Golf News for Wednesday, February 13, 2013 | Products

Golf Pride grip helps set record for fastest golf ball speed

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton announced that 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion Ryan Winther recently used a Golf Pride Niion grip to set a new Guinness World Record for fastest golf ball speed ever recorded. The Niion line blends bold fluorescent colors with innovative new textures and unique patterns to deliver unmatched feel and moisture channeling performance for impressive durability at even the highest of swing speeds. The record-breaking feat took place at an exhibition sponsored by Golf Pride grips on Wednesday, January 23rd at Orange County National Golf Center in Winter Garden, Florida, as part of the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show's Outdoor Demo Day.

Winther and 2012 RE/MAX World Championship runner-up Tim Burke competed head-to-head in an exhibition moderated by LDA founder Art Sellinger, in an attempt to break the current Guinness World Record of 211 mph. Both Winther and Burke bested the current record, but with a speed of 217.1 mph (as measured by Trackman) Winther claimed the record for himself. Winther's record is currently classified as unofficial while in the process of being validated by Guinness for official status.

Both Winther and Burke are stars of the Long Drivers of America (LDA) circuit. In 2012 both were dominant figures on the LDA Tour with Burke capturing the LDA Tour Championship and Winther winning the biggest title in the sport, The RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship.

"For years we have seen our top players record incredible club-head and ball speed marks. Watching two elite players go toe to toe for this record at the PGA Show was awesome. When you think the average PGA Tour player is in the 168 mph range we are talking about 50 mph more of ball speed", said LDA Owner Art Sellinger.

The LDA is a dynamic golf events company owned and operated by long drive pioneer Art Sellinger. Founded in 1995 and based in Roanoke, Texas, LDA is best known for staging the annual RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, the premier event in power golf. The RE/MAX championship has evolved into an international competition with power golfers from around the globe battling for bragging rights and $500,000 in prize money. The RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship will be seen on Golf Channel/NBC beginning October of 2013. For more information visit

About Golf Pride
Eaton's Golf Grip Division is the world's largest manufacturer of golf grips, with manufacturing, sales and distribution facilities on five continents. The division's Golf Pride brand is recognized globally as the number one choice in grips among tour and recreational players, competitive amateur golfers, club manufacturers and club repairmen. For more information, visit or visit us on Facebook at

About Eaton
Eaton is a diversified power management company providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2012 sales of $16.3 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical products, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control, power transmission, lighting and wiring products; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton acquired Cooper Industries plc in 2012. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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