Golf News – April 29, 2014

Golf News – April 29, 2014



CARLSBAD, Calif. – Today COBRA Golf a leader in golf club innovation and performance, announced the release of its BiO CELL Pro Driver – a revolutionary new driver featuring a lower center of gravity designed to help golfers Go Loooong off the tee.

Adding to the Tour-inspired family of clubs, the BiO CELL Pro Driver is engineered to deliver even more driving distance and workability. The key to increased distance is the extremely low center of gravity (CG) that promotes faster ball speeds, lower spin and a higher launch.  The low CG combined with a compact 440cc head, allows golfers to achieve a better ball flight and longer shots off the tee. The all-titanium, 440cc head delivers a solid feel at impact that better player’s desire.

“This Pro Driver was designed for golfers with a strong swing that yields high launch and high spin,” said Jose Miraflor, director of product marketing. “To help these golfers play at their best, we created the BiO CELL Pro Driver, our lowest CG ever to deliver unmatched distance and performance.”

In addition to the low CG, the Pro Driver also utilizes COBRA’s game-changing MyFly8 adjustable loft technology that allows golfers to choose from eight loft/trajectory settings (7.0°, 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.0° and three fade settings: 7.5°, 8.5° and 9.5°) while SmartPad delivers a square face at address regardless of loft/trajectory setting. BiO CELLS combined with E9 Face technology work to remove weight from the face, and reposition it low and back to deliver increased distance.

The BiO CELL Pro Driver (MAP $399) is available in right handed models in regular, stiff and x-stiff, and features a Lamkin – ACE 3Gen 360 Grip along with a Matrix Red-Tie 6Q3 shaft. Golfers can also choose from one of two custom shaft options at no upcharge – the Diamana D+ 72 or the PXV Tour 52. Sticking with the customization golfers have come to know and love from COBRA, the BiO CELLPro Driver in three color options—Black, Blue Aster and Vibrant Orange.

The BiO CELL Pro Driver joins the BiO CELL+ and BiO CELL as part of a complete Tour-inspired series. This driver was inspired by Rickie Fowler, who has been testing and playing this driver for the past few months.


Loft Range
7.0° – 10°
8.0° – 11°
9.0° – 12°
Face Height
Medium High
Very Low
Directional Bias
Slight Fade
Slight Draw
Better Player – Tour
Better Player
Game Improvement


A limited number of Pro drivers will be available at select retail stores on May 1, 2014.


PING launches nFlight Motion as a reliable, easy-to-use fitting tool

PHOENIX (April 28, 2014) –Continuing its tradition as an innovator and leader in custom club-fitting technology, PING today officially introduced nFlight Motion, which recommends driver-fitting specifications for golfers after only three shots using proprietary PING software and an Apple iPhone or iPod in conjunction with a swing analyzer.

The small, lightweight swing analyzer attaches to the shaft directly below the grip and records a range of swing variables, including clubhead speed, transition, and shaft lean at impact, which are analyzed through the software to make loft and shaft recommendations for each model.The shot data is transmitted to a fitter’s Apple iPhone or iPod, which graphically depicts the results and applies the specifications to various PING driver models. After an initial recommendation for loft and shaft, fitters can use PING’s Shaft Visualization Chart to consider additional shafts from PING and other manufacturers. The device also provides a 3D representation of the entire swing.

nFlight Motion is receiving enthusiastic responses from club fitters whose facilities may not be equipped with launch monitors or other more-expensive fitting technology. They appreciate the simplicity of its use and the tremendous value it brings to golfers looking for a thorough fitting experience in a short amount of time.

“With nFlight Motion, fitters can perform a precise PING fitting in a timely manner using a few key swing variables that make the process easy and extremely reliable,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “It’s simple to set up and operate. In only a few minutes, fitters can recommend the best loft and shaft for various PING driver models. The ability to send swing data wirelessly to a mobile device represents an exciting evolution of our nFlight Fitting Software and nFlight Mobile technology. It gives fitters one more innovative tool for growing their business and helping golfers play better and enjoy the game more.”

nFlight Motion, developed by PING’s in-house software development team, utilizes the company’s nFlight app, which can be downloaded from the App Store. To operate, it requires an iPhone 4 (or newer), or an iPod touch 5th generation (or newer) running Apple iOS 7 (or newer).

Solheim said nFlight Motion’s 3D swing playback, viewable from multiple angles, affords an opportunity to personalize the fit further. “For the player, it’s educational to observe your swing from a new perspective. And the fitter is able to analyze the swing in greater detail, then make club recommendations designed to optimize each player’s unique mechanics. It’s just one more reason that fitters who’ve seen it are excited to share nFlight Motion with their customers.”


Nike Athlete Seung-Yul Noh Captures His First PGA Tour Victory

BEAVERTON, Ore. (April 27, 2014) – Nike Athlete Seung-Yul Noh posted a final score of 19-under 269 to notch his first PGA Tour victory at the Zurich Classic.

The 22-year-old – the youngest to win on Tour this year — was fourth in driving distance for the tournament, averaging more than 304 yards off the tee with his Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour driver featuring Fly-Brace technology for more forgiving distance. Noh also tied for fourth in greens in regulation at 79 percent, playing Nike VRS Forged, VR Pro Combo and VR Pro Blade irons.

With a new Nike Method 005 mallet putter and Nike RZN Platinum ball with Speedlock RZN technology in the bag, Noh was seventh in putts per greens in regulation and is the first player ever to complete 54 holes without a bogey at TPC Louisiana.

Noh sported apparel from Nike’s Tour Performance collection and Nike Lunar Control.

Noh’s Nike Golf Arsenal
Driver: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour 8.5-degree (Graphite Design Prototype)
Fairway Wood: Nike VRS Covert 3-wood/15-degree
Irons: Nike VRS Forged (2), VR Pro Combo (4), VR Pro Blade (5-9)
Wedges: VR Forged 47-degree, 51-degree, 56-degree and 60-degree
Putter: Nike Method 005
Ball: Nike RZN Platinum
Apparel: Nike Tour Performance Collection
Footwear: Nike Lunar Control

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