Spy Review – Cleveland Launcher Ultra Lite Series Driver

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Cleveland's 2nd generation of lightweight drivers has come on the scene with excellent feedback and results. The brand new Cleveland Launcher Ultra Lite Series driver provides the TL, SL, and XL, SL Series sure to fit nearly any kind of swing and golfer... which includes Cleveland's objective.


To provide you a thought of how light this new Launcher is, the newer 2011' 270 g version includes a complete 25 g lighter than the previous year's Launcher DST. Lighter shafts and drivers are absolutely a hot concept and technology right now. As you could create the technology needed to withstand the power and torque of the average swing as well as still produce lighter materials, the final result is a rise in ball speed, distance, power, and eventually control is an extra bonus.

The Launcher XL270

This is thought to be the lightest driver today in golf. This XL270 was engineered with a single thought in mind - optimal head speed when sustaining the forgiveness attribute that Cleveland will be well-known for. This XL270 will come with the hottest golf shafts upon the PGA Tour, Miyazaki Kua 39 Series.

The Launcher XL 270 Draw

The exact same characteristics of XL270 Draw will apply as XL270, just with a draw bias of two degrees closed. It offers the average player a straighter ball flight for an unwarranted slice or fade.

The Launcher SL 290

It’s similar to XL270 with a shorter stock shaft than XL, as well as twenty grams heavier. Nonetheless, this SL290 comes twenty-five grams lighter than many of the drivers upon the marketplace today. It additionally comes with a Miyazaki C. Kua forty-three gram shaft.

The Launcher TL 310

It’s designed more for the tour-caliber golfers. It’s the lightest driver on tour with the intention of delivering quicker ball speeds as it still allows a workability feature, mandatory on tour.

The Pros/Cons

The lightweight drivers are absolutely coming of age, as the lighter weights produce a lot quicker ball speeds as well as longer results. Miyazaki shaft as the stock option will be an absolute plus! Alongside the lighter weight driver concept comes the longer driver shaft that I disagree with. The average golfer ought to be utilizing shorter shafts, not the longer ones. Of course, it’s only an opinion, yet the longer shaft negates the power gained and replaces it with a harder swing to manage, that’s counter intuitive to Cleveland's objective with the release... Cleveland pushes the limit with this over 46” shaft.

Final Thoughts

In summary, I liked the brand new Cleveland Launcher Ultra Lite Series Driver. Many golfers will discover the lesser weight will eventually raise distance. The sole issue I have includes adding length toward the stock shaft that I hope players decide against.

Spy Review – X Series Jaws CC Wedges

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X Series Jaws CC Wedges, engineered by Roger Cleveland, Callaway’s Chief Designer, will feature the brand new Tour CC Grooves which will meet Condition of Competition upon Tour, presently the sole location they’re needed for play. Callaway's signature groove pattern will produce an advanced spin, even underneath the brand new United States of Golf Association’s rules. C-Grind Sole, as well as classical head design will assure versatility for a short game as it provides a Tour-level feel from the soft forged construction of 1020 carbon steel.

These X Series Jaws CC Wedges are obtainable just upon Callaway’s Forged products.The signature groove pattern will pack up to forty percent more grooves on the clubface. All testing has proven that these grooves will generate the most spin upon the shots out of the rough as they are compared to additional makers.

The CC Grooves: Will include twenty-one tightly spaced grooves that have sharper edges because of the superior Triple Net Forging process that will offer the optimum conforming region capacity, that will provide the highest spin levels as well as control out of a rough as it is compared with additional club makers.

It has versatility for precision shot-making: The special grind choice has been created to work with every club head’s bounce and loft angle for regular turf interaction. This C-Grind® sole, that is discovered upon the higher bounce offerings, will allow a golfer to lay the face open as he keeps the leading edge down – permitting for more bounce without having to compromise playability. The design will relieve the toe, heel, as well as trailing edge, that will result within a 'C' shape upon your sole.

Soft feedback as well as feel: The higher-grade forged carbon steel will provide a golfer a better feedback as well as feel around the golf greens. A special Triple Net Forging process will permit Callaway to make grooves which will generate more of a spin as well as control around the golf greens.

