Introduction to Testing – Rypstick Golf… The Unboxing

There is no doubt that when it comes to professional golf, there’s a bit of an “Arm’s Race”. For this, we have many thanks to give to Bryson DeChambeau. Bryson, the intelligent, savvy golfer that he is has combined mathematics, science, and a vaunted physical fitness regimen to be the longest hitter on the PGA TOUR. For proof, look no further than his drive during the third round of the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in. He drove the golf ball and carried some 370 yards. Rory McIlroy’s 360 yard effort was impressive too.

Bombers on TOUR aren’t just about one or two guys like it was back when John Daly was pulverizing drives. Or, more recently when everyone was in awe of Bubba Watson every time he cranked up the “watts”.. The list is long now with names like Matthew Wolff, Cameron Champ, and Dustin Johnson to name a few. Meanwhile, across the pond you have the European Tour’s Wilco Nienaber of South Africa. who quietly averages 341 yards off of the tee.

South Africa’s Wilco Nienaber (Photo Credit: Sky Sports)

If there’s one thing that the “arm’s race” has done it’s that it’s motivated or inspired golfers of all levels to try to find more speed. With more speed comes more distance and which golfer amongst us, wants to hit it shorter? Certainly not I, as I approach my 50th birthday in less than a year. If only there was more way to reach my potential. Develop more speed if you will.

Well, the good news is that there is. There are a few golf training tools out there dedicated to helping golfers achieve more speed, via overload or overspeed training While I won’t list any names, I want to talk about a newer product to the market.

RYP Golf wants you wants you to “Reach Your Potential”. Get faster and hit the golf ball longer with Rypstick. Based in Minnesota, Rypstick is from the mind of Dr. Luke Benoit Ph.D who is the Founder of Ryp Golf. I had the pleasure of talking with Vice-President Scott Macdonald (Director of Speed) during the 2021 PGA Show Virtual Experience. I learned a great deal about what Rypstick is all about. To say that it’s intriguing is a little understated. This is a product that some golfers might contend that its been done before.

Sure, the “end game” is the same. Develop more clubhead speed and hit that little dimpled beast further. But, instead of carrying an additional 3 sticks in your already crammed golf bag, there’s just one stick. Just from a convenience standpoint, I like this design already compared to the other option. I used to take my three sticks into the gym to make swings, but frankly, it was a pain in the posterior.

To achieve weights from light to heavy there are removable weights, in total there are actually 8 weight combinations that you can create to train with. Overall, the weight can range from 270 grams all the way to 420 grams. Not to mention a free swing analysis and fitness assessment with purchase (I misspoke in the accompanying video saying that it was a trainer for a month). They also come in five different lengths, shorter ones will be lighter. By visiting their website, you’ll find a “Fitness Hub” and “Golf Swing” tab to help you along the way that provides plenty of information, workouts, and training videos.

Since their inception in 2020, Rypstick has managed to add “30+ PGA Tour Players, 150+ Top Teachers, and over half of the top World Long Drive Athletes”.

I admit it, I’ve lost clubhead over the last few years but my stroke in 2018 was a major contributor of my loss of speed. Whether I can get back to my former self or not, remains to be seen (I topped out at 113 mph and cruised at 107 mph). But, I’m looking forward to getting down and dirty with the Rypstick. Let’s see where this new journey takes me. Will I get faster? “I have the need… the need for speed!”

Stay tuned to Until The Next Tee for more coverage and information on Rypstick. Also, look for an upcoming episode of my TeeBox Chatter golf podcast where I will be having a chat with the minds behind Rypstick. I hope that you enjoy the unboxing video.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind

LPGA Symetra Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship May 24-30, 2021

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. — Today, the Symetra Tour announced the return of the second annual Mission Inn Resort and Club Championship at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. from May 28-30.

“The entire Mission Inn family is so pleased to, once again, be part of the LPGA’s Symetra Tour in May of 2021,” said Bud Beucher, the Vice President and General Manager at Mission Inn Resort and Club. “We and our great sponsors, AdventHealth, Visit Lake, Keiser College of Golf, Lassiterware Insurance agency, Target Specialties, Kirby Tents, Kevco Builders, and Sysco Foods, are helping to make this event one of Central Florida’s premier women’s professional golf events.”

A full field of competitors will battle for a total purse of $200,000, an increase of $75,000 from the inaugural event last fall on the El Campeón course. Individuals are set to compete in a 54-hole stroke play format with a cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. The winner’s share for the event is $30,000.

“We are thrilled that the Symetra Tour will return to Mission Inn Resort & Club during the 2021 Road to the LPGA schedule,” said Jason Siegel, President & CEO of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission. “It’s a testament to the wonderful support we receive from Lake County along with the exceptional hospitality from Bud Beucher’s team at Mission Inn. We’re excited to welcome the staff and players back to the region.”

Mission Inn Resort and Club has welcomed more than 20 NCAA Championships to its two courses, as well as several U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur qualifiers. The Mission Inn Resort and Club Championship in 2020 marked the first LPGA Tour family event contested on the George O’Neil-designed track, El Campeón, which celebrates 104 years of golf history.

