Archive for April, 2010

Golf Course Flyovers Available on Quail Hollow Website

Anyone who has played Tiger Woods Golf knows how cool flyovers are.  You get a bird’s eye view from tee to green, which is helpful for knowing what to expect and to decide which club to use.

When watching a tournament, flyovers provide more depth to the coverage as you get a better feel for what the Pros are up against. This week, Best Approach has created hole-by-hole course flyovers for the Quail Hollow Championship which you can find on the Quail Hollow website.  This is the first PGA TOUR event this year to feature CourseFlight™ 3D flyovers.

The feature is very cool.  For example, you may have read that Tiger Woods struggled on the par-3, 17th where he ended up double-bogeying.  He hit his tee shot into the water.

Using the Best Approach 3D flyover, you can really gain perspective.  To see for yourself, click here and then scroll down.


Marriott Golf & BagBoy Kick Off Walk For Health Program

Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf operators, has just announced a first-of-its-kind alliance with The Bag Boy Company, to create Walk For Health, a program designed to promote the health benefits associated with walking the golf course.

Starting immediately, the Walk For Health program will be launched at leading Marriott Golf resort destinations in the U.S., whereby each participating property will be outfitted with Bag Boy’s lightweight, eco-friendly Express Auto, three-wheel walking carts.  Equipped with an assortment of features, the cart provides resort golfers with a fun and healthy way to navigate the course, as well as support environmental consciousness.

Participating resort destinations include: Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Palm Desert, Calif.; JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Ariz.; JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, Tucson, Ariz.; Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Miami, Fla.; Marriott’s Grande Vista Resort, Orlando, Fla.; Grande Pines Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Naples, Fla.; Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort, Oak Brook, Ill and The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, Tucson, Ariz.

Each of these properties holds the distinction of being a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, which indicates that Marriott Golf has gone to the greatest lengths possible to protect the environment by enhancing precious natural areas and wildlife habitats.

No details were released about whether guests would be offered a BagBoy discount to continue their healthy course walking habit when they get home.


Ochoa’s Farewell Event Sold Out

Golfweek is reporting that Lorena Ochoa’s farewell event, the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico has sold out — 40,000 tickets (15,000 more than last year!).  She is scheduled to tee off Thursday at 9:20 a.m. CST with good friends Ai Miyazato and Natalie Gulbis.

Six of the top ten players in the Rolex Rankings, including defending champion and Rolex Rankings No. 1 Ochoa, will compete for a purse of 1.3 million and a first place check of $195,000. Ochoa will attempt to win her fourth Tres Marias Championship in six years.

For the 40,000 spectators, getting around the mountainous Tres Marias, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, will be a challenge.  According to Golfweek’s Beth Ann Baldry, “Three holes are closed to spectators on the back nine: Nos. 13, 14 and 17. On many holes, fans can line only one side of the fairway, which means getting a glimpse of Ochoa over the weekend will be difficult.”

A glimpse may be more than most people will get.  It appears that the Tres Marias Championship will not be televised.


Precept Lady IQ Plus Golf Ball/Sundog Paula Creamer Eyewear Promo Kicks Off May 1

Precept is teaming up with Sundog Eyewear to create an attractive offer for lady golfers:  Buy any 3 dozen of the Precept Lady iQ PLUS golf balls, and receive a complimentary pair of Paula Creamer Collection sunglasses by Sundog – a $90 value. The glasses will be available in a choice of the same stunning mahogany or black colors that Creamer wears so stylishly on and off the course.

The LADY iQ PLUS  golf balls (MSRP $30/Street priced $19.99) boast Bridgestone’s popular 330-dimple design cover with patented Seamless Cover Technology that provides a consistently higher trajectory and more carry, for female players. The ball continues Precept’s tradition of performance with style offering balls in Traditional White, Clear White and Bright Pink; the same signature pink color that Precept and Sundog brand ambassador Paula Creamer has made so popular through her use on the LPGA TOUR.

The Paula Creamer Collection sunglasses feature Sundog Eyewear’s Mela-Lens for a new level of stylish, comfortable eye protection. The breakthrough Mela-Lens technology filters 98% of dangerous “Blue Light” effectively reducing veiled glare. Since the light is not blocked, but filtered, color balance is maintained. Not only is Mela-LensTM the ultimate lens for golf, it is the ideal lens for any outdoor activity.

The promotion kicks off on May 1st, 2010 and will run through June 30th, 2010.


TaylorMade Golf Unveils Easy-to-Aim, Ghost Putter…

TaylorMade Golf, maker of Rossa® putters, has unveiled Corza Ghost, a mallet specially designed to be exceptionally easy to aim, and exceptionally easy to use to roll the ball down your intended line. It was designed with significant input from Rossa Tour Staff professional Dave Stockton, considered the hottest putting instructor in the world.

