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September 20, 2013 - 8:03am
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Piedmont Leather Company
Piedmont Leather Company
Exotic belts, cash covers and valuables pouches are just a few of the items the Piedmont Leather Company offers its customers.
We've said it here before, but it's worth repeating -- over the last several years, golf has become cool. Can we all agree that we have Fred Couples to thank for that?
 
Along with the coolness come the apparel and accessories. Golf isn't just about your old, beat up bag and your clubs. For some, it's about making a statement on the course.
 
If you're one of those people looking to make a statement, then we've found just the thing for you.
 
Meet Jay Green, founder of the Piedmont Leather Company. Founded in January of 2009, Green's Piedmont Leather Company based out of Gastonia, N.C., produces a number of items using exotic materials -- everything from alligator belts to ostrich valuables pouches to custom elephant cash covers and more.
 
Since 2006, Green has worked with putter-maker T.P. Mills Company.  
 
"Sometimes the putter business gets really slow," Green said. "In January of 2009, it had gotten really slow, as the weather had been rough for a few days with really cool temperatures and lots of rain. I found myself needing some new belts and decided to try to find some online. I spoke to a few people and they said I should start my own leather business, so in a nutshell, I did."
 
Talk about an idea taking off. 
 
"We offer the highest quality exotics at the best prices," Green said. "For decades, exotic products have been priced so that only the top 5 percent of the population could afford them. I don't agree with that philosophy, so I've tried my hand at changing that. So far, it's working."
 
Indeed it is. Products on the Piedmont Leather Company website range in price from as little as $15.99 for a genuine alligator key fob (think keychain), to $69 for a bison cash cover (or a lot more, depending on how fancy you choose to get), to $499 for a set of three full quill custom ostrich head covers.
 
Green's belts, made from materials like crocodile, shark, elephant, bison, alligator, stingray and more, are also a big hit with a varying price range. Truly, there's something for everyone.
 
"The belts are beautiful and certainly unique," Green said. "We only use genuine skins and all of our products are made right here in the USA. That's very important, because we only want the best for our customers and the best exotic products are made in the USA. Each skin is unique and no two are alike. We can do custom stitch and edge colors on our belts to show team colors. All of our belts have snaps, so you can exchange your buckle any time you like." 
 
Green can customize whatever it is you're looking for too and that's his favorite part of the job. 
 
"That's the beauty of being a small shop," Green said. "We can do everything custom or a person can order 1,000 black alligator belts all the same size. We're very flexible."
 
And, with a smaller operation, Green is able to get to know his customers -- a part of the job he relishes. 
 
"It's always the relationships that are created," he said. "It's just like going on vacation and getting paired up with strangers -- by the third or fourth hole they aren't strangers any longer. We are golfers and no matter what we do for a living or regardless of where we live, we love the game and want to play it as often as possible. The exotic leather business mirrors that, as well. I mainly sell to golfers and there is nothing better than having a customer that you can invite to meet at a course and play 18 holes with or having them invite you to their course to play a round."
 
To learn more about Piedmont Leather Company, visit them at www.piedmontleather.com, check them out on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter, @jaygree08563162.
 
"There are thousands of combinations of belts, cash covers, yardage book covers, etc.," Green said. "We want to help you create what your mind's eye envisions. You can even call me directly, 704-879-9380, and I will be glad to talk you through the entire process."
 
How's that for customer service?
 
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Piedmont Leather Company creates high-end golf accessories at affordable prices
September 19, 2013 - 2:55pm
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Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
The Bobby Jones apparel company will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014. Its 2014 spring collection will be available in January.
Winter is right around the corner, but -- let's face it -- it's never too early to start thinking about the 2014 spring golf season.
 
As it turns out, the folks at Bobby Jones already have the 2014 spring season on their minds. The apparel brand, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, has unveiled its Spring 2014 Collection of luxury knit polo tops.
 
“2014 marks a milestone year in the history of the Bobby Jones brand,” said Andy Bell, President/CEO of Jones Global Sports. “We look forward to celebrating our 25th Anniversary with what may be our finest collection of luxury knits ever. For many golfers, the Bobby Jones name calls to mind a certain style and grace, and we’re proud to say that those attributes are reflected perfectly throughout this line.”  
 
