Dancin’ Dogg Golf Launches Latest Replication of Historic Major Championship Venue
for Award-Winning OptiShot Infrared Simulator
Red Wickers Precisely Captures Features of Iconic Philadelphia-Area Course Hosting Fifth U.S. Open Championship
(TRAVERSE CITY, MI) – Dancin’ Dogg Golf – maker of the award-winning OptiShot Infrared Simulator, the ultimate in-home virtual golf system – announces the release of Red Wickers, a replication of the historic Philadelphia-area course hosting this week’s U.S. Open Championship.
Offered just in time for Father’s Day, Red Wickers is ranked among the nation’s top-10 courses by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. Balancing short par-4s with some of the world’s toughest finishing holes, the 117-year-old course has been the site of many legendary performances. Notable among these are the last leg of Bobby Jones’ 1930 Grand Slam and Ben Hogan’s triumphant comeback at the1950 U.S. Open.
“Playing a major championship venue, especially one as unforgettable as this week’s site, is high on the bucket list of all golfers,” says Russell Edens, CEO of Dancin’ Dogg. “By capturing even the smallest details with remarkable accuracy, our system makes it possible for everyone to tee it up at the ‘Boutique Open.’”
Alongside other major championship tracks – such as Atlanta Highlands, Capitol Club, Fylde Links, Golden Gate Club, Jones Lake, Monterey Classic, Old Scot and Whispering Dunes – Red Wickers ($74.95) is available for download at http://www.dancindogg.com. The basic OptiShot system (MSRP: $399.95) comes standard with 12 true-to-life designs, as well as a par-3 option and realistic driving range.
“For less than the cost of a new driver, OptiShot offers an experience totally distinct from everything else on the market,” adds Edens. “From the comfort of home, you, your family and friends can play real golf, any time, using your own clubs and learn what it’s like to truly be inside the ropes on the game’s grandest stages.”
Connecting with Windows computers via a plug-and-play interface, OptiShot requires only 8-½ feet of swing space. Up to four players per round can compete by hitting real balls, foam balls (provided) or no ball at all. Infrared sensors on a durable swing pad precisely record club head speed, face angle, swing path, distance, tempo, face contact and ball flight.
A refined user interface, sleek new design, easier-to-read data, improved navigation, variety of putting modes, custom display options and the ability to preview premium courses were recently introduced as part of the next generation OptiShot software. Also included: Pin-Point Practice Range: Improve ball control with accuracy lines, precision rings, shot patterning and progress tracking
Course Physics: Set fairway and green speeds or select shot difficulty in light rough, rough and bunkers
Game Types: Choose from alternate shot, match play, stroke play, best ball, better ball, Stableford and skins
Game Length: Play front nine, back nine, 18 holes or select any hole to create a custom game
About Dancin’ Dogg Golf
Based in Traverse City, MI, Dancin’ Dogg Golf was founded in 2005 and specializes in developing innovative technologies. Twice named to the prestigious Inc. 500 list as one of America’s fastest-growing entrepreneurial companies, it has also been honored with the SCOREGolf Research & Development Award, named to the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” list and received a “Flyover 50 Award” as one of the Midwest’s fastest-growing companies. The Dancin’ Dogg product range is highlighted by the OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator, which is offered at nearly 2,000 retail locations throughout North America and a growing number of shops internationally. The company’s ever-expanding library of world class courses includes sites of major championship, international competitions and Tour events. Durable and built to last, OptiShot comes with a 180-day warranty and has been heralded by leading authorities worldwide, including Asian Golf Monthly, CNBC, Daily Mail, Discovery, Global Golf Post, Golf Channel, GOLF Magazine, Golf Monthly, Golfweek, Maxim, NBC Universal, Pro Shop Europe, SGB Golf, Sports Illustrated, Sports Business Journal, Sportfack, TheStreet.com, USA Today, WIRED and many others.
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GOLFBUDDY REDEFINES GPS SECTOR WITH NEW VT3 SMARTWATCH
GolfBuddy, the world’s most innovative golf GPS company, today redefined the distance measuring device category (DMD) with the launch of its new VT3 SmartWatch.
This feature-packed new generation of GPS rangefinder represents the pinnacle of wearable tech for golfers - combining powerful audio and TouchSwipe screen functionality to deliver supremely accurate distances quickly, elegantly and innovatively.
