Maui Jim Goes Golf High Tech

By Global Golf PostDecember 8, 2010, 12:02 am

Check out the competitors at any given pro tournament these days, and you’ll notice how many of them now wear sunglasses when they compete. But what may not be so apparent is how technical those products have become – and how golfers are donning them as much for the performance they provide as the look.

One of the most technical brands out there is Maui Jim. And the latest development from that privately held concern, which is based in Hawaii and has offices in 13 countries, is the Maui HT (for High Transmission) lens that is designed to give greater eye protection as it also enhances color, contrast and depth of field.

“Maui Jim offers four types of lens,” says John Romaine, director of golf worldwide for the company that was started in the early 1980s by someone actually named Maui Jim. “And the HT, which was designed with golfers in mind and first came out last summer, is our newest. Its mellow, palm shade green color combines with our patented PolarizedPlus2 lens technology to give 25 percent visible light transmission while blocking 100 percent of sunlight glare. The HT also has scratch-reducing coatings that repel water and grease, which is especially good for golfers who lather up with sun block before they play. The lens is particularly well-suited for early morning and late afternoon activity as well as overcast days or when lights conditions are very changeable.”

There are two distinct types of Maui HT lens. One is made entirely of a material called Polycarbonate. Injection molded and optically correct, they are geared for more intense or extreme sports because they are lightweight, comfortable and impact resistant. The other lens is known as Maui Evolution, and it is comprised of a proprietary fusion of Polycarbonate and the company’s SuperThin glass.

Maui HT lenses are also available in prescription, both single vision and progressive. And every pair of Maui Jim prescription glasses is made in the company’s 50,000-sqaure-foot lab, with precision robotic technology to ensure the highest ophthalmic quality.

According to Romaine, Maui Jim boasts more than 200 styles of sunglasses. And he considers two of those – the Banyan HT (412-02) and the Canoe HT (208-02) – ideal for golf. The Canoe has a frame that goes around the entire lens. The Banyan, on the other hand, is a so-called “sports” model, with frame covering about half the lens.

Maui Jim is growing its presence in the green-grass channel, where Romaine says it is the No. 1 sunglass brand. He adds that the company prides itself on service, not only when it comes to the supply and the sale of new sunglasses but also in the repair of product that have been broken or damaged through normal use.

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Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee: