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ARE YOU ENJOYING THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME THIS WINTER. Outdoor golf season will be here before you know it and you need to be ready. The Mistwood Golf Club professional staff is ready with lessons, or club fittings when your ready to upgrade your game. Mistwood Golf Dome is home to Toptracer Golf and McWethy’s Sportsbar. Visit Mistwoodgolfdome.com to see the special events. (630)-739-7600 #inBolingbrook   _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook or Linkedin. It’s a Ryder Cup year-Kohler/Haven Wis. this September.

55 DEGREES TODAY-YES the snow is melting away.

While winter is expected to return later this week, February is winding down and the Chicago Golf Show is next weekend.

BUT PARS UNDER THE STARS is coming up on Friday May 8th at Foxford Hills in Cary. Did you ever want to play night golf ? Well for $75 or $300 a foursome you can. Great Italian dinner options for part of your fee.

Call Foxford Hills to sign up at (847)-639-0400. Event runs from 5 Pm to 10 Pm. In case of rain golfers get a 9-hole rain check to be used by October 31-2020.

IT’s NOT TOO LATE-Schaumburg Golf Club has golf and hockey this afternoon at 2 Pm. The Blackhawks and Dallas Stars while you golf in the simulators and enjoy food and beverage from Chandlers Chop House upstairs, call the pro shop for the special at (847)-885-9000. Schaumburggolf.com 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg.

HONMA CLUBS announce Club Fitting Experience across North America.

Honma Golf has announced a premier club fitting experience across North America.

Honma Golf has fitting locations now at Reunion Resort & Golf Club in Orlando Florida, and the Ko Olina Golf Club on Oahu, in Hawaii.

The Honma Golf Performance Project, in Victoria British Columbia Canada. The Honma Mobile Experience is now reaching 13 markets in the east-west and southeast part of the country. No word yet on a visit to the Chicago area. For more information on Honma Golf see Honmagolf.com or call (877)-476-4653.

Club Champion in Willowbrook broke the 100,000 appointments mark in 2019.

Willowbrook based Club Champion hit the 100,000 appointment mark in 2019 says Club Champion.

“”We had a great year in terms of growth,” said Nick Sherburne, Club Champion founder. “We added two dozen new stores, over 70 new employees and of course our appointment and revenue numbers grew alongside those other successes.”

Club Champion offers “Tour Level” fittings like no-other. “We offer a service that every serious golf can benefit from,” said Sherburne. “Our business model works because the service works-we can show measurable improvements for our customers, and that translates to happy golfers and a higher demand for what we do.”

The Club Champion Team at their Club Champion Booth at the PGA Show in Orlando Florida.

Each Club Champion store does between 500-1500 fittings per year, and some stores surpass that number.

Club Champion had only eight locations in 2014, now in 2020 they have 70.

“By 2015 we had proven our new store concept as well as the ability to open multiple locations in a market. So it was time to grow at a national level. So we have been opening new locations at an accelerated pace,” says CEO Joe Lee.

The normal Club Champion studio includes at least 3,000 square feet of space, with a minimum of two fitting bays equipped with TrackMan launch monitors, a SAM PuttLab, a build shop, with an extensive equipment wall that includes more choices that any other retail golf store chain. Lee says the “shaft wall + our fitters is where the magic happens.”

Need more distance, studies show that Club Champion fitted clubs have added 21 yards off the tee, or 15 yards with Irons. For more details see Clubchampiongolf.com.

JOLIET CC TO CLOSE… Yes it’s true, after 114 years the Joliet Country Club is closing down. As of now the land will be used to build a new warehousing area. It’s not what anyone seemed to want, including village officials. But for now that is the plan. Stay tuned, maybe somehow over the months ahead a plan to save the club can happen. But those odds currently seem to be long ones.

Galvin Green new Apollo waterproof Jackets.

Galvin Green has announced it’s new waterproof Apollo jackets, are the headliners of the Glavin Green 2020 Collection.

The Apollo is the first model that has been designed with the new GORE-TEX Paclite Technology.

This lightweight stretch fabric, allows golfers to wear 100% waterproof jackets, without restrictions that golfers don’t like to have interfering with their swing.

Two years in the works to create, Apollo made sure the addition of pockets did not interfere with a golfers swing, weighs just 300g. The Apollo fits nicely in your golf bag, and sizes run from Small to 3XL. For more information and ordering options, please see Glavingreen.com.

