Give Dad An Unforgettable Experience With A Club Champion Gift Card

Limited-time Father’s Day offer is active now

Willowbrook, IL – Shopping for Father’s Day gifts is tough — what do you get the man who has almost everything? The answer: a gift card to Club Champion, the nation’s top club fitter, builder and retailer of the best brands in golf. They offer more than 50,000 hittable head and shaft combinations, and a professional-level fitting experience for golfers of any ability. For a limited time, get $75 toward Dad’s equipment purchase when you buy a gift card for $150 or more!

Ranked by Golf Digest among the 100 best club fitters eight times in a row, Club Champion’s unique coupling system allows them to combine any head and shaft together. The equipment available for testing is far more expansive than what’s offered at other fitting venues, and the variety allows their master fitters to find the perfect combination to optimize a golfer’s swing. Dad won’t have to wait to test the suggested clubs; he’ll get to hit the exact club that will be custom built for him.

“Our studios are candy stores for golfers,” said Club Champion founder, Nick Sherburne. “We go above and beyond what some PGA Tour professionals have access to. Dad will enjoy the data-driven fitting process and absolutely love the lower scores that come out of it.”

In addition to providing fittings from highly trained master fitters, Club Champion builds clubs in-house, unlike most other fitters. Variables such as swingweight, length, lie and flex alter performance; the experience and know-how combining these intricate parts together is what separates Club Champion from its competition.

Whether Dad is an avid golfer or a casual player, a gift card to Club Champion can help improve his game this Father’s Day. Don’t miss out on $75 toward Dad’s equipment purchase — that offer ends 6/20/21. Gift cards can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/CCFathersDay21.

About Club Champion

Established in 2010, Club Champion is a national club fitting and building company headquartered in Chicago, IL. There are currently more than 80 Club Champion fitting studios in major markets across the country, with plans to expand further in 2020. The studios carry all the top golf club, shaft and grip manufacturers in the industry, which are used to build test clubs in real-time. Studios are equipped with advanced analysis technology, along with highly trained certified fitters and builders who must complete an extensive training program. Services include club fitting and building, repair services, personalization, and highly engaging corporate and personal entertainment events. For more information about Club Champion, visit http://www.clubchampiongolf.com.

Known For Their Golf Apparel Original Penguin Moves Into Pickleball Too

ORIGINAL PENGUIN BY MUNSINGWEAR®, AND GRAND SLAM®, BRANDS ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE APPAREL PARTNERSHIP WITH USA PICKLEBALL

(Miami, FL, May 25, 2021) – Original Penguin by Munsingwear® and Grand Slam®, brands (divisions of Perry Ellis International) have signed an extensive, multi-year partnership with USA Pickleball. The brands will serve as the Official Apparel Partner and exclusive Referee Program sponsor. The partnership establishes Original Penguin by Munsingwear® and Grand Slam® as industry-leading paddle brands for all genders and ages to one of the fastest growing sports, pickleball. USA Pickleball will launch a new online store, https://shopusapickleball.com with exclusive co-branded merchandise.

Pickleball has great appeal with over 4.2 million players in 2020, an increase of 700,000 participants over 2019, despite the pandemic. Pickleball is fun, family-oriented, socially distanced and has cross-generational appeal.

At Original Penguin by Munsingwear®, we believe in heritage and unique fashion… it’s what you wear to be original and for the good times. With classic silhouettes and unique prints, the brand will launch a refreshing new apparel line in Fall 2021.

There is a lot of influence from the golf line of Original Penguin in their Pickleball apparel.

These brands represent spin-offs of the legendary Munsingwear brand®. They epitomize leading sport and leisure apparel distributed worldwide… from bowling to golf & tennis and now pickleball, its legacy continues to maintain authenticity and future relevance.