Shaft options as well as finish: The extended lineup will involve lofts that are obtainable in either a brushed or a slate chrome finish as well as the Fujikura 85 graphite shafts or the True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts.

Here include some of the pros of the X Series Jaws CC Wedges:

• Solid Feel
• Smooth
• Good grip
• Forgiving
• Easy to hit
• Accurate

Best uses for the X Series Jaws CC Wedges:

• Rough; and
• Fairway

Spy Review – Odyssey TI-Hot 1 Putter Limited Edition

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Odyssey putters have long been on the market to offer excellence in the game of golf. When Callaway Golf acquired Odyssey Sports and their premium line of putters, we have never seen a game of professional golf without the use of an Odyssey. Enter the Odyssey TI-Hot 1 Limited Edition Putter.

The revelation of this elite putter from Odyssey is not only bringing in rave reviews but its limited edition status in the U.S. has golfers chomping at the bit to get their hands on the all-titanium constructed, tungsten weighted ports; with hopes of knocking off a few more strokes to their game. Only 1,250 Odyssey TI-Hot 1 Putters will be made available for sale in the U.S. market.

The TI-Hot 1 Putter has a precision milled titanium head which has a noticeably deeper and sharper milling pattern that provides a better feel, truer roll and more consistency in every putt.  The tungsten weighted ports are strategically placed in the sole of the TI-Hot 1 to optimize performance. This unique feature offers an ideal balance of feel, control and accuracy. The weights also lower the center of gravity, which causes a stable feel and a good sound on impact.

Odyssey’s use of an all-titanium construction allows the player to feel the softness that steel construction putters don’t have. The TI-Hot 1 Putter is designed for comfort and style with its crank-neck hosel, full shaft offset, and muted charcoal finish with the signature Odyssey logo – your fellow golfers will be asking you, “what is that?” and “can I try your new putter?” However, your final game score will speak for itself as you adjust to the ease of a true premium club, you’ll find that your confidence in letting the putter do the work is assured at the end of every hole.

The retail price of the Odyssey TI-Hot 1 Putter is $349.99; however with the limited edition marketing there may be those golf fans that are willing to pay more than the premium to get their hands on this model. Many retailers were limited to just a few putters to their inventory, which means your best bet would be to order directly from Callaway online. However, if you’re hoping to get your hands on one to try it out first, that may be just as difficult to do as purchasing one, which might just be the thought behind this exclusive model.

Additional features:

  • Grip color: Black
  • Muted Charcoal Finish
  • Putter type: Blade
  • Rounded heel-toe
  • Comes in two lengths, 34” and 35” for Men/Right hand only
  • Retails for $349.99 plus tax and shipping


Spy Review – Diablo Octane Tour Black Driver by Callaway

The Diablo Octane Tour Black drivers mark the presentation of the revolutionary newer material referred to as Forged Composite. This Forged Composite was created in connection with their Development and Research partner Automobili Lamborghini and includes the strongest, lightest, most precise material golfers have ever utilized. It’s permitted the designers to create an enhanced club head that has a bigger transfer of power at impact as well as more accurate trajectories than this driver’s all-titanium predecessors.

This Forged Composite crown, that’s 1/3 the density of titanium, will mean that the MOI (Moment of Inertia) and CG (Center of Gravity) within this Diablo Octane Black Tour will precisely be set for maximum launch and as its more efficient and lighter club head has been coupled with a longer 45” shaft to power for longer distances as well as raise the club head speed.

Diablo Octane Black Tour units have a smaller head size than Diablo Octane Black Drivers, a complete hosel, and a more open look at address that’s preferred by skilled golfers. These drivers additionally benefit from Callaway’s signature Hyperbolic Face Technology in order to offer a bigger sweet spot and better impact effectiveness adding a median distance of 5 yards to golfers’ drives.

With an amazing black PVD finish, made especially for the European marketplace, and Project X Graphite shafts as the standard, Callaway Golf produced within this Diablo Octane Black Tour driver a technical performance level and aesthetic excellence which is perfectly custom-made for those advanced golfers.