Here's detailed information on the new collection from a press release:
 
Highlighting the new collection are Bobby Jones exclusive Supreme Cotton garments. This assortment offers pieces featuring 120/2 100% Pima gassed cotton interlock construction for the ultimate in comfort. Bobby Jones offers two different styles in its Supreme Cotton assortment in Spring 2014 -- Solid Supreme Cotton polo and Supreme Cotton Watson Stripe polo, each providing the wearer with exceptional softness and a brilliant luster.  
 
The Solid Supreme Cotton features a flat knit collar with 3% Lycra for added shape-support wash after wash. The Solid Supreme Cotton dazzles in a rainbow of 14 vivid colors (Aquamarine, Aqua Sky, Black, Canary, Carnation, Cerulean, Fuchsia, Jade, Lapis, Navy, Plum, Tangerine, Turquoise and White).    
 
The Watson Stripe utilizes a yarn dye interlock stripe pattern and a self-tailored collar for a sophisticated, yet modern look. The Watson Stripe stuns in 11 beautiful hues (Aquamarine, Classic Blue, Cerulean, Fuchsia, Jade, Lapis, Plum, Salmon, Tangerine, Turquoise and White).
  
Reflecting startling attention to detail, both styles of polo feature Mobilon stretch tape in the shoulders providing incredible flexibility during the golf swing.  Each of the styles also utilizes a 3-button placket featuring the trademark Bobby Jones Player embroidery.  Bobby Jones Supreme Cotton polos will be available at green-grass shops by January 25, 2014.   
 
The remainder of Bobby Jones Spring 2014 collection of fine cotton knits are constructed from 60/2 Double Mercerized 100% Egyptian Cotton, providing the wearer with a glossy luster and soft silk-like hand feel that is breathable and luxurious. While the Spring 2014 collection offers golfers a wide selection of 20 different styles of Double Mercerized Egyptian Cotton tops, the focus this season is on two, in particular (Hagen Jac and Palmer Stripe).  
 
The Hagen Jac features a striking Jacquard pattern in 13 different eye-catching colors (Aquamarine, Aqua Sky, Black, Carnation, Cerulean, Fuchsia, Jade, Lapis, Navy, Plum, Tangerine, Turquoise and White) and utilizes a 3-button placket showcasing the Bobby Jones Player embroidery.
 
The Palmer Stripe offers a flat knit collar style with a contrasting fine-line stripe under collar and exquisite striping throughout the body of the shirt, which is available in 13 spectacular colors (Aquamarine, Aqua Sky, Black, Canary, Carnation, Cerulean, Fuchsia, Jade, Navy, Plum, Tangerine, Turquoise and White). The Palmer Stripe also utilizes a 3-button placket with the embroidered Bobby Jones Player logo.
 
Like all of the Bobby Jones Spring 2014 luxurious knits, the Hagen Jac and Palmer Stripe feature Mobilon stretch tape in the shoulders providing unrestricted range of motion during the golf swing. Both the Hagen Jac and Palmer Stripe will be available at green-grass retailers by January 25, 2014.  
 
The Spring 2014 Bobby Jones line will also include XH20 Performance Knits. These garments provide ultimate moisture wicking function, UV protection and breathability.
 
Bobby Jones XH2O polos will be available at green-grass shops by January 25, 2014.
 
“Some people claim that you can’t make a clothing brand relevant today if the brand’s namesake was at the height of his popularity 80 years ago,” said Bell. “The truth is that they don’t get it. Bobby Jones dressed the way he did in the 20’s and 30’s because he embodied the cutting-edge styles that men of distinction wore during that period. Today, Bobby Jones would much more likely be seen in performance polo’s that showcase class and style while ceding no competitive edge to his opponents in terms of comfort and performance. That combination of style and performance is at the heart of this XH2O line. Everyone who gives these garments a try will agree; in a real sense, it’s classic Bobby Jones.”  
 
Here's how the company described its new XH2O line:
 
The range of the new XH2O poly line -- 12 distinctive styles of polo shirt -- all deliver remarkable moisture-wicking performance and are perfectly tailored for off-course daily use as well as high performance on-course sportswear. Each of the shirts features Polyester/Lycra blend construction for quick drying, UV protection (UPF 15) and an anti-microbial shield. With attention to both function and form, the garments’ shoulder-to-shoulder stretch taping complements athletic movement during a golfer’s swing while fortifying the polos' seams for maximum durability.  
 
Highlighting the XH2O 2014 Spring offering are three specific styles of polo -- Performance Pique Solid, Hook Stripe and the Bi-Ply Stripe.  
 
The XH2O Performance Pique Solid polo features a flat knit collar with 3% Lycra for added shape-support wash after wash. 
 
