Nike Golf Fits RZN Balls For Different Games

Nike’s new 2014 line of RZN balls feature four different models for four different types of games.

RZN Platinum: Tour Performance control and moderate spin
RZN Black: Tour Performance distance and lower spin
RZN Red: Distance Performance, longer carry
RZN White: Distance Performance and softer feel for a wide range of swing speeds

“Different golfers have different needs when it comes to the ball they should be playing,” says Mike Pai, Global Product Director, Golf Balls & Bags. “There’s a RZN for everybody – whether you’re a beginner or have been playing the sport your whole life, the RZN Recommender is a great tool that utilizes a strategic, streamlined approach to make sure you have the right ball in your bag, and help you understand why it will help your golf game.” 

All of the models feature Nike’s Speedlock RZN core, which is designed for better energy transfer between the layers.

They’re available now at GolfSmith: Nike RZN Balls

The full press release is below:

PUMA GOLF’S NEW SPORTLUX COLLECTION DEBUTS IN RETAIL STORES

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PUMA GOLF’S NEW SPORTLUX COLLECTION DEBUTS IN RETAIL STORES

CARLSBAD, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2014) – PUMA Golf’s all new SportLux Collection featuring sophisticated apparel, footwear and accessories, will hit retail shelves on Saturday, Feb. 15, providing the style-savvy consumer the chance to sport a more refined, classic look on the course. Combining a more tailored fit with premium quality and PUMA CELL technology, this collection delivers functional, performance-ready apparel with a new level of luxury and sophistication.

The new SportLux line will be spotted on Tour throughout the year with both Will Mackenzie and Jesper Parnevik sporting the collection. MacKenzie, one of COBRA PUMA GOLF’s newest team members, kicked off his 2014 season at the Sony Open, playing in the SportLux apparel, footwear and accessories.

“I’m really excited to wear the SportLux collection throughout the season; it allows me to look and feel great while out on the course,” said MacKenzie. “The line is fun, fresh and super sophisticated while remaining characteristically true to the PUMA brand with maximum comfort and performance.”

The subtle patterns, details and creative accent colors used throughout the line provide a collection that is easily mixed and matched. The Lux Pocket Polo (MSRP $95) creates an intriguing look by updating a traditional solid design with a detailed pocket and sleeve, while the Lux Stripe Polo (MSRP $90) plays with stripes through color blocking for an understated yet enticing design. Both styles feature dryCELL and UV +40 UPF for moisture and sun protection.

Layering pieces like the Lux Sweater (MSRP $130), Lux Wind Jacket (MSRP $150) and Lux Knit Popover (MSRP $130) integrate seamlessly with the collection’s polos, shorts and pants for sophisticated style in any weather. The Lux Seersucker Tech Short (MSRP $85) provides sun protection (UV +50 UPF) and moisture wicking properties in a trendy pattern that exudes style.

For performance and discerning style on the feet, the SportLux Collection offers the NeoLux (MSRP $180), a new footwear style from PUMA Golf. The sleek and striking design is available in two color combinations and comes with four lace options to customize to your footwear style. Full-grain leather with stormCELL provides a premium feel and optimal weather protection, Swing Speed Quill spikes provides the ultimate in traction and a compression molded EVA midsole provides comfort throughout the round.

Rounding out the SportLux collection is the Lux Performance Adjustable Cap and Lux Fitted Belt. Both are available in complimentary colors to the apparel and footwear and feature subtle, eye-catching details to complete the SportLux look. For more information on the entire SportLux collection, please visit http://www.cobragolf.com/pumagolf.

Nike’s Hyperadapt Wind Jacket Offers Range of Motion, Ultralightweight Protection

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Nike Golf Introduces the Hyperadapt Wind Jacket

– Maximized range of motion meets ultra-lightweight protection from the elements –

BEAVERTON, Ore. (February 11, 2014) – Baggy, bigger and bulky used to be the standard go-to for outerwear on the golf course. Nike Golf changed that with the Hyperadapt Storm-FIT jacket in 2013, and with this year’s new Hyperadapt Wind jacket, extra fabric and noisy, distracting swings are now null and void. The Hyperadapt Wind jacket features the same four-way stretch technology and sweater-like feel as the Hyperadapt Storm-FIT jacket in a lighter, windproof and rain-resistant version perfect for spring.

