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Best of Show – 2005 PGA Show Wrap-up

By: Dr. Barry Lotz

The event this year was an ode to the creativity and innovation of those who love golf, are continually searching for the perfect club and for the best way to become a scratch golfer.

In attending and identifying the best products at a PGA Show, one faces a major hurdle – time to visit and talk with the inventors and sales teams. This year the Show organizers scheduled both a demo day for retailers and club manufacturers, as well as an indoor testing area.

The Fall Las Vegas Show is gaining popularity once again, and this year there were a total of 332 exhibitors, a 6 percent increase over 2004. Top participating golf manufacturers included: Antigua, Ben Hogan, Ben Hogan Apparel, Callaway Golf, Club Car, Full Swing Golf, Nike Golf, Sport-Haley, Top-Flite Golf, Tour Edge, Wilson Golf, Wittek and Yonex.

Notable new companies and manufacturers that returned after not having a presence in 2004 included: Ahead Headgear, Bette & Court, Bridgestone Sports, Callaway Golf Apparel, Dockers Tour, Lilly Pulitzer, Pukka Headwear, Puma, Sunderland of Scotland, Orlimar, Softspikes/Pride Sports and the Tommy Armour Golf Company.

So what’s really exciting, different and useful this year?


The Top Ten Best Products of the 2005 Fall PGA Show

Without a doubt, Nike’s new Sasquatch driver stole the Show.

Trumpeting the biggest footprint in golf, the SasQuatch uses Nike’s NexTi titanium face, taking the center of gravity deeper than any other driver.

Nike’s engineers have designed a club with the ideal ratio between the width of the clubface and the depth of the club head. The SasQuatch geometry pushes the breadth-to-face length ratio up, resulting in a larger, more forgiving sweet spot. As Nike likes to say; it’s geometry over moveable weights.

The distinctive yellow tracks combined with its visually distinctive head design make it stand out in a crowd.

Nike’s Powerbow technology, placed on the back of the driver, expands the perimeter of performance, making it easier to get the ball up and hit it straight. The Powerbow adds a trailing volume of mass to apply more power and control to the ball without overstepping the 460 cc legal limit.

The SasQuatch is available in both a Tour 460 cc version and a Standard 460cc version and features a proprietary Diamana shaft with various flexes. .

Standard version lofts are: 8.5°, 9.5° 10.5° Lucky 13° Sweet 16°

Left Handed: 9.5° 10.5° Lucky 13°

Womens: 10.5° (W); Lucky 13° (W), Sweet 16° (W)

SRP: $359.00

Tour version (The SasQuatch Tour 460 has a taller face height with less breadth than the SasQuatch 460.)

ofts are: 8.5°, 9.5° and 10.5°

Left Handed: 9.5°

MSRP: $419.00

www.nikegolf.com


Fisher Golf Talon TS-1 Putter

With all the moveable weight technologies used in drivers and fairway woods this past year, Fisher Putters has encapsulated the best of this technology into an amazingly accurate putter. Without being a rocket scientist, the ease of adapting this putter to suit your particular putting style is worth the price alone. Sinking putts consistently is the ultimate payoff.

In addition to being able to adjust the weights for your style of putting (pendulum or arc), the inserts can be adjusted to suit the greens played – the feel and the sound you prefer in less than five minutes.

Included with each putter is the Talon 4-Speed weight kit that includes a custom tool and weight cartridges. This allows the putter to be modified to achieve 3 specific weight choices, 375 grams (aluminum), 425 grams (brass), or 475 grams (tungsten). You can also mix and match weight cartridges for your own custom feel.

MSRP: $299.00

www.fishergolf.com


Trackit-n-Whackit


Developed by Mike McCormick of McCormick’s Golf in La Quinta, California, Trackit-n-Whackit will help club fitters and teaching pros overcome golfers- most swing flaws in as little as two swings. Trackit-n-Whackit is a visual aid that any level golfer can understand. Trackit-n-Whackit is an appliqué that adheres to the top of the golf club, which gives the golfer a visual aid to improve basics, such as squaring the face at impact and releasing the club head through the impact area.

At $29.95 one cannot go wrong investing in this training.

www.mccormicksgolf.com


Q-Link Pendant

The newest Q-Link model features the improved SRT-3 resonating cell, making it considerably stronger and more effective. Over 300 Tour players are believers of the benefits of Q-Link.

