TPT Golf Launches 15-LKP-LT-LW Shaft, A Proven Winner on Tour

TPT Golf. One of the “new kids on the block” has been making waves in the golf industry. The premium golf shaft manufacturer from Switzerland had a very successful 2017 in the first year of their launch. A second place finish in the Ricoh British Women’s Open (Jodi Ewart Shadoff) and a red hot finish by Justin Rose where the Englishman captured three titles whilst playing the soon-to-be launched TPT Golf 15 Series LKP-LT-LW golf shaft in his TaylorMade Golf M1 driver (2017). Additionally, in December during the week of the QBE Shootout Major Champion Jason Dufner was testing the new shaft.

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I had the pleasure of testing and reviewing the counterpart to the 15 Series LKP-LT-LW shaft (15 Series MKP-MT-SW Review) and it tested extremely well. If this new addition to the TPT Golf stable is anything like its predecessor than TPT Golf could see an even bigger year on Tour in 2018. Below is the press release from TPT Golf and Mary Beth Lacy.

TPT Golf Launches 15-LKP-LT-LW Shaft, A Proven Winner on Tour

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RENENS, SWITZERLAND – TPT Golf is proud to announce the official launch of its 15-LKP-LT-LW, the shaft that was used to claim three professional victories this fall: the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, the Turkish Airlines Open (European Tour) and the Indonesian Masters (Asian Tour).

The 15-LKP-LT-LW joins TPT Golf’s 15 Series, shafts that are designed to meet the needs of high-speed golfers. Within the 15 Series, the 15-LKP-LT-LW offers the lightest weight (63 grams). It is also the lowest-torque shaft in the entire TPT Golf lineup.

Like TPT Golf’s 10 other shaft designs, the 15-LKP-LT-LW has a perfectly concentric, seamless design. This is the direct result of TPT Golf’s fully automated manufacturing process called “Thin-Ply Winding,” which gives TPT Golf the ability to independently tweak each shaft design parameter. This revolutionary, robot-driven process ensures unrivaled consistency and unlocks superior performance for golfers of all abilities. Unlike other shaft manufacturing processes, the patent-pending Thin-Ply Winding Method enables TPT Golf to create shafts that are exactly the same time after time.

“Every product we create at TPT Golf is on the cutting edge,” said TPT Golf Technical Director Jeff Meyer. “Our design and manufacturing processes give us a huge advantage over standard industry methodologies. The 15-LKP-LT-LW is a product that was developed to meet the needs of the best golfers in the world.”

With the 15-LKP-LT-LW, LT stands for “Low Torque” while LW stands for “Light Weight.” These specific characteristics are enabled through the unmatched precision of the Thin-Ply Technology, as well as the use of a higher-modulus carbon fiber material that offers the lower-torque performance certain high-speed golfers need to achieve their full potential.

“With the Thin-Ply Winding Method, we have an infinite design window to achieve any design parameter,” Meyer added. “We can achieve virtually any bend profile that we need to fit any golfer.”

The 15-LKP-LT-LW ($700) will officially debut at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. It will be available for purchase through TPT Golf’s worldwide network of authorized fitting locations later this month.

About TPT Golf

TPT Golf is the golf division of North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT), a Swiss-based technology and composites company with a track record of delivering innovative solutions for high-performance industries.

The company’s portfolio of advancements includes developing a process for producing America’s Cup yacht sails, as well as lightweight bodywork of F1 race cars, skis and snowboards. It has also created the materials technology found in satellites and luxury composite watches (Richard Mille). The record-breaking, solar-powered aircraft “Solar Impulse” also relied on NTPT-produced materials for its epic journey.

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Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company Signs J.J. Henry

The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. What can I say about them? It was roughly three years ago when one of the most iconic names in golf returned to the game where it belongs. That first year of re-emerging saw it’s launch right before the PGA Merchandise Show. It was an exciting year as the brand unveiled their Ft. Worth 15 irons and TK wedges (named after then Owner and CEO Terry Koehler). The excitement that surrounded their booth at Demo Day was impossible not to notice and for good reason. The irons were exquisite and they performed nearly as well as they looked.

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Photo Credit: Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company

The following year Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company brought out new irons called the PTx irons. They were an easier set to hit that allowed for easy blending of a set. More forgiveness, a wider sole and my favorite feature the cameo of Ben Hogan himself on the backside of the head. The same year they also released the VKTR hybrids and these clubs I really enjoyed swinging. It’s important to note that because at the time I hated hybrids. But the following year things got very quiet. Honestly, if I would have had the means I would have been carrying a set of VKTR hybrids, Ft. Worth 15 and PTx  combo set and TK wedges. I liked them that much.

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For the longest time I’ve been confused as to whether the brand was alive or dead. I’ve seen some presence of social media channels which includes but not limited to offering reduced prices on their iron sets. But then I received this press release and they have me guessing again.

