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September 3, 2013 - 9:51pm
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John Holmes
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Mizuno MP-54 irons
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The long and mid irons in the Mizuno MP-54 set feature a Milled Step Muscle with a cavity cut into them to help provide extra forgiveness and a higher ball flight.

Many players get into golf by playing game-improvement irons and, sure enough, their games improve. Then what?

That was the question Mizuno's designers and engineers asked themselves. Their answer: the new MP-54 irons, the follow-up to Mizuno's MP-53 set.

"Over the past several years, Mizuno's MP iron category has expanded to a point where consumers expect a 'player' iron look and feel with the forgiveness of today's technologically advanced equipment," said Vice President of Product Management Chuck Couch of the challenge Mizuno faced.

The MP-54s are created for better players – those with handicaps from scratch up to about 12 – who want a bit more forgiveness than classic blades provide. At various stages of development and testing, Mizuno staff players including Luke Donald, Charles Howell III and Jonathan Byrd provided their feedback.

What makes them unique is the ''Milled Step Muscle'' in the 3-iron through 7-iron. As is the case with many Mizuno clubs, each MP-54 is forged from mild carbon steel, and the 3- through 7-irons feature a thick muscleback with a 4-millimeter-wide slot. 

This Milled Step Muscle allowed the engineers to reposition the removed weight around the head's perimeter, which increases stability on off-center hits. It also creates a deeper center of gravity for more forgiveness and a higher ball flight, all while maintaining the necessary heft behind the ball to deliver a solid impact. 

The scoring irons – 8-iron down through pitching wedge – don't have the slot. Instead, they feature Mizuno's Solid Muscle Design – essentially, a solid clubhead, thicker in its bottom half, to improve playability. Those attributes also are enhanced by a perimeter grind on both the heel and toe, and the clubs feature Harmonic Impact Technology (H.I.T.), in which Mizuno's engineers tune the clubhead design to maximize feel and feedback.

By comparison, Mizuno says the MP-54 clubheads will be about the same size as the MP-53s, but will offer a more heavily beveled sole for cleaner turf interaction. And, of course, the cavity cut into the MP-54s gives them a lower center of gravity than the MP-53s.

The MP-54s will be available at retail on Sept. 9 in both right-handed and left-handed models, and will carry a suggested retail price of $999.99. They come outfitted with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts and Golf Pride M-31 58 round grips, though a variety of custom shafts and grips also are available. Custom set make-ups also can be assembled from in mixed or combo sets or with MP-H4 long irons.

For more information, visit www.mizunogolf.com.

 

Mizuno MP-54 irons feature 'Step Muscle' design
September 2, 2013 - 8:31pm
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T.J. Auclair
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COBRA Golf
COBRA Golf
The Tour Trusty is made of Cast 8620 Carbon Steel and available in a Tour Matte Satin and Tour Matte Black PVD finish.
COBRA Golf has introduced a new family of performance wedges under its Trusty line set for release on October 1.
 
Here's the announcement from COBRA:
 
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tour inspired performance, look and feel combine in the new Tour Trusty product line to create a new family of wedges designed by COBRA Golf in conjunction with Tour pros. Featuring COBRA’s Tour notch K-Grind, a Tour preferred shape and Variable Feed Rate Milling, Tour Trusty wedges are designed for precision wedge play and shot versatility.
 
“Our Research & Development team worked tirelessly with our Tour athletes like Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter, Lexi Thompson and Jonas Blixt to create the Tour Trusty wedge,” commented Tom Preece, Vice President of Research & Development. “With their input and our research and technology, we have developed a true performance wedge that will perform in the toughest conditions.”
 
The non-offset compact shaping delivers excellent alignment at address and the groove edges and volume have been maximized to the USGA allowable limit. COBRA’s new Tour notch K-GrindTM provides heel and toe relief for Tour-trusted versatility around the greens. This combination allows golfers to hone in around the green for optimized shot making.
 
