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Golf Pride® Makes Strong Showing at PGA Professional National Championship

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. …Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced today that the majority of golfers who competed in the 2011 PGA Professional National Championship relied on Golf Pride grips to play their best. According to data compiled by the authoritative Darrell Survey Company, Golf Pride grips were used by 80 percent of all players at the tournament, held June 26-29, 2011 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

The survey noted that 251 of the 312 players in the field had Golf Pride grips on the majority of clubs in the bag, with133 players using the Golf Pride Tour Velvet® model. Even more exciting is that over 20 percent, 63 players were using the colorful Golf Pride New Decade™ MultiCompound grip models. Additionally, 18 players were using the new Golf Pride VDR™ that was launched in January 2011.

“The PGA Professional National Championship brings together the best club professionals in the country,” said Dan Koehler, director of global sales and marketing for Eaton’s Golf Grip Division. “The fact that so many elite players consistently trust our grips under these intense conditions speaks to the quality and performance of Golf Pride.”

Eaton’s Golf Grip Division is the world’s largest manufacturer of golf grips, with manufacturing, sales and distribution facilities on five continents. The division’s Golf Pride brand is recognized globally as the number one choice in grips among tour and recreational players, competitive amateur golfers, club manufacturers and club repairmen.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2010 sales of $13.7 billion. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit

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