It’s August. It’s hot. It’s humid. And it’s the PGA Championship. The professional golf season’s final Major Championship gets underway today at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York and Nike athletes are prepared to weather the, er, weather in an array of lightweight, breathable, moisture wicking shirts pants and hats. Nike has always been at the forefront of creating performance apparel technology, utilizing technical fabrics that enhance athletic performance, and those technologies will be on full display at Oak Hill. At the PGA Championship, Nike athletes will be wearing designs from the Fall 2013 collection featuring Dri-FIT UV for protection from the sun and Dri-FIT Stretch for superior mobility. Thirteen Nike Tour players will be competing at Oak Hill and you can find all their apparel, shoes and accessories at the DGW PGA Championship 2013 Collections page. Here’s a glimpse of some of the apparel featured. Read the rest of this entry »
Nike recently unveiled a new line of foul weather golf gear designed to deliver superior waterproof and windproof protection combined with flexible breathability. According to Nike, the new HyperAdapt Storm-Fit Jacket, available in both Full-Zip and ½-Zip versions, and HyperAdapt Storm-Fit Pants offer golfers unsurpassed comfort, protection and mobility. These claims were immediately bolstered when Paul Casey, winless in over 2 years, claimed the Irish Open while wearing both the HyerAdapt Jacket and Pants during the 35 mph winds and heavy showers that plagued the event. Read the rest of this entry »
The adjustable driver has been around for awhile, and every major manufacturer has embraced the technology, at least to some degree. TaylorMade has been committed to adjustable drivers and moveable weight technology since 2004, but the benefit of adjustability has been lost to a vast number of golfers who have no desire to delve into the complexities of tinkering with loft, lie, face angle and weighting. Taken to its extreme, adjustability for the average golfer may seem just a bit gimmicky. For those who haven’t embraced the adjustability craze, and just as importantly, for those who have, the new TaylorMade SLDR (“Slider”) Driver offers quick and easy adjustability that just about anyone can understand—and from which everyone can benefit. Read the rest of this entry »
By his own admission, there was a time when even Phil Mickelson, not one known for self doubt, questioned his ability to ever win a British Open. That changed Sunday with his victory at Muirfield. Phil’s first Open Championship and fifth Major title was much more dramatic than the three shot margin of victory would indicate. Starting the day 5 shots off the lead, Mickelson was steady, if not spectacular through the first 12 holes on a day when steady looked, well, spectacular compared with the rest of the field. Pars were at a premium and birdies were scarce. So it was remarkable that Phil played the last 6 holes in 4 under par, sealing the victory and ending a tournament that looked as if it were anyone’s game until that final, fateful hour. How did he do it? Read the rest of this entry »
Nike athletes will be featuring the newest from the Nike Fall wardrobe lines as they tackle the oldest championship in golf this week at venerable Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland. Foremost among participating Nike athletes is World Number 1,Tiger Woods, who is joined by World number 2, Rory McIlroy, former Masters Champion, Charl Scwartzel, Nick Watney and rising European star, Thorbjorn Olesen. Read the rest of this entry »
They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, while expecting a different result. By that definition, Ken Duke is quite insane. For the better part of 19 plus years he plied his trade on various professional golf tours without success—without winning–until Sunday when, at age 44, he won his first PGA tournament at the Travelers Championship. I’m fairly certain Ken Duke is not insane, but he has been remarkably persistent—doggedly so– in his pursuit of a PGA Tour victory at an age beyond which most would have long ago given up and gone to selling sweaters or insurance. Winning golf tournaments among the 40 year old set is commonplace these days, but winning your first tournament at age 44? Nope. By that age most guys have either given up the dream or they are already established winners on Tour. Read the rest of this entry »
Heading into the US Open at Merion Golf Club there was talk that someone might shoot 62, breaking the 18 hole scoring record that has been in the books since 1973. It became obvious early in the tournament that no scoring records would be broken at this particular Open, but there was one record that was established. When Justin Rose tapped in for par on the 72nd hole for what would be a 2 stroke victory, he became the first golfer to win a Major championship while wearing spikeless golf shoes. He did so wearing a version of the Ashworth Cardiff Golf Shoe. Golfers everywhere have embraced the spikeless golf shoe, and cleat-less shoes are turning up at Tour events on a regular basis, as well, despite the fact that golfers tend to hold tight to tradition. As club technology has proven, however, golfers don’t care one whit about tradition if they can gain a competitive edge. When it comes to our feet, that edge has to do with the comfort and performance afforded by a less rigid shoe. Thus, sales of spikeless shoes were up 136% in 2012 and estimates of their current use among all golfers ranges between 38% and 43%. The spikeless shoe itself has undergone a technological transformation since CBS obligingly introduced the world to Ecco Golf Street casual golf shoes via repeated shots of the king of cool, Fred Couples, looking bored, indifferent, and in contention at the 2010 Masters. Today’s styles feature a variety of innovative design elements geared toward enhancing the natural motion of the foot, while also delivering the stability a golfer needs to swing with power and confidence. From the new sneaker-like Adidas adicross Tour Spikeless Golf Shoe to the classic-looking Ecco Men’s Tour Hybrid GTX, there are styles and colors available for every taste. Check out the Ashworth Cardiff and all our spikeless golf shoes at DGW today.
