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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Aldila Golf Shafts Takes Nationwide Victory

'The Hottest Shafts In Golf' continues reign as the #1 shaft on Tour by capturing both wood and hybrid shaft counts on PGA & Nationwide Tours

Feb. 8, 2010 - POWAY, Calif. - With the help of Aldila's DVS shaft, the winner of the Moonah Classic posted his first victory on the Nationwide Tour Sunday after winning on the first hole of sudden-death playoff. After opening the tournament with a course-record 62, the Ohio native finished with an 11-under 277 (62-70-75-70) and collected a first prize check for $126,000.

Led by their latest shaft the RIP® and their number one shaft the VooDoo®, Aldila maintained their status as the #1 shaft on Tour after winning the wood and hybrid shaft manufacturer counts on the PGA and Nationwide Tours at the Northern Trust Open and the Moonah Classic.

On the PGA Tour, Aldila dominated with more wood and hybrid shafts in play as well as the most driver shafts in play, according to the Darrell Survey. Aldila also won the wood and hybrid shaft counts on the Nationwide Tour with nearly twice as many hybrid shafts in play as the next leading competitor.

After a tie for 71st place at the Farmer's Insurance Open, the fifth place finisher at the Northern Trust Open switched his Driver shaft to Aldila's RIP Technology and posted his best finish of 2010. The 29-year-old Argentinean ended the tournament tied for 13th in Driving Distance with a 279.9 average.

RIP is Aldila's latest shaft technology that provides a lower torque, increased tip stability and better tip stiffness control. After very successful testing on Tour with multiple wins, the RIP will soon be introduced through leading club manufacturers.

"The world's best players consistently choose Aldila for performance they can count on and feel other shaft companies just can't touch," said Stewart Bahl, Aldila's Marketing Manager. "Aldila offers the widest range of performance shafts in the market today to fit the widest range of players."

Aldila is the leading name in graphite golf shafts: It won golf's Grand Slam in 2009, being the most used wood and hybrid shafts at every Major on the PGA Tour. For two years it has been the most played wood and hybrid shaft at every FedEx Cup Playoff event. Are you playing Aldila, or just graphite?

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Golf Shafts Uses Formula 1 Technology

Williams F1 announced today that is has entered into a unique license agreement with Williams Sports, a US golf equipment company. Williams Sports has a very successful background in the golf business, building one of the most successful golf club companies in the industry during the mid to late 2000's, while producing golf equipment that was used to win 44 times on PGA Tours worldwide. Combining Williams F1’s engineering capability with the established golf club design and production experience of the team at Williams Sports, will create a partnership that will advance golf club designs to a new level in 2010 and beyond.

The purpose of the partnership is to inject Williams F1’s Formula One technology into the design and manufacture of Williams Sports’ golfing equipment. The initial areas of technical partnership are in the aerodynamic profiling of golf club shafts, ferrules and heads, and the application of composites and alloys materials science in club design. With current limitations on modern golf club design, aerodynamics and materials are now the most important aspect of research and development for advance golf products. In addition, the rapid ‘concept to delivery’ lead times typical of Formula One will allow these progressions to reach the golf market sooner than via traditional R&D routes.

Both aerodynamics and carbon fibre composite technology are core Formula One competencies.

Aerodynamics is the key performance differentiator in Formula One. Alongside traditional experimental disciplines such as wind tunnel testing, the sport leads the aerodynamic predictive discipline of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to model the drag and downforce characteristics of their race cars. At Williams F1, a CFD model of the AT&T Williams race car contains hundreds of millions of data points, allowing the smallest change to be assessed and analysed in a virtual environment for its aerodynamic impact across the entire car geometry. Over an average season, a Formula One car will undergo more than 100 aerodynamic revisions to improve on-track competitiveness.

The sport has also pioneered the application and use of low weight, high strength carbon fibre since the 1980s, developing race cars that withstand ten annual penetration, static and dynamic crash tests to ensure driver safety while not compromising performance. Along with carbon fibre, several other materials that are critical to the performance of the race cars will be featured in the line of Williams Sports products.

