Thursday, January 29, 2015

Matthew Creech Discusses a Powerful 3/4 Backswing in His Twitter Golf Book

Matthew Creech, PGA, Head Golf Professional and Director of Operations at the Mayfield Sand Ridge Club, talks about building a powerful 3/4 backswing in this edition of his Twitter Golf Book series. Here’s a sampling:

Follow Creech on Twitter @mcreech65.

Nikon Introduces Trio of New COOLSHOT Golf Rangefinders

(RELEASE) - Nikon announced the release of three new COOLSHOT golf laser rangefinders during PGA Show 2015— COOLSHOT 20, COOLSHOT 40 and COOLSHOT 40i— each an ideal companion for golfers eager to improve their skills and reduce their scores.

The COOLSHOT 20 is the smallest and lightest rangefinder in the Nikon golf lineup and is designed for measuring actual distance to various objects on the course. This 4.4-ounce, easy-to-use, USGA-approved tool not only provides accurate measurements for every shot—but can also help golfers learn to better manage their game. Measurement range: 6-550 yards.  Suggested retail price for COOLSHOT 20 is $199.95.

Nikon’s COOLSHOT 40 is the most powerful USGA-approved rangefinder in the Nikon golf “toolbox.” Featuring Nikon’s original data-processing algorithm HYPER READ, the measured distance is displayed in approx. 0.5 seconds regardless of how far from the target. Measurement range: 8-650 yards.  Suggested retail price for the 5.6 ounce COOLSHOT 40 is $249.95.

The COOLSHOT 40i is the flagship rangefinder in the line with all of the features found in COOLSHOT 40, but also incorporating ID Technology which displays the slope-adjusted distance (Horizontal distance ± height) — ideal for use on golf courses with uphill and downhill slopes. Measurement range: 8-650 yards. Suggested retail price for COOLSHOT 40i is $299.95.

Each of the new COOLSHOT golf rangefinders offers a multilayer-coated 6x high-quality finder for bright, clear viewing. All models also features one-push, 8-second continuous measurement and First Target Priority Mode, which enables easy distance assessment to bunkers, fairway ends, dogleg corners and other objects on the course.  This feature is particularly useful during approach shots when measuring the distance to a flagstick on a green with woods in the background.  All three COOLSHOT models are water resistant/rainproof to keep golfers on the course in inclement conditions.

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GOLF 20/20 Reports Game’s Direct Economic Impact in Florida Increased to $8.2 Billion in 2013

Findings Will Be Shared at State Capitol on Feb. 5 during ‘Florida Golf Day’

(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.) – GOLF 20/20 – the collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the United States golf industry – reports golf’s direct economic impact in Florida was $8.2 billion in 2013, an increase from $7.5 billion in 2007.

The size of Florida’s direct golf economy is larger than key state industries like amusement and theme parks ($5.4 billion) and medical equipment and supplies manufacturing ($6.5 billion). When indirect and induced economic activity driven by the golf sector is taken into consideration, total impact increases to $11 billion.

The state’s golf industry supports 132,532 jobs and $3.6 billion in wage income. Florida is home to 1,103 golf courses, the most of any U.S. state.

“Golf brings thousands of visitors to Florida each year, spurs new residential construction and creates demand for myriad goods and services,” says Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation, administrator of GOLF 20/20. “The health and growth of the game in Florida has a direct bearing on jobs, commerce, economic development and tax revenues for communities and industries throughout the state.”

Top representatives of Florida’s golf industry will travel to Tallahassee for “Florida Golf Day” on Thursday, Feb. 5 and share these findings about the game’s economic impact, as well as its youth development programs, sustainability practices and environmental benefits.

Participating organizations include the PGA of America, PGA TOUR, LPGA, USGA, Club Managers Association of America, National Golf Course Owners Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, World Golf Hall of Fame, World Golf Foundation, The First Tee, Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association, Florida Turfgrass Association, Florida Chapter of Club Managers Association of America, North and South Florida Sections of the PGA of America, Florida State University PGA Golf Management Program, Florida State Golf Association and Golf Channel.

The Florida Golf Economic Impact Study by SRI International is based on several core segments (golf facility operations, golf course capital investment, golfer supplies, tournaments and associations, and charities) and enabled categories (real estate, hospitality and tourism).

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Is the GolfBottle the Best Bottle Ever?

Unique Multi-Functional bottle for hot or cold beverages

(RELEASE) - Developed by entrepreneur Tom F. Blanchester, the GolfBottle is a multi-functional, double-insulated stainless steel bottle that can be used for hot or cold beverages. It has a Spout, a Straw, Sprayer and hooks for easy carrying.

In addition, the GolfBottle features a wide-mouth opening for ice cubes, easy refill and cleaning, and it’s BPA free. It can be used as a sports bottle, a work bottle or travel item, all the drinking options can be accessed with one hand. There’s no need to squeeze or tilt the bottle and the bottle doesn’t sweat. Cap has off center spout for better flow so user swallow less air. Water spray easy cleans ball and club blade.

“I decided to make GolfBottle because I never could find a reusable bottle that I liked,” said Tom F. Blanchester. “I had my eureka moment in Paris when I saw aluminum bottles that misted water, but did nothing else. I loved the refreshing mist spray, but the bottles were expensive and not eco-friendly.”

So he assembled a team – best designer, engineer, scientist and manufacturer – to come up with something better. After four years, the Best Bottle Ever became a reality.

“We use high-quality steel 18/8 with double walls so you can keep beverage hot or cold 10 times longer ”, Blanchester said. “The bottle is environmentally friendly, very durable and offers many practical uses. The retail price will not be much higher than other bottles that offer less quality and fewer features.”

