Golf News – April 17, 2023

TaylorMade Golf Introduces the All-New BRNR Mini Driver, a Modern Take on a TaylorMade Classic

CARLSBAD, CA – TaylorMade, a leading performance golf brand, announces the BRNR Mini Driver, paying homage to the iconic Ti Bubble 2 that dominated professional tours in the mid-1990s.

This model combines retro aesthetics with modern technology and performance, continuing TaylorMade’s throwback theme among the Mini Driver franchise.

The 304cc BRNR Mini features a modern twist with a reimagined K-sole resembling the Ti Bubble 2. The K-sole helps the club glide smoothly through the turf while reducing resistance and promoting a consistent strike. This enables golfers to have “driver off the deck” distance with the consistency of higher lofted fairway woods.

Two movable weights on the sole – a 13g weight in the back and a 1.5g weight in the front – can be modified to create dynamically different results and ball flights. In the standard setting with the 13g weight in the back, it provides the optimal blend of long distance, forgiveness and versatility. Moving the 13g weight to the front produces a low spin setting for longer distance with a piercing trajectory and increased roll out. This setting reduces spin by approximately 200 RPMs.

Who It’s For

While the BRNR Mini Driver can benefit a wide range of golfers, it best fits two use cases. First, better players seeking a club they can play off the tee with enhanced accuracy while still maximizing distance. Select Tour professionals opt for Mini Driver for this reason – because it tightens dispersion for powerful players with ultra-fast ball speeds without sacrificing too much distance. Players in this category also like hitting it off the deck, making it a valuable weapon on second shots into long par 5s.

The second common use case is for golfers who struggle with the driver – making it an ideal option for players who find 460cc drivers challenging to hit, especially those who hit down on the ball and fail to optimize launch with larger heads. For these players, the BRNR Mini Driver provides an advantage over 3-wood because of its larger face, which adds forgiveness and more face area for contact.

Overall, it is a versatile club that can be used by a wide range of golfers, from fast swing-speed players looking for accuracy off the tee to average golfers looking for a more forgiving and easier-to-launch alternative to fairway woods.

A Nod to the Past 

Revitalizing the Mini Driver franchise as a homage to the past began in 2019 with the reinvention of the Original One, celebrating the club’s 40th anniversary and the launch of the first metalwood driver. The 300 Mini Driver further elevated the franchise in 2021. Following that success, BRNR continues the legacy of bringing back iconic 300cc-sized drivers that have defined the brand over the years.

Drawing inspiration from the Ti Bubble 2 driver, which was in the winners’ bag at the 1998 Masters, the BRNR Mini features the original design’s unmistakable copper and black hues. It maintains critical stylistic elements such as the mid-’90s TaylorMade logo while possessing advanced technology and material usage.

Every component was designed to create a nostalgic experience. The popular UST ProForce 65 shaft is revitalized and dressed in black and copper to resemble the original Burner Bubble®. A SuperStroke S-Tech grip (50g) adds to the aesthetic, while a retro-inspired barrel headcover completes the package.

Pricing & Availability 

BRNR Mini Driver embargo drops April 17 and on sale at retail on April 21. BRNR has an RRP of $449.99 USD and will be offered in lofts of 11.5° and 13.5°. The UST Mamiya ProForce 65 – Retro Burner Edition 65 (X,S,R) is the stock shaft offering. BRNR comes stock with SuperStroke S-Tech 50g Grip (Black/Copper).

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Duca Del Cosma Unveils Stunning Tour-Level Pro Spike Collection

NORTH PALM BEACH, FL – Luxury golf shoe brand Duca del Cosma is introducing a stunning PRO SPIKE COLLECTION of Tour-level waterproof shoes incorporating technical game-enhancing features that deliver unrivalled stability and comfort to help more golfers play like a pro in all playing conditions.
The innovative BERNARDO and ORLANDO men’s shoes and SABINA and AVANTI styles for women golfers use advanced technologies in every detail of the handcrafted build to offer dependable performance and a super-stable fit. Optimised outsole traction helps to achieve a solid stance, increased speed and enhanced stamina for top performance from the first tee to the closing stretch.
Featuring a fashionable white outer with a contrasting red outsole, the styles are endorsed by the brand’s global Tour ambassadors, including 6-time DP World Tour winner Joost Luiten, LPGA Tour contender Kelly Tan, and rising LET and DP World Tour stars Pasqualle Coffa and Daan Huizing.
Each shoe in the new collection features a sturdy Airplay 6 outsole crafted from a highly durable and responsive TPU material to deliver ultimate stability at every phase of the golf swing. Strategically positioned Softspikes® PULSAR® cleats, matched with secondary 5mm traction nubs on the outsole, offer exceptional grip across all ground conditions.

A recent independent study conducted by The Golf Lab in Canada concluded that spiked golf shoes provide golfers with more consistency in hitting the sweet spot, greater accuracy and improved distance by up to five yards compared with spikeless shoes.

A lightweight EVA midsole provides substantial shock absorption and helps generate maximum power during the swing, whilst the premium PRO insoles deliver guaranteed all day comfort and incredible breathability. A toe bumper offers added protection when the foot twists during the downswing.
For men, the dashing BERNARDO embodies a classic brogue style design to offer supremely sophisticated looks, whilst the sporty ORLANDO is a more contemporary design for fashion conscious golfers.

Commenting on the latest Men’s styles, two-time Dutch Open champion Luiten said: “Power in the golf swing comes from stability and as Tour players we demand that from our golf shoes to perform at the highest level. Walking the long courses each week on Tour in the new Duca shoes makes a big difference and it gives me confidence knowing my footwear is up to the test.”

Women golfers can expect to brighten up the fairways in the classic SABINA style with a removable kiltie, while the sporty AVANTI shoe provides striking looks with a modern twist.

The shoes are handcrafted in Europe and available from March 31. Recommended retail pricing for the men’s shoes at $289 and women’s styles at $279.

Duca del Cosma sells its premium golf shoes in 46 different countries and operates from four offices around the world -The Netherlands (HQ), United States, United Kingdom and South Africa.

Visit Duca del Cosma HERE

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