Unlike all other GPS watches, the GolfBuddy VT3 can be worn in five different ways - on the wrist, attached to a free retractable cord, or clipped to a hat, belt or shirt pocket - making it the most user-friendly device in the market.
The 11/4 inch wide LCD display shows distances to the front, middle and back of the green on more than 36,000 courses worldwide and golfers navigate through all the device’s functions via the nifty TouchSwipe screen, which accesses all of GolfBuddy’s impressive technology.
Additionally, the VT3 features an 11 hour re-chargeable lithium battery, to offer the golfer two full rounds of use on a single charge.
Said John Ennis, GolfBuddy Global Head of Sales and Marketing: “GPS watches have been around for a while, but they have come of age with the VT3. What we’ve done is taken three existing golf GPS categories - touchscreen, audio and watch - and focused on a way to fulfill these roles in as smart a way as possible in a single product.
“This is a genuine GPS golf smartwatch, developed specifically for the sport by a company that only produces golf products - it isn’t a watch that has simply had some GPS functionality loaded in.
“We are dedicated to redefining ways in which the golfer can interact with our brand and experience the benefits we deliver, especially in the emerging field of wearable technology with the Voice+ and VT3.”
VT3 builds on the groundbreaking technological innovation of the original GolfBuddy Voice audio product and this year’s enhanced Voice+ unit. With L-R and up/down swipe navigation, golfers can interact with all the VT3’s incredible firepower with just one finger.
Its Dynamic Green technology always shows front, middle and back distances directly from the golfer’s angle of approach, however wayward they might have been! This ensures that GolfBuddy distances are more accurate than those brands that only display static front, middle and back of the green distances in a line from the centre of the fairway.
Its accuracy is also unparalleled. Around the world, GolfBuddy uses teams of expert mappers to walk courses and create ground-verified data maps that give supreme accuracy. This dedication to accuracy gives golfers the most reliable distance readings available.
And as with all GolfBuddy products, there are no expensive annual membership fees and no hidden costs to download courses. The VT3 is ready to go right out of the box with access to over 8,000 courses in Europe and North Africa and over 36,000 globally.
Weighing just an ounce and measuring only 1.7” wide, the multi-lingual GolfBuddy VT3 benefits from all the technology that has made GolfBuddy the clear global leader in the development of DMDs for golfers.
GolfBuddy VT3 has an RRP of £229.95 (€279.95).
GolfBuddy is based in La Palma , Ca, with product development and course data management centres in Korea , one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-quality electronic products.
GolfBuddy is a Corporate Partner with the PGAs of Europe as its ‘official handheld GPS rangefinder’. For more information about GolfBuddy visit http://www.gpsgolfbuddy.eu
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Boccieri Golf Offers New Anchoring Alternative with Launch of
Heavy Putter Extended Length Series
Pioneer in Counterweighted Equipment Unveils Industry’s Most Stable Putter
(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) – Boccieri Golf announces the launch of its Extended Length (EL) Series of putters which offer a true alternative to anchoring by combining a slightly longer shaft with the company’s patented, Tour-proven system that features a heavier mass head and counterweight in the grip.
Part of the award-winning Heavy Putter line, the EL Series delivers unmatched stability and consistency, making it equally suited to players using regular length putters as those relying on belly and long models. Each of the new styles showcases a shaft that extends beyond the hands, but does not attach to the body. This unique design allows golfers to use the same stroke they would with a traditional length putter while benefitting from a 175-gram counterweight that produces a dramatically raised balance point and the industry’s highest MOI.
“One reason belly putters became so popular was because the additional grip and shaft materials created a natural back-weight,” says Stephen Boccieri, President and CEO of Boccieri Golf. “Other OEM’s are just now adopting counterweighting while we’ve been touting it for nearly a decade and have now taken it to the next level.”
Available in 36, 38 and 40-inch lengths, the EL Series includes 21 styles in three finishes and three distinct weight categories LITE (840 grams), MID (865 grams) and HEAVY (930 grams). This stands in stark contrast to competing brands that offer only one or two models with longer shafts. In all Heavy Putter models, the extra weight engages the body’s larger, more stable muscles to promote greater control with each stroke.
For more information: http://www.boccierigolf.com, 888.788.8374.
About Boccieri Golf
Founded in 2005 by Stephen Boccieri, the company’s popular Heavy Putter collection and Control Series line of full-swing products were the first to integrate counterweight principals. This unique approach to club design is proven to benefit golfers of all abilities, as strategically placed weight in the butt-end of the shaft produces a higher balance point for smoother, more repeatable swings from driver through putter. Boccieri Golf’s Secret Grip, endorsed by Jack Nicklaus, was introduced in 2013.
