About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.

USGA POSTPONES US WOMEN’S OPEN & CURTIS CUP

  THE COURSES OF THE FRENCH LICK RESORT ARE OPEN-however the rooms, the spa, the casino, and restaurants of the resort are closed. Full details at Frenchlick.com   _____________________________________________________________________

                 THE USGA logo

CANCELED OR POSTPONED

THE USGA and it’s championship schedules, are being forced into changes like everyone, due to the threat of the Covid-19 Virus.

The latest changes to be announced came this past week, with the delay of the U.S. Women’s Open and the Curtis Cup Matches.

GOLF HOUSE on the USGA Campus at Liberty Corner NJ.

The. U.S. Women’s Open has moved on the calendar only from June 4-7, to December 10-13.

But the championship will still be held at the Champions Golf Club in Houston Texas.

The championship will be held over the clubs two courses, much like the format used during U.S. Amateur or Mid-Amateur play.

This because of the shorter window of daylight during the month of December.

“The USGA remains committed to hosting the U.S. Women’s Open in 2020,” said USGA CEO Mike Davis. “We are grateful to the LPGA and our broadcast partner Fox, for their terrific collaboration in finding a new date for the championship. Our priority remains ensuring the safety of all involved with the U.S. Women’s Open, while still providing the world’s best players the opportunity to compete this year.”

The Cypress Creek Course will be used for play in all four rounds, while the Jackrabbit Course will host play in Rounds 1 & 2.

U.S. Women’s Open qualifying will be held on rescheduled dates, and the USGA is still reviewing how exemption categories will be affected.

“We are incredibly thankful to Champions Golf Club for it’s flexibility and support during this uncertain time,” said Davis. “The club led by Jack and Robin Burke, has been such a great friend of the USGA for some time, stepping up in 2017 to host the U.S. Women’s Amateur on short notice after it was displaced by a hurricane, and now accommodating a significant schedule change for our premier women’s championship, not to mention letting us use both golf courses. We’re confident the combined efforts will lead to an incredibly special 75th U.S. Women’s Open.”

Champions Golf Club was founded in 1957 by World Golf Hall of Fame members Jimmy Demaret and Jack Burke Jr., who currently serves as president. The Cypress Course designed by Ralph Plummer first opened in 1959, it has hosted 4 previous USGA Championships, the 1969 U.S. Open, 1993 U.S. Amateur, 1998 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. The Jackrabbit Course was designed by George Fazio, it opened for play in 1964.

THE 2020 CURTIS CUP that was scheduled for June 12-14 at the Conwy Club in Wales, has been rescheduled for the Conwy Club in 2021. Sarah Ingram USA and  Elaine Ratcliffe GB&I will remain as team captains. Currently Team USA leads the all-time series 29-8-3.

PGA CANCELS SR. PGA CHAMPIONSHIP FOR 2020

  MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB is open for Curb-side pick-ups from McWethy’s. Plus don’t forget to listen to Pro Andy Mickelson’s live Facebook show that ran today in the Noon hour. For details on Mistwood see Mistwoodgc.com or call McWethy’s (815)-254-7001.   _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation, Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook or Linkedin. On the first tee at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor Mich, with the Alfred Bourne Trophy.

CANCELED.

The 2020 Senior PGA Championship, that was scheduled from May 19-24 at the Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor Michigan, has been canceled for the year.

The Championship will not be made up later in the year. The decision was made based on the decision to stay-at-home in the state of Michigan.

“While we are incredibly disappointed, we all understand that protecting public health is the highest priority,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “We are  especially disappointed for the Benton Harbor community, our friends at KitchenAid and the fans and volunteers who support this important championship so passionately.”

The 2020 Sr. PGA Logo

“This was not an easy decision. This Championship means so much to our KitchenAid brand and the Southwest Michigan community, however the health and safety of our community is our priority,” said Jeff Noel, vice president of communications and public affairs for Whirlpool Corporation, parent company of KitchenAid. “We thank our corporate and hospitality partners and our 1600 volunteers for their continued support of the Championship. The contestants have become a welcomed extension of our community over the years and while we are incredibly disappointed that the Championship will not return to Benton Harbor in 2020, we know that this is the right thing to do.”