KNUTH GOLF INTRODUCES HIGH HEAT 257+ at PGA Show. Knuth Golf introduced High Heat 257+ at the recent PGA Merchandise Show. The new model has what’s called Turf Glider Sole Technology (TGS) on the sole of the fairway woods 3,5,7, and Hybrids 3,4,5,6 and 7. This allows amateurs to get the ball airborne and creates more distance, even from tough lies or divots. Reviews from various media outlets have all been extremely positive. More information at knuthgolf.com

The Gog Blog Speaks Out returns tomorrow. RS

SRIXON ANNOUNCES NEW Q-STAR TOUR BALL

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME is ready to help you get your game in mid-season form for when the snow melts. The Mistwood Golf Club professionals are there for lessons and club fittings. Come try Toptracer and enjoy McWethy’s Sports Bar. For details and the special events schedule, see Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call (630)-739-7600. #golf  _____________________________________________________________________

The Srixon Golf Ball

SRIXON has released the third generation of the Srixon Q-STAR TOUR golf ball.

The Q-Star ball is now available in pro shops and golf retail stores.

“The new Q-Star Tour is a tour-caliber golf ball, delivering a softer feel at impact,” said Jeff Brunski, Vice President of Research and Development. “We’ve enhanced this generation with the new FastLayer Core to drive more ball speed and distance, while the SeRM urethane cover offers maximum spin and stopping power.”

The new FastLayer Core is what makes the Q-Star ball, and helps the transition from a soft-inner core, to a firm outer edge. The FastLayer Core is the largest core in it’s class. Which allows for more distance, better spin on short game shots.

The SeRM urethane cover bites further into the wedge and iron grooves, which increases the friction at impact. The new Srixon Spin Skin will increase the spin. The dimple pattern is the 338 Speed, that gives the ball a more penetrating ball flight in any weather condition. With the 338 dimple pattern built to increase lift and reduces drag for more distance.

Srixon Q-Star golf balls have a $32.99 MAP per dozen balls.

TITLEIST ANNOUNCES TOUR SOFT & IMPROVED VELOCITY

MISTWOOD GOLF DOME YOUR HOME FOR WINTER GOLF, it’s also the home of Toptracer in a dome, and McWethy’s Sports Bar. Hit some balls and then hit the bar for some great food & beverage. Mistwood’s Golf Professionals are ready to help with an off season tune-up of your game. See Mistwoodgolf.com or call (630)-739-7600 #golf    _____________________________________________________________________

Michael Mahoney VP of Titleist golf ball marketing talks the new golf balls, and the upgrades to the current ones.

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

*** Another story will focus on the AVX golf ball, so stay clicked in.

The new Titliest Tour Soft golf ball is now available, and it’s the largest core ever made by Titleist engineers. this allows Tour Soft to have a faster ball speed. The larger core, forced the engineers at Titleist to create a thinner 4CE grafted cover. The ball with a new 342 cuboctahedron dimple design, allows for a more penetrating ball flight.

The Titleist Tour Soft that came to the market two years ago, is built for a soft feel, distance, and for short game spins control. Titleist feels the new improvements will add to all area’s that golfers enjoy with the Tour Soft Ball.

The Titleist Tour Soft Golf Ball, now on sale.

For alignment purposes, the ball now has a T-shape on the side of the ball.

“Golfers wanting to play a softer-feeling ball shouldn’t have to sacrifice yards off the tee or control into the green. we know they have real golf to play and their ball has to be much more than soft.”says Michael Mahoney VP, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing. “The new generation of Tour Soft continues to show what’s possible in a lower compression design. Our engineers have developed a longer-all around better performing golf ball that maintains the soft and responsive feel that golfers love about this product.”

The Tour Soft golf ball comes in White and Optic Yellow.

The improved Titliest Velocity golf ball, is now available in golf shops.

When there is a need for speed, the Titleist Velocity golf ball has been built for maximum Velocity.

It comes in three new matte colors, Pink, Green and Orange, that have been added for 2020.

The spherically-tiled 350 octahedral dimple design, adds a more consistent, high flying trajectory for longer distance.

Velocity’s increased core-size adds spin for better stopping power on the green.

“Velocity golfers love distance and they never stop asking for more yards,” says Mahoney. “But we know that they’re also trying to shoot lower scores, and distance is only one part of that equation. The advancements our engineers made to Velocity’s aerodynamics package and high-speed core technology are meaningful. Golfers can take aim from farther away-confident that if they put a good swing on it, they will have extra distance to reach the green with the ball flight to stop it there.”

