Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Wave and Shake Glove for Ladies

Ladies: Check out this post from Lynn Stellman of Ladies Links Fore Golf.

The Ladies Links Fore Golf Wave and Shake Glove

Are you ready to improve your golf game? The Ladies Links Fore Golf Wave and Shake Glove might be the added tool to lift you to your lower handicap.

The LL4G training glove helps you release the club head towards the target. Definition of your target is the flag, middle of the fairway, or perhaps the biggest tree at the end of the fairway. The BALL IS NEVER THE TARGET!

This LL4G Glove will elevate your game to new heights! You will love your new game!

Check out the Video for the Wave and Shake Glove on LL4G.com.

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New Volvik White Color S3 Golf Ball Named Golf Digest Hot List Winner

Volvik, the #1 Color Golf Ball on Tour, announced that Golf Digest has awarded their new White Color S3 golf ball with a 2014 HOT LIST award.

The Volvik White Color S3 won Golf Digest's Golf Ball HOT LIST, second year in a row a Volvik golf ball has been named to the HOT LIST. This new tour-quality, ultra-high performance ball earned a Silver Medal in the $36 and over category. Golf Digest awarded the White Color S3 4 stars (out of five) for Performance, 4 stars for Innovation and 4 ½ stars for Feel. The White Color S3 is now available at retail for $44.99 per dozen.

The HOT LIST awards for golf balls appears in the magazine's May issue, which hit the newsstands this week. The Golf Digest Ball HOT LIST is a comprehensive evaluation and testing of golf balls that combines feedback from Golf Digest editors, scientists, robot testing and a panel of 20 player testers.

"It means a great deal to us for the White Color S3 to be recognized as one of the best golf balls in the world," said Volvik USA President Don Shin. " We take pride in the fact that we spend more money and use better materials in the manufacturing our golf balls. Our goal with the S3 was to manufacture a 'Super Ball' that could easily be identified as one of the best performing golf balls in the world. All of the player testing on Trackman and the independent Iron Byron tests confirm that this ball is truly something special."

The White Color S3 is a premium, next-level ultra-performance golf ball that is the first of its kind to the US market. The name White Color derives from the fact that the golf ball is a hybrid of a white and color golf ball. A white base with a proprietary pearlescent color makes this a color ball for even the most traditional golfer, providing better visibility in light.

"We are calling it the business man's color golf ball," said Jon Claffey, National Director of Sales and Marketing of Volvik USA. "It is white, but it has a brilliant blue pearl finish to it that gives it some of the same advantages as playing a color golf ball, including seeing and finding the ball more easily."

The S3 utilizes a reinforced Urethane cover that provides the perfect soft feel and optimal spin rates. It is the first golf ball Volvik has made utilizing Urethane.

The White Color S3 is powered by a Bismuth enhanced power core that optimizes distance by transferring the power from the more solid inner core to the softer outer layer, a unique technology used in all of Volvik's golf ball innovation. The soft outer layer also reduces excess driver spin, increasing the moment of inertia and centrifugal force, leading to more distance and more roll. The S3 also offers an extremely accurate flight stability by the patented 336 Quasi-Cuboctahedron dimple pattern.

"The reaction and data from our professional staff and other professionals who have put the White Color up against the other leading premium balls on the market is that we have something quite remarkable with this ball," said Shin. "This is the next level of performance in golf balls. We will put this golf ball up against anyone out there."

World leading technology makes the White Color S3 golf balls some of the most innovative and forward thinking in the marketplace. Some of the innovation behind the S3 golf balls is detailed below:

* Solid Inner Core, Soft Outer Cover - Volvik combines a solid inner core encased in a softer casing that provides the optimal spin separation and optimizes the balance of both distance and control. Optimal spin generated by the more solid inner core creates longer distance off the driver and long irons the spin increases closer to the green due to the firm outer core, producing higher spin for total control and the ability to stop on a dime on the green.

* Bismuth Mixed Outer Core - World's first patented power core with Bismuth metal provides greater explosiveness. Unlike normal metal, Bismuth expands 3.5% in volume, leading to greater energy transfer. Unlike normal metal, Bismuth expands 3-3.5% in volume, leading to a greater energy transfer. Their Bismuth filler supports the cover better than in-organics like lead or tungsten. Bismuth expands more than in-organics like lead and tungsten and it also has a longer shelf life. With normal metal, heat expands and cold shrinks. Bismuth actually expands more when it is cold. This is the only metal on the periodic table that does this. That is why Bismuth is used on airplane windshields and why Volvik has the patent on it for golf balls.

