JLG Sports Equipment Brings Out 'The Beast': New Golf Club Helps Longtime Pro Defy Odds and Win '05 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship

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JLG's new golf club, the Ultra Boom, drives Sean "The Beast" Fister to win third Men’s Open World Title and become oldest player to capture LDA’s premier annual event.

My goal was to just get through the early rounds and get to the finals

JLG Industries, Inc.'s sports equipment alliance with Sean “The Beast” Fister led to the creation of a golf club while also helping him win the 2005 Men’s Open Division RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship. The Long Drive Association (LDA) Tour’s premier event took place in Mesquite, Nev., Oct. 18 through Oct. 22.

Fister sent a drive 377 yards in cool heavy air to capture his victory using JLG’s new Ultra Boom™ shaft, an innovative and reliable piece of sports equipment that Fister, JLG Industries and AccuFLEX Golf recently teamed up to develop.

At the 2005 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, Fister competed in 7 rounds coming out of the loser's bracket to explode in the semi-finals with a drive of 395 yards, carrying 391 yards, the longest carry of the entire event. Once in control and leading the event, Fister relied on 19 years of experience to handle the pressure, and in the final round, he uncorked the winning drive under the lights with his new golf club to win by more than 8 yards.

“My goal was to just get through the early rounds and get to the finals,” said Fister. “Once I got to the finals, I knew my mental toughness would prevail and using the new Ultra Boom shaft I just had a feeling I would win."

“My partnership with JLG Industries in developing this Ultra Boom shaft undoubtedly helped me win my 3rd World Title,” said Fister. “JLG Industries approached us to develop a shaft and we turned to AccuFLEX Golf to design it because their shafts hold up and allow players to compete at the highest levels,” he continued. “I tried several shafts, and I designed one that raises the kick point and lowered the torque. The flex factor in my Ultra Boom shaft helps compensate for my quick take-away, hard transition at the top and over the top move.”

This golf club can be used in any flex to accommodate most golfers and will especially help with a quick take-away and over the top move. “My JLG Ultra Boom shaft stops vibration before impact and returns the face back to square consistently,” bragged Fister. He said distance and accuracy are enhanced using the JLG Ultra Boom shaft. “It is so accurate that 4 of my 6 shots in the finals hit the grid, which is amazing considering I was trying to hit the ball further than anyone on the planet at the time. In my 8 previous appearances in the finals, I have never been so accurate,” he said.

The 2005 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship is set to air in more than 50 countries with an estimated minimum of 10 million households world-wide on ESPN and on Christmas Day in the U.S. at 2:00 p.m. EST, with a re-air on December 27 at 1:30 p.m. EST. The telecast also will feature a 40-second Power Tip segment, sponsored by JLG Industries, featuring special trick shots and exclusive tips hosted by Fister.

For more information about the JLG Ultra Boom Driver and other sports equipment, go to http://www.JLGmerchandise.com or contact JLG Merchandise by e-mail at customerservice @ jlgmerchandise.com or call 702-294-1730.

About Sean Fister

Sean Fister, a professional long driver, is a 3-time RE/MAX World Long Drive champion, winning the title in 1995, 2001 and 2005. At age 43, he is the oldest person to hold the title with his 2005 win. Fister was inducted into the Long Drivers of America Hall of Fame in 2002, giving him automatic lifetime participation in the World Championships.

Fister resides in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife and 3 children and travels the world for television appearances, corporate outings, exhibitions and charity fund raisers. He also hosts the Sean Fister Classic, a fundraising Pro-Am and Pro Long Drive competition benefiting the First Tee of Arkansas.

Sean is available for appearances, exhibitions, corporate outings, and other engagements by contacting Mr. Stacy Heydon at 949-752-6343, ext. 102 or at stacyheydon @ gmail.com

About JLG Industries

JLG Industries, Inc. is the world’s leading producer of access equipment (aerial work platforms and telehandlers) and highway-speed telescopic hydraulic excavators. The Company’s diverse product portfolio encompasses some of the most well established and widely recognized brand names in the access equipment industry, including JLG®, SkyTrak®, Lull®, Toucan™ and Gradall®; and an array of complementary accessories that increase the versatility and efficiency of these products for end users. JLG markets its products and services through a multi-channel approach that includes a highly trained sales force, and utilizes a broad range of marketing techniques, integrated supply programs and a network of distributors in the industrial, commercial, institutional, and construction markets. In addition, JLG offers world-class after-sales service and support for its customers. JLG’s manufacturing facilities are located in the United States, Belgium, and France, with sales and service operations on six continents. To learn more about the company's products, such as its new golf club, the Ultra Boom Shaft, and other sports equipment, visit http://www.JLGmerchandise.com.


Maye Houck,

Marketing Communications Manager

Telephone: 240-420-8721

E-Mail: mlhouck@jlg.com

JLG Industries, Inc.

13224 Fountainhead Plaza

Hagerstown, MD 21742

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