TRURO - A Truro dentist has added another world-class golfer to his Pure Power Mouthguard lineup.
LPGA star Suzann Pettersen has inked a deal to keep using the mouthguard, developed by Anil Makkar. Pettersen finished the 2009 season fifth on the LPGA money list at US$1.3 million.
"I'm really excited," Makkar said. "She absolutely enjoys using it."
The mouthguard, which Makkar says increases an athlete's performance by properly aligning the jaw, helped the Norwegian Pettersen to a career year in 2009. The 28-year-old finished in the top 10 11 times and recorded a five-stroke win at the CN Canadian Women's Open.
Pettersen said she noticed a difference the first time she used the mouthguard.
"When I first put the PPM in my mouth, I noticed a huge increase in my shoulder and hip rotation," she said in a news release. "When I'm coming into impact, I feel incredible power in my arms. I'm definitely hitting the ball farther with the PPM."
Pettersen learned of the mouthguard while attending the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Florida. Leadbetter had been using one and when Pettersen tried one for herself, decided she needed one too.
Makkar personally fitted Pettersen last year.
"She is fantastic," Makkar said. "She has a great personality and is one of the hardest- working athletes. She practices so much."
Although there are already 14 PGA Tour players using the PPM, Makkar said he hopes signing Pettersen as an ambassador will help attract more players.
"Golf is a sport we really want to pursue," he said. "It's a start."
The PPM is already being used by such prominent athletes as Terrell Owens, Shaquille O'Neal and Mike Weir.