The MAP is $27.99 and ball number vary per color. More information can be found at Titleist.com.

WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2020 SCHEDULE

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME is your winter place for golf. The dome is home to Toptracer and McWethy’s Sportsbar. In addition the Mistwood Golf Course professional staff resides at the dome in winter, for lessons and club fittings. You can watch the PGA Tour and participate in demo days and other special events. For more details visit online Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call the dome (630)-739-7600, located on Rt.53 Bolingbrook _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG is written by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram. Golfers on Golf Radio will return in April.

The Evans Scholars Invitational beings the WGA’s 2020 golf calendar of championships.

The Glenview based Western Golf Association (WGA), has announced that it will conduct six championships in 2020.

The season begins at the second Evans Scholars Invitational at the Glen Club in Glenview from May 20-24. Defending champion Scottie Sheffler is now on the PGA Tour. A field of 156 players will compete to win this Korn-Ferry Tour event.

The Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest will host the Western Junior Championship in June.

The Western Junior Championship will be held at the historic Onwentsia Club of Lake Forest from June 15-18. A field of 156 juniors will tee off with the low 44 and ties making the 36 hole cut. Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk are among the list of past champions.

“We’re proud and excited to be hosting golf championships at all levels for top men and women golfers,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA senior vice president of tournaments. “We’re expecting excellent competition among some of the finest junior, amateur and professional golfers in the world.”

Pellegrino added that five of the championships are in the Chicago area this summer.

The Grove Country Club in Long Grove hosts the Women’s Western Junior Championship from June 15-19.

“We’re also conducting five of the six events in the greater Chicago region,” said Pellegrino. “Chicago-area golf fans won’t have to travel far to see some of the years finest golf championships.”

For the first time The Grove Country Club will host a WWGA event, when it hosts the WWGA Junior Championship from June 15-19. 78 top rated juniors with a handicap of 14.4 or less will comprise the field, that is cut to the low 16 for the match play portion of the championship.

The Women’s Western Amateur Championship moves from Chicago’s north suburbs to the south suburbs, when Prestwick Country Club in Frankfort hosts the championship from July 20-25. The first time the club has hosted the championship. The field is 120 players, with a handicap of 5.4 or less. After the 36 holes of stroke play, the top 32 players will enter match play.

The following week has the WGA’s Western Amateur on the tee at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel Indiana. The club was designed by the late Pete Dye, and is just north of Indianapolis. Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson are among the past champions. It will mark the first time the western Amateur will be played at Crooked Stick and the third time it will be played in the state of Indiana. Crooked Stick has hosted the BMW Championship in 2012 and 2016.

          THE WOMEN’S WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION conducts two championships each year. (R) The covered bridge that sits alongside the 6th green at the Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel Indiana home of this years Western Amateur from July 27th to August 1st.

  OLYMPIA FIELDS (L) WILL HOST THE 2020 BMW CHAMPIONSHIP-(R) WGA Sr, VP of Tournaments Vince Pellegrino talks about the BMW Championship. This year the BMW will be played at Olympia Fields from August 18-23. Tickets are now on sale. Since 2007 the BMW Championship has raised more than $35 million for the Evans Scholars Foundation. This year the Evans Scholars Foundation reached it’s goal of putting over 1,000 caddies (1010) into college. Over 11,050 have now graduated with degrees from the 18 universities that Evans Scholars attend.

“We not only provide golfers of all ages the opportunity to experience the thrill of competition, we’re raising funds for one of golf’s favorite and most impactful charities,” says Pellegrino. “We look forward to fulfilling that missions once again in the coming year.”

The last major men’s professional tournament held at Olympia Fields on it’s North Course, was the 2003 U.S. Open won by Jim Furyk. The Women’s KPMG PGA Championship was played there in 2017. The field for the BMW Championship will be 70 players, with the top 30 players in the Fed Ex Cup point standings advancing to the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

For more details on WGA Championships please visit WGAESF.org.

WWGA ANNOUNCES 2021 AMATEUR AND JUNIOR SITES

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME- in Bolingbrook on Rt.53 is your winter home for golf in the Chicago area. The dome is home to Toptracer golf technology in every hitting bay, and McWethy’s Sports Bar. The Mistwood Golf professional staff is there to help with off season lessons and club fittings. Details at Mistwoodgolfdome.com or (630)-739-7600.   _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. You you like or love golf-follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram. Golfers on Golf Radio returns in April.

