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Every Tuesday morning between 9 and 9:30 am eastern time I will join Brian Katrek for "Tech Tuesday" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio - Channel No. 93

We'll talk gadgets and tech, on and off the course.

 

Saturday
Jan252014

PGA Tour Radio From the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show

For an abbreviated episode of "Tech Tuesday", Rick joins Brian and John Maginnes to talk from the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show.

Rick talks about one of his favorite products- EyeLoc.

Tuesday
Dec172013

Tech Tuesday on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio for 12/17/13 - Holiday Golf Gadgets Under $20

* TOPICS - Rick takes a look at some great golf gifts that won't break the bank - they are under $20 and a mention of Danielle Lao and "The Invaluable Experience"

Have a listen:




1.   Tin Cup ball stencils - New Holiday designs

www.tin-cup.com

$19.95 each
Each Tin Cup comes with a velvet bag. Engraving is also available.
You also get Sharpies to make your ball with the colors you want.


 

2.  Golf Mitts for cold weather golf

$19.99
www.carlsgolfland.com
One size fits all.
Deluxe mittens with heavy lining. Waterproof.
Why you wouldn't just wear regular gloves?  I have no idea but these are "Golf Mitts"



 
3.  Rainstik  golf bag umbrella

$14.99

 Covers equipment in seconds allowing quick access to all clubs
Telescoping shaft stores neatly in the bag with the rest of your clubs
Extra deep canopy offers exceptional protection even in windy weather
Inner liner provides protection for your valuable clubs
Improved with a flexible spring near top end of shaft
Durable construction
Works with power carts, pull carts and caddies


 

4.   Microfiber Caddy Towels - From the likes of Club Glove, Spotless Swing, etc

www.spotlessswing.com
Demanded by Tour players and their caddies, these premium pro-tour size microfiber golf towels exceed professional Tour standards and outperform any other towel in golf. Includes free matching "greenside" pocket towel. These premium towels are gentle enough to be used to clean and polish glasses, plastic, chrome and other delicate surfaces without scratching. Hand or machine wash in cold water with mild detergent.
 
5.  Twilight Tracer Light-Up Golf Ball

Just because the sun goes down doesn't mean you have to stop swinging. The Twilight Tracer Light-Up Golf Ball from Sun Products is a "a regulation golf ball with an inner core that contains proprietary circuitry, a lithium battery, and two red LED lights that are programmed to flash at a rate of 7.2 flashes per second." The ball is also motion activated, so once you swing at it, it will stay lit for about five to six minutes until you find it in the dark. Choose from the 1 pack ($13.95), 3 pack ($27.95), or 9 pack ($69.95) of Light-Up Golf Balls.


 

App of the Month:

Status4   - iOS or Android  $19.99    =  May seem a lot for an app, but it's a quality app - Helps run those tournaments, scrambles, Member-guests, etc.
$19.99.  This Holiday Special has all the features and games that make Status4 rock, including:

    Gross and Net Skins
    Modified Stableford
    Team Best Ball
    Multi-round Tournaments
    Individual and Team Stableford
    Mobile and Desktop Leaderboards
    Native iPhone and Android Apps

Tuesday
Dec102013

Tech Tuesday on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio for 12/10/13 - Shirts, Shoes, and a Book

Have a listen, a lot of good info this week.

 

 Show Notes:

* TOPICS - Rick takes a look a his favorite golf shirts, shoes, and a great golf book - All of these would make some great holiday gifts

Shirts:

1.   Tommy Hilfiger  - the 2014 collection is now out "East Coast Prep" meets "West Coast Cool"

The Tommy Hilfiger Group is pleased to introduce the Spring 2014 men's and women's golf collections offered by The Fletcher Leisure Group. Drawing inspiration from the seasonal sportswear collections, Spring 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Golf embraces the brand's love of blending East Coast prep with West Coast cool.
The Collection draws inspiration from iconic coastal golf destinations like Monterey Bay, California. Pieces include modern golf classics such as polos and sweaters rendered in a palette of tonal blues and white highlighted by light blue and turquoise accents.
Key to the collections are designs that incorporate performance fabrics. TH Tech is a 100% polyester fabric used as the foundation for the golf collection to combine style and comfort with moisture wicking capabilities that keep garments dry and provide anti-odor properties essential in a technical garment. TH Comfort Tech is a hybrid cotton fabric that combines style and comfort with the functional properties required in performance driven garments. TH Cotton supplements the performance fabrics to ensure superior quality and comfort.


