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Expanding on the Successful TP Collection, New Putters Feature Pure RollTM Inserts with a Combination of Designs and Constructions in Stunning ‘Tour Red’ Finish

Basingstoke, Hants. (28th September, 2017) — TaylorMade Golf Company announced today the expansion of the TP Collection of putters with the introduction of TP Red. Comprised of 6 performance mallet models, the new collection has been designed for the discerning player who seeks the performance of TaylorMade’s renowned Pure Roll technology in an aesthetically appealing Tour Red colorway that the company became the first to roll out in 2016. Since then, the Tour Red colorway has seen its demand grow exponentially global tours following the success of TaylorMade staffers Jason Day, Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia.

The TP Red Collection is comprised of five new variations of the Ardmore putter as well as the Chaska model. Each of the six new models feature milled 304 stainless steel heads with Tour Red finish for a premium look and feel with high-contrast coloring and a variety of sightline options to promote improved alignment.

Ardmore: A face-balanced mallet designed with dual sightlines for a linear stroke and easy alignment.

Ardmore CTR: A center-shafted, face-balanced mallet designed to emphasize perfectly centered alignment.

Ardmore 2 (“L” Neck): A progressive mallet designed with single top, double cavity sightlines and 27° toe hang for a flowing stroke and enhanced alignment.

Ardmore 2 (double bend): A progressive, face-balanced mallet featuring single top, double cavity sightlines for a straight back, straight through stroke and enhanced alignment.

Ardmore 3: A progressive mid-size mallet incorporating 40° toe hang for a flowing stroke and simple alignment.

Chaska: A larger, face-balanced, semi-rounded mallet with a three top sightlines to encourage a confident stroke.
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World number 13 Justin Rose, who first saw the putter at a company photoshoot earlier this month, put the Chaska into play the following week at the BMW Championship, where he finished T2 and recorded a remarkable strokes gained: putting of 2.393.

Each putter in the TP Red Collection has a head weight of 355g, a 3.5° loft, a 70° lie angle and comes available in 34” & 35’’ lengths. Each model in the collection also features interchangeable sole weights to enable the adjustment of mass for optimal performance.

Similar to the original TP Collection, each new model utilizes a new milling process along with TaylorMade’s proprietary Pure Roll insert to deliver optimal forward roll with a desired firm feel.
Pure Roll™ Insert

The 6061 aluminum Pure Roll insert combines 45° grooves with a softer polymer between the grooves to promote better forward roll and reduce skidding across varying surfaces. The composition and construction of the Pure Roll insert is specially engineered to bring the grooves into direct and active contact with the ball during impact, even on short putts. The grooves in the face also serve in part to strategically soften the insert’s structure. Together, these factors make the insert perform at a very high level.

Currently, Jon Rahm, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose all play putters incorporating Pure Roll technology.
Specifications, Availability and Pricing

The TP Red Collection will be available at retail 16th October. Each putter in the collection comes equipped stock with a Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip at an MSRP of £239, €289, SEK 2699, CHF 319, DKK 2099, NOK 2599.

For more information, visit www.TaylorMadeGolf.com

High-MOI Model with Toe Flow Combines Forgiveness of a Mallet with Feel of a Blade

Scotty Cameron has added a high-MOI mallet with enhanced toe flow to his new Futura line of putters – the Futura 5.5M – combining the forgiveness of a mallet with the feel of a blade. Inspired by Scotty’s work with players on the worldwide professional tours, the Futura 5.5M offers a new mallet option featuring the alignment and high-MOI characteristics of the Futura line coupled with a neck configuration that promotes a flowing, arced putting stroke more commonly associated with blade style putters. The Futura 5.5M is available in North American golf shops beginning Aug. 25 (Sept. 22 worldwide).

“The idea for the Futura 5.5M began as a prototype when Justin Thomas came to the Putter Studio looking for a new option,” Scotty Cameron said. “He wanted a smaller mallet that he could align easily, but one that also promoted the arced putting stroke he preferred. We welded a flare neck to a Futura X5 Tour putter and sent him on his way. He went on to win three events, reporting back that some of his buddies wanted a putter like his. The wheels started turning from there.

