REVIEW – Shot Scope V2

Thanks go out to Al Abrams of Abrams Golf Solutions. Without Mr. Abrams this opportunity would never have been made available to me. Thank-you Mr. Abrams.

 

From range finders to wearable golf GPS technology there are plenty of options to choose from. While the choices are without question more plentiful than ever before goes without saying. But when it comes to overall functionality and the ability to help the average recreational (or professional) golfer improve the choices start to thin out just a little bit. One option that’s available for golf consumers that can help golfers improve is Shot Scope V2.

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Shot Scope was founded in 2014 and has its headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland. From the birth of the brand the intended goal of Shot Scope was to simply help “both amateur and professional golfers collect and analyze statistics from their game”. Shot Scope is comprised of a team consisting of experts from the technology field and golfers including one who was a member of a Walker Cup team. The Walker Cup is a trophy that’s contested between leading amateur golfers from the United States and Great Britain/Ireland. Because of this eclectic group led by their Chief Commercial Officer Gavin Dear, Shot Scope was in a position to develop an exciting product to see their vision become a reality.

The Shot Scope V2 utilizes GPS satellites letting golfers know their exact distance to hazards and greens alike. But with a difference. In the industry, other GPS watches/devices give you distances that might be a little “skewed” depending on your angle into a green. The Shot Scope V2 on the other hand utilizes “Dynamic Yardages”. Through the use of using the highest possible grade GPS chip the Shot Scope V2 will give you accurate readings.. no matter your angle to the target. That means that your club selection will improve thus translating into better proximity to the pin. Speaking of the pin. The Shot Scope V2 also has an interesting feature called “PinCollect Technology”. By using the PinCollect feature you can gain valuable insight to your statistics (remember that this is a performance tracker too!). By simply pressing the PinCollect button on the watch at the end of each hole the PinCollect provides more precise approach, short game (Scrambling) and putting statistics.

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Photo Credit: Shot Scope

But the Shot Scope V2 is so much more than that. Just because the end of your day on the course has happened doesn’t mean that the device has fulfilled it’s purpose. Remember, this unit is a performance tracker. When you’re off-course you can review some of the many statistics that the V2 keeps track of and use them to improve your game. For example, are you missing the fairway left most of the time? There’s a reason for it. Maybe you’re casting over the top and pulling the ball left. Missing greens short? Make the adjustment by clubbing up. The Shot Scope V2 identifies your weaknesses and strengths. Helping YOU shoot better scores. More on the performance tracking in just a little bit.

Other quick hits of the Shot Scope V2 include…

  • 28-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • A database of 40,000 golf courses worldwide
  • Unlimited updates
  • NO Subscription and
  • A 1-year limited warranty

When I unboxed the Shot Scope V2 from the shipping box the first thing that I observed was that the product packaging has a real finished look to it. If this product was on the shelf of your local golf retailer you’d notice it. The contrasting red and black visually pops. Open the contents of the box itself you’ll find everything that you need to start using the Shot Scope V2. This includes the GPS Watch which features a sturdy construction and a well-built clasp, 20 lightweight tags, a USB cord (for charging, syncing and updating) and free user accounts for your laptop, Android and/or iOS device. Setting up the Shot Scope V2 itself is quite easy and takes roughly 10-15 minutes depending on your download speeds and computer aptitude.

  1. Go to the Shot Scope website and register an account
  2. Download the app for your device
  3. Tag your clubs
  4. Download your courses
  5. Play golf

When it comes to the tags installing the sensors is easy. The tags simply screw into the end of the grip. I recommend using a little bit of a downward force to get the sensors started as the threads will bite just a little more and remain secure. When you’re tagging your golf clubs the software gives you a list of manufacturers to choose from. While all of the usual suspects are listed there are others that simply aren’t. At different points of the season I used some of my older sticks (independent brands) and these weren’t listed. But for the most part, the majority of manufacturers are there with most models of  the brands golf clubs. Because the Shot Scope V2 comes with 20 sensors there are plenty to go around to use on all of the clubs that are your mainstays and some that might rotate in and out of your golf bag.

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When it comes to the on-course use of the Shot Scope V2 there are three different modes. GPS, GPS+Track or PRO mode.

GPS mode provides distances on the watch screen without collecting data, perfect for when you aren’t playing every shot. PRO mode gathers data without showing distances on the screen, making it ideal for competitive play. GPS+Track mode provides on course distances and gathers performance data in the background.

