Tuesday, July 16, 2019

STITCH Launches SL2 Golf Bag

The Perfect Walking Bag

(APEX, N.C.) — STITCH Golf expands its golf bag family with the launch of the SL2 carry golf bag incorporating a unique blend of design and function to meet the needs of today’s serious golfer.
“Created for the weekend warrior who plays hard and prefers walking, the Tour inspired SL2 is the perfect walking bag,” stated Brad King, CEO of STITCH. “We are proud to introduce the SL2 as our next generation of golf bags, following the SL1, the perfect caddie bag, and our STITCH Tour bag. “

“When designing the SL2 we focused our efforts on form and functionality without sacrificing style,” added King. “Inspired by racing, the SL2 looks and performs like our tour bag with the same Stitch blue, orange, and navy color cues, embodying STITCH’s golf lifestyle ethos.”

Constructed with STITCH’s Touring Fabric, a proprietary material with the strength of

leather, but more light weight, durable, and water resistant, the SL2, $368, also has the versatility of interchangeable single and double straps with the convenience of a stand.  Weighing only four pounds, the SL2 is extremely lightweight, yet with multiple dividers, can easily accommodate a full set of 14 clubs. Add in optimal storage, and the SL2 provides the ultimate in comfort, efficiency, and mobility.

“Like all STITCH products, the SL2 was engineered to help golfers perform their best,” continued King.  “By focusing on details and unique features designed for the purist, we were able to create an unparalleled walking bag.”

Additional features of the SL2 include:
- Full length apparel pocket
- A felt lined pocket for valuables and insulated beverage pocket
- Water and stain resistant with sealed zippers
- Single and double strap included
- 4-way divider with lift-assisted handles
- Gunmetal hardware and finishes
- Designed with STITCH tour colors and sonic welded branding
- Detachable rain hood

STITCH products are available at leading golf, country clubs and select retailers around the world and at: www.stitchgolf.com.

Titleist Introduces New U-Series Utility Irons

Uniquely Designed U•500 and U•510 Models Maximize Long Iron Performance Through Increased Launch, Speed and Forgiveness 

(FAIRHAVEN, Mass.) – The new Titleist U-Series utility irons offer two unique models – U•500 and U•510 – designed to expand a player’s shot options at the top end of the bag. Called “utility irons” for a reason, the new U•500 and U•510 models produce more distance than a standard iron and less spin than a hybrid – delivering that one shot a golfer needs precisely when it’s needed.

Available for fittings beginning Aug. 8 (and in golf shops Aug. 30), Titleist U-Series utilities combine forged L-face technology with extreme amounts of high-density tungsten to deliver higher launch and faster ball speeds for game-changing long iron performance:

• The U•500 is the player’s utility iron designed for superior shot making. The extremely versatile, low loft utility features a compact shape that delivers high launch with a soft landing and precise distance control.

• The U•510 provides hybrid-like performance in a forgiving, muscular iron shape. The high-launching, easier-playing utility offers a larger, wide-sole design for consistent shot-after-shot performance. U•510 creates such a powerful combination of distance, launch and forgiveness that Titleist engineers were able to create a 16-degree 1-iron that is very playable from both the tee and turf.

Already the most played utility irons on the PGA Tour – and in the bags of Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker – the new U-Series will be prominently on display this week at the Open Championship, where U•500 and U•510 will be the #1 utilities in play at Royal Portrush. Bernd Wiesberger, winner of last week’s Scottish Open, played a U•500 3-iron.

“There are a lot of golfers out there who don’t want to play a hybrid, but are still searching for that kind of performance at the long end of their iron set,” said Josh Talge, Vice President, Titleist Golf Clubs. “They want to be able to launch it higher and farther, they want to be able to shape shots, they want to be able to land it close to the hole – they just want to do it with an iron in their hands. Everything that went into U•500 and U•510 was geared towards giving these golfers the performance, look and feel they’ve always hoped for in a long iron, and maybe didn’t think was possible.”

Beginning Aug. 8, golfers can experience the launch and speed of U-Series utilities by attending a Titleist Fitting and Trial event (including Titleist Thursdays) being held at hundreds of locations nationwide. To find an event, or book a free fitting with a Titleist Product Specialist, golfers should visit www.titleist.com/events.