                               THE WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION (WGA) AND THE WOMEN’S WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION (WWGA) proudly present your home’s for WWGA championships in 2021.

THE VIEW BY AIR of the Park Ridge Country Club home of the 2021 WWGA Amateur Championship. Photo courtesy of architect Greg Martin.

The Women’s Western Golf Association in conjunction with the Western Golf Association has announced it’s two clubs that will host it’s championships in 2021.

First on the tee hosting the 95th Women’s Western Junior Championship from June 21-25, will be the Aurora Country Club in Aurora Illinois.

The Park Ridge Country Club will then host the 2021 Women’s Western Golf Association’s National Amateur Championship, in Park Ridge Illinois from July 19-24.

Deep greenside bunkers help create the challenge of the Aurora Country Club. Home of the 95th Women’s Western Junior Golf Championship in 2021. Photo by Greg Martin.

2021 will be the first time Aurora Country Club will have hosted a WWGA Championship.

“Each year, the girls who compete in the Women’s Western Junior represent golf’s best and brightest rising talent,” said WWGA President Cece Durbin. “We’re grateful to Aurora Country Club for hosting this national event, and we are looking forward to a successful 2021 championship.”

The field is comprised of 78 amateurs up to 18 years of age, with a handicap index of 14.4 or lower. Practice rounds will begin on June 21st. The championship begins with 36 holes of stroke play, to determine the 16 players who advance to the match play part of the tournament. The match play will be contested on June 24-25.

“We’re pleased to have Aurora Country Club as the host of the 2021 Women’s Western Junior,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “We’re confident Aurora’s highly regarded course layout will prove to be a worthy challenge for the top-ranked junior golfers who will be competing.”

Aurora Country Club opened for play in 1914. The 6,800 yard golf course was designed by Thomas Bendelow and William Langford both who have created Top 100 golf courses across America.

“We’re excited to be hosting the Women’s Western Junior, a national event with nearly a century of history,” said John Bryan, of Aurora Country Club and WGA Director. “We’re planning for a great week of competition as we support the future stars of women’s golf.”

LPGA Stars Christie Kerr (1994, Grace Park (1993) and Nancy Lopez (1972-74) are past champions in this event.

THE PARK RIDGE COUNTRY CLUB will host the 121st Women’s Western Amateur Championship. This will be the third WWGA Championship that Park Ridge has hosted. Park Ridge previously hosted the Women’s Western Junior (1934), and the Women’s Western Open (1944) won by Babe Zaharias.

“The Women’s Western Golf Association has a long history dating back to the early beginnings of competitive golf for women, with a tradition that rivals any in golf. We look forward to bringing our 121st Women’s Western Amateur to Park Ridge Country Club,” said WWGA President Cece Durbin. “I believe our players will greatly enjoy Park Ridge’s golf course and the countless attractions that the Chicagoland area has to offer.”

“We’re excited to be joining with the WWGA to conduct this prestigious championship at Park Ridge’s stature,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “I’m sure the course will offer a fair and challenging test for the top amateur golfers who will be competing.”

In it’s historic past, Park Ridge Coutnry Club has hosted 10 national championships.

“Park Ridge is proud to host the 2021 Women’s Western Amateur. Our members and staff and the Board of Directors are excited for this opportunity to extend our golf course and facilities to this historic championship,” said Park Ridge C.C. President Steve Hands. “We look forward to watching the leading amateurs in women’s golf compete, and we’re honored to have an opportunity to play a role in their developing careers.”

Herbert Tweedie designed the first nine holes in 1906. In 1911 the club hired Tom Bendelow to create nine more holes and add 97 sand bunkers to the golf course. In 1915 the club purchased an adjoining 20 acres, and architect William Langford redesigned the course, with his design being the major influence on today’s current routing. Batavia based golf architect Greg Martin will be working on Park Ridge this summer, to have the golf course ready for 2021.

The field of 120 players, will hold a handicap index of 5.4 or less. The first two days are stroke play, and then the field is reduced to 32 players for match play. Past Champions include LPGA stars Ariya Jutanugarn (2012), Stacy Lewis (2006), Brittany Lang (2003), Christie Kerr (1995), and Nancy Lopez  (1976).

