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Heavy Putter Extended Length Series Earns Golf Digest 2014 ‘Hot List’ Honor

Heavy Putter Extended Length Series Earns Golf Digest 2014 ‘Hot List’ Honor

(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) – Boccieri Golf – maker of the Tour-proven Heavy Putter – announces that its new Extended Length (EL) Series has been named to the prestigious Golf Digest “Hot List” for 2014.

Determined by an independent panel of testers, this honor specifically recognizes the EL Series in the areas of “performance” and “innovation.” Available in 21 different models, the putter offers a true alternative to anchoring by combining a longer than standard shaft – designed to extend beyond the hands – with the company’s patented, Tour-proven weighting system. This features a heavier mass head and counter balance under the grip.

“We’ve been proclaiming the immense benefits of counter balancing for more than a decade and the industry’s finally coming around to the fact that it creates superior performance,” Stephen Boccieri, President and CEO of Boccieri Golf. “One reason belly putters became popular was because weight from the grip and shaft materials created a natural counter balance, but with the Heavy Putter players can achieve the same performance using a totally conforming club.”

Each EL Series putter includes a strategically positioned 175-gram counterweight, which dramatically raises the putter’s balance point. This creates the industry’s highest MOI and delivers unmatched stability and consistency. As a result, the EL Series is equally suited to players who prefer regular length putters and those relying on belly or long models.

The annual Golf Digest “Hot List” list showcases equipment that has received the best reviews from the magazine’s testers. A year-long process that begins with hundreds of clubs, the list is systematically reduced to the top performers.

Panelists’ published comments about the EL Series included:

  • “The weighting makes sense. It feels soft at impact, but it’s not muddled.”
  • “It offers a ton of useful feedback. You know exactly where it’ll go the moment you hit it.”
  • “I can feel the consistency of the weight throughout the putter, no matter where I hit it.” The line was also praised for its unique weighting system, which features three distinct categories to suit all preferences – 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.

    As with all Heavy Putter models, the extra weight of the EL Series engages the body’s larger, more stable muscles to promote greater control with each stroke. Available in 36, 38 and 40-inch lengths, the EL Series is carried at leading retailers nationwide.

    For more information: http://www.boccierigolf.com, 888.788.8374.

  • February 8, 2014 |  Category: Equipment
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    ECCO Named ‘Official Footwear Supplier’ to 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

    ECCO Named ‘Official Footwear Supplier’ to 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

    Award-Winning Hybrid Shoe Collection to be Worn by A-List Celebrities and Sports Stars

    (Londonderry, NH) – Danish company ECCO – a leading manufacturer of innovative footwear – has been named “Official Footwear Supplier” to the 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am taking place February 3-9, and will outfit amateur participants in various models from its award-winning hybrid collection.

    This marks the ninth consecutive year that ECCO will have a major presence at the PGA Tour’s premier pro-am event, which brings the community together with global leaders in sports, entertainment and industry to benefit a number of charities.

    Anticipated A-List participants include Tom Brady, Don Cheadle, Wayne Gretzky, Andy Garcia, Chris O’Donnell, Kid Rock, Kurt Russell, Oliver Hudson, Andy Roddick, Kelly Slater, Aaron Rodgers, Bill Belichick, Chris Berman, Darius Rucker, Clay Walker, Alex Smith, Ray Romano, Brian Kelly and Matt Cain, among many others.

    “Each February, this tournament is a highlight of the northern California social calendar, as well as must-see TV for millions of golf fans and celebrity watchers worldwide,” says David Helter, Specialty Sales Director, ECCO USA. “It’s also provides a great deal of support for one of the country’s finest charity organizations, Monterey Peninsula Foundation.”

    Beyond the feet of Tour players and other competitors, the trend-defining ECCO Golf collection will be showcased in the merchandise pavilion. The company logo also appears on the tournament’s website and is listed on the official tournament mobile app.

