EVNROLL® EXTENDS AWARD-WINNING PUTTER LINE WITH FOUR NEW MODELS PLUS HIGHLY INNOVATIVE TOURSTROKE TRAINER AND GRAVITY GRIP
Evnroll Putters first came to the golfing world’s attention in 2016 with a range of stunning 100% milled putters featuring Guerin Rife’s ground-breaking, patented “Sweet Face” Technology, an innovative and unique mill pattern engineered to deliver uniform performance across the entire hitting area of the putter face for unprecedented accuracy and zero dispersion.
Evnroll Putters have since won a host of accolades and awards, and now Rife is using the platform of the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show to unveil not only four striking new models, but also his TourStroke Trainer, engineered to hone the perfect stroke path, plus a new Gravity Grip designed to promote a square face impact angle, through the entire hitting area.
New putter models
The new ER1TS is actually a CNC-milled version of Rife’s new TourStroke Trainer where the degree of offset is the headline news. Head shape and style are the same as on the original ER1 heel-toe weighted flange blade, but with the addition of a hosel that moves the shaft one inch in front of the face to create an super stable “effective” MOI of 20,000. This design creates forward press and sets the right wrist without leaning the shaft forward to promote a very stable one-piece shoulder based putting stroke.
ER2.2 is a new plumber-neck version of the extremely popular ER2 MidBlade, with the heel-side mass reduced to allow for the extra weight of the hosel arm to keep the sweet spot in front of the center sightline.
The ER5B is a new all-black version of the popular Hatchback mallet featuring a proprietary flat black armor finish, complete with black shaft, grip, and headcover. It also incorporates a low heel bend, which creates more toe hang to guard against pulled putts.
The final newcomer is the ER8.3 flow-neck Players MidMallet, which Rife is hailing as the prettiest putter he’s ever designed and one that will be finding its way into his bag.
All new models are CNC-milled from 303 Stainless Steel and hand-finished in Carlsbad, California. They feature the full array of performance-enhancing technologies found on all Evnroll putters, including the “Sweet Face” technology described by independent testing and review website, MyGolfSpy, as a ‘game-changer’.
There is no single perfect way to putt, but the common stroke path most tour players set out to achieve is slightly shorter on the takeaway, square at impact and just beyond, and then slightly longer and back inside on the follow-through. The TourStroke’s elongated hosel, which angles 1¼” forward of the face, is designed to instantly create this stroke path when used in the training mode.
In the training mode, the putter face should be positioned about 1” behind the ball. This promotes the three fundamentals of ‘proper putting’ highlighted above - shorter takeaway, square through impact, longer follow-through – allowing even complete beginners to instantly make the perfect “tour player” stroke path.
The secret to the TourStroke’s performance is that the golfer knows the head is not in line with the shaft so will instinctively keep the face square until it contacts the ball to avoid pulling the putt. By keeping the shaft moving through the impact zone, the golfer will also automatically have a longer
follow-through. Best of all is that the TourStroke’s “effective” MOI is 20,000 because the entire head is positioned 1¼” from the ball – a level of stability previously unheard of.
The TourStroke can also be used in player mode by placing the putter face directly behind the ball so that the shaft is in line with the front of the ball. This automatically creates forward press without leaning the shaft forward, and presets the right wrist to promote a simple one-piece rocking of the shoulders. Used as a gamer it delivers the same benefits as the new ER1TS model.
This new, deep V-shaped grip incorporates an ultra-light 35 gram EVA foam body with a 70 gram 9” steel rod that runs the length of its extreme lower section. Moving twice the grip's structure weight directly below and ½” away from the shaft allows the hands to feel and maintain a square putter face through the entire hitting area, virtually eliminating face rotation at impact.
Adding the 15 gram outer wrap the Gravity Grip has a total weight of an above average 120 grams. This allows for more weight in the putter head to generate a greater overall weight for increased stability and accuracy, while maintaining an ideal swing weight for optimum feel and distance control.
The new models will be available in 33”, 34” and 35” lengths with an MSRP of £309 for the ER1TS, ER2.2 and ER8.3, and £349 for the ER5 Black (also available with Gravity Grip for £369). The TourStroke Trainer will have an MSRP of £169.
