Specialized golf accessories

By Jamie Yasko-MangumJuly 29, 2008, 4:00 pm

Golf accessories can hydrate you, comfort and stabilize your feet, keep you from burning, protect your clubs, shade your eyes, boost energy, show your stylish side and make delicious gift givers. Here is a glimpse of a few golf accessories that are unique and helpful.
Golf Shoes
There is a variety of golf shoes lines but two caught my attention, a classic one and a trendy up and comer.
ECCO Golf Shoes: The new design is comfortable, flexible and snug; they are even water resistant. They use high-grade leather, aggressive technology for performance and stability. One suggestion if you buy a pair, go 1/2 or 1 size larger. To purchase yours go to www.eccousa.com or call 1-800-886-3226.


Croc: The Crocs sandals are a phenomenon and now they have ventured into golf shoes. At first, I was a little suspicious but intrigued. A company known for their very casual sandals entering the world of golf? Well, after wearing their Inspire for women, my suspicions silenced. The Bite golf shoes are extremely lightweight and flexibility is natural. They have a line for women and men from sandal golf shoes to very conservative golf shoes. To purchase yours go to www.crocs.com.

Golf Socks

Eurosocks: Golf socks go overlooked most of the time. You ready yourself for golf, preparing all your clubs, gathering your tees, unpacking new golf balls, etc., and grab a pair of socks. Eurosocks have created a line of golf socks that when grabbing your socks will provide you with comfort and no bulking, wrinkling, sliding down or developing blisters. They provide arch support and have a ventilated channel system. To purchase yours go to www.eurosock.com.

Thirst Quenchers

Camelbak: I realize you might drink an assortment of drinks on the golf course but water is the best hydration refresher. Camelbak has created a water bottle that is BPA free (an unhealthy chemical) and ergonomically and eco-friendly. It can be used for golf or while excersing. The Camelbak water bottle comes in energetic colors and dishwasher friendly. To purchase yours go to www.Camelbak.com.

Golf Club Covers

Luco Sport: My golf club covers have always been UM golf covers (Go Canes!), but I was pleasantly surprised to discover Luco Sport golf covers. They have an original line of golf covers for women and a few choices for men. One of the creative tidbits is they are made in the USA, even the fabric. They are completely machine washable, bleach and fade resistant. To purchase yours go to www.lucosport.com.


Q-Link: For a few years, I have been seeing and hearing about jewelry that pumps up your energy, makes you focus etc., when you play golf and beyond. Q-Link states it has a Biofield that plays a fundamental role in positive physical and mental states. Many Q-Link wearers have complimented the Q-Link saying it improves awareness, calmness, advance focus and stamina, resistance to stress, increase energy and such. To purchase yours go to www.q-linkproducts.com or 1-800-246-2765.

Sun Protector

Caribbean Solutions: Anytime you find my family or me in the sun, you will find me carrying Caribbean Solutions SolGuard, a natural sun guard providing dual protection by absorbing and reflecting UVA and UVB radiation. Caribbean Solutions also carries natural enhancers and healers. To purchase go to www.caribbean-sol.com or call 1-00-460-7363.

Modern Eye Wear with Music

Oakley: Oakley has created a line of eyewear that streams music in your ear. The eyewear is called Oakleys Split THUMPs. They provide excellent protection for the eyes in blinding sun and with the internal MP3 player; no one will know you are listening to music. Modernize your sunglasses with music. To purchase yours go to http://oakley.com/pd/5219.

Golf Grilling Gift

Id Rather Be Grilling: Do you know someone who loves to grill and golf? A unique golf-grilling, golf bucket is perfect, created by Id Rather Be Grilling. They create different suites of gift sets from golf buckets to golf sleeves and beyond that everyone will enjoy. The highlight I find in their gift sets is the custom-blended, savory grill rubs. You will also enjoy the other golf related products and a fun, novelty cookbook. To purchase yours go to www.idratherbegrilling.com.

Golf Purse

Ann Veronica Handprints: Ann Veronica makes golf totes and other stylish totes and accessories that will make you smile. Anns designs are original, naturally hand-crafted and hand-printed. You can custom-make your own which by all standards is original. They are durable yet flexible. Their totes are welcomed on the golf course, on vacation and for everyday style. To purchase yours go to www.annveronica.com.


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Two-time champ Bubba fires 63 at Travelers

By Will GrayJune 22, 2018, 7:20 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Amid a resurgent season that has already included a pair of wins, it only makes sense that Bubba Watson is back in contention at the Travelers Championship.

TPC River Highlands has been one of Watson’s favorite haunts over the years; it’s a layout where the southpaw’s creative approach is often rewarded. This is where he burst into tears after earning his first PGA Tour victory in 2010, and this is where he beat Paul Casey in a playoff to again lift the trophy in 2015.

He’ll once again have a late weekend tee time after firing a 7-under 63 during the second round, tying the low score of the week and moving to within three shots of Brian Harman’s 10-under total.

“Little bit less wind, little more confidence on the ball-striking, and I made putts,” Watson said. “The key is making putts. When you start making putts, that’s where you’re going to score a decent number.”

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Watson was well down the standings after opening with an even-par 70, a round that included three bogeys in a four-hole stretch on the back nine to negate progress he had made earlier in the day. But he ran into no such struggles the second time around, adding six birdies to an eagle on the par-5 13th hole when he hit his approach shot from 229 yards to within 18 inches of the hole.

The difference, according to Watson, was between the ears.

“Yesterday I was just thinking about some negative stuff instead of focusing on my target and focusing on the shot at hand,” Watson said. “I was focusing on hitting to the bunker, or focusing on, ‘Water is over here, so hit it over here.’ Just things like that, just things that you can’t do around the golf course.”