The clubs will feature tungsten inserts that will be used for fine tuning of weight distribution, which is a process used in Formula One. High nickel content super alloy, used in the manufacture of the lightweight racing car exhausts, will be the featured material in the Qualifier Series of Williams Sports irons.

Initial CFD analysis has shown that the aerodynamic profiling of a top surface trip and diffuser geometry to the underside of a driver head, does, under control conditions, lend the club a smaller wake and improved pressure recovery. The net gain for the golfer is a reduced loss of swing energy in addressing the ball and a more stable head angle better enabling a clean and directional ball strike.

In simulations, the Williams Sports’ FW32 driver demonstrated 19% less drag force and an 11.5% decrease in drag coefficient as against a similarly-specified TaylorMade Burner driver.

Frank Williams, Williams F1’s Team Principal said, "We are at the start of a fascinating period of business development. We have much proprietary know-how which we are now bringing to wider consumer as well as industrial applications, and our engagement with Williams Sport is a clear example of applying our knowledge usefully in areas outside of Formula One. I have great hopes for its potential to revolutionise design in golf equipment.

"This is a very exciting partnership for my team and I," said Michael Lee of Williams Sports. "Having access to Williams F1’s extensive design and engineering know-how puts us one step ahead of every other company in the golf industry. So many limitations have been placed on golf equipment that it was just a matter of time before a golf company started looking at aerodynamics and new materials. Williams Sports is leading the way into a whole new era of club design. We are honoured and excited about what the future holds for the partnership between Williams F1 and Williams Sports."

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Aldila Golf Shafts Joins OTC

EW YORK, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pink OTC Markets Inc. (Pink Sheets: PINK), the leading electronic inter-dealer quotation system, trading technology and financial information provider for Over-the-Counter (OTC) securities, today announced that Aldila, Inc. (OTCQX: ALDA), an American designer and manufacturer of graphite golf shafts, is now trading on OTCQX®.

Aldila, Inc. began trading today on the OTC market's highest tier, OTCQX U.S. Premier. Investors can find current financial disclosure and real-time Level 2 quotes for the company on www.otcqx.com and www.pinksheets.com.

"With OTCQX, Aldila can continue to remain investor focused while trading on a respected market tier customized for smaller companies trading in the OTC marketplace," said R. Cromwell Coulson, Chairman and CEO of Pink OTC Markets. "We are pleased to welcome Aldila to OTCQX."

B. Riley & Co., LLC will serve as Aldila's Investment Bank Designated Advisor for Disclosure ("DAD") on OTCQX, responsible for providing guidance on listing requirements.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Aldila's RIP helps drive SBS Champ to season-opening victory

POWAY, Calif. -- The winner of the SBS Championship started off the 2010 PGA Tour season the same way he did the 2009 season, with a victory over the "field of champions" at Kapalua using Aldila's latest technology in his driver. In '09 it was Aldila's VooDoo® shaft featuring S-core Technology™ that helped him dominate the field. This year it was Aldila's latest RIP Technology™ that was instrumental in helping him repeat as the season-opening champ.

In his seventh win on the PGA Tour, he carded a final round 67 to wrap up the tournament with a 22-under 270 (69-66-68-67). He finished tied for 16th place in driving accuracy with a 71.7 average and 19th in driving distance.


"It's great to start of the season with the winner and the second place finisher both benefiting from the superior performance of Aldila's new innovative technology in their drivers," said Stewart Bahl, Aldila's Marketing Manager. "Introduced on the Tour last season, RIP is Aldila's latest shaft technology that provides a lower torque, increased tip stability and better tip stiffness control. After very successful testing on Tour with multiple wins, the RIP will be introduced soon through leading club manufacturers."

