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Lamkin unveils new ST+2 Hybrid and ST+2 Hybrid Calibrate grips

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2020 Lamkin ST Calibrate

Lamkin has launched two new additions to their new ST (Smooth Tack) family—the ST+2 Hybrid and ST+2 Hybrid Calibrate, as well as adding Calibrate Technology to their Sonar line.

New for 2020, Lamkin is introducing Calibrate Technology to their ST family, and the ST+2 Hybrid Calibrate grip features the most prominent reminder spine of any grip ever produced by the brand which bids to help optimize hand placement, club face awareness, control and feel.

2020 Lamkin Calibrate

The latest additions to the ST family, the ST+2 Hybrid and ST+2 Hybrid Calibrate grip feature the brand’s new “Smooth Tack” material—a special formulation of the company’s Genesis Material, which contains a smooth, tacky surface and increased durability

On both new models, each grip incorporates two distinct zones. The upper of each grip features an infused cord designed to provide enhanced traction for the anchoring hand, while the tacky lower section aims to provide control and stability to the guiding hand. The midsized-plus profile (plus 2) has a reduced taper designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of players.

2020 Lamkin Calibrate

 

In addition to the ST family, Lamkin will also be adding Calibrate Technology to its Sonar family with the Sonar+ Wrap Calibrate and Sonar+ Tour Calibrate.

The Sonar+ Wrap Calibrate is the first wrap grip to incorporate reminder technology. In addition to Calibrate Technology, the grip features the brand’s Genesis Material and Fingerprint Technology – designed to add a consistent micro-texture surface pattern for slip-resistant control and omni-directional traction.

2020 Lamkin Calibrate

The Sonar+ Tour Calibrate also includes Lamkin’s Genesis Material and Fingerprint Technology and is aimed at golfers with higher swing speeds, and features a plus-size taper shape.

2020 Lamkin Calibrate

Speaking on the new additions, Bob Lamkin, CEO of Lamkin Grips stated

“2020 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in our 95-year history, as we’re introducing breakthroughs both in material and design innovation. Genesis Material has been a complete gamechanger for us and the addition of Smooth Tack further exemplifies how the materials used in a golf grip can be engineered to impact performance, confidence and the lifespan of the product.

“With Calibrate we saw an opportunity to vastly improve the reminder / ribbed grip category, and it is without doubt a substantial advancement over what is currently on the market not only in performance but also in ease of installation.”

The new additions will be available at retail and LamkinGrips.com nationwide beginning February 2020.

 

 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. MT

    Jan 19, 2020 at 1:11 am

    Reminder technology? Grips 20 years ago and longer were available with ribs on the underside.

    They kind of lost favor and coming back with a new marketing tactic.

  2. Dave Meyers

    Jan 15, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    The two tone grips don’t look right. The UTx from a couple years back was best looking and performing grips ever. Back to the drawing board Lamkin.

  3. Matt A

    Jan 15, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Dear Lamkin, Please offer more than Black, Gray and funky green/yellow

  4. DB

    Jan 15, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    These look great. I have switched over to all Lamkin. Great durability and reasonable prices.

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Callaway announces huge all-stock merger deal with Topgolf

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Callaway Golf has announced an all-stock merger agreement with TopGolf with the number of shares to be issued based upon an implied equity value of Topgolf of approximately $2 billion – including the 14% already owned by Callaway.

Callaway first invested in the golf entertainment company, Topgolf, back in 2006 entering an exclusive golf partnership agreement at all Topgolf venues.

 

On the new deal expected to be completed in early 2021, Chip Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Callaway said that the all-stock merger between the two can create “an unrivaled golf and entertainment business”.

“Together, Callaway and Topgolf create an unrivaled golf and entertainment business. This combination unites proven leaders with a shared passion for delivering exceptional golf experiences for all from elite touring professionals to new and aspiring entrants to the game. We’ve long seen the value in Topgolf and we are confident that together, we can create a larger, higher growth, technology-enabled global golf and entertainment leader.”

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Callaway will issue approximately 90 million shares of its common stock to the shareholders of Topgolf, excluding Callaway, which currently holds approximately 14% of Topgolf’s outstanding shares. Upon completion of the merger, Callaway shareholders will own approximately 51.5%, and Topgolf shareholders (excluding Callaway) will own about 48.5% of the combined company on a fully diluted basis.

Topgolf’s revenue for 2019 was approximately $1.1 billion, and the company currently has 63 locations worldwide, including 58 in the U.S., and has more than 23 million customers. Find out all about Topgolf here.

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What irons are left-handers playing? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our lefty members have been dishing on the irons currently in their bag. WRXer ‘1221’ is in the market for a new set and wants to see what other left-handers have been finding success with, and our members have been sharing their clubs in our forum.

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.

  • dclccoritti: “Titleist…all blades. Love the look of the new TM P7-CB’s.”
  • LeftyMatt24: “I’m in T100s bent weak. They are an awesome middle ground between blades and players. Titleist offers their full line in left and right-handed. The new SEL from Mizuno is a good option. Can’t go wrong with Srixon z785 either.”
  • The_Champ: “Ping Blueprint.”
  • Llefty: “Srixon 585 3-PW and Bridgestone JGR Tour B HF2 5-AW.”

Entire Thread: “What irons are left-handers playing?

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Ryan Palmer WITB (October 2020)

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  • Thanks to Ryan Palmer for the photos!

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees, upright setting)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke RDX USA Limited Edition 60 6.5

3-wood: TaylorMade Sim MAX (@15.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke Green “Hulk” 70 6.5

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke RDX 80 6.5

Irons: Srixon U85 (23), Srixon Z 785 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Elevate VSS Pro X (4), KBS Tour 130 X (5-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-08F, 56-10S, 60-04L)
Shafts: KBS Tour 130 X (50) KBS Tour 120 S (56,60)

Putter: Odyssey Rossie II
Grip: Flat Cat

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (‘21)

 

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