(JUPITER, Florida) – Golphin Ltd. (www.golphin.com), an award-winning Scottish-based company which designs and manufactures specialized golf equipment for children, announces its Bronze Partnership with the Middle Atlantic Section PGA. Golphin equipment will be used for junior golf instruction within the Section.
The Middle Atlantic PGA Section, founded in 1925, is headquartered in Stafford, Va., and covers the geographic region of Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia and small portions of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Its signature outreach programs include the Middle Atlantic PGA Junior Golf Foundation and the Middle Atlantic PGA Scholarship Foundation.
“We are happy to partner with Golphin and use their equipment in our player development programming,” said MAPGA Executive Director Jon Guhl. “The MAPGA believes these lightweight clubs will help more kids enjoy their first golf experiences and stay in the game longer.”
Golphin, founded in 2014 in Scotland, the Home of Golf, was inspired by Calum McPherson having observed his son’s difficulty playing golf with cut-down clubs and having set a goal to make golf more enjoyable for juniors. Research and development in 2012 led to the design of prototype equipment in 2013, and Golphin was launched officially in 2014 at the Scottish Golf Show.
Golphin clubs, designed to benefit children ages three through 12, were developed in partnership with PGA Professionals and the biomechanical department at Strathclyde University, in Glasgow, using technology transfer from the aerospace industry. They are 22% lighter and 35% larger than most junior golf clubs, making it easier for players to swing, control and hit. A radial profile was added to the sole of the clubs to provide greater forgiveness for differing lie angles and to accommodate children’s various address positions and heights.
The GFK line of Golphin product selections is based on the height of each individual child. GFK 324 clubs are for children 39-43” tall; GFK 526 clubs are for children 43-47” tall; GFK 728 clubs are for children 47-51” tall; GFK910 clubs are for children 51-55” tall; and GFK1112 clubs are for children 55-59” tall.
The Golphin Coaches Pack, designed for teaching professionals to provide equipment for potential new golfers at clinics and lessons, consists of 14 clubs: four high-loft drivers, six 7 irons, two “Swedgers” and two putters – including several left-handed clubs. Individual GFK sets include one driver, one 7 iron, one “Swedger” and one putter.
Recognized for its outstanding concept and designs, Golphin won two prestigious awards in 2015: the inaugural Scottish Sports Business Innovation Awards, presented in March in Glasgow, Scotland; and the 2015 HSBC Golf Innovation Award, presented at the HSBC Golf Business Forum in November in Shanghai, China. Also, Golphin was selected by the R&A for inclusion in its Swingzone area at the 2015 Open Championship, played at the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland.
Duncan Weir, director of golf development for the R&A, said, “The high quality and versatility of the Golphin GFK range is very impressive. It is certainly well geared for getting youngsters into golf and helping to address the undoubted participation issues the sport is currently facing.”
For more information, see www.golphin.com.