Well it’s certainly been a busy week for one brand.

First they sent us this err… golf survival box? which we had hours of fun trying to guess what was inside.

Then Rory McIlroy announced he had joined the TaylorMade family (whatever that means) and the following day the company announced they had been sold to a NY private equity firm.

The McIlroy news highlighted just how loyal some golfers are to the TaylorMade brand. I noticed a number of tweets from club golfers welcoming Rory to ‘the team’.

Sorry folks but just having a Rocketballz 3-wood in the bag doesn’t make you a staff player.

It was an all-round exciting week in the NCG office as we received our new branded apparel from FootJoy for the coming season.

We were literally like small children on Christmas Day when it arrived and now can’t wait to get out on to the course in it. Thanks again FootJoy.

Here’s some of the other news you may have missed…

Titleist C16 concept irons available for trial

You may have noticed last year how Titleist released the super-premium C16 concept irons to the US market.

Well now UK golfers can get their hands on them at the brand’s Titleist Thursdays fitting events. And if you have £3,000 to spare you can buy yourself a set.

Titleist C16 concept irons

The C16 irons feature ultra-premium materials and advanced construction methods.

To find a Titleist Thursdays event near you visit their website.

Bushnell add stylish GPS watch

Bushnell have launched the Excel Golf GPS watch which provides golfers with key information out on the course – and looks slick enough to wear off it.

The Excel also utilises integrated Bluetooth technology to work seamlessly with the new Bushnell Golf App which means the user can receive call alerts, messages and calendar notifications straight to their watch.

The app also allows golfers to book tee times, pay, confirm and set tee time notifications all from their smart phone.

For more information on the Excel, which has an SRP of  £199, and the Bushnell app, visit their website.

Lamkin launch Justin Rose’s Flat Cat

Did you notice Justin Rose’s unusual putter grip at the Masters?

Of course you did. And now Lamkin have partnered with Winston Products to market and distribute the full Flat Cat product line.


The Flat Cat help golfers of all abilities putt more consistently and effectively by puting the feeling of a square putter face into the palm of a player’s hands.

Choose from five different sizes via the Lamkin website.

Golfers take advantage of free Motocaddy app

I’m sure you’ll have notice our piece earlier this year on the new Motocaddy S5 Connect trolley – the first from the brand with a built-in GPS function.

The trolley isn’t available to buy yet but the free app has been going down a storm.

In April more than 13,000 downloads were made of the app which can be used as a stand-alone, fully-featured mobile GPS device.

The app can be synced with Motocaddy’s S5 Connect when it hits retail this summer.

Download the app via the App Store or through the Motocaddy website.

And finally… Could socks be the key to lowering your scores?

We’ve been told that the latest golf socks from Stance can revolutionise our games.

Stance Golf

I’ll try anything. And I’ll report back how I get on with them. I might be turning pro this time next week.

For the full range of Stance golf socks visit their website.