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Nike releases three limited-edition Masters golf shoes

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Now is the time of the year when things start turning green in the golf world. Many golf courses across the Midwest and Northeast are finally shedding the remnants of the winter’s snow, and with Masters week only 11 days away the final rush of Augusta-inspired gear is hitting the shelves at golf retailers.

One of the most sought after Masters-inspired products for this year could be Nike’s limited-edition Lunar Control, Lunar Clayton and TW ’14 golf shoes.

“Last year we released a limited edition version of the TW’ 13, and it was a huge success,” says Lee Walker, Nike Golf Footwear Product Director. “For 2014, we wanted to expand that unique offering to include three of our most popular models – the TW’ 14, Lunar Control and Lunar Clayton – featuring an infusion of color in a trio of powerful yet understated designs.”

Understated is the key word. The limited-edition Lunar Control ($160), Lunar Clayton ($250) and TW ’14 ($180) pay homage to the season’s first major without going overboard, which is easy to do with Augusta green and yellow. While buyers will likely save the limited-edition shoes for special occasions, their white uppers and tasteful green accents make them a potential everyday option.

Nike athletes will be sporting the shoes at Augusta, but golfers who live in colder climates might want to keep them in the box until their courses dry up. Plenty of things look good with Augusta green, but mud stains are not one of them.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. Dave Gebhardt

    Mar 31, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Look like poorly made Etonic running shoes from the ’80’s. Sorry but golf shoes are golf shoe and track shoes are track shoes. I have trouble with students all the time because “track” shoes have poor lateral and linear support. Maybe the reason Tiger’s back has become an issue.

    • marcus cunningham

      Apr 1, 2014 at 12:23 am

      Lol, seriously Dave? Nike is the leading producer of shoes in the world. I’m pretty sure they have a good idea as to how to put a quality shoe together. Tiger is highly specific as to what he wanted out of his shoe. And if you try them on, they fit like a glove and feel awesome. Nike shoes provide me with great stability compared to the Adidas that I tried. I’m not going to sit here and say that Nike’s quality is the best, compared to a FootJoy, for example, but my experience with Nike golf shoes has been very good.

      Is Kobe’s ankle injury a result of his shoes too?

  2. Rich

    Mar 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Just pulled the trigger on the Lunar Control. Will be my third pair of those shoes. Really enjoy them. Plus my knee’s don’t swell after walking 18 (tore acl three years ago.)which I can’t say about a lot of shoes.

    • Blair

      Mar 28, 2014 at 11:46 am

      I tore my ACL a few years back also and have been having trouble with swelling. Did you put an insert in the shoes or wear them out of the box? trying to find a shoe that helps with swelling after a round.

      • Jerret

        Mar 28, 2014 at 8:57 pm

        Gents, if you’re experiencing swelling with your ACL’s after golf, you aren’t doing enough IMO off the course to ensure that doesn’t happen. I have had 2 full reco’s on both knees over the last 5 years on mine, and have no issues at all with golf. At least once per week I knock out the rowing machine for 45 minutes and then the gym day consists of controlled squats, extension, hamstring curls, weighted hip swings, lunges, leg press and calf raises. I would highly recommend working on both and you won’t experience any swelling. Also club-head speed is 107-110mph with no issues stabilizing…

  3. HD

    Mar 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Disagree, the Claytons look like they belong in boogie nights. Pushing towards the Latin audience imo

    • Jack

      Mar 28, 2014 at 12:56 am

      Hahahaha wow, comments like these show you how ignorant our work really is.

      • Jack

        Mar 28, 2014 at 12:57 am

        World***

      • HD

        Mar 28, 2014 at 10:28 am

        Reading Jack’s comment as “I disagree with you and am outraged at your opinion!”

    • Jerret

      Mar 28, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Absolutely bush-league and ignorant. You clearly are an idiot and have ZERO sense of style…stick to what you know…whatever that may be.

      • HD

        Mar 29, 2014 at 3:55 pm

        Oh you guys are all right now I see how wrong i am! The Claytons would look great with my orange puma pants white belt and painter’s hat! I love dressing like a douche!

  4. Sam

    Mar 27, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I just noticed that the Lunar Claytons don’t have spikes? Is that odd? They are a great looking shoe, but why no spikes?

    • Billy

      Mar 27, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      From Nike’s website, don’t know if it will answer your question or not?

