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Golf Vacations - - News - by Terry Ross


Ev­ery­one who plays golf en­joys hit­ting it as far as they can. While there are many fac­tors that go into help­ing ev­ery player to max­i­mize their own abil­i­ties in hit­ting the golf ball, one in­gre­di­ent that is often over­looked to­day is golf ball com­pres­sion.

While changes in mod­ern ball and club tech­nol­ogy have made com­pres­sion an al­most over­looked topic to­day, the amount of com­pres­sion that a golf ball has still helps de­ter­mine how far it will fly.

“A golf ball’s com­pres­sion has a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact upon how far it will travel, with the golfer’s ul­ti­mate goal be­ing to match ball com­pres­sion with swing speed to achieve max­i­mum dis­tance. The cor­rect com­pres­sion causes the ball to have the op­ti­mum de­gree of flat­ten­ing at im­pact to cre­ate a tram­po­line-like en­ergy trans­fer and greater dis­tance,” notes John Don­ahue, Pres­i­dent of Golftek LLC, the com­pany that man­u­fac­tures ProCheck®, a hand-held de­vice that can mea­sure any golf ball’s com­pres­sion in sec­onds.

Small enough to fit in an av­er­age golf bag, the ProCheck® has sev­eral note­wor­thy fea­tures that make it a valu­able tool in eval­u­at­ing golf balls and get­ting the right fit for each player. A chart comes with the unit that rec­om­mends the com­pres­sion you should use to max­i­mize re­sults. Once you have tested sev­eral makes and mod­els of balls to check their com­pres­sion, you can use the chart to find your av­er­age driver dis­tance and match that with the rec­om­mended com­pres­sion that is dis­played on the LED screen shown by the ProCheck® unit.

In ad­di­tion, the unit can be used to check out those older balls in the bag to see if they still have any juice in them by check­ing the com­pres­sion of the old balls with new ones to see if they have lost com­pres­sion.

Most mod­ern golf balls are es­sen­tially made of a rub­ber-like sub­stance (elas­tomers) and the forces re­quired to com­press the ball can change over time or with tem­per­a­ture. ProCheck®’s ac­cu­rate force mea­sure­ment de­tects this change and dis­plays this in­for­ma­tion to the golfer as bars on the LED screen.

Don­ahue de­signed the de­vice af­ter con­ver­sa­tions with an avid golfer who com­plained that with the new, more durable cov­ers, old tired balls still look like new, but their com­pres­sion had changed. He sug­gested that the game needed such a de­vice. The ProCheck® was is­sued a United States patent in May 2017 and ri­vals the top golf ball man­u­fac­tur­ers’ highly so­phis­ti­cated com­pres­sion test­ing equip­ment. In lab­o­ra­tory tests, the ProCheck® pro­duced the same com­pres­sion mea­sure­ments as a de­vice cost­ing tens of thou­sands of dol­lars that is com­monly used in the in­dus­try.

ProCheck® mea­sures the force over a se­lected time in­ter­val to get an ac­cu­rate force value with a high speed mi­cro-pro­ces­sor that cap­tures the force for a tested golf ball, pro­cesses the in­for­ma­tion and dis­plays an ac­cu­rate read­ing of its com­pres­sion to the user.

“Call­away has long un­der­stood that com­pres­sion plays a key role in op­ti­miz­ing the per­for­mance and con­sis­tency of golfers. We at Call­away have tested the ProCheck® golf ball com­pres­sion tester and found it to be an ex­cel­lent tool for the con­sumer. Its read­ings can help golfers de­ter­mine the right ball for their game,” stated Ja­son Fin­ley, Di­rec­tor, Brand Man­age­ment, Call­away Golf.

In a study of 250 play­ers con­ducted by the Brand in­sti­tute Inc., on be­half of ProCheck®, 90% of re­spon­dents in­di­cated there is a need for a prod­uct to check ball com­pres­sion.

Golfers with slower swing speeds (un­der 80mph) should use lower com­pres­sion balls, while golfers with faster swing speeds (over 100mph) should use higher com­pres­sion balls to achieve max­i­mum dis­tance.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at: www.procheck­golf.com


Swiftwick, which has built a rep­u­ta­tion over the past few years as one of the bet­ter sock choices for golfers, is cel­e­brat­ing its 10year an­niver­sary in the com­pres­sion-sock space by fea­tur­ing a new 2018 Fall-Win­ter lineup that is built around the newly de­signed PUR­SUIT™ per­for­mance sock line.

Some of the new fea­tures in­clude a new re­in­forced heel and toe, along with an ex­tended heel pocket for bet­ter dura­bil­ity. Made with U.S.-sourced merino wool, the sock wicks mois­ture to keep you dry and com­fort­able year-round, and it com­bines its lat­est tech­nol­ogy with a chan­neled up­per for ven­ti­la­tion and breatha­bil­ity. A seam­less toe elim­i­nates fric­tion in the toe box, and half-den­sity weave in the

flex zones pre­vents bunch­ing. The PUR­SUIT™ comes in six cuff heights with medium cush­ion and mod­er­ate com­pres­sion, and is made for run­ning, cy­cling, golf­ing and snow sports.

