Golf’s Naughty and Nice List – 2019

It’s that time of the year. Good, ole, jolly St. Nick is getting ready for the big night. He’s checking his list, maybe even twice. He’s checking to see which golfer’s (professional and amateur alike) have been naughty or nice. Who knows, maybe there’s even a manufacturer or two who might slide in there too. Alright boys and girls, which of you have been naughty or nice.

Nice – Brooke Henderson – Honestly, I feel like this young lady can do no wrong. Her neighbours are very lucky people. It’s not because she is a fellow Canadian nor is it because she is a heck of a great golfer. No, she’s more than that! Miss. Henderson was the winner of the Founders Award. A very prestigious award and the winner is voted on by her peers on the LPGA Tour. Brooke is always smiling and she is a tremendous ambassador not just for Canadian golf or women’s golf. But golf on a whole. Brooke truly embodies the spirit of the game. Brooke Henderson should be in the running for the Lou Marsh Award for Canada’s Top Athlete.

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Naughty – Bryson Dechambeau – It wasn’t too long ago that I thought Bryson could do no wrong. True story, even though he didn’t need my help I stuck up for him when trolls took to social media (Instagram mostly) and just attacked the tar out of the guy. This was before he won on the PGA TOUR. Well, a lot has changed in the last year or so and Bryson, you young man have been naughty. You wrecked a putting green. Your pace of play is criminal and your selfie of you riding by yourself on a private jet was nauseating. Man, you’ve bulked up. I hope that doesn’t make you lumber around the golf course even more slowly. Maybe I’m just jealous.

Nice – SUB 70 GOLF – I really have to give the independent golf manufacturer from Sycamore, Illinois credit. In case you weren’t aware they manufacture great golf equipment at a fraction of the cost of their competitors (large and small). I’ve been very vocal talking them up on social media and that’s without any sort of solicitation. I’ve dubbed them the “Brand of the People” because they offer sets of irons (the 699 irons) for less than $430 USD. Because of their market model, they’re a brand that I could get behind. Moreover, they also opened themselves up to limited quantities of lefties. Proof positive that they are for REAL.

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Naughty – You People Who Golf in Fivesomes – You know who you are. Some of you might be members of mine at Scenic Woods Golf Club. You are the same people that not only golf in fivesomes but don’t fix your ballmarks when you actually hit a green in regulation and then have the audacity to complain about how te greens are rolling. I’ll be honest, a post on Twitter triggered this entry. A fivesome playing with five carts!!! On what golf course was this and where was a marshal, Head Pro, or even a General Manager to correct this behavior? Inmates running the asylum. Heck, all of the above deserve a lump of coal. Patrick, you triggered me!!

Nice – LPGA TOUR Commish Michael Whan – The LPGA Tour deserves to have a fearless leader like Michael Whan. The LPGA Tour is loaded with talent and they have long deserved the credit that they’re finally deserving. I just wish that the casual golf observer would start watching more of the LPGA. More male amateur golfers can relate to the swings of the LPGA Tour so there is much to learn from watching. If only the advertisers and networks would see fit as well. The Race to the CME Group Tour Championship saw it’s richest purse handed out ($1.5 million went to the winner). More recently, Mr. Whan announced that he wants “equal opportunity” when it comes to the LPGA and sponsorship dollars. Michael Whan is great for the LPGA Tour and the tour is great for him.

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Naughty – Phil Mickelson – Oh Phil. What have you become? I used to look at you as the “other guy” during Tiger’s crusade for world dominance (Tiger more or less succeeded). But you were the guy always walking the fairway with the dopey smile giving a thumb’s up. You were also the guy at Shinnecock Hills in the 2004 U.S. Open that blew a tee shot where ultimately a poor club selection caused him to lose the championship. He was always the gunslinger that took the chance. I admired the style in which he played. But over time, Phil has seemingly lost touch. Over the last year or so, he had the debacle on the putting green (during another U.S. Open faux pas), he had that stupid pic of him posing behind the money pile for the Tiger vs Phil match (he looked like a douche). Most recently, he opted t skip out of the Waste Management Open (an event that he’s played in for 30 years) to play in Saudi Arabia instead. Tell me, it’s not about the appearance fees. He took to social media to defend himself. Save it. Everyone can read through. Phil has fallen out of the Top-50, isn’t on the Presidents Cup team and this keeps him newsworthy. Geopolitics and ethics aside.

