Pound Ridge Golf Club, Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa Announce Stay-and-Play Package

(POUND RIDGE, N.Y.) – Pound Ridge Golf Club – the public Pete Dye-design in Westchester County – today announces a new stay-and-play package with the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, starting at $214 (Fri. – Sun.) and $300 (Mon. – Thurs.).

Located 15 minutes from Pound Ridge, the Stamford Marriott embodies an exceptional mix of New York energy and New England charm, while providing a memorable hotel experience for business, leisure, meeting and celebration needs.

“The Stamford Marriott is a perfect match for Pound Ridge, providing convenient access to the course, elegant accommodations, fine dining and a spa where golfers can relax post-round,” says owner Ken Wang.

Stay-and-play guests can take advantage of tee time booking via concierge or hotel staff, transportation options (rental cars, limousines) and complimentary rental clubs and golf shoes from Pound Ridge ($100 value).

Hotel guests enjoy the flexibility of Pound Ridge’s weekday nine-hole rates of $80 (before 8:30 a.m.) and $60 (after 4:30 p.m.).

Since opening in 2008, Pound Ridge has earned world-class accolades from Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine, Golfweek, AskMen.com, Rolex and LINKS Magazine. It quickly emerged as a “destination golf course,” sought out by serious golfers collecting the world’s best golf experiences.

Advance golf reservations are needed 48 hours prior to weekend tee times (Fri. – Sun.). Forecaddies are available upon request by calling the pro shop at least 24 hours before a booked tee time.

For Stamford Marriott Hotel reservations, please call Peter Griffith at 203.977.1217.

For tee times or more info on Pound Ridge, visit http://www.PoundRidgeGolf.com or call 914.764.5771.

About Pound Ridge Golf Club

Opened in 2008, Pound Ridge Golf Club is the only course in New York designed by the legendary Pete Dye. Located in Westchester County, it is less than an hour north of New York City and less than 15 minutes from Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut. Pound Ridge Golf Club is the premier high-end, public course in the metropolitan New York area.

Crafted by Dye, his son Perry and long-time Dye construction manager/lead shaper Michael Langkau, Pound Ridge Golf Club is a full bentgrass facility, hewn from 172 acres of magnificent cliffs, streams and wooded hills. Dramatic rock formations and boulders were left on-site, creating one of the most visually stunning settings for golf in the U.S. More than 14,000-linear-feet of rock wall surrounds trees, wetlands and water hazards. These frame contoured fairways which wind through hardwood forests and fescue mounds leading to open meadows with picturesque green complexes.

Pound Ridge Golf Club plays to a par-72 and houses five sets of tees and measures 7,165 yards. It boasts a practice range, short game area and putting green. The property features some of the highest points in Westchester County, with a number of tee boxes offering expansive vistas of the surrounding countryside. Notable holes include the par-5, 13th – home to “Pete’s Rock,” a giant boulder that rests in the middle of the fairway – and the par-3 15th – dubbed “Headstone” – which is flanked on the right by a large rock outcropping that protrudes into the elongated, 9,000-square-foot green.

Recent accolades for Pound Ridge Golf Club Include:

“No. 1 New York City Area Golf Course, 2010” – AskMen.com
“America’s Best New Courses, 2009” – Golf Digest
“New Golf Development of the Year, 2009” – ABTA Golf
“Top Ten You Can Play, No. 2, 2008” – GOLF Magazine
“Best New Courses, 2008” – LINKS Magazine
“America’s Best New Courses, 2008” – Golfweek

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Callaway Names Chip Brewer President and CEO

Callaway Golf Company Appoints Chip Brewer as New CEO
CARLSBAD, Calif., Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/—Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY) today announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Chip Brewer as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective March 5, 2012.  Tony Thornley, who has served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer since June 2011, will resign from his interim positions on March 5, 2012, but will continue to serve on the Board of Directors. It is expected that Mr. Brewer will be appointed to the Board of Directors once he officially joins the Company. 

