Aviation: Yuneec Drone

Aviation: Yuneec Drone

The Yuneec Drone: Electronic Aviation

Golf Life got a brand new toy before the holiday season and we took full advantage of it when we went down to Mazatlan, Mexico and did a feature on the El Cid Resorts! The toy; the all new Typhoon 4K Yuneec Aviation Drone! This drone can literally do it all.  We were so impressed by this drone and what it can do, we featured it in our Golf Life TV Show: Holiday Edition!

Right from the box, this drone looked sharp! From the grey/silver tones to the matte black accents to the propellors and accessories, you can really tell Yuneec took some time making sure thing thing looked good! Once the Yuneec Drone is out of the box and everything is put together (which is extremely simple), you would be amazed at how easy it is to fly. This machine has capabilities we didn’t even know were possible. From hovering, to maneuvering, to the “watch me mode”, this drone has to be one of the easiest aviation drones to fly on the market.

Not only is it extremely simple to fly, but it was very useful in our particular case because of the 4K camera capturing abilities. The camera has a full HD 1080P with 12 Megapixels and a “no distortion lens!” We were able to capture some amazing footage from our trip to Mexico and we know, devices like this, will help with making our featured travel segments that much better!

The Typhoon 4K Yuneec Drone is something you can’t miss if you are in the drone market. This guy has everything you need, and more, to get the job done for whatever you have planned. For more information about the details of the drone, please visit yuneec.com .  Check out our video above to see what we were able to capture and why we think this Drone is one of the best drones on the market today!

Myrtle Beach – Mystical Golf

Myrtle Beach – Mystical Golf

Myrtle Beach: Mystical Golf

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Mystical Golf is a triple layer of Myrtle Beach golf properties within the abundant golf locale of the Grand Strand. Recently we traveled to Myrtle Beach and experienced The Wizard, Witch and Man-O-War layouts, under perfect autumn weather just 3 weeks removed from the fury of Hurricane Matthew. The storm unleashed its wrath upon the area with damaging winds that took down over 100 mature trees on the Mystical trio of routings (dumping nearly 20 inches of rain). We’re always amazed by the work of agronomy teams after such damaging weather. The excellent playing conditions we were provided just a few weeks after the storm made landfall in South Carolina was a testimony to the entire Mystical Golf staff.

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The island par 3 – 17th at the Wizard.

Mystical Golf is the brainchild of owner and course operator Claude Pardue. Pardue is an old school golf entrepreneur who operates way outside of the modern business model (he doesn’t believe in POS systems, or layers of management. He believes heavily in giving back to the community’s youth and being visible to his customers nearly every day at each of his three courses (for a more detailed look into Claude Pardue and his business model, check out Trent Bouts’ in-depth feature “On His Terms” by clicking on the link:

http://www.golfbusiness.com/article.aspx?id=3592&bq=6yfv%5Eg433$ ).

Pardue hired golf course designer Dan Maples to craft the trio of routings, and Maples came through with three completely unique experiences for the avid linkster.

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The Wizard clubhouse is a replica castle that overlooks the ninth (shown) and eighteenth greens. A wide open links style design, the Wizard will test your ability to control your golf ball on windy days (of which there are countless in the coastal community of Myrtle Beach). Bent grass greens aren’t the usual surfaces this far south, but both the Wizard and Man-O-War courses feature smooth Bent that rolls pure (the Witch has a hybrid Bermuda greens).

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Man-O-War has the flavor of parkland Carolina but water is a feature in some part on all 18 holes (14th hole shown above). Many will choose M.O.W as their favorite course in the Mystical portfolio because of the playability and variety including generous fairways and mammoth sized Bent grass putting surfaces. Lag putt proficiency is a must in order to score here.

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The Witch is anything but what the name implies. Set within 500 scenic acres, the Witch offers perhaps the best test of golf anywhere within Myrtle Beach proper. “The Broomstick” has a bit of everything, rolling fairways, magnificent par 3’s, well-undulated hybrid Bermuda greens and the demand that your ball striking be its very best. The experience starts with a magnificent cart ride through a shaded corridor of nature’s canopy en route to the 1st tee. Dan Maples’ routing traverses through magnificent foliage and undisturbed wetlands where vibrant Wildlife is intimately up close here on the 6796-yard championship layout. Maples’ arrangement of eclectic topography within such a beautiful setting has the Witch easily as my personal favorite f the Mystical tracks- a certified LinksNation gem, and a must play if you visit Myrtle Beach.

