Golf News – August 1, 2016

LamkinLamkin Unveils Special Gold Medal Edition Grip

New Metallic Finish Inspires Golfers to Go for the Gold

(SAN DIEGO, CA)Lamkin Corporation – the original manufacturer of premium golf grips – announces the release of its Gold Medal Edition Wrap-Tech grip, inspired by the sporting events taking place in Rio de Janeiro this summer. The grip (starting at $5.99) will be available in standard and midsize models for a limited time only at www.LamkinGrips.com.

Favored by PGA Tour player Miguel Angel Jimenez, the Wrap-Tech features Lamkin’s proprietary Double-Helix pattern designed with a smooth spiral for comfort and a high-traction spiral for increased control. The proprietary metallic compound adds enhanced tackiness and a lighter, softer feel for unmatched grip comfort.

“We developed the metallic color in recognition of the fierce will among competitors to go for gold in Brazil,” says Bob Lamkin, President and CEO of Lamkin. “It takes years of hard work and preparation for golfers to excel at the highest level of the game, and we share in their competitive spirit by offering nothing but the best when it comes to high-performance golf grips.”

The combination of wrap styling, a softer material and an unbuffed finishing process makes the Wrap-Tech ideal for players who prefer to play without a glove. The added grip traction also makes the grip an excellent choice for use in all weather conditions.

Lamkin grips are unrivaled in quality thanks to world-class engineering, premium materials and handcrafted, repeatable production techniques. Other Lamkin offerings include the new SINK, Wrap-Tech and UTx  models, as well as the iconic Crossline, the popular R.E.L ACE 3-Gen, and Tour Van options crafted according to Tour player specifications.

Offering the widest assortment of performance-enhancing golf grips, Lamkin has been an industry leader for more than 90 years. In addition to the legendary Arnold Palmer, the company’s famed products are preferred by PGA Tour superstars Justin Rose, Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Miguel Angel Jimenez and many others.

More information: www.LamkinGrips.com or 800-642-7755. Get social: @LamkinGrips.

20150527_rydercup2016_1041x260_with_logo_dlbzPremier Golf Travel Packages to Ryder Cup 2016 Almost Gone

(DULUTH, GA) – Fans wanting to attend the 41st Ryder Cup in September at Hazeltine National still can via Premier Golf’s Ryder Cup packages offering lodging, tickets, ground transportation and more.

Held at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minn., Sept. 29-Oct. 3, this year’s Ryder Cup will add another unforgettable chapter to golf’s greatest international team competition.  Players destined for roster spots include Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth for Team USA and Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson for Team Europe.

Remaining Premier Golf Ryder Cup packages include:

  1. Gold Tee Package (starting at $3,195, double occupancy): four nights’ lodging at Radisson Hotel Bloomington near Mall of America with daily breakfast, round-trip ground transportation, daily event admission, special gift and welcome reception
  1. Blue Tee Package (starting at $2,985, double occupancy): four nights’ stay at The Commons Hotel on the University of Minnesota campus with daily breakfast, round-trip ground transportation, daily event admission, special gift and welcome reception

“Time is running out for people to ensure they experience the 2016 Ryder Cup,” says Premier Golf President Jim Ward. “With many players skipping the Olympics in Rio next month due to health concerns, you can bet the best players in the world won’t miss the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National.”

Premier Golf Ryder Cup Package add-ons include the following options.

  1. Wednesday – Friday Premier Golf VIP Hospitality Chalet Upgrade: daily access to luxury amenities including catered food, unlimited open bar, lounge chairs, wide screen televisions and executive washrooms amid the climate-cooled setting (weekend Chalet upgrades are sold out)
  1. International Pavilion Upgrade: access to covered meeting place with live television broadcasts of the competition
  1. Extra nights / practice-round day tickets

Premier Golf also customizes “Ryder Cup Extensions” including accommodations, tee times, transportation and non-golf activities in Pinehurst, N.C.; Streamsong, Fla.; Sea Island, Ga.; Kohler, Wisc. and Charleston, S.C.

For more information about Premier Golf’s Ryder Cup Packages or other travel options, visit www.premiergolf.com or call 866.260.4409.

