Hoodies and Bryson. What if Bryson Too, Wore a Hoodie?

Have you ever just sat back in your chair, minding your own business and just suddenly think to yourself “What the Hell?” I’ve done it and more often than not, it happens in an unprovoked way. Admittedly, I’ve done this more often than I care to say, but it happens.

Now, in a similar situation, while sipping on your morning “Cup ‘o’ Joe” you find yourself immersed in the internet. You’re going through golf websites (and I hope that I’m one of your stops) or through golf social media channels and you see things from the world of golf that make you mildly outraged? Honestly, this happened to me this past weekend. But, not in the way that you might think. I’m actually outraged at some outrage.

2020 has been a strange year as we all know. In a way, I think that it’s messed with our heads, and in a way, for some people, it’s made some of us lose our minds or lost touch with reality. Issues that shouldn’t matter or should be a big deal suddenly are. In my opinion, golf media, or particularly golf social media channels haven’t helped.

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Hoodies. Now here was something that caused outrage, or as I worded it over social media “Faux Outrage”. It’s funny, I never thought that in my lifetime hoodies and golf would be the focal point of so much malcontent. Yet, here we are.

This weeks winner on the European Tour (Tyrell Hatton) caused a stir over golf social media because he was wearing a hoodie. Is this really something to be upset over? I mean, have a look around. This is a year where millions have been sick and over a million have died from the pandemic, worldwide.

You go Tyrell, rock that hoodie.

Golfers are a fickle and funny bunch. Is there a group of hobbyists or sportsmen and women that are more closed-minded than golfers? Just think back to when 460cc drivers came out. Then, white-headed drivers came out. “I’m not hitting those” many would say. If something comes out that doesn’t fit the mold of tradition, many golfers shut it out. If there’s something that I’ve learned during my years of golfing and in particular covering the sport. Golf more than ever needs more open-mindedness. As far as I’m concerned, until this year where golf took an upturn, it’s my opinion that the sport was in a downturn and in need of change, in many facets, to draw more players.

Life is about making choices, and that was something that Tyrell Hatton did. He made a choice to wear an Adidas hoodie, and I have no problem with it, nor do I care. If you as a recreational golfer want to wear one, live your best life. I’ve worn hooded long sleeve t-shirts at the range. They don’t bug me. The hood might get in the way when the wind is to your back, but it’s something that doesn’t affect me.

If hoodies became more prevalent in the golf apparel industry, I couldn’t care less. It’s just another option for when the weather turns cool. Would a golf course operator turn down revenue because a golfer is wearing a hoodie? No way, as long as there aren’t gaudy graphics or suggestive, profanity-laden wording on it. I have a hoodie or two that I would love to wear on the course, one of them being “Mossy Oak” camouflage. I won’t wear it on the course though, because, I feel that the camo is too underdressed, and not to mention that I want to be seen by golfers around me so I don’t blend in and get hit by more errant golf balls.

If there’s an in-person PGA Show in January, any bets that we see golf-specific hoodies on the show floor? Heck, hoodies are youthful, functional, and trendy. But they aren’t for everyone. Say, are you anti-hoodie or anything new? If that’s the case, why don’t we go back to tweed, shirt and ties, and knickerbockers or “Plus Four’s”? Ladies, you aren’t getting away unscathed either. How about dressing like Babe Zaharias did back then from now on? Toss those tights, yoga pants, and short mini-skirts aside. Take that “Golf Babes”.

Well, at least Tyrell Hatton didn’t change his shoes in the parking lot.

Oops… My bad!

Bryson

When it comes to Bryson DeChambeau, I haven’t been quiet about my opinion of him. I’ve never been shy about saying that I used to like him a lot. His fresh, different, non cookie-cutter approach to the game was great for golf. This year, he’s taken the golf world by storm. He’s pulverizing the golf ball in a way that we’ve never seen on the worldwide tour’s. Driving greens, sometimes at will, like we saw during the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital Open this weekend.

He also went Iron-putter on a 300 yard Par-4.

Here’s my final take on Bryson DeChambeau and his distance. Actually, I don’t think that I’ve expressed an opinion on this yet. In general, I find that the PGA TOUR has become boring to watch, Major Championships notwithstanding. There’s really no sense of them working or golfing their golf ball. “Bomb and Gouge” isn’t new. Moreover, it’s here to stay. What I have touched on however is, that the current generation of player is more athletic now than ever, with a plethora of resources at their disposal. Equipment, shafts, balls, launch monitors, agronomy, scientific research have all contributed to the “arms race”.