Made in the USA, Swiftwick’s sig­na­ture olefin fiber re­quires less en­ergy to pro­duce than most syn­thetic fibers and their merino wool is sourced from the U.S. These socks are also in­cred­i­bly durable, which re­duces the need for con­sump­tion, and Swiftwick re­cy­cles scrap ma­te­rial into blan­kets for those in need. Most im­por­tantly, they’re in­cred­i­bly com­fort­able, wick­ing sweat bet­ter than any­thing on the mar­ket.

These socks are de­signed to sup­port the con­tours of the feet with no voids, bunch­ing or blis­ters. All their per­for­mance socks are con­structed with arch band sup­port, breath­able chan­nels and y-heel con­tours that move with your foot.

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. 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. 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.

In ad­di­tion to play­ing golf, these socks are great for travel and many other ac­tiv­i­ties since they help pre­vent swelling in feet and an­kles while sit­ting or stand­ing, ei­ther at work or for ex­am­ple on long air­line flights, mak­ing them ideal for a num­ber of peo­ple.

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

Proven In­sect Re­pel­lent

here are few things that are more both­er­some—and some­times dan­ger­ous-- when play­ing golf than bit­ing in­sects. Mosquitos and ticks es­pe­cially are an­noy­ing and can carry dis­eases that are es­pe­cially dan­ger­ous to some seg­ments of the pop­u­la­tion—such as older peo­ple.

In­sect re­pel­lent can be as nec­es­sary on the golf course as sun screen, but, just like in the case of sun pro­tec­tion, us­ing some­thing with safe chem­i­cals and avoid­ing tox­ins is the bet­ter way to go—not to men­tion a prod­uct that is easy to use and non-greasy.

A com­pany called Provenâ Re­pel­lent has in­tro­duced a new range of health con­scious and highly ef­fec­tive in­sect re­pel­lent sprays and lotions for those that spend a lot of time out­doors—es­pe­cially those that play golf. The prod­uct line uti­lizes the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent Sal­tidin (Pi­caridin), which is rec­om­mended by the EPA, Word Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion and CDC as an ef­fec­tive re­pel­lent against mosquito­borne ill­nesses. With a 20% con­cen­tra­tion of Sal­tidin, Provenâ is more ef­fec­tive and longer-last­ing than higher con­cen­tra­tions of DEET— but non-toxic. Made in the USA by EPA-ap­proved fac­to­ries, Provenâ pro­vides 12-14 hours of pro­tec­tion against dis­ease-car­ry­ing in­sects with­out the con­cern of harm­ful side ef­fects.

Provenâ re­pel­lents have been tested to ef­fec­tively re­pel mosquitos, ticks, black flies, bit­ing flies, sta­ble flies, ants, gnats, chig­gers, sand flies and no-see-ums. Re­cently there has been war­ranted con­cern about cer­tain va­ri­eties of ticks and mosquitos known to carry deadly and de­bil­i­tat­ing dis­eases. Provenâ re­pel­lents pro­tect from species car­ry­ing Zika, Dengue, Chikun­gunya, West Nile Virus, Lyme Dis­ease, Powas­san Virus and tick-borne En­cephali­tis.

“We un­der­stand that many peo­ple pre­fer all-nat­u­ral prod­ucts when avail­able. How­ever, if they aren’t ef­fec­tive, the ten­dency is to re­turn to DEET,” said Emily Dix, Op­er­a­tions Man­ager at Provenâ. “In the cur­rent en­vi­ron­ment, when in­sect-borne ill­nesses are on the rise, we wanted to come to the ta­ble with a truly ef­fec­tive re­pel­lent that was still mind­ful of health. Some­thing we would want to put on our own bod­ies and our chil­dren’s. When we be­gan de­vel­op­ing Provenâ, we kept com­ing back to the idea of ‘worry-free out­door en­joy­ment’. Re­move the worry of dis­ease, re­move the worry of toxic ex­po­sure, re­move the worry of be­ing pestered and eaten by an­noy­ing in­sects, if noth­ing else. En­joy the best parts of be­ing out­doors. The test­ing and proven ef­fi­cacy of these prod­ucts are so solid, and we feel proud and ex­cited to be able to of­fer this ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive to con­sumers.”

Avail­able in odor­less or gen­tly scented for­mu­las, Provenâ in­sect re­pel­lent sprays and lotions are sold at Mei­jer, West­lake Ace Hard­ware stores and select Dick’s Sport­ing Goods stores. The re­pel­lents can also be pur­chased on­line in a range of sizes—in­clud­ing handy travel sizes as well.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: https://proven­re­pel­lent.com

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