Golf News – February 12, 2021

All-New PXG 2021 0211 ST Irons Deliver Extreme Workability & Exceptional Feel in a Blade-style Design

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – PXG, an innovative golf company dedicated to developing high-performance equipment and apparel, has released new, smoking hot super tour blades. PXG 2021 0211 ST Irons are no-nonsense triple-forged blades that push distance and workability for skilled golfers. Part of PXG’s All-New 2021 0211 Golf Club lineup, ST Irons also carry a killer price.

“We couldn’t help it. We had to see if we could develop a pure tour blade that packs a punch at a killer price tag,” said PXG founder and CEO Bob Parsons. “Good enough for the tour, but designed for the average Joe, 0211 ST Irons feel as good as they look and perform like a car on rails.”

PXG 2021 0211 ST Irons are triple forged from 8620 soft carbon steel. The forging process creates a tight grain structure that increases the material’s strength, prolonging groove life and producing an exceptional feel.

Even though 2021 0211 ST Irons are blades by design, the mass’s strategic repositioning throughout the clubhead results in an increased overall moment of inertia (MOI). A tapered sole and back-bottom flange design add mass towards the toe side of the clubhead, while additional material is removed from the upper mid-section and repositioned to the high toe. These strategic attributes make 0211 ST Irons surprisingly forgiving for a solid-bodied blade.

Additionally, 2021 0211 ST Irons present a shorter blade length and inherently lower MOI about the shaft axis. This performance-enhancing design supports extreme workability and more control of the face at impact for skilled golfers.

“I love PXG 0211 STs. They have a minimal profile that looks amazing over the ball. And the softness of the face gives me more control and consistency with my distances,” LPGA Tour professional and PXG staff player Austin Ernst shared.

Visit PXG Golf HERE

Collegiate Golfers Return to Reynolds Lake Oconee for 16th Annual Linger Longer Invitational, March 11-13

GREENSBORO, GA – Regarded as one of the top collegiate golf events in the nation, the 16th annual Linger Longer Invitational (LLI) at Reynolds Lake Oconee will take place at Great Waters, March 11-13, 2021.

The Linger Longer Invitational showcases leading collegiate players from around the country as they compete for the individual and team titles in a 54-hole stroke-play tournament.

Some of the country’s most competitive college golf programs will contend for the title, including Kennesaw State, Mercer University, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgia State, Virginia, Augusta, North Alabama, Toledo, Chattanooga, Louisiana Tech, Charlotte, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Troy, and High Point.

Georgia Tech is the highest ranked team among the field, listed at 20th in the Golfweek Pre-Spring Coaches Poll.  The Yellow Jackets are also ranked #8 in the ACC power rankings, followed closely by Virginia at #10.

Linger Longer Invitational alumni include PGA Tour players with combined earnings of close to $250 million and 46 tour victories. Former LLI participants include four-time major champion Brooks Koepka (Florida State), 2017 PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas (Alabama), 2015 Players champion Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State), Russell Henley, Brian Harman, Keith Mitchell and Chris Kirk (Georgia), Beau Hossler (Texas), and Kyle Stanley (Clemson).

The Linger Longer Invitational has been held at three of the six golf courses at Reynolds Lake Oconee – twice at The Oconee (2006, 2007), followed by five years at The Landing (2008-2010, 2019-2020) and eight years at Great Waters (2011-2018). This year’s tournament returns to Great Waters, which reopened in 2019 after an 18-month complete renovation by Nicklaus Design.

Visit the Linger Longer Invitational HERE

Titleist Launches Virtual Tour of Pro V1 Manufacturing Process

FAIRHAVEN, MA – The manufacturing process for the new Titleist 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls – encompassing over 200,000 square feet of engineering innovation – is now on display for golfers around the world through the Titleist Ball Plant 3 Virtual Tour on Titleist.com.

The virtual tour follows the same journey around the manufacturing floor that golfers take when they make the trip to Massachusetts to visit Ball Plant 3 (BP3) in person – exhibiting how each layer of a Pro V1 and Pro V1x comes together to deliver the best performing, most consistent and highest quality golf balls in the game.

Golfers can join the virtual tour through their mobile or desktop devices at Titleist.com/BP3-Virtual.

COMMITMENT TO THE PROCESS
The global center of Titleist golf ball technology and manufacturing, Titleist Ball Plant 3 is located in New Bedford, Mass., where in the 1930’s an avid golfer named Phil Young – frustrated with the inconsistent performance of the golf balls he was playing, and not being rewarded for his best swings – set out to make the best golf balls in the world. Young, the owner of a precision molded rubber company, was fueled by the belief and understanding that the performance and quality of a product can only be as good as its manufacturing process – and that golfers should never have to worry how their golf ball is going to perform when they put a good swing on it.

It is this enduring commitment to the process – and helping golfers shoot their lowest scores – that continually pushes Titleist’s exacting performance and quality specifications to even tighter tolerances. Even the slightest variations in golf ball construction can have dramatic performance implications, for example:

  • If a golf ball core is just 4/100ths of an inch off-center – about the thickness of a credit card – shot dispersion for every club in your bag can double.
  • A golf ball with uneven dimple depths – off by as little as the width of a human hair – can turn a good swing into a bad shot, and cause the ball to fly offline.
  • VIDEO: Eye-Opening Aerodynamics with Rafa Cabrera Bello: Watch how microscopic inconsistencies in dimple depths affect the flight of a golf ball: https://youtu.be/aeibKavgytc.

MANUFACTURING AT TITLEIST BALL PLANTS 3 AND 4
Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls – the most played and best-selling golf balls around the world – are made at both Titleist Ball Plant 3 (New Bedford, Mass.) and Titleist Ball Plant 4 (Thailand). The manufacturing and quality assurance processes seen during the Virtual Tour are the exact same ones used at both facilities, ensuring that every Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball delivers consistent performance in every dozen – and on every shot. Every Titleist golf ball model is made by Titleist associates in Titleist owned and operated manufacturing facilities. Titleist also operates Titleist Ball Plant 2 in North Dartmouth, Mass., just down the road from BP3.

VIRTUAL BP3 TOUR GUIDE
The Virtual Ball Plant 3 Tour is guided by Iona Stephen, host of Golf TV’s “Golfing World,” and a broadcaster for Sky Sports Golf. Stephen, who has played professionally on the Ladies European Tour, first toured Ball Plant 3 in October 2019.

IN-PERSON TOURS AT BALL PLANT 3
While in-person tours of Ball Plant 3 have been currently suspended, Titleist will be reopening the experience at the soonest appropriate time.

Titleist Virtual Tour HERE

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