The XH2O Performance Pique Solid impresses with 11 vivid color options (Black, Cerulean, Classic Blue, Kelly, Lapis, Mandarin, Pineapple, Poppy, Salmon, Turquoise and White), sure to please the most discerning of golfers.  
 
The XH2O Hook Stripe sports a Jacquard textured striping pattern, solid collar and a contrast under collar with tipping for a stunningly modern, yet refined look. The Hook Stripe presents in 10 beautiful hues (Black, Cerulean, Grey, Lapis, Pineapple, Poppy, Salmon, Tangerine, Turquoise and White).
 
Reflecting impressive attention to detail, both styles of polo feature buttons produced under a proprietary 5-step process that includes electroplating to create an appearance that mimics a golf ball’s dimples. Each of the styles also utilizes a 3-button placket featuring an updated color version of the trademark Bobby Jones Player embroidery and XH2O rubber logo on the back collar.  
 
For the golfer who prefers a zipper closure to the traditional 3-button placket, Bobby Jones has introduced the Bi-Ply Stripe polo. This garment features a flat knit solid collar with 3% Lycra for added shape-support and Jersey striping throughout the body. The Bi-Ply is distinct from the rest of the XH2O line with a Bobby Jones script logo Jacquard under collar. The Bi-Ply Stripe polo is available in 3 striking shades (Lapis, Salmon and Turquoise). 
 
For information on all Bobby Jones apparel offerings, visit www.bobbyjones.com.
 
 
Bobby Jones unveils spring 2014 line to kick off company's 25th anniversary
September 19, 2013 - 10:45am
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Collared Greens
Collared Greens
Collared Green's polos are certified by EDPA USA, Inc., and fully comply with American Organic Standards and Global Organic Textile Standards.
Over the last several years, conservation has been a hot topic for golf courses in an effort to become more environmentally friendly.
 
Thanks to a new clothing company based out of High Point, N.C., cleverly named, "Collared Greens," you can extend that environmentally friendliness to the clothes you wear on the course.
 
Collared Greens makes a number of items for men and boys, including neckties, bow ties, t-shirts, hats, belts, polos and more.
 
If you're wondering: why "Collared Greens?" The company has the answer:
 
It's a word play on the delicious Southern dish collard greens. Secondly, most of our products either include or are worn with a collar. As you may have guessed, our polar bear brand symbol was suggested by this magnificent animal's status as an iconic endangered species.
 
Founded in 2008, the CG/24 conservation project is a company-wide commitment to help raise awareness and support for the environment. Each year, Collared Greens supports the mission of three to four non-profit organizations whose work focuses solely on conservation. In 2012, Collared Greens partnered with Polar Bears International, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and Trout Unlimited. These organizations were chosen by the very people who make this possible, our valued customers.
 
Through the efforts of the CG/24 conservation project, Collared Greens donates 1 percent of sales on behalf of the worldwide organization, “1 percent For The Planet,” and 1 percent of profits on behalf of the CG/24 initiative. The company also offsets its carbon footprint with Native Energy. 
 
Here is how Collared Greens describes its polos and belts:
 
Our pique polo shirts are produced in South Carolina from 97 percent Texas grown organic cotton, and 3 percent lycra. Our soft, cozy cotton is certified by EDPA USA, Inc., and fully complies with American Organic Standards and Global Organic Textile Standards. The addition of a small amount of lycra adds stretch and flexibility to the shirt, making it as comfortable as possible. 
 
CG's belts are made using the very same silk we produce our ties and bows with. Made in Connecticut, our belts feature the silk ribbon attached to a cotton backing to enhance feel and durability. The buckle is 100 percent brass.
 
Other products include: 100 percent organic cotton tees, hats and visors, sunglass straps, and dog collars.
 
Collared Greens polos retail for $75, while belts retail for $78.
 
To learn more about Collared Greens, visit www.collaredgreens.com.
 
You can also check Collared Greens out on Facebook, or follow on Twitter, @Collared_Greens.
 
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Golf clothing company's unique name
September 11, 2013 - 8:40am
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Stitch Golf
Stitch Golf
Stitch Golf head covers are handcrafted by skilled leather workers in North Carolina.
One of the coolest accessories going these days that can add instant spice to your golf bag and leave your playing partners envious are head covers. 
 
There are many great head cover-makers out there -- some have been covered in this space. This time, we bring you Stitch Golf, makers of beautiful American-made, 100 percent leather and knit head covers. All head covers are handcrafted by skilled leather workers in North Carolina. 
 
