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Straight is Good:Mickelson Wins With Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver

A week after dismal play at Torrey Pines led to a tie for 51st, Phil Mickelson went wire to wire at the Waste Management Open to win for the 41st time on Tour. What a difference a week can make, or in this case, what a difference a new driver can make!  Just before Tuesday’s practice round in Scottsdale, Phil received a new Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver.   We could tell you how the new RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver is the longest driver ever measured by Callaway, and we could tell you about the Callaway OptiFit™ technology that offers customized fine tuning, but we don’t need to. Instead, here’s what Phil said following his 4-shot victory Sunday.   “But for me, the rest of the year took a turn on Tuesday when I got my new driver. It just changed my whole deal…. by having it be a low-spin driver with enough loft, and because it’s that RAZR Fit Xtreme where you can fit it, I was able to get it dialed in to where it goes straight.”   Phil said some other stuff, but why bother reading beyond the word “straight”? Yes, that’s right. Phil Mickelson found a driver that goes straight! Enough said.   Get your RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver at DGW today…unless, of course, you don’t like straight.

Lightweight Performance: Adidas Adizero Golf Shoes Review

Want to lose some weight next time you play golf? How about 6900 pounds? That’s how much less you’ll be lifting with your feet if you lace up the Adidas adizero Golf Shoes next time out. You see, the new adizero weighs only 10.6 ounces, which is 38% less than Adidas’ previous tour performance shoe, the Tour ATV, and that translates into a savings of  6.5 ounces per step taken. Since the average round can take 17,000 steps, you will save 6900 pounds (6.5 x 17,000) by wearing the new adizero.   Adidas eliminates weight through what it calls the SprintFrame™ outsole, which weighs just 3.4 ounces and is constructed from a high performance, proprietary elastomer called Pebax® that is exceedingly strong and exceptionally flexible. The upper is a microfiber leather called SprintSkin™ that is (surprise) lightweight and durable. The outsole has rounded sections allowing for more efficient weight transfer and a ten spike configuration with a high-abrasion rubber heel crash pad for a better heel strike while walking. The adizero is constructed from a new anatomical last that is wider in the forefoot, allowing improved fit and feel.   Lighter upper + lighter outsole = less fatigue + better scores. The math is simple. Ok, that “equation” is not really math, but you get the point. Now get the shoes. You’ll find them right here at DGW.

RocketBladez Irons and TaylorMade on a Roll With 2 Early Wins on PGA Tour

Those of you who try to avoid full time golf addiction by trying not to watch PGA Tour coverage this early in the season may be unaware of the big news. Two of the first three tournaments of 2013 were won with TaylorMade’s new RocketBladez Tour Irons. From where I sit, that is not just big, it’s monumental.   We’re accustomed to TaylorMade leading the driver count on tour, and the RocketBallz Fairway Wood phenomenon of 2012 proved that creative design can squeeze ever more yards from a club and still conform to USGA standards. But who would’ve thought TaylorMade would dominate the early 2013 PGA Tour season with an iron design offering forgiveness and distance? Aren’t those attributes created for the handicap golfer? Well, yes…and no, apparently.  As you might surmise from these tour victories, the new RocketBladez and RocketBladez Tour Irons are the real deal. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Now Available: Get All Your Oakley Products at DGW!

DGW is proud to announce that we are now an authorized dealer of the full line of Oakley products. The iconic name Oakley has been attached to quality eyewear and outdoor apparel for years. Like “Xerox” was to photocopying and “Kleenex” is to facial tissues, so the name “Oakley” has become synonymous with the best in athletic eyewear. Of course, Oakley design, quality and innovation are not confined to performance eyewear. Oakley has a full line of apparel, shoes and accessories, including hats, belts, gloves, socks and scarves, as well. Oakley even makes incredible watches. And DGW has it all.   Decades ago, Oakley founder, Jim Jannard set about making products that work better, look better and last longer than anything on the market. His belief? “Everything in the world can and will be made better.” Since 1975, Oakley has been working to do just that, and while they’ve not gotten around to improving everything in the world, their efforts have been nothing short of revolutionary in the designs they’ve tackled.   We carry the entire line of Oakley products, from golf apparel and shoes to ski wear and ski goggles. It’s a big job just adding them all to our site and more products are added daily, so check out the latest Oakley has to offer at DGW today.

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 »

Get Your New Titleist 913D Driver Today

The day for delivery of the much anticipated Titleist 913 Driver draws near. Titleist begins shipping the new 913s today, November 1, 2012.. If you haven’t ordered yours, you’ll want to. Trust me when I say that this. The 913s are far and away the best Titleist driver made to date. 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 »
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