The Board of Directors, led by Tony Thornley and a search committee comprised of independent directors, along with Spencer Stuart, a leading global executive search firm, conducted an extensive search that included a review of over 50 candidates including a number with golf industry experience. “After a very thorough search, we believe that we have selected the ideal candidate to lead us through the next chapter at Callaway,” commented Ronald S. Beard, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Chip has extensive knowledge of all facets of the golf business, particularly in the sales and marketing area, and has a real passion for the game of golf.  Chip also has great relationships with customers and others in the golf industry and he has done a great job turning around and leading Adams Golf.  We believe he is the right leader to entrust with our valuable brands and the Board looks forward to working with him to restore profitability and increase shareholder value.”

“After having had the opportunity to serve as CEO during this transition period, I am certain we have selected the right candidate,” added Tony Thornley. “Chip has the right mix of leadership skills and experience to complement the Company’s two main strengths, namely its people and its leading golf club and golf ball technology. I believe that he has the insight and ability to build upon these strengths and have an immediate impact upon the Company and its recovery.”

“The Board is very grateful to Tony Thornley for his dedicated stewardship during this transition period,” continued Mr. Beard.  “Having such a strong and effective leader during the transition enabled the Board to take the necessary time to conduct a thorough search and find the right successor.”

Mr. Brewer has been with Adams Golf since 1998 and has served as its President and Chief Executive Officer since 2002.  Mr. Brewer has an undergraduate degree in economics from the College of William and Mary and has an MBA degree from Harvard University. Mr. Brewer has a low single digit handicap and is a member of the Pine Valley Golf Club. Mr. Brewer and his family will be relocating to the San Diego area.

“Having been around golf my entire life, I know Callaway and its products very well and I am very excited about joining such an iconic company and being part of its great heritage,” commented Mr. Brewer.  “There is a lot of opportunity ahead for Callaway and I look forward to working with the Board and senior management team to build upon the strength of its brands to restore profitability and increase shareholder value.”

CHAMP SPIKES USED BY WINNERS OF WGC-ACCENTURE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP AND MAYAKOBA GOLF CLASSIC

CHAMP SPIKES USED BY WINNERS OF WGC-ACCENTURE
MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP AND MAYAKOBA GOLF CLASSIC

(MARLBOROUGH, MA) – CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide – The World Leader in Sport Cleat Technology® and maker of innovative CHAMP spikes, high-performance golf tees and accessories – confirms winners of the PGA Tour’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and Mayakoba Golf Classic relied on its renowned, according to Darrell Survey.

Continuing the trend of strong performances for CHAMP users, the brand was trusted by each of the WGC-Accenture semifinalists and the majority of competitors at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club (Dove Mountain) in Marana, AZ. In capturing his first PGA Tour victory, the Mayakoba winner was among four top-10 finishers at El Camaleon in Riviera Maya, Mexico that selected the superior traction, stability and comfort of CHAMP spikes.

“Having the top competitors in each of these events using our products clearly shows that the world’s best players prefer our spikes,” says Harris MacNeill, President and CEO of CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide. “Golfers of all skill levels should take a page from the Tour playbook, frequently their replace cleats and rely on our game-enhancing offerings.”

The #1 Brand on Tour® and choice of 27 of the last 33 major winners, CHAMP offers a wide range of technically-advanced spikes, including the new Zarma® with patented cushion technology. Beyond the cleat category, the company recently launched the Zarma FLYtee™. Drawing from MacNeill Engineering’s unrivalled 80-year heritage of industry-changing solutions, the FLYtee has quickly become one of the most-used tees on Tour. Made with durable, environmentally-friendly materials, its six-pronged head and shallow cup reduces friction, increases distance and improves accuracy.

With more than 100 active distributors, CHAMP is the world’s largest manufacturer of replaceable spikes. The company produces more than 140 million spikes annually and is the dominant global brand in football, soccer, golf, baseball, cricket, rugby and other sports.
For more information: http://www.champspikes.com, 1-800-OK-CHAMP.

About CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide

Celebrating 80 years of unparalleled engineering innovations, CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide has been a pioneer in spike technology since it introduced the world’s first locking spike, SURE-LOK. The world’s largest manufacturer of replacement spikes specific to various sports, the company has produced several industry-changing systems under the CHAMP brand and has become the #1 choice of Tour golfers. Along with its signature Zarma® and ScorpionSTINGER™ spikes, the high-performance Zarma FLYtee™ was introduced in early 2011. With distribution in more than 100 countries, CHAMP/MacNeill is headquartered in Marlborough, MA, with offices in Europe and Asia

Boccieri Golf Names Brand Fusion International LTD as Master Global Distributor

Boccieri Golf Names Brand Fusion International LTD as Master Global Distributor
Partnership Continues Overseas Expansion of Innovative Counterweighted Equipment

(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) – Boccieri Golf names Brand Fusion International LTD as master global distributor to help meet growing worldwide demand for the company’s award-winning counterweighted equipment, including the Tour-proven Heavy Putter, “Control Series” of full swing clubs and new Secret Grip line. 