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Indifferent – The European Tour – So speaking of geopolitics. It’s hard to not have a quick look at the European Tour and their recent decision to play in Turkey. When they played the Turkish Airlines Open it was a bad time in the world like it always seems to be. President Trump turned things over to Turkish President Erdogan who went and turned his forced onto the Kurds. We know what happened. Many admonished the choice to play the event questioning the tour’s morals and ethics (there’s that word again).

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But then there’s the way that they market their players. They have fun and the players seem to like doing what they do. Look no further than little Billy. Yes, he’s grown up now. The PGA TOUR could learn so much from the Euro’s and the LPGA as far as that goes.

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Nice – Brandon Matthews – Honestly, this story is my favorite story from the year. If you don’t know the name Brandon Matthews he’s the 25-year-old PGA TOUR Latinoamerica golfer who missed an 8-foot putt and a potential entry into the Open Championship when a fan yelled in his backstroke. Initially, he was upset, frustrated that someone had done it intentionally. Later on, however, he was informed by PGA Tour Latinoamérica’s tournament administration manager Claudio Rivas that it was a fan with Down Syndrome that had made the scream. Instead of being upset, Matthews asked “Take me to him” and when they met Matthews embraced him in a hug and signed a glove. No anger, no animosity just… adoration and understanding. Brandon, thank-you for understanding that there is more to life than golf. There still is empathy in this world. Thanks so much for reminding all of us. Brandon, you are a champion.

Until The Next Tee!!

 

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New SALTWATER Collection from PUMA Golf

Today PUMA Golf is releasing its new SALTWATER COLLECTION, part if it’s SS’20 lineup.

The Saltwater Collection, released this week in conjunction with the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, is part of PUMA’s Game That Travels collection (more information on the entire assortment of apparel, footwear and accessories to be shared shortly), which is inspired by key aspects of some of the most desirable locations that Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau and Gary Woodland visit each week on the PGA Tour. The Saltwater Collection highlights some of the most sought-after tourist attractions in the Bahamas – swimming with sharks, stingrays, and turtles.

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Key pieces in the collection include:

The Slow Play Polo – featuring a fun, repeating golfing turtle pattern that is sure to be the highlight of your resort vacation. FusionYarn Flex fabric, a crafted blend of performance and natural fibers deliver the perfect fusion of everyday comfort and on-course performance, makes this polo a must-wear for your next golf round.

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The Slow Play Tee – utilizing a fun tie-dyed pattern with a three golfing turtle screen print across the chest, you won’t want to forget this Slow Play Tee as you head out for your next golf vacation.

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The Predators Polo – featuring a unique ocean-inspired pattern, incorporating stingrays and sharks, for a fun, all-over print that will have you turning heads as you make your way to the 1st tee.

P Snapback Cap – a little added flair to the popular P 110 Snapback.

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IGNITE NXT Lace Shoes – part of the popular NXT footwear range from PUMA. Designed for comfort and style off course and performance on the course.

All pieces linked here: https://www.cobragolf.com/pumagolf/saltwater

 

Look for Rickie, Bryson and Gary to pieces from this collection at this weeks’ Hero World Challenge.

 

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Callaway Golf Announces Multi-Year Participation Agreement Beginning with the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show

CARLSBAD, Calif. (December 3, 2019) – Callaway Golf Company announced today a new multi-year participation agreement beginning with the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 21-24, in Orlando, Fla. Callaway Golf, which will return to the international golf industry event for the 37th consecutive year, plans to showcase its comprehensive portfolio of global brands, inclusive of its newest golf clubs, golf balls, golf and lifestyle bags, golf and lifestyle apparel and other accessories.

The PGA Merchandise Show annually welcomes more than 1,000 top golf companies and brands and nearly 40,000 industry professionals from around the world to explore industry trends, test new equipment and technology, source widespread golf lifestyle merchandise, learn fresh business and retail strategies, network among peers and help move forward the business of the sport.

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Callaway will participate in the PGA Show Demo Day on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Orange County National Golf Center, presenting innovative technology, sharing clubfitting techniques, and offering its expansive 2020 equipment lineup for hands-on testing. During PGA Show days, Jan. 22-24, Callaway Golf will display and educate attendees on an extensive portfolio of global brands, including Callaway Golf, Odyssey Golf, OGIO, TravisMathew, and Callaway Golf Apparel, across the breadth of the PGA Show Floor as an anchor exhibitor within the Orange County Convention Center

“We are thrilled to continue our long and successful partnership with the PGA Merchandise Show,” said Callaway Golf Executive Vice President, Glenn Hickey. “It’s one of the premier events in the golf industry and Callaway is proud to support it, and to work with so many outstanding PGA Professional partners at the Show. We’re excited to feature the incredible product lines across all of our brands this year, and in the years to come.”

