Golf News – July 14, 2020

ONCORE GOLF DEBUTS HIGH PERFORMANCE FOUR PIECE TOUR BALL – VERO X1

BUFFALO, NY – OnCore Golf, the Buffalo, New York-based golf ball company, unveils their second Tour ball after three years of research and development.  OnCore’s first four-piece ball, the VERO X1 upholds OnCore’s commitment to innovation and technology while diversifying the company’s portfolio of golf balls to meet the needs of all player performance levels.

Building off of their award-winning three-piece tour ball, the ELIXRTM, OnCore undertook an effort to further increase spin off the irons and distance off the tee while maintaining the highly desirable feel and control offered by the ELIXRTM. The VERO X1 features a thinner cast urethane cover, a nano-thick transition layer between cover and mantle, a high modulus, perimeter-weighted mantle, and an oversized-core. These elements are combined to release a turbocharged performance delivering enhanced speed and distance, noticeably higher stability in flight, and more control and responsiveness to irons and wedges for high skill shots.

“Our primary objective in developing the VERO X1 was to create a product that the best golfers in the world would objectively consider best-in-class.  We even selected the name to communicate clearly that this is not a story of marketing – it’s a story of performance.  Vero is Italian for “true, real, or genuine” and that is what this ball is all about.  True performance,” commented Keith Blakely, OnCore’s CEO.

John Calabria, OnCore’s Senior Technical Advisor who led the VERO X1 development effort added, “I’ve been involved with the development of some of the top performing balls in the industry for the past thirty plus years and could not be more excited about what we’ve accomplished with the VERO X1.  The robotic data speaks for itself but the true test of any ball is how golfers respond to it.  The feedback from golfers who know their game and are able to be discerning in their assessment of a new product have been unanimously positive in their reviews.  Distance, control, accuracy, and feel – everything these golfers look for – are all showing up as pluses for the VERO X1 against their current tour balls.”

Pros and low handicap amateur golfers alike are experiencing first-hand on how well this 85-compression and a 318-dimple pattern tour ball is performing.  Golf Labs testing over a range of clubhead speeds has confirmed that the VERO X1 tour ball is competitively longer than other brands on the market across driver, 7-iron and wedge, along with the desired spin rates for each.

Following several weeks of testing, Gary Player, three-time Masters Champion and international golf legend offered his assessment: “I’ve given it a good test in all kinds of weather conditions. I love the ball. I must say I’ve never played a better ball. The paint on it is outstanding and it’s a little firmer than the ELIXR™.  I just love putting with it and it gives a very nice click. You’ve got a ball that is outstanding.”

$39.99 per dozen.

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Nippon Shaft Wins Austrian Open

CARLSBAD, CA – A 39-year-old Scotsman used Nippon Shaft products to win the Austrian Open on Sunday, the first tournament to return since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the European Tour four months ago.

The champion used Nippon Shaft’s N.S.PRO MODUS³ Proto X flex steel shafts in his irons, the N.S.PRO MODUS³ Hybrid X and N.S.PRO MODUS³ Wedge 125 steel shafts in his wedges, giving the MODUS³ series 10 product victories on world Tours this season and 212 global victories since inception in 2010.

The winner shot a 13-under par total to win by one stroke with rounds of 66-69-70-70—275 at the Diamond Country Club outside Vienna. He earned €76,823 or $86,809 for the victory, his fourth.

“Nippon Shaft is excited to congratulate the winner of the Austrian Open,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft. “Like golf fans everywhere, we are happy to have the European Tour back in competition.”

More than 200 players on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour and Korn Ferry Tour use Nippon Shaft’s MODUS³ series shafts to help gain their desired distance, accuracy and trajectory.

Nippon Shaft products are available globally either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands.

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Junior Golf Hub Launches Enhanced Mobile App for College Golf Hopefuls and Coaches

RIDGEFIELD, CT – Junior Golf Hub (JGH) – the leading online community for junior golfers, their parents and college coaches – announces the launch of the latest version of its mobile app, which helps parents and players track growth and development as they move through their junior golf journey, while also providing tools and education for those on the road to college golf.

To date, nearly 10,000 athletes have created a profile, while more than 1,000 members of JGH have gone on to play golf at an NCAA DI, DII, DIII or NAIA school. The current collegiate database consists of 2,300 men’s and women’s golf programs.

For Players and Parents
JGH starts with a LinkedIn-style profile for both athletes and college programs. Golfers can tailor their searchable profiles to include athletic measurables such as verified tournament scores, swing speed, tournament schedules and academic information such as GPA, test scores and academic honors. For those still seeking their perfect fit, JGH has a “Find a College” function with filters that narrow down results based on the program’s scoring average, acceptable test scores, tuition, majors offered, size of enrollment and more. College golf hopefuls will receive push notifications when a collegiate program starts following them on the app.

JGH also offers a vast library of resources designed as a step-by-step guide to the college golf recruiting process through its blog, HitTheLinks, and the Essential Guide. The Essential Guide covers key milestones and topics, including communication with coaches, scholarship breakdown, research tips, a rules and regulations guide and more.

For College Golf Coaches
Coaches can utilize the platform to find prospects and keep track of performance throughout a golfer’s season. In the age of COVID-19, the app provides an outlet for coaches who’s travel might be limited to view a player’s profile containing verified stats, videos, swing data, performance goals and more. Using robust filters, coaches can search based on academic success, geographic location, scoring average, rankings and more. Coaches also receive push notifications if there is a change to the profile of player they are following. The new app also gives college coaches the opportunity to market their programs to their target audience.

JGH is helping to grow junior golf by partnering with leading junior tournaments, including the AJGA, HJGT, Peggy Kirk Bell Junior Golf Tour and over 25 PGA Sections. As presenting sponsor of all regional qualifying events for the Notah Begay III Junior Golf National Championship, JGH will provide every participant with valuable benefits available exclusively to Premium members.

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Michael Feland

Born in Houston, TX, raised in New Orleans, LA, Mike and his family currently live in Orlando, FL. Mike is a First Tee Level 1 Certified instructor and enjoys sharing his love for the game with the Orlando area youth that participate in The First Tee of Central Florida program.

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