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Fujikura Releases Enso®-Optimized Series of Super Shafts: XLR8

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 January 2016 22:10 Saturday, 16 January 2016 22:07

XLR8VISTA, California — Fujikura Golf, recognized for designing and producing the world’s best performance golf shafts, has gathered years of enso® shaft recordings and data to produce their highest shaft technology to date – XLR8.

This revolutionary, state-of-the art, XLR8 shaft technology creates a stiffer handle and tip by moving weight into the butt end, generating a more reactive mid-section which increases kick speed. The results are a more efficient energy to the club head with greater acceleration for maximum club head speed, power and distance. This engineering technology will be available on three highly popular Fujikura Golf Shafts, the PRO, the SIX, and the Speeder PRO Series.

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Biion Footwear Announces New Line of Children’s Footwear

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 January 2016 22:07 Saturday, 16 January 2016 22:02

Biion Noiib Kiids CollectionCOLLINGWOOD, Ontario — Biion Footwear, a Canadian manufacturer of inspirational and innovative footwear, will be exhibiting at both the 2016 PGA Demo Day and PGA Merchandise Show. This breakthrough company in the golf and lifestyle industry plans to use these PGA events to showcase their new distinctive line of golf shoes and color offerings.

Biion is proud to announce that their new line of children’s shoes will be shown at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show. Fresh, fun, and full of excitement, they introduce the Noiib Kiids Collection featuring Spongebob Squarepants. The lightweight, durable EVA material is ready for whatever adventure your child goes on. And when they’re done exploring, the shows are easy to clean and dry in no time so they’re off to their next adventure in no time at all! With over 30 colors and patterns to choose from, including 10 featuring Spongebob and friends, your kids will be the most stylish on the block!

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Nike Vapor Fly Clubs

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 January 2016 06:20 Tuesday, 05 January 2016 05:30

Nike Vapor Flex 440 DriverThe Oven, Nike Golf’s research and design facility in Fort Worth, Texas, is the engine that drives Nike Golf equipment innovation. With a perfect combination of authentic handcraftsmanship and sophisticated high-tech virtual design, Nike Golf engineers and designers obsess over every tenth of a millimeter and every degree of launch angle.

The new Vapor Fly series clubs, designed to provide an overall higher launch angle, is the culmination of years of diligent study. “As we’ve learned more and more about golf athletes while researching advanced materials and evolving manufacturing technologies, we’ve verified that if we can launch the ball higher, while managing spin, it will ultimately fly farther,” says Nate Radcliffe, Nike Golf Director of Engineering. “We’ve found ways to accomplish that in our entire 2016 line, from the drivers to the long irons. We are using innovative designs that consider mass distribution, tuned compliance and stiffness to help the ball consistently fly high and long.”

Nike Golf athlete Rory McIlroy, who was instrumental in the design of the Vapor Fly Pro driver, relies on his driver for ultimate forgiveness and distance.

“I think every golfer looks for forgiveness to make their bad shots better,” says McIlroy. “It’s phenomenal to know that when you have a very forgiving driver like this, even if you don’t quite catch [the ball] off the middle of the face or put a good swing on it, that it still has a chance to go the same distance and be in the fairway as if you hit a good shot. To have that much confidence in a driver standing over a tee shot is great.”


Nike Vapor Flex 440 DriverVAPOR FLEX 440 DRIVER

The new Vapor Flex 440 driver is a breakthrough in head construction. More than 60 percent of the club is built from carbon fiber reinforced RZN, a proprietary material that Nike uses in both clubs and golf balls. RZN is an extremely light, yet strong material that allows for even more weight to be repositioned forward and down for adjustability and forgiveness.

New RZN body construction makes up over 60 percent of the driver to allow for adjustability, with increased stability.

New HyperFlight face is thinned out around the perimeter to produce extreme ball speed across the entire face for better performance on off-center hits.

FlexFlight technology features a RZN tube with a high-density weight on one end — flipping the tube allows golfers to further optimize launch conditions by impacting launch angle, spin rate, forgiveness and workability.

Re-engineered Compression Channel enables springboard effect to amplify performance on mis-hits.

FlyBeam Reinforced Covert Cavity Back dramatically stiffens the chassis while redistributing weight to the heel and toe for maximum impact efficiency, tuned acoustics and forgiveness.