Managing distribution duties for Boccieri Golf in the United Kingdom since 2011, Brand Fusion will now work closely with the company’s other established overseas delivery channels to grow sales at on- and off-course retailers in key territories outside North America. Based near London, the firm represents numerous other top golf brands.

“This expanded relationship with Brand Fusion further streamlines our fulfillment process and helps create even more opportunities for players throughout the world to benefit from our game-improving equipment,” says Stephen Boccieri, President and CEO of Boccieri Golf. “Over the past few years we have grown rapidly both abroad and domestically, where we will soon be opening a state-of-the-art Research and Performance Center in Scottsdale.”

The company’s popular clubs and accessories are now readily available in more than 35 markets worldwide and trusted by numerous players on all major professional circuits. Boccieri Golf has claimed victories on the PGA, European, Champions, Nationwide, Asian, Canadian and European Challenge Tours, among others. 

“Beginning with the Heavy Putter line, Boccieri Golf has consistently introduced groundbreaking equipment that helps players of all skill levels maximize performance,” says Nigel Freemantle, President of Brand Fusion International LTD. ”We are especially excited to introduce the company’s new Secret Grip to Europe, where it will no doubt be a massive success.” 

New for 2012, the Secret Grip represents a technological breakthrough within its category. The product was named among the “Top Products from the 2012 PGA Show” by both Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine, among others. Features/benefits include:

Patented grip compound 40 percent heavier than standard, plus tungsten weight in the butt-end raises a club’s balance point, promoting consistently crisp contact, greater control and distance
Easy to install on clubs produced by any manufacturer for an instant boost in performance

Total grip length is one-inch longer than standard, allowing players to choke-down further for improved play around the green or uneven lies

Built-up lower section often preferred by PGA Tour players makes additional grip tape wrapping obsolete

The Control Series full-swing clubs are strategically engineered with a 50-gram back-weight in the butt-end of the shaft. Improving tempo and stability, they ensure the club’s sweet spot is delivered consistently to the ball for optimal distance and accuracy. Designed to be played as a full-set, each club – Heavy Driver, Heavy Woods, Heavy Hybrids, Heavy Irons and Heavy Wedge – shares a matching shaft profile to maintain dependable performance throughout.

Staying loyal to its origins as a putter manufacturer, Boccieri Golf continues to bring innovation to the green with new Heavy Putter belly models. Unlike other manufacturers, Boccieri has the ability to offer each of its acclaimed Heavy Putter models in a long-shafted version, providing unmatched variety for consumers. The company’s standard length putters feature additional weight under the grip, but in the longer models this back-weight is modified to accommodate the increased mass of a ski-pole shaft and 21-inch or two piece grips. Adjusted to suit the HEAVY, MID or LITE series, the specifically-placed weight engages the body’s larger muscles for a consistent swing path, uniform pace and precise distance and directional control.

For more information on Boccieri Golf please visit http://www.boccierigolf.com or call 888.788.8374. 

Further info on Brand Fusion International can be found at http://www.brandfusionltd.co.uk/ or by calling +44 1372 373237.

About Boccieri Golf

Founded in 2005 by Stephen Boccieri, the company’s popular Heavy Putter collection and Control Series line of full-swing products were the first to integrate counterweight principals. This unique approach to club design is proven to benefit golfers of all skill levels, as strategically placed weight in the butt-end of the shaft produces a higher balance point to promote smoother, more repeatable swings from driver through putter. 

Boccieri Golf equipment has played a key role in victories on the PGA, European, Champions, Nationwide, Asian, Canadian and European Challenge Tours. In addition, its products have received vast critical acclaim from a variety of respected golf and lifestyle media outlets. 

In late 2011, the company relocated its corporate headquarters and operations to Scottsdale, AZ where it will open a state-of-the-art Research and Performance Center in a 9,000 square-foot facility located at 15816 N. Greenway-Hayden Loop.

