, unendorsed testimonials from the professional golfing ranks to try and market the pendant to the average golfer. Jerry Woodall, owner of the Tee to Green golf shop in Eden, North Carolina, says that the QLink is gaining popularity with the golfing public in the Triad area.

"It is amazing to me, people say they feel immediate results," Woodall says. "But everyone is different. The most skeptical people are the ones that have been the most surprised by the results. It is a pretty amazing product."

To back its claims of naturally induced serenity, QLink comes with both a lifetime and 30-day, money back guarantee. If the purchaser of the cosmic cell saver isn't satisfied, he or she can simply return it to QLink. Woodall says that he has sold 30 pendants, and only one of them has been returned. Greensboro resident and 4-handicapper Dave Cotta is one of Woodall's satisfied customers. But even Cotta, who also purchased a pendant for his wife, can't pin down the effect that QLink has on the mind and body.

"Its very odd because people will ask me how I feel," Cotta says. "But it is not like putting a band aid on a wound. It is intangible. But honestly, things don't bother me as much (with it on). If I three putt, its not that I don't get upset about it, but when I get to the next tee, I am not thinking about it."

But QLink hasn't managed to make believers out of everyone. LPGA Tour player Tracy Hanson went through the company's MSA testing, pocketed a pendant, but never tried it on.

"I am the skeptic of the group," Hanson says. "I don't know if it is psychological, or if it is doing something physiological. I think I can find peace and calmness on my own. Statistics can be good and bad. I am just not putting my faith in electronic equipment."

Nor did shunning the the pendant have a detrimental effect on Hanson's golf game.

"After I got tested for the QLink and didn't wear it, ironically, I had the best three weeks of my season," she says.

QLink's LPGA Tour representative, Drew Sanders, says that a little skepticism is a healthy, and expected thing when dealing with a product as sophisticated and enigmatic as the QLink pendant. Sanders himself was a naysayer before taking the company to task at one of its testing sessions.

"I was so convinced that this thing was a hoax when I first heard of it, I got every single person I knew to come and take the test to see where the fudge factor was," Sanders says. "But the product works. There is sound technology behind it and the product has sold itself with the players. They put it on, they like it, and it has grown organically from there."

Shane SharpShane Sharp, Contributor

Shane Sharp is vice president of Buffalo Communications, a golf and lifestyle media agency. He was a writer, senior writer and managing editor of TravelGolf.com from 1997 to 2003.

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