Tuesday, January 17, 2017

FX-Sport launches the VC Golf Sport Headphones

The First Psychological Coaching Device for Golf

(Nottingham, UK) – FX-Sport’s innovative VC Golf headphones give golfers world class insight into all aspects of golf psychology, how to practice correctly and how to improve on-course energy and overall golf fitness.  The patented sport headphones are lightweight, water resistant and fit wire-free “on the ear.” Complete with an integrated 8GB premium mp3 player, the VC Golf arrives preloaded with many hours' worth of psychological coaching, mental preparation, practice drills and workouts from cutting edge golf psychologists, coaches and trainers. Many other workouts in different fitness categories are also packaged in VC Golf as a bonus feature.

"The VC Golf will allow a user to access world class advice for real-time practice on the driving range and on or around the green,” said FX-Sport founder  Duncan Walsh. “It becomes a ‘go to’ device for pre-round physical and psychological warm-ups, as well as golf specific workouts to strengthen and improve balance and flexibility. The VC Golf is also a device that not only motivates a user to practice more but also provides guidance on how best to practice.  In addition, the VC Golf offers workouts in many other categories, appreciating the golfer as a ‘whole person.’”

VC Golf content provides invaluable insight into the mental game. Psychological experts teach golfers how to prepare, focus and implement mental toughness techniques during a round or in competition.  Additionally, for golf practice drills and workouts, the user can choose to have their own music play or have silence between the messages of instruction.  Messages play automatically at designated times as the user performs the drills.  VC Golf includes practices for “On the Driving Range,” “Around the Green” and “On the Green” (not the fairway).  Drills can range from 15 minute putting practices to 90 minute driving range practice combinations.  Often practices are designed to simulate a competitive scenario.

WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPd_6h3TyWo&t=50s

The VC Golf also arrives with many “Off the Course” audio podcasts from all the coaches.  Some examples are: “How to control your nerves under pressure;” “What to do when you start swinging poorly in competition;”  “The four possible outcomes of a shot and how you should handle each;” “What to do when your ball lands in the rough;” “The power of visualization for every shot;” “Positive self-talk;” and “Pre-round psychological warm-ups.”

Many of the workouts can easily be performed at home.  A fitness screening test and warm-ups are also included.  Karen Palacios-Jansen, the 2008 LPGA National Teacher of the Year, provides her entire 30 day CARDIOGOLF challenge program. Each of Karen’s workouts has three levels of difficulty and the user is guided through everything by Karen.  Dr. Mark Smith, an Advisory Board Member and instructor for TPI (the world's leading educational organization dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing), includes some of his high-intensity, short duration training protocols.

VC Golf’s psychologists include Dr. Morris (Mo) Pickens and David MacKenzie. Dr. Pickens is simply regarded as one of the best golf psychologists in the U.S. today. Dr. Pickens currently works with PGA TOUR professionals Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink, Kyle Reifers, Nick Watney, Blayne Barber and Michael Thompson. He has also worked with Lucas Glover, Kyle Stanley and Chris Stroud. While working with Dr. Mo, three players have won four major championships, with all players totaling 27 PGA TOUR victories.

Performance coach and scratch golfer David MacKenzie is founder of the highly acclaimed “Golf State of Mind.” Through years of research and thousands of interviews, David has created a successful system that develops mental toughness, improves emotional control and allows a player to quiet their mind during a shot.  His students include PGA TOUR and LPGA pros and top amateur and college golfers.

The VC Golf has a rechargeable five hours of battery life and retails at $199.00. For more information about FX-Sport or to purchase the VC Golf headphone system, visit www.fx-sport.net or call +44 1158457046.

Shot Navi, Japan's No. 1 Golf GPS, Debuts Product Line at 2017 PGA Show

Check out new Wearable GPS with Activity Tracker and Heart Monitor in Booth 1761

(COSTA MESA, Calif.) – Shot Navi, Japan’s #1 Golf GPS manufacturer, will be introducing four GPS devices at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, January 25-27, in Booth 1761. Since 2008, Shot Navi has manufactured cutting-edge range finder designs that are known and respected for their precision accuracy. It is the only GPS product registered and recommended by the Japan Professional Golf Association.

Shot Navi will unveil two wearable GPS devices, one hand held, and the world’s smallest clip-on voice GPS.

