Oct 15, 2019

Product Review - BGT Stability Putter Shaft Review

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  10/15/2019 07:08:00 PM   No comments
Most of my reviews lately come from contacting companies regarding a product I'd like to review because there's buzz out there on the social media highway and it sparks my creative golf juices.

At the beginning of the golf season I contacted SeeMore putters in Tennessee as they had a new line of Platinum Series putters and Breakthrough Golf Technology as they had a putter shaft that promised a more solid feel when putting. 

So the union was made and the SeeMore/BGT Stability Shafted Putter was created in the BGT Labs in Texas. Make sure you check out the video of the installation of the stability shaft here.

Although putting is the most consistent part of my golf game what of course intrigued me was having a more solid/stable putter that would shave off a few strokes every round. Kind of what most amateur golfers would enjoy.

How the Stability Shaft Came About

In a suburb of Dallas Texas lies a new golf shaft company with 100 years of experience. The state-of-the-art facility utilizes the latest technology to develop and bring to market the finest, most precise shafts available. Founder Barney Adams, who has always had the unique ability to see what is truly missing in Golf equipment, decided to focus on the putter shafts since there had been no significant innovation for decades. A team of award-winning engineers was assembled and no shaft company on the planet delivers innovation in golf shafts like Breakthrough Golf Technology.



The carbon fiber putter shaft is impressive looking from BGT. 




Stability Shaft Technology

REDUCE TORQUE
Eight layers of high modulus carbon fiber specifically layered, wrapped and widened, with a no-taper design to greatly reduce torque.

REINFORCE RIGIDITY
Through finite element analysis a lightweight, 22 gram aluminum insert was developed and precisely located to reinforce flexural rigidity.

INCREASE VERSATILITY
A 7075 aluminum connector helps to reinforce. This versatility allows attachment to any tip diameter of any putter, regardless of the bend profile.

PROTECT
The stainless steel tips have extremely consistent wall thicknesses and are chrome plated to add further protection from corrosion and rust.





I used the Stability shaft for pretty much my whole golf season here in Ottawa as I wanted a large amount of time to really test out the shaft especially on a putter head I'd never used before. Here's my conclusions.

On putts of 10 feet and in I found the shaft to work great but didn't see a decrease or increase in putts made.

On putts of 10-25 feet this is where I really saw a huge increase of putts made for me both at my home course (Rideau View Golf Club) and many of the courses I visited during the season.

The more I used the stability shaft the more confidence I got and started to make even longer then 25 feet putts. Distance control was improved on longer putts and being closer to the hole translated to fewer 3 putts. Which is what every golfer regardless of their handicap desires.

The shaft with all its technical components is just plain "solid.




Aptly named the "Stability Shaft"


The price of a Stability Shaft will cost you $199 USD and initially I though wow that's rather expensive but from using there shaft and chatting with Barney Adams. I definitely have to agree with him:

I’ve been in the golf business for a long time and during my time of 40+ years and one product that stands unchanged and unengineered was the putter shaft. Golfers think nothing of spending $500 for a driver that maybe, maybe picks up 5-7 yds. They hit it 12-14 x a round and putt 30 times! Putting directly influences scores, so Stability is a good investment. 




The stability putter shaft can be installed at one of the many authorized installers or if you're like me and in Canada can send it to their office in Texas.

After testing out the stability shaft it really made me think about getting one for my gamer (SeeMore Mini GIANT Deep Flange) which I used previous to using the Stability shafted SeeMore for this golf season.

Oct 2, 2019

Q&A With Barney Adams - Breakthrough Golf Stability Putter Shaft

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  10/02/2019 07:55:00 AM   No comments
I always love testing out new golf equipment and new technology and when it comes to golf it’s these tools I believe for me fuels my love for the game.

After contacting both SeeMore Putters and BGT early in the season we put together an amazing putter. With the head from SeeMore(Platinum M5 HT Mallet) and the Breakthrough Technology Shaft from Barney Adams and his company. See the video of the shaft installation here.



I’ve used it exclusively all season and love the feel it gave me both on long and short putts but a full review will come soon. For now I had some questions for the Founder of BGT Barney Adams.

At $199 USD for a shaft how do you justify to a golfer in a short period of time why the Stability shaft would benefit them when they've already paid $200 USD more or less for a new putter?

Golfers spend thousands of dollars on new equipment every year. Since putting is 40% of the game, seems like $200 is a pretty good investment.

Or is the stability shaft geared towards golfers who already have a putter they've been using for a while and BGT just wants to make it better?

