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September 25, 2013 - 10:09pm
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Adams Golf New Idea Hybrid Irons
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Adams Golf's New Idea Hybrid Irons are designed to help mid- to high-handicap players by cutting slots around more of the clubheads to help increase face flex, even on mis-hit shots.

While researching golfers' swings, Adams Golf discovered that players with handicaps of 15 or higher make the majority of contact nearly not in the sweet spot of their clubfaces but rather about a half-inch toward the toe. To help these mid- to high-handicap players, the company has created its New Idea set of hybrid irons, which are designed to improve the clubface's performance in the area where those players need it most.

Specifically, the heads of these new clubs feature wraparound slots, which the company says helps to generate higher ball speeds and provide more forgiveness, especially on off-center shots.

"With a concentration on developing technology that golfers really need, we created these industry-first wraparound slots on the toe to compensate for a very common mis-hit,” said Justin Honea, Adams' senior director of research and development. “New Idea irons are definitely our easiest to hit, with measurable improvements in ball speeds and forgiveness where players require it most."

The new slot design creates a spring-like effect across the entire face, expanding the sweet spot. Compared to its popular Idea a12 OS Hybrid Irons, Adams says, the New Idea Hybrid Irons provide 44 percent more ball speed on off-center hits and 24 percent more ball speed on flush shots because of increased flex from their unsupported faces.

The standard set of New Idea clubs starts with 3-, 4- and 5-hybrids that feature Adams' Cut-Thru sole slots that run behind the face and are visible on the crown and sole. The refined design of this slot helps to generates increased fast speeds, higher launches and additional distance, most notably on off-center shots.

The hybrids also feature Adams' patented ''upside-down'' shape that puts more surface area lower on the face, where golfers generally make contact with the ball. This creates a lower center of gravity that helps the ball launch higher, while reducing spin, for better distance results.   

With the transitional hybrid irons (6- and 7-irons) in the set, these clubs bridge the gap between the hybrids and short irons. The 270-degree slots start in the heel area and run through the sole around the clubhead to the topline to help the face to flex for higher ball speeds and more forgiveness, no matter where the ball is struck.

''There's tremendous emphasis put into transitional hybrid irons, particularly with the addition of the toe slot, '' Honea added. ''The wraparound slots allow us to seamlessly replicate the hot faces of our industry-leading hybrids.''

Completing the set are three scoring irons (8-iron through pitching wedge) that provide the benefits of traditional cavityback irons, with the additional advantage of the wraparound slots.

The men's New Idea set includes a 460cc titanium driver designed for maximum forgiveness and distance; 3- and 5-woods featuring Cut-Thru slots; the New Idea Hybrid Irons; a Yes! mallet putter; and a black and white cart bag with blue trim and matching Idea headcovers.

The women's set is available in four distinct colors with technology and set configurations specific to female golfers. The 12-piece package contains a titanium 12.5-degree driver; three fairway woods (3, 5 and 7); New Idea Hybrid Irons (5-iron through sand wedge); and a Yes! putter.

The New Idea Hybrid Irons will be available at retail in mid-October with a suggested retail price of $799.99 per set with Mitsubishi Rayon Bassara Eagle Series 65-gram graphite shafts and $699.99 per set with True Temper Dynalite 85-gram steel shafts. The New Idea Hybrids be available at the same time with a suggested retail price of $169.99.

The New Idea complete sets for men will be available in early November. The New Idea complete sets for women will be available in early November in Almond color, while the Blackberry, Raspberry and Melon options will come out in early December. All the full sets will carry a suggested retail price of $999.99.

 

Adams Golf rolls out New Idea Hybrid Irons for high-handicap players
September 24, 2013 - 7:59pm
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Callaway Golf Apex irons
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The Callaway Apex irons are the first forged irons that provide the soft, responsive feel for which forged clubs are known, as well as extra distance, Callaway says.

Golfers of a certain age no doubt remember – or even owned – Hogan Apex irons, which debuted back in the early 1970s. Over three decades or so, the Ben Hogan Co. rolled out more than a dozen iteration of Apex irons, whose classic forged blades were, at their finest, among the best better-player irons on the market.

Callaway Golf bought Hogan about a decade ago, sold the apparel side of the business to Perry Ellis last year, and now is resurrecting the Apex name for its latest set of irons, which will debut at retail in December. Both the original Hogan Apex models and the Callaway versions are forged from carbon steel, but that's about where the similarities end.

Callaway calls the Apex irons a ''longer, more attractive cousin to the Diablo Forged iron,'' which Callaway says originated the category of high-performance forged cavityback irons. They won't replace any current irons in the Callaway line-up, and are designed to appeal to a broad range of golfers seeking the best of forged players' irons and cast game-improvement sticks. 

The new Apex clubs are the first forged irons that provide the soft, responsive feel for which forged clubs are known, as well as extra distance, Callaway says. A big reason for this, they explain, is that the new clubs contain a thin, 455 Carpenter high-strength steel face insert that is the same material Callaway uses in the forged cup faces of its X Hot fairway woods to help the ball jump off the face.

The lightweight face insert also means that Callaway could reposition weight low in the head. Using a tungsten insert in the sole to lower the center of gravity helps increase launch angles in the low irons (3-5 irons) and improve forgiveness. This composition, Callaway says, creates a clubhead with the performance properties normally found in game-improvement irons, and helps golfers launch the ball at appropriate angles and spin rates throughout the set.

The heads are slightly larger than the X Forged irons, and the faces feature wide-spaced (30-degree) grooves. These are the first Callaway irons to use these grooves, Callaway says, adding that they provide increased spin out of the rough for average golfers. In addition, the heads boast a satin chrome finish that's consistent with the look of Callaway's muscleback irons. 

The Apex irons will come with two shaft options. The True Temper XP95 steel shaft will help deliver high launch angles with a controlled ball flight, while the UST Recoil is a lightweight graphite shaft with higher flex points for better feel and workability. The company hasn't yet released a suggested retail price.

 

Callaway unveils Apex 'forged performance' irons
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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