Sweet Stuff

Golf Vacations - - Contents - by Terry Ross

Titleist Tour Soft

For any­one look­ing to im­prove their short game and get more feel on and around the greens, the new Tour Soft golf balls by Titleist that were re­cently in­tro­duced are a must-try. Def­i­nitely the soft­est ball we have ever tried, this is some­thing that can im­prove your touch around the greens quickly both with the put­ter and with the all-im­por­tant pitch and chip shots that can makeor-break scor­ing.

Titleist has been able to achieve this in­cred­i­ble soft feel with­out sac­ri­fic­ing dis­tance by com­bin­ing the largest core for high ball speed that the com­pany has ever en­gi­neered into a golf ball with an ul­tra­thin cover to achieve a feel that ri­vals any­thing from the old days of bal­ata wound balls.

“We knew based on break­throughs be­ing made in R&D that there was an op­por­tu­nity to de­liver a brand new high-per­for­mance golf ball that would lead the cat­e­gory in terms of soft com­pres­sion feel,” said Michael Mahoney, Vice Pres­i­dent, Titleist Golf Ball Mar­ket­ing. “Ul­ti­mately, be­cause of our ex­haus­tive and it­er­a­tive pro­to­typ­ing process, we were able to de­liver ev­ery­thing we wanted in Tour Soft – and more. It’s not only the soft­est ball in the cat­e­gory. It’s bet­ter and longer than Chrome Soft, TP5 and Tour B RXS.”

In de­vel­op­ing Tour Soft’s core, the Titleist Golf Ball R&D and Op­er­a­tions teams were chal­lenged to sur­pass pre­vi­ously ac­cepted core size lim­i­ta­tions to pro­duce a golf ball that feels bet­ter and is as long or longer than the long­est balls on the mar­ket.

A new ul­tra-thin 4CE grafted cover made with a new TCU Process helps achieve ad­vanced short game con­trol. In­no­va­tions in the man­u­fac­tur­ing process at Titleist Ball Plant 2 in Mas­sachusetts al­lowed en­gi­neers to mold the ex­tremely thin, very soft cover for­mu­la­tion-made from a pro­pri­etary blend of four dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als--uni­formly across the sur­face.

A new spher­i­cally-tiled 342 cuboc­ta­he­dron dim­ple de­sign, op­ti­mized for the new Tour Soft con­struc­tion, de­liv­ers a pen­e­trat­ing tra­jec­tory and con­sis­tent flight on full shots.

This new ball was tested by more than 19,000 golfers who par­tic­i­pated in a white box test­ing and val­i­da­tion process for the new Titleist Tour Soft, with golfers re­ceiv­ing pro­to­type golf balls for on- course eval­u­a­tion. Player feed­back was then gath­ered through Team Titleist and shared with Titleist R&D. This in­cluded a three-ball blind pro­to­type test in Jan­uary 2017 that led to some key in­sights to­ward the Tour Soft de­vel­op­ment.

Tour Soft is avail­able in both white and high-op­tic yel­low and is now in golf shops world­wide.

For more in­for­ma­tion: www.titleist.com

Hook+Gaff Watch

When one thinks of a golf watch th­ese days, vi­sions of GPS en­abled de­vices, yardages to front-mid­dle-back and to the haz­ards comes to mind first and fore­most. With that thought plainly ob­vi­ous, Michael Sims, pres­i­dent and founder of Hook + Gaff watch com­pany in Lex­ing­ton, South Carolina, de­cided that he would fol­low one of his life-long pas­sions—the sport of golf—and de­velop a line of fine, clas­sic watches ded­i­cated to those play­ers who like the finer things when they play--or for the 19th hole.

Sims went de­cid­edly old-school with the Golf watch line that he has in­tro­duced this year—no elec­tron­ics—just an un­clut­tered, stylish time­piece that sports a pre­ci­sion Swiss move­ment in­side a 41mm high-grade ti­ta­nium case made to with­stand the rig­ors of the out­doors—with all the re­fine­ments to show off well in­door at a for­mal din­ner ta­ble.

“Hook + Gaff Golf watches are creating a new cat­e­gory of golf watches,” said Sims. “We have metic­u­lously se­lected fea­tures that will make the func­tion­al­ity and style of the watch time­less. A Hook + Gaff Golf watch is not the Rolex that you are fear­ful to wear on the course and is not the watch that you will need to re­place in a cou­ple of years be­cause the fea­tures are out­dated. It is the watch that doesn’t get in the way of your swing, the watch you can wear with­out wor­ry­ing about dam­ag­ing it and is the watch you can con­fi­dently wear with its re­fined style.”

