Club Champion Introduces Member Rewards Program

Club Champion Golf. The #1 club fitter in the United States has been in the news lately and they’re back in the spotlight again. They acquired proven SST PURE Technolgy, launched new stores in 7 locations giving them a total of 70 locations throughout the United States. Now they’re offering a new “Member Rewards Program”.

For more details on this exciting incentive, please see the press release below as set by Cassandra Bausch Social Media and Public Relations Manager.

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The benefits add an additional $1,000 value to a custom club fitting

Willowbrook, IL — Club Champion is upping their game: the nation’s #1 custom club fitter now offers over $1,000 of added benefits through a new Member Rewards Program when customers make qualifying purchases. A custom club fitting is already an an invaluable addition to any golfer’s game, but this new roster of benefits makes a Club Champion fitting worth even more.

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Included in the many benefits is a free or discounted fitting, complimentary practice time using TrackMan in the fitting bays, free installation on grips purchased at Club Champion, free loft and lie adjustments on Club Champion clubs, golf ball discounts and more. Program qualification begins when $1,000 or more in Club Champion purchases have been made; that amount can be reached cumulatively so long as purchases are made within 12 months.

“The core of Club Champion is to create happy golfers who play better golf,” said Nick Sherburne, founder of Club Champion. “This new member benefits program is our way of rewarding those golfers for trusting us with their game.”

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The program was designed specifically to add value to an already immersive experience. The national club fitter has over 35,000 hittable head and shaft combinations in stores for customers to demo, as well as industry-leading technology and the most highly trained fitters in the market. The fitting experience at Club Champion is modeled after Tour-level fittings, and involves no brand bias. The structure works: custom-fit golfers see an average gain of 22 yards off the tee and drop an average of six strokes per round. All of this already sets Club Champion apart from the crowd and this new Member Rewards Program sweetens the deal.

Customers are automatically enrolled in the program once qualifying purchases are made, and Club Champion is retroactively including purchases from 2019 to honor customers who have recently joined the custom-fit ranks. For more information on the new membership program, including details and exclusions, please visit clubchampiongolf.com/rewards.

 

About Club Champion

Established in 2010, Club Champion is a national club fitting and building company headquartered in Chicago, IL. There are currently more than 70 Club Champion fitting studios in major markets across the country, with plans to expand further in 2020. The studios carry all the top golf club, shaft and grip manufacturers in the industry, which are used to build test clubs in real-time. Studios are equipped with advanced analysis technology, along with highly trained certified fitters and builders who must complete an extensive training program. Services include club fitting and building, repair services, personalization, and highly engaging corporate and personal entertainment events.

For more information about Club Champion, visit http://www.clubchampiongolf.com.

 

Bag Boy Renews Partnership with IAGTO

Richmond, VA – The Bag Boy Company, a leader in the golf industry known for the quality, durability and innovation of its products, is thrilled to announce the renewal of their partnership with IAGTO for its second consecutive year. IAGTO, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, is headquartered in London, England, with locations worldwide. IAGTO’s mission is to network and develop partnerships to connect the golfer to a premier golf package, including golf resorts, hotels, travel, and more.

 “At the IAGTO Headquarters here in London, we make sure we select the right golfing equipment whether to play locally or internationally. IAGTO is proud to announce its renewed partnership with The Bag Boy Company for 2019,” said Peter Walton, Chief Executive of IAGTO. “The brand introduces many high-quality products, from the T-2000 golf travel bag to the Quad XL golf carts and we’re happy to recommend these products to our golf tourism network.”

IAGTO will be specifically showcasing Bag Boy’s line of travel covers and travel accessories. Travel covers are an important aspect to any traveling golfer, as it is crucial to keep golf clubs safe and free of damage. Bag Boy’s travel covers lead the golf industry and come in many different variations. To see the complete line, go to www.bagboy.com.

About IAGTO

IAGTO has been at the heart of the golf tourism industry since it was established in 1997. IAGTO’s membership comprises 2504 accredited golf tour operators, golf resorts, hotels, golf courses, receptive operators, airlines, tourist boards, approved media and business partners in 98 countries including, at its core, 658 specialist golf tour operators in 62 countries. It is estimated that IAGTO’s operators control over 85% of golf holiday packages sold worldwide and turnover more than $2 billion per year. IAGTO strives to provide information and create opportunities that help its members develop their business faster, with less effort and less cost. For more information, please visit www.iagto.com.

