SRIXON ANNOUNCES IT’S NEW ZX IRONS

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The Srixon ZX Irons, coming this January.

SRIXON has announced the upcoming release of their new ZX Irons.

The new ZX Irons all models, will be available on January 15th, 2021.

“While the new ZX Irons are gorgeous to look down at, it’s the technology inside that’s even more exciting,” said Jeff Brunski, Vice President of research and Development. “Hotter faces designed using AI optimization delivers more speed. Because varying grooves throughout the iron set gives golfers consistent distance control, and forged construction helps them feel so incredible at impact.”

What Srixon calls MainFrame, is a one-of-a-kind new face design, so that increase’s ball speed on every shot. MainFrame is milled into the backside of the iron face, because it’s variable thickness pattern is a mixture of grooves, channels and cavities.

Srixon spent over 2 years learning and refining the process. So that ZX Irons would offer a greatly improved COR because of the maximized flex at impact.

The ZX5 irons mix a ball speed technology with a forged feel, that delivers a workable profile. Which has a sharp look at address. But the ZX7 irons provide a blade shape, slim topline, and narrow sole that delivers a workability, feel, and aesthetics of a world-class players iron.

Both sets or irons offer an updated Tour V.T. Sole that moves smoother through the turf. Because progressive grooves will deliver consistency, and the forged construction with a soft 120 steel body which absorbs vibrations for a softer feel.

ZX Utility Irons are smaller and more compact than previous generations, and they deliver a more blade-like address profile that will blend with any set. Because new technologies come together in a smaller profile, but with the forgiveness that is expected from a utility iron.

COST: ZX7 Irons (8-piece steel)-$1,299.99, ZX5 Irons (8-piece steel) $1,299.99, ZX5 Irons (8-piece graphite)- $1,399.99, ZX Utility Irons $219.99.

The launch date on all ZX Irons is set for January 15th, 2021. Srixon.com

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-SOME RYDER WINE WITH YOUR TURKEY

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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram. Hitting it on the Firestone Country Club West Course, in Akron Ohio.

THE DAYS OF HITTING IT outside are winding down here in the Chicago area.

Because snow and colder temperatures are on their way.

So what do you do about this. You can hope the Tuesday morning snow in the area, melts by Wednesday when 50+ degrees arrive.

After Wednesday, 50+ is not on the 7 or 10 day outlook moving forward, and that is a problem. But it’s expected, as we reach this time of the year on the calendar. So what you can do is start exploring your golf holiday shopping this week. In some cases, Black Friday or Cyber Monday is starting in advance of Friday and next Monday. I’ll have more on holiday shopping later this week.

A few years ago at Cantigny. L-R yours truly, with former GM Mike Nass (C), and (R) pro Patrick Lynch.

PATRICK LYNCH steps down at Cantigny, after 22 years.

Patrick Lynch the head golf pro at Cantigny Golf golf is leaving after 22 years on staff.

Lynch served as the lead professional for the last 13 years, after Mike Jones moved on to Kapalua, and other stops since.

But when Lynch took over from Jones, Lynch had big shoes to fill, and he filled them well. There isn’t much that Lynch hasn’t done at Cantigny that hasn’t worked out well. Cantigny’s programs have grown, and the property has continued to excel under his leadership. Currently, so little is known about what’s next for Lynch. But whatever it is, I wish him well. There is no word yet on who will replace Lynch as the next head golf professional at Cantigny.

Ryder Cup 2020 Wine.

RYDER CUP WINE, and just in time for the holidays.

So if your a wine drinker there is good news. Because right from the heart of wine country in California comes Ryder Cup wine, created by WX Brands.

This limited edition series, can be ordered through the WX Brands Revel Wine Club, and or in certain US-based host sites. Which includes the Woodlake Market in Kohler, Wisconsin. And only a few miles from Whistling Straits. The first release of this one-of-a-kind collection, is the 2017 Silver Spur Napa Valley Limited-Edition Cabernet Sauvignon ($34.99). The wine was created by veteran winemaker Linda Trotta.