The U•500 is a highly technical utility iron with a compact shape that delivers versatility, speed and precision distance.
• Strategic High Density Tungsten Weighting (98 grams on average) produces a low CG for increased launch with trajectory control, and a high MOI for balance and stability through the shot.

• Our thinnest, Forged SUP-10 L-Face Insert maximizes ball speed for more distance.

• Player’s shape provides shot-shaping confidence at address.

• Loft Options: 2I (17º), 3I (20º), 4I (23º).

“U•500 is the incredibly versatile utility iron that tour players have been asking us for,” said Marni Ines, Director of Iron Development, Titleist Golf Club R&D. “It shares a similar size and shape to our prior generation T-MB iron, but has been completely reimagined to give players specialized long iron performance. It’s faster, launches higher, lands softer, and feels better through impact. As you go up in the set and down in loft, everyone eventually can use help with launch. But from what we’re seeing on tour, it’s a club that can be hit almost as high as you want or as low as you want, and players are really gravitating toward that versatility.”

The U•510 is a muscular, wide-soled utility iron that provides hybrid-like performance with incredible forgiveness.

• The Larger, More Forgiving Blade features a wide sole that promotes easy launch from the tee or turf.

• Strategic High Density Tungsten Weighting (95 grams on average) produces a low and deep CG for maximum launch with shot-stopping control, and a high MOI for stability and forgiveness.

• A Forged SUP-10 L-Face Insert maximizes ball speed for more distance.

• Loft Options: 1I (16º), 2I (18º), 3I (20º), 4I (22º)

“U•510 is the launch king,” Ines said. “The larger shape and wide sole allowed us to place the tungsten weighting so that the CG is lower and further back than any iron we’ve developed – and what that translates into is a lot of launch angle. The ball just gets up and out and goes. It’s a very stable and forgiving golf club, but it’s got that extra forgiveness in terms of launch. During our consumer testing, golfers couldn’t believe the shots they were hitting with a 1-iron or 2-iron – they would just turn around and smile.”

• ADAM SCOTT: “I mean the height advantage of this club, you just can’t compare. Golf clubs are geared for speed now, so when you know have the speed, you’re really looking for the control, you're looking for that balance – and that’s what this club gives you.”

• BERND WIESBERGER: “I’ve used Titleist utility irons for quite some time, especially in the 3-iron, and I first tested U•500 back at the U.S. Open and I really liked it – I had a great ball flight and control over the trajectory. I first put it in play at the BMW International Open in Munich and have had it in the bag ever since."

• JIMMY WALKER: “My 3-iron is hot and fast. It launches high, but I can still hit bullets with it. And when you set it down, it's a lot more forgiving than staring at my blade.”

The stock setups for U-Series U•500 and U•510 models feature a graphite HZRDUS Smoke Black 90 (mid-low launch, low spin) shaft at +0.25”. Graphite shafts in utility irons continue to grow in popularity on the PGA Tour as they allow for more speed and launch, enhancing the performance of the utility.

Every stock hybrid and iron shaft (steel and graphite) in the Titleist matrix – including the shafts soon to be offered on the new Titleist TS hybrids and T-Series irons – is also available for custom order at no upcharge, offering players a multitude of options to dial in their performance.

Titleist U-Series U•500 and U510 utility irons will be available worldwide on Aug. 30, 2019, at Titleist authorized golf shops. MAP $250.


PUMA Brings the X Factor with Collection Inspired by Partnership with Rickie Fowler

Fowler to debut PUMA’s X Collection at the 2019 Open Championship

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – PUMA Golf, a leader in on-trend golf design and style, introduced its new X Collection, a head-to-toe assortment of apparel, accessories and footwear that demonstrate a new level of sophisticated styling with the same great performance and comfort that has become synonymous with the PUMA brand. Rickie Fowler, known for his on-course style, will debut the collection on Thursday at the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

Inspired in part by the celebration of Rickie’s 10-year, trend-setting partnership with PUMA, the X Collection celebrates his unique ability to bring the X-factor, while highlighting the maturation and elevation of his style over the past decade. The X Collection fuses progressive design with classic style, deriving inspiration from traditional fabrics and patterns of the British Isles, incorporating houndstooth detailing and a navy, green and white color palette that pays homage to the region where golf was born. The X Collection blends luxury menswear with style elements from PUMA’s rich history delivering an authentic nod to the past, while still delivering modern day performance benefits.

