When it comes to locking in your yardages on the golf course, Bushnell GPS watches and rangefinders are a must for any golfer who takes his or her game seriously.
New for 2014, Bushnell has introduced the NEO XS GPS watch (MSRP: $199.99); Tour Z6 JOLT rangefinder (MSRP:$399.00); Pro X7 JOLT rangefinder (MSRP: $499.99); and Pro X7 Slope rangefinder (MSRP: $599.99).
The NEO XS features delivers even more benefits than the previous NEO X model with one button press such as shot distance, four hazards and round odometer, while providing over three rounds of battery life.
Additionally, when the product is functioning solely in watch mode, the battery can last 24 months without needing a recharge.The NEO XS is Bushnell's lightest and thinnest golf watch. It's simple to operate and comfortable to wear, giving golfer's easy-to-read front/back/center yardages on greens, hazard and shot distance measurements on over 33,000 preloaded courses with no membership fees.
The NEO XS Golf GPS watch is capable of instantly recognizing courses and has an auto hole advance feature which automatically changes from one hole to the next, meaning the user does not have to push another button the entire round. And while the golfer is out on the course, the odometer feature allows you to track distance, speed, and total activity time.
The NEO XS is available in three colors: Black/Yellow, Charcoal/Orange, White/Cobalt.
When a golfer aims the Bushnell Tour Z6 JOLT rangefinder at the flag, JOLT Technology will provide short vibrating bursts to reinforce that the company's advanced PinSeeker technology has isolated the target and locked onto the flag. The vibrating bursts provided by JOLT Technology eliminates any and all doubt and assures the golfer they have the exact distance to the flag.
Also new to the Tour Z6 JOLT is 2nd generation E.S.P (Extreme. Speed. Precision) Technology. 2nd Generation E.S.P. provides yardages five times faster and more accurately than ever before. Not only has the acquisition speed been increased to a lightning fast level, 2nd Generation E.S.P. provides 1/2-yard accuracy from 5-125 yards, and the distance is displayed to 1/10 of a yard.
Having more accurate laser distances enables the golfer to strategize and hit every approach shot with confidence.
The ultra-compact Tour Z6 JOLT also features Vivid Display Technology. Created specifically for Bushnell's premium rangefinders, this optical enhancement improves contrast, clarity and light transmission dramatically for enhanced use. The brightness of the digital readout information has also been increased, providing rapid and positive yardage acquisition in all lighting conditions.
The new Pro X7 JOLT also features JOLT Technology and Vivid Display Technology. The brightness of the digital display has been increased, providing rapid, positive identification in all lighting conditions.These enhancements are offered with four user adjustable intensity settings, allowing superior rangefinding performance for any golfer.
The Pro X7 JOLT also boasts E.S.P. technology.
Engineered for golfers who play competitively, the Pro X7 is legal for tournament play (all Bushnell laser rangefinder models, except the Bushnell Pro X7 Slope and Bushnell Tour v3 Slope are legal to use when USGA rule 14-3/.05 is in effect). The Pro X7 Slope has the same features as the Pro X7, plus Slope Technology that provides compensated distances based on elevation changes.
To learn more about these products and all of Bushnell's golf offerings, visit www.bushnellgolf.com.
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Hey, are you guys excited about this weekend's Academy Awards? Nope, me neither.
I get that the Oscars is kind of important in the entertainment world, but when there seems to be some awards show celebrating the exact same thing seemingly every week - well, the shine is off the gold statuette.
Unless....what if someone came up with an awards show celebrating the things people actually are interested in. You know, like GOLF. It wouldn't be the best players (hey, we have majors for that!) or even the best coverage, but the things that you remember and enjoy that happen on a week to week basis. The things that aren't celebrated like they should be. We could call them the "Kimmys" and they would be the industry standard (or at least, in my mind.) No, there'd be no prize for the winners....but on their deathbed, they'd receive total consciousness. So they'd have that going for them...which is nice.
Anyways ... let's do it. With a super secret committee of one judging, here are this year's Kimmy winners.
Best putt by a non-golfer: Patrick Burch, the Auburn fan who made a 90 footer to win a car. Burch, attending his first basketball game, is randomly selected from the crowd. He's not a golfer, didn't even think he could hit the large board on the other end of the floor, and well....
Best golf shot by an animal: The anonymous man, who was dressed as a dog, when he hit the shot to win a new Toyota. Yeah, you read that right. There was a little controversy as to whether he'd get the car, but ultimately, it was resolved in his favor. You know, every dog has his day type stuff.
Best "going for a run" on a golf course: Kimberly Webster, you may know her as the Presidents Cup streaker. I'm not linking to the story or any image. But you can use Google if you want. (By the way, streaking is bad. Don't do this. But congrats on the "Kimmy")
Best disappearing act on a golf course: Mark Mihal, who didn't duck behind a tree, or go into the clubhouse at the turn to never come back. Nope, Mihal fell into a sinkhole while playing. "And like that, poof, he's gone."
Best flash of a finger on the golf course: Phil Mickelson. I probably get a few different fingers flashed at me from time to time, but Phil's "Thumbs Up" sign became iconic symbol of his very popular win at the sport's oldest major.
