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Unveiling of the Most Exciting Golf Training Aid to Hit the Market in Years

CHAGRIN FALLS, OH – June 20, 2014 – David Fritz, President of Innovative Sports, LLC has partnered with some of the best minds in golf to bring you the newest and most innovative golf training aid to hit the market in years.

The ALL NEW Tour GateTM is the latest and greatest in putting aid technology available. Known to most now as the “World’s Best Putting Aid” the Tour GateTM is sure to please even the toughest of critics. This new and exciting product has everything you need to putt like the pros, all wrapped up in a convenient and affordable package. The Tour GateTM allows any skill golfer to begin, enhance, or even perfect their putting skill, by allowing them to hone in on the true direction of their putt to sink the ball almost every time!

HOW IT WORKS – The Tour GateTM is a simple device that offers an ultimate variety of putting practice, for true putting perfection. It’s set up, and operation is simple. Once you have your Tour GateTM simply place it on your green, align the center to the hole, put in place with the tees, and start putting. The operation is simple, but the effects are lifelong and true. The Tour GateTM is the most effective putting aid out there, and it is easy to use, easy to purchase, and can be used by almost any level of golfer from young to old!

Want to give it a try now? Why not take a look at some of our instructional videos? These videos will help you improve on, and up your golf game! Just click the video below to get started.

 

Sports Entrepreneurs to Find New Partner in Innovative Sports, LLC

A dynamic team of sports industry veterans partner to support entrepreneurship

CHAGRIN FALLS, OH – June 9, 2011 – David Fritz, Founder and principal owner of Innovative Concepts, LLC the manufacturer for Tour Sticks, the #1 Golf Training
Aid Used by Tour Pros has created a new LLC under the moniker Innovative Sports.

The company was founded specifically to provide dedicated, cost-effective manufacturing and direct marketing resources in the general sporting goods category to entrepreneurs with innovative products primed for worldwide distribution. Innovative Sports, LLC readies all types of sports related products to market providing resources in investment, licensing, product testing, manufacturing, marketing and distribution. “I am galvanized by the inspired ideas brought to me by gifted entrepreneurs looking to collaborate and take a product to market. The creative process for bringing the dream to fruition is exciting to say the least,” said Fritz. The 2012 product portfolio will be an example of the company’s quest for excellence in innovation and product uniqueness for consumers in a global marketplace.

As part of the formation of the company, Innovative Sports has joined forces with AGG to support marketing development and sales distribution both domestically and around the globe. Karen Covington, Executive Partner of AGG said “We are excited about this new partnership, which will help facilitate the manufacturing and production of products we seek to promote for worldwide distribution.”

Innovative Sports has a warehouse facility, as well as a manufacturing and assembly plant in Ohio, with various manufacturing facilities around the world. U.S. employment is up for the company over 30% to date for the year.

Background on Founding Partner:

As a Founding Partner in several successful companies, David Fritz has played the lead role in successfully bringing products to market often as an investor, manufacturer and/or distributor since opening his first privately held business in 1982. Fritz is a born entrepreneur choosing to partner with experts in their field to manufacture and produce a variety of products including consumable products, hardware, sports and health related products for businesses or direct to consumer. Innovative Sports joins a stable of more than 7 companies Fritz has successfully launched with products distributed in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia to name a few.


Tour Sticks,

As Director of Instruction, I’m always watching for ways to help my students improve their total game. Tour Sticks have been very beneficial to all of my students in a variety of ways. Alignment aid is only one of its multiple uses. Recently while doing a junior clinic, I had the student (1) use one of the sticks as the alignment to the target and (2) place the other stick on the green across their target line to have a better understanding of where we want the ball to land, in order to help control their total distance of the chip or pitch. I also have a practice green we utilize that has no holes; I place up to 6 Tour Sticks into the green to allow for hitting pitch shots different distances at a specific target. Using your Tour Sticks in different ways will help each student to achieve their own goals. At this year’s PGA Show in Orlando, I ordered custom Tour Sticks with my business logo and the PGA logo on them. Now when the student is away they have all of my contact information close by and I believe it to be a great source of advertising.

Alan Rasberry, PGA
Director of Instruction
Tangle Ridge Golf Club
Grand Prairie, TX


No Sweat for All Sports,

I am an avid mountain biker and often during long trail rides my hands get sweaty and it is tough to keep a good grip on the handles. I decided to give No Sweat a try and I have to say that I am impressed! It actually works! After a 2 hour bike ride down some rather crazy trails I didn’t have any issues with my grip. My hands stayed dry during the whole ride. I just want to say thank you for producing a solid product that actually does what it’s suppose to do. I will recomend No Sweat to all my friends and let them try it out for themselves before getting their own.