“We are ecstatic to be at the forefront of one of the fastest growing sports, and see a tremendous opportunity to expand our footprint in a growing paddle sport industry. The collection will offer functional style and iconic logoed apparel to pickleball players,” stated Oscar Feldenkreis, Perry Ellis International CEO and President. “Additionally, sponsorship of prominent USA Pickleball tournaments will generate additional brand awareness and exposure
through various marketing platforms and activations.”

“To partner with a premier fashion house such as Perry Ellis International and the Original Penguin by Munsingwear® and Grand Slam® brands for our pickleball community, staff and referees is a great honor. We are excited for this new partnership and the opportunities that lie ahead,” said Stu Upson, USA Pickleball CEO. “As an organization, we are thrilled to see the exponential growth in the number of players throughout the United States and the opportunity to
attract and retain the best referees through this partnership.”

About Original Penguin by Munsingwear and Grand Slam Brands

The iconic Munsingwear brand is over a century old and was known for many manufacturing firsts from underwear to military supplies. In 1955, Minneapolis-based Munsingwear became the touchstone of suburban sport with the introduction of the first iconic “penguin” knit shirt to America. Today both Original Penguin by Munsingwear® and the Grand Slam® brands represent the evolution of the iconic Munsingwear brand and continue to appeal to a new
diverse consumer.

About Perry Ellis International

Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor, and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, and fragrances. The company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses, and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist® and Farah®. The company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel. Additional information on the company is available at http://www.pery.com

About USA Pickleball
 
The USA Pickleball Association, a non-profit 501(c)(3) was established in 2005 to further the advancement of the sport on a national level. As the official governing body of pickleball in the United States, USA Pickleball promotes the growth of pickleball by maintaining the rules, setting player ratings, advancing the sport through its national network of 2,000+ ambassadors, and sanctioning tournaments. Since 2013, USA Pickleball has grown 1,000% in its membership to nearly 42,000. More information can be found at usapickleball.org.

The Comeback

2021. What can you say? So far it’s been the year of the comeback.

A year where we’ve seen past champions capture glory while seemingly, turning the clock back. Winners like past Major Champions Jordan Spieth and the LPGA’s Lydia Ko. Say what you will about those golfers that turn 50 that set their sights towards the PGA TOUR Champions (or Champions Tour if you prefer). Former Masters Champion and fellow Canadian Mike Weir also won recently for the first time in what must have felt like an eternity. coming to think of it, that was a move that has paid dividends for Phil Mickelson too.

The same Phil Mickelson who just did amazing things this past weekend at the second major championship of the year. The PGA Championship held at the lovely, serene, and pure Kiawah Island Golf Resort – Ocean Course. What can you say about the man lovingly referred to as “Lefty”. If there was a tournament that was geared towards a player like Phil Mickelson, it was THIS PGA Championship which consequently had the feel of a New York City area U.S. Open.

Photo Credit: PGAChampionship.com

This was the first tournament since COVID reared its ugly head where we saw anything resembling a real gallery. An event where fans do what fans at golf tournaments do. Cheer. Sure, there was the usual stupidity yelled from the galleries and quite honestly I didn’t miss that. At one point I thought to myself maybe no fans in attendance is a good thing. But, the atmosphere that this tournament created was something that we haven’t seen in such a long time. It felt so different as if there was a “sort of” hope and everything in the world was okay again. Utter mob scene notwithstanding.

Hope. Thinking about that word, Hope was one of two things that my mother wisely once told me gave you a reason or a purpose to wake up every morning. The second thing were dreams. These two things can give you drive and motivation. Mom knew it too and she epitomized this thinking. She left Hungary in 1956 s a 17 year old, escaped soldiers of the former Soviet Union through a minefield, found her way to Austria and then England afterward. Eventually making her way to Canada where she met my father, While teaching herself how to speak English she also went to nursing school and became a nurse. All of this fueled by hope and a dream.

