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PXG signs Gary Player ahead of Masters Par 3 Contest; Gary Player’s WITB

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Ahead of Wednesday’s Par 3 Contest at Augusta National, PXG has announced that they have signed Gary Player who will game the company’s clubs at both the Masters Par 3 Contest and during the ceremonial first drive on Thursday.

The South African, who won the Masters on three occasions, will have 14 PXG clubs in the bag during Wednesday’s beloved competition, including the company’s PXG 0811 X GEN2 Driver, and PXG 0311 XF Xtreme Dark GEN2 Irons.

Speaking on the signing of Gary Player, PXG founder and CEO, Bob Parsons, stated

“Gary Player has had one of the most remarkable careers in golf. He personifies what PXG has set forth to accomplish – to be the finest example of excellence in the industry. I have tremendous respect for Mr. Player, and couldn’t be prouder to count him among the PXG Troops.”

Gary Player’s Masters WITB

  • PXG 0811 X GEN2 Driver, 9 degrees
  • PXG 0341 X GEN2 Fairway Woods, 15 degress and 18 degrees 
  • PXG 0317 X GEN2 Hybrids, 22 degrees and 25 degrees
  • PXG 0311 XF Xtreme Dark GEN2 Irons, 6-PW
  • PXG 0311 T 100% Milled Xtreme Dark Wedges, 50 degrees Sugar Daddy, 56 degrees Sugar Daddy, and 60-degree Zulu
  • PXG GEN2 Brandon Putter, Black, Plumber’s Neck
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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

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  1. Pelling

    Apr 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Taylormade does a nice job working with vets. They outfit wounded warriors for groups like OperationGameOn.org at their Carlsbad headquarters for free. Full fitting, name on the locker, complete set of whatever new clubs the vet wants! First class. Interestingly, I contacted Bob Parson’s PXG (he’s a former Marine) about a set of clubs for my son, a Marine who served in Afghanistan, but they never responded. Guess they were too busy pushing clubs to rich guys.

  2. Pelling

    Apr 10, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    I felt sorry for Player’s granddaughter who had to carry that ridiculous staff bag today in the Par 3 contest…

  3. Kelly

    Apr 10, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Well it seems that no matter the age some people still chase after the almighty dollar. I think that is sad. And even worst is the guy that gets sucked into the shit show and thinks he needs these sticks. Average player out there $300.00 or $2000.00.Will not make any difference except to your wallet.

  4. Geoffrey Holland

    Apr 10, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Golfers do not game or golf clubs. Golfers play golf clubs. Let’s lose this ridiculously stupid childish word.

  5. Bill

    Apr 10, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    What Parsons did is drive up the price of every golf club in the golfing industry. All the competition is gladly following his lead.

    Every set of irons is now $1,200+ vs. $700 – $800 a few years ago. Drivers are now $500+.

    Although I have great respect for Player, he’s always been known to follow the buck. So if Parsons is stupid enough to claim this validates his equipment it’s no fault of Players IMO.

  6. Jack Nash

    Apr 10, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    When are they gonna come out with the Danica wedge? You’d think as the model that got Go Daddy off the ground she’d get a sniff.

  7. GMatt

    Apr 10, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Nothing to see here, unless someone on the PGA tour consistently wins with them, they are just as good as anything out there but at a higher price point, even my buddy in my Sunday morning game can’t win with em

  8. Joro

    Apr 10, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    And now,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,The Black Knight. what a laugher.

  9. Marty Tough

    Apr 10, 2019 at 10:12 am

    TM boys are hilarious.

    PXG are overpriced. TM new irons are 2000 bucks.
    My Gen2 driver with shaft upgrade was CHEAPER than I would have been for the TM. And I tried the TM’s. Nothing to seperate them in distance but PXG’s XF pissed all over them in dispersion.

    Haters gonna hate though.

    Great brand exposure. Parsons isn’t a Billionaire by chance.

  10. Jamho3

    Apr 10, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Somehow, I like this. GP well played.

