Archive for January, 2012

PowerBilt’s New Grand Slam® Lineup Is About “Fitting Clubs To Your Game” – At Unmatched Pricing

January 24, 2012

THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. – What can you get for $399.99 in golf? That’s the introduction price for a new high-end driver from one of the mega brands. It’s also the price for an entire set of top-quality Grand Slam clubs from PowerBilt – driver, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, putter and bag included.

“Grand Slam has always been known as the best bang for the buck in golf,” says PowerBilt President Ross Kvinge. “But that’s not all. Grand Slam is also about fitting clubs to your game.”

The standard $399.99 set comes with 12 clubs: a driver and fairway wood, two hybrids (3 and 4), seven irons (5-SW) and a putter. In addition, there is open stock that lets golfers add clubs to fit their game. Individual Grand Slam clubs are also offered in 5, 7, 9 and 11 fairway woods, plus a 6 hybrid and a lob wedge. Open-stock pricing is as follows: $99.99 for titanium driver, $69.99 for alloy driver, $49.99 for fairway wood or hybrid and $39.99 for lob wedge.

Grand Slam is designed for golfers ranging from beginners to mid-handicappers. “It’s certainly a set of clubs that are user friendly and designed to fit a golfer’s needs and skill level for a number of years,” says Kvinge.

All Grand Slam clubs are made of high-quality components. The driver is offered in a maximum-performing titanium head or a more affordable alloy head. Fairway woods and hybrids are made of 17-4 stainless steel. All woods and hybrids have lightweight, consistently performing graphite shafts and come with attractive head covers. The irons are made of durable 431-stainless steel and feature a cavity-back design with a low center of gravity making them outstanding game-improvement clubs.

A mallet putter provides a large sweet spot and optimal heel-toe weighting to help eliminate pushes and pulls. The cart bag is made of durable, lightweight nylon with a graphite 14-way top and full-length dividers plus a putter tube. Nine zipper pockets provide plenty of storage options. It even has a matching rain hood.

PowerBilt has been making the Grand Slam line of clubs for generations. And the reason is simple, says Kvinge: “Quality and value are a great combination that never goes out of style. Based on what we’re offering this year, the future looks bright for Grand Slam.”

Plus One Sports, Inc., is the U.S. licensee of the PowerBilt brand. PowerBilt is a division of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., a family-owned company which has been making golf clubs since 1916. Based in Louisville, Ky., H&B is also the maker of world-famous Louisville Slugger bats and Bionic gloves.

PowerBilt Golf • 72-370 Quarry Trail • Thousand Palms, CA 92276 • (888) 488-4653 •
Media contact • Bob Lauder • • (502) 815-3367 office • (502) 403-9976 cell

Daiya Golf – 2012 Japan Golf Fair

January 24, 2012

Visit us at he Japan Golf Fair, Tokyo Big Site, February 17-19 2012

Daiya Golf – 2012 PGA Merchandise Show

January 24, 2012
Daiya Golf Booth #2048

Join us at the PGA Merchandise Show 2012 at Booth # 2048, January 26-28 2012 to see our full line of products available in North America.

Hope to see you there……

Outdoor Business 180’s to launch Winter Apparel

January 24, 2012

PowerBilt’s New Air Force One DF Driver Combines A Deep Face With Nitrogen Technology For “Unmatched Power”

January 24, 2012

THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. – What do you get when you combine PowerBilt’s highly acclaimed Nitrogen-Charged technology with a deep-face driver? “Unmatched power and accuracy,” says Ross Kvinge, president of PowerBilt, the only brand in the world that has continuously made hi-end golf clubs for nearly a century.

“The deep face makes a difference,” adds Kvinge, referring to the new Air Force One DF driver. “Basically, we’ve developed a driver with a face that’s 5 millimeters taller – or deeper – than the previous model. Combine that with nitrogen and you get the driver that consistently hits it long and straight no matter where the ball is struck on the face.”

The challenge in today’s hi-tech driving market is figuring out how to maximize driving distance within USGA limits. “There’s no question that we put more technology in a driver than any other club maker,” says Kvinge. “Let me prove it by counting the ways.”

First and foremost is PowerBilt’s patented Nitrogen-Charged technology which is found only in Air Force One clubs. By filling the clubhead with nitrogen gas, no internal bracing is needed for the clubface. At the same time, the clubface is milled remarkably thin. The face thickness is only 2.8 mm while other high-end drivers are more than 3 mm. The thinnest face in golf combined with no internal bracing creates maximum rebound effect across more of the clubface.

Secondly, the deep face helps with distance in two ways. It creates a more square face, which reflexes better and more consistently than a more rectangular face. It also reduces ball spin, which creates longer drives. And for golfers with extremely fast swing speeds, reduced ball spin can cure the distance-killing balloon effect.

