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Andermatt, Switzerland by the Travelling Lady Golfer

Golf in the Swiss Alps?
With an easy flight to Zurich then just under a 2 hour transfer to Andermatt, it is quite achievable for a few days away

Arriving at the Radisson Blu I was greeted and led to my apartment, rarely do I get the opportunity to be let loose on an apartment, but this one was stunning. The apartments are, in the main, privately owned but sub-let back to the Andermatt Swiss Alps property company, who were my hosts for the duration my stay. My modern one bedroom apartment had everything, just drop your bags and make yourself at home.

A coolish damp day started with breakfast in the Restaurant Biselli, where I met fellow journalist from the UK, from the start a friendship was formed, in short they were a laugh!

This new part of Andermatt, is a collection of alternatively designed buildings whose architecture had been the product of many, creating an alps village with a subtle nod to tradition; some may have window shutters, quirky building shapes, or hazard looking zig-zag decorations, altogether quite new, quiet eclectic and quite refreshing.

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Skechers Go Golf Womens Golf Shoes

GO GOLF BIRDIE WOMENS GOLF SHOES

SKECHERS

RRP £60.00

  • SKECHERS® H2GO SHIELD WATERPROOF PROTECTION
  • SMOOTH LIGHTWEIGHT SYNTHETIC UPPER
    DURABLE GRIP TPU BOTTOM PLATE
  • GOGA MATRIX® OUTSOLE PROVIDES SUPPORT AND TRACTION FOR A SMOOTH TRANSITION
  • LIGHTWEIGHT, RESPONSIVE 5GEN® CUSHIONING
  • SKECHERS GOGA MAX® CUSHIONED COMFORT INSOLE
  • GUSSETED TONGUE PROVIDES ADDED PROTECTION
  • REPLACEABLE SOFTSPIKES® FOR MAXIMUM GRIP
  • SPIKES ARE REPLACEABLE USING SOFTSPIKES® STEALTH PIN SYSTEM*

*SOFTSPIKES® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF SOFTSPIKES LLC

  • SMOOTH SOFT SYNTHETIC UPPER IS DURABLE AND EASY CARE
  • SIDE STITCHING AND OVERLAY DETAIL TRIM
    CONTRAST COLOURED SOLE TRIM
  • LACE UP FRONT
  • SOFT FABRIC SHOE LINING
  • CUSHIONED COMFORT INSOLE

IT IS RARE THAT I CAN PUT ON A PAIR OF GOLF SHOES AND THEY FEEL COMFORTABLE STRAIGHT AWAY. COUPLE THIS WITH MY FEET BEING SLIGHTLY BIGGER THAN MOST WOMEN IT IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT TO FIND A SHOE THAT FITS WELL. SKECHERS HAVE OVERCOME THIS LARGER SIZE PREJUDICE AND PROVIDE A GOOD ARRAY OF SHOES AND SIZES TO CHOSE FROM FOR THE FEMALE GOLFER.

I WAS SENT THE GO GOLF BIRDIE SHOES IN BLUE WITH A PINK TRIM, SUFFICIENTLY GIRLIE ENOUGH YET PRACTICAL IN THE COLOUR CHOICE. THE GO GOLF BIRDIE SHOES ARE WATERPROOF, SO THEY WERE NOT WORN MUCH OVER THE DRY PERIODS OF THE SUMMER MONTHS, INSTEAD FAVOURING THEM FOR THE WETTER DAYS. THEY ARE ENTIRELY WATERPROOF AND HAVE SEEN ME THROUGH A YEARS WORTH OF GOLF, ALBEIT SPORADIC DUE TO SEASONAL USAGE.