For more information please visit www.evnroll.com.
The new year saw the much-anticipated release of TaylorMade's M6 range of drivers, fairways and hybrids - and Clubs to Hire (CTH) customers can rent them on golf breaks from March 1.
What's more, with every M6 set rental at its Alicante, Faro, Lisbon, Malaga or Palma outlets, CTH will provide a complimentary sleeve of TaylorMade's new, enhanced TP5 balls (worth €14.50).
TaylorMade has taken Twist Face to the next level of performance with the introduction of Speed Injected Twist Face technology in the M6, to maximise speed to the allowable limit.
A thinner, more flexible face is initially designed above the legal limit before going through the tuning process, a process in which resin is injected to ensure maximum speed for each head. A significant benefit of the thinner, faster face design is that it provides a faster off-centre COR, effectively increasing forgiveness.
CTH co-founder Tony Judge said: "These are excellent new clubs - and balls - and will prove immensely popular with our clients, as TaylorMade products always do. They will be available in our outlets from the beginning of March although we are already very busy taking bookings now."
A rental set comprising M6 metal-woods and TaylorMade M6 irons costs from just £70 for a week's rental, with both men's and ladies' versions available.
Clubs to Hire handles more than 300,000 annual visits to its website and more than 80,000 bookings for rental clubs at 29 locations worldwide, including popular golfing regions in the USA, Thailand, Australia, South Africa and five countries across the Mediterranean, offering the latest clubs on the market, from leading brands such as TaylorMade, Callaway and Mizuno - for men and women, left- or right-handed - from just €35 per week, a potential saving of up to €193, with none of the hassle.
Chervò has drawn unique inspiration from the diverse world of bikers and Tibet for its exciting autumn/winter 2018/19 collection.
The leading Italian luxury golf and leisure apparel company has launched the latest range, which underlines their progressive design and adds to the growing reputation of the brand in the UK, which is already among the most established in continental Europe.
The men’s collection features the colour moods more commonly associated with bikers, using steel and leather among the shades, while the women’s collection has adopted both vibrant and softer palettes, which can be found among traditional Tibetan tribes.
But while traditions are acknowledged, Chervò underlines its incredible versatility to be worn on the golf course and for everyday life, with premium quality and cutting-edge technology in the wide selection of stylish designs.
Peter Erlacher, who co-founded Chervò along with brother Manfred, said: “Comfort always remains at the forefront of our minds, using stretch qualities as base fabrics, or as stretch inserts in strategic spots.
“But at Chervò, we also like to challenge a few traditions with our designs and take golf and leisure fashion in a new direction with our innovation.”
Chervò’s high-tech, patented technology and performance materials have been translated expertly into golf with DRY-MATIC®, SUN-BLOCK®, AQUA-BLOCK® and WIND-LOCK® items, which guarantee its garments stand up to the toughest of weather conditions.
To see some of the highlights from the new collection, please use this link: goo.gl/7UDgrY or visit www.chervo.com
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: OSCAR JACOBSON’S AW18 COLLECTION DELIVERS AN EXCITING BLEND OF STYLE AND PERFORMANCE
The modern golfer seeks the ultimate in performance from their winter wardrobe, allowing them to play their best when the weather turns for the worse. But high functionality should not come at the expense of style. With 114 years of tailoring experience, Swedish brand Oscar Jacobson has been kitting out European Tour golfers for over four decades. Combining men’s fashion and cutting-edge technologies, Oscar Jacobson’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection features fashionable, technical garments delivering the best of both worlds: style and performance.
The 21st-century golfer requires stylish apparel that works equally well on and off the golf course. Oscar Jacobson’s rich heritage in fashion tailoring, dating all the way back to 1903, ensures that performance and style run deep in the brand’s DNA. The new Autumn/Winter 2018 collection from Oscar Jacobson Sport draws heavily on the brand’s expertise in fashion tailoring, and its exceptional knowledge of technical golf apparel. As such, it delivers a range of garments that will not only perform on the fairways, but will also deliver a dynamic and stylish look to turn heads on the high street.
