Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tour Caddies Association Launches Travel & Shopping App

(ORLANDO, FL) – The Tour Caddies Association has launched a travel and shopping app that allows consumers to make purchases with ease and at the same time benefit professional tour caddies.

The app can be downloaded through www.tourcads.com. No ITunes or Google Play account is needed.  The app is very convenient and useful for everyone who books travel and shops online.  Consumers will be supporting the caddies of professional golf just by using the app, at no extra cost to themselves.

“The Tour Caddies Association app just makes life easier for those who book travel and shop online,” said Michael Marini, CEO of the organization. “We bring more than 200 of the world’s most popular websites to your fingertips, without the need for exhaustive Google searches or bookmarking.  Once you experience the convenience of our app, you’ll use it time and time again.”

The TCA was formed in 2013 by veteran Tour Caddies Dean Herden (LPGA Tour), Gary Matthews (PGA Tour) and Basil van Rooyen (PGA & Champions Tour), along with their Financial Advisor Michael J. Marini. The initial objective was to provide financial and job support to caddies working and traveling on the 15 major professional golf tours of the world.

The new app helps TCA accomplish that goal. The association receives a commission from every purchase made by consumers who use the app. A full 100 percent of those commissions are distributed to member caddies to assist with healthcare and retirement benefits.

“Our app is a great for anyone who loves convenience and loves to help people,” said Marini. “By simply using it, you’re helping the hardworking caddies of professional golf at no cost to yourself. Everybody wins.”

Along with benefiting caddies, the TCA has since expanded to serve the needs of tour players, creating the industry’s only one-stop shop where tour caddies and players can get everything they need to succeed at the business of professional golf.

Tour Caddies Association membership is open to caddies working full-time on the 15 major professional golf tours of the world.  Caddies pay a $99 annual membership fee at www.tourcads.com, and are immediately eligible to receive quarterly benefit checks, utilize the player/caddie job connection service and receive discounts on valuable products from the TCA’s business partners.

Tour players can visit www.tourcads.com to sign up for the caddie/player job connection service at no charge, and inquire about player financial advisory services, player management services and player agent representation.

For more information, call 407-924-7950 or visit www.tourcads.com.

Product Review: Leupold GX-4i²

GPS versus laser rangefinder. You have people arguing for both sides, but Leupold may have swung the pendulum in favor of the latter with its GX-4i² rangefinder. If you’re looking for a unit to provide more than just yardage to a target, then check out this beauty.

As you can imagine, you can quickly and easily find a yardage to your target, be it the pin, a tree, river, etc. But the GX-4i² goes way beyond that by offering the innovative “Club Selector.” Enter your typical distances for the 8, 6 and 4 irons in your bag and Club Selector will then make club recommendations based on the True Golf Range (TGR) of your shot.

Unlike rangefinders and GPS systems that stop at basic line-of-sight ranging, TGR takes into consideration inclines, declines, altitude, and temperature - elements that affect the actual distance and club selection. When combining TGR with Club Selector, golfers get a specific recommendation for which club to hit based on their own personal game.

Here’s a small catch ... USGA Rule 14-3 states that a player may not use any artificial device or unusual equipment that “might assist him making a stroke or in his play.” Leupold has the nonconformity covered, though. A chrome faceplate (included) disables True Golf Range and Club Selector features to make the GX-4i² permitted for use under the rules of golf.

In the spirit of late-night infomercials ... But wait, there’s more!

Shaky hands inhibit your ability to lock onto a pin? Pinhunter 2 filters out background images and makes zeroing-in on the target faster. Prism Lock - combined with PinHunter 2 - gives an audible tone when the rangefinder finds the prism, and the distance is immediately displayed.

When playing in fog, many rangefinders provide measurements from the first target returned, which in some cases is the fog between you and the pin. The GX-4i² cuts through the pea soup when “Fog Mode” is activated.

Scan Mode takes multiple readings in one sweep by holding down the power button. The display will continuously update with accurate line-of-site measurements.

The Leupold GX-4i² will help any golfer, from scratch to high handicapper. Imagine having a personal caddy who knows your game better than you do. The Leupold GX-4i² is easy to use and will benefit any game.

Learn more at www.golf.leupold.com.

New Golf Superintendent Selected at Diamondhead Country Club

(RELEASE) - Steven E. Smith has accepted the position as Golf Superintendent for the Diamondhead Country Club on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.

