Monday, November 25, 2013
Former world #1 wins the Dunlop Phoenix Championship using ACCRA
For a Second straight year!!
Kingston, Ontario (November 25th, 2013) – ACCRA Premium Golf Shafts is proud that a recent #1 ranked player in the world continues to trust ACCRA golf shafts in both his driver and fairway wood. His custom fit TaylorMade SLDR driver was fit with an ACCRA Tour Z ST65 shaft and his 3 wood featured an ACCRA XC65 shaft. This player has trusted ACCRA shafts for more than 7 years and ACCRA is honored to have such a world-class player continue to trust ACCRA.
This completes a fantastic finish to the 2013 season for players trusting ACCRA. A 3rd place finish on the 2013 PGA Tour money list, A top 5 finish at the CIMB Classic, 3 top 10’s (T2, T4, & T7) at The McGladrey Classic, a 3rd at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, and now a championship victory.
This Northwestern grad won the final tournament of the 2011 PGA Tour season to secure his first PGA Tour money title and weeks later he did the same on the European Tour. He also obtained “Player of the Year” status, as well as the #1 golfer in the world ranking. The 2012 season was also successful as he maintained the #1 world ranking for most of the year. A swing change in 2013 has now proved to pay off with this prestigious victory at the 2013 Dunlop Phoenix championship.
The victory at the prestigious Dunlop Phoenix in Miyazaki, Japan marked his first victory of the season and sets this great champion up for another run at the #1 position in the world rankings in 2014. Recent Dunlop Phoenix winners include Tiger Woods (twice), Thomas Bjorn (twice), Ian Poulter, Padriag Harrington, Lee Westwood and David Duval.
“Professional golf is a great proving ground for new technologies. The ACCRA Tour Z line of shafts has enjoyed unprecedented success on PGA Tours worldwide since it’s inception 2 years ago. When players using our shafts achieve success, it just reaffirms the importance of going through a proper fitting and utilizing an excellent product,” said Ron Graham, ACCRA Tour Rep. “On tour we take time to find the ACCRA shaft that optimizes a player’s launch conditions and, in each case, the renowned ACCRA feel plays a big part in any professional trusting ACCRA shafts,” continued Graham.
ACCRA Tour Z shafts have been on quite a run in the past two years; in 2013 Tour Z shafts have accumulated wins around the globe including a WGC event, the Memorial Championship, the Presidents Cup and now the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan.
“ACCRA has always been dedicated to developing shafts for all levels of discerning golfers and top ranked professional golfers. All Tour players that choose to trust their game with ACCRA go through a fitting process similar to what any golfer would experience when visiting a certified ACCRA fitter,” said Gawain Robertson, ACCRA co-founder. “All ACCRA shaft designs are developed with custom fitting in mind. Our belief is that the only way to optimize a golfer’s potential is through professional custom fitting, and this is why ACCRA shafts are only available through being professionally fit by a network of certified ACCRA fitters on every continent,” continued Robertson.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
2013 Memorial Tournament Champion trusts custom fit driver with an
ACCRA Premium Golf Shaft
KINGSTON, Ontario (June 6, 2013) – PGMC/ACCRA extends our sincerest congratulations to the 2013 Champion of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide in Dublin, Ohio. Played on the famed Miurfield Village Golf Course against one of the years strongest fields, the Georgia Tech grad birdied the 72nd hole to win by 2 shots.
The Sea Island Georgia resident has moved to second in the 2013 FedEx Cup points race, second in official PGA Tour money earned with more than $4,000,000.00, and, is now only the second player on Tour with multiple wins this season. This now makes two players in the top 7 of the world golf rankings, choosing to trust their games with an ACCRA Tour Z shaft.
This champion was custom fit to a Bridgestone 9.5 J Series driver with an ACCRA Tour Z ST55 premium shaft by Justin Nelson of Cool Clubs in Scotsdale, Arizona just before his first win of the season at the WGC Accenture Match Play.