About Dynamic Brands 
Founded in 2004, Dynamic Brands is the parent company for a portfolio of premium brand name companies committed to the development of innovative, quality products and outstanding customer service in the sporting goods industry. Golf and recreational products are offered through Bag Boy®, Burton®, Datrek® Golf, Devant Sport Towels®, IGOTCHA®, Riksha®, SEARCH ‘N RESCUE® and FLAGPOLE-TO-GO® brands, and include walking carts, golf bags, travel covers, custom sport towels, bag tags, golf ball retrievers, flags and accessories. Dynamic Brands’ products are marketed in 87 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit www.dynamicbrands.com.  Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/dynamicbrandsrva/ and https://www.linkedin.com/company/dynamic-brands/.

Bag Boy to Launch Quad XLR Rental Cart in April 2019

Bag Boy, a world leader in the golf industry continues to make waves and news throughout the golf industry. Established in 1946, Bag Boy continues to be one of the premier manufacturers of golf bags, travel covers (like their 6-wheeled Freestyle travel cover) and golf push carts.

Following relatively close on the heels of their recently released Nitron golf push cart that features a Nitrogen powered opening systems comes the Quad XLR Rental Cart. The Quad XLR Rental cart features a simple two-step fold, large “G-force” wheel, a lightweight aluminum frame that’s both durable and weather-resistant and more.

For more details please see the attached press release as shared by Michelle Roop. Ms. Roop is the Marketing Manager for Dynamic Brands. Also, please visit www.bagboycompany.com for more information on the Quad XLR Rental Cart, Nitron Push Cart and more.

Until The Next Tee!!

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Richmond, VA – The Bag Boy Company, known for innovative push carts, is thrilled to announce the launch of the Quad XLR Rental Cart this spring 2019. Bag Boy originated in 1946 and continues to revive and modernize their line of products while continuing to lead the market through innovation.

With four large wheels and a sleek, weather-resistant aluminum frame, the newest addition to the Bag Boy line of products offers superior stability, durability, and is super compact for storage. Its anodized finish prevents corrosion in extreme weather conditions. Another quality that makes this cart so desirable is its ability to fold in seconds with its built-in simple two-step fold feature. When folded, its dimensions are 26” x 23” x 15”, so it can easily be stored. The Quad XLR boasts a removable bag bracket for anti-theft and security purposes. It features large G-Force wheels with a steel reinforced brake tab and a foot-controlled parking brake for ultimate handling. The Quad XLR will be available April 25th.

About the Bag Boy Company 

Founded in 1946, the Bag Boy Company has built a reputation for unmatched quality, unbelievable durability and unsurpassed innovation and design. Bag Boy designs, manufactures and distributes a full line of award-winning, feature-loaded golf bags, push carts, travel covers and accessories designed for a golfer’s on-course convenience and comfort. For more information, please visit www.bagboy.com. Follow us at www.facebook.com/bagboygolfhttps://twitter.com/BagBoyCompany and https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/bag-boy-company/.

About Dynamic Brands 
Established in 2004, Dynamic Brands is the parent company for a portfolio of premium brand name companies committed to the development of innovative, high-quality products and supported with outstanding customer service in the sporting goods industry. Golf and recreational products are offered through Bag Boy, Burton, Datrek Golf, Devant Sport Towels, IGOTCHA, Riksha, SEARCH ‘N RESCUE and FLAGPOLE-TO-GO brands, and include walking carts, golf bags, travel covers, custom sport towels, bag tags, golf ball retrievers, flags and accessories. Dynamic Brands’ products are marketed in 87 countries worldwide. For more information, please visitwww.dynamicbrands.com.  Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/dynamicbrandsrva/ andhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/dynamic-brands/.

Review – Frontier Airlines

Well, this review is going to be something different than what I’ve traditionally done in the past. A bit of a travel review. But after our experience flying Frontier Airlines to get to and from Orlando, Florida for the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show I almost feel compelled to write about them. So, here I am.

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Frontier Airlines for those that aren’t familiar with the airline is a discount airline based out of Denver, Colorado. Frontier Airlines services many major hubs in the United States. Among them are Texas cities Austin, Houston and Dallas/Ft. Worth. Denver, Colorado Cincinnati, California cities like Los Angeles and San Diego and stops in Florida like Miami, Jacksonville and of course Orlando. Frontier Airlines features a world-class fleet featuring renowned commercial aircraft ranging from the Airbus A318-111 to the A321-211. All of Frontier’s aircraft have an animal on the winglets (wingtips) and tails. Like ‘Cali the Mountain Lion”. They’re modern aircraft yet relatively basic. Meaning there aren’t creature comforts like USB ports or charging for laptops. Because Frontier is a discount airline they don’t feature those amenities. To make room for more seats on the flights some would consider Frontier Flights to have not enough legroom. More information that you need to know.

