Golf News – January 16, 2014

Golf News – January 16, 2014


Bettinardi BB43 (10)

Bettinardi Golf Launches New BB Series Putter For 2014

Tinley Park, IL- January 15, 2014- Bettinardi Golf, manufacturers of the highest quality milled putters that are made in the USA, announced today it is introducing their newest BB Series line of putters.

“The new Bettinardi BB Series incorporates the luxurious Satin Silver finish,” said Bob Bettinardi, President/CEO of Bettinardi Golf. “These five new models including three new counterbalance versions are sure to please even the most discriminate golfer.”

The recent anchored putter ban has prompted Bettinardi to explore other options in their traditional putter line. In addition to the 100% legal Kuchar Arm Lock Models, the counterbalance putters offer exceptional stability and even better forgiveness.

The BB1 and BB32 counterbalance putters are precision milled from Bettinardi’s Soft Carbon steel, and come in weighing 395 grams. “The main purpose of our counterbalance putters is to move the overall balance point of the club closer to the hands of the player. The weight is added by extending the shaft by 3 inches which adds 42 additional grams,” Bettinardi said. “We then increase the putter head by the same amount to total 395 grams, in essence countering the weight of the putter. This weighting technique boosts the club’s overall MOI (Moment of Inertia), so that it swings more constant and stable than ever.

In addition to adding counterbalance putters, Bettinardi unveiled a brand new MOI model called the BB55. This new putter, which is also available in counterbalance, is milled from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum. “We purposefully engineered the BB55 to move the discretionary weight as rearward as possible, Bettinardi said. “We did that by the use of stainless steel weight plugs. By moving this discretionary weight, we greatly enhanced the playability and forgiveness of this putter.

The BB55 has a Champagne Bronze Anodized finish that helps diminish shine, three triple vertical sightlines, and a fly-milled, red anodized insert.

Price and Availability: The new BB Series has an MSRP of $299.99, and the counterbalance putters have an MSRP of $349.99. Standard length putters (33, 34, and 35 inches) and counterbalance putters (36-40 inches) are also available to be cut to order. The new line is available through Bettinardi authorized dealers, and via Bettinardi’s website at


Leupold® Makes New GX®-3i2, GX-4i2 Golf Rangefinders Easier And Faster To Use

Advanced laser rangefinder technology helps golfers improve scores, speed up pace of play

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Leupold’s® new GX®-3i2 and GX-4i2 golf rangefinders offer enhanced technology that allows users to find pins and distances easier and faster than competitive laser or GPS devices. They can be seen at the company’s PGA Merchandise Show booth, #1201, starting January 22 in Orlando, Fla.

Both rangefinders feature upgraded PinHunter® 2 Laser Technology, which makes it easier for golfers to find and stay on the pin. In addition, heightened sensitivity of the rangefinders’ Prism Lock Technology™ enables golfers to get their distances faster when a course is outfitted with prisms.

“These new rangefinders build on the success of our GX-3i and GX-4i models with enhancements that can help golfers of all skill levels improve their scores and speed up pace of play,” said Rob Morrison, Leupold’s vice president of marketing. “With the boost in Prism Lock and PinHunter 2 Laser Technology, holding the rangefinder steady becomes less of a concern, and quick, exact distance measurement is assured.”

The GX-3i2 and GX-4i2 employ the same advanced technology that makes Leupold the optic of choice for many military applications that require pinpoint accuracy. Each model features high-performance DNA® (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy) engine technology and an advanced infrared laser for faster measurements with accuracy displayed to the nearest 1/10th of a yard. Expected ranging distance on trees is 700 yards.

PinHunter 2 Laser Technology effectively filters out large background objects and zeroes in on the flag or pin for extremely precise and fast target acquisition. When the rangefinder is in scan mode, Prism Lock Technology makes an audible beep upon identifying a high-intensity return from flagsticks equipped with specialized prisms (already used on many golf courses).

The tournament-legal GX-3i2 offers line-of-sight distance measurement only. It is compact, weighing just 7.8 ounces, and measuring only 3.8-inches long, 3.0-inches high and 1.4-inches wide. Only slightly larger in size, the GX-4i2 offers enhanced versatility with a removable Smart Key™ that adds the benefits of Leupold’s True Golf Range™ (TGR®) and Club Selector™ features. Without the Smart Key, use of GX-4i2 in tournaments is allowed under the Rules of Golf (Rule 14-3), according to a recent United States Golf Association ruling, when a Local Rule permitting the use of distance measuring devices is in effect.

