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Play pain free. Copper Techs new innovative gl…

Play pain free. Copper Techs new innovative gloves are infused with copper throughout the glove eliminating joint or muscle pain. If you suffer from arthritis we suggest you give this glove a try. The copper infused fabric and the compression fit along with the silicone grip  make this a must try glove for anyone experiencing hand or joint discomfort.  Use Coupon: COPPER20 for 20% OFF – @coppertechglove www.coppertechgloves.com 

We’ve all experienced it; hitting an amazing s…

We’ve all experienced it; hitting an amazing shot that you can’t explain how you hit. The secret is we all have it in us. We just have to find our swing that made it happen. The magic of Balanswing is helping you find that swing and bring it out with subtle tugs and pulls on your muscles to help put you in position for success! Much like the Kinesio tape that is used by elite athletes all over the world, the elastic silicon strips strategically embedded throughout the Balanswing shirt work as a gentle reminders to get you into proper positions as you swing. The strips are not forceful enough to restrict you, they have just enough tension to provide awareness. A strip goes across your chest to bring your shoulders together when you get into the address position. And the vertical strips on your back remind you to keep your spine straight. Tw: @Balanswing1 #golf #sports

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Golf Island

Golf Island

European Tour Properties Welcomes Second Bulga…

European Tour Properties Welcomes Second Bulgarian Destination

European Tour Properties welcomes Pirin Golf & Country Club to its network of world class destinations.

Situated near Bansko, Bulgaria, the five-star resort offers a top-class golf course and luxury accommodation, nestled within the picturesque Pirin mountain range from which it takes its name.

Pirin Golf & Country Club is the second Bulgarian venue to join the European Tour Properties network, standing alongside Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort, host of the 2018 European Tour Properties Senior Classic.

The stunning Ian Woosnam-designed course at Pirin Golf & Country Club takes players on an adventure through rough and rugged terrain, offering an exciting challenge to golfers of all abilities.

Off the course, the venue provides exceptional accommodation through its hotel and exclusive apartments across the complex.

With state-of-the-art spa facilities and numerous other sports on offer, Pirin Golf & Country Club delivers a huge range of activities for holiday-makers.

In the winter months, visitors can swap the fairways for the slopes as nearby Bansko transforms into one of Europe’s hidden gems for skiing and snowboarding.

Mr Yordan Kanazirev, owner of Pirin Golf & Country Club, said: “Pirin Golf & Country Club is very proud and delighted to join European Tour Properties.

“We are looking forward to developing new initiatives with the European Tour Properties team to improve the quality and services throughout our resort to world-class standards, and to offer the mark of assurance guaranteeing customers and clients of Pirin Golf & Country Club a truly outstanding experience when they visit us.”

David MacLaren, Head of European Tour Properties, said: “We are so pleased to be able to welcome Pirin Golf & Country Club to our network.

“Our portfolio is packed with world class venues and Pirin Golf is no different. Golf is a growing market in Bulgaria and the success of the European Tour Properties Senior Classic at Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort earlier this year showcased the country in a tremendous light.

“We look forward to working with Mr Kanazirev and his team to bring the best out of Pirin Golf and help them develop on and off the course.”

For more information, please visit: http://www.piringolf.bg

How can you play golf with this view? #Reader…

How can you play golf with this view? #ReaderSubmitted #golf #sports #sunset #travel #landscape

Gift Guide: The Tee Claw allows golfers to use…

Gift Guide: The Tee Claw allows golfers to use any golf tee (wood, plastic, broken) instead of hitting off of the dreaded rubber tube. The elastic lanyard allows the Tee Claw to be used for a multitude of drills to include alignment, ball position, swing path, chipping, putting and so much more. The versatility of the Tee Claw is unmatched. There is no other training aid on the market that is as versatile and affordable as the Tee Claw. I: @teeclaw Tw: @Tee_Claw https://teeclaw.com

Bridgestone’s TOUR B JGR Family

Bridgestone’s TOUR B JGR Family

By ED TRAVIS

After a three-year absence Dan Murphy is back at Bridgestone Golf taking over as president and CEO and he needs to not only bring Bridgestone back from its slide in ball sales but also effectively market the new TOUR B JGR line of clubs. Before leaving in 2015 Murphy helped create the plan promoting ball-fitting for recreational golfers that produced a 250% increase in sales. This gave Bridgestone an almost 20% market share and a comfortable number two spot behind Acushnet.