  11. B

    Apr 10, 2019 at 2:55 am

    I don’t get PXG doesn’t make its own shafts and grips if it makes its equipment like nobody else, I guess their equipment is just like everybody else’s, then.
    Honma is way superior in that respect and it doesn’t need any kaboom

  12. Jamie

    Apr 9, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Wayne Player needs all the trust fund he can get from Dad.

  13. Damn the haters

    Apr 9, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    If it were a titleist set of irons for !2000 they would b all the rage and so worth it smh

  14. Gunter Eisenberg

    Apr 9, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    I thought Player would be a Callaway guy forever. When did his contract expire?

  15. Jose Pinatas

    Apr 9, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Parsons clubs, OnCore balls? In the famous words of Frank Catton, “Nuff Said!!”

  16. BobbyG

    Apr 9, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Makes me want to rush out and buy these! Not! PXG needs to produce a putter prototype like Player’s old stabbing blade.

  17. Schneider

    Apr 9, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Yay more worthless promotion of overpriced products that have zero performance advantages over other manufactures. Not to mention rarely any tour wins for PXG over the last few years

    • Scott Francis

      Apr 9, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      Haha ok dude another hater who cant adford the clubs? They do perform and the driver is rated as one of the years best drivers and its $25 more than the overhyped TM stuff. Besides for upcharged shafts PXG is at $125 where Callaway and Tam are at $250

      • Michael Portus

        Apr 9, 2019 at 1:25 pm

        My TM M5 soared past the latest PXG 0811 Gen2 driver by 30 yards both 9 degrees with the same exact Tensei Pro White 70 TX shafts at 45.5 inches both tipped one inch. I will happily side with Schneider on this one!

        • Scott Francis

          Apr 9, 2019 at 6:25 pm

          haha 30 yards yeah OK man no driver released this year is 30 yards longer than anything else

      • L

        Apr 10, 2019 at 2:57 am

        Hey Scott
        Rated means nothing, they can pay somebody to rate something? Yes, that does happen lol

  18. Austin

    Apr 9, 2019 at 10:53 am

    This is worthless without pictures…

  19. Boyo

    Apr 9, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Wow. Callaway must feel crushed

    • Scott Francis

      Apr 9, 2019 at 12:41 pm

      Well as a worldwide brand ambassador whos one of the greats yeah Callaway prob does sting a bit. Player is known by every golfer over 40. I dont get all the hate for PXG sure clubs are pricey but the Heroes program has gotten clu s into many players hands.The gen1 0311 irons flat out perform. Ive had 919 forged and 2019 Apex and PXG feel and look better.

      • D

        Apr 10, 2019 at 2:53 am

        I heard the coolaid tastes like dirt though
        But hey, a sucker born every minute huh

  20. Yo boi

    Apr 9, 2019 at 9:55 am

    More hybrids than San Francisco

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Talking New Level Golf with founder Eric Burch

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“If you want to make a small fortune, start with a big fortune”

It’s a phrase I’ve heard many times before, not just with the golf industry but in other industries that are, let’s call them — leisure or sports-focused. It’s an uphill climb to enter any market, but golf might be on another level. There are the big players that are worth BILLIONS, and spend millions of dollars in research and development, along with equal amounts marketing, to make sure that every golfer is aware of their new club technologies. They also have well-oiled systems of distribution.

But in this new world of brand-agnostic fitting centers, boutique brands, social media, and the ability to reach your target demographic like never before there are a LOT of new companies creating high performance, high quality, well-engineered products. But when it comes to forged irons for golfers of all abilities, industry veteran Eric Burch’s New Level Golf stands on its own.

If you don’t know Eric Burch, and you’ve gone through a custom fitting recently, then you are at least partially aware of some of the breakthroughs he’s helped create in the golf industry, including the Club Conex system. His newest endeavor New Level Golf was only started in 2017, but in that short time, it has made some very big strides including distribution in over 150 brand agnostic club fitting facilities and now some professional golfers signed to the roster (including PGA Tour winner Ken Duke).

