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November 26, 2013 - 1:33pm
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The Puma Monolite golf shoe.
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The Puma Monolite golf shoe.

Puma Golf has introduced a new shoe for its 2014 line up -- the Monolite -- a versatile shoe designed to provide comfort and style for all 19 holes.

According to Puma, the Monolite weighs in at only 9.5oz., which, it says, is 30 percent less than comparable styles on the market.

"The Monolite is the perfect shoe to kick off our new LiteStyle platform we are launching in 2014," said Tom Manthe, Global Marketing Manager for Puma Golf. "The spikeless shoe goes from the tee box to the clubhouse in effortless style and lightweight comfort."

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The Monolite's Carbon Rubber outsole uses SmartQuill to enhance grip and traction throughout the golfer's swing by strategically shaping and positioning traction lugs directionally. The compression EVA midsole is fully integrated with the external heel counter, creating one cohesive unit that allows for ultimate lightweight comfort and cushioning while maintaining high levels of support and traction.

A premium, waterproof upper made with full-grain leather features subtle design and color details in five hard-to-resist color options. Everfoam is strategically positioned within the upper for a comfortable fit that has slow recovery memory foam adjusting to the contours of your foot with every step.

The Monolite is available in two perforated leather options (Monaco Blue/Lime Green/White and White/Tradewinds/Pomegranate) and three smooth leather options (Tradewinds/White/Monaco Blue, Chestnut/Black Coffee/Vibrant Orange and Black/Castlerock/Deep Lavendar). Each shoe comes with two laces to customize your look as often as you want.

The Monolite Wns (for women) is available in four trendsetting color combinations with an upper inspired by an oxford silhouette. Featuring a yoga mat sockliner (that is literally made out of yoga mat material) the Monolite Wns provides all day comfort and cushioning to keep your feet feeling relaxed and looking great.

The Monolite ($100) and Monolite Wns ($70) are available for pre-order now at http://www.pumagolf.com/monolite-golf-shoes and will hit shelves at select golf retailers starting Dec. 1, 2013.

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Puma Golf introduces new Monolite shoe for on and off course
November 25, 2013 - 8:51pm
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John Holmes
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Nike RZN golf balls
Courtesy of Nike Golf
The four new RZN golf balls from Nike Golf features a Speedlock interlocking core design that helps improve the transfer of energy at impact.

In creating the four new models in its RZN golf ball collection, Nike Golf worked from the inside out.

The company's proprietary Speedlock RZN core technology features an interlocking core design – the core's surface is similar to a waffle iron. This design helps the core connect with the compression layer surrounding it to form a tighter bond that helps improve the transfer of energy through the layers at impact.  

Similar to the way that snow tires utilize aggressive tread to bond with a road surface, Nike Golf explains, the Speedlock core's interlocking geometry helps eliminate the slipping that normally occurs between a traditional, smooth-surface core and the outer layer. When a core slides or slips on impact, the ball loses energy and, as a result, speed and distance. 

''We knew we hadn't pulled 100 percent of the energy that we could out of the existing RZN core,'' said Rock Ishiii, Nike's senior director of golf product development. ''Working in partnership with DuPont, we were able to develop a softer and faster RZN material and created the interlocking core design to reduce energy loss at impact.

''The lightweight RZN material allows us to add weight to the perimeter of the golf ball, which gives the new RZN family an extremely high Moment of Inertia (MOI) in a golf ball,'' he added. ''This provides incredible ball flight stability in all wind conditions.''

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When they began considering how to build these new balls about a year ago, Nike Golf designers looked to the past – specifically, the original Haskell ball, which emerged in the early 1900s as the first rubber-core golf ball. The Haskell design – consisting of elastic thread wound around a rubber core under extreme tension – helped make slower materials faster, and Nike engineers explored what that could mean for a lighter, more modern RZN material in the core.

''Tightly wrapped material pulls more energy through the layers, and converts that energy into additional ball speed,'' Ishii said. ''One additional mile per hour produces an average of five yards in additional distance.''

A new spin-optimized coating on the ball's outer surface helps grip the grooves on the clubface for better control on wedge and iron shots. This coating, along with a softer cover and softer compression in the core, helps provide improved sound and feel, especially on off-center shots.