“In addition to Justin’s visit, I’d also received requests for a smaller version of the Futura 7M. So, in thinking about this new entry in the world of mallet putters, I was able to blend my MOI and toe flow thoughts into this new model, the Futura 5.5M. To achieve this, I created a leaned over, stainless steel half-neck spud off the topline that accepts a single bend shaft. This is an elegant way to give the player a full shaft of offset and also offer a clean view of the entire leading edge of the topline. The proportion is right. The weight is right. And now we have a mallet with more toe flow for players who like that arcing feel in their stroke, but want more forgiveness.”

FUTURA 5.5M DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY: The new Futura 5.5M extends the popular Futura line with a model designed for players seeking a smaller mallet with additional toe flow and forgiveness:

  • The compact mallet—about 10 percent smaller than the similarly-shaped Futura 7M—is designed for easy alignment with built-in toe flow.
  • Shorter single bend shaft configuration for additional toe hang, promoting an arced path and flowing putting stroke.
  • Multi-material technology – featuring wrap-around face-sole construction milled from lightweight 6061 aircraft grade aluminum, integrated with precision-milled 303 stainless steel – moves weight back and to the perimeter, allowing for a larger putter head with enhanced high-MOI performance (resistance to twisting during the stroke).
  • Tour-proven heel-and-toe sole weighting technology increases stability and forgiveness.
  • Mid-milled face with vibration dampening technology offers soft feel with 3.5 degrees of loft to deliver optimum roll characteristics

FUTURA PUTTER FAMILY: From rounded mid-mallets to high-tech, high-MOI larger mallets, the 2017 Futura family melds design characteristics of the previous generation mallets with Scotty Cameron’s continued innovation in multi-material putter constructions. The result is a cohesive lineup of tour-proven shapes and configurations – Futura 5CB, 5MB, 5W, 5S and 5.5M; Futura 6M and 6M Dual Balance; and Futura 7M – with enhanced stability and forgiveness, improved alignment features, and responsive feel and feedback.

FUTURA ACCESSORIES: Each new Futura putter features advanced stability weighting with removable, customizable stainless steel sole weights, stepless steel shafts and supple Black Matador Mid-size grips with red and gold accents (Futura 6M DB employs a 15-inch Dual Balance grip) developed to offer the comfort of a larger grip while maintaining responsiveness and feel.

MODERN AESTHETICS: Scotty gave the Futura line’s raw stainless steel surfaces a Silver Mist finish with a unique bead blast for a radiant, yet glare-resistant, appearance. All aluminum sole plates have been anodized in black. Additionally, the Tour-inspired cosmetics display the familiar three bright translucent red dots in the back cavity with engraved typography befitting this modern, high-performance line.

The 2017 US Open kicks off next at Erin Hills, a new course to the tournaments rotation. Phil Mickelson is out and there are no clear favourites but Dustin Johnson has to be a possible winner. There are no out of bounds, no water hazards no trees and it seems you suit short game player. (Phil what are doing! This is made for you)

Enjoy video preview.

4-Time Major Champion Joins Strongest Tour Staff in the World, Choosing TaylorMade’s Industry-Leading Products – What’s in the bag.

Basingstoke, Hampshire (9th May, 2017) – TaylorMade Golf Company announced today that four-time major champion and two-time PGA TOUR Player of the Year, Rory McIlroy, has chosen to sign a long-term agreement with TaylorMade after testing with nearly every major club manufacturer.

With his new full bag plus golf ball deal, McIlroy joins a Tour staff that now includes the top three players in the world and 6 in the top 12 of the OWGR. The signing of the 28 year-old Northern Irishman is yet another decisive move by the company that reaffirms its commitment to fielding the strongest Tour staff in the industry and putting the highest performing equipment in the hands of the best players in the world.

McIlroy joins Team TaylorMade with an impressive CV of accomplishments that already puts him in an elite class of golfers and rivals any active player on Tour. As one of the most tenacious, performance-driven players the game has ever seen, the 13-time PGA TOUR & 13-time European Tour winner is looking to reclaim his position as the #1 player in the world with an arsenal of new TaylorMade products in the bag as he embarks on the next stage of his career in pursuit of his fifth major championship and beyond.