Watching Phil Mickelson this weekend was so much fun, it was entertaining, and quite frankly it was good for the game of golf. As I sat here and reflected on this past weekend I got to thinking about several aspects of this particular championship. The fans were great even though the mob scene in the 18th fairway of the 72nd hole was admonished by so many. There really was a “Happy Gilmore” vibe to it. Moreover, it reminded me of a by-gone era when galleries followed closely behind the final pairing. I think of the final scene of the movie “The Greatest Game Ever Played”. Or past episodes of “Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf”. Albeit less reserved and perhaps a bit more inebriated. It seemed so intimate. Granted, the potential of this gallery growing ever-so raucous was there. Very easily Phil or Brooks Koepka could have been on the receiving end of a fluke injury. Something that the aforementioned Mike Weir knows all too well. There was crowd control, but you have to ask yourself, was it sufficient? Was their the over serving of alcohol? Some thing may need to change or maybe this was some sort of anomaly, and people were just happy to be back.

Photo Credit: Golfweek

Watching Phil engage with the fans the way that he did was very “Phil-like” in every way. After missing the 11th fairway a spectator in the left hand rough picked up his golf ball. Phil being Phil joked around, making comical and witty remarks was unphased by the fans actions. It was just like he was out there playing a casual recreational round, sipping beers with a buddy on a muni somewhere in San Diego. Folks, if you go to a professional golf tournament and an errant shot lands near you, please don’t touch the golf ball.

There’s one thing that I would love to know. Call it speculation if you want. Am I the only one that feels that the fans really put the wind into Mickelson’s proverbial sails? Would we have seen him grind it out the way that he did if the only spectators were shorebirds on the beaches of South Carolina? Had the spectators and atmosphere not been there, would the Mickelson gas tank (presumably filled with Coffee For Wellness) have emptied thus opening the door for Koepka to steal a victory?

Speaking of Koepka, there are a lot of people (maybe people that placed bets on him to win) suggesting that he took a fall for Mickelson. If you believe that for a second, than may I suggest that you’re gullible and naïve. If you think for a second that an “Alpha” personality type like Brooks would step aside in a tournament, let alone a major championship you’ve got another thing coming. There is no way that happened! To that end, I feel that Koepka made several unforced errors during the final round. On numerous occasions I said out loud “What is he doing?”. His second shot trying to go over the sandy area on 11 cost him a stroke for sure. Coming out of that sandy area I thought that he didn’t take enough club (he didn’t). There’s a lesson here. Just go for the fairway (landing area). Especially into the wind when you’re 300 yards out. There were a couple of putts that were awful efforts including a short miss. Koepka could have won but he didn’t.

Photo Credit: GOLF.com

Phil winning at 50 makes him the oldest Major winner ever. A stat that we’ve heard endlessly and I’m okay with it. It’s a heck of a milestone. It was historic and fun to be a part of or at least watch unfold. Heading into the U.S. Open Mickelson was looking at getting into the field via an invite from the USGA. Phil said that he would love to get in on his own merits and this victory did exactly that. Not to mention the 5 year exemption that came with the victory.

Usually, I don’t spend much time watching the PGA Championship as I rank it dead last among the Major Championships and behind THE PLAYERS. I admit that the only reason why I had any interest was mostly because of the venue itself and Phil being in contention with a shot at making history. I am so thankful that I watched it.

It really felt different. It was historic, it offered hope and in a way it felt like COVID was gone and a thing of the past. Especially seeing that there was not a mask in sight that I saw amongst the gallery. Hope is on the horizon and watching Phil was inspiring. Time to dream.

Phil winning this past weekend wasn’t the only comeback to happen. Golf here in Ontario has once again resumed after our lockdown. We’re back baby!! I had my first range session of the re-start and we’re clicking. Next stop, the golf course.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

DUCA DEL COSMA GOLF SHOES SELECTED FOR THE GOLF DIGEST “BEST OF GOLF SHOES 2021” GUIDE

-This is the second year in a row that Duca del Cosma has received this prestigious title-
NORTH PALM BEACH, FL. – Duca del Cosma, the luxury European golf footwear brand that combines stylish Italian designs with top-quality materials and expert handcrafting, proudly announced today that four of their fashion-forward golf shoe models were chosen by Golf Digest for their highly coveted “Best of Golf Shoes 2021” list. 

