Golf News – July 10, 2017

Ping Introduces G400 Series

PHOENIX (July 10, 2017): PING’s fastest and most forgiving driver to date and an iron that delivers tour-level distance and ball flight highlight the new G400 Series. The full line of custom-fit, custom-built drivers, irons, fairway woods, hybrids and crossovers is engineered to help golfers lower their scores and increase their enjoyment of the game. The new equipment is available for pre-order and custom fitting at authorized PING golf shops around the world beginning today.

“The G400 driver is a prime example of how our engineering team looks at every single detail of a club to ensure we are optimizing each design variable so golfers can improve performance,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “In this case, we’ve gone slightly smaller in volume (445cc) to improve aerodynamics for faster clubhead speeds while actually raising the MOI higher than any previous PING driver. We also employed a thinner, forged face to deliver increased ball speeds. This commitment to performance enabled impressive distance gains and tighter dispersion, the ultimate driving combination. We’ve also engineered an incredibly pleasing sound in the driver through computer simulation that will turn heads on the tee box when golfers get it in their hands. It even has a shaft that changes color at address to improve the player’s focus.”

PING’s tour staff, including Lee Westwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Mackenzie Hughes, David Lingmerth and Daniel Summerhays, has been quick to switch to the new G400 driver with more than 70 currently in play around the world.

Three head options are available to match a G400 driver to a golfer’s desired ball flight. The standard version is engineered to fit most golfers. The SFT (Straight Flight) is designed to correct a left-to-right ball flight (for right-handed golfers) and features heel-side tungsten weighting and a lighter swing weight to help square the face. The LST (Low Spin) version positions the tungsten weight closer to the face to reduce spin approximately 300 rpm for a stronger ball flight.

The new G400 iron is engineered to give golfers tour-level distance and towering height combined with the forgiveness and control they need to hit more greens. Its COR-Eye Technology combines with a new top rail undercut to increase face flexing in a catapult-like fashion for faster ball speeds that launch shots higher and farther with low spin for a strong flight. A unique heat-treating process produces Hyper 17-4 stainless steel, which makes the face 40% stronger than traditional 17-4 stainless steel and allows for a thinner face and 18% more face flexing.

“The G400 iron delivers phenomenal performance,” said John K. Solheim. “We like to call it our ‘game enjoyment’ iron because it’s so much fun to play. It provides tour-level performance while being very easy to hit and extremely forgiving with an amazing feel. Some golfers are seeing distance improvements as much as 15 yards, yet it is launching much higher and landing softer to give them more control. One of our tour players said it best during testing: ‘This G400 7-iron has turned into my 6-iron but in an 8-iron window.’ He got it exactly right. Golfers can expect one less club to the green with the height of two less clubs. That’s a powerful combination.”

Toulon Putters Announce New Toulon Garage

Toulon Design, part of Odyssey Golf, the #1 Putter in Golf, has officially announced Toulon Garage.  This sophisticated, new website allows golfers to easily design and personalize a Toulon Design putter through a fast, intuitive 12-step process.  Golfers can choose from an incredible variety of features such as head shape, hosel type, finish, head weight, stamps and paint fill, shaft, and grip.
The Toulon Garage experience is intuitive and captivating, and creating a putter is simple.  At Toulon Garage, you’re the designer.  Choose from a broad library of options to create a putter that’s uniquely and completely yours.
The Process:
  • Step 1: Choose your head from our library of shapes and hosels.
  • Step 2: Choose your sight line(s) or dot(s), or leave it unmarked and clean. Step 3: Choose your finish: Satin, Tour Mist, Black Pearl or Rose Gold. Step 4: Choose your paint fill.
  • Step 5: Choose your sole-plate weight.
  • Step 6: Choose your shaft color.
  • Step 7: Choose your grip from numerous options from SuperStroke or Lamkin.
  • Step 8: Choose your back-bumper stamps (letters and/or numbers).
  • Step 9: Choose your loft, lie and length.
Completed designs are built at Callaway headquarters in Carlsbad, CA by the same technicians who build most of the Odyssey putters played on the PGA Tour. Each Toulon Garage putter is packaged in a specially designed box and includes a unique certificate of authenticity laser-etched onto a piece of high-grade aluminum.
Pricing starts at $499 for the Tour Satin Mist Finish, $549 for the Black Pearl finish, and $599 for the Rose Gold finish. Pricing will vary depending on custom options.

 

TaylorMade’s Xander Schauffele Comes from Behind to Capture First PGA TOUR Title in Dramatic Fashion

23-year-old Schauffele continues streak of hot play to capture Greenbrier Classic for maiden PGA TOUR victory in just his 24th professional start. The win is yet another for Team TaylorMade as company’s momentum on global tours surges into Summer.

What You Need To Know:

– Schauffele’s victory is his first on the PGA TOUR, continuing a string of strong results for the 23-year-old rookie.

-Schauffele finished the week with a 317.8 yard average off the tee and hit more than 75% of fairways during the tournament with his 2017 M2 Driver, which he’s played since the Sony Open in January. His driver is equipped with a Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 6X shaft.

-Schauffele, who put the P750s into play a week after hitting them for the first time prior to the Honda Classic, hit a remarkable 81.9% of greens in regulation, which led the field.

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