Category: Accessories

7 Fridays until Christmas Big Max and Tour Edge gift wrapped specials

BIG MAX

The AQUA Sport 2 is a 100% waterproof cart bag that features a 9.5-inch organizer top with 14 full length dividers, 7 spacious pockets, oversize putter well for large grips and weighs in at just over 5 lbs. This stylish, waterproof and washable cart bag also benefits from a clear rain hood with dual zips giving easy access from either side. A host of neat features complete this premium offer from BIG MAX AQUA line.

Holiday Special: With every purchase of a BIG MAX bag, receive an AQUA U.V. Umbrella
$299.99, available in Black/silver, Charcoal/Black/Red, Silver/Black/Cobalt, Red/Black/Silver, Navy/Black/Silver
To purchase visit https://us.bigmaxgolf.com

 

 

DRI LITE G is water-resistant full-size stand bag that belies its capacity with a weight of less than 4 ½ lbs. A 14-way divider separates the 9″ top giving plenty of room for a full set of clubs. An air channel strap for breathability across the back enhances comfort for the carrier while leg lock enables the ‘G’ to be perfectly stable on a cart. 7 pockets along, including fully waterproof valuables pocket, finish off the practical features and a fantastic price make it a great buy for those carrying with a full set of gear.

Holiday Special: With every purchase of a BIG MAX bag, receive an AQUA U.V. Umbrella
$199.99, available in White/Orange, Navy/Silver, Silver/Black/lime, Charcoal/Black/Orange, Black/Red
To purchase visit https://us.bigmaxgolf.com

 

The BLADE IP from BIG MAX glides along the fairway with even the largest Tour bag on board. When packing away the IP features amazing technology that with 3 simple movements folds the cart down to an incredible size of 34 ½” x 24 ½” and an astonishing depth of less than 5″. This really makes the BLADE IP the most easily stored and transported push cart on the market. With unrivalled ease of use, unique storage properties and a 5 year manufacturer warranty, the BLADE IP is one of the best value push carts on the market.
$349.99, Available in Black, Black/Lime, White, White/Lime, Phantom/Red
To purchase visit https://us.bigmaxgolf.com

Holiday Special: With every purchase of a BLADE IP receive a free flight bag

 

 

The Lamkin SONAR grip is an exceptionally appealing grip that offers a comfortable, tacky feel with a high-performance material and a functional network of unique micro textures. The reduced-taper profile encourages the ideal light-pressure grip tension for greater shot consistency and control. A tacky and responsive feel make SONAR ideally suited for a wide range of players looking for a grip that feels as good as it performs.
$8.99 per grip
To purchase visit www.lamkingrips.com<http://www.lamkingrips.com

 

TOUR EDGE

Tour Edge announces the launch of the new Hot Launch 3 ‘To-Go’ package set, a complete set from driver to putter that includes a sleek cart bag specifically designed for the HL3 ‘To-Go’ line.

The complete HL3 ‘To-Go’ package is selling for only $999.99, a true steal!

The new set includes all genuine HL3 club heads and shafts and even includes a Hot Launch SuperSpin wedge and an HL3 putter designed for the set.

The HL3 ‘To-Go’ package set is available in three different offerings: a Regular flex set featuring the straight-neck HL3 Driver and HL3 fairway woods, a Senior flex set featuring the offset HL3 Driver and HL3 offset fairway woods and an all HL3 Women’s set.

The three HL3 ‘To-Go’ sets will be available in Tour Edge authorized retailers starting November 15th!

No custom, shaft flex, bag or set makeup changes are available in the HL3 ‘To-Go’ set. The sets are available in right handed only and every shaft included is graphite, including the irons.

Go to https://www.touredge.com/products/hl3togomen.asp for more information

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ProCheck ends the ‘trial and error’ method of buying a golf ball

By Mike Lednovich, Editor & Publisher

Let’s face it, most of us don’t know what the hell we’re doing when we buy a golf ball. For the most part, it’s a choice by ‘best guess.’

You’ll get a headache just looking at the golf ball display case.

That’s not surprising given that when you walk into a Dick’s Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy or PGA Superstore you’re overwhelmed by the stacks and stacks of golf ball boxes on display.

I’ll admit that I’ve been on this golf ball merry-go-round of “trial and error” for years.

