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Fila Aukland and Rockingham Waterproof Performance Jackets

Fila has released a line of waterproof performance jackets.T They feature breathable mesh lining, a detachable hood, self-adjustable velcro-sleeve closure, critical seam-sealing and microfleece lined neck and pockets. Available in a variety of bright bold colors, they arrive just in time for unpredictable spring rounds.

March 13, 2014 |  Category: Equipment
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ECCO Golf Signs PGA Tour Rookie Will Wilcox as Brand Ambassador

ECCO Golf Signs PGA Tour Rookie Will Wilcox as Brand Ambassador

(Londonderry, NH) – Danish company ECCO – a leading manufacturer of innovative footwear – announces the signing of 2014 PGA Tour rookie Will Wilcox, who will showcase the company logo on his shirt collar and compete in its BIOM Golf shoes featuring award-winning NATURAL MOTION technology.

A 27-year-old native of Birmingham, Alabama, Wilcox earned his PGA Tour card by finishing No. 7 on the 2013 Web.com Tour money list. This came after a season that saw him win the South Georgia Classic and become only the fourth player in Web.com Tour history to shoot a 59 in competition (final round of Utah Championship).

In his first tournament wearing ECCO – the 2014 Sony Open in Hawaii – Wilcox finished T8.

“Will has a great story mixed with some serious skills and a proven ability to win,” says Jesper Thuen, Global Sponsorship, PR & Event Manager – ECCO Golf. “As a young, up-and-coming player, he’s an excellent complement to our roster of global stars.”

Taught the game by his mother, Kim, who coaches the University of Alabama at Birmingham women’s golf team, Wilcox was a nationally-ranked junior before becoming a three-time collegiate All-American. He turned professional in 2009, winning four times between the NGA Tour and Canadian Tour before his breakthrough campaign.

Among Wilcox’s notable 2013 Web.com Tour stats: No. 1 in total driving, and consecutive cuts made (14); No. 2 in all-around ranking, and birdies per round; No. 6 in average driving distance (313 yards).

“I’ve worn my ECCO golf shoes in some very tough, wet conditions and have been really impressed by the comfort and durability,” says Wilcox. “My first season on the PGA Tour is off to a great start and I’m humbled to join the likes of Freddie, Graeme and Ernie as an ECCO brand ambassador.”

The BIOM Golf line of cleated shoes worn by Wilcox includes two special-edition Caldera leather models boasting a sleek, matte finish inspired by luxury automobiles. These are made using a special full-grain material that’s stain resistant and easy-to-clean.

Each pair of BIOM Golf showcases a convention-breaking design based on the foot’s natural system for absorbing impact. This distinctive technology relies on a completely anatomical last developed by scanning the feet of 2,500 athletes. It is exceptionally lightweight with a low profile that helps to form one of the game’s most stable hitting platforms.

In addition to Wilcox, the ECCO Golf collection is endorsed by scores of Tour stars worldwide, including Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjørn, Marcel Siem, Thongchai Jaidee, Andreas Hartø, Wu Ashun, JB Hansen, Belén Mozo, Caroline Masson and Gerina Piller.

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.

March 12, 2014 |  Category: Equipment
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Nike Golf Fits RZN Balls For Different Games

Nike’s new 2014 line of RZN balls feature four different models for four different types of games.

RZN Platinum: Tour Performance control and moderate spin
RZN Black: Tour Performance distance and lower spin
RZN Red: Distance Performance, longer carry
RZN White: Distance Performance and softer feel for a wide range of swing speeds

“Different golfers have different needs when it comes to the ball they should be playing,” says Mike Pai, Global Product Director, Golf Balls & Bags. “There’s a RZN for everybody – whether you’re a beginner or have been playing the sport your whole life, the RZN Recommender is a great tool that utilizes a strategic, streamlined approach to make sure you have the right ball in your bag, and help you understand why it will help your golf game.” 

All of the models feature Nike’s Speedlock RZN core, which is designed for better energy transfer between the layers.

They’re available now at GolfSmith: Nike RZN Balls

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February 28, 2014 |  Category: Equipment
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Nike’s Hyperadapt Wind Jacket Offers Range of Motion, Ultralightweight Protection

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Nike Golf Introduces the Hyperadapt Wind Jacket

- Maximized range of motion meets ultra-lightweight protection from the elements -

BEAVERTON, Ore. (February 11, 2014) – Baggy, bigger and bulky used to be the standard go-to for outerwear on the golf course. Nike Golf changed that with the Hyperadapt Storm-FIT jacket in 2013, and with this year’s new Hyperadapt Wind jacket, extra fabric and noisy, distracting swings are now null and void. The Hyperadapt Wind jacket features the same four-way stretch technology and sweater-like feel as the Hyperadapt Storm-FIT jacket in a lighter, windproof and rain-resistant version perfect for spring.

“With the Hyperadapt Wind jacket there’s no need to ‘size up’ – it’s designed to fit and move with your body,” says Merritt Richardson, Nike Golf VP of Global Golf Apparel. “The four-way stretch laminate through the back, shoulders and upper arms maximizes range of motion and eliminates distractions, and the lightweight outer shell provides superior protection from the elements for all day performance and comfort on the course.”

Inspired by a car with a see-through, engine-exposing hood one of the designers saw in a parking lot on Nike’s Beaverton, Ore., campus, the Nike Golf apparel team incorporated a half-zip, transparent outer shell that showcases the jacket’s technical details inside and out. A “v”-shaped panel underneath incorporates bonded mesh within the Hyperadapt construction for added breathability and mobility where golfers need it most.

In addition to a performance-driven design, the Hyperadapt Wind jacket is sustainable, too – recycled coffee grounds were used in part to make the windproof coating on the outer shell, which also helps reduce odor from perspiration and assists in UV protection.

The Hyperadapt Wind jacket features elastic cuffs to keep sleeves from moving up and down during a swing, as well as an adjustable waist and a back pocket for storage.

Nike Hyperadapt Wind Jacket

Availability: Now MSRP: $100 Colorways: Black/Black; Light Base Grey/Black; and Venom Green/Black

February 19, 2014 |  Category: Equipment
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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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