* Volvik's First Ever Urethane Golf Ball - Optimized spin rates by Urethane cover with a unique coating process for greater durability provides improved spin control and the ultimate soft feel at impact. Urethane is an extra-soft material that provides high-spin performance and is common to premium golf balls , but not common to the energy inducing soft outer cover/solid core technology that has become Volvik's trademark technology.

The White Color S3 is currently shipping to retailers and carries a MAP price of $44.99.

For more information, visit www.volvik.com.

To read American Golfer's review of Volvik iS and iV golf balls, click HERE.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cancer Survivor Jarrod Lyle’s Compelling Story told on Next Installment of In Play with Jimmy Roberts

Jimmy Roberts and Team of Correspondents Also Reveal How Golf is Helping Autism Research and Remembers Caddyshack’s Harold Ramis

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Tears flowed on both sides of the ropes in November when 32-year-old Jarrod Lyle returned to tournament competition in his native Australia.  After a 20-month layoff that followed a second, harrowing diagnosis of myeloid leukemia – his first was at age 17 – it was one hole, one emotional round at a time with his wife and baby daughter in attendance, and an entire golfing community of support.

On the next installment of the Emmy Award-nominated series In Play with Jimmy Roberts, airing Monday at 10 p.m. ET, Lyle’s compelling story will be told.  Todd Lewis travels to Lyle’s home in Australia to talk about his battle with cancer and the decisions he’s making that are affecting his future, including his decision to have a child despite doctors’ advice that chemotherapy treatments from his first bout with cancer would leave him sterile.   Lyle’s second bout with the disease began just prior to the birth of his daughter, Lusi.  A regular fixture on the U.S. PGA TOUR in 2012, Lyle has a medical exemption to return whenever he feels he’s ready, which could be this year.

Host and managing editor Roberts, a 13-time Emmy Award-winner, has drawn critical praise for telling some of sports’ greatest stories during his distinguished career at NBC Sports, ESPN, ABC News and ABC Sports, which includes covering 15 Olympics.  Described as “an enterprising new original series” by Sports Illustrated and a “gorgeously shot magazine show” by CableFAX Daily, the Emmy Award-nominated In Play with Jimmy Roberts is a monthly series that chronicles stories ranging from celebrities to everyday people who are all unified by golf.

Other stories scheduled for Monday’s episode are:
* Autism and Golf:  Major Champion Ernie Els, whose son is afflicted with autism, has done much to raise awareness about how the disease affects individuals and families.   But autism has many facets, and there has been recent evidence uncovered that golf seems to hold medical benefits for some who are afflicted.  Roberts takes a look at autism and how golf is making a difference.

* The Mind Behind Caddyshack:  Nothing has done more to raise awareness and break down golfing stereotypes than the iconic 1980 comedic masterpiece, Caddyshack.  With the passing of the movie’s director and screenwriter Harold Ramis, In Play pays homage to the man and the movie that brought golf into popular culture.  Roberts also sits down with actor Michael O’Keefe (Danny Noonan) to discuss Ramis’ influence on his own life and shares behind the scenes stories on filming Caddyshack 35 years ago.

In Play’s slightly defective “Golf Detective” Matty Blake will blow the lid off golf stories that nobody else realizes were stories in the first place.  This week, he finds out where the term “Nassau” comes from.

Stanford Sweeps Transamerica/WFG Western Intercollegiate Men’s Golf Team, Individual Titles

(Santa Cruz, Calif.) - With Cameron Wilson, the nation’s #1-college golfer according to GolfStat, winning individual medalist honors, the Stanford University men’s golf team picked up its fourth team victory of the season in a decisive 16-stroke win at the 68th annual Transamerica/WFG Western Intercollegiate.

Leaders heading into the final 18 holes, the Cardinal started strong and finished posting a team score of 344 for a 54-hole winning total of 10-under par 1,040 on the par 70, 6,615-yard Pasatiempo Golf Course. Stanford became the first team to record an under-par team score in each of the three rounds in the six-player, score-five format that was instituted in 2010.

"I was proud of the way our team played with a lead going into the final round. This is truly one of the best tournaments in collegiate golf, and to leave here with a win is a great accomplishment for our team and will give us the momentum we need heading into the postseason,” said Stanford coach Conrad Ray.

The Cardinal picked up their ninth Western Intercollegiate team championship and first since 1996 when sophomore Tiger Woods played for Stanford.

