Wednesday, December 09, 2009

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hacienda del Alamo Festival sponsors lead the clothing field

Glenmuir Launch 2009



Glenmuir, one of European golf’s leading and most recognisable clothing brands, promises golfers an enviable range of products with the launch of the new Glenmuir 2009 Spring/Summer collection.
The collection marks the largest ever product launch in Glenmuir’s illustrious 117 year history and increases the number of high quality clothing choices available to golfers through the 1891 Glenmuir, Men’s Performance, Men’s Classic and Ladies' collections.
With a range of new colours available, Glenmuir is promising that the 2009 Spring/Summer collection will provide golfers with golfwear that is fashionable and stylish as well as offering the very highest levels of performance in all weathers.
Andy Bough, Glenmuir’s Marketing Director, said: “I am pleased and proud to announce the launch of our new Spring Summer 2009 collections. Our focus on fashion, style, colour and performance brings you fresh new seasonal colours for men and women, and a new sport-fashion look which coordinates across shirts, knitwear, outerwear and trousers."
"We have received a fantastic reaction to the new branding we launched this year, and this new brochure showcases the further development of the exciting new look we are giving the Glenmuir brand across men’s, women’s and kids’ collections.
“And we have made sure golfers whom prefer a more classical look are extremely well-catered for too. I believe this latest collection has our widest universal appeal to date.”
Lanark-based Glenmuir have been making golf clothes since 1891 and continue to be at the forefront of the game with ongoing partnerships with both the European Ryder Cup Team and the European Tour.
The flagship 1891 Glenmuir collection has been updated to include four luxury cotton polo shirts – Moortown, Archerfield, Gullane and Valderamma as well as the Duke’s Pima cotton slipover. Andy Bough said of the new 1891 collection: “Golfers can be confident that products which carry the distinctive silver and black 1891 Glenmuir branding are premium quality, using the finest fabrics.”
The 2009 Men’s Performance range has been extended to allow golfers to choose from even more of the high-tech performance wear for which Glenmuir is famous. The range includes Hi-Cool performance shirts and Rain Bloc waterproof clothing.
The Men’s Classic collection now stretches to some 25 items including shirts, knitwear, trousers and shorts. Glenmuir’s commitment to providing the latest styles combined with the excellence golfers expect from Glenmuir products has ensured the enduring popularity of the Men’s Classic range.
The Ladies’ Collection has become Glenmuir’s fastest growing range and the new Spring/Summer collection includes 22 different items including luxury cotton polo shirts, knitwear, performance shirts, fleeces, luxury lambswool, merino and cashmere knitwear, wind shirts, waterproofs, trousers, shorts, headwear and socks.
The Ladies’ Collection also utilises Hi-Cool, Rain Bloc and Storm Bloc fabrics to provide fashionable, stylish designs that combine great looks with the highest performance, whatever the weather.
+Glenmuir are very generously donating prizes at next month's Hacienda del Alamo Women's Winter Festival, just as they did for the inaugural Festival in February 2008.


Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The Truth about Golf Clubs - Part One

Modern Technology or Marketing

Gimmick? – You decide

So modern clubs hit the ball further, no dispute – but how?
For the past 50 years we have all been using the same basic equipment, stainless steel heads, steel shafts and rubber grips, so how come we hit modern clubs so much further?
Well, golf manufacturers know that the major factor in how far you hit your clubs is loft. It is no coincidence that your driver has the least amount of loft and your sand wedge the most.
The manufacturers also know that most of us have a desire to hit the ball further and so over the years clubs have been tweaked to accommodate this desire.
For example, in the 1960s a typical wedge would have 52 degree loft. By the 1980s it was down to 50 degrees, 48 degrees in the 1990s and, since the turn of the Century, 45 degrees is common for the loft on a wedge.
I have even seen one of the major manufacturers release a 43 degrees pitching wedge.
Taking this amount of loft from your club will add 20-30 yards to your shot.
I should point out that they also know most of us struggle to get the ball up and out of the bunker.
As a result, the loft on a sand wedge has stayed consistent at 56 degrees throughout the period being discussed.
All this has had a beautiful spin-off for the big boys, enabling them to sell more clubs.
Gap Wedges began appearing in the early 1990s and as today’s 3 and 4 irons are yesterday’s 1 and 2 irons (notoriously difficult to hit) we now have to buy utility clubs.
Buy a set of clubs like you would buy a pair of shoes. Find the ones you like the look of, and try them on (hit a demo on a course you know).
And if they don’t fit, don’t buy!!

