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STARTING 2010 IN STYLE
New trends in equipment are usually revealed at the annual PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. The 2010 rendition in late January was no exception. What can you expect to hit golfers’ hot buttons this year? Lightweight drivers, for one. The lightness allows golfers to pick up clubhead speed, which translates to added distance. Multiple-material fairway woods and hybrids are also coming on strong. Many of these models are extensions of popular driver models, and will together make a nice family of long clubs in anyone’s bags. The advantage of buying them in a set is that the feel and distance progression will be consistent from one to the next. Groove issues aside, wedges will be hot items this year, too. Many manufacturers are offering theirs in several finishes and some are focusing on slightly heavier heads that you can feel better through impact. There are also a slew of new soft-feeling balls that promise to help slower swingers achieve more distance. Finally, you’ll have a much larger choice of quality grips this year, as several companies have entered that market. Check out edwinwattsgolf.com, to see the latest gear.
TaylorMade Penta TP Balls
Several Tour pros play this new model, which can also easily find a spot in your bag. It’s the ball’s five layers (core, inner mantle, middle mantle, outer mantle and cover) that optimize performance in key shot categories to cater to all skill levels. The soft urethane cover promotes bite on the green from short distances. The outer mantle lets short iron shots stop quickly on the green without sucking it back too much. The inner mantle promotes far-flying long-iron shots that land softly. And the low-compression core promotes maximum carry and distance from the driver. But the masses will take notice of the middle mantle’s fast material, which allows slower swingers to generate more ball speed and distance, as they compress only the two outermost mantles underneath the cover. Thus, most every level player can achieve soft-feeling, strong-performing shots. You’ll instantly notice that the ball is both soft and live. And putts feel silky, to boot.
TaylorMade Burner SuperFast Driver
The latest generation of the Burner driver franchise is the lightest yet – it’s 14 grams less than the Burner 07 and 284 grams overall -- more aerodynamic, faster and, thus, longer. The unique 460cc clubhead shape is sleeker and designed with aerodynamics that reduce wind resistance, allowing you to bump up your clubhead speed. The clubface is 14 percent larger than Burner 09's, which is key in the presence of the club’s longer 46.5-inch shaft, as it provides more area to strike the ball with. The face also features a new bulge-and-roll design that's optimized to work with the high-MOI clubhead, to maximize forgiveness on off-center hits. Dual-Crown technology moves the CG low and deep for a higher launch angle and more spin. This is a stick-load of power that aims to greatly benefit players who likes to crush the ball by swinging hard. But it will give everyone a little more pop at impact.
HOT GEAR NEWS
Luke Donald renewed his multi-year equipment agreement with Mizuno… MRC GOLF introduced new shafts in the Fubuki Alpha, Bassara Griffin, Diamana Kai’li and ‘ilima...Odyssey Golf named Dave Pelz brand ambassador…SkyGolf debuted the SkyCaddie GTX rangefinder with a new sleek design…TaylorMade Golf debuted three Rossa TP by Kia Ma putters (Ma is the company’s putter designer), including two blades (Daytona and Monaco) and a mallet (Fontana Tour) that are milled end-to-end from 304 stainless steel, and finished in a high-polish and Silver Mist; and the high-MOI Monza Spider Vicino putter bearing a lightweight 24g polymer core, movable weights, and new composite AGSI+ face insert made of carbon fiber and resin. The company also announced eight new lightweight cart, hybrid, stand and carry bags with Fast Action Snap Technology, a seamless way for golfers to access important accessories without having to dig through cluttered pockets during a round… Bridgestone Golf unveiled its upcoming Tour B330-RXS three-piece, urethane-covered ball for moderate-swing speed players – less than 105 mph - who want a slightly softer feel and more spin control…Cleveland Golf introduced four Cleveland Classic BRZ putters made of 17-4 stainless steel and finished in bronze PVD to minimize glare; and the high-MOI T-Frame Mallet that’s engineered by Never Compromise and features 70+ grams of weight redistributed to the rear… Fujikura debuted the Motore Speeder shaft with Fujikura Quadra Axis Composite and Triax Woven material that collectively helps eliminate deformation yet provide maximum feel throughout the swing…Srixon launched Z-STAR and Z-STAR X Tour Yellow balls, which appear as a green/yellow mixture. Officials expect Vijay Singh to be using them soon. The company also unveiled the new premium three-piece distance TRISPEED ball and premium three-piece distance/control TRISPEED Tour ball… John Daly has been trying out Rife’s new Aruba putter… K.J. Choi is apparently no longer endorsing Nike equipment. He’s reportedly now playing a TaylorMade R7 Limited driver and Burner 5-wood, Ping G15 irons, Odyssey putter with SuperStroke grip, and a Titleist Pro V1 ball… Anthony Kim added a Nike Method putter to his bag…Rory Sabbatini is now using a 19-degree TaylorMade TP Rescue club and a 10.5-degree TaylorMade Burner SuperFast driver… Nike unwrapped details on its upcoming ONE Vapor Speed ball for average swing speeds. Its new core and optimized aerodynamics help increase ball speed and distance. Also new from Nike: Game-improvement SQ MACHSPEED irons that promise speed, stability and high launch. They have a thin, hot face; PowerBow technology; and deep undercut behind the face.