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NIKE, Inc. announced that it will accelerate innovation in its Golf footwear and apparel business and will partner with more of the world’s best golfers. With this new focus, Nike Golf will transition out of equipment — including clubs, balls and bags.

“We’re committed to being the undisputed leader in golf footwear and apparel,” says Trevor Edwards, President, Nike Brand. “We will achieve this by investing in performance innovation for athletes and delivering sustainable profitable growth for Nike Golf.”

“Athletes like Tiger, Rory and Michelle drive tremendous energy for the game and inspire consumers worldwide,” said Daric Ashford, President of Nike Golf. “Over the past year the MM Fly Blade Polo, the Flyknit Chukka and Air Zoom 90 have all connected strongly with golfers. We’ll continue to ignite excitement with our athletes and deliver the best of Nike for the game.”

It remains to be seen what clubs and balls Rory and Tiger, when he comes back, will play in 2017.


Callaway Golf reported business is better than expected. Sales grew in its second quarter by $15 million versus a year ago. The improvement came largely from two categories. Iron sales were up $4.1 million and golf ball sales grew by another $6.1 million during the reporting period. Filling in the other segments, metal wood sales grew by $1 million, while putter were up $592,000 and the category of gear/accessories/other delivered an increase of $3.2 million as compared to 2015’s second quarter.

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When Greg Norman took the golfing world by storm in the 1980s and ’90s, the sport was riding an unprecedented wave of success in Australia and Dynacast golf clubs could be found in almost every golf shop.

As one of Australia’s biggest entry-level golf club brands in the 1980s and ’90s, Dynacast produced about 250,000 clubs a year and employed 15 full-time manufacturing staff to assemble them in South Australia under the guidance of Managing Director Eric Rowe.

But the rise of home brands at major chain stores, cheap imports and an end to the golfing boom forced the golf club manufacturer to reinvent itself to remain competitive. While Eric is still heavily involved with the business, his son Daniel now plays a big role in the day-to-day running of the Dynacast Golf Group as its General Manager. Although Dynacast still produces its own brands, it has reduced its manufacturing to about 50,000 clubs a year.

“We were fortunate enough and the business was set up well enough that we’ve been able to shoulder a lot of blows, deal with the industry changes and be in a strong enough financial position to weather these storms,” Daniel said.

“This year we’re seeing very good growth over last year in an industry that’s generally not seeing growth so we’re quite optimistic – there’s definitely going to be road blocks there but I think there’s also good opportunities and we’re going into it with enthusiasm.” READ MORE>>>


What is normal? In today’s world almost anything goes. What might have been questioned before is now virtually open game. It’s in all walks of life. Today’s society seems to embrace change as well as alternative sources and methods towards finding solutions. Few areas seem to escape an examination. One that might have been overlooked are shoe laces. Not exactly where you thought I was going with this. Forget about Brexit, Dallas Police department, Baton Rouge, Black Lives Matter, Nice, the coup in Turkey. No think shoe laces!

In the past, consumers have essentially been force-fed thin or rounded laces by manufacturers. Take it or leave it. The only time someone would replace the laces that came with their shoes would be if one happen to break. However, there are alternatives that make sense, are practical and can be tailored to anyone’s preference. Want to wear your shoes tight when you run? Or maybe you want them to be relaxed when sitting on an airplane. Maybe you would rather not deal with the hassle of untying and retying your shoes every time you go to the airport for a trip.

Snap Laces offer an easy to use system that can make you question why you ever bothered with laces in the first place. Performance and comfort in one stop shopping. It also applies to all ages. Learning to tie laces, as children can be difficult, especially for those that suffer from any type of motor skills or autism. Elderly also often has challenges with mobility. Bending over to tie a shoe can be a challenge. For many the answer is Velcro. However, it no longer needs to be the case.

Snap Laces allows individuals to customize the color they want as well as the fit they prefer, even when they play golf. For those that enjoy the road less travelled or simple wish not to conform to the establishment’s status quo, give Snap Laces a try. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what it provides, especially the next time you have to slip your shoes on in a hurray.


The names of the 120 men and women who will create golf history in Rio de Janeiro next month have been ratified with the publication of confirmed places for the Olympic Games competition at Reserva de Marapendi Golf Course between August 11 and 20.

The National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have now entered the athletes who will represent their country for the first Olympic golf competition in 112 years, following the publication last Monday of the Final Olympic Golf Rankings.

With no fewer than 41 countries included in the start list for the men’s competition from August 11-14, followed by the women’s event from August 17-20, the composition of the Olympic fields highlights the broad global diversity of the sport in Rio de Janeiro, representing the ultimate shop-window for the sport and having the capacity to reach a brand new audience, especially among the younger generation across all the continents.

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PXG continues to build itself out. Bob Parsons, company founder, announced his company has signed Charl Schwartzel. The 2011 Masters Champion will be playing PXG equipment this week in The Open Championship. Interesting move to put new clubs into play at the third major of the year. It also spells an end for Schwartzel with his Nike Golf clubs.

“From clubs to club maker, I feel like PXG is behind me,” said Schwartzel. “They have taken an interest in all aspects of my game and are committed to helping me play the best golf of my life. I had the opportunity to speak with Bob Parsons and his enthusiasm for the game of golf and golf equipment is infectious.”

“Not only is Charl a champion, he is a stand-up guy – the kind of guy we want on our team,” said Parsons. “At the end of the day, it's all about performance – and PXG clubs perform. Charl and the rest of PXG’s Troops wager their living on their ability to win tournaments. When they put a PXG club in play they know, without question, that they are playing the very best.”


A further eleven players have secured their places in The 145th Open at Royal Troon. The players earned their place in the starting field as the highest ranked non-exempt players in the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of Week 26 (24 – 27 June 2016).

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