"ACCRA golf is a huge proponent of the art and science of custom clubfitting. PGA Tour players are professionally custom fit on a weekly basis by manufacture's tour vans that are onsite at each event. This case was a little different. The Champion choose to be fit by a brand agnostic professional clubfitter offsite from the PGA Tour. Using the latest in technology and decades of golf club and golf shaft knowledge, Cool Clubs determined this combination of Bridgestone and ACCRA was the best one to help this Ryder Cupper maximize his launch conditions," stated Gawain Robertson, co-founder of ACCRA. "The coolest part of this story is that any golfer can visit a certified ACCRA fitter, like Cool Clubs, and receive a tour fitting experience just like the winner of the 2013 Memorial Tournament," continued Mr. Robertson.
ACCRA certified fitters are located in virtually every major golf center in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. ACCRA premium golf shafts are exclusively available through the world's best clubfitters because it just does not make sense to buy off a rack.
"Each week, more and more PGA Tour players are changing to ACCRA. We are honored to have played a part in the success of so many of the world's best golfers," commented Dave Makarucha, co-founder of ACCRA. "Watching the world's best succeed with our shafts is exciting, yet all of us at ACCRA enjoy the success stories from grassroots golfers even more. Each year ACCRA grows along with the world's best professional clubfitters and we have promoted clubfitting since our inception in 2004. This is what we are most proud of."
ACCRA shafts have always been designed to enable the world’s best club fitters to have multiple options. This ensures that discerning golfers of all levels can be properly fit to maximize launch conditions for increase distance and accuracy.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Younger Awards - Part IV
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|Canadian Business Story of the Year|
The nominees: Jim Little leaves RBC for Shaw Communications, PGA
Tour purchases Canadian Tour, Wasserman Media Group acquires Catalyst
Sponsorship Consulting, Callaway Golf Canada restructures, Cabot Links,
Golftown merges with Golfsmith, Callaway Golf Canada assumes sponsorship
of Golf in Schools
The Winner: PGA Tour purchases Canadian Tour
My take: Amid a worthy grouping of nominees, this category for 2012 was strictly no contest. After languishing under tough economic circumstances since its 10-year Golf Channel agreement ended, the Canadian Tour not only got a financial reprieve from the PGA Tour early in the year, it wound up under its corporate umbrella. What it means for the newly named PGA Tour Canada remains in prospect. But a deserving tour and a group of great people running it get something they have not had in quite some time: stability.
|Canadian Golf Product of the Year|
The nominees: Sunice ‘Silver’, Arnie by Quagmire Golf, Hollas
Diversity Collection, Catwalk Zippy, Kikkor Men’s Pure Line, Dryrainge,
ACCRA Tour Z shafts, Sligo Golf pants
The Winner: Arnie by Quagmire Golf/ACCRA Tour Z Shafts
My take: Nothing between the two winners who tied and very little between a worthy grouping of nominees in this category. Arnold Palmer’s trust in Geoff Tait and Bobby Pasternak of Quagmire was rewarded with the debut of an outstanding line of Palmer-inspired apparel from the 1950s, 60s and 70s appropriately named ‘Arnie.’ The three deliveries were all met with critical acclaim. ACCRA Golf of Kingston, Ont., continues to be a force in the high-end shaft market. Former world No. 1 player in the world Luke Donald continues to put his trust in ACCRA. Many, many players in 2012 put their trust in ACCRA’s Tour Z product.
|Canadian Executive of the Year|
The nominees: Don Nichols (Second Skin), Mark Fletcher (Fletcher
Leisure Group), Geoff Tait/Bobby Pasternak (Arnie), James Lepp (Kikkor
Golf), Adam Barr (Miura Golf), Dave Wilson (PING Canada), Gawain
Robertson/Dave Makarocha (ACCRA Golf)
The Winner: James Lepp (Kikkor Golf)
My take: As I write this James Lepp is one of two finalists for Big Break Greenbrier. That’s not why he is Executive of the Year. The former NCAA Golf champion’s vision for his fledgling company Kikkor means he’s willing to go the extra mile to help brand his product and further infuse its identity into a younger golf demographic. Lepp works hard at it. He’s been strong in the area of social media, runs contest after contest to keep people intrigued and he’s never met a microphone he didn’t like. Lepp got added traction with a few Canadian Tour friends, as well as LPGA Tour player Ryann O’Toole. He continues to be chief designer, CEO and COO, communications and marketing director. THAT’S why he’s my 2012 Executive of the Year.
|Emerging Canadian Golf Company of the Year|
The nominees: BioSteel, Spanner Golf, MA-Nine, Team World Golf, Pin High Golf, Just Golf Inc.
