There have been some very exciting club launches this season and to be honest, I overlooked a few sets of irons that demand some attention. This year, Nike finally released the iron set they should have released about 5 years ago. The new VR Pro Combo iron set is a throwback to a previous prototype model that was released in limited quantities and were circulated around the professional tours and golf equipment forums however this version has a few modern refinements. The VR Pro Combo is a progressive set that flows naturally from blades in the short irons to slight cavity backs in the longer irons. This set does feature progressive offset however the amount is very small and somewhat unnoticeable but it should help you square up in the longer irons. A squared off toe, a sharp leading edge, and thin top lines make the VR Pro Combo look stunning at address. Perhaps the greatest feature of VR Pro Combo irons would be the X3X high frequency groove design. In an effort to combat the USGA Groove Rule, Nike decided to simply add more grooves for increased spin as well as added consistency and control. The VR Pro Combo irons also utilize Nike’s new forging process which helps to create a more uniform feel throughout the set. For those that want a premium forged iron that sets up beautifully and plays as good as they look, check the new VR Pro Combo irons out!
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Archive for February, 2011
The Mizuno JPX 800 Pro Irons are new this season and boy am I excited to hit these irons! I have been anxiously waiting for the JPX line to come state side and so far I like what I see. Although I am big fan of the JPX fairway wood and hybrid, the JPX 800 Pro irons are what have me reeling! I have owned several sets of Mizuno irons in the past but I always felt I could use a little more forgiveness on the linger irons but I never wanted to sacrifice workability or feel. With the JPX 800 Pro Irons, I will not have to sacrifice a thing. The JPX 800 pro irons are designed to offer an optimal blend of forgiveness, distance, and feel. The JPX 800 Pro irons boast the highest COR to date of any Mizuno Grain Flow Forged Iron as well as the highest MOI for a game enhancement club thanks in large part to the CNC milled cavity milling process in the 3-7 iron that provides a low and deep center of gravity. A solid power bar in the short irons and wedges increases feel and control where golfers need it most. Modal Analysis and Harmonic Impact Technology are employed in the JPX 800 Pro to produce optimal feel and sound to golfers who demand it. For better turf interaction from a wide variety of lies, the JPX 800 Pro features an aggressive Triple Cut design sole that will easily handle anything you throw at it. Over the past month, reviews of this iron have been glowing and Golf Digest recently awarded this iron a gold medal in their 2011 Hot List. Order your set of JPX 800 Pro Irons today from Budget Golf!
If you are under the assumption that blades cannot be forgiving, think again. The new Cleveland CG1 Tour Irons are the most forgiving blade Cleveland has ever produced. The CG1 Tours are designed for consistent ball striking offering a level of forgiveness that has yet to be seen from a blade design. These irons feature a split cavity design in the long and mid irons for added versatility and forgiveness however they still maintain that classic look from address. The short irons are pure blades with a higher center of gravity for tighter distance control and increased feel in the scoring zone. In an effort to combat the new Groove Rule put in place by the USGA, the CG1 Tour irons feature Cleveland’s patented laser milled Tour Zip Grooves. For those unfamiliar with Cleveland’s Zip grooves, each face features four perfectly calibrated texture lines milled between each groove that exactly match the conforming face roughness limit. This technology maximizes the ball-to-face friction level giving golfers a tremendous amount of spin on approach shots. Order your set of Cleveland CG1 Tour Irons today and receive FREE UPS Ground Shipping anywhere in the lower 48!!!
If you read my blogs, you can probably tell I am a huge Mizuno fan and this year’s line of products has me very excited! For the first time, Mizuno is releasing their JPX line to the American market. The JPX line of clubs has been a hit in Japan for years and for Mizuno fans on this side of the pond, we have been left wondering why they will not give these high performance beauties global distribution. However, this is no longer the case. I am already on the JPX 800 Pro Iron bandwagon and I might have to trade my MP 630 Fast Track for the new JPX 800 Driver. The Mizuno JPX 800 Driver is geared for the mid to low handicap golfer looking for the ultimate in distance, forgiveness, and feel. The JPX 800 driver utilizes both a Hot Metal Face as well as newly patented UDS technology. The JPX 800 is 460 c.c.’s and boasts a six-piece plasma welded construction that provides excellent feel at impact and also allows for precise COG placement for high launch and low spin. UDS stands for Ultimate Dynamic Stability and this technology delivers consistent speeds from both vertical and horizontal miss-hits for maximum performance across the entire hitting surface. The internal weighting of the JPX 800 driver is located deep and low in the clubhead with more of the weight located in the heel area for a deep COG that promotes a high launching, draw-biased ball flight. When you combine the above technology, the end result is a driver that looks stunning while still providing premium performance and value. The Mizuno JPX 800 Driver is available now and qualifies for FREE UPS Ground Shipping!
