Thursday, May 28, 2015

 Nike Golf is making the Vapor Speed driver with Tiger’s exact specs available in limited quantities for anyone who wants to go at it like a 14-time major champion.

The Vapor Speed TW driver ($399) features many of the same design characteristics as the standard Vapor Speed including a reinforced cavity back for added forgiveness and improved launch conditions and a compression channel in the sole for faster ballspeed on shots struck in the mid and low areas of the clubhead.

All the technology comes in a more compact, pear-shaped clubhead that is permanently bonded with a fixed hosel rather than the adjustable version available in the standard model. The TW also features 10.5-degrees of loft and comes with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 73 shaft.

Photo: Nike Tiger Woods Vapor Speed Driver

Nike Tiger Woods Vapor Speed Driver

“Stability has always been the most important thing to me when choosing a driver,” said Woods. “I like the pear shape. It is appealing to my eye and it also has a slightly lower MOI (Moment of Inertia) that allows me to shape shots easier.”

The Vapor Speed TW driver will be available at on June 1st and at select retailers on June 15th.




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

 First quarter sales at TaylorMade came in at 280 million euros versus 264 million euros in 2014. Foreign currency translation effects positively impacted TaylorMade sales in euro terms, the company reported. Its revenues declined 9% on a currency-neutral basis in the first quarter of 2015, it said. TaylorMade’s parent company, adidas, reported sales declines in metalwoods and the iron categories, which couldn’t offset a double-digit increase in golf apparel sales.

“At TaylorMade-adidas Golf, where both the market and our business are emerging from the challenges we faced in 2014, we have also seen strong response to out first major product launches in over a year,” wrote Herbert Hainer, adidas Group CEO to shareholders. “There is no doubt our strong product line up as well as a cleaner market environment puts us up for growth going forward. But here too, we have learned our lesson from the past. We will definitely not sacrifice the long-term success of our TaylorMade-adidas Golf business for short-term goals. Instead, we will very closely monitor the industry and only slowly increase the volumes we are bringing to market. So while our first quarter performance definitely reflects a sequential improvement, it also shows that every decision we make and every product we launch needs to be for the long term benefit of out business.”

In the first quarter of 2015, TaylorMade introduced the R15 driver, Aeroburner metalwoods along with adipower Boost golf shoes and Red hybrid under the Adams Golf brand. adidas is projecting that TaylorMade will see major product launches in core categories such as metalwoods and irons throughout the year. In addition, new product introductions in footwear should support growth in the golf division, according to its parent company.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

 HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - April 17, 2015 - Cleveland® Golf , the leader in short game innovation for players of all abilities, is pleased to introduce the new TFI Smart Square® putter. The TFI (True Feel Innovation) Smart Square putter is the most advanced putter that the company has ever created. The tour-inspired design features a milled, copper-infused face cap over a copolymer insert for the ultimate in feel and consistency. The combination of materials allows for immediate feedback from sound and feel when striking the ball, while the putter's copolymer insert creates soft feel and consistent speed across the club face. The TFI Smart Square putter, which features Smart Square alignment technology, couples a High Density Stabilizing Wing with a Low Density Aluminum Body resulting in increased head MOI for greater stability and minimal distance loss on off-center hits. 

Smart Square Alignment Technology

Following intensive research into the most successful putters of all time and what golfers focus on when they align a putt, the new TFI Smart Square putter, along with its highly successful predecessors the Smart Square Blade and Mallet putters, incorporates alignment technology that has proven to be the most advanced - and simplest - that Cleveland Golf has ever created.

The key to the Smart Square technology is Dual Axis Alignment®. Two squares create parallel lines that frame the ball at address and provide a clear visual path to the hole. They also generate two perpendicular lines that easily highlight when the putter is misaligned - even by a fraction of a degree. Cleveland Golf's testing shows players aligned Smart Square putters 23% more accurately than one of the most popular putters of all time.

