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Every golf fan knows that Tiger Woods sports a red shirt and black pants on his Sunday rounds. But you may not know that his entire Nike Golf wardrobe is choreographed well in advance. And that includes his golf shoes. Woods does have some say in the matter, according to Lee Walker, Nike Golf footwear director, who says that Woods will only wear black- or white-based shoes. “That depends on whatever apparel he’s wearing,” says Walker. “This year, we had a brown-based shoe that consumers really liked, but Tiger didn’t put into his rotation. Another unusual fact about Tiger is that he wears his golf shoes for rounds. Other athletes are one game and out with their golf shoes, which they then sell for charity. With Tiger, we have to ask him to get his shoes back. He likes to wear his golf shoes for long periods of time. We ask for his back because we want to learn about his stretch patterns. If you have to think about your golf shoes, then we’re not doing our job. Unlike shoes for other sports, you only buy golf shoes to play golf in. Thus, you need optimal traction – that’s pivotal in playing conditions -- solid foundation and stability, forefoot flex, cushioning in the heel, and be able to hit balls from all lies. Shoes are a critical part of your gear, like any club in your bag.”
This line of clubs for the masses contains the G15 driver, fairway woods, hybrids and irons. The 460cc titanium driver yields maximum forgiveness, distance and accuracy. Its elongated clubhead features an external sole weight that positions the CG for a high trajectory and reduced spin. A large clubface optimizes ball speed across the whole hitting surface. The stainless steel fairway woods have an elongated, low profile design, as well as an external weight pad on the sole, to help the ball get up and go long. The steel hybrids boast an iron-style face, as well as a large internal toe pad that expands the perimeter weighting, making them PING’s most forgiving and longest hybrids ever. Meanwhile, the stainless steel irons feature a floating Custom Tuning Port that expands the perimeter weighting and increases the MOI; a thinner face; and wider sole. They collectively help the ball get high and stay toward your target.
The i15 club line is intended for better players. For instance, the 460cc titanium driver has a fade bias, to help golfers work their tee shots. Its traditional pear-shaped clubhead has a bulge crown that transfers energy into greater ball speed and produces the solid feel preferred by better golfers. The stainless steel fairway woods also have a fade bias, but sport a sleek, low profile, are slightly elongated from heel-to-toe, and are internally weighted to produce low-spinning shots with a penetrating trajectory. The hybrids – aimed at golfers who prefer a traditional hybrid shape and size -- offer a high MOI with a tour-preferred trajectory. Internal weighting positions the CG low and back, to produce the penetrating ball flight that gives better players the control to hit shots from any lie. Stronger lofts contribute to lower spin rates for more control. The stainless steel irons are all about control to play a variety of shots. Created as a progressive set, the longer irons are larger for more forgiveness, while the mid- and short irons transition to slightly smaller clubheads, ensuring more workability and control on approach shots. A tungsten toe insert adds forgiveness to the mid-size design, while a stabilizing bar and floating Custom Tuning Port provide the feel and sound attributes preferred by better players.
HOT GEAR NEWS
Bag Boy unveiled specifics on its all-new, easy-to-use, full-featured Sidekick three-wheel push cart, which is coming soon. Step on the foot folding mechanism, and the front wheel folds up toward the frame. Push the handle adjustment lever, and the cart collapses…Nike Golf revealed details on its Method putter that Lucas Glover used to win the U.S. Open and Stewart Cink used to win the British Open. Talk about Tour-proven! Its polymetal groove technology helps dampen impact vibration for soft feel, while creating a faster forward roll after impact, for accuracy and consistency. The putter won’t be available in the market until February, although the company will release some limited, special edition quantities in November. Since switching to the putter, Glover’s putts-per-round ranking has significantly improved. “This putter has made all of the difference in my game,” says Glover. Paul Casey improved 43 spots in his putts per round ranking. “I fell in love with this putter the first time I putted with it,” says Casey. “You can really feel the difference in how the ball comes off of the face and you can see the difference in how it rolls. It’s really helped me with my confidence on the greens.”…Cobra Golf announced its Cobra S2 irons for avid golfers, which will debut in September. These high-MOI stainless steel irons have a forgiving mid-width stepped sole and an optimized heel-toe weighting using lightweight polymer materials. Meanwhile, a version for better players, the Cobra S2 Forged irons, are made of Forged 1025 carbon steel with CNC milled grooves – endorsing a soft, powerful feel at impact. They also have a cavity back with extreme perimeter weighting, as well as a Tour-inspired shape…Y.E. Yang captured the PGA Championship, playing many TaylorMade clubs, including an r7 Limited 8.5° driver with Aldila NV75 shaft, Burner 13° 3-wood and V Steel 18° 5-wood (each with Honma ARMRQ shaft), Rescue TP 19° and 21° hybrids, r7 irons (5-PW), and rac 48° wedge. Also in his bag were a Nike SV 58° wedge, Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball putter, and TaylorMade TP Red LDP ball…Titleist will soon debut new clubs, including revitalized AP1 and AP2 irons, and four brand-new Scotty Cameron California putters.