Golf News – April 15, 2014

Golf News – April 15, 2014


Leupold® Golf Giveaway Offers Shot at GX®-4i2 Rangefinders, Two Tickets to PGA Championship

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Leupold invites golfers to take a shot at winning a GX®-4i2 rangefinder and a grand prize of two tickets to the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club near Louisville, Ky.

Each week through June, Leupold will give away a GX-4i2. The giveaways will conclude with a drawing for the grand prize. To enter, visit the Facebook page at or go to

Introduced earlier this year, the GX-4i2 created a buzz with the news that both the United States Golf Association (USGA) and The R&A had issued rulings allowing its use when the chrome faceplate is attached and a Local Rule permitting the use of distance-measuring devices is in effect. In addition, the USGA announced that beginning in 2014, distance-measuring devices will be allowed in all USGA amateur championships and qualifying events.

This news was welcomed by golfers who recognized that instead of two devices, they can use the GX-4i2 with its yellow faceplate as a slope-enabled rangefinder for practice and mapping courses, or as a rangefinder (with the chrome faceplate) that measures line-of-sight distance only for tournament play.

With the GX-4i2, golfers can improve their scores and play faster. Its patented, removable Smart Key (yellow faceplate) adds the benefits of Leupold’s True Golf Range (TGR®) and Club Selector features, which provide accurate ranging information matched to the incline/decline, atmospheric conditions and a golfer’s personal hitting strength for the shot.

Key features that give the GX-4i2 an edge over competitive rangefinders and GPS devices include high-performance DNA® (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy) engine technology and an advanced infrared laser for faster measurements displayed to the nearest 1/10th of a yard.

GX-4i2 also offers newly enhanced technology which allows users to find pins and distances easier and faster. It utilizes upgraded PinHunter® 2 Laser Technology, which makes it easier for golfers to find and stay on the pin. In addition, heightened sensitivity of the rangefinders’ Prism Lock Technology™ enables golfers to get their distances faster when a course is outfitted with prisms, speeding up pace of play.

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., the preeminent American-owned optics company, employs hundreds of people in its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near Beaverton, Ore. Family owned and operated, Leupold offers products that are sold worldwide to golfers, hunters, competitive shooters, American military warfighters, law enforcement personnel and wildlife observers. The product line includes rifle, handgun and spotting scopes; binoculars; rangefinders; mounting systems; and optical tools and accessories


Golf Pride Is #1 Grip of Choice by Players at 2014 Masters

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. … Power management company Eaton announced today that its Golf Pride Grips Division was far and away the leading grip brand chosen by players at the 2014 Masters tournament. In fact, 78 of the 97 (80%) players competing in the year’s first major trusted their games to Golf Pride grips.

Of those playing Golf Pride, 13 competitors relied on Golf Pride’s popular New Decade MultiCompound grips at Augusta National.  That single model’s usage exceeded any other competing brand’s total usage. Furthermore, 54 players relied on one of the popular Tour Velvet models (Tour Velvet, Tour Velvet Cord or Tour Velvet Super Tack), making the Tour Velvet nearly 3 times more popular than all other competitors’ grips combined.

“We are extremely proud of the fact that so many of the world’s best players trust their games to Golf Pride, and the fact that they choose to play our grips without being paid to do so is the ultimate performance validation,” said Brandon Sowell, global sales and marketing manager for Golf Pride.  “The Masters is perhaps the most storied of all of the golf’s major championships, so the fact that these players are choosing Golf Pride based on performance alone when golf’s most coveted prize is on the line is a tremendous compliment.”

Since 1985, 85% of all of golf’s Major tournaments have been won by players using Golf Pride grips.  In addition, for the 2013-14 PGA TOUR Season, Golf Pride grips have won 20 of 22 (91%) events played through the 2014 Masters.  To view Golf Pride’s entire 2014 product line, visit

Eaton’s Golf Grip Division is the world’s largest manufacturer of golf grips, with manufacturing, sales and distribution facilities on six continents.  The division’s Golf Pride brand is recognized globally as the number one choice in grips among tour and recreational players, competitive amateur golfers, club manufacturers and club repairmen.  For more information, visit or visit us on Facebook at

Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 102,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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Andrew Bogren

News & Release Coordinator at Plugged In Golf
Drew is passionate about keeping up on the latest in golf technology and staying on top of the latest products and offerings from around the industry. When Drew is away from the golf world, he works in the Chicago area as an accountant and lives with his wife.

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