Park Ridge has previously hosted a U.S. Women’s Open Qualifier in 1988, U.S. Women’s Amateur Sectional qualifier in 1978-1979. The Western Junior Championship in 2017, U.S. Men’s Senior Open Qualifiers in 1986 and 1983. A U.S. Junior Qualifier in 1972, and U.S. Open Qualifier in 1927.

HONMA GOLF SELECTS FRISCH TO MANAGE PR

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME is your home for winter golf practice and training. Do you need new clubs for 2020, go get fitted by the award winning Mistwood Professional Staff members Eric Russell and Chris Ioriatti. The Mistwood Golf Dome is home to the Toptracer Golf Technology and McWethy’s Sportsbar. For more details on the dome and the special events coming up visit Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call (630)-739-7600. #golf  _____________________________________________________________________   THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation, for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram

Honma Golf Clubs

Honma Golf Clubs has announced that the Gaylord Michigan based Kevin Frisch PR, has been slected to represent the Honma Brand in the public relations arena.

Frisch PR headed up by Principal Kevin Frisch, has been well known to Michigan Golf Properties for years.

Frisch PR is the PR firm for the sponsor of the Chicago Golf Show, the French Lick Resort, and in the Chicago area the Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville.

Honma Golf that started in a small workshop in Yokohama Japan back in 1959, but is now located in Sakata Japan, and here in Carlsbad America.

Homna VP of Marketing Brad Holder says that,” knowing that KFPR long standing experience in the golf industry and expertise in PR and storytelling made them an ideal fit to share the Honma message in the U.S. market.”

One year ago-Honma Golf signed 2013 u.S. Open Champion and 2016 Gold Medal award winner Justin Rose (currently world #12) to be the companies brand ambassador.

Among the new products produced by Honma Golf include T//World and the new game improvement XP-1 line, the BERES Line and the Tour-Inspired TR20 line.

To learn more about Honma Golf see HonmaGolf.com.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-SPRING TRAINING IS HERE

  THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME in Bolingbrook on Rt.53 is open for the spring training of your golf season. The Dome is home to Toptracer golf technology and the award winning McWethy’s Sports Bar. On Wednesday night, get your golf workout in, and then stay for the Blackhawks game at 7. Details at Mistwoodgolfdome.com (630)-739-7600.   _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS. Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or Facebook and LinkedIn. In the new WNDZ-AM studios Chicago.

WINTER SO FAR…hasn’t been too harsh on the Chicago area. Let’s hope it stays this way.

No more snow storms on Masters Sunday, or in late April. Here’ hoping that our local golf courses can start opening next month in March and stay open once they do.

Mother Nature owe’s us a spring golf season after the last couple of years of bad cold, snowy, rainy weather.

What are you doing to be ready for golf season opening day in here in the Chicago area. When it’s cold outside it’s time to get in the dome and start working the rust off. Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook is the best indoor dome in town, with the variety of offerings it has including the Toptracer technology you see on television during PGA Tour events. Follow your ball flight and really see, how you are hitting it.

The Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook is Chicago’s premier indoor golf dome, and the only dome with Toptracer Technology.

The Mistwood Golf Dome also has McWethy’s Sportsbar, the best indoor golf dome food and beverage operation in town. A full menu and plenty of big screen TV’s to watch all sports you will want to see.

The award winning dome, was honored again this year by the GRAA (Golf Range Association of America) as being a Top 50 in the country. The Mistwood Golf Club’s professional staff is there to help with lessons, club fittings and repair. If your game needs a tune-up before the green flag starting the 2020 golf season comes down. It’s time to hit the Mistwood Golf Dome. Mistwood will have a booth at the upcoming Chicago Golf Show in Rosemont Feb. 28-29-March 1.

ARE YOU THINKING A ROAD TRIP SOUTH come this month or next month. I will continue to have updates on warm weather destinations over the next couple of weeks. If your thinking Arizona and golf and baseball, hang with us. I’ll be researching some idea’s in the next week or so. I haven’t been Southwest in a few years, but if your thinking Southeast or South, and a shorter plane ride. I’ll have you covered, so stay clicked in.

IT WAS SAD TO HEAR that one of the best women golfers of all time Mickey Wright passed away yesterday at 85. Wright was known to have one of the best golf swings ever, female or male. Even Ben Hogan and Sam Snead saw that in Wrights game. The Women’s Western Golf Association honored Wright with a Women of Distinction Award in 2012. WWGA PR-Star Susie Wagner wrote the tribute that sits on the WWGA website. RIP Mickey, hopefully some of the senior women’s golf events remember Mickey in the year ahead.