You read the back of the box for some indication if this ball fits your game. You buy, you hope, you try.

Or, ever done this, found a golf ball on the course, then played with it and told yourself ‘hey, this plays pretty good.”

Or fallen for the PGA star on TV telling you this is the best ball I’ve ever played. Good for the PGA and LPGA pros, but probably bad for you.

This much we do know. The pros are hitting it longer primarily because of the advances in golf ball technology.

The alarming news is that what you don’t know about golf balls can and will hurt you — meaning costing you distance, which if you’re an average hacker like me, is everything.

Well along comes ProCheck, a nifty device that will tell you exactly which golf balls will be optimal for your game. Insert a golf ball into the ProCheck and it will measure the compression of that ball and give you a reading on a sliding scale of “very soft” on the low end to “very firm” on the high end of the compression scale.

Compare the compression reading to the corresponding chart of how far you “carry” a shot with the driver and you’re good to go.

The Truth about the balls in my inventory

So the folks at ProCheck gave us a unit to put to the test and the results to say the least are illuminating.

First, unlike most advice on the right ball selection — swing speed — ProCheck uses how far your average carry is with a driver. They supply the chart displayed below.

 

 

I’m 70-years-old and my average carry is 210-220 yards, so according to the chart I need to be playing a medium compression ball. There isn’t a golf ball brand that I know of that says medium compression on their product boxes.

So I dug out my inventory of golf balls in the garage and the ones in my golf bag. Here are the results:

 

 

OnCore ElixR

ProCheck is a snap to use. Insert the ball with the label centered, squeeze the trigger and then hit the “R” button to get the reading. The OnCore ElixR came in at 4 bars, equaling medium on the compression scale. It’s a ball that should fit my game to a tee.

Callaway SuperSoft

When Nike was still in the golf ball business, I began playing a Nike Women’s PD Ball. My course included a sleeve of Nike golf balls with every round (I miss that perk) and had run out of the Men’s PD ball. I gave the Women’s ball a go and low and behold, I was smashing it and it was soft. So years later, I assumed the Callaway SuperSoft would have the same result.

Wrong!

Even before using the ProCheck, I could tell the SuperSoft was losing distance compared to my other golf balls. The ProCheck confirmed my findings. It rated the SuperSoft as exactly that — very soft — which is recommended for golfers who average carry with a driver is 140 yards. So these are going to a friend of mine who is a very short hitter.

 

Callaway Chrome Soft Truvis

I’ve always liked the Chrome Soft and its feel since it was introduced several years back. But shocker, ProCheck calibrations tell me this ball is costing me distance because it’s too soft for my swing. Who knew? I’ve still got six in my bag, so perhaps I keep them in reserve for winter (Which on Amelia Island can be in the 50s and 60s) when the ball is not compressing as well.

TaylorMade TP5x

A received a dozen TP5x ball as part of an online promotion and had no idea if they fit my game. ProCheck says they fit the bill for my swing at 4 bars which is a medium compression. It’s on the low end of the medium range, so the TP5x may be a good choice for Winter play as well.

My Foursome — “A little knowledge is dangerous”

We have a golf group that plays every Monday afternoon. Skills level range from a 10 handicap all the way to a 24. We average 8-to-12 players each round and most of these guys have no clue about what golf ball they should be playing. Some think they know, but not really.

Bob, retired in his mid-50s, has been playing golf for about 2 years and does really well. Like most of us, he’s inconsistent and has those blow up holes that spoil his rounds. He’s dug out a Bridgestone Tour B-330-S from his bag. ProCheck measures it as firm, meaning Bob needs to average 260 yards of carry on his drive. No way, Jose! He’s using the wrong ball.

Glenn, hits the ball a mile with a swing that if you stand to close to him would suck you in its vortex. And he’s doing this with 15-year-old equipment. But Glenn has no short game.

He’s playing a Titleist NXT, which measures at 4 bars, low on the firm reading. Again, Glenn is costing himself distance with the wrong ball.

“Wow, this thing is amazing,” Glenn exclaims, cradling the ProCheck with a mock a hug. “Can I borrow this overnight?”

There are also those in the group we call “shoppers.” The guys with their ball retrievers scouring the ponds and brush for lost balls.