There is one thing about this device that I love. When compared to those similar in the golf marketplace there is no need to tag each club before you swing. Instead, through the use of Shot Scope’s “ClubSense Technology” when you swing, “the watch senses this through communications with the tag and the club used and location are all stored”. All you have to do is play golf. Worried about the watch detecting your practice swings? No need to fret because the V2 automatically dismisses them. With each shot taken it’s posted onto a satellite-view map for post-round analysis. In my experiences, the accuracy of the GPS chip was very good. Distances to the Front, Middle and Back of the greens was precise. But the precision goes a little further. The satellite view was spot-on. It made it easy to visualize each shot when analyzing my rounds afterwards at home.

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The performance tracking is very insightful and truly can help golfers lower their scores. There are a ton of performance tracking metrics as mentioned earlier. From tracking your greens in regulation, total putts, fairways hit. approach shots, club distances and more. The data is displayed on charts and graphs which is great… especially if you’re a visual learner. Looking back at my stats the Shot Scope V2 gave me an alarming stat and it really is something to address in my game. A whopping 87% of my putts missed… were short. It’s no wonder why I averaged 28.4 putts per round. I definitely need to address my putting during the winter. There is so much data that gets collected that the potential is there to become numb by it. Especially, if you aren’t a metrics person. With that said, I’d rather have too much data then not enough.

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Since the beginning of the testing of this review began there have been several changes. Not only do these changes include updates to firmware that rectified some glitches but also includes new features. New to the Shot Scope V2 since testing began is the Medals feature. With this feature golfers earn Medals for achievements on and off the golf course. Sign Off. This feature ensures that all of your statistics are completely accurate. Rounds uploaded will no longer be automatically included in your performance statistics or able to earn Medals until you have signed them off. Shot Scope improved on the My Bag feature which means if you have a new club in your bag… you can quickly add it. Also, they’ve since added brands that weren’t previously there to the database including New Level Golf. Lastly, in November Shot Scope added the Leaderboard feature. The Leaderboard feature is a that allows golfers more interaction by competing in various competitions with others around the world. These competitions include Driving, Approaches, Short Game, Putting, Scoring and more. I’m looking forward to 2019 and taking part in these features when my golfing officially resumes.

 

Conclusion

There is an awful lot to like about the Shot Scope V2. The V2 is very high-functioning GPS device. Yardages are accurate and the fact that you have your choice of three modes is great. Battery life has proven to be very good and never let me down mid-round. The performance tracking data is extensive and really does show where you can improve and potentially reduce your handicap. Lastly, instead of “standing pat” on their product Shot Scope has improved on it with updates and adding enhancing features. I love the fact that there is no need to manually tag before each shot. For more information please visit Shot Scope.

Until The Next Tee!!

 

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

Bryson DeChambeau puts new JumboFlat™ 17 Putter Grip by JumboMax into play at Hero World Challenge

(JUPITER, FL) – JumboMax® Grips announced today that Tour Staff Professional, Bryson DeChambeau, who has been playing their oversized grips on his clubs for over 7 years now, just put their new JumboFlat™ 17 putter grip into play this week at the Hero World Challenge Open in the Bahamas.

New for 2019, the JumboFlat™ 17 putter grip from JumboMax features a rounded bottom and a wide, flat top with an oversized profile ideal for the “forearm-lock” putting method used by Bryson DeChambeau and other Tour Professionals. It features a twist-resistant, high-energy transfer core and an ultra-tacky polymer surface for enhanced feel and traction in a variety of weather conditions.

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The new JumboFlat™ 17 putter grip Conforms with USGA Rules. The JumboFlat™ is 17″ long and is ultra-lite weighing in at just 130 grams. Its .580 inch core fits any standard putter shaft.

“We’ve been working with Bryson on this new JumboFlatTM putter grip for a while now,” said John Mazzanoble of JumboMax. “He really seems to have it dialed in and we’re excited that he’s put it into play this week. We’re confident that this new putter grip, just like all of our other oversized grips, is going to help a lot of golfers, of all skill levels, play their best golf!”

The new JumboFlat™ 17 putter grip is available on the JumboMax website. Click here: http://www.jumbomax.com/jmx-jumboflat-17-putter-grip/

In the past two years, JumboMax Team Members, Bryson DeChambeau and Kelly Kraft have combined earnings in excess of $14.7 Million Dollars.

DeChambeau plays the new Tour Series Grips from JumboMax that he personally helped develop and Kelly Kraft plays the NEW Standard-Oversize Tour Series Grips (+1/16″) from JumboMax. The Tour Series Black/Green and Black/Silver grips are now available in 6 sizes; JumboMax Standard-Oversize, X-Small (Junior), Small, Medium, Large and X-Large!

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The Tour Series grips feature a deeply-textured, all-weather design for incredible feel and tackiness, and the performance better players require. The Tour Series takes JumboMax Grips game-improving performance to a whole new level. JumboMax Grips simply fit your hands better for increased distance, better accuracy and more solid ball striking. Their patented design and larger diameter provides a superior “Finger-Palm™ grip” that is revolutionizing the game of golf.

