Friday, August 29, 2014

KZG Releases DS-2, Limited Edition Forged Putter

(NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.) – KZG, the #1 Custom ProLine, just launched the DS-2 Limited Edition Forged Putter, a blade style putter to add to its limited edition “Designer Series” of putters.

Each putter in the Designer Series will be designed by one of the Top 100 ClubFitters in the World. KZG believes that highly experienced and exceptionally skilled fitters who have worked with many of the top touring professionals, as well as many average golfers, know what golfers actually need to play their best.

The DS-2 was designed by Gary Tozer who was a scratch player by the time he was 15 years old; thereafter he played on the tour. He currently is a coach, teacher, professional fitter and owner of the Aussie Custom Golf Centre just NE of Sydney, Australia. As Gary reports: “I learned at a very young age that if you want to win in golf, you better have great equipment.”

In designing the DS-2 putter, Gary reports: “The basic profile is a blade style reminiscent of the 8802 and 8813 preferred by the purist, but with a slightly beveled section at the heel to prevent drag on the green. This design is more suitable for the golfer with a rotational type stroke. The micro-milled face assures that the DS-2 rolls the ball immediately without skipping or hopping.

“I chose a triple-forged process so that the putter is extremely responsive and guarantees repeatable consistency” Gary adds. “The face is dead center and perfectly square, with no offset. And the muscle arrangement at the back is higher at the center of the impact area of the putter. The result is that the feel is soft yet ‘meaty.’”

“KZG has always worked with the elite of professional tour players, teachers and fitters around the globe” reports Jennifer King, President of KZG. “With our elite network of professionals, we have the best in research and design ideas. We are very grateful to Gary Tozer for his design ideas for the DS-2 and already the golf world is responding with rave reviews.”

Each DS-2 putter will be custom fit to the golfer’s unique specifications as KZG products are solely available through qualified professionals (listed on the KZG Dealer Locator at www.kzg.com). MSRP for the DS-2 Putter is $299 and available in brushed satin or matte black.

Troon Facilities Support Patriot Golf Day this Labor Day Weekend

Donations Support Families of Military Service Members Who Have Been Disabled or Lost their Lives in the Line of Duty

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon announced its support of the eighth annual Patriot Golf Day, a joint initiative of The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association. Golfers playing at many Troon-managed facilities around the country will have a unique opportunity to donate a minimum of $1 to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation (FoldsofHonor.org). The donations will be collected August 29 – September 1, 2014 to provide post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled in the line of duty. The mission of Folds of Honor is to help ensure that no family is left behind in the field of battle by honoring their sacrifice and educating their legacy.

"As we all know, freedom is not free, and we are proud to partner with Troon to help the families of our wounded and fallen heroes," said Major Dan Rooney, Founder, Folds of Honor.  “Through Patriot Golf Day events held at thousands of facilities across the country, including Troon-managed facilities, we have given golfers a way to provide their support.”

Since its inception in 2007, PGA Professionals have helped raise millions of dollars through Patriot Golf Day events, allowing Folds of Honor to award more than 7,500 educational scholarships. Patriot Golf Day allows the Folds of Honor Foundation to present an ongoing tribute to the brave service members by ensuring that the families of fallen and wounded warriors have hope for the right educational start to life and best future possible.

“It is an honor to support the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides the perfect opportunity through Patriot Golf Day to give back to the families of those who have given so much through their brave service,” stated John Easterbrook, executive vice president, operations, Troon. “Like the efforts from previous years, I believe the golf community will make a major impact for this cause.”

Participating Troon facilities will proudly fly an American Pin Flag on the 18th green to celebrate the occasion. Additionally many Troon facilities will host special Patriot Golf Day events to increase fundraising efforts with specific tournaments, raffles and more. A number of properties will also expand upon the Troon’s Troops playing benefits over the weekend to show their appreciation to active duty U.S. military personnel and severely injured U.S. combat veterans.

Major Dan Rooney, a former F-16 fighter pilot, PGA Professional and USGA member, came up with the concept of Patriot Golf Day and founded the Folds of Honor Foundation in 2007, following his second of three tours of duty in Iraq. After returning from his second tour, Major Rooney witnessed a profound display of a family’s grief as they welcomed home the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin. Inspired by this tragic homecoming of a fallen American solider, Rooney started the Folds of Honor Foundation to provide support to military families in the aftermath of their tragedies.

For more information about Patriot Golf Day or to make a donation, visit www.foldsofhonor.com.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Product Review: ClubCrown Stripe

In 2012, ClubCrown introduced itself to the golf market with a bang. The ability to customize a driver or 3-wood - with your favorite collegiate team, national flag, personal style, etc. - was terrific.

Because of the process, it was necessary to either send your driver to the ClubCrown offices or locate an certified dealer nearby. That inconvenience has been addressed with the ClubCrown Stripe. Not only will the Stripe spruce up the look for your club while serving as a helpful alignment aid, but it can be done at home with minimal effort.