The four new models include:

--RZN Platinum: Tour-level control with moderate spin
--RZN Black: Tour-level distance with less spin
--RZN Red: Distance with longer carry
--RZN White: Distance with softer feel for swing speeds of 95-100 mph

The new balls will be available at retail on March 1, 2014. The Platinum and Black models carry a suggested retail price of $58 per dozen (and a street price of $45.99), while the the Red and White models carry a suggested retail price of $40.00 (and a street price of $29.99).

 

Nike RZN ball franchise gets four new models with improved core
November 22, 2013 - 8:32pm
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John Holmes
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Ping Rapture driving iron
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The Ping Rapture driving iron features significant tungsten weighting in the stainless heel and toe to create a high MOI for a head its size. That, Ping says, makes the club easier to hit than a standard long iron.

After testing the club over the past several months among its professional tour staff, Ping is rolling out its Ping Rapture driving iron to the general public.

Available with 18 degrees of loft, the Rapture features significant tungsten weighting in the stainless heel and toe to create a high MOI for a head its size. That, Ping says, makes the club easier to hit than a standard long iron. At the same time, its wider sole gives the Rapture the playability of a hybrid but with much less spin. As a result, Ping says, the Rapture delivers a low, penetrating ball flight that maximizes distance and control.  

''The Rapture driving iron has been well-received by tour pros because it provides longer shots and a controlled trajectory,'' said Ping Chairman and CEO John A. Solheim. ''It's more forgiving and generates much faster ball speed than the 2-iron equivalent, yet it launches lower and spins far less than a comparable hybrid. The low, penetrating trajectory offers control and command, which is essential for keeping the ball under the wind, for example, or when you’re playing a hard, fast course and you want to maximize roll out.'' 

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A key attribute of the Rapture driving iron is its flat 455 stainless steel face, which improves ball velocity and promotes workability because it has no bulge and roll. The sole in the 17-4 stainless steel head locates the Center of Gravity low for optimizing launch conditions and turf interaction. 

''This club is a great option off the tee, but it's also effective in making solid contact from the ground,'' Solheim said. ''It's a versatile design.''

The Rapture's stock shaft is Ping's proprietary graphite TFC 949 with chrome PVD finish (R, S, X flexes). It is 39.75 inches in length, making it a half-inch longer than a standard 2-iron shaft. This shaft configuration, Solheim says, improves energy transfer for faster ball speeds and more distance. 

The club comes in a foggy-chrome finish, and carries a suggested retail price of $220.

 

Ping introduces Rapture driving iron
November 20, 2013 - 8:09pm
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John Holmes
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adidas climawarm+ outerwear collection
Courtesy of adidas Golf
The adidas climawarm+ outerwear collection includes a full-zip jacket, half-zip jacket and vest for men and a quarter-zip jacket and vest for women, all designed to keep golfers warm without restricting their range of motion.

When they decided to develop their new climawarm+ outwerwear collection, the designers at adidas Golf took their inspiration from a master of the cold weather: the polar bear.

Specifically, they emulated the bear's unique fur structure to develop a proprietary fabric that insulates heat generated by the golfer's body and traps it within hollow fibers to deliver sustained warmth. And by incorporating this versatile hollow fiber technology throughout the entire climawarm+ collection, they've created garments that delivera higher warmth-to-weight ratio than any previous adidas Golf outerwear. 

''The fabrication of climawarm+ allows us to provide a completely different layering option for golfers,'' said Davide Mattucci, director of global product marketing. ''We're able to pack all the warmth of a typical heavy-weight layering piece into a streamlined, technically advanced piece of equipment that is lighter in weight and also allows a full range of motion, whatever the temperature.''

The climawarm+ outerwear collection includes a full-zip jacket, half-zip jacket and vest for men and a quarter-zip jacket and vest for women, all designed to keep golfers warm without restricting their range of motion during play. They retail for between $70 and $80, and are available now.

 

adidas Golf unveils climawarm+ outerwear collection
November 15, 2013 - 12:47pm
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TaylorMade Golf
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TaylorMade Golf's new JetSpeed family of clubs.

TaylorMade today announced the release of JetSpeed, touted by the company as, "a breakthrough line of metalwoods that includes the company's first driver to feature Speed Pocket technology."

In addition, JetSpeed fairway woods and Rescue clubs combine an enhanced Speed Pocket, an extremely low-forward center of gravity (CG) location and extremely light overall weight to promote faster swing speed, clubhead speed and ball speed for more distance.