Independent tests by GolfTest USA and Golf Etc. showed that in nearly every category tested, from club head speed, launch angle, side spin, back spin to carry distance, JumboMax Grips outperformed standard golf grips. Once you try them you’ll never want to go back to a “skinny” grip again.

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Dominant Golf, LLC is the parent company and manufacturer of JumboMax Golf Grips. The company was created with the goal of developing a better way for people to learn, play and love the game of golf. The JumboMax Grip was designed with computer and laboratory technologies and has been studied extensively on golf ranges and courses with golfers of varying skill levels including low, intermediate and high handicap players.

For more information about JumboMax Golf Grips, visit www.JumboMax.com.

 

Mizuno Golf North America – Returns to the PGA Merchandise Show

One of the things that I’m most excited about attending the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show is the fact that it sees a return. Even though Mizuno Golf North America was in attendance for my first couple of shows their presence was limited to a meeting room in the Orange County Convention Center’s concourse (hallway area).

Mizuno Golf had a very nice 2018 with Tour Staff like Stacy Lewis from the LPGA Tour, Eddie Pepperell, Jhonnotan Vegas and Brooks Koepka leading the way playing their irons. For the first time since 2005 Mizuno Golf North America will be on the show floor.

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I’m looking very forward to visiting their booth at Demo Day and on the show floor. It’s been a long time since I made swings with Mizuno Golf products. If it wasn’t the JPX EZ (2015) then it was definitely the JPX EZ range from 2014.

Please see the press release below for more information.

 

NORCROSS, Ga. – (November 14, 2018) – Mizuno, a global leader in golf equipment who is renowned for its expertise in irons, announced the company’s plans to participate in the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 22-25, in Orlando. Mizuno will offer hands-on product testing at the PGA Show Demo Day and showcase a comprehensive lineup of its newest golf equipment, bags and accessories on the PGA Show Floor to more than 40,000 attending PGA professionals, golf retailers and industry leaders from around the world.

 

“The golf industry is changing at high speed. A critical piece to Mizuno’s success has been our relationship with golf professionals – the club fitters and PGA Professionals who are engaged in the industry every day. The PGA Merchandise Show is a valuable opportunity to connect and foster important relationships that impact our business,” said Jeremy Galbreth, Director of Golf, Mizuno USA. “Mizuno has had great momentum and this was the right time for us to present ourselves again to the largest gathering of PGA Professionals in the world.”

 

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Photo Credit: Mizuno Golf Europe

 

The return to the PGA Show will layout a new vision for Mizuno in golf with focused attention around the JPX irons which have had a stand-out season on tour with two major wins. In addition, Mizuno has plans to headline highly anticipated new product releases leading up to and at the show.

 

“We are excited to welcome back Mizuno to the PGA Merchandise Show,” said PGA Golf Exhibitions Event Vice President, Marc Simon. “Attending PGA Professionals and retailers value the opportunity to experience their newest products in person while interacting with their company leadership. Their presence on the PGA Show Floor and at the PGA Show Demo Day helps to build a dynamic marketplace and a valuable forum for our industry to collaborate and drive forward the business of the game.”

 

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Photo Credit: Mizuno Golf USA

 

The PGA Merchandise Show is the global golf industry’s annual summit for the business of golf hosting some 1,000 top golf companies and brands and more than 40,000 golf industry professionals. PGA Show Week begins with PGA Show Demo Day, the world’s largest professional golf testing event, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Orange County National Golf Center. During PGA Show days, Jan. 23-25, the latest equipment, technology and trends are uncovered within nearly 1 million square feet of exhibit, demonstration and meeting space of the Orange County Convention Center.

 

About Mizuno USA

 

Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufacturers and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running and volleyball equipment, apparel and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in greater Atlanta, GA.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

Feeling Blessed – The Road to Recovery (#FightAndGrind)

First of all, I just wanted to say that regardless of the title I’m not really a man of religion. I believe in something but I just don’t know what. That said, I don’t think that you necessarily need to be a religious person to feel blessed. But after the events of the last couple of months (or 20 years for that matter) I truly and honestly do.

The evening of September 15th is a night that I’ll never forget even though some portions of it I have no recollection of. The day itself was hot and while I was working on the brakes of my Ford F-150. At one point while working on the front brakes I was straining to loosen up a bolt that was holding on the brake calipers. I had a bit of a fall and after collecting myself I was hunched over the front end of my truck. My neighbor Debbie asked if I was okay and being the stubborn person that I am I said I was fine. I wasn’t.