“On behalf of our almost 29,000 PGA Professionals, we thank Callaway for their year-round support and advocacy of our PGA Professionals”, said John Easterbrook, PGA, Chief Membership Officer of the PGA of America. “Callaway’s engagement with the PGA Merchandise Show over 37 consecutive years further emphasizes the value of connecting with thousands of PGA Professionals to help them learn and grow, which in turn benefits their facilities, members, students and customers.”

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“We value and appreciate the long-standing support of the PGA Merchandise Show by Callaway Golf, and their engagement at the event with thousands of attending PGA Professionals, buyers and industry leaders,” said PGA Golf Exhibitions Event Vice President Marc Simon. “Callaway consistently brings an exciting level of energy and buzz to the Show Floor and a strong product mix that enthuses the industry for the new season and upcoming year.”

About Callaway Golf
Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY) is a premium golf equipment and active lifestyle company with a portfolio of global brands, including Callaway Golf, Odyssey, OGIO, TravisMathew and Jack Wolfskin. Through an unwavering commitment to innovation, Callaway manufactures and sells premium golf clubs, golf balls, golf and lifestyle bags, golf and lifestyle apparel and other accessories. For more information, please visit www.callawaygolf.com & www.odysseygolf.com.

About the PGA Merchandise Show
The PGA Merchandise Show, “the MAJOR of Golf Business,” is organized in partnership with the PGA of America and is a trade-only event, not open to the public.

Learn more at PGAShow.com.

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PGA Golf Exhibitions Announces Multi-Year Participation Agreement with Titleist and FootJoy Beginning with the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show

NORWALK, Conn. (December 2, 2019) – PGA Golf Exhibitions announced today a new multi-year participation agreement for Titleist and FootJoy beginning with the 67th PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 21-24, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.

The PGA Merchandise Show annually welcomes more than 1,000 top golf companies and brands and nearly 40,000 industry professionals from around the world to explore industry trends, test new equipment and technology, source widespread golf lifestyle merchandise, learn fresh business and retail strategies, network among peers and help move forward the business of the sport.

Titleist will participate in the PGA Show Demo Day on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Orange County National Golf Center, highlighting its latest technology and offering hands-on testing of its full 2020 equipment lineup to PGA Professionals and golf retailers. During PGA Show days, Jan. 22-24, Titleist and FootJoy will showcase their complete product lines in two separate anchor exhibits and host a series of educational workshops within the Orange County Convention Center.

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Acushnet Holdings (Titlteist/Footjoy) announces a multi-year pact.

“We are pleased to once again welcome Titleist and FootJoy to the PGA Merchandise Show and greatly value their ongoing support of the Show and its attending industry professionals,” said PGA Golf Exhibitions Event Vice President Marc Simon. “Their participation throughout PGA Show Week provides an exciting experience across their full array of products and we look forward to helping them showcase the Acushnet family of brands for many more years to come.”

“On behalf of our nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals, we greatly appreciate the Titleist and FootJoy brands for their year-round support and promotion of PGA Professionals,” said John Easterbrook, PGA, Chief Membership Officer of the PGA of America. “Their annual activations at the PGA Merchandise Show help to educate and empower PGA Professionals to grow and improve their business during the most important golf industry week of the year.”

“The PGA Merchandise Show presents a unique opportunity for our Titleist and FootJoy teams to connect with a high concentration of partners, showcase our products, and provide connective educational opportunities for thousands of PGA Professionals,” said Peter Broome, Senior Vice President, Industry and Trade Relations. “The timing of this gathering sets the tone for the year and we look forward to participating for many shows to come.”

About Acushnet Holdings/Titleist & FootJoy

We are the global leader in the design, development, manufacture and distribution of performance-driven golf products, which are widely recognized for their quality excellence. Driven by our focus on dedicated and discerning golfers and the golf shops that serve them, we believe we are the most authentic and enduring company in the golf industry. Our mission – to be the performance and quality leader in every golf product category in which we compete – has remained consistent since we entered the golf ball business in 1932. Today, we are the steward of two of the most revered brands in golf – Titleist, golf’s leading performance equipment brand, and FootJoy, golf’s leading performance wearables brand. Additional information can be found at www.acushnetholdingscorp.com.

