Friday, October 17, 2014

Mizuno Shock Wave Sole Technology Introduced in New JPX-850 Fairway Woods & Hybrids

JPX-850 Woods and Hybrids Deliver Higher, Longer Shots and Maximize Sweet Area

Norcross, Ga.  – Mizuno, a leader in golf technology and innovation, presents the dynamic, new JPX-850 Fairway Woods and JPX-850 Hybrids, featuring Mizuno’s new Shock Wave Sole™ Technology.

The JPX-850 woods and hybrids promise Mizuno’s most dynamic launch and distance characteristics to date, due to Mizuno’s new Shock Wave Sole™ Technology which provides greater club head flex on impact thus delivering more of the energy from the swing to the ball for increased distance. Moreover, a strategic weight shift of additional mass in the club head to the front and back adjusts the center of gravity (COG), increasing sweet area for easier launch on strikes direct from the turf.

In the Fairway Wood, Mizuno has also incorporated Quick Switch® Technology to enable easy, quick modifications to loft and lie angle. The end result is balanced performance, tremendous distance and ultimate forgiveness.

“For most golfers, it’s very challenging to attack pin locations from long range where shot trajectory needs to be high enough for the ball to land softly or ‘stick’,” said Chuck Couch, Vice President of Product Development, Golf Division, Mizuno USA. “With the JPX-850 woods, golfers are going to hit long range shots with a much higher launch angle, allowing them to go for the pin more aggressively than ever before.”

JPX-850 Fairway Woods
The JPX-850 Fairway Woods utilize a HOT METAL face design with an ultra-thin maraging steel for solid feel and explosive distance. Providing the maximum allowable limit of COR by the USGA, JPX-850 Fairway Woods utilize a Waffle Crown Design™ for greater COR area and increased ball speeds, while incorporating Mizuno’s innovative Mizuno Harmonic Impact Technology (H.I.T.) to deliver a solid feel and powerful sound at impact. Quick Switch® adjustability allows for a 4-degree range of loft adjustment in each.
  • Available Lofts: 15°(3W), 18°(5W), 21°, (Right-, Left-handed & Women’s)
  • Shaft: FujiKura Motora Stiff, Regular and Ladies
  • Grip: GP M-31 360
  • Other Options available through Mizuno’s Custom Department
  • Suggested Retail Price: $249.99
  • Available in-store: November 7, 2014

JPX-850 Hybrid
Like the JPX-850 Fairway Woods, the hybrid utilizes HOT METAL technology and Rebound Crown Design with an ultra-thin maraging face to deliver the maximum allowable limit of COR by the USGA. Mizuno Harmonic Impact Technology (H.I.T.) creates the perfect sound at impact.
  • Available Lofts: 16°(#2), 19°(#3), 22°(#4), 25°(#5), 
  • Ladies Lofts: 22°(#4), 25°(#5) (Right Handed Only)
  • Shaft: FujiKura Motora Stiff, Regular and Ladies
  • Grip: GP M-31 360
  • Other Options available through Mizuno’s 
  • Custom Department
  • Suggested Retail Price: $199.99
  • Available in-store: November 7, 2014

The JPX-850 Fairway Woods and Hybrids will be available at golf and sporting goods retailers starting Nov. 7, 2014. For more information about the complete line of JPX 850’s, Mizuno Golf apparel and accessories, visit

Connect with Mizuno on Facebook and Twitter @Golf_Mizuno to keep up with product news, Tour updates and custom content and fitting tools.

About Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running, track & field, and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in Norcross, Georgia.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Golf Drones - Soaring Above the Fairways

I agree, this sounds like something straight out of a Sci-Fi film, but golf drones are the real deal.  These hi-tech aerial devices, called drones or quad copters, are not only raising the bar within the photography realm but are finding their place in many other industries.  For obvious reasons, we're particularly interested in their application within the wonderful world of golf.

Until recently, golf course aerial photographs and video fly-overs were a very costly and complex proposition.  In many cases this required the rental of a full sized helicopter, airplane or blimp, which as you can imagine, none of which are economical options.  Enter the golf drone, weighing in at approximately 1 foot cubed in size, which is proving to be a much more effective and efficient alternative.  Don't be fooled by its' relatively small stature, every inch of this flying machine is packed with cutting edge technology.  Mounted with an on board high definition camera, capable of shooting in 1080HD resolution, these contraptions (when piloted by a professional) are nimble and able to capture stunning high-definition photographs and video footage.  