We put ProCheck thru its paces on these balls. Of the 30 retrieved balls tested during three rounds on the course, 50%  have been out in the elements too long and have lost their zip according to the ProCheck results.

“The balls look fine and playable. I’d be teeing them up right now,” Barry, a 15-handicapper said. “Good thing you had that ProCheck with you. These are going into the shag bag.”

The Bottom Line

At a retail price of $147, ProCheck is not cheap. But to be fair, compression measuring machines used by the manufacturers can cost $20,000. If you’re serious about your game and want to maximize your distance, don’t spend $400 on a new driver, get a ProCheck. You’ll save $250, gain 10 yards at least off the tee and with those savings you can buy the right golf ball.

ProCheck is now available to all golfers through Revolution Golf (www.revolutiongolf.com).  For more information on ProCheck® please visit https://www.procheckgolf.com/.

 

 

 

 

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ProCheck gives you the lowdown on your golf ball What's the real compression? Not all golf balls are the same

ProCheck®, a new device designed for avid golfers who want to maximize distance, checks ball compression instantly and recommends the correct pressure for each golfer’s swing speed. Matching the right compression with a golfer’s swing speed can increase driver distance by as much as 10-20%.

Ask any golfer and they’ll say that their greatest ambition is to hit the ball farther. In a study of 250 players conducted by the Brand institute Inc., on behalf of ProCheck®, 90% of respondents indicated there is a need for a product to check ball compression.
“Callaway has long understood that compression plays a key role in optimizing the performance and consistency of golfers. We at Callaway have tested the ProCheck® golf ball compression tester and found it to be an excellent tool for the consumer. Its readings can help golfers determine the right ball for their game,” stated Jason Finley, Director, Brand Management, Callaway Golf.


“A golf ball’s compression has a significant impact upon how far it will travel, with the golfer’s ultimate goal being to match ball compression with swing speed to achieve maximum distance. The correct compression causes the ball to have the optimum degree of flattening at impact to create a trampoline-like energy transfer and greater distance. When testing a ball, the accurate compression will quickly be displayed on the ProCheck® LED screen.” said John Donahue, President of Golftek LLC, the company that manufactures ProCheck®.

Donahue designed the device after conversations with an avid golfer who complained that with the new, more durable covers, old tired balls still look like new but their compression has changed. He suggested that the game needed such a device.
From there, Donahue put his master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts to work and developed the ProCheck®.
Golfers with slower swing speeds (under 80mph) should use lower compression balls, while golfers with faster swing speeds (over 100mph) should use higher compression balls to achieve maximum distance. While new balls may have some compression variability, older balls or balls that have been exposed to extreme heat (e.g. stored in the trunk of a car) or cold weather conditions (e.g. stored in a cold garage) experience significant changes in compression.

The ProCheck® device, which was issued a United States patent in May 2017, rivals the top golf ball manufacturers’ highly sophisticated compression testing equipment. In laboratory tests, the ProCheck® produced the same compression measurements as a device costing tens of thousands of dollars that is commonly used in the industry.
For more information on ProCheck® including purchase instructions, please visit https://www.procheckgolf.com/. Each package contains a guide to matching swing speed with the correct ball compression.


About ProCheck’s Technology
The ProCheck® a highly sophisticated ball compression measurement device uses proprietary technology to measure a golf ball’s compression. It has been proven that a golf ball’s compression has a significant impact upon how far it will travel, with the golfer’s goal being to match ball compression with swing speed to achieve maximum distance.
With balls being struck at swing speeds ranging from 70-120 mph, it was critical to develop a device that measures the force on a golf ball in an instant. ProCheck® measures the force over a selected time interval to get an accurate force value. ProCheck® has a high speed micro-processor that captures the force for a tested golf ball, processes the information and displays an accurate reading of its compression to the user.
Most modern golf balls are essentially made of a rubber-like substance (elastomers) and the forces required to compress the ball can change over time or with temperature. ProCheck®’s accurate force measurement detects this change and displays this information to the golfer as bars on the LED screen.

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BIG MAX Launches Award Winning Golf Bag Line in U.S. #1 European golf bag brand, BIG MAX launch includes AQUA and DRI LITE technology

BIG MAX, Europe’s most owned Push Cart brand and #1 European Golf Bag brand, is launching its award winning technology to the U.S. market. With five great looking designs across two award winning technologies – AQUA and DRI LITE – BIG MAX golf bags are set to make a huge impact when they arrive at retail this June.

