The Lumbar Extender:
The companys web pages and press releases cite professional golfers from Michelle McGann and Chris Smith to chiropractors and physical therapists who praise the Lumbar Extender. But TravelGolf.com decided to get a second opinion.
We took the device around to a couple of local physicians. They agreed that it looked useful, and that used properly, it shouldnt do any damage to a healthy back (always a plus). The elderly father of one of the doctors even tried it out for us, and liked it.
However, both physicians agreed that one could likely get the same effect from a rolled up towel. And considering that the suggested retail price of the Lumbar Extender is $129 (which includes a pillow, pad, video, and mat), the towel would be a lot more affordable. Ah...the rising cost of health care!
Nevertheless, the Lumbar Extender is indeed a useful aid in the fight to stay limber. The first time I lay down on it, my back snapped, crackled, and popped like a bowl of Rice Krispies. These days, there are far fewer disconcerting sounds coming from my spine, and my abs feel tighter, too, thanks to better posture. Hopefully my swing will benefit as well.
B & K Sports