THE OAKLEY® BUBBA WATSON CAPSULE COLLECTION, DESIGNED FOR A UNIQUE CHAMPION

It’s been a long time since I wore threads from Oakley. As a matter of fact I remember exactly when it was. i was playing in a Mini-Tour event on The Great Lakes Tour at Tarandowah Golfer’s Club outside of Woodstock, Ontario in 2011. During that event I would have significant chest pain/angina that led to me being taken away from the course by ambulance. The paramedics would cut my clothes off of me and that was the last time I wore Oakley.

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The last time I wore Oakley. (Photo Credit: The Great Lakes Tour)

Earlier this year Oakley announced the launch of the Bubba Watson Capsule Collection. With this collection inspired by the 2-time Major Champion and 3-time PGA Tour winner in 2018 Oakley simply designed and fabricated products that are meant to do one thing. Perform.

Please see the press release below as shared by Suhanna Lye Global Head of Public Relations for Oakley and Sam Nadell from PR Firm M&C Saatchi.

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Love the colour!! (Photo Credit: Oakley)

Leveraging the passion and creativity of Team Oakley golfer, Bubba Watson, Oakley has launched a limited-edition golf collection inspired by the two-time Masters champion. Created for athletes that want to be great and dare to be different, the unique collection is equipped with technical features that are built to perform.

KEY FEATURES

  • PERFORMANCE BENEFITS: Engineered construction for improved ease of movement in order to avoid friction in critical areas and increased breathability
  • LEFT SIDE: Contrast color detail, including gradient print, trim, color and graphic detail, placed on the left side to honor the lefty’s playing style
  • COLORS: The collection features neutral tones and shades of blue with pops of Bubba’s signature color, Pink

Until The Next Tee!!

Introducing…. Exclusively @9

Company awarding limited-edition Breitling Navitimer watches for hole-in-ones, attracting new players and group outings to partner courses

INDIANAPOLIS (July 2, 2018) – An Indianapolis-based company is changing expectations in the game of golf by creating truly unforgettable experiences on the course. Exclusively @9 is now offering players at select courses a daily opportunity to win a limited-edition Breitling Navitimer watch any time they score a hole-in-one on designated par-3s. The company’s first partner is The Fort Golf Resort in Indianapolis.

As the only company offering season-long, daily opportunities for golfers to win an exclusive product, @9 is helping to attract new players and more group outings to partner courses. To be eligible, players simply book their tee times through the Exclusively @9 website. No memberships, outside sponsorships, insurance or additional cost is required by individuals or participating groups when booked through @9.

“Exclusively @9 is helping to attract new players to the game of golf and increase excitement during every round that’s played,” said Eric Wynne, president and CEO of The Global Collaboration Group, parent company of Exclusively @9. “Courses have the opportunity to implement our program for the same amount of money third-party vendors charge for only booking tee times. Increased demand reduces inventory, resulting in price increases and greater price stability per round for the course.”

PGA-caliber video equipment is installed by @9 on the designated holes to record and collect data from participating players and provide complete reliability in hole-in-one verification. Using solar energy to power the cameras and recording equipment, @9 can set up multiple holes without laying wires or causing damage to the course. All equipment is installed within a week without disruption of play and eliminates the need for a course representative to be present to verify a hole-in-one.

There is no up-front cost for installation of the program or proprietary, non-intrusive video cameras. Exclusively @9 also offers seasonal courses the opportunity to pre-book rounds during the off-season.

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The Breitling Navitimer. Not exactly your watch from the “dollar store”. A prize worth winning. This does not depict the watch being awarded. Photo Credit: Breitling

As a report from the National Golf Foundation depicts a decline in on-course participation, Exclusively @9 is helping courses differentiate themselves from competitors by offering a unique player experience and opportunity to win an exclusive product for no added cost. The company plans to expand its product offerings and course partners throughout 2018.