      “A molded rubber outsole (Integrated Traction) makes the Nike Lunar Clayton a versatile, wearable shoe both on and off the golf course. “

    • PBGS

      Mar 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

      They were originally made as “Teaching Shoes” is what I was told by a nike rep

  5. Billy

    Mar 27, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Ordered TW and Lunar Clayton;s

  6. Jordan

    Mar 27, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Those Lunar Clayton’s are the best looking shoes in golf

  7. R

    Mar 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Those Lunar Claytons are BEAUTIFUL

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Callaway launches Rogue, Rogue Pro and Rogue X irons and hybrids

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With its new line of Rogue irons — consisting of Rogue, Rogue Pro and Rogue X models — Callaway continues its search to answer a conundrum that’s plagued game-improvement irons for years; how do you make an iron that produces great ball speed without sacrificing sound and feel. The dilemma is that in order to increase ball speeds, engineers must make the faces of the irons thinner. The problem is, the thinner they make the faces, the more vibration is caused at impact, creating a longer-lasting, higher-pitched sound. Very few golfers want that off-putting, clicky sound, but they do want the ball speed and distance.

So, that’s why companies are experimenting with different materials and injections between the faces of game-improvement irons and their bodies. That buffer creates a dampening effect to reduce vibration, while still allowing faces to be constructed thinner to raise COR (coefficient of restitution, a measure of energy transfer) and ball speed. Companies such as PXG irons use TPE injections, and TaylorMade uses SpeedFoam in its new P-790 irons; Callaway says those constructions either constrict speed, or they don’t have a profound enough effect on vibrations.

For its Rogue irons that are made from 17-4 stainless steel, Callaway is using what it calls urethane microspheres, which are essentially little balls of urethane that it combines together, in the cavities of its irons. The difference between these spheres and other foams and materials on the market, according to Callaway, is that the material is porous. Callaway says the microspheres work to dampen sound without negatively effecting ball speed.

A look at the inside of a Rogue iron, via Callaway’s photography

The inner material in the cavity works in tandem with familiar technologies from previous iron releases such as Apex, Epic and Steelhead XR. Callaway says it has improved upon its VFT (variable face thickness) and Face Cup technologies, focusing on thinning out portions of the face where golfers tend to miss shots — low on the face, on the heel and on the toe. Each of the Rogue irons also uses Internal Standing Wave by way of Tungsten-infused weights that help control the center of gravity (CG) in the club heads; that means centering the overall weight between the scoring lines, and controlling where the CG is placed vertically throughout a given set (re: higher on the short irons for more control and spin, and lower on the long irons for more height).

For the consumer, all of this means getting performance-driven irons at a lower price compared to the Epic and Epic Pro irons. Each of the irons will be available for pre-sale on January 19, and come to retail on February 9. Read on for more info on each of the specific irons, and the Rogue and Rogue X hybrids that introduce Callaway’s Jailbreak technology into hybrids for the first time.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Rogue irons and hybrids in our forums.

Rogue irons ($899.99 steel, $999.99 graphite)

Callaway’s Rogue irons are the standard model in this line of irons, equipped with all of the technologies described above. According to Callaway, these are essentially Steelhead XR replacements, but have more compact shapes. In the Steelhead XR irons, Callaway used a wider profile in order to center CG between the scoring lines, but due to the inclusion of the Tungsten-infused weights in the Rogue irons, it was able to shape the irons more similar to XR and X-Hot irons of the past — more preferable shapes for GI irons, according to Callaway.

Stock shafts include True Temper’s XP105 steel shaft, and Aldila’s Synergy graphite shaft.

Rogue Pro irons ($999.99)

The Rogue Pro irons, as you may expect, have a more compact shape, thinner toplines and thinner soles than their standard-model-counterparts. Therefore, the Pro design will yield more control that better players will prefer, but they are still packed with all of the performance-enhancing technologies of the Rogue irons. They also have a chrome plating that better players may be drawn to.

Rogue X irons ($899.99 steel, $999.99 graphite)

Callaway described the Rogue X irons to me as “bomber irons.” They have lofts that are 3-to-4 degrees stronger than the standard Rogue irons, and they have longer lengths and lighter overall weights, but according to Callaway, they will still launch in the same window iron-for-iron (re: a 7-iron will launch like a 7-iron). Despite cranking down the lofts, they have bigger profiles, wider soles and more offset; those designs work to drag CG rearward, which helps to increase launch.

Combine that design with the Rogue’s VFT, Face Cups, Internal Standing Wave and urethane microspheres, and the result is an iron that’s “all about distance,” according to Callaway.

Rogue and Rogue X hybrids ($249.99 apiece)

As noted previously, the Rogue and Rogue X hybrids include Callaway’s Jailbreak technology. Like Callaway’s Rogue fairway woods, they use stainless steel bars behind the face instead of the titanium bars that are used in the Rogue drivers. Also, like all of the other Callaway clubs that use Jailbreak, the idea of the design is that two parallel bars inside the club head connect the sole with crown help to add strength to the body at impact, allowing the faces to be constructed thinner, thus, create more ball speed across the face. The Rogue and Rogue X hybrids also have Callaway’s familiar Face Cup technology.

