How Important Is It To Have Hireko Clubs Tested By The USGA?

We want your feedback regarding a press release issued by the USGA

At Hireko we make every attempt to make all our models conform to the Rules of Golf. Most people don’t know that submission of product to the USGA (or the R&A Rules Limited) is totally on a voluntary basis.  After all this is a gentleman’s game and it up to the manufacturers to follow the rules, just like it is for golfers to follow the rules on the course.

It used to be practice we would only submit product that we thought that might be questionable to a particular rule. But with advent of the rule to test for spring effect and subsequently the need for a Conforming Driver Head list, all that has changed. There is a possibility that in the near future that published lists for fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters may soon exist too. Therefore to be on these lists will require manufacturers to pay the USGA to have their clubs tested.

Stricter rules are now in place for 2010 regarding grooves, along with changes on what can be sent (full sets versus a single or representative sample of an iron set) or assembled in some cases when it used to be just the clubhead.  Designing a new golf club now has been longer as a result of all the due diligence in preparing to meet all the testing protocol guidelines.

In a press release just issued by the USGA, the organization will begin charging manufacturers to test their equipment to determine if it conforms to the Rules of Golf.  This valuable policy of testing equipment has always been a free service in the past (other than golf balls).

Just going through and adding up how much it would cost for all our new for 2009 clubhead models to be tested; I stopped at $7000. While this might not sound like a huge amount of money, some one must pay it in one way or another.  For a large manufacturer with a limited product line, this added cost can easily be absorbed.  But for smaller companies with much more extensive products lines, it may require companies to rethink their policies.

Do you think Hireko should continue to send all our products in for testing into the USGA and pay them for the service?  If you say yes, then realize that we must pass part of that cost onto you (or your customers).

Or do you think, heck with that, golf equipment is expensive as it is?  Most golfers don’t have an established handicap so why should they care, plus we like the fact you have such an extensive product line and don’t want to see it shrink.

Let us know your thoughts…

View USGA Press Release regarding new fees.

Hireko Golf Announces Opening Of New Hireko Golf United Kingdom

Hireko UK Establishes New European Golf Company To Service Britain & Ireland

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – March 4, 2009 – Hireko Golf announces the opening of a new office in Gloucester, United Kingdom (UK) to support its growing golf equipment business. Hireko UK will service the United Kingdom and Ireland and thus create a new vibrant golf equipment center. The new establishment is part of Hireko’s new global outreach to dominate the United Kingdom market.

“We created Hireko UK to renew and broaden our commitment of providing professional golf equipment worldwide,” states Vice President of Sales and Marketing Gineta Lin. “Hireko is setting up a global golf network with the aim to supply golfers with direct backing and more flexibility. The establishment of Hireko UK will not only mean quicker product delivery but better customer service and support as well.”

The new British office will simplify purchasing and lower the costs golfers currently pay for Hireko golf equipment. UK golfers will now deal direct with responsive and expert sales representatives to handle their needs.

Andrew Bolton, a 16 year golf industry veteran, will head Hireko’s UK office. Andrew will be offering Hireko’s proven and field-tested strategic business model to the UK and Irish communities. “I am excited about this opportunity to lead Hireko UK,” states Bolton. “I am looking forward to leveraging my knowledge to help golfers play the best equipment on the market at the best price.”

The new Hireko UK facility also features a state-of-the-art custom golf club fitting center. Golfers can get custom-fitted from industry veterans and PGA professionals Richard Jewell and Peter Darnell at the Gloucester office. Not only will custom-fitted clubs be matched specifically to the golfer but they will cost substantially less than OEM brands. “We are ultimately trying to give value to the consumer by showing that you don’t have to spend hundreds of pounds to get value for money,” states PGA Pro Darnell.

The contact information for the new Hireko UK office is:

Attn: Andrew Bolton
Hireko Golf UK/Sigma Golf UK Ltd
Barnett Way
Gloucester
GL4 3RT
sigmagolfuk@btinternet.com
Phone 01460 68888
www.sigmagolf.co.uk

Hireko plans to significantly increase its worldwide presence in 2009 with offices planned in other European cities.