THERE ARE SOME CLUB’s around town that have things going on. I’ll start working through them over the days ahead. Plus there is still plenty of goodies coming from the PGA Merchandise Show in Florida. Especially on the equipment side. If your looking for new equipment to start the season, Callaway, Titleist, Tour Edge and Wilson have plenty of good options and varying price points that can work with a variety of budgets.

FROM THE PGA TOUR… nice win this past Sunday for Adam Scott, it’s been a while for him since he has been able to break through.

WHAT’S THE DEAL with CBS not showing Harold Varner’s topped 3-wood that went 128 yards on the famed 10th hole at Riviera on Sunday. Did they just not get the shot, or is there a cover-up. Footage is also lacking but seen on Twitter of Tiger Woods shot that was total garbage. Woods put one in a garbage can on Sunday, and was seen digging through the trash to find his ball. You can caption both of these situations.

Next time you hit bad shot remember this, it evens happens to the pro’s. These guys are good, but they screw up too.

2020 is going to be a great year for golf in the Chicago area. Good tournaments are coming, and you need to be ready to play.

The Gog Blog will return tomorrow. RS

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

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook is your winter home for golf in the Chicago area. Come enjoy Toptracer technology, and McWethy’s Sportsbar. The Mistwood Golf Staff is there all winter long for lessons, club fittings and demo days. Details at Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call the dome (630)-739-7600. #golf.    ______________________________________________________________________

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. In the new WNDZ Studio’s AM 750 Chicago.

NEXT ON THE TEE is the Chicago Golf Show coming up February 28-29 and March 1.

Some main stage special guests have been announced. Super Bowl kicker of the San Francisco 49ers and former Chicago Bear Robbie Gould will be on stage Friday and Saturday.

Patrick Mannelly former Chicago Bear, and part of GOLF360 joins the main stage on Saturday.

While Steve Kois from the World Long Drive Tour, shows you how it hit it long on Saturday and Sunday. You can purchase tickets now at Chicagogolfshow.com The show is sponsored by the French Lick Resort, in French Lick Indiana.

FORMER PGA OF AMERICA PRESIDENT Derek Sprague a member of the PGA of America Hall of Fame, has been selected to serve as Captain of the Team USA junior Ryder Cup team this September 21-22. The matches will be played at the famed Blue Mound Country Club in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Blue Mound designed by Seth Raynor, is one of the nations top classic golf courses. Team USA is looking for it’s seventh straight victory in the competition.

The new Navy Blue Sun-Mountain golf bag.

SUN MOUNTAIN has added a new 14-Way Top to it’s lightweight bag.

With golf bags that have more dividers gaining in popularity each year, Sun Mountain has introduced the 2.5+ 14-way bag. This new style comes with a spacious 10.5 inch top with 14 individual dividers. This new bag weighs under 4 pounds.

The new 2020 2.5+ 14-way bag comes in six different colors, and has a full-retail price of $239.99. For your retailer closest to you you can call (800)-227-9224 or online Sunmountain.com. Sun Mountain-a 30 year leader in the golf industry.

NORTHWESTERN GOLFERS WIN WEEKLY BIG TEN HONORS. Irene Kim a Freshman earned Player of the Week with her win in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, with a score of 207 (-5). Kim had 11 birdies and 1 eagle over 54 holes in route to the championship. Everton Hawkins a Senior won all three of his matches in helping the Wildcats win the Big Ten Match Play Championship.

ILLINOIS MEN Finish Second in Mobile Alabama, in the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate, with a final round of 275 -13. Senior Giovanni Tadiotto finished the 54 hole event with a score of 208 (-8). All five Illini players finished in the Top 20. Coach Mike Small said,” I’m proud of the guys. I’m proud of the team for the effort that we showed to get back in the tournament today. To shoot the low round of the tournament today is how we want to finish tournaments.”

Illinois finished one shot behind champion Florida State. The second place finish was the best by Illinois this season.

Topgolf to open in New York in 2021.

Topgolf is finally arriving in New York, in the town of Holtsville on Long Island.

The new Topgolf venue is expected to create over 500 new jobs for the area.

New Yorker’s will have to wait until 2021 for the new venue to open.

This venue will have three levels and 102 hitting bays.

For more information on Topgolf, Holtsville New York, see Topgolf.com.

The World Amateur from Myrtle Beach.