About the PGA Merchandise Show

The PGA Merchandise Show, “the MAJOR of Golf Business,” is organized in partnership with the PGA of America and is a trade-only event, not open to the public.

Learn more at PGAShow.com.

2020 PGA Show Prep

It’s hard to believe that the year 2020 is already upon us. in what? 29 Days. Shortly after the calendar flips over there’s a special week upon golfers and golf media. That week, much like Christmas is PGA Show week. It’s the “who’s who” of the golf industry and everyone or nearly everyone (TaylorMade Golf notwithstanding) is assembled in one place. For media, PGA Professionals and buyers alike it’s the “Mecca” of the golf industry and a chance to see as much as humanly possible if it’s in the golf industry.

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Personally speaking, it’s a pretty big week for me. Especially when it comes to the likes of Demo Day. I’m just getting to the point where manufacturers send out samples of equipment for me to try… long-term. Brands like Ben Hogan Golf, Callaway Golf, COBRA Golf, SUB 70 Golf, and even though it was a few years ago Cleveland Golf has taken a chance on me. They’re opportunities that I always appreciate dearly. But for the most part Demo Day is my opportunity to do testing. Thus, the “First Impressions Reviews”.

The problem with being a “one-man show” is that it makes it tough to see and swing everything that is being offered on the 360* range at Orange County National. Especially, if there are appointments to be made and kept. Which is why I’m prepping so early.

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Spotted on the R&A Conforming Diver List. Is this the new Callaway Golf Mavrik for 2020?

As much as I love making and keeping appointments (Type-A personality) I’ve realized after several years that this is not the way to go. Much can go wrong. If one appointment goes long for either myself or the marketing person that I’m supposed to meet with is held up a chain of reactions is set forth. Meetings can be caught up but then as the media person, you might be “running and gunning” the rest of the day or show. So I had an idea…

No Meetings on Demo Day!!

I know it seems obvious, but it’s taken me a long time to figure this out. I actually started having the epiphany last year. So here’s my modus operandi for the 2020 PGA Show. 2020.. a year of perfect vision.

  1. No meetings on Demo Day (might be one or two exceptions)
  2. Cover manufacturers that my readers personally request. Send requests if you like.
  3. Do lots of videos. I just grabbed a microphone to help with the wind that always plagues me. This should help.

When it comes to “must-sees” I’ve already determined that COBRA Golf leads the way and so does Callaway Golf. I cannot see the Mavrik being better than Epic Flash. I have it in my mind it’ll be like when they went from Epic to Rogue. Rogue was a dropoff in performance. Mizuno Golf, I have to stop at for sure just to see if the ST200 is as good as the ST190. The new irons that I saw from Wilson Staff on October 30th have my attention and no I’m not talking about the Staff Utility irons. Cleveland Golf, they have my attention with the bulk of their line-up. PING too. I can’t wait to see what they’ve done and dare I say it… I haven’t had much time at all on their deck at Demo Day over the years. They’ve been too busy.

To be honest, I’m a little excited about the PGA Show. I’ve been regularly checking the PGA Show Exhibitor List. Already marking “my favorites” for exhibitors that I want to visit. As I’ve gone through the list, I will say that there are a lot less favorited than I thought. Then again this is part of the prep process and who knows? Maybe no plans will allow me to find more hidden gems.

Until The Next Tee!!

 

 

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UTNT’s 2019 Holiday Gift Ideas

In the lane… Snow is glistenin’. Well, not quite. As I sit here in my recliner, with a coffee on my right, my Labrador Retriever on my left and a scene right from both “Frozen” movies (in the midst of a freezing rain storm) outside. I thought, what better time than now to compile my holiday gift guide to help you find the right gift for the golfer in your life or for yourself. For under $150.

So here we go. Get roastin’ your chestnuts on an open fire. Start decking those halls. Because, it’s a winter wonderland out there and baby… it’s cold outside.

 

ZOOMTEE – I won’t waste any time putting this stocking stuffer on the list. While there is a golf course that recently banned plastic tees it’s one course. These golf tees are amazing and since I opened them I have used just one tee. Rugged, durable and easy to find. Those facts would qualify them as eco/course-friendly in my books. They set the perfect tee height every time (for a driver), act as a divot tool and a groove cleaner. A ton of practicality for an item that costs starting at $4.99 for a three-pack. They have other options and packs that go up to $13.99. ZOOMTEE

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2UNDR – Give the gift of tidings and joy this year with undergarments from 2UNDR. I won’t mince words. I first started wearing 2UNDR in 2012 or so when I attended my first or second PGA Show. The rest is history. I’ve watched this brand grow and their undergarments are comfortable beyond comprehension. But they are so much more than underwear. Their range of loungewear like their t-shirts, long-sleeved hoodie t-shirt and more are just excellent additions to the 2UNDR stable. High quality, great feel of hand, fun prints and more. What more could you want?

