Golf News for Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | Equipment

Aldila sweeps shaft manufacturer counts at Wyndham Championship

POWAY, Calif. -- Aldila continued its year-long domination of the shaft manufacturer counts on the PGA Tour by sweeping the shaft manufacturer counts at the regular season's final event. When play began on Thursday at the Wyndham Championship, Aldila had six more driver shafts, 39 more wood shafts and 18 more hybrid shafts in play than the next leading shaft manufacturer, according to the Darrell Survey. For the season, Aldila has won the wood shaft manufacturer count at 37 of the 42 PGA Tour events and captured the hybrid shaft manufacturer count at 40 of the 42 events.

Aldila's Rogue was the leading driver shaft brand model for the 21st consecutive event on the PGA Tour with 16 in drivers. "The Hottest Shafts In Golf" also had the top 3 wood shaft brand models at the Wyndham Championship with 23 Rogue shafts, 17 Tour Blue 75 shafts and 13 Tour Blue 85 and 13 Tour Green 85 shafts. In total, Aldila had a total of 73 Tour Blue and Tour Green wood shafts in play.

Aldila's RIP Phenom NL shaft was played by the winner of the News Sentinel Open to capture his third tour win on the Web.com Tour. He carded a 22-under 262 (65-67-67-63) for a two stoke win and moved from No. 134 on the money list to No. 29. He is in the Web.com Tour Finals and will have a chance to earn his PGA Tour card for next season.

Aldila won the driver and wood shaft manufacturer counts on the Web.com Tour. Aldila had 9 more driver and 24 more wood shafts in play than the next leading shaft manufacturer. Rogue was the leading driver shaft brand model at the News Sentinel Open with 17 Rogue shafts in play.

"The Rogue shaft is built on Aldila's ultra-successful new "Tour" platform using the same tapered tooling and Next Gen Micro-Laminate Technology™ that provide the exceptional performance of the #1 shaft model on Tour - Aldila's Tour Green and Tour Blue," said John Oldenburg, Aldila's Vice President of Engineering and Product Development.

According to Oldenburg, Aldila's Next Generation Micro Laminate Technology is comprised of ultra-thin layers of premium, low resin aerospace grade materials. This design evolution eliminates inconsistent shaft performance caused by material variability. Redesigned tooling also raises the shaft balance point, making this the perfect upgrade for today's modern club head designs.

"By incorporating this new material, Aldila is able to make the shaft stiffer and lower torque without adding weight," he said. "At the same time, the placement of the material in top third of the shaft (grip end) allows the shaft manufacturer to slightly counterbalance the shaft to work well with today's heavier driver heads and the longer length of modern drivers."

Consumers can now own limited edition, "tour authentic" Aldila Rogue shafts. In celebration of the Rogue's one-year anniversary on the Tour, Aldila released these limited edition Rogue shafts made with the same exotic materials as the Tour models. The Rogue shafts will be made in the USA at Aldila's Research & Development facility in Poway, California and will be serialized with laser customization available to personalize each shaft. The limited edition Rogue shafts are available for through select distributors with a suggested retail price of $799.

Aldila (www.aldila.com) offers patented shaft design technologies that consistently outperform other shafts available. This technology advantage is the reason Aldila is the most popular graphite shaft on the PGA Tour. Tour professionals recognize Aldila's advanced performance and year after year that there are more Aldila wood and hybrid shafts in play on Tour than any other shaft manufacturer. Whether the Micro Laminate Technology™ first introduced in Aldila NV™, the most popular graphite ever or today's Next Generation Micro Laminate Technology, Aldila engineers are continually pushing and advancing high performance graphite golf shaft technology well beyond any other manufacturer.

ABOUT ALDILA
Aldila Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Rayon America Inc. Aldila Inc. is one of the world's largest manufacturers of carbon fiber shafts. Aldila is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of carbon-based composite products and materials used in various end markets. Aldila's competencies are the development of carbon-based composites and the implementation of manufacturing processes that support the commercialization of these composites. Aldila is a vertically integrated supplier of composites across three primary end markets: carbon-based pre-impregnated composite fibers, graphite golf shafts and archery products.

For more information on the Aldila RIP® Series, VooDoo, VS Proto™, and NV™ shafts, visit Aldila's Web site www.aldila.com. Follow what's new on www.Facebook.com/AldilaGolf.

About MRA
Mitsubishi Rayon America Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. MRA's business is centered around MMA (methyl methacrylate) and AN (acrylonitrile) business complexes as basic raw materials and finished products. For more information, visit http://www.mrany.com.

About MRC
Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation. MRC's business is centered around chemical and plastics, fibers, carbon fibers and composite materials, and aqua businesses. For more information, visit http://www.mrc.co.jp

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