The standard Rogue goes up to a 6-hybrid, while the oversized, Rogue X “super hybrid” goes up to an 8-hybrid. Similar to the Rogue X irons, the Rogue X hybrids have an oversized construction, a lighter overall weight, and longer lengths. The goal with these Rogue X hybrids is to create higher launching, more forgiving and longer hybrid options for golfers who need help getting the ball in the air.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Rogue irons and hybrids in our forums.

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First Look: Precision Pro NX7 Shot laser rangefinder, made for golfers and hunters

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Precision Pro’s new NX7 Shot is useful whether you’re hunting birds or birdies.

In just over 3 years, Precision Pro has become a player in the laser rangefinder market, quickly developing a reputation for products with maximum features at a price that’s lower than comparable offerings from competitors. Precision Pro came out with its NX7 Pro in 2017, and is following up that offering with the new NX7 Shot, which is designed to hit the two biggest markets for laser rangefinders: golfers and hunters. That’s probably why the company put a camouflage design on the water-resistant and shockproof body of the NX7 Shot.

Inside, the rangefinder has target acquisition that is meant to stabilize even when shaky hands or windy conditions are in play. The NX7 Shot also has an effective scanning distance of 400 yards, which is more than adequate range for golfers not named Dustin Johnson. Other features of the NX7 Shot include is its Scanning Mode, which allows the user to pick up multiple targets in one motion, and its Last Priority Mode, which lets the user acquire a target through tree branches and cover.

The NX7 Shot also comes with a 2-year warranty and free battery replacement for the life of the product. Regarding the warranty, Precision Pro Co-founder Jonah Mytro says “it’s something that nobody else in the industry is doing” and it “shows that we value our customers and that we want them to keep using our products for life.”

It’s designed to be legal for competitions that allow rangefinders, and is listed at $249 with free shipping when ordered from the Precision Pro website.

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Snell adds MTB Black and MTB Red to lineup, thanks in part to GolfWRX forum feedback

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Snell Golf entered the market in 2015 when Dean Snell, co-creator of the Titleist Pro V1 and TaylorMade Penta, decided to sell premium golf balls direct to consumer at a fraction of the standard premium golf ball price. With massive year-over-year growth, the company’s offerings have been well received by the golfing public.

Snell is expanding its MTB line with the release of the MTB Black and MTB Red models. The company indicates the Black and Red models leveraged customer feedback to expand an already successful line.

“Through evaluation of customer feedback, we are able to go through the design and testing process with a clear understanding of what the customer wants to see and feel in their Golf Ball. Pair our expertise and experience with customer suggestion and the result is a ‘Tour Like Experience’ with extra cash in your wallet for a round at the bar,” says Snell Golf founder, Dean Snell.

We asked Snell about the feedback process, and he had some interesting (and flattering) things to say.

“One of the biggest parts of the feedback came from the forums at GolfWRX. I check it weekly for sure, sometimes every other day. There’s one [thread] that started when we started and it’s still going…the information, with people playing and testing, I typically read that.

“And then I get a lot of emails. I read them all, and then I make a big chart, and I fill it in…”high spin,” “low spin,” etc. Then I read and mark the boxes with what people are saying, and when a box fills up, that’s a voice…So there were three big voices from consumers, and that led to these balls.”

Snell said when he worked at Titleist and TaylorMade, tour pro feedback was paramount. Now that he’s offering a direct-to-consumer product, however, the consumers are his “tour players.”

This is a different approach [working with consumers] and asking, “What do you want?” You can’t satisfy everything, but when you hear a strong voice over and over, that’s what we take into consideration.

MTB Black

  • 3-piece thermocast urethane cover golf ball with a 360 dimple pattern
  • Seven percent lower compression core than the original MTB
  • Softer core lowers spin with the driver

Snell says: “Driver spin: anytime you can lower it, it’s going to make the ball better. We keep the same performance [as MTB]…it’ll just be a touch longer.”

MTB Red

  • 4-piece thermocast urethane cover golf ball with a 338 dimple pattern
  • Dual Feel Technology: Provides a firmer, more responsive feel on driver and long irons shorts, while continuing a very soft feel on short irons and around the green with more spin as well
  • Available in Optic Yellow in addition to White

Snell says: “The MTB Red became a four-piece ball. We had to add an inside layer–an inner mantle–to add spin to approach shots. You control the spin rates through the set with the layers of the ball. Getting that fourth layer in there really works for the approach shot control and spin. Otherwise, to add spin, you’d have to raise the core [compression], but when you do that, you make the driver shorter. And the “yellow tour ball” market isn’t big, but the voice in our group was loud.”

Both golf balls will be offered at a retail price of $31.99 per dozen, and are also available in a Value Pack of 6 dozen for $163.99 ($27.33 per dozen).

New models are available at SnellGolf.com for pre-order. Shipments are scheduled for February.

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