— Callaway Golf (@CallawayGolf) July 21, 2013
Best Dufnering pose: PGA Officers at the PGA Championship. I'm not saying seeing the PGA leadership having some fun with the Dufnering phenomena had anything to do with him winning the PGA Championship....I'm just not saying it didn't.
— PGA.COM (@PGA_com) August 10, 2013
Best Caddie Read: Steve Williams. In the first playoff hole of the 2013 Masters, Williams was asked by his boss - Adam Scott - to take a look at the critical birdie putt. Williams saw it, disagreed with Scott's assessment and won the pace and line debate. Scott then makes the putt and claims Australia's first green jacket.
Worst Caddie Read: 18-way tie from a certain caddie of mine at a certain course that I'm not going to name. He knows who he is. #StillBitter
Best way to turn pro: Lydia Ko's round of golf with famous New Zealand rugby player "Izzy" Dagg culminates in her official (and fun) announcement that she's ready to turn professional.
Best ad and worst tv golf ad: Mike's golf shop. Really. Best and worst. 30 seconds of awesomeness - and awfulness.
Best tweet announcing we're not open: Pinehurst Resort shares the famous Payne Stewart statue to create some Tweet magic on a day when there'd be no golf taking place on No. 2.
— Pinehurst Resort (@PinehurstResort) January 29, 2014
Best day for double eagles: Jan 10th, 2014. That's the day - literally a world apart - Joost Luiten, playing in South Africa, and James Hahn, playing in Hawaii, both recorded the ultra-rare albatross. Better yet, both were caught on film.
Best two-hole stretch of golf: Jim Machowski. This New Englander had two aces in the same round. That's incredible. Actually, he had them back-to-back. That's unreal. Oh wait, he had them both on par 4s! That's...ridiculous. What a day at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough, N.H.
Best tan line: Stewart Cink. No really.
Apparently my glowing head has received some attention today. It's nice to be (in) the spotlight.
— Stewart Cink (@stewartcink) January 10, 2014
Best bunker save: Friends of Dougie Thompson, who rescued him from the jaws of a 12-foot crocodile.
Best way to honor a friend: Friends of Tom Churchill gathered to play some golf at the annual "Closing Day" at the Cassique River Club, when they leanred their pal Churchie had passed away the night before. They decided to dedicate the day to his memory. 71 golfers took part. Six made aces. Amazing.
Obviously, this only highlights some, a few, of the great and fun acheivements in golf in the past year. The awards are highly subjective and not that important. But they're still better than watching the Oscars (says me). What are your golf awards? Join the conversation on our Facebook page.
John Kim doesn't think awards are important but he has won three CableFAX awards in the last three years and thinks you should know that. You can follow him on Twitter at @johnkim
Sydney Leroux -- a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. Women's Soccer team at the 2012 London Games -- took a crack at the "Happy Gilmore" swing made famous by Adam Sandler in the goofy golf flick.
As you can see in the Vine below, things didn't turn out so well for Leroux, a forward for the Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League:
In case you need a refresher, here's how the "Happy Gilmore" swing is supposed to look:
You can also click here to see three-time major champion Padraig Harrington expertly executing the "Happy Gilmore" swing on the driving range at Port Royal during the 2013 PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
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Galvin Green, a high-end outerwear brand based in Sweden that has been wildly popular throughout Europe, is making its U.S. debut with the latest Spring/Summer 2014 collection.
Galvin Green touts itself as makers of, "high-performance golf wear," and when you see the gear up close, you quickly realize the company isn't kidding.
The list of offerings for 2014 -- almost 300 different jackets, trousers, pullovers, sweaters, body warmers, shirts, slacks, shorts, hats, caps, gloves and socks, plus more than six times that number of size options -- Galvin Green says, meets demand for head-to-toe protection from the elements with garments that look and feel ideal for golf.
The popular "Aron" jacket (MSRP: $460), is a full-zip, GORE-TEX Paclite with Stretch Fabric. The jacket is 100 percent waterproof and Galvin Green guarantees it will keep you dry. The Aron combines lightweight weather protection and extreme high-end, permformance. The Aron is also styled to avoid unnecessary fabric at the front of jacket that could impede the swing motion.
Both the cuffs for the wrists, as well as the chest width can be easily adjusted with velcro tabs for a perfect, custom fit.
While Galvin Green offers a wide variety of waterproof outerwear -- shell layers and warm layers -- the company also produces golf polos, pants, sweaters, hats, belts and even skintight compression and thermal base layers to wear underneath your golf attire to keep you warm and free-swinging in even the coldest of temperatures you'll face on the golf course.
Galvin Green makes golf gear for men, women and juniors with the promise, "All our garments are specifically developed for the game of golf. Designed by golfers, for golfers."
While Galvin Green items come at a price, this is one of those instances where you get what you pay for -- high-end golf gear that looks great, fits comfortably and is easy to maintain with just a machine wash and tumble dry.
To learn more about all the items Galvin Green has to offer, visit www.GalvinGreen.com. You can click here to view the Spring/Summer 2014 catalogue.
Galvin Green is sold golf pro shops across the U.S. Click here to find a Galvin Green dealer near you.
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