Golf News – January 10, 2017

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ODYSSEY GOLF INTRODUCES O-WORKS PUTTER LINE WITH MICROHINGE TECHNOLOGY

CARLSBAD, Calif., January 9, 2017 — Odyssey Golf has set the standard for industry leading innovations for more than 20 years. The latest is Microhinge technology,
announced today and featured in the new O-Works putter line.

Micro-hinge technology consists of two pieces: a 304 stainless steel Hinge Plate backed
by a soft thermoplastic elastomer inner layer. The Hinge Plate is populated with
“microhinges” designed to gently flex and rebound at impact to impart forward spin. That helps start the ball rolling immediately, smoothly and accurately. Odyssey robot tests indicate that Microhinge technology promotes almost twice as much forward-spin as Odyssey’s Fusion RX insert.

The Microhinge insert and elastomer inner layer are co-molded to ensure they fit together perfectly, which is essential to achieving the performance and feel targeted by Odyssey engineers.  A deliberate, 23-step production process is required to complete each insert. The Thermoplastic elastomer inner layer measures 46 on the Shore D hardness scale, making it softer than the cover of the average Tour golf ball. That creates a uniquely soft-and satisfying feel that should appeal to golfers of all types.

The O-Works lineup consists of four popular Odyssey blade shapes — #1, #1W, #2, #9 –
and four mallet shapes #7, #7 Tank, 2-Ball, V-Line Fang CH and R-Line. Tank versions
of the #1 and #7 are also available.

Blades incorporate Odyssey’s new Versa-T alignment system to further enhance
accuracy. Versa-T combines the alignment benefits of our Versa line’s contrasting black
and white color scheme with the alignment benefits of our Big T alignment lines, making it extremely easy to determine precisely where the face is aimed.

“Tour pros are much better putters than amateur golfers, partly because Tour pros impart forward-spin at impact for a smooth, accurate roll,” said Austie Rollinson, Chief
Designer at Odyssey. “Microhinge technology promotes the kind of Tour-level forward- spin that can immediately help golfers at any level putt better.”

The new product introduction retail price for each O-Works model is $229.99.

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Hideki Matsuyama’s New Srixon Z 965 Irons

Hideki Matsuyama finished second at the SBS Tournament of Champions in Hawaii playing Srixon Z 965 irons.  He had been testing both the Z 765 and Z 965 models during 2016, and did enough positive work with them since winning the Hero World Challenge to put them in the bag.

The Z 965’s muscle-back blade option in the Z65 forged irons line. It features a refined Tour V.T. Sole design for less drag through the turf, which improves shot consistency and tightens dispersion. The compact blade-style head is forged from soft, mild 1020 carbon steel.

In his last six global starts, Hideki has four wins and two runner-up finishes, and is holding firm at sixth in the Official World Golf Rankings.

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Exotics EX10 Driver; a Material Advantage

Bringing together materials from around the globe!

Batavia, IL (January 9, 2017) – Tour Edge Golf, Golf’s Most Solid Investment, officially introduces the 2017 Exotics product line; EX10. Commencing the new launch is the EX10 adjustable driver. Advertising a material advantage the EX10 driver features a new lighter-weight 8-1-1 titanium chassis and new Japanese TSP Beta Ti thinner face for unprecedented forgiveness and distance. A 10 and 12 degree head is available with a new hosel system that doubles the adjustability options, allows players to raise or lower the loft +/- two degrees. The EX10 driver technologies unite to maximize confidence off the tee.

The EX10 460cc head features premium Japanese materials; TSP 910 Beta Ti face plate and 8-1-1 Titanium chassis. The TSP 910 Beta Ti is an exceptionally light and strong material that allows engineers to develop a larger face plate. The larger face increases the sweet spot and combined with hexagonal variable face thickness offers more forgiveness from more points on the face, especially in the heel and toe areas.

Tour Edge R&D paired the superior TSP 910 Beta Ti face plate with the high performance 8-1-1 Titanium in the crown. Incredibly strong and light, 8-1-1 allows added weight to be strategically repositioned lower and deeper in the head for optimal launch angle and spin results.

A substantial 19 grams is housed in the sole of the EX10 driver for the most impactful results in deep sole weighting. The 10-gram screw fits into a 9-gram weight pad specifically located for a higher MOI. The interchangeable rear center sole weight helps players optimize the club’s performance based on the individual preferences of each golfer. Additional weights can be purchased as a kit or individually. The kit includes 6-gram, 12-gram and 14-gram weights to increase or decrease the swing weight.

The aerodynamics in the EX10 driver are greatly enhanced by a more sloping crown and four speed channels on the sole. The new, more tapered head profile also reduces aerodynamic drag and saves weight that is redistributed in the sole of the club to achieve optimal ball flight. The speed channels also enhance the aerodynamics of the club head and stabilize off-center hits with higher MOI.

Projected ship date is February 1, 2017. The EX10 driver is available in two adjustable heads, a 10 degree head, and a 12 degree head. Additional weight screws can be purchased as a kit or individually. The kit includes 6-gram, 12-gram and 14-gram weights to increase or decrease the swing weight. Suggested retail price: $349.99.

PING Signs Harris English To Equipment Contract

PHOENIX (Jan. 9, 2017) – Two-time PGA Tour winner Harris English has signed an agreement to play PING equipment, PING Chairman & CEO John A. Solheim announced today.

English, 27, will play this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii as PING’s newest PGA Tour staff member. He’ll play PING’s G driver, 3- and 5-woods, iBlade irons, Glide 2.0 wedges and a Cadence TR Ketsch putter.

“We’re very excited to welcome Harris back to the PING team,” Solheim said. “Our relationship dates back to his junior golf days and throughout his distinguished college career at the University of Georgia. We watched his pro career advance quickly from the Web.com Tour to the PGA Tour, where he won twice as a PING professional. He has a wonderful all-around game and he’s a proven winner. He’s a great addition to our staff.”

“It feels great to have a PING bag with my name on it again,” said English, a four-time collegiate All-American who won the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic and 2014 OHL Classic at Mayakoba as a PING pro. “I’m very excited to be a member of the PING tour staff and to get the season started this week in Honolulu.  I have a lot of comfort and confidence with the clubs in my bag and the people at PING who design and build them for me. Their focus on engineering the highest-performing equipment gives me the best chance to play my best golf.”

As part of a multi-year agreement, English will carry a PING staff bag and play a minimum of 11 PING clubs, including a PING driver and PING putter.

Dynamic Gold Kicks Off 2017 with Win at SBS Tournament of Champions

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (January 9, 2017) — The SBS Tournament of Champions winner played Dynamic Gold in his irons and wedges for his second win during the 2016-2017 PGA TOUR Season this past weekend.

The 23-year-old champion carded a final-round 69 in Kapalua, HI to beat the rest of the field by three strokes. The win is his third PGA TOUR career win and cements him as one of the young players to watch this year.

What’s In the Bag: 

  • The SBS Tournament of Champions winner’s bag: Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts (4-PW) Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (AW, SW, LW)
  • #1 iron shaft: 72% of the SBS Tournament of Champions field had shafts by True Temper in their irons
  • #1 wedge shaft: 78% of the SBS Tournament of Champions field had shafts by True Temper in their wedges

 

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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