Golf News – September 17, 2014
SRIXON ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN LAUNCH OF NEW Z SERIES WOODS AND IRONS
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – September 16, 2014 – Srixon® is pleased to announce the release of the new Z Series™ woods and irons, the latest in the Srixon line of golf clubs used by professional staffers such as Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, Hideki Matsuyama, as well as many others competing on the various professional tours across the globe. Srixon’s new Z Series clubs offer tour-influenced performance, real innovation and stunning design. Everything you need to get better. The new Z Series clubs are currently available at select locations, with nationwide availability beginning on November 14, 2014.
“We’re thrilled to introduce the new Z Series woods and irons to the U.S. market,” said Todd Harman, President of Srixon U.S.A. “At Srixon, we approach products like our tour players approach their game. It’s a constant ‘Journey to Better’. Designing the game’s best products is always about raising the bar, and we believe the new Z Series woods and irons are the best the game has to offer.”
Z 745™ Driver
The compact 430cc Srixon Z 745 driver is designed for skilled players who like to work the ball with maximum distance and penetrating ball flight. The Z 745 driver features Dual Speed Technology™, which helps maximize rotation efficiency to deliver more club head speed for increased distance. Srixon’s Quick Tune System™ offers 36 unique settings for loft, lie, face angle and center of gravity. The Z 745 driver’s cup-face construction, with its fast and powerful 6-4 Ti face, helps create an even larger sweet spot for added forgiveness on off-center hits. Available in lofts of 8.5°, 9.5° and 10.5°, the Z 745 boasts a tour-proven Mitsubishi® Rayon Kuro Kage™ Black HBP 60 shaft and carries a minimum advertised price (MAP) of $399.99. For more information, please visit: Srixon Z 745 Driver
Z 545™ Driver
With a sleek and aggressive design, the Srixon Z 545 driver is designed for players that demand maximum distance and a mid-high launch in a larger, more forgiving shape. The Z 545 driver features Dual Speed Technology™, which increases ball speed and distance by maximizing the driver’s rotation efficiency. Srixon’s Quick Tune System™ offers 36 unique settings for loft, lie, face angle and center of gravity. The Z 545 driver’s cup-face construction, with its fast and powerful 6-4 Ti face, helps create an even larger sweet spot for added forgiveness on off-center hits. Available in lofts of 8.5°, 9.5° and 10.5°, the Z 545 boasts a tour-proven Mitsubishi® Rayon Kuro Kage™ Black HBP 60 shaft and has a MAP of $399.99. For more information, please visit: Srixon Z 545 Driver
Z F45™ Fairway
Srixon’s explosive and versatile Z F45 fairway has a mid-size design which is engineered to maximize launch conditions from all lies. The Z F45 fairway features Dual Speed Technology™, which increases ball speed and distance by maximizing the club’s rotation efficiency. Srixon’s Quick Tune System™ offers 36 unique settings for loft, lie, face angle and center of gravity. An ultra-hot HT1770 maraging steel cup face has raised the club’s COR by 15 points for maximum ball speed. Available in lofts of 13°, 15° and 17°, the Z F45 fairway boasts a tour-proven Mitsubishi® Rayon Kuro Kage™ Black HBP 70 shaft and has a MAP of $279.99. For more information, please visit: Srixon Z F45 Fairway
Z H45™ Hybrid
Srixon’s new Z H45 hybrid features redesigned shape for smoother turf interaction and a more confident look at address. The Z H45 hybrid features Dual Speed Technology™, which increases ball speed and distance by maximizing the club’s rotation efficiency. An ultra-hot HT1770 maraging steel cup face has raised the club’s COR by 13 points for maximum ball speed. Available in lofts of 16°, 19° and 22°, the Z H45 fairway boasts a tour-proven Mitsubishi® Rayon Kuro Kage™ Black HBP 60 shaft and has a MAP of $229.99. For more information, please visit: Srixon Z H45 Hybrid
Z 745™ Irons
Experience the ultimate in ball-striking with Srixon new Z 745 irons. The Z 745 irons sport a muscle cavity design while featuring a thinner topline and a more compact shape for a pleasing, traditional look that encourages workability. The new Z 745 irons are forged from ultra-soft 1020 carbon steel using the highest quality, most premium process available. A redesigned Tour V.T. Sole™ decreases turf resistance through impact for tighter dispersion. Double Laser Milling on the face of the Z 745 irons increases surface roughness for additional spin and trajectory control in all conditions. The Z 745 irons are available with True Temper® Dynamic Gold™ shafts and carry a MAP of $999.99 (3 – PW). For more information, please visit: Srixon Z 745 Irons
Z 545™ Irons
