The best new product at the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show may be a surprise to some, but if anyone has followed the career of golf inventor Jim Flood, it shouldn’t be. Flood invented the graphite shaft as we know it today, founded Aldila shafts and Odyssey putters, invented the original White Hot insert and the Basakwerd Putter. Even with all of these accolades, his latest creation may be his best yet.
So it was no surprise to us to find that the most innovative product at “The Show” this year was, hands down, the PowerPod II driver from Tiger Shark Golf. The driver did everything that was promised and with the proof from a Trackman Doppler radar launch monitor, the numbers now backed the hype. The “Pod” was producing lower spin rates and a higher smash factor than any of the other drivers we tested, including the new drivers from the largest manufacturers in golf.
“The PowerPod is different…it’s different by design,” said Dean Dingman, President of Tiger Shark Golf. “We wouldn’t have entered into the driver market if we were coming out with something that looked and performed like everybody else. We are trying to advance the game within the limitations provided by the rules of the USGA and R&A. That’s why we spent the last two years working on this design with Jim.”
Everything about Flood’s latest invention is designed to work in concert together to provide consistent results for every player type. The PowerShelf in the back of the clubhead raises the Center of Gravity, producing low spin rates and a penetrating ball flight. The reduced toe and heel weighting allowed for 99% of the weight of the driver to be directly behind the impact zone. The reduced perimeter weighting also allows for the face of the golf club to be the deepest in golf, producing a larger and higher sweet spot on the face called the Pod Hot Spot that calls for teeing the ball up higher for the best results.
“If you’re going to build a hammer from scratch, where would you want all the weight to be?” asked the club’s designer Jim Flood. “The design originally came about because traditional driver designs had too much weight on the toe of the clubhead. Because a free flowing object that has too much weight on the toe has a propensity to slice the ball, I knew I needed to balance out the weight from heel to toe, and make the face as large as possible in order to provide golfers with a driver head that had straighter shots.”
The results of one independent robotic testing showed that the PowerPod II had a longer average distance, a higher smash factor and lower spin rates over two of the top selling drivers in golf in 2010. Because of Flood’s one-of-a-kind design, the PowerPod was up to 7 yards longer than current models from Taylor Made™ and Callaway™, mostly due to the increased roll the PowerPod provides. The driver also bested the R9™ SuperTri™ and Diablo™ Octane™ drivers in terms of spin rates, with the PowerPod averaging 2806.7 RPM, up to 14% lower spin rates.
The PowerPod II carries an MSRP of $299 and is available in a 10.5 degree loft. The club comes standard with a UST V2 shaft that features a speed rated shaft system designed to fit every swing speed within the designations of L(60-70 MPH), A(70-80 MPH), R(80-90 MPH), S(90-105MPH) and X(105 + MPH.) The PowerPod II is already shipping to select accounts like Edwin Watts Golf, Lumpy’s Golf, Golf Mart, Golfsmith, GolfTown, Golfers’ Warehouse, PGA Tour Superstores, Puetz Golf Superstores, Roger Dunn Golf Shops, TGW.com and Van’s Golf Shops. The company also says a PowerPod fairway wood and hybrid is planned for later in the year.
For more information, please visit:www.tigersharkgolf.com/jim-flood-design
or call 1-800-667-0181.