DAY ONE – Testing Summaries

I just wanted to share a few videos that summarize some of my observations from the first day of product testing. Why read when you can watch right?

Products tested are golf balls from TaylorMade Golf, Srixon Golf, Wilson Staff, and Bridgestone Golf. Also, I have some candid thoughts about the Equalizer wedges from Ben Hogan Golf.

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TAYLORMADE GOLF COMPANY SETS NEW STANDARD ON TOUR, ROLLS OUT NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART MULTI-LEVEL TOUR TRUCK

Well, it happened! For the first time in my time writing my blog and contributing golf news to the golfing public… I’m at a loss for words. TaylorMade Golf has released their new TOUR Truck and I have no words other than… Wow!

This new TOUR Truck is a sight to behold and I hope that I can see it up close and personal one day. For all of the details please see the press release shared below. Thanks to Marketing and Communications Manager Nick Obritsch (TaylorMade Golf Canada).

Until The Next Tee!!

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Company’s New Truck Further Exemplifies its Commitment and Dedication to its Industry-Leading Player Tour Staff 

 

CARLSBAD, CALIF. (March 26, 2019) – TaylorMade Golf Company, an industry leader in product innovation and technology, today announced the debut of its new, completely re-designed Tour truck, set to make its inaugural appearance on Tour next month at the season’s first major championship. The truck solidifies TaylorMade’s commitment to its world-class Tour staff, widely considered the most elite in the industry.

 

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“With our new truck, the company has made a definitive statement that serves as yet another example of our ongoing commitment and dedication to the best players in the world. It’s a place they can not only come to have their equipment built, but a place they can come hang out and truly feel like part of the TaylorMade family.”

Keith Sbarbaro, VP, Tour Operations 

Inspired by the trucks operated on the Formula 1 circuit, TaylorMade has designed the new Tour truck from the wheels up in collaboration with St. Louis-based industrial fabrication experts, Craftsmen Industries. Featuring dual slide-out pods and for the first time a second level for meeting space, the company’s new truck is the biggest and first of its kind on the PGA TOUR.

 

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Weighing 22 tons, the company’s new 42-foot long Tour truck features twelve individual player lockers, four 4K HDR televisions and a two-zone sound system. A modernized workshop includes multiple loft/lie machines, shaft cutters and a dedicated gripping station among a variety of other club building tools for TaylorMade’s Tour team.

 

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In its decade-long run for TaylorMade, the retired trailer traveled an estimated 400,000 miles, attended more than 350 PGA TOUR events and built over 75,000 clubs. TaylorMade’s new truck, set to make its debut at the Season Opener in April, is bigger, boasts more capacity, more workspace and more advanced technology than any truck currently on Tour.

The TaylorMade Tour Truck, by the Numbers:

44,000:weight(in pounds)of the trailer

35,000: estimated travel miles in first full year on the PGA TOUR

1,500+: shafts

1,200: TP5 & TP5x golf ball

1,000: grips

700+: TaylorMade clubheads

500: hats & t-shirts

450:sq. ft of tinted glass

For a more immersive experience into the new Tour truck, click the video below:

The TaylorMade Tour Truck

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.

Until The Next Tee!!

 

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.

Rory at the RBC Canadian Open

When the PGA TOUR announced the new schedule for 2019 last year I was excited more than you can imagine. As a golf fan did you know that our national championship (Canadian Open) is the second oldest championship in golf? There’s only one older and that’s the Open Championship (British Open).

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The issue that I’ve had is the “homer” and patriotic Canadian that I am (yes we exist) has felt for a very long time that the Canadian Open got “screwed over” from the schedulers for the TOUR. Like our national championship was a second-rate event. Following on the heels of a Major championship like the Open Championship is a tournament committee’s nightmare. It becomes a little more difficult to get a star-studded field in line and had it not been for the title sponsor of the Canadian Open (RBC – Royal Bank of Canada) it makes you wonder if we would have still seen the likes of guys with “star power”. Among them Bubba Watson, 2018 Champion Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Matt Kuchar, and Brandt Snedeker to name a few.

One of the greatest golf shots ever struck happened at one of our Canadian Open’s. There’s likely a chance that every golf fan has seen it. Who remembers the infamous shot that Tiger Woods hit from the fairway bunker at the 2000 Canadian Open (then sponsored by Bell). That shot, to that pin over the water from 218 yards with a 6-iron in that situation was beyond comprehension. He returned in 2001 to defend his crown but I’m not certain that we’ve seen him play the Canadian Open since.

