Travelling Lady Golfer

PGA Merchandise Show – my top picks for 2019

As always it is a pleasure to attend the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, and this year was especially exciting with the offerings on the table from established suppliers and also the new innovative products.

Salted Smart Shoes

There are so many training aids on the market, but this one struck me as particularly useful, why?  because it’s the shoes you wear.  Golf shoes are a fundamental part of the game but have you ever considered wearing a shoe that gives you stats back to an app on your phone?  With sensors embedded into the soles to track feet pressure and distribution of your weight transfer and balance, there is no getting away from the stats which are fed back to an app!  Instructions provided to analyse the stats which are visual to determine not only your weight balance and transfer but also left to right and front to back balance readings are given too.
 

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Get ready for the 2019 season with Chase 54’s unique features for golfers

The summer/autumn of 2018 bought me some clothes from Chase 54, an American Brand providing some alternative thoughts to golf clothing for men and women – here’s what I thought:

Navy blue Coastal Polo shirt
I love the button down the front ones, such a good idea as you don’t wipe your deodorant and sun cream off when putting the cloths back on.

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Last weeks summary :Walk:fall:suspected cracked rib:meetings:golf:history being made

Ever had that Friday feeling every day?

I did last week, starting with a walk in the field with the 6 month black lab puppy, tripping over my
own shoe laces and falling flat on my face, much to the dogs delighted as he bounced on me wanting more play time whilst I was on his level.  Fun to start with, and very funny when he tried to flatten himself to the ground and sneak up on me on his toes, a bit like an oil slick. Continue reading

Royal Bled, Slovenia

I had no preconceptions about golf in Slovenia, I couldn’t even spell Ljubljana! 
And here I was arriving into Ljubljana airport after an easy short flight from London.  A small airport with no apparent organisation, quickly giving way to a photoshopped blue sky contrasting lush green grass and with mountains in the distance intrepidly awaiting their first snow fall of the season.

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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.

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ABSOLUTELY, AND PROMOTED AS WELL!

Are Millennial Women really the saviours of golf?

Are millennial women really the saviours of golf?
 
#millennials  – are they the way forward for the future of women’s golf as the R&A predict with the recent launch of the Women in Golf Charter?
I have been in the golf business for nearly 11 years, as a golf tour operator – the only GTO to focus on the travelling lady golfers and latterly as a consultant for women’s golf; a travel writer and also one who runs golf events so you could say I have been round the track a few times!
So no surprise as I receive my invitation to attend the Women in Golf Charter, driven by the R&A, on the day I was due to leave the UK to attend and cover the US Women’s Open in Alabama, with no regard to sleep and the extended day ahead of me, I didn’t hesitate to say yes, I will be there.

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International foodie treats – its not all about the golf!

Whislt travelling for golf, I have to eat- right?  Why not make the golf trip about more than golf and take in some of these delicious delicacies on your travels?
 
To be honest, I don’t know if I’m a foodie, just appreciate good food, or maybe just a good old fashioned pig – but is there really much of a difference – I love food!
Lisbon, Portugal
Pastel de Nata – Made in the old traditional way in the middle of Belèm, Lisbon’s tourist area; you will find this family run bakery and cafe Antiga Confeitaria de Belém. Using the traditional secret family recipe for this up-market egg tart with thousands being sold daily to tourists and locals alike.  This sweet little egg tart packs a punch in flavour requiring all diets to be long forgotten and reaching for more to savour.  There is usually a queue to stand in, but take the time to watch the locals buy and devour these little sweet treats before settling yourself down in the refectory style café on wood and metal school-like chairs and formica table tops – you’re not there for the decor!

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Angus – Open all hours – Home of the upcoming Open at Carnoustie 2018

It is true, Scotland does not have the best reputation for lady golfers, whether that is to welcome them or whether that is looking after their own.  Big name clubs not making female golfers welcome have not helped this reputation for women in this must play golfing mecca.  But Angus’ open doors approach is a sure winner for both sexes.  This last trip to Angus, aka Carnoustie Country has certainly opened my eyes, it is an area one can go golfing but it is also an area to visit for holidays too.

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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.

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