There is more good news for wine drinkers, because this wine launch won’t be ending here. Expect future editions and more wine launches for the 2021 competition coming out next spring. So if you order now, you should receive your order before Christmas.

EQUIPMENT PURCHASES BUYING TRENDS CHANGE.

The major surge in equipment purchases this past 6 months, have seen patterns change as to who is buying equipment. This signals good news for the golf industry.

Golf Datatech that studies major golf industry trends, and tracks the numbers spent by consumers is showing different data patterns.

3rd Quarter sales on golf equipment surpassed the $1 Billion Dollar mark for the first time is history. So now what does golf need to do. Find ways to continue the growth, so that this spike in growth, is not limited to 2020.

It was online sales that exploded early in the year, but when Brick & Mortar stores reopened from Covid-19 shutdown, those numbers fell back. Sales data actually showed a small decline in purchases by golfers who considered themselves, serious golfers. But a strong surge came from players new to the game, or golfers that had been away for the game and made a return in 2020. So in many cases, found it time to upgrade older equipment.

Customer fitters and golf specialty retailers are still the most popular way that golfers purchase equipment and golf supplies. And that is more good news for the industry.

COMING UP likely on Wednesday will be Edition 36, of the Ziehm and Spears Podcast Series 2020. Len and I will be starting to pass along golf holiday gift ideas. So stay tuned, and clicked in. RS

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CANTIGNY GOLF in Wheaton has announced that after 22 years, it’s head golf professional Patrick Lynch is moving on. There are no details on where Lynch is headed, other than he is looking at some things he would to do in life. So more on this tomorrow, when the Gog Blog Speaks Out.

COG HILL Golf has announced a holiday golf ball promotion, and it runs through the end of the year.

Cog Hill and Callaway Golf are offering the Callaway Chrome Soft golf ball for only $39.99 plus tax, and now you can get free personalization. You must order by December 13th to get your order by Christmas Day. Call Cog Hill at (866)-264-4455, or visit CogHillGolf.com. But if you have not signed up for any of the Black Friday or this weekends Turkey Trot outings, do so as soon as possible to guarantee a spot in the field.

Cabot of Canada, spreading out to the West.

Cabot of Canada is now moving West.

Like out to the Pacific Northwest of British Columbia Canada.

The new Cabot Revelstoke is a Par 71 course, designed by Rod Whitman. It’s located between the town of Revelstoke, and the Columbia River.

The new Cabot property has everything you could love to enjoy. Because there is world-class golf in the warm months, and world-class skiing in the winter.

And you can enjoy mountain views from the holes of the Revelstoke golf course. So learn more at CabotLinks.com.

The Slick Rock course at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Austin Texas.

Horseshoe Bay Resort located just outside of Austin Texas, is not going to wait any longer.

That’s right, now you don’t need to wait for Black Friday. You don’t need to wait for Cyber-Monday.

Because Horseshoe Bay Resort is ready to roll-out the specials starting prior to Turkey Day.

Be ready on Wednesday November 25th, to find a special for your HSB stay and play. For details see HSBResort.com. Play four championship golf courses and enjoy everything else the resort has to offer.

Vattanac Resort in Cambodia, now with two Sir Nick Faldo designed championship courses.

VATTANAC Golf Resort has opened it’s second championship golf course, the West Course designed by Sir Nick Faldo.

Faldo called the West Course, “a perfect compliment to the East Course.” Because of how the fluid shaping gives the course it’s own identity.

The five sets of tee’s range from the front tee’s at 4,935 yards, to the back tee’s that list over 7,200 yards, Par 72. The resort located in Phnom Penh Cambodia, is now rated the nations top golf destination, and managed by Troon Golf.

But the resort is now ready to move into another phase of golf improvements, with the addition of night golf, and what’s being termed as a world-class golf academy. So for more details please visit Vattanacresort.com.

The new Edison Golf stand-alone golf bag. Now available.

