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2009 Callaway Golf Apparel

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Callaway has introduced new apparel products for the Spring 2009 season. I was able to get information and pictures about the new offerings and had a chance to correspond with the company president.

Callaway Golf Apparel – Performance Center/X-Core 

Performance Center is the technical performance area that houses all X-Series 100% Polyester and X-Series C-Tech (Cotton/Polyester) product ranges. Technical apparel is still the key ingredient to Callaway’s success and by adding more cotton based tech products such as C-Tech they are able to cover a broader-based consumer who remains loyal to the brand.  C-Tech was launched in Spring 2008 to compliment the X-Series line and sold out without any advertising.  Fashion Classics pave the way in the Performance Center line for Spring 2009.  Great new key items are styled with stripes and paired up with fresh new solids look new and exciting in both X-Series and C-tech fabrications.  New wrinkle-free performance cotton bottoms match up nicely with the popular Hex utility pocket short and also the X-Tour Pant and Short.  Also, to round out the groups is a terrific selection of outerwear that will surely satisfy the needs of all weather conditions (Rain, Wind, Warm)

Callaway Golf Men’s Collection – Country Club 

The Spring 2009 season has a terrific color palette of great jewel tones such as Nantucket, Centennial, Coral Rose, Evergreen, and Summer Blue, cut with Nautical Navy and White to round out the offering.  The FT-Performance range of Luxury Knitwear, which has been very well received due to its high performance and luxury look and feel for Fall 2008, has been expanded into a larger offering for the Spring 2009 season.  To compliment FT is a new range of collection knitwear that is mercerized cotton/polyester blend for the traditionalist looking for a performance knit but enjoys the hand feel of cotton. They call this product CT Performance and it is the value driven performance product within the Callaway Men’s Collection.  Also on the tee box is the new easy care wrinkle free 50’s 2-ply Supima Cotton bottoms (CT-Tour) that shares the spotlight and matches up nicely with the FT Performance and CT Performance knits.  Color is the key element here and the cuts of the shirts are very classic and meticulously detailed as a true collection product should be.

 

Callaway Golf Women’s Collection – Elements

Based on the success of the Callaway Women’s technical fashion apparel they are introducing a new C-Tech range in the new Women’s category named “Elements“. The Callaway Women’s apparel business has grown over 100% in the last 2 years and they see this as an opportunity to expand once again and promote the brand by expanding the range in this dynamic lifestyle area.  The key ingredient is in the fabric which is comprised of Micro Pima/Polyester blends that wick and have that a soft luxury hand feel.  Fashion bright colors cut with Nautical Navy and White in Sporty Sleeveless looks, micro stripes/tonal color block polos, and ¾ sleeve length polo set the tone here. The look is rounded out with new polyester microfiber mechanical stretch twill bottoms that come in a Metropolitan length that has a 22” out seam, a casual 20” short, and also a new hip looking 18” button front skort.  Elements is a core performance basic offering of women’s products that will complement the popular performance tech collections.

A Word With Steve Pena, President of Callaway Golf Apparel

I had the opportunity to ask the President of Callaway Golf Apparel, Steve Pena, a few questions about the new 2009 clothing line.

With the new clothing line, is Callaway looking to be the dominant presence in apparel as it is on the equipment side? 

"Of course we always strive to mirror the efforts and success of the Callaway Golf Co, but with apparel it is more of a on and off the course situation.  "Beyond the Fairway", so to speak. We try and mirror some of the technical marketing and technology aspects of the hard goods side into apparel.  Fusion Technology, which has been the high end technology at Callaway, has been introduced as FT Performance in the Men’s Apparel Collection.  This special fabric in the FT Performance line was developed by scratch using Tencel and a polyester microfiber core yarn. The final result is a very rich, luxurious “easy care“ product that looks like mercerized shirts but performs miles above normal cotton fabrics due to the nature of the yarn. No pilling, no shrinkage, non fading are the key benefits to this product range.  Having new technologies such as FT Performance in the line creates a leadership position."

What sets Callaway apart from other golf apparel lines? 

"Technology, style, fit, comfort, and performance just to name a few key elements. I am not interested in looking at other brands too much as that can be a distraction.  If you are looking for innovation (being that my background is in high end better sportswear market) I always look to the luxury brands for inspiration along with my own ideas that has given us over the last 3 years a nice foundation.  And it has created a nice following in the marketplace. It’s nice to have a label like Callaway on the product, but the product must be superior first before the logo goes on the garment."

What is the main goal of the 2009 Men’s line?  2009 Women’s line?

"To continue pushing innovation, balance, and good fit. I think the next big push you are going to see is better fitting Men’s apparel. The oversized, relaxed fit is not as important anymore to the market.  With the surge of the some of the younger guys on tour, the 40+ guy now is in the gym and taking better care of himself and he want to wear apparel that compliments him without having him looking like he is trying too hard to look young.  I never use the words  "slim fit" as this can be misinterpreted, however I like the term "Comfort Performance ".

