Equipment

Bettinardi putters for MLB all-stars
Courtesy of Bettinardi Golf
Seven Major League Baseball all-stars can hone their putting strokes with their new custom-made putters from Bettinardi.
Major League Baseball staged its annual All-Star Game on Tuesday in Minneapolis, and a handful of players are heading home with special golf-themed souvenirs of their big night.
 
Bettinardi Golf teamed up with Excel Sports Management to create custom putters for Excel's clients who were named as all-stars. The select seven are Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves; Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals; Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and Derek Jeter, Masahiro Tanaka, and Dellin Betances of the New York Yankees.
 
"Being a huge fan of baseball my whole life, I was pleased to team up with Excel Sports to make the highest end putters for some of the top baseball players in the world," said Bettinardi President and CEO Bob Bettinardi. "It displays our unique ability to not only produce putters for the PGA Tour, but also being able to expand and create these one-of-a-kind coveted gifts for all-star players."
 
The putters are made of Double-Aged Stainless Steel (D.A.S.S.) designed individually for each player with what Bettinardi calls a "golden-flame" finish. Each putter has its player's name festooned on the pocket and their jersey number on the face. Each flatsitck also came with a custom headcover.
 
If the name Excel Sports sounds familiar it you, it's probably because the company also represents a handful of golfers including Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Matt Kuchar.
 
Seven MLB all-stars receive custom Bettinardi putters
Scotty Cameron Gallery
Courtesy of Scotty Cameron
Scotty Cameron has opened a custom-fitting gallery in an old surf shop in southern California.
Scotty Cameron's putters have been among the most popular in golf for almost two decades now, but getting custom fit by Cameron and his team has been an experience generally limited to tour players.
 
That's about to change, though, as Cameron has just opened the Scotty Cameron Gallery in Encinitas, Calif. Located not far from Cameron's famed studio, the gallery – inside what used to be a surf shop – was created to give everyday golfers a tour-quality fitting experience.
 
Cameron describes his new gallery as "part retail space, part high-end product gallery, 100 percent putter fitting facility." It is his first public fitting studio in the United States, and follows his existing facilities in Japan and South Korea.
 
 
"Opening the Scotty Cameron Gallery is something I've dreamed about for a long time," he said. "I've always wanted to have a place open to the public where I can share the things that I have created and love. But above all, the gallery is a place where golfers can come to understand what is happening between the ball, the putter and the player – and how we get those three things to work in harmony."
 
Golfers who book a two-hour fitting session will receive a putting stroke analysis using Cameron's proprietary high-speed video tools and the expertise of his trained fitters to create a flatstick that best fits their game. Customers also can purchase an ever-changing array of rare Scotty Cameron tour putters and one-off creations, along with a variety of other merchandise.
 
"When people come into the gallery, we want them to feel the craftsmanship, the vibe, the experience," Cameron said. "This is a place where you come to get fit and learn about your putting stroke, but also to get something that there's only one of in the world."
 
You can get more info on the gallery and its custom fitting program by clicking here.
 
Scotty Cameron opens retail space where golfers can get custom fit for putters
Wilson Staff 8802 putter
Courtesy of Wilson Golf
The brand-new Wilson Staff 8802 putter re-issue looks exactly like its predecessor, though its stainless steel head weighs in at 335 grams, making this one lighter than before to better handle today's quicker greens.
Wilson Golf is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year – you might have noticed Ricky Barnes, Padraig Harrington and Kevin Streelman using golf bags styled like the classic Wilson Staff bags that players like Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen used back when the company dominated the golf industry.
 
As part of its centenary celebration, Wilson also is reviving some of its classic clubs, the most recent of which is the Staff 8802 putter. The heel-shafted blade, which debuted in 1950, is instantly recognizable to golfers of a certain age.
 
Arnold Palmer made it famous, but Ben Crenshaw probably made it historic – his Masters-winning "Little Ben" putter is likely the most accomplished 8802 flatstick of all time, as Crenshaw, widely regarded as one of the best putters ever, used it throughout his career. I've added a YouTube clip below in which he talks about it.
 