I POSTED ON INSTAGRAM THAT THE SHOES WERE DUE FOR A REVIEW AND HAD MIXED COMMENTS BACK, MOST WERE POSITIVE ON THE LOOKS. I HAVE ALSO HAD LADIES ASK ME ABOUT THEM WHEN I HAVE BEEN WEARING THEM, THE RESPONSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN POSITIVE. ONE COMMENT ON INSTA WAS THAT THEY SPIKES DID NOT LAST, BUT TO BE HONEST I HAVE NOT HAD THIS ISSUE, MAYBE IT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT USED CONSTANTLY, ONLY IN WET OR WET UNDERFOOT WEATHER CONDITIONS?
WHILST NEGATIVE COMMENTS WERE MINIMAL ANOTHER ONE WAS THAT THEY LOOKED PLASTIC. THIS ‘NEWNESS’ WORE OFF AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME THOUGH.

HAVING BEEN WEARING THE SHOES FOR JUST OVER A YEAR, WITH THEM BEING MY GO-TO SHOE FOR WET GOLF, I WAS DISAPPOINTED TO SEE THAT THEY HAD SPLIT ACROSS THE TOP OF THE TOE, WHERE THE TOES BEND AS ONE WALKS NATURALLY.

I DO NOT REVIEW GOLF PRODUCTS IMMEDIATELY, AS A REGULAR LADY GOLFER, I REVIEW THEM AFTER A PERIOD OF USAGE AND THIS IS THE REASON WHY. IS IT REASONABLE TO EXPECT MORE THAN JUST OVER A YEARS USAGE OUT OF A SHOE THAT AVERAGES OUT TO BE MAXIMUM USAGE OF ONCE PER WEEK?

NATURALLY I WAS DISAPPOINTED TO SEE THIS HAPPEN, BUT HOPE THAT THIS IS A ONE OFF INCIDENT AS SKECHERS DESERVE TO BE MARKET LEADERS IN WOMEN’S GOLF SHOES FO THE PRICE, THE VARIETY OF STYLES AND LOOK AND OF COURSE THE SIZE RANGES.

AFTER WRITING THIS REPORT, SKECHERS HAVE ADVISED THAT THE SHOES WOULD HAVE BEEN REPLACED WITHOUT QUESTION AND THAT THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THIS ISSUE HAS BEEN RAISED.

A NEW PAIR OF SKECHERS SHOES WERE OFFERED AS A REPLACEMENT.

UP UNTIL THEY SPLIT, YES, AFTER THEY SPLIT, I WILL AWAIT THE RESPONSE TO THIS CONCERN RAISED, IT WAS POSITIVE, SO YES FOR THEIR IMMEDIATE COMFORT, DEFINITELY YES

VOLVIK GOLF BALLS

VOLVIK VIVID LITE

VOLVIK

PRO SHOP/DISTRIBUTOR

GOOD PRO SHOPS

RRP ~£27.00/DOZ

  • SOFT FEEL
  • MATTE COATING
  • VIVID TECHNICOLOUR
  • 55-85 SWING SPEED
  • MILD SOFT FEEL
  • HIGH TRAJECTORY
  • LIGHTER SOFTER CORE
  • VOLVIK DIMPLE DESIGN
  • CONFORMS TO USGA AD R&A RULES

GIVEN THE TIME TO REVIEW THE BALLS, I HANDED THEN OUT TO TWO LADIES OF A MID 20 HANDICAP AND WE PROCEEDED TO PLAY 9 HOLES TOGETHER, EACH OF US HAVING A DIFFERENT COLOUR.

THE COLOUR RANGE WAS POSITIVELY REMARKED UPON BUT CONCERNS WERE RAISED BY THE LIGHT BLUE AS A BALL TO SEE IN THE SKY? THE PINK AND YELLOW WERE EASIEST COLOURS TO SEE ON A COLD MARCH MORNING
FIRST THOUGHTS WAS IT LOOKED RUBBERY BUT PLAYED FINE, GOOD WITH THE SHORT GAME BUT FROM A GOLFER WHO IS A GOOD SHORT GAME PLAYER, IT WAS NOTED THAT THEY DIDN’T PLAY ANY DIFFERENTLY TO AFFECT HER STRENGTH IN THE GAME.

