Carly's blog - news and views on the world of ladies' golf
It's been a sad state of affairs for most golf courses this week as they suffer at the hands of the weather Gods. My home course Parkstone has held up remarkably well thanks to the hard work and effort of our greenkeeping team, who have gone out and swished water off the greens and shut the low-lying holes to protect them, a very sensible move. I'd love to hear how your own home courses are handling the same situation.
Given that the rain doesn't look set to go anywhere soon I've resigned myself to a winter of wearing nothing but waterproofs and with that in mind I've chosen a selection of the latest ladies jackets available. If nothing else at least we can look fashionable and feel fab in a new winter weather suit! Smile, it's only a few months until spring again!
FASHION FOR THE FAIRWAY SPECIAL: WATERPROOF SHOWCASE
A new waterproof jacket is the must-have fashion essential in your golf bag this winter
Galvin Green Arissa
FootJoy Womens DryJoys Rain Jacket
Callaway Golf Storm Jacket
Ping Collection Moondance
Sunderland WhisperDry Jacket
Tommy Hilfiger Golf Luce Jacket
Sunice Chloe GORE-TEX Jacket
Golfino White Label Rainproof Jacket
TaylorMade has announced the arrival of what they are calling their biggest iron innovation to date. The RocketBladez is an iron with a remarkable new technology that promotes high launching, long, straight and quick-stopping golf shots for players of all abilities... and yes they have brought out a ladies version!
RocketBladez' key new technology is its "Speed Pocket," inspired by the distance-enhancing benefits of the already popular RocketBallz fairway woods and Rescue clubs. TaylorMade engineers incorporated the Speed Pocket into RocketBladez irons to promote faster ball speed and a higher launch angle to promote longer, high-flying, quick-stopping shots. Altogether, the RocketBladez set consists of eleven individually designed clubheads, each tailored in size, shape and features to maximise distance, control and feel like never before.
"Metalwoods have advanced tremendously since TaylorMade introduced the first one in 1979," said TM CEO Mark King. "The ball has advanced too, and even footwear and apparel have improved a great deal. But there hasn't been a significant advancement in irons since the perimeter-weighted cavityback was introduced more than 50 years ago. The RocketBallz Speed Pocket changes that - it's a once-in-a-lifetime innovation in the iron category. If your iron doesn't have a Speed Pocket, your iron is out-dated."
Incorporated into the 3- through 7-irons, the Speed Pocket is a 2mm-wide slot in the sole of the iron that flexes and rebounds at impact, increasing the speed of the face to promote faster ball speed, a higher launch angle and a higher, stronger ball flight that lands on a steep, quick-stopping descent angle.
The Speed Pocket advantage is especially effective on impacts made low on the face - TaylorMade studies indicate that 68% of iron shots by amateur golfers are mishits below the centre of the face. The Speed Pocket helps to significantly increase ball speed and distance on those low-face mishits.
Tour professionals will also benefit from the distance benefits of the Speed Pocket, as TaylorMade is also offering a RocketBladez Tour model. Unlike other distance irons, the RocketBladez Tour iron delivers consistent distance and is void of "hot spots" on the clubface, to ensure predictability and distance consistency from shot to shot.
"We created RocketBladez irons for amateurs, but when our Tour Staff pros tried it, they wanted it," said King. "We created a Tour version, and they love it. It's the first distance-oriented iron to be played on Tour. The genius of the Speed Pocket is that not only does it deliver more speed for more distance, it delivers consistent speed, so shots fly a consistent distance. That combination of speed and consistent distance is what made the eyes of our Tour pros light up."
The 3- through 7-irons boast the most sophisticated clubface TaylorMade has ever created for a Tour iron, fashioned from fast, high-strength stainless steel with improved Inverted Cone design. Consistent distance gaps throughout the set made possible by careful management of the RBZ Speed Pocket, Inverted Cone, face thickness, CG location, loft and shaft length.
The RocketBladez irons are available in a ladies version fitted with graphite shafts. A 7-iron set will cost £649 and will be available in shops just before Christmas. Visit www.taylormadegolf.eu
ROYAL ALBARTROSS GOLF SHOES
I say: Like most ladies I love shoes, yet I've never come across a pair of golf shoes that genuinely made me excited to open the box until now! The Royal Albartross shoe is like the Jimmy Choo of golf shoes, it simply oozes class and you get that wonderful smell of new leather when you open the box. Yes these shoes have an enormous price tag, but wait until you see them, you will understand why. The posh presentation box is a treat alone and inside is a beautifully handcrafted shiny shoe that looks fit for a Hollywood catwalk. As with all new leather shoes they'll fit snugly at first and need a bit of 'breaking in' but they come with a shoe horn so that you can slip your foot inside so it fits like a glove and the high quality Italian leather is wonderfully soft. I found the shoe a little heavier than the traditional modern golf shoe to walk in but very comfortable and it certainly turned heads. Just about everyone I played golf with wanted to know where I'd got such a unique shoe from. I love all the intricate details on the shoe such as the shiny ball marker that clips to the outside. Picking the style is also a lot of fun with names such as the Betsy Bellagio, Candy Rousso, Dolly Dumont, Lady Luck and Diamond Lottie! Overall you won't find a more sexy, stylish and comfortable golf shoe in the world. If I could put more extravagant present on my Christmas list this year these shoes would be it!
ESCAPE TO THE SUN
Las Colinas Golf & Country Club, one of Continental Europe's Top 100 golf courses, has unveiled exclusive stay and play packages for golfers looking to escape to the Spanish Mediterranean coast this winter. From its privileged position just south of Alicante in the region of Valencia, the stunning venue reveals a world apart which provides a perfect combination of championship golf and first-class leisure facilities.
These special offer packages at the Troon managed facility are available from now until the end of February and provide guests the opportunity to tailor their holidays to suit their requirements. A wide range of options are available incorporating golf and accommodation in the lavish self-catering apartments and villas, each sleeping from four to six people.
All Winter Sun packages include English cooked breakfast each morning, complimentary use of the tennis and paddle courts, access to the gym, complimentary buggies with golf, and a free drink after each round in UNiK CAFÉ, the clubhouse Bar & Restaurant. What´s more, children 12 years and under stay with their parents for FREE. Also included are 20% discounts on any additional green fees and Golf Academy tuition, and 10% discounts at UNiK CAFÉ, enso sushibar, and on all the tempting latest golf attire and essential accessories on sale in the Golf Shop.
The packages represent fantastic value, for example a short break with two rounds of golf on the Championship course and two nights stay in an apartment in Las Colinas Residences, is just €154 per person including VAT - with a minimum of just 2 persons.
A host venue for the European Tour Qualifying School, Las Colinas Golf & Country Club lies uniquely along a picturesque valley of citrus trees and Mediterranean woodland surrounded by hills, and is accessed through a spectacular canyon entrance - a feature which preserves the tranquillity and immense natural beauty. With the stunning Cabell B. Robinson designed golf course at its heart, the exquisite Clubhouse, modern Las Colinas Residences, and variety of sports and nature facilities all combine to offer a world apart experience for guests.
For the full range of packages and booking : www.aworldapart.es / firstname.lastname@example.org / (+35) 965 32 37 86