Two PGA Professionals have welcomed the arrival of sunscreen manufacturer Techniblock as a PGA Official Supplier and hope it will significantly raise awareness of protecting against skin cancer among the golfing fraternity.
Jamie Cundy and Andrew Simmonds, who have both being diagnosed with skin cancer, back the three-year agreement with Techniblock, which offers a non-greasy, fast drying, ethanol-based sun spray alternative to traditional rub in emulsifier and oil based lotions.
Cundy, the head PGA Professional at Dudley Golf Club, is already using Techniblock at his club.
"A lot of people won’t have heard of it, but it’s a great product,” he said.
"On Saturdays I’ve trialled it with members, spraying them with it and getting them to hold a club and they are really surprised that it is not greasy or slippy like normal sun screen.
"It’s a great addition to the pro shop counter and the key is that it’s making people aware of the dangers, the pro is selling the benefits of taking precautions, giving a service and also making margin too.”
Simmonds, who runs the South Buckinghamshire Golf Academy and Blue Mountain Golf Centre, where he has just been given the all clear after a melanoma on his back, has also given the thumbs up to Techniblock and believes having it readily available in the pro shop will encourage more golfers to take precautions.
"Without a doubt it is massively important, having it easily accessible, and the fact it is easy to use and apply will help,” he said.
Techniblock was developed in South Africa but was launched in the UK five years ago by Bedfordshire couple David and Tracey Parry impressed by its easy to use and apply characteristics.
Set up as an ecommerce business, the Parrys are now aiming to reach more golfers through PGA pros on the back of its widespread use among golfers in South Africa.
PGA Members have an opportunity to encourage golfers to protect themselves from the dangers of the sun as well as significantly boost profit margins following the addition of Techniblock to the stable of PGA Official Suppliers.
With margins of 40 per cent and attractive free branded sale display unit, it is set to be a welcome addition to pro shops next summer.
Full details of how to order your supply of Techniblock and the benefits to PGA Pros will follow in early 2016 or for more information call 07769 943200 or email [email protected]