The “W1-GL” is Shot Navi’s #1 selling GPS watch.  It comes preloaded with 30,000 courses in 80 countries worldwide.  The energy-efficient design is equipped with a battery that lasts up to eight hours of play with the GPS and four weeks in watch mode.

Standard features include precise distances to front, center and back of the green and hazards, shot distance measurement, digital scorecard and an invertible black and white display.  The W1-GL GPS watch comes in two colors, black or white.

The new “HuG” is a sleek, stylish watch with the same GPS tracking features as the original W1-GL plus the added benefits of a heart rate monitor and activity tracker all in one convenient device.  The lithium-ion battery lasts 10 hours in GPS mode and 90 days in watch mode. The “HuG” combines fashion with functionality and fitness, offering golfers the total solution in technology tracking. The HuG is available in black or white.

The “Neo 2” is a simple, compact and easy-to-use yet powerful handheld GPS unit. The Neo 2 provides Shot Navi’s standard GPS features and multiple view functions along with three bonus features - a large font view, voice navigation and automatic green view.  The automatic green view adjusts the distances precisely on the angle of approach to the green taking the guesswork out of a golfer’s short game.  The Neo 2 is available in black, white and yellow.

The “V2” is the world’s smallest and lightest Voice GPS in golf.  The simple, hands-free GPS unit conveniently clips on your belt or hat and weighs only .85 ounces.  With automatic start and course/hole recognition and standard Shot Navi precision yardages, this tiny yet powerful Voice GPS is a low tech, extremely user-friendly GPS option.  The V2 is available in black or white.

Shot Navi constantly updates its course databases to provide players with the optimal golf experience. No additional fees are required. For more information, go to www.shotnavi.net.

GPS Watch with heart rate monitor and activity tracker

NEO 2 
Handheld GPS with large font view, voice navigation and automatic green view.

World's smallest & lightest voice GPS in golf, automatic start and course/hole recognition

GPS Watch with precise distances to front/canter/back of greens/hazards, shot distance measurement & digital scorecard

Marriott Golf Academy’s Master Clubfitter Randy Doucette to Appear on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive

Master Clubfitter Randy Doucette Recognized as One of the Premier Clubfitters in USA; Doucette Works with TOUR players, Celebrities and Golfers of all Ages and Skill Levels

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Randy Doucette, the Master Clubfitter at Marriott Golf Academy, appeared on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive January 17. The popular daily morning show airs from 7-9 a.m. ET and Doucette’s instructional tips included an introduction to clubfitting as well as the importance of driver club length to maximize performance.

Based at Marriott’s Grande Vista resort in Orlando, Fla., Marriott Golf Academy, is a three time recipient of  Golf Digest Magazine’s America’s 100 Best Clubfitters Award. Consistently recognized as a highly experienced and sought-after Clubfitting specialist for over 20 years, Doucette has been the Master Club Fitter at Marriott Golf Academy in Orlando since 1996, and has worked closely with many accomplished Tour players, such as Nick Faldo, Se Ri Pak, Fred Funk, and Amy Yang. Doucette works with golfers of all ages and skill levels, and stays busy tuning the equipment and teaching the benefits of proper clubfitting to local residents, Marriott Resort guests, tourists, and even several celebrities and other sports stars, including Justin Timberlake, Anthony Anderson, Tony Siragusa, and Ken Griffey, Jr.

A one-on-one clubfitting session with Doucette is designed to analyze a player’s physical attributes and swing characteristics to determine appropriate club specifications. The fitting session includes static measurements for grip size and club length. The dynamic portion, utilizing TrackMan, is designed to analyze the student’s golf swing and ball flight in order to make recommendations on shaft flex, lie/loft angle, and set configuration.

Additionally, Doucette will conduct a series of club fitting instructional tips that will appear on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive over the next several weeks.

For more information Marriott Golf Academy Clubfitting services and golf school packages, visit www.marriottgolfacademy.com or call 855-642-2369.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Bryson DeChambeau, JumboMax Tour Staff Professional, Featured in GOLF Magazine Cover Story

(OCALA, FL) - JumboMax Grips helped former top ranked amateur and PGA Tour Player Bryson DeChambeau capture titles like the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Individual Championship, the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship and more recently they helped him earn the Silver Cup and the prestigious title of Low Amateur at the 2016 Masters Tournament.

