SKIN Sunscreen™ Introduces New Active Reef Friendly SPF50 Continuous Spray Sunscreen​

One of the booths that I took the time to visit at the 2019 PGA Show in Orlando, Florida was SKIN Sunscreen. During my time visiting there I chatted with one of the representatives who explained to me how SKIN Sunscreen came to be and the development of their latest sunscreen.

SKIN Sunscreen was developed with the purpose of keeping golfers safe from the harmful rays of the sun. With skin cancer deaths on the rise, it’s become even more important that we take care of ourselves and take any and all precautions against it (the sun). Whether you’re a golfer or a tennis player or any outdoors-minded you’re likely prone to spend countless hours outdoors.

Having already developed one of the leading sunscreens in the health and wellness industry (golf) SKIN Sunscreen has released it’s most recent addition to their family of products. Already having lip balm, SPF 30+ and SPF 50+ Sunscreen comes a new and improved formula with one major difference. It’s Reef Safe.

The new Active Reef Friendly SPF50 Continuous Spray sunscreen has been specially formulated to remove any chemicals that may be harmful to coral reefs. The organisms that live in these precious ecosystems are far more important than we realize. SKIN Sunscreen knows this as well. And they care.

The SKIN Sunscreen Active formula is non-greasy (as I can attest), sprays on so it doesn’t need to be rubbed into the skin, dries clear and is water-resistant for over an hour.

For more details on SKIN Sunscreen Active please see the press release below as shared by Tracy Nackel of TEN Marketing and PR.

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Goodyear, AZ, March 18, 2019… SKIN Sunscreen™, providers of a premium sunscreen product specifically designed for the golf athlete and their families, has introduced a new Active Reef Friendly SPF50 Continuous Spray sunscreen.

“When creating our Active SPF50 spray, we felt the need to bring the integrity of our formula to a higher standard, therefore eliminating specific chemicals, which are frowned upon by our loyal consumers,” said Jessica Folino, General Manager/Partner, SKIN Sunscreen.

The SKIN Sunscreen Active SPF50 Continuous Spray is a lightweight, non-greasy formula that sprays on from any angle, helping you protect your entire body from harmful UVA/UVB rays. This highly effective, Broad Spectrum formula features a no-run application that doesn’t require rubbing in. It provides water resistance up to 80 minutes and applies and dries clear while allowing the skin to breathe. It is safe for children, the reef and is approved for use in Hawaii.

On May 1, 2018, Hawaii became the first state to pass a bill banning the sale of sunscreen containing chemicals believed to harm coral reefs. The legislation prohibits the distribution of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate that scientists have found contributes to coral bleaching when washed off in the ocean.

Active ingredients in the new spray include Homosalate, Octocrylene, Octisalate, and Avobenzone. Other ingredients include skin soothing, aloe vera, coconut oil, and Vitamin E.

“We’re pleased to offer a spray sunscreen that is not only environmentally safe, but also provides sun protection while playing golf, swimming, and participating in all other outdoor activities,” said Jessica Folino, General Manager/Partner, SKIN Sunscreen. “It’s ideal for people who want to apply sunscreen but would rather not use their hands to apply during their activity. It provides one less excuse for not re-applying!”

In addition to the new SPF50 spray, SKIN Sunscreen also offers a premium preventative reef-friendly SPF30+ lotion formulation that is oxybenzone-free, non-greasy, sweat resistant and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Uniting the company’s resources in a quest to spare others the pain and loss associated with the insidious health threat of skin cancer and UV damage, SKIN Sunscreen is proudly promoted as the optimal wellness preventative in a healthy daily hygiene routine.

For more information about SKIN Sunscreen, visit www.skinsunscreen.com.

About SKIN Sunscreen™
SKIN Sunscreen™ was founded for golfers, by golfers. SKIN Sunscreen is formulated specifically for golfers and their environment. The SPF 30+ sunscreen utilizing Zinc and Titanium Dioxide as its base, is very water resistant, Broad Spectrum, and delivers UVA/UVB protection.  SKIN Sunscreen is trusted for performance and protection by nearly 280 Tour Players on the PGA Tour, European Tour, and Web.com Tour. For more information about SKIN Sunscreen, visit www.skinsunscreen.com.

