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PING G30
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PING's new G30 series, consisting of two driver options -- standard and SF Tec (Straight Flight Technology) -- along with fairway woods, hybrids and irons is available for pre-ordering now.

PING has introduced its G30 series, consisting of two driver options -- standard and SF Tec (Straight Flight Technology) -- along with fairway woods, hybrids and irons. The product line can be pre-ordered beginning today at PING-authorized golf shops around the world.

The new G30 series puts an emphasis on significantly increasing ball velocity and accuracy through a combination of advanced aerodynamics, plus new face designs and materials. The company's latest innovations provide golfers measurable distance gains without sacrificing key performance attributes such as control and forgiveness.

"With the G30 series, our engineers once again accomplished something that is unique to PING products -- they elevated performance significantly in key areas without sacrificing other important attributes," said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. "Across the product line, we've proved you can hit the ball higher and farther while increasing forgiveness and control. We've also continued our focus on advancing custom fitting in the driver and fairway woods by offering five loft positions. All of this promotes the consistent, reliable results that will help golfers of any skill level shoot lower scores and enjoy the game more."

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The most visible innovation on the G30 driver is the patented turbulators engineered onto the crown. Inspired by the aeronautics and sporting industries that put a premium on speed, Turbulator Technology reduces aerodynamic drag by significantly delaying airflow separation, maintaining attached airflow around the clubhead as it approaches impact, leading to more speed.

"The turbulators are really exciting," Solheim said. "Wind-tunnel testing verified with clarity the role they play in reducing drag on the driver head, but its real benefit was confirmed through our player testing. When Bubba Watson first tested the turbulators, he picked up two miles per hour in clubhead speed and four miles per hour in ball speed, which meant 10 more yards for him. We can't promise that for everyone, but with the turbulators' powerful, inspiring look we're confident all golfers will be longer off the tee, thanks to Turbulator Technology."

The entire G30 series benefits from new face technologies and materials, including the introduction of T9S titanium in the drivers, which results in thinner faces and weight savings that help position the CG low and back. The fairway woods utilize a high-strength Carpenter 475 steel in the face, and the hybrids are heat treated with an H900 process. Both result in hotter, more forgiving faces. The G30 iron face is thinner for higher ball speeds while being stabilized by a new custom tuning port design for predictable distance control.

The G30 SF Tec driver option is engineered for players whose shots typically end up right of the intended target. In player testing, the G30 SF Tec driver, which features weight closer to the heel and lighter swingweights, improved shot bend by 12 yards when compared to the G30 standard driver.

PING has also increased the range of adjustability to five loft positions in the driver and fairway woods while maintaining the same mass and outer diameter as the company’s fixed hosels, providing the benefits of adjustability with no sacrifice in performance. The lightweight hosel allows golfers to increase or decrease loft 6/10 of a degree or 1 full degree to optimize launch conditions.

New product descriptions and technical specifications:

G30 Adjustable Driver

Turbulators on the crown of the 460cc Ti 8-1-1 head reduce aerodynamic drag, leading to faster clubhead speed and ball velocity for long, accurate drives. Turbulators also assist with aim and alignment. The higher strength/weight ratio of the T9S face material allows for a thinner, hotter face and saves 4 grams of weight. The weight savings are allocated to help position the CG lower and farther back than any PING driver to date, ensuring high launch and optimized spin with a high MOI. SF Tec heads promote a right-to-left ball flight for players whose shots typically end up right of the target. To optimize launch angle and spin, golfers can add or subtract up to 1 degree of loft using Trajectory Tuning+ Technology. A high-balance-point TFC 419D shaft has a CG closer to the grip end, promoting a simultaneous increase in energy, momentum and inertia. The custom tuning port can accommodate a range of fitting weights and allows PING to achieve the desired swing weight across a variety of proprietary and after-market shafts.

