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October 1, 2013 - 7:16am
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MannKrafted
LaMont Mann
MannKrafted, owned and operated by putter-maker LaMont Mann, can customize your putter however you dream.
Arguably the most special -- and certainly the most personal -- piece of equipment in every golfer's bag is the putter. It's the club you use to strike most of your shots (whether you're a hacker, or a professional) and -- at times – it can truly be a love-hate relationship.
 
The fact is you want your putter to be the club you're most comfortable with. Does it look right at address? Does it feel solid when it makes contact with the ball? Is it the right length? Is the grip standard, oversized, or something in between?
 
There are so any factors that go into a great putter.
 
And if you're looking for that "extra special" touch, we've found just the thing for you. Meet LaMont Mann, the founder of the putter-making boutique, MannKrafted Custom Milled Putters, which specializes in handmade, one-of-a-kind putters.
 
Mann, who makes his home in Arizona, estimates that he's been involved in the game of golf for most of his walking life. By the age of 10, Mann scored a summer job picking up range balls and was more excited about the free golf and free range balls that came with the employment than he was the actual money. 
 
Even at that tender age, he was drawn to putters.
 
"My dad rolled an old Offset Bulls-eye and I wanted to be just like him," Mann said. "I played a similar putter for quite a while, then changed to a heel-shafted blade that stayed in the bag for at least 14 years. When that blade went cold, I went on a hunt for years that probably included over 300 different putters. I was a bit of a prima-donna when it came to the condition of my clubs, so when I would find one I liked, but it was in rough shape, I would take the time to bring it back to 'pretty,' game it for a while and move on." 
 
Over the course of those many trial runs that started around 1997, Mann was learning from each putter -- the effects that different materials and shapes had on what he was able to do with the club; the look and feel that he liked in his own hands. Ideas were sticking in his mind. Mann wanted to show them off but wasn't sure where things would go. So, he put some pictures of his work on the Internet and suddenly people started contacting him wondering if Mann could bring their magic wands back to life. 
 
And talk about a labor of love. For a while early on, Mann was refinishing putters for just shipping costs. 
 
"I was a framing carpenter and trying to do much more," he said. "Spending 9-10 hours in the Arizona sun was not what I was looking for. The putter business grew steadily and over the next few years, I had worked on virtually every maker’s putter that you could think of.  Some were basic tune-ups, others were total re-builds and no two were the same."
 
With his passion for putters running wild, two makers in the business were key to helping Mann create his own putter line. 
 
"Byron Morgan has been like a long distance mentor and has given me tips, encouragement and even helped me to put a model into my line that I was unable to afford, at the time," Mann said. "He's one of the true 'good guys' in the game of golf, although you will be hard-pressed to get him to admit it. Tom Slighter also has been key in the encouragement department. Tom made my first custom putter when I was still a customer shopping around and when I was at a key point in my decision-making process, he allowed me to spend an entire day at his shop outside of Seattle and watch exactly what it was going to take to get to the next level. He showed me that what separated he and I was time in the craft and some tooling. The skill set was there, I just needed to develop it. I left his shop that day with the conviction of having my own name on a putter, within one year's time. It happened almost exactly in that time span."
 
In January of 2009, Mann met with the owner of a small, local machine shop called Karas Kustoms to discuss having some heads milled -- essentially, instead of fiddling with the works of other putter makers, Mann was ready to be his own full-fledged putter maker. 
 
From there, Mann came up with a design he calls the, "Superstition," head by MannKrafted. He sold out of 25 in a month, ordered another 50 and those kept selling too. 
 
As Karas Kustoms owner Bill Karas got to know Mann better, he allowed Mann access to more of the shops machines. 
 
"I learned from doing and from asking questions how to mill my own heads, one at a time and in the shapes that I was seeing in my mind," Mann said. "Guys liked what they were seeing, loved the way the putters felt in their hands and I kept growing my craft. Today, there are a handful of guys that do what I do. We are the 'little guys' in a market that's dominated by Asian-made clubs that are produced by the thousands, with very little handwork applied to create any special look or feel. Being part of that small club is what drives me to be the best I can be and to create putters that are not just copies of what Karsten Solheim designed all those years ago. You can see the influence of his work in some of my putters, but my deepest goal is to craft putters that stand on their own merit and make the customer truly love the choice they have made to purchase a MannKrafted Custom Milled Putter."
 
When Mann puts together his custom creations from scratch, the process takes place at several different locations in Arizona -- the machine shop, a golf shop and his garage at home in Apache Junction, which was converted to a finish shop years ago. 
 
"My wife has sacrificed her shady spot to park her car, until further notice," Mann joked. "I do most of my shipping from home, as well as some assembly and all paint fill on putters. The trio of locations makes the back seat of my car look a little odd most of the time; full of putters, shafts and boxes, but for now, it has to work. I'm the 'little guy' with a budget to match, so I do what it takes to keep moving forward."
 
From start to finish, Mann estimates it takes 8-20 hours total to build a new putter. The time is dependent on materials, shapes and details.
 
Being a boutique putter maker, Mann's business is reliant almost 100 percent on referrals. That fact isn't lost on Mann, who works relentlessly to insure that his putters live up to the hype.
 
"As little as 1 percent of my customers have ever held or putted with a handmade putter from my shop, yet they are willing to place their trust in me to build them a putter that will exceed their expectations and in some cases, be the most expensive golf purchase they have made to this day blows me away," he said. "When I get a phone call that thanks me for creating a putter for them that they have been seeing in their mind's eye for years, but had no one willing to do the work, that also hits my heart. The past few years have been an amazing testament to the quality of people in the game of golf, for me."
 