A GOOD PUTTING BALL. I LENT MY PLAYING PARTNERS MY PUTTER TO SEE IF MY EXPERIENCE OF THE BALL BEING SOFT OFF THE FACE WAS PECULIAR TO MY PUTTER, IT WAS FELT THAT THE SOFTNESS OF THE BALL WORKED IN ITS FAVOUR, THIS WAS NOTICED FOR PUTTING PARTICULARLY.

BEING MID 20 HANDICAPPERS, THE OTHER LADIES FELT THE BALLS RESPONDED PROPERLY FOR THEIR PLAYING ABILITY.

THE BALLS WERE QUITE DIFFICULT TO CLEAN IN THEIR MATT COLOUR, HOWEVER, IT APPEARED THAT THEY DIDN’T CUT OR SCUFF AS EASILY.

SHORT VIDEOS AND POSTS WILL BE PLACED ON INSTAGRAM SARAH.FORREST360GOLF – GO CHECK THEM AND MORE OUT FOR ALL THINGS GOLF

SUN MOUNTAIN MERIDIAN CLUB GLIDER GOLF TRAVEL BAG

CLUB GLIDER MERIDIAN GOLF TRAVEL BAG

SUN MOUNTAIN

RRP £199.00

DIMENSIONS 52 X 14 X 12 INCHES

12 MONTHS

THE MERIDIAN GOLF TRAVEL BAG, PART OF THE CLUB GLIDER RANGE, HAS ALWAYS RAISED EYEBROWS WHEN WHEELING WITH EASE THROUGH AIRPOTS AND AT HOTELS, IT DOES BAFFLE THE ODD PORTER WHO SIMPLY CAN’T UNDERSTAND THAT THE SECOND SET OF WHEELS MAKE IT EASIER TO NAVIGATE AND INSISTS ON DRAGGING IT ALONG AS IF IT WERE A REGULAR GOLF TRAVEL BAG – TO MY CONCERN THAT IT MIGHT DAMAGE THE GOLF CLUBS OR BAG ITSELF AS IT ISN’T BEING USED AS DESIGNED, WHEN BEING DRAGGED ALONG ON THE TWO STATIC WHEELS BUT IT HASN’T DAMAGED TO DATE EITHER, SO I CAN ONLY ASSUME THAT THE REINFORCED STRAPS AND PADDING MAKE IT A MORE DURABLE TO ‘MIS-USE’

A SECTION OF COLOURS HELPS WITH THE DECISION MAKING – IT ISN’T A ONE SIZE FITS ALL WHEN IT COME TO COLOUR CHOICES.

BUT WHEN A PRODUCT IS SO GOOD, FIT FOR PURPOSE, EASY TO USE AND IS A HELP NOT A HINDRANCE THERE SEEMS LITTLE ELSE TO SAY ABOUT IT, EXCEPT KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, AND I WILL KEEP PROMOTING THROUGH BRAND FUSION, HERE IN THE UK.

PERFECT FOR ALL GOLF TRAVELLERS WORLDWIDE.

CHECK OUT MY VIDEOS ON INSTAGRAM SARAH.FORREST360GOLF FOR FULL VISUAL REVIEWS, AND PACKING HACKS

ABSOLUTELY, AND PROMOTED AS WELL!

SUN MOUNTAIN ULTRA LITE GOLF CARRY BAG

SUN MOUNTAIN ULTRA LITE GOLF CARRY BAG

RRP £225.00

MATERIAL IS OF LIGHT WEIGHT NYLON FABRIC WITH 200MM WATERPROOF COATING

  • WATERPROOF
  • WATERPROOF TAPED ZIPS
  • BUGGY FRIENDLY BASE
  • PATENTED E-Z FIT DUAL STRAP
  • TRIANGULAR FEET
  • VARIETY OF COLOUR RANGES

12 MONTHS

2018 REVIEW
SUN MOUNTAIN GOLF BAGS JUST GET BETTER AND BETTER.

I FIRST REVIEWED A SUN MOUNTAIN BAG IN 2013, NOW 5 YEARS LATER I’M BACK FOR MORE. (2013 BELOW FOR INTEREST)

