Golf News – September 25, 2015

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Sun Mountain Introduces an Ultra-Lightweight Two-and-a-Half Pound Golf Bag

Missoula, Montana – The new Sun Mountain 2Five golf bag is now shipping. 2Five is the lightest, full-featured bag on the market weighing in at the scant two and a half pounds. Sun Mountain reduced weight by using carbon-fiber legs, high strength-to-weight plastics, and ultra-lightweight and durable fabrics like those used in mountaineering tents. 2Five is offered in 11 different colors at $219.99. For the retailer nearest you, call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.
 
To put 2 ½ lbs. into perspective, that’s about the same weight as two wedges, or a pair of golf shoes, or three cans of a soft-drink. When you lift up the 2Five, it’s more like lifting off as the bag seems to launch off the ground.
 
As one might imagine, building the lightest weight, full-featured golf stand bag on the market requires meticulous attention to detail. Some of these details on 2Five are:
 
• ultra-lightweight and durable 70 denier fabrics like those used in outdoor equipment applications such as mountaineering tents
super light, highly durable carbon fiber legs instead of the normal aluminum legs
• high strength-to-weight plastic top and bottom
 
2Five is truly a full-size golf bag featuring a 9” top with a flared opening for easy club removal and four, full-length club dividers. 2Five doesn’t skimp on conveniences, either, offering four pockets including a full-length clothing pocket, velour-lined valuables pocket, water bottle pouch, and ball and accessory pocket.
 
2Five also includes the details that have made Sun Mountain the #1 bag in golf: durable top with built-in handle, sturdy bottom with the patented Roller-Bottom leg mechanism for quick and strong leg action, Sun Mountain’s proprietary X-Strap Dual Strap System, lumbar hip pad with AirFlow System, umbrella attachment, towel holder, top-mounted leg mechanism for added stability, pen holder, and a coordinating rainhood.
 
You can really make if fit your style, too, with 11 different color combinations including the expected navy, black, and green as well as the unexpected lime, lemon, orange, and purple.
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PROFESSIONAL GOLFER ALVARO QUIROS SIGNS WITH PUMA GOLF

CARLSBAD, Calif. (September 22, 2015) – PUMA Golf announced today that Alvaro Quiros, Professional Golfer who currently plays on the European Tour, has joined the brand’s impressive roster of athletes including, Rickie Fowler, Graham DeLaet, Lexi Thompson and Jonas Blixt, among others. Quiros will debut his new PUMA Golf apparel and accessories this week at the Porsche European Open in Griesbach, Germany.  

Quiros has won seven career titles since he turned professional in 2004. He got off to a flying start on the European Tour in December 2006, winning the first Tour event he ever entered at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa. In 2010 he became the only fourth Spaniard since 1972 to win the Open de Espana, and in 2011 he won the coveted season-ending Dubai World Championship. Quiros is known for his length off the tee, he was the longest driver on the European Tour in 2007 and 2008, 2009 and 2011, and for his style on the course.  

“PUMA Golf is a great fit for me, and I’m excited to be part of the team,” said Quiros, who is visiting PUMA’s worldwide headquarters in Germany this week prior to playing the Porsche European Open. “They have fashionable apparel that fits my style and allows me to still perform my best on course. I look forward to representing PUMA Golf on Tour in 2016 and beyond.”  

PUMA Golf’s Spring/Summer ’16 Collection for men will incorporate a unique blend of function and style utilizing novelty textures, patterns and is designed for maximum breathability, comfort and optimum performance no matter what the conditions. 

“Alvaro is a perfect fit for PUMA Golf,” said Bob Philion, President & CEO COBRA PUMA GOLF. “He has a unique style and brings swagger and talent to the course, making him a perfect representation of the PUMA Golf brand.”