“There are very few golfer and apparel company relationships that have yielded greater impact on the way golfers dress than that of PUMA and Rickie Fowler. From hi-tops and joggers to flat brim caps and untucked shirts, together Rickie and PUMA are setting trends and continuing to make an indelible mark on golf fashion,” said Grant Knudson, Head of Product Creation, PUMA Golf. “Rickie’s style has evolved over the years, starting various fashionable trends in on course wear by blending influences from streetwear and modern fashion. Today, his style reflects both a maturation in his game and personal confidence, and the X Collection was designed to reflect that transition in an elegant way.”

The X Collection is priced as follows, and all items will be available starting today, at pumagolf.com and select retailers:

Causeway Jacket - $140 – The Causeway Jacket honors the styling of classic British outerwear with an antiqued zipper, stylish button closure, hand pockets and a traditional houndstooth pattern.  Both wind and water resistant, The Causeway is a great choice for any weather conditions.  Available in a Peacoat colorway.

Antrim Pant - $110 – The Antrim pant is a premium trouser with a refined fit, designed with a polyester-wool blend fabric and subtle houndstooth pattern and premium interior details.  The waistband features a hook and bar closure inspired by elevated menswear.  Perfect for wear on the course, at the pub or in the conference room.  Available in a Peacoat colorway.

Donegal Polo - $85 – Designed with premium, technical fabric, the polo is designed with a longer four-button placket and front chest pocket that features a discoverable houndstooth accent pattern on the inside, that matches the interior of the neck.  The Donegal is available in Bright White, Irish Green and Peacoat colorways.

Skerries Polo - $85 – Showcasing a classy deconstructed houndstooth pattern throughout the body of the shirt, the Skerries utilizes a premium, moisture-wicking, technical fabric with a rib knit collar for a sharp, athletic look.  The Skerries Polo is available in Bright White, Irish Green and Peacoat hues.

Dunluce ¼ Zip Pullover - $120 – The Dunluce ¼ Zip, which gets its name from the course on which the 148th Open Championship will be contested, features a premium Pima Cotton Cashmere blend fabric for the ultimate in soft, luxurious feel.  The Dunluce also has elevated finishes such as an antiqued zipper, a contrast green tipping on the collar and ribbed cuffs to provide an elegant, stylish look that works on or off the course.  The Dunluce ¼ Zip comes in either a Peacoast-Irish Green or Quiet Shade-Irish Green colorway.

P 110 X Cap - $30 – An elevated spin on the P Cap golfers know and love, the P 110 X features a raised leather P logo to complement the moisture-wicking sweatband and slight curve brim.  Available in both Peacoat and Quite Shade bodies each with a Brown leather P detailing.

IGNITE PROADAPT X Shoes - $220 – Featuring the same comfort and performance-driven construction Rickie Fowler has trusted since the model’s debut earlier this year, the IGNITE PROADAPT X shoes come in a classy Peacoat body with Irish Green and Bright White accents that complete the head-to-toe X Collection look.

For more information on PUMA Golf’s X Collection and its entire offering of stylish, tour-quality apparel footwear and accessories, visit www.cobragolf.com/pumagolf/x-collection.

Callaway Apparel Ambassador Retief Goosen Captures SENIOR PLAYERS Championship

(Miami, Fla.) — Callaway Apparel congratulates World Golf Hall of Famer Retief Goosen on capturing his first PGA Tour Champions title and first senior major championship with a two stroke victory at the Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.

“We are thrilled for Retief’s first senior major to go along with his two U.S. Open championships,” stated Alex DePallo, Brand Marketing Manager, Callaway Apparel. “Not only did Retief look great in his Callaway Apparel, but the enhanced technical features helped him stay cool and calm under the pressure of major championship golf.”  

“It’s been 10 years since I last won a tournament,” said Goosen. “The nerves were there, and to have those nerves a little bit again in the last few weeks, you know, you just have to put yourself into a position all the time to get used to it again and that is what I have done and it finally paid off this week.”

