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September 4, 2012 - 6:46pm
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VC-420 Driver from KZG
Courtesy of KZG
The VC-420 Driver features a forged beta titanium face plate featuring an ultra-fine microstructure to help produce greater ball speed.

Designed for maximum ball speed, penetrating trajectory and workability, the VC-420 Driver from KZG was created for the better player seeking performance and value.

"Clubs are not a one-size-fits-all proposition," said KZG President Jennifer King. "Every player's swing is unique and that is why KZG now offers eight different driver models with a myriad of shaft options. The VC-420 is designed specifically for the better player who prefers a smaller clubhead that gives a lower, boring trajectory."

The VC-420 Driver features a forged beta titanium face plate featuring an ultra-fine microstructure where the grain in the metal is smaller and more tightly packed than other lesser grades of titanium. This results in greater ball speed and enhanced workability, and it delivers a dense sound and solid feel.

The clubhead is vacuum-cast forged titanium (hence the VC in the name), which KZG describes as a costly method of manufacturing that assures greater durability and quality control. With its smaller 420cc head and aerodynamic shape, the VC-420 imparts less wind resistance for greater swing speed, and its minimal face progression and square face angles are designed for better players.

The head comes with a matte black finish, and the VC-420, like all KZG drivers, is custom fit and available with numerous shaft options. Retail pricing depends on the options selected, with the suggested retail price starting at $399.

For more information, visit www.kzgolf.com.

 

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September 2, 2012 - 5:52pm
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John Holmes
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Dynacraft Hindsight II mallet putter
Courtesy of Hireko Golf
The Hindsight II mallet helps create forward press by angling the shaft 3 degrees forward instead of aiming it straight up off the head.

The new Dynacraft Hindsight II mallet putter from Hireko Golf is designed to get the ball rolling forward sooner after impact. It does so by incorporating two key features in unison -- a forward press and roll face technology.

A convex roll face on the putter instead of a flat face "normalizes the effective loft at impact to create the proper amount of loft to get the ball rolling as quickly as possible for better distance control," said Hireko Golf's Technical Director Jeff Summitt. "Lastly, it is completed with grooves into the roll face as well as being face balanced."

The forward press is created by angling the shaft 3 degrees forward instead of aiming it straight up off the head, effectively getting the hands even with the putter’s leading edge. Forward hand press creates a more fluid stroke by helping to prevent golfers from breaking their wrists as they swing.

The new Dynacraft Hindsight II putters follow after the original Hindsight blade models. They are available in right-handed models and can be purchased custom assembled online starting at $44.95 each at www.hirekogolf.com.

August 30, 2012 - 8:23pm
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John Kim
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TRUE Linkswear
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TRUE Linkswear has come out with shoes color-themed to support a wide number of schools.

 

Tomorrow has been designated College Colors Day.  Many companies nationally will encourage their employees to wear their college colors to work.  Here’s more info - http://www.collegecolorsday.com/.

TRUE linkswear golf shoes has a neat tie in with the opening of the football season with the release of their team color shoes. 

For a complete list of colors available: TRUE lists them at http://www.truelinkswear.com/shop/true-phx-team-colors.html.

If my boys from Vanderbilt end up winning tonight...I'm face painting myself black and gold before heading into the office.  Just sayin'

August 30, 2012 - 4:36pm
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Callaway X Utility Prototype iron
Courtesy of Callaway Golf
Callaway's new X Utility irons are forged from 1020 carbon steel and contain removable sole weights that allow players to make swingweight adjustments.

In an era when more and more players are taking long irons out of their bags, it was quite refreshing to see Callaway Golf introduce its X Utility Prototype irons to its players on tour this summer. They’re proving so popular among the pros that Callaway has decided to bring them to retail – they’ll be available at select retailers on Dec. 1 and, presumably, more widely next spring.

Famed club designer Roger Cleveland created the X Utility irons – there are three, in lofts of 18, 21 and 24 degrees – and they were seeded to Callaway staff pros ahead of the U.S. Open. Players from Phil Mickelson to Branden Grace put some of them in their bags, and their real breakthrough came when Ernie Els used all three to win the British Open at Royal Lytham.

