With the U.S. Open coming up fast, Cobra has unveiled plans to release a limited edition of its AMP Cell Pro driver decked out in red, white and blue.
The tri-colored drivers will be available on June 1, but only 600 will be made. Each will be marked with a '1 of 600' decal on the sole for authenticity.
''We love driving excitement around our brand with limited edition products,'' said Cobra Director of Product Marketing Jose Miraflor. ''The golfing community is so patriotic, especially around the U.S. Open. We felt it was the perfect time to introduce a limited edition color to our AMP Cell Pro Driver line.''
The patriotic powersticks will come complete with all the features found in the regular AMP Cell Pro drivers – most significantly Cobra's MyFly Technology, which allows golfers to optimize their distance and trajectory by selecting among several lofts with a simple wrench.
Cobra's E9 Face Technology with dual roll provides an elliptical face shape with a canted bulge and roll that improves both distance and accuracy on mis-hits from heel to toe and above and below the centerline. Advanced Material Placement and Cell technology work together to enable a 12 percent larger face for faster ball speeds and more stability, even on mis-hits.
The Cell band, which wraps around the crown, shows golfers where the bulk of the head's weight is distributed and helps position the Center of Gravity for the kind of ball flight low handicappers prefer.
The red, white and blue driver is available in Stiff and Regular flexes and features an Aldila RIP Phenom shaft. The grip, headcover and even the wrench match the head's patriotic color scheme. The driver carries a suggested retail price of $499.
Designed from the grip down, the new Verdana line is the lightest women's set Nike Golf has ever produced.
Nike describes the Verdana set as a "total game solution" that includes 11 clubs: a driver, 3-wood, three hybrids, 7-iron through pitching wedge, sand wedge and putter, along with a matching carry bag. This full-set design takes distance gapping, trajectory and spin profiles into account, producing a set engineered just for women.
"The set was designed specifically for female athletes looking to maximize distance and control," said Tom Stites, Nike's director of club product creation. "With this ultralight set, slower swing speeds can now gain more distance without sacrificing control the course demands."
The Verdana driver features a full-sized 460cc head with additional loft for higher trajectory. The 18-degree 3-wood features a low center of gravity in a large-breadth profile for more forgiveness and easier ball striking.
The hybrids – a 4-hybrid with 24 degrees of loft, a 5-hybrid with 27 degrees of loft and a 6-hybrid with 30-degrees of loft – feature wide soles and deeper iron-like faces with a slight offset. These characteristics, Nike explains, allow more forgiveness from a variety of angles and lies.
The irons and wedges include a wider sole design and larger face profiles to help improve contact. The faces also are of variable thickness, which helps to improve shots even when mis-hit. And the Verdana putter is a classically shaped blade with a 33-inch shaft.
The Nike Verdana carry bag boasts a lightweight ergonomic design for ease of use, even weight distribution and improved comfort. The bag is designed to be used on a cart but includes a stand and dual straps for easy carrying.
The clubs are available in standard and petite (minus 1 inch) lengths, and are available now. They carry a street price of $899.99 per set.
Few people tinker with their games more than Padraig Harrington – this is the guy, after all, who won three majors and then decided to rebuild his swing. And this year, of course, he has begun to wear eyeglasses on the course.
On Thursday, though, Harrington did something few would have expected – he used a long putter in the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship.
Why is this a big deal? Here's the scoop from Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press:
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