“My future rests firmly in my hands – that’s why I choose TaylorMade. I’ve been around the game long enough and have tested most clubs on the market, but I have never been as excited about equipment as I am right now.”

Rory McIlroy
In the summer of 2016, McIlroy stated that he intended to spend a full year playing and testing product from nearly every major manufacturer, but commented at the Barclays that if he came across a product that he liked and was comfortable with, he’d accelerate his decision and consider signing a long-term deal. His decision became clear after experiencing the performance of TaylorMade and realising the noticeable benefits over the equipment he was previously playing.

TP5x Golf Ball

Critical to McIlroy’s decision was the performance of his golf ball, particularly in windy conditions. In the past, Rory has had to decide between playing a ball with good iron performance at the expense of greenside control and more recently, a ball that offered control around the green but didn’t have the trajectory and distance he was looking for with his irons. Knowing what his previous ball was capable of doing for every shot he hits, Rory tested the new ’17 TP5x golf ball and instantly realised an improved trajectory that will give him better, more consistent iron performance, especially into the wind. It was after testing with TaylorMade that McIlroy’s commitment to play TP5x materialised almost immediately.

‘17 M2 Driver

Rory’s length off the tee is one of the strongest parts of his game, so the optimisation of a driver for him in testing was very important. A variety of driver heads, lofts, shafts, swingweights and adjustability settings were all tested, with McIlroy keen on finding his optimal setup. In the end, the team landed on a 9.5* ’17 M2 driver (more specs below in WITB section).

As evidenced by the following chart, his average numbers after multiple shots hit during his testing period were remarkable:

  • 181 MPH ballspeed
  • 12.3° launch angle
  • 2119 RPM spin rate
  • 315.8-yard carry average, 338.5 total average

’17 M2 Tour Fairways

Similar to driver testing, Rory took the opportunity to test multiple heads in both the ’17 M1 and M2 fairways, which included different loft configurations, weight settings and shafts. It was critical to fit McIlroy into a fairway that, per his preference, could be used both for positioning off the tee and going after par-5s in two. His desire for the M2 Tour fairways was evident at the Masters, where he had two of them in the bag and commented how easy they were to turn over compared to his previous product. In testing, his sentiment echoed those statements, as he was elated about the versatility and turf interaction they provide him.

P700 Series “RORS Proto” Irons

Rory has played muscle-back irons throughout his career and worked closely with TaylorMade’s R&D team in testing a new prototype the iron team in Carlsbad has been developing. Characterised by a shorter blade length, reduced offset and revised shaping, the “Rors Proto” iron has not only exceeded McIlroy’s performance expectations but also aesthetically suits his eyes perfectly, too. In addition to his new irons, he’s opted to play the 3 & 4 irons of the P750 Tour Proto.

Milled Grind Wedges

It’s no secret that McIlroy can overpower golf courses with his length; it’s this length that will leave him with more wedges into par-4s than the average tour player, so finding the optimal wedges & grinds to hit all the shots he needs is important. After a thorough process, McIlroy will eventually play the Milled Grind wedges that will be machine milled to his personal specification. The result – a competitive advantage over the competition with wedges engineered for unparalleled accuracy, optimal turf interaction and consistent performance.

Putter

Over the coming weeks, TaylorMade’s Tour and product teams will be working closely with McIlroy to find a model that is optimal for him.

“It’s incredible when a 4-time major champion who expects nothing but the finest performance from his equipment and golf ball reaches out to your company requesting the opportunity to meet with you. Our tour staff and product teams have been working closely with Rory for months and after extensive testing, we’re elated that he has chosen to join Team TaylorMade as he embarks on the next chapter of his career.”