Thank you,

Ron – Avid Mountain Biker


Tour Sticks appearing in many top 50 private clubs in America

Tour Sticks golf training aids land placement in some of the most prestigious Top 50 Golf Clubs in the country with the success of their logo sticks sales program and by adding the color “Green” to their line of successful alignment aids. Tour Sticks used by Tour Pros goes green, well dark green that is as the latest color offering.

Tour Sticks are portable, multifunctional training tools used in more than 20 different practice drills to improve alignment and one’s overall golf swing. As a plane indicator, swing guide or to help with ball set up or target practice, they can be seen extending out of the bags of virtually every professional golfer on tour around the world.

“Our logo business is up over 3,000 percent since announcing our green grass sales program at the PGA Show. Due to the success, we have extended the program end dates twice,” said Shane Carlisle, co-founder of Tour Sticks. “Tour Sticks really show off a club logo well and pro shops are always looking for a quality and popular product to place their logo, ” said Dwight Hansen from Arrive Golf Group in charge of sales for Tour Sticks that has seen orders from the likes of Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia and Shoal Creek Alabama.

Tour Sticks were born from practical innovation to fulfill a need for golfers at all skill levels to make better use of their practice time at the range and putting green to effectively lose strokes.

They are made of high-quality fiber material to prevent breakage and offer long lasting durability. Tour Sticks come as a pair in a clear plastic carrying case and have a pointed tip at one end to stick in the ground for swing plane drills and a soft-capped end for easy handling. They are UV coated to prevent color fading and are smooth to the touch. Tour Sticks come in 10 vibrant colors and are available in both adult and junior sizes. For more information about Tour Sticks, visit our website at www.toursticks.com.


Innovative Concepts debuts Tour Stroke at PGA Merchandise Show

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — Booth No. 1725 promises not to disappoint golf enthusiasts looking for the most innovative golf products today. Innovative Concepts, LLC, manufacturer of Tour Sticks is set to release the best new putting aid for the game called Tour Stroke. Inspired by PGA Tour Players requesting such a device to help with eye alignment, swing-path, swing-length and swing-shape, Tour Stroke is an ingenious, extremely simple to use putting alignment aid for golfers of all skill levels.

Tour Sticks exploded onto the scene just over a year ago to rise almost overnight as the #1 training aid on the PGA TOUR. As a plane indicator, swing guide or to help with ball set up or target practice, they can be seen extending out of the bags of virtually every professional golfer on tour around the world. At last count, our valued customers and teaching professionals have come up with nearly 30 drills, and the uses for the Tour Sticks product continues to grow. “We want to thank our loyal customers, teaching professionals and of course TOUR Pros for supporting Tour Sticks and making us the #1 aid on Tour for 2010,” says Shane Carlisle founder of Tour Sticks. “And on that note, the first 250 PGA Professionals to visit booth 1725 will receive a special custom pair of official PGA logoed Tour Sticks.”

Tour Sticks, and now Tour Stoke were both born from practical innovation to fulfill a need for golfers at all skill levels to make better use of their practice time at the range and putting green to effectively lose strokes. Tour Sticks are available at Edwin Watts Golf, PGA Tour Superstore, Golfsmith, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy to name a few. For more information, visit our website at www.toursticks.com


Tour Sticks Honors Top 100 US Golf Teachers
Top training aid on tour gives back to those grow the game.

CHAGRIN FALLS, OH. – (November 2, 2010) – Innovative Concepts, LLC, a manufacturer of golf training aids including Tour Sticks used by Tour Pros, is honoring our industry’s finest; Golf Magazine’s list of Top 100 Teachers.

In its effort to support growth of the game, Innovative Concepts will provide a set of Tour Sticks to each teacher with their name and honor of distinction especially inscribed. Tour Sticks are portable, multifunctional training tools used in over 15 different practice drills to improve alignment and one’s overall golf swing. As a plane indicator, swing guide or to help with ball set up or target practice, they can be seen extending out of the bags of virtually every professional golfer on tour around the world.

“It is our goal to be a partner to golf teachers and be a resource for them to help more easily train beginners the fundamentals and grow the game,” said Meredith Billings, co-founder of Tour Sticks. “We have experienced tremendous growth in sales at the green grass level for no other reason than teaching pros using our product during instructions. We are truly grateful to all teachers using Tour Sticks and want to show our part in honoring those giving so much to the game,” said Managing Partner, Richard Greenberg of Arrive Golf Group, in charge of sales for Tour Sticks.

