Bag Boy’s New Tracker Push Cart Accessory to be Released Early January
The Bag Boy Company is thrilled to announce its new Tracker™ push cart accessory will be available early January. Utilizing Bluetooth technology, the Bag Boy Tracker app allows you to connect your mobile device to Bag Boy’s Tracker. While walking with your golf push cart, the app accurately records your time, distance and calories burned through one convenient display screen.
Enjoy easy access to your walking history by both golf rounds and lifetime statistics. The display map conveniently saves the path walked for each round played. An additional benefit is being able to track your progress and get rewarded with discounts and free products by reaching specific milestones. You can easily connect to Bag Boy’s social media and product offerings and stay tuned for giveaways, promotions and new product information.
“I’m especially excited about the feature allowing users to see their progress throughout each saved round,” said Perry Hilbert, Sales Manager at Bag Boy. “Many golfers are looking to monitor their walking statistics and the Tracker provides an easy and accurate way to do that.”
Extremely lightweight at only 0.1 lbs, the Tracker attaches to any push cart on the market. The simple no hassle set-up allows for quick and easy installation. The app is free of charge and available for download on Android and IOS devices.
For more details or to see the full line of Bag Boy products, visit www.bagboy.com.
Founded in 2004, Dynamic Brands is the parent company for a portfolio of premium brand name companies committed to the development of innovative, quality products and outstanding customer service in the sporting goods industry. Golf and recreational products are offered through Bag Boy®, Burton®, Datrek® Golf, Devant Sport Towels®, IGOTCHA®, SEARCH ‘N RESCUE® and FLAGPOLE-TO-GO® brands, and include walking carts, golf bags, travel covers, custom sport towels, bag tags, golf ball retrievers, flags and accessories. In addition, Dynamic Brands is the U.S. distributor of Evnroll putters—the 100% milled putters feature designer Guerin Rife’s patented “Sweet Face” Technology, delivering unprecedented accuracy and zero dispersion. Dynamic Brands’ products are marketed in 87 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit www.dynamicbrands.com. Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/dynamicbrandsrva/ and https://www.linkedin.com/company/dynamic-brands/.
Braselton, GA – The American Junior Golf Association is proud to announce a three-year partnership with Bag Boy beginning in 2021. As the Official Push Cart of the AJGA, Bag Boy will be promoted at more than 120 events a year.Bag Boy, a leader in the walking cart industry since 1946, is one of the most respected brands in golf with a reputation for unmatched quality, unbelievable durability and unsurpassed innovation and design. Bag Boy’s constant drive for innovation is demonstrated in its revolutionary one-step auto open Nitron™ push cart, making it the fastest, easiest opening cart in golf. The Nitron has won Golf Digest’s “Best 3-Wheel Push Cart” award two years running.“We are thrilled to have Bag Boy on board as the Official Push Cart of the AJGA,” said AJGA Chief Business Officer Jason Etzen. “We’re looking forward to expanding on their place as a strong supporter in the golf industry and we are excited to bring this innovative brand to our membership.”As part of Bag Boy’s position as the Official Push Cart of the AJGA, their presence will be felt on the AJGA’s social media, sponsoring ‘Moving Day’ stories, facts and figures from the 120 plus AJGA events on the 2021 through 2023 schedules.For more information about the AJGA, visit online through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or at www.ajga.org.