The third reason the Air Force One DF is the most technology rich driver on the market is the shaft. Fujikura, one of the most popular driver shafts on the PGA Tour, has developed a proprietary shaft designed to complement the performance of the Air Force One DF clubhead. With the Fujikura proprietary shaft, the Air Force One DF’s suggested retail price is $249. It’s also available with Fujikura’s highly acclaimed Motore shaft with an MSRP of $299.

PowerBilt is also introducing a fitting kit, which will enable key accounts to offer various branded shafts. “Each golfer has unique swing characteristics,” adds Kvinge. “And with the fitting kit, our key accounts which really know how to custom fit a golfer will be able to match the appropriate shaft with our Nitrogen-Charged technology. That’s giving a golfer the ultimate driver.”

The finishing touch on the Air Force One DF driver is the attractive all-white crown that features an ultra-hard satin coating and a black PVD finish on the sole, meaning it will keep its handsome appearance for years to come.


All the improvements to the Air Force One DF driver are incorporated into the fairway woods, which are available in 15- and 19-degree lofts. The ultra-thin face is only 1.6 mm. The high MOI head is made of 17-4 stainless steel and has the Fujikura stock shaft. The price is $149.99. The hybrid clubs have the same features and construction and are available in 20-, 23- and 26-degree lofts. Fujikura is the stock shaft. The cost is $119.99.

“PowerBilt has something no other club-maker can offer – and that’s Nitrogen-Charged Technology,” states Kvinge. “We’re winning customers from the megabrands because they’ve tried it and they’ve seen that nitrogen is a game changer. While we don’t have the marketing muscle of the publicly owned brands, we’re proving that innovation can go hand-in-hand with a traditional brand like PowerBilt.”

Powerbilt New product to be introduced at Japan Golf Fair

January 18, 2012

Summit is pleased to announce that we will introducing a new line of Powerbilt golf equipment made to Japan spec at the 2012 Japan Golf Fair in Tokyo

Pro Golfer Aaron Baddeley joins OGIO Team!

January 18, 2012



Britta Franson


OGIO Brand Expands with ‘BADDS’

PGA Pro Aaron Baddeley Now Among Brand’s Elite Athletes


SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 16, 2012) – OGIO, the award-winning designer of innovative and uniquely styled golf bags and apparel collections, has added PGA Tour professional Aaron “Badds” Baddeley to its elite roster of athletes. Badds will be sporting OGIO’s collection of golf polos, pants, belts and outerwear during the PGA Tour’s 2012 season.


“I want my clothes to reflect my personality while I’m out on the course and OGIO is a natural fit. They have a reputation of making quality products and it definitely shows in the fabrics they’ve chosen.  I want my clothes to look good and feel good so that is why I have partnered with OGIO.”


In addition to showing his fashion sense on the links, Badds will be traveling in style with OGIO travel luggage, packs and messengers while on the Tour and in his personal adventures. His endorsement extends beyond just his appreciation for the brand’s cutting-edge style; he also will work closely with the OGIO design team to develop future apparel collections for the golf retail market.


“It was an easy decision because we chose each other.  Aaron has the look, the game, an impressive fashion sense and the core values that align perfectly with who OGIO is and wants to continue to be as we expand into the apparel market,” said Tom Gocke, global vice president for OGIO Golf.


Badds arguably has the best short game on the PGA Tour, and remains one of the most promising talents in golf with a resume boasting three PGA Tour wins and four International wins. His character and boundary-pushing style, along with his reputation as one of the game’s best young players, makes him an excellent choice for the OGIO brand.


“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Badds to the OGIO family,” said Tony Palma, CEO, OGIO. “His blend of passion, skill and style fits perfectly with OGIO’s adrenaline-driven designs and performance fabrics. Our collections provide the ultimate in style and functionality to keep players on top of their game. ”


OGIO’s first-ever golf apparel collection for men consists of more than 30 unique designs. Polos are available in 14 distinctive styles enhanced with performance and mechanical stretch fabric, UV protection, moisture and bacterial control and intelligently designed anti-roll collars. In addition, the collection includes pants and shorts offering OGIO-exclusive prints and features such as articulated seams for better range of motion and gel gripper waistbands. The fashionable golf collection is rounded out with a variety of outerwear options.


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OGIO International, Inc. is a global leader in golf bag, apparel and accessories design, recognized for collections showcasing unique styles infused with intelligent design. An award-winning brand, the company received gold and silver medals by Golf Digest in its 2010 and 2011 “Hot List” issues for its cutting-edge golf bag line and was also selected as the official team travel gear for the 2011 U.S. President’s Cup. In addition to its arsenal of high-performance golf bags and accessories, OGIO has relationships with a roster of athletes that includes Fred Couples and a list of more than 100 Pro Tour golfers traveling with OGIO bags. Founded in 1987, the private, Utah-based company distributes products worldwide under the OGIO brand, and operates an original equipment manufacturer division to produce gear bags for other internationally known brands. For more information, visit

180s editorial in SGI Weekly Intelligence

January 18, 2012


January 18, 2012

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