Since then Bridgestone’s ball sales have dropped to fourth place while Callaway Golf through the third quarter of 2018 has captured second with a strong 16.5% share thanks in large part to the popularity of the Chrome Soft model. It seems Bridgestone’s only bright spot was the signing of Tiger Woods in December 2016 to an endorsement contract. Properly used this may give Murphy and his team the recognition with golfers to get ball sales trending upward. Though Bridgestone is primarily a ball company their club offerings have also lacked competitive performance ever since the J15 irons were introduced almost four years ago.

The new TOUR B JGR family or woods and irons is meant to change that.

“Our JGR lines have built up a loyal following since the original launch in 2015. The new TOUR B JGR builds on that success by providing golfers with the combination of style and forgiveness.” says Zack Kupperbusch, Golf Club Marketing. “While our brand is commonly associated with the best golf balls in the world, JGR is an excellent example of how we’re bringing innovation to all corners of the industry.”

Already some good results have been seen on the PGA Tour with the new line. Staffer Brandt Snedeker won the Wyndham Championship last August and Matt Kuchar triumphed at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November with the new TOUR B JGR driver.

The TOUR B JGR family has some interesting design features so here is a brief rundown of what you need to know.

BRAND & MODEL:

Bridgestone TOUR B JGR Driver

KEY FEATURES:

Power Mill Face and draw biased. Power Rib Sole helps ball speed. Crown is Bridgestone’s Boost Wave design. Choice of three lofts: 9.5°, 10.5° and 11.5°

NEED TO KNOW:

Designed for mid to high handicappers TOUR B JGR drivers have Bridgestone’s Power Mill Face for more stability to the ball at impact and lower spin to get more distance. They also use the Boost Wave Crown design with internal and external channels that allow flexing at impact and in the driver when coupled with the Power Rib Sole ball velocity increases. Draw biased with 8g external weight and 25g internal weight to promote right to left ball flight.

RETAIL COST & AVAILABILITY:

$400 with UST Mamiya Recoil 460 ES shaft at BridgestoneGolf.com

BRAND & MODEL:

Bridgestone TOUR B JGR Fairway Woods

KEY FEATURES:

Boost Wave crown, Power Mill Face, variable thickness face, two lofts available: 15° 3-wood, 18° 5-wood

NEED TO KNOW:

Variable thickness face to retain more distance when impact is off-center. Crown has Power Slit towards face and Wave Power Slit towards rear to allow more flexing at impact for better launch.

RETAIL COST & AVAILABILITY:

$230 with UST Mamiya Recoil 460 ES FWY at BridgestoneGolf.com

BRAND & MODEL:

Bridgestone TOUR B JGR Hybrids

KEY FEATURES:

Boost Wave crown, Power Mill Face, variable thickness face, three lofts available: H3 19°, H4 22°, H5 25°

NEED TO KNOW:

Similar design as fairway woods with Boost Wave Crown and Power Mill pattern across face to reduce ball curvature and produce higher launch

RETAIL COST & AVAILABILITY:

$220 with KBS Graphite Hybrid shaft at BridgestoneGolf.com

BRAND & MODEL:

Bridgestone TOUR B JGR HF1 Irons

KEY FEATURES:

Forged heads with Power Slit Face design and variable thickness face

NEED TO KNOW:

For higher handicap players with thick, hollow cavity design for distance with easy launch. Extremely low COG forged head. Variable face thickness for responsive feedback.