About the AJGAThe American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls, ages 12-19) of more than 7,300 members from 50 states and 60 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.TaylorMade and adidas are the AJGA’s National Sponsors, supporting the AJGA for more than 25 years. TaylorMade has served as the Official Ball of the AJGA since 2016. adidas has been the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA since 2017. Rolex, in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 900 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson. About the Bag Boy CompanyFounded in 1946, the Bag Boy Company has built a reputation for unmatched quality, unbelievable durability and unsurpassed innovation and design. Bag Boy designs, manufactures and distributes a full line of award-winning, feature-loaded golf bags, push carts, travel covers and accessories designed for a golfer’s on-course convenience and comfort. For more information, please visit www.bagboy.com. Follow us at www.facebook.com/bagboygolf, https://twitter.com/BagBoyCompany and https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/bag-boy-company/. About Dynamic BrandsFounded in 2004, Dynamic Brands is the parent company for a portfolio of premium brand name companies committed to the development of innovative, quality products and outstanding customer service in the sporting goods industry. Golf and recreational products are offered through Bag Boy®, Burton®, Datrek® Golf, Devant Sport Towels®, IGOTCHA®, SEARCH ‘N RESCUE® and FLAGPOLE-TO-GO® brands, and include walking carts, golf bags, travel covers, custom sport towels, bag tags, golf ball retrievers, flags and accessories. In addition, Dynamic Brands is the U.S. distributor of Evnroll putters—the 100% milled putters feature designer Guerin Rife’s patented “Sweet Face” Technology, delivering unprecedented accuracy and zero dispersion. Dynamic Brands’ products are marketed in 87 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit www.dynamicbrands.com. Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/dynamicbrandsrva/ and https://www.linkedin.com/company/dynamic-brands/.
OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL (Dec. 1, 2020) – Zero Friction, maker of high quality, technologically advanced products for golfers worldwide, has introduced the Ultra Tac Golf Glove, designed to produce more torque for extra distance. Like all Zero Friction compression gloves, the Ultra Tac glove molds to your hand for a guaranteed fit to deliver outstanding precision, flexibility and comfort to every golfer that puts one on.
Silicone is placed in all pressure points of the Zero Friction Ultra Tac synthetic golf gloves. This provides increased torque while minimizing slippage, which leads to greater distance. Mesh lycra is placed throughout finger, back of hand and palm for maximum strength, durability and enhanced breathability. A finger patch is engineered around the first finger for solid gripping. Each Ultra Tac gloves comes with a detachable Zero Friction 1 ¾” hybrid tee and ball marker.
“The Ultra Tac fits right into our company brand: High tech products that enhance the playing experience for golfers of all skill levels,” said John Iacono, Zero Friction Founder. “Golfers can have fun with our colors without sacrificing quality.”
The true advantage of the Zero Friction glove line for retailers is that the universal fit means shops do not have to carry a huge inventory of sizes. Instead, the shops can offer a large selection of colors.
Zero Friction also benefits golf shops with a creative selection of packaging, including the SuperTubes, which received the 2018 ING Industry Honors Product Ingenuity award for its packaging of color-matched glove, Spectra™ distance golf balls and tees.
Zero Friction also has logo capabilities including logo golf balls, gloves, and tees, which has experienced significant growth this past year. Licensed gloves and Supertubes featuring NFL, MLB, NHL and the top 20 collegiate teams will also have a dedicated section.
Zero Friction also recently entered the golf laser rangefinder segment in a big way with its Zero Friction Laser Pro and Laser Pro SM products. And like most Zero Friction products, this one has a unique element that separates it from the competitors.
Both Zero Friction Laser Pro models come with a pistol shape rubber handle grip, making it very simple to get yardage for your next shot. Simply aim and click, and the exact distance appears on an easy-to-read LCD display magnified X6.
Based in Oakbrook Terrace, Il, Zero Friction is known industry wide for being on the cutting edge when it comes to introducing new products to players and creative packaging for its retail partners. Zero Friction provides high-quality, technologically advanced products for golfers worldwide, including gloves, performance golf tees, balls and accessories. The company established the performance golf tee market, creating the first and only performance tee to ever carry the PGA TOUR logo. Zero Friction’s most recent success story is in the golf glove segment. Zero Friction’s colorful line of compression-fit gloves for men, women and juniors takes the guesswork out of sizing. Compression-fit technology means a universal fit within the various models, and the glove that will hold its shape longer than any on the market. To view the entire line of Zero Friction golf products, visit http://www.ZeroFriction.com.
‘Tis the season. It’s December 1st, and there’s a ton of time to get some holidays gifts for yourself, or your loved ones that golf. In the way of gold, frankincense, and myrrh gifts need not be ultra expensive or inexpensive to make the golfer in your life happy. In my usual fashion I will list gifts at several price points.
