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Tad Moore Signature Series putters from Orlimar
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The new Tad Moore Signature Series putters from Orlimar all contain a unique milled face designed to work well with the cover materials of modern golf balls.
Tad Moore has been designing golf clubs since 1963, and he's created numerous drivers, irons and wedges for companies such as Dunlop and Maxfli, along with the putter that Ian Woosnam used to win the 1991 Masters. Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Ray Floyd and Jay Haas are among the other star players who have used his clubs over the years.
 
His latest project is the Tad Moore Signature Series of putters that he is creating with Orlimar Golf. Each of the four putters in this new family of flat sticks combines traditional shapes with a patented washboard face milling.
 
"Washboard-face milled putters improve roll and performance compared to other putter faces," he said. "I have found that new golf balls with different cover materials such as urethane react to the washboard face much better. The ball off of these putters has a better launch and rolls more consistent and accurate."
 
The four putters in the series include:
 
The TMO-1: This is a traditional blade with a carbon steel head and a 45-degree plumber neck hosel that provides a better visual at address. The heel-shafted putter features a cambered sole and a sight line in the flange, and is heel and toe weighted for increased stability through the stroke. 
 
The TMO-2: This blade is slightly wider than the TMO-1, and is made from carbon steel and includes a plumber neck hosel. Its topline is thin and it features a sloping heel-and toe-weighted bumper. The sight line is in the flange with a sound slot that cuts through the cavity to the sole for enhanced feel.
 
 
The TMO-3: A classic design of a wide-sole, heel-shafted blade with a carbon steel head, this model is designed for players who swing the putter on an arced path. The sole utilizes sight lines in the cavity to improve its look and alignment.
 
The TMO-4: Also known as "the Tadpole," This non-traditional perimeter-weighted mallet is T-shaped and features an aluminum head. It is center-shafted, and includes a long topline to aid in alignment. Rear weighting improves performance on mis-hits and the outer circular ring balances the weight on the edges to enhance its stability. 
 
The putters are all 35 inches in length, have a black PVD finish and carry a suggested retail price of $249. Custom loft and lie options are available, and the line will be available at retail in March.
 
Tad Moore Signature Series of putters from Orlimar feature washboard face milling
February 17, 2014 - 9:36pm
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Nike Hyperadapt Wind jacket
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The Nike Hyperadapt Wind jacket features a four-way stretch laminate through the back, shoulders and upper arms to maximize range of motion while the lightweight outer shell provides protection and comfort.
Though it might not seem like it in many parts of the country right now, spring is coming. Promise, it is.
 
For those brisk days on the course, Nike Golf has come up with the Hyperadapt Wind jacket – the follow-up to last year's Hyperadapt Storm-FIT jacket. The new outerwear piece features the same four-way stretch technology and sweater-like feel that the Hyperadapt Storm-FIT jacket pioneered, but in a lighter, windproof and rain-resistant version.
 
''With the Hyperadapt Wind jacket, there's no need to 'size up' – it's designed to fit and move with your body,'' said Merritt Richardson, Nike Golf VP of Global Golf Apparel. ''The four-way stretch laminate through the back, shoulders and upper arms maximizes range of motion and eliminates distractions, and the lightweight outer shell provides superior protection from the elements for all-day performance and comfort on the course.''
 
 
Inspired by a car with a see-through, engine-exposing hood one of the designers saw in a parking lot on Nike’s Beaverton, Ore., campus, the HyperAdapt Wind jacket incorporates a half-zip, transparent outer shell that showcases the jacket's technical details inside and out. A V-shaped panel underneath incorporates bonded mesh within the Hyperadapt construction for added breathability and mobility where golfers need it most.
 
This new jacket is sustainable, too – Nike used recycled coffee grounds to make the windproof coating on the outer shell, which also helps reduce odor from perspiration and assists in UV protection. It also features elastic cuffs to keep the sleeves from moving up and down during the swing, as well as an adjustable waist and a back pocket for storage.
 
The jacket comes in Black/Black, Light Base Grey/Black and Venom Green/Black, and is available at retail now with a suggested retail price of $100.
 
