PING introduces counter-balanced, high-MOI Sigma 2 Valor 400

Elevating stability and forgiveness to a new level, PING has introduced its highest-MOI Sigma 2 putter model to date, the Valor 400.

The counter-balanced mallet is engineered with a 400-gram head and custom built with a 15″ grip and a 38″ shaft with 50 grams added to the butt end to promote a stable, pendulum-style stroke. The mallet shares the same alignment geometries, heel-toe ballast profile, and stealth finish as the 365-gram Sigma 2 Valor, which was introduced in November of 2018.

The new putter is available for custom fitting and purchase at authorized PING golf shops, including Morton Golf Sales.

“With the success of the Sigma 2 Valor among golfers and on tour with two wins this spring, the addition of a counter-balanced option allows us to address an important segment of golfers who prefer this type of technology while delivering an exciting new custom-built option,” said John K. Solheim, PING President. “MOI is about 12% higher than the original Valor, a significant increase. And counter-balancing encourages that smooth, pendulum motion and helps take the wrists out of the stroke.”

The new model has the same dual-durometer PEBAX face material found across the Sigma 2 series, offering a softer front layer to ensure the precision necessary for shorter, delicate must-makes. The firmer back layer offers the solid feedback and distance control required for holing longer-range putts and improving overall consistency. “The Sigma 2 Valor 400 retains that soft yet lively feel from the highly innovative face technology of the Sigma 2 family,” Solheim said. “It provides a pure, consistent roll and has resonated with golfers of all abilities.”

PING’s patented TR face pattern is also at work to enhance touch and pace. The TR face varies in depth to speed up off-center impacts for consistent ball speeds.

On shorter putts in particular, the added stability of the heel-toe ballast and 400-gram design offer a big performance advantage and can be especially effective with golfers who have a slower stroke tempo. This putter can be custom built as either a face-balanced or mid-hang design.

Sigma 2 Valor 400 Specifications

Dual-durometer PEBAX face insert
TR Face Technology
Head Weight: 400g
Std. Length: 38″
Stroke Types: Straight or Slight Arc
Shaft: Non-adjustable stepped mid steel with 50g counter-balance weight
Lie Angle: 20° ±2°
Loft: 3° ±2°
Grip: 15″ CB60 Black/Blue
U.S. MSRP: $235

Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, and NBC Sports Collaborate on Season Two of Driven, Premiering Monday, May 6 on Golf Channel

A Four-Part College Golf Docu-Series, Driven Will Profile Rivalry Between Alabama and Auburn, Reigning National Champions Oklahoma State

Fowler (Main Event Productions) and Thomas Co-Executive Producers; 20-Time Emmy Award-Winner Ollie Stokes Writer and Producer; Driven Narrated by Emmy Award-Winning Actor Josh Duhamel

College Golf 101 to Highlight the Best in College Golf in Three-Part Countdown Series Hosted by Chantel McCabe Immediately Following Driven

Video: Driven Trailer

Video: College Golf 101 Trailer

NBC Sports is teaming up with PGA TOUR winners Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas to give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at three of the country’s top college golf programs – Alabama, Auburn and Oklahoma State – on the second season of Driven, premiering on GOLF Channel Monday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET. GOLF Channel also will premiere a new series, College Golf 101, immediately following Driven at 9:30 p.m. ET, expanding the network’s May college golf programming heading into the 2019 NCAA Golf National Championships.

Driven is a four-part documentary series that will follow the 2018-19 college golf seasons and the competitive journeys of Alabama’s men’s golf team and their “Iron Bowl” rivalry with Auburn as they look to return to the NCAA Golf Championships. The series also will follow reigning NCAA national champions Oklahoma State as they look to defend their 2018 title.

Fowler (Main Event Productions), one of Oklahoma State’s most decorated players, returns as executive producer for Driven. Thomas, a member of the 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide national championship team, is partnering with Fowler as co-executive producer. Driven is written and produced by Ollie Stokes, a 20-time Emmy Award winner who also produced Showtime’s ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. McGregor. Emmy Award-winning actor Josh Duhamel returns to narrate Driven’s second season.