Best of both worlds
When the seasons turn, warmth becomes a key issue for golfers seeking effective, yet stylish, solutions to the dilemma of how to retain heat without adding bulk and reducing freedom to swing. Oscar Jacobson solves this problem with PrimaLoft ®; an ultralight, yet warm, padding material.
Featuring a lightweight PrimaLoft ® padded body and jersey knitted sleeves with a brushed backside, the Carson hybrid jacket offers the best of both worlds – core insulation and greater freedom of movement.
Caleb is a PrimaLoft ® sleeveless vest, for those days when retaining core body warmth is the key requirement. It works well on its own or under a rain jacket. Featuring Oscar Jacobson’s ZIP-IN technology, it’s compatible with the premium 3-layer, 4-way stretch Lawrie Pro waterproof shell jacket. Also ZIP-IN compatible, and featuring PrimaLoft ® padding, is the lightweight Jamie jacket.
Featuring ultra-light PrimaLoft ® insulation with a brushed backside, the all new Gary trousers are designed to be worn next to your skin. They draw upon Oscar Jacobson’s fashion tailoring expertise to deliver a superior ‘tailored’ fit, while offering the best performance benefits that modern fabric technologies can deliver.
Merino pullovers for Autumn/Winter 2018 again come in a variety of styles. There’s an extensive colour range in the Cashwool ® 100% Extrafine merino wool classic V-neck Wyatt and quarter-zip Heron. The turtle neck Hyatt comes in three colour options.
100% Extrafine Cashwool® from Zegna Baruffa is a stylish, unique and high-performing yarn crafted by Baruffa at its Borgosesia plant in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. This soft, luxurious wool was born out of intensive research in the late 1970s to find a yarn combining aesthetic beauty with top-quality performance.
Hybrid sweaters and pullovers within the AW18 range deliver comfort and style, on and off the course. The Marshall full-zip sweater blends cotton, nylon and elastane for a contemporary look while the 50% cotton/50% polyester Hawkes T-neck sweater offers innovative cut lines for enhanced fit. The Jerome half-zip and Pilou round neck pullovers marry 50% Extrafine wool with 50% Polyacrylic. Both offer on and off-course versatility.
The Iwan zipped cardigan and Anders T-neck sweater both feature a stretchy drop liner for exceptional comfort and warmth on windy days, while the Orson T-neck sweater offers classic golf styling.
The short sleeve Chap polo and Chauncery long sleeve polo, together with the Jonathan and Roald thermals, offer base and inner layering options to maximize comfort and warmth on the course.
Oscar Jacobson’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection offers three distinctive colour themes – Performance which is all about function and expressing an active lifestyle, both on and off the course. Urban draws on Oscar Jacobson’s heritage in fashion tailoring and reflects trends from the high street and menswear while Dynamic is a little more playful and is aimed at those looking to stand out rather than blend in.
Oscar Jacobson Sport’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection will perfectly prepare any golfer to meet the demands of off-season golf with an ideal blend of performance, function and style.
STRIKING NEW NEXLITE BOA 005 SHOE’S KURARAY UPPERS WILL MAKE IT ONE OF THE LIGHTEST BOA SPIKED SHOES ON THE MARKET
In Japan, Mizuno was the third biggest golf shoe supplier by both volume and value in 2017 with almost 10% of the market, and the company enjoyed significant growth in golf footwear across nearly all regions, including EMEA, with the success of the ultralight Nexlite SL. That growth continued into SS18, with orders for the Wave Cadence and Nexlite Boa showing a 25% increase over 2017’s sales.
Now that growth is set to continue further with the introduction of the Nexlite Boa 005 for AW18, an ultralight, high-performance golf shoe that will be among the lightest in class for Boa spiked shoes.
Nexlite Boa 005 retains the Boa closure system from last season’s model instead of traditional laces, which makes it easier to put the shoes on and take them off. The Boa dial on the side of the shoe tightens and releases a durable Nylon-coated stainless steel wire lace that won’t stretch, with the tightening system also improving the fit for longer-lasting comfort as the whole foot is secured more evenly within the shoe.
The new waterproof Nexlite Boa 005 will feature Kuraray synthetic leather uppers, which feel like natural leather but weigh less. Each shoe weighs in at just 285g making them among the very lightest Boa shoes with spiked soles. Midsoles and outsoles feature a rubber design, with the quick-fastening, quick-release iG4f spikes – six in each shoe - providing excellent grip throughout the swing.