 

2. Antigua - Spring 2014 Line - Vivid Colors  35 years and going strong

"Last Spring's line was fantastic and set new sales records for Antigua. Spring 2014 looks to be even better," said Ron McPherson, president and CEO of Antigua. "The line has vivid color, sophisticated styling and luxurious fabrics...truly a winning combination."
If standard par performance on the course is 72, the standard for performance golf fashion collections internationally is Antigua's Performance 72. It's the benchmark for quality, fit, and viability of performance fabrications. It demonstrates attention to detail, highlighting just the right accents. And it's performance with style. This apparel is perfect for the course - and for off the course, as well. To boot, our proprietary Desert Dry and Desert Dry Xtra-Lite moisture management technology will wick away moisture.
Antigua's Spring '14 Performance 72 Golf Collection for men is replete with 17 shirt models, 12 outerwear tops, two shorts and seven hats.

 
Shoes:

1.  Crocs  - Rick's favorite

www.crocs.com

Comfortable, durable, look good.
If you like regular Crocs, the golf shoes will surely be to your liking
The Preston, The Bradyn, The Karlson
and even golf sandals like XTG  LoPro

 
2. ECCO Golf Shoes

www.eccousa.com

ECCO Street EVO One, a performance hybrid golf shoe that combines the award-winning ECCO Dynamic Traction System (E-DTS) with an array of proprietary stabilization features.
“The way Street EVO One looks, feels and plays puts it in a class by itself,” says Michael Waack, Head of Global Golf at ECCO. “It’s yet another example of the advantages that come with our foot-first approach to designing and producing premium golf shoes.”

As a key point of distinction, ECCO owns its factories and controls the entire shoemaking process – from raw materials to finished footwear. This dovetails with the company’s position as one of the world’s largest producers of luxury leathers.
Street EVO One is offered in high-grade cow leather and genuine camel leather versions, both of which include the exclusive ECCO HYDROMAX™ tanned-in treatment for remarkable weather resistance.
Showcasing an eye-catching, two-color outsole and modern classic upper, Street EVO One is part of the Spring/Summer 2014 men’s golf collection that will be worn in competition by Tour stars like Fred Couples, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjorn.

 
BOOK:

"Sweetspot" - Confessions of a Golfaholic
By John O'Hern

 
A fun golf read, check out www.sweetspotthebook.com. Sweetspot is a laugh out loud cautionary tale of substance abuse only in this case the addictive substance is golf! It’s an edgy story with lots of grown-up bite. Think Breaking Bad meets Caddyshack and you’re there.
Also available on Amazon.

Tuesday
Dec032013

Tech Tuesday on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio for 12/3/13 - Instructional DVDs and Apps

TOPICS - Rick and Brian take a look at some golf instructional DVDs and Apps
Some of these would make some great holiday gifts

 Have a listen:

 

1.  "David Leadbetter Interactive" - Now only $69
http://www.leadbetterinteractive.com


This is a 5-volume DVD series, four discs of which are golf instruction, with the fifth disc being interactive software. The software, if you choose to use it, analyzes your swing and then recommends specific drills included in the other four discs. Even without the software, it's a good collection of Leadbetter training.
- 5 hours of instruction
- 70 game improvement drills
 NEW! Access the Leadbetter Interactive Golf Academy and send your swing to a certified Leadbetter instructor for personal analysis.
NEW! View your drills on your iPod? or mobile phone and take David with you on the practice range!


 

2. Jack Nicklaus: Golf My Way"  $29.99 on Amazon

This series of tapes, based on the Golden Bear's famous instructional book of the same name, was selected in a Golf Magazine poll of Top 100 instructors as the best golf instructional video of all-time.
Now available on DVD
In 1974, Nicklaus authored what would become the most successful golf instruction book of all time, Golf My Way. Translated into numerous languages across the globe, Golf My Way quickly gained international appeal and worldwide distribution. It became known as the instruction source for golfers of all generations and skill levels looking to take up or improve their game. Golf My Way was the book former British Open champion Greg Norman credits for how he first learned the game of golf in the 1970s.
This was a best-selling VHS series released in 1983.


