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PING_i200_IronPING introduces i200 irons

PHOENIX (Jan. 16, 2017) – Major advancements in the new PING i200 iron make the face and cavity structure more dynamic to achieve faster ball speeds, a soft, powerful feel and unprecedented forgiveness for an iron of its size, the company announced today.

“The i200 iron is engineered for golfers who want an iron with a clean look that delivers exceptional feel, distance and forgiveness while providing the trajectory control they need to play with precision,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “Bringing all these benefits into one iron required our teams to re-think how the face and cavity structure can work together to improve overall performance. The feel is amazing and the gains in forgiveness are significant for an iron this size. It’s a shot-maker’s iron by design, but it will fit a lot of golfers because it’s so easy to play. This iron will exceed their expectations in every way, especially the feel.”

The i200 iron is available for pre-order today at authorized PING golf shops around the world.

PING engineers created a head design that provides precision distances with horizontal and vertical trajectory control while substantially increasing forgiveness. A muscle-stabilizing bar and deeper, longer tuning port harmonize with a thinner, faster face to create a powerful feel and sound. This results from the soft elastomer insert activating at impact to enhance face flexing for faster ball speeds while damping vibrations. The insert nearly doubled in volume, allowing for more than three times the amount of face contact. It is neatly concealed to create a clean cavity design, which is precision milled.

The soft, 431 stainless steel head has a hydropearl chrome finish that repels moisture for more control and helps minimize fliers from wet conditions and lies in the rough. The thin face (30% thinner than the i iron) and tuning port structure produce weight savings that are redistributed to the toe and hosel regions to greatly increase the moment-of-inertia in both the heel-toe and high-low orientations. Long irons launch high with increased distance and forgiveness. Precise short irons give golfers full command of their shot making.

Tour-inspired aesthetics, including a smooth hosel-to-face transition, minimal offset and a sharper face radius, result in a slim appealing shape and clean look. The i200 iron soles are designed with added bounce and a more contoured lead edge to create a profile that glides smoothly through the turf without digging or bouncing.

A variety of high-performance custom-shaft options are available in the i200 iron to fit a player’s ball flight and feel preferences. The stock shaft is the proprietary PING AWT 2.0, which employs a steeper weight progression paired with a variable step pattern to provide a unique balance of high trajectory, increased ball speed, and stable feel in the long irons, yet controlled trajectory and smooth feel in the short irons. The KBS Tour, Dynamic Gold, N. S. Pro Modus3 105, XP 95, and Project X are also available at no upcharge.

i200 iron specifications and shaft options

– Available 3-9, PW, UW

– Stock steel shaft: PING AWT 2.0 (R, S, X)

– 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)

– Stock graphite shaft: PING CFS 65/70/80 (Soft R, R, S)

– U.S. MSRP: $135 per club w/steel shaft; $150 per club w/graphite shaft

chrome-soft-x-12-ball-boxCallaway Announces Chrome Soft X Golf Balls

New Tour Ball Creates a Choice in Performance Between Original Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X

Carlsbad, CA (January 17, 2017) – In 2015, Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY) introduced a revolutionary ball called Chrome Soft that combined distance and control with a high level of soft feel unheard of in a tour ball. Callaway Tour Staff pros switched to it quickly and won with it often.  22 professional tournament victories have so far been earned by pros playing a Chrome Soft Golf Ball.

Today Callaway has introduced a new ball, Chrome Soft X, to give players another performance choice.  Chrome Soft X and Chrome Soft share four-piece ball construction consisting of Callaway’s innovative two-layer Dual SoftFast Core®, spin-regulating SubMantle and ultra-soft urethane cover, as well as flight-extending HEX aerodynamics. The difference lies in Chrome Soft X’s firmer core and cover combination, which promotes more ball speed off the tee, more spin through-the-bag, and a piercing and workable ball flight.

“Chrome Soft is designed to promote a high, straight, distance-enhancing trajectory,” said Dave Bartels, Callaway’s senior director of golf ball R&D. “In Chrome Soft X we wanted to create a ball that does everything Chrome Soft does, but with a piercing trajectory and more workable ball flight desired by many Tour professionals and elite amateurs.”

Chrome Soft X and Chrome Soft are available in white and yellow color options. Chrome Soft X becomes available at retail starting February 3, 2017. New product introduction retail price for a dozen Chrome Soft or Chrome Soft X balls is $39.99. Personalization is available.

Callaway Tour Staff pros who currently play a Chrome Soft Golf Ball include Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jim Furyk, Danny Willett, 2016 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Emiliano Grillo, 2016 Ryder Cup standout Thomas Pieters, Daniel Berger, and Wes Bryan, who won three times on the Tour last year to earn a “battlefield promotion” to the PGA Tour.