Mann is so confident in his work that he offers a money-back guarantee on every putter he sells. 
 
"There's fine print on that guarantee, but it is nothing sneaky," said Mann -- after all, we all know it's not always the putter that's causing you to miss those 3 footers. "My goal is for every customer to have what they pictured in their mind's eye when they ordered their putter. If I miss that target, I don't want them stuck with a putter that they don't intend to use."
 
Prices for a handmade MannKrafted putter start at $249 and can go up significantly.
 
"Some of the upgrades or options that would add cost to that base price would include using 303 SS, fancy necks like a Twisted 'N' Sick or Rebar-Styled neck," Mann explained. "Reasonable amounts of stamping are included."  
 
One of Mann's works -- his favorite to date, which he calls the "Esperanza" -- sold for $1,650 at a silent auction for a charity event.
 
"The benefit was the Cardons Childrens Medical Center, part of the Banner Hospital site, here in Mesa, Ariz.," Mann said. "I used one of my base CNC'd heads and crafted a neck that reminded me of a gorgeous lady's leg in the way it flowed from the head and had lines as smooth as silk. The shaping took a little extra time and when it was done, I decided to go with a clean, Raw Torch'd finish that brought out blues, purples and golds that made for an incredible look."
 
That putter now resides in the bag of a lead singer for a prominent current rock band, who Mann, said, "treats it like a piece of art." 
 
So what's the end game for Mann? To be the next Karsten Solheim or Scotty Cameron?
 
Not at all.
 
"I would be misspeaking if I said that having a putter in the hands of someone when they win a major would not be part of my dream," he said. "It would be a mistake to aim low and just hit those goals. If you are going to do something, heck anything, I believe that you should strive to be the absolute best at it, or you will flounder in your own struggles and slowly fade away. I want to be the guy that the pros come to for the putter that nobody else can seem to create -- the guy that makes magic happen when they pull out their flagstick and the putts just start to drop. 
 
"Do I want to be huge? Not really. My motivation has never been to get rich from making putters, never at all. When I asked a good friend, a few years ago, 'Who is Byron Morgan?'  His answer was, 'He's a guy who lives at the beach and makes putters. Loves what he does and isn't in it to get rich.' That is what I want people to say about me someday. I'm a guy who lives in Arizona, loves his family more than they know, and can flat-out make the best putter you will find, anywhere."
 
If you'd like to learn more about MannKrafted, visit, www.MannKrafted.com and view a photo album of Mann's hand-milled work here.
 
You can also find MannKrafted on Facebook, or you can follow on Twitter, @MannKrafted.
 
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MannKrafted Milled Putters: The ultimate in golf customization
September 30, 2013 - 10:27pm
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John Holmes
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Jack Nicklaus golf balls
Courtesy of Nicklaus Golf
Jack Nicklaus designed his new line of golf balls to make it easy for golfers of every skill level to determine which ball is most appropriate for their game.

Jack Nicklaus is introducing a line of golf balls that the Golden Bear says can help simplify your golf game and help sick children as well.

The line of three balls – the Nicklaus Black, Nicklaus Blue, and Nicklaus White – was designed to accommodate three skill levels of player, using the tees from which they typically play. A percentage of the proceeds from every ball sold will be donated to the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation to support pediatric programs and hospitals nationwide, and visitors to Nicklaus.com can support the foundation by making a voluntary contribution.

''We are trying to simplify the decision-making process of selecting the right golf ball and at the same time provide consumers the highest-quality golf balls and at a price that encourages charitable support,'' Nicklaus said of the balls, which will be available this fall. ''By buying these balls, players will get the added benefit of supporting these wonderful charities that help children in need as well as the families that dearly love them.''

The Nicklaus White ball is designed for the players who typically play from the white (forward) tees. The Nicklaus Blue is designed for players who usually play the blue (middle) tees, and the Nicklaus Black is for the single-digit handicapper who generally plays from the back (black) tees.

Nicklaus and members of his family tested and perfected the balls, and Nicklaus says the new spheres will outperform other top-of-the-line golf balls. Each ball, Nicklaus explains, incorporates the most cutting-edge multi-layer technology to achieve the optimal compression for the level of player it is designed for. 

''For more than three years, we have contemplated entering the golf ball business, so over that time, I have been researching and testing golf balls,'' Nicklaus explained. ''There are a lot of very good balls on the market, but I was not able to find a ball that fully met my expectations and hopes – not just for me or other professionals, but more important, for the everyday golfer. 

''So I simply decided not to enter the business until I found that ball,'' he added. ''Well, I found that ball. Actually, I found three.''

Nicklaus' ball strategy is based on a simple principle: Skill level is an extremely important factor when selecting the right ball. ''From the tees you play, we know your swing speed; this is paramount when choosing a golf ball,'' he said. ''But no matter the percentage of players who know their swing speed, 100 percent of them know the tees they play.''

The Nicklaus Black will sell in golf shops for $50 a dozen, while the Nicklaus Blue and Nicklaus White will retail for $46 in golf shops. By ordering directly from Nicklaus.com, however, golfers will pay only $32 for the Black and $28 for the Blue and White, and will be able to make a voluntary contribution of up to $20 if they so choose. And during a month-long pre-order period, customers can order the ball for the discounted introductory prices of $30 (Black) and $26 (Blue and White) per dozen.

For more information and to place your order, visit www.nicklaus.com.

 

Jack Nicklaus unveils his own golf ball line, and ball-choosing philosophy
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
Courtesy of Callaway Golf
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
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