RETAIL COST & AVAILABILITY:

$850 for 6-iron through pitching wedge with UST Mamiya Recoil Shaft available in 2019. 5-iron and attack wedge sold singly at BridgestoneGolf.com

BRAND & MODEL:

Bridgestone TOUR B JGR HF2 Irons

KEY FEATURES: Forged cavity back design with variable face thickness, Power Slit Face

NEED TO KNOW:

The game-improvement category HF2s have a forged head with a cavity back and are targeted for mid-handicappers. The thin face flexes at impact and a Power Slit at the bottom to add to distance. The face is backed by a rubber polymer insert which absorbs vibration and improves feel.

RETAIL COST & AVAILABILITY: 5-iron through attack wedge $900 with True Temper XP 95 shaft, at BridgestoneGolf.com. 4-iron sold singly.

Top Ten Stories of 2018

Top Ten Stories of 2018

Year of the Tiger

Perhaps Ben Hogan’s come back to win six majors after a head-on collision with a bus was more amazing but Tiger Woods’ return from four back surgeries and other well publicized problems to win the Tour Championship is by any measure remarkable. Towards the end of 2017 the prognosis was he might never be able to play professional golf again much less at a championship level. However, he did come back competing in 18 tournaments and the Ryder Cup this year. Many fans are pulling for the soon to be 43-year old to continue his run at Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors, Woods has 14. However, even if he never wins another tournament, 2018 will always be known as the year of the Tiger.

Ryder Cup

The U.S. lost again, this time in France by the embarrassing margin of 10½ to 17½.  Reasons advanced by the cognoscenti included poor captain’s picks, poor tee shots, poor putting and poor attitude. The real reason however is Team USA got just plain whupped by Team Europe. We played lousy and the Euros played great. Period. Until that changes American fans can only look forward to more of the same. The old saying applies, sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to do.

Lefty’s Brain Cramp: Rarely does a professional do something as inane as Phil Mickelson when he hit a moving ball on the 13th green during Saturday’s third round of the U.S. Open. The whole episode was ridiculous regardless of his excuse, rationalization, justification or reasoning if indeed any reasoning even existed at the time. After the round Phil offered to withdraw if the USGA felt he had crossed the line of acceptable behavior, but they had already ruled he would not be disqualified. A social media frenzy erupted accompanied by the usual Olympian pronouncements from certain analysts. Lefty’s real problem was his frustration boiling over trying to complete a career grand slam on greens that had become unplayable.

Shinnecock U.S. Open Setup: The USGA continues their flawed philosophy of the proper way to setup a course to hold a U.S. Open. The idea seems to be after checking on the predicted weather specify course playing conditions, primarily length of the rough and speed of the greens, to the very edge of playability. The problem arises when actual weather conditions don’t match weather predictions and the result is usually a disaster. The mavens of Far Hills thought they had it figured out Thursday at Shinnecock when the wind, 4-inch rough and thigh-high fescue made an extremely tough test even with the generous 41-yard average width of the fairways. Thursday and Friday served to quiet the critics at least temporarily but Saturday afternoon their course setup philosophy caught up with them. Shinnecock greens were virtually unplayable for even well struck approaches and putts. The USGA issued a non-apology but they did nothing to mitigate the fact they had really messed up…again. In order to compensate, Saturday night the greens were heavily watered which meant for Sunday’s final round averaged an astonishing 3.2 strokes lower than Saturday.

Whaley to PGA President: Suzy Whaley, after having stepped through the chairs, assumed the top spot of the PGA of America which represents the 29,000 dedicated Professionals running the nation’s golf courses and teaching us how to play. The PGA also runs two extremely profitable events. The PGA Championship which is one of golf’s four major championships and the Ryder Cup, the premier international golf competition. Whaley, a top-tier player in her own right, is the first women to head the organization and has said she hopes to make golf more accessible and encourage more women to play. Those are noble ideals and for years along with juniors have been part of PGA outreach programs. It would seem a more germane goal for her two-year term would be finding a way to put some of the profits from the Ryder Cup and the PGA Championship into the pockets of the Association’s members.