- Lofts 9° & 10.5° in standard head, 10° & 12° in SF Tec head (adjustable +- 6/10 or 1 degree)
- Stock graphite shaft: PING TFC 419D (Soft R, R, S, X)
- Std. Length 45.75 inches, D3, 206g (standard); D1, 203g (SF Tec), 460cc
- U.S. MSRP: $385

G30 Adjustable Fairway Woods

Faster ball speeds and greater distance come from a larger face made of a uniform-thickness Carpenter 475 steel, creating a thin but strong hitting surface that maximizes face deflection. (Carpenter 475 steel is 44% stronger than 17-4 stainless steel.) Weight saved by thinning the face was redistributed to optimize the CG and elevate MOI for added forgiveness. Launch angle and spin can be fine-tuned by adding or subtracting up to 1 degree of loft with PING's five-
setting Trajectory Tuning+ Technology, utilizing a lightweight hosel that offers adjustments of +0.6°, +1°, -0.6°, and -1°. Crown turbulators create a captured appearance with the ball, and help with aim and alignment to inspire confidence. The high-balance-point TFC 419F shaft has a CG closer to the grip end, promoting a simultaneous increase in energy, momentum and inertia for longer, straighter results.

- Available 3W (14.5º), 5W (18º), 7W (21º) (adjustable +- 6/10 or 1 degree)
- Stock graphite shaft: PING TFC 419F (Soft R, R, S, X)
- U.S. MSRP: $275

G30 Irons

Progressive lengths and lofts and a thin face that maximizes ball speed help launch the ball farther and higher with control. Situated low in the sole of the undercut cavity design, the CTP structure helps lower the CG to ensure high launch with forgiveness, and it supports the 17-4 stainless steel face to provide distance control and a solid feel. The soft elastomer badge enhances feel and sound in the perimeter-weighted design. A softer lead-edge radius and precisely calculated additions to the bounce profile ensure a smooth transition through the grass with a stable head, which adds to forgiveness. This versatile sole design is engineered to perform well with any angle of attack. Progressive offset generates higher ball flights in the longer irons and penetrating, controlled trajectories with the scoring clubs. Slightly longer blade lengths increase forgiveness, most noticeably in the 4 through 7 iron.

- Available 4-9, PW, UW, SW, LW
- Stock steel shaft: PING CFS Distance (Soft R, R, S, X)
- Stock graphite shaft: PING TFC 419i (Soft R, R, S)
- U.S. MSRP: $110 per club w/steel shaft; $125 per club w/graphite shaft

G30 Hybrids

Greater ball velocity and longer distances with a higher trajectory ensure the stopping power to attack pins. The thin, uniform 17-4 stainless steel face is processed with a H900 heat treatment to maximize face deflection and increase ball speed for added distance with a higher peak trajectory and a steeper landing angle. Heel-toe weighting elevates MOI for extreme forgiveness. Weight in the low sole creates a low-back CG for consistent impact and high launch. Progressive CG locations and offsets ensure efficient gapping and trajectories that maximize distance. To inspire confidence, the top rail is flatter and the heel section is higher, providing a very square face at address that helps with aim and alignment consistency. The high-balance-point TFC 419H shaft has a CG closer to the grip end, promoting a simultaneous increase in energy, momentum and inertia for longer, straighter results.

- Available 17º, 19º, 22º, 26º, 30º
- Stock graphite shaft: PING TFC 419H (Soft R, R, S, X)
- U.S. MSRP: $242.50 

PING launches speed-generating Turbulator Technology with G30 series
Nike Golf women's Lunar Adapt shoe
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The new women's Lunar Adapt shoes feature a low-profile design improves ground feel.

Nike Golf is billing its new women's Lunar Adapt shoe as its most versatile option yet for both on and off the course.

"We wanted to create a shoe that women want to wear when they're playing golf just as much as they want to wear when they're hanging out with their friends," said Nike Golf Innovation Design Lead Carl Madore. "The Lunar Adapt has all the performance technology golfers need, like Integrated Traction and Lunarlon cushioning, within a versatile design that makes it great for everyday wear."

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These new models feature a full-grain waterproof leather upper and full-length Lunar drop-in sockliner for lightweight, responsive cushioning. Their crafted, low-profile design improves ground feel while rubber cupsole construction and a modernized waffle tread enhance stability and traction control.

