If you consider the use of a motorized golf cart a treat on a long, hot afternoon on the golf course, your perspective is about to change. Introducing the Golf Skate Caddy, a revolutionary new way to skate around the golf course. Yes, I did mean “skate”.
The Golf Skate Caddy combines elements of surfing, skateboarding and golf into one very cool package that will transport you and your golf clubs around the course. Powered by a lithium iron battery, the product includes a drink holder, scorecard holder, wind resistant umbrella and even a seat for in between shots. It could be the perfect choice for golfers who abhor golf carts yet could use some additional assistance in their five-mile walk.
The Golf Skate Caddy comes from the land down under, as evidenced by kangaroos in their cool promo video. The developers of the product are Douglas Mizzi and Mathew Quinn, who took their cues from gorgeous vistas and easy-going tempo of South East Queensland, Australia. “We wanted to bring an element of excitement back to the game, something that a player could enjoy in addition to a great shot and a great view and we knew that had to be their mode of travel” said Douglad Mizzi.
Riders of the Golf Skate Caddy use a skateboard stance and turn their board by leaning left or right while holding onto the mono handle for stability. The acceleration and braking are controlled by a trigger controller held in the other hand.
The product is currently available in two models for purchase on the Golf Skate Caddy website. A standard model sells for $2,600 and the Dragon Golf version is priced at $3,200.
The company that has created custom golf cars for golf royalty such as Paula Creamer and Hank Haney is back with something even more amazing. Garia, the Danish manufacturer of luxury golf cars, recently launched a limited edition of their newest model, the Garia Roadster. The limited edition roadster is called Garia Mansory Currus and is designed in close collaboration with Mansory, the car customizer famous for customizing luxury super cars such as Bentley, Bugatti, and Ferrari.
With only seven of these special vehicles in existence, the Garia Mansory Currus could be the most sought after luxury golf car in history. This special ride comes with signature Mansory luxury features such as dashboard in genuine leather, custom seat, and carbon fiber rear body and many other details.
For a genuine race car feel, it also comes with an adjustable setting for maximum motor braking and battery regeneration while driving as well as a speed switch with different driving modes called Golf, Street and Race, which adjust top speed and acceleration parameters. These settings are unique to Garia Mansory Currus and not available on any other golf cars currently on the market.
The car utilizes lithium batteries for an extended range of up to 37 miles, and a speed package for increased speed of up to 37 mph. This limited version vehicle marks the launch of an entirely new Garia model, the Garia Roadster.
“The Garia Roadster is really the closest you get to a golf car version of your favorite luxury sports car. We were inspired by the sense of freedom and joy you get from riding a sports car and we wanted to translate that experience to the golf car”, says Mr. Anders Lynge, Designer and Creative Director of Garia.
For more information about the Garia Mansory Currus, please visit the Garia website.
Many of the most worthwhile golf improvement products on the market often come from simple ideas and innovations. One relatively straightforward product that is a generating a lot of interest lately is the GolfRoller, which is a simple training aid designed to increase back and core strength while improving flexibility. The repetitive motion of the golf swing and the stress it puts on your body definitely cultivates the need for core, back and neck assistance.
Unlike many complicated golf training products, the GolfRoller is a lightweight and durable tool that you can bring and use virtually anywhere. The product concept is similar to conventional foam rollers, but the GolfRoller actually consists of a hollow core of plastic wrapped in a neoprene layer. It’s extremely lightweight and portable, easily fitting into your luggage or even your golf bag.
Using the product is relatively easy and allows you to target specific parts of your body with each individual movement. The GolfRoller website has helpful videos that instruct how you can use the product to stretch your calves, hamstrings, hips, glutes, lower spine, middle spine, upper spine, quads, shoulders and neck. In addition, since you’re basically using your own body weight, you can control the pace of the movement throughout the entire process.
Think of the GolfRoller as your personal golf massage assistant. The technical term for massage produced by this type of body rolling motion is called “myofascial release”, a form of soft tissue therapy used to relieve pain and restriction of motion. By investing only a few minutes every day using the GolfRoller for your own golf massage, you can dramatically reduce lower back pain and increase your range of motion. It’s also a great tool to use as part of your warm up routine prior to leaving for the course or a golf practice facility.