“With the Hyperadapt Wind jacket there’s no need to ‘size up’ – it’s designed to fit and move with your body,” says Merritt Richardson, Nike Golf VP of Global Golf Apparel. “The four-way stretch laminate through the back, shoulders and upper arms maximizes range of motion and eliminates distractions, and the lightweight outer shell provides superior protection from the elements for all day performance and comfort on the course.”

Inspired by a car with a see-through, engine-exposing hood one of the designers saw in a parking lot on Nike’s Beaverton, Ore., campus, the Nike Golf apparel team incorporated a half-zip, transparent outer shell that showcases the jacket’s technical details inside and out. A “v”-shaped panel underneath incorporates bonded mesh within the Hyperadapt construction for added breathability and mobility where golfers need it most.

In addition to a performance-driven design, the Hyperadapt Wind jacket is sustainable, too – recycled coffee grounds were used in part to make the windproof coating on the outer shell, which also helps reduce odor from perspiration and assists in UV protection.

The Hyperadapt Wind jacket features elastic cuffs to keep sleeves from moving up and down during a swing, as well as an adjustable waist and a back pocket for storage.

Nike Hyperadapt Wind Jacket

Availability: Now

MSRP: $100

Colorways: Black/Black; Light Base Grey/Black; and Venom Green/Black

City of Midland (Michigan) Selects Billy Casper Golf to Manage Currie Golf Course

City of Midland (Michigan) Selects Billy Casper Golf to Manage Currie Golf Course

(VIENNA, VA) – The City of Midland, Michigan has selected Billy Casper Golf (BCG) – the largest domestic owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts – to manage the 36-hole Currie Golf Course and adjacent nine-hole, par-3 layout located just minutes from downtown Midland.

The engagement marks BCG’s fifth course in Michigan, along with Fellows Creek Golf Club (Canton), Hilltop Golf Course (Plymouth), Sanctuary Lake Golf Course (Troy) and Sylvan Glen Golf Course (Troy).

BCG will provide turnkey management of Currie operations, property maintenance, marketing and sales, staffing and training, merchandising, restaurant activities, special events and financial management.

The Midland City Council approved turning the front nine of Currie’s East Course into a large driving range and practice area, pending authorization from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

For 2014, several daily-fee rates and annual pass membership options will be substantially less than 2013.  Introduction of a new Birdie Pass rewards frequent play and further positions Currie competitively in the marketplace.

“Billy Casper Golf is an excellent partner with a vision that aligns with that of the city,” says Jon Lynch, Midland City Manager. “The company’s vast resources and proven track record making municipal golf courses shine is unmatched in the golf industry.”

“We are excited to usher in a new era at Currie Golf Course,” says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG. “With a strong layout and loyal base of golfers, the course is poised to move in an even greater positive direction.”

BCG will enact its proprietary “BCGreen” initiative at Currie to conserve, protect and enhance the environment, while also enrolling the course in the Audubon International “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” program. This designation increases efficiencies in maintenance, energy, water, pesticides, fertilizer, equipment wear and labor.

Opened in 1954, Currie Golf Course is unlike any other facility in the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan. Located along the banks of the Tittabawassee River, the complex features two beautiful 18-hole courses – one traditional, one modern – and par-3 layout that subtly blend with the natural surroundings.

Playing 6,493-yards from the back tees, Currie East is the original 18-hole, par-72 layout designed and constructed by Gilbert Currie with eight holes re-designed in the mid-1990s by Michigan golf-course architect Jerry Mathews. Three tee boxes offer varying degrees of difficulty for golfers of all skill levels.

Currie West began as a nine-hole course and in 2002 was expanded to 18 holes to rival many of Michigan’s top resort courses. The 18-hole, 7,056-yard, par-72 layout is carved out of the naturally wooded landscape hugging the Tittabawassee River. With five tee boxes and championship length, Currie West gives even the most accomplished golfers a run for their money.

The par-3 course is ideal for new golfers to learn the game and experienced golfers to hone their skills. It features PGA-certified instruction, a natural grass driving range, practice bunker and putting green.

The West Clubhouse’s fully-stocked pro shop, Gil’s Grill (named for Gilbert Currie) and adjacent pavilion make Currie a natural setting for corporate outings, meetings and other social events. A deck overlooking the pond on No. 9 offers a scenic view for outdoor dining.

For more information: http://www.curriegolf.com, 989.839.9600.

About Billy Casper Golf

Established more than 20 years ago in cooperation with golf legend Billy Casper, BCG is headquartered in Vienna, Virginia with regional offices near the 150-plus golf properties under company management. For golf courses, country clubs and resorts, BCG directs all aspects of course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, food-and-beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.

