Golf News – March 24, 2023

VESSEL Releasing Next Generation of Best-Selling Stand Bag: Player IV and Player IV Pro

CARLSBAD, CA – Taking the reins from its record-breaking,best selling predecessor, the Player III stand bag, VESSEL is thrilled to introduce the Player IV and the Player IV Pro.

The Player IV distinctively refines the best features of the Player III and pushes it into the next generation. The Player IV and Player IV Pro will feature technologies that are standard to VESSEL Stand Bags and known to VESSEL players. High strap attachment points that promote balance, rivetless tops to prevent scratching and the patented Equilibrium 2.0 strap with an 8 point pivot system remain integral to the new additions to the Player series.

The Player IV features a new base, with a jam-resistant bottom club divider to prevent club grips from snagging or binding when the stand bag legs are deployed. A new, larger cooler lined pocket and improved magnetic beverage sleeves also make the Player IV an upgrade from the Player III.

The Player IV Pro takes the features of the Player IV and adds elevated touchpoints, extra magnetic pockets and a larger 9.5-inch top.

The Player IV will launch to VIP subscribers on March 23, 2023 and to the general public on March 24, 2023. The Player IV Pro will launch as a pre-order on March 24, 2023.


ECCO® GOLF Introduces New Line for the Spring and Summer Seasons

LONDONDERRY, NH – Global golf footwear leader, ECCO GOLF, has unveiled all-new products and innovative updates as part of the Spring/Summer 2023 collection featuring the ECCO CLASSIC HYBRID, a timeless look with a modern twist.

The CLASSIC HYBRID offers a premium look and feel, with an upper fashioned from rich and embossed ECCO leather, a soft leather lining and a leather-covered OrthoLite® insole. It features HYDROMAX™ water-repellent technology and a welt made with 52 percent recycled leather fibers. For grip and comfort in all playing conditions, the CLASSIC HYBRID is set on the award-winning original E-DTS™ TWIST system, which has enlarged and rotated support bars that improve durability and multi-directional traction.

Adding to the shoe’s innovative comfort properties, ECCO FLUIDFORM™ Direct Comfort Technology ensures a finely tuned balance of cushioning and rebound that creates an integral and durable bond without the compromises common with stitched and/or glued assemblies. As such, despite its traditional look, the CLASSIC HYBRID still provides the wearer with a lightweight, flexible feel.

“The unique and exciting designs throughout this collection, whether it’s a brand-new product or an update to one of our all-time favorites, will appeal to a wide range of golfers,” said Jesper Thuen, General Manager, ECCO GOLF USA. “Finding a pair of golf shoes that fits your style is important, but what sets our shoes apart can only be experienced when they are worn.”

When golfers play in ECCO GOLF shoes, they notice a difference in quality, comfort and performance, which is demonstrated by the fact that 90 percent of customers buy a second pair.

Additional updates include:

  • ECCO GOLF has introduced a women’s option to the latest development in their ground-breaking BIOM® series, the BIOM® C4. The model offers unrivaled 360-degree breathability, allowing golfers to stay cool and comfortable throughout their round. The shoe’s innovative comfort properties ensure a finely tuned balance of cushioning, rebound, waterproofing and airflow. For the SS23 collection, the BIOM® C4 will be available with both BOA® and standard lacing options for men, and in the standard lacing option for women.
  • The hugely successful S-THREE has undergone a transition as part of the SS23 collection, with the model benefitting from an innovative redesign. This includes an updated upper which provides premium comfort in a sleek aesthetic. Additionally, the S-THREE now features an updated tongue that is thinner, lighter and more fitted to the wearer’s foot. S-THREE will be available in a host of different options for SS23 and features a total of 13 colorways across the men’s and women’s lines.
  • Originally introduced as a men’s leather shoe, the GOLF CORE is now offered to men and women with a choice of an ECCO Performance Leather upper or a premium mesh that is breathable, light and great for summer conditions. The SS23 collection includes a total of eight colorways in the GOLF CORE and CORE MESH across both men’s and women’s styles.
  • Fresh street style collides with state-of-the-art comfort and performance in the GOLF TRAY, which combines an aesthetic sneaker-style sole with an innovative traction system. The versatile product that can be worn comfortably on and off the course comes in four women’s colorways and a white/blue option for men as part of the SS23 collection.
  • The BIOM® H4 features a reworked upper, notably around the toe area, to produce a sleeker, slimmer look, and the tongue has been completely redesigned to produce a more ergonomic shape that fits more comfortably to the foot. There are six brand-new men’s colorways in the SS23 collection, and the new range similarly features six stylish colorways for women.

All ECCO GOLF shoes are crafted at company-owned factories that utilize FLUIDFORM™ technology to bond the upper and outsole unit, creating a one-piece shoe without the use of glue or stitching. Benefits include flexibility, durability and a lightweight construction.

Visit ECCO Golf HERE

Stewart Golf Launches New Apex Remote Trolley

GLOUCESTER, UK – World-renowned golf trolley manufacturer Stewart Golf has announced a brand-new model to join its award-winning electric cart fleet–the APEX Remote—what the company is calling the “ultimate remote machine,” giving golfers total control of their trolleys from up to 100 yards away.

Stewart Golf manufactures the world’s most advanced, remote-controlled golf carts and is a pioneer in follow technologies, many of which have been incorporated into the APEX Remote.  A world first in golf—Active Terrain Control (ATC)—is a sophisticated operating system that gives the user ultimate control of their trolley on any course, no matter how challenging its landscape and is the hallmark of the APEX.

ATC allows APEX to automatically redistribute power independently between twin super-charged motors depending on elevation grades.  Unlike basic downhill braking, ATC keeps the APEX traveling at a desired speed and direction—uphill, downhill, and on side slopes.

The innovative ATC system is powered by the new AP1 Cortex Microchip, which monitors power requirements from each motor up to 1,000 times per second. This new system also adjusts to different golf bags, allowing smoother response when holding a lightweight bag.

The APEX also features Stewart Golf’s innovative integrated stabilizer, which automatically deploys and retracts when the APEX is opened or closed. As the APEX approaches a gradient, the stabilizer tilts back and continues driving up that hill.

In the APEX, Stewart Golf debuts the longest range in the trolley market. Its second-generation SmartPower Lithium battery now provides enough power for 27 or 45 holes of operation. The plug-and-play battery offers users the ability to monitor usage and capacity in real time using the free Stewart Golf smartphone app.

Other ease-of-use features include ultra-compact folding for easy storage and transport, with a built-in handle that allows for one-handed lifting. New 5S wheels provide increased traction for improved handling, while giving the APEX an eye-catching new look.

The APEX Remote will sell alongside the successful Q Follow and the iconic X10 trolleys, offering customers a choice between three models.

At launch, the trolley will retail from $1899 for either the Black or Carbon Edition. Every new APEX Remote comes with Stewart’s industry-first, 100-hole money-back guarantee, offering golfers the chance to experience a Stewart dream machine completely risk free.

Visit Stewart Golf HERE

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