Q-Link is the Tour-tested way to enhance your focus, your clarity and your ability to make better decisions, hit better shots and shoot lower scores. According to its makers, Q-Link helps optimize mental focus and reduces the symptoms of stress that can ruin a great round of golf. Developed by Clarus Research, the Q-Link pendant acts like a tuning fork to harmonize the bodys natural biochemical energy. In the process, it enhances your body’s innate energy resulting in a higher level of mental sharpness. In addition to reducing the effects of emotional stress, it staves off the harmful effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) generated by electronic equipment such as cell phones, computers, and video monitors.

$129.00

www.qlinkgolf.com


Vision Track Training Device

At the Show we “discovered” another extremely useful and easy to use teaching device called the Vision Track. Vision Track corrects the linear golf path illusion. Since the brain directs the body to swing the golf club, it demands visual information as to which direction to swing the clubhead. The Vision Track, with its innovative “eye positioning technique,” provides the precise visual information as to where the clubhead must be swung on track prior to impact. The golf ball is then easily seen as an object simply positioned at a certain point on the curved swing path.

Vision Track is a patented teaching device, invented by Blair Douglass, that trains you how to control swing path, face angle and angle of attack. When you control these, you control ball flight.

A student can use this training aid, anytime, anywhere, to perfect their swing. It fits in a golf bag, works for right and left-handers and all size golfers. It is very reasonably priced and comes with an excellent instructional video.

MSRP: $99.95

www.visiongolf.com


Golden Retriever

Finally, an easy to use ball retriever!

All Golden Retrievers feature a claw that will easily and effectively retrieve your golf balls from muddy bottoms and environmentally safe zones. With one simple maneuver, you save time, money, strokes, and frustration. You no longer have to do the “scoop and turn” move that golfers dread. The retriever comes with a telescopic handle and comes in models that extend to 7, 12, 15, and 18 foot lengths.

The claw comes with a three-year guarantee.

Prices range from $18.95 for the 7ft model to $34.95 for the 18ft model.

www.originalgoldenretriever.com


Alias Footwear

Simply the most comfortable golf shoe available today. Tour players and everyday golfers are praising this shoe. Features include an extra cushion that promotes shock absorption, lateral stability and breathability.

Three different models are available with the best seller being the Sedan model. This design features a reinforced Toe, is constructed mainly of a PU Nubuck. Both lateral sides of the upper at the breast of the foot are capped with textured PVC for added durability and finished off with a sandwich poly-mesh tongue and fully encompassed ankle to the exterior. The interior is plush with padding and wall-to-wall combed combo mesh. They are extremely easy to clean-up with a fresh damp cloth. Available in 5 colors from sizes 4-13.

MSRP: $68.00

www.aliasfootwear.com


Sun Mountain Flight Golf Bag.

To keep all your new clubs, we recommend Sun Mountain’s new Flight bag. This is the first golf bag available that combines an individual club divider system with a lightweight stand weighing just 5-pounds! In addition to being a lightweight stand bag, with a 14-way top with full-length dividers, the Flight features Sun Mountain’s E-Z Fit® dual strap system for a balanced carry.

Additionally, the bag has a patented top-mounted roller-bottom stand mechanism that adds stability and provides quick leg action. A lift assist strap to aid in getting in and out of a car trunk is included. There are seven pockets – a water bottle pouch, plus a full-length clothing pocket, velour lined valuables pocket and multiple accessory pockets. The Flight bag is available in seven handsome color combinations.

MSRP: $175

www.sunmountain.com


PAYNE- MASON Cigars & PAYNE-MASON Premiere Cru Chocolates

One of the biggest complaints about buying cigars at a golf course is the lack of freshness. This is due to both lack of cigar care and humidor controls, as well as sales- staff limited knowledge of cigars.

This issue has now been resolved by PAYNE-MASON Cigars. Using individual glass encased cigars, freshness is no longer a problem, presentation is eye appealing and these cigars are excellent and well priced. The cigars sell themselves. This is the reason that the PAYNE-MASON Cigar Company is the winner of twenty of twenty-one global cigar-tasting competitions. Their cigars are exquisite.

