SWEET­STUFF

Golf Vacations - - Sweet Stuff - by Terry Ross

With some of the most cut­ting edge de­signs and fea­ture-rich ap­point­ments you will find, OGIO In­ter­na­tional has a new lineup of golf bags for 2017 that they call adren­a­line-driven in style—and they are all of that.

The com­pany is of­fer­ing five new styles that are very dis­tinc­tive in look and have some of the new­est fea­tures you will see in a mod­ern golf bag, like a pocket for your range finder, a sleeve for your divot tool and one for your pen­cil—not to men­tion the usual as­sort­ment of pock­ets and sleeves for a wa­ter bot­tle, raingear and all your other equip­ment.

A zip­per-less ball com­part­ment makes for easy ac­cess and the easy grab molded trunk han­dles makes these bags one of the most er­gonom­i­cally friendly you will find, whether you walk or ride.

The stand bag col­lec­tion from OGIO in­cludes the Di­a­mond Ul­tra­light Per­for­mance Top, patented Woode top, Ball SiloTM, Cart Strap Chan­nel and Fit Disk and SHOXX X4TM Strap Sys­tem.

And the five new styles each have their own flair, color and fea­tures:

Cir­rus – OGIO cut its teeth in the sports and fit­ness world, work­ing with elite ath­letes across the globe. Be­ing the of­fi­cial sports bags for Iron­man com­pe­ti­tions and the Rock & Roll Marathons helped put the fo­cus on pack­ing a lot of gear in a con­fined space as lightly as pos­si­ble. That knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence was ap­plied to the cre­ation of the Cir­rus col­lec­tion – the light­est cart (un­der 5lbs) and stand bag (un­der 4lbs) in their his­tory. Avail­able in a se­lec­tion of bright col­ors, the Cir­rus col­lec­tion fea­tures OGIO’s unique top con­fig­u­ra­tions and the carry bag in­tro­duces the in­no­va­tive FIT DISK, an ad­justable strap sys­tem to cus­tom-fit and self-bal­ance any player.

Ur­ban Camo in­te­grates the ever-pop­u­lar, yet OGIO in­fused, cam­ou­flage print found in today’s men’s lifestyle fash­ions and com­bines it with sub­dued hues of red, or­ange, green or gray to bring to­gether a sleek, yet sub­tle, ur­ban look.

Para­nor­mal is a sim­ply out-of-this world de­sign putting an OGIO-style twist on your daddy’s plaid pants. It’s plaid with an at­ti­tude mixed with artis­tic touches of red, olive or blue. Para­nor­mal is per­fect for play­ers look­ing for the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and fea­tures in a golf bag who rel­ish the thought of rail­ing against the dy­ing light.

Vor­tex rep­re­sents a de­sign in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a vir­tual world golf bag pat­tern. It fea­tures clean lines and sub­tle shades of cool col­ors. While it doesn’t have macros or icons, it comes equipped with the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances in the world of golf and travel bags.

Gray Noise and Dark Static are the Yin and Yang col­lec­tion in­spired by OGIO’s ex­per­tise in craft­ing a mul­ti­tude of busi­ness bags, brief­cases and more. Gray Noise fea­tures heav­ier lines and a flashier color pal­ette. It’s got pizazz that will get you no­ticed. On the other end of the spec­trum is Dark Static, a line fea­tur­ing a more con­ser­va­tive, non-black de­sign de­not­ing strength and power.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the OOGIO web­site at: www.ogio.com

New fab­rics and di­verse op­tions for lay­er­ing high­light the smart new styles from the An­tigua Group as they roll out their spring col­lec­tion of out­er­wear for men for the spring of 2017.

“It’s a di­verse of­fer­ing of style, fab­ric, weight and con­tent,” ex­plained Sean Gregg, An­tigua’s Vice Pres­i­dent of Prod­uct Devel­op­ment and Mar­ket­ing Sup­port. “De­signed for prac­ti­cal­ity and style ap­peal, this sea­son has all that’s needed in out­er­wear to com­ple­ment An­tigua’s po­los while of­fer­ing

golfers the abil­ity to layer as needed.”

