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November 8, 2013 - 1:12pm
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PUMA Golf, SOUNDCHUCK
PUMA Golf
The PUMA SOUNDCHUCK is a new and innovative Bluetooth wireless speaker inspired by the sport of martial arts, specifically "nunchucks."

PUMA Golf announced today a new product sure to be a hit with music-loving golfers.

The PUMA SOUNDCHUCK is a new and innovative Bluetooth wireless speaker inspired by the sport of martial arts, specifically "nunchucks." Designed with two circular speakers connected by a sleek cord resembling the popular martial arts piece, PUMA SOUNDCHUCK will be blaring music waves, just in time for the holiday shopping season. To add a bit of flair and fun to the product, the speakers were created with magnets, allowing you to connect and detach the speakers easily around your golf cart, golf bag or anywhere else.

And don't be confused -- the funky SOUNDCHUCK speakers aren't strictly for the golf course. You can use these speakers anywhere and in all conditions since they're weather resistant.

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"For years sports and music have gone hand in hand with pump up mixes, victory mixes and more. PUMA Golf is bringing that energy to golf with the PUMA SOUNDCHUCK," said Bob Philion, President of COBRA PUMA GOLF. "The portable and magnetic speaker system is perfect for moving from the driving range, to the course or anywhere else. COBRA PUMA GOLF athletes like Rickie Fowler, Lexi Thompson and Jonas Blixt listen to music while they practice, the PUMA SOUNDCHUCK will enhance that experience and bring music to golfers."

Features on the new PUMA SOUNDCHUCK include the following:

- Wireless, pairing with any Bluetooth Audio device
-A lightweight, sleek design weighing less than 1 pound
- Weather resistant and great for indoor or outdoor use
- 6+ hours of battery life
- Ease of use and ease of charge with a Micro-USB Cable
- Voice prompt activated
- Unique speakers that can magnetically connect together
- Take and answer calls via the built-in microphone
- Crystal clear Hi-Fi acoustics

Watch the video below to see how the SOUNDCHUCK works:

PUMA introduced audio and consumer electronic accessories last year with PUMA earbuds for sport and lifestyle use, over-the-ear PUMA Vortice headphones and accessories such as laptop cases, iPhone and iPad cases.

The PUMA SOUNDCHUCK retails for $129.99 and is available in both red and black at Golf Galaxy now and online at www.golfgalaxy.com through the holiday season. More colors will be available at select golf retailers in 2014.

For more information about PUMA SOUNDCHUCK visit www.pumasoundchuck.com. You can also follow @PUMAGolf on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook and see the brand on Instagram @COBRAPUMAGOLF.

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PUMA Golf brings music to golf with SOUNDCHUCK
November 7, 2013 - 1:24pm
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Nike Golf
Nike Golf
Nike Golf's Performance Cart II Bag.

Nike Golf has introduced a new Performance Cart Bag. The premium bag is designed to conveniently store any and every item golfers might need during a round. With 19 pockets throughout the bag -- 13 external and six internal -- there is a designated spot for every item.

"Our focus for the Performance Cart Bag was to design a highly functional bag that allows golfers to conveniently access all equipment and accessories whether using a trolley or power cart," says Mark Alan, Nike Golf Global Product Director. "With 19 organizational pockets, all items are readily available and no golfer will feel unprepared."

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A signature feature of the Performance Cart Bag is the Nike Flip & Grip water-resistant pocket, which provides uncomplicated strapping to the trolley or cart and a convenient additional pocket for valuables. The Flip & Grip also houses an easily accessible exterior range finder pocket. There is a large insulated cooler pocket for beverages as well as two apparel pockets with additional internal pouches to prevent smaller items from dropping to the bottom of the bag.

The Nike Performance Cart Bag allows golfers to stay organized with the new 14-way, dual-sided top. The bag is compatible with both power carts and trolleys and makes for easy organization with 14 full-length dividers and an integrated putter well.

Additional features include:

- 9.5-inch oval top
- Integrated tee holder, pen sleeve, pencil sleeve & glove patch
- Matching rain hood

The Nike Performance Cart Bag is available now with a retail price of $240. It's available in four color schemes: Color Offerings: White/Venom Green-Dark Base Grey; Black/Dark Grey; University Red/White-Black; and Military Blue/Silver-Black.