When the Smart Key activates the TGR and Club Selector features, the GX-4i2 can provide accurate ranging information matched to the slope of the shot, atmospheric conditions and a golfer’s personal hitting strength. TGR allows golfers to compensate for uphill shots that play long and downhill shots that play short. Calculated from the laser-measured line-of-sight distance, incline or decline, trajectory of the ball, current temperature and specific altitude, TGR displays the adjusted “plays like” range. For example, a golfer has a lie of 150 yards from the pin but the green sits six degrees above the ball. Using advanced TGR algorithms to automatically account for each factor, the GX-4i2 indicates the shot should be played as if it were 164 yards.

When activated, Club Selector factors in the golfer’s specific hitting strength and TGR to the target, automatically recommending the proper club for each shot. The user simply inputs their personal striking distance for three specific clubs and the GX-4i2 does the rest, even indicating when the distance falls between clubs.

The GX-3i2 and GX-4i2 both offer fog mode, which enables the rangefinder to cut through mist and provide fast, accurate distance measurements. Both models have 6X magnification and offer a one-touch scan mode that allows users to sweep the landscape while continuously measuring distance. Golfers can select from three aiming reticles, choosing the one which works best for the intended target and usage. Distance can be displayed in yards or meters.

Additional features include multi-coated lenses for a crystal-clear image, an easy-to-read display and fold-down rubber eyecups. Each rangefinder is weatherproof and comes with a Cordura® case, battery, lanyard and complete instructions.

Leupold GX series rangefinders are the official rangefinder of the Professional Tour Caddies of America. Since 2009, caddies using the GX have been involved in more than 50 PGA TOUR victories including three Major Championships. For more information, go to or call 1-800-LEUPOLD. Join the discussion on Facebook

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., the preeminent American-owned optics company, employs hundreds of people in its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near Beaverton, Ore. Family owned and operated, Leupold offers products that are sold worldwide to golfers, hunters, competitive shooters, American military warfighters, law enforcement personnel and wildlife observers. The product line includes rifle, handgun and spotting scopes; binoculars; rangefinders; mounting systems; and optical tools and accessories.


KENTWOOL to Launch KW Series Sport and Pro-Light Socks at 2014 PGA Merchandise Show 

 New Fabrications, Thinner Styles and Fresh Designs on Display at Booth #4683

(GREENVILLE, SC) – KENTWOOL – the 170-year-old, family-owned American textile innovator – will launch its new KW series Sport and Pro-Light socks featuring new technical fabrications and fresh aesthetics at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show, Booth #4683, January 22-24 in Orlando, FL.Both styles will showcase a sleeker silhouette, faster design details and a 50/50 blend of the brand’s superfine merino wool and bamboo for a softer hand and advanced moisture wicking. Sport appeals to fans of the best-selling Tour Profile, while the Pro-Light is constructed from fine-gauge knit for those seeking a thinner in-shoe feel.

“We engineered the world’s best golf sock, but we keep evolving our products to stay out in front,” says Mark Kent, President and CEO of KENTWOOL. “By listening to our customers and Tour players we keep consistent demand which in turn creates long-term revenue opportunities for our retail partners.”

Retailing for $20.95, the Sport and Pro-Light are available in black and natural colors and like all KENTWOOL socks boast superior moisture management, odor resistance, durability and a 100-percent blister-free guarantee.

KENTWOOL socks – including Sport, Pro-Light, The Graduate, Low Profile, Tour Profile, Tour Standard and 19th Hole models – are trusted in competition by scores of Tour stars, including Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Jonathan Byrd, Ryann O’Toole, Peter Jacobsen, Duffy Waldorf, Brendon de Jonge, Tom Gillis, Jane Park, Charles Warren, Kevin Johnson, Kristy McPherson, Shasta Averyhardt, Jenny Suh, Sarah Kemp, Jenny Gleason, Meaghan Francella and Jenny Hong.

For more information:, 1-877-5-PROSOX (1-877-577-6769).


New Fourteen Golf TC-777FG Irons to Debut at the 2014 PGA Demo Day & PGA Merchandise Show  

RVINE, CA – JANUARY 15, 2014 – FOURTEEN GOLF, a premium boutique golf equipment company known for their award winning wedges, irons and global golf presence on most tours, is proud to announce that the company will introduce a new set of soft forged irons designed for distance and accuracy – TC-777FG.