Nexlite Boa 005 will be available in Black and White/Blue in men’s sizes from 6.5 to 11. Each pair will come supplied with two extra spikes and a wrench.
RRP: Nexlite Boa 005 Golf Shoes £130/€150
For further information on Mizuno’s full range of golf clubs, balls, apparel, accessories and footwear, or to find out why #nothingfeelslikeamizuno, visit: golf.mizunoeurope.com.
PRG, one of the world’s leading suppliers of innovative, high-quality bespoke golf accessories, is proud to have once again been commissioned to work with the PGA of America on a collection of eye-catching red, white and blue official Ryder Cup accessories for Team USA as they travel to defend the trophy at Le Golf National in France.
PRG’s official 2018 US Ryder Cup Team merchandise will not only be carried and used by the 12-man team on their mission to retain the Ryder Cup in France in late September, but will also be available for purchase at shop.pga.com/Ryder_Cup, official online shop to the 2018 Ryder Cup, as well as on-site at Le Golf National.
“We were delighted and honored when PRG was chosen to create the headcovers and putter covers carried by the victorious US Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine last time round in 2016,” said Stephen Riley, Owner and President of PRG. “Through our U.S. distributor, PRG Americas, we have worked closely alongside the PGA of America for a number of years and it is great to be producing a collection for the US team again for the 2018 Ryder Cup.”
Trevor Sanders of PRG Americas, PRG’s official distributor in the USA, said: “We have built a strong relationship with the PGA of America, including manufacturing products for the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive last month.”
“Projects and collections like these epitomize what PRG is all about, so we were thrilled to be asked to work with them again on an extended range of merchandise for the 2018 US Ryder Cup team, which will not only be carried and used by the players, but also be available for purchase in the official online shop to the 2018 Ryder Cup” added Sanders.
The collection truly encompasses PRG’s focus on delivering innovative designs using the highest-quality materials and manufacturing processes. It comprises a stylish leatherette red, white and blue shoe bag, eye-catching driver, fairway wood and hybrid covers, and classy blade and mallet putter covers, all proudly displaying the official 2018 US Ryder Cup team crest. An extended collection of metal ware, including ball markers, divot tools, key rings and bag tags are also available. However, the stand-out piece in the collection is a premium Vanto leather duffel bag in blue with red accents that is the epitome of style. The whole collection blends sophisticated designs with traditional and contemporary styling to deliver a striking look for Team USA and its fans.
PRG designs and manufactures bespoke golf accessories of the highest quality while striving to keep a balance with affordability. Working with a broad spectrum of international clients, the company continues to display versatility and adaptability to meet specific customer requirements.
This unparalleled attention to detail has led to PRG’s burgeoning reputation within the industry and has resulted in the company working with some of the most prestigious resorts, brands and events in the world of golf as it continues to evolve and move forward with an extensive and ever-growing range of products. From brassware to leather, headcovers, towels and much more, PRG, is committed to using the best materials and unrivalled workmanship to create golfing accessories and memorabilia of the very highest standard.
For further information on the PRG range of bespoke accessories, please visit www.prg-golf.com, follow them on Twitter @prgolfonline, Instagram @prgolfonline and Facebook @PRGolf
Our Equipment Editor, William Murfitt, tries out the latest ball stamps from stampyourballs.com. On a wet day at Prestatyn Golf Club, will the stamps hold up? Will he be able to find his ball in the rough? Well, all this and more about stampyourballs will be revealed.
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Leading rental agency Clubs to Hire has enjoyed a bumper first six months of 2018 and recorded its best June trading figures since its launch in 2010 - with the business on target to rent more than 75,000 sets of clubs in the calendar year.
Its business also acts as a barometer for trends in golf travel and indicates continued extensive growth in Turkey, following the well-documented downturn of a few years ago, and a significant increase in golfing visitors to Alicante, Cadiz and Cyprus.
Clubs to Hire's year-on-year figures for its Belek outlet - serving some of Turkey's biggest and busiest golf resorts - are up by a staggering 98 per cent, showing that people are flocking back to a region renowned for its sunshine and value for money.