 
Nike Hyperadapt Wind jacket designed for fit and flexibility
February 10, 2014 - 8:06pm
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Adams Golf XTD irons
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The Adams Golf XTD irons have a thinner topline, as well as a cross cavity that runs from the top of the sole to the bottom and is enclosed by an X-shaped piece of metal that helps to redistribute weight to the rear of the head.
We've all seen muscleback irons and cavityback irons. In pursuing improved distance and forgiveness in its new XTD irons, Adams Golf has come up with a cross-cavity design. 
 
This cross cavity – a cavity that runs from the top of the sole to the bottom and is enclosed by an X-shaped piece of metal – helps to redistribute weight to the rear of the head, which was a priority of Adams engineers. This, the company says, helps get the ball in the air faster and stabilizes the club at impact, especially on off-center strikes. 
 
It also helps to generate a ''gear effect'' – essentially a corrective spin to straighten off-center hits. In fact, Adams says, the gear effect that the new XTD irons produce is comparable to that usually found in a hybrid.
 
In addition, these new irons contain the Cut-Thru velocity slots that the company has implemented in several of its other new clubs. These slots give the thin face more ability to flex – and therefore provide more ball speed to generate extra distance. Adams' parent company, TaylorMade, of course, has implemented slots in such irons as its Tour Preferred and JetSpeed models.
 
 
''As opposed to the standard practice of strengthening irons lofts, we're providing distance while retaining optimal ball flight,'' said Senior Director of Research and Development Justin Honea. ''By integrating thinner faces and Cut-Thru Slot technology into irons, we're making it much easier for players to produce higher, longer, straighter and more consistent shots.''
 
Adams also improved the alignment aids on the new irons. The topline is thinner than previous models, and framed scorelines include a polished finish to set the club on its correct line at address. After contact, a pressure piston dramatically decreases vibration, while direct pressure on the back of the face produces a crisp sound.
 
The new XTD irons are designed for players of all skill levels, but Adams stresses that better players can get as much out of them as mid-handicappers. They will be available at retail on March 28, with a seven-club (4-iron through pitching wedge) carrying a suggested retail price of $599.99 with stock KBS Tour 90 steel shafts. Aldila graphite shafts can be included for an extra $100.
 
For more information, visit www.AdamsGolf.com.
 
Adams Golf unveils XTD irons with Cross-Cavity Technology
February 2, 2014 - 1:58pm
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Birdie Box
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Birdie Box will deliver, each month, a personalized box of golf-themed goodies to you or your favorite golfer.
The 2014 PGA Merchandise Show, held Jan. 22-24 in Orlando, showcased thousands of new products great and small from hundreds of vendors. After walking the 10 miles of aisles in the Orange County Convention Center for two days, I've come up with a list of 10 products that caught my eye, and I'm rolling them out over a 10-day period. Here is the ninth one:
 
Surely you're familiar with the Fruit of the Month Club. You sign up, and each month you receive a different kind of fruit depending on what you want and what's in season. There are a numbers of variations on the concept, from Pajamas of the Month to Teddy Bear of the Month to Gourmet Jerky of the Month.
 
And now, there's Birdie Box, a subscription club just for golfers.
 
The concept is simple. You buy a subscription – for one month, three months, six months or a year – for yourself, your favorite golfer or maybe a business colleague. In return, your recipient gets a box filled with different golf-themed goodies for each month of the subscription.
 
In each box, the company says, is a mix of the hottest golf, lifestyle and nutritional items that could be anything from balls and tees to wines and cigars to shirts and caps. The product mix will vary from month to month, but each box is guaranteed to contain products valued at $100 or more. 
 
Each box is created especially for each user, based on preferences they list in their profile and feedback from previous boxes. But the content of each box is surprise until it's opened – and that's the fun part. 
 
Subscriptions run from $44.95 for one month up to $500 for a year's worth of monthly boxes, and there are separate subscriptions available for men and women. In addition, Birdie Box has created a ''First Major'' box filled with goodies celebrating the first major of the year and scheduled to arrive in early April, and other boxes for the other majors and holidays like Father's Day are also in the works.
 
For more information, check out www.BirdieBox.com.
 