Quicker swing speeds reap the advantages here, yet the ones searching for distance that come from a higher first launch ought to consider the head’s standard version. The different flight in between the Tour and standard versions is clear. For quicker swingers who usually generate excessive spins, the driver within the right spec ought to provide an ideal flight.

Many Low-Handicappers Will Choose the Diablo Octane Tour Model

The Diablo Octane driver’s marketing campaign touts eight more distance yards. That’s a great attention grabber - who does not wish to be utilizing one club less on the green? Yet real-world testing alongside testing upon simulators proved these gains were harder to come by, as well as within a few instances did not come at all. A strong one-handicapper tested Diablo Octane and Diablo Edge drivers with the exact same specs upon a launch monitor. This longer shaft upon the Octane resulted in higher swing speeds as well as greater ball speed, yet an additional result included more off-center hits as well as a reduction in the median driving distance. The highly skilled one-handicapper was losing in between five to eight yards with the Octane, as compared with the Diablo Edge. However, it must be noted, that the one-handicappers out there will be more likely to choose the Tour model.

Cobra Golf Limited Edition ZL Driver

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Cobra Golf has released its new Limited Edition ZL Driver, an all-white model loaded with the company's latest technology and an upgraded premium shaft.

Cobra Limited Edition ZL driverOnly 500 of the Limited Edition ZL Drivers are available globally, and each is individually marked with a production serial number. The Limited Edition ZL Driver utilizes advanced multi-material construction and Adjustable Flight Technology and is paired with a high performance Fujikura Motore Speeder shaft.

"The Limited Edition ZL Driver is a distinct offering for our loyal customers," said Brian Zender, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cobra-Puma Golf. "The ZL Driver is regarded as one of the highest performing drivers in the market. The Limited Edition ZL demonstrates the unique attitude of the Cobra brand, and our focus on superior performance and innovative design."

The new driver made its Tour debut this week, as Cobra Golf staffer Ian Poulter - who plays the ZL Driver on the PGA Tour - teed up the all-white ZL Driver at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.

The Cobra Limited Edition ZL Driver (MSRP $625) is available in lofts of 9.5º and 10.5º, in men's right-handed with Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.0 stiff flex shaft. It will be available at retail Dec. 15, but can be pre-ordered through participating retailers starting Nov. 15.

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Odyssey Releases New Phil Mickelson PT 82 Putter

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Callaway Golf announced the limited release of the Odyssey pro type 82 putter, inspired by the putter Phil Mickelson used to win the 2010 Masters. The pro type 82 features a sleek, blade-like design with a single sight-line running from the face to the back of the flange, as well as Odyssey’s latest insert technology, White Ice. Less than 3000 putters are available through authorized Callaway retailers in the United States; international locations likewise have limited quantities.

“It’s great to get feedback from our Tour Professionals, in this case Phil Mickelson, and turn that direct input into products for our consumers, with our latest inserts,” said Austie Rollinson, Principal Designer for Odyssey. “From a consumer standpoint, there is always demand for the putter designs that Tour Pros use and we are constantly speaking with golfers to see what they are most interested in. We’re thrilled to deliver these pro type replica models to the golfing public.”

Along with the sight line, the PT 82 Putter boasts a milled tungsten insert, which has been placed behind the face to ensure precise weight and feel. The putter is cast out of stainless steel with a PVD finish. It also features a PT pistol grip.

The new pt 82 putter is available now at a retail price of $349.

Adams 9064LS Driver (Spy Pics)

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TaylorMade Rossa Corza Ghost Putter (Spy Pics)

TaylorMade Golf has unveiled Corza Ghost, a mallet specially designed to be easy to aim, and easy to use to roll the ball down your intended line. It was designed with significant input from putting instructor Dave Stockton.

"We started with the intention of designing a putter that's easier to aim than any other," said Bill Price, Rossa senior director. "That led us to experiment with a white finish. We consulted Dr. Steven A. Hitzeman, a professor at the Indiana School of Optometry and he felt we were onto something."