WITH SUBTLE YET FUNCTIONAL CHANGES THE GOLF BAG IS NOT ONLY AVAILABLE IN TRENDY COLOURS BUT HAS FUNCTIONALITY WHICH MAKE IT A GOOD ALL YEAR ROUND GOLF BAG TO OWN. I USE MY LITE WEIGHT CARY BAG MAINLY FOR TRAVELLING, BUT IT WOULD WORK EQUALLY WELL IF IT WAS THE ONLY GOLF BAG YOU OWNED. IT HAS BEEN USED IN BLISTERING SUNSHINE, IN COLD DAMP WEATHER AND IN FULL BLOWN RAIN STORMS WHERE THE 19TH HOLE JUST BECKONS! DURING THIS PAST YEAR, THE NEW BAG HAS BEEN BASHED AROUND THE LUGGAGE BELT, BEEN THROWN IN AND OUT OF COACHES, TAXI’S AND CARS, AND DROPPED MORE TIMES BY CARELESS BAGGAGE HANDLERS THAN I CARE TO MENTION, NATURALLY I USE A TRAVEL BAG, BUT THE CONTENTS DO GET SHAKEN UP AT TIMES!

MY FIRST MISTAKE WITH MY ORIGINAL BAG WHICH I USED FOR TRAVELING WAS TO GET A WHITE ONE – BIG MISTAKE, IT GOT FILTHY GOING ABOUT ITS EVERY DAY LIFE, MY NEW SENSIBLE HEAD HAS GONE FOR A COLOUR THIS TIME AND I LOVE THE COLOUR I HAVE CHOSEN, AQUA BLUE, NOT ONLY FOR ITS COLOUR BUT THE VERSATILITY AND DURABILITY OF THAT COLOUR TOO, EVEN ON A GREY DRIZZLY DAY THE BAG LOOKS SHARP AND READY FOR ACTION – MAYBE MORE THAN IT’S OWNER SOME DAYS!!

ANOTHER NOTICEABLE THING ABOUT THE NEWER RELEASE OF THE BAG ARE THE CARRY STRAPS, WHICH SEEM MORE PADDED, BUT HAVE A WAFFLE EFFECT TO THEM WHICH SEEMS TO STOP THEM TWISTING AS YOU THROW YOUR BAG ONTO YOU SHOULDER. WHILST I DO LIKE THE EXTRA PADDING WHEN CARRYING THE BAG, I AM NOT SO SURE ABOUT THE WAFFLE EFFECT WHICH IS A BIT SCRATCHY WHEN WEARING SLEEVELESS GOLF SHIRTS AS YOU DRAG IT UP YOUR ARM BEFORE IT COMES TO REST ON THE SHOULDERS, WHERE IT DOES SIT COMFORTABLY ONCE ON.

THE POCKETS ARE OF A GOOD SIZE AND WHILST BULGING DURING THAT IFFY SEASON OF WATERPROOFS ON WATERPROOFS OFF, THEY DO TAKE EVERYTHING A GIRL SHOULD NEED FOR GOLFING. THE POP OUT LEGS ARE STURDY AND SO LONG AS THEY ARE PROTECTED BY BEING HOOKED BACK WHEN USING THE BAG ON A CART, SHOULD LAST A LONG TIME WITH THE DURABLE MECHANISM IN PLACE.

A LITTLE VELVET LINED POCKET FOR THE BITS AND BOBS IS A NICE TOUCH BUT A BIT OF A NUISANCE WHEN YOUR HANDS ARE WET AND THE VELVET STICKS TO THEM AS YOU’RE IN AND OUT OF THE POCKET. THE BALL POCKET IS PLENTY BIG ENOUGH FOR EVEN THE MOST WAYWARD OF PLAYERS COLLECTION OF BALLS, BUT I DO THINK THAT THERE SHOULD HAVE A 2-WAY ZIP AS THE BALLS COULD FALL OUT WHEN CARRYING THE BAG IF LEFT UNOPENED. THE THREE WAY DIVIDER FOR THE CLUBS ARE OF A GOOD SIZE TO GET THE FULL SET OF CLUBS IN EASILY HOWEVER DURING WET GAMES I HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO INADVERTENTLY GROUP ALL MY CLUBS TOGETHER IN ONE OF THE 3 AVAILABLE DIVIDERS FOR EASE OF ACCESS CREATING A PICK UP STICKS MOMENT AS I PULL OUT MORE THAN ONE CLUB IN A HURRY TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN – USER ERROR!

