News from the Business World

By Casey BiererOctober 21, 2007, 4:00 pm
Cobra Golf announces the release the King Cobra UFi irons. The UFi name stands for Ultimate Forgiveness irons and Cobra says the irons are their most forgiving yet.
 
'Cobra has a rich history of developing high performance irons,' said Jeff Harmet, President, Cobra Golf and Titleist Clubs. 'In developing the UFi irons, the objective of the Cobra R&D team was to utilize advanced technology and design to achieve the highest level of forgiveness and playability at any cost.'
 
Designed by integrating multiple materials, these irons feature an exclusive metal matrix face insert, patented polymer topline, high density tungsten heel-toe weighting and a steel alloy body.
 
'The UFi is the most technologically advanced iron Cobra has ever developed,' said Scott Rice, Director of Research and Development. 'A key design element in the UFi is the metal matrix face insert. This unique alloy produces a face insert that is 65% lighter than steel which allows us to shift weight out to the perimeter of the club head, as well as shift the CG lower and further back to produce the highest MOI and lowest CG of any iron we have ever developed.'
 
Metal Matrix Face Insert:
  • The UFi proprietary metal matrix face insert is a metal alloy comprised of nine different metals, which are 65% lighter than steel and 35% lighter than titanium. Nano-sized particles of Scandium (Sc) are imbedded in the metal's structure.
     
  • The precision combination of the nine metals, combined with precise rolling of the material into sheets and a special heat treatment, allows the Metal Matrix material to achieve strength comparable to 431 stainless steel, while maintaining an incredibly low density.
     
  • This combination of high strength and light weight make it an ideal material to free up discretionary weight, which moves the CG low, back and to the perimeter and increases MOI for ultimate forgiveness.
     
  • The hardness is similar to that of a forging, which promotes a soft, solid feel at impact.
     
    Polymer Topline:
     
  • Polymer topline weighs one-quarter of the steel it replaces, so this discretionary weight is moved from the top of the club to the heel and toe weights for a low-back CG for higher launch.
     
  • The polymer topline also helps dampen vibration for improved feel.
     
    Wide-Sole Design with Tungsten Weights:
     
  • Wide sole allows for lower CG and higher MOI.
     
  • High density tungsten weights in the heel and toe shift weight low-back and to the perimeter for maximum forgiveness, high launch and superior distance.
     
    Back Cavity Plate, Urethane Insert:
     
  • Made of aluminum, the full back cavity plate is backed with a urethane layer to dampen vibration and enhance feel.
     
  • Lightweight urethane sole insert moves weight to the heel and toe, increasing MOI for maximum forgiveness.
     
  • These two technologies work in concert with the Metal Matrix face insert and polymer topline to provide amazingly soft feel.
     
    Cobra Golf ' New Driver:
    The name ' King Cobra L4V - stands for Limit 4 Variables because this new driver is designed up to the limit of four USGA defined performance variables: Maximum COR (.830), maximum head dimensions (5by <5), maximum volume (460cc), and maximum inertia or MOI.
     
    The L4V driver line is a direct result of Cobras commitment to developing the industrys highest performing drivers via innovative, advanced design and technology, said Jeff Harmet, President, Cobra Golf and Titleist Clubs.
     
    From the carbon composite crown and sole section to the tungsten back-weighting, this multi-material driver has been designed for maximum distance and accuracy. In addition, all of this technology has been paired with one of the most advanced shaft on the market, the Cobra/Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Red Board, featuring Cobras exclusive Dynamic Shaft Balancing System. The L4V is available in X, F and M models, each Speed Tuned to the golfers ball speed for maximum distance and accuracy.
     
    The Cobra R&D team designed this club head to the limit of USGA regulations for MOI, COR, head volume and dimensions, said Scott Rice, Director of Research and Development. The L4V is the most advanced, highest performing driver we have ever produced, providing all player types the ultimate in distance and accuracy. L4V drivers will begin shipping on November 1 with a suggested retail price of $480.
     
    True Temper:
    On September 19, 2007, True Temper Sports, Inc. (True Temper Sports or the Company) marked the opening of its newest golf shaft manufacturing operation located just outside of Shanghai in Suzhou, China. The metals forming facility, which has been under construction for the past two years, will provide the needed capacity and expansion for the Company following its acquisition of the Royal Precision brands in 2006. On hand for the ribbon cutting were over 100 employees and invited guests, including the Companys Board of Directors and local Chinese politicians and dignitaries. Commenting on the event, Scott Hennessy, President and CEO, stated, This marks a true milestone in our Companys history. This start-up facility will provide us with the opportunity to more fully service and support the growing golf industry throughout the world, particularly in Asia. He went on to say that production at the site will begin in the next few months and will become fully operational in 2008.
     
    4th Annual Mid Pines Hickory Open:
    The history and tradition of golf will be celebrated in the Sandhills of North Carolina; the Golf Heritage Weekend, November 1-4, 2007. The weekend combines events and activities for all, whether you participate in the Mid Pines Hickory Open, attend the Art of Golf and Golf Collectors Exhibition founded by Tom Stewart of Old Sport and Gallery in 2001, play the site of the 2007 U.S. Womens Open Championship, Pine Needles, or enjoy all of the festivities. This weekend precedes the Golf Collectors Society 37th Annual Meeting & Trade Show.
     
    In the 4th Annual Mid Pines Hickory Open, golfers will play with hickory shafted clubs on Mid Pines classic Donald Ross-designed course. The Open begins on Thursday with a Foursomes Event using hickory clubs at Pine Needles, and then moves to Mid Pines for the Championship on Friday and Saturday. The Hickory Open is an opportunity to come to the cradle of American golf and play the game the way it was originally played.
     
    The Art of Golf and Golf Collectors Exhibition features fine golf artists, sculptors, photographers, and golf collectors exhibiting and selling their works and memorabilia. On Friday night, the Golf Heritage Celebration (6:00pm ' 9:00pm) will bring the hickory golfers, artists, collectors and the public together. Friday night, the Silent Auction begins, raising funds for the Tufts Archives, the Pinehurst History Museum (www.tuftsarchives.org).
     
    On Saturday, the Exhibition (10:00am ' 5:00pm) will feature Antique Roadshow- style appraisals ' encouraging the golfers of Southern Pines, Pinehurst and the surrounding towns to bring grandpa Petes old clubs and see what they may be worth. For your convenience, the Exhibitor Registration Form is on the backside of this letter.
     
    Email your thoughts to Casey Bierer
  • Getty Images

    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

    The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

    Getty Images

    Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

    Getty Images

    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

    Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

    Getty Images

    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


    Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

    Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.