Why is Arnold Palmer "The King?"
Is it because of his seven major championships? Or his charisma and handsome looks that made golf a popular, television product? Is it because of his ability to smile and make others feel as if every moment with him means as much to him as it does to the millions of fans he's encountered? Well, all of these - and then some - surely have something to do with it.
But I like to think that he's "The King" because he can look represent the sport of golf in a way that, quite simply, no one else can. His charitable works surpass anything he's done between the ropes. And when he can't do it, he knows who to call that can make the magic happen. The latest ad from the hospital that bears his name is a perfect case in point.
Check it out...and never mind the dust that will surely settle into your eye.
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New for 2014, Sun Mountain has introduced its ClubGlider Golf Travel Bag -- the only golf travel bag that offers extendable legs and wheels to support 100 percent of the weight, while eliminating the repeated bending and lifting required with traditional travel bags.
Sun Mountain explains that ClubGlider glides from parking lot to luggage counter thanks to legs that extend and support 100 percent of the weight and pivoting caster wheels that handle corners and curbs with ease. Once checked-in, the legs easily tuck away securely for carefree travel. ClubGlider offers all of the protection and storage space of a traditional golf travel bag while eliminating the heavy lifting and the need to bend over to pick up and set down every time the check-in line moves three feet.
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Making the cut from over 1,000 entrants in the Golf Channel "Fore Inventors Only" reality show, ClubGlider was named one of five finalists in this search for the next great golf invention. Following a successful introduction, Sun Mountain increased the offering to include additional models. ClubGlider Meridian is the name of the original ClubGlider. ClubGlider Pro is the largest of the models made to accommodate tour players' oversized staff bags or two lightweight carry bags. ClubGlider Journey is a smaller and lighter version and the new for 2014 Tour Series was designed to coordinate with the new Tour Series line of golf bags.
ClubGlider includes heavy-duty two-way zippers, thick foam padding extending down the travel bag to protect clubheads and shafts, storage pockets, internal cinch straps, reinforced wear areas, and a lift-assist handle.
ClubGlider is available in four different models: Pro, Meridian, Journey and the new Tour Series -- offering protection for golfers ranging from weekend warriors to touring professionals. Retail prices are $349, $289, $219, and $319 respectively. For the retailer nearest you call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.
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