Nike Golf Delivers Refined Style and Performance with the New Tour Premium Apparel Collection

Nike Golf Delivers Refined Style and Performance with the New Tour Premium Apparel Collection-
The Spring 2012 Tour Premium collection balances classic looks with high-tech fabrics and exquisite detailing for both men and women-

BEAVERTON, Ore. (February 22, 2012) – With industry-leading styles and innovative technology, the world’s number one golf apparel company, Nike Golf, is once again redefining the polished edge of modern athleticism with the new Tour Premium apparel line.  A bold step from Nike Golf for Spring 2012, the Tour Premium line balances refined style with uncompromising performance, enabling fashion conscious golfers to look and play their best.

The Tour Premium collection features cutting-edge designs for polos, cover-ups, pants, shorts and headwear for both men and women.  With a combination of uncompromising craftsmanship and tailoring, detailed method of make, and a very modern aesthetic and fit, the Tour Premium collection is for the athlete who wants luxury performance apparel.

Using the most luxurious performance fabrics, the Tour Premium apparel is amplified through tailored details and distinctive silhouettes for athletes who want the finest quality.  The color throughout the collection is grounded in black with a hot edge pop color of Spark and Cyber for men and Scarlet Fire for women.

“We have designed the most luxurious performance apparel for the athlete who wants distinct looks with unique product trims and details with a modern look and fit,” said Doug Reed, Nike Golf Category Business Director. “The Tour Premium apparel is designed for the athlete who seeks craftsmanship and tailoring, while demanding the very best in performance.”

Notable styles for men in the Spring 2012 Tour Premium collection are the Premium Jersey polo (MSRP $90) which comes in a variety of bold yet classic colors. The Premium Jersey Polo features a stylish shape, with a three-button placket and drop-tail hem while being constructed with Nike’s patented Dri-FIT technology.  Also featured in the collection is the new Premium 5-Pocket Pant (MSRP $130.00), highlighting the collection’s focus on the definitive style of the modern game. Featuring stretch Dri-FIT material and a slim fit, the pant-available in black-is a comfortable and breathable combination of cotton, polyester and spandex.

For women, the Premium Convertible Skort (MSRP $110) is a reversible design that is constructed of Dri-FIT taffeta to deliver the ultimate premium performance skort.  This reversible skort has a polka-dot design on one side and a solid on the reverse.  The Premium Ruched Sleeve Polo (MSRP $85) is a slim-fit short-sleeve polo with Dri-FIT fabric and ruched sleeves for a fashion-forward look on the course.

The Nike Golf Tour Premium apparel line rounds out Nike’s complete apparel collection consisting of Sport, Tour Performance and the Tiger Woods Collection.

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Located in Beaverton, Oregon, Nike Golf designs and markets golf equipment, apparel, balls, footwear, bags and accessories worldwide. Nike Golf is passionately dedicated to ushering in the future of this great game by developing ground-breaking innovations that enable athletes to perform at their physical and mental peak.  For more information on Nike Golf, visit our Web site at http://www.nikegolf.com. To follow Nike Golf on Twitter visit http://www.twitter.com/nikegolf and go to http://www.facebook.com/nikegolf to become a fan on Facebook.  Editors and journalists in the U.S. seeking editorial information and downloadable images, visit http://www.nikegolf.com/presscenter.  For international journalists, please contact Nike Golf’s public relations representative in respective countries for information.

Junior Sports Corporation Names KENTWOOL Official Sock Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy

Junior Sports Corporation Names KENTWOOL Official Sock of
Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy and International Junior Golf Tour

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – Junior Sports Corporation announces KENTWOOL – the 169-year-old, family-owned American textile innovator and maker of premium performance socks specifically engineered for golfers – has been named the official sock of the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy (Hank Haney IJGA) and International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT).

Under the partnership, KENTWOOL will provide its renowned socks to all Hank Haney IJGA students and division winners (Boys 15-19, Boys U-14, Girls U-19) of the remaining 50 regular season IJGT events.

KENTWOOL will also be title sponsor of two 2012 IJGT tournaments and plans to exhibit at the season-ending Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, Memorial Day weekend at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla.

