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GREAT BIG BERTHA EPIC STAR – CALLAWAY’S NEW VERSION
The Great Big Bertha Epic Star from Callaway Golf is the newest version of the top selling driver from last year, the Great Big Bertha Epic. Like its predecessor the Star uses the Jailbreak Technology which for the first-time placed rods inside the club head running from the crown to the sole. The important story about the Star though is its significantly reduced overall club weight which specifically targets slower swing speed players. This new Star series also includes lighter weight fairway woods for that player category.
5 IMPORTANT THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GREAT BIG BERTHA EPIC STAR:
The ultralight head has a 9.7-gram carbon fiber crown and when combined with a 39-gram Mitsubishi Grand Bassara shaft and a 41-gram Golf Pride J200 grip puts the total club weight at only 286 grams versus 305 to 315 for the original Epic.
Two titanium rods inside the head (Jailbreak Technology) reduce crown flex at impact which helps transfer more energy to the face to produce more ball speed.
The titanium Exo-Cage construction and the carbon crown move weight to the perimeter of the head producing a higher MOI to give added forgiveness plus high launch with mid-spin.
The Star’s 11-gram sliding sole weight to adjust ball curvature bias is 6 grams less than the Epic’s and an additional 6-grams is saved by using a fixed hosel.
Epic Star driver is priced at $700 with several shaft options available and the fairway wood is $400.
IN CASE ANYONE SHOULD ASK:
Vertical Groove: Skeptics may question the non-traditional up and down orientation of grooves on the Vertical Groove driver but after one year on the market it has posted two wins on the PGA Tour Champions. Kenny Perry won the U.S. Senior Open and John Daly won the Insperity Invitational plus was first in driving distance on the senior circuit.
Wilson Staff C300: A new family is in town by the name of Wilson Staff C300 and includes game-improvement and forged irons, driver, fairway woods and hybrids. All have make use of polymer-filled slots (a.k.a. Power Holes) around the face in various configurations to retain ball speed on off center impacts. The driver is $400 and game-improvement C300 irons are $800 for a set of eight while the C300 Forged irons are $100 additional. One of the driver’s features sure to draw attention is the killer-red crown color.
A Rogue in Your Future: This time of year, I make it a practice to check the USGA’s Conforming Club List and Callaway just received the blessing for the new driver models, the Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero Both are labeled “Jailbreak Technology” and the ends of the titanium rods are apparent at the front of the sole, so they presumably make use of the construction first seen in last year’s Epic driver and this year’s Epic Star. The other very apparent difference is the absence of Epic’s sliding weight. The Sub Zero has two sole weights—one towards the leading edge and the other the rear—and the plain Rogue just one at the rear of the sole. No word on release date nor pricing.
The Wait Continues: Following up on the latest clubheads approved by the USGA, TaylorMade has not yet received approval of for the rumored M3 and M4 drivers that might be the replacements for the current M1 and M2. The timing of an announcement (if any) may be opening day of January’s PGA Merchandise Show as was the signing of Tiger Woods to an endorsement contract at the 2017 Show.
CLASSY, ELEGANT AND FUN
Hedge is one of the classiest, most feminine golf apparel brands out there, born out of a desire to look lovely on the tennis court, demure on the golf course and elegant the rest of the day. Whether it’s for you or a loved one, Hedge is a brand where you can never go wrong. It’s the perfect retail therapy.
Check out the lovely outfits they have to offer this season.
- The Dune Racerback Dress
An elegant dress that reveals and accentuates the shoulders while the trim fitting waist showcases the hourglass figure. Demure in length. Arm holes cut for motion friendly swings on the court or on the course. The stretch fabric moves with your body and excels in moisture management. Special details include holsters for your golf tees and other accessories. Two pockets disappear into the full skirt.
Zellie Cashmere Cardigan
Vests are chic and stylish, but sometimes they look too sporty, too masculine. While perfect for skiing or hiking, it’s not always good for a round on the golf course. The Zellie Wrap Vest changes the game. This vest is soft, elegant, light-weight and perfect for warm-ups and cool downs. The cozy cashmere shawl collar will keep you warm while golfing this winter, while the sleeveless counterbalance keeps you cool. You can also create your own shape; the wrap tie belt function helps you create an hourglass shape, or you can wear it open for a bohemian look. Tie it off to the side and leave a touch open for chic new style. Two front pockets for sporting accessories.
- Donna Blazer
A blazer is used for so many things – business meetings, an interview or for a fancy dinner outing, A blazer is always chic; always appropriate, but usually never comfortable…until now. Hedge’s breakthrough design is made out of signature stretch french terry. You could hug a lion in it, play tennis in it, or play golf in it. The cozy shawl collar curves around your neck. Special details include two pockets, vent in the back and our green H thread button.
- Cassandra Polo
Who doesn’t love wearing a nice polo on the golf course? But, whenever you shop for one, it feels like it’s too plain, too masculine, too…boring. This polo is feminine with a cap sleeve and a peter pan collar with three delicate buttons at the back of the neck. It’s flattering, pragmatic and elegant. Perfect for a day on the course or lunch at the Marriot.
PGA TOUR GOLF SIMULATORS
aboutGolf, has been pushing the limits of indoor golf for 25+ years.
The leading company in simulators and golf performance technology, aboutGolf is a proud partner of Golf Channel and the PGA Tour, but recently the simulator giant decided to shake some things up to continue their reputation of innovation and quality.
aboutGolf’s shareholders have appointed a new board and management team. The head of the company’s next chapter is Executive Chairman Brett Campbell and CEO/President Randall Henry.
Henry talks about the opportunity, “aboutGolf has world-leading technology and products that set the standard,” he said. “To complement that, we have a great mix of people across the board. I have worked closely with them before and look forward to it again.”
aboutGolf is trying to add to their already impressive offerings in the world of golf. They currently offer some of the best simulators sponsored by the PGA Tour, and technology and software to custom fit clubs. Utilizing their advanced swing video analysis toolset teachers can visually show students things that they would never be able to see with the naked eye.
aboutGolf offers things such as Balance Pro that is pressurized sensors on the ground that let you see where your weight is and how your stance can be effecting your golf swing.
Their patented Flix, is proven technology to help you stop slicing the ball so badly like you always have. This technology isn’t just a gimmick; this stuff will help your golf game unlike any teacher on the driving range could. Visually seeing the way your swing and balance are making you play bad is a much easier way to fix things. And then when you make the changes, you see the instant results thanks to aboutGolf technology.
No matter the time of year, simulators are sometimes way more valuable than hitting the real driving range.
Give technology a chance with this one.