They come in a variety of color options, including Pure Platinum/Hyper Pink-Cool Grey, Light Ash/Hyper Grape-Ivory, and Fuchsia Force/Light Ash-Medium Ash. They'll be available at retail on July 1, and carry a street price of $100 per pair.

 

Nike Golf unveils Women's Lunar Adapt golf shoe
Justin Rose, Retief Goosen
Ashworth Golf
Justin Rose and Retief Goosen have their respective U.S. Open victories commemorated by Ashworth Golf on second installment of the company's Majors Series golf shirts.

As a follow up to its popular commemorative Majors Series golf shirt for Fred Couples at the Masters in April, Ashworth Golf announced today its second installment of golf shirts for this week's U.S. Open, paying homage to 2013 champ Justin Rose and 2001 and 2004 champ Retief Goosen.

The second and third golf shirts in the Ashworth Major Series collection are dedicated to Rose's 2013 victory at Merion Golf Club and the 10-year anniversary of Goosen's victory at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

Incorporating elements specific to each player's major tournament win, Ashworth designers utilized premium fabrics and unique contrast threads throughout to ensure a piece distinctly representative of each player. Each shirt in the series is individually numbered inside of the placket, with the total quantity produced matching the winning player's total score.

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Rose's shirt, therefore, will be limited to 281 unites. It features his signature embroidered inside the back neck, white contrast piping on the chest and sleeve cuff, and has the historic date of his major championship stamped on the second placket button.

"I wore Ashworth when I won my first major championship at Merion and I'm proud to wear it on tour every week," said Rose. "I'm honored by this special piece commemorating my U.S. Open Championship and look forward to having it on as I defend my championship at Pinehurst this year."

Goosen's commemorative shirt is limited to 276 units, matching his winning score at the 2004 U.S. Open. Similar to Rose's golf shirt, Goosen's limited-edition piece has his embroidered signature in the back neck and contrast coloring on a rib-knit collar in addition to the date of his major championship victory on the second placket button.

"I genuinely love the style and feel of Ashworth Golf apparel," said Goosen. "To have a golf shirt designed to celebrate my major victory is an honor, and I'm proud to wear it on the tenth anniversary of my second U.S. Open Championship victory."

Both Rose and Goosen will wear these very shirts for Thursday's opening round.

Available in limited quantities, the Justin Rose and Retief Goosen Ashworth Majors Series golf shirts will be available exclusively at www.ashworthgolf.com for $100.

Ashworth Golf releases second installment of commemorative Majors Series golf shirts
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GAME GOLF
GAME GOLF
The GAME GOLF device and sensors can track all your stats throughout a round of golf.

There are some tremendous tools available for those serious about improving their respective golf games. One such gadget is GAME GOLF.

GAME GOLF is a small, light weight device worn on the player's belt with individual sensor tags that attach to the butt end cap of each club. The tags -- when tapped against the device on your belt -- records every shot played during a round of golf using GPS and motion sensing technology. By simply tapping the GAME GOLF sensor tag to the device worn on the waist, the GAME GOLF device automatically records course, location on the hole, club used and club distance. After the round, you simply uploads the data via computer to GAMEGOLF.com for post-round analysis, which can also be viewed via a mobile app or web platform.

This week it was announced that the product has been officially approved as "Allowable under The Rules of Golf," which means it can now be used in competition.

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The GAME GOLF web platform and the mobile app recreates your round of golf for the purposes of allowing you to see, share, compete and compare data with a PGA Professional or your group of friends.

"We designed GAME GOLF specifically to allow golfers to capture their round of golf automatically without disrupting the pace of play or interrupting the golfer's focus," said John McGuire, GAME GOLF CEO. "GAME GOLF's unique 'tag-and-go' process becomes part of the golfer's pre-shot routine and is designed to be a performance trigger. The tags were designed under 2 grams of weight, as anything above that effects the performance of the club in a negative way. Following the round, golfers can go to GAMEGOLF.com and re-live each shot, view stats and data, and have the ability to share in a fun, socially driven way."

A tool aimed at growing the game of golf, GAME GOLF is for the golfer who wants to improve using technology that will allow them to learn the true distances of each of their clubs and gather stats like fairways hit, greens in regulation, number of putts and more. GAME GOLF is a fun, interactive system that can connect golfers in any geographic locations to compete and share their round.

