Laser Link Introduces White Magic Golf Rangefinder

LASER_LINKFinding the correct distance on the golf course can be a make or break situation. The wrong data can lead to improper golf club selection and often very poor results.

One company that is working to make improper yardages a thing of the past is Madison, Wisconsin-based Laser Link Golf. The company produces golf distance measurement technology and recently introduced their latest rangefinder – White Magic. This product will join a family of products that includes the QuickShot, Red Hot, and Switch laser rangefinders.

The White Magic rangefinder uses Laser Link Golf’s trademark pistol shape and includes their Zero-In Alignment System for easy targeting. A unique element of the White Magic rangefinder is what the company calls Target Differentiation Technology (TDT), or “Know Your Target” technology. TDT allows the rangefinder to distinguish between reflector and non-reflector targets on the golf course. Hit a Laser Link reflector target, and White Magic will “beep”. Hit a tree or other object, and White Magic will vibrate.

“All of our products are created with one goal in mind — make the same technology used by PGA Tour players simple and easy to use for the millions of players who don’t live tournament to tournament,” said Rob O’Loughlin, president of Laser Link Golf. “White Magic delivers the information every golfer needs in a way any golfer can use.”

Laser Link products are designed to speed up play and add enjoyment to the game of golf. Their products are used at more than 3,500 private clubs around the country and also include the CartLink System, which is an affordable cart-mounted GPS alternative. For more information on White Magic or other Laser Link products, visit the Laser Link website.

Marriott Golf Festival Brings Families Together

marriott_golfSince golf is a sport with virtually no age limits, it’s one of the best ways for generations of families to share time together. To help promote bringing families together on the fairways, Marriot Golf has announced the 6th Annual International Family Golf Festival program. This year-long series of one-day family golf events will take place at 32 Marriott Golf-managed destinations around the world. The program will begin on Mothers’s Day, May 12 at La Iguana Golf Club in Costa Rica. Another Marriott property, Camelback Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, will be the first US course to host an event on May 19.

The Marriott International Family Golf Festival is open to golfers of all ages and skill levels, creating a welcoming environment where parents and children can learn and play the game of golf together. Families are invited to Marriott Golf properties for a fun-filled afternoon of free golf instruction, clinics, exciting activities, interactive golf games, family golf programs and chances to win a variety of prizes. In addition, after 3 p.m., families and children can play golf for free as part of Marriott Golf’s “Kids Golf-4-Free”, which launched in 2006. This first-of-its-kind program enables kids up to 15 years old to golf for free when accompanied by a full paying adult after 3 p.m. program and has allowed an estimated 10,000 parents and children to play golf together annually.

Marriott Golf manages 58 golf courses at 43 locations in 12 countries, offering more than 1,000 holes of championship golf. Marriott has been managing golf operations since 1970 and is one of the world’s premier golf operators.

The 2013 Family Golf Festival will take place at designated Marriott Golf properties on the following dates throughout the year:

Property Name Location Date
La Iguana Golf Club Herradura Bay, Costa Rica 5/12/2013
Camelback Golf Club Scottsdale, AZ 5/19/2013
Hawk’s Landing Golf Club Orlando, FL 5/25/2013
Cattails Golf Course Kingsport, TN 6/2/2013
Stone Mountain Golf Club Stone Mountain, GA 6/2/2013
MetroWest Golf Club Orlando, FL 6/9/2013
St. Pierre, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Monmouthshire, Wales, UK 6/9/2013
Toftrees Golf Club State College, PA 6/23/2013
Tudor Park, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Maidstone, Kent, UK 6/30/2013
Kauai Lagoons Golf Club Lihue, HI 7/13/2013
Gaylord Springs Golf Links Nashville, TN 7/13/2013
Grande Vista Golf Club Orlando, FL 7/20/2013
Grande Pines Golf Club Orlando, FL 7/20/2013
Meon Valley, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Nr. Southampton, Hampshire, UK 7/28/2013
Dalmahoy, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 8/2-8/6/2013
Hollins Hall, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK 8/4/2013
The Rookery at Marco Naples, FL 8/17/2013
Westfields Golf Club Clifton, VA 8/18/2013
Breadsall Priory, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Nr. Derby, Derbyshire, UK 8/18/2013
Forest of Arden, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Meriden, Warwickshire, UK 8/18/2013
Worsley Park, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Worsley Park, Manchester, UK 8/24/2013
Griffin Gate Golf Club Lexington, KY 8/25/2013
Sprowston Manor, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Norwich, Norfolk, UK 8/25/2013
Son Antem Golf Club Mallorca, Spain 9/14/2013
Willow Crest Golf Club Oak Brook, IL 9/22/2013
Desert Springs Golf Resort Palm Desert, CA 9/29/2013
Crane’s Landing Golf Club Lincolnshire, IL 9/29/2013
Wildfire Golf Club Phoenix, AZ 9/29/2013
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes Orlando, FL 10/5/2013
Falcon’s Fire Golf Club Kissimmee, FL 11/2/2013
Shadow Ridge Golf Club Palm Desert, CA 12/7/2013
Starr Pass Country Club Tucson, AZ 12/15/2013

