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Puma's Biofusion Spikeless Mesh PDF Print E-mail

Puma  Biofusion Spikeless  Mesh

 

 

Designed on a completely new anatomical last, the shoe provides ultimate fit, performance

and comfort through all 18 holes. Plus, its spikeless silhouette, wrapped in our new

waterproof mesh, is designed for wear off the course, aswell.”

- Grant Knudson (Puma Golf Shoe Creator)

 

 

Talking with Puma shoe creator Grant Knudson, I quickly realized that he has more ideas

and creative thoughts about how to design shoes than I ever imagined possible. He's so

interesting to talk to, that he literally makes you want to know about golf shoe design . . .

that of course makes you wish you had every new Puma golf shoe. It's an endless cycle.

 

The great thing about shoes in general, and golf shoes specifically is that one can never

have too many. The Biofusion Spikeless Mesh is a lighter more versatile spin off of the new

Biofusion Tour. I’ve been wearing mine on & off the course for 3 weeks now. The style is

sporty whether walking the links or for casual use. The Biofusion Mesh is very stable during

the golf swing, which is the knock on most spikeless models on the market today. The

waterproof mesh will keep your feet cool, and the FusionFoam mid-sole will provide all of the

comfort and traction you need during your round.

 

 

FEATURES

 

 

  • Anatomical last shape and 0 heel-to-toe drop for super comfortable and natural performance
  • controlCELL for optimal lightweight performance, flexibility and stability
  • Performance Mesh for very soft hand feel, extreme durability and lightweight anti-wicking properties for extra breathability
  • Ortholite Sockliner for superior cushioning, moisture removal and odor controlled performance
  • ArchTec supports the arch of the foot, every golfer could use some extra support
  • EverFoam® cushioning at the heel for a comfortable fit
  • IdCELL for mid foot and heel cushioned support
  • FusionFoam for a super comfortable fit and more responsive ride and long-lasting durability
  • Flex Grooves in forefoot for increased flexibility and enhanced ground contact
  • Carbon Rubber for excellent grip and long lasting durability
  • Cell Cage engineering for flexible, lightweight support that enhances flexibility and maximizes support
  • Multiple laces to customize your style
  • Crafted with durable materials with waterproofing guaranteed for one year

 

 

Available March 1st, in 3 color combinations:  Yellow/Black/White,  Black/White/Vibrant

Orange & Tradewinds/White/Lime Green (Retail $120)


Another great shoe creation by the folks at Puma -for more info:

http://www.cobragolf.com/pumagolf/biofusion-spikeless-mesh-golf-shoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
The Best New Products - 2014 PGA Show PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

The week kicked off at Orange County National in Orlando for Demo Day.

 

 


The 61st PGA Merchandise Show

 

Another year and another trip to the annual Golf equipment showcase also known as the PGA

Merchandise Show. For most in the biz, show week is looked at as the Super Bowl of the Golf

industry. The show this year had a great vibe, with tons of great new products on display . . .

the buzz had an air of optimism, but there is a reality in our game that continues to plague it's

growth. Participation in the sport continues to trend downward,  and there aren't any real signs

of that changing right now. Can the industry look outside the box and rally to create new

participation and enjoyment in our great game?

 

 

 

So before we get into all of the new toys, and specifically our favorites, I'd be remiss if I

didn't speak about the new initiative being spear headed by TaylorMade's Mark King in joint

partnership with the PGA of America.

 

The vision here is for all to look outside the box for ways to make the game more enjoyable.

According to the National Golf Foundation, King, PGA President Ted Bishop and business guru

Gary Hamel, standing pat and expecting the game to grow is what we've been doing . . . and

it's not working. At LinksNation we support the initiative and look forward to bringing you

updates as they develop. For more info you can go to http://www.hackgolf.org or watch the

video: http://www.hackgolf.org/hackathons/golf/contribution/video-hack-golf-love-game

 


 

 

Callaway went way outside the box with their display, the tank definitely grabbed its share of attention

 

 

 

 

Our best New Products of the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show:

 

Zepp Golf's 3D motion sensor identifies your swing plane, swing speed, tempo and so

much more - all in a simple device that attaches to your glove. The Zepp device relays

the info back to the app on your phone or tablet instantly.

