Last-minute Valentine's Day gift: The Players Towel
Are you scrambling to find a last-minute, quality, golf-related gift for that special someone in your life this Valentine's Day but don't want to break the bank?
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It's a fact: people who take their golf seriously want to use what the pros use.
Believe it or not, that even trickles down to the towel used to clean their clubs. Trust us... not all towels are created the same. And until 2009, unless you played on a major golf tour, you couldn't get your hands on the aptly named, "Players Towel."
Patrick Le Vine, President and Founder of Players Towel, is a former LPGA caddie and he has experience with lousy towels.
For many, many years, it was a running joke amongst the professional golf ranks that caddies would, "borrow," towels from the hotel or motel they were staying at on a given week to bring to the course and keep their players' clubs clean. Le Vine was no exception.
"I was one of those guys who got caught 'borrowing' the white towels with the blue stripe, because the tournaments did not provide adequate towels," Le Vine said.
As a result, Le Vine did something about it and created one of the highest quality sports (not just “golf”) towels you'll ever come across -- the Players Towel.
"Players Towel are made from the finest microfiber available," Le Vine said. "The towels can hold over 300 times their weight in water. The unique waffle pattern is designed specifically to clean the grooves of a golf club. The high grade microfiber is durable enough to clean mud and dirt from your clubs, yet gentle enough to clean your sunglasses."
For a more personal touch, Le Vine can embroider whatever it is you want on the Player Towel -- initials, your name, an expression, a logo, etc. -- which comes in a variety of colors and retails at $24.95 (personalization is free for either a name or logo -- both can be added for a small fee).
You can also have a, “putter slit,” added to the middle of your towel to give it a place to hang on your golf bag so you never have to worry about losing it.
"Combined with unlimited personalization options via embroidery, sublimation or screen-printing, Players Towel has quickly become the preferred towel of touring professionals worldwide," he said.
To back that up, Le Vine told us that the Player Towel has been on the winner's bag of 20 PGA and LPGA pros in 2011 and 22 in 2012. Webb Simpson had one on his bag for his 2012 U.S. Open victory at Olympic Club, while Phil Mickelson and Charl Schwartzel also had a Players Towel while playing their way to green jackets in the 2010 and 2011 Masters, respectively.
Now, you can get a Players Towel of your own.
"From 2006-2008 we were designing and only making the towels for tour players, while we refined our product and made it ready for the world," Le Vine said. "In 2009 we began selling to the public."
The towels are available in an ever-growing number of golf shops worldwide, or you can create your own without even leaving your house by visiting PlayersTowel.com.
You can also follow Players Towel on Twitter, @PlayersTowel.
Finally, you can like Players Towel on Facebook here.
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