Stability fits any skill level golfer and virtually any putter every made. R&D is always working on new product, not only in putters but in other categories. Any new product BGT launches will be developed strictly on a case of advancement in technology.

Steel putter shafts are cheap any thoughts on making a different price point for a BGT shaft?

I’ve been in the golf business for a long time and during my time of 40+ years and one product that stands unchanged and unengineered was the putter shaft. Golfers think nothing of spending $500 for a driver that maybe, maybe picks up 5-7 yds. They hit it 12-14 x a round and putt 30 times! Putting directly influences scores, so Stability is a good investment.

With driver shafts having so many variables (flex, torque, kick point, material) does BGT plan on creating putter shafts with different variables?

We are constantly working on new products and in fact have a new putter shaft coming in late Fall.

Love the look of the BGT shaft any thoughts about customizing colors?

Customization is something we’ve taken a look at and are currently evaluating for 2020.


About Breakthrough Golf Technology

In a suburb of Dallas Texas lies a new golf shaft company with 100 years of experience. The state-of-the-art facility utilizes the latest technology to develop and bring to market the finest, most precise shafts available. Founder Barney Adams, who has always had the unique ability to see what is truly missing in Golf equipment, decided to focus on the putter shafts since there had been no significant innovation for decades. A team of award-winning engineers was assembled and no shaft company on the planet delivers innovation in golf shafts like Breakthrough Golf Technology.




Sep 28, 2019

Where To Stay in Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica - Los Delfines Villa

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  9/28/2019 03:10:00 PM   No comments
Golf, Exotic Animals, Rain Forests, Waterfalls and Miles of Perfect Beaches Await

As a part-time golf writer I'm always searching out my next golf travel destination. Some years you have to think big and Costa Rica has come up on my radar for 2020 Golf Travel Destination.

Costa Rica for me has always been known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with extravagant wildlife including howler monkeys and scarlet macaws. So why Costa Rica?

Well it's funny how things pan out. It didn't start out by searching for golf courses first, then a place to stay (like it usually does). It started by finding an amazing new villa at Los Delfines that just happens to be located on the golf paradise known as the Los Delfines Golf & Country Club beachfront community (gated/guarded w/ 24 hour security).

You can play golf one day or try some horseback riding. Beach combing and relaxing on the beach are only a few things you can do without having to drive from the community.

Variety is the spice of life especially for a golfer looking for adventure in Costa Rica. A rain-forested paradise with rugged coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. If you want to venture, how about an ATV ride to a remote waterfall or secluded beach. How about a mud bath at an active volcano or an island trip with snorkeling and food included. All these day tours are arranged on site.

Places to stay near Los Delfines Golf and Country Club






From Golf Advisor:

Los Delfines Golf and Country Club sits on a bay along the Pacific on Nicoya Peninsula. This nine-hole course plays 6,374 yards over 18 and has recently been renovated. A round begins on a 337-yard par-4 that requires a driver or 3-wood to an open fairway, followed by a mid- or short iron to the sloping pear-shaped green, steering clear of the front bunker, for par or a birdie. The longest hole is the eighth, a par-5 472-yarder through trees, requiring positioning from the tee, a mid- or short iron lay-up - minding water right and left - to make the two-level green approachable, if well-guarded; birdie if you can. The ninth, a 149-yard par 3, requires good work from the tee followed by a mid- or short iron to the uphill green, though bunkers right and left require accuracy to achieve par.

Spectacular tropical paradise!

Sep 4, 2019

Club Champion Extends Existing Financing Program

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  9/04/2019 05:38:00 PM   No comments
A firm believer in custom fitting, Club Champion is now offering a longer time for financing your golf clubs and work.

Golf Club fitting is a process in which a certified club fitter creates a set of clubs that will match your swing.

Club Champion has no fitting sites in Canada but many throughout the U.S. It offers an “agnostic fitting,” meaning it has no allegiance to any one manufacturer and can offer hundreds of clubheads and shafts from dozens of brands.




Press Release

Custom club fitter now offers 18 months special financing to customers

Willowbrook, IL -- Club Champion is making it easier than ever to lower your scores: the nation’s #1 custom club fitter now offers no interest on club purchases made at Club Champion using the Synchrony Sport card, if paid in full within 18 months. Minimum monthly payments are required under this new program, which took effect on September 1, 2019.

“We recognize that custom clubs, especially a full set, can be a financial undertaking,” said Nick Sherburne, founder of Club Champion. “We also know that our process helps people play better golf, and we’re excited to be able to offer that service to a wider array of golfers through this new program.”

