Industry News

Industry Notes: Monday, January 23, 2023

Softspikes introduces Tour Flex Pro replacement spikes, SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio on site for PGA Show

Nippon Shaft: Reports that its products were played by the first-, second- and third-place finishers at the DP World Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It was the first time that had occurred for the company. The winner played the N.S.Pro Modus Tour 120 TX flex steel shafts in his irons. 

Softspikes: Introduces its new Tour Flex Pro replacement spikes, which have been independently proven to increase driver distance by 5 yards while reducing shot dispersion by 40%. Softspikes Tour Flex Pro replacement spikes will be available March 1 for $19.99.

PGA of America: Names Ron Green Jr., of Charlotte, North Carolina, as the 2023 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. Green Jr., 66, is the 32nd recipient of the award and his father, Ron Green Sr., won the award in 2006, making them the first father-son duo to be honored. Green Jr. is in his 11th year with Global Golf Post. He previously spent 23 years as a sportswriter for the Charlotte Observer newspaper. 

Proto Concept Golf / Golf Partner: Sign world No. 1 Lydia Ko, winner of the LPGA’s 2022 Rolex Player of the Year Award, to a three-year endorsement extension to play Proto Concept irons and display the companies’ logos through 2025. Under the agreement, Ko will have the Golf Partner logo on her bag, umbrella and headcovers, and both companies will have the rights to her name, image and likeness.

SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio: To broadcast from the PGA Show, Jan. 24-27, in Orlando, Florida. Coverage begins on Jan. 24 from the Demo and Fitting Day at the Orange County National Golf Center. Hosts Chantel McCabe, Dennis Paulson and Jason Sobel will be on site, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Brian Katrek and John Maginnes will also host their show, Katrek & Maginnes on Tap, live from 4-6 p.m. from the facility. Jan. 25-27, McCabe, Paulson and Sobel will host the daily show, Inside the Ropes, live from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. from the PGA Show floor at the Orange County Convention Center. Other shows will record from the Show floor to air at a later time.