Golf News – August 14, 2020

Titleist Introduces T-Series T100•S and T200 Player’s Distance Irons in Limited Black Finish

FAIRHAVEN, MA – The striking long-range performance of the Titleist T-Series T100•S and T200 player’s irons – powered by breakthrough technology for explosive distance in a player-preferred shape – can now be experienced in a stealthy all-black setup.

Available Aug. 28 for a limited time, the new T-Series T100•S and T200 Black irons are finished with a sleek High Polish Black PVD coating continually requested by tour players and members of #TeamTitleist. Each model is complemented by a glare-reducing matte black shaft – DG Onyx AMT Black (T100•S) or Project X LZ Onyx (T200) – and an all-black Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grip.

“T100•S and T200 have proven to be incredible feats of engineering that really show what it takes to be a Titleist iron,” said Josh Talge, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing. “It’s the ultimate blend of classic shaping and modern technology. You’re getting the look and feel of a true player’s iron, but with the added speed, launch and forgiveness that allows you to take aim from farther away. We’ve heard from many golfers asking us to build these all-black editions – the combination of the Black PVD finish with the matte black shaft and matching grip is just stunning.”

T100•S Technology
T100•S irons are the only fully-forged player’s distance iron in the category, designed to deliver the same tour-level precision and signature feel as T100 in 2-degree stronger lofts for longer distance. Each iron has been individually calibrated to give better players the added distance they need to score lower, while preserving the feel and precision required for superior shot shaping.

T200 Technology
T200 irons deliver powerfully playable distance in a tour-inspired shape – with Max Impact Technology, a striking innovation that extends maximum speed across the entire face of mid and long irons while preserving superior sound and feel. A super thin forged face is backed by a unique polymer core – developed in partnership with Titleist Golf Ball R&D – to provide consistently better distance from every swing, without sacrificing looks, feel, trajectory or stopping power.

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Private Firestone Country Club Unveils Non-Member Stay-and-Play Packages

AKRON, OH – Firestone Country Club, renowned as one of North America’s most historic venues for championship golf, is now allowing an exclusive opportunity for non-members to reserve a limited number of stay-and-play packages and experience its celebrated on- and off-course offerings.

Since the 1950s, the club and its famed South Course has annually hosted the biggest names in professional golf. In addition to being site of three PGA Championships, Firestone was the long-time venue for the PGA TOUR’s World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and its predecessor, the World Series of Golf. It currently hosts the Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, being held this week and televised on Golf Channel.

One-, two- and three-night packages are now available with prices starting at $595 that include lodging and golf. More information can be found here. Packages feature play on the aforementioned South Course, which is highlighted by the famed 667-yard par-5 16th hole (famously dubbed “The Monster” by Arnold Palmer after he recorded a triple bogey during the 1960 PGA Championship); the Robert Trent Jones-designed North Course; and the Tom Fazio-designed West Course.

Accommodation options are villa-style suites bordering the golf courses or recently updated dormitory rooms above the clubhouse and adjacent to the club’s iconic water tower. Dining is available at three on-property establishments, including the clubhouse’s 1929 Grille & Legacy Pavilion and 55th Hole Bar, both of which offer open-air dining and golf course views.

The South Course has been especially well-liked by the two greatest players of the last 60 years, Nicklaus and Woods. The Golden Bear played in his very first PGA TOUR event at Firestone, the 1958 Rubber City Open, and won seven titles there as a professional, including the 1975 PGA Championship. Woods won the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational eight times, including a remarkable seven in an 11- year span from 1999-2009.

Firestone is conveniently located only 45 minutes from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and less than 15 from Akron-Canton Airport. It is also within easy driving distance of other major metropolitan areas like Columbus, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Detroit. Recent research from the National Golf Foundation shows some 75% of golfers are willing to drive more than four hours to reach their 2020 golf getaway. Nearby off-course attractions include the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton and the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, making it especially ideal for buddy trips.

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MindTRAK Golf Launches Personal Mental-Fitness Platform Powered by Innovative Mobile App

ELOWNA, B.C., CANADA – MindTRAK Golf Inc., a comprehensive mental-game training system for golfers, is pleased to launch the iOS version of its MindTRAK Golf mobile app which is designed to help users’ access and remain “in the moment” on every shot. Developed and tested in competition by former PGA TOUR winner Richard “Dick” Zokol, MindTRAK’s founder and CEO, and a team of business, IT and golf experts, MindTRAK Golf ingrains techniques that strengthen attentional focus to optimize performance on the golf course.

Golfers know a strong mental game is one of the critical keys to excelling at the sport, but without targeted training and disciplined on-course “thought-skill” techniques, relying on one’s mind as a “15th club” can be an elusive pursuit. With MindTRAK, golfers of any skill level or aspiration can sharpen their ability to perform well under pressure by eliminating the negative and chaotic mental and emotional habits Zokol says can lead to “Golf Insanity” for many players. Training a healthy mindset is at the core of the MindTRAK method.

Using the MindTRAK Golf App
After downloading the MindTRAK Golf app from the iOS App Store, golfers follow the simple steps of entering their clubs in their bag, then choosing the course where they are playing from a supplied list on the app. Prior to the start of each round, the type of round being played— simulated, casual, serious or tournament— is entered. After– or during the round– players rate themselves on each shot’s two Key Performance Markers (KPMs) – assessment and execution. Clicking graphical icons to record a grade for each shot only takes a few seconds.

At the end of the round, three reports are automatically emailed to the user and contacts on the users Share List. The first report generated is the MindTRAK ‘Scorecard’ which shows every Shot Lost and Shot Gained event from the round. A second report indicates each round’s Key Performance Marker information on a ‘KPM Trend Graph,’ compared to a baseline standard from the user’s rounds from the past month. That report might, for instance, show that you consistently miss a certain green short even though you hit the ball well. That would indicate an unsatisfactory assessment, perhaps not taking enough club. A third report, the ‘Round Summary’, deciphers lost and gained shot events in the different Shot Types and Subtypes categories of each round.

MindTRAK Golf captures critical key performance marker data, which identifies the user’s ability to perform in different situations and types of rounds. These different types of rounds have different psychological effects that require specific thought protocols for golfers who want to improve.

While MindTRAK teaches players to focus on the task at hand and not the resulting score, it also provides feedback on a player’s performance deficiencies and tendencies. MindTRAK is a distinct tool for golf coaches to actually see how well their students perform on the golf course. “For example, the feedback might show that a golfer hit great putts all day but didn’t read those putts properly. So rather than work on a putting stroke, that player really needs to work on reading greens,” Zokol explains.

The Share List in the app allows golfers to automatically send performance data reports to their instructors directly from the MindTRAK app after each round.

MindTRAK Golf 2020 Mobile App Launch
As part of the MindTRAK Golf app launch, the company is offering the first 500 players who download the app and record 10 rounds of data on it MindTRAK Golf Founding Member status. Founding Members will enjoy free usage of the MindTRAK app for as long as they choose to remain active members.

For all other players who download and activate the app, MindTRAK Golf is pleased to offer the benefits of the game-changing mental game system for free until the start of the 2021 golf season.

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