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September 19, 2012 - 12:27am
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John Holmes
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GoBe Golf shoes
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The men's line of GoBe shoes includes three models (top), while the Elite model (lower right) is for women. All the shoes feature GoBe's unique stars and stripes traction pattern (lower left).

No one spends more time out on the golf course – teaching, working, and sometimes even playing – than PGA Professionals. So it’s no surprise to hear that PGA Professionals are involved in creating one of the most innovative new lines of shoes in golf.

GoBe Golf, a boutique footwear company based in Austin, Minn., was founded for the sole purpose of making the best shoes for playing golf. The shoes – there are both men’s and women’s lines -- are built from the ground up using innovative materials derived from advanced footwear technology to provide better traction, comfort and support for golfers, both on the course and off.

The most striking feature of GoBe’s shoes is their patent-pending Talon tread sole design, which uses a molded five-point star traction pattern to provide grip throughout the swing. The points of the stars grip the grass, creating superior traction without damaging the turf. The stars are strategically spaced to keep dirt and debris from building up, and the sole's non-slip stripes complement the star treads to stabilize the golfer during the powerful motion of the swing.

"The technology behind GoBe's five-point star tread elevates the golf shoe so it is a part of a golfer's performance equipment," said GoBe Golf President Joe Allen. "The stars are a terrific breakthrough in tread design because the five points on the stars can really grip the grass without creating the pressure points traditional cleats cause, which tire feet.

"The traction stripes are placed right where your feet need the most support during the swing to keep from sliding; it's added insurance against slippage," he explained. "The confidence you get from those traction points will make a big difference in the power of your swing."

The shoes – there are three men’s models and two women’s models – feature a PurTEC upper that is designed to be roughly 20 times more water resistant than treated leather. It breathes, keeps its color and shape, resists stains and is extremely durable in hot or wet conditions.

Inside the shoes is a GoBe Dry liner that has a patent-pending interior moisture management system with drainage channels, aeration holes at flex points and notches above the toe area to drain perspiration away from feet. The moisture-wicking fiber lining also aerates, and has anti-microbial and anti-odor properties to keep feet cool, dry and fresh. And to extend the life of their shoes, customers can order an additional pair of shoe liners at no charge.

The men’s shoes carry a suggested retail of $159 and the women’s shoes carry a suggested retail of $139. They come with a two-year warranty and will be sold only through high-end resorts, golf course pro shops, and online at www.gobegolf.com.

 

September 18, 2012 - 12:14am
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John Holmes
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Mizuno Aerolite X golf bags
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The current release of Aerolite X golf bags from Mizuno includes the Koi, Orochi, Script and Reaction designs.

There are a lot of cool products in golf, but one of the coolest we’ve seen this year is the GEN4 collection of AeroLite X bags from Mizuno Golf.

These bags are aimed at the younger, more fashion aggressive player looking to stand out on the course. They accomplish this by featuring a series of limited-run graphics printed on the bags, keeping the bags for sale for only six months, and never repeating a design.

"Golf has changed so much in the last decade,” said Aerolite designer Clint Vosloo. "People are less conservative and more likely to express another side of themselves on the course."

Available now is the fifth cycle of the Aerolite X line, featuring four designs: Koi, Orochi, Script and Reaction.

The Aerolite bags weigh in at four pounds, and contain Mizuno’s Kabuki Organizer Top Cuff, a seven-way divider with ‘Divide and Slide Technology’ that uses the natural weight of the clubheads to separate clubs for easy and quick access during play.

A lightweight, pre-curved AeroStrap dual shoulder harness features triple padding for enhanced carry comfort, and the Airmesh Hip Pad allows free flow of air, providing a comfortable carry with reduced perspiration build-up. The bags also have a lightweight, flexible handle with soft-touch tubing, as well as a waterproof rainhood that takes up less pocket space than many other hoods. They retail for $159.99.

"We had a mixed reaction to the first wave of these designs -- from love to pure horror," said Vosloo. "But they are pretty established now, and we get asked when the next set are coming out. 

"The more extreme the designs, the more people seem to like them," he added. "I can't wait to see the Koi Carp out on the course somewhere."

fFr more on the Aerolite X bags, visit www.mizunogolf.com.

 

September 14, 2012 - 7:34pm
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John Holmes
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FootJoy's GTxtreme golf glove
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FootJoy calls its new GTxtreme golf glove "the ultimate in grip and durability performance."

FootJoy created its new GTxtreme golf glove to help golfers maximize grip and durability in all conditions of play.

Bubba Watson debuted the new GTxtreme at the British Open and has worn it every round since then.

"Once I put the GTxtreme glove in play, everything about it was great," said Watson. "It gives me more control to perform at my best."

The GTxtreme uses proprietary digital Advance Performance Digital (APL) leather technology combined with a digital FiberSof material that results in a glove that FootJoy calls "the ultimate in grip and durability performance." The soft FiberSof material along the back of the glove along with the PowerNet mesh and Power-Locking closure promotes a consistent fit, enhances comfort and creates an optimal fit.

"GTxtreme provides the best of all worlds; exceptional grip performance in all-conditions, maximum durability, comfort, superb flexibility and breathability with a precision fit," said Maria Bonzagni, Senior Director of Worldwide Marketing for FootJoy Golf Gloves and Accessories. "Together with a new high-impact package, prominent in-store display, creative interactive campaign and heavy print support featuring Bubba Watson, the new GTxtreme glove is sure to be a major hit."