For more information, visit www.marriottgolf.com.

GolfTEC Celebrates Four Millionth Lesson

GOLFTEC_LOGO2According to a recent Golf.com survey, the average American golfer spends nearly $3,000 annually on the game of golf. Although equipment and greens fees make up the majority, a portion of this investment typically goes towards golf lessons and game improvement.

Playing a big role in the golf improvement category is GolfTEC, a global leader in golf improvement that claims to give more than 25% of all private golf lessons in North America annually. The company has 600 GolfTEC Certified Personal Coaches at 170 centers worldwide, including 68 within Golfsmith stores. Nearly 2% of all golf professionals work for GolfTEC.

GolfTEC recently celebrated “Four Millionth Lesson Day” in honor of the company passing the four-million mark in golf lessons given. Co-founders Joe Assell and Mike Clinton launched the company in 1995 and have grown it into the largest provider of game improvement in the industry.

“It is extremely satisfying and exciting for GolfTEC to give our four millionth lesson,” said Joe Assell. “We have been counting down the number and knew it was coming, realizing this would mark a special time in our history of helping golfers get better and have more fun playing the game.”

The first GolfTEC learning center opened on April 10, 1995, in the Denver Tech Center area mall. The original concept from the earliest days remains the company’s core principle: Combining coaches, computers and motion technology to give exceptional fact-based golf instruction that can be measured and verified.

Most GolfTEC lessons are taught by Certified Personal Coaches one-on-one in private, indoor bays that maximize the learning experience and utilize proprietary teaching technology to help golfers improve their skills and increase their enjoyment of the game.

According to the company, through their 4 million golf lessons, over 80 million golf balls have been hit, 160 million minutes of golf swing video have been captured and 1.92 billion motion measurements have been captured by gSWING, GolfTEC’s proprietary software. GolfTEC Improvement Centers can be found in almost all major U.S. cities, Canada, Japan and Korea. To learn more, visit the GolfTEC website.

Bionic Gloves Offering a Chance to Swing With The Stars

BIONIC_GLOVESPremium sports equipment manufacturer Bionic Gloves is offering golfers a chance to win a round of golf with a celebrity in its first-ever “Swing with the Stars” Sweepstakes. The contest is taking place as part of the Eighth Annual Tee It Up Celebrity Golf Classic which will be held October 7 at Mountain Gate Country Club in Los Angeles, California. The event benefits the Wounded Warrior Project and has previously featured celebrity participants such as Kevin Sorbo, Smokey Robinson, Angie Everhart, Joe Mantegna, Kristy Swanson, Cheech Marin and Carlos Mencia.

The “Swing With The Stars” Sweepstakes starts now and runs through June 16, 2013. There is no purchase necessary, but participants must be at least 21 years of age and able to produce proof of an official golf handicap. The contest winner and a guest will be flown to Los Angeles for the event. For official rules and prize details, visit the Bionic Gloves website.

In conjunction with the sweepstakes, Bionic is also offering $5 off StableGrip™ and PerformanceGrip™ Golf Gloves, modifying the price to $19.99 and $24.99, respectively. This promotion will run through June 16, 2013, at retail locations and online.

