Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Tiger vs. Phil II Odds and Prop Bets

(WAGER) — The sports world certainly hopes to see the rematch between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson that has been teased over the last 24 hours.

Sports bettors would undoubtedly also be elated as there would be a live sporting event to gamble on. And according to early odds set by SportsBetting.ag, Woods is a slight favorite over Mickelson in the rematch.

There are also odds for the four potential pairings with Woods, Mickelson, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

The fine print for these bets indicate that the match must occur by the end of 2020 for action: https://www.sportsbetting.ag/sportsbook/futures-and-props/golf---specials

Tiger vs. Phil II

Tiger Woods -165
Phil Mickelson +125

Which pairing will win Tiger vs. Phil II?
- Tiger Woods/Peyton Manning -180
- Tiger Woods/Tom Brady -150
- Phil Mickelson/Peyton Manning +110
- Phil Mickelson/Tom Brady +140

Which player will have the most birdies?
- Phil Mickelson -110
- Tiger Woods -130

Will hole No. 18 be played?
- Yes -130
- No -110

Will the match go to a playoff?
- Yes +250
- No -300

Women’s Golf Day Announces Revised Date, Virtual Celebration

(WEST PALM BEACH, FLA) — In light of the escalated response to the global Coronavirus pandemic, the Women’s Golf Day leadership team is announcing a new approach to this year’s 5th anniversary event planned to take place worldwide on June 2, 2020. This year, WGD is adapting the event to bring the industry together to engage and empower women as part of a virtual WGD celebration on June 2nd. The health and well-being of WGD partners and guests is paramount, so the events that take place worldwide as part of the world’s largest single day celebration of women’s golf will move to the 1st of September, providing that there is clearance from the WHO and governing bodies. By making this change, WGD is providing two opportunities for engagement.

By setting a new date, which is provisionally September 1st, Founder of WGD Elisa Gaudet hopes to offer the industry something positive to focus on at this challenging time. She explains: “The global community finds itself in an unprecedented situation and we need to respond appropriately. Women’s Golf Day is in a unique position because we have the flexibility to react quickly to the changing landscape whilst also giving the industry something positive to aim towards.  Our mission and platform is that of a global unifier. We will continue to monitor the situation very closely, but we are hopeful that the September date is realistic.”

In the meantime, plans are in place to create a virtual celebration of Women’s Golf Day on the original June 2nd date.  Just as in previous years, the day’s celebration will start as the sun rises in Australia and end as the sun sets in Hawaii. Expect to see video content from famous faces and inspirational stories from across the world shared across the campaign’s social media platforms.  Social media has always played a significant role in the success of the event, delivering a staggering 47 million global impressions to nearly 25 million people in 2019 and it is hoped that the 2020 campaign will be a catalyst to support a post-pandemic resurgence of the industry.

To help more locations join the community in time for the September date, WGD is offering free basic registration on the website www.womensgolfday.com with the code WGDUnites.  Any golf facility can take part with participating venues in the past including golf clubs around the world, retailers such as PGA Superstore, TopGolf locations and driving ranges – essentially anywhere you can swing a club!

Elisa concludes: “We will support our locations around the globe by bringing the industry together and using our shared voice to get golf back on its feet.  June may be too early to hold an event, but it will be a great opportunity for people and organizations to share their inspirational stories around golf.  In the meantime, we encourage people to sign up to our platform and register their venues because we will be hosting Women’s Golf Day again and intend to come back united and stronger than ever.”

Visit the website (www.womensgolfday.com), tab #WGDUNITES, for ongoing digital content and updates as to how you can participate with the global community.

BIG MAX Wins 5th Straight Golf Digest Award

(RELEASE) — BIG MAX, Europe’s No.1 push cart brand is celebrating its fifth consecutive Golf Digest Editor’s Choice Award for push carts after the BLADE IP won its third straight title, taking the top spot in Best Pushcarts: Compact category.

Since the brand’s introduction to the U.S. market it has achieved remarkable success in the highly respected Golf Digest awards. Following victory in the push cart categories for its Autofold FF in 2016 and Blade Quattro in 2017, the BLADE IP has swept all aside winning three consecutive honours. In an industry where technology and innovation moves at an incredible pace, a three time win is a remarkable achievement.

“To win a third award for the BLADE IP and our fifth consecutive award for BIG MAX since we launched to the U.S. market is incredible. I’d be very surprised if any other brand has done this before,“ commented Rick Oldach, CEO of BIG MAX U.S.A, upon hearing of the win. “We always knew that the design for the BLADE IP would change the idea of what a compact push cart could be, but to have no other company come close to matching it in three years really does underline what a fantastic, unique product it is.”

In their summary of the BLADE IP the Golf Digest editors commented, “If ease of storage is the most important thing to you, the Big Max Blade IP is what you’re looking for. This folds down flatter than any other pushcart we’ve seen—five inches high. It weighs less than 15 pounds, so not only is it easy to store, it’s easy to lift. It’ll fit any size bag you have, and the minimalist frame has storage for your essentials”

The success of the BLADE IP is down to it’s folded size –34 ½” x 24 ½“ and an incredible depth of less than 5”.  It is the Flattest of all BIG MAX carts and hands down, the most easily stored and transported push cart on the market.  But it’s benefits don’t end there.

The BLADE IP is as practical on the fairways as it is for transport and storage. Multiple features such as double foot brake, integrated drink holder and storage compartment in the handle, along with ball, tee and double scorecard holder, keep all a golfers’ necessities close to hand. Multiple Quick Lok and Quick Fix bases finish the package, ready to take any BIG MAX accessory such as umbrella holder, GPS holder, or sand bottle holder.

The BLADE IP is available in golf stores nationwide as well as on the BIG MAX website. Available in Phantom, Phantom/Lime, White, White/Lime, Phantom/Red, the BLADE IP retails at $329.99.

For more information, visit www.us.bigmaxgolf.com.

Monday, March 30, 2020

STITCH Golf Honored by Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Awards for 'Best Headcover – Knit'

(APEX, N.C.) — STITCH Golf is pleased to announce that it has received the prestigious Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Awards for 2020 for “Best Headcover – Knit.”

Launched in 2016, the Editors’ Choice Awards honors the best of the best in the golf industry ranging from golf courses and resorts to products and services. The winning STITCH headcovers will be featured in Issue 5 of Golf Digest.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by Golf Digest for our knit headcovers, which have quickly become the industry standard,” said Brad King, CEO of STITCH Golf.  “Being honored as the number one knit headcover three years in a row is a testament to the quality and style STITCH provides and the constant attention to detail by our design and production team.”

Designed for a tried and true look, STITCH knit headcovers feature a timeless style and  handmade poms that are always on trend. Made with Techno Wool, a 100% acrylic material that mimics the feel of wool, with the benefits of an engineered fiber, STITCH knit headcovers stay true to their color and integrity keeping clubs dry while ensuring a snug club fit, unlike traditional wool headcovers which tend to lose their structure and fall off.  Additional features include:
• 3 gauge knit for an authentic feel and look
• Techno Wool™ construction for guaranteed water resistance
• Smart fit design that helps headcovers stay snug on clubs and maintain their shape
• Hand finished
• Fits all modern clubs
•Machine washable

“With over 120 PGA and LPGA professionals, including Major winners, using STITCH gear on tour, STITCH has solidified itself as the leading provider of golf products for the world’s best golfers,” added King.    

STITCH Golf products are available for purchase at www.stitchgolf.com and leading golf, country clubs and select retailers. Stay connected with STITCH Golf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @StitchGolf.

Poconos Family Resort Debuts at Home Programming for Guests

Woodloch Pines launches Woodloch at Home, featuring some of the resort’s most popular fun and games for guests to enjoy remotely during its temporarily closure

(Hawley, PA) – The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has proved extremely challenging for many businesses, with the restaurant and lodging sector of the economy hit particularly hard, as the world works together to employ social distancing in an effort to “flatten the curve” and stop the spread of the virus. Woodloch Pines, an all-inclusive family resort located in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, temporarily closed on Tuesday, March 17 with plans to reopen May 1. Woodloch’s tagline, “together is the best place to be,” speaks volumes about the emphasis it places on bonding and connection with loved ones. Understanding this necessity to come together emotionally while being apart physically, the family resort was inspired to create its brand new program, Woodloch at Home, allowing guests the chance to join in a wide array of activities and games remotely through both the resort’s website and social media channels.

