Golf News – January 25, 2024

Cobra Golf® Unveils Reimagined Vintage Putter Series

CARLSBAD, CA – COBRA GOLF, a leader in golf club innovation, proudly presents the redesigned VINTAGE putter series, featuring an array of advancements including a revolutionary soft PEBAX™ face insert and the incorporation of LA GOLF’s Descending Loft Technology™. This new lineup encompasses upgraded versions of popular models such as Sport, Widesport, Nova, Stingray, and Cuda, offering golf enthusiasts an unparalleled combination of feel and performance.

Inspired by the success of the KING VINTAGE Series, this new VINTAGE line continues with LA GOLF’s patented Descending Loft Technology. This distinctive technology offers players four planes of loft, descending from the top to the bottom (4, 3, 2, 1) in one-degree increments. This unique design ensures an optimal launch on every stroke, while producing unparalleled end-over-end roll performance.

A noteworthy enhancement to COBRA’s VINTAGE Series is the incorporation of a new soft PEBAX insert. Crafted from a lightweight and responsive TPE (thermo-plastic elastomer), this insert provides a remarkably soft feel at impact, offering an alternative to the firmer aluminum face insert found in COBRA’S 3D PRINTED putter line. The VINTAGE Series also introduces a fully MIM (metal injection molding) 304 stainless steel construction with machined detail and continues with adjustable sole weighting, empowering golfers to personalize their putter with a choice of five different sole weights (5g, 10g, 15g, 20g, 25g). This customization can be effortlessly achieved with a simple turn of a screw, allowing players to tailor their putter to their unique preferences.

The COBRA VINTAGE Putter series for 2024:

  • SPORT 60: Flow neck blade with 60-degrees of toe hang.
  • SPORT 40: Plumber neck blade with 40-degrees of toe hang.
  • WIDESPORT: Face balanced, oversized blade with single bend shaft for face balanced performance.
  • NOVA: Face balanced, fang-style mallet with three alignment lines.
  • NOVA-30: Fang-style mallet with slant neck, 30-degrees of toe hang, and three alignment lines.
  • STINGRAY: Face balanced mallet with single bend shaft and single alignment line.
  • STINGRAY 30: Fang style mallet with slant neck, 30-degrees of toe hang, and single alignment line.
  • CUDA: Face balanced mallet with single bend shaft and three alignment lines.

COBRA’s VINTAGE Putter Series, priced at $249, promises a perfect blend of classic aesthetics and cutting-edge technology, providing golfers with an exceptional putting experience.

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Newton Shafts, a Division of Sacks Parente, Announces the Signing of PGA TOUR Champions Player Ken Duke as its First Player to its Roster

CAMARILLO, CA –  Newton Golf Shafts, the newly established business division of Sacks Parente Golf, Inc., specializing in advanced shafts using proprietary carbon fiber technology, announces the signing of PGA TOUR Champions player Ken Duke as its first player to represent the Newton brand. Duke has chosen to use the new Newton Motion Shaft in his driver during the upcoming 2024 season.

Following his victory at last year’s Shaw Charity Classic on the PGA TOUR Champions, Duke made the switch to the Newton Motion shaft at the TOUR’S Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS event in October. Notably, he ranked first in driving accuracy in that event, successfully hitting 40 of 42 fairways, setting the stage for a series of impressive performances. Since incorporating the Newton Shaft into his bag, Duke has finished first, third, tied for twelfth, and tied for first in driving distance accuracy in events on the PGA Tour Champions.

The Newton Motion driver shaft is a carbon fiber shaft designed to enhance a golfer’s performance by promoting straighter and longer shots with reduced effort. Using the Company’s proprietary shaft design and construction, the Newton Motion shaft features four essential technologies:

  • Elongated Bend Profile – The shaft is designed to bend over a longer span of its length, improving club head speed. The added flexibility of the carbon fiber gives the impression the golfer doesn’t need to exert excessive force during the swing.
  • Kinetic Storage Construction – A proprietary construction empowers the fibers to store more energy that is harnessed through the elongated bend, resulting in a significant boost in exit velocity.
  • Newton Symmetry360 Design – ensures consistent flex, regardless of the driver’s clocking position.
  • Variable Bend Profile – meticulously designed to match the bend and torque requirements of each flex. Whether a slow or high swing speed, the Newton Motion technology tailors to the torque.

“We are ecstatic that Ken put the shaft in his bag so quickly,” said Greg Campbell, Executive Chairman, Sacks Parente Golf, Inc. “It underscores the performance of our proprietary technology aimed at helping players achieve longer and straighter drives.”

In addition to his adoption of the Newton shaft, Duke will collaborate with the Newton brand, providing valuable player insights for product design.

Visit Newton Golf Shafts HERE

COBRA Golf® Unveils Enhanced 3D Printed Putter Collection Featuring Cutting-Edge Technologies and Re-Engineered Designs

CARLSBAD, CA – COBRA GOLF, is proud to announce the launch of an upgraded lineup of 3D PRINTED putters, showcasing innovative designs and new technologies that redefine the boundaries of advanced performance.