After being helped up onto the front porch I was told to have a seat on one of the chairs and I sat down. My daughter Tiffany came outside and suddenly I had the worst, unimaginable headache come from out of nowhere. It was like I was stabbed in the brain with an ice-pick just over my left ear. After a few moments I decided to go lay down in my bed… my daughter helping me to get there. As I rested, I started feeling even more odd. I had weakness extend down my entire left side. Something wasn’t right. Shortly after, the left side of my face started to feel weird. Numbness, tingling and it felt like my face was drooping. I called my daughter into my room and asked her if my face looked right. It didn’t… and she immediately called 9-1-1.

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I was taken to the nearest hospital and underwent a bunch of tests… bloodwork, ultrasounds, C.T Scans, and M.R.I’s. Unfortunately, at this time even though everything presented itself as a stroke they had found nothing conclusive. I would spend 6 days in Greater Niagara General Hospital before getting transferred from Niagara Falls to Hamilton General Hospital. It was then that I was informed after more testing that I had suffered a stroke that originated on my brainstem. The cause was lesions on my brainstem. The cause of the lesions remains a bit of a mystery as the reasons for them are numerous. In all likelihood… infection in my case.

I know that I was lucky with this stroke as it was minor in nature. But it still caused many problems. Paralysis down the left side, slurred speech, stuttering, loss of short-term memory and loss of words. I shake my head thinking if this was minor than what is mild or severe stroke like? I shudder to think. Anyways, since then I’ve undergone all sorts of therapy to get me back to where I want to be. I just want to golf again and have a sense of normalcy again. Speech therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy to name a few. There have been ups and downs with my recovery. I remember how great it was to get out of bed for the first time to work with the physiotherapist. I couldn’t go 3 steps but then it became 5, 10 and eventually with the use of a walker I was able to walk down the hallway. After more hard work I was able to start using my left arm more and eventually I was able to start going up and down stairs. All of this while being in the hospital still. But then I graduated again.. being allowed to walk the hospital floor with assistance.

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I would be discharged eventually and would continue all of the therapy at home. With assistance from my wife I would go for walks with the walker gradually building up my endurance and strength. It took a while but I was able to lose the walker and for the first time I was able to walk my dog again. It felt like such a success. I was happy… excited.

Then it happened. Dayna (my physiotherapist) and I were talking and I asked her about returning to the gym. She gave me her blessings and recommended it. Since then I’ve been back to the gym commencing a new regimen seemingly from the beginning all over again. I never realized until now how much strength I lost from atrophy. I asked about golf half jokingly. I was so happy when she said that golfing would be good for me and recommended that as well. First, in the backyard or driving range. Then 9-holes and finally 18- holes. While I still haven’t been on a golf course or driving range since September I have taken swings and it feels so good. I can’t even express it in words how good it feels.

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Unfortunately, since the stroke and all of my recovery efforts I made a boneheaded mistake. I was writing a blog entry in my room. As I was sitting on my bed I wanted to look out the window while I wrote. Our apartment is heated with baseboard heaters and as I was typing I had no idea that my right foot was resting on the baseboard heater. Because of poor circulation in my feet and legs (diabetic peripheral neuropathy) I had no idea that my feet were in harm’s way. Until my foot blistered from burns. The result. A long and tough road similar to 2014 when I developed gangrene and nearly lost my leg. I’m wearing an “offloader” on my right foot which prevents weight from placing pressure onto the wound.

Nothing will hold me down from golf. Nor will this stop me from attending the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show. I’m simply too excited to go. Not to mention that even with a bit of a wound I’m making swings like today as the snow flies.

Folks, always remember to #FightAndGrind and know what the acronym F.A.S.T. means. you could save a life. I am truly blessed that my daughter did.

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Until The Next Tee!!

#seeuonthenexttee

COBRA® GOLF INTRODUCES KING F9 SPEEDBACK™ IRONS & HYBRIDS FEATURING REVOLUTIONARY SPEEDBACK TECHNOLOGY

Previously, I released information on the new KING F9 SPEEDBACK metalwoods that are being released by Cobra Golf. Also joining the KING F9 family are the KING F9 SPEEDBACK hybrids and irons.

In 2018, I was honored to have the opportunity to test and review the KING F8 ONE Length irons (review here) The KING F8 irons were impressive and I wondered what Cobra Golf would do to improve on an already impressive iron.

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Photo Credit: Cobra Golf

The new KING F9 look to deliver speed and power through Cobra Golf’s trademarked “SPEEDBACK Technology”. What is SPEEDBACK Technology? In brief here is a summary.