Family-owned and operated since 1958, Woodloch’s core mission is built upon treating guests like family with a focus on “togethering.” The Poconos resort is well known for its signature home-grown, team-building activities that are completely unique to the property, the brain child of the talented Woodloch Activities Staff. These tried and true guest favorites, such as scavenger hunts, “Olympics,” game show contests, and deejay-led dance parties, are now available through Woodloch at Home. They are designed specifically for portability and can be played by anyone remotely. This allows individual families to remain in the privacy of their own homes while staying connected digitally with Woodloch’s energetic staffers, eager to lead the charge. The site also features a wide array of classic Woodloch recipes, music, interviews, and more.

“We are extremely saddened by the COVID-19 crisis that the world is currently facing. First and foremost, we extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers and wish everyone health and safety as we navigate this uncharted territory together. Although we cannot serve as a respite for people to come together in person at this time, we are grateful to be in a position to spread the Woodloch spirit digitally and still be able to touch many people,” said Brad Kiesendahl, C.E.O. of Woodloch Pines. He continued, “Our goal has always been to bring positivity and brightness into the lives of others. Now more than ever, there is no greater need for this. When we get through these challenging times, Woodloch will be here waiting as we all come back -- together.”

To obtain more information, visit https://www.woodloch.com/woodloch-at-home/.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Pinehurst Resort Expands Experiences for Its Employee Relief Fund

(RELEASE) — A quick update from Pinehurst Resort on its Employee Relief Fund:

As of this writing, more than $126,000 had been raised in over 24 hours.

Due to the overwhelming response, three amazing new experiences have been added at the auction website, https://go.rallyup.com/pinehurst:

Pinehurst Resort with Mike Hicks: This one is hard to write without getting goosebumps. Your foursome will play Pinehurst No. 2 and be joined by Mike Hicks on the back nine. Mike was on the bag for Payne Stewart for the 1999 U.S. Open. Mike will walk with your group, share special stories and show you the spots of Payne’s heroic shots on 16, 17 and 18. Includes 2 rooms and a 1-night stay.

Architects Tour of No. 2: When it was time to restore our most treasured course, we turned to N.C. native Bill Coore and his partner Ben Crenshaw. Coore & Crenshaw restored the course and the soul of the Donald Ross masterpiece. Enjoy a walking tour of No. 2 with Bill Coore. One night and one round on No. 2 included for two people on mutually agreeable dates.

Visit Future Pinehurst No. 10 Site: Speaking of Coore & Crenshaw, did you know they’ve routed a new Pinehurst course? It’s only on paper, for now, but there are dreams of it becoming reality someday. Tour the land and the preliminary routing with Bill Coore. One night and one round on No. 2 included for two people at mutually agreeable dates.

Also, numerous affordable items are available, including $100 Putter Boy Pin Flags, $75 Hats and $25 Pinehurst Logo Balls.


With the closing of the hotels and restaurants by the coronavirus crisis, hundreds of amazing Pinehurst Resort and Country Club employees have been impacted.

Many people have asked how they can help.

Starting the morning of March 28, the resort officially launched an auction of exclusive “Pinehurst Experiences” that have never been offered before and may never be offered again. All of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Pinehurst Employee Relief Fund.

Anyone is welcome to bid on any of the one-of-a-kind experiences during the auction, which will close at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30.

Tune in at 8 p.m. on Monday @PinehurstResort on Instagram for a special Live broadcast hosted by Barstool Golf’s Sam Riggs Bozoian. Riggs will close the auction in a way only he can.

VIDEO: Wittek Golf Supply at the PGA Merchandise Show

Wittek is a one-stop-shopping outlet for all golf course and driving range needs. Wittek offers everything from ball pickers for the range to ball washers and tee markers for the course and so much more. They've made a huge push into beautiful recycled plastic furniture and recently began offering embroidered golf flags.

Check out www.wittekgolf.com to learn more.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

VIDEO: PGA Show 2020 With Cleveland Golf, Srixon and XXIO

At the Cleveland/Srixon/XXIO booth, The XXIO Eleven woods and irons were designed exclusively for golfers with moderate swing speeds. XXIO Eleven combines lightweight design with extreme counterbalancing for a distinct sense of ease and lightness with every swing. Golfers will notice the lightness of these clubs ... allowing them to add speed without adding effort. More energy post-round and far less strain on the body means they’ll play better golf and a lot more of it.

The Cleveland CBX Full-Face wedges are highly versatile, yet forgiving—designed specifically for extreme open-face shots around the green. Cleveland’s CBX Full-Face expands the wedge lineup and delivers added forgiveness and versatility to the short game.

The third generation Q-STAR TOUR is Srixon's softest golf ball with tour-level performance. Golfers receive tour-caliber spin and distance from its three-piece construction and urethane cover, along with exceptionally softer feel than traditional tour balls.

ASICS golf shoes, in partnership with Srixon, will now be offered in North America where they will be built with inspiration from ASICS running shoes and deliver comfort and flexibility while providing outstanding traction and stability.

For more information visit www.clevelandgolf.com, www.srixon.com, www.xxiousa.com.

Friday, March 27, 2020

An Open Letter Regarding Golf During COVID-19 from Bobby Jones Links Co-Founder Whitney Crouse

Let Golf Go On. It’s A Walk In The Park.

(OPINION) — Across the country and the world, people are facing an unprecedented situation in terms of personal and economic wellbeing with the coronavirus pandemic. Bobby Jones Links supports efforts to #flattenthecurve and recognize that this is critical to our path forward. As golf industry professionals, we also recognize that the game of golf is uniquely positioned to offer people a safe way to get out, exercise and commune with nature while securely practicing social distancing.

We understand there are many things we can’t do now for the greater good of all of us, but golf does not have to be one of them.

With the proper precautions, golf can be as safe as a walk in the park. In addition to following the CDC’s guidelines, here’s how we can do it:

Golf course check-in can now be done by phone or online. This was coming; now it’s a standard operating procedure. There’s no need to go in a golf shop or clubhouse.

Our clubhouses are closed, except for our restrooms, which are sanitized and allow one person at a time to use them.

We’ve removed all the sand trap rakes, ball washers, and water coolers. There’s no common points of contact on a golf course anymore.

We play with the flagsticks remaining in the hole. Golf cups are inverted or less shallow so when picking the ball out of the hole, the golfer touches nothing but his or her golf ball.

Our range balls are washed in bleach solutions or similar type of disinfectant. They come clean to the customer. The distance between range tee stations has also been increased.

Our customers can bring their own snacks and beverages onto the course.

We are spacing out our tee times, so groups don’t form on the course or on the first tee.

We are encouraging only one golfer to ride in a cart at a time.

Through these best practices, now a member or customer can go from their car, to the first tee, with the option of walking the course, if they don’t want to take a sanitized cart, never touching anything unsafe - all while keeping six feet from other golfers.

That makes golf as safe as a walk in the park. That keeps many people employed. That maintains the well-being of many of our citizens.

Let golf go on.


Whitney Crouse
Co-Founder of Bobby Jones Links

2020 Arnold Palmer Cup Teams Named

(NORMAN, Okla.) – The Arnold Palmer Cup is slated for July 3-5 at Lahinch Golf Club and in these unprecedented times we do not know if the matches will be held as scheduled, postponed, or canceled. With the pandemic affecting so many lives around the globe, there are certainly more pressing issues than golf. However, we would like to recognize the accomplishments of these college golfers since last summer and during this college season.

The United States team is led by returners from last years team in Emilia Migliaccio (Wake Forest), Kaitlyn Papp (Texas), John Augenstein (Vanderbilt), and Quade Cummins (Oklahoma). Men’s Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking selections include Augenstein, Garett Reband (Oklahoma), Cooper Dossey (Baylor), Cummins, Evan Katz (Duke), and William Mouw (Pepperdine). Women’s ranking selections include, Rachel Kuehn (Wake Forest), Kenzie Wright (Alabama), Julia Johnson (Ole Miss), Addie Baggarly (Florida), Latanna Stone (LSU), and Allyson Geer (Michigan State).

Joining Ricky Castillo (Florida) Migliaccio, Kaitlin Milligan (Oklahoma), John Pak (Florida State), Papp, and Davis Thompson (Georgia), who were selected on March 4, will be Pierceson Coody (Texas), Jaime Jacob (Cal State San Marcos), Gina Kim (Duke), Andy Ogletree (Georgia Tech), Megan Schofill (Auburn) and Zach Zediker (Delta State) as Team USA committee selections.

Jacob and Zediker become the first representatives from their respective schools.