“Hank Haney IJGA and the IJGT provide exceptional opportunities for golfers of all abilities,” says Mark Kent, President and CEO of KENTWOOL. “With Junior Sports Corporation and KENTWOOL both headquartered in South Carolina, we’re excited for our partnership to drive interest and participation in junior golf in the Southeast and across the globe.”

Crafted from a proprietary blend of fine merino wool and high-tech fibers, KENTWOOL Golf Socks create an innovative, micro-climate system for superior moisture management, wicking and odor control. Each pair features the brand’s WINDspun technology – infusing the fibers with air – for unrivaled cushioning at micro-stress points along the foot. This maximizes comfort, increases energy levels, reduces the risk of injury and boosts on-course performance.

“KENTWOOL produces the world’s best golf sock and provides our juniors an extra level of comfort while in the heat of training or competition,” says Peter Orrell, CEO and President of Junior Sports Corporation. “We believe the partnership will help showcase the latest in KENTWOOL products while growing brand loyalty at a young age.”

Owned and operated by Junior Sports Corporation on Hilton Head Island, S.C., Hank Haney IJGA is the only full-time program (grades 5-12) to offer training, academics and competition for serious junior golfers from 27 countries across five continents. The IJGT presents more than 60 two-and three-day events throughout the U.S. annually and is the only junior golf tour with tournaments every weekend during the September-to-May school year.

For more information about Junior Sports Corporation: http://www.IJGA.com, http://www.IJGT.com, 800.791.8229.

For more information: http://www.KENTWOOLSocks.com,  1-877-5-PROSOX (1-877-577-6769).

About KENTWOOL

Founded in 1843, KENTWOOL continues to be one of the nation’s longest-running, family-owned textile companies.  KENTWOOL is the only company in the western hemisphere — and one of 50 in the world — to receive the Usterized Quality Certification indicating the highest level of quality assurance in yarn production.

An avid golfer, KENTWOOL CEO Mark Kent had the idea to produce the “World’s Best Golf Sock” after standing in the 18th fairway of the BMW Nationwide Tour Pro-Am tending to blistered, bleeding feet instead of concentrating on the eagle opportunity guaranteeing him a spot in the final round.

Born from that moment is golf’s leading, premium merino wool golf sock. It enables golfers of all abilities to play their best while benefiting from abrasion and fatigue resistance, as well as KENTWOOL’s Blister-Free Guarantee. KENTWOOL utilizes its nearly two-century-old heritage of superiority in textiles to create socks which draw upon wool’s natural and cool performance fibers for moisture management, sheer comfort and other performance-enhancing benefits.

Based in Greenville, SC, all KENTWOOL products are made in the USA.

For more information: http://www.KENTWOOLSocks.com, 1-877-5-PROSOX (1-877-577-6769).

About Junior Sports Corporation

Located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, JSC owns and operates:

Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy (http://www.IJGA.com) is the world’s only academy to combine training, competition and academics for serious junior golfers.  Director of Instruction Hank Haney – coach to winners of every major championship on the PGA Tour – and his elite staff train junior golfers from 27 countries across five continents.

The International Junior Golf Tour (http://www.IJGT.com) hosts 60 tournaments annually and is the only junior golf tour with events every weekend during the September-to-May school year.

Established in May 2011, the Ivan Lendl Junior Tennis Academy (http://www.LendlTennis.com) produces the finest tennis training and competition for junior students to ultimately reach the college or professional ranks. Ivan Lendl, former World No. 1 player and winner of eight Grand Slam singles titles, serves as Director of Instruction and is dedicated to the development of each junior tennis player.

Heritage Academy (http://www.HeritageHHI.com) provides progressive, diverse academic instruction for students from grades five to 12 who pursue extra-curricular passions, such as golf at Hank Haney IJGA and tennis at Ivan Lendl IJTA.

Hilton Head Island is easily accessible by most major airlines through Hilton Head Island (HHI), Savannah (SAV), Charleston (CHS) and Columbia (CAE) airports.

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Pro Mental Coach Chosen as Performance Improvement Tool by Golf Teams at Lipscomb and Mercer Univers

Pro Mental Coach Chosen as Performance Improvement Tool by Golf Teams at Lipscomb and Mercer Universities

Unique Mental Game Software Proven to Maximize Focus, Lower Scores

(HOLLYWOOD, FL)—Brain Center International (BCI) announces Pro Mental Coach—golf’s first and only mental coaching software designed to help players master the game, play smarter and lower scores—has been selected by Lipscomb and Mercer universities to help improve the on-course performance of their NCAA Division I golf teams.