“First Impressions” Review – Wilson Golf D7 Driver

In the days leading up to the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show I had a poll that I asked on Twitter. The poll was basically… out of these brands what company would you like to see a review on first? I asked and you answered. In a closely contested battle a winner winner emerged pulling away by 10% in the end. The winning brand… Wilson Golf.

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So with a company decided on in a relatively small 24 hour sampling size it was time to decide which product to do the review on. After much thought and deliberation I thought that since everybody is distance obsessed I figured that I would choose between the Cortex or D7 driver. Both of which were amongst the first products that I made swings with at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show Demo Day. Ironically, my appointment with Wilson Golf’s Rich Hulock who is the Innovation Manager – Metal Woods was also the first of the show.

The Chicago, Illinois based golf equipment manufacturer has a rich and storied history. The brand has been around since 1914 and has won 61 Major Championships. It’s been my opinion that Wilson Golf is one of two “movers and shakers” in the golf industry meaning that they’re doing great things and trending the right way. Gaining momentum in golf consumers’ eyes. However, there is the caveat that while their irons continue to be among the industry’s best… their metal woods have lagged well behind. A point that I made abundantly clear to Mr. Hulock.

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The latest driver in their “Distance Category” (D100, D200, D300) features a “Superlight” design. Boasting a head weight of just 192 grams the crown is constructed from composite materials. This is what Wilson refers to as a “[K]omposite Crown” which delivers exceptional sound and feel. The [K]omposite Crown is achieved by employing a three-piece crown. The crown is comprised of Kevlar® layered between woven and unidirectional, carbon fiber which neutralizes vibration for a sharp, crisp sound and incredible feel. This is one of the things in particular that I pointed out to Mr. Hulock about past driver releases. Especially, the FG Tour M3… that driver sounded and felt horrible. The head also features “Dynamic Launch Control” (more on that in a few seconds). The stock shaft is a UST Mamiya Helium Shaft which is lightweight (A-flex 45 grams, R-flex 46 grams and S-flex 57 grams) and features a Wilson Staff MicroLite grip by Lamkin.

One of the marketing terms used with the entire D7 product range (metalwoods and irons) is what Wilson Golf calls RE-AKT Technology. What is RE-AKT Technology? Essentially, RE-AKT Technology is a combination of game enhancement features. I’ve already mentioned the [K]omposite Crown. Adding to this technology is that this driver also has a total weight of 280 grams +/- 1 or 2 grams (tolerance) and “Dynamic Launch Control”. One of the methods used to save weight in the D7 driver was that the D7 features a fixed hosel. The lofts come in three options being 9*, 10.5* and 13*. Depending on which type of swinger you are (fast, moderate or slow) weight has been placed inside of the head accordingly. Golfers with faster swings prefer weight towards the front of the face to keep the spin rates down so in the 9* head this is where the weight is placed. Consequently, golfers with slower swing speeds need more spin and help to get the ball up in the air. Thus, the weight in the 13* head is placed low and back. Meanwhile, the 10.5* head has the weight placed halfway back.

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“First Impressions”

Conditions: Sunny/Cool 17*C or 62*C. Light wind right to left.

 After my appointment with Mr. Hulock I had to leave almost right away to head to another appointment. Before I departed the Wilson Golf booth at Demo Day I made sure to swing nearly everything that they had there. Of course, this included the D7 driver. Without having any idea what my swing speed was  I went with the 9* head with the Helium shaft in a Stiff flex (post-Stroke I now know that I lost nearly 20 mph clubhead speed).

I had much to say about the D7 in the days leading up to the PGA Show. Some of the quotes that you’d see on social media (Twitter, Instagram) were things like “It just looks right” and “The simple looks are the genius of the design”. While there is a lot more than meets the eye with this driver in the grand scheme of things it’s simplistic when compared to it’s stablemate… Cortex. I loved the D7 in the address position and it sets up extremely well behind the golf ball.