The Internationals are represented by 15 different countries, including two returners from last years victorious team in Matthias Schmid (Louisville/Germany), and Sofia Garcia (Texas Tech/Paraguay). International men’s ranking selections include Yuxin Lin (Southern California/China), Adrien Pendaries (Duke/France), Mark Power (Wake Forest/Ireland), Puwit Anupansuebsai (San Diego State/Thailand), Sam Choi (New Mexico/Republic of Korea), and Angus Flanagan (Minnesota/England). Women’s ranking selections include Vivian Hou (Arizona/Taiwan), Emma Spitz (UCLA/Austria), Linn Grant (Arizona State/Sweden), Kaleigh Telfer (Auburn/South Africa), Aline Krauter (Stanford/Germany), and Sophie Guo (Texas/China).

International committee selections include Ludvig Aberg (Texas Tech/Sweden), Ingrid Lindblad (LSU/Sweden), Olivia Mehaffey (Arizona State/Ireland), Caolan Rafferty (Maynooth/Ireland), Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (South Carolina/France), and Schmid, who were selected on March 4. Joining them will be Alex Fitzpatrick (Wake Forest/England), Garcia, Hazel MacGarvie (Stirling/Scotland), and Vincent Norrman (Georgia Southwestern/Sweden), David Puig (Arizona State/Spain), and Angelina Ye (China/Stanford).

For more information visit arnoldpalmercup.com.

Bag Boy’s One-Step Open Push Cart Wins Golf Digest Editor’s Choice Award

Nitron Wins 2020 Award for Best 3-Wheel Push Cart

(Richmond, VA) – Bag Boy is excited to announce that the Nitron, their newest and most revolutionary push cart has been awarded the ‘Best 3-Wheel Push Cart’ for the second consecutive year in a row. Golf Digest is the most trusted voice in golf, committed to helping golfers improve their game through instruction from top-ranked teachers, equipment reviews and course rankings, as well as features on the game's leading personalities. The Nitron push cart’s revolutionary, auto-open technology makes it the fastest opening and closing cart in golf.

“The Nitron is unprecedented in its ability to effortlessly open and close in just a couple of seconds with no hassle,” said Perry Hilbert, Sales Manager at Bag Boy. "Everybody loves it– it is definitely a game changer.”

The Nitron push cart is the fastest opening cart in golf due to its air-powered opening system which allows the cart to open instantaneously. The nitrogen-powered canister creates air pressure, which pushes the cart open and deploys the front wheel out in a matter of seconds.

For more information on the Nitron push cart, visit www.bagboy.com or call 1-800-955-2269 for more details.

ASGCA launches “Great Junior Golf Design Challenge”

Fun way to help families pass time during Covid-19 crisis; encouraging children to use their imagination to design a golf hole 

(BROOKFIELD, Wis.) – The American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) has launched a program to showcase creativity in golf course architecture among young people. “The Great Junior Golf Design Challenge of 2020,” encouraging children to design their own golf hole, was created as a way to give families an opportunity to involve children in the art of golf course design during the worldwide crisis of COVID-19.

The challenge – a fun activity rather than a contest – is simple. Young people ages 17 and younger may submit design ideas for golf holes of any par, style or strategy, and from whimsical to serious. Submissions may be created in any medium (pencil, markers, crayon or digital) as long as it fits within the provided border from ASGCA. Scans or photos of designs may be sent via e-mail to juniordesign2020@asgca.org or uploaded via Twitter to @ASGCA to be shared on social media and ASGCA.org. Complete information may be found at https://asgca.org/great-junior-golf-design-challenge-2020/.

“Families are struggling with having schools closed and the amount of ‘at-home time’ during this crisis,” said ASGCA President Jan Bel Jan. “A few of our members brainstormed the idea, which came to us from Jay Smith, an aspiring golf course architect based in McAlpin, Florida. We’re offering this positive diversion when so many are confined to their homes.”

The emphasis of the program is to get creativity flowing, and to celebrate the art of golf course architecture among young people. Nathan Crace, ASGCA, and Lester George, ASGCA, stepped in to work on the idea, which came to Smith with the help of his wife, Rebecca. “It started as a simple idea of getting kids involved in the shadows of an unprecedented pandemic,” says Smith. “We thought it would boost morale and could evoke art, engineering, and geometry — in a fun way. Our youngest son, Johnny, enjoys watching me sketch and draw, submits his own ideas for my review. From there it just snowballed. It would have been great if this existed when I was younger.”

Crace shared his experiences. “As a young boy, I spent hours drawing imaginary golf holes on plain paper and by age 10 I had built three holes on my parents' land in Indiana. Hopefully, this challenge will give boys and girls that same spark to display their creativity for everyone to see!”

“It affords children the opportunity to express their creativity by imagining and graphically depicting their version of a fun and remarkable golf hole,” George added. “What better way to spend time during these days at home?”

ASGCA plans to share comments on the designs from ASGCA members and others who follow ASGCA on social media. “It’s important to point out that this is not a contest,” notes ASGCA Vice President Forrest Richardson. “The idea is to stimulate creativity and help take the edge off of the stress that comes with staying at home for a prolonged period and being uncertain of what comes next.”

Thursday, March 26, 2020

'Big Break' Returns to GOLF Channel; Launches Free on GOLFPASS

Ground-Breaking and Compelling, Big Break Showcased Thrilling Competitions, from Iconic Glass-Break Challenge to the Dreaded Flop Wall, with Memorable Characters over 23 Seasons

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Big Break, the original competition series that broke new ground in television entertainment in 2003 and ran for a record-breaking 23 seasons, is back on GOLF Channel and new on GOLFPASS.

Starting Monday, March 30, on GOLF Channel, fans who have long-awaited for their Big Break fix can finally feast on episodes from every season of the hit series and hang on every critical shot from a hit-list of competitors – some who became larger-than-life characters with pop-star-like followings, while others kick-started a new pro-tour career.

The first Big Break Monday will feature the full season of Big Break II: Las Vegas, which featured the affable “Big Mike,” mischievous David Gunas and straight-laced Bart Lower – but highlighted by the compelling duel of clubs and words between Kip Henley and Don Donatello. A full-season marathon of every episode will begin Monday at 7 a.m. ET, continuing through 6 p.m. ET, followed by the last three hours encoring in primetime at 8 p.m. ET. Subsequent Big Break seasons will follow on Big Break Mondays, with full-season marathons airing during the day and the final three hours typically replaying in primetime starting Monday, April 13 following Masters week on GOLF Channel.

GOLFPASS Video Membership Celebrates Big Break Return, Unlocks 2-Month Free Trial

GOLFPASS, golf’s only comprehensive digital membership offering everything golfers love about the game, is celebrating the return of Big Break with an offer to access its vast library of premium entertainment and instructional videos for free through a complimentary two-month trial of the newly launched GOLFPASS Video membership.

Starting Friday, March 27, anyone can enjoy a vast video library of GOLFPASS originals, like My Roots and Lessons with a Champion Golfer, as well as a robust video archive spanning historic competitions, award-winning franchises like Emmy-nominated Feherty, GOLF Films, the Rory & Carson Podcast, and more. Available immediately and ready for binge-watching is Big Break season one, with subsequent seasons from the Big Break archive scheduled to premiere on GOLFPASS each Friday.

Also included in the free, two-month video membership is an unmatched collection of on-demand instructional videos featuring many of the world’s elite coaches, including Michael Bannon (Rory McIlroy’s coach), Sean Foley (Justin Rose’s coach) and Chris Como, and tips from golf legends like Paul Azinger, Nick Faldo, Gary Player, Annika Sorenstam. Also featured are golf-specific fitness and training programs, including Core Golf with Don Saladino.

Big Break Became a Viewer Sensation

The Big Break series concept, which was at the forefront of the reality competition craze started by Survivor in the late 1990’s, features professional golfers competing in skills challenges that test their physical abilities and mental toughness, finding themselves in situations when these words from legendary golfer Ben Hogan were never proven more true: “The most important shot in golf is the next one.” On Big Break, the competitors must perform or be eliminated.

Champions from each season of Big Break received his or her “big break,” exemption(s) to compete on the world’s top professional tours. Big Break provided break-out opportunities for current tour professionals, including Wesley Bryan, Matt Every, Tony Finau, Tommy Gainey, Kristy McPherson, Ryann O’Toole, Gerina Piller, Jackie Stoelting and Richy Werenski.

The series also featured other memorable characters like Danielle Amiee (Big Break III:  Ladies Only), Sara Brown (Big Break Sandals Resorts), Mark Farnham (Big Break I), Eddie Gardino (Big Break IV: USA vs Europe), Andrew Giuliani (Big Break Disney Golf), Mark Murphy (Big Break Ireland), Blair O’Neal (Big Break Prince Edward Island), Chad Pfeifer (Big Break The Palm Beaches), Anthony Rodriguez (Big Break VIII: Mesquite) and Bri Vega (Big Break VI: Trump National), among many others.