WITH THE FRONT BALL POCKET BEING BLANK ENABLES EMBROIDERY OF YOUR COMPANY NAME, ALWAYS A GOOD BRANDING EXERCISE AND ONE I AM GLAD SUN MOUNTAIN HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT IN ADVANCE TO OFFER THEIR CUSTOMERS MORE REASONS TO BUY THEIR PRODUCTS.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE, THE WATERPROOF FEATURE ONLY WORKS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HOOD – MIGHT BE A SILLY STATEMENT TO MAKE, BUT I HAVE SEEN OTHERS PLAYING GOLF IN THE RAIN WITHOUT THE HOOD THEN COMPLAINING THAT THEIR CLUBS ARE WET!

HAVING A CARRY BAG IS ONE OF THE MOST USEFUL PIECES OF FLEXIBLE EQUIPMENT A GOLFER COULD OWN AS IT LENDS ITSELF TO PLAYING LOCALLY AS WELL TRAVELLING, WITHOUT COMPROMISE. THE SUN MOUNTAIN CARRY BAG IS NO EXCEPTION TO THIS, COMBINING STYLE AND PRACTICALITY

IN SHORT I LOVE THE SUN MOUNTAIN H2NO ULTRA LITE CARRY BAG AND WOULDN’T HESITATE RECOMMENDING IT TO GOLFERS.

Amateur Ladies Golf Tournament 2018

International Ladies Golf Tournament- How to get involved

We have 16 in-country partners selling this unique event, each partner has been carefully chosen to represent us in selling golf to the ladies around the world.
The ILGT is open to all club handicap ladies, if you don’t see your country listed but would like to come, please don’t let this put you off, just email me on sarah@golfgurugroup.com

Countries and agents selling:
United Kingdom – Paul – email pgreenhill@dpandl.co.uk
Italy – Paola – email paola.ferro@greenvelvet.it
Ireland – Patrick – email patrick.aiken@thegolfpa.com
Ireland – Fintan – email fintan.ward@golfvoyager.com
Spain – Paula – email paularojas@ladygolfer.es
Poland – Paula – email paula@travelandaction.pl
Australia – Steve – steven@cgegolf.com.au
Canada – TJ – email tj@golfawaytours.com
Hungary – Krisztina – email kbatta@golfutazasok.hu
South Africa – Allison – email allison@louis57travel.com
India – Arif Ansari – email  arif@alcgolf.com
France – Cyril – cyril.prigent@teetravel.com
Tunisia – Abdelkader – email directionevt@gmail.com
Portugal – Jose -email jose.valente@ingolf.pt
Norway – Kristin – email kristin.moe.krohn@gmail.com
United States of America – Ann-Sophie – email Ann-Sofie@elitegolfexperiences.com
Austria – Maria – maria@elitegolfexperiences.com

Dont hesitate to contact me or one of our excellent agents to book your place.

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PGA Merchandise Show

Flaunting in Florida was published in The Golf Business

I HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE BUZZ AT THE PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW, WHICH I HADN’T BEEN TO FOR A FEW YEARS, BUT THIS YEAR I WANTED TO GO BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AMID RUMOURS IT WASN’T AS GOOD, IT HAD GOT SMALLER, NOT AS MANY PEOPLE WERE GOING AND ALL THE OTHER LITTLE THINGS I HAD HEARD OVER THE PREVIOUS FEW YEARS. SO OFF I TODDLE IN JANUARY REPRESENTING THE GOLF BUSINESS FOR THE FIRST TIME – MY REMIT, TO CHECK OUT THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL PRODUCTS ON OFFER THIS YEAR.