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Thursday, April 24, 2008


Glenmuir’s new Hi-Cool ® men’s and ladies’ shirts offer golfers the best of both worlds - outstanding performance combined with exceptional comfort.
The Lanark-based company, one of Europe’s leading golf apparel brands, has introduced three new shirts to its Men’s Performance Series andfive to its Ladies’ Collection, all offering the soft-handle feel not found with all-synthetic fabrics such as polyester or nylon.
All are manufactured from soft, stylish and lightweight 70% cotton 30%polyester jersey and feature the renowned Hi-Cool ® Moisture ManagementSystem, which delivers extra stretch performance while drawing moisture away from the body to provide exceptional quick-drying properties.
With an athletic fit and modern design, the Hi-Cool® shirts signal Glenmuir’s intention to play a key role in the growth of the golfperformance wear market and provide customers with the very latest in sportsfabric technology.
Marketing Director, Andy Bough, said: “Research has shown us that increasing numbers of golfers are looking for modern clothing that will keep them cool on the course, allow freedom of movement and deliver outstanding performance.
“We have reacted to that with our largest-ever range of performance wear and we believe this has established us as a major player in that market. The reaction from retailers and golfers has been fantastic.”
The Men’s Hi-Cool ® Zip, Hi-Cool ® Mock and Hi-Cool ® Panel, with the prestigious Glenmuir 1891 logo embroidered on the right sleeve, are available for a suggested retail price of £33.50 each and come in sizes S-XXL.
The Hi-Cool ® Zip has contrast textured side and sleeve panels, a zip neck, and is available in three colours, light blue/white, black/citrus, andwhite/navy.
The Hi-Cool ® Mock features a mock collar and raglan sleeves, with contrast textured panels at the front underarm and has three colour schemes -white/light blue, citrus/black, and navy/white.
The Hi-Cool ® Panel has contrast textured panels to the side and over arm,with a concealed button neck and anti-curl collar. Light blue/white,black/citrus and navy/white versions are available.
The new Ladies’ Performance Shirts – Lilly, Megan, Izzy, Jane and Cara come in a shaped fit to maximise fabric performance and comfort.
The designs, in sizes XS-XL, include cool and contemporary colours with contrast panels and patterns and all feature the Glenmuir woven label on the left side seam.
Suggested retail price for Lilly and Megan is £34.65 each, while Izzy, Jane and Cara are £32.55 each.


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

St Andrews limit players to seven clubs each

In a bid to speed up play, the St Andrews Links Trust have announced that, for a trial period over the summer starting on 1st May, they are going to limit the number of clubs permitted per player on all of the St Andrews courses to seven.
A Links Trust spokesman said "Slow play is a major problem here at St Andrews, and it was pointed out to us that a recent survey has shown that players score just as well with a half set as they do when they have the maximum 14 clubs in their bag. With fewer decisions on club selection, players tend to spend less time before they hit, and are more committed to the shot. Players will be expected to carry their clubs, and the time saved around the greens should take at least half an hour off a round of golf."
A spokesman for the St Andrews Caddies Association commented "We find this totally unacceptable... With only seven clubs in their bag, most players will decide to carry their own clubs. We should have been consulted first."
The British Association of Club Manufacturers and Retailers declined to comment, but it is understood that an emergency meeting of the major stakeholders is to take place at the Scottish Golf Show, which takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Ingliston Exhibition Centre, Edinburgh.
When asked if the R&A Rules of Golf committee would consider altering Rule 4-4 to reduce the current maximum of 14 clubs, the Director of Rules said "We will monitor the situation with interest. We constantly review the Rules, and if it is found that carrying fewer clubs make little difference to scoring, and speeds up play, then we would consider an alteration to the Rules."
Further information can be found here.