There’s been a lot of discussion whether or not what Bryson DeChambeau is doing is good for the game. He’s been called out by some of his peers. As far as long-term, overall, the jury is still out. From a viewer standpoint, it might be a hung jury. While some love the “shock and awe” others simply don’t like it. I’m not a fan, but it’s not just solely Bryson, it’s just in general. “Bomb and Gouge”. It’s for this reason why I prefer to watch the LPGA. Yes, the ladies are getting longer too for the same reasons, but they still work the golf ball and manage the game like we’ve customarily seen.

Mathematics, science, and working out has been great for Bryson and no doubt, it’s an approach that not many other’s can take. I appreciate his hard work and the time that he’s put in. The dedication and commitment. Heck, many of us could stand to follow in his footsteps in that regard. As long as the mass/muscle gain was clean, I have no issue with him and his “beefed-up” physicality. However, what I do have an issue with when it comes to Bryson is his pace of play, his antics, and the bad habit of taking it out on cameramen when he’s playing poorly. Quit deflecting Bryson, it’s you and your poor play doesn’t give you the right to be a bully. Which is exactly how you and your caddie come off.

Mathematically and scientifically speaking, Bryson, is there any way that a hoodie could help me or others play better golf, whilst hitting the ball longer? Is there any chance that you’d consider wearing a hoodie? You’d drive the masses off of the edge of a cliff like lemmings.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

Review – Hempcy Active Blueberry-Lemonade CBD Oil

CBD products. It’s amazing how massive this industry is. As a whole, the CBD industry in United States alone (according to The 2019 Hemp & CBD Industry Factbook) was expected to surpass $1 billion in 2019 – a 133% increase over 2018 sales – and may eclipse $10 billion by 2024. So, it isn’t surprising to see the CBD industry enter the golf industry.

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The Set-Up

It’s sort of funny. Not too long ago, say 4 years ago, there wasn’t a CBD company in attendance at the annual PGA Show. That started to change slowly 3 years ago when there was one o two. At the 2019 PGA Show there were a few more and then in 2020 there were 18 in attendance. Among them was Hempcy Active. I was fortunate to talk to Codi Cox at the Hempcy Active booth on the final day of the show. Ms. Cox is a sales representative for the brand and we talked at length about CBD products and my myriad of health problems.

Hempcy Active produces a variety of CBD wellness products. These include everything from tinctures (the focus of this review), gelcaps, soft chews, and cooling pain gel (pictured below).

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With a wealth of potential health benefits that stem from CBD products, for those like myself might benefit from trying CD products. CBD has been proven to relieve ailments listed below such as…

  • Anxiety
  • Nerve Pain
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Inflammatory Pain
  • Depression

There’s a ton of information on the internet regarding CBD so I won’t really elaborate n it to in-depth. In short, CBD or Cannabidiol is the part from the hemp plant that can relieve pain without the effects of getting high as that is the THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol part of the plant.

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Hempcy Active’s Blueberry-Lemonade “Relief” CBD oil is made from a couple of ingredients. These ingredients include Medium-Chain Triglyceride MCT Oil (Coconut derived)*, Hemp Extract, Natural Terpenes, and Flavoring. This product is what’s called a “Broad Spectrum” CBD meaning that there is NO THC in the product. This means that this product can be shipped internationally and within all 50 states in the United States.

The Hempcy Active “Relief” CBD Oil is a tincture. Applying it is as simple as using a dropper that is clearly marked with a dose. These dose lines are measured in .25, .50, .75, and 1 ml respectively. A 1 ml dosage contains 49mg of CBD so a dosage of .50 ml contains approximately 24.5 mg. You place the oil under your tongue (or sublingually) and hold it there for 30 seconds and swallow.

 

The Transition

I’ll let the video do the talking.

 

The Finish

I am a firm believer in this Hempcy Active “Relief” Blueberry-Lemonade CBD Oil. It works and it’s as simple as that. Days that I never took it were awful. I was riddled with pain. Taking it at night gave me a good night’s sleep because it managed my pain. Hempcy Active’s “Relief” Blueberry-Lemonade CBD product gave me about 5 solid hours of pain management.  The best results definitely were when I used it twice a day. Of course, I need to make the following disclaimer. Results may vary.

A 30 ml bottle costs $49.99 USD. Please visit Hempcy Active for more details.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

 

Practice In Isolation – The UTNT Practice Centre For Deprived Golfers

Practice?! We’re talking about practice? Who remembers former NBA-superstar Allen Iverson’s famous rant? Practice, it’s essential for us golfers. But what happens when we cannot get to a golf course or a driving range to work on our game. What if, we were in isolation? Too soon? One way or another, we need to work on our game. So we might set up an area in our backyard… If we have one.

I’m fortunate to currently have a backyard and I have a lavish set-up. It’s a place that I use during the season when I don’t feel up to going out to a range. I use it to just unwind and decompress when I’m feeling “off”. Heck, I’ll use it in the dead of winter too in weather that is -15*C. I did this past winter before leaving for the PGA Show.