“It’s an honor to support the Wounded Warrior Project by partnering with Tee It Up Radio Network in one of the most popular nonprofessional golf events in the U.S.,” said Cheryl Fink, marketing director for Bionic Gloves. “We are temporarily lowering the price to not only reward our Bionic fans for being so loyal, but to also introduce our brand to new golfers.”

Bionic has been at the forefront of glove technology in many sports – golf, baseball, hockey, fitness (weightlifting), tennis, racquetball, equestrian events and others. Bionic Gloves have received numerous awards and recognition, including the National Home Gardening Club Seal of Approval, the National Health & Wellness Club Seal of Approval, the Handyman’s Club of America Member Tested Seal of Approval and the PGA Tour Partners Magazine Member Tested Seal of Approval.

Tiger Woods Short Game Secrets Now On Your iPhone

TIGER_WOODS_APPTiger Woods has used a revitalized short game and putting stroke to claw his way back to the top spot in the world golf rankings. Therefore, it’s appropriate that his Tiger Woods Foundation is launching a new golf teaching mobile app that will focus on chipping, putting and bunker play.

Tiger Woods: My Swing will include monthly video lessons focusing on Tiger’s world class short game techniques. His first lesson will cover putting, including ball position, eye line, toe line and stroke line, along with bonus footage from Tiger discussing warm-up routines, preferred golf courses and his favorite sports teams.

The focal point of the Tiger Woods app is swing analysis, which will allow golfers to use the technology to capture video of their swing, evaluate it and compare it to Tiger’s. The 14-time major champion serves as a virtual coach, teaching users how to use swing-line analysis while providing tips on specific areas for improvement. The app updates also make the ability to switch between recording left- and right-handed swings easier, adding retina display and iPhone 5 resolutions. The Tiger Woods: My Swing App is available for $4.99 (iPhone and iPod touch) and $9.99 (iPad2+) from the Apple App Store.

“I’m always pushing myself to get better, and looking for ways to improve my game. My Swing gives me the chance to share with fans some things that I’ve learned throughout my career,” said Woods. “The app helps golfers evaluate their swing and find ways to improve without the use of expensive equipment or relying on another set of eyes. I’m excited about the new video lessons and hope my fans find them beneficial to improving their short game.”

Proceeds from the sale of Tiger Woods: My Swing benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, which was founded in 1996 by Tiger Woods and his father, Earl. The Foundation has reached millions of young people by delivering unique experiences and innovative educational opportunities. Specific programs of the Foundation include the Tiger Woods Learning Center, a one-of-a-kind, 35,000-square-foot education facility custom-built for the underserved youth of Southern California.

To learn more about the app, visit The Tiger Woods Foundation website.

ANNIKA Award to Honor Top NCAA Women’s Golfer

ANNINKA_AWARDShe was the most dominating female golfer of her time and now her legacy will continue through the young stars who follow in her footsteps. Annika Sorenstam won 90 international tournaments as a professional, including 72 official LPGA tournaments and ten major championships. Beginning in 2014, the nation’s most outstanding NCAA Division I women’s golfer will win The ANNIKA Award.

The ANNIKA Foundation, in conjunction with the Haskins Commission, have created this award to honor the best of the best in women’s collegiate golf. The Haskins Commission governs the Haskins Award, which is presented annually to the top men’s player in college golf. For 41 years, this coveted trophy has honored the late Fred Haskins, a teaching pro who instilled the values of amateur golf to generations of youthful competitors.

Annika, an eight-time Rolex LPGA Player of the Year, said the relationship between her foundation and the Haskins Commission is a natural one. “The Haskins Award has been a prestigious accolade recognizing the best male collegiate players for over 40 years. I am thrilled to work with the Haskins Commission to create The ANNIKA Award to similarly honor the best collegiate female golfers.”

The winner of the Haskins Award is decided by a vote of college golfers and media members who cover the collegiate game and the commission will create a similar voting process for The ANNIKA Award. The Haskins Award winner receives an automatic exemption into the Greenbrier Classic and future recipients of The ANNIKA Award will be given an exemption into the Kraft Nabisco Championship, which is a major championship on the LPGA Tour.