The research, design and engineering of the bottles have been completed. The bottle can be seen: booth 2091 Inventor’s spotlight PGA GolfShow, Orlando Jan 21-23, 2015.

“We’re trying to reach as many potential customers as possible,” Blanchester said. “Not only is this a great product but we can cut down on plastic bottle use. We all know plastic bottles are expensive and terrible for the environment.”

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Antigua Announces Its 2015 Team on Tour

(PEORIA, ARIZ.) - The Antigua Group, Inc.-one of the nation's leading designers and marketers of lifestyle apparel under the genuine Antigua brand has announced its Tour Team for year 2015.

Headlining the Antigua team on the LPGA Tour is women's 2014 Rolex Player of the Year, Stacy Lewis who won three events in 2014 and had 18 top tens (most on the LPGA Tour).  Joining Stacy are teammates Brittany Lang, Gerina Piller, Lizette Salas, Giulia Molinaro, Amy Anderson along with veteran Alison Walshe.

PGA Tour ambassadors include Winner of the 2014 Canadian Open, Tim Clark who is also ninth in the Fed Ex Cup standings, along with Ryan Armour, Brian Stuard, Brian Richey, Doug Labelle and veteran Billy Mayfair.  On the Champions Tour, Tom Pernice, Jr., Steve Pate, Jim Carter and Skip Kendall will represent the Antigua brand.

"We are very proud to have so many fine people wearing our clothing on these tours," said Ron McPherson, President and CEO of The Antigua Group. "2015 promises to be a very exciting year on tour for the Antigua brand."

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Tripp Davis’ Renovation at Oak Tree National Returns Course to Golf Digest 'Best of' List

(Norman, OK) — Oak Tree National in Edmond, Oklahoma, site of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open, has returned to Golf Digest’s prestigious ranking of America’s 100 Greatest Courses after a 15-year absence.  Tripp Davis and Associates were responsible for recent renovation work on a course that long has been considered one of Pete Dye’s sternest tests of golf.  Oak Tree National is listed at No. 51 on Golf Digest’s biennial review that’s published in the magazine’s February 2015 issue.

“We are proud to have been instrumental in helping Oak Tree National climb back onto Golf Digest’s important list of America’s 100 Greatest Courses,” said Davis.  “The golf course went through a variety of design changes over the years since Pete first designed it.  We were brought in to work with the ownership, Oak Tree’s touring professionals and the staff to help regain the best of the course’s original Pete Dye character, and we were gratified that the pros who played in last year’s U.S. Senior Open had so many positive comments about our work.”

Davis and his team worked to return the features of the course to their original form while adding a few enhancements for the modern game.  All tees and bunkers were rebuilt and strategically restored, while the greens surrounds and portions of certain greens were reworked to be more consistent with the original greens.  “The greens and greens surrounds were what made Oak Tree so strategic and we like what we recaptured,” commented Davis.
“It can still be the toughest course in the country, but it is very strategic and option oriented.”

For more information about Tripp Davis and Associates, visit the website at or call 405-447-5259.

Michelle Wie Adds More Volt to Her Nike Golf Equipment on the LPGA Tour

(RELEASE) - Nike Golf athlete Michelle Wie will play in the Nike RZN Black Volt ball and an all-new all-Volt Nike driver this week at the Coates Golf Championship.

This week Nike Golf athlete Michelle Wie brings her creativity to the course yet again, this time in the form of a new all-Volt Nike Vapor driver. The 2014 U.S. Women’s Open Champion also becomes the first golf athlete on the PGA or LPGA Tour to play the new Nike RZN Black Volt ball.

Similar to the Nike Women’s Lunar Control shoes she customized and will be debuting on tour this week, Wie took a new Nike product and put her own stylistic spin on it. The first time she tested the Nike Vapor Speed driver, she immediately asked if it could be made with a Volt crown.

The designers at The Oven went to work on a custom paint scheme. The result is the distinctive Nike Vapor Speed Volt. Wie immediately placed it in her bag and will debut it this week at the LPGA Tour’s Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Fla.

While the color design is customized specifically for Wie, the technology and club specs of her driver remain the same as the Nike Vapor Speed at retail. The driver combines three key technologies: Nike’s new FlyBeam-reinforced Covert Cavity Back design, a reengineered Compression Channel and FlexLoft 2. The Covert Cavity Back design spreads weight towards the heel and toe to maximize forgiveness.

FlexLoft 2 allows the golf athlete the functionality of five lofts and three face angles within 15 different settings. The new, improved system is five grams (30 percent) lighter without compromising function. The redistribution of mass creates more stability, better launch conditions and faster swing speeds.

The Nike RZN Black Volt ball is not unique to Wie although she is the first athlete to play with it on Tour. Nike’s proprietary Speedlock RZN core technology features an interlocking core design – the core’s surface is similar to that of a waffle iron – that interconnects with the compression layer to form a tighter bond and helps promote better energy transfer through the layers at impact. Similar to how snow tires utilize aggressive treads to bond with a road surface, the Speedlock core’s interlocking geometry helps eliminate the slipping that normally occurs between a traditional, smooth-surface core and the outer layer. When a core slides or slips on impact, the ball loses energy and as a result, speed and distance. Speedlock technology helps to harness more energy between layers for faster ball speed, longer distance and more stability into the wind.

The Nike RZN Black Volt ball is available at and other retailers. The Nike Vapor Speed Volt is not available for purchase and is a special custom-built driver for Wie.