Golf News – February 18, 2016

Nike_Golf_Group_hd_1600NEW NIKE GOLF POLOS PROMOTE PERSONALITY

It’s been a minute (or over a century) since three-piece suits and brogues defined standard course attire, but golf’s stylistic evolution is ongoing. While it still requires a synchronization of function and aesthetic, the sport’s progressive apparel doesn’t communicate stuffy style or mandate that players appear as crusty carbon copies.

Nike Golf’s new polo designs, with modern cuts and collars evidence this evolution by athletes to select the look and feel best suited to their personal needs. Collars come in the distinct designs: blade, roll and classic while fit options range from standard — for a relaxed, comfortable fit — to modern slim, which offers maximum mobility and modern style.

RMcIlroy_MMFlyBlade_Nike_hd_1600NIKE MM FLY BLADE POLO

As Rory McIlroy explains, “I wanted a great fitting polo. I wanted something I could pull on at the beginning of my round and not think about again until after the last putt,” McIlroy says. The Nike MM Fly Blade Polo met this ask with lightweight, Dri-FIT fabric and ergonomic seams for a full range of motion. The new blade collar design provides comfort with a minimal rib design and a refined look. “When they finally let me try their prototype polo,” he attests, “I thought: this is it! I really didn’t want to give it back.”

SPinckney_NikeMMFlyRoll_Nike_hd_1600NIKE MM FLY ROLL POLO

Trying on another of the collection’s designs, the Nike MM Fly Roll Polo — with similar Dri-FIT fabric, ergonomic design and polished roll collar — Scott Pickney has a similar reckoning. “I remember putting it on, before the designers had even completely finished it, and thinking, I don’t feel like a golfer in this. I feel like an athlete,” he recalls.

TOlesen_MMFlyFraming_Nike_hd_1600NIKE MM FLY FRAMING COMMANDER POLO

Meanwhile the MM Fly Framing Commander Polo’s perforated collar stand atop breathable Dri-FIT fabric is particularly attuned to Thorbjorn Olesen’s desire for individual expression.  “Anytime I can have my off-course style blend in with my on course style, it’s a big thing for me,” Olesen elaborates. “The clothes we wear on the course almost become an expression of our personality.”

campsnews-722x406PGA Of America Celebrates Successful Launch Of PGA Junior Golf Camps In 2015; Plans Significant Expansion For 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA. (Feb. 16, 2016) – After a successful inaugural season last year at 20 locations nationwide, the PGA of America’s PGA Junior Golf Camps for boys and girls ages 6-17 will expand to more than 75 locations in 2016 and debut its Competitive Edge overnight camps for advanced junior golfers this summer.

Half- and Full-Day PGA Junior Golf Camps

All PGA Junior Golf Camps are taught by PGA Professionals and designed for juniors of all skill levels. The camps’ curriculum allows kids to learn the game in a fun, supportive environment, following a unique progression development tract that focuses on promoting fundamental golf skills, including full swing, putting and chipping-as well as life and character skills, such as good sportsmanship, camaraderie and integrity.

Competitive Edge Overnight PGA Junior Golf Camps

New for 2016, the Competitive Edge camps are focused on intense game improvement for co-eds ages 12-18 preparing for tournament play and collegiate golf. Camps include the advanced study of all aspects of the game, the use of the industry’s most advanced instruction technologies, and daily on course instruction to hone course management skills. These advanced camps will also incorporate fitness and conditioning sessions, nutrition seminars, and evening sessions featuring notable experts within the junior golf space. Three Competitive Edge camp locations have been announced, including Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., the home of the 97th PGA Championship; Silverado Resort & Country Club in Napa, Calif.; and Pauma Valley (Calif.) Country Club just outside of San Diego. An additional location in south Florida is slated to be announced mid-month.

“PGA Junior Golf Camps’ focus is on both golf and character skill development. That, combined with the fact that they are all led by PGA Professionals, is what makes them so successful,” said PGA President Derek Sprague. “As the PGA celebrates its Centennial in 2016, we remain steadfast in our commitment to growing the game of golf, and these camps will help ensure the future of our sport.”

“Whether a child wants to pick up a new skill and learn to play a round with mom and dad, or is interested in competitive tournament play and earning college scholarships, PGA Junior Golf Camps are teaching a game that can be enjoyed for a lifetime,” said Marc Haddad, founder and CEO of PGA Junior Golf Camps. “We look forward to building our network of PGA Junior Golf Camps across the country with the PGA of America brand, which represents the best in golf instruction.”

Camps registration is now open. To find camps by state and to register online, visit PGAJuniorGolfCamps.com or call 888-PGA-PLAY (888-742-7529).

vintageclubs-640x360PGA Tour players hit vintage clubs to mark history at Northern Trust

The PGA Tour event now known as the Northern Trust Open is marking its 90th anniversary this year and, to celebrate the occasion, a handful of players stopped by the range to hit some vintage golf clubs from various eras.

Being the old man of the PGA.com staff, I used persimmon woods when I first started out, and to this day I believe they feel better your hand than any metal club could ever feel. I’ve also hit a few hickory clubs over the years, and to this day I believe they feel … well, interesting.

So anyway, it was fun to see the reactions of players like Rory McIlroy, Stuart Appleby, Anirban Lahiri, Kevin Na, Charley Hoffman and Jamie Donaldson as they took a few whacks with these classic old clubs. The rapid advances in technology over the past couple of decades means that, as McIlroy said, even the clubs from the 1990s are like antiques to him.

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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