Wednesday, December 13, 2017

FlightScope Gives Sports Enthusiasts a New Way to Improve Performance with FlightScope mevo

Leader in sports tracking technology creates portable and light-weight multi-sport radar for athletes

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – FlightScope, a world leader in the development and manufacturing of sports technology, is giving golfers and baseball players a new way to improve their game. FlightScope’s mevo, a portable and light-weight multi-sport radar, provides distinct data parameters and action video capturing capabilities for athletes to practice with a purpose.

“For the past 16 years, FlightScope’s products and unmatched technology have served as a trusted tool among professional golfers to improve and track performance metrics,” said CEO of FlightScope Henri Johnson. “I am proud mevo has joined our line of products as an affordable and reliable solution for consumers to take their skills to the next level.”

By simply synchronizing to mevo’s iOS and Android app, mevo captures video directly through the athlete’s smartphone. Athletes can practice without interruptions as mevo clips the videos automatically, before storing on the app for easy upload and sharing. The video clips are saved with data overlay highlighting key performance metrics to help athletes improve from their previous session.

The mevo is currently available for golfers and baseball players, and will soon be available for soccer and other sports. Golfers training with mevo have access to performance data including ball and club speed, vertical launch angle, carry distance, spin rate, smash, height and time. Baseball players using mevo are able to track statistics including pitch speed, pitch spin, exit speed, carry distance and vertical launch angle.

The FlightScope mevo was developed as a consumer product for athletes to practice with a purpose, but also works in conjunction with FlightScope’s coaching radars, which give coaches and instructors access to the athlete’s video clips and allows them to offer tips and feedback on the athlete’s performance.

The mevo is available for only $499. For more information on FlightScope and to purchase mevo, visit www.flightscopemevo.com.

Unlimited Golf Offered at Spectacular Danzante Bay on Baja Peninsula

Enjoy newly completed Rees Jones course at Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa

(LORETO, Baja California Norte, Mexico) — Play all day, every day on a stunning, newly completed Rees Jones-designed golf course with a reservation to stay at Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto on the eastern side of the Baja Peninsula.

The resort’s “Unlimited Golf & Spa Package” includes continuous rounds, as many as desired, at the scenic Danzante Bay Golf Club, which now features all 18 holes overlooking the Sea of Cortez – and an appointment at Sabila Spa for a treatment, facial, or just for access to the private wet area.

The “Unlimited Golf & Spa Package” features lodging for three nights in a Deluxe Studio Suite at Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa, a Villa Group property that features 4,447 acres of unspoiled beauty along one of the most breathtaking spots in the hemisphere.

“Unlimited Golf & Spa Packages” are available now through May 30, 2018, but must be reserved by Jan. 30, 2018. Guests can choose between the all-inclusive or European package option.

The all-inclusive package rate, at $827 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:
- Three nights in a deluxe suite at Villa del Palmar
- All meals at resort restaurants
- Domestic and international beverages at resort restaurants
- Unlimited golf, use of golf cart and practice facilities
- $25 credit at Sabila Spa (may not be combined with other certificates)
- Each additional person on the package is $658
- Additional nights are $169 per person

The European package rate, at $637 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:
- Three nights in a deluxe suite at Villa del Palmar
- Continental breakfast for three mornings
- Unlimited golf, use of golf cart and practice facilities
- $25 credit at Sabila Spa (may not be combined with other certificates)
- Each additional person on the package is $469
- Additional nights are $106 per person

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa boasts stunning views of the Sea of Cortes and Sierra de la Giganta Mountain Range, three outstanding restaurants, five swimming pools, the luxurious Sabila Spa, beautiful beaches, tennis courts, miles of hiking trails, glass-bottomed kayaks, and sport fishing.

Part of a luxury master-planned community adjacent to the coastline of Baja’s inland Pacific marine sanctuary, Danzante Bay Golf Club has five sets of tees, ranging between 4,916 and 7,237 yards, and features wide fairways and greens that must be carefully judged but are never unfair.  Most of the entrances to the greens are open — allowing approach shots to run on safely — while the holes along the cliffs feature strategically placed collection areas to keep errant shots from taking the plunge into the blue water below.

Along with the changing terrain, the winds can be different day to day and even during the day, conditions that influence shot value and strategy.

The resort is just a two-hour flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) via Alaska Airlines and is accessible seasonally with direct WestJet flights from Calgary, and from Tijuana via Calafia Airlines.

For more details, visit www.villadelpalmarloreto.com, call (800) 790-4187, or email reservaciones.vdpl@vgloreto.com.

For additional information on Danzante Bay Golf Club, visit www.danzantebay.com.

Troon Selected to Manage The Golf Club at Southwind in Garden City, Kansas

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing, has been selected to manage The Golf Club at Southwind in Garden City, Kansas. Established in 1980 as a private club, The Golf Club at Southwind will be managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon.