COBRA’s proprietary Variable Feed Rate milling consists of two depths of cut to maximize spin on even the shortest of shots. The Tour Trusty has double the amount of surface roughness than the Trusty Rusty and new, wider grooves to provide maximum spin so golfers can stop the trickiest of shots around the green. Adding to that, the Tour Trusty has a straighter leading edge and new, wider grooves for improved spin.
 
The Tour Trusty is made of Cast 8620 Carbon Steel and available in a Tour Matte Satin and Tour Matte Black PVD finish. This does more than just make a great looking wedge – it provides excellent feel and reduces glare for the golfer.
 
The Tour Trusty (MAP $119) will be available in 11 loft/bounce options in both right and left handed models (48.08°, 50.08°, 52.08°, 54.10°, 56.12°, 56.08°, 58.08°, 60.10°, 60.06°, 62.08° and 64.08°). All options will be available in a Tour Matte Satin or Tour Matte Black PVD finish with a True Temper Dynamic Golf S200 shaft and Golf Pride® New Decade MultiCompound Whiteout grip.
 
The Tour Trusty will be available at golf retailers on October 1, 2013. To find an authorized COBRA dealer near you, visit http://cobragolf.com/dealer-locator
 
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COBRA's Tour Trusty wedge offers precision play, shot versatility
August 30, 2013 - 6:07pm
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TaylorMade Ghost Series putters
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The Daytona 12 (upper left), Maranello 81 (upper right), Monte Carlo 12 (lower left) and Sebring 62 (lower right) illustrated several of the different head shapes in the new Ghost Tour Series of putters from TaylorMade Golf.

After making a splash with new counter-weighted, high-MOI putters like the Ghost Spider S and Daddy Long Legs earlier this year, TaylorMade Golf is rolling out a new collection of Ghost Tour Series putters for golfers who prefer traditional shapes and weighting.

The new ensemble includes three blade-style putters – the Daytona 12, Daytona 62 and Sebring 62 – along with four mallets – the Maranello 81, Fontana 72, Monte Carlo 12 and Corza 72. As you can easily see, many of these putters join the long list of TaylorMade putters named for prominent race tracks around the world.

''We spent a full year perfecting every detail on our Ghost Tour putters, making each one a thing of beauty, elegance and excellence,'' said Brian Bazzel, TaylorMade's director of iron, wedge and putter development. ''Golfers will be blown away when they set each of these putters down for the first time, and again when they experience the performance.''

The new putters feature a black ion plating on the sole as well as a coat of durable white paint to provide contrast against the green. Black parallel lines on the trailing edge form the first- and second-read alignment system to further aid in alignment. 

Each new flatstick includes a multi-material 8020 PureRoll insert (80 percent Surlyn and 20 percent aluminum) to promote smooth roll, distance control and enhanced feel. Each model also features a rubber TaylorMade grip and a stepless chrome shaft – and, for the first time, golfers can upgrade to the same shaft in matte black finish that some PGA Tour players use to help reduce glare.

The Ghost Tour Series putters are priced at $149 each, with the optional matte black shaft going for an extra $40. They come in lengths of 33, 34 and 35 inches, and will be available at retail on Sept. 1 (except for the Corza 72 model, which will be out in November).

For more information, visit www.taylormadegolf.com.

 

TaylorMade unveils Ghost Tour Series putters
August 28, 2013 - 12:12pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Swingbyte
Swingbyte
The Swingbyte device and app gives users instant feedback on swings.
We're always excited around here when we find products that can help you improve your game.
 
In that spirit, we've stumbled across a product and app called "Swingbyte." Swingbyte is an innovative, easy-to-use, sensor and app-based technology designed to improve your golf swing faster and we think it's a great complement to your lessons with a PGA Professional.
 
The Swingbyte device weighs less than one ounce, is about the size of your little finger and clips to your golf clubs shaft just below the grip. The device connects via Bluetooth to iOS and Android devices. It can be used on any club in your bag. 
 
The Swingbyte provides instant, accurate swing feedback with an intuitive user interface and interactive 3D swing graphics. You can also auto-trim and video sync to your Swingbyte data.
 