I’m not affluent, so I understand that golfers and their families can have a tight budget. All of my gift suggestions are items that I’ve personally used and endorse based on my personal experiences. Never will I give my stamp of approval on anything that I’ve never tested, tried, and liked.
So, without further delay, here is Until The Next Tee’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide.
PitchFix AquaBrush – The cheapest gift in the guide comes to you from PitchFix. PitchFix is known for producing accessories like their MultiMarker Chip and multiple models of divot repair tools. I’ve started testing the AquaBrush very recently, and it has proven to be such a great addition to the golf bag. Nothing beats having clean grooves, especially, when it’s winter golf season. It’s compact design, inner water reservoir/spray nozzle, and durable bristles make this item a stocking stuffer that many a golfer would appreciate. $14.50 USD (Package of 2 replacement brushes $4.95 USD)
Zero Friction Golf Gloves – Golf gloves. As a golfer, can we really have too many of them? How about gloves in a variety of colours to match with our golfing wardrobe? If you’re tired of wearing the standard white or black glove, look no further than Zero Friction golf gloves. I have tested these gloves all season long as I wanted to be sure of their durability. Gloves from Zero Friction have proven to be very durable. Is there a golfer in your life that suffers from stiff hands due to arthritis? Well, the Ultra Feel glove is a solution. The Ultra Feel golf glove is a padded glove which reduces tension, hand fatigue, and eliminates vibration through the shaft. Are you feeling patriotic? Look at the “Americana” or the “O Canada” gloves respectively. I guarantee you that there’s a glove that the recipient will like. Worried about getting the wrong size? Let me put your mind at ease. These gloves are universal fit and will fit almost any hand. There are also youth sizes too. Prices start at $13.99 USD but there is special pricing at the moment at https://www.zerofriction.com/
TaylorMade Soft Response Golf Balls – I’ve tested several models of golf balls this year with varying price points. If you’re looking for a dozen new golf balls that will offer the golfer in your life a lot of “bang for the buck”, look at the TaylorMade Golf Soft Response. This is a golf ball that comes with a pretty friendly price tag. Any time that a golf ball comes in at less than $30 CAD per dozen is a good thing. Then factor in that it’s a durable, 3-piece design that performs very well in all facets of the game. Be sure to check out my review on that golf ball right here (https://untilthenexttee.blog/2020/11/02/review-taylormade-golf-soft-response-golf-balls/). Another added bonus is that these golf balls are available in white, high-visibility yellow and my personal favourite… matte red. $24.99/dozen.
TRUE Linkswear ECO Knit Golf Shoes – These golf shoes are super lightweight and extremely breathable. What they lack in waterproofing, they make up for in design. The comfort is such, that you don’t even realize that they’re on your feet. TRUE Linkswear has been very innovative when it comes to golf shoe design, but, the ECO Knit are this to the “nth” degree. The ECO Knit golf shoes are made from the yarns of 100% post-consumer products. Instead of a plastic water bottle floating in a lake, that bottle could be processed to produce the yarn for the construction of the shoe. TRUE ECO Knit is first sustainable shoe. Not only would you be giving a golfer a gift, but you’d also be giving “Mother Nature” a gift too. $100 USD (Currently on sale for $65) https://truelinkswear.com/
Tour Edge Golf Exotics EXS220 – Receiving a golf club to replace an old one is always nice. It’s even better when you can get a quality, premium product without paying the premium price. This is exactly what Tour Edge Golf offers with the Exotics EXS 220 product range. These products were juggernaut, runaway medal winners in almost every category of the 2020 Teezy Awards. At the moment, Tour Edge Golf have the prices of these products marked down on their website. Prices range from $249.99 USD for the driver down to $159.99 USD for the hybrid. You can’t go wrong with the Exotics product range from Tour Edge Golf. https://shop.touredge.com/