    Hybrid shoe offerings from ECCO include the new Street EVO One, acclaimed BIOM Hybrid, luxurious Tour Hybrid and minimalist BIOM Zero styles. Each is built atop the E-DTS outsole, which features a patented configuration of approximately 100 moulded traction bars with 800 traction angles. Constructed from TPU – a highly durable, wear-resistant material – these elements provide superb, Tour-quality grip.

    ECCO Golf shoes are worn in competition by scores of international Tour stars, including Fred Couples, Graeme McDowell, Ernie Els, Thomas Bjørn, Marcel Siem, Thongchai Jaidee, Andreas Hartø, Wu Ashun, JB Hansen, Belén Mozo, Caroline Masson and Gerina Piller.

    About Monterey Peninsula Foundation

    Monterey Peninsula Foundation (MPF) is a charitable foundation which disburses funds from the proceeds of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR and the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach on the Champions Tour.  MPF focuses on improving the quality of life in Monterey County and surrounding areas. Since its inception in 1937 the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am has generated over $110 million for charity.

    In 2004 the First Tee Open was introduced to serve as a showcase for The First Tee whose global mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.  http://www.montereypeninsulafoundation.org

    About ECCO

    ECCO, a world leading brand of shoes combining style and comfort, has built its success on quality and innovative technology. The design philosophy is rooted in the founder’s approach to being a shoemaker – the shoe must follow the foot. The shoes of ECCO are anchored in functionality, quality and craftsmanship on the platform of Scandinavian design. Founded in 1963, ECCO is one of the few major shoe manufacturers in the world to own and manage every step of the shoemaking process. Today, ECCO products are sold in 91 countries at 1,100 ECCO stores and 14,000 other sales locations. The company is family-owned and the workplace to 19,500 employees from over 50 countries. In 2012, revenue increased by 14% to DKK 8 billion with profits before tax of DKK 1.1 billion.

    ECCO USA is based in Londonderry, New Hampshire. For more information: http://www.eccousa.com, 800.886.3226.

    February 7, 2014 |  Category: Equipment
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    Golf Digest’s 2014 Hot List Honors Six Exotics Clubs, the Most Ever

    Batavia, IL (January 23, 2014) – Golf Digest released their 2014 Hot List today and verified that Exotics fairway woods, hybrids, and irons are top performers. The 2014 List awarded six Exotics clubs as medal winners, the most ever for the Tour Edge Exotics brand. Finishing at the top is the XCG7/XCG7 Beta fairway wood with top honors, a gold medal. Taking silver is the CB PRO fairway wood, XCG7/XCG7 Beta hybrids and the XCG7 irons.

    David Glod, president and chief designer of Tour Edge Golf, “It’s always an exciting time of year when the Hot List comes out and it creates quite a buzz at the PGA Show. This year we have our best results with six medals in three categories. This is a true testament that our product designs and technologies are of the highest quality. Our Exotics brand continues to grow as one of the most technologically supreme club manufacturers, and we will always continue to build on that.”

    Gold Medal: XCG7 fairway wood continues the Exotics tradition of excellence. The Exotics XCG7 model is designed with greater forgiveness in mind featuring a lower profile and larger club head. The XCG7 is has a custom 465 forged maraging steel cup face to produce massive launch speed and reach a very high USGA CT level for superior length.

    Gold Medal: The XCG7 Beta model is highlighted by a deeper face and a smaller clubhead promoting a more boring trajectory. A callout to its name, the XCG7 Beta features a forged beta titanium cup face for supreme COR. The face is combo-brazed to the hyper-steel body to produce Exotics legendary performance.

    Silver Medal: Tour Edge’s Exotics CB PRO - known visually for its unique sole design - creates the ultimate fairway wood for accomplished players. The patent-pending Slip Stream™ sole and advanced clubhead technology allows the CT to reach the USGA-allowed maximum of 250.

    Silver Medal: The XCG7 hybrid is our most forgiving design to date. The XCG7 hybrid is larger, easy-to-hit, and is a higher trajectory model with a lower profile. Hexahedron sole weight pads are positioned back in the heel and toe to increase MOI and maximize stability on off-center contact.

