What's new in the world of golf equipment? In this week's update below are the latest offerings from Cobra, Adams, Tour Edge and FootJoy. Don't forget that you can compare prices on equipment from these and dozens of other manufactureres by visiting the Pro Shop.
New Bafflers from Cobra
The Baffler was first introduced in 1975, considered by most the first modern utility club. Today, the Baffler lineup of hybrids continues to go strong for Cobra Golf. The latest models are the King Cobra Baffler DWS and King Cobra Baffler Pro.
The Baffler Pro is Cobra's first Baffler design for more accomplished golfers who prefer a non-offset design and greater workability. The longer hosel allows for lie angle adjustments, and an adjustable weight in the rear of the clubhead gives the golfer the option to fine-tune the swingweight.
Lofts of 16, 18, 20 and 23 degrees are available for the Baffler Pro. The MSRP at launch is $220 with graphite shaft or $185 with steel shaft.
The "DWS" in the Baffler DWS' name stands for "dual weighting system," two weight plugs that lower the center of gravity and increase the moment of inertia. The DWS model is for golfers seeking distance, forgiveness and versatility from different lies.
The Baffler DWS comes in men's, women's and senior versions, with model number corresponding to the iron it is designed to replace. The MSRP on all DWS versions is $175 with graphite shafts or $150 with steel shafts.
Adams Idea Pro Hybrid
The very popular Adams Idea lineup of hybrid clubs has a new member: the Adams Idea Pro hybrid. This is the hybrid played on various tours by members of Adams' Tour staff.
The Idea Pro hybrid was developed with the materials, weight and shaping that appeal to better players in mind. An adjustable weight port is positioned forward in the sole to help lower the spin rate while also allowing for adjustments to swingweight.
The Idea Pro hybrid has no offset and an iron-like topline. It is available in lofts of 16, 18, 20, 23 and 26 degrees. The stock shaft is the Aldila VS 80-gram hybrid graphite. The stock grip is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet. The Adams Idea Pro hybrid will be available Sept. 15, 2006, and will carry an MSRP of $249.99.
Driver, Hybrid from Tour Edge
Tour Edge Golf is ready with a new driver under its Exotics label, plus a new hybrid in its Bazooka line.
The Exotics Tour Proto driver utilizes the Exotics driver platform of a Combo-Brazed 15-3-3-3 Beta Ti crown and a laser-bonded SP700 titanium face on a 6A4V body. Combo-brazing is a construction process that employs a chemical bond rather than welding, removing excess weight which can then be repositioned to more advantageous locations.
The Exotics Tour Proto driver is aimed at low-handicappers and highly skilled golfers. It features a heavier, tour-weighted head and a face angle that is 2-degrees open. Combined with greater bulge and roll, these qualities help provide better feel and more workability. The MSRP for this club is $499.99 with a graphite shaft.
The Bazooka JMAX QL Iron-Wood boasts the deepest center of gravity of any Tour Edge hybrid to date. The QL hybrid features ultra-thin, hyper-steel walls, crown, and face.
The Bazooka JMAX QL is available individually or as a 3-PW set. These iron-woods start out more wood-like, with heavier, wider soles, then progress to be closer to a more traditional iron appearance in the scoring irons. Bulge-and-roll have been added to Nos. 1 through 4 for added forgiveness.
MSRP is $99.99 per club with graphite shafts or $89.99 with steel shafts.
FootJoy ReelFit Shoes
The "ReelFit" series is the latest from FootJoy in the golf shoe market. These shoes incorporate the Boa Lacing System developed by Boa Technologies, Inc., that is found in several high performance footwear categories including the leading ski boots and snowboard footwear.
The system uses nearly two feet of adjustable steel micro-cable and a dial system to prevent the fit from loosening during a round of golf. The dial is on the back of the shoes and is turned to tighten or pulled out for a quick release and removal of the ReelFit shoes.
Other features of the FootJoy ReelFit shoes include premium waterproof ECL Leather by Pittards of England, full leather linings, cushioned PU Fit-Beds, and GelCollar with IntelliTemp cooling.