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Maderas: Golfers, Start Your Golfboards

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Maderas Golf Club is proud to announce it has reached an agreement with Golfboard to be one of the first to provide the surfboard-like scooters to golfers in San Diego and Southern California.

Golfboard premiered two years ago at the West Coast PGA Show as an alternate way for golfers to traverse and experience golf courses in a style similar to surfing, skating or snowboarding. It has steadily gained traction and now Maderas will be one of 150 courses nationwide, and the first Troon course in California, to host the boards.

Golfboard will be available by the end of February at a rental rate of $20. There will initially be four boards available. The battery-powered boards can be reserved at the time of with making a tee time reservation. For advance reservations, please call the golf shop at 858.451.8100. Renters will be required to sign a standard insurance waiver.

Maderas Golf Club General Manager Michael Flickinger said course officials are counting on the novelty factor of Golfboard to draw new golfers.

“Maderas is committed to growing the game of golf, and we believe this will bring more young people into golf, particularly in Southern California, because it’s a vehicle they’re comfortable with, and it makes the game faster and more fun,” he said. “We see this an exciting new way for golfers to experience the game.”

Golfboard Representative Brent Duclos said bringing Golfboard to a Golf Digest Top 100 public course only further validates the vehicle’s value to the sport.

“Golfboard is ecstatic to work with Maderas, which is continually one of the top-rated public courses in the country,” Duclos said. “Not only will Maderas be one of the best places to play golf in Southern California, it will also be one of the best places to Golfboard! The undulating fairways coupled with majestic canyon views provide for a perfect Golfboarding canvas.

“The decision to host Golfboarding shows that Maderas is committed to providing the best all-around golfing experience for their patrons.”

Maderas will be the second course in San Diego to host Golfboard, on which clubs are caddied on the front and secured by a strap, similar as on a golf cart.

The process for Golfboard being considered at Maderas began with Director of Golf Hale Kelly riding it around the entire course for a safety check. Then came the National Golf Course Owners Association annual meeting, which Maderas hosted and where Golfboard held a demo day on two holes of the course. The enthusiastic and complimentary response of fellow owners helped sway Maderas’ ownership that Golfboard’s time had arrived.

Flickinger said Golfboard will have a high profile at Maderas and will be demonstrated frequently and upon request. It also fits Maderas’ overall intention to represent the Southern California lifestyle, which it does all the way down to the locally sourced items on its menu.

Flickinger said of Golfboard, “It’s a great lifestyle fit for a lifestyle sport.”

Questions or interview requests about Golfboard at Maderas can be directed to Maderas Director of Digital Marketing and Social Media Corey Ross at cross@maderasgolf.com. You can find more information about Golfboard at www.golfboard.com. You can also find videos from the demo day at our Instagram account (@maderasgolf).

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Southland: UVO

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Sun protection for golfers and others on the golf course can be a messy proposition.

Sunscreen that’s good for your health isn’t always so good for your golf grips and shirts. Laguna Beach dermatologist Dr. Bobby Awadalla has a cleaner alternative – UVO, a sun-protection supplement you drink.

This year, UVO has been available at a few Orange County courses, but Awadalla is hoping the product will be more widely available, and possibly national, a year from now.

The product is more prominent in the beach- and ocean-sport communities right now, but Awadalla says UVO is just as much a fit for golf.

“Golf is very right for this product,” he said. “The normal round takes between 3-5 hours, and golfers don’t like to get sunscreen on their hands and gloves so they can drink UVO to provide supplemental protection for the entirety of their game. Golf is an ideal sport for it.”

Monarch Beach Golf Links, Tijeras Creek and Marbella Country Club are some of the courses where the product has been available thus far. The product is best served chilled, so it’s been hosted on beverage carts and snack areas rather than in the pro shop.

The flavor is billed as Orange Peach, but it tastes more like a tangerine-flavored Gatorade.

The idea for a supplement solution for sun protection came to Awadalla after years of seeing people with preventable skin cancer pass through his office due to inconsistent, or lack of, use of sunscreen.

“It just boggled by mind that this was still happening,” he said. “I did some research of the use of topical medicine to treat skin conditions, include psoriasis. I found that people didn’t use it very consistently, even if they had skin disease.

“I thought, maybe we need to rethink this. What we do every day is drink and eat, regardless of what’s happening in our lives, and there’s a lot of evidence that shows vitamins, anti-inflammatories and phytonutrients protect us from the sun.

“After five years of formulation, I came up with scientifically based formula to provide skin protection, and that’s now UVO.”

In essence, Awadalla said, a sun burn is an inflammation, something the body’s immune system can fight. UVO’s special formula bolsters that ability.

In its first test among 15 people, Awadalla said UVO proved to increase sun protection, measured in the amount of UV radiation required to burn, by 40 percent 30 minutes after consumption. Then came a positive result Awadalla hadn’t expected.

“We discovered UVO worked retroactively to stop a burn from happening and worked to heal the burn, so it works proactively and retroactively,” he said.

That made UVO a much more versatile and beneficial product than Awadalla ever expected and give it a major differentiator for sunscreen.