EDISON GOLF WEDGES, has responded to the demand by it’s customers, for the perfect lightweight golf carry bag.

So now available and the perfect holiday gift for only $239.00, is your stand alone bag, and complete with your name embroidered on the ball pocket.

You should allow 3-4 weeks for shipping, which is free, to get yours in time for Christmas.

So for more details please visit Edisonwedges.com.

The new Trapper Outwear by Sun Mountain.

So if your still playing golf in the northern states, and need the right outerwear to keep warm because the temperatures drop into the low 50’s and 40 degree range.

Check out the new Trapper Line by Sun Mountain. Trapper is now available for only $179.99.

Because the new Trapper outerwear is both water-resistant and windproof, golfers will enjoy comfort on days when the weather isn’t perfect. Men’s sizes come from medium to XX-Large, in Black, Navy and Platinum. Golfers will enjoy the handwarmer pockets and chin-guard. Ladies will enjoy the granite Jacket and Vest, that come complete with insulated core panels.

You can place an order, or find your closest retailer by visiting SunMountain.com and or by calling (800)-227-9224.

SO ARE you signed-up for the Gobble-Gobble 4-man scramble on Friday at Blackberry Oaks in Bristol. Call Blackberry Oaks at (630)-553-7170 and get registered today. Because your golf season is not over.

The Gog Blog Speaks Out returns tomorrow. So stay clicked in. RS

NCAA DIVISION 1 GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS 24-25-26-OMNI LA COSTA

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Omni LaCosta Champions Course in Carlsbad California.

Southern California’s Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, a premier destination for golf and relaxation. Has won the bid to host the 2024-2025-2026 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division 1 National Championships.

Play will be contested on the historic Champions Golf Course, that will receive a renovation by famed golf architect Gil Hanse. Hanse and his Caveman team will begin work in 2022.

The NCAA Women’s Division 1 Championship was last held in Southern California in 28 years ago. The last Men’s NCAA Division 1 Championship was played at Riviera Country Club located in Pacific Palisades in 2012.

The University of Texas serve’s as host for all three sets of championships. NCAA players have restriction dates, when they’re not allowed to play the course in advance of the championships.

“We are thrilled that the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships will return to California in 2024,” said Connie Hurlbut, senior associate commissioner at the West Coast Conference, and chair of the NCAA Division 1 men’s golf committee. “The collegiate golf community is so excited about the opportunity to play La Costa as a neutral site for the championships. We have complete confidence that it will prove to be a unique and challenging championship experience for all.”

The Omni La Costa resort in Carlsbad California

The Omni LaCosta Resort and Spa is home to 36 holes of golf, the Champions and the Legends golf Courses.

La Costa has over 400 acres of property that created in a Spanish Mission style village.

Shortly after the resorts opening, the original architect Dick Wilson (Cog Hill Dubsdread) designed golf course hosted a made for TV CBS Golf Classic. The PGA Tour brought the annual Tournament of Champions (before it’s move to Kapalua Maui) to La Costa from 1969 through 1998. Several Hall of Famers starting with Jack Nicklaus won championships at La Costa. The original course layout hosted the 1999 Match Play Championship.

The Omni La Costa is one of 12 golf resorts in the Omni portfolio. Omni is known for outstanding service and amenities. Hanse who is perhaps the hottest name in the world of course design and architecture, will over see the renovation of the Champions Course. Omni Hotels are currently reviewing multiple designs, that Hanse and his team have submitted.

Hanse has been one of the golfs busiest architects of late. His recent projects that include, Pinehurst #4 and the resorts Par 3 “Cradle Course.” Other projects include the now under construction East Course at Frisco Texas ( New home of the PGA of America). The course will host two PGA Championships in 2027 and 2034. And a future Ryder Cup. The East and West Courses at Winged Foot, and famed East Course at Merion Golf Club. Trump Doral’s famed Blue Monster, is yet another recent Hanse renovation.”