One of the most ver­sa­tile out­er­wear pieces from this col­lec­tion--style Regime-com­bines a heather neu­tral twill knit with a solid jacquard light­weight stretch wo­ven style--it’s a great light­weight out­er­wear lay­er­ing gar­ment. Golfers can barely feel the fab­ric’s weight through­out their swing. Be­cause of its light­weight breatha­bil­ity, it can be left on even as morn­ing tem­per­a­tures progress to­wards mid­day.

Style Vista is a cre­atively con­structed loop­back, two-color twill face fab­ric. De­signed as a mid-weight, long sleeve, halfzip out­er­wear gar­ment, the tonal twill knit in this sea­son’s rich shades is set off with con­trast­ing elas­tic tape sewn into cover stitch seam de­tails--cre­at­ing a color block pop of com­ple­ment­ing color. Its re­verse coil zip­per is en­hanced with the same cor­re­spond­ing ac­cent col­ors, to bring the ac­cent front-and­cen­ter.

Style Prom­e­nade is a mid-weight com­ple­ment to the polo col­lec­tion and more specif­i­cally to the bird’s eye ef­fect used through­out the fash­ion pique of­fer­ing. Its use of pri­mary color and white yarn evenly knit into a solid fab­ric op­ti­cally cre­ates a mid hue shade of its orig­i­nally sat­u­rated pri­mary color. It uses both sides of the fab­ric, cre­at­ing a tonal color block ef­fect style, and can be worn ac­tively or ca­su­ally.

“As An­tigua’s Spring ’17 out­er­wear of­fer­ing looks to mir­ror the de­sign direc­tion in­cor­po­rated in the polo col­lec­tion, there’s also an el­e­ment of so­phis­ti­ca­tion that’s in­ter­preted in the out­er­wear of­fer­ing,” added Gregg.

Light­weight style Tsunami is cre­ated with heather and solid feed stripes un­du­lat­ing as a hor­i­zon­tal all-over re­peat. The color’s sub­tlety is cir­cum­stan­tial to the heather yarn be­ing used to de­fine the stripe pat­tern. A de­riv­a­tive of the tight re­peat­ing feed stripe seen in the main fab­ric has been iso­lated and knit into a pat­tern vari­a­tion of the main fab­ric.

This de­riv­a­tive fab­ric is then uti­lized as a com­ple­ment­ing inset fab­ric in the gar­ment’s side pan­els, to en­hance the de­sign of the long sleeve, half-zip out­er­wear style. The placket zip­per show­cases con­trast­ing color ny­lon coil teeth that tie the gar­ment to the sea­son’s vi­brant color sto­ries.

Per­haps the most di­rec­tional out­er­wear style of the Spring ’17 per­for­mance fash­ion col­lec­tion is the Arc­tic Pullover. With two uniquely dif­fer­ent fab­ric con­struc­tions that make up this long sleeve mid-to-heavy­weight gar­ment, it’s in­ten­tion­ally un­der­stated. Its front body panel is dou­ble knit into a quilted di­a­mond pat­tern us­ing heather yarns and is pieced to­gether with sin­gu­larly knit jersey heather sleeves and back fab­ric.

The fab­rics are overdyed in deep hues cor­re­spond­ing to bright shades. This halfzip, long sleeve pullover is hand­somely so­phis­ti­cated and is a mul­ti­func­tional lifestyle gar­ment that can com­ple­ment golf wear, din­ing out, and a ca­sual pair of jeans.