Tour Sticks were born from practical innovation to fulfill a need for golfers at all skill levels to make better use of their practice time at the range and putting green to effectively lose strokes.

They are made of high-quality fiber material to prevent breakage and offer long lasting durability. Tour Sticks come as a pair in a clear plastic carrying case and have a pointed tip at one end to stick in the ground for swing plane drills and a soft-capped end for easy handling. They are UV coated to prevent color fading and are smooth to the touch. Tour Sticks come in 9 vibrant colors and are available in both adult and junior sizes.

About Tour Sticks

Tour Sticks are a product of Innovative Concepts LLC, an organization based in Chagrin Falls OH. Its mission is to bring golfers of all playing abilities a multifunctional and affordable training aid to assist in the overall improvement of their golf games. Since its inception in 2009, Innovative Concepts has formed strategic alliances with the Ladies European Golf Tour and the Adams Golf Pro Tour for their Tour Sticks line, and is a proud sponsor of The First Tee. Tour Sticks are available at Edwin Watts, PGA Tour Superstore, Golf Galaxy, Dicks Sporting Goods and other fine golf retailers. For more information, visit www.toursticks.com.


Innovative, golf display manufacturer hires industry veterans to develop U.S. sales for new line of products

Chagrin Falls, OH — September 13, 2010 — Star Products, LLC, has hired Arrive Golf Group to manage the company’s U.S. marketing and sales efforts for its line of quality Amish-made, handcrafted golf display products, including the Wall Caddie™.

David Fritz, owner of Star Products said “I am thrilled to be working with Arrive Golf Group once again in this new venture, after such a successful launch at retail of my Tour Sticks brand.

With extensive experience in the sports retail industry, Arrive Golf Group will be responsible for growing Wall Caddie’s market share by increasing market visibility and the amount of national retailers carrying the line.

Dwight Hansen, President & CEO of Arrive Golf Group said “Associating with another of David Fritz’ ventures is an honor. Our successful release and sell through of the Tour Sticks brand has been an incredibly financially rewarding relationship. We are thrilled to be growing with David’s businesses in golf.”

Wall Caddie™ is the first of several handcrafted, authentically Amish-made pieces soon-to-be released for golf collectors to elegantly display their personal collection of golf memorabilia and momentos. The Wall Caddie™ is made by the Amish with a reputation for making quality products. This solid wood display piece with brass pegs can cradle or hang large golf memorabilia collections including; tournament commemorative golf balls, bag tags, scorecards, golf clubs and more. For photos of the Wall Caddie™ and information for how to purchase, visit our website at www.innovativesportsllc.com.


Top training aid on Tour now comes in favorite sports teams color combinations

Chagrin Falls, OH — September 8, 2010 — Innovative Concepts, LLC, a manufacturer of golf training aids including Tour Sticks used by Tour Pros, is getting into the spirit of the fall sports season by packaging their sticks in combination colors for the ultimate sports fans.

Released in time for the collegiate and national football leagues season in September, selected retailers will start carrying Tour Sticks in team colors such as red & white, blue & yellow, orange & blue.

Tour Sticks are portable, multifunctional training tools used in over 15 different practice drills to improve alignment and one’s overall golf swing. As a plane indicator, swing guide or to help with ball set up or target practice, they can be seen extending out of the bags of virtually every professional golfer on tour around the world.

“It is our goal to be a partner to retail offering their customers fun, new items for the season,” said Dwight Hansen, President and CEO Arrive Golf Group in charge of sales for Tour Sticks. “The idea originated from professional Tour players asking us for different color combinations for themselves,” said Shane Carlisle, co-founder of Tour Sticks.

Tour Sticks were born from practical innovation to fulfill a need for golfers at all skill levels to make better use of their practice time at the range and putting green to effectively lose strokes.

Tour Sticks are made of high-quality fiber material to prevent breakage and offer long lasting durability. Tour Sticks come as a pair in a clear plastic carrying case and have a pointed tip at one end to stick in the ground for swing plane drills and a soft-capped end for easy handling. They are UV coated to prevent color fading and are smooth to the touch. Tour Sticks come in 9 vibrant colors and are available in both adult and junior sizes. For more information about the team colors section, visit www.toursticks.com.


Top training aid on Tour offers retailers a way to raise funds to support area charities

Chagrin Falls, OH — September 2, 2010 — Innovative Concepts, LLC, a manufacturer of golf training aids including Tour Sticks used by Tour Pros, is offering retailers a discount on all their pink and purple color combination sticks ordered in September and October. The campaign is designed to support retailers’ regional promotions for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. The discount allows stores to pass along the savings as a donation to area charities supporting the cause. Retailers partnering with Tour Sticks for Breast Cancer Awareness month will be provided with in-store posters for customers to know that a portion of their purchase of Tour Sticks will be donated.