Watson was also a runner-up in 2012 here in addition to his two wins, and he has racked up nearly $3.5 million in earnings in 11 prior appearances. Once again thinking the right thoughts on one of his favorite tracks, he’s potentially 36 holes away from his third win since February.

“Obviously around here I feel pretty comfortable,” Watson said. “I can hit some shots around here, and I’ve made it work throughout some of the years.”

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Only putting is holding McIlroy back

By Will GrayJune 22, 2018, 6:48 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Through two rounds of the Travelers Championship, the tee shots are towering and the approaches are accurate for Rory McIlroy. Now he just needs the putter to heat up.

McIlroy started to show signs of life during the second round last week at Shinnecock Hills before missing the cut, and after putting in some extra work honing his swing over the weekend, his tee-to-green game is worth boasting about at the halfway point at TPC River Highlands.

McIlroy has missed only five greens in regulation through two rounds, barely breaking a sweat en route to rounds of 64 and 69 that left him at 7 under. He’s within striking distance heading into the weekend, three shots behind Brian Harman, but might be topping the standings with a more cooperative putter.

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“I felt like I left a few out there,” McIlroy said. “I felt like I had a lot of good putts that just didn’t go in. I started them on line, did everything I needed to do, and it’s just one of those days where they were sliding by the edges.”

McIlroy took 32 putts to complete his second round, including a three-putt on No. 7 for his only bogey of the day and another three-putt on No. 13 that turned an eagle opportunity into a par. Already with a win under his belt this year at the Arnold Palmer Invitational when he knocked in putts from all directions during a final-round 64, McIlroy feels confident that he might be only a few rolls away from having another shot to contend in his second career trip to the Hartford-area stop.

“I think if I can put the ball in the fairway and hit my irons as good as I have been over the first couple of days, I’ll give myself a lot of chances for birdies,” McIlroy said. “It’s just about converting them and taking the opportunities when they present themselves.”

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Rosaforte Report: Toski lively, singing and ready to go home

By Tim RosaforteJune 22, 2018, 6:41 pm

Bob Toski sounded pretty good for a man near death last week. When we spoke on Friday, the 91-year-old teaching legend and former PGA Tour leading money winner was alive and feeling well. Especially when he was talking about giving lessons, swinging a golf club again, and going down to the piano bar at Arturo’s near his home in Boca Raton, Fla., to sing his favorite song, “Sentimental Journey."

“It’s been quite a journey,” Toski said in total bliss. “But I’m going home tomorrow.”

Going back 10 days, to June 12, Toski suffered a severe heart attack that had him on life support, in critical condition, at a hospital not far from the South Florida golf community where he’s pro emeritus at St. Andrews.

He opened 15 minutes on the phone on Friday by asking how much he owed me for the publicity he got during the U.S. Open. Typical Toski. His heart may have skipped a beat, but he hadn’t.

At no more than 120 pounds, still larger than life.

Bob Toski from his hospital bed in South Florida

“This is the mouse,” he said when asked to confirm it really was him on the phone. “The Mighty Mouse.”

We were laughing now, but there was a moment one night during “Live From the U.S. Open” when I got a message from the Boca hospital which sounded grim (hospital staff used a defibrillator on him six times during his stay). That’s when one of the friends by his side texted me and said it would be just like “Tosk” to sit up straight and ask everybody what was going on.

Essentially, that’s what happened. And now here he was on the phone, cracking off one-liners, talking about Brooks Koepka’s win at Shinnecock, giving his take on the USGA and course setup, asking how much I’d been playing, and giving his love to everybody at “The Channel.”

He invited me down for a lesson at St. Andrews and dinner at Arturos. “In a month’s time,” he said, “I’ll be ready to go.”

He sounded ready right now, singing a line from his favorite song, from his hospital bed in the happiest of voices, “Gotta set my heart at ease.”

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Spieth fades with 3-over 73: 'It's just golf'

By Will GrayJune 22, 2018, 6:10 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – After finding nothing but positives for his first five trips around the course, Jordan Spieth finally suffered a setback at TPC River Highlands.

Spieth won the Travelers Championship last year in his tournament debut, and he quickly bounced back from a missed cut at Shinnecock Hills by firing a 7-under 63 in the opening round this week to take a share of the lead. Out early during the second round with a chance to move even further into red figures amid calm conditions, he instead went the other way.

Undone by a triple bogey on the par-5 13th hole, Spieth was 5 over for his first 14 holes and needed an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole for the second straight day simply to salvage a 3-over 73. The score knocked him back to 4 under for the week and six shots behind Brian Harman.

Despite finding three fewer fairways, three fewer greens in regulation and taking five more putts than he did in the opening round, Spieth still put a positive spin on a lackluster result.

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“I actually felt like I had better control of my golf swing than I did yesterday. I really struggled with my swing yesterday and I kind of got some good breaks,” Spieth said. “It’s just golf. It’s kind of like yesterday I got three or four shots extra out of the round, and today I lost three or four based on how I felt.”

Spieth was happy with his opening-round effort, but even after finishing late in the day he still went straight to the driving range that lines the ninth fairway at TPC River Highlands – not exactly standard behavior after grabbing a share of the lead.

“So it’s not like things are on,” he said. “Sometimes it can get disguised by rounds, but it’s not far off. It really is close.”

Spieth has lamented a lack of quality chances to win this year, which he has previously described as being within six shots of the lead heading into the final round. He’ll have some work to do to meet that mark this weekend in defense of his title, as his round hit a snag on No. 13, his fourth hole of the morning, when he pulled his tee shot out of bounds and then hit his subsequent approach into the water.

“For whatever reason, it’s a large fairway but it’s always just killed me,” Spieth said. “I don’t know what it is about the hole, but that hole I get on the tee and for whatever reason I struggle. … I just hit a bad shot at the wrong time there.”