Located on the High Plains of Western Kansas, The Golf Club at Southwind’s 18-hole, Donald Sechrest-designed course is rated as one of the top courses in the state by Golf Digest. The course has hosted multiple Kansas State Amateurs as well as the annual Southwest Kansas Pro-Am. The par 71, 6,935-yard course flows through the rolling sand hills, with golf holes framed by tall native grasses.

“The Golf Club at Southwind is a visually stunning course, the contrast of the green fairways bordered by the auburn-colored native grass is striking,” said Jim Bellington, senior vice president, operations, Troon. “Our Troon Privé team will now look to further advance Southwind’s service levels, agronomy standards and overall club operations.”

The club’s beautiful clubhouse, with views of the golf course and surrounding sand hills, features dining in Bogeys Restaurant as well as wedding and event space capable of hosting small, intimate gatherings or larger groups of up to 300 guests.

“We are excited to enter into this partnership with Troon,” said Craig Boomhower, owner, The Golf Club at Southwind. “We contacted a number of other private clubs around the country that have had incredible success working with Troon. In addition to Troon’s expertise in private club marketing, golf and dining operations, Southwind members are now eligible to participate in the Troon Privé Privilege program which gives our members access to other Troon-managed private clubs around the world. We look forward to reaping the benefits of their experience in operating private clubs.”

The Troon Privé Division currently manages nearly 70 private clubs, half of which are member owned. Members of Troon Privé-managed clubs have exclusive access to extraordinary golf and lifestyle benefits around the world. All members can choose to receive Troon Privé Connect, Troon’s digital magazine developed specifically for the private clubs, as well as access to experience packages through Privileged Connections and premium tickets to sporting and concert events at the best price. Qualified members receive reciprocal access to other private clubs in the portfolio at a preferred Privé Privilege rate, and up to 50 percent off at Troon Golf-managed resort and daily fee facilities around the world through the Troon Advantage program.

For more information on The Golf Club at Southwind, visit www.tgcsouthwind.com or call (620) 275-2117.

For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.

Arccos Names GDO Sports as Exclusive Distributor for Japan

(STAMFORD, Conn.) – Arccos Golf announced the appointment of GDO Sports, a US subsidiary of Golf Digest Online as its distributor for Japan, with exclusive rights to sell Arccos products in the golf market segment.

Founded in 2000, Golf Digest Online is the Japan market leader for digital content, equipment sales, tee time reservations and lessons. Its community includes more than 4 million active golfers and 2,350 courses.

“I've been following the development of Arccos as a business for several years, and I’m excited for Golf Digest Online to offer such an exciting product to Japanese golfers,” says Nobuya Ishizaka, CEO and Founder of Golf Digest Online. “There are substantial synergies between our GOLFTEC business in Japan and Arccos’ ability to automatically capture and analyse on-course data. Both platforms are using advanced analytics to help any golfer make smarter decisions, practice more efficiently and shoot their best scores."

The partnership between Arccos and Golf Digest Online will officially commence in January 2018 with sales launch in Japan.

“Japan is not only the world’s second largest golf market, it’s a society that celebrates and embraces leading-edge technologies like Arccos,” says Sal Syed, CEO and Co-Founder of Arccos. “Formalizing our relationship with Golf Digest Online is a tremendous way to cap a year in which we’ve successfully launched Arccos in more than 45 countries outside North America.”

Recently named “Best Game Analyzer” in the 2017 Golf Digest Editor’s Choice Awards, the Arccos 360 connected golf system automatically records every shot a golfer takes. It then analyzes the data in real time, helping golfers of all skill levels shoot lower scores by making smarter, data-driven decisions on the course. By leveraging these insights, golfers using the Arccos 360 system improved their handicap by an average of 2.77 strokes in 2016, a 36.4x greater rate of improvement than the average golfer with a USGA handicap.

Arccos’ suite of acclaimed products also includes Arccos Caddie, golf’s first artificial intelligence platform. Developed in partnership with Microsoft and powered by the Microsoft Azure cloud, Arccos Caddie shows a golfer their optimal strategy on any hole in the world, regardless of whether he or she has previously played the course. It leverages the golf industry’s richest data set – over 120 million shots hit by the Arccos community, as well as precise elevation data and 368 million geotagged data points on more than 40,000 courses – while also accounting for weather conditions like wind speed, wind direction, precipitation, temperature and more.

For more information, visit: www.arccosgolf.com.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

New Exotics CBX Fairway Wood Helps Tim Petrovic Earn Full Card for 2018 at PGA Champions Q-School

(RELEASE) - Former PGA TOUR champion Tim Petrovic played an Exotics CBX fairway wood to a fourth place finish at the 2017 PGA TOUR Champions National Qualifying Tournament at TPC Scottsdale Dec. 1. Petrovic fired rounds of 68-62-65 to jump out to the lead in the all-important qualifying event before shooting a 72 to finish T4 and secured one of only five fully-exempt PGA Champions Tour cards for 2018.

Petrovic is playing a 15 degree Exotics CBX 3-wood, the new club from Tour Edge that was designed to reduce spin with the world’s first Titanium face, Stainless Steel body and Carbon Fiber sole design. It’s also the only fairway wood on the U.S. market featuring a Titanium face.

Facing a field of 78 players competing over 72 holes for five fully-exempt cards in 2018, Petrovic, the winner of the 2005 PGA TOUR Zurich Classic, improved his status on the Champions Tour after a solid year that saw him finish 63rd on the Charles Schwab Cup with six Top 25 finishes.

“We’re excited that we could be a part of helping Tim secure his full card at Q-school,” said Tour Edge President and Master Club Designer for Tour Edge David Glod. “The Exotics CBX metalwoods caught fire the last few weeks on the PGA Champions Tour and have started to do the same on the PGA TOUR. These clubs feature a hot Titanium face that no one else is offering and the spin reduction is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. We’re happy to help where we can, especially in a Q-school event that means so much to the players on how many events they get to play in next year.”

Despite the only consideration for playing the Exotics CBX fairway woods and hybrids being performance-based, the Exotics CBX ranked in the top eight models in play in both the hybrid and fairway wood model counts over the last four events of the season.

Tour Edge had the fifth most metalwoods in play among active manufacturers over the last month on tour, according to the Darrell Survey. Even when the stakes were highest at the end of the season, five new players that had never played a Tour Edge club in a professional event changed to the new Exotics CBX over the last four weeks of the Champions Tour.

Exotics CBX clubs earned three Top 5 finishes, four Top 10’s and five Top 20 finishes in the 2017 Champions Tour despite only being introduced to players at five total events this season.

The Exotics CBX features a higher CG that is located slightly forward in the club head through the use of a carbon fiber in the sole, which is significantly lighter than stainless steel. This helps to increase ball speed and reduce spin, which makes for less dispersion. Tour Edge’s extremely thin Beta-titanium cup-face enlarges the ideal hitting area on the clubs. It is brazed to stainless steel behind the hitting area which allows the face to flex more at impact.

This has led to independent robot tests that have shown the Exotics CBX to average more than 16 yards longer in distance than several of the best selling fairway woods on the market. The Speed Ramp sole design on the Exotics CBX products provide reduced turf interaction so the club can maintain its speed through the hitting area.

The Tour Edge Exotics CBX fairway woods, Exotics CBX hybrids and Exotics CBX Iron-woods have already shipped to select authorized Tour Edge retailers and are available for purchase immediately. To find a Tour Edge retailer near you, call (800) 515-3343 or visit touredge.com.

PGA TOUR Superstore’s Las Vegas Experiential Golf Retail Store Opens December 16

Grand Opening includes $30,000 in giveaways and charitable contribution to The First Tee’s National Schools Program

(ATLANTA and LAS VEGAS) – PGA TOUR Superstore is ushering in a new experience for Las Vegas area residents and visitors with the December 16 Grand Opening of its interactive retail store, located at 2315 Summa Drive, #410 at Downtown Summerlin, a premier shopping destination located in the master-planned community of Summerlin.

Inside PGA TOUR Superstore, golf enthusiasts of all levels can experience in-house custom club fittings and repair, along with lessons from certified teaching professionals. In addition, practice hitting bays with swing analysis software, interactive simulators and an expansive 1000 square foot putting green are available for customers use. PGA TOUR Superstore will offer a huge selection of clubs, equipment and footwear, as well as a wide variety of apparel for men, women and juniors.

“At PGA TOUR Superstore we are committed to inspire all types of golfers – from beginners to avid players to help play their best and enjoy the game of golf. For us, it’s all about building relationships,” said Dick Sullivan, President & CEO, PGA TOUR Superstore. “Las Vegas is considered one of best communities in the US for golf and we are thrilled to finally bring our truly unique store experience to the region.”

“In addition to offering a wonderful retail experience, PGA TOUR Superstores often serve as a gateway to the sport, engaging participants through lessons, clinics and practice bay sessions,” said Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation. “PGA TOUR Superstores play an integral part in growing the game and adding one in the golf hotbed of Las Vegas will only serve to further that role.”

The Grand Opening event will take place Saturday, December 16 with doors opening at 9 a.m. and $30,000 in giveaways to the first guests in line, including: sets of irons, drivers, fairway woods, wedges and putters.  In addition, range finders, golf bags, men’s and women’s apparel are included in the free giveaways.

PGA TOUR Superstore will also make a $15,000 charitable donation to the National Schools Program of Las Vegas to help support its mission to provide physical educators with everything they need to help teach the core values of The First Tee:  fostering youth with education programs that instill life-enhancing ideals, golf skills and promoting healthy choices through the game of golf.

For more information, visit www.pgatoursuperstore.com.

The PXG Files, Episode One, Why are PXG Clubs Expensive?

Bob Parsons and Paige Spiranac talk about PXG in this new video blog (vlog).