Golf News – July 14, 2015


FJ, the #1 outerwear brand in golf, introduces an entirely new range of performance outerwear products to keep the player comfortable in all playing conditions.

As with all FJ apparel and outerwear, the new range of outerwear is made specifically for golf. The collection is highlighted by the super premium FJ® DryJoys Select Rainwear, the ultimate rainsuit for the most extreme golf conditions.

FJ DryJoys Select sets a new standard in golf rainwear.  An exclusively engineered performance fabric provides maximum waterproof protection and breathability in an extremely lightweight construction. The versatile rainsuit is the most innovative offering to date from the #1 Outerwear Brand in Golf. Enhanced with premium trim details and the exclusive StaDry® Collar, FJ DryJoys Select is the ultimate shell in the FJ Layering System.


·    Specially Engineered Japanese Fabric

o    3-layer bonded construction

o    Ultra Fine Tricot Liner

o    Waterproof protection up to 25,000mm of water column pressure

·    Xtreme DWR finish

·    Exclusive StaDry Collar engineered to increase protection from the  rain and improve the overall comfort and fit around the neck area.

·    YKK Aquaguard® Vision® Waterproof main zipper

·    YKK Aquaguard Waterproof Hand Pockets and Outside Scorecard Pocket  Zippers

·    Two-year Limited Waterpoof Warranty

·    Available 7/10/15

·    MSRP Rain Jacket ($375)/Rain Pants ($320)

The Tour-proven DryJoys Tour XP™ collection has been re-designed for 2015. Built for the golfer that is determined to Make Every Day Playable, DryJoys Tour XP is constructed to withstand whatever conditions a player faces on the golf course with golf-specific features like three layer bonded fabric, a Four-Way Stretch Shell and the new StaDry Collar Design.


·    Three Layer Bonded Fabric eliminates weight and improves mobility

·    Four Way Stretch Shell allows complete range of motion

·    Seam Sealed for ultimate waterproof protection

·    Tour Proven

·    20,000 mm of Water Column Pressure

·    Two-Year Limited Waterproof Warranty

·    MSRP $270 Jacket, $250 Rain Shirt, $190 Short Sleeve Rain Shirt

In addition to FJ DryJoys Select and DryJoys Tour XP, several new categories will debut in the 2015 collection of performance outerwear.  The FJ SuperLite Shell, an all-new ultra-lightweight shell, features strategically placed mesh panels, a Durable Water Repellent Finish for protection in light rain and full zip construction (MSRP $145). The new Wind Shell Mid Layer provides superior protection from the wind with outstanding mobility and performance in a half zip pullover (MSRP $135).

Lastly, the ProDry® Performance Seamless Thermal Base Layer features a seamless construction for amazing comfort and warmth, engineered body mapping for improved ventilation and golf compression fit tailored specifically with the golfer in mind (MSRP $85).


Wilson Golf invites Inventors, Product Developers, Engineers and Creative Thinkers to AN Open “CONCEPT Call” as it searches for America’s Next Big Driver Inspiration

New Television Show – “Driver vs. Driver” – Shines Spotlight on Sports Innovation and the Path Golf Products take from Concept to Pro Shop; Winner to Receive $500,000

 “Driver vs. Driver” to Premiere on Golf Channel, Fall 2016

CHICAGO, July 13, 2015 – Do you have the next big idea for the world of golf? Or, perhaps you have a concept for the next big innovation in golf drivers?  Does working alongside the award-winning Wilson Labs innovation team to watch your idea come to life sound like a dream come true? If so, Wilson Golf wants to hear from you.

Wilson Golf announced today a call for entries as it launches a new television show called “Driver vs. Driver.” This show, scheduled to air on Golf Channel in Fall 2016, is being created to open the door for exciting, unique and fundamentally new, innovative concepts in golf driver equipment.  What’s at stake?  A $500,000 grand prize and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with Wilson Golf’s Wilson Labs innovation team of engineers and designers as your idea becomes a Wilson Staff 2017 branded driver sold at golf shops around the country.

