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Respect the Path

Good putting might be one of the most—if not the most im­por­tant in­gre­di­ents when it comes to low scor­ing in golf. This part of the game has con­founded both am­a­teurs and pro­fes­sion­als alike since the game be­gan.

A new train­ing tool that is sim­ple and can be used any­where threat­ens to cure many of the putting ills play­ers have with--an in­ge­nious de­vice called Respect the Path—based on the premise that the foun­da­tion of good putting starts with a stroke that be­gins and ends with the proper back and forth mo­tion of the flat stick.

The Respect the Path train­ing aid con­sists of two curved walls made of plas­tic which form a path through which the put­ter head should travel. The con­cept is to swing the put­ter within the walls, but with­out the head touch­ing ei­ther side wall. Start­ing out prac­tic­ing with a wide path and nar­row­ing it as you get more com­pe­tent and con­fi­dent. When you touch the walls, it cre­ates a sound on the plas­tic, so you know you must tighten your stroke and keep it on the proper line.

De­vel­op­ing good habits and a re­peat­able putting stroke is the goal, and the great thing about Respect the Path is that it can be used on the putting green, at home or in the of­fice—even with­out golf balls. It is easy to carry any­where in the handy car­ry­ing case that comes with it. The ob­ject is to grove a slightly in-to-out path—which is nat­u­ral for most play­ers—and prac­tic­ing with your eyes closed is en­cour­aged to de­velop the mus­cle mem­ory that this pro­motes.

“This is so sim­ple and easy to use. Once your body re­mem­bers the feel of a cor­rect putting path you can take it from the putting green straight to the course and never fall into bad habits again,” said Mike Krantz, the in­ven­tor of Respect the Path and a golf in­struc­tor for the past 35 years in Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia.

“Start out us­ing the length of your put­ter head to in­sure (the two walls) are the same dis­tance apart,” added Krantz in de­scrib­ing how to use his in­ven­tion. “As a be­gin­ner, give your­self a gen­er­ous width, in­sur­ing you can make a stroke with­out touch­ing ei­ther side. As your stroke im­proves, you can grad­u­ally place them closer and closer to­gether. The closer the de­vices are to one another--and you are able to not touch ei­ther of them dur­ing the stroke--the bet­ter your putting path is be­com­ing.”

Krantz was a tour­ing pro­fes­sional be­fore em­bark­ing on his teach­ing ca­reer in the 1980’s. He won the 1975 Queen Mary Open and trav­eled to the many tours in Asia and South Amer­ica for eight years. His over­seas wins in­cluded the 1978 Dun­lop Match Play, 1979 Thai­land Open and 1980 Otago Char­ity Clas­sic. He part­nered with Si­mon Owen to win the New Zealand Team Match Play, de­feat­ing Bri­tish Open win­ner Peter Thomp­son and US Open Cham­pion Kel Na­gle. He qual­i­fied for two Bri­tish Opens, at St. Andrews and Royal Lytham and St. Annes.

One of his ju­nior stu­dents in­spired Krantz to de­velop Respect the Path, and af­ter build­ing a proto-type to help him with his stroke, the 15-year old made 54 five-foot­ers in a row with­out miss­ing!

In the few short months since it has been mass-pro­duced, for­mer US Open Cham­pion and PGA Tour vet­eran Retief Goosen has been us­ing the de­vice, as have na­tion­ally-known teach­ers like Gary Gilchrist and Mar­ius Fil­mal­ter—both highly re­spected putting coaches of PGA and LPGA Tour play­ers.

To learn more, visit www.re­spect­thep­ath.com

Tour Edge CBX Fairway Wood

Tour Edge has nick­named its new line of Ex­otics CBX fairway woods “spin killer” for the way the club re­duces golf ball spin and thus cre­ates more dis­tance, and play­ers all the way from the pro­fes­sional level to the recre­ational golfer are see­ing sig­nif­i­cant dis­tance gains with the new tech­nol­ogy.

The Batavia, Illinois com­pany has long been fa­mous for its fairway woods and the tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions of its founder and pres­i­dent—David Glod—who has de­vel­oped a Beta Ti cup face brazed with a Hy­per Steel body to per­fect a revo­lu­tion­ary launch and low spin com­bi­na­tion in the head of the new CBX.

For those that fol­low the tech­ni­cal side, the lower the spin on the ball that a club pro­duces the fur­ther it will travel—and the golf in­dus­try spends no small part of its re­search and de­vel­op­ment re­sources in try­ing to find ways to get the spin down and pro­duce more yardage.

“The CBX wood is a game-changer. The dis­tance gains from the in­de­pen­dent tests are phe­nom­e­nal. Then we saw the spin num­bers and started call­ing it the ‘spin-killer’ around the of­fice,” said Glod. “Ev­ery­thing has lined-up for the CBX, the de­sign, com­pi­la­tion of ma­te­ri­als, and CG lo­ca­tion to make it our next BEST fairway wood.”