Here is how the simple operation of a Swingbyte works:
 
STEP 1: Attach the lightweight Swingbyte 2 sensor to any golf club below the grip -- driver through putter.
 
STEP 2: Swing. Vibration of impact registers and sends that data wirelessly to your app for viewing.
 
STEP 3: Analyze. Review full 3-D rendering of your swing and swing data (like clubhead speed, clubface and club path angles) on your mobile device.
 
The Swingbyte retails for $149. You can find more information at www.swingbyte.com.
 
 
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Swingbyte device and app make for a great game-improving tool
August 26, 2013 - 4:03pm
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John Holmes
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Datrek Lite Rider golf bag
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The Datrek Lite Rider cart bag has seven pockets that are all easily accessible when the bag is on a cart.

One of the hottest recent trends in golf equipment is the rising popularity of putters with oversized grips. Datrek Golf has responded to this development in its new Lite Rider bag, which contains an expanded putter well designed to handle those extra-big grips.

The Lite Rider, part of Datrek's 2014 line-up, is designated as a cart bag. But as it weighs in at a mere 4.7 pounds, it could easily double as a carry bag. And as we've come to expect from Datrek, it also includes a 14-way organizer top and the IDS (Individual Divider System) to keep your clubs from banging around while the bag's in motion.

Made of durable nylon fabric, the Lite Rider has seven pockets that are all easily accessible when the bag is on a cart. The pockets include two oversized apparel pockets, a large ball pocket, a fleece-lined valuable pocket and an oversized insulated cooler pocket.  

The Lite Rider has two soft-grip lift assist handles for easier loading and carrying, along with a Velcro glove holder and holders for tees, a divot tool, a pen and an umbrella. The bag's bottom has rubberized feet for added stability on a riding or push cart.

The Lite Rider is available in seven color combinations: white/black, white/red, black/charcoal, black/red, black/royal and charcoal/pink and navy/lime. The suggested retail is $169.95 and it will be available in golf shops and golf specialty stores on Oct. 15.

 

Datrek Lite Rider bag can handle oversized putter grips
August 23, 2013 - 7:21pm
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Kenny Perry's Adams Golf driver
Courtesy of Adams Golf
Kenny Perry's Adams Super LS driver was reassembled by Adams Golf technician Scott Kraul.

The life of a tour pro might sound glamorous, but if you follow some of them on social media you quickly realize that they endure the same hassles as the rest of us (except for those lucky dogs who fly private all the time). Flight delays, cancellations and lost luggage happen to most of them at some point and, as is often the case, these problems always seem to happen at the worst possible times.

Mostly, the inconveniences are just that – inconvenient. Occasionally, though, they become truly problematic. That's the situation Kenny Perry finds himself in this week. He and his luggage made it from central New York to Seattle for the Boeing Classic, but somewhere along the way the shaft of his Adams driver was snapped right where the hosel meets the head.

This wasn't just any driver, either – it's ''the one I won all of my tournaments with this year,'' Perry told The Seattle Times after he discovered the broken big stick in his bag. ''It broke the head right off the shaft.''

Perry was upset, needless to say, in large part because he attributes much of his success this season to his driving prowess. And he has been quite successful – he won two senior majors – the U.S. Senior Open and the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in back-to-back starts. He's amassed nine top-10 finishes in 13 starts this season, and is dominating the Charles Schwab Cup points list.

Adams Golf technicians on-site at TPC Snoqualmie were able to get Perry squared away, reshafting his Super LS 10.5-degree driver with a UST Mamiya VTS silver 60g X flex shaft. Now, it's up to Perry to get the confidence in his driving game back.

''I've been bombing it,'' Perry told the newspaper. ''I've been taking advantage of all the short holes and the par 5s. But that's the only driver I've used all year.''

The irony in this situation is that Perry, like many Adams staff players, is sponsored by Southwest Airlines. His clubs were in a Southwest Airlines-festooned bag – and the big break occurred while Perry was flying Delta.

 

Kenny Perry finds that driving and flying don't mix
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