“Wilson Golf has a long history of innovation alongside some of the best golfers who have ever played the game,” said Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf.  “As we push golf innovation into new territories, we recognize that new ideas, materials, design elements and concepts can come from the most unexpected places, industries and people.  This new television show is designed to celebrate the entrepreneurial and inventive spirit that is so important to our brand and mine the country for driver ideas that the Wilson Labs team can turn into reality.”

For golfers, inventors, engineers, or anyone who has an idea or concept they believe could be the next big driver concept, Wilson Golf invites you to participate.  To enter, individuals and/or teams need to submit a short video on their concept, why they think it can work as the next driver innovation, and a brief synopsis of who they are.  Entries can be submitted at  The deadline for entries is 11:59 PM CT, August 15, 2015. A comprehensive overview of show eligibility and requirements can also be found on the site.   Top engineers and designers from Wilson Labs, as well as producers from Golf Channel, will evaluate all entries.  

About “Driver vs. Driver”

“Driver vs. Driver” will follow the trials and tribulations faced by contestants as their ideas and concepts are evaluated and critiqued by an elite team while going through the grueling process to become a viable driver within the Wilson Golf line of products. A set number of contestant concepts will go through prototyping and vigorous testing within Wilson Labs and the individuals and/or teams will work alongside the Company’s engineers and designers to refine the concept until a winner is determined.

Through an elimination process, the final design concept will be revealed and the winning individual and/or team will receive $500,000 and the opportunity to have a driver they inspired sold at retail.


Nippon Shaft To Release Tour-Proven Steel Shafts For Sale To Public

N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 105 and N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 125

CARLSBAD, CA (July 10, 2015)- Nippon Shaft for the first time will bring to market two new types of steel shafts that tour pros already have used to win a combined 14 events on the PGA TOUR and the Japan Golf Tour.

On August 1, 2015, Nippon Shaft will release the N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 105 and N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 125 for sale to the public. The release of the two shafts is the outcome of four years of Nippon Shaft’s work with Tour professionals, who began interacting with company representatives when Nippon Shaft began traveling with the PGA TOUR on a regular basis in 2009.

“Nippon Shaft is proud to add two models to the tour-proven N.S. PRO MODUS3 series: the lightweight N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 105 and the traditional weight N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour 125,” said Hiro Fukuda, sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.

“It takes time and exhaustive testing to create products that meet the performance requirements of the world’s best players,” Fukuda said. “Listening to players’ feedback over the last 48 months, Nippon Shaft engineers developed ‘tour’ prototype shafts to suit the needs of tour professionals and these shafts have been further refined and engineered in response to their comments.”

The shafts will be available in the United States, United Kingdom and in Australia through Nippon Shaft’s network of authorized dealers.

Tour pros have been using – and winning with – the two shafts in prototype form both in competition and in testing environments, providing important input to Nippon Shaft engineers in the development phase, according to Fukuda.

Professional tour golfers play one of the four N.S. PRO MODUS3 Tour models because each delivers optimum control over three modes of ball flight – trajectory, distance and direction – by the optimum control over the three sections of a golf shaft. The Tour 105 and Tour 125 are designed with:

1. Tip Section: Mid rigidity increases launch conditions (mid/high trajectory)
2. Mid Section: Mid rigidity promotes control of (easy) launch and tour level spin
3. Butt Section: Mid rigidity promotes control and soft impact feel

Mid rigidity increases launch conditions (mid/high trajectory) Mid rigidity promotes control of (easy) launch and tour level spin Mid rigidity promotes control and soft impact feel

Over the years, Nippon Shaft recorded hundreds of victories on professional golf tours worldwide, as the best players in the world increasingly chose to install in their irons, steel shafts manufactured in Japan to unparalleled quality standards.

Nippon Shaft products are available globally either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands. In addition, Nippon Shaft products are available through Nippon Shaft’s dedicated global club fitter network. Details of these can be found at

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Matt - aka 'Meeks' - is the Senior Writer at Plugged In Golf based on both tenure and age. Matt lives in the beautiful Lowcountry of South Carolina with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy.

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