The second place finisher at the SBS Championship benefited from the maximum distance and outstanding accuracy of the RIP in his driver finishing seventh in driving distance with a 285.3 average and tied the SBS Champ for 16th place in driving accuracy with a 71.7 average.

"The Hottest Shafts In Golf" also won the hybrid shaft manufacturer count by nearly a three-to-one margin over the next leading competitor, according to the Darrell Survey.

Aldila continues to be the leading name in graphite golf shafts. It won golf's Grand Slam in 2009 and was the most used wood and hybrid shafts at every Major on the PGA Tour. For the past two years it has also been the most played wood and hybrid shaft at every FedEx Cup Playoff event. Are you playing Aldila or just graphite?

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Golf Shaft Fitting

Just as there are people who still don't believe men walked on the moon (the Apollo "landings" supposedly took place on sound stages), so there are people, I'm told, who still don't believe that getting fit for golf clubs is worth the effort. They visit a retail store, perhaps inspired by a television ad, and plop down $300 to $1,200 for a set of irons without testing them.

"If these are good enough for Sergio Garcia, they're good enough for me," they tell themselves. The clubs certainly are good enough, but the reason they work so well for Mr. Garcia is that they fit him like a second skin.

I have a strong anti-complexity bias when it comes to golf. The game is meant to be fun, not a source of stress, which club fitting—daunting and incomprehensible to many—clearly can be. I also hate to nag. But if you're going to buy clubs anyway (which need not be as often as the "new and improved" storylines of most golf-equipment marketing would have you believe), you really ought to be properly fit. The process is not onerous; it's actually quite informative, and it benefits higher handicappers as much as low handicappers. Most importantly, it will make your subsequent golf less frustrating because well-fit clubs promote a more efficient swing. It's possible to hit the ball straight with poorly-fit clubs, but usually only by introducing complicating compensations that rob the swing of power and make it hard to repeat consistently.


There are, of course, degrees of being poorly fitted. Most clubs are the manufacturers' time-proven calculation of those that work well for the largest number of people. But, to put things in fashion terms, if off-the-rack clubs fit you and your swing without adjustments, you're a perfect size eight.
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Even the most rudimentarily trained sales clerk at a sporting-goods store will direct golfers to models with generally appropriate characteristics, such as stiffer shafts for fast swingers and whippier shafts for slower swingers. They will also nudge higher handicap players toward irons with bigger, more forgiving clubheads and drivers that get the ball airborne easily. In more advanced sessions, the fitter will watch customers hit balls, either indoors in a hitting bay or outdoors at a range, and custom order clubs with just the right length, grip size, shaft flexibility and lie angle (the angle between the clubhead and the shaft). The cost of such basic fittings is usually deducted from the price of the clubs purchased.

"Any fitting is better than no fitting," John Screen, the director of sales for Titleist, said Wednesday at the PGA Merchandise Show in Florida. Titleist, like all the major clubmakers, provides a fitting cart, with sample heads and shafts, to teaching pros who sell its clubs and trains them in how the system works. "Getting fit outdoors is better than getting fit indoors," Mr. Screen said, because both the hitter and the fitter can observe actual ball flight patterns, as opposed to, at best, the projected computer simulations of flight patterns available indoors. An experienced fitter working outdoors can come close to identifying the ideal clubs using only the naked eye. "But fine-tuning the fit with a launch monitor can still sometimes add an additional five to 10 yards in distance with the driver," he said.

Electronic launch monitors collect and feed data about spin, ball speed and trajectory into a computer. For maximum distance with modern balls, drives by a typical male should climb quickly at between 12 degrees and 15 degrees, spin at less than 3,000 revolutions per minute, flatten out at 125 yards to 150 yards from the tee and descend at between 28 and 38 degrees. The ideal numbers vary depending on a player's ball speed and other factors, but launch monitors can help dial in the best clubhead and shaft combination for any swing. (Note: you can't rely on "stiff" and "regular" shaft designations from manufacturers, because there is no industry standard.)