How does it work? I can go into step-by-step details that will mean very little to you ... or you can click HERE to watch the process for yourself. Either way, suffice it to say that it’s quick, easy and the results look as though you had a professional on call.

You’re interested. Click HERE to see the style options. Choose from Flags, Colleges, Super Aim (pictured), Military or Stripes for Causes (like Breast Cancer Awareness).

The ClubCrown Stripe costs $19.99, ships for free and can be returned within 30 days - no questions asked. With the Stripe, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain - like accuracy, style and the envy of your foursome.

For more information, visit www.clubcrownstripe.com.

To read our review of the original ClubCrown, click HERE.

Test Confirms That Kick X TourZ is Longest Premium Golf Ball in the Game

New Ball with 'Tour Soft Feel' and Superior Distance Edges Top Brands on the Market

(VISTA, Calif.) – In an independent comparison conducted at the highly respected Golf Laboratories, Inc. testing site in San Diego, the new Kick X TourZ golf ball by Medicus proved it is the longest premium model now on the market.  Matched against the Srixon Z Star, the Callaway SR3 and Titleist’s ProV1, ProV1x and NXT TourS, the Kick X TourZ by Medicus traveled up to four yards longer in a set of controlled drives from a robotic hitting machine.

The TourZ features a Metal Fuzion Core that creates an exceptionally high coefficient of restitution, which is the “spring effect” found in premium golf balls.  Thanks to a fusion of three proprietary metals that concentrates mass in the center of its core, the ball rebounds more quickly when compressed at impact of a clubface, producing additional launch speed and distance. An aerodynamic cover with a 318-dimple pattern provides unmatched accuracy on tee shots, exceptional spin control on approaches and triple-layered construction is engineered to deliver a soft, Tour-like feel around the green.

The Kick X TourZ is part of a new line of performance golf clubs and products created by Medicus Golf, which for more than 20 years remains the leading developer of golf swing training products, including its best-selling hinged club.  The new brand represents more than three years of exhaustive research, development and testing.

“We believe that our training aids, clubs and balls make it easier for people to play golf, play it better faster, and ultimately get the maximum enjoyment out of the game,” said Medicus Founder Bob Koch.  “It’s very rewarding to see the TourZ ball stand out in the distance challenge.”

Established in 1989, Golf Laboratories has developed leading standards for testing clubs, shafts and golf balls. It provides complete and often confidential tests that inform research and development projects within the industry.  For this particular ball test, the computer controlled robotic hitting machine was programmed to launch drives with a 110-mph swing speed.

While a Trackman analysis system measure spin rates, launch angles and speed, 10 balls from each model were hit and then measured on Golf Laboratories’ grass range.

“With exactly the same swing, the TourZ had longer distance than all of the others,” said Koch.  “We chose several popular and high quality golf balls for the comparison.  As a result, we’re now even more convinced that the TourZ is one of the game’s leading premium balls.”

Kick X Golf by Medicus also offers four models of Zball putters, with lines that match those on the TourZ balls, for pure alignment during putting. The Kick X TourZ balls retail for $59.95 per dozen.

For more information on all Kick X Golf by Medicus products, visit www.kickxgolf.com.

Nationwide Patriot Golf Day Events Support Military Families Over Labor Day Weekend


Jack Nicklaus Named 2014 Honorary Chairman of Patriot Golf Day

(OWASSO, Okla.) – Golf facilities across the country will host special events and collect donations this Labor Day weekend (Aug. 29 – Sept. 1) for Patriot Golf Day, the primary fundraiser for Folds of Honor, a charitable organization that provides educational scholarships and assistance to the families of military members disabled or killed in service to our country.

Thanks to the support of PGA Professionals nationwide, nearly 5,200 facilities are registered to host Patriot Golf Day nationwide. Golfers can find participating courses and make donations at PatriotGolfDay.com, while non-golfers can participate by learning more and donating at FoldsofHonor.org.

“For the past seven years, the golf industry has supported Folds of Honor in positively impacting the lives of our American heroes by helping their families realize their educational dreams,” said Major Dan Rooney, Folds of Honor founder. “We encourage golfers across the country to hit the links this Labor Day weekend and pay tribute to our military and the sacrifices they make to preserve our freedoms.”

Patriot Golf Day was launched in 2007 and is jointly supported by the PGA of America and the United States Golf Association (USGA). Jack Nicklaus serves as the 2014 Honorary Chairman of Patriot Golf Day.

“I’m proud to serve as Honorary Chairman for Patriot Golf Day, as this is an effort that speaks volumes about how the game of golf and the people who play it rally to support a cause that greatly impacts the families of the service men and women who have sacrificed life and limb for our country,” said Nicklaus, a long-time supporter of causes aimed to support disabled veterans, including the donation of his time to renovate and expand American Lake Veterans Golf Course near Tacoma, Wash. “For what these heroes have given to us and for us, I consider it an honor and privilege to be involved with Folds of Honor.”

