Puma’s progressive take on shoe design continues with the stylish and athletic Ignite PWRSPORT which features 39 multidirectional traction lugs in the sole as well as another 24 placed in critical areas that require more grip.
Players of a certain generation speak fondly of the days when metal spikes kilties and wing-tip designs dominated the shoe market. How quickly these golfers have forgotten the heaviness and off-grass instability of old-school footwear.
Other features include a low compression core for excellent feel and low-spin distance on long shots and a 338 speed dimple pattern for less drag improved launch and solid performance in windy conditions. Less sidespin for straighter shots is an additional benefit a wide variety of players will appreciate.
This extra degree of strength allows for a thinner more flexible clubface and enhanced ball speed at impact. The thinner clubface along with a new hidden micro-slot in the sole not only increases COR but also expands the effective hitting area across a larger area. The micro-slot also allows for more weight to be redistributed for a lower and deeper CG location yielding improved launch on mid and long iron shots.
Like the Tour the Forged also features a “stability frame” design with a stronger toe area and topline for increased stability on off-center hits and a new more durable Pearl Brush finish.
Also new in the Z woods family are the Z 585 driver a non-adjustable model with the same distance-inducing technologies as the Z 785 as well as Z F85 fairways and Z H85 hybrids.
Always known for stylish athletic shoes Adidas is a leader in spikeless designs evidenced this season by its Sport BOOST 3. Worn regularly around the world by Justin Rose among others the shoe features highly breathable waterproof uppers for dry feet in a variety of weather conditions as well as a Puremotion outsole design with external traction elements for enhanced grip and stability.
As is the case with the drivers the TS2 fairway features a fixed CG location that’s low and deep for high launching mid-spin shots while the TS3’s CG can be customized via Titleist’s SureFit CG technology. In general the TS3 will produce a slightly lower trajectory than the TS2 and offers more shot shaping versatility.
Like the fairway woods the Z-series hybrids are not adjustable but come in a selection of lofts including 16° 19° and 22° models. Project X HZRDUS Black 85 shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips come standard.
Though Srixon has long been known for impressive forged irons the woods were always high-quality products that were often overlooked. With the new iteration including most notably the Z 785 driver things are about to change in a big way as new technologies and materials have brought ball speeds (and distance) up to the level of the longer drivers on the market.
Bryson DeChambeau bested Tony Finau by four strokes and captured the Northern Trust at Ridgewood CC in New Jersey on Sunday with a final-round 69.
Aimed at low-handicappers and pros the 919 Tour model replaces the 900 Tour a.k.a. the Brooks Koepka model and features an improved shape with a bit thinner topline that the many Tour players who game the iron prefer. A new more durable Pearl Brush finish reduces glare while providing a bit more refined look than the previous matte finish.