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October 25, 2013 - 9:54am
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Imperial Headwear
Imperial
Imperial Headwear's new building for its designers in Bourbon, Mo., will be known as The Incubator.

You've heard of a "think tank" -- a place to gather and come up with great new ideas. Well, the people at Imperial Headwear have taken that a step further with the opening of "The Incubator" at the company's corporate headquarters in Bourbon, Mo.

So, what exactly is "The Incubator?"

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"The Incubator is a brand new space we built for Imperial designers and CSR's to dedicate themselves to servicing our customers," said David Shaffer, Director of Marketing at Imperial. "We gave it this name because it's a place where we will brainstorm ideas, develop concepts and process orders. Everything Imperial does will start here."

Paramount Apparel International acquired Imperial in late 2012. The Incubator office in Bourbon, along with two nearby manufacturing plants are the new home to Imperial Headwear, which previously called Denver, Colo. home.

"This is another step in our commitment to servicing the golf industry," said Mark Rubenstein, Chairman & CEO of Paramount Apparel International. "We wanted to devote our attention and resources to making sure we take care of our customers, and the Incubator is a place for our people to do just that."

To learn more about Imperial, click here.

You can also find Imperial on Twitter, @ImperialHats, on Facebook and on Instagram.

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Imperial Headwear unveils the 'Incubator'
October 22, 2013 - 4:32pm
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John Holmes
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Nike Lunar Embellish women's golf shoes
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The Nike Lunar Embellish women's golf shoes come with a variety of Interchangeable saddle wraps to allow golfers to match their shoes with their outfits.

The two big pushes in golf shoes these days are to make them as lightweight as possible and also to make them customizable. Nike Golf does both in its new Lunar Embellish women's golf shoe.

The Lunar Embellish is significantly lighter than its predecessor, the Air Embellish, weighing in at 8.6 ounces compared to 11.9 ounces for the Air Embellish. The weight savings is a result of lighter materials combined with a slimmer, more refined design. And the new shoes contain Nike's Lunarlon Technology for responsive cushioning in the heel as well as Integrated Traction on the outsole to provide control at impact. 

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The Lunar Embellish also comes with two reversible saddle wraps – for four colors in total – allowing golfers to match their shoes with their outfit for the day, and the saddles also provide adjustable mid-foot support. In addition, a new water-resistant synthetic leather upper, crafted with a no-sew technology film overlay, provides extra support and durability throughout the length of the shoe.

The Pure Platinum/Wolf Grey-White shoes offer Red Violet, Turf Orange, Glacier Ice and Wolf Grey saddle choices. The Black/Metallic Cool Grey-White offer Dark Grey, Turbo Green, Geranium and Violet Shade saddle choices. The shoes carry a suggested retail price of $130 per pair (and a street price of $99 per pair), and will be available at retail in early November.

 

Nike Lunar Embellish women's shoes are lightweight and customizable
October 21, 2013 - 5:59pm
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John Holmes
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TaylorMade SLDR fairway wood and rescue club
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The new TaylorMade SLDR fairway woods and rescue clubs share the SLDR driver's Loft-Sleeve technology, which allows golfers to adjust the loft, as well as its gray and silver color palette.

Two months after the release of the SLDR driver, TaylorMade Golf is giving it some company. Five SLDR fairway woods and four SLDR Rescue clubs are joining the family.

The new fairways and rescues don't share the SLDR driver's signature sliding weight on the sole, but they do have TaylorMade's Loft-Sleeve technology, which allows golfers to adjust the loft 1.5 degrees up or down. Better players are sometimes reluctant to play higher-lofted metalwoods because of their increased spin rate, but TaylorMade says the SLDR clubs have a low and forward Center of Gravity that reduces spin and generates greater distances, even with the higher lofts.

GOLF BUZZ: TaylorMade SLDR drivers feature sliding weight on sole

Another TaylorMade trademark found in the SLDR fairways and rescues is the Speed Pocket, which is also found in the RocketBallz woods and RocketBladez and new SpeedBlades irons. The Speed Pocket is essentially a slot cut into the sole that allows the face to flex more and faster to help generate greater ball speed. Unlike the open slots in RocketBallz woods, the SLDRs' slots contain a polymer fill to keep grass and debris out. 

Like the SLDR driver, the new clubs feature a traditional head shape with a shallow face, charcoal-gray crown and silver clubface. And just as the SLDR quickly became the most-played driver on the PGA Tour, the fairways and rescues are already being used by players such as Justin Rose and D.A. Points.

GOLF BUZZ: TaylorMade SpeedBlade irons boast Speed Pockets

The SLDR fairway woods come in five models: Tour Spoon (14 degrees), 3 (15 degrees), 3HL (17 degrees), 5 (19°) and 5HL (21 degrees), all of which come stock with a Fujikura Speeder 77 graphite shaft. They carry a suggested retail price of $249 per club, or $349 with an optional Fujikura Motore Speeder TS 8.3 shaft.

The rescue clubs come in four models: the 2 (17 degrees), 3 (19 degrees), 4 (21 degrees) and 5 (24 degrees), with a stock Fujikura Speeder 82 shaft. They carry a suggested retail price of $219, while an optional TP version, equipped with the Fujikura Motore Speeder TS 9.3 shaft, has a suggested retail price of $289. 

All the new SLDR fairways and rescues will be available at retail in mid-November.

Here's a TaylorMade video with more info on these new clubs:

 
SLDR fairway woods and rescue clubs join TaylorMade line
October 21, 2013 - 11:34am
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T.J. Auclair
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SuperStroke
SuperStroke
SuperStroke offers a variety of oversized grip sizes that will fit over the shaft of any conventional putter.

