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October 16, 2012 - 5:19pm
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Courtesy of Loudmouth Golf
The knickers are available in pattern ranging from "Surfin' Santas" to the Norwegian flag.

You knew this was coming -- it was just a matter of time: Loudmouth Golf has released its first collection of custom-made knickers.

"Knickers are a golf staple and our customers have been asking for them since the beginning of time," said Loudmouth Golf CEO Larry Jackson. "We finally pushed this product to market because we don't want our customers to get their knickers in a wad."

As bad as that pun is, the knickers look like a winner. After all, if you're attracted to Loudmouth's bold design palette, then you're probably the kind of guy who'll wear knickers on the course, too -- and as anyone who's been to the course lately can tell you, there's no shortage of Loudmouth wearers out there these days.

The knicker line is available in more than 40 of Loudmouth's popular patterns, ranging from "Captain Thunderbolt" to "Shamrocks" to "Dixie." They are made of 97 percent cotton and three percent Spandex, and come in waist sizes up to 60 inches.

The knickers' release comes in the wake of the unveiling of Loudmouth's first collection of windshirts. They're available in more than 20 different designs -- including, shockingly, a few solid colors -- as well as popular patterns like "Stars & Stripes" and "Oakmont Houndstooth."

They're made of 100 percent micro-polyester and are available in sizes S-3XL, and come in four different styles: V-Neck Long Sleeve, V-Neck Vest, Half Zip Long Sleeve, and Half Zip Vest.

For more information on the knickers and windshirts, visit the made-to-order section at www.LoudmouthGolf.com

 

October 15, 2012 - 12:48pm
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Pinnacle Bling golf balls
Courtesy of Pinnacle
Each sleeve in a box of Pinnacle Bling balls contains a different color of balls.

Several golf ball makers offer colored spheres these days, but the Acushnet Co.’s Pinnacle brand is taking color to a whole new level. When you buy a dozen-ball box of Pinnacle’s new Bling balls, you get four sleeves of three – and each sleeve is filled with a different color of balls.

The four shades – which Pinnacle calls High Optix colors – are orange, yellow, pink and violet, and they most definitely are high in optics.

The hues were designed by the Pinnacle research team to provide ultra-high visibility against blue and green, the colors golfers see during every round of play. The High Optix orange, pink and violet colors are brand-new additions, exclusive to Bling. High Optix yellow is also available in the brand's flagship Pinnacle Gold balls.

"Pinnacle Bling golf balls offer a unique and exciting preference option without sacrificing the extra distance and great feel that Pinnacle golf ball players rely on," said Michael Mahoney, the director of golf ball product management for Acushnet. "Bling provides the same excellent performance, quality and value of our Pinnacle Gold models but in four bright color choices."

The Bling balls utilize a high-energy core and soft cover to deliver long distance with a consistent ball flight, which is a trademark of the Pinnacle family. The Bling models feature a large, high-velocity, soft compression core wrapped in a soft ionomer cover blend with a 332 spherical icosahedral dimple design with seven different dimple sizes. This blend of attributes, says Pinnacle, gives golfers long distance on all shots as well as soft touch around the greens.

The balls are available now with a suggested retail price of $24 per dozen.

For more information, visit www.pinnaclegolf.com.

October 11, 2012 - 12:08pm
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Orlimar Montego putter
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The Montego mallet from Orlimar contains two separate alignment aids for proper stance and aiming.

Orlimar has rolled out its new Montego putter, a milled mallet with a unique 360-degree alignment and aiming system.

"The Montego will appeal to golfers of all ability levels," said Orlimar Product Development Manager Nigel Matthews. "The milled putter face provides a soft feel and visual cues not only to help the golfer align the putter head to the target but also to ensure proper positioning over the ball. Consumers who have tested the putter find the alignment technology easy to use and very effective."

To achieve proper stance and alignment, the golfer simply aligns the three-dimensional array of circles on the mallet head. The circle closest to the face is a cutout with a round inset alignment aid beneath it – looking down, the golfer centers the inset inside the cutout to ensure a proper stance over the putter.

The second circle on the head -- farthest from the face -- is a more standard alignment aid. Golfers can line it and the cutout up with the line of the putt, giving the putter both linear and spherical visual cues for proper aiming.

The Montego is a face-balanced, heel-shafted mallet constructed of 304 stainless steel with a head weight of 345 grams. The CNC milled-face putter is perimeter-weighted, comes with a loft of 3 degrees and lie of 72 degrees, and includes a 35-inch shaft.

It carries a suggested retail price of $149.99, comes in right-handed models only and is available now.