Rapsodo Golf MLM – Rounding out my gift guide is this portable launch monitor from Rapsodo Golf. Say you had $499 USD available. Now you have a decision to make. Do I purchase a new driver in 2021? Or, do I purchase an item that is a serious investment to my game. An item that will help me improve and give me valuable information? Information like Clubhead Speed, Ball Speed, Smash Factor, Carry Distance, Total Distance, and Launch Angle to name a few. Games are available as well like “Closest to the Pin” to will sharpen you up during your practice sessions, while making them more interactive and fun. This launch monitor will do it. Are you worried that you could only use it outdoors and the cold, snowy winter has you hemmed in? Don’t fret, because the Mobile Launch Monitor from Rapsodo Golf has indoor and net capabilities too. Please note that, at the moment, the MLM is only available for iOS. Please check Rapsodo Golf’s website regarding specific specifications information. At the time of writing, the MLM is available for $399.99 USDhttps://rapsodo.com/product/mobile-launch-monitor/
Professional golf is like all of the other professional sports. Players earn their paydays through a variety of means. The obvious way is through performance. Perform and you get paid. There are endorsement deals, in some cases these endorsement deals from manufacturers and sponsors alike, can be quite lucrative. For example, did you know that Tiger Woods earned $60 million dollars without hitting a golf shot? Crazy eh?!
Professional golf at the highest of levels is a business so lucrative that, sometimes a professional golfer will chase dollar signs to play a certain brand. After all, there are bills to pay. A temptation so hard to resist when the carrot dangled in front of their nose is big and juicy enough. Especially, as the end of their current contract is ready to expire. To paraphrase “The Clash”, should they stay or should they go now? Essentially, this is golf “free agency”.
But sometimes, it’s not about dollar and cents. In many cases, a player will leave a certain brand because, well, their career went stagnant playing a certain brand. So, a change in equipment manufacturers could be the breath of fresh air that their playing career needs.
In some cases, the change can be monumental and it could springboard a career, getting said player back on the right track. Or, there’s the flip side of the coin. The move doesn’t work out and maybe the results weren’t as good as before the change. Life and golf is a gamble.
So, who are some golfers that come to mind where the change failed to have the desired effect? Or where a change has really helped out a player. Is the grass always greener on the other side of the fence? Let’s take a look at some golfers who in recent years have made, the change.
Justin Rose – After testing products from Honma Golf for some time, Justin Rose departed TaylorMade Golf when his contract expired towards the end of 2018. He made the change not because of dollar signs necessarily but because with Honma Golf, he had the opportunity to have more input with club design. Rose and his playing record started out well enough with Honma Golf, as he captured a victory in his second start playing their equipment. At the time of signing with Honma Golf, Rose was #1 in the OWGR but as time wore on his world ranking and weekly results started to slide. Eventually, Rose started to throw some more TaylorMade golf products back into his bag. Essentially going back to what he was comfortable with. A short time later, both Rose and Honma Golf dissolved their relationship and the multi-year contract that was signed.
Sergio Garcia – When the contract of Sergio Garcia expired back in 2018, it was at the tail-end of a 15-year stretch with TaylorMade Golf. Sergio was going to be leaving TaylorMade Golf and it was less surprising that he ended up joining Callaway Golf. The relationship didn’t last very long, ending about a year for reasons that were described as not being a “good fit”. By all accounts, his play in 2019 with Callaway Golf culminated with 2 Missed Cuts in Major Championships and in 13 starts on the PGA TOUR that season, he missed 4 cuts including The Masters ,where he was the defending champion. After proclaiming that he was a free agent, Garcia has had a golf bag that was far from being brand agnostic. Proving that you play the best equipment for your game, Garcia’s win back in October was catapulted by a cornucopia of golf equipment. TaylorMade Golf metalwoods, PING Blueprint irons, Vokey Wedges, a TaylorMade Golf Spider putter, and the TaylorMade Golf TP5 golf ball.