Corza Ghost’s putterhead is white and has three alignment options that all have high contrast against their backgrounds.   According to  Dr. Steven A. Hitzeman, a professor at the Indiana School of Optometry:

That high contrast maximizes stimulation to the retina and highlights the head’s shape and features. The contrast would be lower if the putter were black or gray because these colors are closer in luminance to the color of the putting green than white. White creates the biggest difference in luminance, hence maximizing contrast and promoting focus.

Many golfers use the leading edge of the putter as part of their alignment strategy (by positioning the edge perpendicular to the imagined target line). So, this high contrast for the leading edge gives the golfer the best chance of squaring up the putterface at address. Also, the lines on the top of the putter are painted black to achieve maximum contrast against the white surface of the putter. All of these high-contrast alignment elements give the golfer the best possible chance of accurately aiming the putter.

Being a mallet, Corza Ghost’s high-MOI head is extremely stable on off-center hits and feels extremely solid at impact. Its three alignment lines on the crown function not only to help aim the face accurately, but also to frame the ball in the middle of the face, which promotes solid, center-face contact on every stroke.

Corza Ghost also has the advantage of Rossa’s renowned and tour-proven AGSI+ (Anti-skid Groove System Insert) Technology.  AGSI+ features 14 polymer-filled grooves in the face that “hold” the ball briefly at impact to promote forwardspin for a smoother roll and more accurate results. The AGSI+ insert, in concert with the putterhead’s extremely high MOI, also delivers superior consistency in forward roll on off-center hits, something not shown in tests of other popular putters.

Corza Ghost is scheduled to appear at retail starting in June, at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $159. Two more Ghost models – a blade and a mid-mallet – also with white finish and black alignment lines, are scheduled to become available in July.

Source: TaylorMade Golf

Golf4Her Now Open: Webtique Emphasizes Fashion that’s Functional and Fun

Lady golfers have a fresh new alternative for purchasing golf apparel that’s hip, fashionable AND can be proudly worn on and off-course now that the Golf4Her webtique is open for business.  The online boutique, located at, is a one stop shop for basic golf essentials (tops, bottoms, outerwear, accessories) and exclusive trendy items that turn over often.

Owner Christina Thompson, an avid golfer, told GolfCrunch the idea for Golf4Her came as frustrations mounted trying to find fitted clothes that were fun, modern and made for the athletic lady golfer.

Taking a “golf as a lifestyle” approach, she spent five years doing research before setting up shop.  In that time, she built relationships with nearly two dozen American and international designers — many that were either too small for big box retailers or too edgy.

Ms. Thompson pointed out some of her favorite discoveries:

  • She likes Lija because of the fabrics, the color palette and the fact that the cut is phenomenal.
  • Abacus outfitted the 2009 European Solheim Cup Team.  She pointed out the Abacus Fortrose Skort-Navy as one of her favorites.  It features two pockets to carry extra tees or the occasional provisional ball.

The also site features some interesting looking bags and gear.  For example, there are all kinds of designer golf ball holders from Ame & Lulu.  That same designer has a collection of signature shoe bags.

One feature that’s helpful is the “Fashion Caddy” that removes the guesswork out of pairing up tops and bottoms for the perfect look.

Taking a holistic approach to golf, Ms. Thompson has added a Fitness section to the site which features a number of nutrition and exercise-related items. One product she pointed out was the  G2 Fitness Golf Stretch Fitness Mat.  Endorsed by top-ranked LPGA player Natalie Gulbis, the emphasis is on stretches that help maximize swing speed and stability, improve range of motion and flexibility, and reduce risk of injury.

Final Thoughts: The Golf4Her webtique is what lady golfers have been seeking for years.  Fashion forward and functional, it will also find fans among those on the fringe of the game, for daily wear.

It is nice to know that Ms. Thompson plans on carrying a steady stream of refreshing new designs and that she is emphasizing customer service — making it a sort of Nordstom for lady golfers.  Adding it all up, Golf4Her is a “must visit” early and often.

Note: As part of the grand opening, Golf4Her has a promo for a discount on the first purchase (Use code:  Launch10).


Sears & Edwin Watts Golf Join Forces

Sears, one of the nation’s largest retailers known for its Craftsman tools and Kenmore appliances, just announced  the first U.S. based “store-within-a-store” retail model for the golf industry.  As a result,  Edwin Watts will open 12 new service-oriented golf shops inside of existing Sears stores in key locations nationwide.

The first Edwin Watts Golf Shop is scheduled to open in the Murray, UT Sears location by May 31, 2010, and will be followed by openings at Sears store locations in Hicksville, NY; Falls Church, VA and Friendswood, TX. Following the initial openings, eight additional Edwin Watts Golf Shops are slated to open at Sears store locations in Maryland, Illinois, New York, Florida and Kentucky.