“Our team is excited to be part of bringing La Costa’s esteemed stature in American tournament golf into a new generation. But just as we did with the Olympic Course in Rio, we embrace collaborating with the NCAA on creating a course that is suitable for both top-tier men and women players as well as Omni La Costa’s members and resort guests,” says Hanse.

“Bob and Blake Rowling (owners of Omni Hotel’s and Resorts) have tremendously high golf IQ’s. So they understand what quality golf is and what it takes to make it a reality. Their support has been invaluable and motivates us to create something special here in this excellent Southern California landscape. It’s too soon to say if the characteristics will be more like a George Thomas Los Angeles Country Club, Bel Air or Riviera style. With an Alister MacKenzie look, like at the Valley Club of Montecito, or something else. But we’re looking forward to ‘solving the puzzle’ out in the land.”

NCAA Division 1 Men’s Golf Championships started competition in 1939. With the Women’s Championship  beginning play in 1982.

Past NCAA Division 1 Golf Champions include Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Ben Crenshaw, current U.S. Open Champion Bryson DeChambeau, and Tigers Woods. Past Women’s Champions include Annika Sorenstam and Stacy Lewis.

To play your stay and play visit OmniLaCosta.com or call (800)-854-5000.

ZIEHM & SPEARS PODCAST SERIES 2020-VOLUME 35

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ZIEHM & SPEARS are back again. Catch it here on the Gog Blog-by Rory Spears Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or Facebook or LinkedIn.

ZIEHM & SPEARS Podcast Series 2020-Volume 35 is posted.

Volume 36 will be along next week.

Illinois Golf Hall of fame inductee Class of 2019, Len Ziehm and Chicago area sports and golf reporter Rory Spears have teamed up to series of podcasts, to bring Chicago area golfers the most complete weekly report in the Windy City and beyond.

This week Len and Rory wrap up the Masters, in case you missed it, as the low TV ratings suggest.

What does this win mean for Dustin Johnson. Are tour players headed home after the fan-less bubble season until Hawaii.

What about the BMW Championship headed to Delaware in 2022, making 2 years in a row the PGA Tour takes a pass on Chicago.

Course renovation work and new clubhouse work is rolling around town. To the courses that have done nothing to get better, is it time to look in the mirror.

CLICK HERE to hear Ziehm & Spears Podcast Series 2020-Volume 35.

Chicago’s most complete weekly golf report. Thanks for listening, Len & Rory.

EVANS SCHOLARS INVITATIONAL RETURNS TO THE GLEN CLUB

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THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Facebook, Twitter @GogBlogGuy and LinkedIn. The ESI at the Glen Club.

THE WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION (WGA) and the Korn Ferry Tour have announced the 2021 tour schedule.

This years Evans Scholars Invitational (ESI) was moved from the The Glen Club to The Chicago Highlands Club, when the date changed due to the pandemic from May into early September.

For 2021, the May dates are back and  they are scheduled for May 24-30. With the return of the May dates, the ESI has returned to The Glen Club in Glenview.

Curtis Thompson the young brother and former caddie of LPGA star Lexi Thompson, emerged with a 1 shot win in September at Chicago Highlands. Thompson could return to defend his title.

There is no further information about the tournament at this time in regards to the pro-am or volunteers. Those details will be announced at a later date. Again in 2021, several local based Illinois players are expected to be in the field. The championship was first played in 2019, and Scottie Sheffler who is now on the PGA Tour was the champion.

For more information visit EvansScholarsInvitational.com

2022 BMW DRIVES EAST TO WILMINGTON CC-SOUTH IN DELAWARE

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The Western Golf Association (WGA) and the Wilmington Country Club in Delaware have announced today, that the club will host the 2022 BMW Championship, in the final year of the three year BMW deal to be the championships title sponsor. The 2022 BMW Championship will be contested on the clubs South Course.

2021 will be played at Caves Valley Country Club in the Northwest Suburbs of Baltimore this coming August 23-29. Jon Rahm will be the defending champion in 2021, after winning the 2020 BMW Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club.

Dates for the 2022 BMW Championship have not been announced, but the tournament will be played in August of 2022.

