Callaway Updates Chrome Soft Line
Callaway’s latest golf balls are an update of the Chrome Soft line done by increasing the inner core size and adding an ultra-strong nano-latticework material called graphene to the now smaller outer core. Along with some other changes such as a thinner urethane cover mean both the Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X will be longer off the mid-irons with lower spin and higher launch while exhibiting more spin around the greens from the softer cover. The dimple pattern of each has been redesigned for better aerodynamic performance. Forgiveness of each has been improved with the new construction as well, which means just as when talking about clubs, ball speed is better preserved when impact is not in the center of the club face because they are softer compression.
Comparing the two, the Chrome Soft has the softer feel of the two, somewhat better forgiveness and less tendency for curvature, i.e., a straighter flight. In addition to white Chrome Soft X will be available in yellow and Chrome Soft four versions of the soccer ball-like Truvis pattern. Pricing for each $44.99 per dozen and they will be at retail February 16.
Ping G700 irons: Game-improvement category clubs are the type most of us should be playing and Ping has launched a new entry into that slot, the G700s. They complement the well thought of GMax model with a lower amount of offset and other features those with a handicap are sure to praise. They have a hollow body stainless steel clubhead with a strong alloy face (C300 maraging steel also used in G400 fairway woods) with a nice wide sole that has the bounce to minimize digging into the ground. Appearance at address is enhanced with Ping’s polished hydropearl plating. G700s carry a price of $160 per iron with steel shafts and $175 per iron with graphite shafts.
In Case Anyone Should Ask:
Career Builder Ball & Driver Counts: The 156-man field at the Career Builder mostly played Titleist golf ball and TaylorMade drivers. Titleist could count 120 teeing up their Pro V1 or Pro V1x models compared with 12 players of the next most popular ball. Like Titleist in balls, TaylorMade as usual ran away with the driver count with 60 versus Titleist 37, Callaway 26 and Ping 24.
Rahm Wins with TaylorMade: The Spanish phenom, Jon Rahm, won his second PGA Tour event and fourth worldwide in the past year at the Career Builder Challenge in a playoff over Andrew Landry. Rahm win showcases the latest TaylorMade equipment and especially the “Twist Face” M4 driver recently released to retail. Rahm moved up from third in the world to second behind number one Dustin Johnson who is also on the TaylorMade staff.
Rahm’s Winning Equipment:
- Driver: TaylorMade M4 9.5 degrees, Aldila Tour Green 75TX shaft
- Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 19 degrees, Aldila Tour Green 75TX shaft
- Irons: 3-iron TaylorMade P790, 4-iron through pitching wedge TaylorMade P750 Irons, all True Temper Project X 6.5 shafts
- Wedges: TaylorMade 52-, 56- and Hi-Toe 60-degree Milled Grind, all Temper Project X 6.5 shafts
- Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
- Ball: TaylorMade TP5X (stamped 10)
Driver vs. Driver: After a one-year hiatus Wilson Staff’s Driver vs. Driver returns this fall to the Golf Channel. The winner of the inaugural series in 2016 was the Triton driver which was not able to gain a significant following among golfers.
High Heat: Dean Knuth, former Senior Director of the USGA, grabbed the attention of the industry with the introduction of the High Heat driver three years ago followed by fairway woods and hybrids. USGA regulations governing club design allow the trampoline effect of the clubface center to be 257 microseconds characteristic time (CT) and a value of 275 CT towards the heel and toe. High Heat’s 257+ new driver and metal woods have a higher trampoline effect in the toe and heel areas than maximum permitted in the center of the face which is now permitted by the USGA Rules. As a result of Dean Knuth’s designer skills, High Heat 257+ has a 15% higher trampoline effect compared the major brands in the toe and heel areas. The High Heat 257+ driver is $499, the 3-wood $299 and hybrids are $257. The driver and fairway woods are due in April and hybrids in June.
Spider Interactive: TaylorMade Golf and Blast Motion have turned the popular Spider Tour putter into an interactive stroke sensor built into the SuperStroke grip to capture data on the putting stroke. Transmitted to a smartphone app the data becomes the basis for analysis and training. The Spider Tour putter, with the Blast sensor installed, charger and cable is $399. TaylorMade has been one of the pioneers in the data-tracking of golf shots with its myRoundPro application.
McIlroy’s Back: Everyone has been anticipating the return from injury of Rory McIlroy and after 104-day layoff the former world number one played in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a bag of TaylorMade clubs and finished in a tie for third behind the European Tour’s current best player Tommy Fleetwood.
McIlroy’s Winning Gear:
- Driver: TaylorMade M3 8.5 degrees
- Fairway: TaylorMade M3 15 degrees
- Irons: 2-iron TaylorMade P790 UDI, 3- & 4-irons TaylorMade P750, 5-iron through 9-iron TaylorMade P730 RORS Proto
- Wedges: 47-, 54-degree and Hi Toe 60-degree TaylorMade Milled Grind
- Putter: TaylorMade Mullen 2
- Ball: TaylorMade TP5x (stamped 22)