AND I DID FIND THEM, THE WEIRD, THE WONDERFUL AND THE DOWNRIGHT GREAT IDEAS WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT SUCCEED IN THIS TOUGH MARKETPLACE OF EVOLVING PRODUCTS AND THE ‘NEXT BEST THING’.

HERE IS A BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF A FEW OF THESE, MAYBE NOT SO QUIRKY PRODUCTS BUT ALL NOTE WORTHY

POPTICALS – GOLF SUNGLASSES – NOT NEW, I’VE REVIEWED GOLF SUNGLASSES BEFORE, SO WHAT MAKES POPTICALS DIFFERENT? USING OPTIC INDUSTRY LEADERS CARL ZEISS NYDEF NYLON LENSES, WHICH HELP REDUCE WEIGHT BY UP TO 18% AS WELL AS COLOUR SATURATION WHICH IN TURN INCREASES THE ABILITY TO READ UNDULATIONS ON THE COURSE, AS WELL AS THE LIGHT TO DARK SHADOWS CAST ACROSS THE FAIRWAY ON A SUMMERS DAY. THEY ARE IN THEMSELVES GOOD ALL ROUND SPORTS SUNGLASSES, HOWEVER WHAT MAKES THE DOUBLE UNIQUE IS THEIR ABILITY TO PACK AND TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN A SMALL FOLD-UP SELF CONTAINED UNIT. WHICH MAKES THEM GREAT FOR THE TRAVELING GOLFER. A HARDY, PROBABLY NEAR INDESTRUCTIBLE HARD SHELL CARRY CASE IS HALF THE SIZE OF NORMAL SUNGLASSES CASES DUE TO THE UNIQUE NATURE OF THE FL2 MICRO-RAIL SYSTEM WHICH QUICKLY AND EASILY ENABLES THE SUNGLASSES TO FOLD IN HALF. AND TO TOP IT ALL – THEY LOOK PRETTY TRENDY TOO WITH A VARIETY OF FRAMES TO CHOOSE FROM. NO MORE LOOSING YOUR SUNGLASSES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GOLF BAG, ONLY TO FINALLY FIND THEM HAVING SLIPPED OUT THEIR CASE, COVERED IN LAST YEARS BANANA AND SCRATCHED TO PIECES, THEY HAVE AN TAG TO ATTACH TO THE GOLF BAG WHEN NOT IN USE.

LINDEBERG – NOW IT HAS TO BE SAID THAT IF MY J LINDEBERG HIMSELF IS BEHIND THE COUNTER, AT THE PGA SHOW, THE MEANS SOMETHING -HIS PASSION FOR THIS WELL KNOWN CLOTHING BRAND HAS NOT WANED. THE RANGE OF PRODUCTS NOT ONLY GET A BIG THUMBS UP FROM ME, BUT A CERTAIN ADMIRATION TO THE CHAP HIMSELF. THE J LINDEBERG CLOTHING RANGE IS NOT NEW, IT HAS IN SOME RESPECTS BEEN MARKET LEADERS FOR THE MENS CLOTHING BUT THEIR INCLUSION OF A VARIED RANGE OF LADIES GOLF CLOTHING HAS ALSO CAUGHT MY EYE. WHY? BECAUSE THEIR SAME ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND STYLE HAS BEEN APPLIED TO THE LADY GOLFERS APPAREL AS IT HAS TO THE MENS. SHARP CLEAN LINES OF QUALITY MATERIAL WITH NO UNNECESSARY FUSSY NON-FUNCTIONAL BITS ADDED TO MAKES THE CLOTHING LOOK FRILLY OR LESS TRIM, IT IS ALL ABOUT THE CUT OF THE CLOTH. J LINDEBERG ALSO PRODUCE EVERYDAY LADIES CLOTHING AND THE THOUGHT PROCESSES BEHIND THE DESIGN OF THE GOLF CLOTHING IS THE FLEXIBILITY OF MULTI-USE CLOTHING, YOU DON’T NEED TO GET CHANGED AFTER GOLF TO GO AND DO THE SHOPPING, J LINDEBERG CLOTHES ARE SIMPLY CHIC AND COMFORTABLE ENOUGH TO BE WORN ANYWHERE, STYLE AND COMFORT ARE PARAMOUNT.