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Turn On Your Game With Puma Golf’s Disc Footwear

New Disc tightening system combined with Ignite Foam offers next-level support & extreme comfort

CARLSBAD, Calif. (January 17, 2017) – PUMA Golf, a leader in golf footwear innovation and design, has introduced the new DISC collection of golf footwear – a premium, comfortable and stable collection for men, women and juniors, headlined by TITANTOUR IGNITE DISC and TITANTOUR IGNITE Premium DISC. The footwear collection utilizes PUMA’s revolutionary DISC closure system combined with its’ popular IGNITE foam to provide unparalleled comfort and performance throughout all 18 holes.

PUMA has a rich history in footwear, pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology, becoming one of the first brands to introduce a laceless closure system in their footwear. The revolutionary DISC system, first utilized by PUMA in its running shoes, has since been implemented into a multitude of performance shoes from tennis to training, and now golf. With a simple right turn of the dial, internal, durable wire laces tighten the upper, quickly and easily securing the foot for a locked-in, uniform, custom fit. The system utilizes a micro-adjusting reel that is just as easily loosened by a simple left turn and pull for easy removal of the shoes.

Engineered with PUMA’s proprietary IGNITE Foam, the TITANTOUR IGNITE DISC and TITANTOUR IGNITE Premium DISC shoes deliver responsive cushioning, optimal rebound, and superior step-in comfort through every shot. IGNITE foam is designed to make the shoe more responsive and release energy more efficiently throughout the swing, making IGNITE footwear supremely comfortable.

“At PUMA Golf we strive to push the boundaries of innovation in all of our products; while keeping in mind the specific needs of golfers: style, fit, comfort and stability,” said Grant Knudson, Head of Footwear, PUMA Golf. “With the addition of PUMA’s DISC technology, the coolest and most comfortable shoes in golf now offer a more stable and customized fit than ever before. With just a simple twist of the DISC you have amazing fit and feel that will keep you secure and comfortable during a round. It’s quick and easy to ‘click it and rip it’!”

The TITANTOUR IGNITE DISC shoes incorporate a premium PU sockliner for additional comfort and a customized fit, along with a PWRFRAME TPU outsole that encases the midsole for lightweight strength and durability, increased flexibility and superior traction. The outsole also boasts DUOFLEX, anatomically positioned flex grooves that allows the foot to move naturally while still providing support with a low-profile cleat made with K5 for long lasting abrasion resistance.

Sporting a sleek shape, and an Epic Performance Last, the TITANTOUR IGNITE DISC and IGNITE Premium DISC both offer a full-grain leather upper that provides excellent fit, unrivaled comfort and a stylish toe-down look. The TITANTOUR IGNITE DISC Premium, takes golf footwear to the next level with sophisticated, tonal colorways in full-grain leather and constructed with an ultra-soft Dual Density PU sockliner for a luxurious feel and long-lasting durability.

Rounding out the DISC family are the Blaze DISC for women, Grip Sport Junior DISC shoes along with a spikeless version for men: the IGNITE Spikeless Sport DISC. The women’s Blaze DISC shoe is a fashion-forward, cleated shoe that provides a fast, easy and consistent fit for ultimate comfort and performance. The Grip Sport Junior shoe boasts the same DISC technology in the adult versions, ensuring a stable fit, along with a breathable performance mesh upper and sporty midsole to keep young golfers cool and styling all day long.

The IGNITE Spikeless Sport, introduced last year, and touted by PGA TOUR professional Bryson DeChambeau as the most comfortable shoe he’s ever worn, provide the ultimate in function, versatility and fashion, and will now be available in a new laceless version. DeChambeau will continue to wear this Tour-proven shoe throughout the season.

• COLORS: White/Black; White/High Risk Red/Grey Violet; Black/Quiet Shade; Gray Violet/White/Steel Gray and White/True Blue
• AVAILABLE: February 1, 2017
• PRICE: $180

• COLORS: White/Gray Violet; Black/Dark Shadow and Gray Violet/Vibrant Orange.
• AVAILABLE: February 1, 2017
• PRICE: $200

• COLORS: Black/Silver; Quarry/High-Risk Red/Bright Plasma/Peacoat
• AVAILABLE: February 1, 2017
• PRICE: $140

• COLORS: White/Silver and White/Bright Rose
• AVAILABLE: February 1, 2017
• PRICE: $120

• COLORS: Quiet Shade/White/Bluefish and Peacoat/White/Orange Clown Fish
• AVAILABLE: February 1, 2017
• PRICE: $80
For more information on these shoes, along with PUMA Golf’s entire product line, please visit



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