Members of the Atlantic Sun Conference, Lipscomb and Mercer student-athletes will rely on Pro Mental Coach to maximize focus, confidence, motivation, stress management, endurance and recovery from bad shots. This continues the trend of elite players turning to the software’s customized brain training exercises following field testing at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance that showed golfers lowered scores by an average of 2.5 strokes per round after six weeks of training.

“Regardless of whether your handicap is scratch, 15 or 25, Pro Mental Coach provides personalized training that helps you with a part of the game that’s traditionally been neglected,” says Dr. Stephane Bergeron, founder of BCI. “The coaches at Lipscomb and Mercer were immediately impressed by our software’s track record and what a useful and fun game improvement tool it is for their players.”

PC and Mac compatible, Pro Mental Coach ($139.95) is powered by a proprietary Dynamic Intelligence System. This breakthrough neuroscience technology was developed by BCI in collaboration with medical centers. It is used in clinical research funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dramatically different from books and DVDs, Pro Mental Coach continuously interacts with users and adjusts exergame difficulty levels in real time according to performance. This personalizes each training session, creating a fully customized regimen to deliver maximum benefits in the shortest period of time.

“What’s totally unique about Pro Mental Coach is its ability to replicate on-course stress,” says Joe Hallett, coach of LPGA Tour star Stacy Lewis and a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher. “This helps golfers acquire skills that translate directly to better results in competition.”

Available at http://www.ProMentalCoach.com, Golfsmith.com, GolfTown.com and Amazon.com, unique features of Pro Mental Coach include:

–      Assessment and full diagnostic of a user’s mental game strengths and weaknesses
–      Customized training program that matches the users’ skills
–      Tracking and evaluation of performance from each training session
–      Ability for PGA Professionals to access a student’s mental game profile

For more information or to book an appointment: http://www.ProMentalCoach.com; 877-743-8776.

About Brain Center International

Brain Center International, the worldwide leader in brain fitness programs that work out the “brain muscle,” is a privately owned neuroscience company. Using cutting-edge research and technology, its team of neuropsychologists, MDs, computer specialists and sport experts develop innovative, interactive programs in collaboration with universities and medical centers. These include Pro Mental Coach Golf (http://www.ProMentalCoach.com), the NeuroActive collection for brain fitness – Memory, Complete Brain, Learning (http://www.NeuroActiveProgram.com) and the Brain Bike (http://www.theBrainBike.com)—unique and powerful tools to help improve brain power and the mental game. Brain Center International is a partner with the Canada Media Fund, whose mission is to promote innovative content and digital applications through financial support and industry research.

More information: http://www.ProMentalCoach.com, 877-743-8776.

Nike Golf Introduces New VR_S Forged Irons for Maximum Game Improvement

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Nike Golf Introduces New VR_S Forged Irons for Maximum Game Improvement

-New VR_S Forged Irons offer premium feel and premium distance-

BEAVERTON, Ore. (February 2, 2012) – Nike Golf is introducing the new VR_S Forged irons, its most technically advanced game improvement irons that combine high-speed performance with meticulous craftsmanship for maximized distance and premium feel. Incorporating the finest materials, advanced technology and a face-welded forged face and body, the VR_S Forged irons offer ultimate speed and precision.

Tiger Woods was the first Nike athlete to put a new Nike VR_S Forged iron in competitive play during the 2011 Presidents Cup. He used a VR_S Forged 3-iron that is bent to perform like a 2-iron. Depending on course conditions, Woods will sometimes swap the VR_S Forged 3-iron with his Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 5-wood.

“These premium forged irons are the epitome of both performance and beauty.  They meet the expectations of a blade player’s discerning eye, yet they are hot and fast and will deliver on distance,” said Tom Stites, Director of Club Creation for Nike Golf. They are so very versatile that they will play very well for both the golfer moving out of forged blades who wants to maintain feel and the golfer looking for forgiving distance.  Hot, fast, forged and forgiving; these irons really have it all.”