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PGA Show Spotlight: Birdie Box gift boxes
February 1, 2014 - 6:34pm
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Adams Golf Tight Lies fairway woods
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The new Tight Lies fairway woods from Adams Golf contains the originals' low-profile face along with new-generation slanted slots cut into the crown and sole.
The 2014 PGA Merchandise Show, held Jan. 22-24 in Orlando, showcased thousands of new products great and small from hundreds of vendors. After walking the 10 miles of aisles in the Orange County Convention Center for two days, I've come up with a list of 10 products that caught my eye, and I'm rolling them out over a 10-day period. Here is the eighth one:
 
The second half of 2013 saw the return of several venerable brands of golf equipment, few more eagerly welcomed among club aficionados than Tight Lies fairway woods from Adams Golf. The original Tight Lies, which debuted in the mid-1990s, were revolutionary for their ''upside down'' head shape that made getting the ball up in the air easy.
 
Since then, of course, drivers have gotten significantly larger, and fairway woods have followed suit – many of today's fairway woods have heads as large as the drivers of a generation ago. And while they're great for hitting off the tee or good lies, their larger heads make them more challenging to hit well from the rough or a waste bunker or anywhere else that has less-than-perfect turf conditions. 
 
This development created a perfect opening for the reintroduction of Tight Lies fairway clubs and now, almost two decades after the originals debuted, Adams has reinvented its most famous and successful stick. The new Tight Lies fairway clubs feature a modernized version of the ''upside down'' head shape, and boast a significant improvement in generating ball speed and, therefore, distance, while maintaining the low profile and shallow face that made the original models so distinctive.
 
The heads of Tight Lies clubs were always smaller and lighter than most of their competitors, and Adams' engineers have thinned away even more weight in the new versions by carving slots in both the crowns and soles. Some other recent Adams clubs also contain this Cut Sole technology, but the slots in the new Tight Lies heads are slanted back toward the face to enhance the spring off the face on both pure and mishit shots.
 
In fact, Adams says, the new Tight Lies clubs provide as much as 10 percent more firepower off the face than recent clubs. That means that the new clubs can maintain their low and deep center of gravity – which helps get the ball up in the air – without losing much oomph. They also boast the tri-sole design from the original to reduce the amount of turf interaction during the shot.
 
The standard Tight Lies fairway club comes in 14-, 16-, 19- and 22-degree versions (essentially 3-woods to 7-woods), while the Tour model comes in 14.5- and 18-degree editions. The standard models carry a suggested retail price of $199.99, while the Tour clubs go for $229.99. They're available at select retailers and at www.Adamsgolf.com.
 
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PGA Show Spotlight: Tight Lies fairway woods from Adams Golf
January 31, 2014 - 5:35pm
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Nevr Looz golf bags
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The Nevr Looz golf bags prevent your clubs from spilling, even when turned upside down.
The 2014 PGA Merchandise Show, held Jan. 22-24 in Orlando, showcased thousands of new products great and small from hundreds of vendors. After walking the 10 miles of aisles in the Orange County Convention Center for two days, I've come up with a list of 10 products that caught my eye, and I'm rolling them out over a 10-day period. Here is the seventh one:
 
There were golf bags almost from end to end of the Show floor at the PGA Merchandise Show, but there was no mistaking the ProClip-SCT golf bags from Nevr Looz.
 
At first glance, they look unfinished, like somebody forgot to put the skin on the skeleton. Upon closer inspection, though, it's clear that these bags – there are both cart and carry models – are unlike any other. 
 
As you can tell by the company name, these bags are designed to help prevent golfers from losing their clubs. They accomplish this with Nevr Looz’s Pro-Clip technology, which uses 15 Club Clips to keep your clubheads securely in place, even when the bag is turned upside down. And while the clubs are secured, they're not completely enclosed from shaft to head – as you can see, the bags' ''open style'' make the clubs more accessible than ever.
 
The bags in the Nevr Looz collection are made of durable nylon and weigh in at 4 ½ pounds. They've got nine front-facing or side pickets along with a cooler pocket, velour-lined valuables pocket and a full-length pocket. They also come with putter tubes, padded straps, umbrella holders, towel clips and rain hoods.
 
These bags are available at www.NevrLooz.com and carry a suggested retail price of $249.
 
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PGA Show Spotlight: ProClip-SCT golf bags from Nevr Looz
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