DUCA DEL COSMA TEAMS UP WITH PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE

Latest Italian golf fashion brand shoes available from major specialist retailer

NORTH PALM BEACH, FL. – NOVEMBER 3, 2020 -Leading Italian golf fashion brand Duca del Cosma has teamed up with PGA TOUR Superstore to offer its latest collection of high-grade leather shoes to an even greater number of avid golfers.

A total of 49 different styles of spikeless golf shoes, hand-crafted in Europe golf shoes – 22 ladies and 27 men’s – are now available online at pgatoursuperstore.com under Duca del Cosma branding.
“Ranked among the top golf retailers, PGA TOUR Superstore has a reputation for offering  golfers high-quality golf products and Duca del Cosma is proud to be part of its new shoe line up at a time when more golfers are out playing more often,” said Steve Gray, VP Sales in North America.

“Our new relationship with PGA TOUR Superstore marks a significant milestone in the growth of the Duca del Cosma brand in the U.S. golf shoe market and one that we believe will prove of great mutual benefit from the outset,” he added.

Among the styles expected to prove most popular with golfers visiting the PGA TOUR Superstore site are the women’s sporty FESTIVA and stylish KUBANA waterproof shoes, plus the men’s classy ELDORADO technical shoe and BELAIR waterproof yet highly breathable model.

I visited the Duca Del Cosma booth back in January. I was blown away by the styles for both men and women. Fancy some shoes perfect for The Masters?

Founded in 2004, the Duca del Cosma brand now sells premium golf shoes in more than 30 countries worldwide. Its designs are inspired by Italian fashion and matched with top-quality leather and advanced technology to provide the wearer with the ultimate in functional and comfortable modern golf footwear. Each pair of shoes comes with an extra pair of laces to freshen up golfers’ outfits both on and off the golf course.PGA Tour Superstore operates more than 40 stores in 17 states and gives customers the option to pick up their shoes in-store within hours of placing an order online.

For more details about Duca del Cosma golf shoe ranges, visit www.ducadelcosma.us

REVIEW – Skechers GO Golf Mojo Elite

Many thanks go out to Taylor Cooney and Cris Alcantara from Skechers USA Canada for giving me the opportunity to test and review the Skechers GO GOLF Mojo Elite golf shoes from Skechers Performance. Ms. Cooney is the Public Relations Manager for Skechers. Thank-you Taylor and Cris!!

Footwear… Golf Shoes. It’s what connects us to ole Terra Firma. It’s the link that drives us and is an important source of power in the golf swing. Without a decent pair of golf shoes, much of our golf game can be affected. From stability to comfort, a good pair of golf shoes can go a long way in helping golfers enjoy their respective days.

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At the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando this past January I had the opportunity to have an interview with Ms. Cooney at the Skechers Performance booth located in the orange County Convention Center. While there, Ms. Cooney talked me through the entire range of both men’s and women’s golf shoes. The variety and price point options offered by Skechers propelled them to earning the “Teezy Award” for “Top Footwear Brand”. The styles are too numerous to list from the current product range but the range is plentiful, trendy, and colorful. While many models attracted my attention the Skechers GO GOLF Mojo Elite golf shoes really caught my attention. Especially, when I picked them up off of the display. I was impressed by how light they were… Especially for being a shoe towards the top of their range. I knew then that this was the shoe that I was hoping to test and review.

About Skechers

Did you know that Skechers is a shoe brand that was formed in 1992? Headquartered in Manhattan Beach, California the company saw a revenue of $4.6 billion in 2018.

Among the athletes that wear Skechers GO Golf footwear are Wesley Bryan, Matt Kuchar and Canada’s sweetheart from the LPGA Tour Brooke Henderson.

 

The Transition

The Mojo Elite golf shoe is a pair of golf shoes that retail for $150 (or $175 CAD). The Mojo Elite is a fusion where a sporty look (athletic look) combines with superior traction to create an all-around performer.

Full-grain leather (mid-foot and back) and a textile front and in-step are forged to create the upper part of the Mojo Elite golf shoes. The use of Skechers trademarked ‘[H2GO Shield” allows the Mojo Elite to come with a 2-year waterproof warranty. Comfort is a definite highlight of the Mojo Elite golf shoe. Offered through what Skechers calls their “ULTRA FLIGHT™ cushioning” which is “responsive and ultra-lightweight” goes a long way in contributing to the overall light weight of these shoes (a size 9 shoe weighs in at a minuscule 10.25 ounces per shoe). Another feature adding to the comfort of these shoes is the Resamax® cushioned insole

For traction, the Mojo Elite offers  Skechers’  trademarked “GRIPFLEX™ spikeless TPU outsole” which offers superior traction and flexibility throughout the golf shoe.