The par 3, 2nd hole at Harbor Shores Golf Club.

The 2021 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship will be played at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa Oklahoma, May 25-30.

It will return to Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor Michigan, 2022.

The PGA of America has already postponed the National Club Professional Championship, and the PGA Championship has been delayed until later this summer.

The Ryder Cup is still on schedule for the late September at Whistling Straits in Haven/Kohler Wisconsin.

RICH HARVEST FARMS-BIG TEN CANCEL CONFERENCE GOLF

  MCWETHY’S AT MISTWOOD-CURBSIDE PICK UP IS OPEN. Mistwood headed to the finals in the Chicago Golf Bracket Challenge on Twitter, Vote Mistwood. Mistwood live on Facebook, starting tomorrow every Thursday in April at noon. Send in your questions and topics. Don’t forget to visit Mistwoodgc.com & Mistwoodgolfdome.com #mcwethys ______________________________________________________________________

THE BIG TEN MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP SIGN AT RICH HARVEST FARMS

IT’S CANCELLED.

The Big Ten Conference has now been officially forced to cancel the Men’s Big Ten Golf Champions, that were scheduled for May 1-3, at Jerry Rich’s Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove IL.

The Big Ten will re-evaluate spring activities On May 4th.

Today, Jerry Rich offered this statement on the championship having to be cancelled for 2020.

The Plantation House at Rich Harvest Farms.

“It was a decision that was difficult for all that were involved. I know we were all looking forward to seeing the tournament out at Rich Harvest Farms, but the safety and wellness of everyone involved, from the student-athletes to the spectators to the volunteers, come first. While my tournament staff alerted our volunteers right away, I didn’t want to inform the public at large until it became clear that the decision was  final. I know that the 2020 Men’s Big Ten Golf Championship would have been one for the ages, but this is our present. However, we look forward to partnering again with the Big Ten Conference in the future.”

“Thank You once more to our dedicated volunteers and would-be spectators. We look forward to seeing you out on the golf course for the Rich Harvest Farms Intercollegiate, September 26-28, 2020, and the (Arnold) Palmer Cup from June 11-13 in 2021.”

 

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Linkedin or Facebook.

ZIEHM & SPEARS PODCAST 2020-VOLUME 3

PICK UP IS OPEN AT MCWETHY’S TAVERN at Mistwood Golf Club. McWethy’s Sportsbar at the Mistwood Golf Dome is open for curbside pick-up as well. Visit Mistwoodgc.com or mistwoodgolfdome.com for details on both facilities food operations _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation, for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. In the Port St. Lucie Studio with Hall of Famer Len Ziehm.

PODCAST 2020 Ziehm and Spears Volume No.3.

Editors Note :This is the third podcast of the year between 2019 Illinois Golf hall of Fame Inductee Len Ziehm, and Golfers on Golf, show host and content manager yours truly Rory Spears.

We are practicing our social distancing by each of us being in our home studio’s. Ziehm in PGA Village in Port St. Lucie Florida, and Spears in his Arlington Hts. IL. studio, unfortunately not located in a golf community.

Len and I have decided to make the podcasts now a weekly venture in our efforts to keep the public, golf public and golfers everywhere as informed as possible, during the Covid-19 Outbreak.

This edition covers several topics including the fact that 36 states are open for golf, and 77% to 78% of public and private courses in America are open with restrictions. The states that are closed, well we offer those Governors a much needed mulligan to think it over.

On the resort scene, Kudo’s to industry leader Pinehurst Resort on running an auction to raise money for laid-off staff members. Some great and unique prizes brought in some much needed dollars.

Click here, to hear Ziehm and Spears Podcast 2020-Volume 3.

What the numbers say, and props given to the USGA on not pulling the plug so quickly on the 2020 U.S. Open. Podcast 4 will be next week. Keep it here, or on Lenziehmongolf.com.

Stay healthy everyone, RS.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-NOW WHAT !

  MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB in Romeoville is closed-McWethy’s Tavern is not, come and enjoy great McWethy’s food menu items. Curb side pick up is available (815)-254-7001. ______________________________________________________________________

Come on in-We’re OPEN.

THE GOOD NEWS-YES THEY ARE OPEN !!!

The Pete Dye Course at the Closed French Lick Resort is open. So are the Valley Links and Donald Ross Golf Courses. The Dye Course opened this past weekend. That’s the good news, the bad news is that Illinois Golf is shut down.

The rain was falling hard on Saturday, after some real downpours on Friday night. Our golf courses are soaked, so maybe it’s best they are closed. I still agree with the plan by Pine Meadow in Mundelein to use this time for aeration. NO courses should to need to aerate after April 9th. Do it now.

FLIP-FLOP the position of the State of Illinois that saw 4, we are open, we are closed changes in 8 days was like a bad golf lesson. The left hand does not know what the right hand is doing, that’s for sure.

EXTENSION of the Shelter in Place can’t be more than a few days past the 7th at this point. If anyone thinks we can just take this into May or June, you need to look in a mirror. Things need to pick-up, even if it’s just a little at a time.

Courses are open in over 35 states according to national statistics, with some states pending, and maybe 8 saying no. It’s been great seeing the golfers out in force on Facebook in various Northeastern states, other than New York or New Jersey.

WORD IS people are fleeing New York in droves and headed south, at this point I can’t blame them, but will it help. Are they just spreading the virus, or are they. Off to Florida, the courses are open, but not Disney World or the Beach’s.

IF YOUR IN ILLINOIS I’d use the next 10 days to get done projects you don’t want to do when the golf courses open. I’ll clean the office and the garage, taxes will be done. As it will be golf season at some point.

PINEHURST IS DOING AN AUCTION with really neat prizes you might never see again, it runs through tonight at 8 Pm (EST). Send in your bids. See Pinehurst.com. It benefits their employees who are out of work, or just barely working.

FINN SCOOTERS at Lake Nona Golf Club

During yesterdays Sunday Morning Short Game News Column, I posted several stories that wrapped up our coverage of the 2020 PGA Merchandise show.

But before I do conclude stories from the PGA Show, here is one last product to show you. The golf-cycle caddie by the famed Finn Scooters of Missoula Mt.

I did drive one up and down the 13th fairway at Lake Nona Golf Club, they are pretty neat. I didn’t have the best luck getting the front well turned when I needed it to cut. But other riders seemed to have much more success. If your club allows these type of caddies see Finnscooters.com.

Davis’ Love III home went up in flames.

With everyone worrying about the virus, this story got little attention.

But Davis Love III, lost his home this past week on St. Simon/Sea Island Georgia, in a massive fire.

It went up quickly, and first responders were there quickly according to a post by Love III on his Twitter account. But they could not save his home. Love III says he and his family are fine and nobody was injured (thankfully). Love III says he and his family will remain members of the community going forward.

TOMMY BAHAMA has entered into a partnership with Boomer CB5 products, and I just received some samples. I’ll be testing them as well, before doing my final product review on CBD and CB5 products.

The 2020 U.S. Open logo.

WORD IS leaking out of Winged Foot that the U.S. Open will be delayed. If so, where do you put it. The PGA is delayed, the Masters is delayed, what next. If you move all these events back, where do they go. On top of other tournaments. Some fall events might have to be eliminated if this continues. Every tournament that gets canceled going forward past the current ones that have already been canceled, cause real problems.

SO FAR sources says that neither the BMW Championship or the John Deere Classic have been asked to move their dates. Let’s hope they don’t change. The Indianapolis 500 has been moved to August, and will be run on the Sunday of the final round of the BMW Championship. Good thing this years BMW, is not at Crooked Stick Golf Club near Indianapolis.

IT’S SAD TO SEE that the Men’s Big Ten Golf Championships at Rich Harvest Farms appears to be canceled, as the Big Ten is first reviewing the possibility of spring sports activities on May 4th. The day after play at Rich Harvest Farms was to conclude.

