Tuesday, October 14, 2014


 BEAVERTON, Ore. (October 13, 2014) - Nike Golf innovation begins with the golf athlete in mind - always. Nike engineers and designers took the inspiration and insights from Nike athletes to drive the technology of Nike's new Vapor Speed and Vapor Flex fairway woods, available on January 30, 2015.


"Athlete insights drove significant chassis refinement in the Vapor fairway woods." said Nate Radcliffe, Director of Engineering for Nike Golf. "Our athletes wanted tighter but forgiving leading edges, fuller profiles and added ball speed. We've delivered that with the synergy of our FlyBeam and compression channel technologies."

The Vapor Speed fairway woods have a 25% larger footprint with a lower and deeper Center of Gravity (CG) than previous Nike models.

"Athletes including Tiger Woods requested larger face profiles in fairway woods, but it was vital that we do that without compromising ball speed or optimal launch conditions," said Radcliffe. "We successfully modified the chassis by sloping the crown to lower the CG which optimized launch characteristics across the family."

Like the new Vapor drivers, the Vapor Speed fairway woods feature Nike's new FlyBeam-reinforced Covert Cavity Back design, a re-engineered Compression Channel and a NexCOR face - all combining to stabilize the chassis, maximize ball speed and promote longer and straighter distance. The low CG provides a high launch with a lower-spin flight.

The Vapor Flex fairway woods highlight the same technologies found in the Vapor Speed on a more compact chassis, except the Vapor Flex has added Nike's FlexLoft 2 adjustability system, allowing the golf athlete the functionality of five lofts and three face angles within 15 different settings.

The new, improved FlexLoft system is five grams (30%) lighter without compromising function, which leads to a CG that is up to 2mm lower on the Vapor Flex fairways. The redistribution of mass creates more stability, better launch conditions and faster swing speeds. Another benefit of FlexLoft 2 is its forward and backward compatibility. Golfers with previous generations of Covert can use shafts with the original adaptor in the new head or vice versa.

Nike Vapor Speed Fairway Woods

Availability: January 30, 2015
Specifications: 3W: 15° (RH/LH); 5W: 19° (RH/LH): MRC Fubuki Z 60 shaft: X, S, R, A, W
MSRP: $240.00 Street Price: $199.00

Nike Vapor Flex Fairway Woods

Availability: January 30, 2015
Specifications: 3W: 13° - 17° (RH/LH); 5W: 17° - 21° (RH/LH): MRC Diamana S+ Blue Board 70 shaft: X, S, R
MSRP: $300.00 Street Price: $249.00


Wednesday, October 8, 2014


 CHICAGO, October 6, 2014 - The new D200™ family from Wilson Staff, designed for the Distance player seeking distance and accuracy, blends The Right Light technology™ with other groundbreaking club head technologies. 


Each of the clubs in the new D200 family embodies The Right Light™ technology, which optimally positions limited available mass to create a powerful, balanced, solid-feeling and sounding golf club. Wilson Staff research and testing shows that players of all calibers benefit from swinging lighter clubs because they apply the same amount of effort, but achieve greater distances due to increased club head and ball speeds.

"For us, it's not just about being lightweight," explains Michael Vrska, Global Director of Innovation. "The challenge with engineering The Right Light is optimizing the limited available mass for proper distribution among the head, shaft and grip to achieve the best performance for each club. Using our research from the predecessor D100 family, we continued to innovate The Right Light and fuse it with other advanced technologies, like adjustability in the new D200 driver."

D200 Drivers (MAP: $299.99)
With a total mass of just 268 grams, the D200 driver is one of the lightest and fastest adjustable drivers on the market.
• Reactive Face Technology increases the size of the face to provide more forgiveness on heel and toe impacts and increased MOI, and decreases the thickness around the lower half of the face to increase ball velocities on mishits.
• A chemically-etched crown reduces weight and increases the thickness toward the face for structural support and durability.
• Each 6-way adjustable hosel features three loft and three draw settings to optimize both launch angle and left-to-right ball flight. 9.0o, 10.5o and 13.0o models are available in right hand and the 10.5 o head is available in left hand.
• SuperLight™ technology (achieved with a 189-gram head, a 44-gram UST Elements Chrome shaft and a 25-gram Golf Pride Tour 25 grip) allows golfers to increase club head speed for maximum distance.
• The Right Light™ technology, achieved through optimizing the distribution of the driver's limited available mass with a chemically-etched crown and a thin variable face, allows golfers to swing even faster with the same effort.