"We expect 'low and forward CG' to represent the next great innovation in metalwood performance," said Sean Toulon, Executive Vice President. "With our SLDR and JetSpeed products, we're giving golfers of all types the opportunity to increase their launch angle and reduce their spin-rate, which ultimately leads to more distance."

Initially, the Speed Pocket was designed to increase the speed at which the clubface flexes and rebounds to promote faster ball speed. TaylorMade engineers discovered that incorporating a Speed Pocket into the JetSpeed driver promotes less spin, as well as greater ball speeds on shots struck below the center of the clubface. TaylorMade reports that research suggests 72 percent of all golf shots are hit below the center of face, so the JetSpeed driver is designed to minimize the ill effects of shots struck below center.

"With most drivers, low impact generates too much spin, making the ball fly too high and land short," said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade's Senior Director of Metalwood Creation. "JetSpeed's Speed Pocket is engineered to dramatically reduce that added spin to promote more distance on that very common type of mis-hit."

The JetSpeed head features a matte black crown with a unique decal that promotes accurate face alignment at address. The matte finish also reduces glare and provides a stark contrast to the silver clubface, further making face alignment easier.

JetSpeed fairway woods and Rescue clubs each incorporate a radically redesigned Speed Pocket that's smaller and accounts for less weight, while remaining just as efficient at boosting the speed of the clubface.

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The improved Speed Pocket is filled with a polymer that keeps debris out, improving turf interaction while absorbing unwanted vibration without slowing down the clubface.

Equipped with the Matrix Velox T 49 shaft (46"), the JetSpeed driver is available in three lofts -- 9.5, 10.5 and HL (13). Loft Sleeve Technology allows golfers to easily adjust their loft +/- 1.5 degrees to find their optimal launch conditions. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is $299 per club. An upgraded TP shaft, the Matrix Velox 60, is also available for a $100 upcharge.

The stock JetSpeed fairway wood shaft is the Matrix Velox T 69 shaft. At 69 grams, it's a heavier shaft than TaylorMade has used in previous fairway wood models, which promotes better club control during the swing. Five fairway wood lofts are available: 3 wood (15 degrees), 3HL (17 degrees), 5 wood (19 degrees), 5HL (21 degrees) and 7 wood (23 degrees). Each fairway wood retails for $229.

Matrix's Velox T shaft powers the JetSpeed Rescue Clubs, with the weight determined by shaft flex: S/75 grams, R/65 grams, M/55 grams and L/45 grams. There are four lofts available: 3 (19 degrees), 4 (22 degrees), 5 (25 degrees) and 6 (28 degrees), each retailing for $199.

JetSpeed metalwoods will be available at retailers nationwide starting December 13.

For more information, visit www.taylormadegolf.com.

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TaylorMade Golf introduces JetSpeed Driver, Fairway Woods and Rescue Clubs
November 15, 2013 - 9:51am
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Cross Golf Apparel
Cross Golf Apparel
The new Pro Loft Jacket by Cross Golf Apparel is perfect for those cold-weather rounds of golf.

One of the biggest gripes for those who have to deal with frigid temperatures on the golf course this time of year -- aside from the freezing or near-freezing conditions -- is the layering of clothes required to stay warm.

Sure, it comes with the territory, but let's be honest -- golf just isn't all that much fun when you're dressed up like Ralphie's little brother in "A Christmas Story" and you can't even put your arms to your sides.

Cross Golf Apparel for men and women, may have the solution thanks to its new Pro Loft Jacket.

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Swedish-inspired Cross draws upon its heritage in the ski industry with this lightweight yet heavy-duty jacket that's perfect for a cool day on the links or other chilly outdoor activities.

The Pro Loft jacket has a water-and wind-repelling shell that keeps you dry while a PrimaLoft synthetic microfiber insulation lets perspiration release for a constant, comfortable inner climate.

The featherweight polyester ripstop stretch panels offer superb durability while increasing range of motion -- perfect for the golf swing -- while the drawstring hem adds customizable comfort.

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Best of all, it's not bulky. The Pro Loft folds into its own back pocket for added packability making it ideal for travel.

The Pro Loft men's jacket comes in black and retails for $239. For women, the Pro Loft is available in Carmine (a pink color) and also retails for $239.

For more information, visit www.crossgolfapparel.com.

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Cross Golf Apparel's Pro Loft Jacket perfect for cold-weather golf
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