As a division of BCG, Buffalo Communications is the leading global golf-lifestyle public relations, branding, marketing-communications and creative services firm representing top brands in and related to golf.  Buffalo Turf & Landscape Company provides golf course maintenance-only programs with a new fee-for-service structure that allows property owners unfettered visibility into actual activities and costs.

For more information: http://www.billycaspergolf.com

Heavy Putter Extended Length Series Earns Golf Digest 2014 ‘Hot List’ Honor

Heavy Putter Extended Length Series Earns Golf Digest 2014 ‘Hot List’ Honor

(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) – Boccieri Golf – maker of the Tour-proven Heavy Putter – announces that its new Extended Length (EL) Series has been named to the prestigious Golf Digest “Hot List” for 2014.

Determined by an independent panel of testers, this honor specifically recognizes the EL Series in the areas of “performance” and “innovation.” Available in 21 different models, the putter offers a true alternative to anchoring by combining a longer than standard shaft – designed to extend beyond the hands – with the company’s patented, Tour-proven weighting system. This features a heavier mass head and counter balance under the grip.

“We’ve been proclaiming the immense benefits of counter balancing for more than a decade and the industry’s finally coming around to the fact that it creates superior performance,” Stephen Boccieri, President and CEO of Boccieri Golf. “One reason belly putters became popular was because weight from the grip and shaft materials created a natural counter balance, but with the Heavy Putter players can achieve the same performance using a totally conforming club.”

Each EL Series putter includes a strategically positioned 175-gram counterweight, which dramatically raises the putter’s balance point. This creates the industry’s highest MOI and delivers unmatched stability and consistency. As a result, the EL Series is equally suited to players who prefer regular length putters and those relying on belly or long models.

The annual Golf Digest “Hot List” list showcases equipment that has received the best reviews from the magazine’s testers. A year-long process that begins with hundreds of clubs, the list is systematically reduced to the top performers.

Panelists’ published comments about the EL Series included:

  • “The weighting makes sense. It feels soft at impact, but it’s not muddled.”
  • “It offers a ton of useful feedback. You know exactly where it’ll go the moment you hit it.”
  • “I can feel the consistency of the weight throughout the putter, no matter where I hit it.”
    The line was also praised for its unique weighting system, which features three distinct categories to suit all preferences – LITE (840 grams), MID (865 grams) and HEAVY (930 grams). This stands in stark contrast to competing brands that offer only one or two models with longer shafts.

    As with all Heavy Putter models, the extra weight of the EL Series engages the body’s larger, more stable muscles to promote greater control with each stroke. Available in 36, 38 and 40-inch lengths, the EL Series is carried at leading retailers nationwide.

    For more information: http://www.boccierigolf.com, 888.788.8374.

  • PGA Golf Club Unveils 2014 Spring Training ‘Stay-and-Play’ Packages

    PGA Golf Club Unveils 2014 Spring Training ‘Stay-and-Play’ Packages

    Flagship PGA of America Property Offers MLB Fans Iconic Pete Dye, Tom Fazio Designs
    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – With pitchers and catchers reporting back to Florida over the next few weeks,
    PGA Golf Club – which features 54 holes of championship golf by Tom Fazio and Pete Dye in Port St. Lucie, Fla. – is offering baseball fans and golfers alike a unique Spring Training “Stay-and-Play” package through Mar. 31, 2014.

    The offer includes two rounds of golf at PGA Golf Club and three nights of accommodations at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn. Guests also receive a complimentary daily golf clinic ($35 value) at the onsite PGA Center for Golf Learning & Performance – an instruction, practice, technology and fitness golf park that provides the ultimate learning environment for players of all levels. With 100 swing stations and nine bunker types simulating play from around the world, the highly acclaimed facility is an ideal destination to tune up for the 2014 season. In addition, guests can tour the adjacent PGA Museum of Golf with complimentary admission year round to see the four major Championship trophies of golf.

    PGA Golf Club is located just three miles from Tradition Field, the Spring Training home of the New York Mets and the summer home of the Class “A” Affiliate St. Lucie Mets. With a short distance between first base and the first tee, this pure golf destination features three diverse, challenging layouts along Florida’s Treasure Coast. With average high temperatures in the mid-to-high 70s during February and March, PGA Golf Club serves as an ideal setting for fans to escape frigid temperatures, as they tee it up in South Florida and cheer on their favorite team.