The Winner: BioSteel
My take: An incumbent sports drink in the NHL with the likes of Tyler Seguin of the Boston Bruins, Carey Price of the Montreal Canadians and former Toronto Maple Leaf standout Gary Roberts, BioSteel entered the golf market in 2012 doing so in a big way. The Canadian company signed PGA Tour winner Hunter Mahan to its staff and made great strides in introducing its healthy hydration product at golf courses across the country.
|Canadian Golf Company of the Year|
The nominees: Sunice, Quagmire/Arnie, Miura Golf, Sligo, Second Skin, ACCRA Golf, Sundog, Catwalk Performance Artwear|
The Winner: Sligo
My take: A longtime Canadian brand that, rather than fall just under the radar, was all over the radar during 2012. Sligo’s spring/fall offering of products gained immediate acceptance with its retail accounts around North America and produced traction with emerging Sligo markets in Asia and Australia. Adding Weyburn, Sask.’s Graham DeLaet and Scotland’s Russell Knox to existing staff member Brian Gay on the endorsement team gave the brand more well-intentioned marketability with golfers interested in blending up-tempo fashion with performance.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Yesterday, ACCRA was featured in Golfweek magazine online by respected writer Jim Achenbach. This was an exciting day for all of us at ACCRA as we certainly consider ourselves as the biggest proponents of club fitting in the industry. Thank you to Mr. Achenbach for his belief in the club fitting community.
SHAFT MONTH: ACCRA'S CO-OWNER, A PREACHER OF PROPER FITTING
Monday, November 19, 2012
Kingston, Ontario (November 19, 2012) – ACCRA Premium Golf Shafts is proud to have an incredibly skilled player who trusts his golf game to custom fitted ACCRA shafts in his TaylorMade RBZ driver and RBZ 3-wood.
One year ago, this Northwestern grad won the final tournament of the 2011 PGA Tour season to secure his first PGA Tour money title win and weeks later he did the same on the European Tour. This talented golfer also obtained “Player of the Year” status, as well as the no. 1 golfer in the world ranking. The 2012 season has been as successful as his last by maintaining a no. 1 world ranking until the PGA Championship in August. But as of this past weekend, things just got even better! Now back to no. 2 in the world rankings, the 2012 Dunlop Phoenix champion has trusted ACCRA shafts for more than five years and his switch to the new Tour Z model last season has resulted in a significant rise in total driving statistics.
The victory at the prestigious Dunlop Phoenix in Miyazaki, Japan marks his third worldwide win this season and sets this great champion up for another run at the no. 1 position in the world rankings for 2012. Recent Dunlop Phoenix winners include Tiger Woods (twice), Thomas Bjorn (twice), Ian Poulter, Padriag Harrington, Lee Westwood and David Duval.
“Professional golf is a great proving ground for new technologies. The ACCRA Tour Z line of shafts has enjoyed unprecedented success on PGA Tours worldwide this fall. When players using our shafts achieve success, it just reaffirms the importance of going through a proper fitting and utilizing an excellent product,” said Ron Graham, ACCRA Tour Rep. “On tour we take time to find the ACCRA shaft that optimizes a player’s launch conditions and, in each case, the renowned ACCRA feel plays a big part in any professional trusting ACCRA shafts,” continued Graham.
ACCRA Tour Z shafts continue its exciting streak of wins. At the Ryder Cup, two stalwarts of the victorious European team used Tour Z shafts. The recent winner of the Grand Slam of golf featured a TaylorMade R11s driver, custom fit with an ACCRA Tour Z 65+ shaft. One week later, the BMW Championship champion also chose to fit his Taylormade R11s driver with an ACCRA Tour Z 65+.
“ACCRA is dedicated to developing shafts for all levels of discerning golfers, and top ranked professional golfers are no different. Each of the three recent champions went through a fitting process similar to what any golfer would experience when visiting a certified ACCRA fitter,” said Gawain Robertson, ACCRA co-founder. “All ACCRA shaft designs are developed with custom fitting in mind. Our belief is that the only way to optimize a golfer’s potential is through professional custom fitting, and this is why ACCRA shafts are only available through being professionally fit by a network of certified ACCRA fitters on every continent,” continued Robertson.