Golf News – August 19, 2015

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COBRA GOLF ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF KING

Carlsbad, Calif. (August 18, 2015) – COBRA Golf, a leader in golf equipment innovation and technology, today announced the return of KING to the product line with the launch of the  new KING LTD Driver. Fueled by research in space, the KING LTD features a revolutionary SpacePort design that allowed the brand’s R&D team to strategically position the Center of Gravity (CG) and make COBRA Golf’s key internal speed and stability technologies visible for the first time.  

“The KING COBRA franchise is synonymous with the brands’ heritage. Now, the new KING LTD driver is the next generation of product under the KING COBRA name, building upon the legacy created by COBRA Founder, Tom Crow, in 1990,” said Tom Olsavsky, VP Research & Development COBRA Golf. “We knew that if we were going to reintroduce the KING Cobra it had to be something much more advanced and special, incorporating innovative technologies that would only surpass its’ legacy. And we are confident we did that with the KING LTD driver; it is truly game-changing for golfers and fit for a KING.”

In September 2014, COBRA GOLF teamed up with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and Nanoracks LLC, on a materials science research investigation that launched on board SpaceX CRS-4 and was on the International Space Station for six weeks. Taking design inspiration from the Space Station’s cupola module, a 9’ 10” earth and space observation platform, the KING LTD driver features a SpacePort window that is incorporated into the sole of the driver.  This unique structural design feature is locked in place by the use of Spiralock thread technology which is designed to withstand high vibrations and loads during impact without over tightening or loosening. The result is a sleek aerodynamic exterior.

The SpacePort system consists of a 16-gram Aerospace grade Aluminum dual-purpose weight and translucent port system that allows golfers to view the internal driver technologies. By removing the port, golfers can visually access all the hidden COBRA technologies: 811 Titanium E9 Face, Low CG Hosel, and Textreme Carbon Fiber Crown. In total, there are more than 28 grams of discretionary weight strategically positioned in and around the Port perimeter positioning the CG low and to the back of the clubhead.  The Port also removes the necessity for Hot Melt Glue, a sticky substance typically used in drivers to catch internal debris and achieve final club head weight, saving an additional 4g; instead, a more efficient solid structured and more precise weight is placed into the head, behind the SpacePort, further optimizing the mass properties. The Port also allows final swing-weight tuning, with 0-12g Tungsten weight, at time of build to precisely fit the golfer.

Through key structural component weight reduction and critical placement of the discretionary weight COBRA Golf created the lowest CG on the driver market today.  Depending on the head configuration, the CG is on or below the “Neutral Axis”, a perpendicular line extending back from face center, delivering unprecedented “ZERO CG” technology.  The ultra-low CG improves the efficiency of the club head to ball impact and allows golfers to achieve higher ball speeds, higher launch angles and lower spin, all three contribute to distances gains off the tee.

“The KING LTD is the only driver to ever reach below ZERO CG – by combining the Space Port with new materials, the KING LTD reaches optimal performance, never been done before by any other driver to date,” said Olsavsky.

There are four key internal technologies used in the KING LTD driver to create its superior properties and ultimate performance.  The crown is ultra-light TeXtreme Carbon composite, a material frequently used in aerospace and other advanced high-performance structures, and 20% lighter than a standard carbon fiber crown. A thin, lightweight 811 titanium face with next generation E9 zoning removes 10 grams from the face structure.  The hosel structure has been lowered which also contributes to lowering the CG of the club head. The body is constructed of lightweight 811 titanium with an optimized variable thickness sole incorporating a back weight port and 12 gram tungsten weight.