The technology underpinning the AQUA line is the new DROP STOP system that guarantees the bags are 100% waterproof. Using waterproof fabric with unprecedented waterproof rating of over 10.000mm*, sealed seams and specially designed Japanese waterproof zippers, the AQUA range delivers an unrivalled level of design and waterproofing using ultra-lightweight, tear resistant and washable materials.

DRI LITE technology delivers a washable, water resistant golf bag that is the equal of what most brands in the market call ‘Waterproof’. Most other brands would call DRI LITE waterproof, but with the time and expertise taken to ensure the AQUA range is 100% waterproof, BIG MAX are happy to call DRI LITE water resistant, knowing it will keep all but the wettest, winter days at bay.

With two award winning technologies at the heart of the construction, each bag in the series is strong, stylish, waterproof and washable. And with a range of excellent features combined with a unique, cool Euro look and feel the new BIG MAX line is the complete package.

The AQUA Sport 2 is the second generation of BIG MAX’s most successful cart bag. With a 14-way, 9.5-inch organizer top, full length dividers, 7 spacious pockets, oversize putter well for large grips and weighing in at just over 5 lbs, the Sport 2 is a leader in the field of practicality. To further enhance its waterproof capability the Sport 2 also has a clear rain hood with dual zips giving easy access from either side. A host of neat features like dual strap and umbrella positions, holders and accessory storage options finish off the practical features on this stylish new addition to the BIG MAX AQUA line.

The AQUA Wave is a stylish, lightweight, and 100% waterproof stand bag. The Wave’s 8 ½” top extends into 4 full length dividers, while its 6 waterproof pockets, air channel straps and ultra-light weight of just over 4lbs make the bag a hugely practical and colorful addition to any golfer’s gear.

The AQUA Ocean is a 100% waterproof, compact stand bag that has space to spare and weighs just 3 ¾ lbs. With an oversize top the Ocean is designed for ease of use and with 5 waterproof pockets has plenty of storage options. Practical features such as glove, towel and umbrella holder, combined with space for a full set of clubs mean this stylish bag allows golfers to travel and play without compromise.

DRI LITE Active offers practical solutions to all a golfers storage needs in a stylish, water resistant package. A 9 ½“, 14 way top and an oversize putter well to fit the largest grips will keep all a golfers clubs in order, while 9 pockets, including fully waterproof valuables pocket, glove, dual umbrella positions and towel holder will pack away even the most well equipped golfers’ gear with ease. Ultra-lightweight at well under 5 lbs and available in a range of stylish colour combinations, the DRI LITE Active looks great and delivers on the course.

DRI LITE G is a full-size stand bag that belies its capacity with a weight of less than 4 ½ lbs. A 14-way divider separates the 9” top giving plenty of room for a full set of clubs. An air channel strap for breathability across the back enhances comfort for the carrier while leg lock enables the ‘G’ to be perfectly stable on a cart. 7 pockets along with DRI LITE technology finish off the practical features and a fantastic price make it a great buy for those carrying with a full set of gear.

*Hydrostatic testing of waterproof fabric gives a mm per 24 hours rating. This refers to the amount of rainfall a fabric can withstand in a single day. Thus, a 10,000mm waterproof rating means the garment can withstand 10,000mm of rainfall in a single day without letting moisture in.

AQUA Sport 2 – $299.99, available in Black/silver, Charcoal/Black/Red, Silver/Black/Cobalt, Red/Black/Silver, Navy/Black/Silver

AQUA Wave – $249.99 available in Black, Red, Yellow, White/Orange, Petrol

AQUA Ocean – $179.99, available in Black/Red, Red/Black

DRI LITE Active – $229.99, available in White/Red, Charcoal/Fuchsia, Navy/Black/Silver, Black/Red

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Field Test: Takeya 24 Oz. insulated beverage bottle Well designed, rugged and it does its job keeping everything 'cool'

by Mike Lednovich, Editor/Publisher

After three months of taking our Takeya beverage bottle just about everywhere we travel in and around Amelia Island, Fl., we can say this product is a winner.

First, it fits in most golf cart beverage holders, which is a big plus.

Second, the folks at Takeya have incorporated just about every feature a golfer or anybody active and on the go would want.

