Golf News – January 21, 2014
Less Spin, More Distance: New Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Fairway Woods
Lower center of gravity increases launch angle and reduces spin rate, resulting in more distance
BEAVERTON, Ore. (January 17, 2014) – At The Oven, Nike Golf’s research and design facility, innovation never stops. Nike Golf engineers create game-changing golf clubs, and then they make them even better. That relentless commitment to innovation is what drove the design behind the new Nike VRS Covert 2.0 fairway woods, available at retail January 31, 2014.
Coupled with Nike’s iconic High-Speed Cavity Back technology for longer and straighter shots, engineers lowered the center of gravity to promote a higher launch anglewith reduced spin, which produces a significant improvement in distance gained.
“We worked closely with our athletes to develop tour-authentic fairway woods that were tested and proven in prototype form by our top athletes on tour in 2013,” says Nate Radcliffe, Nike Golf Director of Engineering. “We’ve adjusted the profile and lowered the center of gravity significantly in both the Tour and Performance models. This update resulted in a spin rate reduction of approximately 600 rpm’s, which equals an average of about eight yards of distance gained for the average player.”
Nike Golf re-engineered the Fly-Brace design within the cavity back ofthe VRS Covert 2.0 fairway woods similar to that of the VRS Covert 2.0 driver, re-distributing material from the center of the club toward the heel and toe for increased stability. The Fly-Brace technology stiffens the chassis to focus flexing toward the variable thickness NexCOR face. The result is a faster, hotter face with higher ball speed.
The second generation of Mitsubishi Rayon’s Kuro Kage shafts are the standard graphite option for both models. In the VRS Covert 2.0 Tour, the Kuro Kage Silver 70 graphite, featuring Titanium Nickel fiber in the tip section, creates more stability and lower spin. The Kuro Kage Black HBP Graphite 60 shaft in the VRS Covert 2.0 fairway woods features a higher balance point allowing for higher swing speeds without adding shaft length.
Availability: January 31, 2014
Specifications: 3W: 13°-17° (RH/LH), 5W: 17°-21° (RH/LH)
Kuro Kage Silver TiNi Shaft: R, S, X
Street Price: $249
Availability: January 31, 2014
Specifications: 3W: 15° (RH/LH), 5W: 19° (RH/LH)
Kuro Kage Black HBP Shaft: A, R, S, X, W
Street Price: $199
Callaway And Trackman To Form Global Partnership
VedbÆk, Denmark, January 19, 2014: As of January 2014, Callaway Golf Company has decided to entrust TrackMan as its global fitting technology partner. This partnership will not only improve fitting efficiency and effectiveness, but also boost Callaway’s client experience. With the decision to upgrade its European division to also use TrackMan’s Pro IIIe – the industry standard – the Callaway Golf Company has aligned its global fitting strategy.
Tim Reed, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy & Management Callaway Golf Company explains: “Our decision to use TrackMan is a consequence of our unwavering commitment to innovation and performance. We are now making the fitting technology used for our Tour Players available to all clients, no matter where in the world they live”.
“We are very excited to extend our collaboration with Callaway. Being the choice of golf’s leading equipment manufacturers coaches and players affirms the quality and performance of our products and TrackMan’s continued commitment to excellence,” said Klaus Eldrup Jørgensen, TrackMan CEO and Co-Founder.
“We chose TrackMan not only for the system’s accuracy and ease of use”, Neil Howie, President and Managing Director of Callaway EMEA, “but also for the importance of TrackMan’s ability to support us in offering our clients an outstanding fitting experience. With TrackMan’s online platform (mytrackman.com), each and every Callaway client will benefit from having all fitting session information at their fingertips”.
At only 3.2 kg and the size of a laptop, TrackMan Pro is an ultra-portable fitting and teaching tool, which can be fully operated from an iPhone, iPad, or any Windows tablet PC. Its unique Normalization™ feature allows a high-end fitting experience in windy conditions and with lower quality range balls.
Bettinardi Golf Wins The Asian Tour’s Kings Cup
Prayad Marksaeng shoots final round 66 to win the King’s Cup in Hua Hin,Thailand
Tinley Park, IL, January 20, 2014- Bettinardi Golf, known for making the highest quality precision milled putters, won their first international event of 2014 when Prayad Marksaeng came from three shots behind to win the King’s Cup in Hua Hin, Thailand. Marksaeng made an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys to win his second event of the 2013 Asian Tour season, and 8th overall in his career. “I am extremely happy to win the title because it is a great event and importantly, it is staged in my home town,” said Marksaeng. “This win is for all the Thais, especially for people in Hua Hin”.