    “PGA Golf Club is one of America’s premier destinations for golfers around the world, with ideal temperatures and course conditions this time of year,” said PGA Golf Club General Manager Jimmy Terry. “Our Spring Training Stay-and-Play package offers an escape from the weather up north, as well as a great opportunity for you to take a buddy trip, a weekend getaway or even a family vacation to combine your passions for golf and baseball into one.”

    The Wanamaker Course by Fazio provides a stunning backdrop against breathtaking palm trees and palmettos. His distinct Carolina touch is also evident on the Ryder Course with rolling hills, majestic pines and challenging water hazards. Weaving through 100 acres of wetlands, the Dye Course is a links-style layout with pine straw rough, vast coquina waste bunkers and grass-based bunkers.

    The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance is provides the ultimate learning environment for players of all levels. With 100 swing stations and nine bunker types simulating play worldwide, the acclaimed facility is an ideal destination to tune up for the 2014 season.

    In addition to golf’s most storied trophies, the PGA Museum of Golf features Donald Ross’ workbench from circa 1900; vast Ryder Cup and PGA Championship memorabilia; a tribute to 2013 PGA Champion Jason Dufner; and the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.

    PGA Golf Club Spring Training Stay and Play Packages start at $629 per person, with double occupancy at the Hilton Garden Inn. For reservations, call (866) 580-0884 and reference “Mets Spring Training” or visit pgavillage.com/springtraining.com.

    For more information on PGA Golf Club and the PGA of America, visit http://www.pgamediacenter.com.

    ECCO Named ‘Official Footwear Supplier’ to 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

    ECCO Named ‘Official Footwear Supplier’ to 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

    Award-Winning Hybrid Shoe Collection to be Worn by A-List Celebrities and Sports Stars

    (Londonderry, NH) – Danish company ECCO – a leading manufacturer of innovative footwear – has been named “Official Footwear Supplier” to the 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am taking place February 3-9, and will outfit amateur participants in various models from its award-winning hybrid collection.

    This marks the ninth consecutive year that ECCO will have a major presence at the PGA Tour’s premier pro-am event, which brings the community together with global leaders in sports, entertainment and industry to benefit a number of charities.

    Anticipated A-List participants include Tom Brady, Don Cheadle, Wayne Gretzky, Andy Garcia, Chris O’Donnell, Kid Rock, Kurt Russell, Oliver Hudson, Andy Roddick, Kelly Slater, Aaron Rodgers, Bill Belichick, Chris Berman, Darius Rucker, Clay Walker, Alex Smith, Ray Romano, Brian Kelly and Matt Cain, among many others.

    “Each February, this tournament is a highlight of the northern California social calendar, as well as must-see TV for millions of golf fans and celebrity watchers worldwide,” says David Helter, Specialty Sales Director, ECCO USA. “It’s also provides a great deal of support for one of the country’s finest charity organizations, Monterey Peninsula Foundation.”

    Beyond the feet of Tour players and other competitors, the trend-defining ECCO Golf collection will be showcased in the merchandise pavilion. The company logo also appears on the tournament’s website and is listed on the official tournament mobile app.

    Hybrid shoe offerings from ECCO include the new Street EVO One, acclaimed BIOM Hybrid, luxurious Tour Hybrid and minimalist BIOM Zero styles. Each is built atop the E-DTS outsole, which features a patented configuration of approximately 100 moulded traction bars with 800 traction angles. Constructed from TPU – a highly durable, wear-resistant material – these elements provide superb, Tour-quality grip.

    ECCO Golf shoes are worn in competition by scores of international Tour stars, including Fred Couples, Graeme McDowell, Ernie Els, Thomas Bjørn, Marcel Siem, Thongchai Jaidee, Andreas Hartø, Wu Ashun, JB Hansen, Belén Mozo, Caroline Masson and Gerina Piller.

    About Monterey Peninsula Foundation

    Monterey Peninsula Foundation (MPF) is a charitable foundation which disburses funds from the proceeds of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR and the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach on the Champions Tour.  MPF focuses on improving the quality of life in Monterey County and surrounding areas. Since its inception in 1937 the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am has generated over $110 million for charity.

