"School's out for summer" - Rock 'n' roll superstar and legend Alice Cooper is known for high energy, circus-like performances and for the past four decades has become an icon of heavy metal. To many, the backstage lives of rock stars are filled with parties, late nights and debauchery. However, you might be surprised to read that Alice Cooper has played golf six days a week for nearly the past thirty years.
"I started playing 30 years ago when I quit drinking...So essentially I traded one addiction for another!", Cooper told us with a grin. “I try to play 6 days a week, on or off the road and in almost any weather. You have to keep your priorities straight...That’s why everyone wants to be in my band, you wake up and play golf, and you still get to play rock n roll at night.”
When Cooper heads out for a round on the links he arms himself with the Approach S1 GPS golf watch. "First of all, it’s on your wrist. With other GPS systems, it can be cumbersome - you have to constantly dig it out, see where you’re at, etc. I guess that works well for some folks," Cooper explains. "The S1 is great, you just look at your wrist and go. And the fact that it’s pre-programmed is key. We are out the door at 5 or 6 in the morning, so we don’t have time to get on the computer, find the course and program it in. The S1 is ready to go pretty much wherever we are.”Cooper is exactly right, the S1 currently has more than 17,000 pre-loaded courses and we release free updates and additions to those courses on a quarterly basis. By the time we're done compiling data and mapping courses, you'll be able to say you have most of the North American golf courses with you at all times!
We asked Cooper, "How has the S1 changed your golf game or ‘approach’ to the game?" He replied, “Phoenix has over 300 golf courses, and when we’re on the road you never know what country you’ll be in, much less what course you’re playing. That’s why it’s important to have a GPS system with courses pre-programed in already. Plus, I’m a 4 handicap- exact distances are sometimes important, so the accuracy of the GPS is extremely useful.”
The next time you see a clip of this magician rockin' it on stage, or find yourself humming one of his many top hits, remember that he is probably out in the open air with a nine iron in hand and the Approach S1 on his wrist, living life to its fullest! So get out there and explore!