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Nike Covert Driver Preview

The new Nike VR_S Covert Driver will hit the market in February 2013, and without having seen an actual demo as yet, here are the first impressions.   There are two main features distinctively new to the Covert Driver; three if you count the red finish. First, the driver has a large hole in the sole, what Nike is referring to as a High Speed Cavity Back. Nike scooped a hole from the back of the sole and shifted the displaced weight to the heel and toe areas, creating advanced perimeter weighting that offers increased distance on off center hits. With drivers having maxed out COR long ago, what Nike has done is look for a way to increase distance otherwise. Combined with Nike’s NexCor technology (Nike’s term for variable face thickness), the perimeter weighting design prevents noticeable loss of distance on mis-hits. In fact, Nike tells us the advanced NexCor Tech in the Covert Driver expands the “hot zone” by 45%.   The second new feature is the adjustable hosel—the Nike “FlexLoft “system. This is really cool. There is a variable range between 8.5 and 12.5 degrees. Loft and face angle can be adjusted independently to deliver 15 combinations. This will allow golf retailers to stock one head that can be independently adjusted and tested on site (or by the golfer on the range) to arrive at a custom-like fit.   The new Covert Driver is available with a 460cc head, as well as a pear shaped 430cc Tour version for the low handicap player. Both come with a stock, real deal Mitsubishi Kuro Kage shaft–50 grams for the VR_S Covert and 60 for the Covert Tour. Nike claims they have fine-tuned the sound of these drivers so they’re not too loud or harsh but offer a solid “thump” at impact instead.   Nike’s taking this tech into its fairway wood and hybrid designs, as well. All will be available February 8, 2012.   Paul Casey was the first Nike Athlete to put the Covert in his bag. Recently signed Nike Athletes Nick Watney and Kyle Stanley have also bagged the Nike Covert. You can pre-order the Nike Covert or Covert Tour today at DGW.

Get The Latest From Callaway: The New X Utility Prototype Iron Is Here

Callaway teased us for a good part of the summer following its announcement in May of a new X Utility Prototype Iron, available only for Tour Staff. Introduced in May at the Byron Nelson Championship, the X Utility Prototype, available in lofts of 18, 21 and 24 degrees, went into the bags of notable Callaway staffers Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson, among others. Prior to the US Open, Callaway specifically announced they had no plans to market to the public, but would consider it if one of their staffers won.   Whether an intentional marketing ploy, or simply a realistic assessment of the somewhat limited market for this “player’s” utility, the decision paid off later in the summer when Ernie Els won the Open Championship with three of the prototypes in his bag. It helped also that Ernie led the field in greens in regulation and fired a tidy 4 under 32 coming home on Sunday.   As the Tour season progressed, more and more players decided they liked the look, feel, sound and workability of the X Utilities, so much so that players with 10 club deals with other manufacturers (a pretty common arrangement) began lining up to give these a try. Following Ernie’s win golf junkies were salivating with the hope that Callaway would go to market. Well, they have, and the new X Utility Prototype Iron is here at DGW and ready for your bag.   The X Utility is probably not for everyone, but for those among us reluctant to let go of our longer irons, these are the ticket. The X Utilities will be available in the same 18, 21 and 24 degree lofts as those made for the pros, which makes them suitable replacements for your current 2, 3 and 4 irons (or hybrids). They are constructed using a hollow forged body made of 1020 carbon steel and tungsten with a high-strength maraging steel face that produces higher ball speeds than long irons for hybrid-like distance. The hollow construction with a low CG creates higher launch and more forgiveness. The shaft lengths are more akin to irons than hybrids, and there is a lack of bulge radius on the face that helps create a straighter, more consistent ball flight than hybrids.   The X Utility offers something further for the better player that hybrids do not—workability. You can work the ball consistently in either direction, so there’s an element of versatility that allows iron-like control with hybrid distance.   The X Utilities from Callaway are available as a limited edition model (at least for now), with your option of either True Temper Project X PXi steel shafts or Graphite Design G Series 95 shafts. Place your order today at DGW and experience the power of a hybrid combined with the feel and workability of a forged iron.      