The GolferRoller consists of a two piece construction, which allows the outer layer to easily be washed. The product is available for $49.95 on the GolfRoller website, where you can also watch multiple videos on how to use it to improve your golf fitness.
It’s a problem fashion-conscious golfers have faced since the game first began. How to avoid the dreaded golfers’ tan? Now one new sports apparel company could have the answer.
Naked Sports Gear creates sports apparel for avid outdoor athletes and fitness goers that minimizes tan lines using a patent-pending concept that is moisture wicking and tan through. The company’s products are made of lightweight mesh fabrics to minimize tan lines and a quick-dry material to keep the skin cool and dry.
In addition to their first product the Naked Sports Bras, the company now offers opaque and sheer golf shirts. All of their products are sourced and manufactured in New York City’s Garment District.
“Our company’s launch earlier this year kickstarted a frenzy of interest and requests for more tan-through items,” says co-founder and CEO Reilly Starr. “It was the best problem a start-up could have, so five months later, we now have five products to offer those looking to minimize horrid tan lines. “
“We are very excited to satisfy the interest of our fans with new products that are fun tie-dyed colors, sexy styles and most importantly, tan-through,” says Katie Sue Nicklos, co-founder and Chief Design Officer. “The challenge to transform traditional active wear into one of a kind tan-through active wear has been an innovative and rewarding experience.”
Get ready to add another piece of equipment to your bad weather golf arsenal with the introduction of the new Nike Lunar Bandon golf shoe. The sportswear giant believes these new kicks can match whatever harsh weather a player might face on the golf course, while keeping their feet warm and dry. These new weatherproof golf shoes are designed for all elements – whether hot, dry, wet or soggy.
In creating the Nike Lunar Bandon, the company looked to add the ultimate in protection and playability for footwear under the most difficult conditions on the golf course. According to Nike Golf’s Footwear Product Director Lee Walker, “You have outerwear, all-weather gloves, and covers for your golf bag. We wanted to complement that with a shoe that works with the rest of your gear to protect while it performs. In some climates, if you waited for fair weather days, you wouldn’t have many options to get out and play. In the Lunar Bandon, golfers have a shoe that allows them to practice and play in any condition.”
For the past few years, golf shoe manufacturers and golf retailers have been looking to feed the public’s interest in footwear that doesn’t look or feel like regular golf shoes. Many of the latest shoe models have featured ultra lightweight, low profile shoes that place an emphasis on comfort and flexibility. Many of the games top stars now wear these types of low profile “slippers” including legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Ernie Els, winner of the 2012 Open Championship, has played many competitive tournaments recently wearing the casual street-style Callaway Del Mar golf shoe. “I can’t recommend them highly enough,” said Els. “You can basically put them on in the morning, drive to the golf course and walk straight on to the first tee.”
The Nike Lunar Bandon is an even less traditional golf shoe than the street-style shoes that Els wears. Featuring a bright, asymmetrical zipper across the top of the shoe, the Nike Lunar Bandon provides a waterproof shield and higher silhouette than traditional golf shoes to better exist with rain pants. The shoe utilizes an integrated traction design on the outsole that is engineered to help eliminate clogging and increase ground contact. It also offers speed lacing with a simple toggle to help the fastening process and a notched-out heal to maximize walking comfort.
The Nike Lunar Bandon will be available at retail stores starting in October with a minimum advertised price of $139. This type of bad weather shoe could be the next necessary component for golfers around the world.
The PGA of America is continuing their support of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to combat childhood obesity with the second edition of the “Let’s Move On Course” program. During the 2012 PGA Championship, The PGA of America will be giving away free pedometers, courtesy of the Hospital for Special Surgery, to help promote the benefits of walking and physcial activity on the golf course.
The 2012 PGA Championship takes place August 8-14 at Atlanta Athletic Club and typically provides the strongest field of the year. Fans attending the event can pick up their free pedometer and track their steps while following the best golfers in the world.
Recent studies have shown that walking 18 holes on the golf course is equivalent to five miles or 10,000 steps. Golfers who carry their clubs during an 18-hole round can burn as much as 2,000 calories. Health and fitness experts have recommended taking 10,000 steps per day on average to help control weight gain and improve overall fitness.