Golfers hang in there, hopefully our courses will be able to open in some capacity on the 8th of April. RS

THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-EARLY EDITION

THE PETE DYE COURSE at the French Lick Resort is now OPEN for the season, along with all golf courses at the resort, which is still closed. MCWETHY’S TAVERN at the Mistwood Golf Club on Renwick Rd. Romeoville is open for curbside food pick-up.  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook and LinkedIn. Under the lights at Topgolf Schaumburg.

HANG IN THERE, I know area golf courses are closed due to Covid-19 via the Governor, but April 8th will be here in no-time. Until then here is more golf news, so your ready when we can play again.

The French Lick Resort has opened all of it’s golf courses for the season, with the opening of the Pete Dye Golf Course yesterday. Good news. But the resort, casino, restaurants and sports book are closed for now.

If you wish to travel to French Lick, the Best Western Hotel down the street from the resort is open and has rooms available. Details on the resorts website-Frenchlick.com.

SCOTT MOLITOR a Milwaukee Wisconsin businessman, will be the new owner of the Bull at Pinehurst Farms in Sheboygan Falls Wisconsin. Molitor reportedly is an avid golfer, but wasn’t really interested in owning a golf course until he learned of “The Bull” going up for auction. Molitor a friend of Jack Nicklaus decided to buy the golf course, when he learned the course was a Nicklaus design. Reports are that the club will get managed by Northbrook/Chicago based KemperSports Management.

The V1 Sports Video App and lesson cycle.

With golfers sheltering in place these days, and Covid-19 on the loose, the V1 Sports App is a way that professional golf instructors can connect with the students.

The V1 Sports App is growing so much, that it just went over the 4 million mark, of lessons given through V1.

There is a 30-Day free trial of V1 allows instructors to test the 2020 V1 Pro Studio software system and then decide to sign up for one of three plans, V1 Complete (a combination of studio or mobile), V1 Pro or V1 Mobile. So they can produce lessons with video, voice-over and telestration. For more information visit V1sports.com.

The Women’s Spring line from New Balance.

The spring line of golf shoes for women is now available. So when the virus goes away and it’s time again to play, will you have your new shoes ladies.

Both New Balance  and Callaway have their lines of shoes for ladies ready for spring.

From New Balance there is the Women’s Fresh Foam LinksSL. The Fresh Foam midsole is a data-driven design, that provides soft cushioning and lateral stability. The shoe weights only 9.0 oz. and has a 2-year waterproof warranty. $89.95

New Balance also offers the Women’s 574 Green which is a waterproof microfiber leather performance upper. It comes with a 2-year waterproof warranty. $79.95.

GOLFERS 911 the handbook. Something that should be in everyone’s golf bag. It’s a spiral book that is only 4″ by 6″, and is a 64-page guide. BEFORE you save par, save a life. It’s written by Mason Delafield of Delray Beach FL., and edited by Dr. Ronald Brown from Charlotte NC.

This book tells what to do in cases related to being on the course, when a health emergency arrives. Falling in a bunker, snake or alligator attack, cardiac arrest, choking, seizure, cuts, head injuries, insect bites, bee stings and more. Your help might be needed before first responders arrive. Any golfer can buy this book for $14.95, it can be customized or ordered in bulk. It should be on sale in every pro-shop. To obtain your Golfers 911 book, email customerservice@golfers911.com.

CALLAWAY CUSTOM’S the way to design your Mavrik driver the way you want it. Pick your color scheme, stamp your logo or initials. Callawaygolf.com/customs.

GOLF 360 TV with Dave Lockhart and former Chicago Bear Long Snapper Patrick Mannelly, with return in June. In the meantime enjoy some new Golf360 videos on You-Tube.

The Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships at Rich Harvest Farms. Probably not.

The Big Ten Conference that was supposed to hold the Men’s Conference Golf Championships at Jerry Rich’s, Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove likely will not.

College spring sports were shut down originally, then the Big Ten decided to revisit the situation on April 6th.

However on Friday night they decided to hold back from making any decision on spring athletics or group activities until May 4th. Which is one day after the conference championship would have been played. Here is hoping that 2021 can be played at RHF. 2022 is scheduled for the French Lick Resort.

