May 30, 2016

Golf Apparel Review: Peak Performance Howick Polo

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  5/30/2016 09:24:00 PM   No comments

 

With all the hot weather we've been having lately in the Ottawa area I was thankful for the Peak Performance Howick Polo. Having done so many reviews on different golf polos before I can honestly say the Howick is the best polo in hot and humid conditions.

 

First of all I've never had a golf polo with holes in the back of the shirt before. They're subtle as you can see from the picture. These laser-cut holes are used for ventilation and keep you cool providing you with maximum air flow as you're out playing on the golf course. Side mesh on the Howick polo also helps with air flow and cooling factor.

 

 

The Howick Polo does fit like most regular polos although I needed an XL and I normally take a Large. So defintely consult Peak Performance's fitting guide.

 

I really like the fact Peak Perforance uses what they call Clevercare when it comes to this golf shirt. You don't have to wash this shirt after every time you wear it. Just hang it up and air it out. If there's a stain manually remove it. Peak Performance is all about reducing your carbon footprint, move companies should look at this with their products.


 

The Howick Polo retails for $120 CDN which is on the high end of prices for a golf polo. That being said the quality and technology in this shirt is top notch. So for the price the Howick is reasonable, you get what you pay for.

 

 

 

 

May 25, 2016

Favourite Holes At Oak Bay Golf & Country Club

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  5/25/2016 09:31:00 PM   No comments

Had the pleasure of finally playing Oak Bay Golf & Country Club this past long weekend. My son Gus tagged along for the day and we had a blast playing the course and taking in the beautiful weather and amazing scenery. Golfing on the eastern shores of Georgian Bay has to be an early highlight of my golf year so far.

 

Here are the three holes that stood out for me playing Oak Bay for the first time.

 

Hole #12
Normally I'm not a big lover of dogleg holes but #12 is special. A tight driving hole and very intimidating from the tee anything left is going to be trouble. Just a real pretty hole well designed and fun to play.
 

 

Love the natural beauty of the Canadian Shield near the green on this hole and so did Gus. Defintely play left of this rock formation.

 

 

Hole #14

 

Short par 4, definite thumbs up from me.

Who doesn't like a good drivable par 4 especially one that's has such a fun risk and reward outcome. Hole #14 at Oak Bay delivers. Beautiful backdrop.

 

Fairway narrows before green and with a large bunker down the left side you have to be accurate with your drive or layup, but that's the easy route right?

 

 

Hole #17

A tricky par 3 playing with beautiful views of Oak Bay. With the variations in winds and wind direction this is a hole that tests your skill at picking the "right" club. Hazards abound on this hole so it really makes you think. A long green with a few undulations once you're on it's not easy going with the putter.

 

 

May 21, 2016

Ping iBlades and Callaway Black Apex CF '16 - Intriguing New Irons

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  5/21/2016 03:04:00 PM   No comments

With each passing week there's a new golf club being released. I'm one when it comes to irons of keeping them for awhile, my last set TaylorMade 2.0s I had for almost 5 years. The latest irons I picked up were some used Ping G25s so I tend not to buy new right away. That's not saying I don't like to drool over companies new offerings.

 

Pics surfaced a little over a week ago of Ping's soon to be released 2016 iBlades, suited for better players a few are already popping up on tour including Louis Oosthuizen. Other players like Miguel Angel Jimenez, Angel Cabrera, Hunter Mahan could be next for switching over.

 

 

Callaway just this week has said they'll release the Apex CF '16 irons in a satin black pvd finish and from recent pictures from GolfWRX.com they do look mighty pretty. Pre sale date is May 20th with official release being June 3rd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 18, 2016

Hilton Head Golf Island Unveils 2016 Late Spring / Early Summer Golf Packages

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  5/18/2016 04:56:00 PM   No comments
It's not to often you get a plethora of world-class public and private designs sculpted by vaunted architects Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones in just one area. Hilton Head offers so many options for golfers great golf courses and resorts is that rank in all the top puplications. I will get there eventually so many golf courses so little time. I can feel maybe a buddie trip!
 