Anna Nordqvist – It seems like a lifetime ago when Anna Nordqvist had become a bit of a household name for golf fans and observers. Nordqvist won two Major Championships playing PING in 2009 (LPGA Championship) and TaylorMade Golf in 2017 (Evia Championship). It’s unclear why she departed TaylorMade Golf in favour of PXG. Looking at her past with PING, the fact that she went to school at Arizona State which consequently has a close relationship with PING and the fact that PXG hired former PING Director of Engineering, maybe PXG simply had developed better products for her game. Her career has been relatively quiet since, or that was until the 2020 KPMG LPGA Championship. Nordqvist was in the final group paired with Canada’s Brooke Henderson, where she finished 5th this past October.
Bubba Watson – Having signed a “lifetime” deal recently with PING, a brand that he has played since he was 8 years old, you know that an equipment change will not happen when it comes to Bubba Watson. That isn’t to say that the golf ball can’t be changed. Bubba changed golf balls and that move didn’t work out too well. In 2017, Watson signed a multi-year deal with Volvik to play the brands colourful golf balls. The man with the pink driver playing pink golfs (or similar), why not?The golf ball is the only piece of equipment that we use from tee to green on every shot. In 2017, Bubba missed 7 cuts in 22 starts. His ranking in the OWGR fell from 9th to 63rd. Citing that he was “frustrated” he became a golf ball free agent and went back to playing Titleist Pro V1. Say what you will. His earnings were $1.2 million in 2017 and then in 2018 he earned almost $5.8 million in earnings. Since then, Bubba has struggled. In 2020, Bubba missed the cut in over a third of his starts. He now sits 44th in the OWGR. Was it the golf ball or was it the player?
Zach Johnson – It’s still “weirds me out” to see the former Masters Champion playing PXG golf equipment and not Titleist. I still see him, in my mind, standing by his caddie with a Titleist Staff Bag. But, in 2016 ZJ made the switch from Titleist to PXG. The move started out good enough, putting together a couple of excellent journeyman-like seasons. But then 2019 and 2020 happened. Not only did Johnson plateau, but in comparison to years like 2012 and 2014 where his earnings were over $4 million, Johnson practically flatlined. His 2021 is off to a better start and his earnings are almost equal to or greater than in both of those 2019-20 campaigns.
Tiger Woods – Following on the heels of Nike Golf exiting the golf equipment manufacturing sector, speculation was wild about there Tiger Woods would end up. Would he continue with Nike Golf equipment or would he move on? I was at the PGA Show back in 2017 when I received a hot tip from the Marketing Manager of TaylorMade Golf Canada. I was informed that I should make my way to the TaylorMade Golf booth for a huge announcement the next day. With a crowd gathered together, “Frank” made his way onto a large screen. Tiger had joined the ranks at TaylorMade Golf. The booth was electric! Health aside, the switch that Tiger made has worked out very well. All that he’s done since joining TaylorMade Golf is tie Sam Snead’s record of 82 career wins and win The Masters in 2019. His first Major victory since 2008. It seems imminent that Tiger will be the record holder for victories by himself, and that will, in all likelihood, happen with TaylorMade Golf.
Speculating The Future
Speculating is fun and dangerous. It can be an easy way to make yourself look like a fool. There are some golfers who might need a change, just for the sake of making a change. So I’m going to pick one current fallen star where a change might do them some good.
It wasn’t too long ago that Spieth was “The Golden Boy”. It’s been pretty tough to watch the former #1 as he’s continued to struggle for the last couple of seasons. Just when we think that he’s going to snap out of his funk, he gets one or two bad bounces and the wheels fall off. I would love to see Jordan get the “kavorka” again to not only contend, but win. It’s hard not to envision someone like Jordan Spieth making a switch from Titleist, as unlikely as it seems. Imagine how weird it would look to see Spieth playing Callaway Golf , TaylorMade Golf or any other equipment manufacturer not named Titleist.
It’s the wacky season in golf and the period from November to January when the season kicks off in Hawaii is interesting. This is when we see movement of players switching from one brand to another. Which big name will make a move? Will any?
Until The Next Tee!!
***Earnings and stats taken from the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour