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One-Armed Golfer Adds Nine Yards Through Ball Fitting

10.35am 1st September 2014 - People

Michael O'Grady
Michael O’Grady

Former World Champion for one-armed golfers, Irishman Michael O’Grady, was given a boost for the rest of the season when he added nine yards to his game at a recent Bridgestone ball fitting event.

The 8-handicap golfer – who lost the use of his right arm after a car accident at the age of 18 – visited a Bridgestone ball fitting session at Rathdowney Golf Club in County Laois, where he was put through his paces by one of the brand’s ball technicians. O’Grady was fitted for the Bridgestone B330-S golf ball due to his ability to generate Tour-level club head speed and is set to put his new ball into play in the coming months.

“When I fitted Michael, I couldn’t quite believe the amount of power he was generating off the tee with his reverse one-armed swing,” said Bridgestone Golf ball technician Danny Osbourne. “His driving stats put him into the same swing speed category as PGA Tour star Matt Kuchar and make him suitable for playing the B330-S ball,” he added.

“I love the feel of the Bridgestone B330-S and adding nine yards will help me enormously in tournament play,” said O’Grady, who also holds six European Championship titles for disabled players. “There’s still golfers out there that don’t realise quite how much a ball fitting will help their game, but I’ve found out first hand that it really does,” added Tullamore Golf Club member O’Grady, who has also played in three Fightmaster Cups, the one-armed version of the Ryder Cup.

The Bridgestone B330-S golf ball is designed for golfers like O’Grady who possess fast swing speeds and who look for extra spin around the greens. The B330-S also boasts Hydro Core Technology – a process that involves putting water into the ball’s core to create less spin off the driver face for greater distance and accuracy.

Steve Kettlewell, MD of Bridgestone Golf UK, commented: “It’s a privilege to help such a talented golfer like Michael and we wish him all the best for the rest of the season. His ball-fitting proves that golfers can make a big improvement to their game just by changing the ball, the least expensive part of their equipment.”

For further details on the B-Series range of premium golf balls, as well as other Bridgestone Golf ball models, visit

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