APPRECIATING THAT THE LADIES APPAREL IS A DIFFERENT MARKET, THEY HAVE DONE THEIR RESEARCH AND I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED TO SEE IT OUT-SELL OTHER LEADING BRANDS IN THE FUTURE.

J LINDEBERG
WEATHERMAN UMBRELLA

WEATHERMAN UMBRELLA – THE HUMBLE GOLF UMBRELLA – HOW CAN THAT BE IMPROVED UPON, WE HAVE STORM UMBRELLAS, ONES FOR SUN AND ONE FOR HIGH WINDS, WE HAVE DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SIZES AND DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT THE COLOURS OPTIONS. THE WEATHERMAN UMBRELLA TOOK ME A LITTLE WHILE TO GET MY HEAD AROUND – I COULDN’T FIGURE OUT WHY I WOULD NEED BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY ON A GOLF COURSE AND WHY ON THE UMBRELLA ITSELF? IT HAS AN INTEGRATED APP TO GIVE YOU THE WEATHER FORECAST AND SYNCS WITH YOUR EXISTING BLUETOOTH TECHNOLOGY – THERE IS EVEN A LITTLE POCKET TO PUT YOUR PHONE IN WHILST PLAYING GOLF. NOW I AM NOT ADVOCATING TO GET YOUR PHONE OUT, TALK AS LOUDLY AS POSSIBLE AND DIAL INTO CONFERENCE CALLS WHILST PLAYING GOLF, BUT FOR EMERGENCY USE, IT MIGHT BE USEFUL?

TESTED IN WIND TUNNELS, WATER AND SUN PROOF THIS UMBRELLA IS ALL SINGING ALL DANCING GOLF UMBRELLA, AND MOST LIKELY JUST WHATS NEEDED IN THE GREAT BRITISH WEATHER – BUT I DID GIGGLE WHEN I WAS TOLD THE APP FOREWARNED ME OF IMPENDING SHOWERS – NOT EVEN OUR WHETHER MEN ON THE TELEVISION CAN GET THAT RIGHT!

A VARIETY OF THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE DOWNRIGHT UGLY CAUGHT MY EYE AT THE PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW THIS YEAR, AND I AM FOREVER CURIOUS TO SEE WHICH PRODUCES MAKE IT OR NOT.

KANKURA GOLF SHOES, PORTUGAL

A RELATIVELY NEW GOLF SHOE MANUFACTURER, I WAS ASKED TO REVIEW THE KANKURA GOLF SHOES FOR THE LADY GOLFER MARKETPLACE. AFTER ALL GIRLS SIMPLY CANNOT HAVE ENOUGH SHOES, SO WHY SHOULD GOLF SHOES BE ANY DIFFERENT?

MADE OF SOFT LEATHER THE SHOES COME IN A VARIETY OF COLOURS WITH EITHER CONTRASTING OR COLOUR MATCHING THE SHOE WAS THE TRADEMARK ‘K’ DESIGN ON THE SIDE OF THE SHOES. IDEAL FOR SUMMER PLAY OR FOR THE GOLF HOLIDAY, THE SOLE IS MADE OF SMALL DIAMONDS FOR GRIP.

SOFT AND PLIABLE YET STURDY SOLES MEET SOFT PLIABLE LEATHER FOR ADDED COMFORT.

COMING IN ITS OWN LITTLE TOTE CARRY BAG COMPLETE WITH A SHOE HORN, PICK UP THE ENSEMBLE AND YOU’RE SET TO GO.

ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THESE SHOES IS THE VARIETY OF COLOURS THEY COME IN – WHETHER YOU ARE THE KIND OF GIRL (OR BOY) WHO MATCHES THEIR OUTFITS – SHOES, GOLF BAGS, CLOTHING, HATS (WE ALL KNOW THE TYPE, AND ENVIABLY SMART THEY LOOK TOO) THEN THESE KANKURA SHOES ARE JUST THE TICKET. LADIES SHOES TEND TO COME IN MORE COLOURFUL OPTIONS THAN THE MENS BUT THE MENS DO LOOK SMART. MY BUSINESS PARTNER WAS SENT THE BROWN ONES

AND I LIKED THOSE AS MUCH AS I LIKED MY BLUE AND WHITE ONES, IN FACT THE MENS ARE SO VERSATILE THEY CAN BE WORN AS A REGULAR SHOE – IDEAL WHEN JUST NIPPING UP TO THE CLUB FOR A FEW HOLES AND YOU DON’T WANT THE BOTHER OF CHANGING WHEN YOU ARRIVE OR FOR IN THE CLUBHOUSE AFTERWARDS. THE LADIES SHOES ON THE REVERSE LEND THEMSELVES TO BE WORN AS YOU WOULD A COMFY PAIR OF TRAINERS, SO NOT PARTY DRESS BUT CERTAINLY A VERSATILE SHOE. WE LOVED THESE SHOES AND BEING ABLE TO POP DOWN FROM YOUR HOTEL ROOM READY TO PLAY IS A MASSIVE ADVANTAGE ON YOUR NEXT GOLF HOLIDAY.

Buy your lovely Kankura shoes at
http://kankuragolf.com/en/products.aspx

DAWG GONE IT – SUNDOG HAVE DONE IT AGAIN!

Being a relatively recent convert to the wearing of sunglasses for golf, I was delighted to be able to give the new technology the True Blue Lens offers to sunglasses, and how it differed to ‘regular’ sunglasses.

Dash

The design called Dash are a sleek all black frame and lens, a stylish yet timeless looking sunglasses to be worn with pretty much anything. Making you not only looks like a professional golfer but giving you the protection from the bright sunshine. Do all sunglasses offer this level of ‘brightness filtration’? Well no, they don’t and when you’re out on the golf course there is often no cover from the bright sunshine and you need to know that the sun is being ‘managed’ to suit you and your game.

A simple timeless design that enables you to forget about the glare and simply just get on with your game

pace sunglasses

Pace

I’ve got to be honest; I took one look at these and thought, I’m really not sure. These are hard core sunglasses, designed for hard-core sports men and women – I’m not sure hitting a little white ball around a field, albeit a manicured field puts me as a hard core sports person. However, the design features I didn’t like the look of are actually the best thing about the PACE glasses and one which I’m glad to write about. The True Blue lens is, as mentioned, simply stunning at filtering out the harsh light but the design of these sunglasses are absolutely perfect for sports such as cycling. Why, being frameless sunglasses it is ideal for all sports. Cycling in the spring morning, the sun high enough in the sky to make a difference, but the early morning temperature being crisp, eyes watering from the cool morning breeze the frameless glasses don’t hinder the dripping eyes – magic

Some sunglasses still need the odd squint, the True Blue lens ones don’t, they do actually filter out the glare.

The tinted glass rally does not put you off your stroke, , it completely takes out the glare and enables you to focus on what you’re there to do –play golf un-hindered. I am now a complete convert to wearing these Sundog sunglasses whilst playing golf, having to check myself when reaching for them even on a dull grey day on the golf course!

Paula Creamer Sundog Sunglasses – Captiva

I wouldn’t normally wear sunglasses whilst playing golf, instead opting for a sun visor or hat, but recently I’ve experienced some headaches so gave the Captiva ones a go – wow amazing.

I thought that they might slip down the nose the more you played in the heat, but they didn’t, they stayed in place for the whole round due to the nose pad. What is more, for me to pack them into my golf bag in a packet that is on the outside, they haven’t been damaged (so far!)

I am now a complete convert to wearing these Sundog sunglasses whilst playing golf.

Want some? Contact redteebreaks for details of distributors and prices

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