Golf News – January 11, 2024

New PXG Black Ops Golf Clubs Are a Complete & Total Victory in Woods Engineering

Scottsdale, AZ – PXG® has released its breakthrough Black Ops technology, which offers unparalleled performance without any compromises. This new range of drivers, fairways, and hybrids has been meticulously designed with custom fitting in mind, making them some of the most versatile and high-performing clubs in the industry.

PXG Black Ops Woods introduces cutting-edge technologies and new materials that help players of all abilities hit it long and straight with more consistency than ever before. To achieve these results, the PXG engineering team prioritized exploring material sciences in the research and development process.

PXG Black Ops Drivers deliver significant distance gains by employing a propriety high strength titanium alloy face material called AMF(Advanced Material Face) Technology yielding increased ball speed for more distance. This proprietary AMF face design is further optimized with a variable thickness design that helps ensure consistent and efficient energy transfer across various impact points on the clubface. A non-uniform bulge and roll face design, refined and manufactured consistently through robotic polishing, strategically adjusts the horizontal and vertical curvatures across the face. This supports enhanced forgiveness and improves overall performance by optimizing the club’s reaction to off-center hits.

When tested in the PXG GEN6 Driver body, the new Black Ops face delivered noticeable performance gains. Still, PXG’s engineers knew they could achieve even more significant results with a new high-strength composite body construction. Lightweight composite crown and sole inserts are manufactured from high-grade carbon fiber using a sophisticated compression molding process. This helps improve weight distribution within the clubhead to increase the moment of inertia (MOI) and push the center-of-gravity (CG) lower and further back, enhancing launch conditions to create a high launch angle and low spin rate combination produces increased distance performance, and more forgiveness.

Natural frequency optimization is also employed to fine-tune the inherent vibration patterns within the clubhead’s structure. This enhances the driver’s feel, sound, and performance upon impact with the golf ball.

By default, Black Ops Drivers present one heavy (12.5 grams) and two light (2.5 grams each) sole weights that are interchangeable to support preferred spin and bias settings. Additional weights are available in 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15, 17.5, and 20-gram options, so every player can easily fine-tune the overall head weight and shot bias. Adjustable weighting can also increase the combined MOI to over 10,000 grams – cm^2.

The Black Ops Driver is available in two very different head designs. The Black Ops Driver is geared toward a wide range of players. It presents a high launch, low-spin option that delivers unmatched ball speed, distance, and exceptional forgiveness for optimum performance. The Black Ops Tour-1 Driver is a tour-inspired head design featuring a taller face with a more curved crown to create an aggressive look at address. Engineered to unlock maximum distance with a penetrating ball flight, this driver is geared toward more advanced players seeking outstanding ball speed, distance, and extremely low spin performance.

New PXG Black Ops Fairways and PXG Black Ops Hybrids maximize distance and deliver a tight dispersion off the tee or turf. Both introduce a high-strength, stainless steel face that is much thinner – 12.5% thinner in the fairways and 10.5% thinner in the hybrids – and more flexible than its predecessor. Coupled with a squared face design that shifts the perimeter skirt more vertical, increasing the surface area, the new face significantly boosts the forgiveness of the clubhead to deliver faster ball speeds, higher launch, and lower spin.

The Black Ops Fairways and Hybrids crown is made entirely from high-grade carbon fiber. This lightweight material saves mass, allowing it to be redistributed low and to the clubhead’s perimeter for optimal CG positioning and added forgiveness. Mass is further adjusted to support preferred spin and bias settings with PXG’s Precision Weighting Technology.

Through rigorous modal analysis testing, PXG has developed an innovative supported weight structure that produces an exceptional sound and feel. With Precision Weighting Technology positioned in the extreme perimeter of the clubhead and anchored to the outer wall, a sophisticated, stiff, and stable structure that generates high-frequency vibrations is created.

The new PXG Black Ops golf clubs are a shining example of the company’s relentless pursuit of performance. Powered by breakthrough technologies and engineered to be custom fitted, PXG Black Ops Drivers, PXG Black Ops Fairways, and PXG Black Ops Hybrids deliver incredible forgiveness and massive distance gains.