GOLF Channel Upcoming “Big Break Mondays” Programming Schedule
- Monday, March 30 Big Break II: Las Vegas
- Monday, April 13 Big Break Sandals Resorts
- Monday, April 20 Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe
- Monday, April 27 Big Break Prince Edward Island
- Monday, May 4 Big Break III: Ladies Only

GOLFPASS Big Break Programming:
- Available to Stream Now Big Break 1
- Friday, March 27 Big Break II: Las Vegas / Big Break III: Ladies Only

GolfTalk Live Expands Again—Brings Co-Host Allen DePuy on Board

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) — The award-winning GolfTalk Live radio show, a national award-winner for 11 years of its existence, has had a record of constant growth in its 14-year history. Now it is taking another major step toward expansion.

As of April 1, golf industry veteran Allen DePuy, will become a partner of the show and a co-host with founder Tony Leodora.

“This is very exciting news,” said Leodora. “I have known Allen for many years and worked with him on an increasing basis. He is one of the most respected business minds in the golf industry and his personality lends itself to our interview-driven shows.

“In the beginning, his first focus – other than co-hosting our weekly shows – is to expand our reach. He is already in touch with stations in the Central New Jersey area. And he already is exploring the feasibility of taking the show from a regional to a national platform.”

DePuy, a resident of Yardley, Pennsylvania, grew up in Northern Virginia and played collegiate golf at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. Apparently, a decent player at one time – Allen held three separate course records in his lifetime, including a career low round of 63. A former PGA Golf Professional, Allen eventually transitioned into the business side of golf, initially working as a property manager with the Billy Casper Golf organization. His further professional background includes serving as the Employment and Club Relations Director for the Middle Atlantic PGA of America, as well as serving as a Vice President with Gotham Golf Partners – where he managed multiple properties and orchestrated the acquisition of over $50 million in golf properties. Today, Allen is a member of the Colliers International’s Golf Brokerage & Advisory Services Group, and a recognized specialist in the consulting and management and turnaround of under-performing and distressed hospitality assets.

“Over the years I have been intrigued by just about every aspect of the golf business,” said DePuy. “Being involved with GolfTalk Live provides me with a platform for all of these interests.”

“Since beginning the show in 2006, Tony has developed GolfTalk Live into the most recognized and honored golf radio show in the country. Three times it has been named the No. 1 Golf Radio Show in America. If I can add a bit more fuel to that effort, that’s got to be a good thing. I’m looking forward to many more years of success with this show.”

GolfTalk Live debuted in March of 2006 on WNTP, Philadelphia’s AM990 The Answer, a 50,000-watt station that previously was dedicated primarily to newstalk programing. The launch was a bold step, in that the format differed from most sports radio shows at that time, which depended on call-in programing.

From its inception, GolfTalk Live was a 52-week, 100-percent interview-driven show, unique in the world of golf radio at that time. Leodora now joins with DePuy in the show’s dedication to providing golfers with all the latest golf destination information, instruction, interesting golf stories and news from around professional and amateur golf, including interviews with people from all facets of the golf world.

In addition to WNTP, the show’s flagship station, GolfTalk Live began syndication in 2012 with WOND 1400-AM in South Jersey, the only station that gives high-season weekend traffic reports at the Jersey Shore. In 2018 syndication took a big step forward when GolfTalk Live announced the addition its first FM radio station. WNPV 1440-AM and 98.5-FM joined the list of syndicated stations featuring the GolfTalk Live radio show. The Lansdale (Pa.) based station airs in Bucks County, Montgomery County and the Lehigh Valley. WNPV is a family-owned talk radio station that has been serving the community for 60 years.  

Also, a significant expansion took place from the outset through internet broadcasting. GolfTalk Live joined a number of websites across the country that host the show and reach a large audience.

Over the years, GolfTalk Live has broadcast from locations in 23 different states, plus Puerto Rico. The show also broadcasted from seven foreign countries – Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, St. Kitts, Jamaica, the Bahamas and Scotland.

Even more stunning is the collection of luminaries from the golf world and beyond who have been guests on the show. The list from previous years is amazing … and it was expanded in 2019 thanks to interviews with Jack Nicklaus, new World Golf Hall of Famer Jan Stephenson and Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt.

Regular annual highlights of GolfTalk Live include extended coverage from the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando and the annual package known as the Myrtle Beach Report, which includes 13 weeks of reviews of many courses, plus shows at the start and the end of the world’s largest golf tournament – The Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship.

There also is the “Summer at the Jersey Shore” – a string of remote broadcasts from the great golf courses of South Jersey. In the winter, the GolfTalk Live Winter Invitational Series is played, right after the live broadcast of the radio show, at the two Play-a-Round Golf facilities – Malvern and Ardmore. For equipment news, there is the Product of the Month … unveiled on the second Saturday of each month. For an insider’s look at the game, there is the Putting Corner with Dave Hamilton.

Sponsorship of GolfTalk Live has brought together an interesting mix of golf and non-golf companies. Presenting Sponsor Norris Sales Company is joined by returning sponsors Westover GC, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, Inside Jewelers, Kutztown Auto, Turnpike Chevrolet, Black Cat Cigars, Destination Montco Golf, Mainland GC, Bella Vista GC, Morgan Hill GC, Antigua, Raven’s Claw GC, Play-a-Round Golf, Sheraton Atlantic City, eRose Web, Atlantic City Golf Vacations and Golf and Gamble.

"It's hard to believe the network of great people and sponsors that has developed from this show," said Leodora. "And it’s even harder to believe that 14 years have passed so quickly. I guess time flies when you are having fun ... and we are having more and more fun on the show, as we now begin our 14th season."

GolfTalk Live also can be heard any time following each show on its official website, www.golftalklive.net.

Pebble Beach At Home Golf Tips

Stay primed for the course with online simulation and tips from a pro

(RELEASE) — While that bucket-list golf vacation is temporarily benched, golfers can still play the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links via an online simulation and sharpen their skills with tips from a renowned golf pro.

Laird Small
To help golfers keep primed for their return to the course, Laird Small, director of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy at Pebble Beach Resorts, has shared some simple tips that can be done from the comfort of home. But before getting started, set the scene by tuning into Pebble Beach’s live cam that captures the crashing surf and spectacular mountain backdrop surrounding the 18th hole – the most famous finishing hole in golf.

Maintain rotational flexibility – The tension created in this exercise opens up the chest and can help add much needed rotation to your swing.
1.     Face the doorway to your bathroom.
2.     With your shoulders back, extend your right arm out and place your right hand flat against the door frame. It should be at shoulder height.
3.     Hold your hand in place and turn your upper body to the left. Your trail arm will stay behind you.

For the left-handed golfer:
1.     Face the doorway to your bathroom.
2.     With your shoulders back, extend your left arm out and place your left hand flat against the door frame. It should be at shoulder height.
3.     Hold your hand in place and turn your upper body to the right. Your trail arm will stay behind you.

Keep your head down – This exercise will train you to keep your body in position throughout your swing and keep your head down from back swing to follow-through.
1.     Get a hand towel from the bathroom and fold it three to five times.
2.     Stand facing a wall in your hotel room and get into golf posture. You should be at least one foot from the wall.
3.     Lean forward and place your forehead against the wall, cushioned by the towel.
4.     Cross your arms over your chest, with the fingertips of each hand touching the opposite shoulder.
5.     Proceed to make turns back and forth, starting with your left shoulder down and your right shoulder up.
6.     Continue for 30 seconds to one minute while keeping the towel in place.

Add width to your swing – A simple exercise like this will assist in arm extension and position you for the top of your back swing.
1.     Stand in the middle of the door frame to the bathroom.
2.     Take your golf posture
3.     Reach for the top of the door jamb

Of course, stretching is key, too. Here are a few ways to stay nimble on the road, according to Small:

Joint Caps
1.     Place your left arm straight across your chest, pointing to your right.
2.     With your right arm, reach underneath the left elbow and pull into your chest
3.     Hold for five seconds.
4.     Be sure to keep the left shoulder down, preventing it from shrugging up toward the left ear.
5.     Repeat on the right arm.