    Silver Medal: The XCG7 Beta is a more compact shape and deeper face for more penetrating ball flight. In the Beta model, the weight pad design positions more weight forward in the head, raising the center of gravity and producing a more penetrating trajectory.

    Silver Medal (SuperGame-Improvement): The XCG7 iron features our most advanced technology in a game improvement iron. Constructed from 431 stainless steel in a one-piece casting, the XCG7 iron provides enhanced feel and stability in a more classic-style head design.

    The Tour Edge Exotics products feature the lifetime warranty and 30-day play guarantee. For more information, call (800) 515-3343 or visit http://www.touredge.com.

    Located in Batavia, IL, Tour Edge manufacturers and sells golf clubs under both the Exotics and Tour Edge brands. Exotics golf clubs are for those who demand the finest performing golf clubs in the world. With experienced designers and smaller production runs, Exotics by Tour Edge can bring futuristic technologies to the marketplace months, even years, ahead of its time. Exotics’ manufactures the finest quality, high-technology golf clubs and hand-assembles them one club at a time. The company’s clubs are distributed throughout the United States and the world.

    January 29, 2014 |  Category: Equipment
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    All Square® Mobile App Drives New Golf Social Network

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    (Palo Alto, CA – January 22, 2014) All Square®, a new social network for golfers, has launched a mobile app enabling golfers to share and compare their golf experiences worldwide.

    The iPhone app, which is free to download from the App Store, allows golfers to connect with friends, upload photos and videos, post comments and receive instant notifications, all recorded on a personal timeline.

    The beta launch of the iOS app – at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida, January 22-24, 2014 – establishes a new global platform for golfers.

    Patrick Rahme, Co-Founder and CEO of All Square said, “All Square connects the power of people’s love for golf on one free, accessible and engaging social media platform designed exclusively for golfers.

    “Golfers love talking about the courses they’ve played, the latest equipment they’ve purchased and swing tips – and the All Square app enables them to share all of these things instantly with friends, on and off the course, wherever they are in the world.”

    All Square was founded by Patrick Rahme, age 26, and business partner Arthur de Rivoire, 25, after they met at the HEC University of Lausanne, Switzerland, while studying economics and business administration. Rahme, who also studied at the London School of Economics, and de Rivoire are both elite amateur golfers and regularly represent the national teams of Luxembourg and Switzerland respectively.

    All Square was recently showcased at the ‘Plug and Play Tech Center’ in Silicon Valley, California, ahead of the app’s launch.  The business accelerator specializes in growing tech startups and only select international ventures are invited to join the program, which has previously invested in and supported companies such as Google, PayPal and Dropbox.

    All Square is also working closely with global golf course management company Troon® Golf on its international development and has been selected by KPMG, the global professional services firm, to join its K-Start program for entrepreneurs.

    “We are currently testing different features within the app to find out which golfers find most appealing,” continued Patrick Rahme. “One such feature is ‘Rate my Swing’ where you can instantly upload a video of your swing from your iPhone and have your friends comment and rate it.

    “The directory of golf courses on the app, which complements the global interactive course map we have on the website, is also something we believe golfers will enjoy. All Square is designed to be a global platform for course reviews and ranking.” 

    The launch of the app will be supported by advertising on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels.

    For more information, visit: http://www.allsquaregolf.com. To download the app, visit the App Store.

    To contact Patrick Rahme during the PGA Merchandise Show, Orlando, January 22-24, e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    January 29, 2014 |  Category: Equipment
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    Novel GolfRz Mobile App Rewards Golfers with Points for Frequent Play

    Golf RZ App photo Home_Page_zps0d224d9c.pngNovel GolfRz Mobile App Rewards Golfers with Points for Frequent
    Play, Purchases and More to Redeem on Vacations, Gifts and Free Rounds
    First ever golf rewards program an incentive to play more golf

    Clive, Iowa (January 22, 2014)—A round of golf just got more rewarding thanks to GolfRz, an innovative mobile app for golfers who will be able to earn credits towards valuable vacation packages, cruises, gift cards, a dozen golf balls and free rounds as they accrue points from frequent play at courses in the U.S. and share information via social media.

