Golf News – September 6, 2018

New Balance Golf Introduces NB Tour

BOSTON, MA – New Balance Golf is rolling out its 2019 footwear line led by its new flagship shoe the NB Tour. The athletic designed shoe is built on a foundation to provide the ultimate in fit, comfort and  performance.

Since entering the golf footwear category in 2014, New Balance has gained significant market share with its full-line of men’s and women’s golf shoes. Along with its success in the golf shops, New Balance Golf continues to receive the ultimate stamp of approval, players on all major tours wear the performance golf shoes without contractual obligations.

NB Tour Features:

Fit: New Balance is known for its excellent fit in footwear and golfers will experience this in the NB Tour. The NB Tour is built on a PW-1 last which gives golfers a wider forefoot with a shallow toe box depth and a lower instep height for better ground feel. The waterproof microfiber leather upper has skeletally engineered, ultralight FantomFit™ support and a welded form-fitted tongue construction.

Comfort: When it comes to comfort, New Balance gets rave reviews due to its propriety foam compounds used in its shoes. The REVlite® midsole, originally designed to provide lightweight cushioning to runners, provides maximum comfort for golfers while walking the course. This innovative cushioning foam combined with the Rapid Rebound ® sockliner injects new levels of energy and comfort in this performance golf shoe.

Performance: The ultimate test of a shoe is how it performs under all types of conditions. Comfort, traction, and durability are the keys to providing superior performance for golfers with the NB Tour. The TPU outsole features flex grooves that are specifically designed to move with the natural motion of the foot. The NB Tour uses the low-profile Champ Slim-Lok®Zarma Tour cleat system* with nine cleats, for better contact with the ground and the ability to harness more power with the swing. The cleat system is anti-clogging and is highly durable with superior traction.

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Punta Mita Golf Club Announces Launch of New Golf Academy Under Direction of Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor Tom F. Stickney II

PUNTA MITA, MEXICO – Punta Mita Golf Club, Mexico’s hottest golfing destination with two iconic Jack Nicklaus Signature courses, has upped its game with the launch of The Golf Academy at Punta Mita opening this winter. Part of Punta Mita’s robust amenity expansion, the new Golf Academy is under the direction of acclaimed instructor Tom F. Stickney II with a wide range of state-of-the-art lesson programming and on-course experience.

Stickney brings almost 30 years of elite professional instruction experience to the Club and Academy with accolades that include Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Instructor,” Golf Digest “Top Teacher,” Golf Tips “Top 30 Instructors,” and Trackman Master/Partner, just to name a few. Stickney joined the Punta Mita Golf Club in April 2018 and is passionate about curating a fresh golf lesson curriculum for the new Academy for players of all ages and levels.

The goal of Stickney’s programming at the Academy is to help golfers improve their “Five Master Fundamentals” – pivot, plane, short game, putting, and shot selection – by actively practicing and analyzing them both on and off the course to have more fun in the game. Results should not only modify and shape existing fundamentals, but also develop skills based on individual needs, ability level, and overall desire. This philosophy makes practice time more enjoyable and typically accelerates the learning curve.

Many of Punta Mita Golf Academy’s programs have been developed with top level training and technology to provide the fastest and most impactful results. The “Swing Analysis” program analyzes the inner workings of the golfer’s movement using 3D motion analysis, a four-camera V1 digital video system, force plates, and a Trackman 4 launch monitor to understand and improve the swing like never before. These tools combined with a custom improvement plan will fast-track learning at any handicap level. The new building design offers a climate-controlled environment with four covered hitting ranges and special technology to be the first of its kind in Mexico.

The Golf Academy, available to Punta Mita residents and resort guests, offers a variety of exclusive packages including:

  • Multi- and Single-Day Golf Schools
  • Individual Golf Instruction
  • Clinics, Golf 101, and On-Course Instruction

The Punta Mita Golf Academy is located at on a private tee at the Punta Mita Golf Club and open daily by appointment only.

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Nippon Shaft Wins on LPGA, Finishes T-4 in PGA Tour Playoff Even

CARLSBAD, CA – Nippon Shaft recorded a victory on the LPGA Tour and a T-4 at the PGA TOUR’s second playoff event over the Labor Day weekend.

The winner of the Cambia Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland used Nippon Shaft’s N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts in her irons and wedges enroute to her first LPGA victory Sunday (Sept. 2). After starting her final round six shots behind, the 28-year-old New Jersey native won by four.

Meanwhile, on the PGA TOUR the 28-year-old from Salt Lake City finished T-4 at the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston on Monday (Sept. 3), recording his second straight top five finish and his 10th top 10 of the season.

He used N.S.PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 TX steel shafts in his irons and the N.S.PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 X steel shafts in his wedges to shoot 12-under par 272 with rounds of 69-68-67-68, and keep alive his candidacy to become the final U.S. Ryder Cup captain’s pick.

Over the years, hundreds of LPGA players have won tournaments using N.S. PRO 950GH steel shafts, including four major titles this year alone: the Women’s British Open, the ANA Inspiration, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and the U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

Nippon Shaft’s MODUS³ models have won 21 times this year on top pro tours around the world and 144 times since they were introduced in 2010.

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Youth on Course Hosts 3rd Annual ‘100 Hole Hike’ to Expand Affordable Golf Access Throughout the U.S.

PEBBLE BEACH, CA — Youth on Course — the non-profit providing young people with subsidized golf rounds, college scholarships, caddie programs and paid internships – has organized challengers from six states and the District of Columbia to participate in its “100 Hole Hike” to raise funds for its nationwide program.

On Monday Sept. 10, supporters from Georgia, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Pennsylvania, Utah and Washington, D.C. will aim to complete more than five rounds of golf in one day, securing donations for every completed hole. Contributions in 2018 have already doubled last year’s total, eclipsing $200,000 two weeks before the event.

Born in Northern California, Youth on Course helps fund rounds of golf for members to increase affordability and accessibility to the game. The organization has grown its presence to 26 states and reaches more than 40,000 kids ages 6-17 who can play at partner facilities for just $5.

Fundraising for the 2017 Hundred Hole Hike resulted in Youth on Course securing $91,506 to support its goal of providing affordable golf for all members. To support the “hikers” and Youth on Course, backers can pledge any amount per hole to any participant.

Follow Youth on Course via Twitter and Instagram (@yocgolf) using the hashtag #YOCH3 for the latest information about the event and real-time updates.

In addition to subsidized rounds, the organization also facilitates college scholarships, paid internships and a caddie program. Since the inception of the scholarship program in 2008, Youth on Course has awarded 222 students with scholarships totaling more than $1.4 million in financial support. The current Youth on Course scholarship retention rate is ninety-eight percent, with 53 students already graduated.

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Michael Feland

Born in Houston, TX, raised in New Orleans, LA, Mike and his family currently live in Orlando, FL. Mike is a First Tee Level 1 Certified instructor and enjoys sharing his love for the game with the Orlando area youth that participate in The First Tee of Central Florida program.

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  1. Fritz Flokstra

    New Balance are the only shoes wide enough for my feet. Thank You #SecretGiveaway

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