Sherburne was careful to note that Club Champion sells golf clubs for the same price as the manufacturer; when aftermarket shafts or other upgrades are added for premium performance, that may mean a higher price tag. This new financing program will help customers pay for their upgraded game gradually.

Previously, Club Champion offered a six-month version of this financing program to help break down the cost of new clubs. Under the new iteration, customers will have the same no-interest offer for approved buyers. Interest will be charged from the purchase date if the promotional purchase is not paid in full within 18 months.

“Club Champion is an innovative golf fitting retailer who provides its customers with customized products using state-of-the-art technology to meet their needs,” said Neeraj Mehta, chief executive officer, Payment Solutions, Synchrony. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Club Champion to help make better golf more accessible for their customers.”

There is no minimum purchase required to take advantage of the new program. Club Champion customers can apply ahead of time for pre-approval. The master fitters on-site at each Club Champion location can help facilitate an application as well.

"By working closely with Synchrony, we were able to develop a custom solution to ensure the best possible program for our customers,” said Brian Burke, EVP of Finance at Club Champion. “Synchrony has provided significant support and guidance to get the updated program rolled out, and we are excited to continue our partnership."

For more information on the new financing program, please visit clubchampiongolf.com/finance.

Sep 3, 2019

7 Must-have Points on Your Golf Bucket List

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  9/03/2019 07:41:00 AM   No comments
Golfing is one of the most interesting and exquisite sports out there. It is a very complex game in which you have to invest lots of concentration and dedication. There are many ways in which you can enjoy this sport and a very dedicated golf player has a bucket list in the mind. We listed some of the best must-have points on your golf bucket list to help you fully enjoy this amazing sport.

1. Go to one of the master championships

 

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What better way to observe the best players in the whole world than watching them show off their skills live? The master championships are very diverse and they take place in multiple places all over the world. They are a great opportunity to see some of your favorite sports players and to enjoy your beloved sport at the same time. It is also a great opportunity to meet other sports fans from your region and to discuss the tactics and golf courses after the championship.

2. Take your friends to the golf course

  

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  Even though golf may seem like a very solitary sport, the truth is that most of the sports are best enjoyed near friends. No matter your skill level and the level of your friends, the golf course will give you a great opportunity for socializing and this way you will be able to enjoy both the company of your friends and your favorite sport. Golf is very enjoyable in groups and you might even draw your friends in your favorite game for a weekly basis.

3. Attend golf club social events

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   Golf clubs are usually surrounded by a very elegant vibe and they show this during the club events. The members of the golf clubs are usually the ones that constantly practice their skills on certain courses but in most of the cases, you will be able to attend these events even without being in the club. These events are a great opportunity to meet people that have the same passion as you.

  You will also be able to observe the etiquette of the senior members. One of the most enjoyable parts of these events are the evening events when you will be able to enjoy a delicious glass of wine and maybe a cigar. And to choose a cigar suitable for social events, we recommend one produced by H.Upmann.

4. Enjoy a cigar on the Pebble Beach

 


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   Pebble Beach Golf Club is one of the most famous in the world and the amazing view offered here will make your game amazing. Many people come here just to observe the beach and to listen to the waves that crash on the beach.

  To complete this amazing experience, what can be better than smoking an amazing H.Upmann Magnum 46 on the beach? This cigar is excellent for such occasions thanks to the elegant shape, medium strength, and amazing aroma.

5. Visit the oldest golf course in the world

 
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  Scotland is known as the birth land of golf so it is natural that it has the oldest golf course in the world. It is located in the beautiful Musselburgh and it has a very long and rich history. Every golf enthusiast should go and visit the place where one of the best sports in the whole world was born.

6. Play golf at staggering heights

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  The highest golf course is called Yak Course and it is located in Northern India. The place is famous for its amazing view and great atmosphere. The golf course is very large and it can be enjoyed by many players. This place is simply amazing and worth visiting.

7. Play golf under the ground


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Golfing is great but imagine completely switching your normal view for a huge cave. There are many golf courses found underground and they are becoming extremely popular. They are usually very cool and they offer a truly unique experience. This is one of the most interesting things to do as a golf fan and you will enjoy every minute you play here.


Aug 26, 2019

Jin Young Ko Plays Flawless Golf To Capture CP Women’s Open

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  8/26/2019 08:08:00 AM   No comments
Bernard Brault,  Golf Canada ©2019


Press Release


JIN YOUNG KO SETS TOURNAMENT SCORING RECORD
 
TO CAPTURE 2019 CP WOMEN’S OPEN

- Brooke Henderson earns Sandra Post Medal as low Canadian -
- News and notes from Magna Golf Club for Sunday, August 25th -


AURORA, Ont. – Jin Young Ko played flawless golf again Sunday at the CP Women’s Open to capture her fourth LPGA Tour title of the 2019 season.

