Golf News – February 14, 2023

Cleveland Golf Releases Additional RTX 6 ZipCore Finishes

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – CLEVELAND GOLF®, an industry leader in Wedge design and innovation, introduces two new finishes for the RTX 6 ZipCore: Tour Rack and Black Satin. These finishes are scheduled to launch March 1 in North America.

The exclusive RTX 6 ZipCore Tour Rack Wedges offer golfers raw, customizable Wedges identical to the ones used on tour and played by the best players in the world. This unique program allows players to create their Wedge from start to finish just like the professionals.

“With Tour Rack, we’ve made tour-level customization an option for the masses,” said Pat Ripp, Tour Engineering Manager of Research and Development at Cleveland Golf. “We can bend, grind, color, engrave, and assemble your Wedge to your exact specifications, just like we do for the professionals on tour.”

The process begins by choosing one of the Tour Crafted Sole Grind options, which are then fine-tuned by master craftsmen, creating a distinctive Wedge grind specific to the players short game preferences.

Along with Tour Rack, is RTX 6 ZipCore in Black Satin. Visually, this finish reduces glare at address and stands out more from the hosel and toe par.

The RTX 6 ZipCore Tour Rack and Black Satin Wedges are offered in a wide variety of Sole Grind options and lofts.

  • LOW Sole grind: 58-60 degree lofts
  • LOW+ Sole grind: 54-56 degree lofts
  • MID Sole grind: 46-60 degree lofts
  • FULL Sole grind: 54-60 degree lofts

Both finishes come standard with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold Spinner Tour Issue shaft, and Lamkin Crossline 360 grip.

Visit Cleveland Golf HERE

adidas Strengthens Performance Range With New ZG23 Footwear and ULTIMATE365 Tour Apparel

Carlsbad, CA – adidas remains committed to providing athletes the best options available when it comes to performance footwear and apparel for the course. Today the brand is introducing two product ranges across footwear and apparel – ZG23 and Ultimate365 TOUR – that utilize the latest materials and technologies from the 3-Stripes to help golfers everywhere perform their best.

ZG23 is the newest model in adidas’ footwear range that continues to provide golfers with a lightweight option that doesn’t compromise on performance. Following the successful launch of the ZG21 footwear in 2021, adidas completely redesigned the outsole and upper of ZG23 so that golfers could experience increased traction, stability, and comfort. These key updates include the introduction of adidas’ LIGHSTRIKE and LIGHTSTRIKE PRO cushioning systems, which can be found in other categories such as adidas’ basketball and running footwear. The major updates to ZG23 include:

  • LIGHTSTRIKE / LIGHTSTRIKE PRO – A revamped midsole combines adidas’ unique cushioning system to give golfers both stability and comfort in one package. The firmer, and more stable, LIGHTSTRIKE encompasses the perimeter or frame of the midsole while the softer and more cushioned LIGHTSTRIKE PRO is used inside this frame. What makes LIGHTSTRIKE so beneficial to golfers are its unique lightweight properties and ability to ‘tune’ it to certain areas. The firmer LIGHTSTRIKE on the perimeter offers more lateral stability, while the softer LIGHTSTRIKE PRO has amazing cushioning and comfort while walking and swinging.
  • ULTRA-LIGHT STABILITY FIN – First introduced in ZG21 and designed to provide lateral stability and support throughout the swing, adidas has now evolved this to a 3D shape that wraps onto the upper and sits closer to the foot. With this upgrade, golfers will feel even more stability as their weight shifts throughout the swing. Based on testing, this updated ULTRA-LIGHT STABILITY FIN will accommodate a variety of swing speeds, from amateurs to tour professionals.
  • D-TRAXION – While still featuing the six-cleat SWINGPLANE TRACTION from ZG21, adidas researched the swings of its tour professionals to find an even better configuration for the secondary lugs to help provide increased grip across a variety of conditions. Combining the data from athletes and heat map studies to gain a better understanding of where pressure is placed, adidas used an algorithm to generate the location and height of traction for all lugs found in the D-TRAXION part of the outsole.

The upper for ZG23 features adidas’ lightweight SPRINTSKIN technology. This waterproof four-layer material combines innovative textiles and polyurethane films for breakthrough performance.

ZG23 will come in five models: men’s and women’s laced, men’s and women’s BOA®, and a simplified laced offering for junior golfers. The two BOA models feature the BOA Fit System, delivering micro- adjustable precision fit and engineered to perform in the toughest conditions. The BOA models also feature a tri-wrap design for the added benefit of improved power transfer and efficiency, creating a secure fit over the instep for an even higher level of performance. Both the men’s and women’s ZG23

BOA feature premium Li2 dials – a sleek, low-profile, multi-directional dial platform that modulates tension with enhanced speed and effortless execution.

In apparel, the new Ultimate365 TOUR range is a showcase of the best materials from adidas designed to give golfers the ultimate edge on the course. Each piece within the men’s and women’s ranges was designed to benefit areas where golfers need it most. These key materials include:

  • No-Show – First developed by the golf category at adidas, the No-Show materials are designed to hide the appearance of sweat through the combination of hydrophobic and hydrophilic yarns in a double-knit construction. As golfers begin to sweat, the hydrophilic yarns absorb the moisture from the surface of the skin and distribute along the inside of the fabric, keeping the athlete dry and comfortable. The hyrdrophobic yarns of the face ensure the outside stays dry, concealing sweat to maintain a fresh appearance. This technology will be offered in polos for both men and women.
  • PRIMEKNIT – Constructed entirely in one piece, PRIMEKNIT provides a better fit while using less material and producing less waste. This engineered design offers stretch and breathability wherever golfers need it most. PRIMEKNIT will be featured in both a polo and crewneck sweatshirt for men as well as a sleeveless polo for women.
  • Textured Mesh – Inspired by the way plants exchange gas with the environment through microscopic pores in leaves, this material is designed to open during movement to allow cool air to pass through between the material and the skin. This keeps golfers cool, dry and comfortable throughout the course of their round. A printed polo for men as well as a long-sleeve polo option for women will feature this technology in the Ultimate365 TOUR range.
  • Tech Nylon – While offering great structure and durability, this lightweight stretch woven is engineered to move with the athlete, encouraging a better range of motion for pinnacle performance. For golf-specific functionality, adidas has included a water repellent finish to repel moisture and keep the athlete dry. Products featuring nylon include a pant and short for men, and pull-on pant for women.

The Ultimate365 TOUR apparel range is available now on, the adidas app and at select retailers worldwide. The new ZG23 footwear will be available at the same locations beginning March 3, 2023.

Visit adidas Golf HERE

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