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Tee markers resembling witches hats are made from the knees of Bald Cypress trees in the swamps within the 500 acres that make up the property of The Witch course.

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Where to stay: Our group stayed at the Breakers Resort on the Ocean. Outstanding amenities, service and surreal ocean views are the norm at the Breakers. Vacation lodging & golf packages are available at http://www.breakers.com/.

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What’s better than waking up to this view each morning? The scene from my balcony at the Breakers Hotel on a cool autumn morning in early November.

If you’re planning a Myrtle Beach golf getaway, Mystical Golf is worthy of your objectives – quality, value, variety, and service are all standard fare. The coastal Carolina area also boasts some of the nation’s best weather – combine all of these factors and that’s why avid golf vacationers from around the globe continue to flock to the Grand Strand.

https://www.mysticalgolf.com/

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Callaway Presents: The Links At Petco Park

Callaway Presents: The Links At Petco Park

Golf Life Visits The Links at Petco

 

Check out our video feature above, as Callaway presented The Links at Petco.  At Golf Life, we are HUGE baseball fans. So when Callaway was putting together The Links At Petco Park, we wanted to be a part of it. Golf Life is a digital golf channel with employees who eat, sleep and drink golf. BUT, they also eat, sleep, and drink baseball. So, when Callaway decided to infuse baseball with golf we were very excited! For the second year in a row, Callaway Golf turned Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, into a golf course. If you thought last year was cool, it was even better in 2016. Callaway teamed up with the San Diego Padres to create nine holes of golf that go up, down, and around Petco Park.

The course was open to the public from Nov. 3-8. You shouldn’t be surprised that tee times sold out in a matter of hours, though. Within the 6 days that it was open, more than 2700+ golfers showed up. Starting from early in the morning to dark under the lights, tee times were only 8-9 minutes apart! Yes, the round was well over $200, but just the experience of playing golf on a baseball field is worth every penny.

From the #1 tee box, where you hit at home plate and have your swing being played on the “Big Mo, to the #9 where you hit from the third level on the third base line down to an island green in right field, you get nothing but an experience. Each and every hole is built upon a theme. But, one of the coolest aspects of the course is later in the round. Callaway partnered with the Golf HOF to bring you the Arnold Palmer Hole. This hole was dedicated to the legacy of Arnie and you had the opportunity to hit a shot with one of his wooden irons from back in the day!

On top of the experience, Callaway still found a way to help the city of San Diego and their charity partners. Between #4 and #5 was the ProKids Tent that sold mulligans. ProKids is a charity that introduces golf to young people. Every mulligan you bought, the more young people you were able to impact in the San Diego area! They raised almost $24,000 for ProKids in just 6 days!

This was truly an experience like none other. Having the opportunity to play golf on a baseball field was a dream come true and Golf Life caught it all on camera. Check out the video above to see the action and what the Links at Petco Park was all about. You will see why there were so many people that were interested, why 7,997 golf balls were hit a day, and why there were about 250 gallons of Arnold Palmers consumed. To see the leaderboard or get more fun facts, check out their WEBSITE!

CrocBox: The Sports Net System

CrocBox: The Sports Net System

CrocBox: The Durable Golf Net System

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Pop-up sporting nets have been around for a few years now. You use them to practice your particular sport, whether it is golf, baseball, softball, lacrosse, or soccer. The problem with these pop-up sports nets are they are too complicated, too flimsy, or don’t have the structure system to last for a long time. CrocBox and CrocBoxes.com have developed a very unique and convenient device that is simple to use, strong enough to withstand many high-speed impacts, and can be stored underground to keep it safe from the elements. CrocBox sent Golf Life a box for review and we loved it!

So, what is CrocBox? CrocBox is an all-in-one commercial or residential sports net that can be assembled in seconds. With it being water resistant and oversized, this net system is perfect for your practicing needs for any sport.  The concept is simple. All you do is dig a hole in your yard, place the CrocBox in the hole, assemble the net system and start practicing. The box itself weighs about 75 LBS so it’s not something that you want to be moving every week. This is a product where you “set it and forget it.” Meaning once it is in one place, it’s best if you don’t move it. The net can extend up to 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. Once you are done practicing, simply fold the net back down into the box, close the lid and lock it. With the locking system on top of the box, it prevents vandalism and keeps the weather elements out of the box (rain, snow or leafs). When you are not using the net, you barely know it is there. It sits level with the ground when the box is closed so you are able to mow over it when cutting your grass.