“It has been a lot of fun partnering with Justin for season two of Driven, highlighting the Alabama-Auburn rivalry within the world of college golf and my alma mater as we look to defend our national championship,” said Fowler. “We have been bouncing ideas off each other throughout the year, and we’re excited for viewers to see the game’s future stars and their dedication to college golf. Go Pokes!”

“Working with Rickie on Driven to showcase Alabama’s golf program and its rivalry with Auburn has reminded me why college sports are so great and how much fun I had playing golf for Alabama,” said Thomas. “Rickie and I have such a passion for college golf and our alma maters and we look forward to seeing this passion come to life with Driven. Roll Tide!”

Alabama, currently the No. 21 ranked team in the country according to GolfStat, finished runner-up at the 2018 NCAA Championships, falling to Oklahoma State in the championship match. Auburn, currently the 16th-ranked team in the GolfStat rankings, advanced to the semifinals at the 2018 NCAA Championships before falling to Oklahoma State. Monday’s premiere episode of Driven will focus on the 2018 fall golf season, culminating with the East Lake Cup in early November, the final event of the fall season for all three programs, where Auburn defeated Alabama in the championship match..

Leading up to GOLF Channel’s coverage of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, Driven is scheduled to air on three consecutive Mondays starting May 6 on GOLF Channel, with the final installment premiering on NBC following the championships. Driven will feature exclusive footage from production crews embedded with Alabama, Auburn and Oklahoma State’s men’s golf programs over the course of the 2018-19 season, culminating in Fayetteville, Ark., with the University of Arkansas hosting the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships at the Blessings Golf Club from May 24-29. Golf Channel will air live coverage of the championships Monday-Wednesday, May 27-29.

NEW GOLF CHANNEL SERIES COLLEGE GOLF 101:
Complementing GOLF Channel’s upcoming NCAA Championships coverage will be College Golf 101, a new three-part series that will air immediately following the first three episodes of Driven Mondays at 9:30 p.m. ET, breaking down the best of the best when it comes to college golf. Hosted by Chantel McCabe, College Golf 101 will count down the top-10 most dominant college players (May 6); top college teams (May 13) and elite college programs of all-time (May 20), featuring interviews and insight from major champions and a wide range of college golf experts.

Driven Schedule

Monday, May 6
9 p.m. ET
GOLF Channel

Monday, May 13
9 p.m. ET
GOLF Channel

Monday, May 20
9 p.m. ET
GOLF Channel

Saturday, June 29
2 p.m. ET
NBC

College Golf 101 Schedule

Monday, May 6
9:30 p.m. ET
GOLF Channel

Monday, May 13
9:30 p.m. ET
GOLF Channel

Monday, May 20
9:30 p.m. ET
GOLF Channel

Thomas, one of Alabama’s most decorated players, was the recipient of the Fred Haskins Award presented by Stifel as a freshman in 2012, honoring the most-outstanding collegiate golfer. In 2013, Thomas helped lead Alabama to its first NCAA golf national championship. He turned professional in 2013 and has amassed nine PGA TOUR victories in his career. In 2017, he recorded four PGA TOUR wins, the PGA Championship and was crowned the season-long FedExCup Champion. He ascended to World No. 1 for the first time in the spring of 2018 and was a member of the 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

One of Oklahoma State’s most-decorated players as the nation’s former top-ranked amateur, Fowler was the first freshman in NCAA history to win the Ben Hogan Award as the NCAA’s top men’s golfer in 2008. Fowler, who turned professional in 2009, has recorded eight international wins in his career, including four PGA TOUR victories, led by the 2015 PLAYERS Championship, and has contributed to winning U.S. Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams and represented Team USA in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

GOLF Channel is the television home for college golf, including the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Golf National Championships, the East Lake Cup collegiate match play championship and the Western Intercollegiate presented by Topgolf. In total, GOLF Channel is airing more than 50 live tournament hours of college and amateur golf coverage in 2019, the most of any television network.

