Golf News – March 18, 2014

Golf News – March 18, 2014


The R&A Joins USGA in Clearing LeupoldGX®-4i2 Golf Rangefinder for Competition

BEAVERTON, Ore. — The R&A has joined the United States Golf Association (USGA) in ruling that Leupold’s® new GX®-4i2 rangefinder can be used when the chrome faceplate is attached and a Local Rule permitting the use of distance-measuring devices is in effect. This ruling came on the heels of a USGA announcement on Feb. 6 that beginning in 2014, distance-measuring devices will be allowed in all USGA amateur championships and qualifying events.

Based in St. Andrews, Scotland, The R&A assumes responsibility for the administration of the Rules of Golf with the consent of 152 organizations from the amateur and professional game, and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 138 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. For the USA and Mexico, the USGA is the governing body. The USGA and The R&A have jointly issued the Rules of Golf since 1952.

Commenting on the recent developments, Rob Morrison, vice president of marketing for Leupold & Stevens, Inc., said, “This is great news for the game and golfers around the globe. Distance-measuring devices such as our GX-4i2 rangefinder help increase pace of play and improve scores. What sets the GX-4i2 apart from other rangefinders is that it is really two devices in one, so golfers can have it all. The GX-4i2 can be configured as a slope-enabled rangefinder for practice and mapping courses, or configured as a rangefinder that measures line-of-sight distance only for use in tournament play.”

In addition to the chrome faceplate, GX-4i2 comes with a patented, removable Smart Key (yellow faceplate) that adds the benefits of Leupold’s True Golf Range (TGR®) and Club Selector features. Use of GX-4i2 with Smart Key attached is not permitted under the Rules of Golf (Rule 14-3). GX-4i2 replaces the GX-4i model, which remains non-conforming to Rule 14-3.

When the Smart Key activates the TGR and Club Selector features, the GX-4i2 can provide accurate ranging information matched to the slope, atmospheric conditions and a golfer’s personal hitting strength for the shot. 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.

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 his or her personal striking distance for three specific clubs and the GX-4i2 does the rest, even indicating when the distance falls between clubs.

With or without the Smart Key, the GX-4i2 employs the same advanced technology that makes Leupold the optic of choice for many military applications that require pinpoint accuracy. Key features that give the GX-4i2 an edge over competitive rangefinders and GPS devices include 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.

GX-4i2 also offers newly enhanced technology that allows users to find pins and distances easier and faster. It utilizes 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, speeding up pace of play.



CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 17, 2014) – Nippon Shaft earned a one-stroke victory at the Valspar Championship on at the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort near Tampa.

The 42-year-old native Australian birdied the 16th and 17th holes to shoot a final round 2-under par 70 to win by a stroke. He finished at 7-under par on rounds of 72-71-64-70 on the difficult course, which put a premium on accurate iron play.

It was the second PGA TOUR victory for the champion, who used Nippon Shaft N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130 X-flex in his irons and N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour WV 125 in his wedges.  He put the Nippon Shaft products in play for the first time last October 17 at the Shriners tournament in Las Vegas.

“Nippon Shaft is pleased that we were able to play a role in today’s victory by one of the game’s best iron players,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for the Japanese club maker.

The victory for the native of Brisbane was his first since he won the 2006 John Deere Classic, and it gets him a coveted spot in next month’s Masters.

Long the dominant shaft on the LPGA Tour, Nippon Shaft in recent years has successfully expanded its product line to include shafts designed for PGA TOUR professionals and low-handicap amateurs. Over the years, Nippon Shaft recorded hundreds of victories on professional golf tours worldwide, as the best players in the world increasingly chose to install in their irons steel shafts manufactured in Japan to unparalleled quality standards.

Nippon Shaft products are available globally either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands.  In addition, Nippon Shaft products are available through Nippon Shaft’s dedicated global club fitter network.  Details of these can be found at

Nippon Shaft manufactures all of its steel and graphite shafts in a state-of-the-art factory in Komagane, Japan.  The company’s integrated production lines are strictly monitored and controlled with thorough checks conducted responsibly through the entire production process.  As a result, Nippon Shaft is able to control high product quality – from material selection to final testing.

Nippon Shaft has more than 100 professional victories worldwide.  Based in Yokohama, Japan, Nippon Shaft is the No. 1-selling steel shaft in Asia.

Nippon Shaft is a privately-held subsidiary of NHK Spring Co. LTD, a Japanese automobile parts manufacturer.  Nippon Shaft’s North American headquarters is in Carlsbad.


Kentwool Re-Issues Limited-Edition Bubba Green Golf Sock

GREENVILLE, SC – KENTWOOL – the 170-year-old, family-owned American textile innovator – announces that it will celebrate the season’s first major championship with the return of its limited-edition, Bubba Green Tour Profile performance golf sock.

Watson will again compete during tournament week in this distinctive style ($19.95) which is on sale now through May 16 – or while supplies last – at Crafted from a proprietary blend of fatigue-reducing merino wool and high-tech fibers for superior moisture management, the socks are made in the USA and come with a 100-percent blister-free guarantee.

“Shortly after we introduced this style in 2012 Bubba rocked the socks on his way to that dramatic victory,” says Mark Kent, CEO and President of KENTWOOL. “We just have to bring it back to commemorate that special occasion and we hope to see a repeat performance.”

An authentic southern textile company, KENTWOOL is devoted to helping golfers feel their best with every step. Each pair features WINDspun technology that infuses the fibers with air to provide unrivaled cushioning at micro-stress points along the foot, enhancing comfort and energy levels while reducing injury risk. The full KENTWOOL line includes the new KW Series Pro Light and Sport models, Tour Profile, Low Profile, Tour Standard, The Graduate and 19th Hole designs.

In addition to Watson, KENTWOOL socks are trusted in competition by scores of Tour stars, including 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.


Adidas Golf Unveils Ultra-Light Climacool Ballerina Footwear

Carlsbad, Calif. (March 17, 2014) – adidas Golf, an industry leader in innovation, technology and performance footwear, has announced the release of the women’s climacool® ballerina footwear collection, an ultra-light shoe designed for on-the-go golfers who seek playing performance with wear-anywhere styling and versatility.

To successfully create a lightweight shoe that delivers on-course performance paired with a fashion-forward look, adidas Golf footwear designers combined an ultra-light, ballerina-inspired mesh upper with reinforcement zones for stability throughout the swing.

“As much as I travel to and from the course, I like having a shoe that I can wear both during and away from play,” said Jessica Korda, two-time LPGA Tour winner and adidas Golf Tour staff professional. “When I first put on the climacool ballerina, I was amazed at not only how lightweight and stylish it was, but how well it performed when I played.”

For enhanced flexibility, the climacool ballerina’s puremotion outsole was specifically-engineered with wider and deeper flex grooves and utilizes a slow recover fitfoam sockliner that conforms to the contours of the foot for a natural feel delivering long-lasting comfort. Weighing less than five ounces (4.8oz), the climacool ballerina is the lightest women’s golf shoe adidas Golf has ever developed and is easily packable for travel or those on the move.

“Women are always looking for something different and fashionable,” said Masun Denison, Director, Global Product Marketing, Footwear at adidas Golf. “The challenge for us was to effectively infuse performance into a lightweight product that not only performs on the course but carries off course appeal at the same time, and with climacool ballerina, we’ve successfully done that.”

Available now, the climacool ballerina is available in three colorways: clear grey / white / bahia mint, mid grey / running white / tribe purple and solar blue / running white / metallic silver, each carrying an MSRP of $100 USD.

For more information or to view the entire climacool ballerina collection, visit

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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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