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September 13, 2012 - 3:11pm
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John Holmes
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Miura Golf KM-007 mallet putter
Courtesy of Miura Golf
Miura Golf's new KM-007 mallet was designed to provide a soft, authoritative feel in a non-glare, milled finish.

Miura Golf, one of Japan’s leading clubmakers, has added a fourth design to its KM collection of quality forged putters.

The KM-007, (KM stands for company founder and chief designer Katsuhiro Miura) begins as all Miura putters do, with a billet of fine low-carbon steel. Once forged into the proper raw shape, the KM-007 mallet is CNC (computer-numeric controlled) milled into an elegant form.

"Mr. Miura was looking at our putters, and felt we needed to take care of mallet players too," said Miura Golf President Adam Barr. "He came up with this design as a way to fit their eye while offering a soft, authoritative feel in a non-glare, milled finish. Miura-san understands that putting is very personal, and that a handsome look is as important as a solid feel. He didn't release this design until he was sure he had met both high standards."

The KM-007 offers a more face-balanced option within the Miura KM putter line. The KM-350, a heel-shafted model that is relatively short heel-to-toe, appeals to players with more of a fan-shaped putting stroke. The KM-005 (350g head weight) and KM-006 (370g), whose shaft intersection point is closer to the center of the putter face, are "quarter-hang" models balanced mostly for back-and-through swingers.

The suggested retail price of the KM-007 is $450.

For more information, visit www.miuragolf.com

September 11, 2012 - 1:04pm
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T.J. Auclair
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A|U|R
A|U|R
Here's a look at the A|U|R 2013 women's Stormpack jacket.

 

"A|U|R" -- which stands for "All that you Are" -- is a young, quality, golf apparel collection, with great success in the U.S. and Canada, and is being introduced in Europe for Spring 2013. AUR has a modern fit for the golfer/athlete who wants performance clothing with a distinct look. For Spring 2013 -- yes, they're already fast at work for next year's offerings -- AUR will now include the Stormpack outerwear line. 
 
"We are delighted to present our Spring 2013 collection and are confident that this is the finest collection in the history of AUR, presenting a very tech-driven and fashionable offering," says Mark Fletcher. "They've got a great look and hand feel, and the overall styling is a bit more European-influenced than what U.S. buyers might be familiar with, but at a much more reasonable price and with a more relevant, current fit. Our customers get great value for the fashion and quality we offer; our products are very fashion-forward for the price point. We have had an incredibly good presence on Tour in the past year with some of our Players finishing in the top 4 at several tournaments and we were able to get some great feedback on our line from Tour players to bring the best style and performance to golf."
 
AUR offers the consumer three distinct categories including AUR Active, AUR Authentic and AUR Aware and now includes the AUR Stormpack outerwear line. 
 
The Spring 2013 color palette for men features basic must-haves in a myriad of colors that all merchandise back to the men's fashion collections. An assortment of cool grays and black mixed with additional bright blasts of color: Pool, Crimson and Slate are the highlight colors for Men. For women, distinctive style, fine quality and an aura of sophistication lends itself nicely to a golf collection that is current and on-the-ball. Fashion driven Sweet Praline features a stylish Geo print paired with classic plaid bottoms. Pretty in Pink features Passion Pink with subtle grey accents to provide a sporty, fun look. Purple Haze is all about bright trendy colors. Wisteria and Emerald green are base for this group with a cool diamond inspired print. 
 
For the men's AUR apparel the price range for polos is $38 to $65, sweaters - $50 to $110, shorts and pants - $45 to $90. Pricing for women's apparel is $38 to $65 for polos, $50 to $110 for sweaters and $70 to $90 for fashion bottoms.  The Stormpack collection price range is $80 to $110.
 
AUR is owned by The Fletcher Leisure Group of Canada. Fletcher Leisure Group, based in Montreal, Quebec, is a company with 43 years of golf industry experience marketing multiple brands in Canada and the United States and in Europe. 
                                                            
September 10, 2012 - 11:16pm
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John Holmes
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ProQuip Trophy Suit
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The Trophy Suit from ProQuip gives the public a version of the weatherwear to be worn by the European Ryder Cup squad.

Golf outerwear maker ProQuip has supplied more Ryder Cup teams -- European and American -- than any other clothing manufacturer, and its new Trophy Suit is made from the same high-performance fabric technology developed for the 2012 European Ryder Cup Team rain suit.

The new garment will go on sale Sept. 25 – the beginning of Ryder Cup Week -- giving the golfing public a version of the weatherwear to be worn by Captain José María Olazábal and his squad.

The slim-fit suit, which features an exclusive ultra-lightweight waterproof fabric with high-performance breathability, offers athletic freedom of movement with comfort and protection in all conditions. The distinctive fabric is also crease-free, so it continues to look good even after being stored in a golf bag.

"We know from the experience of the 2010 Ryder Cup that the weather can be a factor and that keeping players dry and comfortable and enabling them to perform at their best is imperative," said ProQuip USA CEO Peter Dalton. "That's why the design team has pulled out all the stops to develop this world-class technical fabric, which has been rigorously tested to create what we believe is our best ever rain suit.

The Trophy Suit jacket is available in an array of colors and sizes (S-XXXL) with matching black trousers and, like all ProQuip rain suits, is guaranteed for three years. The suggested retail price is $400 for the jacket and $300 for the trousers.

For more information, visit www.proquipgolfusa.com.

September 8, 2012 - 10:32pm
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John Holmes
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Nike Lunar Bandon golf shoes
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The Nike Lunar Bandon is a high-top golf shoe with low-profile traction elements on the sole.