Retief's Outfits for the Week:
Ombre Box Print Polo - Bright White
Classic Pants - Night Sky
Men's Reversible Leather Belt - Bright White

Swing Tech Mini Geo Print Polo - Medieval Blue
Classic Pants - Silver Lining
Men's Reversible Leather Belt - Bright White

Swing Tech Mini Geo Print Polo - Bright White
Classic Pants - Caviar
Men's Reversible Leather Belt - Caviar

Ventilated Stripe Polo - Brunnera Blue
Classic Pants - Silver Lining
Men's Reversible Leather Belt - Bright White

Learn more at www.callawayapparel.com

The Fountaingrove Club Introduces New "Aqua Stand Up" Fitness Program

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) – The Fountaingrove Club in Santa Rosa, Calif. has introduced Aqua Stand Up, a unique fitness program developed by French fitness professional, Eric Vandendriessche. Aqua Stand Up is an aquatic full-body workout inspired by paddle boarding and is a combination of different fitness techniques like HIIT, Pilates, yoga and muscular conditioning.

At The Fountaingrove Club, Aqua Stand Up classes and camps take place in the Club’s 25-yard infinity swimming pool and are open to all Club members (kids, teens, adults) with no experience necessary. Classes are led by The Fountaingrove Club’s Athletics Supervisor Scott Butler and last 45 minutes. Physical benefits of Aqua Stand Up classes include:
- Weight loss
- Upper and lower body conditioning
- Core conditioning
- Get rid of the backache
- Balance
- Self confidence
- Sport conditioning (golf, tennis, surfing, running)
- Learn the paddle boarding basics
- Prevention of injuries
- Rehabilitation

"Aqua Stand Up classes are safe, fun, and accessible to everyone,” said Butler. “Students burn a lot of calories while engaging their core and improving balance. They also reconnect mind and body together with relaxing movements, strengthening yoga poses and balance training.”

“Our members are really enjoying the new Aqua Stand Up program,” said Ronald Banaszak, chief operating officer, The Fountaingrove Club.  “Scott Butler is always developing new and innovative fitness and wellness programs to keep members engaged and having fun. It’s great seeing members of all ages in the pool and participating in Aqua Stand Up.”

Located in the hills northeast of Santa Rosa, The Fountaingrove Club is managed by Troon Privé, the private club operations division of Troon. The Fountaingrove Club features a beautiful Ted Robinson Sr.-designed golf course that boasts spectacular views of the Hood and Taylor Mountains as well as the rolling hills of Santa Rosa Valley. The golf course was also spared from the Tubbs Fire and has remained fully operational, hosting member play and numerous tournaments. As part of the expansive Athletic Center complex, there are five tennis courts and a 25-yard infinity swimming pool. Members also enjoy an impressive array of fitness opportunities including martial arts, yoga, aquatics, personal training, spin and strength training.

For more information on The Fountaingrove Club, visit www.thefountaingroveclub.com. For more information on the Aqua Stand Up program, visit www.aquastandupusa.com.

Branson Redefines Golf Destinations with Unique Layouts Providing Unorthodox Playing Opportunities

Top of the Rock

Inventive Aspects at Courses Promote Schedule Flexibility, Play Diversity while Maintaining Top Quality 

(Branson, Missouri) – When Payne’s Valley opens for play in the Ozarks – it’s currently under construction and will be the first public venue to open by Tiger Woods and his golf architecture firm (TGR Design) – it will include an uncommon 19 holes, bringing to four the number of different hole totals found at various layouts in the destination.

Most courses have the widely accepted 18 holes, a lesser number have just nine, which many players view as substandard or “incomplete.” Branson breaks the mold with a 13-hole course (Mountain Top), a 9-hole course (Top of the Rock), and the soon-to-open Payne’s Valley (19 holes). Add that Thousand Hills is a compelling par-64 design, deviating significantly from the most common par-72 configuration, and the destination supplies more playing variety than virtually anywhere.

Many golf purists dismiss non-traditional courses – courses other than 18-hole designs – as somehow lacking. However, an examination of Branson-area courses counters that assumption. Top of the Rock (Jack Nicklaus design) is a par-3 course with nine holes. It is played annually as part of Bass Pro Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, a PGA TOUR Champions event, and the only par-3 course played as part of a PGA TOUR tournament. That it is deemed TOUR worthy, a course played by some of the world’s greatest golfers, speaks to its exceptional quality.