 


 

 

Nike Covert 2.0 driver - the new model features "Fly brace" technology at the top of the

cavity, which stabilizes and removes unwanted vibration in the clubhead. The Tour model

(shown above) also features a more forward CG and a slightly bigger face than the original

Covert Tour. Tom Stites cited improved sound & feel in this generation as a big factor in

Covert's evolution. Nike's Flex-loft sleeve is another unique feature in all Covert woods.

The Covert 2.0 comes in the standard version as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Cobra's new driver line in 2014 is Bio Cell. New features include MyFly8 adjustability and the Project

X-PXv shaft. Bio Cell+ is a slightly smaller head that offers a more penetrating trajectory for faster

swing players, and comes equipped with the Matrix 6Q3 Red Tie shaft. The crown on the Bio Cell+

is a light weight Venollum alloy that helps lower the clubs CG.

 

 

 

 

 

Puma's shoe creator Grant Knudson is to golf shoes what a young Karsten was to club design

. . . brilliant and innovative. Knudson told me that Rickie Fowler asked for a lightweight tour shoe,

the new BioFusion Tour is the result . . . ultimate comfort in a superlight total performance shoe.

 

 

 


 

TaylorMade Tour Preferred Irons - CB, MC & MB . . . The Tour Preferred line is back.

These beauties were certainly worth the wait, designed for the serious player. The

Muscle Cavity model features a cast body & Speed slot in the 3-7 irons and a forged

head in the scoring clubs 8-PW.

 

 

 

 

 

Adidas - Adizero One is the latest version of their lightest spiked golf shoe, new for this year is an

ultra-light Sprintskin one piece upper - the first of its kind.


The sole not only enhances traction but greenskeepers will applaud the new turf friendly spikes.

 

 

 

 


Golf Pride's softest performance grips ever, the CP2 & CP Pro feature less taper down the grip.

The gray stability inserts (shown) go inside the grip to reduce torque during the golf swing.


 

 


 

The 2014 Crocs line mixes things up, new styles and soles with more of an emphasis on

performance and stability in the golf swing. If you haven't noticed yet, shoes were a big theme

at this years show.

 


 

 

 

Game Golf—a comprehensive system designed to seamlessly capture and display your golf game in

a dynamic interface with stats and a social component to compare with colleagues and friends.

Endorsed by Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood, GameYourGame was the talk of the show.

 

 

 

 

 

Ashworth's 2014 apparel line combines performance with classic style, once again look for U.S

Open Champion Justin Rose to be the brand ambassador on the PGA Tour this season.

 

 

 

 

The Highland pant by Maide Golf (produced by its parent brand Bonobos), was hands down our

favorite pair of golf pants/slacks at this years show. Great fit, and a classic yet youthful style. The

grip insert in the waistband and hem zipper are just a few of the details included with the Highland

golf pants. Not bad for a first time exhibitor at the show.

 

 

 

 

 

Golf Ball creator Rock Ishi sat down with me to explain the technology in Nike's new RZN golf balls.

The new shape and texture molded into each core allows it to be cohesive with the other layers

within the ball, thus more energy is stored which = more distance and control. Ishi said, Rory

McIlroy loves the new ball . . . and used it in his win over Adam Scott in Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

The company known for golf and travel bags - Ogio does shoes now !!!! Available in

four models: Race, City, City Spkied and Sport

 

 

 

 

Best Ad at the entire show was for Ogio apparel (I'm a sucker for a classic car-especially a Shelby)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although TaylorMade's SLDR came out in the fall of 2013, this year the "LOFT UP"

campaign goes to a new level with a 14 degree model. Tom Kroll from TMAG sat

down to chat up all things metalwoods, and on the subject of SLDR & Loft he said,

"We've just begun, a year ago at Sony we had 3 guys playing a 10.5 degree driver,

this year at Sony we had 20 guys playing 10.5* and 3 guys playing 12*. . . at

Humana we had 24 guys playing 10.5* and 5 guys playing 12* drivers!


