Featuring a unique contour shape and FINGERPRINT technology, Lamkin unveils the new SINK FIT putter grip line offering the perfect putting solution for all types of golfer
SAN DIEGO, 4/19/2019 – Lamkin Corporation, the original manufacturer of premium golf grips – has announced the launch of its new line of SINK FIT putter grips. Designed to deliver exceptional feel, promote a smoother stroke and enhance putting accuracy, SINK FIT grips are offered in three shapes and two distinctive materials to deliver the perfect putting solution to all types of golfer.
Available now, the new SINK FIT putter grips feature a unique profile contour to promote proper wrist alignment and hand positioning for a more controlled, consistent putting stroke. These innovative contours are offered in traditional Pistol, Skinny Pistol or a Straight shape made with Lamkin’s proprietary new GENESIS material that delivers a highly responsive feel with enhanced surface traction. The Pistol and Straight shapes are also available in an ultra-lightweight polyurethane material.
Each of the variations in the SINK FIT line includes Lamkin’s proprietary FINGERPRINT technology. Using intricate, densely spaced patterns, micro-textures are created that produces a smoother surface feel while maintaining superior levels of traction. This technology, along with the ergonomic contours throughout the line, delivers the key benefits of SINK FIT, but as Bob Lamkin, CEO and President of Lamkin Grips’ explains, there were many more considerations when creating a line of performance-enhancing putter grips.
“Putting preferences, perhaps more than any other part of the golf swing, are such a personal thing,” said Lamkin. “We know there are certain characteristics of a putter grip, such as comfortable traction and consistent wrist alignment, that will help every golfer putt with more consistency, but there are many more that are purely down to feel and personal preference. In the new SINK FIT line, we have factored in those personal variations to produce a line of putter grips that provides the perfect putting solution for virtually every golfer.”
With functional performance advantages across the line, the new SINK FIT grips will help all types of golfers SINK more putts in 2019, and with the variations in shape, material, and even color, there will also be one sure to FIT every preference.
SINK FIT Rubber: Skinny Pistol (70g) – Black/Gray, Blue/Green SINK FIT Rubber: Pistol (120g) – Black/Blue SINK FIT Rubber: Straight (114g) – Black/Red SINK FIT Polyurethane: Pistol (63g) – Black/Blue SINK FIT Polyurethane: Straight (60g) – Black/Red
Drawing on Inspiration from Company’s First Metalwoods, New Model Incorporates Many of Company’s Most Iconic Product Innovations in a Mini Driver for the Modern Generation
CARLSBAD, CALIF. (April 16, 2019) – TaylorMade Golf Company, an industry leader in product innovation and technology, today announced Original One Mini Driver, a new metalwood that pays homage to the brand’s storied history and utilizes many of the most important product technologies in the company’s long lineage of industry-leading metalwood performance.
“In 1979, golf was changed forever with the introduction of the Pittsburgh Persimmon™ – the original metalwood. For the past 40 years, TaylorMade has continued that legacy of innovation with game-changing technologies, engineered to help golfers perform at their best. The Original One Mini Driver incorporates that heritage of innovation with key performance technologies, packed into a confidence-inspiring shape that delivers on distance, forgiveness and accuracy.”
EVOLUTION OF THE MINI DRIVER
TaylorMade first entered the category with the introduction of SLDR® Mini in 2014 and enhanced the product the following year with the faster, higher-launching AeroBurner™ Mini – both utilizing predominantly steel in their construction. While both offered the company’s Speed Pocket™ technology, Original One Mini Driver is designed to deliver a new level of speed, forgiveness and visual appeal never-before seen in this category.
UNDER THE HOOD OF THE ORIGINAL ONE MINI DRIVER
With Original One Mini Driver, engineers have utilized key product technologies found in many of the company’s most notable metalwood offerings intended to deliver a faster, more forgiving and adjustable product. It all starts with a revolutionary tri-material construction, comprised of a titanium body, 50g steel sole plate and TaylorMade’s instantly-recognizable carbon composite crown. The combination of these three materials creates an ultra-low CG for distance and playability.
Additional features in Original One Mini include:
Loft Sleeve™ with ±2° loft adjustability
Twist Face™ Technology to provide the ultimate path to straight distance
Inverted Cone Technology to promote ball speed on off-centre hits
WHO IS ORIGINAL ONE MINI DRIVER FOR?
Like its predecessors, the Original One Mini Driver is targeted at golfers of all skill levels. It has been engineered to provide an option off the tee that delivers the accuracy and control of a fairway wood but with more distance and forgiveness. Faster swing speed players may additionally benefit from ease of use off the turf with Original One Mini Drivers’ combination of a medium face depth with ultra-low centre of gravity location for extreme distance and excellent playability from fairway lies.
WHERE THE MINI DRIVER FITS INTO THE BAG
From a performance perspective, the Original One Mini Driver with its 275cc head (9% larger than AeroBurner Mini) will fit directly between a driver and a fairway wood. Some golfers will opt to play the club in addition to their current fairway woods, while others may choose to replace a longer fairway wood that was mainly being used off the tee. Most golfers will still keep the regular driver in the bag as the club that ultimately delivers the most distance.
SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY
Available for preorder starting today, April 16 and at retail beginning May 1, the Original One Mini Driver ($499.99 CAD) will be offered in 11.5° or 13.5° lofts and come equipped with Mitsubishi’s Diamana F Limited shafts in 55g (R), 65g (S) or 75g (X) flexes at 43.75” at a D3 swing weight. The stock grip is Golf Pride MCC Decade grips in black & blood orange. The Original One Mini Driver will also be available through TaylorMade’s custom program, allowing for numerous additional custom shaft and grip options.
