Golf News – January 21, 2020

PUMA Golf Introduces IGNITE PWRADPT CAGED – Footwear That Lets Golfers Swing With Ease And Stability

CARLSBAD, CA – PUMA Golf unveiled its new IGNITE PWRADAPT CAGED footwear, delivering the optimum blend of comfort, style, and unmatched, locked-in stability no matter how hard a golfer swings, thanks to a new PWRACAGE saddle unit. IGNITE PWRADAPT CAGED is available in five staple colorways in two head-turning models, with lace up and DISC closure options.

“Our new CAGED footwear will keep you locked in and comfortable all day thanks to our new Adaptive Fit System and PWRCAGE saddle unit which provides the perfect fit, and stability like you’ve never felt before. Best of all, they come in a stylish, lifestyle-inspired, extremely comfortable package,” said Andrew Lawson, Footwear Product Line Manager, PUMA Golf.

IGNITE PWRADAPT CAGED have been anatomically designed to deliver outstanding comfort and a perfect, tailored fit. The supportive PWRCAGE Saddle wraps around the medial and lateral sides of the shoe providing unmatched stability.  As the laces tighten, the cage around a golfer’s foot forms a perfect, comfortable but stable fit, and the Heel Lock Window cups the golfer’s heel comfortably locking his foot securely into the shoe.  In addition, the layered Adaptive Fit System provides 360-degree support through the internal bootie, while the external bootie equipped with PWRFRAME technology ensures that the foot is fully supported in highest impact areas.  The full-length IGNITE foam cushioning and PWRADAPT Technology sole provide responsive comfort and 3-dimensional traction that adapts to the way a golfer moves.

In terms of style, both the lace and DISC version of CAGED feature an Epic Tour Last – a refined, anatomical last shaping that delivers excellent fit and ample forefoot volume for unrivaled comfort and a stunning toe-down look.

The IGNITE PWRADAPT CAGED collection is available in the golfer’s choice of five stylish color ways (Gray Violet/Silver/White, Black/Silver/White, Quiet Shade/Silver/Black, Peacoat/Quiet Shade/Silver and White/Silver/Peacoat).  Available in sizes 7-15, the IGNITE PWRADAPT CAGED will feature a retail price of $150 and be available through select retailers and at pumagolf.com beginning January 21.

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PING introduces Heppler putters

PHOENIX, AZ  – Employing high-pressure aluminum casting for the first time in the manufacturing of its putters, PING introduced the Heppler putters today, an eye-catching, nine-model family of blades and multi-material mid-mallets and mallets differentiated by solid- face technology and extremely high inertia properties.

Solid-Face Technology
A firmer feel and sound is the result of the machined, flat face. The face material – either aluminum or steel – varies by model, depending on the placement of the materials, which is strategically positioned to maximize forgiveness and optimize the center of gravity.

Extensive testing revealed the auditory feedback of the flat metal face had a positive effect on the player’s confidence by providing a distinct impact experience without compromising performance.

“We saw a high percentage of testers improve their ‘Strokes Gained’ results with a Heppler model, indicating that many golfers prefer the firmer sound and feel of a solid-face design,” said Solheim. “We see the new putters as an appealing alternative to our Sigma 2 series, which offers a softer feel and sound through its dual-durometer insert and TR face technology. Our primary goal is to provide golfers a custom-fit putter with their desired feel and sound while delivering the performance and consistency they need to hole more putts.”

Pressure-Cast Aluminum; Multi-material Designs
PING engineers combined a lightweight aluminum with steel through strategic shaping and weight placement to produce extremely high MOI designs. The aluminum casting process creates precise detail and exceptional quality in the mid-mallets and mallets. The new Tomcat 14 has the highest MOI in the line and features a 14-dot alignment aid inspired by the lights on an airport runway.

Black Chrome, Adjustable-Length Shaft
Advancements to the adjustable-length shaft technology introduced in the Sigma 2 family produce a firmer feel with less flexing. Finished in an eye-catching black chrome, the adjustable-length shaft is lightweight, easy to use and sleekly concealed beneath the grip, allowing golfers to customize length between 32” and 36” to fit their stroke and posture. The process is quick and intuitive through the use of an adjustment tool that inserts into the top of the grip. One full turn causes approximately a ¼” adjustment up or down, and the grip remains perfectly aligned during the adjustment process.

PING Pistol Grip Options
Four PING grip designs allow golfers to find their optimal fit and feel. The PP59 is the standard grip, inspired by the popular PP58. The PP60 is midsize and lightweight, designed to fit the contours of the hands with flats on the top and sides. Slightly heavier, the PP61 has an exaggerated pistol shape. The PP62, while still lightweight, has a larger, more rounded shape to promote quieter hands.

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PING introduces G710 distance iron with Arccos Caddie Smart Grips

PHOENIX, AZ – In the new G710 irons, PING engineers deliver golfers more distance and forgiveness in a sleek, dark finish, PING President John K. Solheim announced today.

Solheim also announced the new G710 irons come standard with Arccos Caddie Smart Grips and a free trial of the Arccos Caddie app. “I personally started using Arccos more than a year ago and have seen significant improvement across my entire game,” he said. “It helps me during a round with club selection, and I really enjoy analyzing all the data after the round to uncover areas to help me play better. The Arccos Caddie app is a tremendous shot-tracking tool to help golfers lower their scores and have more fun on the course.”

Precision Machined, Maraging Steel Face
One of the strongest aerospace-grade alloys in the world, maraging steel provides strength and flexibility for launching shots higher and farther. High durability coupled with a machined variable-thickness face make an ideal pairing for distance.

5% Higher MOI
High-density tungsten toe and heel weights optimally positioned in the 17-4 stainless body increase the MOI by 5% compared to the G700, producing exceptional forgiveness for more distance and accuracy, especially for mid-to-high handicaps and slower swing speeds.

Hydropearl Stealth Chrome Finish
A hydropearl chrome finish with black PVD coating provides hydrophobicity to repel water and improve performance through the turf and in wet conditions. The two-stage coating process ensures durability and the darker finish creates the perception of a smaller, more compact head.

Alta Distanza Black 40 Graphite Shaft
The proprietary PING shaft is a no-upcharge option in the G710 iron and offers the lightest weight and max trajectory height available in a PING iron shaft. A more active tip in the 43-gram shaft delivers higher trajectories and best matches golfers with slower swing speeds.

Arccos Caddie Smart Grip & Arccos Caddie app
The Arccos Caddie Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet Smart Grip is standard on every G710 iron in one of three sizes (Aqua -1/64”, White Std., Gold +1/32”). Each iron is custom built with an embedded sensor in the grip to automatically record and analyze every shot taken during a round when paired with the Arccos Caddie app. Golfers receive a 90-day free trial of the app (then $99.99 annual subscription) and eight additional screw-in sensors at no charge after the purchase of six or more G710 irons. Fulfillment of the additional free sensors comes directly from PING and requires users to first download the Arccos Caddie app.

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Michael Feland

Born in Houston, TX, raised in New Orleans, LA, Mike and his family currently live in Orlando, FL. Mike is a First Tee Level 1 Certified instructor and enjoys sharing his love for the game with the Orlando area youth that participate in The First Tee of Central Florida program.

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