Monday, August 18, 2014
It’s a great day for elite golfers who like blade irons, and players who can benefit from a high technology utility iron. Callaway this morning announced the Apex Muscleback Irons and Apex Utility Irons, both are available for custom order online September 12, including on Callawaygolf.com. As a special offer, customers can pre-order both of them starting today, August 15.
The Apex Muscleback Irons are classically crafted, Tour inspired, premium forged blades with playability too, and they’re a great choice for elite, low handicap golfers. This irons set is custom order only, and comes standard in a 2-PW.
The Apex Utility Irons will be available at some retail accounts too. These forged utility irons are loaded with technology to give players high ball speeds across the face, along with performance, playability and a lot of forgiveness. They’ve gained immediate popularity on Tour since they were introduced at the Open Championship, and they’re available in 18-degree, 21-degree and 24-degree lofts.
A suite of content was released by Callaway to support the announcement, including an episode of Callaway Talks featuring the company’s SVP of R&D, Dr. Alan Hocknell: http://youtu.be/IYoVdqPddiU
And in this Friday Office Tip, Callaway Tour Pro Pat Perez uses the Apex Utility Iron to show us how to hit a low shot when the wind is up: http://youtu.be/ZbHrkBgBvok
For more, please visit CallawayGolf.com
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Norcross, Ga. (Aug. 13, 2014) - Mizuno, a world-class leader in iron technology, design and development, has entered a new era of innovation with the release of the JPX-850 Forged irons, the first-ever iron to implement "Boron" into the forging process. Boron, a chemical element with atomic number five, commonly found in Earth's crust and throughout the Solar System, establishes an entirely new standard for distance, forgiveness and feel in a Mizuno forged iron.
This exciting material innovation simply reinforces Mizuno's long-standing reputation of superior design, feel and performance in its irons. With JPX-850 Forged, the company continues to pave the way for innovation, manufacturing and performance technologies, unwilling to cut corners or compromise quality for the sake of better margins.
"The addition of Boron to our 1025 carbon steel in our patented Grain-Flow Forging process enabled us to stretch the limits of design within the iron to bring to market one of the longest and most forgiving forged irons ever, without sacrificing the Mizuno trademarks of look and feel," said Chuck Couch, Vice President of Product Development, Golf Division, Mizuno USA. "We held true to our history of quality and performance, while leveraging the benefits of Boron in JPX-850 Forged to deliver an iron that will stand above any other forged iron on the market."
The golf industry has seen Boron used as a decorative element to create an effective "finished" look. With JPX-850 Forged, Mizuno is capitalizing on Boron's superior performance benefits to give the new irons 30 percent greater strength. By infusing Boron, Mizuno was able to design a much thinner face in the JPX-850 Forged then standard metals to provide an industry leading COR and "sweet area" to allow for an aggressive approach to any golf shot.
Featuring an ultra CNC pocket cavity combined with a Power Frame design, JPX-850 Forged provides golfers the Mizuno feel expected in a forged iron with a large sweet area typically found in game-improvement clubs. In addition to the unparalleled feel and distance of the JPX-850 Forged, Mizuno utilized H.I.T (Harmonic Impact Technology) Power Frame, a vibration management technology, and acoustical badge design to deliver the iconic Mizuno sound and feel players crave at ball impact.
The JPX-850's are designed with a Triple Cut Sole and beveled leading edge allowing for greater versatility and ball workability from difficult lies. The irons are outfitted in Satin Nickel Chrome Plating with electro-form badge giving users an aggressive, sleek look Mizuno is known to produce.
4- GW (Right- and Left-Hand Models)
Steel Shaft: XP115
Graphite shaft: NEW Orochi
Grip: Golf Pride M-31 360 58 Round
Other Options available through Mizuno's Custom Department
Suggested Retail Price: $999.99 Steel / $1,099.99 Graphite
Pre-sale/Demo: Aug. 29, 2014
On-sale: Sept. 19, 2014
The JPX-850 Forged line will be available for pre-sale and demo through Mizuno's Performance Fitting System (PFS) cart. The irons will be on shelves at golf and sporting goods retailers on Sept. 19, 2014.
Learn more about the new JPX-850 Forged in the new product video online at mizunogolf.com.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
COURTESY OF CALLAWAY
Callaway Big Bertha V Series Driver and Fairway Woods
Callaway Golf officially introduced their new line of Big Bertha V Series drivers and fairway woods, which will be available at retail on August 22nd. The entire new line of woods contains what Callaway calls, "speed optimized technology," which means they're made to swing faster than any Big Bertha clubs to date. This is accomplished through the use of lightweight components, an improved aerodynamic clubhead design, and lightweight shafts and grips.