Takeya’s original “Spout Lid” ensures the ideal drinking experience for active use, – sip, pour, or chug (without removing the entire lid)- meaning you can drive your cart with one hand and easily sip from the bottle with the other.  Takeya’s patented, leak-proof, Original Spout Lid™ is the ultimate combination of wide mouth convenience and narrow mouth drinkability.

The bottle’s leak-proof twist cap prevents accidental spills, while the Hinge-Lock™ keeps the smaller sipping cap out of the way while drinking.
It includes a tough wide loop handle with smooth swing action for all day carrying comfort. The handle has a stainless steel hinge pin for extra durability.

The bottle’s double powder coat makes it easy to grip and protects your hands against heat generated by the sun.

Crafted from food grade 18/8 stainless steel, Takeya’s BPA-free, insulated bottles feature a sweat-free double-wall design and wide mouth to fit ice and allow for easy cleaning. We tried all types of beverages and the results were after 24 hours, there was still considerable ice left in the bottle.

This is a rugged, well made bottle and we especially like the overall design that cradles perfectly in your hand.

There’s a rubber bumper that fits on the bottom of the bottle to keep it from rattling noises when you place the bottle on a table or hard surface.

 

Currently priced at $27.99. Takeya includes a lifetime warranty on its complete line of beverage bottles.

“Developers of this bottle did all the thinking for me. Finally a bottle with a size and a shape that fits in my cup holders and a cap I can’t lose. I won’t be wasting my time looking for either because they’re connected. My hot stays hot and my cold stays cold. My only worry is theft because it is coveted by all.” said reviewer Phil Anders.

For more information go to https://takeyausa.com/products/originals-24oz-insulated-stainless-steel-water-bottle

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Shot Scope V2 Announces New Features Distance to hazards and performance tracking added

SHOT SCOPE TECHNOLOGIES has added a hazard feature and an updated Performance Dashboard to its V2 performance tracking watch. All V2 watches will now provide distances to hazards in addition to the existing distances to the front, middle and back of greens and fully automated performance tracking capabilities. This update, delivered remotely to existing users, doubles the on-course functionality of the golf watch and the new Performance Dashboard transforms the off-course experience.

The latest update from Shot Scope enhances the on-course experience provided to users. Dynamic distances, in either meters or yards, show F/M/B distances to both greens and hazards using the highest grade Smart GPS chip commercially available and satellite imagery. Distances are dynamic, changing with angle of approach and every adjustment so that they are optimized for each individual golfer.

The update also includes advanced Penalty Identification, allowing the golfer to classify a penalty on-course, thus significantly reducing post-round editing time. Flagging a “provisional” shot launches a 5-minute timer in order to find the original ball.

Off-course, the Performance Dashboard, which houses over 100 Tour-level statistics, has been relaunched with interactive and immersive data viewing platforms. Unlimited club tracking and comparisons, fairway accuracy for every tee shot, break down the hits and misses of every approach shot, see which short game shots making it into the “red zone” and get your “Never up, Never in” percentage to get to know your putting performance. Hundreds of stats, hundreds of opportunities to improve.
Shot Scope CEO, David Hunter, is delighted to be enhancing the functionality of the product for existing and new customers, “This update really takes the platform to the next level, both on and off the course. On-course functionality has been doubled, and, off-course, the stats pages have been transformed to bring a whole new element of enjoyment to every user’s experience. We can’t wait to hear the feedback from our community and see how it helps improve their game!”

As with all firmware updates, these features fall within the “forever free” promise to existing Shot Scope users of the no-subscription product who continually benefit from product enhancements.

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Don’t get shafted! A Guide to Finding the Right Shaft for Your Game

By Leonard Finkel

 

Think you know a lot about golf shafts? Think again. Did you know there are no recognized standards for shaft flex, no uniform measurements?

Flex can mean something different for every brand and manufacturer. Tolerance ranges in each category like stiff or regular are huge! To learn more about this misunderstood topic, I spoke with executives from leading shaft manufacturers: Fujikura’s Chad Embrey, Victor Afable of VA Composites, Gawain Robertson of ACCRA/True Temper Plus, Kim Braley of KBS Golf and Nick Sherburne, founder of Club Champion, a national club fitting chain.

