PGA Merchandise Show: A little of this a little of that

By Jon LevyJanuary 29, 2011, 6:00 am

2011 PGA Merchandise ShowSaw just about everything on Friday inside the endless miles of merchandise aisles at the Orange County Convention Center. Here are a few odds and ends from day two of golf industry mega-week, circa 2011:

Sexiest Women in Golf Magazine

Sexiest Women in Golf Magazine: What better way to tout a soon-to-be-released magazine than employing a pair of Bond-girl meets Lara Croft: Tomb Raider young ladies posing graciously, while holding a pair of existing publications – Colorado Golf and Desert Golf – that precede publisher Timothy Pade’s newest venture: Sexiest Women in Golf.

Yes, sex sells. And set to debut sometime in 2011, Pade is hoping this is still the case for his latest venture. Even though the magazine isn’t up and running quite yet, his website, – where you can log on and vote from a list of female golfers all facets of women’s game – is already in full swing. On this site you can peruse virtually every female golfer in the game and vote for your favorites, as well as sign up for monthly drawings to win various golf-related prizes.

But who are we kidding – prizes aside, you know you’re just curious to look.

Boccieri GolfBoccieri Golf: Stephen Boccieri, president and CEO of Boccieri Golf – the makers of The Heavy Putter – talked about his radical, and not-so trend-setting views on the technology of golf equipment. Boccieri was a former nuclear engineer for 25 years with a background in seismic analysis.

As a long-time golfer, Boccieri's curiosity of the how and why golf equipment was made the way it was for so many years, was primarily the brainchild for Boccieri Golf. In essence, Boccieri surmises the industry had gone about it all wrong, considering advances in other realms of science and innovation golf manufacturers could pull from. So, in 2004 Boccieri introduced the Heavy Putter, with the Heavy Wedge soon following and, just this week, has introduced the full matching set of woods and irons to complement. His “backweighting” technology, Boccieri said, helps a player hold the “angle of retention” longer before impact, as well as creating a more consistent square club face at impact, which should ultimately help you hit better and more consistent golf shots.

The technology in the Heavy Driver (pictured) features a unique dimple pattern, called “dimple face technology” that, along with the counter-balanced weighting, explained Boccieri, provides a higher velocity of ball speed at impact than many of his bigger and more well-known competitors.

OptishotDancin’ Dogg Golf’s Optishot: You’ve seen it advertised all over Golf Channel and right smack in the middle of the OCCC floor, we got the lowdown on this $399 home version of a golf simulator normally costing in the thousands.

The verdict? It’s Golden Tee meets your real golf swing, which of course is great, unless your golf swing would be better served on Golden Tee. The graphics on the Optishot are amazing and, while president and CEO Brandon Theophilus knows more advanced simulators may provide slightly more accurate feedback when it comes down to the most technical aspects, his mission with the Optishot was to “make something realistic, accurate and bottom line, make something that was fun. And we wanted all of those things, but wanted to make it affordable to the average golfer. And I think we have done that,” Theophilus said.

The Optishot currently offers nine different courses and Theophilus says they will continually add more to the arsenal, as well as software improvements as more become available in the future.


ECCOECCO: If they’re cool enough for Fred Couples then they’re cool enough for anyone. The ECCO shoe Couples debuted on Tour last year – the Golf Street Premiere – created quite the buzz in the golfing community because of their unique, street-meets-golf-course appearance.

“Our idea was to create a shoe that could perform well on the golf course, as well as something that you’d want to wear casually,” explained Todd Davidson, product and sales manager of ECCO’s golf division. “Part of our vision is to continue with this hybrid type of shoe and to create a shoe that has the feeling like you’re not really even wearing anything.”

Davidson said their new style for 2011, the “biom,” has a design that better follows with the natural motion of the foot. That technology, says Davidson, along with the cool, casual design, is how he sees ECCO continuing to move forward in the future.

Of course with “Boom Boom” Couples, the king of cool on your staff, the 2011 Presidents Cup captain could play in ski boots, for that matter, and people would probably follow suit.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.