Following its announcement in 2013 as the exclusive television provider of the NCAA Golf Championships, GOLF Channel has provided live coverage of the men’s NCAA championships since 2014 and the women’s NCAA championships since 2015, which now are hosted at the same venue in consecutive weeks in May. The 2019 NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf National Championships will take place at the Blessings Golf Club in Fayette, Ark., May 17-29, where GOLF Channel will dedicate more than 100 hours of combined news and tournament coverage.

Leading up to the NCAA Golf Championships, GOLF Channel’s six weeks of college golf coverage includes the NCAA women’s and men’s regional selections shows (April 24 and May 1, respectively) and regional championships digital coverage.

GOLF Channel also televises the Western Intercollegiate presented by Topgolf, one of the longest-running college golf tournaments in the U.S. The 73rd edition was contested April 15-17 at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif., with Stanford sweeping the individual and team titles. The East Lake Cup, created by GOLF Channel and East Lake Golf Club, is a three-day fall championship that invites the eight semifinalists from the previous NCAA men’s and women’s golf championships. The East Lake Cup is hosted at historic East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., and benefits the East Lake Foundation. In addition, GOLF Channel deploys its comprehensive portfolio of news, digital and social media coverage year-round in covering collegiate golf, including specials for regional and national qualifying, on-site and wraparound news from golf’s biggest college events, and year-end award shows for the Haskins and ANNIKA Awards presented by Stifel.

Practice Putting Under Pressure While Maintaining Focus

Shaun Barnes is a PGA Professional who works at Morton Golf Sales’ sister course, the award-winning Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, CA. Barnes is an expert in club-fitting and provides golf lessons to a large clientele in the Sacramento region. Today, he shares his golf tips on how to practice putting.

Practice Putting Under Pressure While Maintaining Focus

Find a straight putt and set tees at 3, 4, 5, 6, and 10 feet. 
All putts must be made before moving on to the next distance.

Make 30 putts from 3 feet
– then 25 putts from 4 feet
– then 15 feet from 5 feet
– then 10 feet from 6 feet
– then 5 from 10 feet

Just as if you were on the course you only get one chance to make the putt. Focus on each putt, go through your routine and stroke each putt with confidence. Stay focused, be patient and make it fun!

Please leave your comments on how this drill performs for you. If there are topics you would like for Shaun to cover in future blog entries, please feel free to leave your suggestions too.

Having The Right Mindset on the Golf Course

Shaun Barnes, is a PGA Professional who specializes in golf lessons and club-fitting for Morton Golf Sales’ sister property, the award-winning Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, CA. Today, he shares his tips for having the right mindset on the golf course.

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought. – Peace Pilgrim

It’s not unusual for golfers to step into a shot thinking about where they DON’T want the ball to go. Our minds are the most important thing we have while playing the game. So if we think, don’t hit it out of bounds,” the only thing your subconscious hears is “hit it out of bounds.” To avoid this problem, our focus should be on the outcome we WANT instead of the one we don’t. Confident, positive thoughts can and will (with practice and patience) lead to positive results. Have fun!

To learn more about Shaun Barnes, PGA Professional, visit https://www.hagginoaks.com/lessons/golf-coaches/shaun-barnes/

Titleist’s Loyalty Rewarded Promotion Returns

Now through April 22, 2019, purchase 3 dozen personalized Pro V1, Pro V1x or AVX golf balls and get a 4th dozen free during the Loyalty Rewarded promotion from Titleist.

To say thank you for trusting your game to Titleist, purchase 3 dozen Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1x or AVX golf balls and receive 1 dozen FREE.

Ordering is Easy online at MortonGolfSales.com

Step 1:

Select your ball and color. Choose from Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1x or AVX

Step 2:

Select your play number. Two options available:

Option #1 – Standard Play Number with Free Personalization 
Choose standard play number (1-4) or (5-8). Personalize golf balls with the imprint of your choice at no charge. 