With a range of around 400 vertical feet and about 450 yards, drones have quickly been gaining popularity in the golf industry.  One company, Golf Aerials, has been on the leading edge of this trending technology.  Focused solely on the golf industry, Golf Aerials provides a variety of aerial packages to golf courses across North America.  Options range from still shot photography packages, course promo videos, hole-by-hole video fly-overs and more.

I'm sure we'll continue to see the popularity of drones fly to new heights.  To me, it's a no-brainer for golf course operators, allowing them to professionally showcase their facility through a series of aerial videos (at a fraction of the cost of past alternatives).

If you're interested in more information on golf drones. please visit the Golf Aerials website at: 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cobble Beach Offers Fall Golf Play-and-Stays

Cobble Beach, the 600-acre golf resort community on Ontario’s stunning Georgian Bay, is offering play-and-stay packages through October and into November until the course closes for the season.

Located just over two hours north of the Greater Toronto Area, Cobble Beach features a thrilling, links-style Doug Carrick-designed golf course with views of the bay from all 18 holes. Accommodations include The Inn at Cobble Beach -- 10 tastefully-appointed guest suites above the clubhouse – and The Cottages at Cobble Beach, each featuring two bedrooms and full kitchens / living rooms.

Inn packages start at $135 per golfer, for a one night stay and round of golf; Cottage packages start at $144 (based on double occupancy, taxes not included). Two-night, two round packages are also available. Cobble Beach’s signature, Nantucket-style clubhouse houses a fully-equipped golf shop, Sweetwater Restaurant & Bar, resort-caliber spa and fitness center.

For more details visit: 

ANNIKA Academy Releases 2014-15 Golf Instruction Programming

Options Range from One Day with Annika’s Hand-Picked Team to On-Course Lesson from 
8-Time LPGA Player of the Year 

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The ANNIKA Academy – Hall-of-Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam’s boutique golf instruction and fitness school – announces its core golf school programming for the 2014-15 season.

The popular “Player’s,” “Championship,” “Platinum,” “Major” and “Soren-Slam” platforms return and are tailored to suit a variety of skill levels and budgets. Each is led by the Academy’s acclaimed instruction team, which includes Annika’s sister, LPGA winner and 1993 NCAA Champion, Charlotta Sorenstam, and Henri Reis, Annika’s only swing coach since she was 10 years old.

“Charlotta, Henri and the rest of the team are intimately familiar with my ‘Winning Approach’ philosophy and have been successfully sharing it for years,” says Annika, winner of 10 major championships. “Their swing expertise is complemented by fitness and nutrition advice from my personal trainer, Kai Fusser, creating a ‘one-two’ punch unique to the marketplace.”

All programs are highlighted by a maximum guest-to-instructor ratio of 4:1 ensuring an environment conducive to learning. One-day Player’s programs start at $650 and include full-swing and short-game instruction, special gift package from Annika, full-service breakfast, and greens and cart fees for 18 holes at the Academy’s home, Reunion Resort. Two- and three-day Player’s programs are also available.

For those seeking even more in-depth instruction, including opportunities to learn from Annika, there are these three-day programs:

  • Covers full-swing, putting, chipping, bunker play 
  • Fitness instruction and nutritional overview 
  • Personalized workout program 
  • “Weight Training for Golf” book by Kai Fusser 
  • Golf video swing analysis 
  • Club fitting using C-PAS (Callaway Performance Analysis System) 
  • 27 holes of golf 
  • Course management strategy (on course) 
  • Full-service breakfast, lunch 

  • Championship experience, plus 
  • Lunch with Annika 
  • Photo and autograph session with Annika 

Major Championship
  • Platinum experience, plus 
  • Instructional clinic with Annika 

Soren-Slam Package
  • Major Championship experience, plus 
  • Nine holes of golf with Annika 

Additional details are available here: Accommodations for out-of-town guests may also be arranged with Reunion Resort.

For more information and pricing:, 888.266.4522.

About the ANNIKA Academy
The ANNIKA Academy ( is a state-of-the-art, “boutique” golf school at Orlando’s Reunion Resort. It opened in 2007 as a way for Annika to share her passion for golf, fitness and nutrition. Annika’s personal team of coaches expertly relays simple techniques to help players of any age, gender or skill level reach their full potential. The Academy’s ELITE Training Program and official partnerships with the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) and Symetra Tour make it the epicenter for training the next generation of collegiate and professional golfers. It is also a Certified Callaway Performance Center offering custom club fitting and video swing analysis. Other Academy highlights include a modern fitness facility, conference room and full-service locker rooms. Individualized golf instruction, personalized fitness and nutrition programs, custom corporate packages, and opportunities to play with Annika make it the place to learn her proven “Winning Approach.”