The brand-new re-issue looks exactly like its predecessor, though its stainless steel head weighs in at 335 grams, making this one lighter than before to better handle today's quicker greens. And while the original model had a smooth face, the face on this one is double milled to make it completely flat and improve its ability roll the ball steadily.
 
The gold paint fill logo on the sole pairs with the old-fashioned red Lamkin 3GEN smooth pistol grip to commemorate Wilson's centennial anniversary. And this modern/classic package is completed with a 
vintage red, white and gold logo headcover.
 
The new 8802s are available now, right-handed and with a 35-inch length only, with a suggested retail price of $179.99.
 
 
Wilson brings back its classic Staff 8802 putter
nike performance fitting center
Courtesy of Nike Golf
The Nike Performance Fitting Center includes the full range of Nike equipment and technology, and was created to give golfers of all skill levels the same custom-fitting experience that Nike provides its tour players.
In a first for Nike Golf, the company has opened its first Nike Performance Fitting Center at Archerfield Links Estate in New Berwick, Scotland, just outiside of Edinburgh. 
 
The facility includes the full range of Nike equipment and technology, and was created to give golfers of all skill levels the same custom-fitting experience that Nike provides its tour players. Golfers visiting the center also get access to Archerfield's elite coaching panel, which includes former Ryder Cup player Andrew Coltart and European Tour coach Gary Nicol.
 
"This incredible facility takes club fitting to another level," said Rory McIlroy, who was on hand for the grand opening. "It's so impressive that Nike is providing the consumer the same type of service that we get as Nike athletes."
 
Golfers looking for a complete experience can sign up for a three-day package that features full club and ball fitting, game assessment, physical fitness consultation and a playing lesson on either the Fidra or Dirleton Links at Archerfield. The cool part: You get fit for clubs on Day 1, and they're delivered in time for your on-course playing lesson. Golfers also get a distance mapping session to get familiar with their new sticks. 
 
"Today marks a critical step in our journey as we deliver an experience designed to serve the golfer in fitting and performance," said Nike Golf President Cindy Davis. "It's not enough to simply make great product – we have to serve our consumer with world-class experiences that enable them to unlock their true potential.  Our partnership with Archerfield, an authentic site located on Scotland's Golf Coast, does just that." 
 
In addition to the two stunning courses designed by DJ Russell, the Archerfield Links Estate boasts a 17th century Mansion House with a spa (recently voted in the top-six new spas in Europe), a gym and a range of luxurious accommodations just outside Edinburgh. This facility provides easy access by road, rail and air.  
 
The Nike Fitting Performance Center joins a growing collection of performance and fitting centers operated by leading equipment companies. These also include the TaylorMade Center of Excellence in Herzogenaurach, Germany, and the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, Calif.
 
 
Nike Golf opens Performance Fitting Center in Edinburgh, Scotland
Bubba Watson's July 4th golf shoes
Bubba Watson via Twitter
Bubba Watson will wear a special Stars and Stripes-festooned pair of golf shoes on the 4th of July.

A lot of golfers wear special-edition products over the course of a season. One of the coolest things we've seen this year is the pair of shoes that Bubba Watson will wear Friday at the Greenbrier Classic.

These Fourth of July beauties are a Stars and Stripes version of the Oakley Carbon Pro 2 shoes that Watson has been wearing this year – he won the Masters in a pair three months ago.

The Carbon Pro 2 is the top of Oakley's golf shoe line. It features a waterproof full-grain leather upper with a compression-molded EVA chassis with Oakley's Red Code cushioning foam and an Ortholite foam insole. Inside are Oakley's Dynamic Motion Control and Coreflex Technology for comfort and flexibility.

MORE BUBBA: Check out Watson's brand-new pink Ping G30 driver

The shoes feature an antimicrobial treatment to fight odor, and have a full TPU plated outsole with PINS system cleat inserts. They carry a two-year limited waterproof warranty and carry a suggested retail price of $200.