Ko, who shot an 8-under-par 64 Sunday at Magna Golf Club, has now gone 106 holes without a bogey. She beat Nicole Broch Larsen, whose runner-up was her best career LPGA Tour finish, by five shots. 

Lizette Salas and Brooke Henderson tied for third at 19-under. 
Jin Young Ko’s winning score of 262 (-26) is a new CP Women’s Open tournament scoring record. She beat the prior record – held jointly by Ariya Juanugarn in 2016 and So Yeon Ryu in 2014 (265, -23) - by three shots. 

 “It was (an) incredible crowd out here, and then lots of fans here and Koreans, too,” said Ko of the final round, where she was grouped with Broch Larsen and Henderson. 

Ko has won two majors already this year – the ANA Inspiration and the Evian Championship – along with the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. She leads the Rolex Rankings as the world’s No.1-ranked golfer, as well as the season-long Race to CME Globe. 

Ko started to pull away on the back nine, where she made six birdies. 
Ko also has a Canadian connection, as she uses PGA of Canada professional Gareth Raflewski has her short-game coach. Ko said Raflewski helped her totally revamp her short game after spending two weeks together in Florida earlier this year.

“I changed everything about my short game, like (my) setup or clubs or mind, everything. And then he help me a lot on the course or off the course, too,” said Ko. “So, I want to say to thank you.”

Ko revealed she was debating staying in South Korea this week versus travelling to play the CP Women’s Open, but a tasty Canadian treat helped change her mind. 
“I like Canada and I like ice cappuccino. That's why I wanted to play this week,” she said with a laugh.

Henderson and Ko walked with their arms around each other as they walked up the 18th hole at Magna. Henderson admitted she knew as the round went on there was a point when she wouldn’t be able to catch Ko.

“She’s world No.1 for a reason,” said Henderson. “She’s had an unreal season. I don't even know, is it four wins now? Four wins on one of the toughest tours there is. There is so much talent out here. To get one win is hard; to get four is really cool.”

The LPGA Tour heads to Portland for the Cambia Portland Classic next week – a tournament Henderson has won twice. 

Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver will play host to the 2020 CP Women’s Open. 

BROOKE HENDERSON WINS SANDRA POST MEDAL AS LOW CANADIAN

Although Brooke Henderson was unable to defend her CP Women’s Open title, it was still a fantastic week for her. A tie for third earned Henderson the Sandra Post Medal as Low Canadian. 

Henderson, who shot a 3-under-par 69 Sunday, finished seven shots back of Jin Young Ko. 
Earlier this year, Henderson topped Post herself as the winningest Canadian golfer of all time on the LPGA Tour. 

“I feel like I'm getting better every year on the LPGA Tour, which is a great feeling. I feel like if I can just continue to make small improvements good things can happen in the future,” said Henderson as she looked ahead to what’s to come. “It's exciting knowing that I can compete against the best in the world every single week and have chances to win championships.”

Henderson, who has won twice ready this year, called this week at Magna Golf Club “incredible.” The tournament enjoyed record walk-up and corporate hospitality sales and was the second-most attended CP Women’s Open in history.

“The fans, the crowds, so good. Record-breaking really. So that's really special,” Henderson said. “I feel like I made a lot of birdies and hopefully made it pretty exciting for them. T3, I couldn't really ask for anything more. It would've been very difficult to catch Jin Young today.”

Henderson said, from start to finish, she had a great week and enjoyed being a proud CP ambassador and CP Women’s Open defending champion. 

“I feel like I handled it really well,” said Henderson of the extra responsibilities this week. “There were a lot of extra things I had to do, but overall it was really fun. Just to be able to play well in front of all these people, and, you know hopefully, make their weekend a little bit better, that's all I really want.”

Now Henderson looks ahead to Vancouver in 2020, with a fire already burning to return to the winner’s circle. 

“I'm really excited to play Shaughnessy. I've never played it; only heard amazing things.” added Henderson. “I think it'll be fun to get back out on the west coast. I tend to play pretty well out there, so that's exciting. To finish I guess T12 in Ottawa, the win and then T3 this year, I feel like I'm trending in the right direction and hopefully I can get another top finish.”


