Thursday, 21 August, 2014

Published March 08, 2014
Come out swinging
In the first quarter of each year, major golf brands traditionally unleash their new products on the market. Justine Moss tries out a few
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FootJoy DNA (DryJoys Next Advancement)

This latest shoe design by FootJoy comes with a range of benefits such as a 3D FoamCollar for comfort, a SnugFit tongue for fit, NitroThin TPU Outsole for stability, Xtra-Thick FTF FitBed for cushioning and ChromoSkin Leather System by Pittards, which is supple, lightweight, thin, yet durable, and waterproof to boot.

The 3D FoamCollar locks one's ankle in place, which eliminates movements of the foot while swinging; the NitroThin TPU Outsole delivers a combination of rigidity and flexibility for maximum on-course performance. Professionals using this shoe include Adam Scott, Webb Simpson and Jordan Spieth.

Available this month here, the manufacturer's suggested retail price is $310 for the regular DNA shoes, and $340 for the Boa.

adizero One Golf Footwear

If you are after ultra-light footwear, this is the obvious choice: it weighs just 283 grammes. And it delivers more stability than before, as the lightest cleated performance golf shoe adidas golf has ever created. Another feature is that its one-piece fused uppers bond together five layers to deliver a consistent glove-like fit on the foot.

Women can go for the adizero Tour II, which integrates many of the same design and fabrication elements as the adizero One, but in a streamlined, six-spike configuration with "Thintech" low-profile technology to improve traction and stability. The adizero One comes in three colourways in Singapore for the Spring/Summer 2014 season, and retails at a recommended price of $259. The women's adizero Tour II is available in two colourways at a recommended retail price of $179.

Titleist Vokey Milled SM5 Wedges

Precisely designed and manufactured using proprietary Spin Milled technology, Vokey SM5 wedges provide a distinct performance advantage through new, deeper TX3 grooves, tour-driven shapes and the industry's most extensive range of bounce and grind options.

The TX3 grooves, with 7 per cent larger groove volume and two performance configurations, deliver maximum spin by channelling away grass and sand for improved contact between the ball and groove edge.

They come in 21 loft/bounce/grind combinations and six tour-inspired sole grinds, appropriately slotted into low, mid and high-bounce categories to fit all swing types, shot-making styles and short game conditions.

Steve Stricker inspired the S Grind; the K Grind was born out of Bob Vokey's work with tour players such as Adam Scott and Jason Dufner.

Available here this month, the manufacturer's suggested retail price is $225.

Scotty Cameron Select and GoLo Putters

The new Select line-up this year includes three modern blade designs from the Newport family and two modern mid-mallets (Fastback and Squareback).

The GoLo mallet putters (GoLo 3, 5, S5 and 7) feature an easy-to-align, rounded profile and soleplate design with Select weighting technology for increased stability.

Both sets of putters use a deep-milled face and the select weights in the heel and toe are perfectly matched to the shaft length to provide balance and stability.

The new Select Newport features a shorter blade length with back surfaces that round and roll into the ground; the Select Newport 2 has a longer blade with a plumbing neck and single black sight line for refined precision.

The Select Newport 2.5 has a short flare neck for increased toe flow. These are available here this month, and both models have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $645.

Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver

This latest driver from Nike Golf is just superb. It delivers more forgiving distance, faster ball speed and offers simple, intuitive customisation for various swing speeds.

Its High-Speed Cavity Back technology redistributes weight to the heel and toe, allowing for increased distance and more stability across the face of the driver.

Another advantage is the creation of a larger, re-engineered NexCOR face for increased ball speed and distance, as well as FlexLoft adjustability, which means one can easily customise loft and face angle positions to create 15 drivers in one.

The Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour Driver is priced at $800, and the Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Driver, $650.