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September 27, 2012 - 12:40am
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Cobra AMP Cell driver line
Courtesy of Cobra Golf
The new AMP Cell drivers from Cobra will come in a variety of splashy colors, and feature a Cell band that wraps around the clubhead.

Heads up, Rickie Fowler! Cobra Golf is rolling out its new AMP Cell line of drivers -- the AMP Cell, AMP Cell Offset and AMP Cell Pro. These big sticks feature Cobra's new MyFly technology, which allows golfers to select from six different loft and trajectory settings depending on factors ranging from their swing to the weather to course conditions.

And, of course, they couldn't be contemporary Cobra clubs unless they're as colorful as they are adjustable – and so they come in four eye-popping shades: Silver, Directoire Blue, Barbados Red and Vibrant Orange for the AMP Cell, and Vibrant Orange and Silver for the Pro model. The clubs' soles boast a curved Cell band in the featured color, while the crown color is solid. The Offset model is Revolver Grey with hints of Barbados Red.

Using a wrench, golfers can adjust the AMP Cell and Offset drivers to 8.5 degrees, 9.5 degrees, 9.5 degrees Draw, 10.5 degrees Draw and 11.5 degrees. The AMP Cell Pro, designed for players with faster swing speeds, can be adjusted to 7.5, 8.5, 8.5 Fade, 9.5, 9.5 Fade and 10.5 degrees. All versions utilize Cobra's proprietary SmartPad technology to deliver a square face at address regardless of the loft setting and still allow the face to be slightly open or closed as desired.

This MyFly adjustability is Cobra's next step up from the Adjustable Flight Technology found in current drivers such as the ZL Encore. That allows golfers to select from three different face angle settings (Closed, Neutral and Open).

These new drivers also contain Cobra's E9 Face Technology with dual roll, which is found in current models including the AMP and ZL Encore. This gives the clubface a 12 percent larger, elliptical sweet spot that improves distance and accuracy on mis-hits from heel to toe and above and below the centerline.

At Cobra, AMP stands for Advanced Material Placement, which is the company's way of thinning the clubhead walls and redistributing up to 15 grams of mass deep and back in the head, while Cell technology saves and redistributes weight to the Cell band that wraps around the clubhead to the crown. This band also shows the golfer where the weight is distributed.

The AMP Cell Driver has its Center of Gravity optimized for low-mid handicap players, while the AMP Cell Pro uses a lower, more neutral Center of Gravity position for better players. The AMP Cell Offset has a heel-biased Center of Gravity to help correct slices.

The AMP Cell carries a suggested retail price of $299 and will be available in both right- and left-handed models. It comes in Stiff, Regular and Lite flexes and features a Fujikura Fuel shaft (60g S and R, 55g L and 45.75-inch length) and a 460cc head. The Pro model carries a suggested retail price of $399, and comes in right- and left-handed models with a MRC Kurokage shaft (65g and 45.25-inch length) and a 440cc head. The Offset, whch retails for $249, will be available in a 10.5-degree loft in Stiff, Regular or Lite flexes for both right-hand and left-hand models, as well as a right-hand, 11.5-degree model in either Regular or Lite flexes.

These drivers will be available at retail on Feb. 8, 2013.

Also coming out early next year are AMP Cell fairway clubs and hybrids, also containing Cobra’s MyFly adjustability. The fairways will be available in a 3-4 model and a 5-7 model that can be adjusted to eight different lofts. The hybrids will come in 2-3, 3-4 and 4-5 models that can be adjusted to 10 different lofts.

This, says Cobra, will give golfers a never-before-seen ability to effectively dial in distance gaps and manage trajectories for their individual long-game needs, as well as turf and weather conditions. These clubs will come in the same colors as the AMP Cell driver, so golfers can create a matched set or a personalized, mixed look.

The fairway clubs will carry a suggested retail price of $219 per club, and will come in right- and left-handed models with MyFly technology in 3-4W and 5-7W models. The 3-4W model allows golfers to adjust between 13 degrees, 14 degrees, 14 degree Draw, 15 degrees, 15 degree Draw and 16 degrees while the 5-7W model adjusts between 17, 18, 18 Draw, 19, 19 Draw and 20-degree models.