New for 2011, the Srixon Z Star XV Golf Ball is geared for the golfer with a swing speed greater than 95 mph. This distance oriented, high-performance golf ball will spin less off of the driver for a more penetrating ball flight. When compared to other balls in the Z Star lineup, the Z Star XV will feel slightly firmer however you will not have to sacrifice feel on approach shots or on the putting surface. The Z Star XV is offered in both pure white as well as tour yellow for that added visual appeal and performance. I personally cannot wait to this ball. I have played a variation of the Z Star golf ball for the past couple years and I find them to be perfect for my game. However a little more distance off of the tee wouldn’t hurt so I will definitely be giving the Z Star XV a go as soon as the snow melts!
So far I have been very impressed with Mizuno’s new lineup this year. In fact, I am considering a purchase of the new JPX 800 Pro Irons which I feel to be a perfect blend of playability, feel, and forgiveness. And although I am not really searching for a hybrid, the new Mizuno JPX 800 Hybrid has my interest peaked. As with all Mizuno products the JPX 800 Hybrid looks stunning, especially from the address position. The head is compact, and I find the dark blue finish to be quite appealing. My only gripe, albeit a small one, is the alignment aid on the top of the club. I think it is too large and I think it would be better if they just left it off. As far as technology is concerned, the JPX 800 is loaded. This club features Mizuno’s patented Hot Metal Face Technology which is used to create an ultra-thin and incredibly strong stainless steel face that provides explosive distance and solid feel at impact. The JPX 800 also utilizes Ultimate Dynamic Stability technology which helps establish consistent ball speeds from both vertical and horizontal miss-hits for maximum performance across the entire hitting surface. A Hot Metal Face in combination with UDS technology is what really makes this hybrid stand out from all others on the market. Regardless of where you strike the ball on the face, the JPX 800 will deliver. Strategic internal weighting delivers an extremely low and deep center of gravity for effortless launch and decreased spin rates. Another great feature of the JPX 8oo is that the lie angle can be adjusted +/- 2* for a customized fit and better alignment thanks to the Mizuno’s patented, “Drop Down Crown.” A slightly beveled leading edge maximizes club head speed through the rough and provides better turf interaction regardless of where your ball ends up. The Mizuno JPX 800 hybrid is available in lofts ranging from 17* to 25* and is ready to ship! Order your new hybrid today and receive FREE UPS Ground shipping.
Putting has always been the worst part of my game and I have been anxiously awaiting the release of the Taylormade TR3 True Path Putting Trainer. The Taylormade Putting Lab has spent years studying the putting strokes of the game’s best players to determine their common errors as well as their best techniques. Lab tests have shown that most advanced players have a stroke that is no more than two degrees either inside or outside the line and the most successful putting strokes are either straight back and straight through or slightly arched from open to close. TR3 True Path putter trainer helps develop what Taylormade engineers believe to be the easiest and most natural putting stroke, a slight arched path that that flows from open to close. The TR3 will provide consistency in the putting stroke path, instant feedback on putter face alignment, improved muscle memory for proper putting tempo, as well as visual and audible feedback on putting path flaws. If you are having trouble on the greens, I highly recommend the Taylormade TR3 True Path Putting Trainer. There is a reason many touring professionals trust this device over any other putting aid on the market, it works!!!
The new Tour Edge Trilogy lineup looks great and so far we hearing nothing but positive reviews from our customer base. The new Exotics Trilogy hybrid is getting some great press and it is hard not to see why. The Trilogy hybrid features a unique sole that delivers exceptional performance from a wide variety of turf conditions. The sole of the Trilogy has two outer rails as well as one inner rail that will allow players to make great contact regardless of the lie you may find yourself in. The outer rails help to move mass to the perimeter of the club for enhanced stability, while the inner rail performs much like a rudder and guides the club face into a square position at impact. A 60 gram internal weight pad lowers the center of gravity for more forgiving shots that fly higher and lad softer on longer approach shots. The Trilogy Hybrid is offered in a wide variety of lofts and the club is equipped with a premium Graphite Design Tour AD graphite shaft.
Check out the new Nike VR PRO Irons that just hit our shelves at Budget Golf. The Nike VR PRO iron set is a mid-sived cavity back iron that is designed to offer better than average golfers increased distance and greater accuracy. A newly patented Opti-Mas weighting system features a high-density tungsten-resin insert for targeted center of gravity placement throughout the set which results in explosive distance. This advanced insert technology also allows the center of gravity to move gradually and consistently throughout each club in the set for optimal launch and distance control. The VR PRO irons are equipped with True Temper Dynalite 110 steel shafts and Golf Pride VP Tour Velvet grips.