    In 2004 the First Tee Open was introduced to serve as a showcase for The First Tee whose global mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.  http://www.montereypeninsulafoundation.org

    About ECCO

    ECCO, a world leading brand of shoes combining style and comfort, has built its success on quality and innovative technology. The design philosophy is rooted in the founder’s approach to being a shoemaker – the shoe must follow the foot. The shoes of ECCO are anchored in functionality, quality and craftsmanship on the platform of Scandinavian design. Founded in 1963, ECCO is one of the few major shoe manufacturers in the world to own and manage every step of the shoemaking process. Today, ECCO products are sold in 91 countries at 1,100 ECCO stores and 14,000 other sales locations. The company is family-owned and the workplace to 19,500 employees from over 50 countries. In 2012, revenue increased by 14% to DKK 8 billion with profits before tax of DKK 1.1 billion.

    ECCO USA is based in Londonderry, New Hampshire. For more information: http://www.eccousa.com, 800.886.3226.

    West Michigan Golf Show: Now a Message For Our Sponsors

    West Michigan Golf Show: Now a Message For Our Sponsors

    (Grand Rapids, Mich.) As they say on the PGA TOUR, you can’t put on a first-class event without first-class sponsors. It’s no different for the West Michigan Golf Show, set for Feb. 14-16 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.

    The 26th edition of the Golf Show will feature sponsors that help make the winter golf festival a “must attend” event attracting over 12,000 golf enthusiasts.

    Returning as a major sponsor for the fifth consecutive year is Treetops Resort in Gaylord. Benefitting Patriot Golf Day, Treetops sponsors the popular Par-Three Challenge, the focal attraction of the show where patrons will tee it up and compete for closest to the pin prizes provided by Treetops and hope to make an ace on Sunday afternoon and earn $25,000. For 2014, Treetops is excited about expanding its tournament schedule as well as the Women’s Golf Festival on Aug. 3-7—a week-long roster of events for all skill levels. Visit http://www.treetops.com

    Pfeiffer Lincoln, the long time and respected Grand Rapids auto dealership, returns as a sponsor for the Seminar Stage where headliners and teachers will be imparting expert swing advice and instruction all weekend. This year, Pfeiffer Lincoln welcomes Lou Guzzi,  2013 PGA National Teacher of the Year, and Bobby Wilson, a four-time National Senior Long Drive Champion. Oh yes, there will be a trio of snazzy Lincoln 2014 models on display: MKZ, MKX and the MKT—all of which have ample trunk room for golf clubs! This summer look for the all-new 2015 MKC, Lincoln’s first small luxury crossover. Visit http://www.pfeifferlincoln.com

    Odawa Casino Resort again will be sponsoring the $10,000 Longest Putt Challenge where patrons compete for prizes while also raising funds for charity. Meanwhile over at its booth, Odawa Casino is looking for “The Ultimate Player” with special games and diversions. With new hotel upgrades and golf packages with 21 courses, the Petoskey resort in ’14 is also promoting its Soak Up the Sounds Concert Series with such artists as: The Beach Boys, Jonny Lang and .38 Special. Visit http://www.odawacasino.com

    The Golf Association of Michigan (GAM), a loyal exhibitor for the past 26 straight years, also returns as a sponsor representing nearly 60,000 amateur golfers and over 400 courses in the state. The GAM will be offering a “Golf Show Special” for those golfers joining the not-for-profit entity for the first time: a half-price GAM Gold Card Membership for only $20 at the GAM Booth #1100. Get registered and you’ll also receive a sleeve of golf balls. In 2014, the GAM is touting its Scramble Championship, expected to be bigger and better with even more local qualifying sites in West Michigan. Visit http://www.gam.org

    Boyne Resorts and the Michigan P.G.A. will provide free golf lessons all weekend at DeVos Place. Golfers with rusty swings will receive pre-season tune-ups from PGA golf professionals. In 2014, Boyne will again be a leader in northern Michigan golf with three Michigan golf resorts and eleven gorgeous courses, award-winning instruction, vacation packages, tournaments, events and so much more. Visit http://www.boyne.com

    At the Michigan PGA booth, all sorts of player development programs—Get Golf Ready, PGA Junior League, Tee it Forward, etc.—will be made available to patrons. Visit http://www.michiganpgagolf.com

    Held continuously since 1989, the West Michigan Golf Show offers hundreds of exhibits and will feature clinics, putting contests, junior golf instruction, swing analyzers and a value-packed golf shopping opportunity. As always, several charities will benefit from their involvement with the show.
    Produced by ShowSpan Inc. and held at DeVos Place, the West Michigan Golf Show’s hours are 2:00 pm-9:00 pm, Friday; 10:00 am-7:00 pm, Saturday; and 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-14, and children 5 and under are free. Tickets will be available at the door as well as online at http://www.westmichigangolfshow.com
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