Washington was second at 1,056, 16 shots behind Stanford. First-round team leader California finished third at 1,058, San Diego State with a 1,065 and Oregon at 1,067 rounded out the top five teams in the 14-team field.

Host San Jose State finished 12th at 1,098.

Wilson outlasted nine other players four shots within the lead when the final round began. He and teammate Patrick Rodgers and Washington’s Trevor Simsby were tied for the lead at the start of the final round at six-under par. Before nine holes were done, Southern California’s Rico Hoey made it a four-way tie for first at seven-under par with consecutive birdies on holes #13, #14 and #15.

Hoey immediately dropped back when he double-bogeyed the 16th hole.  Simsby, playing in the same foursome with Wilson and Rodgers, saw his chance at medalist honors fade when he bogeyed #10 and double-bogeyed #11 to fall three behind the Stanford pair.

Rodgers grabbed a two-stroke lead on the 14th when he birdied and Wilson bogeyed the hole. However, Rodgers finished with bogeys on three of the last four holes. Wilson rolled in a 14-foot birdie putt on the par 3, 18th hole giving him a final round 69 for a 203 total and a two-shot win over Rodgers at 205.

"It was an honor to win this tournament, as so many great players have done so before me. To be able to play with Patrick (Rodgers) was a pleasant challenge. We're great friends and both fierce competitors. This individual victory wouldn't mean anything if it didn't help our team win," Wilson said about his second individual victory in 2013-14. He also tied for first at the Fighting Illini Invitational in September 2013.

UC Irvine’s Pete Fernandez, Hoey of USC and Beau Hossler of Texas tied for third at three-under par 206 in the 92-player field.

Sophomore Cody Blick was the top San Jose Sate finisher. He tied for ninth at two-under par 208 after scores of 69-68-71. Only 14 players finished under par or matched par on the Alister MacKenzie-designed course.

“The tournament itself went great. We had a great golf course in great shape and great teams,” said tournament host and San Jose State men’s golf coach John Kennaday.

“We need to thank Pasatiempo and the membership. They’ve been incredible to us. We need to thank our sponsors starting with Transamerica/WFG, Rich Thawley and Joe DiPaulo and the group there. Also, Don Lucas, Lee Brandenburg, Terry Rose, Kirkorian Enterprises, Chris La Monico, Fry’s Electronics, Jerry Hamilton and Cooper-Challen Realty, Paul Decena and Planet Beach, Jim Jiminez, Brad Sargent, and Arron Oberholser.”

Regarding his team’s play in a field that featured 10 teams in GolfStat’s top-50 national rankings, the Spartans head coach said, “My guys fought hard and we have some work to do (as a team). I’m sure our boys will get to work on it.”

adidas Group appoints Mark King as President of adidas Group North America

adidas Golf Executive Vice President Ben Sharpe Named CEO of TaylorMade-adidas Golf

(Carlsbad, Calif.) – The adidas Group has appointed TaylorMade-adidas Golf CEO Mark King as President of adidas Group North America effective June 1, 2014. In his new role, King will be in charge of all adidas and Reebok operations in the North American market.  Together with adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer, King will continue overseeing the TaylorMade-adidas Golf business and will serve on an Advisory Board for the company.  Ben Sharpe, currently Executive Vice President of adidas Golf and Ashworth, will become the new CEO of TaylorMade–adidas Golf, reporting into Herbert Hainer.

“Mark King’s appointment underlines our clear commitment to the North American market-place”, says Herbert Hainer, CEO of the adidas Group. "Mark has a proven track record of success and leadership excellence. In turn, TaylorMade-adidas Golf is in best hands with Ben Sharpe who has been part of the successful TaylorMade leadership team since 2006. I am convinced that Ben will lead our golf business into the next era of growth.”

King started at TaylorMade in the early 1980s as sales representative. Under his leadership TaylorMade–adidas Golf has become the largest and most profitable golf company in the world, when King was appointed President in 1999 the business was $349 million (€327million) and has seen significant growth to $1.7 billion (€1.3 billion) in 2013. King has been named the industry executive of the year, former chairman of the National Golf Foundation, Founder of Hack Golf and most recently appointed to the PGA of America task force.  King will continue his involvement in Hack Golf and remain on the PGA of America task force.

Ben Sharpe (40) currently holds the position of Executive Vice President of adidas Golf and Ashworth. Prior to that role, Sharpe spent six years as TaylorMade-adidas Golf’s Managing Director in Europe, where his work doubled the company’s business and made it the largest and most successful golf company in the region. Sharpe is also an acclaimed athlete, having represented Great Britain at the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympic Games as a member of the country’s field hockey team.