For more on Orlimar, visit www.orlimar.com.

 

October 7, 2012 - 8:03pm
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Mizuno MP-64 irons
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The Mizuno MP-64 irons are made from high-quality 1025E Pure Select steel using Mizuno's patented Grain Flow Forging Process, and feature a compact head size for additional workability and modified U-Grooves to produce proper spin for maximum playability in all conditions.

Luke Donald put a set of brand-new Mizuno MP-64 irons in his bag for the FedExCup playoffs and the Ryder Cup, and they are available to everyday golfers as well.

"Luke Donald played a crucial role in the design stage, providing valuable perspective that allowed us to create our best 'player' irons to date," said Mizuno USA Vice President and General Manager Dick Lyons. "If the feel and performance satisfy Luke, we're confident we've created an iron that is going to perform for a lot of players."

Donald, well known as one of the game’s best iron players, consulted with Mizuno’s engineers throughout the development of the MP-64 irons, which Mizuno recommends for players with handicaps ranging from 10 down to +2. He was especially instrumental in the design of the irons’ soles, making sure they would deliver consistent turf interaction for predictable trajectory.

From the sole up, the key to these high-level irons is their ability to enhance ball control. To do this, Mizuno focused on precisely controlling the vibration frequencies at the point of impact – which Mizuno calls Harmonic Impact Technology (H.I.T.), and which optimizes sound and feel through Mdal Analysis software. The irons also feature a flow cavity design that features a deeper cavity in the long irons for increased playability and a shallower cavity in the mid and short irons for enhanced control and workability.

The irons are made from high-quality 1025E Pure Select steel using Mizuno's patented Grain Flow Forging Process, and feature a compact head size for additional workability and modified U-Grooves to produce proper spin for maximum playability in all conditions. They are finished off with a double-nickel chrome coating, highlighted with a 3D forged Mizuno Runbird logo.

The MP-64s come in 3-iron through pitching wedge, and come standard with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts and Golf Pride M-31 58 Round grips. They carry a suggested retail price of $999.99 per set.

For more information, visit www.mizunousa.com.

October 4, 2012 - 12:15am
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Cleveland Golf forged RTG wedge
Courtesy of Cleveland Golf
Cleveland's new Forged RTG wedges come in an Oil Quench finish and will rust over time.

Building on the success of its popular 588 Wedge line, Cleveland Golf is rolling out its new 588 Forged RTG wedge.

The 588 Forged RTG (Raw Tour Grind) model maintains the popular shape of Cleveland's 588 Forged predecessors, but this one features a dynamic grind on the back of the sole to reduce volume there. This dynamic grind allows golfers to open the face with a lower leading edge for better contact.

Made from 1025 carbon steel, the new wedge provides a soft feel and less vibration. The precision of Cleveland’s Laser Milled technology preserves the edges of the grooves, enhances the grooves' consistency and maximizes the grooves' allowable dimensions while conforming to USGA requirements. The RTG also features a True Temper Dynamic Gold shaft, a high-flex, tour-weight shaft designed for skilled players seeking a low, penetrating ball flight for enhanced control and accuracy.

The 588 Forged RTG wedge is available in lofts of 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, and 64 degrees of loft. All lofts except 62 and 64 degrees are also available in left-handed models. They are available in an Oil Quench finish and will rust over time, and carry a listed minimum advertised price $139.99 per club.

For more information, visit: www.ClevelandGolf.com.

October 3, 2012 - 2:05am
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Camouflaged TaylorMade irons
TaylorMade Golf via Twitter
TaylorMade offered these sneak peeks at their new prototype irons with "secret badging."

If you’re a car guy like me, you love to see spy shots of new models while they’re out being tested. Oftentimes, the car companies try to disguise specific features of their future vehicles by covering them with camouflage to keep the competition guessing – and, of course, to get the fans of their brands curious about what’s coming next.

You don’t often see camouflaged golf clubs, though, but it’s not unheard of. In fact, TaylorMade had Sean O’Hair testing some prototype irons on the range at the Justin Timberlake Shriner’s Hospitals Open in Las Vegas on Tuesday, but they covered the backs of the heads with a crazy pattern a la the car companies to keep people from getting too good a look.

TaylorMade didn’t want to keep things too hush-hush, though – they took their own spy shots and posted them on Twitter. The photos give a pretty nice peek at the clubs, which have a clean, classic look and, to me, somewhat resemble TaylorMade’s Tour Preferred MB irons from a few seasons ago.

What exactly is hidden under that psychedelic pattern? We’ll likely find out sometime before the PGA Merchandise Show next January.

 

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