Golf News – August 7th, 2013

Golf News for August 7th, 2013

Best Grips Hardwood Grip

BestGrips ties another sport to golf

Conroe, Texas – BestGrips has released its latest genuine leather club grip and continues the pattern of introducing leather from other sports. The latest club grip, dubbed the Hardcourt, is made from the same leather as the NBA leather basketball. Featuring all of the benefits of the Gridiron, with a softer feel, the Hardcourt also adds a bold color (orange) not found in the rest of the standard club grips.

BestGrips uses the “sport culture” leather grips to quietly ask golfs “why use rubber?” The Hardcourt and the relationship between leather and the NBA will hopefully continue this. A few years ago, headlines were made when the NBA switched to a non-leather ball, however, due to player complaints the ball was quietly switched back to leather (mid-season). As of right now, all three major sports in the US are still using leather: the NFL (Gridiron), NBA (Hardcourt), and the MLB (Major leaguer).

The Hardcourt will only be made in Club Grip form and will be available starting today. The grip weighs the same as our standard grips and will cost $18. The grip can be purchased at


Plenty Of Fujikura On The Leaderboards

(Vista, CA – August 5, 2013) – At Firestone CC in Akron, Ohio, there was a plethora of world class players, as the WGC Bridgestone Invitational always has one of the best fields. One player who tied for fourth was playing a Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 7.0 X in his Titleist 3 wood, a ZCOM Pro 95 in his Titleist 4 wood (switched into it for this tournament), and a Speeder 904HB S in his hybrid. His Fujikura shafts were able to help him secure his 3rd top-5 finish this season.

At the Reno-Tahoe Open, our Motore Speeder VC 7.2 Tour Spec X shaft was played be one of the ties for 2nd place – his best finish this season so far.

On the Champions tour at the 3M Championship, Fujikura secured the top spot as the most played wood shaft at the tournament with a whopping 67 shafts in play. The winner of the 3M Championship was playing two Fujikura Speeder 904HBs in his two Titleist hybrids.

In local news, the 2013 Sunburst Classic was this past weekend where the Fujikura Long Drive Contest was held on Friday. The winner was able to oust his opponent in the single elimination bracket using a 335 yard drive using a Titleist 910 D3 driver with a Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 7.1 S shaft. The runner-up came up only 4 yards short using his TaylorMade SLDR Driver with a Fujikura Motore Speeder 757 x Shaft. The winner walked away with a $1,820 prize!


SuperStroke Golf Earns Top-4 Finishes At Bridgestone Invitational, Reno-Tahoe Open

Forty-eight of the top 50 players in the world gathered in Akron, Ohio for a high-profile test before the PGA Championship. Two of the players finishing in the top-4 chose SuperStroke grips to help in their preparation before the year’s last major.

Taking home the T4’s were Auburn resident Jason Dufner and a 49-year-old Spaniard. Dufner used his Slim 3.0 to earn his second T4 finish in the past 4 weeks. The SuperStroke Slim 3.0 has been Jason’s preferred size since his thrilling runner-up finish at the 2011 PGA Championship. The Spaniard switched to the Flatso Mid for the first time in Akron and earned his best finish since May at the BMW PGA Championship in Europe. The Flatso Mid is a new grip for 2013, incorporating our patented non-tapered technology to a new pentagonal shape.

Other PGA Tour players took part in the Reno-Tahoe Open and the Modified Stableford scoring system. Using a SuperStroke 21″ belly grip was a player finishing in 4th place. This was the 30-year-old’s best finish on the PGA Tour in 2013.

SuperStroke has a lot of momentum heading into Oak Hill for this year’s PGA Championship. Sights are set for a big week in Rochester, NY.

Quick Stat: A SuperStroke putter grip is being used by the player leading the Tour in Strokes-Gained (Ultra Slim 1.0).


Pro’s Choice Adds New Shaft Color To Lineup

CARLSBAD, CA – August 5, 2013 – GRAPHITE DESIGN: PRO’S CHOICE GOLF SHAFTS will add to its popular Tour AD DI line up a new black shaft color with white graphics. These new Tour AD DI black shafts will be available on August 15th through PRO’S CHOICE GOLF SHAFTS and their Authorized Dealer network in the US, Europe, Canada and Australia.

The new Tour AD DI black shafts will be available in the following weights and flexes: 6-S, 6-SR, 6-X, 7-S, 7-X, 8-S and 8-X. The original Tour AD DI shafts in the orange color will continue to be readily available. Graphite Design shafts can be seen in play by the best professional players on multiple tours including the PGA,, Champions, Japan JGTO, European and LPGA tours.

Champ Spikes

Champ Spikes Trusted By Winners Of 
WGC Bridgestone Invitational, Reno-Tahoe Open

(MARLBOROUGH, MA) – CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide – The World Leader in Sport Cleat Technology® and maker of innovative CHAMP spikes, high-performance golf tees and accessories – confirms its renowned ProStinger™ spikes were used by the winners of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and Reno-Tahoe Open.

Capturing his 79th PGA Tour title, the WGC Bridgestone Invitational champion trusted the spikes’ unique blend of metal and plastic traction technology to achieve a seven-stroke victory at Firestone Country Club in Akron, OH. The winner of the Reno-Tahoe Open was among five top-10 finishers to use CHAMP cleats at Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno, NV.

“It is no surprise that the winners and numerous other competitors at both events relied on our industry leading traction solutions,” says Harris MacNeill, President and CEO of CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide. “Regardless of conditions, golfers of all skill levels will greatly benefit from the increased stability and comfort that comes with using our spikes.”

The #1 Brand on Tour®, CHAMP spikes have been used by 31 of the last 43 major winners and are available in a variety of options, including the popular ScorpionSTINGER™, and Zarma®.

Beyond the cleat category, the company offers a wide range of products, including the Zarma FLYtee™. Drawing from MacNeill Engineering’s unrivalled 80-plus year heritage, the FLYtee line has quickly become one of the most-used tees by leading professionals worldwide. The new FLYteePRO model is infused with a specially-engineered polymer that makes it nearly indestructible. Like its predecessors, the PRO showcases a six-pronged head and shallow cup to reduce friction at impact, promoting longer and straighter drives.

With more than 100 active distributors, CHAMP is the world’s largest manufacturer of replaceable spikes. The company produces more than 140 million spikes annually and is the dominant global brand in football, soccer, golf, baseball, cricket, rugby and other sports.

For more information:, 1-800-OK-CHAMP.

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