 

Press Release

Three Premier On-Island Resorts Offer Golfers Special Prices on Lowcountry Getaways

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.)Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) – the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ Golf Destination of the Year for North America for 2016 – announces a wide selection of stay-and-play packages available throughout the late spring and early summer.


Boasting outstanding courses, exceptional value, pleasant weather and direct flights from major cities, Hilton Head Island remains a highly regarded golf destination. In addition to the IAGTO honor, Hilton Head Island has received accolades this year from Golfweek, Golf Advisor and the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel.



A selection of packages offered at www.hiltonheadgolfisland.com:

  • Heritage Golf Collection Family Fun in the Sun – Starting at $450 per person (based on a family of four), this package is comprised of seven nights’ accommodations in a resort view villa and a round of golf per person at Shipyard Golf Club or Port Royal Golf Club. A round of Foot Golf per person at Port Royal also is offered (carts not included), along with dinner vouchers for four and a Heritage Golf Collection VIP discount card. Subject to availability of accommodations, the package includes all taxes and fees.

  • Palmetto Dunes “Birdies and Beer Getaway” – Features four days/three nights in a two-bedroom villa at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, and three rounds of golf on the resort’s three championship layouts: Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront, Arthur Hills and George Fazio. Starting at $165 per golfer/per night, the promotion includes breakfast and beers via a resort gift card. Also included are range balls, dining and pro shop discounts, two hours of court time per day per villa at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, and preferred rates and priority access to all resort activities and amenities.
  • The Sea Pines Resort “Villa Golf Package” – Guests enjoy private villa accommodations for four nights and a round of golf at Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point by Pete Dye, with complimentary green fees for afternoon replays on Heron Point based on availability (cart fees apply). Starting at $174 per person, this offer also includes a warm-up bag of range balls per round, and complimentary wireless internet and use of The Sea Pines Resort Fitness Center.

“These packages are ideal for everyone coming to Hilton Head Island – from golf getaways groups to families embracing the sport’s values,” says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and Vice President of Sports and Operations at Sea Pines Resort. “The late spring and early summer mark a great time to experience what this great destination has to offer.”



Getting to Hilton Head Island is easier than ever from East Coast and Midwest population centers. JetBlue Airways operates non-stop flights from Boston and New York City to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Allegiant Air also flies non-stop into Savannah / Hilton Head from Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and other cities. Fourteen other locales offer non-stop service to SAV including Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.



For additional information about rates, restrictions and other package inclusions, or to receive a quote: www.hiltonheadgolfisland.com, 800.523.3373.

May 17, 2016

Book Review: One Putt by Ken Brown

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  5/17/2016 09:14:00 PM   No comments

As much as everyone loves to smash their driver like Dustin Johnson. It's your short game that has to excel to play winning golf and a huge part of your short game is putting.

 

Ken Brown the former Scottish European Tour Player now turned golf broadcaster has written a book about all things putting, called "One Putt - The Ultimate Guide To Perfect Putting".

 

The book is an easy read and gives a indepth but easy to understand account of Ken's thoughts about getting that little white ball in the hole, hopefully with a "one putt".

 

The book is laid out beautifully with just enough words and pictures to get Ken's ideas across to the reader. One Putt can be read from start to finish or read from any chapter that might interest you. That's what makes it a good read for the new golfer or the seasoned duffer.

 

I really enjoyed Ken's stories that occurred throughout the book that related back to either putting in general or to that chapter. It's Ken's knowledge of putting while slugging it out on the European Tour and his insight while watching the pros as a golf broadcaster that really come through in the book. It's nothing over the top or pretentious just insightful and easy to understand.

 

 

At $24.95 Cdn. One Putt is the perfect addition for the golfer in your life and with Fathers Day right around the corner, a gift any Dad that golfs will love.

 

The book includes:

  • Choosing a Putter -- Length; Lie; Loft; Weight; The sweet spot; Moment of inertia; Insets, grooves and sounds off the face; Balance; Face depth; Shaft flex; Grips and grip alignment; Try before you buy; Look after your putter; Putters and their features.
  • The Basic Set-up -- Grip fundamentals; Take your grip; Address; The set-ups of six pros
  • Reading Greens -- Approach the green; Mend the pitch mark; Yardage books; The cut lines
  • The Set-up Routine -- Rehearse
  • The Stroke -- The final frontier; Fitting it together; Useful tips
  • Touch and Feel -- Cause and effect; One-handed putting; Stimpmeter; Putting aids; Drills
  • Tips and Drills -- Plan your practice; The 'Ken on the Course' one putt improver; The Drills; Keep a score; Warming up; Stretching; The ultimate fix
  • One Putting! -- Learn from six of the best; Positive thinking
  • Putting Rules.
 

Love the forward by Seve for One Putt, perfect!

 

 

Hickory shafted blade putter, Ken's signature putter.

 

 

May 16, 2016

Review of the Galvin Green Golf Wear Collection 2016

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  5/16/2016 03:43:00 PM   No comments
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This year looks set to be a big one for Galvin Green who are introducing a range of brand new styles including new style shirts with Ventil8 technology and a range of smart new golf jumpers. The range has also attracted a number of European Tour golfers who are signed up to wear the new range this year on the course.

On tour
The new collection sees a change of direction for the Swedish brand who are aiming to keep their position as a top provided of golf wear for the coming years and regain the competitive advantage that once stood them out from the field.

Part of this strategy is the players who will be wearing the clothes and to celebrate this, the company have launched their own hashtag campaign - #GalvinGreenMoment – to showcase the brand across social media. Currently there are eleven European Tour golfers acting as brand ambassadors including Ricardo Gouveia, currently the highest ranked of the players, Daniel Im and Morten Orum Madsen.

The shirt and top range
The new shirts range is a balance of the elements that have made Galvin Green successful with a new style that is the very latest in comfort and fashion. The shirts make use of the Ventil8 technology that has been popular for many years and come in two key styles, the Mccoy and the Marlow.
Colours are always very important for any golf clothing range and this year Galvin Green have introduced a number of new colours to their range. The Lagoon Blue has been joined by the bright Imperial Blue shades while the signature Electric Red now works perfectly with monochrome shades of black, grey and white.

Another big part of the brand is the Insula wear, which competes with any similar brand in golf. These tops make use of thermal insulating chambers that means players are kept warm while on the course while the tops remain lightweight. They also have plenty of stretch to allow that crucial natural movement that makes a player. The tops are available in quarter zip or full zip styles and there are also sleeveless versions available.

The trouser range
Just as important as the tops are the trousers and the new Galvin Green trousers also make use of the brand’s Ventil8 technology. The new trousers also add a fresh style to the traditional ranges. In the past years, the Ned pants have been hugely popular but these have been replaced by the Nash range. These combine a regular fit with the stretch and comfort of the Ventil8 technology. This means the wearer remains dry and comfortable during their round. As well as the trousers, Parker are the matching shorts all available in the different colour ranges.

Conclusion
Early responses to the new ranges have been very positive with the waterproofs being the most popular items for many players. While the brand has long been known for its waterproofs, the new range seems them move strongly into all areas of golf wear with modern styles, bold colours and clever technology within the clothes that makes them perfect for wearing on the course.






May 9, 2016

Jesper Parnevik Wins, PGA Tour Champions Wins

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  5/09/2016 10:13:00 PM   No comments
On Sunday I wasn't checking NHL scores on my iPhone or even who was winning the Wells Fargo Championship. I was checking the score of the PGA Tour Champions tournament, the Insperity Invitational. Where I was hoping one of my favorite players to follow Jesper Parnevik would close out the tournament. Jesper didn't disappoint with a closing 5-under 67 for a four stroke victory at the Woodlands Country Club. His first PGA Tour Champions victory and his first victory anywhere since his victory in 2001 at the Honda Classic.

It's funny this past week I just applied for Media credentials to my first PGA Tour Champions event in July. Hopefully Jesper is there so I can have a chat. Jesper's win is good for golf, good for PGA Tour Champions Tour and much needed for a golfer who's battled injuries but continues to impress.





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