  • Seats are cheap because they are a base rate. In our case it was $39 USD each going down and $44 return. You’re allowed one personal item on board free of charge. This is like a small backpack, camera or laptop bag.

  • Carry-On baggage is $38 per bag and a checked-bag is also $38. Golf bags up to 50 lbs are considered a checked bag.

  • If you want to select your seat that costs an additional fee. Or you can let fate select your seats for you at no additional charge

Prior to booking the flight, I had concerns about what flying Frontier Airlines would be like. In preparing for the booking I conducted research and I was nearly horrified when I saw 1-star ratings. I think the average was 2.5-stars. Among the complaints was the lack of legroom, customer service at the ticket counter that was beyond reproach and in-flight staff that basically implied that they were non-existent. Basically, the bar was set extremely low and I figured “Well, you get what you pay for”. A defeatist attitude right? Maybe if my expectations were set so low it wouldn’t be that bad. Bear in mind, I’m not a diva. So the experience.

We were mired in the middle of Winter Storm Harper when Crystal received a notification from Google. The notice informed us that our flight was canceled. We were puzzled because we hadn’t received this information from them directly. So to get to the bottom of it I called their reservations line where I was assisted by a very nice representative. I asked her if it was true that our flight was canceled to which she confirmed it. I was so disappointed that I had a childish tirade like a spoiled brat who didn’t get the gift that they wanted. I thought… no PGA Show all because I thought that they made the decision very prematurely. But then I was later offered a make-up flight on Monday so I accepted the change (at no extra cost). So instead of getting to Florida on Saturday night, it would be Monday evening. Perfect… PGA Show bound. I didn’t purchase our seats but we were fortunate to be sat together… on a fully booked flight.

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The Niagara River. Grand Island, NY is top right.

Our travel day arrived and off to Buffalo/Niagara International Airport we went. Two city buses and a 2 hour long Megabus ridge later we were at the airport. We approached the ticket counter and were greeted by the friendliest airline staff that I’ve ever been greeted by. We checked our bag, got our boarding passes and off we went through the TSA checkpoint. After killing time in the terminal we boarded our flight and we took off right on time as expected. Our flight was so smooth that we arrived well ahead of schedule. Oh! Speaking of the landing. Our Pilot-in-Command was so smooth touching down in Orlando that I didn’t even realize that we landed. upon completing our runout we were able to taxi right to our gate (instead of waiting on the tarmac like I have with Southwest) and the de-planing process began. Everything went smooth and as we got to baggage claim the bags started to come out some 5 minutes later. An amazing first impression.

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Coming into Orlando.

After 5 days of basking in the chilled Florida air, it was time to head back home to sultry, sauna-like Buffalo, NY. Upon arriving at the airport we checked in at the ticket counter. Again we were met by very friendly staff that seemed to welcome us to their airlines. However, I made a mistake and screwed up on the 24-hour check-in. Because of the hustle and bustle of appointments at the show, I didn’t get us checked in until about 6 p.m. the night before. Our seats were separated from each other. This is where things got a little tense.

Personally speaking, I don’t like MCO (Orlando International) all that much. Arriving isn’t too bad but Departing is another. It just seems like a hot mess. Now factor in the government shutdown (it was just ending) and there you have a total back-up. The sign said the wait was 20 minutes… it was significantly longer. So after waiting in line, TSA announced that they were bringing in a canine to speed things up. It did, and we were whisked through the “maze” and then off to the conveyors and x-ray machines. My wife is a nervous flyer, to put it mildly. Not only that but she suffers from anxiety and mild claustrophobia. As we cleared the x-ray bins were mounting up, bins were falling all over the place and we were pinned down by bins and people scrambling to get their belongings and get to their gate. Crystal was having a hard time… she was in tears and I felt so sick to my stomach for her. She said, “We will never fly again”. It was a total nightmare. Plus, we knew that we were going to be separated from each other.

The flight home would have been a complete nightmare had it not been for their gate employee. This young man (Derrick Greaves) literally saved the day for us. I decided to approach him to see if the flight was sold out in the off chance that it wasn’t and explain the scenario. When I asked him about the status of our flight he informed me that it was. Instantly, my stomach ended up in my throat. So I decided to explain the scenario of Crystal not being a good flyer (extremely nervous) and the incident down at TSA. Mr. Greaves punched a few keystrokes into his computer and informed me that he had two seats available at the very back of the plane. I asked him if there was any chance that anything could be done and without a word, he put us together. I can’t begin to express how much gratitude I had. When I went back to where we were sitting I showed Crystal the new boarding passes and she asked: “How!?”. I simply said “See that young man over there? He did this for us”. She said that she was so thankful that she wanted to give him a hug so I said: “Go for it!”. When our section was called for boarding she hugged him and I shook his hand and said: “Thank-you” again.

