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It is an iconic moment from an iconic tournament. Its been 30 years since Jack Nicklaus won his final green jacket. Golf’s greatest comeback in a major, which saw the Golden Bear go 7 under over 9 holes to take the lead from Seve Ballesteros and win his 18th major. Soundwaves Art Foundation partnered with St. Andrews Legacy to celebrate this iconic moment in golf. A limited number of prints are still remaining. 

The artwork captures the sound waves of the crowd as Jack holes his putt on the 17th green to secure his record breaking 18th major. The canvas print is 24 inches high by 30 inches wide and each has been signed by Jack Nicklaus in the center bottom portion of the canvas.

St Andrews Legacy is considering all offers on the remaining prints. Those bidding on the remaining prints can purchase with confidence knowing their authenticity and that Jack Nicklaus is fully supportive of St Andrews Legacy. Offers are being accepted until the final putt is holed on Sunday of the 2016 Masters with emails promised on Monday advising if the offers have been accepted. For those interested in making an offer click here

 

Many times its been said you learn more from losing than winning. In golf that means players have frequent opportunities to learn from their mistakes. However, the game also allows people to observe and learn from others. With The Masters coming up this week, a lot of people will look to today’s stars such as  McIlroy, Spieth, and past green jacket winning legends like The Golden Bear to get tips for their business on and off the course. So what do today’s top business executives and entrepreneurs have to learn from Jack Nicklaus’s golf swing? Plenty, according to bestselling author Dr. Henry Cloud, whose latest book, The Power of the Other: The Startling Effect Other People Have on You, from the Boardroom to the Bedroom and Beyond—And What to Do About It (HarperCollins Publishers, $27.99), draws some of its most important lessons from, “the greatest golfer the world has ever known.”

A familiar face and voice to millions of readers, TV viewers, and radio listeners, Dr. Cloud—co-author of the bestselling Boundaries series—has written over 40 books and sold more than 10 million books worldwide. He is a frequent guest on national news programs, and has a syndicated radio show that airs in over 200 markets. In The Power of the Other, Dr. Cloud considers Nicklaus as, “the embodiment of the essence of performance,” and a supreme practitioner of self-control, ownership, and responsibility. In a chapter titled “Freedom and Control,” Dr. Cloud analyzes Nicklaus’s legendary, 218-yard shot at the seventeenth hole of the 1972 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach to animate some of his most insightful ideas about leadership and performance.

Whether you’re an athlete, a business executive, a military officer, or a parent, The Power of the Other is a book that offers practical guidance to improving performance, health, and well-being. 

 

Nike Golf has staked its territory in the ball category on the back of RZN technology. It turns out the company has found additional nikemethodapplications for the material. It has branched out into putters as Nike Golf found it delivers performance enhancements not only to ball but club. “When we design a putter, our entire goal is to make the putter an extension of the athlete. We want them to step onto the green without even considering the putter in their hands, but rather just be thinking about getting the ball in the hole,” stated David Franklin, Nike Golf Master Modelmaker.

According to the company, engineers created a classic-looking blade putter filled with integrated RZN. RZN is a family of materials also used in the Nike RZN golf balls. In the case of the new putter, they employed a unique construction comprising three pieces: the face, a secondary mass on the back and a RZN layer compressed in-between. Together, these pieces form the Nike Method Origin putter that has already recorded four global wins in the hands of Rory McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel, who is currently averaging 1.3 fewer putts per round this season (28.9) compared to 2015 (30.2) on the European Tour. The compliant RZN layer is activated on off-center hits, returning energy to the golf ball within the contact nikemethod2time. “The response is incremental across the face. A hit on the center of the face elicits a dampening effect,” Franklin explained. “The more off-center the hit, the more the RZN compresses and the more energy is returned to the ball. The response is similar to our Compression Channel and improves consistency across the face.”

Insights from Woods and McIlroy, according to Nike who put the putter into play at the 2015 Tour Championship, pushed Franklin and team to make the putter roll more efficiently. They completely reengineered the polymetal groove technology to offer full-length grooves that are linear from heel to toe. This orientation is designed to provide a more consistent, efficient and faster forward roll. “When I first tested it in Dubai in January 2015, I realized the long putts kept rolling just a little bit more. It just kept rolling and rolling, which was awesome,” McIlroy stated. “Then I tested again at Sage Valley in April 2015 and loved it. From that point I kept asking, 'When can I get this in the bag?' I added it in September 2015 and it has been in the bag ever since.”