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Press Release


The strength of Glenmuir’s growing performance outerwear range is showcased this Spring Summer by the Scottish company’s flagship Rain Bloc ® waterproof jackets.
The men’s Inverurie and ladies’ Elie waterproof jackets from Glenmuir - one of Europe’s leading golf apparel brands - deliver superb weather-beating performance backed by a three-year guarantee.
Both high-quality jackets feature the Glenmuir Rain Bloc ® waterproof system, comprising a laminated microfibre fabric which uses a special inner membrane to allow moisture vapour created by the body to escape, but repels external wind and rain.
The fabric is extremely lightweight and quiet, waterproof and breathable, with the waterproof system guaranteed against laminate breakdown or leakage through the fabric or taped seams for three years.
Both the Inverurie, pictured above left, and Elie are styled in a performance fit and feature concealed zip-off sleeves, Velcro side tabs for fit adjustment, elasticated cuffs with Velcro adjusters, adjustable draw cord waist, high-neck storm collar, water repellant full-length zip and side pockets and chest ventilation flaps.
The Inverurie, which also boasts a stretch panel at back shoulder for freedom of movement and a back scorecard pocket, is available in sizes S-XXL and three colourways – Caribbean blue/navy, storm grey/burnt orange and black/sand.
The Elie comes in S-XL and a choice of three eye-catching colours – sky blue, mint and raspberry – with black detailing.
Both jackets are available for a suggested retail price of £84.00.
Andy Bough, Glenmuir Marketing Director, said: “The waterproof market has been identified as a key area for growth for Glenmuir and our 2008 range of top-quality jackets, trousers, wind shirts and fleeces uses a variety of fabric technologies to deliver superb weather-beating performance.
“In addition, the Inverurie and Elie waterproof jackets are backed by a three-year guarantee as part of our on-going commitment to customer service.”


Monday, March 10, 2008

Press Release

Ladies European Tour Star Gwladys Nocera
to Endorse ECCO Golf Shoes

Renowned Danish shoemaker ECCO announces the addition of Ladies European Tour star Gwladys Nocera to the roster of elite staff players who prefer the comfort, performance and styling of its luxury market leading golf shoes.
As part of this agreement, the 33-year-old native of France will wear ECCO golf shoes exclusively during all on-course activities.
“ECCO golf shoes have really impressed me with their out-of-the-box comfort and overall stability,” says Nocera. “The styles and colours are also wonderful, as I can always find a pair to go with my outfits.”
A late bloomer, Nocera turned professional at age 27 and has quickly made a name for herself on the global stage. A member of two European Solheim Cup teams, her best season came in 2006 when she won three times on the LET and finished runner-up on the money list to fellow ECCO staff player Laura Davies.
She remained among the world’s elite players with victories in 2007 at the KLM Ladies Open and the EMAAR-MGF Ladies Masters.
“Gwladys has been a consistently strong performer and is in great position for another strong campaign in 2008,” says Jesper Thuen, Sponsor and Event Manager, ECCO Golf. “She’s well-regarded throughout France and will help us attain an even greater profile as we expand in that market.”
In addition to Nocera, ECCO is preferred by international tour stars Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Thomas Bjorn, Thongchai Jaidee, John Bickerton, Steven Jeppesen, Juli Inkster, Carin Koch, Pat Hurst, Sophie Gustafson, Laura Davies, Meena Lee, Candie Kung, Linda Wessberg, Wendy Ward and others.
The company’s Spring/Summer 2008 golf collection features unequalled comfort, style and performance in several new designs, including the distinctive C-Force Hydromax for men – the first-ever golf shoe to incorporate a Carbon Force Plate to provide unequaled lightness, flexibility, strength and durability. For women, the new ACE series offers a unique system of interlocking Truss Support Elements that creates the most advanced swing platform in the women’s game.
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Monday, November 12, 2007