A Gary Player design, Mountain Top Golf Course is a walking only site, one where the tee boxes are special in their variety. Instead of the normal teeing areas, where largely ubiquitous sets of markers designate where players begin, golfers choose where they wish to start each hole. Given the size and shape of the teeing areas, this means holes can change dramatically with each choice.

The 19th hole at Payne’s Valley is dramatic in the extreme. Named “The Big Rock at Payne’s Valley™,” the striking par-3 “bet-settling” hole plays to an island green surrounded by streams and waterfalls flowing down millions-year-old exposed limestone walls to close the round. In addition to the abundant Ozarks beauty highlighted at the hole, this special finish concludes the round in memorable fashion.

Those seeking regulation 18-hole courses in the destination have several superb ones from which to choose, including Buffalo Ridge Springs (Tom Fazio design) and Branson Hills (Chuck Smith with Bobby Clampett), rated the top two courses in Missouri by Golfweek in its annual “Best Courses You Can Play by State.” Two other top-notch 18-hole courses are LedgeStone (Tom Clark), which Golfweek rates No. 6 in the state, and Ozarks National (Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw), which opened to critical praise in April of this year. Along with Top of the Rock, both Big Cedar Lodge golf amenities, Ozarks National is played during the Legends of Golf.

Thousand Hills contains the traditional 18 holes, but its par 64 routing is anything but normal. This thanks to its author, Bob Cupp, a Jack Nicklaus design associate for 15 years before starting his own company. Cupp’s esteemed portfolio includes Old Waverly in Mississippi, which has hosted a U.S. Women’s Open, and Pumpkin Ridge and Crosswater at Sunriver Resort, both in Oregon and having hosted a PGA TOUR Champions Major and U.S. Amateur Championship, respectively.

While Cupp has earned acclaim for his conventional designs, his unorthodox creations feature unique twists. He built 12 replica holes lighted for nightly play at his Cloud Nine Course at Angel Park Golf Club in Las Vegas. A 2013 renovation of the Plantation Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee added a course within a course: The new "Quick Six" offers a six-hole loop that can be played in less than 90 minutes. Thousand Hills is similarly unorthodox yet immensely satisfying.

Suffice it to say, Branson-area courses span a collective spectrum from new to established, acclaimed to unconventional. It’s ideal for golfers who seek a one-of-a-kind, first-class golf destination experience.

For more information, visit www.explorebranson.com/golf or www.facebook.com/BransonGolf.

Monday, July 15, 2019

TRUE Linkswear Collaborates with Linksoul to Launch Limited Edition Shoe

(TACOMA, WA) – Two West Coast brands, TRUE linkswear and Linksoul, a men’s lifestyle apparel brand founded by John Ashworth, announced a second limited-edition shoe following the success of the first model that initially launched last fall. The TRUE knit construction features a new colorway – Linksouldier Green – and artwork on the insoles that blends both brands’ ethos of wearing shoes and apparel from the course to the streets.

The knit upper is engineered to be both breathable and supportive while forming to the natural shape of the foot, suitable for any golfer looking to trade in their heavy, cleated shoes for this light-weight alternative. The rubber outsole is made with a proprietary tread pattern designed for ultimate on-course traction. This style not only functions out on the links, but is an easy transitional shoe for everyday wear.

“After the immediate success of our first collaboration, we’re thrilled to work with Linksoul on another limited-edition model”, said TRUE President and Partner, Jason Moore. “It’s exciting to work with another brand that shares our values and mission; we know people are going to love this shoe just as much, if not more, than the first one”.

In addition to the TRUE branding, the TRUE x Linksoul knit is packed with unique and subtle Linksoul details including a “Make Par / Not War” deboss heel stamp, embossed Linksoul sergeant logo, and insoles featuring new artwork by Linksoul Co-Founder, Geoff Cunningham (@parnography).

The shoes are available in Linksouldier Green with an MSRP of $148, and are available in men’s sizes 8-13 (full sizes only). Consumers can shop the TRUE x Linksoul knit by visiting www.truelinkswear.com or www.linksoul.com.