The newly designed face features twice the number of polymetal grooves of previous Method putters, Nike said. More grooves means increased coefficient of friction and traction on the golf ball, creating earlier forward roll and a smoother, softer feel at impact. “I love the new grooves,” McIlroy said. “The roll was perfect and I felt like the contact was so much softer than my previous putter; it got the ball rolling so much quicker.”
Available in two models, the B1-01 and B2-01, the Method Origin putter is already in the bag of McIlroy (B2-01), Schwartzel (B1-01), Russell Henley (B2-01), Scott Pinckney (B1-01), Ryan Ruffels (B1-01), Nick Watney (B2-01), Lucas Bjerregard (B1-01) and Ross Fisher (B2-01). The Nike Method Origin putter will be available beginning April 22 at nike.com and select retailers. It is priced at $349 and $419 (with CounterFlex).

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Odyssey considers itself the leader in putter innovation. The company is hoping consumers will give a thumbs up to its new Toe Up putters. Odyssey reported it has used Stroke Balanced technology to reduce torque during the stroke for minimal twisting. The result, it said, is it’s going to be much easier to toeupputterget the face back to square. In order to accomplish this, Odyssey said it has strategically placed more weight towards the face to balance the putter, and the center of gravity is aligned with the center of the face. All this is designed to promote a more consistent stroke, and when you put your finger up to the face, you’ll see that it balances toe up, which makes it unique to any other putter in the market.

The new Toe Up putters also feature Odyssey’s Metal-X face is fly cut face so that it’s perfectly flat and it’s chemically etched, which leads to a pure roll. Its hi-def alignment, three white lines featured in its Marxman family, also highlights the proper address over the ball. To aid in minimal twisting, it also features the Superstroke Flatso 1.0 grip and the new Counter Core technology. Weights can be purchased at your local retailer, Odyssey said.

“The whole idea behind the Toe Up putter is it’s in of a smaller blade-style putter, to reduce the torque feeling in the hands,” said Odyssey Chief Designer, Austie Rollinson. “We did this years ago in a putter we called Back Strike, which was a big mallet. We designed the shaft and shaft axis to be more in line with the center of gravity so there wasn’t any torque added to the hands. This is now being done with a smaller blade style putter. Any type of torque that you get in the hands when your stroking it, if you have a straight back, straight through, you’re not gong to be as sensitive of when it opens and closes. Torque cam make you change your grip pressure or change how you rotate it back and forth and it may cause inconsistencies in the stroke.”

 

Amateur Maverick McNealy, a current All-American at Stanford University, was the first recipient of the Arnold Palmer Cup exemption for a player who best represents the “Arnold Palmer Legacy,” as voted by his peers. With rounds of 69- 71-74-71—285 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, McNealy finished T46 and three back of fellow amateur Bryson DeChambeau. It was his fourth PGA TOUR start. In his three previous PGA TOUR events, McNealy missed the cut at the 2014 U.S. Open (MC), posted a T60 at the 2015 Greenbrier Classic (T60) and a T78 at the 2015 Barbasol Championship. While the results may not be what he wanted or expected, it hasn’t diminished his appreciation of the experience. “It was awesome. Obviously it's a treat every time you get to play the PGA TOUR,” he remarked after concluding his play at Bay Hill.

“Put myself in a lot of situations where I can learn from the experiences, too, and good shots and bad and took a little bit of confidence away knowing that when I play good golf I can compete with these guys and obviously it takes a lot to play well out here,” he continued. “It's very difficult and every time you miss a shot there's no getting around it when they're setting the courses for the best players in the world. It really makes you pay. It takes really, really good golf to compete with these guys. I'm happy with how I did this week.”

McNealy also was able to assess his own game and where it stacks up against the best in the world. “I think the biggest thing I need to improve is my driving. That sets up every shot and it's incredible how much more difficult it is to play out of the rough on the PGA TOUR than it is the fairway and the rough on the PGA TOUR versus the rough in college,” he said.

 

Each year, more than 15,000 children and young adults are diagnosed with cancer. It can be devastating news. However, through research and development, modern medicine has enabled many, both young and old, to make cancer manageable. Now golfers have a chance to help in this battle. The Chiera Family Foundation has teamed up with Bridgestone Golf. By purchasing a dozen N.I.C.K.’s CAMP golf balls (pictured), you can help kids who are battling cancer attend a special summer camp called NICK’s CAMP, send young adults who have beaten cancer to college, and even teach young cancer patients life lessons and golf through The First Tee of Broward.