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Overall, the aesthetics of the D7 is very eye-pleasing. The carbon crown shimmered in the Florida sunshine and flipping the club over the graphics aren’t overdone, ‘The Shield” is ever-present, and the cool blue “pop” catches the eye. The blue is a subtle “change-up” from their traditional crimson red.

On my very first pass I struck the ball and was rewarded with a well-struck drive that was perfectly straight. There was no ballooning and the ball flight penetrated. I have to give kudos to the Wilson team for the design… the weight placed up front was ideal for my needs. The golf ball seemed to have good exit velocity and the carry seemed very good. The next shot was more of the same and it didn’t take long for this driver to give me confidence. These were the first full driver swings that I’ve made and watched since my Stroke. So to hit baby draws with the D7 out of the gate was an eye-opener.

Consequently, all of my swings resulted in the same ballflight. Tight baby draws like I’ve been swinging every day for the last several months instead of being all but laid up since September. The D7 launches the ball quickly and based on my findings it does not balloon. Credit also should go to the Helium shaft from UST Mamiya. By the way, the combination of head and shaft is perfect!! Or at least it was for me.

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Some people may think that the lack of adjustment might be an issue. Wilson Golf conducted research and if my memory serves me correct they concluded that once finding the right adjustment 84% of golfers (upon finding the right setting) no longer adjust the club again. I definitely fall into this category. When I find the right setting I more or less lose the wrench.

Conclusion

I said that these D7 drivers looked right. They are!! I also said that the metal woods have long lagged behind their irons. 2019 just might signal the turning point for Wilson Golf metal woods. The D7 is easy to hit, must be forgiving, has technology packed into a relatively simplistic package and the acoustics and feel have been very improved upon. I found out that my swing speed was way down the last day of the show. it makes me wonder what a R-flex in a 9* or 10.5* would have done. The MSRP of the D7 driver is $299.99.

For more information on the D7 driver please visit Wilson for more details.

 

 

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aboutGOLF launches aG links – The platform for the modern golfer at the 2019 PGA Show

Thanks to Mary Beth Lacy of Mary Beth Lacy Inc for sharing this press release.

On my list of exhibitors to visit is Kirkland, Washington based aboutGOLF. One of the leaders in the golf simulator business. The company just happens to be the chosen simulator of the PGA Tour. At the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show aboutGOLF will be introducing a new platform called “aG Links”.

aG Links promises to give golfers of all skill levels endless entertainment. For more details please see the press release below.

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Kirkland, WA (January 18, 2019) — aboutGOLF, market leader in golf simulator and performance technology, will exhibit at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando — January 23-25, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center.

 

aboutGOLF is excited to release aG Links, the Platform for the Modern Golfer, at the PGA 2019 Merchandise Show. aboutGOLF’s Modern Golfer ranges from the newest novice to the most skilled players on the PGA Tour, providing a challenging and fun experience for anyone.

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aboutGOLF is also excited to take part in the PGA of America Teaching & Coaching Summit prior to the Show on January 20th and 21st alongside the most influential names in coaching and PGA of America Professionals. aboutGOLFs dedication to craftsmanship, ingenuity, and innovation for the modern golfer perfectly aligns with the Teaching & Coaching Summit focus.

 

The new aG Links platform along with the launch of the new aboutGOLF App (available for IOS and Android), empowers golf enthusiast, providing direct access to their data anytime, anywhere, and on any device. With aG, the modern golfer, has the ability to improve their swing and overall accuracy, gain access to exclusive courses, along with best-in-class technology for endless entertainment.

 

“We’re thrilled to demonstrate our latest technology to PGA Professionals and industry influencers,” says Randall Henry, CGO of aboutGOLF. “I’m confident that once they experience our new aG Links platform, they will be impressed by the changes. We’re shaping the future of indoor golf performance – taking on challenges presented by a new wave of golf enthusiasts, plus making it possible for even the most avid golfers to get instant access to the game they love.”

