Thursday, February 1, 2007
Sneak Peak 2007
The hottest and most exciting new sticks for the New Year
Tour Edge GeoMax Driver
The goal of the GeoMax’s unique design was to maximize MOI and resistance to twisting on off-center hits while still providing golfers with a somewhat traditional-looking clubhead. This goal was accomplished by an unusually high breadth ratio (the measurement of the face from heel to toe divided by the distance from face to back), as well as the strategic placement of a 20-gram tungsten weight in the rear of the sole. Further enhancing the performance of the GeoMax is a specially designed Grafalloy shaft.
Cleveland HiBore XL
After the successful introduction of the original HiBore last year, Cleveland is back with the new HiBore XL—an elongated and stretched-out version of its predecessor. The HiBore XL features what Cleveland Golf calls “Distance Driven Geometry,” a design that’s geared toward producing straighter and more accurate drives from more places on the clubface. The HiBore XL Tour is also available, featuring a slightly smaller clubhead, an open clubface angle and a premium FIT-ON Fujikura shaft. Finally, for the utmost in game improvement, there’s the new HiBore irons, which provide hybrid-like looks and performance. www.clevelandgolf.com
In addition to some impressive drivers, Nike Golf offers a new series of Unitized putters that feature a shaft and milled head that are laser welded together, resulting in a resounding feel and performance. In addition, Nike Golf offers the Juice golf ball, a model designed to provide a combination of ultimate distance and all-around performance.
Wilson Di7 Irons
For many years, Wilson Golf was well known for manufacturing extremely traditional, forged irons and wedges. Though the company still offers such products, Wilson’s club designers have embraced the technological age enthusiastically and now focus on performance rather than tradition. Proof of this fact lies in the company’s newest offering, the Di7 Irons, which feature an enhanced weighting scheme, a relatively thin topline and wide sole, as well as a thick rear flange that pulls the CG away from the face for greater forgiveness. The Di7 Irons also feature an elastomeric paint coating in the back cavity for improved vibration dampening and an overall softer feel.
Yonex Cyberstar Nanospeed
Yonex is expanding its Cyberstar series once again, this time with the latest Nanospeed irons that combine three iron models in one set: the long irons that feature a hollow-body construction; the mid-irons feature a fully cavity-back design; and the short irons feature a half-cavity shape. All models have an Elastomer compound and graphite plate behind the stainless steel face, as well as a new iron version of Yonex’s Nanospeed Shaft.
Mizuno MP-R Wedges
Joining the already successful MP-T series, the new MP-R wedges from Mizuno are aimed at players looking for minimal offset and a classic, round head shape with Mizuno’s legendary forged feel. The most noteworthy design feature of the MP-R wedge series is the addition of a unique “workshop grind” sole that’s made to provide advanced playability from a variety of greenside lies. Available in Black Nickel and Chrome finishes.
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