McGinley launches TaylorMade's Speed Pocket World Challenge

European Ryder Cup captain sets the benchmark in nearest to the pin competition

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Tue, 11 Mar 2014

TAYLORMADE GOLF staffer and 2014 Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley has taken to the streets of Canary Wharf to officially launch TaylorMade Golf’s Speed Pocket World Challenge, a series of simultaneous global golf challenge events spanning four cities on 11th March 2014 to celebrate TaylorMade’s innovative new Speed Pocket technology.

McGinley was in the capital’s iconic financial district to take the first shot of the challenge which will pit golfers in London, Toronto, New York and San Francisco against each other in an effort to be crowned Speed Pocket World Challenge champion.

Showcasing the incredible power and precision of Speed Pocket technology, available exclusively with the new TaylorMade SpeedBlade iron range, McGinley set the standard in a ‘closest to the pin’ competition as the area outside Canary Wharf tube station was transformed by the installation of a series of cutting-edge golf simulators.

Open to the public all day on Tuesday March 11, London’s golfers are invited to use any of the new SpeedBlade irons and challenge McGinley’s accuracy and power to see how they stack up, not only against McGinley himself but other golfers in Toronto, New York and San Francisco who will also participate in their own cities and the results communicated by a live global scoreboard. There will be local winners in each market and one international Speed Pocket World Champion.

Paul McGinley said: “I’ve had a long standing relationship with TaylorMade adidas Golf and I’m still impressed by their ability to push the boundaries of innovation not only for elite golfers but for medium to high handicappers too.

"The new Speed Pocket technology is incredible and today’s Speed Pocket World Challenge is a great way to showcase this amazing new product. I’d encourage London’s golfers to get themselves along to Canary Wharf as it’d be great to see a European Speed Pocket World Challenge champion in a Ryder Cup year.”

The key performance feature that separates the SpeedBlade iron range is the Speed Pocket, a handle-bar shaped slot in the sole of the 3-7 irons that enables a large area of the face to flex and rebound at impact, resulting in faster ball speed, higher launch and better feel.

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Golfmagic attended the event and sat down with McGinley for an exclusive interview which will be available soon. 

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