The 2016 Senior PGA Champion, Rocco Mediate, has signed a multi-year deal with Vertical Groove Golf, LLC, and is now teeing off with the Vertical Groove Driver on the PGA TOUR Champions and other professional golf tournaments in 2017, and beyond. This news comes on the heels of Vertical Groove Golf’s recent signing of two-time Major Champion, John Daly, who used his VG Driver to win the Insperity Invitational a few weeks ago.
As part of his agreement with Vertical Groove Golf, Rocco will serve as a Global Ambassador for the Company, while sporting the Vertical Groove Golf logo on his left shirt collar.
The Vertical Groove Driver, which conforms to the Rules of Golf, is the only golf club innovation to enter the market featuring vertical groove technology on the club face. The Vertical Groove Driver technology reduces side spin at impact, leading to 40% straighter ball flight on average, while also generating greater energy at impact, resulting in a stronger forward roll and increased driving distance.
“I’ve tested the Vertical Groove Driver extensively and I am very happy with how it performs off the tee,” said Mediate. “I am excited to put the driver into play on tour and I look forward to a truly successful partnership with Vertical Groove Golf.”
Mediate, 53, who owns 13 professional victories, captured his first major championship in 2016 when he holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the par-3 17th to secure a record-setting, wire-to-wire victory in the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan. This year’s Senior PGA Championship will be contested at Trump National Golf Club outside Washington D.C. May 23-28. Watch Rocco go Vertical at Trump National as he defends his title.
“Rocco is one of the most popular players in the game today and has enjoyed a great career on tour, especially in adding a Sr. PGA Championship to his portfolio of professional victories,” said Jeff Barry, Chief Executive Officer, Vertical Groove Golf, LLC. “As a tremendous ambassador of the sport, we are thrilled to have Rocco join the Vertical Groove Golf family and showcase the performance benefits of our driver each week on tour.”
The 450cc Vertical Groove Driver, which is available in both right and left handed models, is offered in 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degree lofts, and features a full range of Aldila premium grade, tour-proven aftermarket NV2K series shafts as standard. The available flexes include: 45 gram L (Ladies), 50 gram A (Senior), 55 gram R (Regular), 65 gram S (Stiff) and 65 gram X (Extra-stiff). At a length of 45.75 inches, the Vertical Groove Driver provides an optimum launch angle while maximizing carry distance and ball speed for many players. It is equipped with Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips in standard, midsize and oversize models. Alternative shaft options from Fujikura, Mitsubishi and Aldila also will be available. Suggested retail price of the Vertical Groove Driver is $399.99.
More information on the Vertical Groove Driver is available at www.vertgolf.com.
Rocco Mediate: https://youtu.be/bm7ktG5qHYM
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, the driver is proven to deliver better accuracy and greater distance off the tee. Guided by a leadership team comprised of accomplished business executives, and complemented by veteran golf equipment design and marketing experts, the Company’s Headquarters is located in Boston, MA, with its manufacturing facility based in Jupiter, FL. For more information on Vertical Groove Golf, please visit www.vertgolf.com.