Distance-oriented for discerning players, Srixon Z 545 irons combine hot flight and incredible feel in a slightly larger, more forgiving cavity-back profile. Forged from ultra-soft 1020 carbon steel using the highest quality, most premium process available, the new Z 545 irons feature a thin, high-strength SUP10 steel face, which increases COR for higher ball speed. A redesigned Tour V.T. Sole™ decreases turf resistance through impact for tighter dispersion. Double Laser Milling on the face of the Z 545 irons increases surface roughness for additional spin and trajectory control in all conditions. The Z 545 irons are available with True Temper® Dynamic Gold™ shafts and carry a MAP of $999.99. For more information, please visit: Srixon Z 545 Irons
Z U45™ Utility
Designed to suit the needs of skilled players, the Srixon Z U45 utility sports a refined, iron-like head shape that helps find fairways off the tee and adds playability on aggressive shots into the green. The Z U45 utility features a compact topline and more compact flange with a slimming mirror chrome finish which generates a compact, powerful address view that smoothly transitions to iron sets. The Z U45 utility features an ultra-soft forged 1020 carbon steel body which is capped with a thin, high-strength SUP10 steel face for higher ball speed. The Z U45 utility’s lower and deeper center of gravity also helps to promote higher launch and increased playability. Available in lofts of 18°, 20° and 23°, the Z U45 utility boasts a tour-proven Nippon® NS PRO 980GH DST™ shaft and has a MAP of $179.99. For more information, please visit: Srixon Z U45 Utility
Antigua Debuts Its Spring 2015 Men’s Collection
PEORIA, AZ – The Antigua Group, Inc. – one of the nation’s leading designers and marketers of lifestyle and golf apparel under the distinguished Antigua brand – has introduced its Antigua Spring 2015 Men’s Golf Collection that features the all-new Desert Dry™ Performance Cotton apparel.
“We’re very excited about our Spring 2015 Men’s Golf Collection,” says Ron McPherson, President and CEO of Antigua. “Response to the bright colors, fantastic new styling, and the advanced moisture-wicking technology has been outstanding. This promises to be our best-selling men’s collection to date.”
Antigua’s Spring 2015 Men’s Golf collection is loaded with technology. For example, our exclusive Desert Dry™ technology absorbs and wicks moisture quickly and evenly, achieving the most-efficient evaporation possible to keep golfers comfortable and dry.
The Desert Dry™ family now includes poly/cotton blends. Antigua has taken Desert Dry™ moisture management technology and constructed fabrics with fine cotton fibers blended with synthetic filaments to create Desert Dry™ Performance Cotton. Customers have been requesting a more casual fabric, without compromising the wicking capabilities of the poly fabrics.
Meanwhile, Desert Dry™ Xtra-Lite combines the Desert Dry™ moisture-wicking feature with specially constructed ultra-light fabrics for maximum wicking performance and optimum comfort. New additions to this category are 100% poly fabrics that feel and look like cotton. The garments feel like cozy cotton, but handle perspiration like poly. These new cotton-like poly fabrics open up a whole new world to our consumers, who can have the comfort of their favorite tee while maintaining the ease of poly’s wear and wicking power.
The Spring 2015 Men’s Golf Collection includes 11 new shirt styles featuring proprietary Desert Dry and Desert Dry Xtra-Lite technology, as well as an assortment of pullovers, jackets, shorts, vest and hats. “Antigua’s Men’s Performance 72 Collection – Spring 2015 reflects the inspiration of defined and refined lines and angles both symmetric and asymmetric,” says Sean Gregg, Antigua’s director of product development and marketing support. “Each piece offers this distinction from our newly introduced style Soul with its high-low horizontal multi-wale double knit stripe in solid colors to style Vantage with its contrasting elastic taping details that highlight the styles linear raglan form.”
Illusion: This 100 percent polyester Desert Dry™ Xtra-Lite short sleeve polo marries the appeal of a solid with the subtlety of a stripe by blending engineered yarns that reflect or absorb light with opposing results giving the ‘illusion’ of an engineered stripe pattern. Offered in seven colors.
Asset: The long-sleeve quarter-zip pullover has a 92 percent polyester and 8 percent spandex jersey face with brushed back knit. It sports an open cuff, tail bottom, self fabric collar, and contrast taping detail at top sleeve seam.
Crux: This is a 100 percent polyester yarn dye heather, double-knit interlock long sleeve quarter-zip pullover that has a contrast color sleeve, shoulder inset and collar. With coverstitch detail, it’s offered in five colors.
Dune: This Desert Dry™ lightweight ripstop woven short is made of 100 percent nylon. It boasts hook & loop back welt pockets and on-seam slash pockets in front.
Fiji: The printed plaid pattern on this 95 percent polyester and 5 percent spandex Desert Dry™ moisture-wicking lightweight dobby back, texture-woven short looks great. It’s complemented by front on-seam pockets with back hook & loop pockets.
