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USGTF Level III member Rob Ruley, from Holland, Ohio, creator of the Pro Swing Station training aid, demonstrated and promoted his device at the recent World Golf Teachers Cup in Orlando, and received several endorsements from his fellow teaching professionals. Earl Coley stated, “A teacher’s pro guide. Eliminates putting down clubs, excellent for maintaining ball position, and a great tool for teaching and learning basic setup.” Grant Gulych, who plays a fade, said “Even I can draw the ball” after using the Pro Swing Station. Dave Belling remarked, “I really like it for achieving great setup positions and for its multiple uses. And, I am quite picky when it comes to training aids.” For more information on the Pro Swing Station, please visit www. sitesnmore.info.

Golf professionals and avid golfers are notorious from suffering from back pain. The Backjoy® back orthotic delivers on its promises of providing perfect back posture while sitting down. Members of the USGTF National Office staff were very impressed. Membership services director Jennifer Russakis said, “I use it every day. It gives me good posture and extra support for my back. At the end of the day, my back feels as good as it did at the start of the day.” One staff member reported that the sciatic nerve pain he often experiences while driving his car completely disappears while using the Backjoy. There are also potential benefits for a golfer’s game. Bing Howenstein, owner of Backjoy Orthotics, said that the Backjoy engages core muscles, which are important for a golfer’s swing. The Backjoy can be used in virtually any chair and has the unqualified endorsement of the USGTF National Office staff. More information can be found at www.backjoy.com.

Most golf shirts allow a fair amount of the sun’s UV rays to pass through. Not the UV Skinz golf shirt. This shirt offers a UV sun protection factor of 50, meaning 98% of the sun’s UV rays are blocked. Made out of nylon, the shirt possesses a tight weave that prevents the sun’s harmful rays from passing through. One member of the USGTF National Office staff remarked, “I tried it out on a very sunny day. The shirt was not only very comfortable, but it stretches when I swing. Sometimes ordinary golf shirts catch on my left arm when I swing, but I have no worries about that with the UV Skinz shirt.” The shirt was developed by Rhonda Sparks, who lost her husband to skin cancer at the age of 32. Because of his passing, she stated, “I decided my life’s mission would be to raise awareness about the disease anyway I could.” For more information, please visit www.uvskinz.com.

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