“Exclusively @9 is bringing an exciting new element to the game of golf that the industry has never seen before,” said John Swan, PGA director of golf at The Fort Golf Resort. “There are typically about 10 hole-in-ones hit each season at The Fort, and with this one-of-a-kind opportunity from @9, we’re hoping to see even more this year.”

Exclusively @9 is founded by Eric Wynne and Michael Reid who have 50 years of combined experience working for a Fortune 500 insurance and financial services company, including as owners and operators of their own agencies. The duo, along with other business partners, first brought the Exclusively @9 experience to a Web.com Tour tournament in 2017 where a spectator sunk a putt during a putting contest to win the first @9 Breitling limited-edition watch.

The company has formed partnerships with leading organizations in their respective industries, including Breitling, a Swiss watchmaker and Reis-Nichols, a premier Indianapolis jeweler, to offer the highest-quality experiences, products and services. Since 1884, Breitling has established a global reputation for high-precision timepieces, its pioneering role in the development of the wrist chronograph, and its uncompromising commitment to design excellence. The Swiss watchmaker has agreed to manufacture 1,000 limited-edition Navitimer watches that are available through Exclusively @9.

For more information on Exclusively @9, visit www.exclusivelyat9.com. Connect with the company online via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional updates and announcements.

 

Review – Clicgear Model 3.5+

Before I start my writing of this review I just wanted to take the time to thank Todd Hansen. Mr. Hansen is the National Sales Manager of The ProActive Sports Group. The latter oversees brands like Clicgear USA and Alphard Golf to name a few. I was fortunate to sit down and talk with Mr. Hansen (Todd) at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show this past January. Through that discussion, I was very fortunate to receive the opportunity to test and review a golf push cart. The first time that I’ve had such an opportunity. Thank-you Todd!!

As one might gather from the title of this review the chosen cart was the Clicgear Model 3.5+. While not being new to 2018 the Model 3.5+ is very much relevant in the golf industry. As a matter of fact when I look at a golfers that walk using a push cart the Clicgear Model 3.5+ is the cart that I see most often. And why not? It’s packed with high quality components and features. More on that later.

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Photo Property of Until The Next Tee.

Depending on what publication you read, research indicates that golfers can burn approximately 720 calories walking 9 holes while using a push cart. If you walk at a moderate pace for 18 holes that’s roughly 1400 calories burned. Thus the health benefits appear to be pretty obvious. Of course there’s weight management but looking at the benefits just a little bit deeper walking a golf course can help with cardiovascular health, improve circulation (walking breeds lateral vessels in your legs according to my Vascular Surgeon) and it can help control blood glucose levels for diabetics.

So I received my Clicgear Model 3.5+ when the snow was still falling during the endless winter of 2018. The more that I stared at the box the more I couldn’t wait to get started on the testing and review process. As far as colours go the options available are numerous including Pink, Yellow, Black, Arctic White, Lime and more.  In my case, we decided on Orange as the colour really matches the color scheme of my site. Before I continue on with the testing process and observations lets look at some of the highlights of the Clicgear Model 3.5+.

  • It’s rugged construction is durable. Thanks to the use of high-grade oversized aluminum tubing.
  • Tires are airless. Unlike tires that use tube these tires are low-maintenance. Clicgear employs a rubber compound that is long-lasting.
  • Sliding mechanisms first used in their original model remain the norm with the 3.5+. This makes folding and unfolding the 3.5+ push cart easy.
  • Bag Straps that are easy to adjust. Ultimately fitting golf bags of various sizes.
  • Storage net. It makes holding your valuables in a convenient location a snap. Also, this storage net is 80% bigger than the previous model.
  • The 3.5+ includes a new improved lever that helps reduce cable wear.
  • Umbrella Holder.
  • Drink holder.