"Corza Ghost's white putterhead stands out so clearly against its background - the putting surface - because of the high contrast between white and green," said Dr. Hitzeman, who is also a past president of the Indiana Optometric Association and a past chairman of the American Optometric Association's Sports Vision Section. "That high contrast maximizes stimulation to the retina and highlights the head's shape and features. The contrast would be lower if the putter were black or gray because these colors are closer in luminance to the color of the putting green than white. White creates the biggest difference in luminance, hence maximizing contrast and promoting focus. Many golfers use the leading edge of the putter as part of their alignment strategy (by positioning the edge perpendicular to the imagined target line). So, this high contrast for the leading edge gives the golfer the best chance of squaring up the putterface at address. Also, the lines on the top of the putter are painted black to achieve maximum contrast against the white surface of the putter. All of these high-contrast alignment elements give the golfer the best possible chance of accurately aiming the putter."

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Odyssey To Offer ProType Phil Mickelson Putter

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Callaway Golf announced the introduction of the Odyssey ProType 82 Putter, a limited edition design inspired by the same model Phil Mickelson used to win his third Green Jacket. Only 82 right-handed and 82 left-handed ProType putters will be available for purchase in the United States.

Beginning May 10 at 11:00 a.m. ET, those interested in owning one of these limited edition putters can sign up to be eligible for purchase on a first-come basis at OdysseyGolf.com. Each of these 164 individually numbered, limited edition putters features a green highlight on the sole, a nod to Mickelson's win at Augusta earlier this month.

The ProType 82 features Odyssey's new White Ice insert, with a Tungsten weight behind it, along with a single white sightline that stretches from the face of the putter down the back flange-a look requested by Mickelson himself. These limited edition PT 82 putters will also come with a Phil Mickelson Limited Edition headcover and a Black Series grip, identical to what the four-time major champion used to win at Augusta.

"I'm very excited that the designers at Odyssey have produced this limited edition putter with the same design as my gamer," Mickelson said. "Tournaments are won and lost on the green, which is why I rely on Odyssey technology. Our design team gives me the best chance to win. Odyssey's winning results on tour are a testament to their engineering capabilities."

Each of the 164 individually numbered, limited edition ProType 82 putters will be available at an asking price of $500.

Titleist Golf Bags: The Most Talked About for a Reason

Titleist Golf Bags are one of the most purchased and reviewed brand of bags on the market. Known for its superior quality, reasonable pricing, and complex features, Titleist stands out from the other brands and for good reason. The company itself, Titleist, is a global competitor in terms of clubs, bags, balls and other golf related accessories so it is no wonder why so many people buy and review this brand. Based in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, Titleist offers more than twenty varieties of golf bags: each with unique features and functions.

One of the more popular model of bags is Lightweight Stand Bag. This particular model features a six way club divider, cart friendly bottoms, an ergonomic shoulder strap and handle, several pockets for balls, tees, apparel, scorecard, and water bottle and comes in nine different colors or schemes. The stand bags also are known for their incredible stability with the tripod rubber-tipped legs and foot stand for automatic balancing. Because this is one of the more popular models, it can be found at most national sporting good stores like Golf Smith or Dick’s as well as some local pro-shops. However, Titleist does offer many different styles of bags that are not so easy to find. What if one is in the market for a custom or rare Titleist Golf Bag? No problem. The company is a fierce competitor so it is always wanting to grow clientele and live up to its commitment to its customers and products.

Another note about Titleist is that they are the official sponsor to many professional golfers including Steve Sticker, Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott, Angel Cabrera, and newcomer Rory Mcllroy. Luke Donald also is sponsored by Titleist and uses a custom S83 style bag on tour, but may switch to the more lightweight, flexible lightweight model when not in front of the cameras and away from his caddy. Prices of Titleist Golf Bags vary depending on the amenities it offers as well as the overall size: the more clubs to carry, the higher the price tag. Also, material does contribute to the overall cost and weight of the product so if someone is not willing to carry a thirty pound bag plus clubs, then perhaps the S83 model is not the right choice.

No matter the final style decided upon, Titleist is committed to its product and customers so having that assurance should be a comfort in itself. Titleist offers warrantees and even repairs for damaged bags, which is a great service to consider when a tee or umbrella punctures the delicate, yet durable material. Titeist Golf Bags are some of the most popular for a reason and aside from reading every review, it will take the act of purchasing one to find out why.

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