Golf News – October 6, 2020

Nippon Shaft Wins on PGA and Korn Ferry Tours

CARLSBAD, Calif. (October 5, 2020) – Players using Nippon Shaft’s Modus series of products recorded victories on both the PGA Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour on Sunday (Oct. 4), increasing the Modus series’ victory total to 22 on major global tours this year alone.

The 40-year-old Spaniard won the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi using Nippon Shaft’s N.S.PRO MODUS³ Tour 130 X flex steel shafts in his irons and wedges. He finished at 19-under par 269 with rounds of 68-68-66-67 at the Country Club of Jackson. It was his 11th PGA Tour victory and his first since he won the 2017 Masters. He earned $1.188 million.

Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Princeton alumnus earned his first Korn Ferry Tour title at the Savannah Golf Championship, using Nippon Shaft’s N.S.PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 X flex steel shafts in his irons and the N.S.PRO MODUS³ Tour 130 X flex steel shafts in his wedges. He holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to win after making birdie on the 72nd hole to force overtime.

The ginger-bearded victor shot a 21-under par total 267 in regulation play with rounds of 64-67-67-69 at the Landings Club’s Deer Creek Course in Savannah, Georgia. The winner, who made 23 birdies and two eagles, earned $108,000.

The weekend’s victories bring to 224 the total number of global tour victories for the Modus series of steel shafts since they were introduced in 2010.

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Tour Edge Introduces Two Sides of Game Improvement with New Hot Launch 521 Extreme and Competition Series

BATAVIA, IL – Tour Edge announces the launch of two new Tour Edge Hot Launch series that are designed to cover both ends of the Game Improvement golf club spectrum.

The Hot Launch E521 line is for Extreme Game Improvement, while the Hot Launch C521 are Competition Spec Game Improvement golf clubs. Both unique lines of E and C Series feature different shapes, specs and shafts with separate drivers, fairway metals, hybrids and irons.

  • The E Series are Extreme Spec Game Improvement designs that boast a super-low Center of Gravity (CG), super-shallow faces, offset designs and extremely light premium shafts designed to get the ball launching in the air with ease for slower to mid-tempo swing speed players.
  • The C Series features premium, state-of-the-art Competition Spec designs with a higher M.O.I. in classically shaped clubs that provide medium+ swing speeds the ability to launch the ball easily and with added forgiveness and power across the face.

Both the E and C Series feature brand new technologies designed to produce different playing characteristics to the specific series targeting two distinct player-types looking for game improvement qualities.

Hot Launch E521 (Extreme Spec)

You’ve heard of Super Game Improvement. With the launch of the new Tour Edge Hot Launch E Series, welcome to the era of Extreme Game Improvement golf clubs.

The Hot Launch E Series features high M.O.I. Extreme Game Improvement designs with a major emphasis on ease of launch, playability and correcting miss-hits and slices to go straighter.

Hot Launch E521 is all about ease of use. These all new shapes bring extreme M.O.I. to higher-lofted, shallow-faced, offset metalwoods, something not seen before in the industry.

Hot Launch C521 (Competition Spec)

 The Hot Launch C521 models feature minimal offset designs in the metalwoods and forgiving, extreme distance irons for medium+ swing speeds to attain maximum ball speed and increased forgiveness. These Competition Spec models were designed to suit the eye at address and to provide enhanced acoustic properties that provide ultra-premium sound and feel.

Hot Launch C Series is for the player who is seeking classic shapes with optimal launch and spin rates, while still enjoying the benefits of extreme ease of use and high Moment of Inertia properties that will tighten dispersion and increase overall accuracy.

Hot Launch Custom Fitting – Get Fit. Spend Less. Play Better.

Tour Edge plans to have over 850 custom fitting centers across the country that will feature the mobile Hot Launch 521 custom fitting bag and participating in the 48-hour delivery on custom fit orders.

Custom fitting orders will arrive to any destination in the continental USA 48-hours after the order is received by Tour Edge on a business day by 2:30 Central Time.

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Tour Edge Introduces Two New Hot Launch 521 Series Drivers and a New Way to Classify Game Improvement

BATAVIA, IL – Tour Edge is unveiling the two Hot Launch 521 drivers behind this innovative thinking. Both new series of Hot Launch 521 feature a brand-new look with a sleek all-black PVD finish.

  • The E Series are Extreme Spec Game Improvement designs that boast a super-low Center of Gravity (CG), super-shallow faces, offset designs and extremely light premium shafts designed to get the ball launching in the air with ease for slower to mid-tempo swing speed players.
  • The C Series features premium, state-of-the-art Competition Spec designs with a higher MOI in classically shaped clubs that provide medium+ swing speeds the ability to launch the ball easily and with added forgiveness and power across the face.

Hot Launch E521 Driver (Extreme Spec)

The Extreme Game Improvement Hot Launch E521 Driver features an extreme MOI with a major emphasis on ease of launch, playability and correcting off-center hits and slices to go straighter. The 460cc Hot Launch E521 Driver made from premium 6-4 Titanium is all about ease of use.

High Moment of Inertia – The Hot Launch E521 Driver is designed with a super-shallow-face in an extreme MOI boosting shape. This increased MOI will increase ball speed on miss-hits and will keep shots straighter, while the back and low CG positioning creates high-flying, powerful tee shots. The MOI of the E Series Driver is 6% greater than the previous HL4 Driver.

