Golf News – October 22, 2022

New Golf Bag Collection Merges Classic Looks with Modern Features

Missoula, Montana – The new Mid-Stripe Stand Bag and collection of matching accessories from Sun Mountain is like a window back in time perfectly merged with modern features. Mid-Stripe offers the classic looks of a vinyl golf bag paired with modern conveniences like a bag top with a built-in handle and dual shoulder straps. Mid-Stripe is available as a single or dual strap stand bag and offers matching accessories such as the Boston Bag weekend bag, alignment stick cover, golf towel, wooden tees, and more to come. Mid-Stripe Stand Bag comes in variety of awesome color combinations, each with the distinctive Mid-Stripe design. Mid-Stripe golf bags retails at $369.99.

Mid-Stripe Stand Bag is a classic vinyl golf bag manufactured with modern style. Sun Mountain combined the tradition of vinyl with the features the company is known for such as a bag top with a built-in handle; durable, easy-to-operate leg system; and ample pockets, including a double velour-lined valuables pocket.

Sun Mountain’s Director of Design, Seth Enes said, “The Mid-Stripe is a fresh lifestyle collection with a twist from the past. It’s a throwback to 1981 when the Sun Mountain Sports brand was created. And it fits into the trend of a more casual-style on the golf course with a sporty look.”

Mid-Stripe Stand Bag offers seven pockets including a full-length apparel pocket, two velour-lined valuables pockets, and a beverage pouch. All pockets feature Vislon® zippers throughout for ease of use and durability. The shoulder straps offer quick-release buckles so can switch from a dual strap to a single strap easily. Mid-Stripe golf bags come with matching Mid-Stripe wooden tees and a chrome plate, that the company will customize with your initials.

Beyond the single strap and dual strap Mid-Stripe Stand Bag, additional items in the Mid-Stripe Collection include the Mid-Stripe Boston Bag. The Boston Bag will carry what you need if you’re heading to the course, the gym, or an overnight trip. The side pocket on the Boston Bag is large enough for a mobile phone, wallet, or keys. The two larger pockets offer room for a change or two of clothes and a pair of shoes. The shoe pocket is even reinforced to protect against crushing. Boston Bag is available in the same array of colors as the golf bags and retails at $249.99.

Additional matching accessories include Mid-Stripe alignment stick covers, golf towel, and wooden tees.

Visit Sun Mountain HERE

BIG MAX Pushing for Sustainability

In a market dominated by golfers who prefer to walk, the title of Europe’s #1 push cart and golf bag brand is something that BIG MAX is rightfully proud of. Having held the #1 spot for push carts for almost 30 Years, this has become the benchmark for success in the business, however, founder of BIG MAX Thomas Reiter has recently shifted the brand’s definition of success to create a legacy that shows market leadership in more than one way.

“I’m incredibly proud of everything we have achieved with BIG MAX. From an idea in 1994 for a 3 wheel push cart we have created arguably the biggest push cart and golf bag brand in the world. All from Austria, where we are not known for world leading golf brands! We now have manufacturing facilities and distribution networks all over the world but with that growth and success comes an inevitable environmental impact which I believe we have a duty to recognize and address.”

“When you start as a manufacturer, the primary focus is how you buy and use resources in the most cost-efficient way, but as a market leader I feel a responsibility to lead, and that means showing that you can minimize your environmental impact while innovating and making a profit.”

Innovation is at the heart of all BIG MAX products, and that ethos has now spread to the manufacturing processes themselves. This is perhaps best shown in the brand’s recent switch to a new system for powder coating all of its push and electric carts.

Thomas continues:  “Last year we decided to remove the use of solvents from the finish of our carts. You need to take a lot of care when using and disposing of solvents, and the reality is that even if you dispose of them safely, they are still a pollutant. So we decided to create a solution that gave a strong protective finish without any solvents. Our engineers have developed a powder coating treatment that means we don’t buy any solvents, don’t have to pay for disposal and the factory workers don’t have to use hazardous materials. We have actually created a more environmentally sound, safer and less expensive method for producing a great finish on the carts.”

This ethos of innovating to create more sustainable practices is driving changes throughout the BIG MAX business. And with an initial investment in R&D, many of the practices are producing solutions with multiple benefits.

“Because we are manufacturing in large numbers, we can choose factories that share our vision for sustainability and invest in businesses that want to minimize their environmental impact. I see this again as part of leading. If we can show that manufacturing can be done in a cost effective and sustainable way, then other factories and brands will inevitably follow suit.”

“We have worked with one factory in Vietnam for 28 years, and we have grown together with a shared vision for sustainability based around the idea of “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”. We have reduced our energy consumption by fitting 423,538 square feet of solar panels to run our machines. This number of panels also reduces the temperature inside the factory by 6 to 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) making for a better working environment and reducing the need for any air conditioning. We collect rainwater from the factory roof into 1.58 million gallon water tanks, using it across the factory and for watering the trees and flowers. We have reduced the number of welds in every cart and use robots in the process to improve efficiency as the by-products of welding causes air pollution. We recycle all waste plastic and putting it back into our supply chain, making sure none is wasted. And all of our trolley packaging now comes with zero plastic and all non-essential plastic is removed from packaging across the whole business.”

“One of my favourite innovations is the use of re-cycled plastics to create a protective cover for our Aqua golf bags. Once you Take the cover off the bag, you turn it upside down and it becomes a clothing carrier. I love this because it uses recycled plastics, it reduces our plastic use where the Aqua bags used to arrive in plastic covers, and it re-uses a part of our packaging for another purpose. To get all 3 R’s is fantastic!”

In addition to the developments in manufacturing practices BIG MAX has recently announced an ambitious environmental initiative called Trees for Trolleys with the Jane Goodall Institute. As part of the launch of its 2022 line of electric trolleys, BIG MAX has committed to the reforestation of tropical Ugandan forests by planting a tree for every electric trolley it produces. In addition, BIG MAX will help fund projects that promote awareness in local Ugandan communities of the environmental importance of re-forested areas, train forest rangers to monitor and protect the forest, and promote ongoing research into the local eco-system.

“For us, being market leaders means a lot more than just sales. If we can lead the way in creating business practices and manufacturing processes that reduce impact on the environment, then we are being successful. I know that I speak from a privileged position of having had a lot of traditional ‘success’ but that is why we can show the way to others. We have invested in these processes, but we are now showing that sustainability and business success are compatible. In many cases we are actually reducing our costs. To be able to make these changes at BIG MAX makes me very proud. My aim now is to keep innovating so that we can truly say that we are ‘successful’ in all areas of the business.”

Visit BIG MAX HERE

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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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