Building upon the success of the original KING 3D PRINTED putters, the new collection introduces a range of models that boast a lightweight, 3D Printed cartridge, crafted with HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology. This cartridge not only allows for optimal weight and mass property redistribution but also contributes to an enhanced sound and feel.

In collaboration with LA GOLF, COBRA integrates a milled 6061 aerospace grade aluminum face insert featuring the patented LA GOLF Descending Loft Technology™. This unique technology provides players with four planes of loft, descending from the top to the bottom of the face (4, 3, 2, 1) in one-degree increments. This unique design ensures an optimal launch on every stroke, while producing unparalleled end-over-end roll performance

The technological advancements in the 3D PRINTED lineup extends into a multi-material construction featuring a carbon fiber crown, 3D printed lattice cartridge, a milled 6061 aerospace grade aluminum face insert and metal injection molded (MIM) body made from 304 stainless steel. The exceptionally high MOI design reduces face twisting and improves stability on off-center hits. Additionally, the 3D PRINTED line introduces adjustable sole weighting, offering players the flexibility to customize their putter’s head weight and feel with five different weights (5g, 10g, 15g, 20g, 25g) that can be changed effortlessly.

The COBRA 3D PRINTED family for 2024 includes reimagined models such as AGERA, AGERA RS, AGERA RS-30, AGERA Counter Balanced, AGERA Armlock, SUPERNOVA, SUPERNOVA-20, GRANDSPORT-35, and GRANDSPORT Armlock. Each model is meticulously crafted to cater to different player preferences and stroke type.

The COBRA 3D PRINTED family for 2024:

  • AGERA: Full size mallet with single bend shaft for face balanced performance.
  • AGERA RS: Compact version (15% smaller footprint) of the AGERA with single bend shaft for face balanced performance
  • AGERA RS-30: AGERA RS with a slant neck design and 30-degrees of toe hang.
  • AGERA CB: Counterbalanced version of the full size AGERA at playing length of 38” and longer 17” SuperStroke grip
  • AGERA AL: 41” armlock version of the AGERA with more upright lie angle and heavier clubhead.
  • SUPERNOVA: Fang style mallet with single bend shaft and face balanced performance.
  • GRANDSPORT-35: Traditional plumber neck blade with 35-degrees of toe hang.
  • GRANDSPORT AL: 41” armlock version of the Grandsport with more upright lie angle and heavier clubhead.

The COBRA 3D PRINTED Putter Collection, priced at $349, comes standard with a SuperStroke Zenergy Pistol 1.0 Grip with SPYNE technology and a KBS CT Tour 120 (170 for Armlock) shaft.

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SkyGolf® to Reveal Revolutionary GameTraX™ 360 System at the 2024 PGA Show

RIDGELAND, MS, – SkyGolf®, maker of SkyCaddie®, the most-trusted rangefinders in golf, announce that they will be exhibiting at the 2024 PGA Show in Florida January 23 – 26 in booth #1401 to reveal the revolutionary GameTraX 360TM system, the most advanced game and performance tracking product on the market for golfers. In addition, SkyGolf will introduce the SkyCaddie Pro 5X rangefinder representing the perfect platform for GameTraX 360 and the first of the Pro X series of rangefinders now with laser accuracy to meet the demands of professional golfers and recreational golfers who recognize the importance of having the right distance.

GameTraX 360, which is a combination of SkyGolf’s SuperTags™ with a SkyCaddie rangefinder, allows a golfer to not only capture the location, club used and distance of each shot during a round, but it will also capture a virtual 3-D replication of the swing and putts that produced the shot along with club performance data such as club head speed, shaft angles at address and impact, and much more…all automatically to effectively obsolete other products in related categories.

The ground-breaking new GameTraX 360 system introduces next-generation technology to golf and is the giant leap forward for game-tracking which golfers have been waiting for…and the SkyCaddie Pro 5X is the perfect complement to this system. Nothing Else Comes Close®!

Now, you can have a virtual camera following you around the golf course, capturing all the details you would want of every swing, every shot and even every putt – and all you do is play your normal game and be able to see why you hit the great shot, or the shot that led to the double bogey! You can’t fix it if you can’t see it TM!

An integral part of the GameTraX 360 system and joining the SkyCaddie Pro X series of rangefinders in early 2024, are the revolutionary SkyGolf SuperTags. Adding less than a swing weight and affordable enough to add super-intelligence to every club in your bag, SuperTags are golf’s smallest, lightest and most powerful way to automatically capture strokes gained information but also capture your swing and club data that produced that good or bad shot impacting your score.

SkyGolf SuperTags feature a more advanced level of sensor technology than previously available in golf sensor products. They add less than a single swing weight and are less than half the price of competitive alternatives with no compromise in quality or accuracy of measurements…all with a battery life expectancy to average two years.