The “Let’s Move on Course!” program was officially launched last year at the 2011 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Fans who claimed a pedometer and reported their data on PlayGolfAmerica.com walked an average of 14,767 steps or 7.4 miles on the golf course during last year’s PGA Championship.
Attendees of the 2012 PGA Championship in Atlanta can pick up their free pedometer at the main spectator entrance of the Atlanta Athletic Club. Pedometers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis each day of the event. Fans are encouraged to once again report their steps on PlayGolfAmerica.com, where they will be entered into a drawing to win an autographed pin flag signed by the tournament champion.
In the world of sports, golf is somewhat unique in that the golf swing is a repetitive motion that occurs on every shot. The lie or external conditions may change, but the ball stays the same and so does the opportunity for the golfer. Master the repetitive art of the golf swing and success can be yours.
Since the golf swing maintains the same elements for each and every shot, it makes sense that you’ll want to improve your body’s strength and flexibility within this realm. One of the latest innovations to help golfers achieve this goal is a unique piece of golf fitness equipment called The Extra 20 Yards®.
A patented high quality golf fitness machine that replicates the golf swing, The Extra 20 Yards® helps build strength within your core muscles that create club head speed, allowing you to hit the ball further. The product is basically a weight machine that could be used as part of your golf training program to help you compress the golf ball better.
The Extra 20 Yards® was built to help golfers increase distance off the tee with just minutes of exercise per day. If you are you looking to gain distance without spending hours in the gym, then The Extra 20 Yards® could be for you.
The battle to lower golf scores by improving physical capabilities is a constant for golfers around the world. One new tool in their arsenal is also one of the hottest new fitness routines in the United States.
Introducing Piloxing, the newest fitness craze – a combination of Pilates and boxing. Golfers have been familiar with Pilates for decades now, with high profile devotees such as David Duval. Piloxing takes the traditional mat Pilates and injects it with strength-building boxing moves that help burn fat, build muscle and strengthen the important core muscles that are essential for success on the golf course.
Created by Swedish dancer and celebrity trainer Viveca Jensen, Piloxing was developed to facilitate a balance of strength and flexibility. In addition to Pilates and boxing movements, the exercise incorporates the use of weighted gloves which add to the workout by toning the arms and maximizing cardiovascular health.
With nine major championship victories, Gary Player is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of golf. A 1974 inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Player has won 165 tournaments on six continents over six decades.
Now 75 years old, it’s Player’s remarkable longevity that continues this amazing story. Back in the 1950s, Player earned the nickname Mr. Fitness in the 1950s because of his impressive dedication to exercise. It’s obvious that dedication is still paying rewards.
“People said weight training was detrimental to golfers,” recalls Mr. Player. “I was squatting 325 pounds the night before I won my first U.S. Open in 1965. Today, the players have traveling gyms.”
As he’s aged, Mr. Player says he’s even more serious about staying fit: “Winning a grand slam title after the age of 53 meant keeping my body lean and mean.”
How can science improve your golf swing? Some Stanford University researchers believe their digital cameras have captured the perfect golf swing. The key question is whether that knowledge can be transferred to your golf swing.
PGA professionals have known for a long time that proper technique within the golf swing is critical to ball speed. No matter the size or the strength of the golfer, a swing without solid technical elements will lose much of its force. Even at the age of 61, five-time British Open winner Tom Watson can hit a ball with more power, and farther, than fit competitors half his age.
In a high-tech analysis of golfers, a research team identified several key biomechanical factors that produce power, separating the elite professionals from the duffers. At the university’s Motion and Gait Analysis Lab, 10 pros used a 5 iron to swing at ping-pong balls on a linoleum floor, wearing only shorts and dozens of tiny silver light-reflecting balls. The volunteers were all Stanford alumni and included Will Yanagisawa, a Hawaii Pearl Open winner, and former pro Notah Begay, who is now an analyst with the Golf Channel.
Eight cameras made a digital record of their bodies during the golf swing, then compared the data to less reformed swings of amateurs. The team found that professionals’ swings are highly consistent, virtually indistinguishable from each other. And the pros, unlike the five amateurs who also volunteered in the study, always initiated their downswing by rotating their hips.