Golf News – February 6, 2014
Antigua Announces Its 2014 Team On Tour
PEORIA, ARIZ. -The Antigua Group, Inc.-one of the nation’s leading designers and marketers of lifestyle apparel under the distinguished Antigua brand has announced its Tour Team for year 2014.
Headlining the Antigua team on the LPGA Tour is women’s British Open Champion, Stacy Lewis, who won three events in 2013 and had 19 top tens. Joining Stacy are Solheim Cup teammates Brittany Lang, Gerina Piller and Lizette Salas along with veterans Wendy Ward and Alison Walshe. On the PGA Tour ambassadors include Brian Stuard, currently number ten in the Fed Ex Cup standings, along with Kris Blanks, Justin Bolli, Doug Labelle and veterans Billy Mayfair and Skip Kendall. On the Champions Tour, Tom Pernice, Jr., Steve Pate and Rick Fehr will represent the Antigua brand.
“We are very proud to have so many fine people wearing our clothing on these tours,” said Ron McPherson, President and CEO of The Antigua Group. “2014 promises to be a very exciting year on tour for the Antigua brand.”
Heavy Putter Extended Length Series Earns Golf Digest 2014 “Hot List” Honor
(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) – Boccieri Golf – maker of the Tour-proven Heavy Putter – announces that its new Extended Length (EL) Series has been named to the prestigious Golf Digest “Hot List” for 2014.
Determined by an independent panel of testers, this honor specifically recognizes the EL Series in the areas of “performance” and “innovation.” Available in 21 different models, the putter offers a true alternative to anchoring by combining a longer than standard shaft – designed to extend beyond the hands – with the company’s patented, Tour-proven weighting system. This features a heavier mass head and counter balance under the grip.
“We’ve been proclaiming the immense benefits of counter balancing for more than a decade and the industry’s finally coming around to the fact that it creates superior performance,” Stephen Boccieri, President and CEO of Boccieri Golf. “One reason belly putters became popular was because weight from the grip and shaft materials created a natural counter balance, but with the Heavy Putter players can achieve the same performance using a totally conforming club.”
Each EL Series putter includes a strategically positioned 175-gram counterweight, which dramatically raises the putter’s balance point. This creates the industry’s highest MOI and delivers unmatched stability and consistency. As a result, the EL Series is equally suited to players who prefer regular length putters and those relying on belly or long models.
The annual Golf Digest “Hot List” list showcases equipment that has received the best reviews from the magazine’s testers. A year-long process that begins with hundreds of clubs, the list is systematically reduced to the top performers.
Panelists’ published comments about the EL Series included:
“The weighting makes sense. It feels soft at impact, but it’s not muddled.”
“It offers a ton of useful feedback. You know exactly where it’ll go the moment you hit it.”
“I can feel the consistency of the weight throughout the putter, no matter where I hit it.”
The line was also praised for its unique weighting system, which features three distinct categories to suit all preferences – LITE (840 grams), MID (865 grams) and HEAVY (930 grams). This stands in stark contrast to competing brands that offer only one or two models with longer shafts.
As with all Heavy Putter models, the extra weight of the EL Series engages the body’s larger, more stable muscles to promote greater control with each stroke. Available in 36, 38 and 40-inch lengths, the EL Series is carried at leading retailers nationwide.
5 Playes To Watch At Pebble Beach
This week makes for arguably the most jarring transition between two events anywhere on the PGA Tour – from the Waste Management Phoenix Open’s rowdy party in the desert to the spectacular scenery and spiritual serenity of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. There is one similarity between these two disparate PGA Tour stops, though. To succeed, you must embrace the concept.