The new SPEEDBACK™ irons and hybrids utilizeCOBRA’s breakthrough SPEEDBACKTM technology, that for the first time successfully combines a low center-of-gravity (CG) and high moment of inertia (MOI) to deliver the perfect blend of ball speed and forgiveness, for the first time, in one iron. 

The new Cobra Golf KING F9 irons come in both a variable and ONE Length set configuration. In most cases when golfer’s choose to play a game-improvement set of irons they normally have to choose one of two options. Distance or Forgiveness. That is not the case with the KING F9 irons. In this set you don’t have to compromise between one or the other. Cobra Golf R&D was able to take “innovative shaping elements different from a traditional game-improvement iron. Through SPEEDBACK shaping, engineers were able to optimize low CG and high MOI to create the company’s longest, fastest, and most forgiving iron”.

When the KING F9 SPEEDBACK irons become available they will be available with steel or graphite shafts. the shafts featured are either the KBS Tour (steel) or the Fujikura Atmos in 60 grams (graphite).

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Photo Credit: Cobra Golf

To compliment the irons are matching hybrids in a variety of lofts available in 17-degrees, 19-degrees, 21-degrees and 24-degrees of loft and come standard with a Fujikura ATMOS 70-gram shaft.

*** Once again Cobra Golf will be featuring cobra Connect by Arccos Golf.

 

I will be swinging these irons the first chance that I get. So stay tuned for more coverage on the Cobra Golf SPEEDBACK irons. In the meantime, please see the press release shared below by Rachel Rees. Ms. Rees is the Communications Manager for Cobra Golf. Thank-you for sharing Rachel!!

 

Carlsbad, Calif. (October 30, 2018) – COBRA® Golf, a leader in golf club innovation, unveiled today its new KING F9 SPEEDBACKTM irons and hybrids, the company’s most powerful and stable irons and utility clubs ever. The new SPEEDBACK™ irons and hybrids utilize COBRA’s breakthrough SPEEDBACKTM technology, that for the first time successfully combines a low center-of-gravity (CG) and high moment of inertia (MOI) to deliver the perfect blend of ball speed and forgiveness, for the first time, in one iron.

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Photo Credit: Cobra Golf

Available in a traditional, variable length set make-up and a forward-thinking, ONE Length™ configuration, the KING F9 SPEEDBACKTM irons are packed with an impressive array of cutting-edge technologies designed to deliver unrivaled performance. Traditionally, in game improvement irons, golfers had to choose between distance or forgiveness. In the new F9 irons, COBRA engineers were able to deliver the ultimate combination of both through SPEEDBACK™ Technology, a design concept that utilizes innovative shaping elements different from a traditional game-improvement iron. Through SPEEDBACK shaping, engineers were able to optimize low CG and high MOI to create the company’s longest, fastest, and most forgiving iron.

 

“It cannot be overstated just how technologically-advanced the KING F9 SPEEDBACKTM Irons are,” said Tom Olsavsky, Vice President of R&D for COBRA Golf.  “Golfers have been forced to choose between  distance or forgiveness in their game improvement irons. If you wanted more distance, then you sacrificed forgivness, and vice versa. With the new SPEEDBACK irons golfers can have their cake and eat it too.  Never has a game improvement iron set had the perfect blend of distance and forgiveness, until now.”

 

Key elements of SPEEDBACK™ Technology include:

 

  • Low CG SPEEDBACKTM Sole – Mass is added low and back using a belt of steel that wraps around the back of the iron, creating a lower and deeper CG that maximizes ball speed, launch and carry distance. SPEEDBACK shaping strategically positions the weight belt just above the contact area on the sole to maintain the sole width of a conventional game-improvement iron.
  • High MOI Design – To maximize performance, SPEEDBACK shaping allowed more mass to be added low and wide (out to the heel and toe) compared to a traditional iron. Also, up to a combined 33 grams of Tungsten were added to the heel and toe in the 4-7 iron, a material used in premium priced irons.  These shaping improvements increase MOI by up to 10% in the long irons, creating more stability through higher inertia that results in substantial improvements in ball speed, distance, forgiveness, and even accuracy.