Shoulder Blades – In golf, all the forces are pulling away from you. It’s therefore important to strengthen your back so it can support the stress exerted by the rest of the body.
1.     Extend arms outward on each side, creating a letter “T” with the body.
2.     Get into your golf posture, keeping your arms extended outward.
3.     Position your hands with your palms down and your thumbs pointed forward.
4.     Pull your shoulder blades together and down, as if you were trying to put them in your back pockets. This is called “scapular retraction.”
5.     In this position, do 30 to 40 arm circles.
6.     Once completed, rotate your hands with your palms up and thumbs pointed behind you.
7.     Do another 30 to 40 arm circles.

Hips and Lower Back
1.     Sitting on the floor, extend your left leg straight out in front of you and cross your right foot over your left knee, placing it on the floor next to your knee cap.
2.     Place your left elbow between your right knee and your chest and place your right hand flat on the ground directly behind you.
3.     Twist the body to the right, using your left arm to push against your right knee. Ideally, your left shoulder will be pointed in the same direction as your left leg, which is extended in front of you.
4.     Hold the position for five to 10 seconds.
5.     Complete the same stretch using the opposite leg and arm.

Golfballs.com Partners with Shane Lowry and Srixon for ‘Trip to Ireland’ Sweepstakes

Grand Prize Winner Receives Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance to Play a Round with Open Champion at Royal Portrush

(LAFAYETTE, LA) – Golfballs.com – the world leader in golf customization – has partnered with Shane Lowry, Srixon, National Golf Foundation and Carr Golf to provide a special sweepstakes offer for the chance to win a round of golf with the reigning Open Champion, Shane Lowry, at Royal Portrush in Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The Grand Prize winner and one guest receive airfare, travel and four nights’ accommodations, including the aforementioned round with Lowry at Royal Portrush, where he won the 148th Open Championship last summer. The winner and their guest also receive rounds at two other courses in the area.

No purchase or payment is necessary to enter, interested parties simply fill out an entry form at https://www.golfballs.com/shane-lowry-sweepstakes at any point from March 24 through July 15, 2020. Per the rules, Golfballs.com allows one (1) entry per person each day during the promotional period.

“In these difficult times, we are thrilled to provide this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience to golfers as something to look forward to,” says Tom Cox, CEO of Golfballs.com. “The chance to travel across the pond and play with an Open Champion at the very venue where he actually hoisted the Claret Jug… well, it’s beyond words for me and most golfers. We’re very excited to offer this to the golfing public.”

Over the past two decades, Golfballs.com has grown into the industry’s leading provider of custom equipment, producing nearly 100,000 personalized golf balls each week, as well as a variety of other gear. Full details on all available options can be found at Golfballs.com.

More information: Golfballs.com

Golf Digest Names Highland Course at Primland a 2020 Editor’s Choice Winner

Exclusive Resort in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains Garners ‘Best Mid-Atlantic Resort’ Honor

(MEADOWS OF DAN, VIRGINIA) Golf Digest named the Highland Course at Primland, the boutique luxury resort amid 12,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a 2020 Editors’ Choice in the Best Mid-Atlantic Resorts category. The Editors Choice program identifies ‘The Best Things in Golf,’ with an emphasis on lifestyle properties, products and services.

The Highland Course features immaculate conditions, stunning views, no surrounding development, and a masterful course layout by Englishman Donald Steel, whose design philosophy highlights nature and golf tradition. Flowing seamlessly and breathtakingly through the dramatic mountain landscape, the ingenious routing is rated No. 30 in Golf Digest’s biennial “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, 2019-2020.”

“It was the vision of Didier Primat to create a place of immense beauty that offers guests a return to simple human pleasures in an environment of refined authenticity and sensuality,” said Steve Helms, Primland Vice President. “Golf Digest recognizing these attributes is a gratifying testament to our founder’s vision.”

Golfers can book their preferred experience from a variety of options at Primland – instruction, individual rounds, group events, stay-and-play packages, even a bundle of 12 rounds for $2,100 that can be shared with other players through August 2020.

After-golf activities and amenities highlight the spectacular Primland property through fly fishing, shooting sporting clays, riding ATVs, mountain biking, yoga, archery, horseback riding, tomahawk throwing, guided hikes, tree climbing, and more.

For more information about Primland, visit Primland.com, or call 866.960.7746.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

TGA Keeps Kids Engaged in Golf During Coronavirus

TGA Premier Sports develops programming designed for at-home use for the entire family

Los Angeles, CA - TGA Premier Sports values the health and safety of the entire community, students, their families, and coaches. With most schools around the country closed and programs postponed if not cancelled for the rest of the school year, TGA is eager to continue serving local communities during these difficult times to keep a sense of normalcy. In an effort to help everyone Keep Playing!® while families are sheltering at home, TGA will be sharing online golf content designed for at-home use and engagement.

The unprecedented events related to COVID-19 have affected everyone, drastically reducing physical activity and perhaps mental stimulation for children locked out of their classrooms. Teachers around the country have rallied to create E-learning lessons, parents are now educators and perhaps working from home as well. TGA’s mission during this time is to engage students and families together, creating an environment that focuses on golf through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) academic lessons, skill development and activities that get kids moving.

“Social distancing and staying in place at home are short-term realities but that doesn’t mean we want to sit idle with how youth and families experience golf during this time. For 17 years, TGA curriculum has been executed in tight spaces and we have an opportunity to serve our communities through similar programming in a home-based environment,” says Joshua Jacobs, TGA’s founder and CEO. “Our corporate staff, franchise owners, and coaches are committed to working together to churn out existing and new content repurposed in an online platform for families everywhere.”

Over the next six weeks, TGA will be sharing this new online golf programming with its families and students nationwide through email, blogs, and directly online at http://playtga.com/blog/2020/03/3080/. These fun golf related activities can be used by all families and keeps young athletes' brains engaged and playing.

Many of these activities come from TGA’s highly acclaimed curriculum and student handbook. Activities include at home putting, chipping, and swing lessons giving participants a chance to progress through the skills, learn about the sport, and play related activities and games. TGA will be providing video-lessons from coaches, videos of kids playing the games, warm up exercise videos, games to play solo or with the family, all to put golf skill practice into play. In addition, TGA will provide academic worksheets related to golf and STEAM that the kids can do at home with minimal resources.

In the youth sports segment, TGA (Teach, Grow, Achieve) has become the go-to brand for introducing children to the sports of golf, tennis, and team sports, as well as the nation’s most prolific provider of in-school- and community-based youth sports enrichment programs. TGA’s youth sports “delivery system” is helping strengthen families and communities and reversing the trends of declining youth sports participation in cities across the country, leading to healthier lifestyles. TGA is on pace to register the program’s ONE-MILLIONTH student in 2021.

For more information about TGA Premier Sports visit www.playtga.com or follow @TGA_Sports on Twitter.

Golf Channel, NBC Air Encore Event Coverage

Kevin Kisner’s Victory in Final Match Airing Sunday Afternoon on NBC;
Woods/McIlroy Round of 16 Match Airs Saturday Morning (GOLF Channel)

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – This week, GOLF Channel and NBC (weekend) will re-air tournament telecasts across respective professional tours, beginning with Day 1 coverage of the 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Wednesday afternoon.

Below is a summary of tournament encore programming through Monday evening:

PGA TOUR: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (2019)
GOLF Channel will re-air tournament rounds of the 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, won by Kevin Kisner. The Quarterfinals (Saturday) and Final (Sunday) rounds will be broadcast on NBC this weekend. The Round of 16 will re-air Saturday morning on GOLF Channel, featuring the match between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods (10 a.m. ET).

LPGA Tour: Kia Classic (2018, 2019)
Thursday-Sunday, GOLF Channel will air encore third and final round telecasts of the LPGA Tour’s 2018 and 2019 Kia Classic. Third and final round coverage of the 2018 Kia Classic (won by Eun-Hee Ji) will air Thursday and Friday night in primetime respectively, while third and final round coverage of the 2019 edition of the event (won by Nasa Hataoka) will air at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday.

PGA TOUR Champions: Rapiscan Systems Classic (2019)
Friday-Sunday, GOLF Channel will re-air all three rounds of the 2019 Rapiscan Systems Classic, won by Kevin Sutherland following a marathon seven-hole playoff with Scott Parel. The first round will air at 10 p.m. ET on Friday, with second and final round coverage airing Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

Thursday-Friday: McIlroy, Spieth to be Featured on Golf’s Greatest Rounds at The Open
At 11 a.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, episodes of Golf’s Greatest Rounds will recount victories at The Open for Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. Thursday’s episode will recall McIlroy’s triumph at Royal Liverpool, holding off Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler to win the Claret Jug for the first time. On Friday, Royal Birkdale serves as the backdrop for Spieth’s victory, finishing three strokes ahead of Matt Kuchar en route to becoming Champion Golfer of the Year.

