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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 Durable Golf Net System
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: The Golf Swing Analyzer
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.
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.
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.
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!
The 2016 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.
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!
The Tour Championship – Tee Times
The FedEx Cup is on its final leg with the Tour Championship starting on Thursday at East Lake. The tee times and pairings might be a good indication of how this tournament will play out! Right now, Dustin Johnson is holding onto the lead for the FedEx Cup. As of late, players like Paul Casey, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day are right on the heels and looking to take DJ over especially Spieth who is the defending champion. You can watch full coverage of round 1 and 2 from East Lake at PGATOUR.COM.
11:40 a.m. Jhonattan Vegas and Charl Schwartzel
11:50 a.m. Jason Dufner and J.B. Holmes
12 p.m. Sean O’Hair and Daniel Berger
12:10 p.m. William McGirt and Bubba Watson
12:20 p.m. Roberto Castro and Kevin Na
12:30 p.m. Kevin Kisner and Gary Woodland
12:40 p.m. Hideki Matsuyama and Si Woo Kim
12:50 p.m. Kevin Chappell and Matt Kuchar
1 p.m. Phil Mickelson and Ryan Moore
1:10 p.m. Brandt Snedeker and Justin Thomas
1:20 p.m. Emiliano Grillo and Jimmy Walker
1:30 p.m. Jordan Spieth and Russell Knox
1:40 p.m. Paul Casey and Rory McIlroy
1:50 p.m. Adam Scott and Jason Day
2 p.m. Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed
Check out the full field and follow the featured groups Thursday and Friday at PGATOURLIVE.COM from 10:00am – 6:00pm.