“This is another huge step in the right direction for Bettinardi Golf,” said Bob Bettinardi, President and CEO of Bettinardi Golf. “This is the first Asian Tour victory for our company and we look forward to Prayad’s continued success on the international golf circuit”.
Cutter & Buck’s Ladies’ Golf Collection For Fall ’14 Expands Essentials, Adds Several New Fabrications
SEATTLE (Jan. 21, 2014) – Cutter & Buck’s Ladies’ Golf Collection is known for its fashionable pieces that work both on and off the course, blending modern lines with innovative fabrics for a wardrobe that performs. For Fall 2014, Cutter & Buck has built on the success of its Spring 2014 Collection by expanding its line of women’s essentials with an extensive selection of fresh colors – including a jewel-toned Plum, a vivid Blue, and a versatile Heather Grey – exciting details, and new, more luxurious fabrications.
Cutter & Buck also is introducing several new fabrications to the Ladies’ Collection, including a higher-quality nylon/spandex blend that drapes nicely for an optimum fit. All of the new fabrics were hand-picked in order to increase the luxurious feel of the Ladies’ golf wear line, and work in different textures and weights for a complete collection that fits active lifestyles.
According to Jake Rawson, Cutter & Buck’s global director of sales-golf, the company’s goal was to keep performance at the forefront of the Ladies’ Collection, adding in more refined details for a sophisticated, course-ready wardrobe that also can work beyond the green.
One of the key items this fall is a super-soft CB DryTec L/S Cozette Full Zip. This moisture-wicking full zip jacket features a new heavier weight poly-spandex jersey construction and, for the first time in the Cutter & Buck Ladies’ Collection, boasts UPF 30+ protection. The Cozette has a flattering silhouette that can be dressed up or down with a mock collar, full zip, striking design piecing, and invisible zipper pockets. It is available in several bold colors, including a heathered option: Ribbon Pink, Marmalade (bright orange), Mediterranean (tranquil blue), Watercress (bright green), Plum, White, Black and Heather Onyx.
Another significant addition to the collection is the Michele L/S Half Zip Mock Sweater, fabricated with new cotton/nylon yarn for a soft, cozy feel. Features of this long-sleeve garment include a fine 12-gauge knit and heathered texture, cable stitch detail along the arm length, and 2×2 rib cuffs and hem. Available colors are Ribbon Pink Heather, Marmalade Heather, Mediterranean Heather, Watercress Heather, Plum Heather and Heather Onyx.
To complement the new tops, Cutter & Buck is introducing two new CB DryTec bottoms – a moisture-wicking CB DryTec Estelle Knit Skort and a CB DryTec Celine Printed Skort. The Estelle pull-on skort is constructed with the company’s new, denser poly/spandex jersey, and features edgy angled piecing on the front pockets with metal grommet detail, contrast fabric, and a back single welt pocket. It is available in four different colors: Ribbon Pink, Black, Plum, and Heather Onyx.
The Celine Printed Skort, meanwhile, is made with a poly/Dupont Sorona yarn blend, which is a renewably sourced fiber and contains 37 percent annually renewable plant-based ingredients by weight. In addition to being an eco-friendly and sustainable choice, this yarn adds exceptional softness, comfortable stretch, and color fastness to the garment. The moisture-wicking Celine features a fun dot print with a dropped waistband and trumpet pleats designed to flatter every shape.
Additional highlights in this collection are a sleeveless CB DryTec Ellette Polo, featuring lightweight poly/spandex mesh fabric and a modern sweetheart neckline with a buttonless placket, plus a CB DryTec SS Adele Polo, which has a poly/lurex/spandex Jersey stripe for a fun metallic detail that adds a silvery sheen to the garment. The two polos are available in Black, plus five bright color options: Ribbon Pink, Marmalade (bright orange), Mediterranean (tranquil blue), Watercress (bright green) and Plum.
Symbolic of Cutter & Buck’s push to feature more golf pieces that offer 50+ UPF UV protection – designed to block 99 percent of UV radiation – is the CB SunTec L/S Andie Polo. With 50+ UPV UV protection, this long-sleeve performance piece is made with a lightweight nylon/spandex, moisture-wicking fabric and features a set-on placket with five metal ring snaps, a self collar, and underarm piecing with mesh inserts for ventilation. It is available in rich jewel tones of Plum, Ribbon Pink, Mediterranean, Marmalade and Watercress, as well as White.