Golf News – January 24, 2014
Golf Digest’s 2014 Hot List Honors Six Exotics Clubs, the Most Ever
Batavia, IL (January 23, 2014) – Golf Digest released their 2014 Hot List today and verified that Exotics fairway woods, hybrids, and irons are top performers. The 2014 List awarded six Exotics clubs as medal winners, the most ever for the Tour Edge Exotics brand. Finishing at the top is the XCG7/XCG7 Beta fairway wood with top honors, a gold medal. Taking silver is the CB PRO fairway wood, XCG7/XCG7 Beta hybrids and the XCG7 irons.
David Glod, president and chief designer of Tour Edge Golf, “It’s always an exciting time of year when the Hot List comes out and it creates quite a buzz at the PGA Show. This year we have our best results with six medals in three categories. This is a true testament that our product designs and technologies are of the highest quality. Our Exotics brand continues to grow as one of the most technologically supreme club manufacturers, and we will always continue to build on that.”
Gold Medal: XCG7 fairway wood continues the Exotics tradition of excellence. The Exotics XCG7 model is designed with greater forgiveness in mind featuring a lower profile and larger club head. The XCG7 is has a custom 465 forged maraging steel cup face to produce massive launch speed and reach a very high USGA CT level for superior length.
Gold Medal: The XCG7 Beta model is highlighted by a deeper face and a smaller clubhead promoting a more boring trajectory. A callout to its name, the XCG7 Beta features a forged beta titanium cup face for supreme COR. The face is combo-brazed to the hyper-steel body to produce Exotics legendary performance.
Silver Medal: Tour Edge’s Exotics CB PRO – known visually for its unique sole design – creates the ultimate fairway wood for accomplished players. The patent-pending Slip Stream™ sole and advanced clubhead technology allows the CT to reach the USGA-allowed maximum of 250.
Silver Medal: The XCG7 hybrid is our most forgiving design to date. The XCG7 hybrid is larger, easy-to-hit, and is a higher trajectory model with a lower profile. Hexahedron sole weight pads are positioned back in the heel and toe to increase MOI and maximize stability on off-center contact.
Silver Medal: The XCG7 Beta is a more compact shape and deeper face for more penetrating ball flight. In the Beta model, the weight pad design positions more weight forward in the head, raising the center of gravity and producing a more penetrating trajectory.
Silver Medal(SuperGame-Improvement): The XCG7 iron features our most advanced technology in a game improvement iron. Constructed from 431 stainless steel in a one-piece casting, the XCG7 iron provides enhanced feel and stability in a more classic-style head design.
Tiger, Phil make 2014 PGA Tour debuts as Stewart Cink leads Farmers
SAN DIEGO — The best score belonged to Stewart Cink. The best round belonged to Pat Perez. Tiger Woods didn’t come close to claiming either Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open, where the seven-time champion failed to break par in the opening round for first time in his career.
Cink ran off three straight birdies late in his round on the easier North Course at Torrey Pines for an 8-under 64. That gave him a one-shot lead over Gary Woodland, who also was on the North, which is more than 600 yards shorter.
Perez was on the South Course, host of the 2008 U.S. Open and with greens so firm this year that it felt like a major. Perez had a 67, the best score on the South by two shots, and even more astounding is that he played bogey-free.
The South played nearly four shots harder than the North.
Woods, making his 2014 debut, failed to birdie any of the par 5s and had to settle for a 72.
“Even par is not too bad, but I didn’t play the par 5s worth a darn today,” Woods said. “Obviously, that’s (tantamount) to try to get any kind of scoring on the South Course. You’ve got to take care of the par 5s because there’s not a lot of holes you can make birdie here. Subsequently, I didn’t finish under par.”
Even at eight shots behind, he wasn’t worried about a chance to win at Torrey for the ninth time — including a U.S. Open. The courses are so different than it’s difficult to gauge where anyone stands until everyone has had a crack at both courses. The weekend rounds are on the South.
“I’m going to have to go out there and get it a little bit tomorrow to not be so far behind come Saturday or Sunday,” Woods said.
Cink did what he was supposed to do. The rough is up on the North, too, so it was important to get the ball in play. He did that, allowing him to take on some pins.
“You want to really take advantage of the North Course because it will yield to you a little bit, and the South Course will not,” Cink said. “I did a great job of going out there, just playing shot-by-shot, not really getting too caught up in, `I have to birdie these holes.’ As a consequence, I actually made a few birdies and it felt great.”
Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, felt awful.
He was coping with a back locked up on him, unusual for Mickelson because he doesn’t have a history of back pain. It got so bad at one point that Mickelson thought about withdrawing from his hometown event, especially after his 4-iron on the par-5 18th at the North Course nearly went out-of-bounds. Mickelson used his short game to make birdie, and then made another birdie on the next hole and he scratched out a 69.
“Never thought about not starting, but around the turn I thought about maybe taking this week off and seeing if I could get a little bit better,” he said. “I kind of fought through the back nine and gave myself a chance.”
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15 Golf Digest “Hot List” Gold Awards Set Record For Ping; Only Brand To Win Gold In Every Category
PHOENIX (Jan. 22, 2014) – Breaking its own record of 11, PING announced today it earned 15 gold awards in the 2014 Golf Digest “Hot List”, more than any other single brand for the third-straight year. The annual equipment review is recognized as the go-to resource for golfers looking for a comprehensive and expert analysis of the highest-performing equipment on the market. The results will be published in the March issue of the magazine.
“Knowing what goes into our product designs, we always look forward to the Golf Digest Hot List results with great confidence,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “But this year’s results are record-setting for us. It is tremendous validation for our engineering team and their approach to custom-engineering golf equipment that improves performance and helps golfers play better.”
PING was the only company to earn at least one gold award in every product category tested. The i25 and G25 series were both recognized with the highest honors in the driver, fairway wood, hybrid and iron categories. The G25 series swept gold for the second-consecutive year. All four PING irons submitted for consideration were awarded gold. The new i25, Karsten and S55 irons joined the G25 in the three iron categories reviewed.
For the second-straight year, the Tour wedge with Gorge grooves earned a gold award. One of only four wedges to win gold, the Editors cited the Tour wedge’s “efficient design from groove to sole” among its award-winning attributes.
Four PING putters, each featuring the company’s innovative variable-depth grooves, earned gold honors. In the blade category, the new Karsten TR was the only putter in the entire review to earn five stars for Performance, Innovation and Look/Feel/Sound while earning a gold award. The new Scottsdale TR Anser T and its arched alignment aid was recognized with a gold award. The mallet category honored the Scottsdale TR counter-balanced Senita B model, and the Nome TR, each earning high praise for its performance and innovation.
Breakdown of Golf Digest Hot List Gold Awards:
Scottsdale TR (Mallet)
Nome TR (Mallet)
Scottsdale TR (Blade)
Karsten TR (Blade)