The 37th annual World Amateur Handicap Championship, a 72 hole stroke play tournament, will be held August 31-September 4th, on 60 of the Myrtle Beach area courses.

In recent years over 3,000 golfers from over 20 countries have participated. Those numbers are expected to rise this year.

If you sign up to play by May 14th, cost is only $535.00 for at least 4 rounds of golf, nightly admission to the World’s Largest 19th Hole and a gift bag. Players that register by April 15th will be eligible to win one of 50 prizes from a random drawing. The championship flights players by age, gender and handicap. All golfers 17 years of age and older are eligible. For more details and to learn the age groups, or sign up see PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Championship.

          The LPGA International Golf

LPGA International, that serves as home to the Rees Jones and Arthur Hills golf courses, have now opened from renovations.

New owner Fore Golf Partners took over this past fall, and immediately started work on both golf courses.

Both courses had bunker projects done, along with new drainage. The cart paths were redone in certain area’s, and the driving range was resurfaced with TifTuf Bermudagrass. The courses are among the most highly rated in the Daytona Beach area, home to over 20 area courses. That include two Donald Ross designs. For more information see Daytonabeach.golf.

The Gog Blog returns tomorrow. RS

HILTON HEAD GOLF ISLAND ANNOUNCES 2020 PACKAGES

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME-on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook. Is your home for winter golf, Toptracer technology and McWethy’s Sports Bar. Where you can watch the NBA All-Star game tomorrow, and the Blackhawks game tonight and tomorrow. The Mistwood Professional staff is there all winter for lessons and club fittings. For more details on special events and more, see Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call the dome (630)-739-7600.  ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook, Linkedin or Instagram. on the 18th green at Heron Point, by Pete Dye and part of the Sea Pines Resort.

There is a great reason why over one millions rounds of golf get played every year on Hilton Head, it’s because the quality of golf is that good.

The Sea Pines Resort, home of the Harbour Town Golf Links might be the most visible golf course, since it’s home to the Heritage Classic on the PGA Tour. It’s famed light house behind the 18th green is one of the most notable landmarks in golf. Even if it’s not located on the golf course itself.

Harbour Town is one of the most well-kept golf courses you will ever play. It’s fairways, bunkers, greens and tee’s look like nobody but you, has played there in months. So why not enjoy the quality and play where the pro’s play, enjoy the architectural design by the late Pete Dye and his partner on Harbour Town, Jack Nicklaus.

The par 3, 7th hole at Harbour Town.

Harbour Town is not only course at Sea Pines you can play.

The Dye-designed Heron Point was redone just a few years ago, with Pete Dye still in control of the project. Sea Pines third course is Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III.

Atlantic Dunes recently was honored with the “National Course of the Year Award” by the golf course owners  association.

The current “Sea Pines Resort Villa Golf Package” is a three night, four day plan, with three rounds of championship golf. Prices start at $218 November through February, and then from $229 in March through October per player. This price does not include taxes and fees.

The new clubhouse at Harbour Town.

The Sea Pines Villa’s, include your own dining room, living room and kitchen.

When available there are free replays on Heron Point and Atlantic Dunes. By reserving now, you can save 15% on the villa golf package.

Call the Sea Pines Resort reservations office at (843)-842-8484 to confirm your golf package.

While on Hilton Head Island, there are several golf options, that also include the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

  WELCOME TO PALMETTO DUNES OCEANFRONT RESORT (L) and the famed par 5, 10th hole at the Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes.

Palmetto Dunes is offering a “Golf Stay and Play Package” offers two or three rounds of golf, your choice, on the resorts championship courses.

All three of the resorts golf courses have previously won the South Carolina Golf Course of the Year Award. The three golf courses at Palmetto Dunes, are named after the architects that designed them. The Jones course for Robert Trent Jones, the Hills course for Arthur Hills, and the Fazio Course for George Fazio.

There are plenty of activities at the resort besides golf. The main clubhouse has fantastic dining that includes Big Jim’s homemade pizza’s, burgers and BBQ, that have been award winning dishes over the years. Just outside the front gate is Bullie’s BBQ regarded as among the best BBQ’s in the area.

Call Palmetto Dunes at (844)-207-9301 to get a price quote on your golf getaway package.

The Heritage Collection on Hilton Head Island includes more great golf options including Port Royal, Shipyard and the Oyster Reef Golf Club. The Shipyard Plantation is a 27 hole facility with three nines. Port Royal Resort where the original landing by William Hilton, the explorer whose name was taken by the island, offers three 18 hole courses. Golfers can play Robber’s Row, Barony and Planters Row.