As a FOURTEEN GOLF standard, all FOURTEEN GOLF products must demonstrate high performance with high style and the TC-777FG Forged Irons do exactly that. “These distinctive irons embody the FOURTEEN GOLF philosophy as they provide distance control with remarkable feel, and are classically designed,” said FOURTEEN GOLF COO Marcy Kamoda.


The TC-777FG Irons are manufactured from soft S20C material that contributes to the signature FOURTEEN GOLF forged feeling. They feature a slight offset and slightly thicker top line for a more square appearance at address. For stability and shot consistency an extremely deep CG has been precisely positioned at 4.3mm in depth. This placement allows golfers with faster club head speeds of 38-44 m/sec to swing with ease.


“We invite all attendees of the Demo Day and PGA Show to try the new TC-777FG Forged Irons. I am confident they will be impressed with their feel, high performance and stunning good looks,” added Kamoda.


rons require a certain amount of club head speed to properly reach desired launch angles. The TC-777FG Forged Irons have been designed with stronger lofts to accommodate the higher club head speeds as well as to complement the relationship between the loft and shaft length.
“Each shaft length in the TC-777 FG Forged Irons has been appointed specifically in accordance to each loft, which produces an ideal launch angle,” added Kamoda.


The company spent years engineering a new trapezoidal shaped groove so the TC-777FG Forged Irons as well as FOURTEEN GOLF’s total product line would be in compliance with the new groove regulations effective in 2010 for the professional tours and 2014 for amateurs and tournaments.


The TC-777FG Forged Iron set is offered in a #4 iron through pitching wedge. A matching approach wedge is sold separately. They are finished with a striking nickel chrome pearl satin finish. The high performance N.S. PRO 950GH HT steel shaft is available in both stiff and regular.
The high performance TC-777FG Forged Irons will be available to hit at the PGA Demo Day held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at the Orange County National Golf Center in Orlando, FL. FOURTEEN GOLF will be located on the driving range where their entire 2014 line of golf equipment will be available to demonstrate. If attendees miss an opportunity to experience FOURTEEN GOLF equipment during the demo day, they can visit the FOURTEEN GOLF booth in the Equipment Testing Center at hitting bay #41 during the PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center.


The company will be exhibiting from Wednesday, January 22nd to Friday, January 24th. Please note that the FOURTEEN GOLF booth or hitting bay location has changed in the past unbeknownst to the company — please refer to the PGA Merchandise Directory for confirmation.


FOURTEEN GOLF and its professional tour program continue to grow and gain respect from the PGA, Nationwide, LPGA, JPGA, JLPGA, KLPGA Tours and more. The company is known for taking great pride in this department, as it remains a leading division at FOURTEEN GOLF. The company has signed endorsement deals with many PGA Professionals including; Arjun Atwal, Chad Collins, Ryuji Imada, and John Mallinger.


The name “Fourteen” is based on the fundamental rule of golf, which states that the player can carry up to 14 golf clubs in their bag. FOURTEEN GOLF strives to produce the best 14 clubs ever. FOURTEEN GOLF aims to achieve the ultimate in club characteristics which allow golfers to hit shots they didn’t think possible.



IOMIC Targets Young Golfers With the Introduction of its New Sticky Junior Grips  

Santa Ana, CA – January 15, 2014 – IOMIC USA, manufacturer of innovative, revolutionary and dynamically designed grips, announced today it is introducing a New Sticky Junior Grip at the upcoming PGA Merchandise Show.

“As more and more Tour professionals use our grips, we have noticed that junior golfers have become very interested in using IOMIC grips. Not surprisingly, Tour professionals definitely have an influence on younger golfers. Because of this, we decided to develop a junior size version of our popular Sticky Grip to accommodate the needs of these young golfers,” said Katz Murai, General Manager, IOMIC USA.
The new Sticky Junior grips are incredibly soft, and feature great traction and low torque. These versatile grips are suitable for juniors and young adults with smaller hands.  The Sticky Junior Grips have a smaller diameter than the company’s standard size Sticky grips. They are available in blue, orange and yellow colors.


IOMIC grips feature the revolutionary “IOMAX” technology, a proprietary compound that provides a soft feel with control. This material provides adhesiveness, is water and friction resistant and is naturally white in color which allows for a full spectrum of color – IOMIC’s signature trait.
IOMIC Sticky Grips are extremely versatile and suitable for all playing styles, from beginners to top ranked tour professionals. In addition to the new Sticky Junior Grips, the Sticky 2.3 is the standard size grip while the Sticky 1.8 is slightly smaller. Both are available in a wide variety of colors.
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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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