David Abeles, President & CEO, TaylorMade

A closer look the TaylorMade products in Rory’s bag this week at THE PLAYERS:

– ’17 M2 Driver / 9.5° / MCG Kuro Kage Silver 70 XTS

– ’17 M2 Tour Fairway / 13.5° / MCG Tensei CK Blue 90TX

– ’17 M2 Tour Fairway / 19° / Fujikura Composites Pro P95X

– P750 Tour Proto Irons / 3-4 / True Temper Project X 7.0

– “Rors Proto” Irons / 5-9 / True Temper Project X 7.0

– Milled Grind Wedges / 48°, 54° & 60°/ True Temper Project X 6.5

– TP5x Golf Ball / #22

Sunday’s final round at the Masters paired two friends, two fierce competitors and two vastly different story lines; Justin Rose looking to add a second major championship to his already-decorated resume and stablemate Sergio Garcia, searching for the elusive first of his career. When it was all said and done, it was Sergio Garcia who withstood the pressure, defeating Rose in a thrilling playoff at Augusta National.

Sergio Garcia’s Masters Tournament-Winning Bag:

’17 M2 Driver / 9.5° / MRC Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 80XTS

’17 M1 Fairways / 15° & 19° / MRC Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 80XTS

P750 Tour Proto Irons / 3-PW / Nippon N.S. Pro Modus Tour 130x

Milled Grind Wedges / 54° & 58° / Nippon N.S. Pro Modus Tour 130x

Spider Tour Red Putter

TP5 Golf Ball (#49)

– Tour Preferred Glove

– adidas Golf climachill Gradient Stripe Polo

– adidas Golf Ultimate365 3-Stripes Pant

– adidas Golf Powerband BOA BOOST

3.3.17: Callaway Golf officially announced their new Sure Out Wedges, available beginning on March 10th. With the Sure Out, renowned golf instructor Hank Haney has collaborated with Callaway engineers to create a wedge that makes greenside shots – especially from sand and rough – incredibly easy to play.

Product Video:

Bunker Shots:

Pitch Shots:

Flop Shots:

These wedges will be available in 58* and 64* lofts (in both right-handed and left-handed options), at a price of $119.99 each. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Newton or Scott Goryl. Thank you for your consideration.

Bridgestone is catering to the better player with its Tour B Series iron lineup that’s comprised of two models: X-Blade and X-CB.

If the name “Tour B” sounds familiar, that’s because the company launched similar iron models last fall under the same name that included a blade and small cavity-back.

Endo forged from 1020 carbon steel, the X-Blade has minimal offset, a narrow sole for improved workability and slightly weaker lofts (35-degree 7-iron and 47-degree pitching wedge). The iron also features a forged weight pad positioned behind the impact zone that enhances feel and response.

The X-CB is also Endo forged from 1020 carbon steel and comes with a slightly larger profile and wider sole that gives the iron a lower center of gravity and more forgiveness through the turf. A forged weight pad was also added to the back of the head that improves feel.

Golfers will notice the X-CB irons have more aggressive lofts, when compared to X-Blade, particularly in the 6-, 7- and 8-irons where they are three degrees stronger (31, 35 and 39 degrees).

Bridgestone’s X-Blade and X-CB retail for $1,200 (4-PW) and come standard with Nippon’s Modus3 Tour shaft, along with 10 other premium options at no upcharge.

PHOENIX (Jan. 18, 2017) – Precision-milled faces with sharper groove edges than any previous PING wedge model dramatically increase spin rates and trajectory control in the new Glide 2.0 wedges, leading to more precise short-game performance from all conditions, PING announced today.

“The new Glide 2.0 wedges represent a major breakthrough in performance for a number of reasons, but it’s the new grooves that are most exciting,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “As many golfers are aware, we have a lot of knowledge and experience when it comes to evaluating and designing grooves. We worked closely with our tour staff to improve every aspect of the wedges. The players have been very pleased with the increase in spin rates, overall trajectory control, including lower ball flights, and the consistency of the carry distances. Around the greens, they’re impressed with the turf interaction and how the ball is reacting off the face to give them the precision they need to hit it closer.

“They’ve also commented how much they appreciate the refined, compact look. When you set the club down — whether it’s a full swing or a touch shot around the green — you’re confident you can play the shot. Plus, the feel and sound are incredible,” Solheim said. “Most of our tour players, including Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen, have already converted to the new wedges. Together with the multiple sole grind options, the new Glide 2.0 wedges offer all golfers a tremendous opportunity to improve their short games.”