 

Other technologies featured in the irons include:

 

  • Forged E9™ PWRSHELL™ Face – An improved E9TM (variable thickness) face is 3 grams lighter and features thin, 1.8 mm pockets in the upper heel and toe that expand the SWEET ZONE™ area on the face. The forged PWRSHELLTM insert features a deep undercut sole design and an all new2 mm internal Speed Channel that absorbs and returns more energy to the ball for faster ball speeds and increased launch angle.
  • Co-Molded Medallion – a 3-piece multi-material medallion combines Aluminum, a soft Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) and Acrylic foam that improves sound and feel by damping vibrations at impact.
  • CNC Milled Face and Grooves – CNC precision milling delivers more accurate lofts and allows for tighter tolerances on face roughness and groove shaping to optimize spin and trajectory control. Unlike cast grooves, which can vary in shape, CNC milling reduces the variability in the groove shapes to ensure that the performance is consistent in every iron.
  • Progressive Spin Technology™ – The long irons, mid irons and wedges are each designed with different groove shapes to deliver specific performance characteristics. CNC milled V-grooves in the 4-7 irons improve distance by reducing spin for increased distance and flight time, while U-grooves in the 8-PW optimize spin for improved control and accuracy.  Tighter-spaced wedge grooves in the GW and SW maximize spin and improve trajectory control for enhanced greenside precision.
  • Progressive Hosel Lengths – Shorter hosel lengths in the long irons position the CG lower to promote higher launch, while progressively taller hosel lengths in the short irons and wedges raise the CG progressively to promote a lower, more controlled ball flight.
  • COBRA CONNECT – The COBRA CONNECT, Powered By Arccos™ system features electronically enabled grips that work in conjunction with the Arccos Caddie app to give users the ability to track their stats and improve their game. **Consumers who purchase a COBRA 6-piece (or greater) iron or combo set will receive complimentary screw in sensors, or smart, COBRA CONNECT grips, to utilize on the rest of the clubs in their bag, including one putter sensor (valued at $350).

 

The KING F9 SPEEDBACKTM irons in variable length, (MAP: $799 Steel/$899 Graphite) come standard with regular or stiff KBS Tour 90 shafts and black Lamkin Crossline COBRA CONNECT grips.  The stock steel set make-up is 5-GW with optional 4-iron and SW complements available through custom.  The KING F9 SPEEDBACK irons are also available in a Graphite Combo Set ($999) utilizing Fujikura ATMOS 60-gram shafts in S, R or LITE flexes.  The set makeup includes a 5H and 6-PW, GW. A Steel Combo Set in the same make up is available in Custom. Both set makeups (iron set and combo set) are available in right-hand and left-hand configurations.

 

KING F9 Women’s SPEEDBACKTM Irons ($899 Graphite Combo Set) utilize the same cutting-edge technologies as the men’s set, with a design engineered specifically for the needs of female golfers. The stock women’s SPEEDBACK irons come in a Graphite Combo Set makeup featuring a 5H, 6H and 7-PW, SW.  The KING F9 women’s SPEEDBACK irons come standard with Fujikura ATMOS 55-gram shafts in ladies flex and black & rose gold Lamkin Crossline COBRA CONNECT (standard men’s size) grips.

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COBRA® Delivers Revolutionary SPEEDBACK Technology in ONE Length Design

In addition, COBRA® Golf is introducing an updated option for players who opt for the consistency and simplicity of a ONE Length set configuration.  The KING F9 SPEEDBACKTM ONE Length Irons offer all the same ground-breaking technologies as the variable set, with some additional improvements geared towards optimizing the performance of ONE Length irons including:

 

  • ONE Length Configuration – Engineered using matching 7-iron length and head weights, a ONE Length set simplifies the game by promoting a single, repeatable setup and swing motion through the set, leading to more confidence and consistency.
  • Wider Long Iron Soles – Wider soles in 4-6 irons deliver lower, deeper CG for higher, towering ball flights.
  • Progressive Shaft Weighting – 3 different KBS shaft weights – a lightweight, Tour 80 in the 4-6 iron promotes high launch, a mid-weight Tour 90 in the 7-9 iron delivers control and accuracy, and a heavy-weight Tour Wedge in the PW-SW improves feel and precision on specialty shots around the greens.
  • Updated Lie Angles – more upright long iron lie angles are used to create more towering trajectories while slightly flatter lie angles in the wedges create straighter, more penetrating trajectory.

 

The KING F9 SPEEDBACKTM ONE Length irons (MAP: $799 Steel/$899 Graphite) come standard with blue Lamkin Crossline COBRA CONNECT grips. The stock steel set make-up is 5-PW, GW with optional 4-iron and SW complements available through custom.  The ONE Length irons are also available in a Graphite Combo Set utilizing Fujikura ATMOS ONE Length 60-gram shafts in S, R or LITE flexes. The set makeup includes a 5H and 6-PW, GW. A Steel Combo Set in the same make up is available through custom.  ONE Length irons are available in RH, and LH is available through custom.

