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2011 Launch Pad
By Tom Landers | Published  10/5/2011 | New on the Tee | Unrated
2011 Launch Pad
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2011 LaunchPad

TaylorMade R11 Irons
Last year at this time TaylorMade raised the ante with the Burner 2.0 iron. The R11 shares the best of both worlds with the company’s forged Tour Preferred line and the powerful Burner 2.0. Its Burner 2.0 heritage is apparent in its ultra-thin face thickness that promotes faster ball speed and distance and Inverted Cone Technology that helps preserve that distance on off-center hits. The progressive top line thickness and strong lofts produce comparable launch, ball flight and length to the Burner 2.0, as well as the consistent distance gaps between each club.

The Tour Preferred bloodline is reflected in the precision weight port system that ensures precise swingweights while making sure that each club’s center of gravity is right in line with the sweet spot. The “multi-functional” sole increases playability from a variety of lies making these very playable for a wide range of skill levels. The R11 has a soft feel and produces a more “muted” sound at impact reflective of its forged Tour Preferred brethren. Combining great feel with incredible yet consistent distances makes the R11 an iron to be sure to have on your “must try” list. Make no mistake; the R11 is indeed a game improvement club with the capability to shape and flight shots that will please even the most highly skilled player.

$799 (steel); $999 (graphite)

Bridgestone J40 Fairway Woods
The J40 Fairway Woods are the perfect complement to either of the J40 low spin drivers. The J40 Fairway Woods are constructed of 17-4 stainless steel and utilize many of the same design attributes as the J40 drivers, including the new Variable Face Thickness Design and thinner crown for enhanced perimeter weighting, to provide improved stability in both distance and direction. In addition, the J40 Fairway Woods offer a slightly larger clubhead size than their predecessor to inspire confidence at address, and provide more forgiveness on mis-hits. The J40 Fairway Woods utilize a Tungsten weight positioned at the heel to ensure the optimal center of gravity location.

The J40 Fairway Woods are available in 14 (3+), 16 (4), and 18 (5) degrees of loft and come standard with a Project X Graphite shaft.


Titleist Vokey Design SM4 Wedges
The new Vokey Design SM4 wedges feature 17 precise, individually cut grooves that maximize groove geometry and push groove edge radius to the conforming limits. SM4 wedges feature a new shape inspired by Bob Vokey’s original 200 series, with twenty-one loft and bounce combinations and five different sole grinds that Vokey developed through his research and work with some of the best players in the world. Like their Spin Milled predecessors, the new Vokey Design SM4 wedges are made from soft 8620 carbon steel and feature Titleist’s Spin Milled technology. Model changes to the SM4 line include a new 46-degree pitching wedge and higher bounce models in lofts of 48, 50 and 52 degrees. Ten models, ranging from 54 to 64 degrees, will now be offered with specialty sole grinds that Vokey developed on Tour.

The SM4 wedges have a CNC-machined face and precisely cut groove geometry. The face surface is also machined with a series of milled micro edges resulting in greater surface roughness for improved spin on partial shots versus a polished wedge face. They are available November in 3 finishes, Tour Chrome, Black Nickel and Oil Can in both left and right handed.

$129 (steel) $149 (graphite)

COBRA Long Tom and
Long Tom Raw Drivers

At four feet long, the new Long Tom Driver is the longest driver allowable under USGA rules. It’s length and ultra-light weight shaft and grip all contribute to the Long Tom producing club head speed. But the uniqueness of the Long Tom doesn’t stop there. The driver comes standard with Grafalloy’s 50 gram Blackbird shaft with Speed Coat technology for improved aerodynamics and Winn’s Ultra-light “Shorty” grip to ensure the golfer let’s out the entire shaft. In other words, no choking up! The Long Tom’s head is constructed from a high strength 6-4 body with a super thin low density titanium 8-1-1 alloy face that repositions up to 20 grams to move the CG low and deep. The Long Tom name comes from a cannon that was used during World War II and the Korean War. In the 1970’s COBRA released its first version of the Long Tom, directly inspired by this cannon. The all black, cannon cosmetic of the Long Tom Driver and the RAW, unfinished cosmetic of the Long Tom RAW will appear in November and will be offered in 8, 9 and 10 degrees and weigh in at a mere 269 grams.
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COBRA Long Tom RAW Driver $499 • COBRA Long Tom Driver $349

Nike Golf VR Pro Limited Edition Forged Driver

The Nike VR Pro Limited Edition driver was designed for golfers who prefer a more traditional 430cc pear-shape head and looking for Tour-level performance. The Nike VR Pro Limited Edition Forged driver utilize NexCOR face technology to maximize distance for the widest range of players through a new multi face thickness design.
The sole of the Nike VR Pro Limited Edition Forged driver features Nike’s variable Compression Channel technology for greater distance.
Built through a true four-piece forging process, the face, crown, sole and hosel are combined to maximize the NexCOR face and center of gravity location for optimal distance and control. The driver comes standard with the Mitsubishi Diamana ‘Ahina shaft. The Nike VR Pro Limited Edition Forged driver will be available in 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5 at retail on November 1, 2011. y!