SuperTags, with its multiple-sensor and Bluetooth technology, leapfrog all other products in the game-tracking category by combining SkyCaddie’s exclusive, industry-leading, ground-mapped GPS golf course maps with a suite of automated game-tracking features and much improved reliability. Compared to other tracking products currently available, golfers will find a huge reduction in missed shots, greater accuracy, much simpler post-round editing tools, and more intuitive usability to overcome the resistance to broader adoption as cited by golfers who have tried but became dissatisfied with current offerings in the market.

The addition of capturing your swing and club performance data, both visualized in 3D and data form, makes SuperTags the next BIG THING in golf – and they are affordable enough to add to all the clubs in your bag. Golfers will find SuperTags are the best way yet to take a deep dive into their in-play performance, including calculating Strokes Gained with no intrusion needed during play.

The SkyCaddie Pro 5X is based upon its proprietary TruePoint Precision Positioning Technology powered by a high-performance GPS engine which doubles the error correction technology to provide unmatched accuracy and reliability in the same category as lasers. The laser-like accuracy of SkyCaddie’s new Pro X series is crucial to a golfer’s confidence, which is further enhanced by the most complete, most reliable and the only ground verified course maps in the game. To trust their club, a golfer must be able to trust their caddie, just like a Tour player. SkyCaddies are the closest thing to a Tour players yardage book but automated to provide the best course management information faster and more reliably than any alternative. NOTHING ELSE COMES CLOSE!

SkyGolf’s GameTraX 360 powered by its next generation SuperTag includes the following advanced technologies/features/benefits.

  • Advanced Ball Strike Technology (ABS Technology™) uses high precision sensors with a combination of proprietary and patented know-how to capture both, but distinguish between actual shots and practice swings, including putts, both on and off the course automatically. No interaction required by golfer with near 100% reliability in shot capture while discarding practice swings.
  • ClubTrak™ 360 Technology captures not only the club used, shot location and distance like other game tracking products, but it also eliminates missed and false shots while capturing the path of the club from address back to impact, and a multitude of actionable performance data for the club and swing. For the first time, recreational and aspiring professional golfers can capture all the data needed to visually see how they perform on the course for each shot with data such as club head speed, tempo, shaft angles, club position from address to impact, attack angles, and much more with no intrusion into the enjoyment of your round. JUST GO PLAY!
  • SwingVue™ 360 Technology utilizes the thousands of data points captured during play or practice to create a virtual 3-D replay of your swing and club path as if multiple cameras were set up for each shot on or off the course. Also, you can identify swing faults by comparing your favorite swing or the one your teacher wants you to groove to the swings you take while playing. And fixing faults has never been easier with multiple groove sessions to see it, focus on it, and fix it. Does your club track to far inside and under the plane on takeaway or coming over the top on your downswing? YOU CAN’T FIX IT IF YOU CAN’T SEE ITTM. NOW YOU CAN SEE IT FOR THE FIRST TIME AND WITHOUT INTRUSION INTO YOUR GAME.
  • AirSwing Technology allows the capture of your swing and club data such as club head speed and swing path when hitting balls is not practical or required. AirSwing Technology is especially useful for applications such as speed training as well as grooving a swing without the intimidation or risk of hitting an actual ball.
  • Patented Calibration Technology is used by SkyGolf in setting up the SuperTag to precisely match the sensors to the club face alignment, loft, and club length to enable superior accuracy over other sensor products that rely upon manual alignment.
  • SkyGolf’s SDK (Software Developers Kit) expands the benefits of SuperTag technology to third-party platforms. Imagine the improvement enjoyment and in data integrity by avoiding manual entry with the automatic capture of the club used, club metrics and a 3-D replication of your swing while using one of the popular golf simulation or launch monitor products.

All data captured and measured by the SkyGolf SuperTags within the GameTraX 360 system are stored in the golfer’s personal SkyGolf 360® online space. This provides the player and his teacher with a library of their personal performance history, and a wealth of patterns for further analysis, including strokes gained and lost. But, in addition to any other product, get hole-by-hole visualizations of historic play, including swings for every shot or putt, over a multitude of rounds.

The GameTraX 360 system has been developed and perfected over more than a decade since SkyGolf was the first to introduce the concept of intelligent SmartClubs at the 2010 PGA Show. GameTraX 360 represents over 15 years of research and development to find the solution to the flaws present in not only SkyGolf’s initial product but other game-tracking systems currently available in the market and add more actionable and useful data without distracting from the fun of play.

To better simulate the feeling of a real golf at the 2024 PGA Show, SkyGolf’s’s GameTraX 360 and SuperTags will be demonstrated using an adjustable Zen Green Stage in booth #1401, to show the advantages and insights technology can give to golfers looking to hole out under pressure on real-world breaking putts.

Visit SkyGolf HERE

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