Golf News – May 15, 2024

Toulon Golf Announces Latest Small Batch Release — Valhalla

VISTA, CA – Toulon Golf, the maker of the most exquisite milled putters in the world, today officially announces our latest Small Batch putter — the Valhalla. In collaboration with the club, we aimed to capture the spirit of the great state of Kentucky — horse racing, bourbon and championship golf. With that in mind as our inspiration for the design we got underway.

The state is perhaps most famous for the Kentucky Derby and its equestrian culture, so we wanted to make sure that spirit was alive in the design of the head.

The opposing thoroughbreds on the sole are meant to recall past racing greats and the entry ways to some of the sprawling equestrian estates that dot the Kentucky landscape.

We developed a new finish specifically for this project and called it Kentucky Bourbon, an homage to the world-class bourbon and distilleries hailing from the state. And of course we have the incredible venue and the club itself — Valhalla. The 2024 PGA Championship is the fourth time Valhalla has hosted the event, and the venue also played host to the stirring 2008 Ryder Cup.

But Valhalla will always be remembered for one of the greatest moments in PGA history — the riveting 2000 playoff that gave birth to the famous chase and point putt on the first playoff hole.

The Head
Small Batch Valhalla takes inspiration from our tri-sole Santa Monica design and the winningest putter in championship history, but then asks further questions.

How could we protect the integrity of the timeless Santa Monica shape but improve its performance? And if we could improve its performance would it even be noticeable? The answer was a resounding yes. To modernize its performance while protecting the timeless look and feel of Santa Monica, we turned our focus to multi-material design. Utilizing our incredible 904L Stainless Steel for the body and 6061 Aircraft Aluminum for much of the sole, we were able to redefine the concept of performance in a blade shape.

The outcome for Small Batch Valhalla is a slightly oversized blade whose proportions are meticulously balanced to maintain the look and feel of the Santa Monica, while increasing the putter’s inertia to create one of the most forgiving putters we have ever designed. Like Valhalla itself, we are constantly seeking improvement.

This iconic shape is also known for its hosel design — a classic L-neck that produces a full shaft
offset. But we didn’t stop with just a simple hosel. We added just the right amount of length so it
would stay in perfect proportion to the slightly longer and wider blade, resulting in a seamless
design that maintains the beauty of the original design but brings with it a new level of performance.

Countless hours were spent designing and many prototypes were produced to get it just right.
From the back view, you’ll also notice further inspiration from horse racing in the jockey silk
diamonds on the hosel to the Churchill Downs inspired font used for the Toulon brandmark in
the back cavity.

The Sole
With a mission to improve forgiveness and performance in a blade putter, we milled a substantial cavity in the sole underneath the 6061 Aircraft Aluminum sole plate. This enabled us to add a bit of length to the blade to improve inertia, but also removed precious grams of weight from the center of the design, allowing us to push more weight to the perimeter. The result is a striking look and world class performance in sound, feel and forgiveness.

The decorative engravings of the horses and club logos are milled over our watermarked limestone pattern, a nod to the stone of the area that can be found on many of the holes — especially the signature 13th.

At Address
Time was spent softening each radius while keeping the square tailored look of this shape. Soft yet crisp was the design intent, and every detail was meticulously addressed. Particular attention was focused on the top line thickness and radius, giving it a thinner but balanced look. A simple sight dot finishes off the look at address.

The Rest of the Package
The Valhalla face is milled with a Fine Double Fly cut with our Big Tuna over-mill, yielding a crisp, responsive feel. Once milling is completed, the head is beautifully hand-polished to its final shape. Valhalla is finished in a brilliant Kentucky Bourbon PVD and accented with Kentucky Blue and Cool Gray paint fills.

We’ve paired the Kentucky Bourbon head with a special Toulon Vintage Blue pistol grip design and our chrome stepless steel shaft.

The Headcover
The final nod to Kentucky’s equestrian roots is the headcover made with an alternating blue and white diamond pattern to resemble a jockey’s silk. We finished the headcover off with a cask to honor Kentucky’s passion for bourbon.

This is Valhalla, the pride of Kentucky golf — steeped in the traditions of Kentucky — horse racing, bourbon and world class championship golf.

Visit Toulon Golf HERE

Outmatch Expectations with the new Matchplay Stand Bag

MISSOULA, MT – The new Matchplay Stand Bag and Duffel from Sun Mountain outmatch expectations with unmatched luxury and performance. This new classic single strap carry bag and matching duffel bag are constructed from premium duravinyl and feature paisley patterned pocket liners, diamond stitch details and elevated chrome accents. Matchplay is available beginning May 15 in Fog, Navy, and Black with a retail price of $369.99 for the stand bag and $219.99 for the duffel bag. For the retailer nearest you, visit www.sunmountain.com or call 800-227-9224.