We encourage you to speak to Hireko Golf UK for your next purchases, technical or sales related questions, assistance and instant supply of professional golf products.

Hireko Golf Announces Opening Of New Hireko Golf United Kingdom

Hireko UK Establishes New European Golf Company To Service Britain & UKIreland

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – March 4, 2009 – Hireko Golf announces the opening of a new office in Gloucester, United Kingdom (UK) to support its growing golf equipment business. Hireko UK will service the United Kingdom and Ireland and thus create a new vibrant golf equipment center. The new establishment is part of Hireko’s new global outreach to dominate the United Kingdom market.

“We created Hireko UK to renew and broaden our commitment of providing professional golf equipment worldwide,” states Vice President of Sales and Marketing Gineta Lin. “Hireko is setting up a global golf network with the aim to supply golfers with direct backing and more flexibility. The establishment of Hireko UK will not only mean quicker product delivery but better customer service and support as well.”

The new British office will simplify purchasing and lower the costs golfers currently pay for Hireko golf equipment. UK golfers will now deal direct with responsive and expert sales representatives to handle their needs.

Andrew Bolton, a 16 year golf industry veteran, will head Hireko’s UK office. Andrew will be offering Hireko’s proven and field-tested strategic business model to the UK and Irish communities. “I am excited about this opportunity to lead Hireko UK,” states Bolton. “I am looking forward to leveraging my knowledge to help golfers play the best equipment on the market at the best price.”

The new Hireko UK facility also features a state-of-the-art custom golf club fitting center. Golfers can get custom-fitted from industry veterans and PGA professionals Richard Jewell and Peter Darnell at the Gloucester office. Not only will custom-fitted clubs be matched specifically to the golfer but they will cost substantially less than OEM brands. “We are ultimately trying to give value to the consumer by showing that you don’t have to spend hundreds of pounds to get value for money,” states PGA Pro Darnell.

The contact information for the new Hireko UK office is:

Attn: Andrew Bolton
Hireko Golf UK/Sigma Golf UK Ltd
Barnett Way
Gloucester
GL4 3RT
sigmagolfuk@btinternet.com
Phone 01460 68888
www.sigmagolf.co.uk

Hireko plans to significantly increase its worldwide presence in 2009 with offices planned in other European cities.

We encourage you to speak to Hireko Golf UK for your next purchases, technical or sales related questions, assistance and instant supply of professional golf products.

Join Us For Hireko’s First Webinar!

Jeff Summitt Will Lead A Webinar On The New 2009 Golf Club Preview

Thursday, March 12, 2009 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Hireko would like to invite you to our first ever internet webinar. Technical Director Jeff Summitt will give a 1 hour talk on the New 2009 Hireko Golf Club line. Topics will include the unique design elements employed, moment of inertia, features and benefits of each line and much more. A question and answer period will follow his talk. Register now because seating is limited! Register Now!

New Dynacraft Avatar XMOI Hybrids Just Arrived!

The New Shape of Hybrid Technology In Stock!

Hybrid clubs (part wood / part iron) have truly changed not only the shape, but they way golfers purchase golf clubs today.  Although hollow-bodied irons roots go back into the 1980s their brief history can be traced only a decade ago with TaylorMade introducing their Rescue clubs.  It took only a few years to pass before hybrids exploded on the marketplace and became mainstays in golfer’s bags at all levels.

In 2003, I was working for Dynacraft and we were developing a full set of game improvement hybrids with veteran clubhead designer Mark Myrhum. The result was the Dynacraft Hybrid Control (HC) which became our best seller for the next couple of years.  The Dynacraft Avatar LS hybrids became the next generation of the HC iron-woods from 2006-08. Those became an instant classic for golfers seeking improved play, especially those that XMOI Transition Hybridstended to push, slice or fade the ball.

In 2009, we will have unveiled yet our latest generation of a full set of hybrid clubs called the Dynacraft Avatar XMOI which is a testament of the knowledge we gained throughout the years.  A pat on the back can go out to all our loyal customers who provided much of that feedback providing the framework behind the design.
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