The Glide 2.0 wedges are available for pre-order today at authorized PING golf shops around the world.

An extremely precise wheel-cut milling process developed by PING’s engineering and manufacturing teams enables grooves with a sharper edge radius, which increases interaction with the cover of the ball at impact, creating more friction for improved spin and trajectory control. The grooves in the lower-lofted wedges (46°, 50° & 52°) are milled with a 20° sidewall and a .005″ edge radius for optimal full-shot performance. The higher-lofted versions (54°, 56°, 58° & 60°) are milled to a .004″ edge radius and a 28° sidewall to impart more spin, especially around the greens.

By spacing the precision-milled grooves closer together, PING’s engineers designed the lower- lofted options with one additional groove (compared to the original Glide wedge) to increase spin and control on full shots. The higher-lofted versions feature two more grooves for more spin on chip and pitch shots.

In testing, Tour players are seeing spin-rate increases of 1,000-1,500 rpm on partial shots (40 to 70 yards) and gains of more than 500 rpm on full shots when compared to their current wedges.

The soft, 431 stainless steel heads are distinguished by a hydropearl chrome finish, which adds a new level of performance by repelling moisture for reduced sole friction. The lead edges and
sole grinds have been carefully crafted for exceptional surface interaction and versatility, gliding through the turf and sand to enable creativity and shot making.

The patented design has key refinements to the four sole grinds (SS, WS, ES and TS) ensure Glide 2.0 wedges can be fit to a golfer’s divot depth or attack angle and most common turf conditions.

SS GRIND (46°/12°, 50°/12°, 52°/12°, 54°/12°, 56°/12°, 58°/10°, 60/10°)
An all-purpose mid-bounce sole with heel and trail edge relief to create versatility on touch shots around the green. Ideal for moderate attack angles and divots. Fits most golfers.

WS GRIND (56°/14°, 58°/14°, 60/14°)
Full-sole design that provides turf security for players with a steep angle of attack. The reduced camber and added width prevent the sole from skipping into the ball.

TS GRIND (58°/6°, 60°/6°)
A PING WRX-inspired design based on the Tour-proven half-moon grind. The TS grind facilitates shot making and precision from even the most difficult lies. The heel relief allows shots to be executed with an open face to difficult pins or from firm lies without fear of the lead edge sitting too high.

ES GRIND (54°/8°, 56°/8°, 58°/8°, 60°/8°)
Eye 2-inspired sole design provides the ultimate in bunker performance, resulting from the classic dish profile along with the tapered hosel. A refined lead edge upgrades all-around performance with the iconic ES grind.

The Glide 2.0 wedge’s grip and shaft are specifically designed to improve short game performance. The Dyla-wedge grip, which is ¾-inch longer and features a reduced taper, allows golfers to grip down for more versatility and trajectory control. To promote lower launch with enhanced feel, the custom-engineered AWT 2.0 Wedge shaft is optimized in weight (118g), flex and balance. The KBS Tour, Dynamic Gold, N. S. Pro Modus3 105, XP 95, and Project X are also available at no upcharge.

Glide 2.0 shaft options
– Stock steel shaft: PING AWT 2.0 Wedge
– Stock graphite shaft: PING CFS 65/70/80 (Soft R, R, S)
– After-market shaft options (no upcharge): Project X 5.0, 6.0; XP 95 (R300, S300), N.S. Pro Modus3 105 (S, X), KBS Tour (R, S, X), Dynamic Gold (S300, X100)

– U.S. MSRP: $150 per club w/steel shaft; $175 per club w/graphite shaft

Callaway Golf’s softest feeling golf ball, Supersoft, is a leader in the soft-and-long category because it combines phenomenally soft feel with long distance, accurate flight and excellent greenside control. Today Callaway introduced a new and improved Supersoft that does each of those things better.

The new Supersoft’s added distance comes from a new, soft core composition that spins less off the long clubs to promote more distance. Less spin also means less sidespin, which promotes straighter, more accurate flight. Soft feel and increased greenside spin and control come from a new, softer Trionomer cover formulation.

Additionally, this ball will be available in a multi-color pack, pink, and yellow color options.

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