Smith joins the Diamondhead team from the Arnold Palmer-designed Bridges Golf Course at Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, MS.

Other prior experience includes working at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco, Texas; Walden on Lake Conroe and Woodlands Country Club in Montgomery, Texas; and Northwood Club in Dallas.

Smith holds a Bachelor’s of Science double major degree in Agronomy and Entomology from Texas A & M.

Conveniently located between Mobile & New Orleans, DCC is accessible off I-10 at exit 16 and welcomes public play.  Diamondhead is the only facility on the MS Gulf Coast that offers 36 championship golf holes – 18 each at the Cardinal and Pine courses. Stay & play packages are available with DCC lodging partners. With the addition of the Golf Academy of Diamondhead, golfers can book stay & play packages that include professional golf instruction in the indoor/outdoor state of the art golf training facility. A full service restaurant and 19th Hole, 8 hydra clay tennis courts (lighted), a marina and an airport are some of the other property features.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: Pine/6769 Cardinal/6729
Slope: Pine/132 Cardinal/129
Rating: Pine/72.8 Cardinal/72.7

More Information: www.diamondheadms.org.

The Sea Pines Resort Announces Trio of Premier Golf Packages

Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point by Pete Dye, Deluxe Accommodations Highlight Offerings

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) – The Sea Pines Resort – Hilton Head's most celebrated golf destination – announces a trio of premier golf packages featuring its acclaimed Pete Dye-designed courses, Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point.

The Villa Golf Package is ideally suited for small groups to enjoy Harbour Town and Heron Point while staying in one of the resort’s 300 well-appointed private villas (one to four bedrooms). All units feature a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room and living room for relaxation apr├Ęs golf.

Perfect for couples, The Inn & Club at Harbour Town Package is highlighted by a stay at resort’s boutique hotel with daily breakfast for each player. Overlooking Harbour Town, the much-admired inn is the only Forbes Four-Star rated property on Hilton Head Island. Play on both Harbour Town and Heron Point is available.

For golf groups of 12 or more, the Pete Dye Signature Group Golf Package features three rounds of golf (including Harbour Town), three nights’ deluxe villa accommodations, complimentary resort gift card, and personal on-site coordinator. Additionally, the group organizer plays free.

All three packages include complimentary afternoon replays on Heron Point for cart fee only (based on availability), free warm-up range balls, plus complimentary wireless Internet and use of The Sea Pines Fitness Center.

“Our golf packages are perfect to enjoy the essence of what has made us a premier destination,” says Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Sports & Operations. “With our wide array of deluxe lodging options plus all the world-class amenities we offer, few resorts anywhere can provide a golf experience on such a high level.”

Harbour Town – the seminal Dye / Jack Nicklaus design and home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage – reopens in late Sept. following agronomic and playability enhancements. The entire layout was re-grassed and a new state-or-the-art irrigation system was installed.

Recently named “Golf Course of the Year” by the South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association, Heron Point underwent a series of subtle modifications in 2014 under Dye’s close supervision to make the layout more “player friendly.” Together, the courses provide golfers with two stylistically different, yet complementary, experiences.

Visitors to The Sea Pines Resort will discover the new Harbour Town Clubhouse which opened in March as well as resort’s recently built Plantation Golf Club, winner of Golf Inc.’s 2015 “New Clubhouse of the Year.” The Plantation Golf Club is also home to the resort’s topnotch Golf Instruction Center led by Tim Cooke.

For more information about the resort and its wide-variety of golf packages: www.seapinesgolf.com, 866.561.8802.

Bridgestone Eclipse 300,000 Live Consumer Ball Fittings

(COVINGTON, GA) — Bridgestone Golf further solidifies its position as the #1 ball-fitter in golf by announcing today that it has surpassed the 300,000 live ball fittings milestone. The “Bridgestone Challenge,” the company’s in-person, free, live launch monitor-based ball-fitting program has been educating golfers on how to find the right ball for their game since 2007.  Now with 20 teams activated throughout the United States, (and dozens more internationally) Bridgestone Golf fits nearly 2,000 golfers per week, during the golf season.  To celebrate this milestone, Bridgestone Golf is calling on those who have experienced a Bridgestone Challenge fitting to share their success stories and possibly be featured on Bridgestone’s website and social media.  