Pricing, Options and Availability
The KING LTD driver is available in five lofts – 9°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°,  and 12° and three draw settings – 9.5°D, 10.5°D  and 11.5°D.  The KING LTD PRO is also available in five  lofts – 7.0°, 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, and 10° and three fade settings: 7.5°F, 8.5°F, 9.5°F.  Both options are equipped with an Aldila Rogue Black 60g graphite shaft and Lamkin UTX/KING LTD grip. A variety of custom shafts are also available. Availability for KING LTD and KING LTD PRO begins in the US in early November at a suggested retail price of $449. For more information, please visit
cobragolf.com

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Zero Restriction Announces 2015 Solheim Cup Decorated Apparel Available For Sale

Zero Restriction is excited to announce that the 2015 Solheim Cup logo is now available on select styles from their ladies line. Available for the first time, the official 2015 Solheim Cup logo can be added to Zero Restriction’s impressive collection of ladies outerwear and tech layers using innovative heat seal technology. The addition of the 2015 Solheim Cup logo is complimentary and can be purchased at: zerorestriction.com/solheim-cup-shop.html

Earlier this year, Zero Restriction was named the official outerwear supplier and sponsor for the 2015 and 2017 USA Solheim Cup Teams. Custom outfits will be created from Zero Restriction’s line of premier golf outerwear for the 2015 Solheim Cup Captain, Assistant Captains, team members, alternates and caddies. Zero Restriction will also outfit Past Captains, LPGA staff, rules officials, VIPs and LPGA Founders.

“As the leading outerwear brand in golf we are thrilled about the opportunity to design and develop Zero Restriction gear for the upcoming Solheim Cup teams,” remarked Chad Delp, CEO of Summit Golf Brands. Summit Golf Brands is an apparel company that owns Fairway & Greene, Zero Restriction, EP Pro, EP Sport, and B. Draddy. “In the run up to this exciting event, we are pleased to offer our customers Zero Restriction ladies apparel in a variety of styles featuring the preeminent 2015 Solheim Cup logo.”

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Golf Channel Academy Magazine Debuts

Only all-instruction digital golf magazine launches with free trial for those who want to improve their games

Orlando, Fla. (Aug. 18, 2015) – Golf’s only digital magazine dedicated to instruction launches today with content that shares expertise from the industry’s best teachers, supported by the Golf Channel Academy instructional brand. For a limited time, Golf Channel Academy magazine is available free to any golfer who wants to play better, stay better and have more fun in the process.

The digital magazine launches with a cover story by Golf Channel Academy (GCA) lead coach Mitchell Spearman, who also appears today and tomorrow on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive.” The feature article teaches everyday golfers how to generate effortless power on their tee shots, which is the perfect way to kick off this new magazine designed to help power its readers to better games.

Also included in the premier issue is a frame-by-frame swing analysis of 2015 Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth by GCA lead coach Jeff Ritter, including a bonus video tip on Spieth’s “signature power move.” Other stories offer help for escaping from fairway bunkers, mastering the dreaded 60-yard wedge shot, and videos-clickable directly from the magazine’s pages- on developing a feel for distance in putting, and attacking front and back pin locations.

Initially, Golf Channel Academy magazine will be published monthly and will be available with a free-trial subscription by signing up at GolfChannelAcademy.com.

Golf Channel Academy magazine is the only digital publication devoted exclusively to golf instruction. Each issue will feature a wide variety of articles, authored by GCA coaches who have brought their teaching academies and facilities under the GCA umbrella.

Along with articles to help readers play better, Golf Channel Academy magazine will explore the latest trends in equipment, technology, fitness, and nutrition. This unique 360-degree approach to improvement reinforces GCA’s commitment to golf “coaching” and playing the game, not just hitting shots. Other articles that help differentiate GCA magazine from other golf publications will focus on how to practice more efficiently, prepare for “major” competitions, warm up properly, and keep cool under pressure.

Each issue also will include articles on how to elevate your performance on the course, lessons from Hall-of-Fame players and coaches, and a Q&A giving readers an opportunity to ask GCA coaches specific questions about their game.

Note: Golf Channel Academy magazine is presently only available for viewing on a computer. Platforms for tablets and smartphones will soon be introduced.

For more information about Golf Channel Academy, including a full listing of all its current lead coaches and locations, please visit GolfChannelAcademy.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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