“We are honored to welcome the Symetra Tour back to Lake County for the 2021 Symetra Tour Mission Inn Championship,” said Lake County Commissioner and Tourist Development Council Chairman Doug Shields. “We hope the athletes, staff, and visitors enjoy the competition as well as everything that the Real Florida has to offer.”

Mission Inn and Resort’s El Campeón (Photo Credit: PGA TOUR)

Mission Inn Resort & Club will also host a pro-am event on Wednesday, May 26, and Thursday, May 27. For more information, including volunteer opportunities, contact John Konicek (johnksymetratour@gmail.com) and for sponsorship and pro-am playing opportunities contact Roy Schindele (rschindele@missioninnresort.com).

ABOUT THE SYMETRA TOUR

The Symetra Tour is the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour and enters its 41st competitive season in 2021. With the support of entitlement partner Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful LPGA Tour career. Since Symetra’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2012, the Symetra Tour has grown from 16 tournaments and $1.7 million in prize money to $4.0 million in prize money awarded in 2019 and 2021. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 445 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at http://www.SymetraTour.com, as well as Facebook.com/Road2LPGA,
Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and Instagram @road2lpga.

ABOUT SYMETRA

Symetra Life Insurance Company is a subsidiary of Symetra Financial Corporation, a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Washington. Since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities, and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions, and independent agents and advisors. Symetra began its partnership with the Road to the LPGA in 2010 as the Symetra Classic title sponsor. It secured naming rights for the Symetra Tour in November 2011. In addition to its title sponsorship of the Tour, which runs through 2021, Symetra sponsors two events on the tournament schedule—the Symetra Classic and the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship. For more information about Symetra, visit http://www.symetra.com

TeeBox Chatter Podcast – Episode 3

There is no doubt in my mind that one of the biggest cogs in the golf industry is that of junior golf. If you pause to think about it, they are the next generation of golfer that will keep the game going as the proverbial “Circle of Life” allows nature to run it’s course. Not to mention all of the “Grow Golf” and “Grow the Game” initiatives which ,consequently, isn’t necessarily relegated to junior golf.

The grip is the most important fundamental of golf the golf swing, seeing that it’s our only way of connecting to the golf club. A times, instruction can be convoluted with the grip. It’s such an integral part of the golf swing. The confusion can be horrific for those starting out and even moreso for the wee ones.

In this episode of the TeeBox Chatter golf podcast, I welcome the founder of Fingerprints Golf, John Phillips. Find out how these products came to be. For those that prefer too watch, keep an eye open for the upload of the episode to YouTube.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

Original Penguin Welcomes PGA TOUR® Winner Danny Lee to Tour Staff

(Miami, FL, March 3, 2021) — Original Penguin Golf, a division of Perry Ellis International, is excited to announce the signing of PGA TOUR® winner Danny Lee as a brand ambassador. Lee will be making his debut this week in Orlando wearing OPG’s Spring 2021 collection.

“Danny Lee is a proven winner on the PGA TOUR® and we are thrilled to welcome him as an Original Penguin ambassador,” said Oscar Feldenkreis, CEO of Perry Ellis International. “Danny is a very talented player with an established and impressive resume including winning the US Amateur and Johnnie Walker Classic as an amateur, being a member of the International President’s Cup team and participating in the 2016 Olympics. We are confident that 2021 will be a very exciting year for Danny and we look forward to seeing him in the winner’s circle again soon.”

Original Penguin and Pete the Penguin have left their mark on a league of legends. For over 60 years, our namesake bird has been adorned and adored by the masters of leisure and sport to define itself as an American classic. Today, the Penguin icon still stands as a signal for those who know how to be an original.

“I am thrilled to partner with an iconic brand like Original Penguin. For me to be able to wear a brand that was made famous by golf and cultural legends is an honor,” stated Lee. “With Original Penguin’s formula of modern fit, fashionable designs, performance materials and attention to detail, there’s no doubt I’ll be looking my best both on and off the course.”

About An Original Penguin by Munsingwear®

In 1955, Minneapolis-based Munsingwear – an underwear and military supply company – ironically became the touchstone of suburban sport with the introduction of the first iconic golf shirt to America – an ORIGINAL PENGUIN®. Known for its unique, humorous and detail-oriented clothing, Original Penguin offers a full range of men’s and children’s clothing, accessories and fragrances. Original Penguin is present in North, Central and South Americas, Europe as well as India and the Philippines. There are over 1,250 points of sale, more than 99 Original Penguin stores worldwide and two dedicated e-commerce websites: http://www.originalpenguin.com and http://www.originalpenguin.co.uk. See a full preview of the Spring 2021 Golf collection here.

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

NEW Chrome Soft Truvis Shamrock Golf Balls Announced

Today Callaway Golf officially announced their new limited edition Chrome Soft Truvis Shamrock Golf Balls – these new offerings are also available at retail and online starting today at a price of $47.99/dozen.

These golf balls provide all the technology and performance benefits of our Chrome Soft Golf Ball, and feature a Shamrock design of the Company’s popular hi-res Truvis pattern. Callaway continues to be the industry leader in visual technologies with the Truvis lineup (including previous limited edition offerings likes Stars & Stripes, and Team USA/Europe). Triple Track alignment offerings continue to be a popular choice with golfers and on Tour as well.