Matchplay Stand Bag outmatches expectations with more than its good looks, offering unmatched performance with a 7.5”, 4-way top with an ergonomic, comfort-grip handle for picking up the bag, full-length box dividers to keep clubs from getting tangled, nine pockets including velour-lined valuables pocket, velour-lined rangefinder pocket with magnetic closure, dual hydration pouches, roomy clothing pocket and multiple accessory pockets. Matchplay features a single-strap shoulder strap with dense foam padding for comfort and is easy to adjust for a custom fit.

Additional details of the Matchplay Stand Bag include Sun Mountain standards such as a lift-assist handle built into lower spine pocket, top-mounted leg mechanism for added stability, lightweight, high-tensile aluminum legs with triangular non-slip foot pads, patented roller bottom leg mechanism, dual pen holders, umbrella holder, towel ring and accessory loops, leg-lock system, and a matching rainhood.

The coordinating Matchplay Duffel Bag features three pockets including a shoe compartment along with a carry handle and removable shoulder strap with quick release buckles.

Visit Sun Mountain Golf HERE

Newton Golf Shafts Helps Propel Doug Barron to His First Major Championship on the PGA TOUR Champions

CAMARILLO, CA  – Newton Golf Shafts, a business division of Sacks Parente Golf, Inc., announces that Doug Barron, a member of Newton Shafts’ roster, clinched his first major championship on the PGA TOUR Champions at the Regions Tradition held May 9 – 12, 2024 using the Newton Motion shaft in his driver.

This marked Barron’s third career victory and his first since 2020. His success underscores the unrivaled performance and precision engineered into every Newton Motion shaft, further cementing its position as a key differentiator on the PGA TOUR Champions. A total of five players on the PGA TOUR Champions trusted the Newton shaft in their drivers last week, including Newton Shafts’ brand ambassadors Barron and Ken Duke. Additionally, three other PGA TOUR Champions members elevated their game with the Newton Motion shafts in their fairway woods.

Barron secured his two-stroke victory with a four-under-par final round score of 68. Finishing the week with a driving accuracy of 72% and combined with his longest drive of the tournament of 301 yards, Barron was pleased with the performance of his Newton Motion driver shaft.

“My friend Ken Duke introduced me to the Newton shaft earlier this year and I found that after three days of playing with it and comparing it to my old shaft, I had a tighter dispersion and five more yards in distance,” said Barron. “The Newton shaft has made a big difference in my driving and unquestionably gave me confidence to win my first major championship last week.”

Barron debuted the Newton Motion shaft in competition for the first time at the Hoag Classic Newport Beach in March, where he tied for 15th. In his last two starts, Barron has finished tied for second and won, respectively. His victory at the Regions Tradition catapulted him an impressive 20 spots in the Schwab Cup rankings, and he is now securely positioned in fifth place.

So far this year, approximately 10 players have used a Newton Motion shaft in their drivers on the PGA TOUR Champions.

The Newton Motion shaft is a ready-to-play 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; Kinetic Storage Construction, Newton Symmetry360 Design, and a Variable Bend profile.

In addition to the four technologies, instead of using the traditional categorization of shaft flexes of ladies, senior, regular, stiff, extra-shift, etc., the Newton Motion shaft uses a DOT system. Ranging from one to six dots, the system allows for a seamless transition from the most flexible shaft at one dot to the stiffest at six dots.

Visit Newton Golf Shafts HERE

Stewart Golf Launches Q Follow Carbon Range Golf Carts

GLOUCESTER, U.K. – Stewart Golf has introduced the Q Follow Carbon Range, an exquisite addition to its acclaimed product line up. The Carbon Range features three stunning new finishes: elegant and radiant Red Carbon, striking electric Blue Carbon, and the understated elegance of Raw Carbon.

The durability of the Carbon Series is unparalleled, thanks to the application of Cerakote® thin-film ceramic technology. This not only fortifies the trolley’s exterior but also boosts the rigidity of its structural components. Cerakote®, produced in the USA, leads the market in liquid ceramic coatings, renowned for its use in demanding sectors such as aerospace, military, and automotive.

Like other Q Follow models, the new Carbon Range features the company’s award-winning follow capabilities, which allow golfers to walk the course hands-free, with the cart following behind, via remote control technology. It also excels in convenience, featuring a compact, easily foldable chassis that has been celebrated as “the easiest to fold and carry” by MyGolfSpy. The trolley’s innovative folding mechanism includes a central carry handle for one-handed lifting, while its patented automatically folding stabilizer allows for ease of storage, perfect for saving space in the car trunk or garage.

Accolades for the Q Follow include Editor’s Choice awards from Golf Monthly and Today’s Golfer. Three Stewart Golf products were named in Golf.com’s “Best of Everything” list. In its latest product test, MyGolfSpy described the follow capabilities as “flawless.”

Mark Stewart, CEO of Stewart Golf, said, “We are immensely proud to launch the Q Follow Carbon Range. The three new finishes are stunning and elevate the experience of owning a Stewart cart to new levels.”

The Q Follow Carbon Range features a 36-hole battery and two-year warranty.

Visit Stewart Golf USA HERE

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