Aesthetically speaking, these features are also features of the Mojo Elite…

  • Side panels with perforation detail
  • Side S logo
  • Lace-up front
  • Padded continuous collar
  • Heel and instep overlay with logo detail and pull on top loops

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The Transition

When I unboxed the Mojo Elite golf shoes from their cardboard box cocoon I suddenly remembered how sporty these shoes were. Bordering more on an athletic design than a traditional golf shoe I feel that all of the accenting was in the right places. The use of the navy blue stitching “popped” in all of the right places. While being offered in 4 different colorways, I opted to go with the White/Navy in a size 9.5 Extra Wide (Skechers also offers a Medium fit). When I first tried them on my first thought was that they might have been a tad sloppy. I have a wide foot and I do have to take diabetic peripheral neuropathy into account. Foot health and foot care (like proper fitting footwear) are essential for diabetics. But as time wore on, I realized that the fit was great from a width and length standpoint.

When it comes to the overall aesthetics of the Mojo Elite some may think of the shoe as being a little bit “boxy”. While they do have that appearance in the White/Navy other options (Black) doesn’t offer quite that impression. Much of the reason is because of the construction of the tongue of the shoe… or shall I say the lack thereof. Quite honestly, the upper is more closely related to that of a boot and that is by design. It is this feature that assists in making this golf shoe very stable.

Speaking of stability and comfort. I think that this is a great time to discuss the overall performance of the Mojo Elite golf shoes. These shoes offer fantastic comfort right out of the box. Right out of the box the Mojo Elite went right onto my feet and into the shop for a long day of work at the golf course. My feet never got sore and as a matter of fact, I felt like I wasn’t wearing anything on my feet. These practically had the comfort of slippers and that’s always a ringing endorsement when it comes to the comfort of a shoe (please bear in mind that I am really picky). That first day wearing them was memorable because they transitioned right to the driving range and golf course for some post-shift golf. These shoes just meld to the foot and I really found the Mojo Elite to be very stable through the entire upper (especially in the mid-foot). Huge kudos to the Skechers R&D team who without any doubt has dedicated countless hours to studying the kinesiology of the foot and how feet react through the rigors of the golf swing. This is the beauty of a company like Skechers being involved in the golf footwear industry.

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I really thought that the traction of the Mojo Elite golf shoes from Skechers was very good. Remember, these shoes are spikeless.  The “GRIPFLEX” spikeless outsole is quite “grippy” when it comes to wet and typical conditions. I never had any sort of issue with slipping when playing golf or enjoying range sessions while wearing the Mojo Elite in the above-stated conditions. However, if they had a proverbial “Kryptonite” I would suggest that it was when the conditions were very hard. Namely, when it came to clay-based soil. Tee decks and fairways that exhibited this kind of earth saw me encounter a few slips while playing golf. Was it because I was swinging too hard and “out of my shoes”? It might have been, so I will accept some of the responsibility for the slipping. All things considered, the Mojo Elite golf shoes provided very good traction control considering that they are basically tiny little “nubbies”.

If I were to have one minor complaint about these shoes I would say it’s from a point of pettiness. I love to have my golf shoes looking clean at all times. Once the fabric on the toe gets dirty it’s hard to get them clean again. Perhaps spraying them with silicone or similar would help this issue.

I feel that this is also a great time to mention that the “H2GO SHIELD” technology works. At no time did my feet get wet during the testing. It’ll be interesting to see as time wears on if these shoes remain waterproof.

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The author wearing the Skechers GO GOLF Mojo Elite.

The Finish

As one might expect, shoes manufactured by Skechers would tend to be very good. The company has invested countless manhours in researching feet and footwear. The Mojo Elite golf shoes from their Performance GO GOLF range is certainly no exception. Super lightweight, functional, and comfortable these shoes are exceptional. Sure I had a couple of minor issues with them (they were petty) but the overall performance overshadows those complaints. Moving forward, I fully intend to wear this pair of shoes in January at the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show.

For more details, please visit Skechers.

 

Until The Next Tee!!

#SeeUOnTheNextTee #FightAndGrind

 

 

 

2019 PGA Merchandise Show Day Three – Highlights

Friday January 25th marked the last day of the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show. As the show winds up for another 361 days… plans are already underway for 2020. A year that might bring perfect vision to the golf industry. The convention center staff in nearly a symbolic way turn out the lights to signal that the show is over… it’s time to take a look back at the final day of the 2019 PGA Show.

One of the areas of golf that I want to start focusing on more is health and wellness. While I’m no doctor or expert in the field I want to share with my readers methods or products that may help in the area of well-being. I started this trend in my Day One recap when I talked about Hemp Me. Today, I visited a booth that also develops CBD products. This company is called Iso-Sport. Iso-Sport produces a variety of CBD products that ranges from sublingual spray (under the tongue), patches that you wear on your back and even water enhancer. I tried a sample of their roll-on version of their pain relief product. Applying some to my neck (sore after our Lynx Transit bus rear-ended a car on I-Drive Thursday night) and my wrist. The cooling of the menthol was immediate and to be totally frank… I think it really worked. However, I’m sometimes cautious of using products like this because “Placebo Effect” is in the back of my mind. The product from Iso-Sport eased the pain in both my wrist and neck. This is definitely a product worth exploring further. Meanwhile, my partner in crime (Crystal) tried the sub-lingual spray (Guard). When asked about her thoughts she reported that she was not only able to focus better but she was able to have conversations with exhibitors without becoming tongue-tied.

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Just prior to the PGA Show I received and shared a press release within these very pages. That release was regarding a new set of irons from legendary manufacturer Miura Golf. Recently, the Himeji, Japan based company released the CB-301. This is a forged iron set that appeals to many skill levels because of it’s head shape, level of forgiveness and the fact that it comes in a forged body (as one might come to expect from Miura Golf). These irons are everything that I think of when I think of the Miura name. Clean and elegant. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to swing these irons at Demo Day because their booth was really busy. I even stalled for time at other booths waiting for a “quieter” time or a slight lull in the action to swing their products and it never came. When I looked at these clubs in the address position the look is one that will appeal to a huge majority of golfers. Looking down in the address position that topline is moderate and when people generally think of Miura irons they think about the Baby Blades. These CB-301 irons have a bit of a flange that moves the center of gravity low and back helping the golfer launch the ball. In the address position you cannot see the slight flange as it just seemlessly blends together. Truly a remarkable iron.

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The final product that I want to discuss in this segment is an apparel brand that comes from North Carolina. Specifically, Bald Head Island. From the vision of owner Claude Hope comes Bald Head Blues. “Clothing For Coasting”. Bald Head Blues is all about living the island lifestyle whether you’re actually on an island or simply wishing that you were (I’m the latter). The range of products goes from t-shirts, performance shirts (think fly-fishing) to polos and sweaters. The color palette features fun, playful and vibrant colors whilst the hand (feel) is very soft. I’m just in the process of testing and reviewing one of their Clubhouse 1/4 Zip pieces and this sweater is so comfortable. There’s almost a sensation of feeling relaxed when I wear it and in a way I feel like I’m at the beach soaking up some coastal Carolinian vibes.

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I hope that you’ve enjoyed my coverage of the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show. These are just some of the highlights and products that I covered and/or discovered over the 4 days (Demo Day). I have a lot of content to share so keep coming to UTNT for reviews, stories and lots more.

So long Orlando!!

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOntheNextTee

 

 

2019 PGA Merchandise Show Log – Day One

Travel Day

 

Today is the day. Departure for the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.

I always get really excited about this day every year. It’s the anticipation of many things. The sights and sounds of the travel. Arriving for the first time at the Orange County Convention Center and walking into the Media Center and picking up the badge. Wondering what hidden gems that I’ll find. It’s many things really. After attending the show this many times one would be led to believe that the novelty would wear off. But it hasn’t. This year is even more different as I have Contributor/Photographer and my spouse Crystal joining me. It’s her first time attending.

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Right now, we’re supposed to be at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in the middle of our 7 hr wait for our flight to depart. However last night… There was an air of disappointment. Google had a notification that our flight to Orlando was cancelled. I was dumbfounded when Crystal showed me her phone. I was right bummed and I admit that I was upset like a child that didn’t get what they wanted on Christmas. So I called the airline… Frontier Airlines to verify this information. Due to Winter Storm Harper they very preemptively scrubbed the flight. I guess because I look so forward to the show I was gutted.

So instead of being on a bus at 7 a.m. and traveling we slept in. Got up at 11:30 to no snow. Of course, I was thinking “of course there’s no snow”. Then in the next 45 minutes in what seemed a blink of an eye there was a lot. So I took the dog out and we played in the snow storm. I have to give Frontier Airlines major kudos for letting their customers know early (before every other airline) that the flight was cancelled. Looking at Departures/Arrivals from Buffalo there is a plethora of cancellations now.

But there is some good news. We were offered a different flight. Monday afternoon we depart. So Monday morning at 7 a.m. we’ll be on a bus to try it all over again. Hope there’s no mechanical issues.

Until The Next Tee!!

#SeeUOnTheNextTee #FightAndGrind

What?! A Podcast? Me?!

Alright, I did it!

I said that I wanted to expand the brand so by adding Crystal to the team I’m did that. Finally, UTNT will be covering women’s golf apparel, footwear, accessories etc. Wanting to make the site more interactive I’ve also since added UTNT TV which is a video channel.

But, I wasn’t finished there. Adding to having an increased engagement with my readers and direction that I want the site to head in I’ve now added a podcast to the arsenal. More interaction. Introducing, The Next Tee Podcast.

https://thenexttee.podbean.com/e/the-next-tee-episode-1/

Until The Next Tee!!