Ten years ago if I were to say that “social media” would be the fastest way to spread “the word” on every day items, or would allow us to stay connected with our hero’s as though we were in their inner circle, people would think I was crazy! Let’s face it, it is the world of Social Media and not only can it be extremely beneficial since you can now follow anyone minute by minute all over the world, but it can also be damaging! Those of us into golf or any sport for that matter are guilty of carrying our tech gadgets wherever we go constantly checking to see if Tiger won that last round, or if our favorite underdog is in the top ten. We all also love to see what our favorite players have to say about how they did, what they are playing with. It really gives us a true sense that our heros are real people. So with that said, how do you think the latest comments made by Elkington on twitter will effect his image? Do you think since his comments weren’t made about the PGA Tour the PGA should still consider disciplinary actions? ... Read More
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Bubba Watson has Won his first tournament in almost two years since the 2012 Masters Victory. After 41 tournaments played since his Masters win, Bubba birdies the 18th hole at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday. So do you want to know what is in Bubba’s bag – he’s a Ping Man! He has a Ping G25 Driver with a Grafalloy BiMatrix Rocket shaft, Ping G25 Fwy with Fujikura Motore Speeder Tour Spec 8.2 X, Ping S55 irons with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100, Ping Tour wedges with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 and a Ping Anser Milled 1 putter.
Just as all of the new equipment is rolled out at the PGA Show, Golf Digest reveals the 2014 Hot List! From Drivers to wedges, this list gives players from every level in golf the opportunity to compare manufacturers, price and playability. From Callaway to Titleist, you can see why new innovative designs have made the list. At D’Lance we take pride in testing every piece of equipment that comes through our doors. This gives us the advantage of being able to give our customers the most information about their equipment and others to compare. We have already tested dozens of clubs from this years list as well as new shaft options for 2014. Call us today to come in a test out the new 2014 line ups!
The LPGA Tour has watched the PGA race to the Fed Ex Cup and the European Tour Race to Dubai in the past and have decided this year to add a Race of their own. The LPGA Race to the CME Globe is a season long points competition, as with the Fed Ex Cup and Race to Dubai that will award the winner with a One Million Dollar Prize. Tournament winners will earn 500 points in the standings, with that number increased to 625 for the five LPGA Tour majors. For tournaments with a cut, all players who reach the weekend will earn points. In tournaments without a cut, the top 40 and ties will earn points. “The addition of this concept fundamentally connects every event on our tour and promises big things in 2014 and beyond,” commissioner Michael Whan said. “The stakes have risen dramatically and the excitement level goes up for our players and each of our tournaments. … “An additional million dollars, even if you’re the No. 1 money winner on the LPGA, is more than meaningful. It can really make a difference.”
The Hyundai Tournament of Champions is being played this weekend, January 3-6, 2014, at the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Maui. Dustin Johnson took the title last year but never really put it all together on the PGA Tour. Take our poll at the right side of this page and let us know if any of the guys we listed will have a break-out year in 2014.
Nike announced it’s NEW 2014 Line-Up right about the same time Rory had his first Win of the year! Is that a coincidence or maybe some renewed confidence in Mr. McIlroy? The new line up plays on last years VRS Covert Line. Nike has the VRS Covert 2.0 Driver, Fairway and Hybrid with a NEW VRS Covert FORGED iron set and a VR X3X Toe Sweep Wedge line. We have not had a chance to test the new line yet, since they haven’t been released to the general public yet, but the reviews we have seen from those playing them on tour are pretty positive. For those of you who are die-hard Nike enthusiasts, these clubs will be available mid to late January and hopefully by that time Rory has another win with the NEW line!
Who says you have to be a high handi-capper to play the Mizuno JPX Ez line? Luke Donald is proof that some of the best players in the world use them and Win! Donald secured his first win of the year by defending his title in Japan using his MP-64 irons, MP-T$ wedges and his NEW JPX Ez hybrid. At 5 under 66 his score included 7 birdies and two bogeys. At D’Lance we have the JPX Ez line in, call us today to make an appointment to test this amazing new Mizuno line.
The 2014 PGA Merchandise Show is January 21-24, in Orlando, Fla. There will be Exclusive-content, high-profile sessions by presenters such as the Disney Institute, Turner Sports and the Titleist Performance Institute, plus a new structured networking program, will enhance the PGA Show Education Conference of daily seminars, Jan. 22-24, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Additionally, David Leadbetter, Mike Malaska, Dana Rader, Stan Utley and Suzy Whaley will present one-hour instructional workshops during the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day, Jan.21, at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge in Winter Garden, Fla. Registration is now available at www.PGAShow.com with early registration savings through December 12, 2013, and single-session pricing offered for the first time.
According to the PGA, The U.S. circuit will be partners in a new Chinese tour that kicks off with 12 tournaments in 2014. It is not new news that China has experienced tremendous growth in the sport of Golf over the past decade, so the PGA, after its first official tournament in China – the WBC-HSBC Championships, announced it was adding this satellite tour to its schedule next year. No one is quite sure how this will fit into the PGA schedule, which already has the European Tour, Web.Com Tour, Champions Tour, and lets not forget the ever growing LPGA. But one thing is for sure, any golf tour is a good one to watch!
Fujikura long dominated shaft usage on the PGA Tour but fell a little behind with some changes in product line and management in 2008. The new direction from Fujikura, including some gang-buster new wood shafts, has launched the company back to the top in driver and wood shaft count on tour in 2013. Recent winners using Fujikura shafts include: Dustin Johnson – WGC HSBC Champions – Fuel 2.0 65 X in TM SLDR 10.5 driver Fred Couples – Charles Schwab Cup Championship – Motore Speeder 6.2 Tour Spec X in TM SLDR 9.5 driver Kenny Perry – Charles Schwab Cup Winner – Motore Speeder Tour Spec 6.2 in Adams driver, Motore Speeder 6.2 in RBZ 3 wood ReMax Long drive championships – winner used a proprietary Fujikura Flywire shaft to drive it 427 yards! Come in an check out all of the new shafts including the new release of the Speeder 757 and Speeder 661!