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PUMA's Zero Limits
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PUMA's Zero Limits golf shoe.

 

PUMA has long been known as one of the younger, flashier apparel and footwear lines in golf. Look no further than PUMA endorser/posterboy Rickie Fowler, who is routinely the easiest player to pick out on any golf course.
 
Along with its colorful and bold offerings, PUMA also offers some fantastic gear for those seeking a more refinded look without sacrificing the comfort they've come to expect from PUMA.
 
That's where the Zero Limits shoe comes into the picture, which PUMA calls, "the regular golf shoe's fancy tuxedo equivalent."
 
Offered in a black-white-cherry tomato or white-black-PUMA silver scheme, these shoes are perfect to wear with both shorts and slacks.
 
Here is the description of the new PUMA Zero Limits:
 
The footwear choice that'll impress even the snooty golf club members. All luxe, premium leathers, the Zero Limits -- which keeps things classy in a refined black and white palette -- is the regular golf shoe's fancy tuxedo equivalent. There's some pretty cool tech to it, too: the shoe's TPU forefoot and heel are connected by a carbon fiber shank in the shoe's DUO FLHT Chassis, which provides stability for the golfer yet still allows for torsional movement. Grippiness comes in with 14 replaceable S2Quill spikes along with molded S2QuillTec spikes. And then there's the cushioning, the breathability, the waterproof-iness... we'll stop there. Let's be honest -- we had you at snooty golf club, didn't we.
 
Features:
- Luxe, premium leather upper
- 14 replaceable S2Quill spikes for maximum grip, paired with directionally molded S2QuillTec spikes for added green-friendly traction
- DUO FLHT Chassis, featuring TPU in the forefoot and heel connected by a carbon fiber DUO FLHT XRS Shank for optimum power, leverage, and control
- Decoupled heel construction with flex grooves for shock absorption and a smooth heel-to-toe transition
- Compression molded EVA cushioning in the forefoot and heel, with strategically-placed EverFoam cushioning at the heel for a comfortable fit
- Breathable OrthoLite sockliner for optimum fit and comfort
- stormCELL designation for highly functional, durable materials with waterproofing guaranteed for two years
- PINS (Performance INsert System by Pride) technology for a lower-to-the-ground construction that provides more immediate response for a more consistent swing
- Men's performance last to accommodate a wide variety of golfers
- Lace closure for a snug fit
- PUMA Formstrip at lateral and medial sides
- PUMA Cat Logo at tongue, forefoot, and heel
 
The PUMA Zero Limits golf shoes retail for right around $200. To learn more about the Zero Limits shoes and all of PUMA's other golf offerings, click here.
 
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Bushnell Tour Z6 Wingman Pack
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The Bushnell Tour Z6 allows golfers to instantaneously zero in on flags up to 450 yards away, with up to 18-inch accuracy.

The 2013 Tour Z6 Wingman Pack is Bushnell's newest golf laser rangefinder. It's also the latest Bushnell product whose sales benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation.

"Building off the great success of the original Patriot Pack, we are ecstatic to provide consumers with this Tour Z6 Wingman Pack and are pleased to add another product to the mix that will support Major Rooney's incredible foundation," said Phil Gyori, managing director for North America. "For as long as consumers continue to look for ways to support the Folds of Honor Foundation and gravitate to Bushnell's industry-leading products, we'll be privileged to be a partner and support the foundation."

Extra-small but extra-powerful, the Tour Z6 is Bushnell’s most technically advanced rangefinder, which allows golfers to instantaneously zero in on flags up to 450 yards away, with up to 18-inch accuracy. Featuring 6x magnification (objects appear 6 times closer) through a premium lens coatings for superb optical quality and adjustable diopter setting, the Tour Z6 includes Vivid Display Technology (VDT) for clear sighting in all lighting conditions.

The Tour Z6 comes with a two-year warranty. And long with the rangefinder itself, the Wingman Pack includes a limited-edition Bushnell Golf/FHF embroidered microfiber golf towel, premium carrying case and battery for a suggested retail price of $399.

Earlier this year, Bushnell unveiled two new Patriot Packs featuring the Tour v3 and Tour v3 Slope rangefinders. The all-new Patriot Packs come equipped with a Tour v3 or Tour v3 Slope, Bushnell and FHF bag tag, protective carrying case and exclusive Bushnell Golf and FHF-branded golf tees with a suggested retail price of $299 (Tour v3) and $399 (Tour v3 Slope). 

Founded by Maj. Dan Rooney in 2007, the Folds of Honor Foundation provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of service members disabled or killed during U.S. military service. Rooney, a former F-16 pilot who served three tours in Iraq, founded Folds of Honor Foundation to ensure that families of fallen service men and women are never left behind.

In addition to the contribution, Bushnell has partnered with country music star Craig Morgan on a donation download program benefitting the Folds of Honor. A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Morgan wrote and dedicated a song titled "What Matters Most" to the heroes Folds of Honor Foundation supports. The track, a tribute to the millions of service men and women who defend America's freedom, parallels the stories of so many who have lost loved ones on the field of battle. For each download of "What Matters Most," Bushnell will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to the Folds of Honor.