Upon looking at some of the highlights listed it really doesn’t come as much of a surprise that this is the push cart that I’ve seen most. Those highlights don’t include the high quality brake used (not the cable and handle), the storage compartment just below the handle of the push cart or the fact that there are a bevy of accessories that you can get for the Model 3.5+. Options like a seat, shoe brush, cooler bag and even wheel kits. So if you really wanted to “pimp your ride” the opportunity is there.

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Small and compact. The Model 3.5+ in its folded form (Photo Property of Until The Next Tee)

When time came for the unboxing it was early April and the snow finally had melted. So outside I went and unboxed the Model 3.5+. Of note right away was how compact the 3.5+ folded in the box that it was shipped in. Also of note was how light it actually was. While I’m not suggesting in any way that the Model 3.5+ is featherweight what I can say is that it’s light enough to make it pretty easy to place into and remove from the trunk of your car or whichever vehicle you use. In fact, the stock Model 3.5+ weighs 18 pounds. How this overall weight compares to others push carts on the market I don’t know. Quite frankly, until this testing I had no experience using a push cart. I had an older electric cart and that cart is a behemoth. Totally cumbersome. Speaking of cumbersome that is something that the Model 3.5+ simply is not. At the moment I drive a Chevrolet Sonic which I wouldn’t describe as a large vehicle. The Model 3.5+ lifts into a trunk easy and rests easier as the compact designs sits in the trunk with room to spare. I can fit my stand bag (when I use it) and the 3.5+ in the trunk at the same time.

My first time or so unfolding and folding the Model 3.5+ was something right out of a comedy sketch. I was sort of looking around at it trying to figure things out and on one or two occasions I may have tripped over it or my feet. Having said that, once you fold/unfold the 3.5+ a few times it gets really easy. The cart does come with instructions and there are videos available at the www.clicgearusa.com website to assist.

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A good-looking cart. Built with the highest quality. (Photo Property of Until The Next Tee)

As far as the on-course testing I don’t even know where to begin. I guess the first thing to say is that the 3.5+ is an “easy push”. Pushing the cart is easy and smooth including walking up inclines. Never at any time did there feel like friction. The large storage net is handy for holding a cell phone, keys, wallet or any other item that you might need quick access to. The scorecard holder is effective and the convenience of storing a few tees a couple of inches away from the handle is nice. A small feature but nice nonetheless. I like the storage compartment in that it securely holds 3 golf balls and other necessary items. Extra tees, pencils, anti-inflammatories etc. Golf bags of various sizes fit on this cart with its easy adjustments. Everything from a stand bag to my custom staff bag will fit securely on the Model 3.5+.

As far as the design goes I really liked how wide the wheel base was (rear wheels). This wide wheelbase guarantees stability and when I parked the 3.5+ sideways on a hill my golf bag never wandered off. Which I think says a lot for the quality of the brake components. As mentioned earlier the wheels are maintenance free and void of tubes. The wheels spin nicely which again point to great components (bearings). In fact, there is only one minor issue that I have with the Model 3.5+.

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Accessories and features to burn make the Model 3.5+ a must look if you’re in the market for a push cart. (Photo Property of Until The Next Tee)

If the Clicgear design team sees this review I would love them to address the front wheel. There HAS to be a way to make the front wheel of the Model 3.5+ swivel. The fixed wheel is sort of a pain in the arse when it comes to maneuvering the Model 3.5+. IMG_20180503_143210.jpg

No bridge is too far to cross while using a Model 3.5+. Enjoy the walk!! (Photo Property of Until The Next Tee)

Regardless, of my comments in the last section the Model 3.5+ from Clicgear is a must look. If you’re looking to transition from riding to walking (without lugging your clubs on your back) then this could be worth your investment. An investment to your health and your game. Honestly, if I has a cart like the Model 3.5+ it’s quite possible that I would have been walking instead of riding all of the times I rode. Honestly, I play better when I walk. I’m not as rushed, I take in more of my surroundings and I simply enjoy golfing more. If you’re looking for more information on the Model 3.5+ from Clicgear then please visit www.clicgearusa.com

Until The Next Tee!!