Club Champion is the #1 premium club fitter, builder and retailer of the best brands in golf. Their master fitters and builders are unrivaled experts. Their approach is unbiased; no specific vendor is promoted. The only goal is to find the best combination of components to lower your scores. Club Champion offers over 35,000 hittable head and shaft combinations, making Sherburne an expert on the topic.

Says Sherburne, “The industry taught us the head is the engine of the golf club because that’s what hits the ball. But the shaft is far more important. With thousands of shafts and no industry standards in flex, it’s nearly impossible for golfers to find the shaft that performs best for them without professional help. This makes it important to not buy clubs off the rack. Instead, find a skilled fitter with a launch monitor to show you how the right shaft will maximize your swing to its fullest potential.”

According to Gawain Robertson at ACCRA, terms like stiff or regular flex are so generalized, they really mean nothing. Different sections of the shaft can be totally different flexes within that shaft. When ACCRA designs shafts, they look at three different zones; the butt, midsection and tip. They can produce shafts that are soft in the middle and stiff at the tip or the butt section plus countless other combinations. Robertson adds, “Club fitters understand the profiles of shafts. If a player needs something with a softer tip section and a stiffer butt section, they know which shaft fits that profile for that golfer. Club Champion’s understanding of how to fit golfers is an integral part of any club being successful in a player’s hands. “

Chad Embrey from Fujikura shares that, “Flex specifications range from manufacturer to manufacturer and it is significantly impacted by torque, one of the most misunderstood shaft specifications. The ways you can measure torque are countless.” Many golfers think that lower torque means better shafts. Not necessarily true. Higher torque shafts are better for smoother, slower swingers; getting the ball up and creating spin. Lower torque is better for herky-jerky movements, guys that swing aggressively.

VA Composites likes to fit to the way a player loads the shaft, not just swing speed. Afable says, “Imagine two types of swings. An Ernie Els swing, which is a very smooth tempo; and a swing like Lanny Watkins, a short, fast swing. Both may have the same swing speed, but they get there two different ways. The fitters at Club Champion really understand the difference and are trained to fit our shafts not only to factors such as swing speed but also to the amount of shaft load a player will create.”

There is an enormous difference between standard OEM golf shafts and higher-end aftermarket models. Materials and technology are different, as is attention to detail. Premium shafts are manufactured individually in Japan while stock shafts are most likely made in places like Vietnam or Mexico on an assembly line.

Typically, cheaper shafts are made from lower grade materials. They’re manufactured in larger quantities which necessitates wider tolerances. The most exotic materials from Japan maintain very tight tolerances, not only for frequency, but straightness and roundness of the shaft. When a shaft is not rolled or manufactured properly, there will be gaps within the layers of graphite, which can really affect performance.

With aftermarket product used on Tour and sold through premium club fitters, Fujikura has the freedom to use materials and technologies that may be cost prohibitive for an OEM club company. “A lot of times when I handle OEM business, cost targets prohibit some of the techniques we can use. An OEM shaft is a great shaft. We would never not put our name on it,” Embrey adds. Mostly, OEM shafts do what they’re intended to do, but they’re not designed to dial players in.

To facilitate finding the right components, Club Champion uses a unique coupling system that allows golfers to hit any head and shaft. They deliver combinations that address a golfer’s problems and fix them. Most fitters use fitting carts provided by club manufacturers. While they offer options, golfers are unable to mix-and-match across carts to determine their ideal combinations.  Club Champion offers hundreds of shafts, many not available through most other fitters and retailers.

Sherburne believes golfers should start thinking about what value they put a on their golf game. “Sometimes people come in and say they’ll just get something off the shelf because spending $500 to get an extra 20 yards isn’t worth it. That 20 extra yards is two less clubs into the green? Hitting pitching wedge instead of 8-iron, you’re going to hit more greens. I can almost guarantee that 20 yards is going to knock two strokes off your handicap.”