This Stars and Stripes version looks like a special edition not for public sale, but the standard models come in black, white and an ivory treatment with gray and orange accents.

 

 

 

Bubba Watson has July 4th-themed golf shoes
July 3, 2014 - 8:32am
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Bag Boy Tri Swivel II
Bag Boy
If you love to walk the golf course, but really don't like to carry your golf bag, the Bag Boy Tri Swivel II push cart is just what the doctor ordered.

A lot of people -- myself included -- prefer to walk the course during a round of golf.

Walking is just so much better than riding in a cart and for so many reasons, the least of which is the exercise.

First, chances are you're playing golf to get out of the office and relax. Walking allows you to take it all in. Walking also allows you to develop a rhythm throughout the round and, between shots, you have the chance to think about the upcoming shot.

RELATED: Check out PGA.com's extensive equipment page

The only thing I loathe about walking? Carrying my bag.

I remember growing up and playing alongside my dad and great, great uncle. We'd all take those old pull carts. They were great at the time, but as I got older, they became "uncool." For some reason, carrying a heavy bag was "cooler."

Now at 34 years old, I just don't feel like carrying anymore, but I still want to walk and I don't have a regular caddie to call on a whim every time I have a few free hours to tee it up. I've seen so many incredible looking push carts (much easier to navigate than the old pull carts) on the market, that I decided to try one for myself recently -- the Bag Boy Tri Swivel II.

Wow.

This is the next best thing to taking a caddie. We're in the middle of a typical steaming hot summer here in New England and it sure was nice to enjoy a round of golf in 90-degree temperatures without carrying around 20 extra pounds of luggage. Instead, I pushed the cart -- with incredible ease -- and was able to save my energy for what mattered most... the shot at hand.

The Bag Boy Tri Swivel II consists of the following features:

-- Lightweight, weather resistant aluminum frame

-- Handle mounted parking brake

-- Durable handlebar grip

-- Easy one-step handle adjustment accommodates golfers of all heights

-- NEW Full feature, extra deep scorecard holder offers golf ball storage

-- 9.5" front and 11.5" rear oversized wheels roll easily through the grass

-- Lightweight, solid foam, maintenance free tires

-- Integrated tee and ball holder

-- Integrated beverage holder

-- Oversized storage bag included

-- Weight: 17 lbs.

-- Folded dimension: 23.5" x 13" x 24"

My push cart was also equipped with an attachment for a small seat. That came in handy on a few occasions as we waited for the group in front of us.

I know many people are minimalists when it comes to what they take on to the course. I'm not one of those people. I like to be prepared for anything, so I always have a rain jacket, umbrella, extra golf balls, a couple of extra gloves, my rangefinder, etc.

All of that stuff -- along with a few snacks and bottles of water -- can really weigh down the golf bag. However, with the Bag Boy Tri Swivel II, you're not weighed down by your extra cargo at all. It was fantastic.

The features that really made this push cart so special were the beverage holder, tee and ball holder and scorecard holder. You don't realize how nice it is to have all this things util you actually have them. The only items I keep in my pocket now with this cart are a ball marker and a divot tool. Other than that, I simply grab a tee or ball off the top console as I need it.

There's also a convenient little net that drops down from the top console which is great for a rangefinder or GPS device. And a small pocket on the back side of the top console was perfect to store a cell phone, car keys and wallet.

You might get a few funny looks from those on the practice green when you stroll up with this sophisticated push cart, but they'll be jealous in no time. It makes the round and the walk far more enjoyable and far less exhausting.

The Tri Swivel II sells for $249.95. You know that saying, "you get what you pay for?"

Well, that's the case with this push cart. It's not cheap, but it's high end and you're not likely to ever need another push cart.

If you don't want to spend that much, Bag Boy's C3 push cart is another worthy option. It has many, but not all, of the same features as the Tri Swivel II. The C3 retails for $199.95.

For more information, visit www.bagboycompany.com

Bag Boy Tri Swivel II is like taking a caddie
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