The brand has announced that they’ve signed PGA Tour veteran J.J. Henry to an endorsement deal. Henry is starting his 500th event on Tour this weekend in Maui at the Sony Open. Congratulations J.J.! Below is the press release.

Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company Enters into Endorsement Agreement with PGA TOUR Professional J.J.Henry

 

This newly reached arrangement is in alignment with

J.J. Henry’s 500th PGA TOUR event

FORT WORTH, Texas, January 9, 2018Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company, LLC, manufacturer of premium golf clubs and golf bags, announced today that PGA TOUR Professional J.J. Henry has signed an endorsement deal with the Company. Henry had played with Ben Hogan Golf Equipment earlier in his career, and will now play an integral part in the re-establishment of the iconic brand.

This partnership with Henry is a likely alliance. He embraces many of the same characteristics Mr. Hogan embodied including: honesty, integrity, preparation and hard work. Thus illustrated with his 500th PGA TOUR event. In addition, Henry resides in Fort Worth, Texas and will help the ‘new’ Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company with product development as well as provide strategic counsel.

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Photo Credit: golf.com

Henry will play a variety of Ben Hogan Golf Equipment. At the onset of the 2018 PGA TOUR season he will playing PTx mid and short irons …“The most technically advanced Hogan irons ever.” He will also use a variety of extremely playable, easy-to-hit, Ft. Worth Hi-Utility Irons. Henry will also carry a Ben Hogan Golf Equipment staff bag.

Ben Hogan staffer, Henry, has enjoyed a long and successful PGA TOUR career which will be celebrated this week at The Sony Open in Hawaii. He will be playing in his 500th PGA Tour event which is a historical milestone for Henry and the PGA TOUR. This will be an incredible feat.

“We congratulate Henry on his outstanding accomplishment,” said Scott White, President and CEO, Ben Hogan Golf. “He has always been a solid ball-striker and appreciates the craftsmanship and performance benefits of our award-winning clubs, which he has won tournaments with in the past. We are thrilled to partner with Henry again and look forward to having him as a brand ambassador on our team.”

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Photo Credit: pgatour.com

About J.J. Henry:

J.J. Henry is one of the most personable, captivating players on the PGA TOUR. A Connecticut native with a ‘Texas Gentleman’ attitude, J.J. is one of only 3 American-born PGA TOUR players to finish inside the Top-125 (earning Tour status) since 2001. As a three-time PGA TOUR Champion (2015 Barracuda Championship, 2012 Reno Tahoe Open, 2006 Buick Championship) and 2006 US Ryder Cup team member, J.J.’s consistent performance and personality make him one of the most sought after personalities in professional golf.

In addition to his superb performance on the course, J.J. is extremely proud of what he has accomplished off the course and in the community. Over the past 7 years his mission to support the healthcare and well-being of kids through tangible projects has raised over $1,000,000 for local charities.

About Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company:

Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company manufactures premium golf clubs and golf bags, and is committed to continue Ben Hogan’s reputation of innovation, performance and classical designs. The company is based in Fort Worth, Texas, Ben Hogan’s longtime home and the site of the original Company which opened in 1953. The Company offers their premium products online at http://www.benhogangolf.com exclusively. By eliminating the retail “middleman”, the Company’s cost structure is minimized and consumers are able to purchase high-quality golf equipment at factory-direct prices. To learn more about Ben Hogan Golf, please visit www.benhogangolf.com.

 

 

Antigua to Unveil New PGA Show Booth

Antigua Sportswear is one of the leading golf apparel brands out there. Any Pro Shop that I’ve run always was successful at selling the brand and for good reason. They have great hand, fit well, perform better, and they always have an attractive price point. In a press release they announced a new and improved booth for the upcoming 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando held from January 24-26th.

Their new booth looks sharp and is definitely an upgrade over their booth the last several years of my attendance. This one will catch the eye of the attendees. I’m looking very forward to seeing their line-up up close and personal when I meet with a representative on Thursday January 25th. Below is the press release from Mary Beth Lacy Inc.

PEORIA, ARIZ. -The Antigua Group, Inc.-one of the nation’s leading designers and marketers of lifestyle apparel under the genuine Antigua brand has announced today they will introduce a new 2,500 square foot booth at the PGA Show, January 24, 2018.

The new display will include eight work stations that will present the Spring and Summer 2018 collections for men and women along with additional display areas for headwear and accessories.

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Photo Credit: Antigua Sportswear

“This new exhibit structure beautifully displays all of our products and makes it very convenient for our customers to review collections and place orders for their shops,” said Ron McPherson, President and CEO of The Antigua Group. “This new display is a strong statement for the continual growth of the Antigua brand.”

About Antigua

 Headquartered in Peoria, Arizona, The Antigua Group, through its license sports division, holds license agreements with National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), Minor League Baseball (MiLB), National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA), along with numerous American universities and colleges for men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, headwear and luggage. Antigua additionally designs, produces and supplies product for corporate America and specialty retail managed under its corporate division. Its golf division also holds license agreements with the PGA TOUR, LPGA and the PGA of America