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Summit Golf Brands appoints Nolan as non-executive chairman

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Summit Golf Brands, owner of golf apparel brands Fairway and Greene, EP Pro and Zero Restriction has appointed Thomas J. Nolan as non-executive chairman of the company.

Nolan is also the president and CEO of Prospect Brands, LLC, and was previously senior vice president of Ralph Lauren’s Golf and Tennis divisions, where he was responsible for sales, marketing, merchandising and distribution and led business growth in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Prior to joining Ralph Lauren, Nolan was the publisher of Golf World Magazine from 2003 to 2009.

“While the golf industry isn’t necessarily growing, certain areas are,” Nolan said. “When you target the core, the early adopters who have to have the new driver . . . that segment has not been disrupted at all.”

Nolan called Summit’s three brands “iconic,” but said that each has a significant amount of room for growth.

EP Pro, a high-end women’s golf apparel and lifestyle line, recently launched its sportier line of golf apparel called EP Sport at the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show. Both the Fairway and Greene and Zero Restriction brands will evolve with new fabrics, fits and color ways as well, according to Nolan.

Summit has made a point of expanding its reach in green-grass retailers and has established an advisory board composed of leading golf professionals such as PGA and Champions Tour player Brad Faxon and chairman Dan Snider of The Alotian Club in Arkansas.

“The key here for me . . .  literally everybody at this company is a golf guy,” Nolan said. “These are legitimate golf people. “If I can’t wear (Fairway and Greene or Zero Restriction) playing in the U.S. Mid Am or the club championship, we’re not making it. That, in itself, will separate us from everyone else in the marketplace.”

Summit Golf Brands is primarily owned by an investment partnership led by Warren A. Stephens, CEO of Stephens Inc. and the Lessing Company.

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    May 9, 2013 at 1:02 am

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Brooks Koepka’s Winning WITB: 2018 U.S. Open

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Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80TX

Driving Iron: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3)
Shafts: Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec X-Flex

Irons: Mizuno JPX-900 Tour (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-12F, 56-10S, 60-08M)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Only T10 Select Newport 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (Midsize) with one wrap of 2-way tape and one wrap of masking tape

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Matt Parziale WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 US Open (6/11/2018).

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD TP-7X

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: UST Proforce V2

Driving Iron: Titleist 718 T-MB (2-iron)

Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (3-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 52-12F), Titleist Vokey 2018 Tour Proto (58-06K)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Rife Abaco Island Series
Grip: Scotty Cameron Pistol

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Parziale’s clubs.

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A list of Titleist players who are already using the TS2 and TS3 drivers

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Titleist began its “validation process” for its new TS2 and TS3 drivers at the 2018 U.S. Open. What does that mean exactly? Well, surely getting the approval of Tour players on the new designs is crucial. And judging by the amount of players who already switched into the new drivers at the U.S. Open, that validation process is going well.

Titleist reports that 17 players out of the 35 players in the field using Titleist drivers are using the new TS2 or TS3 drivers, including major champions Jimmy Walker and Justin Thomas.

Below is the full list of Titleist professionals who are using either the TS2 or TS3 driver at the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new Titleist drivers here.

Titleist TS2 driver

  • Ben An (9.5 degrees)
  • Lanto Griffin (10.5 degrees)
  • Bill Haas (9.5 degrees)
  • Chesson Hadley (10.5 degrees)
  • Matt Jones (10.5 degrees)
  • Mike Miller (9.5 degrees)
  • Cam Smith (9.5 degrees)

Titleist TS3 driver

  • Eric Axley (9.5 degrees)
  • Rafa Cabrera Bello (9.5 degrees)
  • Charley Hoffman (9.5 degrees)
  • Adam Scott (10.5 degrees)
  • Webb Simpson (10.5 degrees)
  • Justin Thomas (9.5 degrees)
  • Jimmy Walker (8.5 degrees)
  • Richy Werenski (10.5 degrees)
  • Will Zalatoris (9.5 degrees)

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new Titleist drivers here.

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