These days, you've probably seen a number of top touring professionals -- PGA Champion Jason Dufner for example -- sporting an oversized grip on their putter.

If it didn't work, they wouldn't be using it, right?

Chances are that grip you're seeing is one made by a company called, SuperStroke.

VIDEO: See how SuperStroke works | PGA.com

So what makes a SuperStroke oversized grip so special? With a smaller grip, a golfer has a tendency to squeeze too tightly, which can be cause for unnecessary wrist action that can undoubtedly throw your golf ball off its intended line.

SuperStroke oversized grips take "the hands out of it" so to speak. It promotes even grip pressure with both hands, creating a smoother, more consistent putting stroke.

According to SuperStroke, "Electromyographic testing of golfers at the Milwaukee School of Engineering found a 32 percent reduction in grip tension with the SuperStroke versus a conventional smaller putter grip."

RELATED: PGA.com's 2013 golf grips page

In layman's terms, an oversized grip produces a more-square face at impact, leading to better putts and a better feel for distance.

SuperStroke offers several different sizes, and the grips will fit any conventionally shafted putter.

If you're looking to improve your putting, you may want to give SuperStroke a try. Depending on model, the grips range in price from $11.99-$24.99.

To learn more, visit www.superstrokeusa.com. You can also find SuperStroke on Twitter, @SuperStrokeGolf.

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SuperStroke grips: Oversized putter grips take tension out of hands
October 18, 2013 - 11:35am
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KENTWOOL
KENTWOOL
The new KENTWOOL Graduate sock.

KENTWOOL -- the 170-year-old, family-owned premier textile innovator and maker of performance socks specifically engineered for golfers -- has announced the launch of The Graduate, which it's calling golf's first merino wool graduated compression sock.

“Our entire collection was born from the idea of creating socks that help golfers feel and play their best,” says Mark Kent, President and CEO of KENTWOOL. “We’re taking that to another level by combining our signature comfort and blister-free guarantee with proven medical research to create the ultimate compression sock.”

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The Graduate promotes proper circulation thanks to its compression profile that fits snuggly around the ankle and gradually loosens as it rises along the calf. The knee-high length socks are designed to increase recirculation of blood from the foot and lower leg to the heart, helping to relieve fatigue and cramps while speeding recovery.

The Graduate retails for $40 and is available now on www.KENTWOOLSocks.com in natural or black colors.

Along with the Graduate, KENTWOOL offers a variety of other sock styles, including Low Profile, Tour Profile, Tour Standard and 19th Hole models, worn by the likes of Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Jonathan Byrd and more.

To learn more about all of KENTWOOL's offerings, visit www.KENTWOOLSocks.com.

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KENTWOOL launches high-performance, golf-specific compression sock
October 17, 2013 - 9:02am
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Vessel Bags
Vessel Bags
If you want a one-of-a-kind golf bag, Vessel Bags can create it.

The holidays are sneaking up on us -- as the always do. Are you looking to find a great gift for the special golfer in your life?

We have a suggestion for you that's sure to be a hit: a 100 percent customized golf bag.

Until now, you may not have heard of a company called Vessel Bags, but you've surely seen their work. Watch any kind of Tour event and their bags are impossible to miss. Many of the customized bags used by tournament professionals -- the ones adorned with sponsor logos and more -- are Vessel Bags.

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Now, you can have your very own.

We know what you're thinking: Why would I want a bag with a company logo on it?

Good question. And the answer is, you don't have to have a bag with a company logo on it. With Vessel Bags, you can literally have anything you want on the bag -- your name, a symbol, a flag, an image, a saying -- the possibilities are endless.

And if you want a personalized bag, but have no idea what to put on it, Vessel's customer service can come to the rescue:

"Our goal and dream is to design and create the most unique bag with you and for you. At Vessel, we believe that we are all uniquely made. Let us help you express your uniqueness through the accessories you carry on the golf course. Make a bag unlike any other bag out there. If our customizer is not unique enough for you, please send us brief information on what you would like to achieve and we will contact you and design a bag for you that's on a whole 'nother level."

Watch the video below to see what goes in to creating a one-of-a-kind Vessel bag:

Before contacting customer service though, you'll want to try out Vessel's cool, easy-to-use bag customizer application on www.vesselbags.com. First, you choose between four bag-type options -- three full-sized "staff" bags that start from $650; or the company's "Player," lightweight, stand bag that starts at $350.

Once your bag is selected, that's when the fun starts. With all kinds of different color swatches, you simply click the color and where you'd like it to appear on the bag. You can even choose the zipper color you desire.

With the color scheme locked in, you can move on to more customization. You can add text and images anywhere on the bag. If there's something you'd like on the bag, but can't find, that's when Vessel can step in and help.

The high-quality materials used to make a Vessel bag insure that it will be usable for years to come. So, while the price is certainly higher than a standard bag, keep in mind that Vessel's are completely personalized just for you.

And as if the bag customization wasn't enough, Vessel can also customize headcovers to match your bag.

After placing your order, Vessel bags ship in as little as two weeks.

To learn more about Vessel, visit www.vesselbags.com. You can also find Vessel on Facebook or on Twitter, @vesselbags.

UPDATE: Vessel has been kind enough to offer a 15 percent discount to PGA.com readers good through the end of 2013. Just enter "PGA15" at checkout to get the discount.

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Vessel Bags: Customize your golf bag like the touring pros
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