FlexLoft 2.0 technology gives the athlete the functionality of five lofts at three face angles for a total of 15 different settings and optimal ball flight, more distance as well as enhanced workability.

Available March 4, 2016.


Nike Vapor Fly Pro DriverVAPOR FLY PRO DRIVER

The Vapor Fly Pro Driver utilizes a familiar 460cc pear shape head to create a strong trajectory with low spin but, on the inside, the club has been finely tuned to help athletes such as Rory McIlroy perform at the highest level.

Flightweight Crown features a 30 percent reduction in crown weight versus last year’s model, resulting in a lower center of gravity and higher MOI for higher launch, less spin and more forgiveness.

New HyperFlight face is thinned out around the perimeter to produce extreme ball speed across the entire face for better performance on off-center hits.

Re-engineered Compression Channel enables springboard effect to amplify performance on mis-hits.

FlyBeam Reinforced Covert Cavity Back dramatically stiffens the chassis while redistributing weight to the heel and toe for maximum impact efficiency, tuned acoustics and forgiveness.

FlexLoft 2.0 technology gives the athlete the functionality of five lofts at three face angles for a total of 15 different settings and optimal flight, more distance as well as enhanced workability.

Available on nike.com January 22, 2016.
Available at select retailers January 29, 2016.


Nike Vapor Fly DriverVAPOR FLY DRIVER

Distinguished by its bold blue crown with iconic Volt color in the Compression Channel, the Vapor Fly Driver has three key technologies that add up to fast ball speed, high trajectory and less spin: Flightweight Crown, HyperFlight Face and Compression Channel.

Flightweight Crown features a 30 percent reduction in crown weight versus last year’s model, resulting in a lower center of gravity and higher MOI for higher launch, less spin and more forgiveness.

New HyperFlight face is thinned out around the perimeter to produce extreme ball speed across the entire face for better performance on off-center hits.

Re-engineered Compression Channel enables a springboard effect to amplify performance on mis-hits.

FlyBeam Reinforced Covert Cavity Back dramatically stiffens the chassis while redistributing weight to the heel and toe for maximum impact efficiency, tuned acoustics and forgiveness.

FlexLoft 2.0 technology gives the golf athlete the functionality of five lofts at three face angles for a total of 15 different settings and optimal flight, more distance as well as enhanced workability.

Available on nike.com January 22, 2016.
Available at select retailers January 29, 2016.


Nike Vapor Fly Fairway WoodVAPOR FLY FAIRWAY WOOD

The Vapor Fly Fairway Wood uses Nike’s tour-authentic chassis with upgraded technology to drive performance. Utilizing the same technology found within the drivers, the club features an extremely thin and light Flightweight Crown to move weight lower for a higher launch angle, with less spin. Five models with an innovative new FlexLoft Fairway hosel allow for lofts from 12 degrees to 22 degrees, at a standard or upright lie angle for a tour-level fit.

Flightweight Crown features a 30 percent reduction in crown weight vs. last year’s model, resulting in a lower center of gravity and higher MOI for higher launch, less spin, and more forgiveness.

New HyperFlight face is thinned out around the perimeter to produce extreme ball speed across the entire face for better performance on off-center hits.

Re-engineered Compression Channel enables springboard effect to amplify performance on mis-hits.

FlyBeam Reinforced Covert Cavity Back dramatically stiffens the chassis while redistributing weight to the heel and toe for maximum impact efficiency, tuned acoustics and forgiveness.

FlexLoft Fairway hosel offers the unique ability to adjust loft and lie angle independently, offering six individual settings in each of five models to achieve optimal flight, more distance and enhanced workability.

Athlete authentic Tour shape for forgiveness and workability.

Available on nike.com January 22, 2016.
Available at select retailers January 29, 2016.


Nike Vapor Fly HybridVAPOR FLY HYBRID

The Vapor Fly Hybrid was completely redesigned for 2016. Working with Nike athletes such as Francesco Molinari, Nike Golf engineers created a hybrid with a refined, tour-driven profile to maximize versatility and shot making.

Flightweight Crown features a 30 percent reduction in crown weight vs. last year’s model, resulting in a lower center of gravity and higher MOI for higher launch, less spin and more forgiveness.

New HyperFlight face is thinned out around the perimeter to produce extreme ball speed across the entire face for better performance on off-center hits.