Nike Golf created its newest golf shoe, the Lunar Bandon, to be what the company calls the ultimate mudder. 

"You have outerwear, all-weather gloves, and covers for your golf bag," said Nike Golf Footwear Product Director Lee Walker. "We wanted to complement that with a shoe that works with the rest of your gear to protect while it performs."

Nike’s footwear designers recognized that no traditional low-profile golf shoe could be truly waterproof as long as water could enter it over the collar. So they crafted a higher silhouette to work in concert with rain pants, creating the ultimate waterproof protection in a shoe that looks more like a hiking boot than normal golf footwear.

This uniquely styled waterproof upper boasts seam-sealed construction that is designed to help keep water out and feet dry. A booty tongue construction catches any water that could breach the upper when golfers are putting on the shoes, keeping feet as dry as possible.

A bright, asymmetrical zipper across the top of the shoe provides a waterproof shield without adding pressure to the foot. And speed lacing with an easy-to-use toggle simplifies the fastening process and a notched-out heel maximizes comfort for walking and bending to read putts.

Underneath, Nike’s Integrated Traction on the outsole is engineered to help eliminate clogging and increase ground contact. This level of traction keeps a lower profile and provides more stability. And Nike’s Lunarlon cushioning in the heel helps provide lightweight comfort and increased ground-feel.

"In some climates, if you waited for fair weather days, you wouldn't have many options to get out and play," said Walker. "In the Lunar Bandon, golfers have a shoe that allows them to practice and play in any condition."

The Nike Lunar Bandon will be available at retail on Oct. 1, and will carry a suggested retail price of $180 per pair.

September 6, 2012 - 8:29pm
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John Holmes
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Cobra Baffler Hybrid Iron Combo set
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The Baffler Hybrid Iron Combo set from Cobra Golf is available in right- and left-handed models with steel-shafted irons and graphite-shafted hybrids as well as graphite-shafted hybrids and irons.

Just ahead of its 40th anniversary, Cobra Golf is launching its new Baffler Hybrid Irons and Baffler Hybrid Iron Combo sets. Cobra, by the way, was founded in 1973 and introduced the original Baffler, golf’s first utility wood, in 1975.

The brand-new Hybrid Irons use the latest iteration of Cobra’s traditional railed sole – which was influenced by the Baffler but designed specifically for irons – to reduce turf drag and improve contact from all lie conditions. The irons’ progressive, oversized face profile improves their forgiveness and their low center of gravity helps get the ball up in the air. In addition, their variable thickness face, which progresses from the short to the long irons, enhances ball speeds and distance on off-center hits.

The Baffler Hybrid Irons are also available in a Baffler Hybrid Iron Combo set (in both men's and women's), where the long irons are replaced with Baffler Hybrids. The hybrids have a wide, railed sole and shallow face for easy launch as well as a top-line alignment system for added confidence.

The Hybrid Irons are available in right- and left-handed models in steel shafts and graphite shafts (both sets contain 4-iron through pitching wedge plus gap wedge), and graphite lite (5-iron through pitching wedge plus gap wedge and sand wedge) sets. They’re priced at $499 for the steel-shafted sets and $599 for the graphite sets.

The Baffler Hybrid Iron Combo Sets are available in right- and left-handed models with steel-shafted irons and graphite-shafted hybrids (4-6 hybrids and 7-iron through pitching wedge through gap wedge) and graphite hybrids and irons (4-6 hybrids and 7-iron through pitching wedge through gap wedge). They’re priced at $599 for steel combo sets and $699 for the graphite combo sets.

The men’s Baffler irons and hybrids feature Lamkin Cobra REL grips, while the hybrids feature MRC Cobra Baffler hybrid shafts and the Baffler irons come with MRC Cobra Baffler iron shafts. The full set is Revolver Grey with Barbados Red highlights.

In the women's line, the Baffler Hybrid Iron Combo set comes in right- and left-handed graphite models (4-6 hybrids and 7iron through pitching wedge plus sand wedge, priced at $699. The set is Capri Blue with silver highlights, and the clubs feature Cobra Winn Wrap grips and MRC Cobra Baffler Hybrid/Iron shafts.

The new clubs will be available at retail on Oct. 19.

For more on Cobra Golf, visit www.cobragolf.com.

Categories: Baffler Blade II
September 6, 2012 - 6:12pm
Posted by:
Steve Eubanks
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Tin Cup The Stash
Tin Cup
Once the easiest part of golf, marking your golf ball has become a sophisticated process with hundreds of artistic options at your fingertips. Tin Cup, the "Best New Product" of the 2010 PGA Merchandise Show, continues to add to the list.
It was once so easy: a dot or a line, maybe both. Now marking your golf ball is an act of artistic self expression, a creative statement on which you and your hipness could be judged.

Enter Tin Cup, maker of stainless steel stencils for golf balls. Since being introduced at the PGA Merchandise Show in 2010, the company has created a hundred different designs, including beer mugs, martini glasses, American flags, college logos, service branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines), whales, cats, pigs, and everything else you can imagine.

Their newest one is a handlebar mustache.

"Our loyal customers really get a kick out of adding a healthy dose of personality to their golf balls and it’s remarkable how many requests we received for a mustache," says Cabell Fooshe, Vice President of Tin Cup. "The design looks amazing against the all-white background, and we anticipate it will quickly become a top seller for individuals, tournaments, outings, events and more."

Who knows? Maybe this will be the next tee gift at the Facial Hair Open.

For more on Tin Cup, visit www.tin-cup.com.

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