Ace. By definition according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is defined as
“a person who excels at a particular sport or other activity.”
When it comes to the game of golf there is no doubt in my mind (or any golf fan or observer for that matter) that Eldrick Tiger Woods is an ace. But the term ace has another reference. An ace is also the term that dates back to World War I for a fighter pilot that collects five confirmed kills (shoots down 5 enemy aircraft during aerial combat). By this definition, Tiger Woods is also an ace as with his victory on Masters Sunday became an Ace of Augusta National Golf Course and The Masters Tournament. Only Mr. Jack Nicklaus has more with 6 victories at Magnolia Lane.
Before I continue I just wanted to reiterate a few things. These are things that some of my regular readers already know about me but some newcomers may not. Admittedly, I have never been much of a Tiger Woods fans as I readily admit in this Tweet from today.
I'm not a @TigerWoods fan nor will I claim to be. But if you don't truly appreciate this for what it truly is. You have no soul @TheMasters
However, what you also need to know is that I’ve never disputed that he’s been the greatest of this generation. I’ve always admired Tiger’s command of the game, his dominance over his competition of this generation (and at times golf course architects) and the fact that he brought golfers to the game of golf who in all likelihood would have never picked up a golf club in the first place. The reality is that nobody has ever nor will anyone move the needle like Tiger has. It’s because of Tiger that his peers play for millions of dollars. One other thing that I wanted to point out is that I never wrote off Tiger like so many of my contemporaries have… I said well in advance of his showings in 2018 that it was inevitable that he’d be back.
It’s been often said that you have to sink to the very depths of rock-bottom before you can truly rise again. While I’m not going to beat the living daylights out of this subject let’s just quickly summarize some of the events that have transpired with Tiger that led to today’s comeback.
The passing of his father (Earl)
The issues at home with ex-wife Elin and the infamous 9-iron incident (not discounting other family issues that we didn’t know about that occurred behind closed doors)
His driving while impaired (which I was very unaccepting and critical of. There’s never a good excuse for this)
Multiple back surgeries
Hater’s hating and writing him off (I’m sure that didn’t bug him… but I don’t know him)
The short game yips (which ties in to above)
And I’m certain that there are points that I’m leaving out. Basically, Tiger Woods ran a gauntlet to get him to this particular point in time… and history.
Golf and Tiger fans alike saw the signs of great things to come over several events in recent history. Sure there was his recovery from injury following the most recent procedures on his back. The world was buzzing over social media every time Tiger picked up a wedge, or a driver and showed us a video of him swinging it. There were signs of competitive progress when he finished 9th in an abbreviated field at the 2017 Hero World Challenge. That single event would springboard Tiger to several top finishes in 2018. Events like his 12th place finish at the Honda Classic. Later that month his T-2 at the Valspar Championship and then a T-5 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. The month of May saw a Top-10 at The Player’s Championship. July saw even more progress and more encouraging signs of Tiger returning to form with top finishes at the Quicken Loans National and The Open Championship at Carnoustie. The PGA Championship at Bellerive in August fans were witness to another top finish in a Major Championship which led us into the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs. It was at the Tour Championship when he won his 80th title and everyone was saying that he was back. As far as I’m concerned at the time his form was back but he wasn’t.
That changed on April 14th, 2019 on Masters Sunday. Overall, the 2019 Masters Tournament was as exciting as it gets. The number of player’s that were in contention every day of the tournament was staggering and names like Fleetwood (my pick… didn’t turn out), Langer, Corey Conners, DeChambeau, Koepka, and Woods that were there after the first round. After Round 2 we saw DeChambeau slide out and making moves were Adam Scott, Jason Day and Francesco Molinari. When the dust settled after Round 3 we saw a lurking Tiger waiting to pounce on the field, Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka, and Ian Poulter very in contention which further set up the exciting finish on Sunday.
I’m not going to give a recap of the final round because we all know what happened but let’s just say that Sunday was a day that was very different on so many levels. With severe weather threatening Augusta, Georgia the tee times were moved up in an effort to avoid the dreaded Monday finish. It was a fantastic decision made by The Masters Tournament Committee and it was a day like we have never seen before. We had previous major champions in contention (Molinari and Koepka both of whom outlasted Woods in major’s in 2018) at the top of the leaderboard. According to reports, after bogeying the 4th and 5th hole it was his caddie (Joe LaCava) that woke him up.
“Never lose the tenseness, but be loose out there. Don’t carry the weight of the world on your shoulders.” – Caddie Joe LaCava to Tiger Woods
On the 15th hole, Woods catapult into the lead and the rest is history. Then came the magical walk up the 18th, the final putt and the roars that shook the fabrics of the Earth. Making it even better was that his mother, daughter, and son were there to be in his arms after that final putt. The way that life intended it to be. Exultation. Redemption. Accomplishment.
Like I said in my Tweet. “If you don’t truly appreciate this for what it truly is. You have no soul”. Many of us have been through our own trials and tribulations. I have and continue to do so after my stroke in September. Recently, I played my first round of golf since that stroke. While it wasn’t the same thing from an accomplishment level as what Tiger just did I understand what it means to fight, grind, scratch, and claw your way back. It’s because of his fighting and grinding why I appreciate this win more than any of Tiger’s previous 80. Congratulations Tiger! Now you’re back.