Option #2 – All The Same Play Numbers with Free Personalization 
Choose the same play number (00, 1-99), additional $1 per/dozen up-charge applies. Personalize golf balls with the imprint of your choice at no charge. 

This is an extremely limited time offer and is valid March 22 – April 22, 2019
Maximum 1 free dozen per imprint/customer. 

Golf Ball Custom Personalization Options: 

  • Minimum Quantity: 3 Dozen
  • Lead-Time: 5 weeks
  • Block lettering in ALL CAPS on one pole of the golf ball
  • Maximum 17 Characters Per line – up to 3 lines (spaces included)
  • Imprint colors: black, blue, red, green or pink
  • Personalization must be identical for all 4 dozen

Step 3

Click “Add to Cart” to checkout.

Golf Ball Options

Titleist Pro V1

Titleist Pro V1

For golfers looking to shoot their best scores, the new Titleist Pro V1 golf ball provides total performance from tee to green with penetrating flight and very soft feel. This is the #1 ball on worldwide tours

PLAYER BENEFITS:

  • Extraordinary Distance with Consistent Flight
  • Very Low Long Game Spin and Penetrating Trajectory
  • Drop-and-Stop™ Short Game Control
  • Very Soft Feel
Titleist Pro V1x

Titleist Pro V1x

The new Titleist Pro V1x golf ball provides total performance from tee to green with high trajectory and soft feel.

PLAYER BENEFITS:

  • Extraordinary Distance with Consistent Flight
  • Low Long Game Spin and High Trajectory
  • Drop-and-Stop™ Short Game Control
  • Soft Feel
Titleist AVx

Titleist AVX

Titleist AVX is designed for golfers seeking a premium performance golf ball who prioritize distance and extremely soft feel.

PLAYER BENEFITS:

  • Remarkable Distance and Penetrating Flight
  • Very Low Long Game and Iron Spin
  • Exceptionally Soft Feel
  • Premium Scoring Control

*All golf balls must contain Single Personalization only. No logos available in this promotion. All 4 dozen must be for the same ball model, play number, personalization text and text color for the Loyalty Rewarded promotion.

6 Golf Tips to Building a Pre-Shot Routine

Building a Pre-Shot Routine

Improve your game with these 6 steps before every shot. 

  1. Choose the final target while being as specific as you can. Instead of choosing the green, choose which side of the flagstick you need/want to hit it to.
  2. Choose a spot no more than three feet in front of the ball (a speck of dirt, blade of grass, anything that stands out to you) that lines up with your final target.
  3. Point the face of the club at the chosen spot.
  4. Align your hips and shoulders so that they are parallel with your target line.
  5. Take one final look at your target, visualizing your shot.
  6. Picture your target in your mind as you make your swing.

To be a more consistent player, it’s vital that you build and work through a pre-shot routine before every single shot. Even on the driving range.

Shaun Barnes is a PGA Professional at the award-winning Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, CA. Barnes specializes in club-fitting and golf lessons and looks forward to reading your comments below.

If you have suggestions for future golf tips that you would like covered, please leave a comment below or contact Shaun Barnes via email.

Callaway Introduces the Chrome Soft Truvis Shamrock Golf Ball

The Chrome Soft Truvis Shamrock Golf Balls Combine Tour-Proven Distance And Performance, Unparalleled Feel, Exceptional Mis-Hit Forgiveness, And Our Popular Truvis Pattern In An Iconic Green And White Shamrock Design.

Callaway Chrome Soft Truvis Shamrock Golf Balls

Chrome Soft Truvis Shamrock Golf Balls combine Tour-proven performance with unparalleled feel, exceptional mis-hit forgiveness and the iconic Shamrock pattern from our popular Truvis Technology.

Everything about the ball that changed the ball is better because we’ve innovated at every layer, starting with our groundbreaking new Graphene Dual SoftFast Core. The result is an extremely fast and soft-feeling ball that promotes high-launch and low spin off the tee for long distance, and incredible shot-stopping spin around the green. The new Chrome Soft Truvis Shamrock Ball is better to its core.