The technologies featured in Nike’s hottest forged irons include:

Japanese Precision Forged SAE 8655 Face – allows for a 2.5mm constant thickness face which creates extreme iron COR for breakout distance and precision performance.

High Frequency Nike X3X Grooves – Nike’s X3X grooves, there are more grooves that are closer together and deeper on the clubface, which provides more control and consistency in all conditions off of the clubface, while conforming to the USGA and R&A rules.

Nike Powerbow Technology – by positioning the weight off the face with a deep pocket construction, the Nike Powerbow technology produces a faster, higher launch for maximum carry, straighter ball flight and steeper descent to hold greens.

VR_S Forged irons
Availability:  February 3, 2012
Specifications:  4-AW, Nippon 950HT Steel: S, R; RH
MSRP: $1199.99 STEEL (MAP: $999.99)

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Located at NIKE’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, Nike Golf designs and markets golf equipment, apparel, balls, footwear, bags and accessories worldwide. Nike Golf is passionately dedicated to ushering in the future of this great sport by developing ground-breaking innovations that enable and inspire athletes to become better.  For more information on Nike Golf, visit our Web site at http://www.nikegolf.com.  To follow Nike Golf on Twitter visit http://www.twitter.com/nikegolf and visit http://www.facebook.com/nikegolf to become a fan on Facebook.  To view Nike Golf videos subscribe to our You Tube channel at http://www.youtube.com/nikegolf.  Editors and journalists in the U.S. seeking editorial information and downloadable images, visit http://www.nikegolf.com/presscenter.  For international journalists, please contact Nike Golf’s public relations representative in respective countries for information.
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New VR_S Driver Leads Nike Golf’s Fastest Family Ever

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New VR_S Driver Leads Nike Golf’s Fastest Family Ever
-Massive distance gain begins on the tee and builds through the entire bag-

BEAVERTON, Ore. (February 3, 2012)– Nike Golf, the industry’s emerging leader in R&D, has shaped the new face of speed with the introduction of its award-winning VR_S driver and VR_S fairway woods, available to consumers starting today.  These ultra fast, distance-generating woods combine with the new VR_S irons to make up Nike Golf’s fastest ever family of clubs.  The VR_S family is an extension of Nike Golf’s Tour-proven VR franchise, which, since its 2008 introduction, has been the weapon of choice for more than 85 worldwide Tour wins, including three major titles. 

The Nike VR_S driver and fairway woods feature NexCOR variable face-thickness technology, for more speed at impact and greater distance.  NexCOR maximizes distance for the widest range of players through a new speed-expanding multi-thickness face design.  The NexCOR infinity design creates a bridge for ultra-thin, ultra-hot faces and unmatched ball speed from every club in the bag.

“When golfers are seeking extra distance, they immediately think about the driver,” said Tom Stites, Director of Product Creation for Nike Golf.  “The amazing speed of Nike Golf’s new VR_S driver more than delivers on that promise.  However, the beauty of the entire VR_S family is that the new fairway woods are also fast and long, as are the irons and the hybrids.  The cumulative result is that every club in the bag is going to get you to the green more quickly—and that means less strokes.”

Nike engineers conducted impact studies and were able to map where consumers hit the ball on the face at impact on every club.  Based on those results, the location of the NexCOR technology through the entire family of VR_S drivers, fairway woods, irons and hybrids adapt from club to club.  The result is the fastest, hottest and longest family of golf clubs that Nike Golf has ever produced.

With a bigger club head and a deeper face, the new VR_S driver’s ultra fast speed is accentuated by greater swing velocity generated through its aerodynamically engineered head design and longer, lighter 45.75 inch Fubuki shaft.  The driver also incorporates the new Nike STR8-Fit system, which offers a 4-degree range of face angle adjustability, optimizing ball speed, distance and accuracy.

Aerodynamic design also combines with NexCOR technology for accelerated speed off the face and more distance off the fairway in the new 3, 4, 5 and 7 VR_S fairways woods.  Also, L-Face technology positions the weld on the sole to allow for an expanded maximum COR zone from the middle to lower on the face, where the majority of fairway shots are struck.

