In My Opinion…

An opinion… Do I have one? Absolutely! You need to be more active, you need to go out more and you need to exercise more. These are things that I always hear and have for many years from numerous people. Am I the only one to hear it? No, but I have no issue speaking about it or at least not anymore.

 

First of all, let me introduce myself.  My name is Crystal Toth and for those that aren’t familiar with me I am Alex’s (@UntilTheNextTee) wife and I’m also now his photographer and a contributor. There are many things that I’ve seen him do over the years or said things to him that I would never voice to strangers. Well guess what? Time’s up!

 

During Alex’s time building up his blog, website and his social media pages I’ve been beside him through it all. In the beginning, I was taking pics for him which is something that I love to do and especially for him. There are so many things I can photograph with him that others may not get. Like his relaxation as he is taking shots or practicing his swing or even just walking down the course. “Anyone can take those pics” I’m sure you are thinking, the difference is, I get him at his best when he can be real and just be him. That is why I do it. Over the last few years that has changed and he was the primary photographer.

 

In September 2018, Alex had a stroke which resulted him in needing to slow down, this is where I come in. Having been told that he needed to slow down a little he asked me to assist him. This year, I’ll be attending the PGA Show for the first time and attending it with media credentials. I will have full access with him and the freedom to take any photos that I want. Perhaps, there’ll be some that others may not be able to get. Or maybe, some of the celebrity appearances.

 

During this time as his contributor I will be covering a large variety of things. Things that Alex has more or less neglected. I’ll be bringing women’s golf products to the forefront, be it clothing for women including the companies that specifically have stuff for the “larger” woman, accessories and maybe gifts. For example, Alex I have a love for our dog Muskoka and I will also be looking at items maybe for him too (C4 Belts). So to say there will be a change is an understatement.

 

I will be bringing a different perspective to the sport and I can almost guarantee that
not everyone is going to like what I have to say but “Freedom of Speech” is a thing right? I would be a liar if I didn’t say I can sometimes be a little opinionated which brings me to me writing this tonight.

 

As I previously stated, there have been a lot of people say to me (and I know many others) “exercise, play sports etc.” I cannot count the number of times that I’ve heard that. In addition, I also cannot count the number of times that I have broken down into tears due to these statements, opinions or even while being in stores and looking at clothing that would not fit me. It made me feel “fat” and “unattractive” and “less important”.

 

This is why I am starting with this piece. The PGA Show is around the corner and I am looking on the site to see what items I can view. There are so many but at the same time there is not enough. I say not enough because while there are many golf apparel companies out there, there are not enough to cater to what I like to call “The Real Woman”. A lot of these companies cater to size 00 to maybe a size 10, 12 at the largest. That is hardly realistic nowadays. There are many women out there that are bigger and
can’t get their clothes. I am one such person, I saw a few really nice apparel companies that I was interested in going to see but I decided I was not going to go to their booth.

 

Why you ask? Simple, part of my goal with being a part of this blog is not only to take pictures and videos but to also contribute. I cannot contribute an opinion on something that I am too big to try on. There are many women out there that are smaller and can try a larger variety of clothing but why should I contribute to what I personally feel is a discriminatory line. I want to be able to contribute to women like myself not a size 00. Why should larger people have to wear “unattractive” outfits just because they are bigger?

 

Why do I not exercise outside of my house? Because I am embarrassed and afraid. I am afraid of being judged and having those companies, people etc. looking at me and saying “Oh my goodness” look at the size of her. I’ve heard this too many times where I am afraid to go out and try something new, I’m afraid to try and play golf because I am afraid of the judgement and the ugly outfits that bigger people are forced to wear. If we can look good maybe we can feel good. People need to stop judging us, bigger or
smaller and just judge us as an individual not a size. I can personally say that I know what it is like on both sides of the fence even though I now hear “you are too fat” I also used to hear “you are too skinny, it looks unhealthy”

 

Like I said earlier…… Just my opinion.

 

Until The Next Tee!!

Expand The Brand

The 2019 PGA Merchandise Show is getting closer and with it my excitement is building. It’s going to be fun as it always is networking with like-minded individuals and golf manufacturers. But there is a real sense of change in the air and it’s a change that I’m excited about.

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In 2019, I’m going to be expanding the brand. This year in Orlando I will be accompanied by my wife Crystal. Crystal has been my biggest supporter through my golf journey and through the last 20+ years of my life for that matter. Whether it was playing professionally on Mini-Tours, working long hours and work weeks while I served as a Director of Golf or putting up with my lack of attention while she talked as I wrote.

Earlier this year (after the 2018 PGA Show) I said to Crystal that she could come as long as she was a good girl. I admit, that while I travel to Florida every year for the show I do use it as a chance to get away and have some special “Me Time”. I promise that it isn’t as selfish as it sounds. The idea of me being accompanied this year really came to fruition because there was no way that she’d be comfortable with me attending the PGA Show by myself after my stroke.

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Not sure where I’d be without her. Crystal and I earlier this year in Vermont.

Crystal is going to be there assisting in several ways. Quite frankly, the show has gotten to be too busy for me by myself. So being the skilled photographer that she is she will be my photographer and videographer. More importantly, as a way to cover more show she’ll be visiting with Women’s Apparel brands etc and contributing with some writing about those brands that she discovers. It’s time that we (golf blogs etc) start paying more attention to women’s golf. After all, it is a massive portion of the golfer demographic.