The hybrids will carry a suggested retail price of $199 per club, and will come in both right- and left-handed models with MyFly technology in 2/3H, 3/4H and 4/5H models. The 2/3H model adjusts between 16 degrees, 17, 17 Draw, 18, 18 Draw and 19 degrees, while the 3/4H model adjusts between 19 degrees, 20, 20 Draw, 21, 21 Draw and 22 degrees. And the 4/5H model adjusts between 22, 23, 23 Draw, 24, 24 Draw and 25 degrees.

And rounding out the new line will be the AMP Cell Irons, which feature a metalwood face-weld construction, E9 Face Technology and AMP Cell technology as well as a V-Skid sole design, vibration management system and speed channel to help provide enhanced distance, forgiveness and accuracy.

The AMP Cell 4- through 7-irons feature a metalwood construction with a thin, high-strength steel face that is welded to a softer 431 stainless steel body. This optimizes the irons, says Cobra, and helps to generate faster ball speeds for improved distance and forgiveness. The clubs also contain E9 Face Technology to optimize the performance of each individual iron and improve distance, feel and forgiveness based on golfers’ most common impact patterns.

The internal cell weighting in the AMP Cell irons enables precise Center of Gravity placement, while the V-Skid sole combines a higher-bounce leading edge with heel-toe relief, resulting in a sole that is versatile for better players, yet forgiving for mid- and higher-handicappers. This works with the vibration management system to reduce unwanted vibration and sound for exceptional feel.

Just like the AMP Cell drivers, fairways and hybrids, golfers will have a choice in color when selecting their irons. While silver will be the stock option, AMP Cell Irons with Vibrant Orange, Directoire Blue or Barbados Red details also will be available.

The new irons (3-iron through lob wedge) will come in right- and left-handed models in both steel and graphite shafts. Eight-piece sets (4-iron through gap wedge) will carry a street price of $699 for the steel set and $899 for the graphite set. The steel irons will feature True Temper Dynalite 90 shafts and the graphite irons will use Cobra MRC AMP Cell shafts. All irons will feature Lamkin REL .600 grips designed specifically for them.

September 25, 2012 - 11:13pm
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Feel Golf 73-degree wedge
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The 73-degree wedge from Feel Golf allows players to hit a very high, soft-landing shot with ease.

What does Feel Golf have in common with Apple? Both sold out of their most recent offering in almost no time.

For boutique clubmaker Feel Golf, the hot product is its new 73-degree wedge. Feel launched the wedge (which comes in USGA conforming and non-conforming editions) about a week ago, and they proved so popular that they’re already sold out.

"This is the biggest rush order Feel Golf has seen since first introducing the original non-conforming shot-saving wedge," said Feel Golf CEO and PGA Professional Lee Miller. "Both conforming and non-conforming 73-degree wedges are on back order and are scheduled to arrive around the end of October."

The new model is the latest revelation from Feel Golf, which introduced a 64-degree wedge in the early 1990s. That club was thought to be too extreme at the time, says Feel Golf, but many players – most famously Phil Mickelson -- now regularly use 64-degree wedges. These clubs, though, might be better suited for mid- to high-handicap players who lack confidence with nuanced shots close to the green.

"The 73-degree wedge allows players to hit a very high, soft-landing shot with ease from 50 yards in," said Miller. "Just like the 64-degree wedge, our 73-degree wedge allows the golfer to take their full swing, which is a golfer's most repeatable swing, and simply aim it right at the pin."

Feel Golf's 73-degree wedge helps eliminate most of the short-game guesswork of open stances, open faces and half swings, company officials say. One of the most common problems for recreational players is that they lack the touch and confidence to fully commit to the shot, they explain, so they decelerate, producing inconsistent results.

"With good rhythm, players can take a full swing with the 73-degree wedge," said Miller. The wedge glides through the ball, landing very softly from a tight lie or a bunker making it easier to score just like the pros."

For more information, visit www.feelwedges.com.

