Golf News – November 11, 2015


Ecco® Golf Introduces Speed Hybrid

Latest offering distinguished by premium leathers, lightweight comfort, vintage styling

(LONDONDERRY, NH) – Danish company ECCO – a leading global manufacturer of innovative footwear – announces the launch of its latest hybrid golf shoe, ECCO SPEED HYBRID, which combines a cool, vintage sneaker aesthetic with leading-edge comfort technology and a Tour-proven outsole.

Continuing to expand the horizons of hybrid footwear styling, the SPEED HYBRID’s sleek design and subdued colors perfectly coordinate with nearly any outfit. It is also distinguished by:

• Exceptional cushioning, flexibility and durability provided by a Direct-injected PU midsole

• E-DTS outsole with molded traction bars made from hard-wearing TPU that provide hundreds of traction angles for superb grip

• ECCO Freedom Fit mixing a snug heel setting with a roomier forefoot area that allows toes to move naturally

“Inspired by one of ECCO’s best-selling casual sneakers, the SPEED HYBRID pairs a great look with the game’s most-advanced hybrid outsole technology,” says Michael Waack, Head of Global Golf at ECCO. “It’s another testament to our unique position as one of the world’s largest shoe companies, a top maker of luxury leathers and pioneer of golf footwear trends.”

To ensure a pleasant walk round after round, the SPEED HYBRID also includes a removable leather inlay sole with ECCO Comfort Fibre System™. The leather/textile shoes feature ECCO HYDROMAX™, a proprietary treatment that provides outstanding, long-lasting water-repellency, and are available in three colorways.

Like all ECCO golf shoes, the SPEED HYBRID is crafted at ECCO-owned factories using the Direct-injection Process. This bonds the upper and outsole unit, creating a one-piece shoe without the use of glue or stitching. Benefits include permanent memory and a firm, water-tight seal.

Endorsed by Tour stars worldwide, the ECCO Golf collection is worn in competition by Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjørn, Marcel Siem, Thongchai Jaidee, Will Wilcox, Na Yeon Choi, Caroline Masson, Jennifer Johnson, Sadena Parks, Kendall Dye, Line Vedel Hansen, Pernilla Lindberg, Therese Koelbaek, Sophie Giquel-Bettan, Liz Young, Sally Watson and Linda Wessberg, among others.

mizMizuno JPX-Ez Driver Maximizes Forgiveness With Customization Options

Fast track® technology delivers industry-leading forgiveness

Norcross, Ga. – (November 11, 2015) – Mizuno, a global leader in golf technology and innovation, introduces the new 2016 JPX-EZ Driver featuring a redesigned club head and moveable weight technology to deliver maximum forgiveness off the tee.

Developed for golfers of all skill levels, the 2016 JPX-EZ Driver adds Mizuno Fast Track® Technology to expand customization options in the loft and trajectory settings. The 2016 model incorporates a 10-gram moveable weight which allows for more concentrated placement of mass to affect the driver’s neutral fade and draw settings. By enabling weight shifts in either a central sliding rail or two lateral slots, the JPX-EZ Driver can be set up to address any player’s specific ball flight needs. The JPX-EZ Driver’s customization creates the perfect launch conditions and spin rate for optimal control and maximum distance.

“This driver’s secret is in the newly added 10-gram weight, which makes an enormous difference to its overall adjustability, regardless of the differences in player’s skill level or swing dynamics,” said Chuck Couch, Vice President of Product Development – Golf, Mizuno USA.

The JPX-EZ Driver again implements its Quick Switch® Technology which allows golfers to switch loft angle between 8.5 and 12.5 degrees.

JPX-EZ Driver
Available Lofts: 1 Head (8 different loft settings)
Shaft: Fujikura SIX XLR8, S, R, A-Flex (Men); Fujikura SIX – L Flex (Ladies)
Grip: Golf Pride M-31 360 Round
*Other Options available through Mizuno’s Custom Department
Suggested Retail Price: $399.99
Available in-store: November 6, 2015


Carnoustie Sportswear Debuts Spring 16 Men’s Performance Outerwear and Shorts

IRVINE, CA – Golf apparel manufacturer Carnoustie Sportswear has introduced its Spring 16 men’s performance outerwear and shorts.

We have developed the perfect complement to our performance knits with the introduction of the Hogan outerwear collection. Fabricated in a blend of polyester and lycra, in the perfect year round weight, and offered in both a vest and 1/4 zip model, this outerwear has already become an important classification in its own right. Both styles feature a classic flat knit detail with tipping at the neck and contrast zipper details which distinguish them from the competition and allows these styles to be merchandised with the balance of the collection in a meaningful way.

“Golf, like many other sports such as skiing, has become all about layering,” says CEO Marshall Mancillas. “As a skier, I always knew how important it was to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Today, with the advent of these wonderful new technical fabrics, we can offer a style like the Hogan, which is lightweight yet will keep the player comfortable in a wide variety of conditions.”

“Just because performance outerwear is extremely functional, doesn’t mean it can’t be fashionable. I have had a lot of fun adding that Carnoustie touch to our performance outerwear collection and our customers have noticed.”

The Hogan outerwear collection is featured in all three merchandise groups for Spring 16: Classic, Resort and Desert.

Our line of performance shorts has been expanded for spring 16. Based on the success of our solid performance short we introduced last year, we have added a printed plaid performance short for each merchandise group which adds that perfect fancy short for each collection. These styles are well made and feature an elastic gripper waistband for comfort, two way stretch, an antimicrobial finish, and easy care and moisture wicking properties. These shorts are the quintessential addition to any spring merchandise group. They are fun and embody the spirit of Spring. “Why put an ordinary khaki short with that new polo,” says Mancillas. “Instead, pair that new polo with one of our performance shorts in that perfect shade of blue, or orange or green. My job is to make our player look coordinated, but not too coordinated. That’s a skill and we make it easy at Carnoustie.”

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