Golf Digest, published by Discovery, Inc., is known for their illustrious “Hot List” and “World’s Greatest Golf Course” rankings also recognize the best men’s and women’s golf shoes every year in their “Best of Golf Shoes List” and once again Duca del Cosma has been included. 

“We are honored to be featured on the Golf Digest list for the best golf shoes of the year. Their panel of award winning editors selected our men’s FLYER, and ELPASO as well as our women’s BELLEZZA and ESTI. We are truly proud of this accomplishment as it is twice as many honors, we received in 2020,” said Steve Gray, the Vice President of Sales, North America. 

FLYER (Navy) The sporty and high-performance Flyer shoes are handcrafted from high-quality nappa leather and are available in Navy with a well-defined contrast trim. Comfort is also a key. Thanks to the breathable, anti-bacterial Arneflex insole with memory foam and cork cushioning, walking 18-holes is no problem and even in the rain as the Aqua sock fully sealed booties will keep feet dry. The Duca nub covered outsole keeps pace with any active lifestyle.

ELPASO (White) The sophisticated and classically inspired ELPASO shoe features a 100% leather upper for superior comfort, while recyclable microfibre in the sock system gives the shoe an eco-friendly update. Both the OnSteam® lining and ARNEFLEX® insert sole provide waterproofing and breathability while the innovative Airplay XI outsole adds a striking modern look. The ELPASO is available in a stunning white with contrasting piping colour combination.

According to Golf Digest, “Now, more than ever, companies are designing golf shoes for the specific needs of female golfers of all levels—not just shrinking the men’s version and painting it pink. Women no longer have to choose between a golf shoe that fits their game or one that fits their look.”

“These writers couldn’t be more accurate. Our women’s collection is designed and created specifically for women who insist on fashion but also require performance, and we deliver both. This segment is of the marketplace contributes great to our sales globally, and is a real driving force at Duca del Cosma,” added Gray. 

BELLEZZA (White) The stunning BELLEZZA features elegance with performance. A soft Italian nappa leather outer with polyester laces creates a sporty look and feel but what makes this shoe totally unique is the interchangeable kilties. Now golfers can match their outfit or mood. For wet or dewy conditions, the recyclable microfibre in the sock system combined with the ARNEFLEX® memory foam insert sole provide waterproofing, and breathability. 

ESTI (Navy) This shoe is one of the top selling shoes at Duca del Cosma. It is packed with whimsy, from the upper print to the “love” strap with a handy tee and the big graphic “4” This handcrafted leather golf shoe is super comfortable too. The leather topped Arneflex® memory foam insole provides comfort and support, while Duca’s Airplay 8 outsole offers flexibility and traction. These golf shoes are going to get plenty of compliments and big smiles. 

For more information on the award-winning Duca del Cosma models and the entire SS21 collection, visit www.ducadelcosma.us

ABOUT DUCA DEL COSMA:

Since being founded in Europe two decades ago, Duca del Cosma has revolutionized the world of golf fashion with its contemporary range of shoes for modern golfers. The premium brand combines stylish Italian design with top-quality materials and expert hand-crafting skills to produce extremely comfortable shoes that look sensational – both on and off the golf course.

Attention to detail is the key. Only leather from the best tanneries in Europe is used to create shoes that also feature the latest cutting-edge technology, in the form of specialized footbed inserts from Arneflex® providing outstanding comfort during every round of golf. Even the laces are made from first-class waxed cotton and styles with two lace options enable owners to color-match with various outfits.The award-winning brand was the first to introduce a spikeless golf shoe.

Duca continues to push the boundaries for fashionable innovation with around 150 styles and sells across more than 30 countries around the world.Its philosophy revolves around creating something completely different in the game of golf. That is why it offers lines of both technical golf shoes and lifestyle sneakers that can be worn for sports, leisure and even business occasions.Duca del Cosma always looks to be at the forefront of global fashion trends and technology that can add value to its luxury products.

Owners – Caroline and Frank van Wezel

Renowned sports shoe innovator Frank van Wezel, who founded and developed the highly, successful international HI-TEC brand, now owns Duca del Cosma and runs the operation from the head office in The Netherlands, his native country.

As company Chairman, his personal email address is printed inside every shoe box, so customers can give him feedback and be sure it will be studied and followed up by the man at the top. This personal touch and customer focus help define the brand.

TaylorMade Golf Company Announces the Return of Sergio Garcia to Team TaylorMade

The 2017 Masters Champion rejoins TaylorMade following 15 years of success with the brand earlier in his career

CARLSBAD, Calif. (May 18, 2021) – TaylorMade Golf Company adds to its impressive roster of talent with the addition of Sergio Garcia, a Ryder Cup hero and winner of 36 professional events worldwide.

After spending 15 years as a member of Team TaylorMade (2003-18), Garcia rejoins the company that helped propel him to many of his most significant on-course accomplishments, including the 2008 Players Championship and 2017 Masters. At the age of 41, Garcia remains one of the game’s premier ball strikers and most recognizable figures.

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The opportunity to reunite with Sergio is one we couldn’t let pass by. Over the course of nearly two decades, we’ve built a deep connection and familiarity. He understands the history of our brand, the performance of our products and who we are as a people. We truly welcome his return to Team TaylorMade.David Abeles, CEO, TaylorMade Golf

The bond between Garcia and TaylorMade goes well beyond a logo on a hat. He was integral to the brand’s development of a premium-performance golf ball, as his feedback helped shape the Tour Preferred franchise. At the 2006 Masters, Garcia became the first Tour professional to play the TP Red in competition. Coming full circle, he was also one of the first players to tee up the all-new 2021 TP5x golf ball at the professional level – choosing to do so as an un-contracted player.

Some of my fondest on-course memories have come with a TaylorMade club in my hands and a TaylorMade golf ball on the tee. I am excited about the future, especially with the Olympics and Ryder Cup on the horizon, and I know that TaylorMade will help me achieve the absolute best possible results. I’ve always been comfortable with their team, their approach to the game and their equipment, especially their golf ball. I couldn’t be more excited to rejoin a group I consider family. Sergio Garcia

Within the new partnership, Garcia will play TaylorMade clubs, the TP5X golf ball, wear a TaylorMade glove and carry a TaylorMade golf bag starting this week at the PGA Championship. Here’s a current look at what’s in Garcia’s bag:

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  • SIM2 Max 9.0° Driver
  • SIM Rocket 14.5° 3wd
  • SIM 19° 5wd
  • P•750 Irons (3-PW)
  • 2021 TP5x Golf Ball #85
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NEED TO KNOW

  • Sergio Garcia returns to Team TaylorMade
  • 20 of his 36 worldwide wins have been with TaylorMade equipment, including 2008 Players and 2017 Masters
  • Garcia was the first player globally to play 2021 TP5x in competition
  • The agreement begins at the 2021 PGA Championship
  • Sergio holds the points scoring record for Team Europe in the Ryder Cup with 25.5 total points in nine matches
  • Garcia will play TaylorMade clubs, golf ball, glove and carry the bag
  • This is Garcia’s second stint with TaylorMade, the first lasting 15 years
  • Garcia’s first professional victory came at the 1999 Irish Open and his first PGA TOUR victory came at the 2001 Mastercard Colonial in Texas
  • Garcia’s last PGA TOUR victory came in October 2020 at the Sanderson Farms Championship and he has now won on the PGA TOUR in three separate decades
  • Sergio is currently ranked 46 in the OWGR