Striker: Features an irregular linear repeat of neutral ground shades offset with a regularly repeated pop accent color stripe tying back to the same palette.
Zone: An update to ‘the golf stripe’ style, it offers a background of this season’s color palette that offsets a neutral charcoal pointelle mesh knit, in a narrow automatic repeat stripe. Side inset mesh panels mirror the ground and collar colors while adding performance breathability.
Radar: Updates the classic golf shirt with a faux raglan sleeve accented along the top with contrast pop color, meeting up the collar tipped in the same shade. Offered in neutral ground colors, white, black and shades of grey with the inset under-sleeve and side panels pulling from the dominant neutral color and separating it into a tonal neutral stripe effect.
“This season’s collection is complemented by the addition of prints,” adds Gregg. “In addition to the fashion inspired linear cut-and-sew body details and in keeping with the linear inspiration, proprietary prints have been created to incorporate the palette and maintain the theme. From thin symmetrically balanced ‘pin-striping’ on a style like Linear, which emulates the look of rhythm and speed with angular dark contrasting side chest print to the asymmetric silicone multi-color, geometric-stepped chest print in tonal and neutral, complementing print shades as used on style Image. Meanwhile, the style Psych embraces a contrasting full front panel honeycomb print pattern in color against neutral backgrounds, and is set in to the front body with linear engineered seams.”
Additionally this season, Antigua has reintroduced some fashion Performance 72 classics – updated in performance fabrics and offered in new colors representing the seasonal palette. Style Major has been a popular performance spin on the classic 50-50, color-to-white horizontal feed stripe with a matching flat knit collar. Style Rush has carried forward in new colors and represents fashion newness with its self-fabric collar and dress shirt-inspired collar band, and updates the classic narrow pin stripe with added flexibility and a soft-touch fabric hand that includes spandex. Less classic and more staple, style Titan is a derivative of Antigua’s own essential style Icon with its pique, single wale one-inch repeating texture stripe and seam-engineered contrasting color filament chain stitch. Titan’s newness is demonstrated in its dual color spun micro-filament yarn knit, to offer a heather appearance in all the neutral ground shades.
Antigua has also developed several new styles with “self-flat knit collars” that invoke a self-collar appearance with the stability of a yarn-dyed flat knit collar. These include the irregular stripe body fabric pattern of style Trend; style Striker, which incorporates a pop color body fabric stripe and places it as a collar-tipped edge; and style Hue that utilizes the same concept adopting the narrowly repeated neutral body stripe as a matching collar effect.
This season’s newly developed color palette also contributes to the collections fashion appeal. After seasons of color building to a crescendo which piqued with the cleanest of bright shades, this season’s inspired palette has transcended to a softer range with less flare and vibrancy. The shades are not muted, though they lack the intensity of seasons past. The color names similarly reflect their inspired depth of saturation. In addition to maintaining optic white as the base around which this Spring ’15 collection’s colors revolve, colors Papaya, Pistachio, Purple Haze, Chambray and Electric are a new balance of scaled-back brights that retain the sportswear appeal while being cleverly fashion friendly.
For more details on Antigua’s Spring 2015 Men’s Golf Collection, visit antigua.com.
KZG Partners With Sweden’s Finest
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (September 17, 2014) – KZG, the #1 Custom ProLine™, is pleased to announce a very successful partnership with Johanna’s Golf Shop located at the Molle Golf Club in scenic Molle, Sweden.
Johanna’s Golf Shop is owned and operated by Johanna Pyk-JargÅrd, one of the most accomplished women in golf in Sweden. As well as being on the PGA Board of Sweden, Johanna was the 2nd PGA member in Sweden and is rated M5, the highest attainable level. But, most importantly, she really knows how to play the game; proving herself professionally on both the Swedish and European Tours.
As a teaching professional, she knew she had to learn how to custom fit and custom build to serve her students effectively. She is one of only four women Master ClubFitters in the world and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Professional Clubfitters in the World for the last six years in a row. She is also a member of the prestigious IPAC, an association of the finest fitters around the globe.
“It is rare to find a qualified fitter, and even rarer to find a lady qualified fitter,” reports Jennifer King, President of KZG. “Johanna epitomizes the best of the golf profession and we are honored to have her as one of our elite dealers. I like to say that KZG makes great equipment, but it is our network of fitters like Johanna who make it unbeatable. Needless to say, her students play well and love her as we do.”
Johanna’s vast knowledge and experience puts her at the top of the scale for skill, integrity and passion. But she never rests. She continues to learn by attending a minimum of one training session a year to make sure that she stays current with the latest technology and teaching/fitting techniques. Johanna’s passion for her profession is truly an inspiration. KZG is proud to have Johanna as one of their elite dealers.