Club Champion delivers a Tour-quality fitting producing longer, more accurate shots with a nearly 100% satisfaction rate. Whether you’re looking to buy new clubs or just fix your current set, premium club fitting is the answer. With 28 studios across the country, at Club Champion, you don’t just buy clubs, you buy guaranteed improvement. More information at, https://clubchampiongolf.com/gator-golf

 

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Inside OGIO’s New 2018 Cirrus MB Stand Bag

By Bill Cuebas
The brand name OGIO should conjure images of high quality and innovative design. The company creates golf products that are stylish, as well as functional.My first thoughts were of how incredibly light the bag felt. At just over three pounds, OGIO uses the most lightweight fabrics and materials to help the golfer stay fresh on the course.The sharp design and simple black coloring allows your clubs to be the most visible things on the golf cart. The zipper pulls even have thumb holes for easier opening and closing, rather than cumbersome smaller ones on other brand bags.

The OGIO bag has the same Airflow technology used in their other golf accessories. This technology controls heat and air circulation for any valuable electronics you are carrying. Plus, it helps circulate air between your body and the bag to keep you cool and dry, if you are carrying.
While you may be lucky enough to have your Cirrus golf bag placed on a golf cart instead of your back, it’s a certainty that your phone or other valuables, tucked safely into one of the bag’s four pockets, will stay cool and dry, as well. It’s important to keep them safe from heat and the outside elements as you are.

The clubs do fit tighter than other bags, but were easy to retrieve and return after use. The bag’s light weight makes it effortless to carry. The snug fit of the clubs prevents constant banging against one another.

OGIO continues to use their innovative designs to reduce discomfort on the course. If you’re just carrying from your car to the cart, or walking a full 36 holes, the four-point strap equalizing system provides a comfortable balance, even with a full bag.
OGIO’s Fit Disc system allows the bag to constantly lay in the perfect spot and never tangle. This simple fact allows you to pick up the straps without undue effort.

  The Cirrus MB bag is a stand bag with the highest quality foot and leg mechanisms, you never need to worry about falling over or faulty slides.
OGIO strives to retain a stylish, yet functional component in every piece that they create. The Cirrus MB Bag is no exception.

Bill “The Golf Father” Cuebas is based in Florida and is a regular contributor to BiggsGolfTalk.com and Golfballed.com 

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Toptracer: Bringing Topgolf to your local driving range Game technology means you just won't be mindlessly pounding a bucket of balls

By Mike Lednovich, Editor & Publisher

ORLANDO, Fl. — The wave of change is coming. It’s called the gamification of golf that began with the hugely successful Topgolf explosion. Now, Toptracer, the technology behind Topgolf, is changing the way you’ll experience hitting balls at the driving range.

It has already taken hold at the Del Mar Golf Center in Del Mar, Ca.  Customers no longer buy a bucket of balls and pound them onto the range.  Instead, golfers now rent a hitting bay outfitted with Toptracer tracking devices and see their results on an accompanying monitor. There’s a variety of games included in the software.

“The driving range experience has always been one dimensional. You hit balls with absolutely no feedback or data,” said Ani Mehta, VP of Corporate Development for Toptracer. “We’re changing that with Toptracer. We now have launch monitors calibrated to the actual pins and targets on the driving range. Now you can store data club-by-club over time to your cellphone.”

That’s cool, but the seismic shift in this gamification movement are the features in the software.

Consider this:

  • A points game – you can challenge your friends to a points game based on how close you hit the balls to the targets.
  • A virtual game – where you can play up to 18 holes on a world renowned course. The software includes Pebble Beach. Golfers can play a full round in about 45 minutes.
  • Long drive contest – you can turn the range into a long drive grid to see who is the ‘big do’ in your group.
  • Closest to the pin – the premium is on accuracy with the ultimate prize a hole-in-one.

There’s also a ‘What’s in my bag’ component that tracks every club you hit, stores the results in a database and tracks your progress. You can share your results with an online community.

“We’re currently at 25 driving ranges, seven in the U.S. and 18 in Europe,” Mehta said. “This is brand new technology that we’ve been developing for the past couple of years.”

Del Mar Golf Center has six covered hitting bays with Toptracer tracking devices.

Del Mar charges $25 for one hour on the hitting bay for up to four people that includes a large bucket (100 balls).

They also offer group rates (3 bays) for $125 an hour.

The hitting bays are configured with a seating area and tables, similar to Topgolf.

“The whole driving range profit model is changed. Instead of making money from a bucket of balls, driving range operators now make money from their food and beverage services,” Mehta explained. “They’ll see groups of people at their range, not just single golfers. This model attracts a completely different demographic.”

Del Mar features six covered Toptracer hitting bays.