The ANNIKA Foundation and Golfweek magazine – official media partner of The ANNIKA Award – are also finalizing plans for a major women’s college tournament to be played in Orlando, Fla. Annika, a former college star at the University of Arizona, hopes to attract many of the top college teams in the country starting in 2014.

“College golf meant a lot to me and helped get my career going in the right direction. And my Foundation provides playing opportunities globally to juniors who are passionate about the game. Therefore, creating a first-class invitational tournament for the best women’s teams to kick off the college golf season is a natural progression,” said Annika Sorenstam.

Golf Skate Caddy Combines Surfing, Skateboarding and Golf

GOLF_SKATE_CADDYIf 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.

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 Defends Its Turf

TigerWoodsPGATOUR14The biggest video game in golf is back this week as the new Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 has returned. Backed by a popular video ad campaign that features Woods, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino defending their turf against a group of street thugs, the arrival of this video game is sure to be another spark to fan the white hot anticipation of The Masters.

In an effort to tie today’s current stars with the greats of the game and golf’s great tournaments, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 features nine of golf’s legends, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Seve Ballesteros and Tiger Woods, at historic Open Championship venues such as St Andrews, Royal Troon and Royal Birkdale. Gamers have been able to experience the fairways of Augusta since Tiger Woods 12, but now they can feel the pressure of all four major championships.The new Legends of the Majors mode enables players to go back in time to play the legends at historic events at the Masters, the US Open, the PGA Championship and The Open Championship.

EA Sports worked closely with the R&A, which organizes The Open Championship, to help bring the magic of The Open Championship to the game. “The Open Championship is a truly unique event in world sport with a history which dates back more than 150 years. Bringing the spirit of The Open to a wider audience through the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 game is very exciting. This is a wonderful platform and I am sure golf enthusiasts all over the world will relish the opportunity to play against their heroes in The Open,” said Michael Tate, Executive Director – Business Affairs at The R&A.

In Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14, gamers can now play the golf courses at any time of day or evening, including night golf. The Legends of the Majors mode helps turn back the clock with sepia-hued video, plus fours and vintage golf clubs.

Former NASA Scientist to Debunk Myths of Golf

DR_STEVE_OTTOThe game of golf has always been an uneasy mixture of tradition and technology. Few sports can match the historical significance of a place like the The Old Course at St. Andrews, that could be played while using the cutting edge materials and equipment that has been the hallmark of golf equipment manufacturers.

Although the historical element of the game can always be appreciated, the actual performance part of the game that is usually affected by technology is often debated. That debate could reach new levels according to a recent article in The Telegraph, which previews an upcoming presentation about golf that will take place at the Edinburgh International Science Festival on March 30 at the National Museum of Scotland.

Former NASA scientist Dr Steve Otto, who is now the Director of Research and Testing at golf’s world governing body The R&A, will give a presentation about the fundamental physics of golf and discuss current research insights into shaft dynamics, metallurgy and ball construction. Otto has suggested claims such as hitting the ball with top spin can make it go further, have no basis in physics. Dr. Otto will use specially commissioned video evidence to help prove that golf is a simpler game than some golf equipment manufacturers present.

In “The Science of Golf from Tee to Green”, Dr. Otto will describe how at impact the golf ball accelerates from zero to 180 miles per hour in less than 1,000th of a second. In that time, where the ball will land has already been determined by the parameters of spin, velocity and the dimple pattern on the ball itself.

Otto will also argue that it is a myth that golfers today can hit the ball further than ever before. “It’s one of those things that people will rely on a single shot to make a case, that I saw this player hit the ball 360 yards. They can do that, but they don’t do it all the time and they forget to mention there was wind behind them” said Otto. “In fact, there are fewer players hitting the ball over 300 yards now then there was back in 2005.”

“Even the best golfers in the world may not fully understand the details of striking a golf ball and there are many common myths and misconceptions surrounding the process,” said Dr Otto. “Golf is a fascinating game and people are always curious about the golf swing. In this lecture I will explore some of these myths surrounding it and show what actually happens when a golfer hits a golf ball.”

Tickets to “The Science of Golf from Tee to Green” are available online at sciencefestival.co.uk.

The World’s Most Coveted Luxury Golf Car

GARIA_MANSORY_CURRUSThe 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.