    “Today, consumers are accustomed to earning points or rewards for travel, shopping, dining out and all manner of loyalty programs,” said Dustin Hemesath, GolfRz creator and founder of parent company Golf Challenges LLC.  “We decided that golfers should be able to take advantage of playing frequent rounds at their home or different courses and by doing so earn redeemable credits.  GolfRz puts a unique twist on most loyalty programs as it’s designed to reward users not for actual dollars spent on playing but for the activities golfers do while they’re on the course.  Our goal is to drive more traffic to golf courses by providing a fun, social and rewarding platform for golfers to share their golf experiences.”

    GolfRz is a free download available in the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store.  Tee it up at five, 10 or 25 different courses and point totals quickly increase.  Credits also accrue for simply checking in at a course, inviting friends to join GolfRz, using and sharing the scorecard functions on social media, sharing one of the many GolfRz deals on social media and more.

    “As GolfRz attracts users online, we will add more rewards and deals, including VIP passes to golf tournaments and events,” confirms Hemesath, who expects GolfRz to quickly become a very popular golf app.

    For more information about GolfRz, visit http://www.golfrz.com.

    January 29, 2014 |  Category: Equipment
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    All Square® Mobile App Drives New Golf Social Network

    All Square® Mobile App Drives New Golf Social Network

    Beta launch of iPhone app establishes global platform for golfers

    (Palo Alto, CA – January 22, 2014) All Square®, a new social network for golfers, has launched a mobile app enabling golfers to share and compare their golf experiences worldwide.

    The iPhone app, which is free to download from the App Store, allows golfers to connect with friends, upload photos and videos, post comments and receive instant notifications, all recorded on a personal timeline.

    The beta launch of the iOS app – at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida, January 22-24, 2014 – establishes a new global platform for golfers.

    Patrick Rahme, Co-Founder and CEO of All Square said, “All Square connects the power of people’s love for golf on one free, accessible and engaging social media platform designed exclusively for golfers.

    “Golfers love talking about the courses they’ve played, the latest equipment they’ve purchased and swing tips – and the All Square app enables them to share all of these things instantly with friends, on and off the course, wherever they are in the world.”

    All Square was founded by Patrick Rahme, age 26, and business partner Arthur de Rivoire, 25, after they met at the HEC University of Lausanne, Switzerland, while studying economics and business administration. Rahme, who also studied at the London School of Economics, and de Rivoire are both elite amateur golfers and regularly represent the national teams of Luxembourg and Switzerland respectively.

    All Square was recently showcased at the ‘Plug and Play Tech Center’ in Silicon Valley, California, ahead of the app’s launch.  The business accelerator specializes in growing tech startups and only select international ventures are invited to join the program, which has previously invested in and supported companies such as Google, PayPal and Dropbox.

    All Square is also working closely with global golf course management company Troon® Golf on its international development and has been selected by KPMG, the global professional services firm, to join its K-Start program for entrepreneurs.

    “We are currently testing different features within the app to find out which golfers find most appealing,” continued Patrick Rahme. “One such feature is ‘Rate my Swing’ where you can instantly upload a video of your swing from your iPhone and have your friends comment and rate it.

    “The directory of golf courses on the app, which complements the global interactive course map we have on the website, is also something we believe golfers will enjoy. All Square is designed to be a global platform for course reviews and ranking.”

    The launch of the app will be supported by advertising on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels.

    For more information, visit: http://www.allsquaregolf.com. To download the app, visit the App Store.

    To contact Patrick Rahme during the PGA Merchandise Show, Orlando, January 22-24, e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    January 22, 2014 |  Category: Equipment
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    NewSpin Golf to Launch Enhanced SwingSmart Golf Swing Analyzer

    NewSpin Golf to Launch Enhanced SwingSmart Golf Swing Analyzer at 2014 PGA Merchandise Show, Booth 1159

    (NORTH BARRINGTON, IL) –  NewSpin Golf will launch an enhanced version of its award-winning SwingSmart golf swing analyzer, featuring a completely redesigned app with multiple new functions at booth 1159 during the PGA Merchandise Show, January 22-24 in Orlando, FL.