“You can compare sunscreen and UVO this way: Sunscreen does one thing well; UVO does many things well,” he said. “It also stops DNA damage, collagen damage and protects and repairs cell membranes. It also stops free radicals.”

While the drink has many benefits, it also has limits. For instance, it can’t match the maximum protection of a sunscreen.

“UVO will probably never get to the level of a 50 SPF, but even an SPF 5 provides 80 percent UV blockage so having baseline protection makes a difference,” he said. “Overall most people who drink UVO should have a good experience and will receive different levels of protection from it. We encourage people to be conservative in the trial phase while finding out exactly how it works for them.

“We all have different skin types and we all absorb and utilize supplements differently, so there will be variation. That’s why we say 3-5 hours of protection on the bottle.”

You can find more information about UVO, including an FAQ, at drinkuvo.com.

San Diego-Based Lamkin Celebrates Its 90th Anniversary With Grip Giveaway in May

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Elver Lamkin founded Lamkin Corp. in 1925 while working at a tannery in Chicago. The leather golf grips he manufactured quickly grew in popularity and became the preference of top players, including the legendary Arnold Palmer.

Over the next nine decades, Lamkin adopted the use of rubber and high performance synthetic materials to create innovative designs that established the company as the top provider of premium grips around the world.

Today, the family-owned business delivers the industry’s widest assortment of performance-enhancing golf grips that continue to earn loyal customers worldwide. Through their ongoing dedication to product quality and service support, Lamkin Grips is passionately committed to connecting golfers to a more confident, consistent and enjoyable game.

Lamkin is celebrating 90 years of innovation by giving away 90 sets of golf grips via contest on the company’s Facebook page that began May 1st.

Lamkin will randomly select three winners each day through May 30th and provide them with a full set (13 grips) in the style of their choosing. The company produces a variety of popular grips, including the new Wrap-Tech and UTx Wrap, as well as the iconic Crossline and R.E.L. ACE models.

“The giveaway is our way to thank the scores of players and customers who have supported us over the years,” says Bob Lamkin, third generation President and CEO of Lamkin. “Keeping at the forefront of this category by listening to the needs of golfers has always been a priority for us as a family owned business. We intend to continue innovating for the next 90 years and beyond.”

The company’s famed products are preferred by PGA Tour superstars Justin Rose, Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Miguel Angel Jimenez, the legendary Arnold Palmer and many others. Amateur golfers interested in playing grips built to the exact specifications of these players can purchase “Tour Spec” grips from the company’s virtual tour van.

For for more information, go to www.LamkinGrips.com or call 800-642-7755.

Amateurgolf.com Q & A: An Iconic Brand Returns To The Market

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Photo courtesy of www.golfdigest.com

No golfer in history has more short stories passed from player to player like the legendary Ben Hogan. Most of them involve his work ethic, legendary shot making and ascerbic wit. On the equipment side, Hogan was so exacting that he is said to have ordered the entire first production run of clubs destroyed in 1953 because they did not meet his standards.

After a seven-year hiatus from the market, the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company re-launched its brand with a new club line at the PGA Show in Orlando.

The company’s Ft. Worth 15 irons and TK 15 wedges were on display and quickly generated buzz at the show. First you notice the clubs’ clean, classic look with the iconic Ben Hogan signature. Then you notice something else: The clubs are only designated by loft, no numbers.

In response to lofts being strengthened in the industry over the years, the Hogan Company dropped the numbering system and produced clubs in an “unprecedented” range of 44 lofts so golfers know exactly what they’re hitting when they’re trying to gap their set.

Follow the link to read the rest of this post:

www.amateurgolf.com/golf-equipment-reviews/Irons/14101/Ben-Hogan–An-iconic-brand-returns-to-the-market

Product Review: ClubCrown Stripe – Take Your School Spirit to the Course

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Save up to $100 on the SLDR Driver, the #1 driver on tour. Offer expires 12/31/14.

With the college football season headed to the home stretch and bowl season and college basketball tipping off, this is the height of the college sports year.

If you want to take your college spirit to the course, ClubCrown has an easy way to do it with a product that allows you to customize your clubs in the design of your favorite school.

For $19.99, you can purchase the ClubCrown Stripe, a stylish decal and alignment aid that is easily self-applied to your woods.

I was offered one to review and rather than my alma mater, Iowa State, I chose the school of my most spirited California golfer friends, a Texas A & M alum.

We took her Callaway Big Bertha and customized it quite quickly after watching the following video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xbT8hOun54.

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Your kit comes with the actual stripe and a practice stripe, but we didn’t find the practice stripe necessary. After watching the video, the application was quite simple.

The key is proper alignment of the stripe using the sweet spot sticker you put on your club. As long as you properly align the stripe and take the time to smooth out the stripe so as to eliminate any bubbles or wrinkles, you should be home free.

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The string you pull to cut the decal works quickly and cleanly, leaving you only to discard the unused portion of the stripe before you’re finished.

The final product is quite impressive and now comes in the colors of some 70 schools. It can be applied to every wood, from driver to rescue and is available at Roger Dunn.

It aids alignment not only being in the center of the club, but also by being the exact width as the ball.

And the product can also be removed without causing any damage to the club’s finish.

To order, or learn more about the product, go to www.clubcrownstripe.com.

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