The reality is that nobody moves the needle like Tiger Woods. But news came today that could move the needle in a very Tigeresque way. The camp representing Rory McIlroy announced that Rory McIlroy will be playing the 2019 RBC Canadian Open when it’s contested at the venerable Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Hamilton, Ontario June 3-9. This will be his last tune-up event before the U.S. Open.

After several events where Rory looked like he was back this past weekend saw him breakthrough and win The Players Championship. It’s been a long time since I was that happy about a player winning an event. How good would it be for golf if he returned to the form that we know and love?

Rory… If you would ever do me the honour of reading what I have to say I just want you to know something. You have no idea what it means to me and my fellow Canadian golf fans that you’re playing in “OUR” tournament. The buzz that your appearance will generate I cannot even begin to express other than “WE” will welcome you with open arms. I will personally give you a bottle of the finest ceremonial bottle of maple syrup and a moose (which may not be real) that I can find. Shoot, I’ll treat ya to a pint and an order of Poutine. In return, I ask nothing… Maybe a selfie. Damn, I haven’t been this excited in a very long time.

Rory’s presence alone has made this move such a great thing. Who knows… maybe some other big guns or big cats” will join the party in my “home and native land”.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

Sacks Parente Golf Company Expands Executive Team with the Addition of Angelo Papadourakis as Executive VP Sales & Distribution

CAMARILLO, CA, March 19, 2019 – Sacks Parente Golf Company, builders of exceptional putters that defy convention, announces that Angelo Papadourakis has joined the company as Executive Vice President of Sales & Distribution. In his new role, Papadourakis will develop and manage all sales and distribution operations for Sacks Parente.

Papadourakis is a Founder of tech start-up New Spin Golf, the creators of the Swing Smart Swing Analyzer, which was developed to provide instantaneous, accurate, and important swing feedback to allow a golfer to learn about all aspects of their golf game. He has brought his golf industry and technology experience to the Sacks Parente Golf Company where he is building out the sales staff and distributor partners worldwide. He is also working with his team to establish Sacks Parente as the top premium performance putter on the PGA Tour and all other tours worldwide.

A former attorney, Papadourakis specialized in litigation and criminal defense and later transitioned from practicing law to trading stock index futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) where he designed algorithmic arbitrage trading systems for Nikkei 225 futures. He received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University.

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Sacks Parente Series 39 Blade at the 2019 PGA Show Demo Day

“I’m thrilled to join the Sacks Parente team,” said Papadourakis. “I was first introduced to the putters by co-founder, Steve Sacks, and was instantly impressed. I’m a passionate golfer who appreciates technology and I believe Sacks Parente is leading the way in design, craftsmanship, and technological advancements. The pure technology that these putters represent is bringing performance to a level that is unmatched in the industry.”

“Angelo’s leadership skills, knowledge of the golf industry, and reputation for developing and maintaining outstanding client relationships make him an incredibly valuable asset to our team,” said Tim Triplett, CEO of Sacks Parente Golf. “We could not be more excited to bring him on board as we continue to expand to meet the needs of our growing business.”

All Sacks Parente putter designs feature the company’s patented Ultra-Low Balance Point (ULBP) technology that lowers the balance point along the shaft between the sole and a point not more than 5 inches above the sole, causing the putter head to square and release at impact, delivering exceptional rollout and accuracy. In addition, all Sacks Parente putters maximize MOI by combining the use of ultra-lightweight alloys and high-density tungsten, to significantly move more weight from the center of the putter to the heel and toe. The company has numerous patents and patents pending in regard to the science associated with these exceptional putters, which are available in both Player and Tour Models.

For more information, visit www.sacksparente.com.

 

 

About Sacks Parente Golf

 

Sacks Parente Golf Company was founded by Steve Sacks and Richard Parente, a legendary duo of golf professionals, who as entrepreneurs have founded, built and grown some of the best names in golf. They have advised, consulted and designed clubs for the who’s who of the industry over a combined 100+years. Sacks Parente Golf is based in Camarillo, California, in a facility that has been constructed with state-of-the-art robotics and analytic instruments to test and prove the science. The company is backed by sophisticated and strategic investors from the USA and Japan. Sacks Parente Golf is an NXV company.

Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company Debuts Precision Milled FORGED Putter Line

The legacy of Ben Hogan continues. Since 2015, the golfing world has seen the re-emergence of the Ben Hogan return to where it has always belonged. Up front and center in the golf equipment manufacturing business.

2015 saw the introduction of the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company and their seemingly timeless Ft. Worth irons along with their TK 15 wedge companions. In 2016, the brand brought out the equally (if not) more impressive PTX irons, Ft. Worth HI irons and the VKTR Hybrid which still remains one of the best-performing and best-looking hybrids that I ever made swings with. After a brief quiet time where I hadn’t heard anything from the brand in 2017 (upon reflection it was only a year that seemed longer), 2018 was a flurry of activity. From the introduction of high-end soft goods (backpacks, golf bags etc), their release of the Edge irons, Ft. Worth Black and Ft. Worth White irons (respectively) and ultimately the Equalizer wedges (stay tuned for a review of the latter) it set up a record-breaking year for the impressive independent company.

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Proving that 2018 was no fluke the pride of Fort Worth, Texas has now launched a range of putters. The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company has now introduced the golfing world to a premium line of forged putters. Golfers have the choice of four different heads to choose from. I fact, there are three blade models with different neck options (Single Bend, Gooseneck and Plumber’s Neck) and one mallet-style. All of the putters are constructed from 1025 Carbon Steel and range in head weights from 355 grams to 370 grams (BHM01 model). The milling is exquisite and this is a term that I seem to use often when I talk about products from the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company.

I am very proud to share the release as shared below by Jared Minski from Mastro Communications. For more details on these exciting new putters from Ben Hogan Golf please see the press release below.

Until The Next Tee!!

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Iconic Brand’s First Putter Introduction in Nearly 15 Years; Forging Process Creates Unmatched Feel and Consistency on Putter Face for Ultimate Distance Control and “Trueness” on Every Roll

 

Fort Worth, Texas – March 18, 2019 – Ben Hogan once said, “there are no shortcuts in the quest for perfection.” Today, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company, the brand founded by the legendary golfer in 1953, introduced its first putter line in nearly fifteen years with the release of a Precision Milled FORGED putter line.

The new CNC precision milled putters are crafted from soft, 1020 carbon steel in a multi-step forging process that strengthens and purifies the molecular structure of the metal. True forging refines and tightens the grain structure of the steel and provides for uniform density across the entire face.  This eliminates hot spots, or dead areas,  and results in unparalleled feel, consistent distance control and “trueness” on every roll.

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Complementing the unique design features of the new Ben Hogan Precision Milled FORGED Putters, which are available in four (4) traditional head models with clean, elegant lines, is a proprietary DBM (Diamond Black Metal) finish. The most durable black finish on the market, DBM eliminates glare and generates more contrast with the ball and putting surface to promote better alignment.  Additionally, the face of every Ben Hogan Precision Milled FORGED putter is CNC milled for perfect flatness from heel to toe.

“A 100% forged, CNC precision milled putter is not the least expensive nor the easiest way to make a putter by any means, but at Ben Hogan Golf we believe it is the best way,” said Scott White, CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “Serious golfers demand precision and performance on the greens, and the new Ben Hogan Precision Milled Forged putters deliver.  They look great, but perform even better.  ”

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White adds, “What makes this new line even more special is our factory-direct business model, which provides golfers with an ultra-premium forged milled putter at a price far less than many mass-market investment cast putters. In fact, while many of today’s leading putter brands sell their top models at $400 or more through retail channels, we allow allows serious golfers to purchase one of our new Precision Milled FORGED putters for just $250 direct at BenHoganGolf.com.  This is unheard of given the feel, consistency and pure performance attributes of our forged putters, which are synonymous with Ben Hogan’s uncompromising standards.”