    A first-of-its-kind solution that provides instant and accurate feedback on critical elements of a golfer’s swing, the Bluetooth-enabled SwingSmart sensor module quickly and easily clips to a golf club shaft. Weighing less than 1 oz., the device wirelessly communicates with the free app for iOS and Android devices.

    The completely updated app debuting at the show will include: New Interface – Fresh environment ensures easy-to-use interaction that allows users to access all swing data, including 3-D Swing View, without navigating between multiple screens

    Dual 3D Swing-View – When using the company’s famed 3-D Swing-View, users can now access multiple angles at one time for comparison and analysis

    Peter Kostis Signature Drills – Beneficial and fun in-app mini-games co-developed by renowned instructor Peter Kostis; these now include the “Peter Kostis’ Putting Challenge” which will premiere in Orlando

    “During my career as an instructor and commentator, I’ve studied thousands of swings and the accuracy of the data that SwingSmart captures makes it far and away the best product of its kind,” says Kostis. “It is well known people learn faster and practice more when they’re having fun. The new in-app games allow players to hone their swings while having a great time, creating the perfect complement to the system’s other award-winning features.”

    Available for free download on the Google Play and iTunes stores, the SwingSmart app allows information to be viewed immediately, shared with an instructor, or saved for future reference. A defining feature of the system is the in-app instructional videos through which Peter Kostis provides a variety of swing tips to help players optimize performance.

    “Our continued commitment to ensuring that SwingSmart is accurate, helpful and fun-to-use has positioned us as the clear leader in digital swing analysis,” says Angelo Papadourakis, CEO of NewSpin Golf. “Everyone from PGA professionals, retailers, journalists and consumers has recognized that SwingSmart is an invaluable learning device that provides the feedback necessary for golfers to improve.”

    With each swing, the SwingSmart system ($249.99) immediately delivers: Key Stats – Instant, accurate, easy-to-interpret information on tempo, swing speed, face angle and shaft lean

    Path and Plane – 3D Swing View shows 360-degrees of a player’s swing motion, highlighting the exact route of the club head from any angle

    Putting Results – More than just a full-swing tool, the system also provides info on the putting stroke to help players lower the number of putts taken per round

    Personal Best – Data from a golfer’s best swings can be saved and used as points of reference

    Developed by a team of expert technologists, SwingSmart provides a real-time snapshot of how the club is being manipulated through impact. This allows players to adjust and learn what is successful for their individual games. A great, year-round practice tool, SwingSmart features a special Training mode that provides the key data necessary to help players learn the proper swing motion, without the pressure of hitting a ball.

    Earlier this year, the company launched the SwingSmart Duo, which incorporates HiQ Technology.  Requiring zero user set-up, adjustment or calibration, HiQ is built using a proprietary pattern recognition process not found anywhere else in the industry, which increases the accuracy of captured swing data, including the renowned SwingSmart 3D Swing View™. It utilizes an algorithm that adapts to each user’s swing to faithfully measure their drives, chips and putts.

    Recently honored as a recipient of GOLF Magazine’s “Techy Award” in the Training Aid category, SwingSmart has received high praise from a variety of sources since its debut. These include being named the “Overall Winner” in the swing training category by MyGolfSpy.com and receiving a “Product Ingenuity” award from the International Network of Golf.

    Follow on Twitter at @SwingSmart and Facebook.

    For more information: http://www.swingsmart.com.

    About NewSpin Golf

    Based outside Chicago, NewSpin Golf is dedicated to revolutionizing golf training for both casual and committed players. Following a chance encounter with a PGA Tour star struggling with his golf swing in 2006, company President and CEO Angelo Papadourakis, an avid golfer, set about designing an easy-to-use and affordable system to help all golfers easily and accurately identify and correct problems in their own games.

    January 21, 2014 |  Category: Equipment
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