Over the last few years, I've been fit for clubs many times using various methods, and had cobbled together a set that I felt fit pretty well. My irons came from a fitting at a super high-tech TaylorMade facility. My driver recommendation, the third iteration after an initial launch monitor fitting, came from an experienced fitter using his naked eye at a "demo" day at a local range. My putter was the result of personal tinkering. But in early December I put my arsenal to the ultimate test in a 3½-hour, $695 "Game Fit" session at the Hot Stix Golf outdoor facility in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Hot Stix offers "agnostic" fittings, meaning it has independently robot-analyzed clubs, shafts and balls from all the major manufacturers and recommends only those products it feels best suit an individual player's needs—including, when indicated, that a player stick with what he or she already has. After a fitting, the company will assemble and sell any of the clubs it recommends, but that's a separate deal. Fittings include a detailed printout of the results, and customers are free to buy the clubs anywhere.


My fitter, Chris Ferguson, played college golf at Arizona State and briefly on the Canadian Tour (where his roommate was PGA Tour regular Pat Perez). He knows the technology inside and out. To get a sense of my tendencies, he watched me hit balls on the range; put me through a short-game circuit on a practice green and in bunkers; machine-tested my current clubs, including checking the oscillation of the shafts; and had me try new irons and woods while monitoring the results with a TrackMan radar system.

The upshot? My driver and three wood were near perfect and he made no alternative recommendations. My two hybrids were acceptable but we found an Adams Golf hybrid model with an expensive Japanese shaft that I liked better and hope to put into my bag some day. My irons were also good, but he discovered a significant distance gap between my seven iron and six iron, which he corrected by tweaking the loft of my seven iron. The all-important loft on my putter was just right for my stroke but the shaft needed to be an inch and a half longer to improve my setup posture and help me see the line better. He advised adding an inexpensive extension beneath the grip.

The big change was in my wedges. First, the lofts and lies of my current wedges were off, possibly from getting banged around over the two years I've played them. Second, he recommended I take the seldom-used four iron out of my bag and replace it with a third sand wedge, to give me more scoring accuracy from inside 120 yards.

I offer these details not because they are relevant to anyone else's particular fitting needs, but to illustrate the types of issues a good fitting can address. "One of the main benefits we provide is peace of mind," Mr. Ferguson told me afterward. Golf, as has been often noted, is a game of confidence.

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Fujikura Introduces New Shafts for 2010

Superior Technology, Designs, Materials and Tour-Proven

(Vista, CA – January 21, 2010) Fujikura, the #1 Driver Shaft Brand in professional golf for the past nine years, is proud to introduce its next generation of performance shafts for the 2010 golf season.

The new shafts demonstrate Fujikura’s commitment to superior design, technology and materials as well as its collaboration with leading Tour professionals and the world’s premier clubmakers. The new line includes:

The Motore Speeder™ is supercharged with Fujikura Quadra Axis Composite™ and Triax Woven™ material creating our 7 Axis Technology™. This uniformity throughout the shaft helps eliminate deformation yet provides the maximum amount of feel through the entire swing, increasing overall performance and stability. The new Motore Speeder shaft won the first week it was launched on Tour at the Barclays Singapore Open.

The Motore F3 is a complimentary addition to the highly successful Tour proven Motore F1. The Motore Series features Fujikura’s proprietary and proven High Inertia Tip (H.I.T.) Technology which stores more energy during the downswing and releases the energy just before impact maintaining the shaft and club’s stability. The result is greater distance and accuracy in all clubs. Motore’s "smart" shaping of the tip enables these benefits while minimizing weight, allowing the tip end to accelerate faster than conventional tips.


The FitOn Max™ Series was designed with our proprietary Swing-Sync Design Technology. This design platform gives each shaft optimal flexural rigidity. Swing-Sync provides exceptional feedback to the player in order to immediately obtain the best control. FitOn Max comes in four different weight ranges to maximize speed for all player profiles and better fit all levels of golfers.