“Ben’s business savvy, vision, charisma and competitive drive make him the right man to lead TaylorMade-adidas Golf into the future,” said King. “My role on the board will allow me to stay connected with the golf business while focusing my efforts on ensuring adidas Group reaches its full potential in North America.”

Thursday, April 17, 2014

ARNIE Finishes as Most-Watched Original in Golf Channel History

1.75 Million Unique Viewers Tune Into Arnie: #Arnie Trends on Twitter with Fans and Pros During All Three Premieres

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Arnie, Golf Channel’s three-night, primetime television event about the life and legacy of Arnold Palmer, became the most-watched original production in Golf Channel history, according to Nielsen viewership data.  From April 13 through15, 1.75 million unique viewers tuned into all or part of Arnie.  Additionally, #Arnie trended nationally on Twitter during all three premieres.

Each installment of Arnie was Golf Channel’s most-watched program of the day and each bested its previous year’s timeslot by no less than 100 percent and up to 295 percent.

Arnie & His Army: April 13
The first installment of Arnie garnered 471,000 viewers, which nearly doubled (+95%) Golf Channel’s previous most-watched original film, War By The Shore (241,000 viewers – September 2012), which featured the epic 1991 Ryder Cup and was produced by 51-time Emmy Award-winner and former HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg.  It also represented the most-watched premiere of any Golf Channel original program on record.

Arnie & His Majors: April 14
Arnie’s second hour also delivered, with 341,000 average viewers contributing to Golf Channel’s most-watched Monday after the Masters and besting its previous year’s time slot by 124 percent.

Arnie & His Legacy: April 15
The final hour of Arnie attracted 320,000 averge viewers, representing Golf Channel’s most-watched program on a Tuesday in more than two years (Big Break Ireland, Feb. 22, 2011 – 351,000).  It also topped its 2013 timeslot by 295 percent.
                 
GOLF CHANNEL’S #ARNIE ENGAGES ARNIE’S ARMY THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA:
After trending nationally on Twitter on Sunday Night, #Arnie is how Arnold Palmer fans have been expressing their reaction on social media to the entire three-night event, including posts by many professional tour players:
To harness this momentum, GolfChannel.com has launched a Social Hub to collect stories, photos, videos and memories about Arnold Palmer and sponsored by Callaway Golf.  At www.golfchannel.com/arnie-and-me, posts across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that use the hashtag #Arnie are being featured, as well as submissions accepted via arnie@golfchannel.com.  Every great story deserves to be told, so this collection of interactions between Arnold Palmer and his fan base, affectionately known as Arnie’s Army, will be featured on Golf Channel in the future.

KemperSports Properties Recognized in Golfweek Magazine’s Best Modern Courses List

Nine KemperSports facilities recognized in annual list featuring the best courses built after 1960

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports announced today that nine of its managed properties were featured in Golfweek Magazine’s Best Modern Courses list – more than any other golf management company. The annual list, which was published in the March 21 issue of the magazine, utilizes a 10-point rating system and is compiled from visits from hundreds of Golfweek raters throughout the year.

"It is a true honor to have so many golf facilities that we manage ranked among the best in the modern era,” said KemperSports Chief Executive Officer Steve Skinner. “These accolades are a true testament to the vision of our clients, the architects and the quality of the staff that manages each facility.”

KemperSports-managed properties that were honored include:
* No. 2 – Pacific Dunes – Bandon, Ore.
* No. 6 – Old Macdonald – Bandon, Ore.
* No. 8 – Bandon Dunes – Bandon, Ore.
* No. 22 – Bandon Trails – Bandon, Ore.
* No. 24 – Chambers Bay – University Place, Wash.
* No. 28 – The Dunes Club – New Buffalo, Mich.
* No. 29 – Streamsong Red – Streamsong, Fla.
* No. 43 – Streamsong Blue – Streamsong, Fla.
* No. 86 – The Prairie Club (Dunes) – Valentine, Neb.

The Dunes course at The Prairie Club saw the most significant jump in the rankings as it moved up nine spots to No. 86. KemperSports has managed The Prairie Club since early 2012.

All four 18-hole courses at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, which is owned by Mike Keiser and has been managed by KemperSports since opening in 1999, were featured among the top-25 courses – the most of any one resort or destination in the country.

For more information on KemperSports, visit www.kempersports.com.