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Tiger Woods To Wear TW ’17 At Hero World Challenge

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:46 Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:37

altWhen Tiger Woods returns to action — his first tournament play since Fall 2015 — he’ll come equipped with a prototype of his latest signature golf shoe, the Nike TW ‘17.

“This shoe is an absolutely integral part of my return to the sport I love and have missed so much,” Woods says. “Nike really got in the zone with me. I knew Tobie and I were on to something special back when I tried on the first prototype. I feel supreme support from this shoe which leads to the utmost confidence when I step onto the course.”

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adidas Unveils World’s First Performance Shoe Made From Biosteel® Fiber

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:37 Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:31

adidas Futurecraft Biofabricadidas has unveiled the world’s first performance shoe made using Biosteel® fiber – a replication of natural silk – at the Biofabricate Conference in New York.

The adidas Futurecraft Biofabric prototype shoe features an upper made from 100% Biosteel® fiber, a nature-based and completely biodegradable high-performance fiber, developed by the German biotech company AMSilk. The material offers a unique combination of properties that are crucial in performance, such as being 15% lighter in weight than conventional synthetic fibers as well as having the potential to be the strongest fully natural material available.

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Scott Simmons To Step Down As Golf Canada’s CEO

Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2016 07:24 Monday, 28 November 2016 07:16

Scott SimmonsOAKVILLE, Ontario (Dan Pino/Golf Canada) — Golf Canada announced that after 10 years at the helm, CEO Scott Simmons has made the decision to depart the organization in early February 2017.

Originally hired to lead Canada’s National Sport Federation for golf in the summer of 2007, Simmons will continue to lead the organization during the transition period and assist Golf Canada’s Board of Directors in the search for a successor as CEO.

“This was a very personal decision, and a difficult one,” said Simmons, who had previously worked as the association’s Director of Sales, Marketing and Communications from 1992 to 2000. “It has been an honour to represent and lead Golf Canada for the past 10 years but I felt the time was right to seek out new challenges.”

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Longball Continues To Go Deep In The Golf Clothing Industry

Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2016 05:11 Sunday, 27 November 2016 23:46

altEDMONTON, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — Having been in business for the last four years it would now appear that Longball is no longer a long shot to find success in the highly competitive golf clothing field. In fact, Longball has carved out a solid niche for themselves with their fashionable designer apparel for both men and women.

Speaking at the 2017 PGA of Alberta Buying Show in Edmonton, where the company created not only a buzz with their latest styles but with their eye-catching fire truck promotional piece, Jeff Wood, a partner in the company, said the climb has been an interesting one.

“We’ve grown significantly since we spoke three or four years ago,” he began, “not only from the organic side which we’ve really invested our time into but also the response in the marketplace. People that have carried our product are helping spread the word. We’ve gone from where we were four years ago with two stores, to now with over 350 accounts in Canada, the U.K as well as the United States.”

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They’re Different, And Expensive, But This Could Be Your Next Set Of Clubs

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 November 2016 23:35 Sunday, 27 November 2016 23:21

altPONOKA, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — Ryan Vold is the first to admit that if you have to ask how much a set of PXG golf clubs cost at his course, you likely can’t afford them. But if you can handle the steep price of these sticks you’ll certainly find them worth the money.

PXG (Parsons Xtreme Golf) clubs hit the marketplace a few years back, Vold, the owner and operator of Wolf Creek Golf located between Edmonton and Calgary, said. And despite the fluctuating Canadian dollar he noted these clubs are in fact worth the investment if you’re serious about your game.

As the only public golf course in Alberta to fit and sell these custom clubs, Vold said a few such sets have been sold out of his shop as well as single clubs like the driver, which retails for around $1,000, iron sets that sell for up to $400 per club club depending on exchange rates, and putters that cost about $420. He added that Priddis Greens, a private Calgary club, also carries this particular brand.

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