Houdini Sole Technology – Much of this MOI boost is attributed to the new revolutionary Houdini Sole design seen only in the E Series. The Houdini Sole is an emerging sole design innovation from the Tour Edge R&D team that pushes weight back as much as possible in a driver design.

This all new shape and design created more area to put extra mass, allowing the Tour Edge engineers to precisely position weight in the head for an ultra-low and deep CG, optimizing launch conditions and greatly improving forgiveness off the face.

Heel Weighted, Offset/Shallow Cup Face, High Loft Designs – The strategically placed heel draw-bias weighting of the E Series offset designs are engineered to help golfers avoid slices and to increase launch conditions.

The super-shallow Cup Face design in the Hot Launch E Series Driver produces higher launch angles and extreme ease of launch. The face height is 11% lower than the Hot Launch C521 Driver.

Control Length Shaft Technology – Control Length Shaft Technology is optimized shorter shaft lengths that were designed specifically for the E Series metals to greatly improve accuracy and control as well as to max out Smash Factor ratings. Smash Factor is the measure of the amount of energy transferred from the club head to the golf ball. The higher the Smash Factor, the greater the energy transfer.

Premium Mitsubishi Fubuki Shaft – The Hot Launch E521 Driver comes stock with a super-light FUBUKI metalwood shaft by Mitsubishi Chemical that ranges from 45 grams to 55 grams depending on the flex.

Hot Launch C521 Driver (Competition Spec)

The Competition Spec Hot Launch C521 Driver features minimal offset designs for medium+ tempo swing speeds to attain maximum ball speed and increase forgiveness with upgraded acoustic properties that provide an optimized sound and feel.

Diamond Face/ Cup Face Technology – The 460cc Hot Launch C521 Driver features Diamond Face technology, a major breakthrough in face technology that features 39 different thick and thin diamond shapes or “mini-trampolines” behind the face, producing a hotter face with faster ball speeds and better performance on off-center hits, as well as reduced spin.

The forged four-piece 6-4 Titanium head also features a deeper Cup Face design that boosts face flex on off-center hits, maximizing ball speed on miss hits.

High Moment of Inertia/Rear Sole Weighting – This new design featuring a back weight to the extreme rear of the driver makes for an extremely high MOI rating surpassing 5000 grams per cubic centimeter squared.

MOI is a measure of a body’s resistance to angular acceleration or twisting at impact, meaning that the C Series Driver is an extremely stable and powerful driver. This increased MOI will increase ball speed on miss hits and will keep shots straighter. This further back rear sole weight placement delivers an 8% increase in MOI over the previous HL4 Driver, a 20% gain in stability over the past two Hot Launch iterations.

Acoustic Engineering – Vastly upgraded acoustic engineering is achieved though Acoustic Ribbing Channels on the inside of the fairway metal that provides an optimized sound and feel.

Power Channel – The Power Channel on the sole of the club behind the club face is 25% deeper for better weight distribution and increased face flexing. The Power Channel delivers amplified ball speed and less spin, as well as added forgiveness on shots struck lower on the face.

Premium Aldila Rogue Shaft – The mid-high launch, mid-spin Aldila Rogue shaft was chosen for the Hot Launch C Series after extensive testing with Tour Edge’s one-of-a-kind swing robot T.E.D. (Tour Edge Development). Aldila Rogue shafts are high-end performers that have won numerous times on the professional tours.  They are known for an even release for players that like a smooth, active feel by using advanced, high-modulus graphitic carbon fibers.

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Next Generation Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x Golf Balls Debut on PGA Tour

Fairhaven, MA – This week at the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Titleist takes another step forward in its relentless pursuit of superior golf ball technology and performance.

Following a rigorous two-year development process, next generation Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls are now available to PGA Tour players to use in competition, with the first opportunity coming Thursday in Las Vegas.

The final Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototypes, manufactured at Titleist Ball Plant 3 in New Bedford, Mass., will be delivered to player’s lockers today at TPC Summerlin. Titleist Golf Ball R&D representatives are on site to work with players as they test the new products and determine the model that best fits their game.

This is just the beginning of Titleist’s seeding and validation process that will continue over the coming weeks and months. Gathering feedback from the game’s best players through every stage of the R&D process, and then earning their validation under the pressure of competition are critical elements in the development of all high-performance Titleist golf equipment.

TPC Summerlin is also where Titleist’s original Pro V1 prototypes were first introduced to PGA Tour players in October of 2000, at what was then the Invensys Classic. Eventual winner Billy Andrade was one of 47 players who immediately put the ball in play that week, marking a groundbreaking shift in equipment usage at a single event that has yet to be surpassed.

Today, Titleist’s flagship models are trusted by more than 74 percent of all players on the PGA Tour and across the major worldwide tours. The percentages are even higher at the game’s biggest amateur, college and junior events.

While the Pro V1 and Pro V1x names remain the same, the performance of the game’s best-selling golf balls has advanced with each new generation through breakthrough product technologies and process innovations. Titleist’s R&D and Operations teams come to work every day with a singular goal: To make the best performing, most consistent and highest quality golf balls in the game even better.

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