Callaway Clothing | Strong Contingent At The 144th Open
Zach Johnson's amazing victory in the Open was the culmination of one of the most extraordinary weeks of golf St Andrews has ever seen. Of the 156 players who made up the field, a record-breaking nine were amateurs and one, 22-year-old Paul Dunne from Ireland, found himself at the top of the leader board after 54 holes, a feat that no amateur has achieved since Bobby Jones back in 1927.
Introducing 2UNDR at Function 18
Every golfer knows only too well that the wrong choice of attire can really take the edge off your game. The best golfing gear keeps you cool and comfortable all day long without ever restricting your movement, but while many players invest both time and money in the latest designer golf apparel, they end up being let down by their underwear and have to put up with unnecessary annoyances.
Oakley Prizm™ Golf Technology Coming Soon At Function18...
15 years in the making, Oakley Prizm™ is the latest lens technology from leading sports brand Oakley; helping to fine tune vision for specific sports and varied environments.
Popular within the Ski industry, this evolutionary lens technology has been carefully designed by Oakley using precision colour tuning to enhance the human eye's ability to perceive specific details. The unique lenses emphasise colours where the eye is most sensitive to detail, helping to improve performance and vision without the compromises of conventional lens tints.
For the first time, lenses have been purpose-built specifically for the beautiful game of golf and the benefits of this visionary technology have the potential to become key game changer for the sport.
HOW PRIZM™ TECHNOLOGY WORKS? Using specially engineered lens tints, Oakley Prizm™ lenses are carefully designed to ensure that you get the right balance of colours for your environment, so, instead of everything looking dull and dark - you get a clear, un-tinted view.
This unique technology cleverly filters out the background “noise” of light that interferes with vision while emphasising the colours you need to see for optimal performance, specifically designed for the golfing environment.
To perform to the best of your ability on the golf course, having a clear, unobstructed view is essential. Many golfers fail to realise is that not all golf sunglasses are equally as protective and effective, and the launch of Prizm™ golf lenses is set to change all this.
These are the winning features offered by these advanced lenses:
Helping to refine visual acuity so you see more clearly and ultimately can react faster!
Helping you to clearly spot specific objects on the green or the definition and gradient on fairways. Improving the contrast between the cyans and greens of healthy grass and the yellows, oranges and reds of the rough.
Helping to optimise your ability to see and track moving objects in your periphery.
Performance and safety
All of the above features will ultimately help you compete to the best of your ability.
The lenses are available in three shades, specifically one shade for golf, and in a wide variety of frame styles, ensuring there's a solution that's right for you.
The new Prizm™ RadarLock, Half Jacket 2.0 and Flak Jacket XLJ lines will be available from Function18 in February 2015!
Snow Golf - 5 courses worth wrapping up for!
For the majority of golfers around the world, snow on the course means a visit to the 19th hole before heading home - but the latest snow golf craze is turning a snow storm in to a new adventure on the course!
The sport currently takes place in various events in locations around northern Europe, and with plans to expand the event roster in 2015, there has never been a better time to get out there and work on your snow golf game – just don’t forget your golf jacket!
Bjorkliden, Swedish Lapland
At this course 250km north of the Arctic Circle, snow golfers attempt to navigate their orange balls over nine holes of the existing summer course. Away from the specially flattened fairway and ‘whites’, the snowdrifts in rough areas can be three feet deep. The misery of shanking into such a hazard is occasionally lessened by the stunning light show of the Aurora Borealis.
Uummannaq, Northern Greenland
This course has hosted the World Ice Golf Championship annually since 1997. As decreed by snow golf’s rulebook, holes here are enlarged to the size of winter holes in the conventional game. At close to 600km above the Arctic Circle, Uummannaq is the northernmost snow golf course in the world, while the only albatrosses likely to be sighted are those soaring overhead.
Engadine Golf Club, Switzerland
Engadine, the location of the 34th Snow Golf Cup, is a snow course of some repute. 80 players tackled the nine holes, having to negotiate distances of between 120m and 180m. As in the traditional game, playing off the tee and from the fairways is a test of precision and balance. A clean strike of the ball with the very bottom of your club head just brushing the snow yields the best results.
The winter golf team at this Vacancia ski school host a Golf in the Snow event at their school atop the Otztaler glacier. Golf instructors are on hand to provide tutelage in the arts of putting and pitching on snow. Competitions in all disciplines and a nearest-to-the-pin tournament are held towards to the end of the event
The ski resort of Mont d'Arbois in the Rhone-Alpes region of south-eastern France will play host to the BMW Winter Golf event in February 2015. A snow golf festival will ensue, including street golf and tournaments for kids and amateurs, before the best snow golfers in the world compete to lift the BMW Winter Golf Cup.
So if you are looking to battle the snow for a great game this winter, follow these essential tips:
- Purchase extra-large tees.
- Layer up to stay warm and comfortable (Read our latest blog post on multi-layering this winter)
- Take a warm flask of coffee/ tea to keep you warm.
- Use a brightly coloured golf ball!
The worst golf Christmas gifts revealed!
When it comes to buying Golf Christmas gifts for a golf enthusiast, it isn’t easy getting the right gift that they are going to appreciate and put to good use. According to a recent survey conducted, most of our family and friends just haven't got the knack of choosing golf-related gifts wisely.
We take a look at the top 5 worst Golf Christmas gifts, with a few suggestions thrown in to avoid any gift disappointment this Christmas day!
Cheap Golf Balls There appear to be lots of big offenders out there, but the top prize for the least-wanted golf gift goes to cheap golf balls, closely followed in second place by novelty golf balls. Any kind of golf balls that are a poor substitute for the real thing are sure to be banished to the bottom of the golf bag and will rarely ever make it on to the golf course.
It's not that we don't appreciate receiving golf balls. In fact, top of the wish-list this Christmas for keen golfers is a new set of golf balls – quality, branded ones, that is!
Golf ball monogrammer A golf ball monogrammer might be a handy way to identify your balls on the golf course, but ranked in third place as the worst ever golf gift, it’s clear that most golfers just don't have the time!
Left or Right handed golf gifts If you’ve asked your family and friends for a golf glove or club this Christmas, make sure your clear on whether you need a right or left handed product. Buying a wrong-handed glove or club is nigh on useless for a golfer, so avoid wasting your money by making sure you buy for the correct hand.
Novelty Golf Gifts We love the beautiful game of golf, but it seems that we don't share the same love of receiving novelty golf gifts! Number 5 on the list is novelty golf gifts sets such as head covers, socks, books of golfing anecdotes and even toilet putting games!
To avoid unwelcomed golfing gifts this Christmas, Function18 stock a huge range of golf clothing, accessories and affordable golf gift ideas all for under £25 - with everything from gloves, hats and gift sets available. If you're still unsure about what to buy, we recommend picking up a Function18 gift voucher – sure to be a big hit Christmas day!
Merry Christmas from all the team at Function18!