This box is super convenient for those golf enthusiast who enjoy practicing. Use this net as a warm up before a round, after a round of golf, or in-between golf rounds.  Check out our video above to learn more about this amazing net system. You can now get better at golf in your very own backyard. Get yours today and find out why so many people are loving the CrocBox!

Blast Motion: Golf Swing Analyzer

Blast Motion: Golf Swing Analyzer

Blast Motion: The Golf Swing Analyzer

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Every amateur golfer struggles at the 3-foot putt. They struggle with the 3-foot putts because of timing. Timing is everything when it comes to putting and even more evident when you start dealing with a full swing. The Blast Motion Sensor is a simple, yet technologically advanced tool that captures your swing metrics, it analyzes your data and provides drills to help your timing in the full swing and in the putting stroke.

Blast Motion has been in motion capture for the last 25 years capturing professional golfers data. Granted, most of those years that data was captured in a lab, in a controlled setting. In 2000, Blast Motion launch their first sensor that was about the size of a camera. Now, in 2016 they are down to 7 grams and about the size of a nickel and can talk directly to a smartphone via Bluetooth.

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But, the greatest aspect of this device is the ability communicate all the data of a golf swing simply. When you get into the logistics of how the Blast Motion works, it is extremely simple to use. You are able to take video or motion capture in real-time (or in slow motion) of a golf swing or putting stroke and the device will overlay 3D data to help you understand the golf swing.

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In any golf swing, the major inconsistency is timing. For professionals, they only vary a few one-hundredth of a second in their timing and for amateurs, four to five tenth of a second. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s huge when a putting stroke or a full swing is less than a second long. That is the biggest difference between regular Joes and the Professional golfer.

All you have to do is download the Blast Motion App, pop the grip extension and sensor onto the end of your grip, sync the sensor to the app on your smartphone and start swinging. Blast Motion recommends that you start at the hole, meaning putt first, and then work your way back to the tee box for a full swing. Checking your backstroke time in your putting stroke is huge because that is what controls the distance. If your backstroke time is very inconsistent, your distance control will be very inconsistent.

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Blast Motion is very technologically advanced and it’s an awesome tool to practice with in order to get better at any aspect of your golf game. Check out our video above to learn more about the Blast Motion and how it can help your golf game. If you want to order one for yourself, go over to blastmotion.com!

2016 World Golf Skills

2016 World Golf Skills

The 2016 World Golf Skills

World Golf Skills

I bet you have played in a scramble with a couple of your buddies and you shot pretty low. If this is the case, take you and your team to Las Vegas to compete in the World Golf Skills! The World Golf Skills is a product of the World Golf Fest that is rapidly growing into a premier, non-professional golf event. Each year, the World Golf Skills embarks on Las Vegas where 100’s of teams from around the world make the trip to compete, party and repeat. If you are looking for a vacation to go on with your golf buddies, this event is your ultimate buddies trip. Golf Life went inside the ropes to show you just how much fun you can have at this event.

Imagine, you and three buddies take a trip to Las Vegas with your golf clubs in hand. You get off the plane and head straight to the TaylorMade Golf Experience right on the Strip. Immediately you can start competing in the Skills Challenges. Start with the putting challenge and work your way through the short game challenge and Par 3 challenge. The whole time you will be competing against your buddies and 100’s of other contestants. After the skills challenge, go and have yourself an unbelievable time on the Las Vegas Strip.

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The next morning you wake up and head to one of three amazing golf courses Las Vegas has to offer. You and your team will compete in the World Golf Scramble. You have the option in competing in three different categories;The professional division, the amateur gross division, and the multi-flighted net division. While playing in the World Scramble, you also get to compete in the World Long Drive Challenge and Hole-In-One Challenge. At the end of the day, you can be crowned the World Golf Skills Champions.

If you want to learn more about this amazing event, head over to worldgolfskills.com. Play. Party. Repeat. That is what this event is all about! Check out the video above to get an inside look at the 2016 World Golf Skills and everything it has to offer!

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