To learn more about Folds of Honor, visit www.foldsofhonor.org. For more information on Bushnell, visit www.bushnellgolf.com.

 

May 8, 2013 - 10:39pm
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John Kim
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Katherine Roberts
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Katherine Roberts has become a leading yoga teacher to athletes of all types

 

I hate to admit it but it's true, I'm getting older. I still feel I have the same strength as I did ten years ago, but I'm positive I don't have near the same flexibility. Even with the new technology, I've lost significant distance off the tee. (I'm still just early 40s folks...not like I'm 80!). This year I'm going to do something about that...but what?
 
It seems like yoga is the "hot" topic these days for fitness folks (no pun intended for the bikram yoga enthuisasts.) I hear many (men and women) sing its praises in all sports - including a growing number of golfers.
 
I reached out to one of the nation's top yoga instructors, Katherine Roberts, who specializes in yoga for athletes, to ask her if she could provide one tip for golfers (my selfish way of saying...one tip for me.)
 
Here's what she shared.:
 
"Hi John! 

I had a great few weeks down at Spring Training and now able to think more about golfers. But in truth, regardless of the sport, in order for athletes to excel -  flexibility is paramount. The ability to stretch properly can add strength and improve performance in the ballpark and on the golf course (and other sports too of course).
 
Most golfers recognize that the golf swing consists of a motion that coils and uncoils the spine over a powerful lower body. There are yoga poses that help efficient torso turn and increase lower body strength.  In addition to torso rotation, proper stabilization of the shoulder supports club control and reduces shoulder injury. 
Remember, the upper arm bone should be drawn into the shoulder socket before the rotation for more stability and strength. The spinal rotation initiates from the deepest part of the lower abdominal muscles and funnels through the shoulder and out through the extended hand.
 
In your pre-round warm up, you might consider this yoga pose:
 
Starting Position- Step your left leg back into a long lunge, lift your left heel as high as possible. Right knee is at a 90-degree angle. Place your left hand directly under your left shoulder. Draw the right knee toward the mid-line of your body. Inhale deeply as you open your torso to the right. Exhale as you bring the torso and arm parallel to the ground. Repeat five times and switch sides. 
 
Throughout this motion concentrate on deep inhalation and exhalation. Focus on the quality of your breath throughout this dynamic flexibility and strengthening movement. Deep breath plus wide stretch is the foundation to athletic success. To learn more on how yoga can enhance your golf game performance visit: http://yogaforgolfers.com/."
 
Nike Golf Swoosh Elite Staff Member Katherine Roberts is founder of Yoga for Golfers. In addition to her extensive work with yoga and golf fitness, she has spent more than a decade working with MLB players.  

Okay guys (and girls) - there you have it. Right from the expert, just apply it to your pre-round routine.  Gonna give it a try? If you do, let me know how it works out for you. Tweet me on twitter at @johnkim_10 and let me know how your golf game is coming along. 
Derek Ernst locker assignment at Players Championship
Derek Ernst via Twitter
Derek Ernst arrived at The Players Championship to find that his locker had been assigned to "David" Ernst.

Derek Ernst doesn't fault people for not knowing who he was before he won the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday. After all, the PGA Tour rookie was ranked No. 1,207 in the world.

He's a lot more famous in the world of golf now. But as he found out on Tuesday, not everyone knows who he is just yet – including the person who made up the locker assignment sheet at The Players Championship.

After arriving at TPC Sawgrass and seeing that ''David'' Ernst had been assigned a locker, he tweeted: ''I guess I have to win another for people to know my name. Haha.''

Oh well, Derek. At least they got your name right on the winner's check in Charlotte.

 

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn at the Met Ball
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Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn attended the Met Ball in New York on Monday.

Tiger Woods spent a good part of Tuesday at TPC Sawgrass, putting the final touches on his game ahead of The Players Championship.

On Monday night, of course, he and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn were in New York City, where they attended the Met Ball – a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art that is widely considered among the Big Apple’s biggest social events of the year.

So why did Tiger, who has demanded so much privacy off the golf course, attend such a high-profile event? 

''Lindsey wanted to try and grow her brand. She's come out with a new perfume and makeup line, so that was a big thing for her and I'm supporting it,'' he told the Associated Press on Tuesday. ''As you know, I'm not really big into fashion stuff. The theme was pretty interesting, because obviously I remember some of that stuff when I was a kid. But I certainly didn't wear that stuff.''

Are more red carpets on the horizon?

''We'll see,'' Woods said. ''Maybe I can just go in jeans and a T-shirt or something.''

 

2014 Masters tickets
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Masters.com is now taking applications to enter the lottery for tickets to the 2014 Masters.

 

If you're 21 years of age or older, you can now apply to be included in the lottery for 2014 Masters tickets.
 
The Masters Tournament announced this week they its now taking lottery applications on Masters.com. You can click here to visit Masters.com and apply.
 
There are two very important deadlines for the lottery application:
 
1. The deadline to apply for practice round tickets (April 7-9, 2014) is June 30, 2013.
 
2. The deadline to apply for the dily tournament tickets (April 10-13, 2014) is May 31, 2013 and Masters.com notes, "A very limited number of Daily Tournament tickets are available."
 
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