The Alicante outlet, on Spain's Costa Blanca, has also seen significant improvement with a 42 per cent increase year-on-year, while Cádiz, in Andalucía, is up by an impressive 35 per cent. Elsewhere, the Costa Dorada (22), Murcia (16) and Palma, Mallorca (18), have also experienced solid growth compared with the same period in 2017.
Company co-founder and chief executive Tony Judge said: "These figures are hugely encouraging - not just for Clubs to Hire, but also, I feel, for the golf travel industry as a whole. It indicates to us that people are digging out their golf shoes and heading away to play again, after a couple of years where they may have felt uncertainty about some destinations and exchange rates.
"Our advance bookings are in good shape too, so I'm quietly confident 2018 will prove a good year for Clubs to Hire - and an enjoyable one for our clients."
It's already proved to be a commercially advantageous year for the Dublin-based outfit which recently agreed a partnership with Golfbreaks.com, which, alongside an existing arrangement with YourGolfTravel.com, gives it preferred status with Europe's top two golf travel companies.
Clubs to Hire handles more than 300,000 annual visits to its website and more than 80,000 bookings for rental clubs at 27 locations worldwide, including popular golfing regions in the USA, Thailand, Australia, South Africa and five countries across the Mediterranean, offering the latest clubs on the market, from leading brands such as TaylorMade, Callaway and Mizuno - for men and women, left- or right-handed - from just €35 per week, a potential saving of up to €125, with none of the hassle.
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Mizuno is celebrating again after its JPX900 Tour forged irons were used to win the USPGA Championship at Bellerive CC in St Louis, Missouri.
The brand has been enjoying an exceptional couple of years with players, both contracted and non-contracted, using Mizuno’s fabled forged irons to claim a series of impressive victories on the world’s major golf tours, including the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Opens. Now, the company has reason to celebrate again.
Mizuno’s JPX900 Tour irons were played to a second Major win of 2018 at the USPGA Championship by the same player who secured those back-to-back U.S. Open wins in 2017 and 2018. He has now won three Major championships over 15 months of incredible golf.
Like many recent Major winners, the player in question is a free agent when it comes to equipment – making his decision to stick with a set of JPX900 Tour irons even more compelling for Mizuno.
“It’s such a privilege and honour to have our irons being played by Major champions,” said Testu Kanayama, Director of R&D, Mizuno. “The trend of elite players becoming ‘free agents’ has given Mizuno equipment a platform back at the very top level of the game. When players choose irons based on quality and performance, Mizuno always has a much better chance of success.”
The trend for more and more non-contracted players to turn to the brand’s forged irons has become a familiar story over the past couple of seasons, and one that sends out a strong message about the desirability of Mizuno’s renowned irons when top professionals have free choice.
It is Mizuno’s reputation for crafting the very finest irons on the market that has attracted a growing number of non-contracted players to the brand in recent years, whether the JPX Series played by the 2018 USPGA champion, or the fabled MP players’ models. Last year’s launch of the new MP-18s heralded a new era in players’ irons. With three distinct models and head types, there is greater scope than ever before for better players to mix and match models to create the perfect set for their needs.
In the more humble settings of Europe’s Challenge Tour, Finland’s Kim Koivu (-21) won on home soil – after birdieing the first play-off hole to claim the Vierumäki Finnish Challenge title. With the win — his second of the season after taking the Belt & Road Colorful Yunnan Open — the 27 year old moves to fourth position on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah and makes serious headway towards earning his European Tour card for 2019.
“Two wins on the same day for our equipment at near opposite ends of the tour, is a very good indication of where Mizuno stands within the professional game,” said Alex Thorne, Tour Operations Manager. “We’ve a really healthy blend of elite level equipment validation and emerging talent to stand us in good stead for the long term.”
With a fast turnaround on all new custom clubs, Mizuno has strived to “create the best products for consumers” for 112 years, and the JPX900 Series and MP-18 Series adhere firmly to that original spirit and desire, while offering the best performance benefits that modern technology can bring. #nothingfeelslikeamizuno
For further information on the Mizuno’s full range of golf equipment, apparel and accessories visit: golf.mizunoeurope.com.