Re-engineered Compression Channel enables springboard effect to amplify performance on mis-hits.

FlyBeam Reinforced Covert Cavity Back dramatically stiffens the chassis while redistributing weight to the heel and toe for maximum impact efficiency, tuned acoustics and forgiveness.

Athlete authentic Tour Shape for forgiveness and workability that provides a true iron replacement.

Available on nike.com January 22, 2016.
Available at select retailers January 29, 2016.


Nike Vapor Fly Pro IronVAPOR FLY PRO IRONS

Engineers from The Oven set out to create a set of irons that launch the ball higher and farther, offering forgiveness with more workability than a traditional game-improvement iron. Meet the Vapor Fly Pro Irons.

Modern Muscle technology balances the center of gravity in the center of the face to optimize stability, energy transfer and feel for consistent performance and shotmaking.

Lightweight RZN material enables more mass to be distributed lower and deeper for higher ball flight.

The combination of a variable thickness, flexible Nexcor face supported by a stiffened, FlyBeam-reinforced chassis delivers increased ball speed, with less penalizing mishits for longer, more consistent shots across the entire face.

Hollow RZN cavity long irons (2, 3, 4, 5) feature a metalwood-style construction with FlyBeam reinforcement for superior distance and forgiveness.

RZN pocket mid irons (6, 7, 8) utilize Nike’s proprietary RZN material to redistribute weight to combine stability with refined feel.

RZN cavity short irons (9, P, A) also feature RZN material in the cavity of the irons to enable shot-making creativity.

Available on nike.com January 22, 2016.
Available at select retailers January 29, 2016.


Nike Vapor Fly IronVAPOR FLY IRONS

The Vapor Fly irons feature three unique RZN-enhanced, game-improvement constructions pushing weight lower and toward the perimeter for consistent, high and long-approach shots with tremendous feel.

Modern Muscle technology balances the center of gravity in the center of the face to optimize stability, energy transfer and feel for consistent performance and shotmaking.

Lightweight RZN material enables more mass to be distributed lower and deeper for higher ball flight.

The combination of a variable thickness, flexible Nexcor face supported by a stiffened, Flybeam-reinforced chassis delivers increased ball speed, with less penalizing mishits for longer, more consistent shots across the entire face.

Hollow RZN cavity long irons (4, 5, 6, 7) feature a metalwood-style construction with FlyBeam reinforcement for superior distance and forgiveness.

RZN pocket mid irons (8, 9, P) utilize Nike’s proprietary RZN material to redistribute weight to combine stability with refined feel.

RZN cavity short irons (A, S) also feature RZN material in the cavity of the irons to enable shot-making creativity.

Available on nike.com January 22, 2016.
Available at select retailers January 29, 2016.

   

These Putters are Simply Marvelous!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 December 2015 08:59 Tuesday, 29 December 2015 08:26

Bettinardi BB Series PutterThese Hole-Seeking Flat Sticks WILL Lower Your Score!

Without any doubt whatsoever, putting is the most critical golf skill that needs to be acquired to become, not only proficient in golf, but to be a good/low handicapper. Yet, after all is said and done, all the articles written, usage endorsements paid to pros, putting is the most elusive skill for a golfer to acquire.

Not a single Tour event goes by, be it on the PGA, LPGA or Nationwide Tours, that the pros don’t continue to tinker with and change putters, sometimes each and every day of a tournament.

It’s all about confidence in your putting game and it is built from understanding the correct techniques and how these lead to improved putting. Of course, as Gary Player is fond of saying, “the harder one practices, the luckier one gets.”

However, and this point cannot be over emphasized, getting custom fit by a competent club fitter will solve 90% of all your putting problems. As far as I am concerned, the best in the business is Bobby Bettinardi, about whom you can read below.

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Strut Your Stuff In A Duggies Buggy

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 December 2015 22:22 Sunday, 13 December 2015 21:57

by Gord Montgomery
 

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If you’re looking to replace the 'get up and go' that's 'got up and gone' from your personal golf cart, then Duggies Buggies is saying, “Bring it on.”
 
Doug  Williams, a Lethbridge, AB entrepreneur has found that you don’t need a TV show like Fast and Loud or American Restoration to put a smile on vehicle owners’ faces by fixing up their ride.

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