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Nothing but blue skies ahead thanks to an empathetic employee.

The flight home was smooth… again we were early getting in and the de-planing was very smooth. We gathered our bag from the carousel and headed home.

Conclusion

I have no doubt that based on this experience I will be flying Frontier Airlines again. I don’t understand all of the hate that they’ve received. You can pay far more for airline tickets and get service that wouldn’t come as close to being as good as what I saw. I never like to bug anyone when I fly but if the flight would have been much longer I would have had to get up because my arse got so sore that it was numb. That might be just me. I thought the legroom was sufficient as a person who is 6′ tall. It’s a discount airline with budget-friendly prices. Most importantly they had very friendly and empathetic staff employed in the front line where you need them. Well done Frontier! If you fly to where I’m going… you have a repeat customer for as long as you fly out of Buffalo.

Until The Next Tee!!

#SeeUOnTheNextTee #FightAndGrind

What Kind Of World Have I Entered?

It’s a world of running around, a world of meetings and a world of something new.

This is my first time to the PGA Show and I’m nervous yet also excited about it. It was a rough start but I am hoping it goes smooth. I was excited to go but then our flight was cancelled. We had to call our airline (Frontier) and they were nice enough to get us on a later flight and did not charge us anything extra. That helped ease the stress a little bit and then Monday happened.

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First of all let me say, I am not an early bird and I prefer to sleep in. Today that didn’t happen. Due to our lack of a vehicle currently it was a nice early day to hop on our bevy of buses. The first bus was at 7 a.m. and then the next bus was at 8:15 a.m. after waiting in the bus terminal.

We got to the airport in a reasonable amount of time and yet we still had another 3-4 hours wait for our flight. The clearance through customs was quick which was shocking considering the US Government is on a shutdown. We were expecting a long wait to get through TSA but we were through within about 15 minutes. We made our way to the gate and decided we would just plant our behinds there. We were able to get a nice Wi-Fi connection and just watch the commotion outside.

Considering we were hit by Winter Storm Harper a couple of days earlier you wouldn’t know it by looking outside. There was a lot of snow on the tarmac but there were plows going over it constantly. The sky was blue and hardly any clouds. You know? The nice fluffy white ones, no gray and no dim. This was starting out as a beautiful day. Now to see what the rest of the week will bring.

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I have plenty of meetings coming up with women’s apparel companies and I look forward to seeing what’s out there for us women. I wonder what the women will want to know about and how I’m going to get it for them. There are a couple of events geared specifically towards women and I hope to cover them and bring some input from the women of the golf industry.

Time will tell. Hello PGA Show 2019!!

Until The Next Tee!!

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Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company to Build Upon 2018 Success with New Products in 2019

As of late I’ve written and/or talked a lot about the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment company. the brand that brings you premium forged irons and wedges at extremely affordable price points. It’s my opinion that they have the best price point in the golf industry.

2018 was a great year for the Dallas, Texas based company as they brought out several exciting products. From soft goods that included caps and backpacks to a series of new equipment. Among them were models like the Ft. Worth Black and Ft. Worth White irons, Edge irons and last but not least the Equalizer wedges. Stay tuned for a review of the latter in the future.

Looking to build off of the banner year that 2018 was Ben Hogan Golf Equipment announced plans to introduce new products and programs to expand their growth further. Speculating may not be the right thing for media to do but I can’t but to partake in it. It’s fun. Could Ben Hogan Golf be releasing a new hybrid? Or maybe just maybe dare I say a driver or fairway metals? I remember a conversation in 2016 that I had with a rep at the 2016 PGA Show. Maybe a putter? Who remembers the Ben Hogan Bettinardi putters?

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For more information… please see the press release below. Thanks to Jared Minski of Mastro Communications for sharing the release.

 

Unique Factory-Direct Business Model Provides Serious Golfers with Tour-Quality,  High-Performance Golf Clubs at a Fraction of Competitive Brand Pricing

Fort Worth, Texas – January 14, 2019 –  On the heels of multi-million dollar sales growth in 2018, the resurgent Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company is optimistic about 2019 and plans to introduce a number of new products and programs to fuel growth.

“2018 was a tremendous year for the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company.  We’ve proven to ourselves that our Factory-Direct business model works extraordinarily well and is clearly the way more and more premium golf equipment will be purchased in the future.  We’ve also proven to serious golfers that the brand is firmly back and remains committed to Mr. Hogan’s mission of creating the best-performing golf equipment in the world,” said Scott White, CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “In 2019, we will be aggressive and continue to invest in our Company and business model.  Our new product line-up, specifically, is exceptional and we believe golfers will increasingly migrate away from traditional sales channels to purchase Ben Hogan golf equipment online.”