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New Nike Performance Cart Bag offers modern design, superior storage
November 5, 2013 - 7:22pm
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Callaway Apex Pro irons
Courtesy of Callaway Golf
The Apex Pro clubs are more compact than the standard Apex clubs, and have less offset, a thinner topline, a narrower sole and a shorter blade length from heel to toe.

Back in September, Callaway unveiled its new Apex irons, which it bills as ''forged performance'' clubs. Now comes the Apex Pro edition, a tuned-up version for better players.

The Apex Pro clubs have a one-piece, 1020 carbon steel, forged construction designed specifically to deliver a soft and responsive feel – that is also a primary goal of the standard Apex clubs. The Apex Pro heads are more compact than the standard Apex clubs, and have less offset, a thinner topline, a narrower sole, and a shorter blade length from heel to toe.

One of the standout features on the Apex Pro irons is what Callaway calls its High Performance Wide Groove profile. Callaway engineers discovered that tour players and better amateurs were often generating too much spin out of the rough, largely because of high clubhead speed, reducing both distance and consistency. To remedy this, they came up with a new wide-spaced groove.

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In addition, the Apex Pro clubface is about 17 percent thinner than the 2013 edition of the X Forged irons, which improves ball speed. Increasing ball speed was secondary to improving sound and feel on the Apex Pros, and to that end Callaway added a high-damping polymer insert in the back of the head that helps eliminate unwanted vibrations at impact.

The soles of the long irons (2-5) have tungsten inserts to lower the Center of Gravity, which produces a higher launch angle and makes easier to hit. The Center of Gravity gets progressively higher down the set from longer to shorter irons. In the 9-iron and pitching wedge, this higher CG helps flight the ball down a bit and deliver a flatter trajectory.

The stock shaft on the Apex Pro irons is the new KBS Tour V, which Callaway describes as a premium, mid-launch, low-torque steel shaft that maximizes energy transfer for a smooth feel and faster ball speeds. A graphite UST Recoil shaft will be available through custom order.

The Apex Pro irons will be available at retail in early January. Callaway hasn't yet announced a suggested retail price.

Here is a video from Callaway talking about the new Apex Pro irons:

 

 

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November 1, 2013 - 1:24pm
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Titleist
Titleist
From now through Dec. 31, 2013, Titleist is offering free personalization on each dozen golf balls sold.

Titleist has announced that from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2013, the company will offer free personalization on every Titleist golf ball dozen sold.

During this two-month period, personalization charges will be waived on all orders of Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1x, NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Velocity and DT SoLo golf balls. Free personalization is also available on custom orders of Pro V1 and Pro V1x with double-digit play numbers (00 and 10-99).

Personalization includes up to three lines of block text (17 characters per line) imprinted on each golf ball in black, blue, green, red or pink ink. Titleist says that popular choices include names, nicknames, initials, holiday greetings, congratulations and inspirational messages. Twitter usernames (i.e., @Titleist) and hashtags (i.e., #TeamTitleist) are also growing in popularity.

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On Pro V1 and Pro V1x models, the combination of a single- or double-digit play number (1-9, 00 and 10-99) with personalization is often used to commemorate a holiday, birthday, anniversary or other significant date or event. Lucky or favorite numbers and athlete jersey numbers are also popular options.

Individual numbers are also available on NXT Tour and NXT Tour S (1-4); Velocity (1-4 or 00, 11, 22, 33); and DT SoLo (1-4) models.

The minimum order for free personalization is just one dozen. Orders can be placed by visiting any authorized Titleist golf shop. To locate a local Titleist golf shop, click here.

For custom individual and double-digit play numbers, an additional charge may apply.

Here are all the details on the holiday promotion:

- U.S. customers only.

- Offer: Free personalization (single pole personalization only).
- Products: All Titleist golf ball models.

- Imprint: Black, Blue, Red, Green or Pink ink.
- 1 color per personalization.
- Maximum 17 characters per line, up to 3 lines of personalization.