“I didn’t expect the [PGA Tour] players to gravitate much towards the 24-degree version,” said Cleveland. “I thought that loft would more address the needs of the Champions Tour, LPGA and skilled amateur golfers, but the guys on the PGA Tour put them right into play. Ernie Els immediately adopted all three and asked, ‘Where is the rest of the set?’”
 
The X Utility irons are forged from 1020 carbon steel, and contain a tungsten sole to precisely dial in the Center of Gravity location as well as a high-strength maraging steel face that promotes high ball speeds. Each iron also features removable sole weights that range from two to eight grams in two-gram increments that allow players to make swingweight adjustments to fit their individual length, shaft and grip options. 

“Many players have replaced their long irons with hybrids, which are easier to hit, but the X Utility protoypes offer a level of precision that our tour staff has been very pleased with, plus these clubs offer a tighter dispersion than hybrids on mis-hits,” said Luke Williams, Callaway’s Global Director of Woods and Irons. “The amount of excitement that our X Utility prototype irons have generated on Tour and among the avid followers of golf equipment has been overwhelming.”

The X Utility prototype irons will carry an introductory retail price of $199 per club with steel shafts and $229 with graphite shafts.

August 29, 2012 - 2:34pm
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Odyssey ProType Black putter
Courtesy of Odyssey Golf
The new ProType Black putters from Odyssey feature black heads, shafts and grips.

Odyssey has enjoyed great success this year with its ProType line of putters, and is now rolling out the latest additions to the top-of-the-line collection.

The new ProType Black designs incorporate feedback from hundreds of tour professionals worldwide and, says Odyssey, offer "an unprecedented integration of look, sound and feel."

Upon first glance, the most distinctive aspect of the new putters is their color – stealth black. The heads feature a black PVD finish, the steel shafts have a black powder coat, and the grips are black and seamless. 

The heads are milled from 1025 Carbon Steel that, says Odyssey, performs like stainless steel but with a softer feel. The face of each putter features a deep, sharp milling pattern designed to increase interaction between the face and the ball for better feel, a truer roll and increased consistency.

“Our new ProType Black putters may be the coolest, most premium designs we’ve ever developed,” said Odyssey Principal Designer Austie Rollinson. “The ProType Black line is born from feedback given by the world’s best players, which yielded features such as thinner top lines and thicker faces, and the forged-milled 1025 Carbon Steel offers a uniquely soft feel.”

The ProType Black line will arrive at retail on Oct. 12 in three models -- #2 (a blade with a squared-off heel and toe), #9 (a blade with more of a rounded head) and 2-Ball.  The new product introduction retail price for the blade models is $269 and $299 for the 2-Ball.

August 29, 2012 - 12:49am
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White Sox in Caddyshack attire
The White Sox aren't playing so great in Baltimore, but they looked hilarious getting there.

In, I can only presume, an attempt to ease the pennant-race tension for the American League Central-leading Chicago White Sox, Manager Robin Ventura ordered a relaxation of the team dress code for this week’s trip to Baltimore.

So the Sox players and their entire staff donned their best "Caddyshack"-themed golf outfits for the journey to Camden Yards. Alas, the Sox have had as much success against the Orioles as Carl Spacker had against the gophers at Bushwood Country Club, as the Sox have dropped each of the first two games – instead of being the ball, they're getting beat at ball.

But even if the Sox are striking out on the field, their traveling togs were definitely a home run as they were all decked out in their Loudmouth Golf attire and ’80s accessories. I can’t believe these guys all just happened to own these clothes, and I’d love to have seen their pre-trip shopping excursion.

The Sox are the second MLB team that I know of that has some fun with their road rags. Over the years, Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon has playfully ordered his players to wear grunge clothes to Seattle, beachwear to southern California and pajamas for a red-eye flight, just to name a few.

The Sox and the Rays are both very much in the playoff picture. If they happen to meet in the postseason, I say may the loudest-dressed team win.

To see more photos of the Sox in their Loudmouth gear, click here.

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