Monday at 6 p.m. ET on GOLF Channel: 2020 Ace Shootout Celebrity Skills Challenge
The annual event (Monday, 6 p.m. ET) brings together sports and entertainment celebrities competing in golf skills challenges in Hawaii while raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Celebrity participants include Ray Allen, Marc Bulger, Roger Clemens, Colt Ford, Toby Keith, Cal Ripken, Jr., Brian Urlacher and Deron Williams.

Chippo Golf Kicks Off Quarantine Challenge

(MASSAPEQUA, NY) – Chippo Golf - the revolutionary chipping game for the backyard, beach, tailgate, office and/or clubhouse – is encouraging Chippo Nation to stay home amid COVID-19, offering multiple discounts and launching the Quarantine Challenge - an online competition where fans can post videos of their best Chippo scores, while stuck at home, for a chance to win a limited number of prizes. Those interested will have till Tuesday, March 31 to submit an entry.

To join the challenge, participants need to post an unedited rolling video of five consecutive shots to Instagram with a caption including the total score. Two winners will be selected, including the highest posted score and a winner at random with both receiving free gear and/or gift cards from Foot Joy, Greyson Clothiers and Foray Golf USA. Additionally, Chippo Golf will be donating to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s COVID-19 Response Fund at the end of March as part of its Chippo for Charity initiative.

“With everyone stuck indoors, working from home and extracurricular activities cancelled, we are looking to provide people a fun way to pass the time, and fill the void of competition,” says Brendan McAuley, CEO of Chippo Golf. “Chippo is perfect for social distancing and working on your short game while being stuck at home.”

Alongside the Quarantine Challenge, Chippo is providing a 30 percent discount off Chippo sets and its bundle package along with 50 percent off all merchandise through the end of the month. The game, also described as the “glorious lovechild of cornhole and golf,” consists of two target boards with two heavy duty chipping mats and six high-density foam balls from almostGolf.

Traditionally, Chippo is set up with two players per team with the boards separated 15-feet away, facing each other. Players earn one point for hitting the board on the fly, three points for draining a shot in the center hole and five points for sending the ball into a top corner hole. Double points can also be earned if the chip bounces off the chipping mat prior.

The Chippo Golf starter pack ($189) is available online at www.chippogolf.com, as well as Amazon.com and select pro shops across the country. Beyond the game itself, Chippo also sells replacement items and a mix of accessories from Puma Golf, Jones Golf and more adorned with the company’s logo.

For more information regarding Chippo Golf, visit chippogolf.com.

Sun Mountain Expands Waterproof Golf Bag Collection

(Missoula, Montana) – In 2007, after playing one too many tournaments in the rain, the innovators at Sun Mountain applied their rainwear expertise to building a waterproof golf bag. For 2020, that H2NO collection of waterproof golf bags includes a cart bag and two carry bags, each constructed with waterproof fabric, taped seams, and waterproof zippers. The full collection of H2NO golf bags is in stores now with retail prices from $289 - $329.

For the retailer nearest you, call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.

Sun Mountain’s waterproof golf carry bag options include the H2NO Lite 14-way and the H2NO Superlight. H2NO Lite 14-way offers a 10.5” diameter top with 14 individual club dividers, the E-Z Lite Dual Strap System shoulder straps and six pockets including a hydration sleeve, velour-lined valuables pocket, and full-length clothing pocket. Retail price is $299.

H2NO Superlight offers a 9” diameter top with four club divisions and six pockets and weighs less than 5 pounds. Among the six pockets are a hydration sleeve, full-length apparel pocket and multiple accessory pockets. H2NO Superlight incorporates the X-Strap System for easy-on, easy-off and it works well as a single strap for short carries. Retail is $289.

H2NO Staff Cart bag features a 9.5” diameter top with individual club dividers plus a putter tube and includes eight pockets offering a velour-lined valuables pocket, two full-length apparel pockets, range finder pocket, and cooler pocket. A cart strap pass-through runs behind the rangefinder pocket allowing unhindered access to all pockets and zippers when the bag is strapped to a cart.

For 30 years Sun Mountain has been a pioneer in the golf industry, revolutionizing golf bags, golf outerwear and golf carts. Sun Mountain's many innovations, including the first lightweight golf bag and modern stand bag, have made it the top golf bag company in North America. Within golf outerwear, Sun Mountain redefined golf-specific performance first with the windshirt, then fleece, and again with its four-way stretch, waterproof, and breathable rainwear. The Sun Mountain Speed Cart ® golf push cart transformed walking carts and created an entirely new category of golf products. Sun Mountain's "Ahead of Time Design" motto drives the company to continually design and refine golf equipment.

For the Sun Mountain retailer nearest you call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Shot Scope Debuts New Version of e-Book Learning Series for Golfers—How Data Can Help You Improve

Manufacturer of The World’s Smartest Golf Watch Delivers Insight and Case Studies on How Data Can Positively Impact Performance

(Green Brook, N.J.) — Shot Scope (www.shotscope.com), a leading international manufacturer of GPS-based golf management systems, today announced the release of its newest e-book, How Data Can Help You Improve, which is available for FREE via download at https://shotscope.com/us/ebook/.

The 3rd e-book in the Company’s learning series, How Data Can Help You Improve highlights seven Shot Scope case studies to help golfers better understand the benefits of tracking their game, and how analyzing data can help improve performance.

“Shot Scope technology has been used by tens of thousands of golfers and our measured data shows the average player improves by nearly three strokes thanks to our combined distance and performance tracking capabilities,” said Gavin Dear, Chief Commercial Officer, Shot Scope. “Our new e-book series offers an educational resource for golfers of all levels, delivering more complete knowledge on how to more effectively leverage data to maximize performance on the course.”  

In addition to the new e-book How Data Can Help You Improve, the following e-books are also available for download:
e-book 1: The Ultimate Golfer's Guide
Provides a series of anecdotes and helpful tips in four key performance areas: tee shots, approaches, short game and putting.
e-book 2: The Top Ten Strategy Mistakes
Focuses on the top 10 course strategy mistakes golfers make.

For more information on Shot Scope products visit www.shotscope.com, and to download any e-book visit https://shotscope.com/ebook.

V1 Sports Sees Rise in Remote Video Lessons Connecting V1 Pros with Homebound Golfers

Surpasses the four-million mark for online lessons delivered

(Novi, MI) — During this challenging period of social distancing and home isolation brought on by the Coronavirus crisis, millions are feeling disconnected from their daily routines and favorite pastimes. For many, that includes golf and the pursuit of playing better. V1 Sports (V1), producers of the industry-leading golf video swing analysis platform for teaching pros and golfers, is committed to helping avid golfers facilitate interactive lessons with pros even during these unprecedented times.

In fact, V1, who recently saw users surpass the four-million mark in online lessons since the platform first launched, reports a noticeable increase in golfer registrations as well as the number of teaching professionals onboarding to the V1 Pro system which coincides with the recent uptick of Americans now basing all activities from home.

“Golf is so much of a uniting power in the lives of those who love playing the game as well as those who teach for a living. Now, more than ever, we want to encourage golfers to reconnect to their lesson routines and support their favorite teaching pro,” says V1 Sports CEO Bryan Finnerty. “Just as mobile teleconferencing companies like Zoom are filling a need for business professionals, V1 is proud to be that turnkey solution that keeps golfers and their teachers in touch even when remote communication is their only option.”

V1’s system of interactive remote golf lessons are powered by easy-to-use tools for video swing capture and sharing as well as dynamic functions that help pros create detailed video lessons with voice-over instruction and visual feedback through telestration. From home, golfers can film and send their swings to the teaching pro of their choice and receive lessons and drills using the popular V1 Golf mobile app.

“I teach college golfers and young playing professionals from several different states, so the interactivity of the V1 Golf App and my V1 Pro studio has been a great help in keeping my students on schedule and in touch with their improvement,” says V1 Pro user Buck Mayers, Director of Instruction at Escondido Golf & Lake Club in Horseshoe Bay, TX. “I’ve talked to many pros who are looking into offering pre-booked packages for remote video lessons. It’s time for the industry to use its creativity and tools like the V1 system.”

The 30-day free trial of V1 Pro gives instructors a chance to test the new 2020 V1 Pro Studio software system and then decide to sign up for one of three plans: V1 Complete (a combination of V1 Pro Studio and V1 Mobile), V1 Pro or V1 Mobile to complete interactive lessons with video, voice-over and telestration.