GAME GOLF is currently available in golf specialty stores, online at www.GAMEGOLF.com and exclusively at Apple retail stores in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Ireland, with plans to continue growth across the globe. Retail Price is $249.

For more information, visit www.GAMEGOLF.com.

GAME GOLF now permitted under the Rules of Golf
Keegan Bradley at The Memorial
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Keegan Bradley used a non-belly putter for the first time in his PGA Tour career on Thursday at The Memorial

Keegan Bradley helped ignite the long-putter explosion when he won the 2011 PGA Championship to become the first player to win a major with a belly putter. He has used a long putter for four years, but admits that the impending anchored-stroke ban that will go into effect in 2016 has been like a "ticking clock in your head." 

On Thursday at The Memorial, Bradley went without a belly putter for the first time in his PGA Tour career, and it worked out just fine. He knocked in a 12-foot birdie putt on his opening hole, added four more birdies for a 5-under 67 and was one shot out of the lead among the early starters. It was also his best-ever score at Muirfield Village. 

"I'm totally in a trial period here," Bradley, whose best score in eight previous rounds was a 71, told The Associated Press. "I'm not in any way saying I'm switching for good from now on. This is just for right now and this week." 

Bradley was persuaded to give the shorter putter a try on the advice from his mother, and a week of practice and trash-talking with his good friend Michael Jordan.

Bradley didn't like the way he finished off the HP Byron Nelson Championship two weeks ago, and while talking to his mother, she suggested he go to a shorter putter. 

 
"I hadn't put any thought into it up until that point," he said. "And so I thought I needed something to get me excited about playing because I was bummed." 

Bradley hasn't won since the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and he needs to get moving if he wants to earn a spot on the Ryder Cup team. Inspired to experiment by his mother, he played with Jordan at The Bear's Club in South Florida, asking him to be relentless in heckling and make Bradley feel uncomfortable, "which he's good at." 

"And we just kept playing and playing. And I felt better and better with it," he said. "And I came here not knowing what I was going to do. I played a round with Brendan Steele and I felt good with it again, and I thought there's no reason for me not to do it." 

Bradley said he last used a conventional putter in 2010 in his second start on the Nationwide Tour, but switched over to the belly putter because he felt he was better with it. 

His plan for the year was to qualify for the Ryder Cup team and start converting to a shorter putter after October. 

 
Now? Who knows? 

The new putter is 41 inches, which is about 6 inches longer than a standard putter. The difference is that Bradley doesn't press the end of it into his belly. He felt better over lag putts, and he said the shorter putter improved his touch on fast greens. 

"The negatives are just ... I'm aware that people are watching me," he said. "And that's the hardest part." 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 
Keegan Bradley benches belly putter, shoots his best round at Memorial
Ashworth Encinitas and Kingston golf shoes
Courtesy of Ashworth Golf
The Encinitas (top) is Ashworth's first wingtip shoe, while the Kingston is its first cleated shoe.

The Encinitas golf shoe breaks new ground for Ashworth – it is the first wingtip model in the company's history.

"At Ashworth Golf, we challenged ourselves to create something unique and special for the golfer," said Director for Global Product Footwear Marketing Masun Denison. "While the Encinitas draws inspiration from classic footwear, we've updated the design details and construction methods to create a product that not only looks great, but has proven performance benefits."

Designed to be worn both on and off the golf course, it features classic styling and a lightweight, flexible spikeless outsole. Combined with an ultra-rich leather upper and a soft EVA midsole with full-length cushioning, it provides premium stability and comfort.

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The Encinitas Wingtip is available in three colorways for a suggested retail price of $200 per pair.

And while the Encinitas stands as Ashworth's first wingtip, the Kingston is the company's first cleated shoe. It features a classic saddle design with color pop accents and a seven-cleat outsole. It also has leather welt construction, stitch detailing and rich leather upper with microfiber lining.

The Kingston is also available in three colorways, and has a suggested retail price of $150 per pair. Both models are available at retail now.

 

Ashworth unveils Encinitas and Kingston golf shoe models
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