In the end, the recently concluded US Open staged at Merion Golf Club resembled the Opens of yesteryear during which brutal rough and nasty greens eliminated pretenders first, then contenders, until there was just one guy left. What’s remarkable is that the “one guy” who conquered the treacherous Merion greens and the USGA’s diabolical hole placements was Justin Rose, a guy who just weeks ago ranked 158th in putting on the PGA Tour. What changed? Well, Justin Rose switched to a 34” TaylorMade Spider Blade Putter at the Player’s Championship in May, and then switched again at the Memorial, opting for a 37” version of the same model. The results were that he ranked 13th in putting at the US Open. That huge leap in the putting stats, arguably, made the difference between winning a Major title and, well, not winning one. The TaylorMade Spider Blade is the highest MOI blade putter ever produced by TaylorMade, delivering twist-resistance comparable to high-MOI mallet putters. TaylorMade also incorporated “counterbalancing” properties first introduced with their Daddy Long Legs mallet putter. The idea behind counterbalancing is to offer increased stability through additional weight in the shaft and butt end of the putter. You’re going to see a lot of counterbalancing in putter design in the near future because it is said to offer stability similar to an “anchored” putting stroke, which the USGA has banned effective 2016. Consequently, those who struggle a bit on the greens are looking for a new method, and the major club manufacturers will most assuredly accommodate through innovation. Even if you don’t struggle, you can always improve on the greens. So, if you are looking for a way to make more putts, take a page from the playbook of Justin Rose, the number 3 player in the world and newly-minted Major Champion, and give the TaylorMade Spider Blade a try. You may just win your own version of the US Open. Order yours today at DGW.
The USGA likes to say they set up the US Open venue to identify the very best player as our nation’s champion. And despite the fact that this isn’t always the case—see Michael Campbell–Justin Rose clearly fit that description for the Open just ended at Merion Golf Club. In the end, he struck the ball better and putted better than anyone else through 4 rounds on what appeared to be the hardest golf course on the planet. Particularly impressive were his clutch putting, including a 20 footer for birdie on 13 that tied him for the lead, and his long iron play on both 17 and 18. Of course, he had to hit fairways to hit good iron shots, and none was more impressive than the drive on 18, setting up the opportunity to rip a 4 iron dead at the hole, and effectively eliminating any legitimate drama from Phil Mickelson’s finish. Rose used a full complement of TaylorMade equipment, including the new Lethal Golf Ball. Here’s his bag: Driver: TaylorMade R1 Fairway Wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Tour Irons: TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour (3-6), Tour Preferred MB (7-PW) Wedges: TaylorMade ATV (52°, 56°, 60°) Putter: TaylorMade Spider Blade Ball: TaylorMade Lethal Check out DGW today for all your TaylorMade equipment needs.
So you’re not playing in the U.S. Open this week? Well, that’s too bad, but even if your game is not U.S. Open-worthy, your apparel can be. The US Open begins June 13, 2013, and while we have no clue who will win, we do know what Tiger Woods and a host of other favorite players will be wearing Thursday through Sunday as they traverse the hallowed grounds of Marion Golf Club. Tiger, Rory and the rest of the Nike Tour staff will be wearing lightweight, breathable, performance apparel from the Nike Summer 2013 Collection as they battle the heat and humidity outside Philadelphia. If these players trust the performance benefits of Nike fabrication to help them face professional golf’s toughest test, you can be assured these same features will help you through the heat of your next nassau. Tiger Woods, once again the odds-on favorite to take home the Open Trophy, will be relying on the latest innovations in the Nike Tiger Woods TW Collection. Sweat-wicking fabric with strategic laser perforations for added breathability is among the features of the TW Polos in play at historic Merion. Contrast seam taping and a kimono style back design offer free-swinging comfort to minimize distractions. Tiger’s lineup of polos includes the TW Trajectory Polo in Violet Force, the TW Stripe Polo in White/Electric Orange, the TW Chest Stripe Polo in Fiberglass and the TW Graphic Polo in Hyper Red. Tiger will be sporting his new TW ’14 Golf Shoes, as well. Rory McIlroy’s US Open look is from the Nike Tour Performance Collection, which offers lightweight, breathable performance fabric. Thursday, Rory sports the Fashion Body Map Graphic Polo in Ice Blue, which features roller perforated insets on the side for ventilation. Friday he’ll wear the Lightweight Tech Polo in Electro Orange, and Saturday he’ll have on the Fashion Jacquard Polo in Violet Force. For the Sunday finale, McIlroy will wear the Nike Graphic Polo in Poison Green, which offers a full body map on the back panel for ventilation. Nike Lunar Control Golf Shoes complete his ensemble each day. Kevin Chappel will be rocking the youthful and edgy look of Nike’s Sport Collection, featuring the Nike Swing Polo and Sport Vintage Stripe Polo, as well as the Nike Flat Bill Cap and Lunar Swingtip Golf Shoes. For those who prefer the classic, refined look, you’ll want to check out Charl Schwartzel’s Tour Premium Collection Polos. Thursday through Saturday, Schwartzel will be wearing the Premium Novelty Pocket Polo in White, the Premium Stripe Polo in Dynamic Pink, and the Premium ½-Zip Plaid Polo in White. You can buy any or all of the U.S. Open apparel of these Nike athletes, and others, at the DGW U.S. Open Collections Page.