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Providing the perfect complement to the SPEEDBACK Irons, COBRA is also unveiling its new KING F9 SPEEDBACKTM Hybrids, available in variable length or ONE Length designs.  COBRA has integrated its breakthrough SPEEDBACK technology with its popular Baffler® rails to produce the highest performing Hybrid in its history.  This Hybrid’s performance can be attributed to the following key technologies:

 

  • SPEEDBACKTM w BAFFLER® Technology – This year, COBRA has improved upon its BAFFLER® Rails by adding SPEEDBACK™, a low, back weight structure that sits in-between the two rails, which are strategically centered around the clubs’ center of gravity. These technologies fuse to deliver the best combination of low CG and improved turf interaction, increasing ball and club speed to maximize distance from any lie.
  • Forged 455 High-Strength Stainless Steel Face – maximizes the amount of flex at impact for increased ball speeds and distance across the entire face.
  • High MOI Design – Shaping improvements include a 10% larger clubhead compared to KING F8, creating a higher MOI for increased forgiveness. Additionally, the hybrid features a straighter leading edge that allows golfers to align the club to the target similar to how they would with an iron for improved accuracy.
  • Back CG Position – A fixed, external 15-gram tungsten weight is positioned low & back, creating a low/deep CG that produces more speed and high, towering ball flights. The 15-gram weight is interchangeable, allowing golfers to golfers to customise their swing weight.

 

The KING F9 SPEEDBACKTM men’s Hybrids (MAP $219) are available in 17-degrees, 19-degrees, 21-degrees and 24-degrees of loft and come standard with a Fujikura ATMOS 70-gram shaft in R, S or LITE Flex and black Lamkin Crossline COBRA CONNECT grips.  The KING F9 SPEEDBACKTM Women’s Hybrids are available in 22-degrees, 25-degrees, 28-degrees and 31-degrees of loft and come stock with Fujikura ATMOS 60-gram shafts in ladies’ flex and Lamkin Crossline (Standard Men’s Size) COBRA CONNECT grips.

 

The KING F9 SPEEDBACK TM ONE Length Hybrids (MAP $219) offer the same performance boosting features that the traditional length hybrid options do, with the infusion of COBRA’s patented ONE Length configuration.  Engineered using matching 7-irons length and lie angle, the SPEEDBACK ONE Length hybrid simplifies a players’ game by allowing them to use one repeatable set-up and swing for their irons and hybrids.  These hybrids are available in 19-degree, 21-degrees and 24-degrees of loft and come standard with ATMOS ONE Length 70-gram shafts in S, R or LITE flexes with blue Lamkin Crossline COBRA CONNECT grips.

 

“We have seen some golfers put this consistent, easy-to-hit ONE Length Hybrid in their bag, replacing their more difficult to hit long irons, or even a variable length hybrid. It’s really a great club that golfers can hit consistently, with confidence,” said Jose Miraflor, VP of Marketing COBRA Golf.

 

All of the KING F9 SPEEDBACK IRONS and KING F9 SPEEDBACK Hybrids will be available at retail and at http://www.cobragolf.com beginning January 18, 2019.

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LAMKIN HELPS WIN RACE TO DUBAI

SAN DIEGO, 24 November 2018 – Lamkin Corporation – the original manufacturer of premium golf grips – would like to congratulate the winner of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai on his incredible season that has finished with him taking the #1 spot at the top of the European Tour rankings.

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Photo Credit: Golf Digest

Equipped with Lamkin’s TS1 grips, Europe’s #1 has had the season of his life that has included victory at the European Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship, his first PGA Tour victory at the Quicken Loans National, his first Major at the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and an unprecedented 5 points from 5 for Team Europe at the Ryder Cup in Paris.

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Europe’s new #1 switched to Lamkin’s TS1 grips in April, shortly before his win at the BMW PGA Championship. The new grips, in a customized Blue color, feature Lamkin’s revolutionary GENESIS compound and utilize FINGERPRINT TECHNOLOGY micro-textures for unmatched feel and responsiveness. A reduced-taper shape reduces excess grip tension for a more fluid swing. The Tour-inspired TS1 is exceptionally durable and maintains a consistent feel in all weather conditions

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For more information on all Lamkin grips please visit www.Lamkingrips.com or Get social @LamkinGrips

 

ABOUT LAMKIN GRIPS

Lamkin Grips’ golf heritage dates back to 1925 when founder Elver B. Lamkin began manufacturing golf’s first leather grips. Today, the family-owned business delivers the industry’s widest assortment of performance-enhancing golf grips that continue to earn loyal customers worldwide. Through their ongoing dedication to unequaled product quality and service support, Lamkin Grips is passionately committed to connecting golfers to a more confident, consistent and enjoyable game.

 

REKS® INTRODUCES FOUR NEW TRIVEX COLOR-BOOSTING™ SUN LENSES CREATED FOR GOLF, FISHING, BIKING AND SNOW SPORTS

Thanks go out to Stuart Goldstein of marketing firm RG Narrative for sharing this press release. REKS is an innovator when it comes to sunglass technology. From their unbreakable frames to their lens technology which includes their new “Trivex Color Boosting Lenses” REKS has a model of sunglass for everyone. Whether their primary purpose is for golf or you hit the slopes during the winter and take advantage of their snow lenses… REKS has a model for you.

