PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Maybe it's medical, maybe it's mental.
Either way, as banged-up as Chris Couch has been, he's taking every bit of assistance he can get.
Couch, a 37-year-old veteran of the tour wars who missed parts of two years after major shoulder surgery, wears those ionic-style bracelets on both wrists. Not just one, either. Three on each side. Clearly, there must be strength in numbers.
He's not even sure what one of them does, exactly.
"I think it helps blood flow," he said. "So it helps all of your aches and pains. I have the copper magnets on the bottoms here, and this [one] is kind of like a keep-your-mind-focused deal."
He might look like a New Orleans Marti Gras float with all the jewelry, but it seems to work for him. After two top-10 finishes earlier thiws year, the beefy Floridian shot 29 on the back nine Friday and moved into a tie for first with Garrett Willis at 9 under at the Transitions Championship.
"I have tendonitis in my left elbow, in the upper and lower elbow, and I don't know, I couldn't tell you if they work or not, but I do know that when I take them off, that tendonitis flairs up and when I have them on, there's no pain," he said. "I just wear them for precaution. And I asked the guys, I said, 'Is two going to hurt me?'
"They said no, can't hurt. So I figured might as well have as many on there as I can to stop these aches and pains."
The co-leaders have someting in common beynd their matching score. They are the same age, 37, and have both bounced around between the PGA and Nationwide tours. Not to mention the predecessors of the latter.
"Nationwide, Buy.com, Nike," Couch laughed, dating himself by reeling off the three names of the developmental circuit over the past decade. "Getting old, buddy."