September 25, 2012 - 12:51am
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SkyCaddie Breeze rangefinder
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The Skycaddie Breeze offers a variety of different displays of scorecards and yardages, among its many features.

SkyGolf bills its new SkyCaddie Breeze as the simplest rangefinder in golf, not to mention its least expensive. The Breeze delivers a virtual sprinkler head, says SkyGolf -- offering golfers front, middle and back-of-the-green distances from anywhere on the course without touching a button or even aiming the device.

The Breeze comes preloaded and is hands-free from the parking lot to the 18th green, and yardages are displayed in big, easy-to-read numbers on a 3-inch, sunlight-readable display. Its features include: Auto Course (finds and loads a course automatically); Auto Hole Advance (advances to the next hole automatically); and Auto Distance (yardages update every second without aiming).

Golfers also can measure any shot, knowing the exact distance they hit their clubs, while enjoying digital scoring at their choosing and much more. And with a turn of the wrist, they can view a jumbo screen with a large number to the green or see their scorecard in landscape orientation.

"The new Breeze addresses the needs of a large segment of golfers who are looking for simplicity and accuracy at a price unmatched in the industry," said SkyGolf CEO Richard Edmonson. "Even more exciting is the Breeze is also upgradable to provide many other game-saving course features and applications that help golfers play even better as their needs and their games grow. This will enable Breeze owners to customize their SkyCaddie to meet their unique needs as golfers without buying a new device or buy features they would not use."

Breeze owners seeking more advanced features such as HoleVue, IntelliGreen, RangeVue and PinPoint can add them via a series of optional upgrade packs and membership choices.

The Breeze carries a suggested retail price of $229.95, and for the remainder of 2012 buyers will receive $250 in Hotel Savings Bucks, which may be used to for savings of up to 40 percent off the guaranteed lowest rate available at more than 15,000 hotel properties worldwide. In addition, members can earn SkyRewards Points and other discounts, and can reduce the price even more by taking advantage of the SkyGolf Trade-In program.

For more information, visit www.skycaddie.com.

September 23, 2012 - 11:47pm
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Courtesy of Club Glove
The Last Bag XL (left) can accomodate nearly any tour golf bag, while the TRS Ballistic Check-in XL features five packing modules.

The U.S. Ryder Cup team is jetting into Chicago with its clothes, equipment and accessories packed neatly in Club Glove travel bags that you too can buy for your golf vacations.

For their sticks, the Ryder Cup players are using the Last Bag XL club bag. The Last Bag XL is the No. 1 golf travel bag brand at all PGA Tour and Champions Tour events, says Club Glove, and it is complemented by the Stiff Arm Device, a fully adjustable, three-piece telescoping crutch that is slightly longer than the longest club in the bag, protecting clubs and shafts while nearly eliminating all risk of breakage.

The Last Bag XL weighs in at 11.2 pounds and stands 55 inches tall, 22 inches wide and 19 inches deep to accomodate nearly any golf bag and up to a 48-inch driver plus room for gear and accessories. Its single-piece, burst-proof Invista Cordura 1000 D water-resistant nylon is up to three times stronger than standard polyester and lasts up to five times longer than standard polyester. It also contains in-line skate wheels and bearings for smooth and quiet transport, an over-the-top zipper for easy loading, and two exterior shoe/storage pockets with nylon shoe bags.

It comes in 16 different colors, carries a suggested retail price of $329, and can be customized with a name or initials for an additional $20.

For their clothes, the players are using the TRS Ballistic Check-in XL, which features five packing modules to help keep its content wrinkle-free and organized. Extremely functional and durable, the bag is woven with military-spec Invista Cordura 1050 denier Ballistic nylon fabric that offers up to twice the abrasion resistance and up to four times the tear resistance of other premium brands. It stands 31 inches tall, 15 inches wide and 12 inches deep, and weighs 13.8 pounds.

The Check-in XL retails for $799, and is part of a multi-piece TRS Ballistic line that also includes the Backpack ($349), Shoulder Bag ($349), Carry-on ($699) and Check-in ($750).

