First Look: Vertical Groove Driver @vertgolf
Vertical Groove Driver Intro
You may have heard about John Daly cranking out a 380 yard drive in the Safeway Open with the Vertical Groove Driver. Perhaps, you’ve read about Kenny Perry winning the U.S. Senior Open using a Vertical Groove Driver. Daly also had his first PGA TOUR Champions win at the Insperity Invitational in the Woodlands, Texas with Vertical Groove driver in his bag. Perry is not under contract with Vertical Groove Golf but JD is along with Rocco Mediate. In Vertical Groove’s first season, their driver is currently ranked #1 in both Driving Accuracy and Driving Distance on the PGA TOUR Champions.
Vertical Groove Golf has given us the opportunity to test their 450cc driver and share the results with our readers. Over the coming weeks we will be ‘Going Vertical’, using VGG’s driver. The data will include results from the driving range as well as on the golf course. Ball flight information from practice sessions will be collected via the Swing Caddie SC200 from Voice Caddie.
“It’s great to see John make the cut at a PGA TOUR event, and it’s evident that the Vertical Groove Driver continues to boost his confidence off the tee,” said Jeff Barry, CEO, Vertical Groove Golf. “It’s an incredible competitive advantage for a 51 year-old professional to have that distance off the tee, while maintaining accuracy and keeping it in the fairway.”
“We were confident that professional success would come quickly for the Vertical Groove Driver, but two wins, including a major, in just six months has exceeded our expectations,” said Rubin Hanan, COO/Managing Partner, Vertical Groove Golf. “What excites us even more is the increasing number of players who are teeing up the driver on the PGA Tour Champions each week. In fact, we now command the #1 and #2 positions in driving distance on the tour, which speaks volumes to the performance attributes of this product.” Hanan adds, “More amateurs continue to see the benefits of the driver at the professional level, and are going Vertical. Having John Daly play the driver in the prestigious Open Championship gives us great exposure in Europe, especially as we have just expanded our distribution into the UK, which is the #4 golf market in the world.”
The 450cc Vertical Groove Driver, which is available in both right and left handed models, is offered in 8, 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degree lofts (right) and 9.5 and 10.5 degree lofts (left), while featuring 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 45.5 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 vertgolf.com or via social media profiles on Facebook and YouTube at Vertical Groove Golf, and @vertgolf on Twitter.
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 vertgolf.com.