Barony that first opened for play in 1963, was one of the first courses on Hilton Head. The Oyster Reef Club that opened in 1983 in Hilton Head Plantation on the North End of the Island was immediately thought of as one of the best courses on Hilton Head Island. It winds through over 190 acres of low-country terrain.

The ‘Spring-Fore 2020″ package for a spring or fall 2020 golf getaway has pricing start at $525 per golfer, including four nights of accommodations, based on occupancy of four. Package prices can change based on season, holidays or availability.

For more information on Hilton Head Island golf getaways please see Hiltonheadgolfisland.com. to review all golf, dining and stay options that are available.

CALLAWAY-ODYSSEY’S NEW PUTTERS 2020

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Austie Rollinson the lead putter designer for Odyssey, at the PGA Show showing off a Stroke-Lab putter.

2020 IS NO DIFFERENT than the last few years, as Odyssey Golf Putters are upping their game, so you can up your game on the greens.

Odyssey/Callaway lead putter designer Austie Rollinson, is excited about the new offerings that were launched during the PGA Merchandise Show week in Orlando.

Rollinson made no secret that some of the improvements to the putter line, come directly from feedback that Odyssey is getting from their staff tour players. While Rollinson is hearing what the pro’s say from Odyssey and Callaway tour representatives, Rollinson himself is getting out on tour in America and Japan to hear what the pro’s like or don’t like, directly from the horses mouth.

Odyssey’s Stroke Lab Black putter head. Photo from Odyssey Golf.

What Rollinson is hearing is that golf professionals are looking for a little more feel, a little better sound at contact, a little more stability in the shaft. In some cases that leads to weight being shifted in the club.

From the feedback Rollinson and Odyssey are getting from their touring professionals, it’s leading directly to the changes you will see in putters for the year ahead.

Golfers who enjoy playing golf courses where the professionals play, will now get more options in equipment, when it comes to playing the clubs the pro’s are playing on tour. The new options for 2020 include, Stroke Lab Black, in what Rollinson calls a slight variation from last years Silver and Black Stroke Lab putter line. Another option is the Triple Track Putter, that offers an extension of the colorful blue and red lines found on the Callaway ERC Soft Golf Ball.

The Odyssey Triple-Track Putter new for 2020, with extended alignment lines.

If your looking for less color and a little less flair then the Black Stroke Lab Putter might be for you.

But what most putter designers like Rollinson, and PGA teaching professionals will tell you, is that most amateurs have real difficulty aligning putts, and getting the ball started out on the proper line to the cup. Triple Track Technology is using what’s called Vernier Hyper Acuity, which is a visual technology the navy is using to land planes on aircraft carriers.

Which is where the new Triple Track putter comes in. If your playing the Callaway ERC Soft golf ball, you can now extend your alignment line even further.

Odyssey has introduced a newer version of it’s Microhinge face, with the Microhinge Star insert.

The new Microhinge Star insert that is a firmer version with less grooves, of last years Microhinge White Hot. This will help with a better and more consistent forward roll on all putts.

Rollinson says the new insert is a great match, with the softer feel golf balls that more golfers are using.

If your stuck in-between all of the new options of what putter is best for you. The good news is that getting fit for a putter is now easier than ever before.

The Hole-More-Putts board, helps fit golfers for the proper putter.

The Hole-More-Putts custom fitting board, allows golfers to putt off the face of a board that looks like an I-Pad.

It can tell if the putter you need, requires more weight in the toe, the heel, or if your stroking putts off-center.

“The Hole-More-Putts board has been really important for us,” said Rollinson. “Everyone putts a little different and these days with all the options that are now available, the Hole-More-Putts board has been really successful in helping golfers find the right putter for them.”

Bigger putter heads are forcing changes in the way the shafts and grips are designed. Odyssey has created a multi-material shaft that saved over 40 grams of weight, which has been moved to the head and grip end of the putter. This shift allows for the weight to be re-balanced, which leads to a better tempo and more consistent putting stroke.

New putters, especially ones with bigger heads, are all coming with larger grips. Rollinson says that, “putters with smaller heads normally have golfers using their fingers on the grip, while larger grips allow for the palms of the hands to get involved for a more steady path to the ball.”

Click hear to hear the full interview with Odyssey lead putter designer Austie Rollinson.

For more information on Odyssey putters, please visit Odysseygolf.com.