This marks the eighth time that Club Glove has in some capacity outfitted the U.S. team for the Ryder Cup. The company – whose travel gear is used by more than 90 percent of PGA Tour players, according to the Darrell Survey -- created custom, personalized versions of its bags for each Ryder Cup player.

When used as a set, travelers can take advantage of Club Glove's patent-pending Train Reaction system. This allows users to quickly and easily connect bags and reduces the amount of effort needed to pull or push them by creating a perfect center of gravity and weightless feel.

For more information, visit www.clubglove.com.

 

September 20, 2012 - 7:51pm
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Ryder Cup towels
Courtesy of Devant Sports Towel
Official Ryder Cup towels look great hanging on the wall and work great hanging on your golf bag.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be playing in the Ryder Cup next week or anytime soon. But we can have a little bit of the Ryder Cup with us out on the course (or hanging up in our offices) with either of a couple of sporty Ryder Cup-themed towels from Devant.

The Official 2012 Commemorative Artwork towel showcases the Medinah clubhouse in a brilliantly colored image created by famed sports artist LeRoy Nieman that is also featured on posters, prints and other products. The graphics are applied with Devant’s patented Hi-Def digital technology, which allows Devant to reproduce the detailed artwork while keeping the towel soft and ready to use. Made from a cotton-polyester blend, it measures 16-by-24 inches and retails for $24.95.

If you’d rather have a towel with the Ryder Cup logo, there is one that features the logo with "Medinah 2012" in the background. Like the clubhouse towel, this one measures 16-by-24 inches, is made of cotton-polyester blend and features graphics applied in such a way as to make the image especially sharp while keeping the towel soft and functional. This one retails for $19.95.

 

 

September 19, 2012 - 12:27am
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GoBe Golf shoes
Courtesy of GoBe Golf
The men's line of GoBe shoes includes three models (top), while the Elite model (lower right) is for women. All the shoes feature GoBe's unique stars and stripes traction pattern (lower left).

No one spends more time out on the golf course – teaching, working, and sometimes even playing – than PGA Professionals. So it’s no surprise to hear that PGA Professionals are involved in creating one of the most innovative new lines of shoes in golf.

GoBe Golf, a boutique footwear company based in Austin, Minn., was founded for the sole purpose of making the best shoes for playing golf. The shoes – there are both men’s and women’s lines -- are built from the ground up using innovative materials derived from advanced footwear technology to provide better traction, comfort and support for golfers, both on the course and off.

The most striking feature of GoBe’s shoes is their patent-pending Talon tread sole design, which uses a molded five-point star traction pattern to provide grip throughout the swing. The points of the stars grip the grass, creating superior traction without damaging the turf. The stars are strategically spaced to keep dirt and debris from building up, and the sole's non-slip stripes complement the star treads to stabilize the golfer during the powerful motion of the swing.

"The technology behind GoBe's five-point star tread elevates the golf shoe so it is a part of a golfer's performance equipment," said GoBe Golf President Joe Allen. "The stars are a terrific breakthrough in tread design because the five points on the stars can really grip the grass without creating the pressure points traditional cleats cause, which tire feet.

"The traction stripes are placed right where your feet need the most support during the swing to keep from sliding; it's added insurance against slippage," he explained. "The confidence you get from those traction points will make a big difference in the power of your swing."

The shoes – there are three men’s models and two women’s models – feature a PurTEC upper that is designed to be roughly 20 times more water resistant than treated leather. It breathes, keeps its color and shape, resists stains and is extremely durable in hot or wet conditions.

Inside the shoes is a GoBe Dry liner that has a patent-pending interior moisture management system with drainage channels, aeration holes at flex points and notches above the toe area to drain perspiration away from feet. The moisture-wicking fiber lining also aerates, and has anti-microbial and anti-odor properties to keep feet cool, dry and fresh. And to extend the life of their shoes, customers can order an additional pair of shoe liners at no charge.

The men’s shoes carry a suggested retail of $159 and the women’s shoes carry a suggested retail of $139. They come with a two-year warranty and will be sold only through high-end resorts, golf course pro shops, and online at www.gobegolf.com.

 

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