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Titleist Introduces New 716 AP1 and AP2 Irons

FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (Sept. 22, 2015) – New 716 Titleist AP1 and AP2 irons, available beginning Oct. 23 in golf shops worldwide, are precisely engineered with industry-leading amounts of high density tungsten to deliver the best combination of low CG and high MOI in their respective categories for distance, forgiveness and shot-stopping control.  “AP1 and AP2 irons are designed for two distinct player profiles. AP1 is for players seeking maximum distance and forgiveness. AP2 is for players seeking distance and forgiveness in a tour-proven iron,” said Chris McGinley, Vice President, Titleist Golf Club Marketing. “Our R&D team has precisely engineered both models to create speed and launch for distance with maximum forgiveness to help all players improve their iron play.”

New 716 AP1 is the longest, most forgiving Titleist iron ever. New AP1’s extreme 360º undercut cavity design with a large, thin, unsupported face delivers speed and launch for more distance, while the industry-leading use of high-density tungsten weighting provides maximum forgiveness.  “Golfers looking to improve their games need the best technology available,” McGinley said. “We understand these golfers want as much distance and forgiveness as they can get, but we also know they want to score better. AP1 has technology that will help golfers hit the ball farther with the proper flight to stop the ball closer to the pin more consistently. That’s what good iron play is all about.”

NEW 716 AP1 TECHNOLOGY: New AP1 irons – the longest, most forgiving irons ever designed by Titleist R&D – provide unparalleled game improvement technology:  • An extreme 360º Undercut Cavity creates a large, thin, unsupported face area, resulting in a Thin Fast Face that flexes more at impact. The thinner face – constructed from specially heat-treated 17-4 stainless steel for strength – increases both speed and launch for more distance. Additionally, the deeper undercut creates discretionary weight that allows industry leading use of high density tungsten.  • High Density Tungsten, precisely placed low and in the toe of the long and mid irons, produces a lower center of gravity (CG) for a higher launch angle. The improved launch allows for stronger lofts, which increase speed for even more distance. The high density tungsten also moves weight to the perimeter, increasing moment of inertia (MOI).  • A forgiving High-MOI Design – with 50 percent more tungsten than prior generation 714, at an average of 42.5 grams of tungsten per head – maximizes heel and toe stability without increasing AP1’s preferred blade length, while producing higher ball speeds across the face for more consistent distance on off-center hits.

New 716 AP2 is Titleist’s most advanced players’ iron, made even better, delivering tourproven distance with forgiveness and solid forged feel. New AP2 irons use extreme high density tungsten weighting to position the center of gravity low and perfectly aligned at impact for more speed. An innovative co-forged construction places the high density tungsten low and to the perimeter, increasing MOI for greater forgiveness and consistent distance.  “AP2 is the gold standard in the tour-played iron category,” McGinley said. “It’s been one of the most-played cavity back models on the PGA Tour and has been trusted over the years by players such as Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and Jason Dufner. AP2 is also one of the best selling tour played irons in the market. Our R&D team knows what tour players and dedicated golfers want when it comes to iron performance and have worked side by side wiNEW 716 AP2 TECHNOLOGY: New AP2 provides tour-proven distance with maximum forgiveness through the most advanced technology available in a tour played iron:  • High Density Tungsten weighting creates a Low CG that is perfectly aligned at impact to increase speed and distance. The tungsten weights are shaped to perimeter and precisely placed low and out using an Advanced Co-Forging Process pioneered for golf clubs by Titleist R&D. The result is solid feel and higher MOI.  • A forgiving High-MOI Design – with an average of 56.2 grams of tungsten per head, 25 percent more than AP2 714 – drives higher ball speeds across the face for more consistent distance on off-center hits at a tour-preferred blade length that allows workability and shot control. Compared to the previous generation, 716 AP2 has 8.5 percent higher MOI in the long irons and 5.5 percent for the full set.  • New AP2’s innovative construction combines a forged 1025 Carbon steel body with
extreme perimeter tungsten weighting in the long and mid irons for an unparalleled combination of low CG and high MOI with Solid Forged Feel.

 

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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