WGA Sr. VP of Tournaments Vince Pellegrino.

‘We’re thrilled to be taking the BMW Championship to Wilmington Country Club, one of the finest clubs anywhere  in the United States,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “The South Course has everything you look for in a traditional championship layout. It will present a strategic test for the world’s best players and a perfect venue for fans and PGA Tour partners.”

2022 will nark the first time a PGA Tour event will be held in the State of Delaware, and the third time in five years the championship has been played on the East Coast. Along with 2018 at Aronimink in Pennsylvania, and next year at caves valley in Maryland.

“It’s a great honor for Wilmington Country Club to be the first club in the state of Delaware to play host to the PGA Tour, and the prestigious BMW Championship,” said Club President Gary Ferguson. “The passion that fans in this area have for golf is unmatched, and they will enjoy the opportunity to watch the best players in the world compete on this spectacular and challenging golf course.”

The club was founded in 1901, with it’s first 18 hole course covering 135 acres. The club then relocated in the 1950’s and commissioned architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. to design the clubs South Course that opened for play in 1959.

Architect Keith Foster was brought in for a renovation of the golf course in 2008, that was rated one of the best renovations of 2008 by multiple golf publications. the South Course has been rated as one of the top courses in the United States by Golf Digest and other publications for years.

The 2022 BMW Championship is the first professional tournament held at the club, that is no stranger to major amateur golf tournaments.

Wilmington Country Club was the host of the 1913 U.S. Women’s Amateur, and five other United States Golf Association (USGA) championships since. Most recently was the 2003 Mid-Amateur. The 2013 Palmer Cup was played at Wilmington, and Team USA members included 2019 BMW Champion Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and former Western Junior Champion Patrick Rodgers.

“Delaware is excited to host the 2022 BMW championship,” said Governor John Carney. “The First State has a long and proud history and is ideally positioned to support one of golfs great championships. Not only will the BMW Championship enhance the local economy, it will showcase a wonderful course and a dynamic community to a global audience.”

BMW has sponsored the championship now for 14 years, and over the year has raised over $35 million dollars for Evans Scholarships. WGA CEO John Kaczkowski cals this championship a “critical step in expanding the Evans Scholars Foundation from coast to Coast and reach more deserving young caddies.”

The WGA will host it’s 2022 Western Junior Championship at Naperville Country Club, and the 2022 Western Amateur at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park. Learn more at WGAESF.com.

LAMKIN GOLF GRIPS NEW FOR 2021

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THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or friend him on Facebook, or connect on LinkedIn. With Mistwood Master Club fitter Chris Ioriatti in the Performance Center.

IF SOMEONE has ever told you to “Get A Grip” maybe they knew you are a golfer.

Because getting a grip, the proper and right fitting and feeling grip on your clubs, is almost as important as what clubs you play.

Getting fit for the right clubs has become very important in today’s golf world. Another part of the fitting process has become grips, and the shape, size and feel on the clubs you use can make a serious difference in your game.

Lamkin Square Top Grip

Lamkin is expanding it’s offering in it’s Grip Fitting System, and is introducing new changes in the Deep V STD & Mid Product line.

DEEP V features include, Accentuated pistol V shape to serve as a guide for consistent hand placement.

A thin Genesis rubber sleeve providing feel, traction and durability of rubber with the lightweight characteristic of polyurethane grips. Two new shapes called PistolClaw and SquareTop will compliment previous similar models. PistolClaw was created with the help of Justin Rose, who was one of the first in the early use of “claw putting and gripping style.”

Square Top has parallel sides and a square top, these grips add “down-the-line” stroke control. MAP at $24.99

The Lamkin Pistol Claw grip.

The Lamkin interactive Putter Grip Fitting System displays were delayed in 2020 due to the pandemic. As a result hundreds of units will be shipped into the US and Canada in early 2021.

At these locations golfers can switch a “click-on-grip”, that will allow players to test their styles on the spot.

