Pro’s Choice Golf Shafts, Inc. announced today that Hideki Matsuyama, the winner of the Sony Open in Hawaii held at Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, HI was playing a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8 Tour X-Stiff (TX) flex wood shaft in his Srixon 9.5° ZX-7 Driver, Graphite Design Tour AD DI-9 Tour X-Stiff (TX) flex wood shaft in his TaylorMade SIM2 Ti 15° Fairway metal wood and a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-10 Tour X-Stiff (TX) flex wood shaft in his Cobra King Rad Speed Tour 17.5° Fairway metal wood . Hideki won the tournament on the first playoff hole after hitting an incredible 276-yard 3 wood approach shot to 2 feet, resulting in an eagle.The Tour AD DI “DEEP IMPACT” is designed to provide golfers with more power and stability in their golf shaft. Designed and manufactured exclusively at the Graphite Design factory headquarters in Japan, the Tour AD DI orange and black colored options received a recent cosmetic and are available in 50g R2 (Lite), R1 (Regular) S and X flex, 60g SR (Stiff Regular), S, X and TX (Tour X-Stiff) flex, 70g S, X and TX (Tour X-Stiff) flex and 80g S, X and TX (Tour X-Stiff) flex. The unique shaft profile and designs of the Tour AD DI wood shafts remain exactly the same and only the cosmetics have been re-freshened.The Tour AD DI 5-R2, R1 and S flex, 6-SR, S and X flex, 7-S and X flex and 8-S and X are available in two color schemes orange with white bands and green rings and a 2nd color option of black with white bands and silver rings. The Tour AD DI 5-X, 6-TX, 7-TX, 8-TX and 9-X flex shafts are available only in the orange color scheme.The Tour AD DI is our first shaft design that was integrated with Toray Company’s original NANOALLOY material technology in the tip section of the shaft. This material technology has now come to be known as “DI Technology”. This unique material technology promotes additionally shaft stability without the loss of feel and allows the player to create greater club head speed resulting in greater ball speed while still providing exceptional feel and control.The Tour AD DI also utilizes premium, aerospace quality 50t carbon-fiber materials to provide the best performing shaft available. The softer mid-section bend profile of the Tour AD DI allows the player to load the shaft properly, yet it maintains a firm enough tip section through impact promoting a high launch and low spin ball flight condition. The result, the Tour AD DI delivers players to the next level in shaft performance and will create a “DEEP IMPACT” on your game! ... See MoreSee Less
Srixon Unveils the Z-STAR Series DIVIDE SRIXON® , a global leader in golf ball technology and innovation, announces the launch of the Z-STAR Series DIVIDE. The Srixon Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV DIVIDE golf balls are available in a Yellow/White colorway, and officially launch in North America on Jan. 21, 2022. “We are thrilled to be launching Z-STAR DIVIDE and Z-STAR XV DIVIDE,” said Brian Schielke, General Manager of Srixon North America. “While they certainly stand out on the course, the performance benefits are what excite us the most. They’re so easy to align your putts, see flying through the air, and give great visual feedback on pitches and chips around the green.” The Z-STAR Series DIVIDE combines Srixon’s 50/50 Visual Performance with our tour-level golf balls to offer a new ball that stands out on the course. With the new colorway on the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV DIVIDE, putting alignment becomes simple and players of all skill levels can track their spin, especially around the greens.These golf balls feature Srixon’s SpinSkin with SeRM, a durable coating on the thermoplastic urethane cover that digs deep into wedge and iron grooves at impact for optimal spin and control. Meanwhile, the FastLayer Core and 338 Speed Dimple Pattern work in tandem to produce exceptional distance and feel. While it might look different, the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV DIVIDE delivers the same standout performance that many golfers have come to expect from the classic Z-STAR Series golf balls. “The Q-STAR TOUR DIVIDE launch exceeded all expectations and bringing this same technology to the Z-STAR Series family will help get the DIVIDE technology in more golfer’s hands,” Schielke said.Key Technologies :FastLayer Core: The new FastLayer Core starts soft in the center and gradually becomes firm around its edge, it gives high-speed players exceptional feel and plenty of ball speed for maximum distance. On the Z-STAR XV DIVIDE, a newly formulated inner core adds resiliency for even more ball speed.SpinSkin with SeRM: A high contract white and yellow thermoplastic urethane cover features SpinSkin with SeRM, a durable coating with flexible molecular bonds. It digs deep into wedge and iron grooves, maximizing spin for more control and stopping power.338 Speed Dimple Pattern: Less drag and more lift boosts overall distance and flies straight, even in the toughest wind conditions.Price: $44.99U.S. Retail Launch Date: January 21, 2022 ... See MoreSee Less