Starting in March through May 2012, Nike Golf will be conducting VR_S Speed Trials at hundreds of participating golf retail shops and golf courses across the country. Nike’s VR_S Speed Trials will allow consumers to compare the speed of what’s in their current bag to the new Nike VR_S products on a launch monitor. Their accumulative distance will be tallied and recorded on a national leaderboard that will be featured on http://www.nikegolf.com. For a list of golf shops participating, go to http://www.nikegolf.com.

VR_S Driver
Availability: February 3, 2012
Specifications:
460cc;
8.5, 9.5 (RH/LH), 10.5 (RH/LH), 11.5, HL;
Nike Fubuki: X, S, R, A;
Street Price: $299.99

VR_S Fairway Woods
Availability: February 3, 2012
Specifications:
3W-15° (RH/LH), 4W-17°, 5W-19° (RH/LH), 7W-21°;
Nike Fubuki K FW: X, S, R, A;
Street Price: $199.99

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‘Swingin’ in the New Year’ With Las Vegas Golf Giveaways

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Galavantier.com and Bear’s Best Golf Club Are ‘Swingin’ in the New Year’ With Las Vegas Golf Giveaways
Top Las Vegas Golf Course Partners With Online Travel Company for One-of-a-Kind Trips

LAS VEGAS, NV—(Marketwire – Jan 3, 2012) – A new year and a new contest to enter and win as Galavantier Inc, the hybrid online travel company specializing in unique travel experience getaways, and elite golf course Bear’s Best Las Vegas have joined forces to present Swingin’ in the New Year. Through February 29, users can enter to win four golf getaways to Las Vegas by visiting Galavantier.com.

Each Swingin’ in the New Year golf getaway includes a round of golf at Bear’s Best Las Vegas with complimentary Calloway club rentals and a sleeve of Titleist Pro V-1 golf balls, two nights at a Las Vegas Strip resort and a $200 Southwest Airlines voucher for travel to Las Vegas.

Complete dates and golf getaway packages are:
Round 1: January 1 – January 15
(1) Two night stay in a Studio Suite at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas
One (1) 18 hole round of golf at Bear’s Best Las Vegas with one (1) complimentary Callaway club rental and one (1) sleeve of Titleist Pro V-1 Golf Balls
(1) $200 Southwest Airlines Gift Card

Round 2: January 16 – January 31
(1) Two night stay in a Studio Suite at Palms Place Hotel & Spa Las Vegas
One (1) 18 hole round of golf at Bear’s Best Las Vegas with one (1) complimentary Callaway club rental and one (1) sleeve of Titleist Pro V-1 Golf Balls
(1) $200 Southwest Airlines Gift Card

Round 3: February 1 – February 15
(1) Two night stay in a Junior Suite at The Signature at MGM Grand Las Vegas
One (1) 18 hole round of golf at Bear’s Best Las Vegas with one (1) complimentary Callaway club rental and one (1) sleeve of Titleist Pro V-1 Golf Balls
(1) $200 Southwest Airlines Gift Card

Round 4: February 16 – February 29
(1) Two night stay in a Petite Suite at Treasure Island Resort Las Vegas
One (1) 18 hole round of golf at Bear’s Best Las Vegas with one (1) complimentary Callaway club rental and one (1) sleeve of Titleist Pro V-1 Golf Balls
(1) $200 Southwest Airlines Gift Card

Bear’s Best, one of the top golf courses in Las Vegas, is a golfers dream as The Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, selected 18 of his favorite holes from his over 200 course designs worldwide to craft a one-of-a-kind golf oasis in the neon desert. Voted one of the best places to play by Golf Digest, an extraordinary round lies ahead for each golfer on the Par 72 course which stretches 7,194 yards.

Launched in third quarter of 2011, Galavantier.com offers travel seekers the opportunity to purchase exceptional experience packages at unbeatable prices and in limited quantities. Galavantier is so confident users won’t find the same travel experiences for less, the company will compensate travelers with $100 if they can. Currently, Galavantier features one-of-a-kind travel package deals to Las Vegas and has aligned itself with premier partners to create enticing packages including Maverick Helicopter and Grand Canyon experiences. In addition to offering substantial savings by booking through the site, Galavantier never charges resort or convenience fees with any experiences; the price you see is just that, with no hidden fees or stipulations.

To keep up with the latest travel experience getaways and enter Galavantier.com giveaways, connect via Facebook, Twitter and the Galavantier Blog. Travel. Experience. Share.—The Galavantier way.