The CBX de­sign al­ters the club’s cen­ter of grav­ity to ma­nip­u­late ini­tial launch an­gle and ve­loc­ity, also re­duc­ing the amount of spin the ball will have on re­lease. In­de­pen­dent test­ing proves that the CBX fairway wood out­dis­tances its most pop­u­lar com­peti­tors by an av­er­age of over 16 yards. The ab­so­lute CG lo­ca­tion in the CBX fairway wood is com­bined with pre­cise weight­ing through­out the club head.

The club has a very light feel and pow­er­ful look at ad­dress and com­pared to just about any other fairway wood, gets off-the chart num­bers when you put it on a launch mon­i­tor in terms of ball speed, swing speed and dis­tance.

Com­pared to some of the other of­fer­ings in the Ex­otics Tour

Edge fam­ily, this club has a more com­pact de­sign, has a lower tra­jec­tory that a lot of bet­ter play­ers de­sire and has all the per­for­mance fea­tures that a stronger, more ac­com­plished player looks for in a fairway wood.

The longer toe to heel and shorter front to back head shape of the CBX op­ti­mizes per­for­mance with CG lo­ca­tion. The higher CG lo­ca­tion min­i­mizes spin for op­ti­mal low-spin dis­tance.

En­gi­neers de­vel­oped the new Speed Ramp sole based on the de­sign of the Slip­Stream™ sole waves in the CB PRO fairway wood. The Speed Ramp sole is the next gen­er­a­tion of de­sign to min­i­mizes ground con­tact and main­tain speed through im­pact.

The club has achieved no­to­ri­ety in the play­offs for the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons as they wind-up their sea­son. In the last three weeks of Oc­to­ber, five play­ers have put CBX clubs in their bag, in­clud­ing the # 2-ranked player on the cir­cuit.

The CBX fairway woods comes in four lofts; 3 ( 13.5 de­gree), 3 ( 15 de­gree), 4 (16.5 de­gree), and 5 (18 de­gree). Premium shafts in­clude the Project X HZRDUS series and Mit­subishi Rayon Kuro Kage Sil­ver Dual Core. Cus­tom premium shaft op­tions—at no ad­di­tional charge--in­clude the Aldila Rogue Sil­ver and Black series, Ex­otics Fu­jikura Pro series, Mit­subishi Rayon Dia­mana series, and Mit­subishi Rayon Ten­sei CK Blue series. Ev­ery Tour Edge club comes with a life­time war­ranty and a 30-day play guar­an­tee.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Tour Edge Ex­otics CBX fairway woods: www. touredge.com

New Bal­ance Min­imus Shoes

New Bal­ance has an­nounced two new ad­di­tions—one with spikes and one with­out--to its highly suc­cess­ful Min­imus golf shoe lineup for the Fall of 2017. The Min­imus has been one of the most suc­cess­ful footwear col­lec­tions since New Bal­ance en­tered the golf mar­ket sev­eral years ago. The new Min­imus Tour and the Min­imus SL are high per­for­mance, light­weight, ath­let­ic­style golf shoes that fea­ture wa­ter­proof up­pers and a REVLite® mid­soles de­signed for ul­ti­mate com­fort.

The Min­imus Tour is New Bal­ance’s first Min­imus golf shoe with spikes. The ath­let­i­clook­ing style shoe is built on a NL-1 last with a wider fore­front and lower in­step. The wider fore­foot al­lows the foot to spread out for bal­ance, while the lower in­step height helps the foot to stay con­nected to the ground, which im­proves over­all feel and power. The shoe fea­tures a wa­ter­proof up­per with a Fan­tomFit® sup­port sys­tem, pro­vid­ing ul­tra­light sup­port and fit. The REVlite® 4mm drop mid­sole gives golfers a light­weight ride with­out sac­ri­fic­ing cush­ion­ing and sta­bil­ity. The out­sole is made of Ul­tra-flex­i­ble Ndu­rance® rub­ber and has six Champ Slim-Lok® Zarma Tour cleats. The shoe also has a Ortho­lite® in­sole for cool, dry com­fort.

The Min­imus SL is a spike­less ad­di­tion to the line-up for Fall. The mod­ern ath­let­ic­style de­sign is also built on the NL-1 last and fea­tures a breath­able wa­ter­proof mi­crofiber up­per with ul­tra­light Fan­tonFit® sup­port. The REVlite 4mm drop mid­sole of­fers a light­weight ride with­out min­i­miz­ing con­struc­tion or sac­ri­fic­ing un­der­foot cush­ion­ing and sta­bil­ity. The out­sole is a flex­i­ble Ndu­rance® spike­less rub­ber with flex grooves strate­gi­cally placed to move with the nat­u­ral mo­tion of the foot.

For more in­for­ma­tion on New Bal­ance and the new styles of Min­imus golf shoes: www.new­bal­ance.com

by Terry Ross

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