Former LPGA player and Director of the Dormie Network Institute, Meaghan Francella routinely used V1 remote lessons with her teachers (like GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teachers Tom Patri) during her playing career and she recently launched the DNI Online Academy to reach more students. “V1 is a great platform to stay connected with students when you can’t see them. I have personally used this with my coaches when I was traveling or schedules didn’t permit,” Francella says.

To further assist in communication between golf instructors and their students, V1 Sports has shared some helpful points on using V1 Sports platform to effectively teach students remotely:

V1 Golf App - The V1 Golf App is a free app for golfers that allows them to connect with pros and to send swing videos directly to the pro’s V1 Pro inbox. Here are two helpful videos that teaching pros can share with students, explaining how they can send their swing videos:

How to Connect To Your Instructor in the V1 Golf App:

How to Send Swings to Your Instructor in the V1 Golf App:

V1 Pro Software and Mobile App - When students send pros swing videos through the V1 Golf App, they show up in the pro’s V1 Pro inbox. From there, the pro can create voice-over video lessons and deliver the final lessons directly back to the students. Students receive their completed lesson in their V1 Golf App account. Here are two helpful videos that provide instructions on how to conduct voice-over video lessons in V1 Pro:

V1 Pro App: Creating and Delivering Voice-Over Video Lessons:

V1 Pro software: Creating and Delivering Voice-Over Video Lessons:

V1 recently announced the release of V1 Pro Studio, the newest version of their signature software product. Boasting a brand new, sleeker and more efficient user interface as well as unprecedented integration of the V1 Pressure Mat, V1 Pro Studio is the most dynamic software offering in the company’s 25-year history. The powerful combination of live video capture, swing analysis, graphic overlay, lesson creation and delivery tools makes V1 Pro Studio an indispensable golf teaching aid.

Golf Instructors can sign up for a 30-day trial of V1 Pro Complete by going to https://v1sports.com/coaches/v1-pro/ or contacting customer-success@v1sports.com.

Golf Channel, GOLFPASS Announce Week's Schedule

GOLFPASS Instructors to Interact Daily with Viewers
Encore Airings of WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Kia Classic & Rapiscan Systems Classic, Wednesday-Sunday

Original and Instruction Programming Premieres and Highlights

Tuesday: New Episodes of PGA TOUR – The CUT, School of Golf and The Skill Code: RX

A new episode of PGA TOUR – The Cut premieres at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, highlighting the lives and interests of the players that make up the world of golf while offering fans a new and modern look at the PGA TOUR and its players.

At 7 p.m. ET, Martin Hall and Nikki Bondura host a new episode of School of Golf (“Stop the Slice”), where they’ll teach the keys to eliminating the slice from your game. A new episode of The Skill Code: RX (“Contact & Trajectory) featuring instructor Cameron McCormick premieres at 7:30 p.m. ET, where he’ll share tips to combat the most common contact and trajectory issues.

Thursday-Friday: McIlroy, Spieth to be Featured on Golf’s Greatest Rounds at The Open

At 11 a.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, episodes of Golf’s Greatest Rounds will recount victories at The Open for Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. Thursday’s episode will recall McIlroy’s triumph at Royal Liverpool, holding off Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler to win the Claret Jug for the first time. On Friday, Royal Birkdale serves as the backdrop for Spieth’s victory, finishing three strokes ahead of Matt Kuchar en route to becoming Champion Golfer of the Year.

GOLFPASS Instruction Content

Monday-Friday: GOLFPASS coaches will offer instruction tips and interact with fans via GOLFPASS social media handles throughout the day. Each day will feature a different coach providing their own unique brand of instruction, including a 10-minute lesson from each instructor that will post at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Monday: Chris Como (1 p.m. ET: Live Twitter Q&A; 8 p.m.: Instagram Live)
Tuesday: Martin Hall (1 p.m. ET: Facebook Live; 10-minute lesson on lead wrist action)
Wednesday: Andrew Rice (11 a.m. ET: Instagram Live; 10-minute lesson on practicing at home)
Thursday: Martin Chuck (3:30 p.m. ET: Instagram Live; 10-minute lesson on pitching)
Friday: Don Saladino (10-minute lesson on fitness)

News Programming and Highlights

Golf Central – Daily News Reports at 6 p.m. ET

Last week, Golf Central began issuing daily special reports on the latest news in the world of golf via GOLF Channel’s social media handles and GOLF Channel Digital. Reports will continue daily on Twitter @GolfCentral and on GOLF Channel Digital platforms at approximately 6 pm ET.

Morning Drive – daily briefings and fan interactive segments at 10 a.m. ET

Morning Drive will deliver the news of the day in the world of golf via the show’s social media handles (@GCMorningDrive on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook), across GOLF Channel Digital platforms and on GOLF Channel’s YouTube page. Morning Drive also will feature interactive segments with fans, answering viewer questions and discussing topics in golf. All segments are scheduled to post by 10 a.m. ET.

Friday: Arnold Palmer Cup Teams to be Announced

GOLF Channel’s Steve Burkowski will host a Friday news update announcing the U.S. and International team members who will compete in the 2020 Arnold Palmer Cup (July 3-5, Lahinch Golf Club in Ireland). The teams will consist of 12 men and 12 women each, comprised of the top amateurs in the world. Coaches from both teams will join Burkowski to announce their teams’ automatic qualifiers (six men/six women), as well as the remaining committee selections (three men/three women). Six players on the U.S. and International teams (three men/three women) each were announced on March 4 as first set of committee selections. Past Arnold Palmer Cup participants include Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jennifer Kupcho, Jon Rahm and Maria Fassi.

GOLF Channel Podcast Premieres

GOLF Channel will be releasing multiple podcasts weekly, available for listening on GOLF Channel Digital as well as on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and Art19 and other podcast providers. Below are new episodes available now:

FORE-1-1 with Chantel McCabe: Joined by two-time LPGA winner Gaby Lopez, talking life on tour and her relationship with Lorena Ochoa.

College Golf Talk: Steve Burkowski and Brentley Romine are joined by University of Oklahoma men’s golf coach Ryan Hybl to discuss the impact felt around the cancellation of the spring season, and how the Sooners are coping.
Brandel Chamblee Podcast with Jamie Diaz: Chamblee and Diaz discuss what makes golf special as a welcome distraction during these tough times. In addition, they break down the anatomy of great golfers and what they all have in common.
Golf Central Podcast presented by TaylorMade: GolfChannel.com senior writers Rex Hoggard and Ryan Lavner discuss the biggest storylines in golf prior to the coronavirus outbreak and ponder what could’ve been with the canceled WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Feherty Podcast presented by Farmers Insurance: The Feherty Podcast features the audio of the full episodes of Emmy-nominated GOLF Channel originals series, Feherty, in their entirety. On the latest podcast, Feherty sits down with sports anchor Scott Van Pelt.

Tournament Programming (Encore Airings)

PGA TOUR: 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

Beginning Wednesday, GOLF Channel will re-air tournament rounds of the 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, won by Kevin Kisner. The Quarterfinals (Saturday) and Final (Sunday) rounds will be broadcast on NBC this weekend.

LPGA Tour: Kia Classic (2018, 2019)

Thursday-Sunday, GOLF Channel will air encore third and final round telecasts of the LPGA Tour’s 2018 and 2019 Kia Classic. Third and final round coverage of the 2018 Kia Classic (won by Eun-Hee Ji) will air Thursday and Friday night in primetime respectively, while third and final round coverage of the 2019 edition of the event (won by Nasa Hataoka) will air at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday.

PGA TOUR Champions: Rapiscan Systems Classic (2019)

Friday-Sunday, GOLF Channel will re-air all three rounds of the 2019 Rapiscan Systems Classic, won by Kevin Sutherland following a marathon seven-hole playoff with Scott Parel. The first round will air at 10 p.m. ET on Friday, with second and final round coverage airing Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Galway Bay’s Rainwear Stands Apart in the Industry

Industry’s Most Breathable, Fashion-Forward All-Weather Apparel Proves a Hit

(RELEASE) — If you’re going to play as much golf as you’d like this year, at some point, you’re going to deal with wind, cold, or rain. Galway Bay All-Weather gear stands apart in the industry with its lightweight, breathable fabric that is fully waterproof, blocks wind, and allows golfers to stretch and move freely while staying warm and dry.

Designed by expert tailors, what truly sets Galway Bay apart in the outwear industry is the design of its all-weather lined Winchester pants. The Winchester’s inner liner is constructed of a high-end, temperature-regulating fabric, that ensures comfort in temperatures down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The pants, which feature belt loops, a seven-inch zipper and nine-inch-deep pockets, are designed to look like and be worn as golf slacks, eliminating the need to dress in layers. The pants can be ordered to fit a golfer’s exact waist and inseam sizes, optimizing comfort, fit and style like no other rain pant ever has.