Building on a lot of momentum in 2018 there is more to come. Coming in 2019 is a change in the plan that I use here at WordPress. At the moment, I’m using a plan that doesn’t allow me to do what I would truly love Until The Next Tee to become. An upgraded plan will allow for more video coverage, a forum format (I want this to become a Golf Community) and I’ve recently considered attempting a podcast as well.

So stay tuned. 2019 is going to be fun.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

REKS® INTRODUCES FOUR NEW TRIVEX COLOR-BOOSTING™ SUN LENSES CREATED FOR GOLF, FISHING, BIKING AND SNOW SPORTS

Thanks go out to Stuart Goldstein of marketing firm RG Narrative for sharing this press release. REKS is an innovator when it comes to sunglass technology. From their unbreakable frames to their lens technology which includes their new “Trivex Color Boosting Lenses” REKS has a model of sunglass for everyone. Whether their primary purpose is for golf or you hit the slopes during the winter and take advantage of their snow lenses… REKS has a model for you.

As not only a golfer but an avid angler these sunglasses from REKS have my curiosity piqued. For more details, please see the press release below.

 

Built-in Color Equalizer Improves Contrast Between Colors,
Making them Brighter and More Distinctive

 

 These Sunglasses are also available With Prescription

 

(Boca Raton, FLORIDA; November 19, 2018) REKS, an innovative sunglass manufacturer featuring the finest in performance lenses matched with unbreakable frames, is pleased to introduce four new high performance Trivex color-boosting sun lenses. These Trivex lenses come with a built-in color equalizer that improves the contrast between colors making them seem brighter.

“Many of our customers have asked us to provide specific lenses for some of their most popular activities,” stated George Granoff CEO of REKS. “We listened to their feedback and are pleased to introduce four new Trivex Color-Boosting Sun Lenses, each with unique features to enhance your visual experience.”

 

  • GOLF lens features a rose amber tinted lens enhanced with a multi-layer silver mirror. Designed to have a lighter tint than a full sunglass lens, this golf performance lens allows more light into the eye resulting in a more precise visual experience. Whether looking down the fairway or reading the undulations of a green, this lens provides great optical clarity under a variety of sun conditions. The color-boosting lens technology improves contrast delivering brighter, more distinctive colors and includes anti-reflective and oleophobic coatings that reduce glare and help keep them free of smudges and dust. This lens has a light transmission of 30% designed for medium light conditions.

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  • FISHING lens is a newly designed polarized lens that helps eliminate unwanted glare so important for fishermen or others on the beach, in the car or pursuing any outdoor activities where glare can be eliminated providing optimum clarity and color enhancement. This lens is designed for bright light, features a blue/gray tint, a sea green mirror and includes anti-reflective and oleophobic coatings to improve performance. The fishing lens has a light transmission of 13% designed for bright sun conditions.

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  • BIKING lens features a photochromic lens that darkens in the sun and lightens in the shade. Perfect for bikers out for a long ride during mixed light conditions, this lens will adapt to changing light conditions providing a consistent high-quality visual experience. Under any light conditions, this photochromic lens will increase the contrast between colors making them seem brighter. This lens has anti-reflective and oleophobic coatings to improve performance. The biking lens will darken to a light transmission of 12% in full sun but will lighten to 47% in the shade.

 

  • SNOW lens helps distinguish between snow and ice. The built-in color equalizer increases the contrast between colors making them seem brighter and more distinct. This full sun lens provides exceptionable vision on sunny days. The anti-reflective coating on the back of the lens and oleophobic on both sides improves performance and helps provide smudge free performance. This blue/gray lens with a hint of violet features a blue/red plasma mirror that greatly enhances appearance. This full sun lens has a light transmission of 13% providing exceptionable vision on sunny days.

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Every REKS optical frame is manufactured using an unbreakable polymer material and is paired with a shatter-resistant lens. These shatter-resistant lenses are manufactured using either polycarbonate or Trivex materials. Polycarbonate is the industry standard and REKS offers its polycarbonate polarized lens in any choice of frame for $50.  Trivex lenses are manufactured using optically clear polyurethane and are usually much more expensive than polycarbonate. Capitalizing on the benefits of being a direct to consumer customer company, REKS is the first to offer trivex sun lenses with color-boosting technology for only $75.

These Trivex lens designs are also available for prescription wearers starting at  $225.

All REKS eyewear carries a 30 day, no questions asked, money back guarantee.

In addition, all prescriptions lenses are covered by a 1-year scratch protection warranty and a 2-year warranty on the frame against breakage.

About REKS
Founded in 2015, REKS is a performance and fashion brand that emphasizes high-quality polycarbonate and trivex lenses delivered in unbreakable frames. These lenses are available as regular sunglasses or High Definition prescription lenses. With in-house designed unbreakable frames and lenses that are shatter-resistant, lightweight and offer 100% UV 400 protection, REKS eyewear is suited for the consumer who demands top quality visual experiences. REKS sunglasses and performance lenses provide comfort and stability in all conditions…all at affordable prices. REKS prescription lenses are manufactured with the latest freeform digital technology that produces high definition lenses with greater field of vision and improved clarity over traditional manufacturing techniques. REKS offers seven iconic frame styles, creating a collectible line of eyewear to suit every sport, style and mood.

See the world through superior optical quality with REKS. Your journey starts here. Visit reks.com to learn more. #BeUnbreakable

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