So how do you go from designing club fitting components to designing forged irons and starting a company that has products on the Golf Digest Hot List? I got the chance to talk to Eric about New Level Golf, his background and how after his years in the golf industry he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

RB: Based on your history in the golf industry you seem to be a real problem solver with a “Be your own boss” mentality, is that how you would describe your self?

EB: I’ve been in business for myself since my early 20s. Other than a few short stints for other golf companies, I have primarily been my own boss involved with golf. I would consider myself a problem solver. Not necessarily by design, but mainly due to starting companies that have always been undercapitalized which forces your hand to learn a variety of tasks to help the business move forward.
Although I’ve received notoriety as a club fitter/retailer, Club Conex, and now New Level. I’ve been fortunate to have won the professional Clubmaker’s Top Shop Award (2004), Golf Digest Top 100 Club Fitters (2016),  & have products I’ve designed be on the Golf Digest Hot List (2019).

RB: What was the first product & club head you ever designed, and how does the workflow go now with New Level?

EB: The first golf products were, of course, the Club Conex prototypes and those were generated from hand-rendered sketches. I still believe, given what I did with Club Conex and the universal system I designed, I hardly get the credit I deserve. I bought a milling machine without really knowing how to use it and over the course of 6-7 months taught myself how to use it and started creating prototypes. Those prototypes eventually became the Uni-Fit system.

The first clubs I ever designed were putters dating back to the mid 2000s, but in terms of New Level, I know what I am trying to accomplish in design as well as fitting into player categories that comes from my years working at my own shop and fitting golfers from professionals to higher handicaps. Since product is made overseas, the engineers I work with at our factory have done a very good job of helping bring my concepts and designs to fruition. I really enjoy doing the designs and creating something that will one day be in someone’s golf bag.  The only current issue with the success we’re seeing now is if the company continues to push forward we will at some point be forced to bring on an industrial design engineer to further help with product development, but that would be in 2021 as most of our products for next year are in development, or have already been developed.

RB: On that note, how long from having an initial concept to that first set of irons or at least a prototype head in hand?

EB: This is heavily dependant on the complexity of the design. The 4995 HB took almost 9 months to get it where we wanted, whereas the 902 took just about four months. Typically we can get a first article sample of a playable sample in less than 60 days.

RB: When you consider the logistics and tooling involved, that’s quite an impressive turnaround time. From a design perspective, what do you think is the most misunderstood part of creating an iron head and the manufacturing process that you face?

EB: This is a hot topic with me since most people just don’t understand the depth of the manufacturing process. A lot of people think of the term open model (a factory’s in house design produced to create a starting point for some companies), they think we are just stamping our name on a head that is already been refined and finished by someone else which couldn’t be further from the truth.

Like with many aspects of club designs some of the tooling we use are openly available, but for example the raw forged blank head is on average 407 grams on a 6 iron that needs to be designed into a profile that weighs just 262 grams. So as you can imagine a club head overweight by more that 35 percent, it’s far from being a finished product. We call all the shots when it comes to every pertinent parameter and specifications of our design. The only thing incorporated into using this process and something we can’t change is the offset of the club. All other facets of the design are facilitated by my directive and incorporated into the final design.

I chose this method of manufacturing for New Level because it allows a far more flexible range of experimentation before a final design is consummated and brought to market. As a new company starting out it would have been near impossible to use a process similar to other OEMs that create a final tool for each and every design solely based on scale. We had several designs that were not used because they didn’t make the cut when it comes to performance and if we had gone the other route we would have had hundreds of thousands of dollars in tooling alone from products that never saw the light of day.

This process is called the “near net” process, and I find it to be much more in tune with today’s industry. I will take it one step further by saying regardless how good one may be at hand grinding and polishing, a human will never be as consistent and effective as a CNC machine. This entire process allows us to keep our costs reasonable and offer a…uniquely designed, full one-piece forged club for a fair price. There are a lot of other companies using this process you’d just never suspect it.

