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By Casey BiererDecember 16, 2005, 5:00 pm
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Wilson Golf has introduced the Wilson Staff Ci6 (Control) irons to its premium line of clubs for 2006. Looking to become the iron company for all, regardless of handicap, the Ci6 irons are specifically designed for the 10-16 handicap golfer looking for increased control and added distance. The new Ci6 irons complement the current Wilson Staff iron family (Forged, Performance and Distance) first introduced last season.
Wilson Staff Ci6 irons
The new Wilson Staff Ci6 irons
The Wilson Staff Ci6 irons blend the strongest attributes of the Wilson Staff Pi5 (Performance) iron and Wilson Staff Di5 (Distance iron) irons. Both the Pi5 and Di5, as well as the Wilson Staff Fi5 (Forged) irons, will remain in the line for 2006. The design of the Ci6 irons features a head size larger than that of the Pi5 but still smaller than the Di5. The progressive top-line and offset are wider and greater than the Pi5, but thinner and less than the Di5, respectively. The Ci6 stainless steel, midsize cast club head features a full back cavity, small undercut and low center of gravity across the entire set.
The Wilson Staff Ci6 irons also feature a new Elastomeric Damping layer applied to the entire back cavity which, according to Wilson, reduces vibration and decreases overall resonant frequency of the head when striking the ball. This patented layer, says Wilson, also provides 1/3 more vibration damping, which in turn produces softer and truer feel at impact as the technology is designed to replicate the feel of striking a ball as if it were hit by a forged blade.
The new Wilson Staff Ci6 irons are designed specifically to that golfer with a 10-16 handicap, said Angus Moir, Global Business Director, Wilson Golf. The Ci6 are for the player seeking maximum control with a more traditional look and Wilsons patented Elastomeric Damping layer provides a much truer feel. With the addition of this set of irons, we have improved the Wilson Staff family of irons and now truly have an iron for everyone. At one time, Wilson Staff was the iron company, and now with Forged, Performance, Control and Distance irons, we feel we are on the way back to once again earning that recognition.
The new Wilson Staff Ci6 irons will be available in steel or graphite shafts and each shaft option is designed to maximize control and produce launch and trajectory characteristics sought by the golfer. The new Taper Tech C1 steel shaft from True Temper features tri-section construction and progressive tip length to a .370-inch tip. The stiffer tip in the mid to short irons produces a lower launch angle and more control, while a higher kick point in the low to mid irons promotes higher launch and greater distance.
The Nano Tech graphite shaft that was introduced last year has been improved, according to Wilson, to feature Nano construction across not just the tip, but the full length of the shaft. The infusion of nano particles produces a stronger and more torisionally stable shaft, and the .370 tip, which also includes progressive tip length, optimizes ball flight across the set.
The new Wilson Staff Ci6 Irons will be available in early 2006 at pro and golf specialty shops for $499 in steel (RL, R, S, X) and $599 in graphite (RL, R, S, X).

Sun Mountain Speed Cart
Sun Mountain Speed Cart
Missoula, Montana - Sun Mountain, the inventors of the easily collapsible push cart, Speed Cart (r), have introduced a self-propelled, electric version of this top-selling cart called Speed E Cart(tm). Speed E Cart allows golfers the enjoyment and health benefits of walking the course while the cart carries the clubs. Speed E Cart operates with cruise control and dynamic braking that keep the cart at a consistent speed. Golfers just walk behind and steer. Speed E Cart folds down into a compact package that fits into a car trunk or cart locker. Speed E Cart is available in black, metallic silver and metallic orange with a full-suggested retail price of $799.
Speed E Cart is an electric cart driven by a 24V motor, hidden inside the front wheel. Sun Mountain says the motor is silent and extremely efficient. The motor is powered by a small battery which goes the distance for over 18 holes. The Speed E Cart motor is controlled by a set of buttons placed on the cart's handle. The buttons include power on/off, start/stop, buttons to increase and decrease speed to set a walking pace, which the motor is programmed to maintain across varied terrain; plus three timer buttons that allow the cart to be sent ahead unassisted 15, 30 and 60 yards. When powered off, the Speed E Cart can be pushed as a manual Speed Cart for peace of mind when maneuvering in the parking lot or around the clubhouse and to eliminate the chance of being stranded on the course with an out-of-charge battery.

SAN DIEGO, CA ' Lamkin Corp., a major supplier of grips to the golf industry, has hired leading engineering professional Norman A. Assali to head up the companys engineering and product development departments.
Lamkins new director of engineering and product development, Assali comes to Lamkin from Ingersoll-Rand/Schlage, where he spent the last 10 years leading the commercial and residential security and safety industry in product design, productivity efficiency and continuous improvements in achieving operational excellence. He is a black-belt champion in the six-sigma program, a training program developed to help businesses achieve extraordinary results by reducing costs, increasing revenues, improving process speeds, raising quality levels and deepening customer relationships.
Norman is a great asset to our organization, says Bob Lamkin, president and CEO of Lamkin Corp. His dedication to his work and clear business focus will help us as we continue to provide golfers with the latest technical advances in golf grips. We are happy to have added a team player who can bring so much to the table, for both Lamkin and Lamkin customers.

