Derived from the Greek word bios, for "life," Biion seeks to bring new life to the golf-shoe industry. The brainchild of Toronto fashion entrepreneur Rick Buchanan, the slip-on shoes are made of a lightweight yet sturdy EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) material that is anti-microbial, odor-resistant and washable.
The company offers shoes in five styles—classic, patterns, saddles, brights and wingtips—and 36 colors. Each features a dual-density midsole and honeycomb-pattern spikeless tread to provide stability and comfort.
Unique to Biion's design is my favorite feature: aeration holes. Not only do they help keep your feet cool and dry, but they allow you to wear the shoes with or without socks. Retailing for $100, these shoes provide a definite style statement whether worn on or off the course.
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The search for a rival for Rory McIlroy begins with Rickie Fowler. “I definitely have some work to do but there is a potential of him and I being able to play against each other for a long time to come, both being the same age,” Fowler said in this column by Tara Sullivan of the North New Jersey newspaper the Record.
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Cameron Tringale still isn’t sure about the stroke in question at the PGA Championship, but chose to err on the side of integrity and disqualified himself days later for having signed an incorrect scorecard. “I didn't want the way I play this game or my integrity questioned,” he said in this story by ESPN’s Bob Harig. He “eventually came to the decision that there's enough doubt that I want to take myself out.”
“As Jimmy Walker stood on the tee at the fifth hole at Ridgewood Country Club, sun peered through the clouds, and a refrain popped into his head: reapply, reapply. So out came the sunscreen, and a smattering quickly smeared its way across Walker’s chin and cheeks.” Zach Schonbrum in the New York Times recounts Walker’s recent surgery to remove a small basal cell carcinoma on his left cheek, skin cancer.
Gunn Yang’s U.S. Amateur victory was a surprise to most, but not to his instructor Glen Daugherty. “I’ve told Gunn for two years, ‘You don’t know it yet, but you’re as good as any amateur out there,’” Daugherty told Tod Leonard of the UT-San Diego. “‘You’re going to be somebody who will do well on the [PGA] tour someday. These college kids are beating you now, but they won’t be for long.’”
Web.com Tour player Harold Varner III asks a reasonable question in this Businessweek story on him: “I don’t understand why people still think along those terms, like, ‘Man, he’s the only black kid out here.’ Why can I not just be a kid?”
Despite the USGA's rollback on groove performance, we've seen there's more to wedge technology than how deep and sharp the scorelines are cut. One company that has continually made advancements is Mizuno, which first introduced the idea of varying groove geometry to match performance requirements of specific lofts.
Its latest offering, the MP-T5 ($130), takes this thinking to its extreme. Through its custom program there are 25 options, including at least one bounce for every loft from 49 to 62 degrees. Mizuno also offers five sole grinds matched specifically to subsets of those lofts and two finishes (white satin and black ion).
The MP-T5 features the company's carbon-steel forging, and the groove design is again loft-specific: narrower and deeper on the lower lofts to improve full-shot spin and wider and shallower on the higher lofts for better partial-shot spin.
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1. Tiger & Rory: Golf's most famous besties had quite a Monday when they plugged Nike equipment and appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon together. They also took turns dumping cold water on each other for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and then Rory told everyone that Tiger said he's not going to let him win a green jacket next year. We can only hope this friendship turns into a friendly rivalry. Oh yeah, Rory also nominated actress Meghan Markle and then did the ice dumping on her personally. Apparently, Rory is a huge fan of the show "Suits" -- apparently, huge fans of that show exist. At least, that's his story. Don't be too jealous, Tiger!
2. Mo'ne Davis: What a phenomenon this 13-year-old girl has become. She became the first girl to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series and her success landed her on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Nearly five million people tuned in to watch her next start! It didn't go very well, but it doesn't diminish what this incredible girl has done this summer. Show me the Mo'ne!
3. FedEx Cup Playoffs: Speaking of being shown the money, you guys realize that the golfer who comes out on top of this four-week bonanza gets a $10 MILLION bonus, right? Think about that the next time you're shaking over a four-footer to halve your $2 Nassau.
4. Johnny Manziel: We are still about two weeks from the NFL's regular season kicking off, but football -- in particular, Johnny Football -- has already taken over the sports news. It seems like there's more Manziel coverage on a typical ESPN SportsCenter than there are highlights of all 30 MLB teams combined. When he flipped the bird at an opposing team's sideline in a preseason game, it became the week's top story. And he's only been named the Cleveland Browns' BACKUP quarterback! Don't worry, though, you can buy "Johnny Clipboard" shirts now to help get your Johnny Football fix. Enough about this guy already! (OK, so those shirts are pretty awesome.)
5. Popstars paying to play: The NFL is so powerful, it's reportedly narrowed its choices of prospective Super Bowl halftime show acts to Coldplay, Rihanna, and Katy Perry -- and it's asking them to pay for the honor of performing. To be fair, we can think of a few songs Rihanna should pay us to listen to. Sorry, but I'm Team Katy all the way! I mean, (*deeper voice*) Team Coldplay! Yeah, Team Coldplay. . .
"The people running the game should think more about the average amateur. Unlike football and baseball, golf is watched by people who still play the sport. So change the rules and make the ball bigger to slow it down, which will help the amateurs on the greens and attract more players. Twenty-five years ago, Jack Nicklaus said they should do this. I guess the idiots at the USGA don't consider him enough of an expert."
To be fair, Feherty spent most of the interview being just as tough on himself for, among other things, being "stupid" in school, losing control with alcohol and drugs, and failing his family. He says it's being open about that stuff that makes him talk so freely on the air.
"I'm at an advantage -- all of my skeletons are out of the closet," he said. "I'm as f----- up as they come. I have to take 13 pills a day to be this normal."
Feherty also recently addressed taking his pills on Twitter following comedian Robin Williams' suicide.
A special purpose to taking my meds today. Robin Williams was one of my heroes.— David Feherty (@Fehertwit) August 12, 2014
In the grand scheme of things, debating the dimensions of a golf ball seems trivial, but it's part of Feherty's job -- and we're glad it is. Whether you agree with him or not, such discussions could have a huge impact on a game that has been in the news a lot recently for not growing enough.
Feherty's "idiots" line probably won't make him any friends at the USGA, but it raises important questions about the future of the game. The more experts we hear from, the better.
Agreed. Critiques of presidential vacations are dumb. But golfing today is in bad taste. Not sure how to reconcile: http://t.co/4Mlq5dL2c7— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) August 20, 2014
Although much of the lower body is active at the start of the downswing, rotating the right hip internally, meaning toward the target, is often cited by golf instructors as the key move if you want to hit solid shots. If you can fire that right hip toward the target as you start down, it's going to cure a host of swing flaws including poor timing and swing path. So how do you train your right hip? The folks at SuperFlex Fitness (@superflexfit), trainer Dave Herman and golf instructor Andrew Park (@theandrewpark), have developed a cool way to do it using a stretch band while you work on your swing.The concept is make you work harder to rotate the hip and really feel what it has to do through resistance.
Watch the video below to see Andrew and one of his students demonstrate it.
And if you're interested in more ways to improve your swing using flex bands, their SuperFlex Golf Swing Kit ($69.95) comes with a variety of bands and how-to instructions. You can buy it at superflexfitness.com. A single band costs $5 to $36 depending on thickness and function.
Ron Kaspriske is the fitness editor of Golf Digest.