Equipment

September 24, 2012 - 11:51pm
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SkyCaddie Breeze rangefinder
Courtesy of SkyGolf
The Skycaddie Breeze offers a variety of different displays of scorecards and yardages, among its many features.

SkyGolf bills its new SkyCaddie Breeze as the simplest rangefinder in golf, not to mention its least expensive. The Breeze delivers a virtual sprinkler head, says SkyGolf -- offering golfers front, middle and back-of-the-green distances from anywhere on the course without touching a button or even aiming the device.

The Breeze comes preloaded and is hands-free from the parking lot to the 18th green, and yardages are displayed in big, easy-to-read numbers on a 3-inch, sunlight-readable display. Its features include: Auto Course (finds and loads a course automatically); Auto Hole Advance (advances to the next hole automatically); and Auto Distance (yardages update every second without aiming).

Golfers also can measure any shot, knowing the exact distance they hit their clubs, while enjoying digital scoring at their choosing and much more. And with a turn of the wrist, they can view a jumbo screen with a large number to the green or see their scorecard in landscape orientation.

"The new Breeze addresses the needs of a large segment of golfers who are looking for simplicity and accuracy at a price unmatched in the industry," said SkyGolf CEO Richard Edmonson. "Even more exciting is the Breeze is also upgradable to provide many other game-saving course features and applications that help golfers play even better as their needs and their games grow. This will enable Breeze owners to customize their SkyCaddie to meet their unique needs as golfers without buying a new device or buy features they would not use."

Breeze owners seeking more advanced features such as HoleVue, IntelliGreen, RangeVue and PinPoint can add them via a series of optional upgrade packs and membership choices.

The Breeze carries a suggested retail price of $229.95, and for the remainder of 2012 buyers will receive $250 in Hotel Savings Bucks, which may be used to for savings of up to 40 percent off the guaranteed lowest rate available at more than 15,000 hotel properties worldwide. In addition, members can earn SkyRewards Points and other discounts, and can reduce the price even more by taking advantage of the SkyGolf Trade-In program.

For more information, visit www.skycaddie.com.

September 23, 2012 - 10:47pm
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Courtesy of Club Glove
The Last Bag XL (left) can accomodate nearly any tour golf bag, while the TRS Ballistic Check-in XL features five packing modules.

The U.S. Ryder Cup team is jetting into Chicago with its clothes, equipment and accessories packed neatly in Club Glove travel bags that you too can buy for your golf vacations.

For their sticks, the Ryder Cup players are using the Last Bag XL club bag. The Last Bag XL is the No. 1 golf travel bag brand at all PGA Tour and Champions Tour events, says Club Glove, and it is complemented by the Stiff Arm Device, a fully adjustable, three-piece telescoping crutch that is slightly longer than the longest club in the bag, protecting clubs and shafts while nearly eliminating all risk of breakage.

The Last Bag XL weighs in at 11.2 pounds and stands 55 inches tall, 22 inches wide and 19 inches deep to accomodate nearly any golf bag and up to a 48-inch driver plus room for gear and accessories. Its single-piece, burst-proof Invista Cordura 1000 D water-resistant nylon is up to three times stronger than standard polyester and lasts up to five times longer than standard polyester. It also contains in-line skate wheels and bearings for smooth and quiet transport, an over-the-top zipper for easy loading, and two exterior shoe/storage pockets with nylon shoe bags.

It comes in 16 different colors, carries a suggested retail price of $329, and can be customized with a name or initials for an additional $20.

For their clothes, the players are using the TRS Ballistic Check-in XL, which features five packing modules to help keep its content wrinkle-free and organized. Extremely functional and durable, the bag is woven with military-spec Invista Cordura 1050 denier Ballistic nylon fabric that offers up to twice the abrasion resistance and up to four times the tear resistance of other premium brands. It stands 31 inches tall, 15 inches wide and 12 inches deep, and weighs 13.8 pounds.

The Check-in XL retails for $799, and is part of a multi-piece TRS Ballistic line that also includes the Backpack ($349), Shoulder Bag ($349), Carry-on ($699) and Check-in ($750).

This marks the eighth time that Club Glove has in some capacity outfitted the U.S. team for the Ryder Cup. The company – whose travel gear is used by more than 90 percent of PGA Tour players, according to the Darrell Survey -- created custom, personalized versions of its bags for each Ryder Cup player.

When used as a set, travelers can take advantage of Club Glove's patent-pending Train Reaction system. This allows users to quickly and easily connect bags and reduces the amount of effort needed to pull or push them by creating a perfect center of gravity and weightless feel.

For more information, visit www.clubglove.com.

 

September 20, 2012 - 6:51pm
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Ryder Cup towels
Courtesy of Devant Sports Towel
Official Ryder Cup towels look great hanging on the wall and work great hanging on your golf bag.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be playing in the Ryder Cup next week or anytime soon. But we can have a little bit of the Ryder Cup with us out on the course (or hanging up in our offices) with either of a couple of sporty Ryder Cup-themed towels from Devant.

The Official 2012 Commemorative Artwork towel showcases the Medinah clubhouse in a brilliantly colored image created by famed sports artist LeRoy Nieman that is also featured on posters, prints and other products. The graphics are applied with Devant’s patented Hi-Def digital technology, which allows Devant to reproduce the detailed artwork while keeping the towel soft and ready to use. Made from a cotton-polyester blend, it measures 16-by-24 inches and retails for $24.95.

If you’d rather have a towel with the Ryder Cup logo, there is one that features the logo with "Medinah 2012" in the background. Like the clubhouse towel, this one measures 16-by-24 inches, is made of cotton-polyester blend and features graphics applied in such a way as to make the image especially sharp while keeping the towel soft and functional. This one retails for $19.95.

 

 

September 18, 2012 - 11:27pm
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GoBe Golf shoes
Courtesy of GoBe Golf
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 17, 2012 - 11:14pm
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Mizuno Aerolite X golf bags
Courtesy of Mizuno Golf
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 - 6:34pm
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FootJoy's GTxtreme golf glove
Courtesy of FootJoy
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

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