Cleveland 588 Altitude Irons: New Product Review

Cleveland Golf just introduced the new 588 Altitude Irons. Constructed with a full hollow body design, these “hybrid irons” are for any golfer seeking distance, height and forgiveness.  Each iron in the set is engineered to provide optimum, flight, forgiveness and feel, according to Cleveland.   The Altitudes have advanced internal weighting that promotes a low and deep center of gravity for both high launch and maximum distance. The company says the center of gravity is 13% lower and 121% deeper compared to a typical game-improvement iron resulting in iron shots that are easier to hit with proper trajectory. This is possible because of the hollow body construction that offers hybrid-like playability through each iron in the set.   Each club offers Face Forged® Technology that enhances ball speed and delivers feel. Cleveland says the Altitudes are designed for customization through a notch in the hosel that allows change in lie angle by three degrees up or down and loft by two degrees weaker or stronger. This is a significant acknowledgement by a company that higher handicap players can benefit from custom-fitting options, as well.   The 588 Altitude Irons are available in 3-SW for both men and women in graphite or steel shafts. Cleveland will begin shipping these new hybrid-irons November16, 2012.   Pre-order your set of the new 588 Altitude Irons at DGW today.

New Cleveland 588 RTX Wedge Review

Cleveland Golf announced the release date for their new line of 588 wedges recently. The 588 RTX CB Wedges a best work from home re set to begin shipping November 16, 2012, just in time to add them to your Christmas list. This newest offering is the latest in a long line of the iconic 588s, the wedge that changed the way we think about the short game. In an era where many manufacturers name a club either through the marketing department, or by alluding to some dubious technological breakthrough, Cleveland is decidedly old school, in that the names of their clubs typically have meaning. Read the rest of this entry »

TaylorMade RocketBladez Innovation: It’s Real and It’s Here

For weeks golf geeks everywhere have been speculating about TaylorMade’s teaser ad featuring Sergio Garcia and a tag line suggesting he was about to get “freakishly longer.” Today, TaylorMade released its “secret” to the public with the announcement of the new RocketBladez Irons. TaylorMade says this new design is a “once-in-a-lifetime innovation that revolutionizes iron performance.” Read the rest of this entry »

Game Improvement Irons From Mizuno–Who Knew?

If you’re a golfer grown accustomed to the forgiving nature of perimeter-weighted cast irons, Mizuno has something truly new for you. Yes, that’s right; I said Mizuno. The company best known for its pure blades and muscle-back “player’s” irons has upped their game, and quite possibly yours, with the introduction of four new iron sets. Read the rest of this entry »

Get Longer For Less: The New TaylorMade RocketBallz Bonded Driver Review

If you’re like me, you may have been intrigued when you learned TaylorMade was introducing another model in the line of RocketBallz drivers. The latest offering is called the

Nike Adds Fritelli To Tour Staff

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Longer Off the Deck With New Fairway Tech

You may recall that a few weeks ago I promised (or threatened, depending on your perspective) to discuss the remarkable advancements in fairway woods available this year. The new fairway woods (call them fairway metals if you wish—I won’t) are so truly “new” both in design and distance claims, I thought this would be easy to write, until I began wondering why fairway woods were suddenly stealing some of the driver distance marketing thunder. What’s so new in 2012? Well, I’d heard various theories as to why fairway woods got hot, but most of these theories were idiotic   So, I went to work researching the one rumor that had been given me by a reliable source as the reason fairway woods have taken such a big jump in distance this year: that the USGA restrictions on the permissible spring-like effect of a club face, or the Coefficient of Restitution (COR), do not apply to club heads under 410cc. Read the rest of this entry »

Revolutionary GPS Systems Offer Time Travel!

Now that I have your attention, let me confess that time travel is not available through GPS…not yet anyway. I thought about this today, though, as I was contemplating what to write regarding the new futuristic GPS products available from both Garmin and Bushnell.   If you’re old enough, you’ve seen any number of science fiction movies, or even old commercials, that predicted the technological marvels to be made available in the future. These were unintentionally hilarious, although only in retrospect. At the time, we watched those movies and commercials, awestruck by the imagined possibilities of the future. By and large, though, these predictions and imaginings were way off the mark. Time travel, as far as I know, is not yet available. Neither is a host of other promised cool future stuff. I’m still waiting for my robot that will mow the yard; my personal jet pack (the one that doesn’t cost $1,475,000.00 and involve imminent risk of death); my cloak of invisibility; my x-ray vision glasses (the ones I ordered when I was 12 DID NOT WORK AS ADVERTISED!); and, my George Jetson treadmill. Ok, so I have that last one, but it is so not fun. Read the rest of this entry »
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