Through ball-fitting, Bridgestone offers a service previously reserved for the world’s best players to all golfers.  Using launch monitors, Bridgestone’s team of ball-fitting technicians analyze golfers’ swings and make a science-based recommendation as to which ball is the best choice for each individual.   After nearly 8 years and more than 300,000 fittings, Bridgestone has amassed a larger body of knowledge about amateur golf swings than any of its competitors - leading to innovative new products that have bridged gaps in the marketplace.

After 300,000 fittings, below are some key findings brought to life through the Bridgestone Challenge:
· 75% were playing the wrong ball for their game
· 75% were recommended a better ball for their swing, gaining on average of 9.4 yards per drive.
· 13.83 avg. yards per drive gained for e6 fit consumers
· 10.28 avg. yards per drive gained for B330-RX fit consumers
· Additional stats available upon request

“In 2007, we launched ball fitting to show consumers how a properly fit golf ball can help their game,” said Corey Consuegra, Senior Director of Marketing – Bridgestone Golf. “Today, ball fitting is something that nearly all golfers consider and we are proud to be the originator and leader in golf ball customization.”

For more information on The Bridgestone Challenge visit www.bridgestonegolf.com/product/ball-fitting.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Matthew Creech, PGA, Discusses Ball Position in His Twitter Golf Book Series

Matthew Creech, PGA, Head Golf Professional and Director of Operations at the Mayfield Sand Ridge Club, discusses ball position in this edition of his Twitter (short game) Golf Book series.

TGB
TSGB Ball Position p. 16. Putting, Chipping & Pitches ... make it easy, keep ball position off the logo on your shirt http://youtu.be/76BmtjKER3Q

Follow Creech on Twitter @mcreech65.

Exotics EX9 Fairway Woods Maximize Distance with Full-Speed Impact Design

FSI is the new speedometer in golf

(Batavia, IL) – Tour Edge Golf introduces the new Exotics EX9 fairway wood featuring a Full-Speed Impact design. The new Full-Speed Impact design maximizes club head speed through a sloped crown and the Exotics famous SlipStream sole. An interchangeable heel weight offers players of all abilities the added benefit of draw enhancement for legendary Exotics length and control.

Tour Edge engineers began the designing process with the main goal of maximizing clubhead speed at impact and resulting in new combinations of technology to achieve it; creating the Full-Speed Impact design. The first property of the new design in the EX9 fairway wood clubhead is a sloping crown. The gentle slope reduces aerodynamic drag resulting in added speed at impact for maximum distance.

The SlipStream sole combines seamlessly in the EX9 fairway wood as the second property of the Full-Speed Impact design. The EX9 SlipStream sole features shorter ‘waves’ from front to back, dramatically reducing the amount of turf interaction – the result is a full-speed explosive impact.

Creating the ultimate ball speed generator, the Power Grid has been reengineered deeper and much more narrow to increase the spring-effect across all areas of the face. Notches along the back edge of the Power Grid provide thinner spots specifically designed to increase rebound at impact leading to faster ball speeds.

The first to bring robotic laser beam bonding to the US market in 2015, the EX9 utilizes this exclusive technology to adhere the Carpenter 475 cup face to the hyper-steel body. The robotic process provides flawless seams ensuring the tightest tolerances for exceptional performance.

The EX9 fairway wood also includes an interchangeable heel weight and offers players the added benefit of draw enhancement. The 9-gram heel weight screw is housed in an 8-gram weight pad for 17 grams of deep heel weighting. The weight screw is adjustable and additional weights can be purchased as a kit or individually. The kit includes 6-gram, 11-gram and 14-gram weights to increase or decrease the swing weight.

The EX9 fairway wood is finished in an elegant and modern gloss black and is available in 15 (173 cc), 16.5 (165 cc), 18 (158 cc), and 21 (150 cc) degree lofts. Left hand is available in 15 and 18 degree models. Every Tour Edge club comes with a lifetime warranty and a 30-day play guarantee. Standard stock shafts: Mitsubishi Bassara E-Series, and Matrix Exotics White Tie, Red Tie, and Black Tie.

Suggested retail is: $229.99. Pre-orders can be placed with an authorized dealer, projected product ship date is November 11, 2015. For more information, call (800) 515-3343 or visit www.touredge.com.