- Minimum: 1 dozen (packaged in standard dozens).
- Dates: An order must be placed between Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2013.
- Orders received by Dec. 10, 2013 are guaranteed to arrive by Dec. 24, 2013 via normal ground freight. Orders requesting Fast Forward Service must be received by Dec. 18, 2013.
- December 3, 2013 is the last day that orders will be accepted for Double Digit Play Numbers, with guaranteed delivery prior to December 24, 2013.
- Orders for individual and double-digit play numbers may incur an additional charge.
- Individual play numbers: Pro V1 and Pro V1x (1-9); NXT Tour and NXT Tour S (1-4); Velocity (1-4 or 00, 11, 22, 33); DT SoLo (1-4).
- Double-digit play numbers (Pro V1 and Pro V1x only): 00 and 11-99.

To learn more, visit www.titleist.com.

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Titleist offers free personalization on all golf balls for holidays
November 1, 2013 - 10:00am
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Hopkins Golf
Hopkins Golf
Hopkins Golf offers Tour-level, personalized, custom wedges to suit your style at a reasonable price.

You've probably noticed a fun trend in golf these days with manufacturers going out of there way to make your clubs more personal.

It's not just about custom-fit clubs anymore. Now, you can have your clubs personalized. Many golf companies are taking personalization to a new level and Hopkins Golf is a leader in the clubhouse to that end.

First off, you might be asking: What is Hopkins Golf?

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Started by Greg Hopkins, who previously spent 16 years as the CEO of Cleveland/Srixon Golf before resigning in 2012, Hopkins Golf opened its doors in June of 2013.

Hopkins -- who knows a thing or two about great wedges -- had one goal in mind: bring the Tour-level wedge personalization to the masses.

Now, with Hopkins Golf, not only can you purchase a Tour-level wedge with Tour-level personalization -- you also don't have to break the bank in the process.

In the words of Hopkins, "It's like having your own Tour van."

The Hopkins Golf website features an easy-to-use tool that gives you a number of options to personalize your wedge or set of wedges. Everything from stamped icons to engraved initials to selecting the color paint fill you want used on the stamping and engraving.

The base price of a single Hopkins Golf wedge is $99.99 without personalization. Prices vary depending on the level of personalization you desire. For instance, if you'd like custom colors in paint fill, add an additional $15 per club. For engraving or stamping, add an additional $30 per club. All of that sets a price point right around the average cost of other Tour-level wedges on the market.

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You can also choose from a variety of grips, shafts and even ferrule colors (that little piece near the bottom of your club where the shaft meets the top of the hosel).

All Hopkins wedges are made the same way for you as they are for the company's Tour players (it's currently the No. 3 wedge used on the Champions Tour). Features include the following:

- 8620 Carbon Steel, unchromed, for great feel and rusting purposes.
- Grooves that have maximum USGA dimensions for increased spin.
- Face milled pattern with maximum surface roughness for maximum spin.
- Stock wedges include Lamkin Crossline grips.
- Stock wedges include Hopkins Golf OTM (On The Money) steel shafts.
- Six different custom grinds.
- Custom personalization including engraving, stamping and custom colors.

The turnaround time for customized Hopkins Golf wedges is almost as impressive as the wedges themselves. From the time you place your order to the time the wedges arrive at your doorstep is typically less than seven days.

To learn more about Hopkins Golf, visit www.hopkinsgolf.com. You can also find Hopkins on Facebook, or on Twitter, @hopkinsgolfco.

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Hopkins Golf: Personalized, custom wedges to suit your style
October 31, 2013 - 1:54pm
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Nike Golf Sport Lite golf bag
Nike Golf
The new Nike Golf Sport Lite golf bag is the company's lightest bag to date at just under 4 pounds.

Nike Golf announced the release of a new golf bag Thursday -- the Nike Sport Lite.

The Nike Sport Lite, weighing in at less than four pounds, is Nike's lightest carry bag to date.

Features on the Sport Lite include Nike's proprietary EquaFlex revolving double strap system, which distributes bag weight evenly across the shoulders through an ergonomic design that brings more comfort to the often tiring task of carrying a bag around the course for hours at a time. A five-way, two full-length divider system with putter well maximizes club visibility and organization.

Six fleece-lined functional pockets, including a full length apparel pocket, provide enough space for athletes to be prepared on the course without creating extra bulk. The Sport Lite also has an integrated GPS loop, pen sleeve and glove patch; custom grip leg end-caps; and a matching rain hood.

The Nike Sport Lite comes in six different color schemes and will be available at retail Nov. 1 at $155.

For more information, visit www.nikegolf.com.

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