Galway Bay’s bi-component technology (Hydro-Flex 32) is a proprietary, three-layer 100% waterproof fabric that is constructed with a hydrophilic interior to pull moisture away from the skin and transfer it to the outer layer. The exterior surface area disperses and releases moisture for more efficient dry times. It regulates temperature in both hot and cold conditions. In addition, the fabric is breathable, stretchable, and features a rubberized waterproof zipper that together ensures the ultimate comfort and fit providing true performance.

“Even with all the technology in the fabric, it’s crucial that our apparel is lightweight enough so golfers can move and swing without restriction,” says Galway Bay CEO Bryan Finnerty. “This is the first all-weather pant that was never designed to be worn over your golf pants. They are your golf pants. Brilliant designers ensure the styles match today’s golfer’s tastes.”

In 2009, the Galway Bay team found themselves dissatisfied with traditional rain gear’s ability to keep golfers consistently warm, dry and able to swing naturally. So, they set out to create a better class of golf outerwear.

The non-lined Waterville pant has the same design as the cold-weather Winchester, but is even more lightweight and made to be worn in temperatures between 45- and 75-degrees Fahrenheit.

The all-weather Carlisle jacket uses the most breathable weatherproof technology in the industry. Strong and durable without excess bulk, the jacket is designed to move with the golfer, allowing free, comfortable swings. The Carlisle is available in multiple color options and features a softer, quieter fabric than typical rain gear and rubberized waterproof zippers. The neckline is lowered and rounded on the edges so it’s not a distraction during a golf swing.

New to this year’s Galway Bay line is the Westport Half-Sleeve pullover, 100-percent waterproof top with two layers of outer-water repellency. This seam-sealed jacket is the first of its kind to feature an additional weather barrier which creates increased waterproof and easier movement. The Westport is constructed from Galway Bay’s lightweight, flexible, extremely waterproof Hydro-Flex32 fabric, which offers two layers of DWR (Durable Water Repellent coatings).

The sleeveless Canterbury vest features a quilted, lightly insulated front with comfort fitting back and stretch side panels. The design provides full range-of-motion for an unrestricted golf swing. This full-zip vest has a small 1.25” collar for comfort. The Canterbury can be worn alone or as a layering piece under any of the Galway Bay jackets.

All Galway Bay fabrics are designed to breathe easy, releasing excess body heat and reducing sweat.

Galway Bay’s Rain Gear Earns “Best Rain Gear of 2018 and 2019” Accolades from MyGolfSpy.com Testing Panel

For two-consecutive years, Galway Bay earned MyGolfSpy’s “Best Rain Gear” distinction. The popular golf-equipment review website (www.mygolfspy.com) commissioned a panel of unbiased volunteers to test 28 rain gear offerings and give their honest feedback in grading rain jackets and pants in four categories: Waterproofing, Comfort, Breathability and Fit. Galway Bay’s innovative all-weather jackets and pants earned high marks in all categories.

Galway Bay is sold online and, soon, in select golf shops. To learn more about Galway Bay’s innovative line of golf outerwear, visit www.GalwayBayGolf.com.

STITCH Launches Enhanced SL1 Golf Bag

(APEX, N.C.) — STITCH Golf released the enhanced SL1 carry golf bag incorporating a brilliant blend of design and function to meet the needs of today’s serious golfer.
“We’ve made updates to our best-selling golf bag to elevate the style and performance of this unparalleled caddie bab,” stated Brad King, CEO of STITCH. “When redesigning the SL1 we focused our efforts on form and functionality without sacrificing style. By focusing on unique features and keeping the bag sleek, we were able to create a bag that is truly the perfect caddie and cart bag.”

Designed using STITCH Touring Fabric, a proprietary product used in STITCH bags that has the strength of leather, but is more durable, lightweight and water resistant, the SL1 is sleek in design and weighs only 57 oz., making it “The Perfect Caddie Bag.” The SL1 has two side saddle pockets on either side for larger items, allowing one to carry on either the right or left shoulder. It also features two top vent pockets for valuables and a beverage. A single cushioned strap provides the comfort for carrying, while also featuring the convenience of a stand. The SL1 combines style and functionality in what customers have called “the sleekest bag on the market.”

If you are a “traveling golfer” who plays the best caddie courses, but also enjoy the occasional walking round (or may even take a cart for a quick 9), the SL1 is ideal. The SL1 provides a vintage feel with classic bag attributes:
• Superleggera “super light” weighing only 57 oz.
• Water and stain resistant with sealed zippers
• Attachable matching rain hood
• STITCH signature single divider fits 14 clubs
• Personalize your SL1 by adding your initials with our Signature Ingot (1.5” x 1.5”)
• Gunmetal hardware & finishes

Updated features:
• Wider feet for added stability
• New comfort strap
• Tonal legs and bottom
• Durable pocket configuration
•Four new colors: blue, black, white and gray

“Like all STITCH products, the SL1is engineered to help golfers perform their best,” continued King.  “By focusing on details and unique features, we created a carry bag that provides unparalleled style, function and comfort making it the perfect caddie bag.”

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

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Have You Tried the Axis1 Putter?

What's the most unique putter you've used? This is the Axis1 putter - perfectly balanced and torque-free.

Axis1, LLC (Axis1) is an innovative putter company dedicated to developing the world’s most perfectly-balanced golf putters.

Axis1 was founded in 2006 by Luis Pedraza, an internationally-acclaimed industrial designer with over 20 patents and an avid golfer.

Throughout his career, Pedraza has excelled in developing products with complex ergonomic requirements. He has applied his expertise in the fields of consumer electronics, computer equipment, sporting good and medical/scientific instrumentation.

One product of which Pedraza is particularly proud of is his design of Spaceball, a 3-Dimensional computer mouse which was used to control the Mars Rover Expedition.

Pedraza has been awarded numerous design awards including BusinessWeek’s Design Excellence Award, the SMAU Design Award, the Apex Design Award, Appliance Manufacturing, and the Medical Design Excellence Awards. His work has appeared in many international publications and has been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt and the Athenaeum Museum in Chicago.

Pedraza’s passion for the game of golf led him to explore ideas focusing on putting. After applying his expertise in user observation and ergonomics, Pedraza recognized a critical flaw in contemporary putter design: that all major putters on the market today are actually out of balance. To read more about this incredible insight and Axis1’s patented solution to address this flaw, click on the Innovation tab at axis1golf.com.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Majority of Branson (Missouri) Courses Open and Welcoming Players

Ozarks Oasis is Home to Many Top-Rated Golf Venues

(BRANSON, MISSOURI) – Branson golf courses, increasingly becoming known as some of the best in America, are embracing players with smart, timely, and player friendly best practices as the 2020 season begins.

The majority of the area’s 10 courses, including two that have opened within the past 12 months, are welcoming players while implementing CDC best practices designed to diminish Coronavirus risk. Precluding groups of 10 or more people from gathering, disinfecting equipment and infrastructure, and many other proactive measures are ongoing.

Following is additional news from some Branson Golf playing venues.
1. The Pointe Golf Club is asking players to leave the flag sticks in the hole, removing ball washers from the golf course, not putting water coolers on the course, and removing rakes from sand traps. Staff is raking bunkers as often as possible, and the club is asking players to use their feet to create a decent lie.
2. Branson Hills Golf Club has extended the winter rate of $79 through the end of April and has a new special local rate of $59. It is transferring shotgun tournaments to tee time formats with all prizes and scoring being done by email (to preclude group gatherings.  To-go containers of food are offered.
3. LedgeStone Country Club is power washing all golf cars and using disinfectant wipes on seats, steering wheels and any other touch points. The club issued the following statement: “LedgeStone is located on 325 acres that encompass over a mile from our north to south boundaries. With 10-minute tee times, our players are spread out and they use their own equipment. We feel an obligation to provide people with the option of a healthy and active lifestyle location at a time when everyone needs it.”
4. Big Cedar Lodge, home to five of the 10 area courses, has hand sanitizer in all clubhouses for guest use. They are stocked at the pro shop counter and by the exits, free to use. Like the other Branson Golf courses, Big Cedar is closely monitoring CDC directives and reacting accordingly, including disinfecting frequently and thoroughly.

Branson Golf provides a first-class collection of courses in the glorious natural wonder that is the Ozarks. For more information, visit ExploreBranson.com/golf, or Facebook.com/BransonGolf.