The four models in the new line of Ben Hogan Golf Precision Milled FORGED Putters include:

  • Plumber’s Neck Blade
    • 1 shaft offset, 2° loft and 355 gram head weight
    • 43° toe hang to promote an active gate-swing putting stroke
  • Player’s Blade with a double bend shaft
    • 1 full shaft offset, 2° loft  and 355 gram head weight
    • Face balanced for those who putt with a straight-back, straight-through stroke
  • Iconic Player’s Blade with a flowing neck
    • 1 shaft offset, 2° loft and 355 gram head weight
    • 50° of toe hang, ideal for an active open/close stroke
  • Player’s Mallet
    • Single bend shaft and ½ shaft offset, 2° loft and 370 gram head weight
    • Face balanced for those who putt with a straight-back, straight-through stroke

All Ben Hogan Golf equipment … every iron, wedge, hybrid and now putters … is built one-at-a-time, to a golfer’s specifications. Available in right-hand models only, the standard length for all Ben Hogan Precision Milled FORGED Putters is 35.0”, but all can be customized in lengths ranging from 33.5” to 36.5” (in half inch increments). The standard lie on all Ben Hogan Precision Milled FORGED putters is 70 degrees, but lie angles can be adjusted up to +/- 2.0 degrees flat or upright.  Additionally, Ben Hogan Golf has partnered with SuperStroke, the leading putter grip company in the world, to offer golfers a choice of three (3) popular grip styles: Flatso 1.0, MidSlim 2.0, Slim 3.0

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The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company also offers a number of consumer-centric programs, including free domestic shipping on orders over $250.00, flat-rate international shipping, a low or no-cost financing program, and no-charge customization of all clubs. And, 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.

Ben Hogan Golf’s line-up of Precision Milled FORGED Putters, which sell for $250 each, are available for purchase exclusively atwww.BenHoganGolf.com. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest Ben Hogan Golf news on social media:

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About Ben Hogan Golf Equipment

The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company manufactures premium golf clubs and golf bags, and is committed to continue Ben Hogan’s reputation of innovation, performance and classical designs.  The company is based in Fort Worth, Texas, Ben Hogan’s longtime home and the site of the original Company which opened in 1953.  The Company offers their premium products online at benhogangolf.com   exclusively.  By eliminating the retail “middleman”, the Company’s cost structure is minimized and consumers are able to purchase high-quality golf equipment at factory-direct prices. © 2019 Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company, LLC.

POWERED BY M5 DRIVER & ’19 TP5 GOLF BALL, RORY MCILROY CAPTURES THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE WITH FULL BAG OF TAYLORMADE PRODUCT

Fact: Rory’s game has been trending the right way for several weeks.

As we get into Major season with The Masters being just a few short weeks away is there any better time to win The Players Championship? Well that’s what Rory McIlroy did this weekend.

Employing a complete bag of TaylorMade products with an emphasis on the new Spider X putter. For full details please see the press release below shared by Nick Obritsch. Mr. Obritsch is the Marketing and Communications Manager with TaylorMade Canada.

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McIlroy’s 15th career PGA TOUR victory is the 4th win on Tour for TaylorMade’s New M5 & M6 Drivers featuring the company’s ground-breaking Injected Twist Face technology; also second win in three weeks for new Spider X putter

 

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • As he has since the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Rory has continued to play a 9° M5 Driver, of which he’s found remarkable success this season. At TPC Sawgrass, Rory averaged 305 yards off the tee for the tournament – good for fifth in the field.
  • In addition to the M5 driver, McIlroy also games a 19° M5 titanium fairway, which he put into play the same week he added the M5 driver to the bag – in Kapalua.
  • Rory’s first PGA TOUR win of the season is the 4th win for the new 2019 TP5/x golf ball – joining Johnson (x2) and Fowler as staffers who’ve won playing it. Rory’s preferred golf ball is the is the ’19 TP5, stamped #22.
  • Working diligently on finding his putting stroke, McIlroy added the new Spider X putter to his equipment arsenal this season and the results have been impressive. This week, he carded 21 birdies or better en route to victory. His win is the second on the PGA TOUR with the company’s newest putter; joining the winner of the Honda Classic.
  • Having played the Milled Grind Wedges since first joining Team TaylorMade, Rory’s setup has remained fairly consistent throughout the year. This week, he opted for the Milled Grind Raw in 48°, complementing it with 54° & 60° Milled Grind Hi-Toe wedges.
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Additional Statistics of Note:

Ranked first in strokes gained: total (13.924)

Ranked first in strokes gained: tee to green (13.262)

Ranked second in strokes gained: off the tee (5.309)

Ranked T3 in greens in regulation (58/72 – 80.56%)

Ranked fifth in driving distance (305 yards)

M5 Driver | 9°

M5 Fairway | 19°

P750 irons | (3-4)

P730 irons | (5-9)

MG Hi-Toe Wedges  | 54°& 60°