PING_iBlade_iron PING introduces iBlade iron

PHOENIX (August 1, 2016) Through extensive research and observation of leading tour professionals, PING engineers designed the new iBlade iron for golfers who rely on the precision and control to execute the most demanding shots in the game. The blade-style iron follows the highly popular S55 model, which has amassed more than 50 wins around the world since its introduction over two years ago.

“The iBlade project was a fun challenge for our engineers,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “They approached the design with the mindset of what the best players in the world demand and need from their irons. They incorporated tour player feedback and created a beautiful club that delivers amazing performance. The iBlade has a simple shape, clean cavity design and incredible feel. It’s already our most-played iron on tour as players around the world have quickly converted to the new design.”

The iBlade iron is available for pre-order today at authorized PING golf shops around the world.

The body is precision cast from soft, high strength-to-weight ratio 431 stainless steel. The result is the softest, purest feel ever in a PING iron. With the workability to shape shots on command, the compact iBlade iron head delivers consistently precise distance and trajectory control that surpass skilled players’ expectations.

A thinner top rail, minimal offset, straight lead edge and sharp high toe will appeal to the eye of the discerning player. Refined bounce angles and ample heel relief, optimized with the same sole width as the S55 iron, produce a workable sole design for confident shot making from all conditions. Further precision comes from the milled tour-spec grooves and precision-machined fly-cut face.

The unprecedented feel is achieved through a combination of the soft stainless steel and a larger surface area behind the face that houses an elastomer insert. The insert is “activated” at impact, which results in more vibration damping in the player’s hands and a softer feel and pleasing sound. A hydropearl chrome finish repels water for more control and helps minimize fliers from wet conditions and lies in the rough.

The engineering team ensured every club in the iBlade set delivers exceptional distance while improving overall gapping. The thin face (half the thickness of S55), yields greater ball speeds for increased distance throughout the set with higher overall trajectories and precise control.

“Consistency is the key to strong iron play, and that includes being able to hit the ball farther than before,” said Solheim. “The iBlade delivers ample distance and height, but it’s important that we engineer irons with control and proper gapping. We’ve designed this club to give skilled players the confidence to play any shot and know exactly how far the ball will go.”

Forgiveness is also factored into the design. Nearly “pure” tungsten weights (netting a 70% increase in mass relative to the S55 iron) are pressed into the toe of every head to increase the MOI – a key factor in the precision of the iron.

“Even players at this level need forgiveness,” added Solheim.  “The iBlade continues our long-held practice to engineer every PING iron with maximum stability for its size. In this case, we used high-density tungsten in the toe which we’ve subtly concealed to maintain the clean head design. It has a very high MOI for an iron its size, making the iBlade our most forgiving blade-style iron to date.”

Product and shaft details

– Available 3-9, PW

– Stock steel shaft: Dynamic Gold S300, X100

– Stock graphite shaft: PING CFS 65G Soft R, CFS 70G Regular, CFS 80G Stiff

– After-market stock shaft options (no upcharge): PING AWT 2.0 (R, S, X), Project X 5.0, 6.0; XP 95 (R300, S300), N.S. Pro Modus3 105 (S, X)

-Stock Grip: Golf Pride New Decade Multi-Compound Black/White

– U.S. MSRP: $162.50 per club w/steel shaft; $177.50 per club w/graphite shaft

stephan-jaegerJaeger Fires Web.Com Tour Record 58 In Devereux Proper Threads

SCOTTSDALE, AZ. – Devereux, an innovator in properly styled men’s resort and golf clothing founded by brothers Robert and Will Brunner, congratulate Web.com player and Devereux Tour Team member, Stephan Jaeger on his record-setting opening round of 58 (12-under par) at the 2016 Ellie May Classic in Heyward, CA. During a round in which he became just the second person ever to shoot at 58 on one of the five major professional golf tours. Jaeger relied on the comfort and performance of Devereux’s Cole Polo in Navy and Prescott Pant in Graphite.

“We are honored to have been a small part of such a cool moment in golf history,” said Robert Brunner, Creative Director and Co-Founder – Devereux. “We’re very proud to have Stephan as an ambassador for our brand as he truly gets what our proper threads are all about, and we congratulate him on an amazing round of golf.”

Devereux apparel is crafted for resort lovers and golf enthusiasts, and features an array of polo shirts, pants, shorts, various luxurious layering items and headwear that is designed to seamlessly transition from the course to the street. For more information on Devereux’s entire selection of proper threads, visit dvrxgolf.com.

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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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