AS OF NOW-the Play Golf Under The Stars-Night Golf at Foxford Hills is still on for May 8th. To sign-up call the club at (847)-639-0400.

ONE OF THE BUSY-spots at the PGA Show, was the EZGO Golf Cart booth.

One of the busy places at the PGA Show was the EZGO Golf Cart booth, where EZGO unveiled the new EX1 gas powered golf cart.

What are your cart needs as you head into 2020.

Does your favorite club, the the private club you belong to need new golf carts. Is it time to replace an aging fleet.

Do you now live in a golf community where you should have your own cart, either to go to the course, the store, or just to drive around the neighborhood.

Click here to hear the interview with EZGO Golf Carts (Textron) Director of Communications Brandon Haddock.

BEN MALOY shows that EVOLVE GOLF is your home to a good tee. What started as a bad tee shot, has “Evolved” in much more than that at Evolvegolf.com

Click here to hear our interview with Evolve Golf’s Ben Maloy, better golf tee’s, better for the environment, other markers and tee gifts. Evolvegolf.com

Coral Coast Bermuda, golf and beach wear. For when the beach look works for golf and at the club. Coralcoastclothing.com

There are times when casual just works, and it really works when your wearing Coral Coast of Bermuda.

Credit Sam Outerbridge and Adam Petty, for finding a way to get it done.

Is it comfortable, is it colorful, is it just you.

How do you look in a pair of Bermuda Shorts, now it’s time to find out with a pair of shorts from Coral Coast.

Click here to hear our interview with Coral Coast Clothing Founder Sam Outerbridge.

Chip Beck-One member of the 59 club is still out pitching.

Former PGA Tour player Chip Beck says he has retired from playing out on the professional tours, but this member of the 59 club is not done giving his pitch to golfers that need an easier way to fix ball marks and more.

When Beck gives you his pitch, it goes right to the cup, where it’s easy, to retrieve your ball, and fix your ball mark.

Want more, you can do everything without even having to bend over. Pitch Fix does it all for you.

Click here to hear the interview with 59-club member Chip Beck on the new Pitch-Fix.

Pitchfixusa.com is how to learn more about the ball mark repair tool you must have, take it from the 3-time team USA Ryder Cup member Chip Beck, fix your pitch mark with Pitch-Fix.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS-OUT RETURNS on MONDAY. RS

THE CALLAWAY GOLF SHOE LINE FOR 2020

                              CLOSED                                                          OPEN                              THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME AND GOLF COURSE ARE CLOSED, but the good news is that McWethy’s Sportsbar and McWethy’s Tavern are open for curbside pick up or you can use a delivery service. Details Mistwoodgc.com or Mistwoodgolfdome.com.   ____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Linkedin or Facebook.

THE CORONADO by Callaway.

Callaway Golf one of the leaders in the golfer industry, is now growing it’s footwear line.

With shoes like the LaGrange and the Coronado, Callaway is now competing with the top names in apparel and footwear.

Do your current pair of golf shoes lack traction, comfort, and style. Are they too heavy and are they waterproof.

Are your socks getting wet on the humid days and when the dew is full during early morning rounds.

Click here to learn more about Callaway Shoes from our interview with marketing director Anders Jahn.

Anders Jahn shows off the new Callaway Oceanside shoe.

If you don’t want spikes, you can go spikeless.

The new Callaway shoe line is not just for the men, ladies you have your choice of shoes as well. With or without spikes.

Callaway staffer and 2017 BMW Championship winner at Conway Farms Marc Leishman wears the Coronado line, with his personal choices of colors. Canadian Adam Hadwin wears his Callaway shoes with the Canadian maple leaf logo on them.

For more details on the Callaway shoe line, that goes well with Callaway clubs, golf balls, or garments in the apparel line. See Callawayfootwear.com.

FLIP FLOP-STATE OF ILLINOIS CANCELS GOLF AGAIN

THE MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB IN ROMEOVILLE (815)-254-3333 Mistwoodgc.com WILL NOT OPEN tomorrow as previously planned. McWethy’s Tavern and McWethys Sports Bar are open for curbside pick-ups.

