Folsom’s iFit Golf has been selling Parsons Xtreme Golf, or PXG, clubs as the Sacramento area’s only certified retailer for two months.
PXG is the brainchild of golf-loving internet entrepreneur Bob Parsons, who hired the best club-design engineers and tasked them with building the best performing clubs regardless of cost.
The sticks have made a splash on the pro tours in recent months with a dozen high-profile pros playing them and sporting distinctive PXG hats.
The irons, which according to PXG “are made with the finest alloys and are manufactured using a costly, sophisticated process that only we would use,” are $300 per club. The putter and hybrid cost $400, the fairway metal $500 and the driver $700, making the bill for a full set about $5,000.
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“Pricey,” said Dick Holloway, 80, an El Macero Country Club member, who purchased his set Monday. Holloway said he read about Parsons’ mission and was intrigued.
Bobby Siravo, the iFit store owner, said he’s sold 10 sets.
“What’s nice for us, it’s something different,” Siravo said. “They’re not competing against the other name brands. It’s something cool to talk about.”
PXG makes only club heads, Siravo said, which can be combined with any shaft. There is a tour (less forgiving, more workable) head and a standard (wider sole and sweet spot) head for irons.
“The softness of the feel of the irons is the separator from name-brand stuff,” Siravo said.
The single-length iron splash created when advocate Bryson DeChambeau, the 2015 U.S. Amateur and NCAA champion, turned pro last month has evaporated, Siravo said. Seemingly everyone wants to talk about PXG, even the consumer looking to spend $800 for a full set.
$5,000 Approximate cost of a full set of Parsons Xtreme Golf clubs
“Tour validation is a really big deal in retail,” Siravo said, pointing to James Hahn’s recent PGA Tour win at the Wells Fargo Championship. “There are other boutique companies, but once you have somebody win with your clubs, that’s huge.”
Blue Devils on fire
Davis High School has had some nice boys golf teams and good players over the years.
But no matter how strong the Blue Devils were at the top of the lineup, their lack of quality depth was always exposed when the going got toughest.
This could be the year they get over the hump.
Davis won the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters title Monday at the Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton by 10 shots. It was the Blue Devils’ third victory in as many weeks, coming after their triumph in the Delta League finale and a win in the rough-and-tumble Division I North section.
Seniors Andrew Arnheiter (3-under-par 69) and Sam Yamauchi (70) led the Blue Devils, as they have for much of the past four years. The scores of freshman Griffin Long (72), sophomore Jackson Masiel (74) and senior Garrett Henley (76) counted toward Davis’ 361. Junior Matt Hill (85) didn’t have his best day but didn’t need it.
“We have a strong tradition,” said Karl Ronning, Davis’ coach for 17 years. “But we’re usually just on the outside, not quite making it every year. You need six strong players. We’ve been building toward this.”
The Northern California regional will be Monday at Corral de Tierra in Salinas. Joining the Blue Devils from the section will be Lodi (371) and Jesuit (372). Vista del Lago (374) and Granite Bay (375) just missed in a nail-biting finish.
Jesuit’s red-hot David Laskin (66) was the medalist, as he was at the section level last week. Christian Brothers’ Tai Mamea (71) and Vista del Lago’s Chandler Kallas (71) were among four players to advance as individuals.
▪ Roseville’s Lynne Cowan finished second in the California Senior Women’s Amateur at Poppy Hills. Corey Weworski of Carlsbad won by three shots.
▪ In U.S. Open local qualifying: Pros Tyler Raber (Davis) and Corey Campbell (Rocklin), along with amateurs Alex Lee (Sacramento) and Kyle Davies (Sacramento) advanced at Yocha Dehe; amateur Zach Solomon (Sacramento) advanced at Ruby Hill in Pleasanton.
We have a strong tradition. But we’re usually just on the outside, not quite making it every year. You need six strong players. We’ve been building toward this.
Karl Ronning, Davis High School boys golf coach
▪ Mitch Harrison of Acampo won the Sacramento County Senior Amateur at Ancil Hoffman with a two-round total of 4-under 140.
▪ Ancil Hoffman is hosting a public shotgun Friday at 7:30 a.m. The $29 fee includes a cart.