The Big Bertha V Series driver ($399), is built with a lightweight forged composite crown and lightweight "Hyper Speed," clubface, the combination of which allows for more weight to be redistributed lower and deeper in the clubhead for increased MOI and greater forgiveness. The clubface, which features variable face thicknesses, further enhances forgiveness and distance on off-center hits by providing a larger effective hitting area. The addition of extremely lightweight shafts (42g on the higher lofts, 53g on the 9-degree head) make the Big Bertha V Series driver approximately 20g lighter than the standard Big Bertha (in the higher lofts), making it easier to swing at high speed for a wide variety of players. The previously mentioned aerodynamic clubhead helps cut drag to allow the clubhead to move even more quickly through the air.
The Big Bertha V Series Driver also features Callaway's OptiFit adjustable hosel technology, which allows the the clubhead to be dialed into four different lofts (-1, Standard, +1, +2) in two different lie angle settings (draw or neutral). Standard lofts available are 9-. 10.5-, and 13.5-degrees.
The V Series fairway woods ($249) feature the same "speed optimized technology," as the driver including lightweight, aerodynamic clubheads and lightweight shafts as well as "hyper speed," clubfaces. The fairway woods do not feature adjustable hosels but do come fitted with an updated War Bird sole that increases playability from a variety of lies and turf conditions. A special 20-degree Heavenwood option is available in addition to 3-wood, 5-wood, 7-wood, and 9-wood. All Big Bertha V Series fairway woods are designed to provide conistently higher launch angles for increased carry and distance, even when the ball is struck low on the clubface.
Read more: please visit CallawayGolf.com
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Faced with a decline in the golf equipment industry, Dick's Sporting Goods, the largest retailer in the United States of TaylorMade and Callaway products, fired all the PGA professionals that it employed in the golf sections of its more than 560 stores.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but three PGA professionals who were fired confirmed to ESPN.com that more than 500 full-time PGA professionals were let go Tuesday.
David Cannon/Getty ImagesDick's Sporting Goods, which fired more than 500 PGA professionals Tuesday, recently cited a downward trend in its golf merchandise sales.
"I'm sincerely disappointed that the careers of so many PGA professionals have been hurt today," said PGA of America president Ted Bishop in a letter to the laid-off employees, obtained by ESPN.com.
Dick's aimed to have one PGA professional at every store to better differentiate the experience from online retailers that try to undercut brick and mortar stores. But the economy, the downturn in participation, the decline of Tiger Woodsand too many products flooding the market cut into Dick's bottom line so much that the company seems to be giving up on winning the golf equipment business.
Dick's also owns golf specialty retailer Golf Galaxy, which it acquired in 2006 for more than $200 million.
"We are selling drivers in our stores this spring for $99 that were approximately $299 20 months ago," Dick's CEO Ed Stack said after announcing earnings on May 20.
In the first quarter, Dick's said it sold only 2 percent fewer drivers compared to the first quarter of 2013 but that the average price of those drivers was down 16 percent.
Stack said at the time that the company's overall golf business missed its first quarter sales plan by $34 million and that he expected a downward trend for the rest of the year. On average, the golf business accounts for about 15 percent of Dick's overall revenues.
As TaylorMade's largest retailer, Dick's was hit hard after it bought all four models of driver TaylorMade released last year and the glut of merchandise forced it to sell at under the suggested retail price.
"Every macro-indicator that we've been looking at for the past 20 years -- rounds played, number of minorities playing, women coming into the game -- all of these things that we tracked says that there's less people playing," Mark King, former president of TaylorMade, who was recently named president of Adidas North America, told Bryant Gumbel on HBO's "Real Sports" in a segment that will air Tuesday night.
"Young people entering the game after high school, 18- to 30-year-old kinds down 35 percent in the last 10 years. So I don't like where the game looks like it's going."
Approximately 400,000 people left the sport in the last year, according to the National Golf Foundation.
Monday, July 21, 2014
- Honma Golf Co., Ltd. introduces, the new Tour World G1x™ golf ball for golfers seeking high launch, low spin, distance and durability. Amazing carry is achieved by successfully adopting the new research & developed large-capacity and high repulsion core, low-spin and high initial velocity that creates excellent linearity which gives the distance performance you want. Stable Spin Performance by adoption of soft cast urethane cover that provides outstanding spin performance under any condition, but remaining durable. Optimal Trajectory is achieved by the big diameter 318 dimples with combination of large capacity and high rebound core, plus high repulsion Urethane Elastomer™ cover, gives the optimum trajectory and stabilized performance against the wind. MSRP is $45.99