D200 Fairway Woods (MAP: $249.99)
Maximum distance from the tee, fairway or rough can be obtained by the Carpenter Custom 455 maraging steel face insert combined with The Right Light technology.
• The premium Carpenter Custom 455 maraging stainless steel face insert creates a thin, hot, high CT face for increased ball speeds and longer distances.
• An increase in face area, especially in the heel and toe areas, promotes forgiveness and improved ball speeds on off-center hits.
• Rounded sole designs yield versatility from all playing conditions.
• 3- (15.0o), 5- (18.0o) and 7-wood (21.0o) models are available in right hand and 3- (15.0o) and 5-wood (18.0o) models are available in left hand.
• SuperLight technology (achieved with a 49-gram UST Elements Chrome shaft and a 25-gram Golf Pride Tour 25 grip) allows golfers to increase club head speed for maximum distance.
• The Right Light technology, achieved through optimizing the distribution of the fairway wood's limited available mass with a thin variable face, allows golfers to swing even faster with the same effort.


D200 Hybrids (MAP: $179.99)
Maximum distance and versatility can be obtained by the Carpenter Custom 455 maraging steel face design combined with The Right Light technology.
• The premium Carpenter Custom 455 maraging stainless steel face insert creates a thin, hot, high CT face for increased ball speeds and longer distances.
• An increase in face area, especially near the toe, promotes forgiveness and improved ball speeds on off-center hits.
• Larger volume on stronger lofted heads provides forgiveness on longer shots.
• More bulge (face curvature) in stronger-lofted heads transitions to flatter faces on weaker-lofted heads provide optimal gear effect and accuracy.
• Multiple stock loft options perfectly distance-gap the set through custom fitting.
• 2- (17 o), 3- (19.0 o), 4- (21.0 o), 5- (23.0 o), 6- (25.0 o) and 7-hybrid (27.0o) models are available in right hand and 3- (19.0 o), 4- (21.0 o) and 5-hybrid (23.0 o) models are available in left hand.
• A 54-gram UST Elements Chrome shaft and a 25-gram Golf Pride Tour 25 grip allow golfers to increase club head speed for maximum distance.
• The Right Light technology, achieved through optimizing the distribution of the hybrid's limited available weight with a thin variable face, allows golfers to swing even faster with the same effort.
D200 Irons (MAP: $599.99 steel | $699.99 graphite)
Headlined by a new innovation called Speed Sole Technology™, a thin face-to-sole transition allows the D200s to create driver-like CTs.
• Speed Sole Technology creates a thin face-to-sole transition, yielding a 234 CT and an increase in ball speed.
• Weight savings from the face and sole is redistributed to the heel and toe weight pods for increased MOI and forgiveness.
• Set makeup consists of 4-PW/GW steel (R- and S- flex) or graphite (A-, R- and S- flexes) available in both right and left hand.
• A 59-gram UST Elements Chrome graphite shaft or an 85-gram True Temper SL85 steel shaft allow golfers to increase club head speed for maximum distance.
• The Right Light technology, achieved through the redistribution of mass to heel and toe weight pods, allows golfers to make a balanced, solid-feeling swing.
UST Elements Chrome Shaft Technology
The technologies within the UST Elements Chrome woods, hybrid and iron shafts produce distance and accuracy for each club.
• State-of-the-art carbon fiber features high end, mirror finish ion plating from the mid-section to the tip end to provide a premium look and performance.
• Recoil Technology optimizes the spring effect and promotes the most efficient energy transfer from butt to tip to maximize ball speed and reduce ball dispersion.
• Variable Wall Thickness technology creates layers of graphite in each section of the shaft that vary for enhanced feel and better control and accuracy.
• All shafts are available in A-, R- and S-flexes.
"The new D200 is lighter than the D100 even with adjustability," comments Mathias Lundblad, Product Line Manager - Premium Clubs and Balls. "It allows Distance players to swing the Right Light on a loft setting that optimizes their trajectory. We're excited to see their results."