Th­ese watches are de­signed with all the lit­tle fea­tures that add up to a fine time­piece. With durable ma­te­ri­als such as scratch re­sis­tant sap­phire crys­tal, in­ter­change­able strap de­signs in wo­ven, Ital­ian rub­ber and hand-stitched leather and with a screw-down crown. In­tended for long hot days on the course, the ti­ta­nium case doesn’t

con­duct heat like stain­less steel watches and its anti-re­flec­tive crys­tal won’t shine bright in your eyes. Water re­sis­tant up to 200 me­ters, the watch also has a uniquely placed left-side crown to avoid wrist ir­ri­ta­tion and not to get in the way of your swing.

This per­for­mance-driven time­piece is just as fash­ion­able as it is func­tional. Sims points out that the watches are built like a tank--but don’t look bulky. This is a watch that you will want to wear be­cause of its time­less, ele­gant style that can take you from day to night, the course to the of­fice, and even a night out on the town. The watch it­self comes in blue or white di­als with white cir­cu­lar hour mark­ers and a strik­ing red sec­ond hand that uti­lize Swiss Su­perLu­mi­no­vaTM.

Sims and his part­ner Gash Clay­ton orig­i­nally came up with the de­signs for a watch that could be used in his other pas­sion—fish­ing— and would hold up un­der all kinds of rugged con­di­tions and could be eas­ily cleaned. This year, they have in­tro­duced the golf watch lineup and con­tinue to pro­duce hand-made watches from their fac­tory in South Carolina with a “rugged-lux­ury” feel and look that is al­ready find­ing a place as a cus­tom-lo­goed time­piece at some of the na­tion’s top golf re­sorts—and even at PGA Tour events as pro-am gifts.

As a com­pany that has built a rep­u­ta­tion with its at­ten­tion to de­tail and cus­tomer ser­vice, ev­ery watch comes pack­aged in a com­pli­men­tary cus­tom tum­bler with a per­sonal note from Sims. Hook + Gaff’s new line of golf watches are avail­able on­line at

www.hookandgaff.com and at re­tail­ers nationwide. myCharge

Let’s face it, whether it be play­ing golf or go­ing on va­ca­tion, elec­tron­ics plays a big part in those en­deav­ors be­cause of our smart phones, tablets and other de­vices. Th­ese days, keep­ing them pow­ered-up be­comes a big­ger chore than ever—es­pe­cially with so many apps that run-down bat­ter­ies. Bring­ing ex­tra power is al­most a must—thus the new mar­ket for por­ta­ble charg­ers.

The new Ad­ven­ture series from myCharge, which pro­duces sev­eral por­ta­ble charg­ing op­tions for ev­ery­thing from phones to tele­vi­sions, has hit the mar­ket with the new pocket-size Ad­ven­tureMax that is per­fect for slid­ing in a brief case, golf bag or us­ing on the course next to your phone in a golf cart. It is splash re­sis­tant, drop re­sis­tant and dirt proof, and even comes with a builtin cara­biner clip that is per­fect to at­tach to your golf bag or lug­gage.

The Ad­ven­ture series bat­tery charg­ers are en­cased in­side an in­su­lated and ruggedi­zed ex­te­rior case that mea­sures 4.4” x 2.9” x 1.0” with a flip lid that latches closed to seal off ports. The unique de­sign of the Ad­ven­ture charg­ers pro­tects them from drops up to three me­ters. The in­su­la­tion built into the case of the Ad­ven­ture series charg­ers pro­tects the bat­ter­ies in­side from ex­treme heat and cold guard­ing against degra­da­tion and a loss of power. The grey Ad­ven­tureMax (10050 mAh), which weighs only about half a pound, fea­tures two USB ports plus one mini, can charge mul­ti­ple de­vices at the same time—such as a smart phone and a tablet.

Be­sides be­ing rugged and small, the Ad­ven­tureMax also does a yeo­man job in charg­ing de­vices quickly—even two at once—it is like hav­ing a por­ta­ble wall out­let that you can put in your pocket with its 2.4A out­put. You can even pass-through charge the Ad­ven­tureMax and a de­vice si­mul­ta­ne­ously. This power pack charges up via a wall out­let or from a com­puter USB very quickly.

They are avail­able at Best Buy or at www.mycharge.com Lamkin Grips

Launch­ing three new mod­els of pre­mium golf club grips at one time is some­thing that most com­pa­nies don’t do, but Lamkin, the 93-year old maker of golf club grips, feels so ex­cited about the new tech­nol­ogy that it is giv­ing cus­tomers the op­por­tu­nity to find that right feel for their golf clubs.

Grips on golf clubs is all about feel and per­sonal pref­er­ence, and with the in­tro­duc­tion of the TS1, SONAR and Com­fort PLUS grips this spring, Lamkin is both show­ing some of its tech­nol­ogy ad­vance­ment and giv­ing play­ers the op­tions that they like.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.