Bernard Brault,  Golf Canada ©2019

Aug 21, 2019

Brooke Henderson Poised To Defend Her CP Women’s Open Championship

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  8/21/2019 08:14:00 AM   No comments
Refreshed and ready to defend her CP Women’s Open Championship. Brooke Henderson the poster child for everything that's great about the LPGA is clearly the favourite this week at Magna Golf Club
in Aurora, Ont. Unfortunately what was suppose to be a week attending as media at Magna covering the event fell through but I'll be keenly eyeing social media and the Golf Channel as Brooke looks to defend.

Bernard Brault,  Golf Canada ©2019






Press Release

BROOKE HENDERSON FEELING GREAT HEADING INTO 2019 CP WOMEN’S OPEN TITLE DEFENSE

Defending champion Brooke Henderson told media Tuesday that she feels great heading into Thursday’s opening round.

“It's amazing. I played nine holes yesterday and nine this morning and the course is in incredible condition. I think it's going to be a lot of fun for all of us girls to go out there and probably try to make a lot birdies and shoot low scores,” said Henderson. 

Henderson, who earlier this year defended her title at the LOTTE Championship in April and won the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give in June (her ninth LPGA Tour title), is now, at 21, Canada’s winningest golfer on the LPGA or PGA Tour. 

She looks to become the first person since Lydia Ko (2012-13) to win back-to-back CP Women’s Open titles. If she were to win this week, she would also become the first Canadian to win multiple CP Women’s Opens. 

“To have won the CP Women's Open last year is probably the highlight of my career so far,” said Henderson. “Just being with all the great fans from the nation and just having so much attention on me and then still being able to perform as well as I did and execute those shots under pressure was really exciting for me.”

Magna Golf Club, Henderson said, has been a pleasure to play. Mike McMahon, the head golf professional at the club, has walked around with Henderson both Tuesday and Monday and has provided her with some tips. She said ball striking will be key this week. 

“The fairways are pretty generous and the greens are very large. I think if you can be really precise on approaches with your ball striking you'll hit it to the right slopes, right quadrants on the green. That'll be really important to give yourself a good look at birdie,” she said. “It's in amazing shape. It's going to be a lot of fun. I do think if the conditions stay as they are right now there will be some low scores. I think that will be fun for fans as well.”

Every year since 2016 Henderson has won twice on the LPGA Tour and has ascended as high as fifth on the Rolex Rankings this year. But still, the CP Women’s Open is a highlight on her calendar. 

“To win the CP Women's Open last year was incredible. Do I think I'm going to do it again this year? I'm going to give it all I have, my best shot,” she said. “Like I said, I'm going to give it my all, see what I can do, and hopefully post a solid round on Thursday and give the fans something to cheer about.”

Henderson is one of 15 Canadians to play in this year’s CP Women’s Open, including Lorie Kane of Charlottetown, PEI – making her record-setting 29th appearance. 

12-YEAR-OLD MICHELLE LIU TO MAKE ANTICIPATED CP WOMEN’S OPEN DEBUT

Age is just a number, but this week at the CP Women’s Open, it’s an important one.
After finishing as top Canadian at last month’s Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, Michelle Liu, of Vancouver, earned a spot in the CP Women’s Open.


At just 12 years old, she is the youngest person to ever tee it up in Canada’s national open. 
“I feel like I'm getting pretty famous,” said Liu. “I think it's a new experience for me, so I would say that's definitely pretty cool.”

Liu finished the Canadian Women’s Amateur, which took place this year at Red Deer Golf and Country Club, at 1-over par. She finished tied for 12th, one shot better than Team Canada National team member, Brigitte Thibault. 

Liu said her big goal this week was to just play well and enjoy herself. 

“I definitely do hope for a lot. I know there are a lot of great players here in the field. I think it was 96 out of the top 100 players, so I definitely say (making the cut is) going to be pretty hard,” she said. “I hope for a lot and I expect a little bit less.”

Liu, who is entering grade eight, said she also plays volleyball and basketball when she’s not golfing. Art is one of her hobbies – she has a web comic with a few friends – and she started a foundation called the Hope for Girls Foundation to pay for school supplies for girls in the Northern part of the Guangzhou province in China.

But while she’s fairly busy off the golf course, this week is about what’s happening on the golf course for Liu, who has already teed it up with some LPGA Tour winners including Christina Kim, and practiced alongside her idol, fellow Canadian Brooke Henderson. 
“I'm looking forward to being able to play with even more great players, especially in like the environment of a professional golf tournament,” said Liu. “I think it's definitely going to be a challenge for me and my mental game to be able to focus and like keep my mind on each and every shot.”

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