FLIP-FLOP yet another change of position by Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) on the state of golf in Illinois.

It’s the fourth change in 8 days. Now golfers and golf course owners are just as confused as Springfield.

Golf industry experts say one of the safest places you can be while outdoors is on a golf course right now. That is likely true.

There is some thought that all the beach front-lake front party-goers in the city yesterday, ruined it for everyone.

As a result of so many people out biking, running, or gathering in groups, having a picnic or just hanging out in big groups, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) said “enough” and closed the Chicago lakefront down T,he police were there today, enjoying the best duty they have ever had. Standing around on the beach and lakefront telling those that showed up, “were closed”.

What golf courses everywhere in Illinois must do now.

So as of now golfers and everyone else are shut out of places they would like to be, and at times that includes work.

Another note in the golf world, was the date change of the Indianapolis 500. Which will now be raced on August 23rd, which coincides with the final round of the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields.

The NBC network is supposed to show both events. The Golf Channel is an option for the PGA Tour, or maybe the race ends early enough so the last 10-12 holes at the BMW, can get shifted back to NBC. Who knows.

As for me in case you were wondering. I have not played since the PGA Show trip, but was thinking about going out this week. Then after almost 4-5 inches of snow was in my backyard on Monday, I decided not to play. Yes the snow is gone, but the water from it is not.

Wet fairways, closed clubhouses, halfway houses, bathrooms, driving ranges, elevated cups, not touching the flag sticks, no ranks in bunkers, no tee markers on some courses, doesn’t seem much like golf. Unless your just testing a new club for a few holes. If courses were open, I’d have some short loops set-up like maybe 3 or 6 holes.

What I do sense is that Governor Pritzker better let some sort of re-opening happen come April 8th, or he will face a full revolt that goes well beyond the golf industry in Illinois. I’m sure if he needs a few more days after the 8th, like until the following Monday, people will suck-it-up and give it to him. But on the 13th or 14th of April, we should be ready to start swinging again, even if it comes in small steps, with restrictions.

I like the fact that President  Donald Trump (R) is hopeful to have some sense of normal by Easter on April 12th. But I’m not sure that is optimistic, and the president says he will listen to the medical experts. Let’s hope they are right. It would be real sad if by mid-summer we can look back on the Cornona-Virus days, as the big threat that turned into a big hoax.

So lets give the state another 11 days, and keep putting in the living room or the office and basement. I will, and lets hope our short games are all better when the courses reopen for good. Most of us could use some improvement on our short games.

RORY SPEARS-Director of Content and Creation/Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or Facebook and Linkedin.

CALLAWAY ANNOUNCES THE MAVERICK LINE

Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville (L)-Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook (R). Updating on Mistwood Golf Club opening tomorrow 3-27. In the meantime McWethy’s Sports Bar and McWethy’s Tavern, are open for curb-side pickup if your looking for great food. ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Facebook, or Linkedin. With the Callaway Maverick Driver.

THE CALLAWAY MAVERICK DRIVER, is not just a driver, it’s really three drivers. Then there are more options, which include Maverick fairway woods. You need more, yes there are Maverick Irons.

Callaway has outdone itself again. Three years ago they introduced the Epic Driver, it was a winner. that got followed up with the Rogue Line. Another winner. Last year it was the Epic Flash Driver and fairway woods.

By developing what they have over the last few years, Callaway has put itself in a position of “can you top this”. The answer again is, YES.

Mavrik is the yes in AI. Artificial Intelligence. But Mavrik is more than just one driver, the options are fit for every club in your bag, and it plays to the best part of your game, while making it better. It doesn’t matter what type of ball flight you have, what your swing speed or handicap is, Mavrik can work for you and your game. It will make you better. If your thinking new clubs in 2020, don’t buy anything else until you at-least, test Mavrik.

The Mavrik Driver by Callaway

When Epic Flash came on the market, it was the first driver created with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. It was the # 1 selling driver in 2019.