In a prepared statement, John Watson, the CEO of Edwin Watts Golf Shops said, “This first-of-its-kind partnership with Sears is a significant development in the golf industry as it expands the access of service-oriented golf retail to all levels of golfers, while helping to drive new players to the game.”

Strategically positioned near other major Sears departments (electronics, tools, appliances, sporting goods), each of these shops will be staffed by Edwin Watts Golf sales associates.  Customers will be offered an interactive golf experience that includes in-store putting green and hitting bay, game improvement clinics, expert golf club and golf ball performance fitting, and the latest equipment technology.


New Arrivals – Cleveland HB3 & CG1 Tour Irons

Waiting is the hardest part — both on course and off.  For those looking to hit the links with a new set of hybrid irons, the good news is that Cleveland Golf’s HB3 irons are now available.  The follow-on (and third generation) to Cleveland’s popular HiBore irons, the HB3 irons are lighter, faster and longer than any of Cleveland’s previous iron sets.

The HB3 is a full iron set that uses an advanced internal weighting and has a “forgiving sole design.”

According to a post on Cleveland Golf’s Facebook page, “The HB3 is a super game improvement iron, geared towards higher handicappers. Helps aid in getting the ball up and huge forgiveness.”

The HB3 has an “Action Ultralite” graphite shaft, which is 15 grams lighter with a lower kick point than its predecessor. As a result you get faster clubhead speeds and higher launch angles.

Weight removal on crown & sole recesses allow for internal discretionary weight placement and a 12% deeper face to CG depth than HiBORE XLi irons.

The new sole design provides recessed sections to reduce drag and improve turf interaction while maintaining wide sole characteristics for increased control and forgiveness.

Available at retailers now, the HB3 carry a MAP price of $599 (steel) and $699 (graphite).  For more information go here.

The new CG1 Tour irons are also starting to make their appearance. Inspired by Cleveland Golf’s  PGA Tour players and designed for consistent ball striking, distance control and a new level of forgiveness never seen before in a blade, these split cavity-back long irons and muscle-back mid/short irons maintain a traditional look while providing extra forgiveness with the workability and feel of a blade.

The CG1 Tour features a breakthrough surface roughness technology known as LASER MILLED.  Using the precision accuracy of a laser, each face features four perfectly calibrated texture lines milled between each groove exactly to the conforming roughness limit. This “Laser Milled face technology” optimizes ball-to-face friction and maximizes spin within the Rules of Golf.

Speaking of rules, the CG1 irons leverage a breakthrough milling technology that creates pristine edge for increasing the “ZIP” and ” and shot consistency –especially from poor lies — while conforming to the 2010 USGA groove rule.

The CG1 Tour irons have a MAP price of $799. You can learn more about them here.

Hint: Watch for demo days near you.  With so many new clubs arriving this spring, your best bet is to try a bunch out to find the ones that address the areas of your game that needs help AND feel the best.


Deal Watch – Callaway Golf Pre-Owned Wedges

Have you checked out the online store for Callaway Certified Pre-Owned clubs?
There are deals to be had.  In fact, you should sign up for their newsletter so you can get pushes for their special offers.  For example, on Friday, April 23, they are running a deal on wedges where you can get an additional 10% off using the coupon code: WEDGES10.

Just go to this link and shop away.  Types of products include the X-Forged Chrome Wedges, X-Forged vintage Wedges, Forged Vintage Wedges and the Odyssey Divine Line Marxman X-Act Putting Wedges.

The pre-owned clubs come with the same 1-year limited warranty against defects you get with any new Callaway Golf club.   Plus you get a certificate of authenticity.

See for  yourself!


Heritage Classic Seeks Title Sponsor

The recently concluded Heritage Classic was the last one with Verizon as the title sponsor.  The company decided not to renew its contract.  No immediate worries though.  The show will go on in 2011.

The Heritage Classic Foundation has will cover the roughly $8 million it will take to put on the tournament in 2011.  They have some backup too — in the form of a $10 million loan that was approved by South Carolina’s Legislature.  According to statistics, 48 percent of spectators attend for four or more days, so it is understandable why they got involved.  The money would come out of the state’s insurance reserve fund.

Five-time Heritage winner Davis Love III, along with several PGA Tour pros with ties to South Carolina and the Heritage, have stepped forward to help.

Charles Warren, a former Clemson golfer and Columbia native who received a sponsor’s exemption to play in this year’s tournament told John Boyette of The Augusta Chronicle:

“A great purse, one of the best golf courses, a great field and you’ve got a great date the week after the Masters. If you were to tell any other tournament they could have that, it’s the perfect storm for a great event. I just think someone’s going to see the value in that and the future’s got to look great for this tournament. It’s got so much to offer.”

Many Tour Pros and spectators would agree.

[Via: The Augusta Chronicle]