Calibrate Sonar+Tour MAP ( $9.49) with Wrap Calibrate at ($8.49).

Lamkin will expand the Crossline series with a 360 Genesis Material Full Cord. This line was first created in partnership with Taylor Made, but is added as a Lamkin product in 2021.

The grip is made for players that want a smoother feel than cord grips, but like a higher level of surface traction.

Calibrate includes a ST+2 Hybrid Calibrate (MAP $10.49), ST, or Smooth Tack, which offers a smooth tacky surface, and a dual zone performance in a half cord grip design.

You can learn more about all of Lamkin’s ( company founded in Chicago) grips by visiting Lamkingrips.com.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-DJ AND HIS NEW JACKET

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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or friend him on Facebook, and connect on Linkedin. Wearing the new Sqairz golf shoes.

DJ GETS A NEW GREEN JACKET!

Congratulations to Dustin Johnson on winning the Masters, who was my pick to win.

20 Under Par at Augusta National is pretty special golf. DJ seemed calm, cool and collected all 4 days that was until after he won, when he was almost to choked up to speak at the ceremony.

So now with the men’s 2020 majors complete, we can look forward to the next major in 2021. The Masters is up on the tee again in just 5 months, a very short time for Johnson to be reigning champion. But who knows, he might win two in-a-row by next April.

A few other closing thoughts on Masters week in the fall. This tradition unlike any other can go back to being in April. It was something neat this past week to be able to see, but I can’t wait to have the Masters back in April. When it kind of launches golf season here in Illinois, and for much of the northern part of the country. I’m looking forward to seeing the patrons back as well on the hallowed Augusta National grounds, one can only hope that is what we will see.

THE OTHER 2021 men’s majors are in May, the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, on Pete Dye’s Ocean Course. In June the U.S. Open goes west to Torrey Pines in California, on the South Course. The British Open is in July at Royal St. George’s. The rescheduled Ryder Cup is at Whistling Straits in Haven Wisconsin, in late September.

MAJOR SEASON is not over for 2020. The Women’s U.S. Open will take place at the Champions Golf Club near Houston next month, stay tuned.

A PERFECT 10. I didn’t expect that from Tiger Woods, but it’s not surprising. Augusta National can jump up and do that to anybody, if you hit the ball in the wrong spot on the right hole. The fact the both Tiger and Phil Mickelson made the cut, made it a good week for them. I’m not sure how much longer that will happen. Both players walked off into the sunset after their final hole yesterday by making birdie on 18, great way to end the week.

It was interesting to hear people this week call Woods the old man, even though he walks like it these days. But Phil is older, and so were some of the past champions, including Bernhard Langer, now the oldest player to make the cut at age 63.

HERE’S HOPING there is nothing really wrong with Bryson DeChambeau who said he didn’t feel well this past week. DeChambeau said he was suffering from some dizziness and other issues. These days it’s normally the fans who get dizzy watching DeChambeau’s long drives.

COG HILL GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB starts it’s holiday sale in the pro shop today. While supplies last, golf shoes are 50% off, hats are in the buy 1 get 1 free mode. Stop by Cog Hill and see all the sales. Learn more at Coghillgolf.com.

PRODUCT REVIEWS I have received a few products over the last few months to check out, and here are my thoughts.

Sqairz Golf Shoes, with all the traction you could ever need.

SQAIRZ golf shoes.

They are different, but they are good. It’s taken me a bit to get comfortable in them.

Sqairz depending on which model you get, can be a much heavier golf shoe than many golfers are used to. They did create different wear spots for me on my feet. As a result after the first time I wore them, I had 2 cuts on each foot, and a blood blister on one toe. The good news is that I am glad I did not give up on them, because 5 rounds later they are now feeling broke-in and much more comfortable. The extra weight on my pair of Sqairz shoes is keeping my feet from moving around as much when I swing. I’ve started scoring better in recent rounds since I have worn them. Sir Nick Faldo loves them, you might too. Check out a pair, great holiday gift, get the holiday bundle on sale all month long.

