With the 2019 PGA Show Equipment Edition Teezy Awards in the books, it’s time to focus on the “Best of the Rest”. These are products ranging from apparel to footwear and everything else in between. Of course, for the most part, these are awards that aren’t given points for performance but what I look at are things like style, price point and even in some cases backstories. How did a company come to be, what drove them to get involved in the industry.

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Here are the nominees.

 

Top Men’s Apparel

  1. Swannies
  2. Original Penguin
  3. Columbia Sportswear
  4. Bald Head Blues
  5. AndersonOrd

 

Top Women’s Apparel

  1. Jane 1530
  2. Golftini
  3. Katherine Way
  4. StarBorn Skirts
  5. MotherPutter

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Top Accessories

  1. Beltology
  2. Zero Friction
  3. Oliver Miller
  4. C4 Belts
  5. Evolve Golf

 

Top Electronics (including Rangefinders and GPS)

  1. aboutGolf
  2. GolfBuddy
  3. ScoreBand
  4. Optishokz
  5. Guided Knowledge

 

Top Footwear

  1. TRUE Linkswear
  2. Skecher’s Performance
  3. Jack Grace USA
  4. New Balance Golf
  5. PUMA Golf

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Top Training Aids

  1. Acu-Strike
  2. Total Golf-Trainer
  3. Colour Path Golf
  4. Power Package Golf
  5. PuttOUT

 

Top Health and Wellness

  1. Bobo’s
  2. 1st Tee Nutrition Bars
  3. HempMe
  4. Iso-Sport
  5. Gelliflex

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Top New Product

The winner had already been decided on Friday that the show ended.

 

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

 

 

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Golf Instruction. At times it has become very convoluted. Instructors too often make it more confusing than it really has to be. Some instructors may not like me saying this but it’s the truth. Then there are the other issues, for example. Whenever some new ideas come out to teach players how to play golf with an easier method other instructors do their best to refute others.

For the most part, it’s up to the students themselves to translate what the instructor is saying and then take it home where they have to practice on their own a week or two in between sessions. Often the information can be lost in translation and in some cases, the student loses the explanation of the golf swing before they leave their session.

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Even though a training aid has been used in some cases, the student still doesn’t really have a visual cue to draw from allowing them better retention of instruction. It’s a fact that people (in general) can understand something easier with visual cues. I’m one of those individuals and in the case of those with learning disabilities (Autism Spectrum Disorder), this is, even more, the case.

Colour Path Golf is a ground-breaking concept to help instructors teach golf and for their students to learn the game just a little bit easier. PGA Professionals John Glenn and Kevin Merry are the Co-Founders of this revolutionary method. Through the use of colour-coded plastic shapes. In total there are four colours (green, red, yellow and blue) that are used to show students where to apply different attention of detail to the swing. For example, where to apply power. Essentially, Colour Path Golf could almost be described as a “jigsaw puzzle for your golf swing”. Even one yellow ruler can help you improve.

The Colours

  1. Yellow – Yellow pieces are used to get your attention. Think like a traffic light… it means caution.
  2. Blue – It’s a cooling colour. Look at the instrument panel/climate control on your car. The air conditioner is cool. This is precisely what your blue pieces are for. In my case, the takeaway would reflect a blue piece.
  3. Green – This means Go. Or relax. start to accelerate upon completing the backswing and transition.
  4. Red – It can be used for a couple of reasons. The first reason is for control. Think face angle or ball position. But, red can also be used in areas of the swing where we need to apply power. Think of that 24″ or so before impact and immediately post-impact. Have you been told that you decelerate? These pieces could help relate easier.

While at Demo Day I saw Colour Path Golf set-up and knowing that I had an appointment later in the week it caught my eye. Honestly, I couldn’t fathom what it was or how it worked. I had the pleasure meeting and talking with Kevin Merry at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show later in the week and he explained everything that is Colour Path Golf to me. It didn’t take long for me to get it.  I really do think that Colour Path Golf could be “the path” to help you improve your golf game. Instructors themselves, really need to take note.

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Look for more to come on this revolutionary method in the future.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

There were many women’s apparel lines of interest for me at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show. One such line that really caught my attention was called StarBorn Skirts.

StarBorn Skirts started in August of 2018. It was originally a running skirt company called SparkleSkirts and the owners decided to branch out to the golf industry. Based in Plant City, FL. the skirts are all made in the USA and they offer many different styles.

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Skirts from StarBorn Skirts have different lengths because not all of us are the same height or like to have the skirts a certain length. There are three cuts of skirts being the tall, petite and regular length. The Tall is 2 inches longer in the short and skirt than the regular cut. They are for the taller woman or maybe just someone that wants a longer length.

Depending on the size you get the skirt length varies from 12.75 inches (2XS Petite) up to 19.5 inches (3XL tall). They vary the lengths partially based on your height and how long you want them. If these lengths are not what you like some of their skirts can actually be partially customized to allow up to an additional 3 inches for an additional fee.

All skirts have 2 6×6 pockets which are perfect for putting your phone or scorecard into for safe-keeping. There is one pocket in the leg of the short and the other pocket is in the back of the skirt. This makes it convenient to carry what is required

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They have Flutter Cut and Casual. The flutter cut is a more fun type of skirt as it is kind of a “flirty” skirt. It has some little ruffles in it which gives it a more flowing look.

The skirts have “no ride” shorts. They have a patented short which are guaranteed not to ride up while you are playing. Personally speaking, I find skorts are horrible for that which is why I do not wear them. I don’t wear skorts often because I feel the shorts all ride up and I want to make sure that I have nothing “playing peek-a-boo”. When shorts ride up it feels almost as if there aren’t any and it makes me wonder why they are in there in the first place. Thanks to StarBorn Skirts that is no longer an issue.

One of the things I appreciated with this clothing line is their interest in bringing the next generation into the game. The game is starting to die and it is up to our kids and grandkids to carry on the sport. StarBorn Skirts has helped to start to make this happen by starting a line called StarBorn Girls.

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Their clothing has a great “hand of fabric” to it. It is soft and has a nice stretch to it. There are a lot of nice prints to choose from as well as their standard (plain) designs. StarBorn Skirts also features unique patterns like their patriotic designs. There are “Star-Spangled Banner” and Canadian flag versions as well.

The company also designed skirts called Starborn Girls which is to be released today. (February 14, 2019).

I have to say the thing that I like most about this line is the fact they do skirts for charity. They have done charities for Nancy Lopez and Girls Golf. Both charities had designs custom made and with every purchase, 10% goes back to the charity.

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I think if they keep going the way they are, I feel that StarBorn is going to rise quickly in the women’s golf apparel industry. I look forward to trying one of these skorts myself, they are a piece of clothing I would be willing to put to my comfort test.

Until The Next Tee!!