Friday, October 10, 2014

Mizuno JPX-850 Driver Puts Golfers in Customization Driver's Seat

New Fast Track® Technology Pushes Ability to Control Launch Angle and Spin Rates to Limits

Norcross, Ga. – Mizuno, a world-class leader in golf technology and innovation, introduces the dynamic, new JPX-850 Driver featuring the revolutionary Fast Track® Technology.

Engineered for all levels of play and skill, the JPX-850 Driver allows for the ultimate in customization with 10 unique settings (4 neutral, 3 draw, 3 fade) to change launch angle and spin rate due to the introduction of Fast Track® Technology in the club head. By using twin 8-gram weights, which can be placed on either a central sliding rail or two lateral slots, golfers have the ability to customize the driver to fit their swing needs and in turn create the perfect launch conditions and spin rates to bomb drives down the middle of the fairway.

“The genius of the new Fast Track® Technology is that it adds the dimensions of launch angle and spin rate,” said Chuck Couch, Vice President of Product Development, Golf Division, Mizuno USA. “The player is truly in control of all aspects of their ball flight off the tee, which will make them more confident at address allowing for better drives and ultimately lower scores.”

The JPX-850 Driver rounds out the customization options with the incorporation of Mizuno’s Quick Switch® Technology, which allows golfers the ability to adjust loft angle between 7.5 and 11.5 degrees. Creating a statement with the piercing blue color, the compact, powerful titanium head of the JPX-850 Driver utilizes a Rebound Crown to maximize ball speeds for unmatched distance off the tee. In addition to the piercing blue, a sleek, strong purpleicious and slate gray women’s color option will also be available.

JPX-850 Driver
  • Available Lofts: 1 Head (8 different Loft Settings)
  • Shaft: FujiKura Motore Stiff and Regular, Ladies
  • Grip: GP M-31 360 58 Round
  • *Other Options available through Mizuno’s Custom Department
  • Suggested Retail Price: $399.99 
  • Available in-store: Nov. 7, 2014

For more information about the complete line of JPX-850 driver, woods, wedges and irons, as well as Mizuno Golf apparel and accessories, visit

Connect with Mizuno on Facebook and Twitter @Golf_Mizuno to keep up with product news, Tour updates and custom content and fitting tools.

About Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running, track & field, and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in Norcross, Georgia.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Long Drive Month Returns to Golf Channel

Three Specials in October Showcase the Awe-Inspiring Drives That Can Make or Break Hopes and Dreams of the Golfers Who Live to Hit it Long 

Eight of the Longest Hitters in the World will Compete Live, Under the Lights of Las Vegas for World Championship Title and Winner-Take-All Prize of $250,000

ORLANDO, Fla. – The thrill of the long ball – with its ridiculously fast swings and drives that regularly soar in excess of 400 yards – is back on Golf Channel in October with the return of Long Drive Month, which leads to the live spectacle of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from Las Vegas.

“Long driving is a hidden gem within the world of golf that brings an exciting programming complement to Golf Channel’s air and tells the stories of the golfers who live every waking hour trying to figure out how to hit the ball longer,” said Tom Knapp, senior vice president of programming, Golf Channel. “Long drive continues to grow around the world, and we’re excited to capture and showcase this sport that not only is a thrill-a-minute, but also awe-inspiring for our Golf Channel viewers.”

Over the course of three hour-long specials in October – premiering at 10 p.m. ET on consecutive Tuesdays beginning Oct. 14 – viewers will see dramatic qualifying from hopeful golfers around the world, from grassroots local and regional qualifying to championship qualifying in Mesquite, Nev. Profiles of the golfers that compete will be part of the mix, as will examinations of the science and strategies behind the long ball.

Long Drive Month schedule:
  • Tues., Oct.14, 10 p.m. ET RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship – Qualifying 
  • Tues., Oct. 21, 10 p.m. ET RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship – Elimination Rounds 
  • Tues., Oct. 28, 10 p.m. ET RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship – Semifinals 
  • Tues., Nov. 4, 10 p.m. ET RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship – Finals (Live) 

Golf Channel also will integrate the long drive theme into other programming throughout the month. Instructional programs like The Golf Fix and School of Golf will feature long-driving tips in each episode aired during the month, as well as dedicating an entire episode to hitting it farther. The shows will welcome former World Long Drive Champions to share their secrets.