For more in­for­ma­tion on An­tigua, go to: www.An­tigua.com and ShopAn­tigua.com

It is not only adults who love to see some shiny new golf clubs un­der the Christ­mas tree. For the ju­nior golfers in the house­hold, TGA Pre­mier Ju­nior Golf, one of the na­tion’s lead­ing in­tro­duc­tory and recre­ational golf pro­grams, is of­fer­ing an in­no­va­tive cus­tom pro­gram of golf clubs de­signed es­pe­cially for girls and boys.

Mak­ing it both con­ve­nient and af­ford­able, TGA has color-coded sets in color-coded sizes based on height—with right and left handed op­tions for par­ents to fit their young golfers. The sets range in price from $89.99 to $149.99 and in­clude 3-6 clubs, a stand bag and head­cov­ers. Yel­low is for boys/girls un­der 3’ in height; while Or­ange is for 3’-3’8; Red and Pink for 3’8-4’4; Blue and Laven­der 4’-45’ and Black for 5’-5’.

“Since 2003 TGA has be­come a lead­ing ex­pert on in­tro­duc­tory and recre­ational ju­nior golf in­struc­tion,” said TGA’s founder and CEO, Joshua Ja­cobs. “By ex­pe­ri­enc­ing first-hand how ju­niors learn, swing and re­act

to equip­ment, we have de­vel­oped ju­nior clubs that kids will find es­thet­i­cally pleas­ing and well per­form­ing, which will fur­ther ex­pand our ex­per­tise and cred­i­bil­ity among our golf con­sumers.”

To bring the new clubs to mar­ket, Ja­cobs called on 30-year golf in­dus­try man­u­fac­tur­ing vet­eran Ross Kvinge of Plus One Sports, who has worked with high pro­file man­u­fac­tur­ers like Nick­laus Golf and Spald­ing. Kvinge has wit­nessed first-hand the im­pact that TGA has on the in­dus­try and be­lieves adding equip­ment to its model will only in­crease its mar­ket pres­ence and ex­po­sure.

“As a long-time vet­eran in sourc­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and dis­tribut­ing golf equip­ment, I am proud to be part of TGA’s grass­roots model and de­velop the TGA Pre­mier Ju­nior Golf line of equip­ment,” said Kvinge. “In ad­di­tion, as a TGA fran­chise owner my­self and see­ing the rapid suc­cess of the model, pro­vid­ing prop­erly fit golf equip­ment and cre­at­ing a path­way from en­rich­ment to equip­ment was only nat­u­ral.”

TGA’s equip­ment is de­signed with tech­nol­ogy that makes it eas­ier for be­gin­ning and ex­pe­ri­enced ju­nior golfers to ex­cel. This is es­pe­cially true with the driver, which is one of the largest driver heads on the mar­ket for ju­niors fea­tur­ing a light­weight hot forged de­sign.

Not to be out­done is the tech­nol­ogy in the TGA ju­nior irons. In its con­tin­ued ef­forts to pro­vide a fun golf ex­pe­ri­ence for kids, TGA dis­trib­uted weight from the hosel out along the top-line of the club cre­at­ing a well-po­si­tioned sweet spot in the cen­ter of the club­face cre­at­ing eas­ier and more con­sis­tent shots.

“Our TGA equip­ment was cre­ated and de­signed with the ul­ti­mate fo­cus group; ju­nior golfers them­selves along with ju­nior golf in­struc­tors and PGA Pro­fes­sion­als through en­rich­ment pro­grams at schools, camps and leagues na­tion­wide,” ex­plained Kvinge. “Through our equip­ment, ju­nior golfers will have a fun ex­pe­ri­ence, im­prove quicker, and be­come vested in the sport long-term.”

TGA will of­fer its ju­nior golf equip­ment through na­tional re­tail out­lets, golf fa­cil­i­ties and on­line club sales through its web­site. TGA will also of­fer a trade up pro­gram for fam­i­lies to keep their kids fit­ted prop­erly, and a per­cent­age of each pur­chase will be do­nated to the TGA Sports Foun­da­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion about TGA Pre­mier Ju­nior Golf, visit www.playtga.com

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