“We want people to come out and try it just to have some fun.  We want to show that it can be a recreational thing. You don’t have to take five to six hours to play and be frustrated if you don’t play well,” said Matt Clay, the facility’s general manager in a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune. “The potential is that if you don’t play, this is an opportunity to bridge the gap and get people into the game. It’s not going to convert everybody, but the chance to put a club into someone’s hand is a start.”

Toptracer promises to be a game changer for driving range operators as well as golfers who use them.

“We’re eliminating the monotony of aimlessly hitting ball after ball with the same club, one after another — like many of most golfers do,” Mehta said.  “Toptracer allows golfers to mix things up while providing instant feedback about how you’re ball striking, and has you focused on specific targets instead of into an open range.”

You can read about the Del Mar Golf Center here http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/sd-sp-toptracer-video-game-comes-to-del-mar-golf-center-20180115-story.html

You can read about Toptracer at http://www.toptracer.com/range/toptracer-range/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Big, little things from the PGA Show Nifty one off products that can make a golfer's day

ORLANDO, Fl. — Strolling up and down the aisles of the behemoth convention floor of the PGA Show, you’ll find tucked in little 10X10 display areas lots of products — some good, some bad — fighting for a toehold in the golf industry. Here are a few we especially like:

I-Cover

You know those “Crocs” shoes that are great for the beach or lounging around in, well I-Cover has taken that material and fashioned a nifty line of colorful headcovers that are also very functional.

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First, they go on and off with the squeeze of your fingers.  Second, they’re completely washable with a hose and a cloth. Because I-Cover is made from flexible EVA form materials, it’s light and can fold to fit in your pocket. They feature a on-slip grip and protect both the clubhead and the hosel. It won’t stretch and lose its shape. And, they’re available in a rainbow of cool colors. Available for driver, fairway metals and hybrids. Go to www.golfboen.com

 

Eye Putt Pro

We were amazed at how bad our putting posture was as we tried out the Eye Putt Pro at their booth. The compact training aid enables you to visually learn a consistent putting posture in just minutes. It quickly attaches to your putter and has two elements — a level and a mirror.

Golfers learn repeatable muscle memory by leveling the bubble and then seeing your eyes in the mirror.

Eye Putt Pro’s immediate visual feedback positions your eyes over the golf ball and levels your putter flat to the putting green. Automatically you will also learn proper spine angle, balanced weight distribution and relax your hands below the shoulders where they should be for a pendulum putting stroke.

They say if you want to putt like the pros, learn consistency and confidence you start by practicing with the Eye Putt Pro at home or five minutes before your tee time. It’s like Having your own professional golf instructor conveniently in the golf bag.

Goe to http://www.eyeputtpro.com/

 

 

X Marks The Putt

I was headed to an interview when a voice shouted, “you got 30 seconds?”  As I turned to look, a nice woman followed up with, “come on, you’ve got 30 seconds.”

I was glad I stopped because i Discovered X Marks The Putt — which is essentially a magic marker for greens. Instead of a ball marker, you just dab the marker behind you’re ball. No more fumbling around for that danged marker.

I know, aren’t the greens going to be littered with tiny dots all over the place.

No, because the marker uses a special ink which disappears after 15 minutes. Pretty cool. The ink is also non-staining on skin or clothing.
X Marks The Putt comes with a clip that secures easily to belt or hat.

 

 

 

itsThougthful Golf Bag Beer Glass

Let’s end with a fun item intended more for the 19th hole whether in the clubhouse or your den. It’s the Golf Bag Beer Mug which will bring a smile to your face no matter how bad the round was.

The Golf Bag Beer Glass is a patented glass designed in the shape of a golf bag – with intricate details of a golf bag. For all green jackets, duffers and bag-rats alike.

itsThoughtful, the company behind the beer bag, says it’s “A beer glass that is truly worthy of the 19th hole with the perfect combination of style, function and intricate details (of a golf bag) that any golfer would appreciate. The Golf Bag Beer Glass will deliver an unforgettable 19th hole experience for any golfer.”

It’s available in Clear and Frosted finishes and holds 15 ounces of your favorite beverage.
Machine pressed glass is Dishwasher safe. Go to
https://itsthoughtful.com/products/golf-bag-beer-glass?variant=41997956037

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