DeChambeau earned an invitation to the 2016 Masters by winning the U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields last summer. He was the fifth player in history to win NCAA and U.S. Amateur titles in the same year - the others were Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ryan Moore.

DeChambeau has been playing JumboMax Grips for over 5 years now and he's as well known for his accomplishments on the golf course as he is for his unorthodox set of irons that are all the same length. He's currently being featured in the February 2017 issue of GOLF Magazine, showing off the new Tour Series Grips from JumboMax that he personally helped develop.

"Bryson is probably the most talented amateur to break onto the golf scene since Tiger Woods," said John Mazzanoble, V.P. of Sales for JumboMax Grips. "Watching him dominate as an amateur and capture title after title has been an incredible experience for us. We can't wait to see what the future holds for Bryson now that he's moved on to the PGA Tour. I can tell you this, I'm sure it's going to be exciting and we're very proud to be a part of the history this young man is making."

For more information about JumboMax Golf Grips, visit www.JumboMax.com.

Snell Golf Expands Executive Leadership Team on the Heels of Record Growth Year

(NEW BEDFORD, MA) — Snell Golf, Inc., the fastest growing ball brand in golf, announced today that it has expanded its executive leadership team, coming off a year in which the company’s sales increased by nearly 400%.  Snell Golf has added Mark Armistead, a 30-year veteran of the golf industry as its Vice President of Sales, and marketing maven Jason Almeida as its Director of Marketing.

Mark Armistead
​Armistead, whose resume boasts a wealth of experience on both sides of the counter (as both a PGA professional and as a company sales manager) for some of the biggest names in the game including TaylorMade, Cleveland Golf and Srixon, joins Snell after most recently serving as national Golf Buyer for Sports Authority. Armistead is charged with leading Snell Golf’s efforts to expand its sales opportunities in both the digital and brick-and-mortar retail spaces.

Almeida, whose agency Pin Tight Marketing served as marketing consultants to Snell Golf since its inception, brings a diverse background in digital marketing, social media programming, media buying and creative management to the Snell Golf team.  Almeida is charged with overseeing all of Snell Golf’s marketing and promotional activities.          

Jason Almeida
“We couldn’t be prouder of the team we’ve assembled at Snell Golf,” said Dean Snell, President & CEO, Snell Golf. “Mark has a long track record of success in golf industry sales and Jason has played an integral role in getting us to where we are today, so I am very excited to add both of these gentlemen to our team in a full time capacity. We are coming off a year in which we grew our sales by nearly 5 times, are now sold in 10 countries and we have traditional golf retailers coming to us looking to stock our balls due to demand from consumers. Things are great at Snell Golf and I believe we’re well positioned to continue our rapid growth through 2017 and beyond.”

Snell Golf is headquartered in New Bedford, MA, and designs, markets and distributes premium golf balls primarily via a direct-to-consumer e-commerce based business model. Snell Golf was founded in 2015 and is led by Dean Snell, co-creator of the industry-changing original Titleist Pro V1 and TaylorMade Penta golf balls. Snell Golf, whose goal it is to create premium, high-performing golf balls at affordable price-points, has been awarded multiple commendations in Golf Digest’s 2016 Golf Ball Hot List and by My Golf Spy.  

For more information and to view Snell Golf’s innovative products, visit www.snellgolf.com.

PING Introduces i200 Irons

(PHOENIX) – Major advancements in the new PING i200 iron make the face and cavity structure more dynamic to achieve faster ball speeds, a soft, powerful feel and unprecedented forgiveness for an iron of its size, the company announced today.

“The i200 iron is engineered for golfers who want an iron with a clean look that delivers exceptional feel, distance and forgiveness while providing the trajectory control they need to play with precision,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “Bringing all these benefits into one iron required our teams to re-think how the face and cavity structure can work together to improve overall performance. The feel is amazing and the gains in forgiveness are significant for an iron this size. It’s a shot-maker’s iron by design, but it will fit a lot of golfers because it’s so easy to play. This iron will exceed their expectations in every way, especially the feel.”

The i200 iron is available for pre-order today at authorized PING golf shops around the world.
PING engineers created a head design that provides precision distances with horizontal and vertical trajectory control while substantially increasing forgiveness. A muscle-stabilizing bar and deeper, longer tuning port harmonize with a thinner, faster face to create a powerful feel and sound. This results from the soft elastomer insert activating at impact to enhance face flexing for faster ball speeds while damping vibrations. The insert nearly doubled in volume, allowing for more than three times the amount of face contact. It is neatly concealed to create a clean cavity design, which is precision milled.