 

As an official simulator partner of the PGA TOUR, aboutGOLF is dedicated to innovation and advancements for the golf industry. aboutGOLF’s deep roots as the world’s number one all-time distributor of computer golf simulation software and focus on working with businesses to improve revenue streams and ROI, are differentiators that set aboutGOLF apart in the golf simulator market.

 

aboutGOLF’s simulators are already popular at many indoor golf centers, golf clubs, resorts, club fitting centers, restaurants, hotels, bars, universities, and private residences. With an upgraded aG Links solution, a traditional simulator is elevated to the next level allowing the modern golfer to truly “be in the game” no matter the location.

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Be sure to stop by the aboutGOLF booth #3442 during the PGA 2019 Merchandise Show and download the free aG App to learn more about this new wave of golf.

 

ABOUT aboutGOLF

 

aboutGOLF is the Platform for the Modern Golfer. Providing unmatched technology with endless entertainment. As the Official Golf Simulator Provider of the PGA TOUR, aboutGOLF is shaping the future of the indoor golf performance experience. aboutGOLF is making it possible for even the most experienced golfers to gain instant access to the game they love, while delivering the performance and accuracy needed to improve their game.

 

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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.

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Mizuno Golf North America – Returns to the PGA Merchandise Show

One of the things that I’m most excited about attending the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show is the fact that it sees a return. Even though Mizuno Golf North America was in attendance for my first couple of shows their presence was limited to a meeting room in the Orange County Convention Center’s concourse (hallway area).

Mizuno Golf had a very nice 2018 with Tour Staff like Stacy Lewis from the LPGA Tour, Eddie Pepperell, Jhonnotan Vegas and Brooks Koepka leading the way playing their irons. For the first time since 2005 Mizuno Golf North America will be on the show floor.

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I’m looking very forward to visiting their booth at Demo Day and on the show floor. It’s been a long time since I made swings with Mizuno Golf products. If it wasn’t the JPX EZ (2015) then it was definitely the JPX EZ range from 2014.

Please see the press release below for more information.

 

NORCROSS, Ga. – (November 14, 2018) – Mizuno, a global leader in golf equipment who is renowned for its expertise in irons, announced the company’s plans to participate in the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 22-25, in Orlando. Mizuno will offer hands-on product testing at the PGA Show Demo Day and showcase a comprehensive lineup of its newest golf equipment, bags and accessories on the PGA Show Floor to more than 40,000 attending PGA professionals, golf retailers and industry leaders from around the world.

 

“The golf industry is changing at high speed. A critical piece to Mizuno’s success has been our relationship with golf professionals – the club fitters and PGA Professionals who are engaged in the industry every day. The PGA Merchandise Show is a valuable opportunity to connect and foster important relationships that impact our business,” said Jeremy Galbreth, Director of Golf, Mizuno USA. “Mizuno has had great momentum and this was the right time for us to present ourselves again to the largest gathering of PGA Professionals in the world.”

 

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Photo Credit: Mizuno Golf Europe

 

The return to the PGA Show will layout a new vision for Mizuno in golf with focused attention around the JPX irons which have had a stand-out season on tour with two major wins. In addition, Mizuno has plans to headline highly anticipated new product releases leading up to and at the show.

 

“We are excited to welcome back Mizuno to the PGA Merchandise Show,” said PGA Golf Exhibitions Event Vice President, Marc Simon. “Attending PGA Professionals and retailers value the opportunity to experience their newest products in person while interacting with their company leadership. Their presence on the PGA Show Floor and at the PGA Show Demo Day helps to build a dynamic marketplace and a valuable forum for our industry to collaborate and drive forward the business of the game.”

 

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Photo Credit: Mizuno Golf USA

 

The PGA Merchandise Show is the global golf industry’s annual summit for the business of golf hosting some 1,000 top golf companies and brands and more than 40,000 golf industry professionals. PGA Show Week begins with PGA Show Demo Day, the world’s largest professional golf testing event, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Orange County National Golf Center. During PGA Show days, Jan. 23-25, the latest equipment, technology and trends are uncovered within nearly 1 million square feet of exhibit, demonstration and meeting space of the Orange County Convention Center.

