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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 »

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 »

Play Like The Pros: Put Hybrids In Your Bag

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Nike Adds Fritelli To Tour Staff

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Rickie Fowler…and Puma…and Cobra Win

Thank goodness! The long wait is finally over. We may all breathe a collective sigh of relief. Rickie Fowler finally, FINALLY (!) won a PGA Tour event. At the ripe old age of 47, and after 712 tour starts, Rickie finally gets his first win and the world can relax at long last.   Fowler, of course, is 23, not 47, and he’s been on Tour a mere 2 ½ years. It just seems like he’s been playing for so long without a win. The expectations were so very high. But he’s shown the promise of his “can’t miss” potential seemingly week after week, racking up a Ryder Cup pick his rookie season and 15 top ten finishes, including 4 second-places in that time. But the Tour is brutal and the level of play is so very good, and guys like me are so desperate for something to write about, that hardly an event has passed since Rickie’s rookie campaign that someone somewhere didn’t wonder aloud or in print about when he might notch that first win. Read the rest of this entry »

Nike Golf Limited Edition Products Commemorate Golf’s Greatest Moments

April is just around the corner and for even the casual golf fan that means only one thing: The Masters is coming. It’s not the oldest Major championship, and it may not have the deepest field, but The Masters is universally revered by pros and amateurs alike as their favorite. The Masters is loved in part, but only in part, because it’s the first Major of the year. Far more important is the location of the event, Augusta National, and the unique traditions that have developed over the years since Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones first decided to hold their invitational tournament in 1934. And the most identifiable part of Masters Tradition involves the yellow Masters flag and the ubiquitous green which one finds well, everywhere in Augusta during Masters Week. In anticipation of the tournament, Nike will release three limited addition items to commemorate the year’s first Major. Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing R11 Irons.

This month kicks off the launch of the new and highly anticipated R11 Irons. The R11 Iron is a cast, progressively-sized iron with TaylorMade’s inverted cone technology in the face to improve off-center hit ball speed. They combine the distance-enhancing technology of the Burner 2.0 Iron, introduced the fall of 2010, with the Tour Preferred forged irons, introduced earlier this spring season. The top line thickness starts thin in the short-irons to thicker in long-irons so the offset and center of gravity locations change with each different iron to optimize trajectory and spin. The wider soles and head shape increases forgiveness for an easier launch. The player-focused look and feel creates some interesting talking points. Read the rest of this entry »

TaylorMade is Giving Away Irons?

TaylorMade is “giving away distance” by giving away 20,000 new Burner 2.0 6-irons. Giving away, as in FREE! Haven’t registered to get yours yet? All you need to do is just sign up here for your chance to win. Already received your free Burner 2.0 6-iron? Then we know you love it and are looking for a way to complete your set. Discount Golf World is here to help you with that. Read the rest of this entry »
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