F-C-D Player Profiling System
Wilson Staff developed the F-C-D system to meet the technology needs of every golfer. Defining players into three categories, Feel, Control and Distance, this system matches club features and benefits with individual playing styles. The Distance player is defined as the golfer needing power, accuracy and a confidence-inspiring look at address.

About Wilson Golf
For 100 years, Wilson Golf has designed, manufactured and distributed premium and recreational golf equipment throughout the world. Since 1914, Wilson Staff irons have won 61 major championships, more than any other iron manufacturer in history. That winning tradition continues today by delivering the highest quality equipment to all golfers to enhance performance on the course and overall enjoyment of the game.


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Monday, September 8, 2014


 

  • Cleveland is touting the 588 RTX 2.0 as its most extensive wedge lineup. (Jonathan Wall/PGA TOUR)

The big story last year regarding Cleveland's 588 RTX wedge was the addition of third-generation Tour Zip grooves that were 16 percent larger than that of its predecessor, the 588 Forged. With wider grooves that offered ample bite on a variety of shots from the rough, sand and wet conditions, Cleveland decided to turn its attention to an area of the 588 wedge that has remained relatively the same in recent years.

Through research and feedback from some of the top players on its staff, including Keegan Bradley, Graeme McDowell and Hideki Matsuyama, Cleveland developed three distinct sole grind options in two different head designs with the new 588 RTX 2.0 wedge lineup.

"We wanted to add some versatility to the line with three distinct sole grinds that work well as a family," said Brain Shielke, Cleveland Golf's product manager. "Instead of using the same sole and changing the angle, we actually designed a completely different sole that's designed specifically for a player's swing and needs."

While Cleveland has typically offered multiple bounce options in the past, this is the first time the company will offer a wedge with specific bounce and sole grinds that allows players to optimize their wedge setup based on course conditions and playing preferences.

The Low Bounce Grind (One Dot) provides the lowest effective bounce of any wedge in the 588 RTX 2.0 lineup with a trailing edge grind and maximum heel and toe relief that works well from tight lies. The grind option is geared for players with a shallow angle of attack that typically play courses with firm conditions.

A Standard Bounce Grind (Two Dot) is also offered and provides players with mid effective bounce, a trailing edge grind and moderate heel and toe relief that make it a preferred option for players looking for a blend of versatility and forgiveness from a variety of playing conditions. According to Cleveland, this is the most playable wedge grind.

For players with a steep angle of attack, the Full Sole Grind (Three Dot) could be an option. With the highest effective bounce of the three grind options, the Full Sole has a constant sole width that can move through a variety of surfaces. The wedge is geared for players that not only have a steep angle of attack but play on courses with softer conditions.

Cleveland is touting the 588 RTX 2.0 as its most extensive wedge lineup. With the addition of three new sole grind options, players will be able to choose from 120 different model, loft, sole grind and finish combinations.

The 588 RTX 2.0 will be available in two head designs. The blade design is made from 8620 carbon steel and is based on tour testing and feedback. The compact top down shape comes in three grind options and two finishes — Black Satin and Tour Satin.

The cavity back design is made from 431 carbon steel and features a slightly larger head shape than the blade for increased confidence at address. The sole grinds have similar shapes to that of the blade, but different dimensions are provided for extra forgiveness through the turf. The wedge comes in a Black Satin finish.

Although it's not the biggest story this time around, the 588 RTX 2.0 has fourth-generation Tour Zip grooves that are 8 percent deeper than its predecessor and channel away grass, dirt and moisture for cleaner contact and consistent spin. The wedge face also has a new micro-milled Rotex face pattern that gives it the most surface roughness the USGA will allow for increased spin.

Cleveland's 588 RTX 2.0 retails for $130 per wedge and will be available in right- and left-handed options with True Temper's Dynamic Gold shaft. A new graphite Rotex wedge flex shaft — the shaft was designed for improved performance and feel — will also be offered.  

SOURCE:  http://www.pgatour.com/equipmentreport/2014/08/12/cleveland-introduces-588-rtx-2-0-wedge-lineup.html
 
 
 

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.

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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.

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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


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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.




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