May 22, 2015

10 Reasons To Use Clubs To Hire When Golfing In Europe

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  5/22/2015 10:31:00 PM   No comments
The family and I just came back from a great 24 day trip to Europe which included mainly Spain, France, and Belgium. Of course I managed to squeeze in a few rounds of golf, I'm a golf blogger no less. When I left Ottawa there was still snow on the ground and of course Spain was just a perfect place for golf this time of the year. I didn't take my own clubs but used a service called Clubs To Hire. Here's my list of reasons to use this type of service.

1) Had my own backpack, my wife's and all three kids had backpacks. Bringing my clubs would of added to the chaos.

2) Picked clubs up right at the Malaga airport, right on the way out. Clubs To Hire has multiple airports at which you pick up.

3) Pickup was straightforward and easy.

4) Cost is between $35 and $60 EUROS per week.

5) If your thinking of buying new clubs here's a way to test out some clubs your thinking of buying in the future and you get to test them out on a golf course not a golf simulator.

6) You can hire some sweet clubs like the R15 driver and Taylormade RSI irons. Top of the 2015 line clubs to be able to play for multiple rounds is pretty awesome.

7) The clubs are in mint condition and don't show any sign of abuse or excessive wear like most golf course rental shop clubs.

8) You can swap out a club from the set, let's say a putter if it doesn't fit your eye. Great customer service.

9) Return was again straightforward and easy at the Malaga airport.

10) Staff at Clubs To Hire were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

May 10, 2015

Rickie Fowler Super Slow Motion Golf Swing Vision - 2015 Players Championship

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  5/10/2015 08:31:00 PM   1 comment
With a birdie on the first hole in sudden death, following a three-hole aggregate playoff, Rickie Fowler emerged with victory at THE PLAYERS. This was Fowler's day and it was a long time in the making. He closed out the tournament going 6-under over his last six holes to sign for a 5-under 36-31=67 and post 12-under 279. He was later matched by Sergio Garcia and then Kevin Kisner to force a first-ever three-hole aggregate playoff at THE PLAYERS. Fowler and Kisner matched birdie-2s on the 17th to finish the aggregate 1-under, eliminating Garcia (at even-par). Fowler would then dispatch Kisner on the first hole in sudden-death rolling in a five-footer for birdie and the title. On his final round, the 26-year-old was 1-over thru his first 12 holes with not much going his way, but fortunes began to change with birdies on 13 and 15. In the fairway on the par-5 16th, he nearly rinsed his approach from 239 yards out landing just a few paces from the water but it miraculously careened to just 2'5" for an eagle-3. Fowler would complete the dramatic finish with birdie from 6'10" on 17 and then on the last from 16'11".

Apr 2, 2015

2015 Masters Apparel Scripting - Nike, Puma, Adidas, Travis Mathew

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  4/02/2015 07:30:00 PM   No comments
The Masters is just around the corner and even though I'll be in Spain I'll still be watching the years first major at Augusta National. One of the big apparel hits is just what the top players will be wearing, so here's a taste.

How can you not love what world number 1 Rory McIlroy will be wearing at Augusta.
Nike Golf revealed what Rory McIlroy will be wearing at the 2015 Masters Tournament.

If Tiger suits up here's what he'll be donning on the fairways of Augusta.

Rickie Fowler and his Puma Scripting is always top notch.

Always love what Travis Mathew does for there scripting and this year isn't any different.

Adidas stable always look similar,imho.

Mar 29, 2015

Golf Movie Review: The Squeeze

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  3/29/2015 09:12:00 PM   No comments
"The Squeeze" is plain and simple a fun golf movie. From one of the first scenes where "Augie" played by Jeremy Sumpter and his girlfriend, Natalie and best friend John Tom set out on a morning of cross country golf where some young poolside spectators beckon, "I love golf". The movie has you hooked from there. Most golfers and non-golfers are going to love this film.

Jeremy Sumpter is great as the likable "Augie" with "jaw dropping talent" out on the links. Augie is an easy target for Riverboat and the lure of money it's easy for Augie to say yes to "just playing golf". Why he's doing it, well for his Mom and sister of course and a better life(won't mention the spoiler about the sister, better to see the movie).

At times the movie is predictable but that's okay the director knows how to film a golf movie with great shots of some of the best courses in and nearby the Wilmington, North Carolina area including Beau Rivage Golf Club & Resort, Wilmington Municipal G.C. and Eagle Point Golf Club. I know I want to go back to this area again and golf after seeing the movie.

The movie did a great job at casting the lead role "Augie" with Jeremy Sumpter. When Augie makes a side bet that he can put the ball on the green with "this here putter". You just know he's going to make that shot with his ever trusty Scotty Cameron putter.

The villains, Riverboat played by Christopher McDonald and Jimmy Diamonds played by Michael Nouri are perfect to lure Augie to the dark side. You're cheering for Augie to come out on top because the good guy wins all the time, right? You're going to have to watch the movie to find out.

Available in Theaters, VOD and iTunes: April 17, 2015

Cast: Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald, Jillian Murray, Michael Nouri, Jason Dohring, Katherine LaNasa
Directed by: Terry Jastrow
Written by: Terry Jastrow

Synopsis:THE SQUEEZE is a caper about a notorious gambler who discovers a modest young man in a small rural town with uncommon golf skills. Seeing his potential, the gambler convinces him to abandon his dreams of winning the US Open and start playing in high-stakes matches. They don’t lose. The stakes grow higher and higher until the game becomes “life or death.”

Genre: Action/ Adventure

Runtime: 95 Minutes

Rating: PG-13

Distributor: ARC Entertainment

Quotes about THE SQUEEZE from notable figures: 

Jack Nicklaus, Greatest Golfer of All Time: “I watched THE SQUEEZE with Barbara and really enjoyed it. It’s a fun movie that tells an interesting story, and the golf elements are so real you actually believe it could happen.”

Tom Watson, 8 Major Championship Wins: THE SQUEEZE depicts actors who are truly believable as pro quality golfers. Director Jastrow’s true understanding of the game (with 22 years directing sports) injects reality into the scenes with a stream of golf humor that golfers will find both familiar and believable, which are sadly lacking in all previous golf movies. The catalyst for the film is the character “Riverboat”, whose role is wonderfully played by Christopher McDonald. His guile and salesmanship together make for an intriguing surprise ending. THE SQUEEZE is indeed an enjoyable adventure into golf and big time gambling.”

Phil Mickelson, 5 Major Championship Wins: “THE SQUEEZE is a wonderful golf movie because it’s so authentic. It hooks you in the beginning and stays interesting and entertaining right to the end. I’m looking forward to seeing it again.”

Steve Wynn, Chairman, Wynn Resorts: “THE SQUEEZE is a rare movie in that I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen next, and I was sad when it ended. The dialogue is snappy, the cast and performances are wonderful, and it has the best poker scene I’ve ever seen in a movie. If you like gambling, golf, and Las Vegas, you’ll love this movie.”

Judy Rankin, Top Female Golf Commentator: “I was fascinated by the story from the first time I heard it! You keep saying to yourself "and this is based on a true story!" Incredible. A must see movie.”

Tom Roy, Senior Producer Golf, NBC Sports: "THE SQUEEZE is fabulously shot and edited. It's the first golf movie ever that depicts the game authentically. The actors have tour-quality games which make us believe the narrative, which by the way has lots of twists and turns. Finally, a thoroughly enjoyable golf-themed drama!"

Greg Maddux, Hall of Fame Baseball Player: "I had almost as much fun watching THE SQUEEZE as I did winning the World Series! The movie is based on the true story of a buddy I've played golf with for decades. So great to see his incredible story turned into a movie. See it, you'll like it!"

Chris McDonald, ‘Riverboat’: “Terry Jastrow is an actor’s director. He knows just what to say and just when to say it.”

Michael Nouri, ‘Jimmy Diamonds’: “I’ve been acting for 45 years and I’ve never had such a nice and polite director as Terry. He creates an environment for actors, indeed all artists, to be as great as they can be.”

Jim Nantz, CBS Sports Top Announcer: “We had the chance to have a wonderful sneak preview of this movie that will be coming out April 17th called THE SQUEEZE. It’s written and directed by the legendary golf producer Terry Jastrow, and produced by his wife Anne Archer. It’s a good one too. Very impressive.”

Al Michaels, NBC Sports Top Announcer: “THE SQUEEZE and it was very entertaining! The script is wonderful, especially the end which came as a surprise! The setting and shots, just beautiful. Christopher McDonald and Michael Nouri turn in boffo performances. Sign them up for the sequel - now.”

Bob Costas, NBC Sports Host Announcer: “Perfect cast, cleverly written, beautifully shot… I loved it from the first tee to the 18 th green.”

Mar 27, 2015

Best Masters Golf Pool 2015

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  3/27/2015 09:31:00 PM   No comments
With the Masters 10 days away I like to figure out which golf pools I'm going to be testing my luck with winning the much coveted cash prizes. With so many out there I always seem to come back to my friend Seamus Maher annual Masters Pool. He gets lots of golf fans, it's only $20 and it's easy to enter. He also has two other pools that start with the Masters.

The top 70 ranked players from the tournament field will be selected and divided into 4 performance groups based on World Tour Rankings. You select 1 payer from each performance group.

The Contest is stroke play, meaning the aggregate score for the contestant's four golfers will determine their position relative to the other contestants. If any of the golfers selected misses the cut, the contestant will be eliminated from the contest.
The lower the contestant's aggregate score, the higher the ranking. The top contestants, ranked from lowest to highest aggregate score, at the end of official play will be the Final Prize winners.

The entry fee for this contest is $20 and payable before start of play.

The Masters usually always falls near my birthday on April 13th and this year it just falls a bit short but that's okay as I'll be vacationing in Spain, France and Belgium for three weeks starting in a week. So I'll be watching from afar this year. Good Luck everyone!

Mar 21, 2015

Snedeker finally changes Bridgestone irons, makes incredible shot at Bay Hill - Video

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  3/21/2015 01:01:00 PM   No comments
Brandt Snedeker has finally changed his four year old Bridgestone J40 irons. Having admitted that: “I don’t like changing equipment.” Sneds has switched to a new set of Bridgestone J15CBs for this weeks Bay Hill Invitational.

“Best I hit my irons all year long,” he said, adding that he's hitting his new clubs higher, longer and straighter.

Something is clicking for sure as he's finishing up his third round and shooting a 66 and inching closer to the lead.

A little luck never hurts either.

Snedeker’s incredibly lucky shot at Bay Hill’s 18th hole

Mar 17, 2015

ECCO Golf Launches Fred Couples ‘Signature Edition 1992’ Commemorative Golf Shoe - Masters 1992 Win

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  3/17/2015 10:03:00 PM   No comments
ECCO flat out makes great golf shoes and I love the fact they just announced a Freddie Couples 'Signature Edition 1992' model of its Casual Hybrid golf shoes. Designed to commemorate Couples' victory at the 1992 Masters, a limited-edition 1,992 pairs will be available in April at select retail locations.

Press Release

ECCO® Golf Launches Fred Couples ‘Signature Edition 1992’ Commemorative Shoe

(MARKHAM, ONTARIO) – Danish company ECCO – a leading manufacturer of innovative footwear – announces that a Fred Couples ‘Signature Edition 1992’ version of its acclaimed Casual Hybrid model will be available at select retailers worldwide beginning early April.

Co-designed by Couples, the shoe commemorates his two-stroke victory at the 1992 Masters. Produced in a limited run of 1,992 pairs, it boasts an eye-catching white/green color combination and is laser-engraved with Couples’ distinctive autograph on the lateral (outer) side.

“The Masters is a really special tournament for me and I always appreciate the support ECCO provides,” says Couples. “I thought we could do something really fun with the Casual Hybrid this year and am thrilled by the design we created.”

Retailing for $250, the Fred Couples ‘Signature Edition 1992’ model combines a sleek sneaker look with a premium leather upper and advanced performance technologies. Highly water repellent via the proprietary ECCO HYDROMAX™ treatment, the shoe is built atop the patented E-DTS outsole. This boasts approximately 100 moulded traction bars that deliver nearly 800 traction angles to promote superb grip in a variety of conditions.

“Fred and the Masters are a magical pairing and each year the world tunes in to see his performance at Augusta National,” says Michael Waack, Head of Global Golf at ECCO. “None have been better than when he slipped on the Green Jacket, so it’s fitting to celebrate that exceptional victory with a very distinctive shoe.”

Like all ECCO golf shoes, this new Casual Hybrid is crafted at company-owned factories using the Direct-injection Process. This bonds the upper and outsole unit, creating a one-piece shoe construction without the use of glue or stitching. Benefits include a firm, water-tight seal, lightweight flexibility and out-of-the-box comfort.

The ECCO Golf collection is also endorsed by scores of other Tour stars worldwide, including Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjørn, Marcel Siem, Thongchai Jaidee, Will Wilcox, Na Yeon Choi, Caroline Masson, Jennifer Johnson, Sadena Parks, Kendall Dye, Line Vedel Hansen, Pernilla Lindberg, Therese Koelbaek, Sophie Giquel-Bettan, Liz Young, Sally Watson, Linda Wessberg, Emily Kristine Pedersen and Nanna Madsen, among others.

About ECCO

More than 350 million pairs of ECCO shoes have walked the earth since 1963, when Karl Toosbuy founded the company in Denmark. ECCO is one of the few major shoe manufacturers in the world to own and manage every step of the shoemaking process - from leather production through manufacturing in its own factories and all the way to its stores. ECCO's Scandinavian design philosophy, "The shoe must follow the foot", is guiding the company.  ECCO creates high-comfort, functional, stylish shoes and timeless bags, accessories, small leather goods and shoe care products. Still family owned, ECCO is headquartered in Denmark and employs more than 19,500 people of 57 nationalities worldwide. ECCO products can be found in the 1,100 ECCO stores and 14,000 other sales locations in 85 countries.

ECCO retail locations in Canada include Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Along with ECCO retail stores, there are more than 400 retailers across Canada that carry the ECCO brand.

ECCO Shoes Canada Inc. is based in Markham, Ontario. For more information, please visit or call 1.800.358.3226.

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