Purchasing new clubs can sometimes be a hassle and Bridgestone Golf has come up with an idea to lower the hassle-factor and simplify the whole process with a variation on the conventional “boxed set,” the Tour B ADF set.
Not the usual discount store bunch of clubs of uncertain design and quality, Bridgestone includes thirteen clubs, from driver to 56-degree wedge, along with a stand bag and travel case all for $2,800. Bridgestone says purchased separately the total would be “well over $3,500.”
These are first quality Bridgestone clubs available until now in Japan where the company is among the most popular brands. The driver for example, the XD5 model, is high launch and draw-biased with the HZRDUs Red shaft. It lists on Bridgestone’s web site for $699 and all of the ADF set are of similar quality. ADF is short for Pinpoint Accuracy, Optimized Distance and Unmatched Feel.
Bridgestone’s Zack Kupperbusch said, “Not only have we optimized the individual elements of ADF, but also the buying experience, as we’re making it as easy as possible for discerning golfers to select a full set of premium products at an unbeatable price. From world-class tires to superior golf balls, everything Bridgestone makes is engineered for performance and the ADF Set includes an array of our most acclaimed equipment in one convenient package.”
The lightweight stand bag has a five-way divider top, five zippered pockets and hidden valuables pocket, water bottle pocket and outer tee and glove holder. The travel bag is a custom Bag Boy T-10 model with an ABS top, in-line wheels, all-weather polyester fabric body and high-density padding to protect the stand bag mechanism while traveling.
Additional details and to purchase the Tour B ADF set may be found on BridestoneGolf.com.
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Simpson with Titleist Takes PLAYERS: Webb Simpson, seemingly the poster-child for former users of broomstick and belly putters, smoked the field at The PLAYERS to win by four including a cautious double bogey on the final hole of the tournament. The 2012 U.S. Open champion had struggled to convert to a conventional putting method after the USGA banned anchored strokes in 2016. He finally settled for bracing an extra-long putter shaft along his left forearm and using a claw-grip with his right hand.
His diligence has finally paid off as shown by his lapping of the strongest field of the year with all the top 50 ranked players in the World Golf Ranking teeing it up. Simpson is on the Titleist endorsement staff and plays 12 of their clubs plus a TaylorMade Golf M2 3-wood and an Odyssey putter.
Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees), Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-5X shaft
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M2 (15 degrees), Mitsubishi Tensei Blue CK Pro 70TX shaft and Titleist 913Fd (18 degrees), UST Mamiya Proforce VTS 8TX shaft
Hybrids: Titleist 913Hd (20 degrees), Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105X shaft and Titleist 915Hd (23.5 degrees), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft
Irons: Titleist 718 MB (5-PW), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (54, 60 degrees), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
Putter: Odyssey Tank Cruiser V-Line
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Players Club & Ball Counts: The PLAYERS field of 144 again validated the TaylorMade Golf Spider Tour putter as the single most popular model with at least four variations in play including the new Spider Mini Red used by Dustin Johnson. TMaG drivers were also the most played with 50 followed by Titleist (33), Callaway (31) and Ping (18). The ball count was no surprise as usual. Titleist again was first with 99 competitors versus 21 playing Callaway. Titleist was also top choice in the iron (42) and hybrid categories (23) while Vokey wedges topped the approach, sand and lob wedge category with 185. Scotty Cameron brand putters were the favorite with 49 in play.
High End Woods from Bentley: We told our readers of the official introduction of Bentley Golf’s BB1 forged irons and the BC1 cavity back irons priced at $3,000 per set back in April. The company has now introduced the BD1 driver ($1,000), BF1 fairway woods ($600), BU1 utility ($600) and BH1 hybrids ($500). The BD1 has a forged titanium body with a thin crown and the center of gravity placed low in the head. It is available in three lofts and two shaft upgrades.
Tour Wedge from Miura: Miura’s latest in a long line of first quality high performance wedges is the new Tour Wedge model made for low to mid handicap golfers. The S25C carbon steel head has a CNC-milled face and precision cut grooves. The scoop back design pushes the head weight higher to improve trajectory and control. Finished in a stain chrome the Tour Wedge is available in lofts of even numbers.
Truvis Stars & Stripes: Callaway has had great success with the Chrome Soft and now the Chrome Soft X, disproving that a soft low-compression ball wasn’t right for higher swing speed players. To some it has been a surprise that the “soccer-ball paint job,” of the Truvis Chrome Soft has been accepted by good players including the likes of Tom Watson. The unusual pattern now has a patriotic variant the Truvis Stars & Stripes which sells for $45 per dozen, the same as the other four colorings.
Club Champion Expands: With 37 locations around the country already, club fitter Club Champion has announced shops in Miami, Delray Beach, Salt Lake City, San Diego, and San Carlos (CA) will be opening in 2018.
CBX Iron-Wood Set: After introduction of the hollow-bodied Exotics CBX Iron-Woods individually last fall in 2-iron through 5-iron lofts, Tour Edge Golf found acceptance by touring professionals and better amateurs. This prompted them to offer them as full set which hit the retail market this week. Individual iron-woods from 2-iron through 5-iron were already available at retail at $199.99 each in the stainless steel version and $249.99 in the Black Pearl finish. As a set Exotics CBX Iron-Woods are $899 for a 6 piece or $1049 for a 7 piece set.
Not Necessarily the Latest: Readers will note PLAYERS winner Webb Simpson uses a fairway wood and a hybrid that are five years old, another hybrid three years old and a second fairway wood from 2016. Along those lines Tim Cronin of the Global Golf Post noted Adam Scott (another forced convert from anchored putting) is using a Titleist 910D3 driver that hit retail shops in November 2010 priced at $399. The lesson is obvious. If it works don’t mess with it.