Stitch was founded by Steve Pena and Charlie Burgwyn -- a PGA Professional and former designer for Callaway Golf -- in 2012 and is the product of their mutual passion for golf, fashion and functional beauty. The name itself was born from the labor of love that goes into producing each head cover -- the stitching.
 
As you've probably noticed, the trend in golf bags in recent years has been to go smaller -- stand bags, or any kind of lightweight bag, really. Stitch recognizes this and its head covers are designed with a slimmer fit in mind. 
 
With a variety of color schemes to choose from -- and styles inspired by classic lines of 1950s roadsters and gallant keelboats -- you'll have no problem finding the perfect Stitch head covers to match your bag. Stitch has created custom covers for many major events across the country. The company recently finished custom covers for Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama.
 
Stitch head covers are available in 500 green grass locations across the country, including most of the top 100 courses, as well as many top retailers. Overseas, Stitch has distributors in Japan, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, with more on the way including the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Korea.
 
Stitch head covers retail from $29.99 to $54.99 for individual covers and $99.99 to $184.99 for sets.
 
To see all that Stitch has to offer, visit www.stitchgolf.com.
 
You can also find Stitch on Facebook and on Twitter, @StitchGolf.
 
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Stitch Golf: Head covers that are all about the details
September 10, 2013 - 10:36am
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Bridgestone Golf
Bridgestone Golf
Bridgestone is now the official licensee of collegiate teams logo golf balls.
Last week, we asked PGA.com Facebook Nation to offer up some of the best locales across the country to take in golf and a college football game in the same day.
 
If you missed it, check it out here. There's certainly a lot of school pride whenever you're talking college athletics. With Bridgestone, you can now take your school pride a step further... to the golf course.
 
Here's the release from Bridgestone this morning announcing it is now the official licensee of collegiate teams logo golf balls:
                                                                           
COVINGTON, Ga. -- Just in time for football season, Bridgestone Golf, the #1 Ball Fitter in Golf, announced today that on September 10, it will kickoff a college team logo golf ball program.  Bridgestone has entered into an agreement with 19 major colleges and universities to produce officially licensed team logo golf balls.  Under the agreements, Bridgestone has been granted the right to manufacture and sell golf balls and golf ball packaging bearing the official team logos. Financial terms and length of the agreements are undisclosed at this time.
 
Bridgestone’s collegiate team logo offering will feature Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Louisiana State, Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, West Virginia and Washington. The team logos will be available on any model of Bridgestone Golf’s robust golf ball lineup through its Custom Logo department. Also, a Special Edition Custom Team Package of Bridgestone’s award-winning e6 ball will be available at retail locations around the U.S.
 
“College football brings out passion in people like few other things, so we’re excited to offer golfers the ability to show that team pride on the golf course this fall,” said Corey Consuegra, Golf Ball Marketing Manager - Bridgestone Golf, Inc. “With more than 190 million college sports fans across the country, we believe our college offering will be a great addition to Bridgestone’s already successful collection of industry-leading golf products.”
 
For information on Bridgestone Golf’s entire portfolio of award-winning golf balls, that will now be available with collegiate team logos, visit www.bridgestonegolf.com.    
 
Bridgestone becomes official licensee of collegiate teams logo golf balls
September 9, 2013 - 10:37pm
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TaylorMade SpeedBlade iron
Dustin Johnson via Twitter
TaylorMade staff player Dustin Johnson took to Twitter to show off the back of a SpeedBlade iron, which boasts a brushed silver finish with blue accents.

TaylorMade took a deep breath during the PGA Tour's off week, and kicked off BMW Championship Week on Monday night with an event to take the wraps off its latest creation – SpeedBlade irons.

The SpeedBlades continue the TaylorMade trend of cutting Speed Pockets into their clubheads, as found in such clubs as the RocketBladez irons and RocketBallz woods. The Speed Pocket is a deep slot that runs from heel to toe on the sole just behind the clubface that allows the face to flex and rebound faster. 

That, TaylorMade says, increases ball speed and elevates the launch angle to boost distance, and provides more control because shots land on a steep angle. In addition, TaylorMade lowered the SpeedBlade's center of gravity to further increase the launch angle and to put more power behind shots hit low on the clubface – which the company says happens almost three-quarters of the time.

The new irons will be available in October.

 

TaylorMade shows off new SpeedBlade irons
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