The other highlights about Sqairz, is that when they say they are waterproof, they are. I have never had a shoe keep my feet so dry on wet days, or when the morning dew is in full force. Another strong point for me with Sqairz, is the little bubble on the shoelaces, that help keep them tied through the entire round. I’ve always had trouble keeping my laces tied with other brands, and it’s annoying having to keep retying your shoes every two holes.

Canteen Spirits Vodka Soda

Canteen Spirits Vodka Soda, designed by a golfer for golfers, in five different flavors.

I did not get to try the lime flavored that I would like too try, but I had a couple of other flavors from the line.

The first one I tried was the Black Cherry. It was good, but I thought the Black Cherry flavor did not stand out as much as I would have liked. Watermelon was even better and the watermelon flavor was much more apparent in the taste, I thought the watermelon flavor was really good, and would be a great thirst-quencher on the golf course. It’s also a sugar-free drink.

I received a can of the Cucumber flavor. I’m not a Cucumber person, so I had a friend who loves Cucumbers try it and they loved it. Calling it tasty, refreshing, and thirst- quenching. Check out more spirits by Canteen and visit the website DrinkCanteen.com.

Scotland-Home of Golf

SCOTLAND-HOME OF GOLF.

A great new book by the father and son team of photographers Iain and Christopher Lowe, from St. Andrews.

The text and illustrations are from David Joy.

The book is considered a love-letter from the all the great courses in Scotland, that are currently missing those who love the game, links golf and can’t travel to Scotland because of the pandemic.

The Lowe’s photography captures 14 of Scotland’s best golf courses, ten of the courses have a long history including many Open Championships. Four of the courses are considered new, having opened since the year 2000.

A perfect holiday gift, available through Amazon.com or ScottishgolfLibrary.com with a cost of $45.00. Once you read this book, 175 pages of mostly pictures. You will want to plan your first or next visit to Scotland.

LEN ZIEHM has posted a story on architect Rees Jones and his redo of Coral Springs Golf Course in Florida, where he grew up, by the golf course his father designed and kept his offices. See LenZiehmongolf.com

THE MASTERS IS OVER but there is still some time left to get a LAB Golf masters themed putter, see Labgolf.com.

WEDNESDAY to SATURDAY the weather is not too bad. Get out and play while you still can. The Gog Blog returns tomorrow. RS

THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-NEWS COLUMN

ENJOY MASTERS SUNDAY-Augusta artwork by Linda Hartough, Visit Hartough.com     _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or Facebook and LinkedIn. In the Mistwood Performance Center with Master Fitter Chris Ioriatti, rolling the ball in the SAM Putt Lab.

CLUB FITTINGS are not just for Drivers and Irons. Get fitted for all your clubs including wedges and putters.

Mistwood Golf in Romeoville is a Top 100 fitting location in the country. See Eric Russell or Chris Ioriatti in the Mistwood Performance center, and get the right clubs with the correct lie and loft, and make your game better today.

Mistwoodgc.com or call Mistwood at (815)-254-3333. Coming soon-the Mistwood Golf Dome will reopen in Bolingbrook, on Rt. 53. Currently there is some 2020 Masters Merchandise for sale in the pro shop, including Crow’s nest T-Shirts.

Blackberry Oaks Pro Chad Johansen welcomes golfers.

Chad Johansen GM and Head Golf Professional at Blackberry Oaks in Bristol, has announced that 2021 golf memberships are now on sale.

In 2021 there will be three types of memberships for sale. You can visit Blackberryoaks.com to learn more.

For the winter ahead, Johansen has opened his indoor facility at the Go For it Sports Dome in Yorkville but located near Blackberry Oaks. In addition check out the Perfect Putting Mat while at the dome. (630)-553-7170.

CHAPEL HILL golf Club in McHenry had to close this week, due to possible staff exposure to Covid-19. As a result if you played golf at Chapel Hill in the week prior to Nov. 11th, monitor yourself for Covid-Symptons.