Features & Benefits
Shamrock Truvis Design
This ball features our popular Truvis pattern in an iconic green and white Shamrock design. Truvis is specifically designed to maximize your view of the golf ball for better focus and visibility.

Fast Ball Speeds & Low Spin Off The Driver
New Graphene-infused Dual Soft Fast Core with a new, larger inner core maximizes compression energy while minimizing driver-spin and promoting high launch for long distance.

Distance & Control Through The Bag
Premium dual-core construction promotes more distance off of your longer clubs, and more control off of mid-irons, short-irons and wedges.

Pinpoint Greenside Control
Thin ultra-soft Tour Urethane Cover feels fantastic and generates shot-controlling, stroke-saving spin on pitches and chips.

Ultra-Soft Feel
The fast SubMantle, soft Tour Urethane Cover, and low compression core combine for unparalleled feel.

Forgiveness
Softer golf balls compress easier on off center hits for incredible distance all over the face.

Buy 3 TP5 and TP5x, Get 1 Free… with Free Personalization Offer!

New TP5 and TP5x golf balls by Taylormade, buy 3 dozen personalized golf balls and get a 4th personalized dozen FREE for a limited time.

TaylorMade launched the next generation of TP5 and TP5x! It features a new Speed-Layer System with HFM material, so golfers of every level will experience more speed in what was already The Most Complete Tour Ball. Already used by Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, and Jason Day!

For a limited time only– MARCH 1 to APRIL 15– you can customize the message on your golf balls and enjoy a free personalized dozen with your purchase. Pretty nifty deal!

ABOUT THE NEW TP5 AND TP5X

5 Layer Build: Enhanced speed without negatively affecting spin performance is due to the TaylorMade’s proprietary 5-layer ball construction. It’s made with a Tri-Fast Core providing max carry and low drag plus Dual-Spin Cover and urethane cover.

Speed-Layer System: The new Speed-Layer System is comprised of four increasingly stiff layers to produce more ball speed. The result is more carry distance off the tee, more control in the wind, and more spin around the greens.

High-Flex Material: The 2019 TP5/TP5x feature a new material called HFM—delivering higher ball speed through a greater rebound effect. HFM acts like a tightly wound spring that builds energy and rebounds quickly, generating more ball speed.

Callaway Personalized Chrome Soft or Chrome Soft X Golf Balls Offer

Buy 3 Callaway Personalized Chrome Soft or Chrome Soft X Golf Balls and receive 1 dozen FREE personalized golf balls!

How awesome is this deal? Just in time for Spring golf, Callaway is offering a FREE dozen Chrome Soft or Chrome Soft X personalized golf balls when you order 3 dozen personalized Chrome Soft or Chrome Soft X balls.

Promotion Period: March 1, 2019 – April 15, 2019

Golf Ball Custom Personalization Options:

Minimum Quantity: 3 Dozen
Lead-Time: 2-4 weeks
Block lettering in ALL CAPS on one pole of the golf ball
Maximum 20 Characters Per line – up to 3 lines
Imprint colors: black, blue, red, or green
AvailabilityAvailable in Player Numbers: #1-4
Available in Colors: White & Yellow
Orders typically ship within 10-14 business days from receipt of order but allow up to 4 weeks for delivery. Offer cannot be combined with other promotional offers.
Offer valid on Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X golf balls.

Replace Lost or Missing Individual PING Irons on Current or Old Sets

Did you know that you can add an additional 1-2 clubs to your current set of PING irons and have it built to match the exact specs of your current PING irons?

If you have lost an iron or simply wish to add an additional wedge or iron to fill in your current or old PING set, Morton Golf Sales makes this process easy by offering replacement irons for many of PING’s current and classic line of clubs.

Ordering is EASY! For irons, simply find the serial number located on the hosel on the irons of your PING set. Morton Golf Sales will ask for this serial number on the order page and PING will match the specs for a perfect fill-in!

Click HERE to see the entire selection of PING individual irons available.

Popular PING Replacement Iron Models

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