Golf News – April 26, 2016

r278.pinnacle.whiteZero Restriction Wins Golf Digest Best Raingear Award

Golf Digest, the industry’s leading publication with 6.5 million readers and nearly 1.5 million unique monthly website visitors, awarded Zero Restriction the Golf Digest Best Raingear award.

The editors specifically awarded the Pinnacle Jacket. Crafted from the lightest possible rainproof fabric, the Pinnacle maintains a waterproof rating of 20,000MM (a measurement which shows the volume of water that fabric can handle over a twenty-four hour period.) Designed for the golf course, the Pinnacle employs uniquely engineered stretch waterproof fabric at key points, enhancing freedom of motion. The Pinnacle Jacket is replete with the attention to detail that Zero Restriction is known for. Executed with seam sealing, YKK Aquaguard Matte Waterproof Zippers, and Zero Restriction’s Power Torque technology, the Pinnacle represents the highest standards of raingear.

The Pinnacle Jacket was also chosen by Captain Jay Haas to equip the victorious 2015 U.S. Presidents Cup team. Zero Restriction designed an additional, half-sleeve version for that event. The new half-sleeve Pinnacle is a part of the Fall 2016 line, gear that will be available beginning June 1st, 2016.

“This is an exciting award for Zero Restriction as we are dedicated to creating the most innovative all-weather gear,” remarked Chad Delp, CEO of Summit Golf Brands. “We are honored that Golf Digest selected us for this special accolade.”

ns_main_image_700NIPPON SHAFT WINS VALERO TEXAS OPEN: Notches Its Third Win So Far in 2015-16 Season

CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 25, 2016) – For the third time this season, a player using Nippon Shaft products in his irons won on the PGA TOUR, claiming a $1.116 million winner’s check Sunday (April 24) at the Valero Texas Open.

The 39-year-old San Diego native fired a final round 3-under par 69 to finish at 12-under for the tournament, edging his nearest rival by one stroke at TPC San Antonio.

The four-time PGA TOUR champion used the Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 105 with X flex shafts in his irons and N.S. PRO MODUS³ Wedge 125 in one of his wedges.  He got up and down for birdie on the par 5 18th hole after he hit his second shot into the back bunker.  He hit 68 percent of his greens in regulation.

In addition, the third place finisher used N.S. PRO MODUS³ PROTO 2F15 shafts in his irons while a player who finished T-4 used the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 TX flex in his irons and the N.S. PRO MODUS³ WEDGE 125 shafts in his wedges.

“Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate the winner of the Valero Texas Open on his fourth PGA TOUR victory,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “As always, Nippon Shaft is honored that many of the world’s best golfers choose to use our products to compete at the highest level.”

Nippon Shaft’s popularity on the world’s major golf tours grew significantly in 2015, with 106 players on the PGA TOUR and European Tour combined utilizing steel shafts built by the Japan-based golf shaft manufacturer, an increase of over 50 percent compared to the prior year when 70 major Tour pros used Nippon Shaft.

“Nippon Shaft is proud and gratified that its product penetration continues to experience meaningful growth year after year on the world’s major men’s golf tours,” said Fukuda.

In the 2014-15 season, Nippon Shaft players won 16 times on the world’s top tours, including the PGA TOUR, European Tour, Web.com Tour, Challenge Tour and the LPGA Tour.

Seven of the 30 contestants in the PGA TOUR’s TOUR Championship used Nippon Shaft steel shafts in their irons and/or wedges.

The iron shaft models used by golf’s elite players were the N.S. PRO 950GH, the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130, N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120, N.S. PRO MODUS³ TOUR 105 shaft, and N.S. PRO MODUS³ PROTOTYPE ORA steel shafts.

In addition, more than 70 players used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS³ WEDGE shafts, which were designed exclusively for wedges, utilizing unique technologies that contribute to high levels of stability and feel in the short game.  The WEDGE shafts were released to the public in March of 2015.

Meanwhile, Nippon Shaft continues to be the preferred shaft on the LPGA Tour, with several players having recorded victories on the world’s predominant women’s tour.

Over the years, Nippon Shaft recorded hundreds of victories on professional golf tours worldwide, as the best players in the world increasingly chose to install in their irons steel shafts manufactured in Japan to unparalleled quality standards.

Nippon Shaft products are available globally either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands.  In addition, Nippon Shaft products are available through Nippon Shaft’s dedicated global club fitter network.  Details of these can be found at www.nipponshaft.com.

jones-sports-imageJones Golf Bags Receives Editors’ Choice Award from Golf Digest

PORTLAND, Ore. April 20, 2016– Jones Sports Company, makers of the iconic single strap golf bag, has been honored with the Editors’ Choice Award for Best Golf Bags in 2016. The Original Jones golf carry bag was a top pick from editors of Golf Digest. The Editors’ Choice Award is part of a first-ever program by Golf Digest that represents the best things in golf.

“It’s been the mission of Jones to craft simple, lightweight, and functional golf bags for 45 years,” said Chris Carnahan, business director for Jones. “Golfers of all ages recognize the Original Jones as a tried and true, timeless classic. Very little has changed about this bag over the years for a reason. It’s really an honor to receive this award.”

Designed for golfers who enjoy the walk, the lightweight bag includes Jones signature features including the single strap, twisted handle, double zippered ball pouch, full length outerwear pocket and exterior umbrella sleeve.

The Original Jones golf bag was born in 1971 when a part time golfer and cabdriver from Portland, Oregon cobbled together a simple yet effective golf bag. The result was a golf bag that would go on to serve amateur, high school and collegiate golfers for generations.

 

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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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