As not only a golfer but an avid angler these sunglasses from REKS have my curiosity piqued. For more details, please see the press release below.

 

Built-in Color Equalizer Improves Contrast Between Colors,
Making them Brighter and More Distinctive

 

 These Sunglasses are also available With Prescription

 

(Boca Raton, FLORIDA; November 19, 2018) REKS, an innovative sunglass manufacturer featuring the finest in performance lenses matched with unbreakable frames, is pleased to introduce four new high performance Trivex color-boosting sun lenses. These Trivex lenses come with a built-in color equalizer that improves the contrast between colors making them seem brighter.

“Many of our customers have asked us to provide specific lenses for some of their most popular activities,” stated George Granoff CEO of REKS. “We listened to their feedback and are pleased to introduce four new Trivex Color-Boosting Sun Lenses, each with unique features to enhance your visual experience.”

 

  • GOLF lens features a rose amber tinted lens enhanced with a multi-layer silver mirror. Designed to have a lighter tint than a full sunglass lens, this golf performance lens allows more light into the eye resulting in a more precise visual experience. Whether looking down the fairway or reading the undulations of a green, this lens provides great optical clarity under a variety of sun conditions. The color-boosting lens technology improves contrast delivering brighter, more distinctive colors and includes anti-reflective and oleophobic coatings that reduce glare and help keep them free of smudges and dust. This lens has a light transmission of 30% designed for medium light conditions.

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  • FISHING lens is a newly designed polarized lens that helps eliminate unwanted glare so important for fishermen or others on the beach, in the car or pursuing any outdoor activities where glare can be eliminated providing optimum clarity and color enhancement. This lens is designed for bright light, features a blue/gray tint, a sea green mirror and includes anti-reflective and oleophobic coatings to improve performance. The fishing lens has a light transmission of 13% designed for bright sun conditions.

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  • BIKING lens features a photochromic lens that darkens in the sun and lightens in the shade. Perfect for bikers out for a long ride during mixed light conditions, this lens will adapt to changing light conditions providing a consistent high-quality visual experience. Under any light conditions, this photochromic lens will increase the contrast between colors making them seem brighter. This lens has anti-reflective and oleophobic coatings to improve performance. The biking lens will darken to a light transmission of 12% in full sun but will lighten to 47% in the shade.

 

  • SNOW lens helps distinguish between snow and ice. The built-in color equalizer increases the contrast between colors making them seem brighter and more distinct. This full sun lens provides exceptionable vision on sunny days. The anti-reflective coating on the back of the lens and oleophobic on both sides improves performance and helps provide smudge free performance. This blue/gray lens with a hint of violet features a blue/red plasma mirror that greatly enhances appearance. This full sun lens has a light transmission of 13% providing exceptionable vision on sunny days.

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Every REKS optical frame is manufactured using an unbreakable polymer material and is paired with a shatter-resistant lens. These shatter-resistant lenses are manufactured using either polycarbonate or Trivex materials. Polycarbonate is the industry standard and REKS offers its polycarbonate polarized lens in any choice of frame for $50.  Trivex lenses are manufactured using optically clear polyurethane and are usually much more expensive than polycarbonate. Capitalizing on the benefits of being a direct to consumer customer company, REKS is the first to offer trivex sun lenses with color-boosting technology for only $75.

These Trivex lens designs are also available for prescription wearers starting at  $225.

All REKS eyewear carries a 30 day, no questions asked, money back guarantee.

In addition, all prescriptions lenses are covered by a 1-year scratch protection warranty and a 2-year warranty on the frame against breakage.

About REKS
Founded in 2015, REKS is a performance and fashion brand that emphasizes high-quality polycarbonate and trivex lenses delivered in unbreakable frames. These lenses are available as regular sunglasses or High Definition prescription lenses. With in-house designed unbreakable frames and lenses that are shatter-resistant, lightweight and offer 100% UV 400 protection, REKS eyewear is suited for the consumer who demands top quality visual experiences. REKS sunglasses and performance lenses provide comfort and stability in all conditions…all at affordable prices. REKS prescription lenses are manufactured with the latest freeform digital technology that produces high definition lenses with greater field of vision and improved clarity over traditional manufacturing techniques. REKS offers seven iconic frame styles, creating a collectible line of eyewear to suit every sport, style and mood.

See the world through superior optical quality with REKS. Your journey starts here. Visit reks.com to learn more. #BeUnbreakable

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