The soft, 431 stainless steel head has a hydropearl chrome finish that repels moisture for more control and helps minimize fliers from wet conditions and lies in the rough. The thin face (30% thinner than the i iron) and tuning port structure produce weight savings that are redistributed to the toe and hosel regions to greatly increase the moment-of-inertia in both the heel-toe and high-low orientations. Long irons launch high with increased distance and forgiveness. Precise short irons give golfers full command of their shot making.

Tour-inspired aesthetics, including a smooth hosel-to-face transition, minimal offset and a sharper face radius, result in a slim appealing shape and clean look. The i200 iron soles are designed with added bounce and a more contoured lead edge to create a profile that glides smoothly through the turf without digging or bouncing.

A variety of high-performance custom-shaft options are available in the i200 iron to fit a player’s ball flight and feel preferences. The stock shaft is the proprietary PING AWT 2.0, which employs a steeper weight progression paired with a variable step pattern to provide a unique balance of high trajectory, increased ball speed, and stable feel in the long irons, yet controlled trajectory and smooth feel in the short irons. The KBS Tour, Dynamic Gold, N. S. Pro Modus3 105, XP 95, and Project X are also available at no upcharge.

i200 iron specifications and shaft options
- Available 3-9, PW, UW
- Stock steel shaft: PING AWT 2.0 (R, S, X)
- After-market shaft options (no upcharge): Project X 5.0, 6.0; XP 95 (R300, S300), N.S. Pro Modus3 105 (S, X), KBS Tour (R, S, X), Dynamic Gold (S300, X100)
- Stock graphite shaft: PING CFS 65/70/80 (Soft R, R, S)
- U.S. MSRP: $135 per club w/steel shaft; $150 per club w/graphite shaft

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Coach Labs Inc, Duotrac 4D Swing Sensor - Enhanced Version - Unveiled at 2017 PGA Show

New Coach/Player Feature for Instructors Coming this Summer – Must See Training App Booth #1289

(LONG BEACH, Calif.) - DuoTrac Golf, the world’s first complete 4D swing and weight shift analyzer, will unveil its enhanced sensors & mobile app at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., Booth #1289, January 25-27.

The new Coach/Player feature, launching summer of 2017, allows players to connect with their golf instructor who can tailor instruction to their specific needs. This provides instructors with business opportunities to personalize coaching remotely via the DuoTrac App.

DuoTrac’s 4D club face and weight shift technology is a major breakthrough over single sensor devices. The four-point sensor system provides four data points and four times the accuracy. DuoTrac gives you exact club data as well as the biomechanics of the body. It’s the most mobile and versatile training system on the market.
DuoTrac’s 4D wearable sensor technology tracks key performance factors: club face angle and hip sway, using two sensors attached to the club and two sensors on the player’s hips. The hip sensors provide data on weight shifts and hip sway; the club sensors show face angles throughout the motion. Weight shift and hip sway have a direct influence on club path, club face angle, angle of attack and speed.

“One thing many professionals have in common is they attack the ball from an “in-to-out or inside path” to achieve effortless power and accuracy,” said Jason Koo, CEO & Founder of DuoTrac. “Most golfers, have an over the top or outside-to-in path which uses the upper body to start the swing and not the core, which drives the power from the legs and hips. If you focus on proper hip and weight shift during the backswing and transition, you will see more speed and power especially when you engage your hips first to the start of your downswing.”

DuoTrac has increased its presence at the 2017 PGA Show including several demo bays inside the booth for PGA professionals, media and distributors to experience in real time. DuoTrac’s Director of Instruction will be on hand to demonstrate the potential of DuoTrac’s technology with training tips and drills.

DuoTrac is an excellent training device for golf instructors as well as for individual use. To set up a demo at the PGA show, contact PGA Professional, Tim Leible (Director of Instruction) at 772-318-9813.  For sales  contact Mark Hodson (VP of Sales) at 310-663-8577. For media interviews, contact Holly G. at 321-303-9684.

For more information visit www.duotrac.com, www.facebook.com/DuoTracSports or https://twitter.com/DuoTrac.