So, here’s my set-up. “The UTNT Practice Centre For Deprived Golfers” and the cost.

  • Callaway Golf Practice Net ($25 CAD)
  • Folded up carpet remnant (free)
  • Balls (Free. I’ve found them walking along creek beds while fly fishing)
  • Turf “mat” ($19 CAD. It was an actual practice mat that fell apart after 20 swings)
  • Tiki Torch holder ($4 CAD)

Not seen though is the Big Moss Putting “Augusta” Putting mat. That’s kept indoors. I admit that I received that item for review a long time ago. Maybe 5 years ago or so.

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In total, I am in for $48 CAD. It’s modest, not fancy, and borders on embarrassing. But, it’s what I can have within my means. It’s mine, bought and paid for, and it’s effective.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

All Things Zero Friction

Zero Friction Sports is a golf brand that was founded back in 2001 under the name Excel Golf Products Inc. After seeing some initial success in releasing innovative products they re-launched in 2005. This time under the name Zero Friction as golfers know them today.

2005 was the year that the brand introduced its “Performance Golf Tees”. This was the first time that a golf tee was looked at in the sense that a simple golf tee could make a difference for golfers. The difference being that their tees were produced with three and four-pronged designs. Thus resulting in less friction and drag which culminated in more distance. Since then, Zero Friction has trended upwards.

More than just golf tees, Zero Friction continues to bring golfers innovative products and fresh designs. From their one size fits “most” compression golf gloves to their ZF Spectra golf balls, Zero Friction provides a variety of products in a vast array of colours for prices that are very affordable.

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I spoke with Zero Friction during the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida and learned all about some of their new products for 2020. Some of the new products include their new gloves (Oh Canada, Americana, and the Ultra Feel), the Power 3 Tee, and the Stryker 2-glove pack.

Honestly, if I were a Director of Golf or a Pro Shop Manager again, I wouldn’t hesitate to carry their products in my shop. The one size fits most model eases makes fitting golfers into gloves a more streamlined selection. Honestly, it’s always a pain in the arse choosing the right number of gloves per size. These gloves are also priced in such a way where you would see excellent profit margins which is always a consideration and not to mention the variety of colours that their products come in.

There will be reviews coming soon on some of their products. These products include the Spectra golf ball (which was surprising), the Ultra Feel and Oh Canada gloves, and last but not least the Power 3 Tee. So stay tuned for those.

In the meantime, please view the video of my interview at the Zero Friction booth.

 

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

Lilly Pulitzer Launches Honda Classic Capsule

It’s Valentine’s Day. A day of love. When you love someone or something it means that you care.

Lilly Pulitzer. This was a booth that stood out in my mind from the 2020 PGA Show. Even though I didn’t stop I vividly recollect the bright, cheerful colours and the neon signage that lit up the booth.

Lilly Pulitzer is an apparel brand, that offers men and women’s golf apparel and more. Recently, Lilly Pulitzer introduced the “Honda Classic Capsule” which is offered in 13 different styles. The prints have a variety of images incorporated into them including palm trees, golf clubs, and a golf course. Everything that you might think of when you think of SoFLA golf.

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Most notably, Lilly Pulitzer is donating $51,000 towards “Honda Classic Cares”. An organization that “supports initiatives that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of childhood diseases and disorders”. If you’re planning on attending the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens please visit their “pop-up” shop that Lily Pulitzer will be setting up.

For more details, please see the press release below as shared by Tatum Murray of Allison Brod Marketing + Communications.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

 

Lilly Pulitzer launched its latest Print with Purpose – the Honda Classic Capsule Collection.This year’s Honda Classic print is available in over 13 best-selling styles and golf necessities for women and men and features the iconic Honda Classic golf course – complete with golf clubs, palm trees and the rolling Florida green golf course.

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Whimsical and sporty all at once, this collection is for the first time golfer or the golfing pro and of course, the golfing spectators. With this Print with Purpose, Lilly Pulitzer is supporting Honda Classic Cares with a donation of $51,000 toward the organization. Honda Classic Cares supports initiatives that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood diseases and disorders. Last year, the Honda Classic Tournament raised over $5.1 million dollars which supported over 75,000 children in need.

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Are you planning to attend this year’s Honda Classic Tournament in Palm Beach from February 24th – March 1st? We would love to have you join us at the Lilly Pulitzer Pop-Up tent – a colorful cabana complete with a bar, curated pop-up shop, interactive photo booth and prime viewing opportunities of the 10th green and 9th tee. Let us know if you’re attending the tournament and are interested in stopping by!

 

 

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