The TFI Smart Square putter carries a MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) of $199.99, while the Smart Square Blade and Smart Square Mallet putters each carry a MAP of $139.99. Please visit CG Smart Square Putters for more information. For images and marketing assets, please visit CG TFI Smart Square Digital Assets.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

 CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 6, 2015) - After weeks of anticipation and numerous tour staff professionals putting them into play on Tour, TaylorMade Golf today announced the release of the new Tour Preferred EF wedge. The Tour Preferred EF wedge combines industry-first technological advancements with the meticulous craftsmanship of renowned club designer Clay Long in a tour-validated wedge that delivers astoundingly long-lasting high-spin performance, exceeding that of any wedge TaylorMade has ever created.

In February, TaylorMade staff professionals Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia were introduced to the wedge at the Northern Trust Open, electing to immediately put them into play just two days later. Two weeks later, Johnson claimed victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship with three of them in his bag. Following Johnson's win and witnessing the EF's performance firsthand, TaylorMade Tour staffers clamored for the opportunity to test and dial them in for their respective bags in advance of the Masters. With multiple players likely to make the switch to EF, the wedges should play a major factor, as no course puts more of a premium on short game performance than Augusta National.

TaylorMade's Tour Preferred EF wedge is highlighted by the introduction of a proprietary electroformed (EF) nickel cobalt face. The incredibly thin face insert (.25 mm thick) is created by way of a process that begins with the ionization of nickel and cobalt in an electrolytic solution. The charged ions are then deposited directly onto a master plate containing the design of the grooved and microtextured surface.

Using electroforming, TaylorMade engineers are able to yield consistent, ultra-precise groove geometry among the most detailed ever created in the golf industry. Nickel cobalt is remarkably wear-resistant and durable; 50% harder than Carbon steel. While substantially harder, the Tour Preferred EF wedge retains an incredibly soft feel from the 1025 Carbon steel body, resulting in a perfect blend of feel and performance.

"The Tour Preferred EF wedge is the perfect blend of craftsmanship and innovation," said Clay Long, TaylorMade's Director of Product Creation, Putters and Wedges. "Electroforming delivers a consistent high-performance groove pattern that delivers incredible spin over the course of thousands of shots. To have our Tour players put them into play immediately after seeing them for the first time is a true testament to their performance."

Available in two sole options, the first is the Tour grind, designed for the player who prefers a traditional, tour-proven sole design. Available in lofts of 47°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60° and 62° with bounce options from 8 to 15 degrees, the Tour grind design features a beautifully refined shape with progressive camber and generous heel relief. This allows for the versatility of a C-grind on open-faced shots but retains the main sole surface for better performance on full swings and shots from the bunker.

The second option is the popular and versatile ATV Grind. The new ATV Grind boasts a reshaped sole that's slightly narrower than the original ATV wedge. The ATV Grind promotes less bounce on both chip and full shots, whilst maintaining higher bounce on critical open-face shots around the greens and from the sand. The ATV grind will be available in lofts of 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60°.

Both grind options feature a KBS Tour shaft and are constructed with 1025 Carbon steel and include an aesthetically-pleasing, glare-reducing dark smoke PVD finish.

Both models of the Tour Preferred EF wedge will be available at retail on 4/10 at an MSRP of $159.99.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015


Tested: AeroBurner vs RSi1 – Which is Right For You?

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Written By: Tony Covey

When it comes to irons, my personal recommendation is that you you play the most forgiving iron you can stand to look at. For some of you that's a Mizuno blade. There's a part of me that still understands that thinking.Believe me, I get it.

For some of us, however; as iron technology has progressed, we've grown willing to accept a bit more bulk as the reasonable cost of undeniable forgiveness.

TaylorMade's new AeroBurner epitomizes that compromise.

This One or That One?

For those seeking forgiveness from a TaylorMade iron this season, your choice may ultimately boil down to AeroBurner verses RSi 1 and so you might find yourself wondering how the two irons compare.


Let's cut right to the chase. Neither is what you would consider compact, but nothing much in the game-improvement or super game-improvement categories really is. It's plenty reasonable to point out that AeroBurner is larger in nearly every respect. When I talk about that which you can stand the sight of, if bulk is your determining factor, we're no doubt pushing your upper limit here.

AeroBurner has significantly more offset (.5mm or so on average). While for some that might be off-putting, that additional offset helps to boost launch, and may also help out the guy who struggles with a slice. According to the guys at TaylorMade, the AeroBurner is significantly easier to hit to the left of the target line than competing irons which often show a bias towards the right side of the target line.

