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"Got a call from the tour. The Spray is officially illegal."

I'm thinking any kind of supplement called "The ____" is probably not going to be a good thing. But deer antler spray?

Eric Adelson and Adam Watson report that Mark Calcaveccia and other Champions Tour players have had to end their ties to a deer antler spray product containing IGF-1, a growth hormone on the banned list of the World Anti-Doping Association and all major sports organizations.

On Wednesday night, S.W.A.T.S. founder Mitch Ross said golfer Mark Calcavecchia informed him via text message that the Tour contacted him and told him to stop using the spray immediately.

"Got a call from the tour," the text read. "The Spray is officially illegal. Told me to stop (using) now."

Ross said Calcavecchia also requested that his testimonial be removed from the S.W.A.T.S. website. This comes on the heels of the NFL ordering all of its players to cut ties with S.W.A.T.S. back in February, a move that required Ross to remove those player testimonials as well.

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Reader Comments (7)

Hey Geoff, is there any chance to get information about the status of other products from S.W.A.T.S.? E.g. Golfchip. A lot of professional seem to use 'em. Including guys like Sutton, Langer, Zoeller and others.

In case of the Spray, the guys were spraying deer antler velvet into their mouth to improve their golf. I mean are the serious or totally desperate?
08.16.2011 | Unregistered CommenterOlazabal
This is just plain stupid. IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor-1) works only when injected, usually subcutaneously. It is hard to see how a "spray" will do anything, even if administered under the tongue. A 70-amino acid peptide hormone will not get into the circulation that way. There are formulations of insulin that can be taken up when "snorted" but they are not in widespread use. From the company website: "Research indicates that deer antler velvet has a holistic effect wherein the benefits are a result of its combined ingredients rather than its individual components." Holistic. Uh huh. Jeebus.
+1 Ky
08.16.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeoffreyC
I use it for another thing. My girlfriends are happy with it.
08.16.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRock
I thought it was going to be some type of spray "grease" for the clubface, lol.

08.16.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiquidKaos
Calc should be staying away from anything with the name 'growth' in it
08.16.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrad
I remember watching Weiskopf shooting animals with antlers on the American Sportsman Show many years ago. Little did I know that he was trying to gain an edge on the golf course.

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