That led the Callaway R& D Team to push things to another level. They went looking for an even greater amount of distance, more forgiveness and consistency. The new Mavrik had the benefit of being designed by Callaway’s new supercomputer. This new computer allowed the Callaway design team to have an even better understanding on how to take drivers to a place, that none had gone before.

The face of the new Mavrik Driver.

The new Flash Face SS20 design has a thinner face, but a more expansive hitting area for a greater ball speed.

Callaway’s supercomputer ran thousands of prototypes over weeks to arrive at the design for the new Mavrik.

What also emerged with Mavrik’s design, was the need for a tougher and stronger material to handle impact. So Callaway has introduced the FS2S titanium in the club face. This high grade titanium is 6 grams lighter that traditional materials found in drivers.

Callaway Product Marketing Manager Steven Sourigno with a Mavrik Iron and 3-Wood.

While Callaway is adding what’s new to Mavrik, they has kept some of what’s recent and proven.

Jailbreak and the T2C Triaxial Carbon Crown. Jailbreak are the two bars behind the face that connect the sole to the crown which generates faster ball speed. The T2C carbon crown, is lighter than a traditional titanium crown, and that gave the engineering team an opportunity to redistribute weight, for better forgiveness.

Click here to hear the interview with Callaway Product Marketing Manager Steven Sourigno, on the full line of Maverik Clubs.

Mavrik Driver comes in lofts of 9-10.5- and 12 degrees, with pricing set at $499.00.

MAVRIK is just not one driver, it’s three. If your drive to the fairway requires something different, there is the Mavrik Sub-Zero Driver. This driver offers a combination of low spin and high MOI. Sub-Zero has a slightly smaller head (450cc), with two interchangeable screws front and back, to change the launch angle and spin rate. It comes in 9 and 10.5 degree lofts. The titanium rib-system found on all Mavrik drivers, allows for a deeper and satisfying sound at impact.

MAVRIK MAX DRIVER is option three in the Mavrik driver line. This long easy-to-hit driver reduces slice off the tee, because it has the largest draw bias capability. MAX has two interchangeable weights, 14g and 2g. They are positioned in the sole near the heel and center-back. A heavier weight in the heel of the club promotes a maximum draw ball flight. Comes in lofts of 9-10.5 and 12 degrees.

The Mavrik line of clubs has moved past being only drivers. It’s now available in fairway woods and irons. For more information visit Callawaygolf.com.

ILLINOIS GOLF COURSES CAN NOW REOPEN

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook or LinkedIn.

GREAT NEWS-ILLINOIS GOLF WILL RETURN tomorrow, Wednesday March 25th.

Here is part of the updated mandate from the State of Illinois.

Can golf courses open: YES.

But under these guidelines from the Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity.

Clubhouses and food services are closed. To pay for your round if it’s a public course, you must do so in advance, you can not go in the clubhouse to pay. You must have it done before you get there.

YOU MUST WALK-no carts are going out. No food or beverage operations can be up and running. NO beverage carts can be sent out on the course, and no halfway houses can open. You should be using social distancing guidelines.

ILLINOIS GUIDELINES on golf courses have been revised as of March 24th.

Courses can control whether or not they put rakes out in the traps, many will not. IF your on the range, or putting green engage in social distancing.

TRY NOT to touch flag sticks. Many courses will elevate the cups above ground level so you do not have to reach into the cup to get your golf ball.

This morning, the Governor of Ohio reopened golf courses, and all states surrounding the borders of Illinois had courses open as of today. ONLY Illinois was shutdown. If you wish to play, call the course to see if they are open, and make payment. Private club members should check with the head golf professional or director of golf, to see if guests are welcome.

Private club members, you are not allowed in your clubhouses. If you need your clubs from your locker, or other items from your locker, call the pro shop, and your items will have to be brought out to you.

If your out golfing in the next few days and wish to share pictures with us. Post them on my Facebook page (Rory Spears), or send to our Twitter account @GogBlogGuy. Also if you not following us on Twitter, we encourage you to do so.

Good golfing every one. One small step everyone, but it’s a start.  RORY