EAGLE RIDGE RESORT and SPA in Galena Illinois, is having a year end pro shop sale in the resorts North Course pro shop through November 25th. See EagleRidge.Com for more details and savings amounts on various merchandise.

Topgolf Schaumburg by night.

The Topgolf family is expanding in Europe.

The newest Topgolf facility is now ready to break ground in Oberhausen Germany. The new German facility will have 102 hitting bays spread out over three levels.

Which will go along with three bars and restaurants. No date is set yet for opening day.

In addition Topgolf has announced it’s stadium tour for 2021. With 14 different stadium locations having been selected. Most of the locations are spread out through the South and Western States. The only northern location is Progressive Field in Cleveland, in late September. For more information see Topgolf.com

Sqairz Golf Shoes, bringing golfers a new level of traction.

Sqairz golf shoes the hottest new brand of shoes on the market, is offering Black Friday specials this month.

You can bundle it along with Sqairz hats, Sqairz socks, Sqairz shoes and Sqairz personal pouches.

Through November 30th you can see what major champions like Nick Faldo are talking about, when he says that Sqairz Shoes are the best shoes he has ever worn. See Sqairz.com. Or you can call (888)-793-7779 for more information or to order your pair of Sqairz golf shoes.

STITCH GOLF has announced the release of it’s Birdie Bag. A carry bag for travel or one that you can take to the golf course. Use it to carry clothes, or other belongings during travel. It also makes for a great beverage bag on the golf course. For more information see Stitchgolf.com.

SKY GOLF RANGE FINDERS are offering a holiday promotion through the end of the 2020 year, on their award winning SX 400 and SX 500 range and the LX5 Smart watches. More details at SkyGolf.com.

The new Zero Friction Laser Pro

OAKBROOK TERRACE based Zero Friction Golf has expanded it’s product line into the Laser Range and yardage devices.

The two models, Laser Pro retails at $229.99 and the Laser Pro Sm at $329.99.

The biggest difference in these range finders, is the newly created pistol shaped rubber handle grip. making it easy to get your yardage quickly and accurately. Just aim and click.

“We wanted to be in the laser business, but we didn’t want to create another “me-too” palm held unit,” said John Iacono, Zero Friction Founder. “What we really wanted was a pistol-style grip. It’s simple to use. It’s much easier to hold steady in your hand than a unit that sits in your palm. It vibrates when it locks in on the target. So we ended up with exactly what we wanted. A unique product with impassive technology that fits our brand.”

Some of the features include, 1000=yard range at 1/-1 yard. Conforms to rules of golf. Measures in yards or meters, waterproof device IPx5 carry case, scan and pin lock modes, easy to read LCD magnify 6x. It’s lightweight at 6.5 oz or 182 grams. Locally in the Chicago area you can purchase the Zero Friction Laser pro’s at PGA Tour Store, along with other Zero Friction products such as gloves, balls and tees. You can get more information at (630)-317-7700.

JACK NICKLAUS hit his Masters Honorary tee shot with his Play-Yellow Glove and hat for charity. You can purchase your Play-Yellow glove with proceeds going to charity through Golf.com.

Streamsong Black by Gil Hanse.

STREAMSONG RESORT in Streamsong Florida, near Lakeland Florida, has announced  the new tradition of a “Golfers Holiday Stay and Play 36″ Package.”

You can enjoy a two-night stay at the Lakeside Lodge, and two rounds of golf, along with breakfast each day.

Currently while supplies last, don’t forget to get your Golfers Holiday travel bag, with special gifts valued at over $800.00.

Now is a great time to play Streamsong, with the Red and Blue courses just reopening after re-grassing and now have the Ultradwarf-Bermudagrass, Mach 1. This package is available from November 23, 2020 through January 16th of 2021 and starts at $1,299 per person based on double occupancy, or $1,499 per person on single-occupancy. Prices include tax but not resort-fees or caddie fees. For more details visit StreamsongResort.com.

The Gog Blog Speaks Out-returns tomorrow. RS