Tour Sticks are portable, multifunctional training tools used in over 15 different practice drills to improve alignment and one’s overall golf swing. As a plane indicator, swing guide or to help with ball set up or target practice, they can be seen extending out of the bags of virtually every professional golfer on tour around the world.

“Staying current and timely in providing to our retailers charity opportunities that they already support will only provide our industry with the ability to be more effective in truly affecting lives,” said Karen Covington, of Arrive Golf Group in charge of retail sales marketing for Tour Sticks.

“We are grateful for our success and will continue to partner our philanthropic efforts with retail,” said Shane Carlisle, co-founder of Tour Sticks.

Tour Sticks are available at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy, Golfsmith, Edwin Watts and PGA Tour Superstores to name a few. For more information, visit www.toursticks.com.


Top training aid seen in the bags of tour professionals having success in 2010

Chagrin Falls, OH — August 3, 2010 — Innovative Concepts LLC, maker of Tour Sticks, sees yet another victory from a player with Tour Sticks in his bag, this time with a record 59 final round.

Tour Sticks, golf’s hottest training aid, is having a breakout year on the PGA Tour, with over 100 Tour Professionals owning a pair. Tour Sticks are a portable, multifunctional training aid used in over 15 different practice drills to improve alignment and one’s overall golf swing. As a plane indicator, swing guide or to help with ball set up or target practice, Tour Sticks help golfers at all skill levels make better use of their practice time at the range and putting green to effectively lose strokes.

“Having this sort of success on the professional Tours around the world is an incredible bonus to what has already been a banner year,” said Shane Carlisle, co-founder of Tour Sticks. Dwight Hansen, President & CEO of Arrive Golf Group, in charge of Tour Sticks sales efforts said “In Tour Sticks first year of business, we are thrilled by the sell through of tens of thousands of units to amateur golfers that also see value in the product.”

Tour Sticks are made of high-quality fiberglass material to prevent breakage and offer long lasting durability. They come as a pair in a clear plastic carrying case and have a pointed tip at one end to stick in the ground for swing plane drills and a soft-capped end for easy handling. They are UV coated to prevent color fading and are smooth to the touch. Tour Sticks come in 9 vibrant colors and are available in both adult and junior sizes. They can be purchased at Edwin Watts, PGA Tour Superstore, Golfsmith, Golf Galaxy, Dicks Sporting Goods and other fine golf retailers. Tour Sticks is a proud sponsor of The First Tee. For more information, visit www.toursticks.com.


CHAGRIN FALLS, OH. – (March 31, 2010) – Innovative Concepts, LLC, a manufacturer of golf training aids, has hired Arrive Golf Group to manage the company’s U.S. sales efforts for Tour Sticks, the #1 Golf Training Aid Used by Tour Pros.

Tour Sticks are portable, multi-functional training tools used in roughly 15 different practice drills to improve alignment and one’s overall golf swing. As a plane indicator, swing guide or to help
with ball set up or target practice, they can be seen extending out of the bags of virtually every professional tour player.

With extensive experience in the sports retail industry, Arrive Golf Group will be responsible for growing Tour Sticks market share by increasing the amount of national retailers and pro shops carrying the line.

Dwight Hansen, President & CEO of Arrive Golf Group said “Tour Sticks were born from practical innovation to fulfill a need for all golfers to make better use of their practice time at the range and putting green to effectively lose strokes. Tour Sticks are genius in their simplicity. There isn’t a golf retailer out there that won’t be impressed by what they offer golfers at every skill level.”

Tour Sticks are made of high-quality fiber material to prevent breakage and offer long lasting durability. They come as a pair in a clear plastic carrying case. Tour Sticks have a pointed tip at one end to stick in the ground for swing plane drills and a soft-capped end for easy handling. They are UV coated to prevent color fading and are smooth to the touch. Tour Sticks come in 9 vibrant colors and are available in both adult and junior sizes.

ABOUT TOUR STICKS
Tour Sticks are a product of Innovative Concepts LLC, an organization based in Chagrin Falls, OH. Its mission is to bring golfers of all playing abilities a multifunctional and affordable training aid to assist in the overall improvement of their golf games. Since its inception in 2009, Innovative Concepts has formed strategic alliances with the Ladies European Golf Tour and the Adams Golf Pro Tour for their Tour Sticks line, and is a proud sponsor of First Tee. Tour Sticks are available at most Edwin Watts Golf, The PGA Tour Superstore and Golf Galaxy locations or online at www.toursticks.com.

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