Visit PXG Golf HERE

Wilson® Redefines an Iron Icon With Its New
Staff Model® Lineup

CHICAGO, IL – Wilson Sporting Goods Co., the iron brand with more major championships won than any other golf company, announces redefined iterations of its iconic blades and cavity back irons, named the Wilson Staff Blades and Wilson Staff CB irons.

Wilson LABS engineers designed the new Staff Model Blades and CB irons together as one connected family in order to allow the elite player to dial in their long and short iron preferences. As a result, both irons feature common lines and weighting, similar aesthetic details and parallel performance attributes. Precision milling on the face allows for longer ball-to-face contact for more consistent spin and increased stopping power in both iron offerings.

The Fluid Feel™ Hosel, adapted from the classic Wilson Dyna-Powered® irons, was refined to eliminate unused weight within the hosel and redistribute it toward the toe for an expanded impact area. This weight shift toward the toe also allows the golfer to hold the face open, and provides forgiveness while maintaining control. Both sets feature stock offerings of the True Temper Dynamic Gold Mid 115 shaft and the Golf Pride Z (no-cord) grip.

Continuing the rich history of Wilson forged blade irons, many of which have been played by the game’s greats, the new Staff Model Blades are based on the timeless design that has been admired over the years. The Forged 8620 Carbon Steel, one of the softest materials available, provides instant feedback and on demand workability.

Wilson Staff Model Blades

  • Precise Toe Weighting: Precise weighting positioned on the toe allows the golfer to hold the club face open, eliminating the low left shot. The toe weighting also allows for maximum forgiveness while keeping ultimate control shot after shot.
  • Fluid Feel Hosel: Adapted from our classic Wilson Dyna-powered irons, the Staff Model Blade design has been refined to eliminate unused weight within the hosel to redistribute it in areas to elevate performance.
  • Forged 8620 Carbon Steel + Precision Milling: The Staff Model Blade is forged from some of the softest materials available. The forged 8620 carbon steel provides instant feedback and on-demand workability. Precision milling on the face allows for longer ball-to-face contact resulting in more consistent spin and increased stopping power.
  • Pricing Information: $1,199.99 MAP available in 4-PW (2 & 3 irons available through custom fit)

The new Staff Model CB irons offer accomplished golfers a player’s look at address, coupled with the added forgiveness of a cavity back iron. Designed with instant feedback and precision in mind, the sleek construction of these irons caters to golfers seeking increased forgiveness in their longer clubs.

Wilson Staff Model CB Irons

  • Precision Milled Cavity Back: Precise milling on the club face allows for longer ball-to-face contact resulting in more consistent spin and increased stopping power.
  • Precise Toe Weighting: Precise weighting positioned on the toe allows the golfer to hold the club face open, eliminating the low left shot. The toe weighting also allows for maximum forgiveness while keeping ultimate control shot after shot.
  • Fluid Feel Hosel: Adapted from our classic Wilson Dyna-powered irons, the Staff Model Blade design has been refined to eliminate unused weight within the hosel to redistribute it in areas to elevate performance.
  • Pricing Information: $1,199.99 MAP here available in 4-PW (2 & 3 & GW irons available through custom fit)

Wilson launches the new irons alongside its innovative fitting technology, Wilson Fit AI, which uses AI-powered software to generate an accurate, reliable custom-iron recommendation in as few as five swings. This solution will be available on January 24 at Wilson retailers across the nation, and will make the fitting process for the Wilson iron lineup more sophisticated than ever.

Visit Wilson Golf HERE

 

 

Michael Feland
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2 Comments

  1. Hello,

    Currently on the lookout for a new set of irons, these Wilson irons seem awesome, but so does the price tag. For golfers on a tighter budget, could you perhaps review Maltby’s TS1 IM irons, please? Or maybe some Takomo irons?
    Yours hopefully,
    JB

    • Matt Saternus

      Jim,

      We have reviewed a multitude of less expensive clubs. We have numerous Takomo reviews, please use the search function to find them.

      Best,

      Matt

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