The culmination of Long Drive Month will be the winner-take-all $250,000 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, airing under the lights and live on Golf Channel Tuesday, Nov. 4. The longest eight golfers on Earth recently were determined following three days of grueling competition. The finals will be televised live on Golf Channel from the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort. The finalists are (last round qualifying drive distance):

  • Daniel Beckman (396 yards; Fresno, California) 
  • Jeff Crittenden (398 yards; Greensboro, North Carolina) 
  • Jeff Flagg (397 yards; Pelham, Alabama) 
  • Matt Hanger (403 yards, 2nd-straight final 8 appearance; Anaheim, California) 
  • Joe Miller (393 yards, 2010 World Champion, 2nd-straight final 8 appearance; London, England) 
  • Connor Powers (402 yards; Naperville, Illinois) 
  • Jamie Sadlowski (409 yards, 2008-09 World Champion, 8th-straight final 8 appearance; St. Paul, Alberta, Canada) 
  • Adam Smith (397 yards; Tomball, Texas) 
Miller won the world title in 2010 and is undefeated this summer on the Long Drivers European Tour, where he captured 12 titles. He finished as the runner-up at the 2013 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship to Tim Burke, who hit a world-record drive of 427 yards to win the title. Burke failed to qualify for a return trip to Las Vegas. Sadlowski, who famously broke two simulators during appearances on Golf Channel, is making his eighth-straight appearance in the final – the longest active streak.

Golf Channel anchor Ryan Burr will provide play-by-play; Michael Breed, host of The Golf Fix, will offer analysis on the driving grid; and Lauren Thompson, co-host of Morning Drive, will handle interviews. Art Sellinger, long-drive pioneer, two-time national long-drive champion and owner of the Long Drivers of America, also will be on hand to provide long drive analysis.

"These final eight epitomize what the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship is about," said Sellinger. "We have three nations represented, three returning finalists from 2013, two former champions, three players with strong baseball backgrounds and a seasoned vet at 44 years old. I expect a very competitive final at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort. Each of the eight has a great chance to win."

In October 2012, Long Drivers of America announced a new, three-year broadcast partnership with Golf Channel, which moved the RE/MAX WORLD LONG DRIVE CHAMPIONSHIP to the network after 17 years on ESPN. This annual world championship of long driving has taken place each year since 1975 and attracts competitors from all over the world. Participation in competitions has nearly tripled and prize money has increased five-fold. Finalists in the competition often have swing speeds of up to 150 miles per hour and can hit the ball more than 400 yards, which is more than 100 yards longer than the average PGA TOUR professional.

About Golf Channel
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Golf Channel, co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of the NBC Sports Group, is available in more than 120 million homes and 83 countries worldwide. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, as well as a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s highest-quality news, instruction and original programming. Golf Channel’s digital platforms, headed by, are the leading golf destinations on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf. Fans are able to enjoy 24/7 live streaming of Golf Channel content through Golf Live Extra and select programming is simulcast via SiriusXM’s PGA TOUR Radio. In addition, Golf Channel connects the world to golf through a wide array of digital services including Golf Channel Mobile; GolfNow, the world’s largest online booking platform;, a golf course ratings and review portal; the interactive Golf Channel Academy instructional app; and the Golf Channel Am Tour, the world’s largest amateur golf tour.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Trevor Linden Does the Glass-Break Challenge Hockey Style

It's October, and that means hockey season is here. In fact, the National Hockey League teams have been in camp for a few weeks already, and the regular season begins next week.

Hockey players, as a group, are avid golfers, and many are quite good. I'm not sure how skilled former Vancouver Canucks star Trevor Linden – who is now president of the Canucks – is as a golfer, but he showed that he's still the master of the wrist shot on a recent Canucks golf outing.

Toward the end of this segment on Canucks TV, Linden hops out of his golf cart and tries his hand at the glass-break challenge that is a regular feature on the Golf Channel's "Big Break" shows. Instead of a golf club, though, Linden goes with a hockey stick and puck.

And in the words of some famous hockey announcer whose name I don't know: "He shoots, he scores!"

Linden's big shot comes at the 1:30 mark of the video:

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This article was written by John Holmes and was originally posted on