Sneak Peek 2010

Curious to see what lies ahead in 2010? Here’s a sneak peek at some (not all!) of the product offerings coming soon to a pro shop near you.

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Offerings Coming Soon To Pro Shops

The first five-layer golf ball, TaylorMade’s Penta TP combines the best characteristics of the company’s TP Red and Black balls. Its designer, Dean Snell, claims that it’ll have the distance of the Black, the iron control of the Red and the short-game feel of Titleist’s Pro V1. The Penta TP will sell for $45/dozen and hits retailers in Sunbelt states December 1, with chillier areas receiving shipments deeper into the winter.

No, they don’t have adjustable clubheads, but TaylorMade’s new R9 ($799) and R9 TP ($899) irons both feature something called a Velocity Control Chamber. What’s that? According to TM’s engineers, it’s a “fully enclosed compartment positioned behind the clubface that makes it possible for an immense area of the ultrathin clubface to exist unsupported.” Translation: It increases the COR, which produces longer shots.

TaylorMade’s most innovative offering for 2010 is the xFT (Exchangeable Face Technology) wedge ($129). That’s right, you can change out the wedge’s face so you have fresh new grooves whenever you want. Comes in 10 loft/lie combos; faces will cost $39.

Measuring 45.75 inches (.25 inches longer than standard drivers), Cleveland’s new Launcher DST driver ($299) was created to maximize distance through higher ballspeed. Weighs a featherweight 300g.

Cleveland’s game-improvement CG7 BP (Black Pearl) irons ($699) were built for mid- to high-handicappers and designed with a laser-milled face texture to maximize surface roughness and spin. Features 360 Gelback Technology and a Dynamic Microcavity for unparalleled feel and forgiveness. Comes in a Tour version, too.

The traditionally shaped CG15 Wedge ($119) from Cleveland features zip grooves and has lofts that range from 46° to 64°. Certain models will be offered in three finishes: Satin Chrome, Black Pearl and Oil Quench.

Cleveland Classic debuts two new putters in 2010, a plumbers neck blade called “#4” ($69) and a slant neck blade called “#4.5” ($69).


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