Women’s to me is all about being special and creating a unique feel that has its own identity. We have a loyal following right now that has really bought into our stylized tech performance products. I like using Prints a lot and we have a matte jersey fabric in the line that prints beautifully. The Women’s Callaway Collection line is sexy, spirited, and has a high level of sophistication to it that set us apart from the masses."

What can we expect for the line in the future?  What sort of evolution do you see?  Do you plan to keep the "traditional golf look" or venture into other progressive golf designs?

"Being that Callaway is a global brand, the customer base ranges from 18-70 and that is my target goal when approaching the line. We do have traditional golf looks but have a twist to them to make them modern. The lines for both Men’s and Women’s are very modern, but not too directional as we find through market surveys that the 40+ customer tends to be more loyal to the brand and has grown up with the brand as opposed to a younger demographic. We have a younger male following 20 – 30 years of age that has emerged over the last few years and they are the ones that we want to keep entertained with new products without losing sight of those who are already loyal enthusiasts.  It’s a balancing act in the end, keeping consistent and forward thinking. I would like everyone who enjoys Callaway products to wear our apparel, and those who don’t use the equipment to become believers in the brand."

 

 

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  1. G.L.Nichols

    Jan 9, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I realize that the 2009 products show will not occur for another couple of weeks, but has Callaway produced any additional club information? -30- GLN

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Morning 9: Women’s PGA | Fox: best golf coverage in the biz? | Michelle Wieturns

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By Ben Alberstadt (ben.alberstadt@golfwrx.com)

June 19, 2019

Good Wednesday morning, golf fans.
1. Henderson, Thompson sizzling heading into Women’s PGA
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell…”Brooke Henderson and Lexi Thompson couldn’t get hotter at a better time.”
  • “With three major championships over the next seven weeks, they’ll be looking to make the most of their winning form. They each have a chance this week to reach No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings for the first time.”
  • “Henderson won the Meijer Classic last week, Thompson the ShopRite Classic two weeks ago.”
  • “Ladbrokes makes Henderson the co-favorite to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship with Jeongeun Lee6 at 11/1 odds, with Thompson at 12/1 odds.”
2. Wieturning again
Ron Sirak for LPGA.com…
“But perhaps the most difficult digits to digest are those detailing the impact of the injuries that have disrupted Wie’s career. Without the constant interruptions, her five career wins with one major championship would almost certainly be more. Now, she tries once again to get back into action.”
  • “I’m feeling hopeful,” Wie said Tuesday at Hazeltine National where, on Thursday, she will tee it up for just her ninth tournament round of the year. “It’s still a process. It’s been hard sitting out during the middle of the season. There’s really nothing worse. But I had to take the time to get myself back to where I want to be.”
  • “There is almost no a part of Wie that has not been damaged, beginning with an injury to her left wrist when she fell while jogging in 2007. Since then, she’s had issues with a finger, knee, hip and the other wrist. At times, it almost appears as if her body is held together by multi-colored physiotape.”

Full piece.

3. Arrival of the Wolff
Sean Martin at PGATour.com…”This week’s Travelers Championship is Matthew Wolff’s first tournament as a professional. It may be the most anticipated pro debut in a decade. The consensus collegiate player of the year combines charisma with a swing that is identifiable from a few fairways over.
  • “He wins. He’s unique. His swing is different, so it catches everybody’s eye,” said Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee. “And then there’s the incredible speed.
  • “When you see somebody with speed … it gets your attention.”
4. Fox the best?
An interesting take from Sean Zak at Golf.com…
  • “In its five years as the USGA rights-holder, Fox has added something new every year, which, for a sport whose visuals seem to never change, is refreshing and important. One year it was the mic’d up holes, even shadows on the greens to display slopes. Some of it sticks from year to year, some of it doesn’t, but Fox is trying new things and adding new context.”
  • “This year the novelty was epic, highlighted by delicious drone shots along the coast. Blimp shots are great and were more relevant this week than most, but the drones that floated up over Carmel Bay, gliding along with the players, providing the perfect scale of the property – those were new and beautiful. A good broadcast shows viewers everything they must see to better understand a course, but also makes them a bit jealous of everyone there on the grounds.”
5. JT pain free
A few quotes from Thomas…”I have zero pain. I can do everything normally.”
“I could have played Colonial – easily – but it would have been stupid and [my wrist] could have been lingering the entire year,” he said. “This injury should never be an issue again in my life, as long as I do the proper things and don’t do anything stupid. That’s why I waited as long as I did.”
6. Not a fan
The Herald’s (Scotland) Nick Rodger…
  • “As everyday life hurtles along at a furious rate of knots, the golf season too is hammering on. Three men’s majors have already been played and in just four weeks’ time the curtain will come down on the quartet of grand slam events at the Open Championship. It’s rather like uploading a Youtube video onto your laptop and quickly spooling through to the best bits.”
  • “It’s all happening a bit too quickly for my liking,” gasped Colin Montgomerie as the dust settled on last weekend’s US Open even though there’s still probably dust lingering from the previous majors of the US PGA Championship and the Masters.”
7. Jin Young Ko dreaming of Brooks?
Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols…“On a day when LPGA stars filed in and out of the press room at the KPMG Women’s PGA, Ko delivered the line of the day. When asked what it is that she likes about Koepka and how he inspires her play, Ko said: “I met him in my dream, and then we had really great time.”
  • “…He always (has) like a poker face and then like stone.”
  • Ko, 23, put her arms out wide and said, “I like big guy.”
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Our Gianni Magliocco…“U.S. Open Champion Gary Woodland made an appearance at SiriusXM’s Manhattan studios on Tuesday, where he sat down to discuss a multitude of topics with Adam Schein on his Mad Dog Sports Radio program – Schein on Sports.”
  • “Woodland also discussed beating Tiger Woods’ total of 12-under-par from the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. The 35-year-old first mentioned how he recognized that Woods won that tournament by 15 strokes, before adding how he was aware of beating his 72-hole total, saying…”
  • “I knew it, but I was trying to two-putt. I wasn’t trying to make that putt. Once it got halfway there and it went in I obviously let the emotion out. My caddie came over to tell me congrats and I said, ‘You know that clipped Tiger by one?’ And he said, ‘No I didn’t.’ He was focused on the wrong stuff, he was focused on winning, I was focused on beating that record.”
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How to introduce Phil Mickelson’s first Phireside with Phil video…? Mickelson tells a story of an early morning restart at the Memorial some years back and a, um, crappy situation.
My question: This is a clear violation of the rules of tournament play. Is there a provision for situations that make the hole/toilet unusable after restart and necessitate cutting a new cup?