White adds, “We offer best-in-class golf clubs to golfers at hundreds of dollars less than they would pay for competitive brand products in the mark-up driven retail sector.  And, because we aren’t beholden to retail sales cycles and shelf re-sets, we bring products to market only when they are worthy of Ben Hogan’s signature.  We’ll roll out some new irons and will likely enter some new product categories in the very near future.  I’d urge serious golfers to wait and see what is coming from us before investing in new products from other leading brands.  I promise, they won’t be disappointed!”

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Recognized for producing the highest-quality, best-performing and best-feeling forged irons and wedges in the game, the Company’s 2019 new product introductions will complement the existing line-up that includes the Fort Worth Black and White irons, PTX irons, Edge irons, Equalizer wedges, VKTR hybrids and Ft. Worth HI utility clubs.

All products are designed specifically for serious golfers of varying skill levels and are hand-crafted using Ben Hogan Golf’s proprietary club building process. The Company’s team of craftsmen, some of whom worked with Mr. Hogan directly for many years, build each individual club and set of irons one at a time,

to exacting, individual specifications.  Mass production techniques are not utilized at Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company.

Moreover, recognizing that most golfers want to personally experience equipment before they purchase, Ben Hogan Golf offers a simple, risk-free demo program, as well as a Trade-UP program where golfers can offset the cost of their purchase by selling used equipment back to the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. The Company reports that over 70% of people who try Ben Hogan golf equipment via the Demo Program end up buying equipment.

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The Company also offers a number of other consumer-centric programs including free domestic shipping on orders over $150.00, flat-rate international shipping, a low or no-cost financing program, and no-charge customization of all clubs.

To learn more about Ben Hogan Golf, please visit www.benhogangolf.com.

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Until The Next Tee!!

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The Future of the Industry

As the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show inches ever so closer to I do have some concerns about the industry and the direction that it’s heading towards.

Going back to October, golf manufacturers started to reveal their respective product cycles for 2019. With all of these introductions being made golfers clamber at all of the new goodies that will be filling up racks in Pro Shops and golf retailers worldwide. So shiny, sexy and expensive.

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In general, operating and processing costs have been exponentially on the rise over the last several years. This is especially true in Canada where currency rates and taxes drive the cost of literally everything upwards (not just golf products). This is something that I touched on in my article (Get Growing) as it pertained to golf courses themselves. Now factor in global politics with tariffs and so on. Suddenly, if products are made overseas (where most are produced) on the cheap in China, Vietnam, Malaysia etc the costs to ship them (fuel), port charges, delivery and so on increases. It’s a classic “trickle-down”. Please bear in mind that I never went to school for business (or journalism for that matter).

So the overall cost of producing golf goods has to rise. It’s “cause and effect”. But does it really have to be the way that it’s gotten? As new equipment has been released I’ve been paying extra attention to the M.A.P or M.S.R.P. with each release. Of interest, was the release yesterday of TaylorMade Golf’s new M5 and M6 metalwoods. The M5 driver is going to retail for $699.99 CAD while the M6 is a little less $599.99. However, what I find truly eye opening is the cost of their fairway metals. The M5 is $499.99 CAD while M6 is going to be $399.99 CAD. I’m not sure what these figures are going to be in USD but I’m guessing about a hundred less. You know that the Callaway Golf Epic Flash, PING and so on are likely going to be the same thing. I’d be pleasantly surprised if the weren’t.

Remember my piece Apex Predators? TaylorMade and Callaway Golf are who I was talking about.

So it has to be that way right? Wrong! Tour Edge Golf also had a fairway wood that yielded plenty of sticker shot. The Original Tour Edge Exotics 3 wood. It had a cult following. Anyways, 2019 has proved something. The exorbitant cost of producing and selling golf products doesn’t need to involve selling organs on the black market. Tour Edge Golf has done this with their EXS range. I’m basing my evaluation on a small sample size based on press releases and my testing of the EXS hybrid (Hybrid Review). You have golf clubs with premium materials, amazing shafts and a ton of technology for a fraction of the prices above. Their driver is $299.99 USD or what I assume will be around $399.99 CAD.

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So with this I have a question that I’d like to pose. If one company can produce premium equipment and sell said equipment for a fraction of the cost of the others… why can’t they? Oh I may already have that answer. Someone has to pay the player’s contracts. At the end of the day who is paying the contracts? The consumers that purchase the hard goods.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee