OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL (October 19, 2021) – Zero Friction, LLC, maker of high-quality, technologically advanced products for golfers worldwide, introduces the new TurfTee, a revolutionary product which features a two prong “fork” on the bottom of the tee which easily goes in the ground to safely repair ball marks.
“It’s essentially a two-in-one product,” said John Iacono, Founder and President of Zero Friction. “It serves as a high-performance golf tee, and also a divot repair tool. Golfers no longer have to carry two products in their pockets. TurfTee serves the dual purpose.”
The new TurfTee is available in two styles. The Power series features a 3-prong tee design with 66% less surface area for maximum distance, up to five yards longer on tee shots. The AirLaunch features a traditional cup design with air foil holes through the middle of the cup for maximum air release during contact.
The new eco-friendly TurfTee is available in a variety of colors. The retail set includes 30 tees and a bonus velvet bag for easy storage. TurfTee is available on Amazon & Zerofriction.com for $12.99/30 pack.
Zero Friction is currently offering free shipping on orders totaling $75 and above. For more information, see the Zero Friction catalog, visit www.zerofriction.com, or call 630-317-7700.
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 www.ZeroFriction.com.
TaylorMade Golf’s family of Milled Grind wedges has now welcomed their third generation. Following the success of the Milled Grind and Milled Grind 2 wedge we now have the Milled Grind 3 wedge.
The Milled Grind 3 (MG3) wedges are an upgrade from the first two generations as TaylorMade Golf has taken feedback from the prior generations and with feedback from their tour professionals an made a good club, better. Making the MG3 standout is technology like their RAW Face Micro Ribs that deliver more spin around the greens thanks to added face texture.
The best players in the world prefer a RAW finish on the faces of their wedges. Just in case you didn’t know a raw finish is when unplated material lack the typical satin chrome (or similar) that you see on wedges and irons. Over time, this material will rust which results in consistent spin an better performance in wet conditions.
Also, the head also features what TaylorMade Golf call it’s “Thick-Thin Design” which allowed engineers to optimize the CG location for precise flight and enhanced feel. The design team accomplished this by creating a thinner topline and placing additional weight closer to the top of the head.
I was very fortunate to receive an invitation to attend the TaylorMade Golf Canada Media Day when the Milled Grind 3 and new P-790 irons were launched. I liked them that day. But getting the chance to test out clubs on the course, long-term, with your specs is a different story altogether.
Below, is an unboxing video for an introduction to testing. Testing is well underway and a full review can be expected very soon.. Stay tuned.
The Clean Flight personal ball washer provides a hygienic, convenient, personal solution to keeping your golf ball clean on the course. With communal washers just returning to tee boxes after being highlighted as a potential hotspot for germs, Clean Flight gives golfers a simple, safe alternative, while providing the convenience of having a ball washer with you whether on the tee, on the green, or when playing preferred lies.
“It really was a product born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, as courses all over the world were removing communal ball washers,” explains founder of Clean Flight Golf, Peter Bohlender. “That has driven initial interest, but since ball washers have returned to tee boxes, we’ve seen demand for our personal ball washing solution remain very strong. Our experience has shown that people prefer not having to share a washer with every golfer on the course. But more importantly they enjoy the convenience having their own unit, available to use whenever the rules allow, and filled with fresh water and our cleaning solution that delivers a clean ball every time.”
The Clean Flight personal ball washer is made of high impact polystyrene and stainless steel hardware for strength and durability. It features a patent pending variable brush system that oscillates the ball inside the unit while cleaning, delivering a clean ball every use. Simply open the unit, place the ball in the top and plunge the ball as with any on-course washer. Included with each ball washer is a hard wearing strap with carabiner for attaching to the side of a golf bag and a 30ml bottle of cleaning solution, a few drops of which is enough for a full round.
“For every time you can’t find a ball washer on the tee, or when you’re faced with licking your thumb and rubbing dirt off your ball on the green; Clean Flight has a clean, hygienic and convenient solution. And with preferred lies just round the corner Clean Flight will provide much needed relief on the fairway when your drive comes down covered in mud,” concludes Peter. “We all know that a clean ball gives better contact, carries further, flies straighter and rolls more consistently on the green, that’s why we clean them. Clean Flight lets you claim that advantage in the most hygienic and convenient way, wherever the rules allow.”
Team TaylorMade’s Rory McIlroy becomes the 39th player to tally 20 PGA Tour wins behind a final round 66 to win THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT
CARLSBAD, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2021) – Rory McIlroy won his 20th PGA TOUR event at THE CJ CUP with the SIM2 driver and TP5x golf ball in his bag. Rory outran a crowded leaderboard highlighted by a 35-foot eagle putt from off the green on the 14th hole on Sunday to win by one stroke.
Casey Martin. If you’ve never heard of him he’s the former PGA TOUR player that was best known for needing to ride a golf cart. He fought with the PGA TOUR and eventually took his fight before the United States Supreme Court. Martin sued the PGA TOUR for the right to use a golf cart during competition under the Americans With Disabilities Act. He would ride a cart for one season in 2001 on the PGA Tour. There was also another situation, this time with the USGA during a U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier. Currently, he is the coach of the University of Oregon Ducks Men’s Golf Team.
The reason for the battles listed above was ultimately caused by a birth defect that Martin was born with. Casey Martin was born with Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome, a vascular condition that causes vein malformations, the overgrowth of bones and soft tissue, glaucoma, chronic pain resulting from complications of infections, and vein problems. In 2019, while going outside to retrieve garbage bins at night, with roadwork going on outside of his house, one unfortunate step broke his leg.
Ever since, Martin has been going through treatments in an attempt to save his right leg. For golfers, that would be the trail leg for a right-handed golfer. These treatments included injections, injections that are most commonly used on Osteoporosis patients. Osteoporosis is a condition that causes the body to become weak and brittle. Someone with this condition could have a trip and fall, bend over, or even cough which could cause a fracture of the bones. Typically, Osteoporosis causes fractures in the hip, wrist, or spine.
Unfortunately, the injections failed to work and after seeing the broken tibia (the tibia is part of the lower leg) regress, the decision was made to amputate his right leg. So, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota on October 15th, surgeons amputated his leg. According to research that I’ve done, the prognosis is good. After the site heals he may be able to wear a prosthetic leg. As someone who is somewhat familiar with amputations, to get to that point will take a lot of rehab and physical therapy.
My thoughts are with Casey Martin and I hope that he heals and recovers soon. Hopefully, the golf community can do what they did after Tiger Woods’ car accident and show an outpouring of support for Martin and his family.
With well-wishes out of the way it just makes me think about the golf community at large. Upon reflection, following the infamous car accident that Tiger Woods had earlier this year, the outpouring of support shown was special. It was great to see. I’m very hopeful that the golf community, once again, will come together again over social media to do the same for Casey. Sure, he hasn’t done nearly what Tiger has, but, he’s put the spotlight on golf in a different way. He was a voice for others like him. For people like me. He stood up to the PGA TOUR and fought.
Denying him an opportunity to have a career over a stupid rule about carts, was wrong. Perhaps this is a bad take on my part, and I can live with that. I think that the rule is/was tone-deaf in the first place. For those that aided the PGA TOUR against Casey (Jack Nicklaus was said to have “reluctantly testified” against the use of carts) now knowing what happened to Casey Martin in the end, I hope that you feel good. May you never have to go through anything like that where your dream or career is taken away. To that end I have to ask. Does riding a cart offer that much of an advantage? Especially to somebody that has a bona fide, documented health problem where it effects the ability to walk a golf course?
Based on my personal experiences between Peripheral Artery Disease, Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy, and a constant stream of infections and Diabetic Foot Ulcers, I can relate in many ways to what Casey Martin has gone through. In 2014, I faced an amputation of the same limb. The pain is often unbearable from these health issues. There’s seemingly no relief from it, as it’s always just sort of there. Playing golf does get your mind off of it just a little bit. So, it’s good as far as mental health goes.
Riding in a golf cart to be able to play golf is often the only way that I can play. Unless I’m walking a short course or nine holes. I hate riding and I would love to be able to walk a championship course. Personally speaking, I score better when I walk. I think that riding a cart is actually detrimental other than from a fatigue standpoint. Which was the argument the PGA TOUR used during their battle. Looking at the brief of PGA TOUR INC v. Casey Martin, the PGA TOUR alleged that the use of the cart would “fundamentally alter the nature” of the tournaments. I will always contend that you don’t “feel” the golf course when you ride and not to mention that there’s an unconscious feeling of being rushed.
A few years back when I did Local Qualifying for the U.S. Open I thought about applying to the USGA for a special cart exemption. I never did apply and the reason was because of the fight that Casey Martin had. If he had to fight that hard, then what were the odds of them saying yes? Also, I didn’t want to have the stigma at the qualifier as being “the guy with the cart”. I just figured that the USGA would have declined the request. I should have applied though. My cardiac issues struck as I had a pretty serious angina episode on the 8th hole and it continued on and off until well after the round.
I sure hope that Keith is right. That hindsight will allow golf’s governing bodies to see and start to view things differently. He’s absolutely correct in his assessment of the situation. I’m so glad that the PGA TOUR Champions (Champions Tour) made it possible for their player’s to ride in events on that circuit. I can’t believe that it’s been 15 years since that decision was made.
It’s just too bad that an unwillingness to change and evolve and truly see something for what it truly was happened in the first place. All of it directly pointing in the direction of the governing bodies. As golfer’s, fans, industry professionals we’ve all seen the game get in its own way. It’s a game that, historically has been resistant to change. Hindsight is 20/20 as they say and if faced with another situation like that of Casey Martin, it would be handled much differently. And it will be, with many thanks to Casey Martin’s fight. Since diversity, accessibility, and inclusion is all of the rage these days, hopefully leadership at the top will push for change.
If there’s a silver lining to the loss of Casey Martin’s playing career, it’s that it resulted in him acting as a recruiter, mentor and a coach to many young men. He’s also developed the Oregon Ducks into a national golf power. PGA TOUR winners Aaron Wise and Wyndham Clark played under Coach Martin.
My thoughts are with Casey and his family. I sincerely hope the healing and recovery go as well as it could. Every day will get better. Hang in there Coach!