RB: As a club builder and fitter myself, I have encountered my fair share of misconceptions from golfers, what do YOU feel is the number one thing golfer misunderstand from a design perspective of their clubs?

EB: I can only speak from my experiences, but most golfers are scared of the word “forged” as it has been far too long associated with blades and hard to hit designs. I believe the average weekend warrior still views forged as a design methodology as opposed to a manufacturing process. That is a major objective for New Level to prove that forged clubs can be forgiving, can produce great ball speed, & can be used by your average mid handicap player. Our 1126, for example, is longer from heel to toe, has a shallow profile, and deep undercut – lots of forgiveness for any level of player. From a fitting perspective, I’d say that over 80 percent of players are using shafts that are too heavy, and too stiff for them.

RB:  We’ve talked a lot about the product, and now I need to know – How many retail outlets currently carry your irons and wedges. And lastly, what advantage do you believe New Level irons and wedges have over the competition?

EB: New Level products can be found at roughly 150 locations worldwide and growing almost weekly. If I had my way, we’d never sell another club off the website since I truly believe getting fit by a professional is the best way to get the right set, but saying that as the brand is growing and during the infancy stages, I am trying to get as much product in the field of play as possible to spread brand awareness. We get positive feedback on a daily basis. We have an extensive questionnaire on our site to help those that are not close to one of our retailers, and we also have a lot of people that see our clubs, like what they see and order to their known specs.

As far as our advantages go, I believe it’s pretty simple — being small allows us to pay more attention to each and every client and ensure they are getting the attention that they deserve. The mentality is always to be big enough to make money, yet no matter how we grow, act small and care about every single customer. Currently, we have the care part down very well. My belief is with any business I’ve ever been involved with is that if you do the right thing and stay focused eventually the money will take care of itself. It’s funny because I experience many of the same challenges with New Level as I did with Club Conex early on. Although I am mixed in with a ton of larger players in the golf industry, with New Level I am starting to see our awareness with golfers grow. I hope that this growth continues and we still maintain a great rapport with our customer base.

If you are interested in New Level products check out their website, or call and check with your local club fitter for availability.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “New irons from Mizuno”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases new irons that are on the way from Mizuno. Reportedly two years away from being released, but that hasn’t stopped our members from discussing and speculating on the new irons from the Japanese manufacturers.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • halfsumo: “I told myself no new irons until the new MP line comes out. Chris Voshall on TXG’s youtube said something along the lines that the new irons are “not what you’d typically expect from Mizuno”….”
  • deep18: “The one on the left in the bottom pic kinda looks like a 919 Tour.”
  • BlackM00Nlight: “Bottom picture, iron on the right appears to have a beveled leading edge, CB design, and chrome finish.”

Entire Thread: “New irons from Mizuno”

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Callaway ERC Soft Yellow now part of “Play Yellow” campaign to benefit Children’s Miracle Hospital

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Callaway Golf has today announced its ERC Soft Yellow golf ball is part of a new program: Play Yellow.

The Play Yellow campaign is an initiative from Callaway where the company will donate $4 for every dozen ball pack sold of their ERC Soft Yellow golf balls in support of Children’s Miracle Hospital Network (from today until the end of May).

The campaign runs from April 19 to May 31, and speaking on the initiative Callaway President & CEO, Chip Brewer stated

“Callaway Golf is honored to support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals — an outstanding organization — through this Play Yellow initiative. We’re inspired by the golf industry’s broad effort to rally around this important cause and campaign.”

As a recap, the ERC golf ball from Callaway features their Hybrid cover which is designed to create a combination of faster ball speeds for longer distance, softer feel, and higher spin for excellent control around the green. The ball contains a Graphene-infused Dual SoftFast Core which through a larger inner core seeks to maximize compression energy while minimizing driver-spin for high launch and greater distance. The balls also include Triple Track lines for improved alignment.

 

 

 

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