PAYNE-MASON ‘s three dedicated Cuban master rollers, their custom-crafted humidor quality boxes and glass encased cigar holders, minimum six-year aged tobacco, and horizontally cured leaves (a rare practice), have given them a reputation well deserved as having “The World’s Finest Cigars.”

PAYNE-MASON offers a nineteen-cigar line-up, highlighted by their signature Torpedo Barber, a beautifully rolled Connecticut Shade puro with Maduro swirls rolled all the way through its length.

The tobacco that goes into the PAYNE-MASON line of cigars hails from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua and Ecuador. While Connecticut wrappers are featured prominently throughout their selection of cigars, PAYNE-MASON prefers that the origin of the binder and filler tobaccos that make these blends so good remain a mystery.

PAYNE-MASON, with the same quality and care that they put into their cigars also introduced their chocolate line. WOW! This was worth the trip to Vegas itself. There are chocolates like Godiva and Lindt, but there is nothing like the PAYNE-MASON Premiere Cru line of chocolates – the ultimate, the very best.

Produced in small batches of 250 pieces or fewer, each Premiere Cru Chocolate reaches the highest level of quality and flavor. Every recipe is designed to achieve the balance and excitement true chocolate aficionados appreciate. Selected nuts are gently roasted on site to ensure quality levels. The attention to detail is not only in the creation of these masterpieces, but also highlighted in the final designs and finishing touches of each individual selection.

www.paynemason.com


Club 94 Cigar Humidor Golf Bag

 

 

At last, a golf bag made specifically for the cigar smoking golfer! Holding 10 cigars, this waterproof humidor does an excellent job of preserving cigars from both drying out and being crushed.

The bag is a great birthday and Xmas gift for the cigar-smoking golfer.

$199.95

www.theclub94.com


Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, the California Golf Writers Association, and serves both as a Consultant and Mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers” and his current book, “How to Build Business Relationships Through Golf” is in the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s best seller list.

He can be reached at www.pgtaa.com or drlotz@cbsgolf.net

 

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Golf Equipment Reviews Sheets & Eats

PING

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Last year PING had the best-selling driver in the G30 model. This year, their new PING G has attracted a new set of devotees to the PING clan.
What the G driver offers is what every golfer desires – faster club head and ball speed. Using proprietary Turbulator Technology, VorTec and face/crown transition to combine for more efficient air flow, there is definitely a noticeable difference over the G30 version – all good.
The T9S Titanium face is thinner and hotter for maximum distance and deflection. The club’s adjustability with its 5-lobe hosel sleeve, allows ±1 degree of loft adjustment.
Another improvement is the DragonFly Technology –

$429.99 www.pinggolf.com

 

Make Winter time Productive For Your Golf Game

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If you live in an area where winter means cold temperatures, rain, sleet, snow and wind, your golf game may be tucked safely in the back of your mind.

While that’s understandable it is still a time to prepare for when the weather takes a turn for the better.

Here are some suggestions on how to make your winter productive for your game...

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This Month’s Featured Web Site Featured Golf School

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If you thought the Orient Express was high class, then you will love Rovos Rail. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era as you step aboard our reconditioned wood-paneled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury. Golf safaris are also available

www.rovos.com

Professional Golf Teachers Association

PGTAA graduates have access to positions as golf teaching professionals including head professionals at

both private and public country clubs, golf schools, driving ranges, golf learning centers, indoor facilities, high schools and college coaches. Custom club makers have added golf teaching as a new dimension to their businesses. Graduates can also expect to hold positions as managers of both public and private golf facilities within the US and internationally.

A magazine’s review of the PGTAA

 

Instruction Area Gof Tips and Tricks

Having problems with your swing? – Fix your slice! by Johnny Miller

I recently was examining swing sequences of some of the greatest players in history. Knowing that some of these players favored a draw as their standard shot while others preferred a fade, I sought to identify swing features within each group that would explain their respective ball-flight tendencies. Something profound emerged that I think will benefit all golfers, especially those cursed with a wicked slice.

What I found was this: Virtually every accomplished fader of the ball–from Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods–displayed a straight left arm at the top of the backswing. Conversely, those who preferred a draw–players like Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones–maintained a slight bend at the elbow.

This discovery is great news for most slicers, as they tend to do by accident what intentional faders do on purpose. In this article I’ll explain why the dynamic works, and how a simple swing change will make a powerful draw your standard shot.

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