DAN PHILLIPS is back teaching at McQ’s Dome, and on Saturday Jan.13th Phillips along with Drew Draper with present the Cleveland Golf Scoring Clinic at McQ’s Dome in Bolingbrook from 12 Noon to 2 Pm. $149 per person and limited to the first 14 people who register. Students get 90 minutes of instruction and fitted for a Cleveland Wedge. To sign up email Phillips at or call Mcqs (630)-739-7600    _____________________________________________________________________

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THE GOLF NEWS NEVER STOPS and neither does the Gog Blog, even all winter long.

ANTIGUA has introduced it’s 2018 Men’s Outerwear Collection, with Six new styles.

Antigua a leader in the golf apparel industry,now gives golfers more and more options for on and off the golf course.

“For Spring ’18, Antigua has no shortage of seasonal lightweight outerwear,” says newly elected SW PGA Section Hall of Famer and Antigua CEO Ron McPherson. “The half-zip pullover is to outerwear, what the polo collar is to a golf shirt- a staple. It’s the model of choice for cool weather garment of any weight. Antigua covers the gamut in both fabrication choices to function best in certain temperatures, as well as creating a variety of fashion options ranging from quilted tonal double knits, stripes with accents, fleeced garments. sweater-like fabrications, and contrasting embossed tonally striped windwear.”

Pam Miller director of sales for Antigua, shows off 2017 Antigua Windwear at the 2017 PGA Show.

The Six new options include, Style Profile, a contrasting 50-50 color to contrasting-black knit check. Style Voyage, a sweater-like apparel.

Styles Thunder, Cyclone and Maritime, while Thunder carries the long sleeves, maritime and Cyclone go with short sleeves. The three models provide a mix between solids and contrasting colors provide style that works on and off the golf course.

To close out the 2018 spring outerwear line is the Frontier, that is the way to go when cooler temperatures require something a little bit warmer. For more on these fashions please visit or visit Golfers on Golf will have more on Antigua, after our visit to the Antigua booth at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando coming up Jan. 23-26.

StrackaLine Greens Guides, became an industry factor in 2017

2017 was the year for major growth for the STRACKALINE technology company, when their laser-scanned green guides were used by major players on all the professional tours, and by some 250+ college golf teams.

What the StrackaLine does is give golfers a look at green design and slope, from a standpoint of having topographical green maps accurate down to the millimeter. The maps give the golfer easy to read arrows, which allows for players to study a greens contour and fall lines, along with a slope percentage, from anywhere on the green.

StrackaLine has now scanned over 700+ courses including a variety of some of the countries top rated golf courses. Now a vast majority of Division 1 colleges use the guide including last year’s national champions.

“StrackaLine Greens Guides are leading the game forward, allowing players of all skill levels to better read putt and improving the pace of play,” says company president Jim Stracka. “The use of our green guides receive on the professional tours through out the world is a testament to the quality of the StrackaLine, as is the usage of over 250 college teams. We look forward to helping even more players properly read greens on their favorite courses in 2018.”

The books can be purchased for $97 in book form, or accessed via the StrackaLine App for $179 per course. More courses will be added to the list in 2018. For more information see

MIURA GOLF the new PP-Neo Utility Club

MIURA GOLF has launched Four-New products in the last 90 days.

“Shinei Miura and his R&D team continue to push the envelope of how we design and manufacture clubs. The Passing Point Line provides golfers of all abilities the opportunity to experience Miura’s performance, craftsmanship, and feel,” said Hoyt McGarity, President of Miura Golf.

The PP-Neo utility promotes a floating weight technology (FWS) which repositions a 35-gram weight which floats above the sole of the club. The technology in the Miura-Utility Club give the club a a maximum center of gravity, that creates a greater ball speed and reduces spin. The matte black crown gives the gives the club head a smaller appearance than the actual size.

In addition to the PP-Neo, are the PP-W01 Wedges. The new wedges have been designed with a new process called SUS precision casting. The new W01 wedge, is the first Miura wedge not to be forged from one piece of soft carbon steel. The W01 comes with a wide 30mm sole, that allows the club head to return to square, at the Point of Impact (POI).

PP-9005 Genesis Irons, with a new Carpenter steel face, is the thinnest-face that Miura has ever produced. Bill Holowaty COO of Miura Golf says these Irons will not disappoint golfers looking for distance, forgiveness and performance. With weight being placed in the center of gravity, these Irons offer a new level of combination in spin and launch angle.

MIURA has created the latest in driving irons with the release of it’s ICL-601 Driving Iron. The Inner Cavity-Long Iron is the newest member of the Miura MG collection, and mesh with any set of Miura Irons. “This design is not new for Miura,” says McGarity. “It was first introduced with the highly popular IC-2003, series, but modern technology has allowed Miura to improve on the initial design. The new sole sits on the ground in a way that gives golfer a more comfortable feel, that they don’t normally get when hitting a long iron.

THE GOG BLOG returns with news on the Titleist Golf front tomorrow. RS

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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 WCPT AM820 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.