 

About Mizuno USA

 

Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufacturers and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running and volleyball equipment, apparel and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in greater Atlanta, GA.

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Callaway Adds Halo SL & Pacifica To Women’s Footwear Line

 


Amesbury, Mass., November 8, 2018 – Callaway footwear is expanding its women’s offerings for 2019 with the addition of Halo SL and Pacifica. Both lightweight spikeless golf shoes offer key technology to enhance fit, comfort and performance.

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The classic design, full-grain leather and microfiber upper Pacifica has three key technologies to keep the golfer comfortable and playing great. The Opti-Dri technology transfer moisture away from the foot to keep you dry in all conditions and is backed by a two-year waterproof protection. The Opti-Vent mesh liner manages heat with breathability for cool comfort. The Opt-Soft EVA midsole gives a natural feel and cushion on every step for serious comfort. The spikeless dura-rubber outsole with multi-directional traction lugs helps golfers maintain maximum stability and control during play.

 

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Pacifica Specs:

  • Color: White, Black
  • Sizes: 6 – 11; Widths: Medium
  • Warranty: 2-year limited waterproof warranty
  • Suggest Retail: $89.95
  • Available: November 15, 2018

 

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Halo SL
The Halo SL is a stylish choice for women on and off the golf course with incredible breathability. The Opti-Vent mesh upper allows for cool airflow and includes a 3D stability print for added support. The Opti-Vent mesh liner helps manage heat and maximize breathability. A 5mm EVA Opti-Soft midsole works with your foot’s arch for natural, comfortable walking. The dura-rubber outsole with multidirectional traction lugs offers a firm grip on any terrain and versatility on and off the golf course.

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Halo SL Specs:

  • Color: White/Grey, Navy/White, Black/Grey
  • Sizes: 6 – 11; Widths: Medium
  • Suggest Retail: $69.95
  • Available: November 15, 2018

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About Callaway Golf

Through an unwavering commitment to innovation, Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) creates products designed to make every golfer a better golfer. Callaway Golf Company manufactures and sells golf clubs and golf balls and sells golf accessories under the Callaway Golf® and Odyssey® brands worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.callawaygolf.com.

 

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TaylorMade Golf NOT Attending the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show

A day ago or so I saw a rumour floating across the internet. The rumour was that TaylorMade Golf would not be attending the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.

Instead of opting to go by what I saw over social media I decided to go to the source. So I reached out to Nick Obritsch who is the Marketing Manager for TaylorMade-adidas Golf (Canada) to confirm or debunk the story. It has been confirmed that TaylorMade-adidas Golf will not be attending the PGA Merchandise Show in January.

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This is a bit of a “black eye” for the event that features all of the latest and greatest that the industry has to offer. An event that seems to have lost a little bit of its lustre when talking to other media outlets or attendees alike.

TaylorMade-adidas Golf is obviously one of the industry “David’s”. The brand has never shied away from having a tremendous representation at the PGA Merchandise Show. The brand used to take up a large segment of one end of the Orange County Convention Center. One year in particular they had an area that felt like you were at a lavish South Beach nightclub. In the past TaylorMade-adidas Golf has made huge announcements at the annual show. The largest of the bunch was in 2017 when the brand announced that Tiger Woods would be playing TaylorMade Golf equipment.

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Below is the official statement from TaylorMade Golf regarding their reason for not attending. Thanks go out to Mr. Obritsch for providing the official statement. One way or another I will provide coverage on the 2019 product range from TaylorMade Golf. That I guarantee.

David Abeles, CEO, TaylorMade Golf:

“In the coming years, TaylorMade plans to broaden its investment in the PGA of America, pursuing growth initiatives we believe create even greater value for the game of golf. As a result of the additional spend and following significant discussions with key stakeholders, including many of our TaylorMade PGA staff professionals, the decision was made to not attend the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show.”

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