AeroBurner swing weights are slightly lighter (again compared to the RSi 1), which might help generate some of that AeroBurner speed.

TaylorMade Aeroburner Irons-25

The static loft situation is, well...interesting. AeroBurner runs a degree stronger throughout the set than RSi 1, but the stated playing length is exactly the same. In the language of the irate reader, TaylorMade jacked the lofts, but didn't increase shaft lengths above and beyond what it had done previously.

If you simply look at numbers without consideration for how AeroBurner's performance is influenced by inherent mass properties of the design, you might expect an iron that launches considerably lower than RSi 1, and whatever distance advantage would come through added roll. That's fine for a driver, but it's not exactly what most people are looking for from an iron. TaylorMade is well-aware of all of this, which is why they designed AeroBurner with an emphasis on high launch.

In addition to the familiar story of a low and back center of gravity (aided by offset), TaylorMade is using a new shaft in the AeroBurner iron. The REAX 88HL (designed by FST) has a unique stepping pattern which features several stepped sections near the grip paired with a long and flexible tip section. This design helps offset some of the loft, peak trajectory, and spin lost to the stronger lofts.

TaylorMade Aeroburner Irons-23TaylorMade Aeroburner Irons-129

So how does the AeroBurner actually compare to the RSi 1 when we move past static numbers, and begin looking at the dynamic forces of the golf swing? Actually, let me simplify my last query.

What happens when you hit the damn things?

Performance Data

We hit the new AeroBurner side by side against TaylorMade's RSi 1 iron usingBridgestone B330-RX golf balls. Data was collected on a Foresight GC2 Launch Monitor.

While our tester almost certainly hits the ball farther than the average golfer, his numbers, in relative terms, represent what you can expect from the AeroBurner iron.



I don't want to spoil to much of the surprise, but what we see with the 4-iron is pretty typical of all of the irons we tested. The AeroBurner is measurably longer (nearly 7 yards), it launches about a degree lower, spins 200-300 RPM less, and has a slightly lower peak trajectory.

Worth pointing out is that the distance gains don't come purely from roll, the AeroBurner carried just under 5.5 yards further, which is almost certainly a result of the faster ball speeds.

What you should pay close attention to is that while AeroBurner was consistently longer,RSi 1 proved to be more consistent in general as evidenced by the much smaller dispersion ellipse.

In our testing, only the 4-iron showed more of a left bias, however; we believe that's most likely to present itself, and be most relevant, in the longer irons.



Different iron with comparative results that are almost identical. The AeroBurner is faster (ball speed), launches a bit lower, doesn't fly as high, spins 200-300 RPM less, but carries further, and is 8 yards longer (total distance).

Again, the AeroBurner is longer and closer to the center line on average, but the RSi 1 produced a much tighter (certainly flatter) dispersion ellipse. I'm not saying it's the face slots, but's probably the face slots.

 Pitching Wedge


Given that there are no sole or face slots in either model's pitching wedge, the results here are somewhat interesting since we're now relying on geometry as much as technology to dictate performance. That said, the results are nearly consistent with the other irons in the set. AeroBurner was faster, spun less, and produced more distance (both carry and total).

The two anomalous results for us are that RSi 1 launched a lower than AeroBurner, but was closer to the target line. One might argue that's exactly what you want from your scoring clubs.

Once again, our ellipse shows a smaller plot area for the RSi 1.

Which Is Right For You?

For those choosing between the two, the choice isn't simple. Those looking for as much distance as possible, or who unquestionably need a little help fighting a slice, AeroBurner is likely your best bet. Our preliminary testing suggests it's the longer and straighter of the two models.

For those less concerned with distance (why are you looking at distance irons), or who don't need a ton of help mitigating an extreme fade, it's probably worth leaving a few yards on the table for the added consistency of the RSi 1.

If you're struggling with the decision, remember, you don't have to choose. You can always custom order a combo set. I'm actually considering an AeroBurner, RSi 1, RSi 2. You'll probably have to tweak some lofts along the way to get your gaps right , but the combo option is a great way to get you the right help where your game needs it the most without adding potentially unnecessary bulk to your scoring clubs.

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