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TITLEIST’S NEW BALL
Titleist has been working on a new version of its ever-popular Pro V1x ball. And the prototype version of the ball has already won a pro tournament, as Padraig Harrington used it to capture the Asian Tour’s Iskandor Johor Open in Malaysia this past weekend. It was his first win in two years. Titleist reported that Harrington was filming a 2011 Titleist ball commercial at St. Andrews in Scotland prior to the Dunhill Links Championship two weeks ago, and asked for a few dozen of the new ball. He received them this past week, put them in play for the first time, and won. Two weeks ago, Titleist began its seeding process of the new Pro V1x and Pro V1 with tour pros at the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic. By the way, the company celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the original Pro V1 introduction earlier this month.
TAYLORMADE BURNER 2.0 IRONS
TaylorMade’s Burner 2.0 irons represent quite an improvement over the previous and popular Burners. The latest rendition has been specifically engineered to be long. Each clubhead features a unique weight distribution that optimizes ball flight – shots struck with long irons travel higher, while those hit with short irons are lower and more controllable. Each iron also has a unique face thickness – it’s thin in the long irons and thick in the short irons, as well as a progressive top line. The sole was shaped with bevels and contours that reduce ground resistance at impact. And the distance gap is consistent from one iron to the next, so you know exactly which club to use for any occasion. By the way, each iron was also uniquely tuned to produce a specific feel and sound that you’ll find very pleasing. To boot, the overall look is stunning, featuring a rich and durable two-toned black PVD finish.
TAYLORMADE ROSSA GHOST DAYTONA
Like the popular, white-headed Rossa Corza Ghost putter, TaylorMade’s new Rossa Daytona Ghost was developed with a lot of pertinent input from putting instructor and Tour pro Dave Stockton. This blade-style putter boasts the company’s proprietary AGSI+ (Anti-skid Groove System Insert) technology. The AGSI+ face insert features 14 polymer-filled grooves that hold the ball briefly at impact. That helps create immediate forward spin on the ball, for a smoother roll, distance consistency, and more accurate results. Contrasting alignment lines help you visually align your putts easily, as well. Tour pros have been raving about the white Corza Ghost since they started playing it in May. In fact, Justin Rose captured two PGA Tour victories with it. Others have already begun playing this model, as well.
CALLAWAY DIABLO OCTANE DRIVER
Last year’s Callaway Diablo Edge driver was outstanding. Golfers by the throngs really benefited from its power and lightness. This year, the company improved on it, debuting the Diablo Octane driver. Why is it better? Consider its crown that’s made of a new Forged Composite material. Callaway says it’s simply the lightest, strongest material it’s ever used in its clubs. Because the material forms the crown, company engineers were able to distribute mass within the clubhead and make the shaft longer -- granting golfers more clubhead speed and power on the tee. In fact, Callaway claims average distance increases eight yards with this driver. Meanwhile, the clubface contains the company’s proprietary Hyperbolic Face Technology -- providing thickness control across the clubface, producing a larger sweet spot and improving impact efficiency, even on off-center hits. Equipment Insider recently previewed this driver and was wowed by its feel and performance.
HOT GEAR NEWS
Callaway also introduced Diablo Octane and Diablo Octane Tour fairway woods, to match the new drivers. They’re designed to maximize power. The standard models feature Variable Face Technology, a large footprint, deep CG and higher trajectories. The Tour models are smaller, have a traditional hosel, and deliver lower trajectories. Speaking of Callaway, the company partnered with Automobili Lamborghini to co-develop the new Forged Composite material featured in the Diablo Octane driver…Titleist unveiled the 910 series drivers with SureFit Tour technology that allows golfers to independently adjust loft and lie in 16 different combinations. The 460cc 910D2 model maximizes playability and forgiveness, promoting a straighter flight with higher launch and low-to-mid spin. The 445cc 910D3 produces a boring, straight flight with low spin and more workability. Since coming out on the Tour in late June, these models have already been victorious several times…Tour Edge introduced a new-and-improved, high-MOI HT Max Draw driver with offset hosel; high-optic BackDraft GT+ putter with jumbo grip; and JMax Gold Iron-Wood set with wide, heavier sole, smaller top line, thinner walls, and more progressive shape… Scotty Cameron debuted the Hollywood putter that features heel-toe weighting and a raw stainless “Honey-Dipped” finish … SkyGolf extended Jim Furyk’s advisory board position through 2014… Nike Golf and David Duval have parted ways... The PING engineer who designed the Anser forged irons has qualified to play in the PGA Tour’s upcoming Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas…Wilson Golf’s donating 1% of sales of its Hope line of women’s golf equipment, to support clinical and genetic research worldwide… Odyssey released its gorgeous ProType PT 82 putter with a limited-edition offering of 2,500. This is the model Phil Mickelson used to win this year’s Masters. It’s a blade with a White Ice face insert and a milled tungsten insert behind the face. The company also debuted Divine women’s putters with a new face insert and heavier putter heads. The 2-Ball model has adjustable weighting… Bushnell introduced the Neo+ Golf GPS rangefinder that provides instant yardage readings to more than 16,000 pre-loaded U.S. golf courses…Burton debuted new bags for the coming season…Nike announced that in late November, it will introduce the adjustable, 460cc SQ MACHSPEED Black driver with round or square clubhead, optimal aerodynamics, and a deep, tapering clubface. It generates a lower ball flight and lower spin rates than the original SQ MACHSPEED, for longer drives. Nike has also announced another late November introduction, the forged VR Pro Combo iron set that has three clubhead styles throughout the set. The long irons have a pocket cavity, mid-irons a split cavity, and the short irons are blades. The CG gets gradually higher through the set, to optimize the launch angle.