Club golfers are being urged by the R&A to check that their driving clubs conform to a new Rule of Golf that comes into effect on January 1, 2008, and applies to all golfers of all abilities and in all forms of play.
Driving clubs must not have the effect of a spring which exceeds the limit set forth in a Pendulum Test Protocol established by the R&A.
While many golfers have already replaced or made plans to replace such clubs with conforming models, some golfers are still unaware of the new Rule and its implications.
Golf clubs have been asked to raise awareness of the new Rule among their members and to assist them in determining the conformance status of their drivers to minimise any uncertainty and confusion that may lead to disqualification.
To read the relevant Rule and check the list of conforming clubs click here


Wednesday, September 19, 2007



North Berwick, September 19, 2007

Biting cold, wind and rain may have hampered three dramatic days at The Solheim Cup at Halmstad Golf Club, Sweden, but ProQuip’s ultra-lightweight team rain suits proved to be the ultimate winning weatherwear for Betsy King’s US team.
The American team wore ProQuip’s Ladies Ultralite rain suits and Ladies Silk Touch Half-Sleeve Windshields to beat the cold, blustery conditions and storm to an 8.5 to 3.5 final day singles win over the Europeans, and secure overall victory by 16 points to 12.
Richard Head, chief designer and managing director of ProQuip, said: “Congratulations to Betsy King and her players. The weather was a big factor in Sweden, and the performance of the U.S. Solheim team over three demanding days was incredible and proof that high-performance weatherwear, talent and determination can combine to produce great golf in any conditions.”
As the official weatherwear supplier to the U.S. Team, ProQuip custom-designed Ladies Ultralite suits, made from a specially designed laminated fabric exclusive to ProQuip, which is lightweight and soft, maximising comfort and minimising noise.
“ProQuip was chosen to outfit the U.S team after US Captain Betsy King and her assistant Beth Daniel visited our stand at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, tried samples and agreed the weatherwear surpassed even the high standards expected by their players,” added Head.
ProQuip also supplied weatherwear to LPGA staff members, and VIP’s, including LPGA Founders, board members and former Solheim Cup Captains.
ProQuip has more than 26-years of experience in outfitting international team golf competitions, dating back to the 1981 United States Ryder Cup team.
More recently, the North Berwick based company was the preferred weatherwear supplier to the victorious 2006 European Ryder Cup team.Federation.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Press Release


The R&A has announced a change to the Rules of Golf regarding additional forms of club adjustability, effective from 1 January, 2008.
All new forms of adjustability must be approved in advance by The R&A and adjustments during a round will continue to be disallowed as at present.
The Rules of Golf currently state that woods and irons must not be designed to be adjustable, except for weight.
In March 2005, The R&A first indicated an interest in allowing more types of adjustable features on woods and irons and in February 2007, a proposed Rule change was published for review and comment.
The R&A has decided to adopt the proposal after careful consideration of comments from manufacturers and other interested parties.
We believe that the Rule change regarding club adjustability will create opportunities for both manufacturers and golfers alike, without diminishing the challenge of the game,” said David Rickman, R&A Director of Rules and Equipment Standards.
“Top professional golfers have long had the opportunity to have their clubs adjusted or modified quickly and often. This has allowed them to ‘fit’ their clubs to their swings as they wished. By changing the Rules to permit greater club adjustability, all golfers will have the opportunity to enjoy similar fitting benefits” added Rickman.

1. The new Rule will state the following:
“All clubs may incorporate mechanisms for weight adjustment. Other forms of adjustability may also be permitted upon evaluation by The R&A.The following requirements apply to all permissible methods of adjustment:
(i) the adjustment cannot be readily made;
(ii) all adjustable parts are firmly fixed and there is no reasonable likelihood of them working loose during a round; and
(iii) all configurations of adjustment conform with the Rules.During a stipulated round, the playing characteristics of a club must not be purposely changed by adjustment or by any other means (see Rule 4-2a)”
2. There is no change to the Rules for putters, which are already permitted to incorporate other forms of adjustability as well as for weight.
3. An announcement on the 2008 Rules of Golf, including the principal changes to the “playing Rules”, will be made at the end of October / early November.