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More and more golf cloth­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers are in­tro­duc­ing per­for­mance com­pres­sion socks be­cause play­ers are con­tin­u­ally on their feet and any respite from the rig­ors of swing­ing a club and walk­ing for hours is al­ways help­ful.

The ben­e­fits of com­pres­sion socks are be­com­ing more widely appreciated. One of the spe­cial­ties com­pa­nies in this arena that is mak­ing a splash in golf is Swiftwick, which fea­tures its Man­aged Com­pres­sion™ socks, that has the feel of sec­ond skin and helps sta­bi­lize the 200 lig­a­ments and 35 mus­cles in the foot. Its prop­er­ties re­duce swelling and in­crease cir­cu­la­tion to help your feet feel fresher and re­cover quicker.

Made of 74 per­cent Ny­lon, 23 per­cent Olefin and 3 per­cent Span­dex, these socks have a light but snug feel that is im­por­tant in pre­vent­ing blis­ters with the seam­less linked toe con­struc­tion, and gen­tly hugs the shape of your foot and elim­i­nates neg­a­tive space. The chem­i­cal free wick­ing per­forms ev­ery time and de­liv­ers the ul­ti­mate dry-fit while the ad­vanced knit pat­terns with struc­tured Olefin and Merino Wool fibers pull sweat off the body and re­pel mois­ture.

Swiftwick also em­ploys nat­u­ral odor fight­ing tech­nol­ogy that helps keep the socks fresher for a longer pe­riod of time. The ex­treme col­or­fast­ness of these socks de­rives from be­ing “so­lu­tion” dyed in­stead of chem­i­cally dyed. This process is also en­vi­ron­men­tally ad­van­ta­geous since it pro­duces no waste.

These ath­letic sock lines are knit­ted at 200 nee­dles; the high­est den­sity found in most socks. The higher the nee­dle count, the tighter the knit. The socks are so tightly knit­ted that trail de­bris or foreign ma­te­rial can’t pen­e­trate to cause ir­ri­ta­tion and blis­ter­ing. This struc­ture cre­ates a sec­ond-skin feel, pre­vents shift­ing or bunch­ing and elim­i­nates the risk of fric­tion blis­ters while mak­ing your shoes fit more com­fort­ably. The high­gauge con­struc­tion pro­duces a softer, denser and more durable gar­ment.

Made in the USA, Swiftwick golf socks come in a va­ri­ety of styles and col­ors.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Swiftwick golf socks: www.swiftwick.com

Ev­ery­one and ev­ery­thing needs a sec­ond chance, and for golf balls, most get lost be­fore their use­ful life is up. This is where a Texas com­pany called LostGolfBalls.com comes in to both find and re­cy­cle those balls that end up in course lakes and of­fer them back to the golf­ing pub­lic at a frac­tion of their orig­i­nal cost.

As the No. 1 seller of re­cy­cled golf balls in the world, LostBalls. com now is re­spon­si­ble for sell­ing six per­cent of all the balls sold in the world, and since the mind 1990’s has sold more than 500 mil­lion balls.

The com­pany uses an as­sort­ment of divers to re­trieve balls from ponds in nearly ev­ery state in the U.S. and cleans and sorts them based on con­di­tion at their Texas head­quar­ters. The re­sult is “like new” balls at a frac­tion of MSRP prices. This in­cludes all ma­jor brands. The com­pany has grown tremen­dously over the past few years and it is no won­der since these balls are in­dis­tin­guish­able from brand new balls in looks and per­for­mance, save for the oc­ca­sional logo.

All of these balls are washed with an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly cleaner to pro­vide a “like-new” prod­uct at a frac­tion of the orig­i­nal cost. Test­ing at an in­de­pen­dent re­search fa­cil­ity has con­firmed that these balls match-up to new ones in per­for­mance, and, as the com­pany points out, all golf balls are used af­ter just one hit.

These sec­ond chance balls can be pur­chased on­line at lostgolfballs.com www.

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