The company recently opened a state-of-the-art Research and Performance Center at 15816 N. Greenway-Hayden Loop in Scottsdale. The 9,000-square-foot facility offers golfers a variety of services, including custom club fitting, high-tech swing analysis and practice time on life-like simulators.
Boccieri Golf equipment has played a key role in victories on the PGA, European, Champions, Nationwide, Asian, Canadian and European Challenge Tours, and has received critical acclaim from golf and lifestyle media worldwide.
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GolfLogix Becomes Silver Corporate Partner of The First Tee
World’s No. 1 Golf GPS App Extends User Benefits to Leading Youth Development Organization
(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) – GolfLogix – the No. 1 App for Golf and a global leader in GPS and club-tracking technology – announces it has become a Silver Corporate Partner of The First Tee and will donate a portion of sales to assist the nonprofit in helping develop young people advance their life skills and leadership through the game.
The pioneer of GPS for the golf industry, GolfLogix has more than two million members and is the world’s most-downloaded golf app. In addition to precise distances to numerous points on each hole, the software offers pro-level stat tracking, personalized instruction tools from Golf Digest, exclusive product discounts through the Golfsmith Pro Shop, 24/7 tee time booking via GolfNow and the game’s most comprehensive news feed.
“The First Tee has been instrumental in providing boys and girls character programs that build core values – honesty, integrity and responsibility – which are inherent to the sport,” says GolfLogix President Pete Charleston. “We are pleased to offer their participants and coaches the fun and easy tools our app provides.”
Easily downloaded for free from http://www.GolfLogix.com, the GolfLogix GPS app is compatible with more than 60 smartphone models. It delivers accurate distances to the center of the green, yardage book quality imagery of each hole, scorekeeping and in-round pro-level stat tracking for more than 32,000 courses worldwide. For less than $20, an upgraded annual Champion membership provides golfers with club tracking and distances to any location on the hole – including pin position, hazards and landing zones.
All membership levels include access to the GolfLogix Member Clubhouse, the No. 1 online golf community where millions of players interact through social forums, offer challenges to fellow golfers and maintain an indexed handicap. Personal web pages for each user also store performance statistics, so every round can be analyzed by fairways hit, greens in regulation, putting, shot trends and more. It also contains a vault with 60 years of digitized Golf Digest content, including tips, articles and videos from the magazine’s legendary stable of elite instructors and Tour Playing Editors.
The No. 1 Golf App, GolfLogix boasts more than 2 million members on the world’s top-selling smartphones. Dedicated to offering consumers the most advanced GPS solutions with the best features, quality and price, GolfLogix helps improve individual performance. Strategic partnerships with industry-leading content provider Golf Digest, top retailer Golfsmith and tee time provider GolfNow present members with exclusive benefits directly through the app.
Founded in May 1999, GolfLogix was the first to introduce handheld GPS to the golf industry and holds a U.S. patent for its unique GPS and Internet-based club tracking application. Based in Scottsdale, AZ, the company has been professionally mapping courses for more than 12 years and owns the largest, most up-to-date golf course database in the world.
In 2009, the rapid advance of smartphone technology led GolfLogix to develop and quickly capture the market with an easy-to-use application providing precise GPS distances. In addition, the software manages scorekeeping and stat tracking, then uploads them to an online clubhouse community where golfers can interact and compete with millions of other players worldwide. Now available on more than 60 different smartphone models, The No. 1 Golf App offers maps for more than 32,000 courses globally.
For more information: http://www.GolfLogix.com, 877.977.0162.
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LYNX GOLF PLAYS EXCLUSIVE ROLE IN UNIQUE FESTIVAL OF SPORT
Lynx Golf has been chosen as the exclusive provider of golf coaching at the first-ever SportFest - a unique festival of family fun and sport supported by O2 and involving some of the UK ‘s greatest sporting legends.
Taking place over the weekend of 3-4th August at the beautiful Wormsley Estate, Bucks, up to 3,000 visitors will share world-class sports coaching, enjoy fun competitions, camp out, listen to good music and enjoy great food from Jamie Oliver.
