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Test Flight! – 2015 Hot Shots

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Put To The Test

Customers weigh in on the hottest drivers, fairway woods and hybrids!

Southern California Roger Dunn Golf Shops customers to join us for a day on the driving range testing the latest golf equipment and and recording the results. We narrowed the search to seven golfers of various abilities to test clubs from nine top manufacturers at Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Orange County, considered one of the top high-end courses in the region. In this issue we look at drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, while in our next edition we will feature top irons and wedges.

With so many options in golf equipment today, shoppers can be overwhelmed with where to even begin. The beauty of all these options is that manufacturers have found ways to accommodate nearly every skill levels on the golf course. With that in mind, we gathered a group of everyday golfers to put the most popular brands on the market to the test on the driving range. Here’s what they had to say…

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DRIVERS: CALLAWAY XR

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THE BASICS: Speed is the driving force behind the new Callaway XR driver. An aerodynamic crown, an R•MOTO face, and maximum shaft load have created a titanium driver that reduces drag and maximizes speed through the swing.

WHAT THEY SAID…

“Looks good. Lightweight and adjustable.” – Robert Lindsay

“Gorgeous all-black club with nice distance.” – Laura Qvistgaard

“Head shape is a bit weird, but it’s easy to swing and I like the matte finish.” – Roy Giannini

“A bit on the heavy side. Impact is different, but I really like the grip and feel of the club.” – Javier Chavez

Shop Callaway Here: http://www.worldwidegolfshops.com/Callaway-Golf/4014/Brands

 FAIRWAY WOODS: TAYLORMADE R15

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THE BASICS: First fairway wood with sliding weight for shot shape adjusta- bility. The most ad- justable fairway wood to date. New Front Track system performs like a speed pocket, reducing spin and increasing size of sweet spot.

WHAT THEY SAID…

“I like the adjustability and weight.” – Robert Lindsay

“Easy to control, forgives bad hits and swings fast.” – Javier Chavez

Shop TaylorMade Here: http://www.worldwidegolfshops.com/TaylorMade/4106/Brands

HYBRIDS: Ping G30 

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THE BASICS: To increase face deflection and ball speed for adding distance with a higher peak trajectory, the 17-4 stainless steel face uses a stronger H900 heat-treat- ment process, making it thin but strong. The result is more distance with the steeper landing angle to hold shots on the green.

WHAT THEY SAID…

“Very smooth, light and goes far.” – Roy Giannini

“One of my favorites, great feel on the swing and impact.” – Javier Chavez “Solid!” – John Brent

Shop Ping Here: http://www.worldwidegolfshops.com/PING/4078/Brands

Slot Machine – TaylorMade’s New Face Slot Technology

TaylorMade’s new Face Slot Technology pays off in a big way.

TaylorMade Golf didn’t become one of the world’s top-selling golf equipment designers and manufacturers by resting on its laurels and living in the past. That’s why the Carlsbad-based company has released a new line of irons, the RSi, incorporating high-tech wizardry and top-notch playability. “The new RSi 1 and RSi 2 models, along with the RSi TP that will be available on Jan. 15th,  take face technology to the next level”, according to TaylorMade sales representative Shawn McCaskey.

“The new Face Slot Technology allows golfers to hit it anywhere on the club face and they will get maximum ball speed, launch angles and forgiveness,” McCaskey said. Each model is designed for different players. The RSi 1 for mid-to-higher handicappers, the RSi 2 for mid-to low handicappers, and the TP line for the elite player. The Face Slot Technology found in the club’s heel and toe is indeed the most distinctive feature of all three clubs; it builds on the speed pocket, or slots, that were inserted onto the soles of TaylorMade’s irons two years ago. This improved the ball speed on shots struck low on the face. The face slot provides a similar benefit, increased ball speeds on heel and toe hits. Ball speed, of course, translates into more distance. “No matter what model you play, in my opinion these are the most forgiving, longest and straightest clubs on the market,” McCaskey said.

WATCH how TaylorMade’s new Face Slot Technology is changing the face of the game.

Vapor Family

Nike’s new line of Vapor irons get a big boost with input from Tiger and Rory

Few major golf manufacturers had such an interesting route to prominence than Nike Golf. For 30 years, Nike was known for one thing: it made shoes, focusing heavily on high performance athletic footwear. It began producing golf shoes in 1986, but didn’t leap into the golf equipment market until 2000, helped in no small part by signing Tiger Woods to an exclusive deal. Since that time, the company’s balls and clubs have helped it become a major player in the golf industry and its latest line of Vapor irons is the most recent example of the company’s dedication to high performance and technological innovation. With blessings from both Woods and the world’s current No. 1 player, Rory Mcilroy, the Vapor iron’s replace Nike’s Covert line. Lighter in weight, with a center of gravity moved to the center of the club face, Vapor has a much thinner face than its predecessor, resulting in Nike’s most precise, longest and most forgiving iron to date.

“The lightweight design helps golfers generate more club speed, the ultra-thin, ultra-fast face creates faster ball speeds, and moving the center of gravity to the center of the face makes the club more stable,” said Rowdy Bank, General Manager of The Golf Mart in San Diego. The three models — Vapor Speed, Vapor Pro Combo, and Vapor Pro are each built for golfers at different stages of their game. Both McIlroy and Woods had input in the design process, but it was the research and development team at Nike Golf that figured how to implement the ideas. “My favorite feature of these clubs is the Vapor’s clean aesthetics, which is a departure from the Covert line,” Bank said. “They feel great, as well.”

LATE-NIGHT TEE TIME

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy recently appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to tout Nike’s new Vapor irons and that’s when the fun began.

Lee Westwood – World #3 Wins Nordea Masters with Ping

Lee Westwood won his 40th career title Saturday with a five-stroke victory at the Nordea Masters at the Bro Hot Slott GC, in Stockholm, Sweden. He relied on new i20 irons and a Nome 355 putter. Leading by three to start the final round, he pulled away with an eagle at 12 and a birdie at 15. He said the new clubs will make the trip to the U.S. Open. “They’ve earned the right to say in. You’re never too sure first time in the bag, but they fit the clubs so well to m. It’s part of being with PING for 26 years. They know exactly what I want.”