 

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TaylorMade signs Matthew Wolff to a multi-year deal; Wolff WITB

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TaylorMade Golf has officially announced the signing of Matthew Wolff on a multi-year agreement that will see the 20-year-old play the company’s metal woods, irons, wedges, putter and ultimately, TaylorMade’s flagship golf ball, the TP5x.

Wolff had previously unveiled that he would be making his professional debut at this week’s Travelers Championship, and just as top prospect Collin Morikawa did earlier at this month’s Canadian Open, Wolff will do so as a TaylorMade staffer.

The NCAA All-American and 2019 NCAA Division I individual champion made his debut on the PGA Tour at the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this year where he finished T50 after opening his week with a round of five-under par.

Matthew Wolff WITB

Driver: TaylorMade M6 (8 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design TP 7TX

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M6 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke 6.5 TX

Utility Iron: TaylorMade P760 (2)
Shaft: Nippon Modus 130x

Irons: TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (52, 56, 62 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper

 

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We chatted with Justin Kinney, founder and CEO of startup Virtual Golf Caddy about his product, which serves both courses and players, by offering drone arial photography of golf courses (with graphics overlayed).

While drone photography and videography of golf courses is an established phenomenon, using the photos and video for better course management and preparation is a relatively new approach.

We wanted to learn more about what VGC is doing, and Kinney was kind enough to answer a handful of questions and include an example of the company’s work.

1. Tell us a bit about your background

I am 38 years old, born and raised in Connecticut. Lifelong golfer. Just finishing up my career as a middle school math teacher to focus on VGC full-time. I also have five years of business experience managing people’s retirement accounts. I played as many sports as I could growing up, and love the thrill of competition.

2. What’s the opportunity you saw?

I agreed to caddie for one of my students two summers ago. When researching the courses he was going to play, there was NO info on the courses. I thought there was a huge opportunity to provide course management strategies for players and give players a view of the entire courses with drones. No one was really doing anything like that, so I spent the past two years working on and building my business plan. Two months ago I secured funding to work on this full-time.

3. What is Virtual Golf Caddy, exactly?

VGC is a golf preparation and mental conditioning program designed to help give golfers a game plan to attack courses with. We provide drone views of each hole as well as course management strategies on how to best play each hole. Shot suggestions are given based on how far and confident players hit their clubs. We include mental conditioning tips and exercises to help players “zone in” more often and consistently. We are considering getting into golf fitness and nutrition as well to help build the whole golfer. Players purchase access to each course’s videos and info for either $15 or $25 per course, depending on how much info they want. They get unlimited access to the videos and can watch them wherever (home, airport, hotel, course).

4. What stage is the business in, and can you show us an example of VCG in action? 

We are still in the start-up phase. We are making agreements with and filming at courses. The website is being redesigned and will be up in June. It appears like things may take off quickly so stay tuned!

For an example, check out the video below.

6. What else should GolfWRX members know?

We are looking for courses to partner with. We will give courses free publicity on our site, a promotional video from the footage to use on their site, and share 15 percent of their courses profits with them. A win-win for everyone involved! If readers know of any courses, please email us.

One other thing to add: the mental prep/conditioning program is being built by renowned sports psychologist Bill Cole, MS, MA. It is legit and comes from over 40 years of research and experience! We’re also pursuing options in fitness and nutrition.

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