 

 

 

 

I must admit I love new shoes (hence all of the golf shoes featured), but shoes are nothing

without the right socks. With all the walking we did, I welcomed the new Kentwool Socks

to my sore and tired feet . . . great quality! #Cushion

 

 

 


Adams brings back Tight Lies, the new version has a speed pocket and sleek black clubhead

 

 

 

 

 

 

Callaway Speed Regime golf balls simplify your choice: Swing Speeds below 90 mph = SR1, Swing

Speeds 90-105mph = SR2, and 105+ = SR3

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Balance - Long known as a leader in running shoes, NB is now in the golf shoe market. The

Minimus Sport is their lightweight spikeless offering (pictured).

 

 

 

 

In the Wedge category, one model stood out with it's unique sole :

Nike's new Toe Sweep Wedges are as Tom Stites says "an outside the box innovation", he went

on to say that a few tour players wanted to put them in their bag when they were spotted as

prototypes at "The Oven" in Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

Bridgestone's new True Balance Putters feature a dual insert, and a graphite shaft/grip combo that

are only 55 grams combined.

 

 

 

The new GolfBuddy WT4 is super sleek and has the style that can worn anywhere.

Features:

Digital/Analog watch feature.

Faster data transfer on PC sync mode

37K + global courses pre-loaded

Full target and hazard info

Dynamic green view

 

 

 

Finally, another amazing pair of golf shoes . . .

The Nike TW '14 - based on natural movement and the Nike Free concept. The wide base of these

shoes gives amazing stability. Better styling for '14 gets the TW shoe onto our list. Tour proven -

if the best player in the world can walk 8 miles a day and swing 120 mph in these . . . nuff said.


 

 

Honorable mention :

 

Callaway's Big Bertha Alpha - Gravity Core

TaylorMade's Tour Preferred ball - New cover for better scoring inside 100 yds

ScorGolf Wedge system - Complete 41 to 61 degree wedges for perfect gap separation

Titleist SM5 Vokey wedges - Deeper TX3 grroves

Finger Grippers -  Neoprene finger sleeves for injury prevention

Giannini Putters - High quality milled putters

SkyCaddie LINX watch - Next generation in GPS watches

Bridgestone B330 series - new Hydro-Core for better performance

Footjoy D.N.A shoes - Dryjoys Next Advancement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Kenny Giannini Putter Review - G3 Slimline ll PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

 


Kenny Giannini has been crafting putters since the mid-80's and has mentored

some of the most well known flatstick designers of today, his early days included

working with companies like Cleveland and Mizuno. Once he finally decided it was

time to unveil his own line of premium putters, he stated "we're not looking to

re-invent the wheel, just make it better."

 

 

Classic would be a good way to describe the Giannini look.


 

 

We tested the G-3 Slimline (which weighs 358 grams), The gun smoke finish gets

a thumbs up (also available in platinum finish). Giannini Putters are billet milled and

made from solid one piece carbon steel and come in five different models:


G1 - "Slimline" is an Anser style blade with classic sleek lines

G2 - "Chubby" is a meatier looking blade in the Anser 2 style

G3 - "Slimline ll" is an Anser 2 style blade with classic lines

G4 - "No Neck" is an centershafted blade with no hosel

G5 - "Mallet" is centershafted (weighing 370 grams)

 

 

 

The topline view is clean and the alignment perfectly square, easy to gain

confidence here. The finish and craftsmanship are a thing of beauty, there's

nothing like looking down at address and admiring what you see.


 

 

Giannini Putters feature a slot which is visible from the sole, it's not a sound slot

as many might think, it's actually a performance feature. It's milled into the face

in a half moon configuration that disperses the inertia across the face allowing

the putter to square up on off center hits. There is no noticeable torque (or

twisting) felt on off center hits and the sweet spot is considerably larger because

of the slot. The folks at Giannini call it SSFT or Soft Slotted Face Technology.

The slot causes the ball to come off the face softer than many premium milled

putters on the market today. The slot creates a unique sound, but that certainly

wasn't it's primary intention.

 

 

 

 

 

All the details are first class, check out the headcovers . . . sweet.


 


The grips are manufactured by Pure Grips, smooth feel and come in nearly every

color, our test models came in red & green.