Matsuyama, who rallied from five shots down at the turn, wins $1.35 million from the total purse of $7.5 million at the 2022 Sony Open.A tidbit FYI, Hideki still uses his Graphite Design DI 8 shaft in his driver even thoughhe is constantly testing other driver shafts.It’s the eighth career PGA Tour victory for Matsuyama, which ties him with K.J. Choi of South Korea for the most wins by an Asian-born player. It’s his second victory this season after he won the Zozo Championship last year in Japan.Matsuyama forced the playoff with a birdie on the 72nd hole. Henley had a chance to win in regulation but his 10-foot birdie putt slid by.1. $1,350,000 — Hideki Matsuyama2. $817,500 — Russell HenleyT3. $442,500 — Kevin Kisner, Seamus PowerT5. $289,687.50 — Michael Thompson, Lucas GloverT7. $227,812.50 — Keith Mitchell, Russell Knox, Matt Kuchar, Adam SvenssonT12. $148,875 — Ryan Palmer, Keegan Bradley, Hayden Buckley, Satoshi Kodaira, Haotong LiT17. $114,375 — Vince Whaley, Jason Kokrak, Christiaan BezuidenhoutT20. $79,017.86 — Joseph Bramlett, Erik van Rooyen, Ryan Armour, Dylan Wu, Davis Riley, Kramer Hickok, Kevin NaT27. $49,250 — Maverick McNealy, Chris Kirk, Kyle Stanley, Wesley Bryan, Andrew Putnam, Luke Donald, Talor Gooch, Ben Kohles, Cam DavisT36. $35,700 — Charles Howell III, Marc Leishman, Billy Horschel, Stewart Cink, Brandt Snedeker41. $31,125 — Keita Nakajima (a)T42. $25,875 — Sepp Straka, Jim Furyk, J.T. Poston, Vaughn Taylor, Patton Kizzire, Greyson Sigg.T48. $19,017.86 — Paul Barjon, Hudson Swafford, Brian Harman, K.H. Lee, Brendon Todd, Sahith Theegala, 55. $17,250 — Kevin Chappell, Henrik Norlander, Brett Drewitt, Si Woo Kim, Jim Knous, Harris EnglishT61. $16,650 — Kevin Tway, Sam Ryder63. $16,425 — Sam Ryder64. $16,275 — Justin Lower65. $16,125 — Jimmy Walker ... See MoreSee Less
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From PGTAA member Dr. Patrick CohnAre you able to convert pressure into energy, enthusiasm, or excitement during high-level tournaments?Golfers who choke under pressure usually make the moment bigger than it is. In other words, they assign more significance to big tournaments than other competitions.When you view a big event as important, you'll often feel more pressure, fear the possibility of failure, and experience a heightened level of anxiety. Fear and anxiety are the major contributors to choking.Think of it as the following equation:Fear of Failure + Increased Pressure = Anxiety + ChokingFor example, if you view a tournament as the most important competition of the year or a must-win, you will put more pressure on yourself. You will think, "I have to be my best. I worked hard all year for this tournament. If I don't perform well, my season will be wasted." You will think of all the people expecting you to achieve a personal best performance. That is a lot of pressure to put on yourself. Under these circumstances, your mind will be full of doubt, and your body will feel tight. Focusing will be difficult. Decision-making and reaction times will slow up. All these factors lead to choking.So, how can you perform better under pressure?You can prevent choking and perform better by changing your perspective about pressure or the importance of a competition, "This tournament is just another competition. I've been competing in this sport for years. I'm well-trained and prepared. A little pressure will help give me a boost of energy and improve my focus."The competition hasn't changed, but your perspective about the importance changed. Of course, weather and arena conditions may differ, but most aspects of the tournamnet remain the same.A shift in perspective changes your thoughts and emotions and fuels performance. Maintaining perspective, thinking of your skills, and preparation foster positive emotions, helping you manage pressure. These conditions foster peak performance.Handling Pressure in High-Level Tournaments Don't wait until you arrive at an event to cope with pressure. Getting ready for a major competition requires the mental work ahead of time. Start by anticipating what you might feel in this event? What are the emotions you might have? What are the challenges you can anticipate? Next, how will you cope with these challenges and emotions. For example, if you have to play in extreme cold or warm conditions, how will you cope with this?A prepared mind will help you manage pressure and perform at your peak.www.peaksports.com... See MoreSee Less