The new Titleist AP1 and AP2 irons (712 Series) stay true to the design mission of “Advanced Performance with Feel.” Both models are multi-material, dual cavity irons that provide modern ball flight and forgiveness with the traditional looks, feel and sound.
Both the new AP1 and AP2 models feature sleeker contours that result in an improved address position. Both have internal weighting that utilizes higher density tungsten in order to distribute mass more efficiently, which increases the moment-of-inertia (MOI) without changing the CG location or the blade length. The higher MOI provides more consistent ballspeed across the clubface and better distance control.
The new AP1 features a new topline shape and progressively reduced blade lengths resulting in more traditional-looking short irons. Notable changes to the new AP2 include a new, tour-inspired square toe profile and reduced sole width in the short irons for more precise turf performance. Both AP models incorporate Titleist’s Tuned Feel System to improve both sound and feel.
NEW 712 AP2 - $112 per club/steel, and $135 per club/graphite.
NEW 712 AP2 IRONS - $154 per club/steel and $175 per club/graphite.

Mizuno MP 59 Irons
When you think of Mizuno, you think of quality forged irons. The new MP-59 is indeed another example of this well earned reputation but with a titanium twist. Last season’s MP-58 were the first irons released with a feature that Mizuno calls Ti Muscle. But with the release of the new MP-59 irons, Mizuno uses titanium for a completely different purpose—forgiveness. The MP-59 is actually a bit smaller than its predecessor yet Mizuno claims the clubs have a sweet spot that is 5 percent larger. With all this talk of forgiveness, make no mistake this is not a “game improvement” iron. Like the entire MP iron series, the MP-59 has very little offset and a thin top line making this indeed a great choice for the skilled player. The MP-59 will come standard with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold shaft however a plethora of tour quality shafts are offered as custom options.

Bridgestone J40 Drivers
With the unveiling of the J40 line, Bridgestone Golf will offer better players 2 new drivers to help reduce spin and produce increased distance off the tee. The J40 445 promotes a mid-to-high launch trajectory with low spin in a 445 cc short hosel, round clubhead shape. The J40 430 is designed to promote a low to mid-launch with very low spin in a more traditional long hosel, 430cc pear shaped head. Both drivers feature 6-4 titanium, 4-piece clubhead construction and Bridgestone’s proprietary Variable Face Thickness Design providing increased mass on the face towards the heel and toe of the club for higher ball speed on off-center hits.

The J40 445 Driver comes in a choice of 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees of loft and the J40 430 Driver comes in 8.5 and 9.5 degrees of loft. Both J40 Drivers come standard with a Project X Graphite shaft and Golf Pride grips. The J40 445 will be available in October and the J40 430 will be available in January 2012.


PING G20 Irons

For years PING didn’t come out with a new iron until they felt the new offering would be a marked improvement and even then it was not necessarily a replacement for previous products but another offering. The company’s PING Eye 2 was the gold standard of forgiving yet very playable irons for over a decade. Times have changed and PING has adapted to the reality of product cycle marketing. One thing that hasn’t changed is PING’s leadership in custom fitting of irons. The G20 irons have the same head profile, sole thicknesses, lofts and lengths as the G15 but with new cosmetics and subtle technology improvements that increase both forgiveness and distance. The “Custom Tuning Port” (CTP) in the rear cavity has an elastomer badge that dampens shock and reduces face vibration for a “softer” feel; while the thinner, lighter face allows four grams to be shifted more rearward in the head for higher ball flight as well as slightly more carry with the long irons. All this adds up to more playabity for both well struck shots and misses alike. The shelf appeal of the G20 along with PING’s color code custom fitting system for both the actual club and grip options make this a quality game improvement value. Like a lot of PING’s “game improvement” offerings, don’t be surprised to see the G20s in some professional tour player’s bags
$699 (steel); $899 (graphite)

CoursePro GPS
CoursePro is a line of GPS devices that assist golfers on the golf course. They provide information on an LCD screen about downloaded golf courses that are stored in their memory. The LCDs display distances to the front, center and back of the green for each hole along with the par. The devices calculate your shot distance and are backlit for viewing in low light.
Additional features, such as scorecard data and analysis and hazard mapping are included in the CoursePro Elite model. The CoursePro Elite has a course memory of 100 courses and uses a sunlight readable TFT transflective color LCD screen.
CoursePro connects to a PC via a USB cable for accessing an online database of 22,000 golf courses from the Celestron CoursePro website for individual download. It’s powered by a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, with an 8 -10 hour life per charge.
CoursePro ships with a soft carrying pouch, a belt clip, Mini USB Cable and an AC wall adapter (only supplied with a USA style plug). Each CoursePro device is water resistant tested to IPX6 standards.
The information provided by each CoursePro GPS product gives the golfer up to the minute accurate, crucial information that will guarantee a competitive edge.

CoursePro is available in two models – CoursePro: $99 and CoursePro Elite: $149.