Golf News – August 19, 2014

Golf News – August 19, 2014


KBS Adds C-Taper Lite Parallel To Line

BOULDER, Colo. (August 18, 2014) — One of the most recent additions to the KBS line, the C-TAPER LITE, is now available in parallel tip. The C-TAPER LITE shaft incorporates proven KBS performance benefits in a lighter weight design.

“The addition of the C-TAPER LITE parallel assists in diversifying our line,” said Kim Braly, director of R&D and Tour operations at KBS. “Despite this being a lighter weight shaft, the C-TAPER LITE actually fits a large amount of strong players.”

The C-TAPER LIGHT was added to the KBS product line in 2013 and has had success both on Tour and in the aftermarket. It is available in three flexes, including 105g, 110g and 115g, and produces a mid-high trajectory and controlled spin. Featuring a constant taper design and proportionate increase in wall thickness, the C-TAPER LITE optimizes energy transfer for maximum distance. Independent testing results revealed 5+ yards in added distance.


Rogue Helps Aldila Sweep Shaft Manufacturer Counts At Wyndham Championship

POWAY, Calif. – Aldila continued its year-long domination of the shaft manufacturer counts on the PGA Tour by sweeping the shaft manufacturer counts at the regular season’s final event. When play began on Thursday at the Wyndham Championship, Aldila had six more driver shafts, 39 more wood shafts and 18 more hybrid shafts in play than the next leading shaft manufacturer, according to the Darrell Survey. For the season, Aldila has won the wood shaft manufacturer count at 37 of the 42 PGA Tour events and captured the hybrid shaft manufacturer count at 40 of the 42 events.

Aldila’s Rogue was the leading driver shaft brand model for the 21st consecutive event on the PGA Tour with 16 in drivers. “The Hottest Shafts In Golf” also had the top 3 wood shaft brand models at the Wyndham Championship with 23 Rogue shafts, 17 Tour Blue 75 shafts and 13 Tour Blue 85 and 13 Tour Green 85 shafts. In total, Aldila had a total of 73 Tour Blue and Tour Green wood shafts in play.

Aldila’s RIP Phenom NL shaft was played by the winner of the News Sentinel Open to capture his third tour win on the Tour. He carded a 22-under 262 (65-67-67-63) for a two stoke win and moved from No. 134 on the money list to No. 29. He is in the Tour Finals and will have a chance to earn his PGA Tour card for next season.

Aldila won the driver and wood shaft manufacturer counts on the Tour. Aldila had 9 more driver and 24 more wood shafts in play than the next leading shaft manufacturer. Rogue was the leading driver shaft brand model at the News Sentinel Open with 17 Rogue shafts in play.

“The Rogue shaft is built on Aldila’s ultra-successful new “Tour” platform using the same tapered tooling and Next Gen Micro-Laminate Technology™ that provide the exceptional performance of the #1 shaft model on Tour – Aldila’s Tour Green and Tour Blue,” said John Oldenburg, Aldila’s Vice President of Engineering and Product Development.

According to Oldenburg, Aldila’s Next Generation Micro Laminate Technology is comprised of ultra-thin layers of premium, low resin aerospace grade materials. This design evolution eliminates inconsistent shaft performance caused by material variability. Redesigned tooling also raises the shaft balance point, making this the perfect upgrade for today’s modern club head designs.

“By incorporating this new material, Aldila is able to make the shaft stiffer and lower torque without adding weight,” he said. “At the same time, the placement of the material in top third of the shaft (grip end) allows the shaft manufacturer to slightly counterbalance the shaft to work well with today’s heavier driver heads and the longer length of modern drivers.”

Consumers can now own limited edition, “tour authentic” Aldila Rogue shafts. In celebration of the Rogue’s one-year anniversary on the Tour, Aldila released these limited edition Rogue shafts made with the same exotic materials as the Tour models. The Rogue shafts will be made in the USA at Aldila’s Research & Development facility in Poway, California and will be serialized with laser customization available to personalize each shaft. The limited edition Rogue shafts are available for through select distributors with a suggested retail price of $799.

Aldila ( offers patented shaft design technologies that consistently outperform other shafts available. This technology advantage is the reason Aldila is the most popular graphite shaft on the PGA Tour. Tour professionals recognize Aldila’s advanced performance and year after year that there are more Aldila wood and hybrid shafts in play on Tour than any other shaft manufacturer. Whether the Micro Laminate Technology™ first introduced in Aldila NV™, the most popular graphite ever or today’s Next Generation Micro Laminate Technology, Aldila engineers are continually pushing and advancing high performance graphite golf shaft technology well beyond any other manufacturer.


Pukka To Release Its 2015 Custom Headwear Line At The Fall PGA Show

Findlay, Ohio (August 14, 2014) – Pukka Inc., designer and manufacturer of premium custom golf headwear and mobile cases, announced today that it will unveil its new 2015 Golf collection at booth #520 at the upcoming PGA Fashion and Demo Experience on August 19th and 20th.

The 2015 custom headwear collection expands on Pukka’s “total solutions” merchandising mind set by offering retailers the most comprehensive product assortment available by any one supplier. Each of the 125-plus new looks fit into one of seven key categories according to how headwear is thought of by consumers….Core, Tech, Lifestyle, Ladies, Visors, Cold Weather and Specialty. To further support variety and flexibility, Pukka’s 2015 product mix is designed out of its unique capability to create fully custom headwear, while at the same time offering the market the ability to simply pick from a variety of looks and use free contrast options to personalize to the club’s taste.

Core Category – 28 new looks that focus on the core basics that every shop needs. The difference maker that comes out in this year’s product is the ability to use colors combinations and subtle trim options within each look by the dozen.

Tech Category – 28 new looks that drive the combination of technical functionality and design and still offer clubs the ability to apply the desired finishing touches to create differentiation in their merchandising mix.

Lifestyle Category – 28 new trending looks that take shape from Pukka’s vast knowledge of fashion retail design. Each look pushes the boundaries typically found in the golf market by utilizing color, print techniques, popular silhouettes and custom appliques including sublimation to add product diversity for shops and resorts.

Ladies Category – 12 new looks that range from basics to rhinestone embellishments. Products in this category are available in as low as 24 piece minimums.

Visors – 20 new looks combined between men’s and women’s blend classic styling and trending accents to create a broader range of products.

Cold Weather Category – 20 new looks offer the retailers everything from simple basics to trending jacquard designs that are sure to make a statement on and off the course.

Specialty Category – 8 new looks that encompass everything from a performance-inspired bucket cap to the popular SPF 30 Sun Hat.

“The Fall PGA Show works in conjunction with a key buying season for the southeast and west coast markets and introducing our new 2015 headwear collection to a concentration of key accounts at the Las Vegas Show has proven to be a great opportunity for our initial introduction and sets up the second-half push for the rest of the U.S. for the pre-book seasons,” says James Thompson, Director of Marketing.” We look forward to the reaction from the accounts that purchase product from nearly every category develop product into. There are always success stories to share with the rest of our sales team when we return from the show,” adds Thompson.

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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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