Sports represented include rugby, cricket, tennis, netball and hockey, with Lynx appointed to manage all golf-related activities at a weekend in which children aged five to 16 can get hands-on coaching from true sporting heroes and world class coaches.
Superstars of world sport expected to be part of SportFest include Lynx player and ex-England rugby star, Austin Healey; former England cricket captain, Andrew Strauss; and gold-medal winning Olympic rowers, Sir Matthew Pinsent and Katherine Grainger.
Said Lynx Golf managing partner, Stephanie Zinser: “We are absolutely delighted and excited to be supporting the inaugural SportFest, which is a unique event and a celebration of sport, activity and the outdoors which can be enjoyed by the whole family.
“While it’s clear that the children who attend will have an absolutely amazing time, the team here at Lynx Golf loves the fact they will also learn lessons for life like teamwork, discipline and respect, as well as building their confidence.”
All children will experience the ‘Golf Zone’ which will feature a special fun layout prepared by Go Crazy Golf - including a bespoke crazy golf hole in the shape of the famous Lynx cat logo - and an amazing trick-shot display from Lynx’s Dean Davis.
Added Stephanie Zinser: “Lynx proved with the launch of Boom Boom 2 gas-filled golf clubs that we are a truly innovative brand and I think SportFest too is groundbreaking and an event that totally fits our ethos.”
SportFest is organised by SuperSkills Experiences Ltd a unique business dedicated to providing legendary shared experiences by some of the biggest names in sport. Fore more information about SportFest visit http://www.sport-fest.co.uk
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CARLSBAD, CA (May 15, 2013) –PUMA Golf has officially announced the release of the Faas Lite Mesh – the lightest shoe in golf.
“Weighing in at only 6.5 ounces, the Faas Lite Mesh is lighter than other golf shoes in the market,” commented Tom Manthe, Global Marketing Manager, PUMA Golf. “The new, spikeless footwear style is designed to take you from the street to the course in lightweight, maximum comfort and trend-setting style.”
Inspired by minimalist running, the zero heel-to-toe drop gives golfers a barefoot feeling and allows for a more natural stride and posture during the swing. The zero heel-to-toe drop refers to the sole of the shoe staying the same height, much like a foot would stand if wearing no shoe.
Strategically placed corrugated flex grooves move with the foot for a more natural movement. The grooves provide optimal flexibility and increases ground contact throughout the swing for improved traction and stability.
Additionally, the Faas Lite Mesh features SmartQuill® traction technology that provides directional grip elements to enhance ground contact for improved stability and traction. Evertrack® carbon rubber in the forefoot and heel provide long lasting durability and an OrthoLite® sockliner provides long lasting comfort and enhanced fit, so golfers can rock the Faas Lite Mesh comfortably round after round.
In addition to the lightest shoe in golf, PUMA Golf will be releasing the Faas Lite, an extremely lightweight and waterproof golf shoe. A combination of FaasFoam+ (a proprietary blend of foam and rubber that is 25% lighter than previous foams) and lightweight materials in the lining package and tongue create an extremely light and comfortable shoe that weighs just 8.7oz. Microfiber leather with stormCELL provides super lightweight performance and waterproof protection. Like the Faas Lite Mesh, zero heel-to-toe drop, corrugated flex grooves and SmartQuill® traction technology is found in the Faas Lite to deliver a lightweight, performance golf shoe.
The lightweight technology is packed with unquestionable style in three colorways for both the Faas Lite and Faas Lite Mesh. The Faas Lite Mesh is available in Brilliant Blue/Limeade, Vibrant Orange/White and White/Black and the Faas Lite is available in White/Vibrant Orange, White/Black/Brilliant Blue and Black/Castle Rock. All styles come with two laces, one tonal and one pop color for golfers to customize their footwear look.
The Faas Lite Women’s and Faas Lite Mesh Women’s have all the same features and benefits as the men’s versions but weigh in even lighter at 7.0 oz and 5.5 oz, respectively. Women can choose from two colorways: White/PUMA Silver/Virtual Pink and Black/White/Virtual Pink in the Faas Lite Women’s and Black/Virtual Pink and White/Brilliant Blue in the Faas Lite Mesh Women’s.
