Golf News – April 25, 2017

And The Putter Went…PING

book available May 1

PHOENIX (April 24, 2017) – PING’s new book, And The Putter Went…PING, an inspiring and comprehensive look inside the family owned company that revolutionized the way golf equipment was designed and manufactured, will be available for purchase beginning May 1.

The book chronicles PING’s heritage and its on-going efforts to advance golf technology for the benefit of golfers of all skill levels. It takes readers behind the scenes of a genuine American success story that began in the family garage of Karsten Solheim, a Norwegian immigrant and mechanical engineer who invented the PING putter in 1959.

And The Putter Went…PING will be available at authorized PING retailers and through www.ping-shop.com. Visitors to PING’s headquarters in Phoenix will also be able to purchase the book. U.S. MSRP is $100. A limited edition with padded leather binding and gilded edges will be available for a U.S. MSRP of $300.

It is written by Jeffery B. Ellis, the author of numerous golf books, including the critically acclaimed The Clubmaker’s Art: Antique Golf Clubs and Their History. Nearly 1,000 pictures, many never-before published, provide a visual history of the brand and Ellis’ insightful writing reveals several heart-warming and humorous stories for the first time. More than 70 people were interviewed and thousands of hours were spent researching the company archives and industry periodicals to help illustrate the rich and influential history of the brand named for the sound made by its first product – the PING 1A putter.

“We’ve shared a lot of personal stories and recalled many special memories dating back to the early days in our garage and leading up to the company we are today,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “Our family and employees have been very fortunate to be part of the golf industry for nearly 60 years. The book is a reflection of our never-ending commitment to making golf more enjoyable, and a tribute to all the golfers who have relied on PING products to play their best. We wouldn’t have a story like this without their belief in our products and processes.”

The 530-page, 16-chapter book captures Karsten’s pioneering spirit and his amazing ability to solve problems through innovative solutions that set industry standards still in effect today. You’ll learn about the early obstacles the company faced and the Solheims’ determination to overcome them while staying true to the principles that still guide the family owned company today. Two chapters are devoted to the highly publicized and vigorously debated “square groove” controversy of the late 1980s, in more depth than ever reported.

Karsten’s pioneering role in custom fitting and the impact of tour professionals on his fitting process is documented in a chapter that takes readers inside the logic of the iconic PING Color Code Chart and the science behind the company’s top-rated fitting systems.

Kevin Chappell Secures First PGA TOUR win at TPC San Antonio with Complete Set of TaylorMade Metalwoods

Chappell’s playoff victory at the Valero Texas Open marks first career PGA TOUR win and the 22nd win for TaylorMade drivers this season across worldwide Tours.

Using a powerful combination of his M1 driver and M1 fairway woods off the tee, Chappell became victorious in the Lone Star State after finishing with an impressive 4.383 Strokes Gained: Off The Tee. Even more striking was his confident final-round performance, wrapping things up with 71.43% driving accuracy on Sunday.

What You Need To Know:

– The win earned Chappell his first PGA TOUR victory.

– Including Chappell, 7 of the top-10 finishers played TaylorMade metalwoods.

– Chappell had 6 runner-up finishes on the PGA TOUR prior this week

– This was Chappell’s first win in 180 starts.

– Chappell tested all metalwood manufacturers after last year’s Tour Championship, ultimately choosing TaylorMade after a week extensive testing with his coach.

– Moves to 21st in the 2017 FedExCup Standings

– Lifts to #23 in the OWGR with victory.

– With 77 in play, TaylorMade dominated the driver count at 49.4%.

Bridgestone Golf Named Official Golf Ball Sponsor of the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour

(COVINGTON, GA) – Bridgestone Golf – Innovator of premium golf balls, clubs and accessories – has been named the official golf ball sponsor of the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour (SJGT) and will provide players in every tournament with a dozen golf balls of their choice, including the Tour B330, B330-S, B330-RX and B330-RXS models.

SJGT operates between 35-40 events annually and estimates a membership of more than 1,000 junior golfers between the ages of 12-19. Beyond golf balls, Bridgestone will provide prizes for a variety of tournaments in the form of clubs and accessories, as well as work with the players in one-on-one golf ball fitting sessions to help them identify the model that maximizes their on-course potential.

“The Southeastern Junior Golf Tour is very excited and fortunate to announce Bridgestone Golf as its Official Golf Ball. This allows us to provide the next generation of golfers an outstanding product they can use to better their game,” says Todd Thompson, Executive Director of the SJGT. “We pride ourselves on scheduling events on quality golf courses, running affordable events and now putting Bridgestone products in the players’ hands. We see Bridgestone as a quality company that will grow with our great game and look forward to a long time relationship.”

“Bridgestone brand ambassador and PGA Tour winner Hudson Swafford is a product of the SJGT, which speaks to the incredible talent the tour has cultivated since its inception,” says Heather Arnold, Bridgestone Golf’s Tour Division Coordinator. “These young players will be the next generation of great collegiate and professional stars and we’re happy to help them progress by providing the best golf balls on the market.”

In addition to the SJGT, Bridgestone supplies product in an official and unofficial capacity to a variety of elite college golf programs in every major Division I conference. Bridgestone’s professional staff features 14-time major winner Tiger Woods, FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker, Olympics bronze medalist Matt Kuchar, Masters winner Fred Couples, three-time major champion Nick Price, recent PGA Tour winner Swafford, Bryson DeChambeau, and LPGA Tour stars, Paula Creamer and Karrie Webb.

Valero Texas Open Champ Wins First PGA TOUR Event with Dynamic Gold in the Bag

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (April 24, 2017) — The Valero Texas Open champ won his first PGA TOUR event this weekend with Dynamic Gold in his irons and wedges.

On the final hole, he hit an 88-yard wedge shot and then sunk a 6-foot birdie putt for a hard-fought victory after six runner-up career finishes.

What’s In the Bag: 

  • Valero Texas Open winner’s bag: Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts (4-9; PW); Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (AW, SW, LW)
  • #1 iron shaft: 112 sets of irons shafts by True Temper in play
  • #1 wedge shaft: 459 wedge shafts by True Temper in play 
  • 19 2016-2017 PGA TOUR Season events won with shafts by True Temper
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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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