Daly’s Extensive Knowledge of Club Head Performance, Instrumental in Design of New Vertical Groove Fairway Wood; Tour-Proven Vertical Groove Technology Resulted in #1 Distance & #2 Accuracy Driver on the PGA TOUR Champions in 2017
On the heels of a successful debut season for the world’s only Vertical Groove Driver, today the first-ever Vertical Groove Fairway Wood was unveiled in partnership with 2-time Major Champion, John Daly, at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.
The new fairway wood from Vertical Groove Golf, LLC, which conforms to the Rules of Golf, will be put into play by the Company’s Global Ambassadors, including John, Rocco Mediate and a stable other professional golfers competing on the PGA TOUR Champions, PGA TOUR and other worldwide professional golf events in 2018. The Vertical Groove Fairway is now available at vertgolf.com.
Vertical Groove Technology is proven to reduce spin at impact, forcing tighter dispersion and leading to straighter ball flight and greater distance. The effectiveness of the technology was validated by the performance of the Vertical Groove Driver in its first season on the PGA TOUR Champions in 2017, ending the year with two victories and ranked #1 in Driving Distance and #2 in Driving Accuracy, and prompting the Company to expedite its expanded product line.
“The Vertical Groove Driver enjoyed an impressive debut last year, highlighted by two victories, including the U.S. Senior Open Championship won by Kenny Perry, and increased usage among top professionals competing on the PGA TOUR Champions in 2017,” said Rubin Hanan, COO & Managing Partner, Vertical Groove Golf. “Continued success at the highest level is the greatest product endorsement, and backed by the success of the VG Driver, we anticipate strong usage with the Vertical Groove Fairway Woods in 2018.”
The Vertical Groove Fairway Wood was available for testing at the PGA Show Demo Day, Orange County National Golf Center, as well as at the Equipment Test Center on the floor of the PGA Show.
Hanan adds, “In addition to being one of the greatest drivers of all time, Daly has always been a very strong fairways player, and we knew he would be the perfect ambassador to collaborate with for Vertical Groove Golf. His success with the Vertical Groove Driver in 2017, including his first victory in 13 years, coupled with his extensive knowledge of club head technology, helped us finalize the specs on our new Fairway wood and it’s now ready for both tour action, and consumer use, in 2018.”
The cutting edge 180cc Vertical Groove 3-Wood is available in right-handed 14 & 15 degree lofts. The 14 degree is a tour model with a forward weight to promote lower launch and less spin. Both models feature Aldila’s premium grade, tour-proven aftermarket NV2K green shafts for Ladies and Seniors, and the Aldila NV2KV Blue shafts will be available in Regular, Stiff, and X-stiff. The available flexes and weights include: 45 gram L (Ladies), 50 gram A (Senior), 60 gram R (Regular), 70 gram S (Stiff) and 70 gram X (Extra-stiff).
At a length of 43 inches, the Vertical Groove Fairway Wood, whichprovides an optimum launch angle while maximizing carry distance and ball speed for many players, is equipped with Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips in standard, midsize and oversize models. Alternative shaft options from Fujikura, Mitsubishi and Aldila are also available. Suggested retail price is $259.99.
Additional Vertical Groove Fairway models, including a 3-Wood and 5-Wood, featuring 18 degree lofts, are currently undergoing extensive testing and will be available in spring 2018.
Through distribution agreements in the global marketplace, the Vertical Groove 3-Wood will be available in South Korea; United Kingdom; South Africa; Scandinavian Countries; Ireland; Germany; Spain and France in early 2018, with new emerging markets coming soon. More information on the Vertical Groove Driver and new Fairway Wood is available at www.vertgolf.com or via social media profiles on Facebook and YouTube at Vertical Groove Golf, and @vertgolf on Twitter.
Vertical Groove Golf, LLC
Vertical Groove Golf, LLC is the golf industry’s newest original equipment manufacturer, and the first company to bring to market a golf club with vertical grooves on the club face. Backed by extensive testing from the leading independent testing facility in golf, Vertical Groove Technology is proven to deliver better accuracy and greater distance. Guided by a leadership team comprised of accomplished business executives, and complemented by veteran golf equipment design and marketing experts, the Company’s HQ/Manufacturing facility is based in Jupiter, FL. For more information on Vertical Groove Golf, please visit www.vertgolf.com.