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA ' According to Nickent, the first week the DC Ironwood was introduced to the PGA Tour, at the last full field event of the 2005 season, it helped catapult the family of 3DX hybrids to # 1 on the PGA Tour. Even the 2004 British Open champion who helped make hybrids famous with his hybrid play switched over to the new 3DX DC after just two days of testing, says Nickent.
Nickent DC Ironwood
Nickent DC Ironwood
To create an even hotter and more forgiving hybrid, Nickent thinned the face of the 3DX DC, creating a higher C.O.R. than the original 3DX Ironwood. A plasma welding process was used to help redistribute the weight to the extreme perimeters of the club head. Forty grams of weight were moved down and back in the head using two tungsten-polymer fused inserts (XW Inserts). Thats almost 60% more adjustable weight in the club head than in the leading adjustable weight hybrid.
The XW Inserts are a fusion of polymer and tungsten. By using polymer around the outside of the insert, Nickent says they have the ability to vary the mass of the insert without being bulky and taking away from proper club head design. XW Inserts are also used to move the center of gravity of the head to insure proper weight distribution and eliminate pull hooks.
Hybrids have become popular because they offer the golfer more ball flight options than long irons or high lofted fairway woods, said Nickent Senior Vice President John Hoeflich. Now the new 3DX DC family-of-hybrids give the player even more choices to be certain that they have the right club for every shot from 150 to 250 yards. With all of our loft options and different launch characteristics, we have left no doubt that we are the unanimous King of Hybrids.
The 3DX DC Ironwood has 14 hybrid lofts, one club every 1.5 degrees from 14 to 26. The 3DX family-of-hybrids features three high performance shafts from the worlds premier shaft manufacturers. The 75 gram Aldila NV hybrid shaft is used, making Nickent the only manufacturer to offer this stable yet easier to load genuine NV shaft. Also available in graphite is the UST Golf high-performance SR2 graphite shaft. For players who prefer the weight and feel of steel, the Nippon 950 shaft is available in an S/R shaft option. MSRP is $199 on the NV stock option, $169 for the UST SR2 and $179 in the Nippon 950 shaft.
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'The Golf Club 2019' adds Elvy to commentary team

By Nick MentaJuly 19, 2018, 4:45 pm

“The Golf Club 2019” is adding a new name to its commentary team.

Broadcaster Luke Elvy will join returning announcer and HB Studios developer John McCarthy for the title's third installment.

Golf fans will recognize Elvy from his recent work with CBS in addition to his time with Sky Sports, FOX Sports, TNT, PGA Tour Live and PGA Tour Radio.

A 25-year media veteran from Australia, he now works in the United States and lives with his family in Canada.

"Ian Baker-Finch was my right-hand man on Australian televison," Elvy told in an interview at the Quicken Loans National. "And Finchy said to me, 'What are you doing here? You should be with me in the States.’ He introduced me to a few people over here and that's how the transition has happened over the last five or six years."

Elvy didn't have any prior relationship with HB Studios, who reached out to him via his management at CAA. As for why he got the job, he pseudo-jokes: "They heard the accent, and said, 'We like that. That works for us. Let's go.' That's literally how it happened."

He participated in two separate recording sessions over three days, first at his home back in February and then at the HB Studios shortly after The Players Championship. He teased his involvement when the game was announced in May.

Although he doesn't describe himself as a "gamer," Elvy lauded the game's immediate playability, even for a novice.

“It’s exactly how you’d want golf to be,” he said.

"The Golf Club 2019" will be the first in the HB series to feature PGA Tour branding. The Tour had previously licensed its video game rights to EA Sports.

In addition to a career mode that will take players from the Tour all the way through the FedExCup Playoffs, "The Golf Club 2019" will also feature at launch replicas of six TPC courses played annually on Tour – TPC Summerlin (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course (Waste Management Phoenix Open), TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course (The Players Championship), TPC Southwind (FedEx St. Jude Classic/WGC-FedEx St. Jude Championship), TPC Deere Run (John Deere Classic), and TPC Boston (Dell Technologies Championship).

“I played nine holes at Scottsdale,” Elvy added. “It’s a very close comparison. Visually, it’s very realistic."

The Golf Club 2019 is due out this August on PlayStation 4, XBOX One, and PC.

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Expired visa, helicopter, odd clubs all part of Vegas' journey

By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 3:48 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.

Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.

Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.

“Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”

The problem was an expired visa.

Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.

No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.

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Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.

His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.

One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.

His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.

“Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”

He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.

“It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”

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'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

“The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”

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Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.

“That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”

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Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:28 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”

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Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”