"This new line of shafts clearly demonstrates Fujikura's commitment to superior design, materials and technology," says Dave Schnider President/COO of Fujikura. "These shafts also reflect our successful collaboration with leading Tour professionals and club makers to produce the highest performing shafts in golf."

"Fujikura’s exceptional 2009 performance across all Tours, especially our ninth consecutive year being the #1 Driver Shaft Brand on the PGA Tour, gives us confidence that our new shaft introductions will help Fujikura grow and solidify our expanding leadership position," says Schnider.

Our R&D team has worked closely with our Tour team to develop the innovative Motore Speeder shaft and evolve the Motore F series," says Alex Dee, Fujikura’s Vice President of Engineering. "These truly revolutionary shafts continue to reinforce Fujikura’s superior technology and performance."

"We’re excited to have these new shafts on Tour. A number of players have been testing and started putting them into play already," says Pat McCoy, Fujikura's Tour Manager. "As Our Barclay’s win and ongoing Tour leadership indicates, Fujikura continues to be recognized as Tour’s highest performance shaft."

Building Momentum
Fujikura is building momentum entering the 2010 golf season having the #1 Wood Shaft Brand at the SBS Championship in Hawaii. Motore was the #1 Driver Shaft Brand for all four 2009 major championships and lead the Darrell Survey National Consumer Report on new driver shaft usages for the second consecutive year.

The Fujikura shafts will be introduced in January 2010 at the PGA Show. They will be available through Fujikura’s Charter Dealers across the United States and around the world beginning in February.

Fujikura is the primary supplier to many national brand OEM’s offering both proprietary and brand product shaft designs. Fujikura products also can be custom fitted through its network of over 900 Charter Dealers. To learn more about Fujikura, visit www.fujikuragolf.com.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Dynamic Gold captures Farmers Insurance Open and Qatar Masters

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Number One shaft manufacturer in the world, True Temper Sports won its second straight set of tournaments on the 2010 PGA TOUR and the European Tour this past weekend.

This week's champion at the Farmers Insurance Open earned a trip to the Masters, playing True Temper's Dynamic Gold. The newly crowned PGA winner achieved the victory by ranking first in Greens in Regulation (87.5 percent). Overall at the Farmers Insurance Open, True Temper had 139 sets of irons in play, while the nearest competitor fielded only nine sets. Meanwhile, the Qatar Masters champion scored a victory on the European Tour also playing Dynamic Gold shafts.

"The technology and design behind Dynamic Gold shafts are Tour-proven and continue to provide winning performance week after week on tours worldwide," says Scott Hennessy, president and CEO of True Temper Sports. "Dynamic Gold shafts have won more events than all other shafts combined, and it is exciting to see Dynamic Gold continue to lead in tour victories and be the number one shaft in the bags of the best players in the world."

Featuring a high-flex, tour weight design, Dynamic Gold steel shafts are the top-selling steel shaft in golf and are preferred by skilled players seeking a low, penetrating ball flight. True Temper's Project X shaft is another successful brand which is well-known a providing a dedicated constant taper rate per inch for each shaft in the set. Longer taper rate results in more energy transfer to the ball and the ball gets up faster and flattens out for a penetrating trajectory. Dynamic Gold shafts are available in tapered and parallel irons and parallel woods, while Project X steel shafts are available in tapered and parallel irons.

For more information on True Temper Sports or True Temper shafts, visit www.TrueTemper.com. True Temper can also be found on Facebook at facebook.truetemper.com.

The leading manufacturer of golf shafts in the world, True Temper Sports is consistently the number one shaft on all professional tours globally. The company markets a complete line of shafts under the True Temper®, Grafalloy® and Project X® shaft brands, and sells these brands in more than 30 countries throughout the world. True Temper Sports is proudly represented by more than 800 individuals in ten facilities located in the United States, Europe, Japan, China and Australia. For more information, visit www.truetemper.com.

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