The gloves are available in men’s regular left- and right-hand models as well as a left-hand cadet model, and come with a QMark magnetic ball marker. They carry a suggested retail price of $15 per glove.

For more information, visit www.footjoy.com/gtxtreme

September 13, 2012 - 3:11pm
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John Holmes
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Miura Golf KM-007 mallet putter
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Miura Golf's new KM-007 mallet was designed to provide a soft, authoritative feel in a non-glare, milled finish.

Miura Golf, one of Japan’s leading clubmakers, has added a fourth design to its KM collection of quality forged putters.

The KM-007, (KM stands for company founder and chief designer Katsuhiro Miura) begins as all Miura putters do, with a billet of fine low-carbon steel. Once forged into the proper raw shape, the KM-007 mallet is CNC (computer-numeric controlled) milled into an elegant form.

"Mr. Miura was looking at our putters, and felt we needed to take care of mallet players too," said Miura Golf President Adam Barr. "He came up with this design as a way to fit their eye while offering a soft, authoritative feel in a non-glare, milled finish. Miura-san understands that putting is very personal, and that a handsome look is as important as a solid feel. He didn't release this design until he was sure he had met both high standards."

The KM-007 offers a more face-balanced option within the Miura KM putter line. The KM-350, a heel-shafted model that is relatively short heel-to-toe, appeals to players with more of a fan-shaped putting stroke. The KM-005 (350g head weight) and KM-006 (370g), whose shaft intersection point is closer to the center of the putter face, are "quarter-hang" models balanced mostly for back-and-through swingers.

The suggested retail price of the KM-007 is $450.

For more information, visit www.miuragolf.com

September 11, 2012 - 1:04pm
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T.J. Auclair
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A|U|R
A|U|R
Here's a look at the A|U|R 2013 women's Stormpack jacket.

 

"A|U|R" -- which stands for "All that you Are" -- is a young, quality, golf apparel collection, with great success in the U.S. and Canada, and is being introduced in Europe for Spring 2013. AUR has a modern fit for the golfer/athlete who wants performance clothing with a distinct look. For Spring 2013 -- yes, they're already fast at work for next year's offerings -- AUR will now include the Stormpack outerwear line. 
 
"We are delighted to present our Spring 2013 collection and are confident that this is the finest collection in the history of AUR, presenting a very tech-driven and fashionable offering," says Mark Fletcher. "They've got a great look and hand feel, and the overall styling is a bit more European-influenced than what U.S. buyers might be familiar with, but at a much more reasonable price and with a more relevant, current fit. Our customers get great value for the fashion and quality we offer; our products are very fashion-forward for the price point. We have had an incredibly good presence on Tour in the past year with some of our Players finishing in the top 4 at several tournaments and we were able to get some great feedback on our line from Tour players to bring the best style and performance to golf."
 
AUR offers the consumer three distinct categories including AUR Active, AUR Authentic and AUR Aware and now includes the AUR Stormpack outerwear line. 
 
The Spring 2013 color palette for men features basic must-haves in a myriad of colors that all merchandise back to the men's fashion collections. An assortment of cool grays and black mixed with additional bright blasts of color: Pool, Crimson and Slate are the highlight colors for Men. For women, distinctive style, fine quality and an aura of sophistication lends itself nicely to a golf collection that is current and on-the-ball. Fashion driven Sweet Praline features a stylish Geo print paired with classic plaid bottoms. Pretty in Pink features Passion Pink with subtle grey accents to provide a sporty, fun look. Purple Haze is all about bright trendy colors. Wisteria and Emerald green are base for this group with a cool diamond inspired print. 
 
For the men's AUR apparel the price range for polos is $38 to $65, sweaters - $50 to $110, shorts and pants - $45 to $90. Pricing for women's apparel is $38 to $65 for polos, $50 to $110 for sweaters and $70 to $90 for fashion bottoms.  The Stormpack collection price range is $80 to $110.
 
AUR is owned by The Fletcher Leisure Group of Canada. Fletcher Leisure Group, based in Montreal, Quebec, is a company with 43 years of golf industry experience marketing multiple brands in Canada and the United States and in Europe. 
                                                            
September 10, 2012 - 11:16pm
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ProQuip Trophy Suit
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The Trophy Suit from ProQuip gives the public a version of the weatherwear to be worn by the European Ryder Cup squad.

Golf outerwear maker ProQuip has supplied more Ryder Cup teams -- European and American -- than any other clothing manufacturer, and its new Trophy Suit is made from the same high-performance fabric technology developed for the 2012 European Ryder Cup Team rain suit.

The new garment will go on sale Sept. 25 – the beginning of Ryder Cup Week -- giving the golfing public a version of the weatherwear to be worn by Captain José María Olazábal and his squad.

The slim-fit suit, which features an exclusive ultra-lightweight waterproof fabric with high-performance breathability, offers athletic freedom of movement with comfort and protection in all conditions. The distinctive fabric is also crease-free, so it continues to look good even after being stored in a golf bag.

"We know from the experience of the 2010 Ryder Cup that the weather can be a factor and that keeping players dry and comfortable and enabling them to perform at their best is imperative," said ProQuip USA CEO Peter Dalton. "That's why the design team has pulled out all the stops to develop this world-class technical fabric, which has been rigorously tested to create what we believe is our best ever rain suit.

The Trophy Suit jacket is available in an array of colors and sizes (S-XXXL) with matching black trousers and, like all ProQuip rain suits, is guaranteed for three years. The suggested retail price is $400 for the jacket and $300 for the trousers.

For more information, visit www.proquipgolfusa.com.

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