PUMA Golf will also be releasing a limited edition version, the Faas Lite Splatter. Taking inspiration from Rickie Fowler’s ‘Golf Art’ in 2010 and the graphic designs on COBRA Golf’s AMP CELL line of products, the Faas Lite Splatter features paint splatter designs on a white outsole with an orange formstripe. For more information, visit puma.com/golf
Faas Lite MSRP: $100 Faas Lite Mesh MSRP: $90
Faas Lite Women’s MSRP: $90 Faas Lite Mesh Women’s MSRP: $80
Faas Lite Splatter MSRP: $110
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Nike Golf Elevates Nike Free-Inspired Footwear with the TW’14
-Increased flexibility and range of athletic motion enables more power through the swing-
BEAVERTON, Ore. (May 13, 2013) – Building upon the success of last year’s TW’13, Nike Golf brings enhancements and a modified look to the new Nike TW’14 footwear. Nike Athlete Tiger Woods debuted the new Nike shoe in a dramatic fashion with his 78th PGA Tour career victory at The Players Championship. The new iconic shoe is also the first Nike Golf shoe to be made available on NIKEiD with previews beginning May 20, 2013.
The original Nike TW’13 was created through insights from the athlete himself, Tiger Woods, who stated, “I train with Nike Free technology all the time… I love training in it, running in it, lifting in it. So I asked, why can’t I play golf in it?”
With that, Nike designers set to work creating a Nike Free-inspired golf shoe tailored to maximize Woods’ game.
Woods first debuted the TW’13 on Tour late in the 2011 season and the game-changing shoe took the marketplace by storm in 2012. Through his inspiration, hands-on testing and detailed feedback, Nike Golf has continued the collaboration with Woods on the new Nike TW’14, further enhancing the fit, feel and function.
The natural motion engineered outsole of the Nike TW’14 is designed to mimic and conform to the natural motion of the foot, and still deliver all the protection and traction of a lightweight performance golf shoe. This innovative outsole allows the athlete to keep contact with the ground longer, better harnessing the energy of the foot to the shoe and, therefore, the shoe to the ground.
“These shoes provide freedom of movement and allow me to release more power through my swing,” said Woods.
The new upper features improved ventilation that delivers increased breathability and comfort. This was achieved through strategically located perforations and a more comfortable mesh tongue providing athletes the ventilation they want without compromising the waterproof protection they need.
“With this shoe, we worked diligently to take every detail to a new level,” said Tobie Hatfield, Athlete Projects Innovator in Nike’s Innovation Kitchen. “Tiger’s relentless focus on getting better makes us better. His insights force us to never stop innovating and delivering technology that will enhance a golfer’s performance. In the TW ’14, he wanted more stability with mobility and we’ve accomplished that by using Nike’s Dynamic Flywire technology which moves with him, but stabilizes his foot when he swings. We also increased breathability of the shoe by using a full mesh tongue.”
The new TW’14 footwear stays true to Woods’ signature colors, White, Black and Red, and also adds a new colorway to the mix, Cool Grey with Vivid Blue and Venom Green accents (available 8.1).
Nike TW’14 on NIKEiD
With the fully customizable TW’14 iD version, consumers can create the perfect combination of breathability and traction for their playing conditions. In addition to choosing a wide-range of color combinations, golfers can choose between two distinct uppers: waterproof and breathable. The waterproof upper is made of multi-stretch synthetic leather for weather protection and durability, and the breathable upper (available exclusively with NIKEiD) features lightweight mesh to keep feet comfortable on hot days. The TW’14iD is available in two outsoles, either the Spike version or the Integrated Traction option (molded rubber). Consumers can also personalize their shoes by adding their name or an inspirational message to the inside tongues.
Nike TW’14 Available: June 7, 2013 MSRP: $220 MAP/Street: $180 June 7, 2013 Colorways: Black/Reflective Silver-Varsity Red; White/Metallic Dark Grey-Varsity Red August 1, 2013 Colorway: Cool Grey/Black-Vivid Blue-Venom Green
Nike TW’14 iD Preview: May 20, 2013 Available: June 7, 2013 MSRP: $ 225
Located at NIKE’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, Nike Golf designs and markets golf equipment, apparel, balls, footwear, bags and accessories worldwide. Nike Golf is passionately dedicated to ushering in the future of this great sport by developing ground-breaking innovations that enable and inspire athletes to become better. For more information on Nike Golf, visit our Web site at http://www.nikegolf.com. To follow Nike Golf on Twitter visit http://www.twitter.com/nikegolf and to become a fan on Facebook go to http://www.facebook.com/nikegolf . To view Nike Golf videos subscribe to our You Tube channel at http://www.youtube.com/nikegolf .
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