Shameless plug here. Want a discount?  Look no further. Because I have a discount code for you. By using 2undr.shop/untilthenexttee you’ll save 20%. Or there’s web code NEXTTEE20. The discount is not applied to clearance items or the NCAA range. Prices start at $33 CAD. 2UNDR

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Wilson Golf DUO Professional – Golf balls. You can never have enough of these right? Well, unless you’re a ball hawk and you have barrels full in your garage. Either way, in what may have been the bigger surprises for me this year the DUO Professional golf ball by Wilson Golf made the list. Sure, certain golfers have to play a different brand but this golf ball from Wilson was a juggernaut in testing. This ball exhibited the best greenside characteristics that I’ve ever witnessed, is long, and it feels great!! (Review here). Now available in bright matte finishes too. Brighten up the holidays and place a dozen under the tree. Wilson is also currently offering free personalization as well. $34.99 USD/doz Wilson Golf Balls

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Skechers GO Golf – I know that getting somebody’s shoe size can be difficult if the shoes aren’t for you. But, if you have access to getting someone’s shoe size maybe a nice pair of Skechers GO Golf shoes might be a nice idea. With a variety of styles for both men and women and packed with tons of features and technology from Skechers’ vast R&D into feet and footwear you can’t go wrong. My feet are picky about footwear and I have to be as a Diabetic with many other leg issues. All that I can say is that Skechers has always tested well and my feet love them. Starting at $95.00. Skecher’s

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SUB 70 Golf Pro Fairway – Does your long game need help? Are you looking for an easy to hit fairway wood? Here’s a golf equipment brand that’s doing it right. SUB 70 Golf. Producing quality equipment without a premium price tag. In what world can you purchase a brand new set of irons for less than $430 USD/$570 CAD? You can’t unless it’s SUB 70 Golf. Well, their Pro Fairway metal wood tested very well here at UTNT (Review here). For a fraction of the cost of others out there, you can get a fairway wood that has a degree of adjustability (spin rates) and is just a flat-out performer. Oh, and the price is pretty attractive too. Starting at $149 USD SUB 70 Pro Fairway

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Happy shopping and Happy Holidays from your friend at…

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

 

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Medi8 Holiday Gift Guide Ideas

One of the agencies that I’ve dealt with over the last year is Medi8 Limited. The Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire England-based public relations firm is the client of companies of Lamkin Grips, American Golf and many more. Another company that they represent is Big Max Golf. The well-reputed brand is offering many great holiday deals. Check them out.
Until The Next Tee!!
#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

BIG MAX
The award-winning BLADE Quattro pushcart from BIG MAX combines 4-wheel stability and Fold Flat technology to deliver unrivaled levels of practicality on the course, in the car and stored away at home. A host of features such as footbrake, organizer panel, storage compartment, and height-adjustable handle complete this stylish practical package, and when purchased in White/Red this holiday season, BIG MAX will gift a Rainsafe, full bag waterproof cover and Quick Lok Towel accessory absolutely free.
$299.99

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The AQUA Sport 2 is a 100% waterproof cart bag that features a 9.5-inch organizer top with 14 full-length dividers, 7 spacious pockets, oversize putter well for large grips and an ultra-lightweight of just over 5 lbs. For the holiday season, this stylish, waterproof and washable cart bag comes with a FREE matching AQUA umbrella (while stocks last), making sure you and your golfing gear stay dry on the course.
$299.99

Available in Black/Silver, Charcoal/Black/Red, Silver/Black/Cobalt, Red/Black/Silver,
Navy/Black/Silver

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The AQUA Wave is a stylish, lightweight, and 100% waterproof stand bag. The Wave’s 8 ½” top extends into 4 full-length dividers, while its 6 waterproof pockets, air channel straps and ultra-lightweight of just over 4lbs make the bag a hugely practical and colorful addition to any golfer’s gear. For the holiday season, this stylish, waterproof and washable cart bag comes with a FREE matching AQUA umbrella (while stocks last), making sure you and your golfing gear stay dry on the course.
$249.99. Available in Black, Red, Yellow, White/Orange, Petrol

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To purchase visit https://us.bigmaxgolf.com