Nicklaus will appear on FOX & Friends Aug. 29 at 7:50 a.m. EST alongside Major Rooney and PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua to discuss Patriot Golf Day and Folds of Honor at the Golden Bear’s Florida home club, The Bear’s Club in Jupiter. Rooney will also appear at 6:30 a.m. EST with Folds of Honor scholarship recipient and nursing student Kallie Santos. Santos’ father, Richard Santos, was a decorated United States Navy Vietnam Veteran who was diagnosed with metastatic cancer to the brain related to Agent Orange and passed away in April 2000.

Last year, a record amount of more than $5 million was raised for Folds of Honor through Patriot Golf Day donations and events hosted by PGA Professionals. Since its inception, Folds of Honor has awarded more than 7,500 educational scholarships to military families. Thanks to donations received through Patriot Golf Day events and partner support, more than 2,050 scholarships totaling over $10 million were awarded in 2014.

Major Rooney, a PGA Professional, USGA Member and former F-16 military pilot with the Oklahoma Air National Guard, founded Folds of Honor in 2007 following his second of three tours of duty in Iraq. Rooney witnessed a profound display of a family’s grief as they welcomed home the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin, inspiring him to create the organization and honor Bucklin’s son, Jacob, with the first Folds of Honor scholarship. An annual award was named in honor of Corporal Bucklin and Jack Nicklaus was the 2013 recipient, joining the likes of President George H. W. Bush.

As of January 2014, there are more than 1.4 million dependents of fallen and wounded service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts alone, and 85 percent do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance.* Folds of Honor’s mission is to ensure that no family is left behind in the field of battle, by honoring their sacrifice and educating their legacy.

*Source: Veterans Administration

About Folds of Honor:
Folds of Honor was founded in May 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, a former F-16 Fighter Pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, PGA Professional, and USGA member. Based in Owasso, Okla., Folds of Honor is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to empower military families by providing educational scholarships and assistance for the children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation. Since its inception, Folds of Honor has awarded more than 7,500 educational scholarships to military families. For more information or to make a donation, visit FoldsofHonor.org. Connect with Folds of Honor on Facebook (www.facebook.com/foldsofhonor) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/foldsofhonor).

IJP Design Tees Off Weekend Early with Five Deals over Five Days

(RELEASE) - IJP Design is offering customers huge discounts on selected products over five days, starting on August 28.

The five-day sale will see one iconic piece of IJP Design clothing reduced to 50% from 9:00 (BST) each day for just 24 hours, with complimenting items from the same collection being discounted by 10% allowing customers to complete their look.

Each day will see a new set of products available at the discounted rates however customers are urged to place their orders quickly as once 24 hours have passed those products will no longer be part of the limited timed sale.

The products set for sale include contemporary and functional takes on classic chinos, high performance and lightweight polo shirts including the hugely popular striped Albatross polo shirt, and unique ‘Poulter Tartan’ trousers which are designed in accordance with the Scottish Tartan Authority and set those who wear them apart from every other golfer on the course.

IJP Design follows Ian Poulter’s mantra of ‘look good, play great’ by combining style and functionality to create contemporary items that perform to the highest standards and stand out on the golf course with a fashionable edge. The brand’s philosophy is to ‘lead with the legs’ by designing the trousers first and then coordinating the rest of the outfit around them.

The IJP Design five days, five deals sale starts on August 28 and all discounted products as well as the latest 2014 collections are available at www.ijpdesign.com.

Tom Watson Productions Selects Booklegger

Watson Pegs Booklegger to Distribute "Lessons of a Lifetime II" DVD 

(Westwood, Kansas) - Eight-time major champion and 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson has selected The Booklegger - the largest distributor of golf books, DVDs and golf related products - to distribute his latest DVD series to retailers.

Watson's new DVD set is an addendum to the popular "Lessons of a Lifetime" original that was released in 2010. While that version became one of the best-selling golf instructional video programs of all time -- selling 70,000 DVD sets in 40-plus countries -- the latest series covers many advanced topics, including pre-shot routine, the importance of the bottom of the arc, head movement, getting maximum benefit at the practice tee, handling pressure, the 40-yard wedge shot, controlling trajectory on chips, chipping with a putting set up, and much more.

These new 2014 lessons are being sold separately and also combined with the original 2-disc program.
* Tom Watson Lessons of a Lifetime II With New Advanced Lessons (3 discs and a 20-page booklet) sells for $49.95.
* Tom Watson Lessons of a Lifetime II: The New Advanced Lessons (1 disc and a 4-page booklet) sells for $24.95.

The Booklegger, now a division of Golf Gifts & Gallery, has been a wholesale distributor of golf books, DVDs and other golf-related products since 1974. To place orders, retailers may contact Robert Kraut at 530-272-1556 or by e-mail at rkraut@booklegger.com. Or, call Golf Gifts & Gallery customer service at 800-552-4430 ext 2607or by e-mail at custserv@golfgiftsgallery.com.

Retailer customers may purchase these DVD sets at golf retailers, Amazon or TomWatson.com.

To read our review, click HERE.