After purchasing the golf balls, golfers are encouraged to take a photo or video hitting a N.I.C.K.’s CAMP golf ball, even if its in the most unusual place. The top photos or videos posted will be judged with the winner receiving a free trip entry to the N.I.C.K.’s CAMP golf tournament in South Florida. Just e-mail your entry to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or use #playitforward on social media. Bridgestone Golf merchandise will be awarded to people who send in photos and videos. Also, when people visit ChieraFamilyFoundation.org, they can order the golf balls to be shipped to them monthly or quarterly. Companies or country clubs can also logo the balls on the opposite side for co-branding at other charity golf tournaments.

“Golfers by and large are generous people. In fact, the World Golf Foundation estimates that from the professional ranks down to local events, the game of golf raises $3.9 billion annually for charities,” said Corey Consuegra, Senior Director of Marketing – Bridgestone Golf, Inc. “Play It Forward is an innovative program that capitalizes on this generosity and the spirit of camaraderie that golf has fostered for centuries, to give golfers the ability to provide friends with excellent performing golf balls, while at the same time letting kids with cancer know that we have their backs. Bridgestone is proud to partner with the Chiera Family Foundation on this important initiative and we look forward to its growth.” 

N.I.C.K. stands for Nothing Is Impossible for Cancer Kids. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these golf balls can give young cancer patients a summer they will never forget. Some of the same kids who have been sent to camp and attended golf clinics are also going to college through N.I.C.K.’s Scholarships. For more information about getting involved with the Chiera Family Foundation, visit ChieraFamilyFoundation.org or call 1-800-344-0545, ext 21.

 

GolfTEC reported the company taught the six millionth lesson in its 21-year history this past Thursday, March 10th, with long-time client David Theil as the recipient of the record-setting milestone. An anesthesiologist in the Denver area, Theil first started working with GolfTEC in 2003 when he became intrigued by the company’s technology and fact-based approach to instruction. According to the company, he has lowered his handicap down from a 16 to the single digits. GolfTEC boasts a 96 percent success rate among students and on average, GolfTEC customers drop seven strokes.

“By coming to GolfTEC, I’ve fulfilled my commitment to pursue a better swing and all-around game. I first tried it because I loved the technology and ease of scheduling lessons, but I’m still here because of the talent, passion and true friendship of my Coach,” said Theil. “I continue to make breakthroughs and improve every season. Considering what they've done for me, the best tip I could ever give is to see what GolfTEC can do for you.”

“From our first lesson in 1995 to the incredible milestone of six million, GolfTEC’s core mission of helping people play better golf has never changed,” stated Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO at GolfTEC. “Because of passionate students like David Theil and talented coaches like Brian Byrd, we’re able to carry this out and significantly contribute to growing the game. Our unwavering commitment to helping students enjoy golf through quality, technology-driven instruction remains the driving factors guiding every lesson we provide.” The company estimates that they will give nearly 1 million lessons in 2016. The largest driver for these new customers is referrals from current students.

Since 2010, GolfTEC said it has experienced a 73 percent increase in revenue. In 2015, they set records for total number of lessons given, number of employees, numbers of students and number of facilities worldwide (nearly 200). Throughout March, GolfTEC is offering up to 20 percent off game plans and lessons packs. To learn more visit golftec.com/march-sale or call 877-446-5383.

 

FJ has unveiled the new VersaLuxe footwear category, which was designed to provide luxurious comfort on and off the golf course. It features rich, super-soft premium SuppleLuxe leather by Pittards of England and fine-grade stitching to the cork covered fit-bed and suede inner heel fjversaluxepocket. According to FJ, every detail has been meticulously considered in order to deliver a shoe that is the pinnacle of style, comfort and craftsmanship.

“For this assignment, our design team was challenged with creating a shoe that featured the ‘best-of the-best’ so a player could experience luxurious looks and feel on and off the golf course,” said Doug Robinson. “Our inspiration here was that timeless, super soft, supple leather chair that fits you perfectly after years of wear. These shoes were created with a similar commitment to exquisite materials, superb craftsmanship and the highest quality. We want this shoe to be something you look forward to wearing for years as it molds to your foot over time and becomes more comfortable with every wear.”

FJ’s VersaLuxe shoes are available now with an MSRP of $200. It comes with a 2-year waterproof warranty.

 
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