 

 


We've been busy the last few months testing many new putters with great

innovation, but testing the Giannini these past few weeks is in many ways a

return to old school. Kenny's focus with his line is of premium quality, classic

style and a touch of innovation. The first thing I noticed when I started to test

the G-3 was it's unique feel. Impact is very buttery for a carbon steel blade,

and since the G-3 is nearly identical to the custom Newport 2 that I normally

play, it was really interesting to compare the feel in each. In the KG, you can

actually feel the face a little better, the slot gives the face a bit of a reactionary

feel, almost insert like but without the muted sound. Alignment was easy, and

distance wise it performed as you'd expect - spot on with no surprises. It took

little time for me to dial in the proper speed with the G-3, and start dropping putts.

If you prefer a slightly heavier feeling putterhead as I do, then the Giannini is worth

checking out.

 

I suspect that you'll start to see more of these on tour in 2014. Great looks,

unmatched quality, unique feel and excellent performance all add up to a winner

for Kenny Giannini.



For more info: https://kennygianniniputters.com/


 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Club Crown - Golf Club Personalization PDF Print E-mail

By Jason Bruno

 

 

 

Club Crown was started in 2011, and quickly set out to be the standard in golf club customization.

These days everyone wants their own look, their own style . . . and with Club Crown's semi-permanent

adhesive designs, you now have that option. They have a portfolio of designs to choose from: Argyles,

Carbon Fiber, Plaids, Stripes, Collegiate Teams, Flames, Animal prints and much more. If you're like me,

you might want your own one of kind design (they can get that done as well).

 

 

 

American, United Kingdom and Wales are just a few of the flags available

 

 

 

Club Crown has many of your favorite college teams - like the University of Miami argyle pictured

below, or maybe the bold Geogia logo. The choices of colors and designs are vast. Each application

is only 2 grams in weight, and doesn't take long to be applied. There are authorized dealers around

the U.S, and it takes less than 30 minutes for the application process.


 

 

 

 

 

Here's the design the good folks at Club Crown by Vive did for me (below), the silver stripe fades to

charcoal gray towards the rear of the crown, it's a head turner, aides in alignment, and actually

protects the crown from scratches.

 

 

I removed the head from the shaft and sent it in, 10 days later I had it back. It looks great

and I can always take it off and get another design if I desire. Most designs are $39.99,

with custom designs available.

 

For more info on Club Crown: http://www.clubcrown.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Vesti Ascendi Apparel - Golf Like A Gentleman PDF Print E-mail

 

 

 

How many times have you watched a golf tournament and the

player is wearing white pants, white belt and a generic golf polo

. . . and the other guy in the same group is wearing nearly the

identical attire, not much originality there. Then there's the middle

aged guy at your local club that wears the loud plaid shorts with

a polo that has some heinous pattern, and because there is some

similar hues involved, he thinks he's pulled off something stylish. In

reality he looks like he dressed himself in the dark.


 

 

Vesti Ascendi is latin for "dress up", and in the summer of 2013,

Ryan Heiman created a different type of golf apparel company

dedicated to reversing the current trend.


 


The "Foursome Limited edition"


 

The mission at Vesti Ascendi is to bring back the vintage look

of the games' classic era, which explains their slogan: "Golf Like

A Gentleman". I've always admired the classic attire of Bobby

Jones, Walter Hagen, and even Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and

most recently the late Payne Stewart. These men made style

their own, and VA is leading the movement towards bringing it

back.

 


 

The "Mulligan"

 

 

Although dress shirts and ties are considered only for business

attire these days, Vesti Ascendi has turned this classy look into

performance wear. The blend of Peruvian Cotton and Spandex

give the shirt an elasticity which allows for freedom of movement

. . . shortgame thru driver.



 

Pima Cotton lines the cuffs and inner collar for extreme comfort.


 

Versatile and stylish, Vesti Ascendi is perfect for a day at

the office and an afternoon nine holes on the links . . . what

other golf apparel can go from the boardroom to the tee box?

 

 

 

 

The elastic tie rail is genius, it keeps the tie attached to

the shirt during even the most aggressive golf swings.

 

 

Is Vesti Ascendi going to be mainstream golf attire? Not likely,

but it's a truly classic and unique look for the golfer who doesn't

mind making a statement while "Golfing Like A Gentleman". Kudos

to Ryan Heiman for creating a golf apparel product like no other.

 

 

For more information: http://www.vestiascendi.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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