 

3.  Any of Jim McLean's DVDs

Jim has received throughout his golf career, such as coaching students like Keegan Bradley, Lexi Thompson and Erik Compton. Jim is also the proud owner of Jim McLean Golf Schools
One of the very top golf swing researchers in the game. He has been a PGA Master Professional since 1990 and has led more than 50 national teaching workshops for the PGA. Jim has authored 11 top selling golf instruction books, produced over 20 DVDs, and writes full time for Golf Digest magazine. His Eight Step Golf DVD is the all time #1 selling DVD on the Golf Channel.


 

Apps:

4. Swing Profile  free for iPhone

The Swing Profile Golf Free app for iPhone helps analyse the sequence of positions your swing to help you find room for improvement or areas of inconsistency between swings (using the swing comparison feature.
Swing Profile Golf’s Features

    Auto Capture – the app detects and records only the motion of your golf swing
    Auto Trim – superfluous footages is auto-deleted leaving a 2-second clip of your swing motion
    Auto Sequence – a sequence of 7 images of the stages of your golf swing are produced
    Auto Line – draws your swing plane
    Auto Sync – synchronizes two different swings regardless of tempo difference so you can compare them easily
 



5.  Tiger Woods: My Swing - $4.99 on iTunes


We may never have a swing like Tiger, but now with this app, we can compare our swing to Tiger's.
• Enhanced video capture
• Side-by-side swing comparison with Tiger Woods
• Advanced swing analysis and how-to demonstrated by Woods
• Swing comparisons, sharing and feedback tools tied to friends and community members
• Video updates from Tiger, exclusive for members only

TIGER:
• High quality video of each club from both Face On and Down the Line angles
• How-to video directly from Tiger covering swing analysis
• Video clips from Tiger when he’s on Tour, exclusive for members only

RECORD:
• Time delay to allow for self-recording
• Record voice and text notes that save with your swing

ANALYZE:
• Overlay “Tiger Lines” that demonstrate proper technique


** Bonus

On Golf Digest's YouTube Channel there are also all sorts of putting tip videos that are free to watch.
https://www.youtube.com/user/GolfDigestMagazine?feature=watch


Tuesday
Nov262013

Tech Tuesday on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio for 11/26/13 - Travel Spots in Georgia and Putting Gadgets

Rick took in the McGladrey Classic a few weeks ago and now he is in Blue Ridge, GA we look at some putting gadgets and aids.

Have a listen:




1.  McGladrey Classic and Blue Ridge -  Two weeks ago Rick had the pleasure of attending and covering the McGladrey on St. Simons Island and now without leaving the state he is in the mountains in Blue Ridge, GA.

 

** Rick takes a look at some putting gadgets this week!

2.  Eyeline Mirrors  - $34.95 - $59.95

www.eyelinegolf.com

3 models.
 
When you get instant, perfect information that makes sense to your eyes, life gets better!

    The Edge Mirror is perfect if you want to check your shoulder alignment
    The Putting Alignment Mirror is travel size and always ready for your warm-up
    The EyeLine Mirror is ideal if you like to see the ball in a parallel "slot".

All these mirrors are in use on Tours around the world more than ever.  They provide instant, accurate feedback every player needs every day... including you.


 
 3.  EyeItUp

http://www.yippeebrands.com

Eye It Up™ Visual Putting Alignment Tool  
A complete visual putting guide that helps golfers improve accuracy.

    Innovative Eye Alignment Ring focuses eyes directly over the ball bringing your head and body into proper position at address
    Establishes ideal distance to ball and ensures arms sit close to body for a strong connection
    With strong connection and proper alignment between arms and body, the putter stays on plane for a pure stroke
    Eye Alignment Ring in combination with the directional line, accomplishes target and body alignment all in one, to effectively improve putting skills
Yippee Brands is happy to see that Golf Digest agrees EyeItUp is a great way to improve your putting.  Eye It Up Putting Alignment Tools will be quick selling holiday gifts, great for stocking stuffers. Dealers can request samples of the hottest new product in the Ball Alignment Tool Category at Yippee Brands.
 


4.  TeeMate Plastic Putting Cup   $6.99

I love the prcie and this is durable plastic that work come apart and lets you work on different aspects of putting.


 

5.  Talking Pop-up Putting Cup

by Eb Brands   - Available on Amazon about $25

    Make putting practice fun with the wit and wisdom of the golf gopher
    Gopher pops up with one of six clever one-liners every time you sink a practice putt
    Automatic ball return
    No cords to trip you up or limit placement
    Convenient On/Off sound switch