“Table for One”

Patrick Reed, a.k.a. Captain America, made headlines and alienated lots of people when he blamed Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk and teammates Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods for his record of 1-2-0. His lone point came in singles when he didn’t have to put up with a partner. Spieth supposedly earned Reed’s anger because of his desire to break up their successful partnership from the 2016 Ryder Cup and 2017 Presidents Cup. According to Furyk Reed knew at least two weeks ahead of time his partner would be Woods and said he was OK with the switch. In what has to be considered an unimaginable stretch of logic one commentator has said Reed will do for the PGA Tour as John McEnroe did for tennis—others have given him the nickname of “Table for One.”

Rules of Golf Modified

The USGA and R&A published a major redo of the Rules of Golf incorporating several important changes starting with the use of everyday language to replace the convoluted legalistic grammar and syntax of previous versions. Add to that there are now ten fewer rules and there may be a reasonable chance players will actually refer to the rule book after of course they replace the water stained version wrapped in a mildew covered rain jacket stuffed their golf bag’s outside pocket. We particularly like the modified Rule that prohibits caddies from standing behind players to ensure they are aimed properly, a common sight on the LPGA Tour. Lining up a shot is an integral part of golf and it’s not in the spirit of the game to use a caddie-cum-coach.

The Match: Eighteen holes at Shadow Creek with Lefty beating Tiger on pay-per-view featured uninspired play and technical malfunctions but did show us three things. First Mickelson is $9 million richer and secondly, he and Woods have an entertaining rivalry. Number three is all the stick-in-the-muds who said they would “never pay money to watch” and the corollary “they should be playing for their own money” might consider getting a life…have some fun and can the sarcasm, cynicism and carping. True the golf was not exactly Ben Hogan versus Sam Snead, but the overwhelmingly important point is The Match brought positive attention to golf from the usually less-than-attentive so-called mainstream media who still seem to believe it’s a game in trouble and played only by rich white guys.

Golf Gambling

Legalized golf gambling is coming to a state near you after the Supreme Court ruled sports wagering regulation was up to individual states not the federal government. This raises the specter of unscrupulous people attempting to influence the outcome of PGA Tour tournaments and the Ryder Cup with tactics such as tossing a full beer cup at a player during his tee shot. Americans no longer consider gambling to be a moral issue as shown by all the state lotteries allowed usually under the guise of raising money for worthwhile things such as education. Gambling gives states a stream of revenue not requiring an increase in taxes. Rest assured the PGA Tour is making plans to capitalize on legalized betting through rights fees or a similar toll on the state-approved bookies.

Shorter Tour Schedule: The PGA Tour decided competing with football for the attention of fans doesn’t work so the 2018-2019 season ending FedExCup playoffs will finish before the NFL season starts. The PGA Championship is being moved from August to May where it replaces The Players which will be moved to March and there will only be three playoff events rather than four. Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said, “This will enhance the visibility of the FedExCup Playoffs and overall fan engagement with the PGA TOUR and the game as a whole.” How fewer tournaments and therefore fewer playing opportunities will help “the game as a whole” is not clear but such quibbling is beneath us.

Andalucía Costa Del Sol Open de España, La Qui…

Andalucía Costa Del Sol Open de España, La Quinta Golf & Country Club, Benahavís, Malaga Spain. Credit: Tristan Jones @LETGolf #golf #travel #landscape #sports #mountain

The Perfect Holiday Gift: Bushnell Hybrid Rang…

The Perfect Holiday Gift: Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder

  • exterior GPS front, center and back yardages to assist with correct club selections when golfers have cart path only or blind shots.
  • Bushnell Golf includes PinSeeker with JOLT Technology amongst the host of features offered in the new HYBRID.