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Bridgestone J715 460 Driver

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If you’re not a fan of companies that release several new drivers each year, Bridgestone’s philosophy could be music to your ears. The company’s new J715 460 driver is its first new model in four years.

“We want consumers to know that when we introduce a new club, it will always offer real tangible performance benefits,” said Josh Kinchen, Golf Clubs and Accessories Marketing Manager at Bridgestone Golf.

Bridgestone incorporated four new technologies into its new J715 460 driver that allow it to launch higher and spin less than its predecessor — the recipe for more driver distance.

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The most important of those technologies could be the Flex Action Speed Technology (F.A.S.T) in the crown, which will help golfers launch the ball higher and faster. F.A.S.T. means that the crown is thinner near the face, and gets progressively thicker towards the rear of the club head. The construction allows the face to flex more at impact, imparting more spring-like effect to improve launch.

Since the crown is designed to add a little “give” at impact, the Flex Action technology increases what the company calls “repulsion,” which means the ball moves away from the face faster than before. Think about it like this — you can jump higher off a diving board than rock hard cement, right?

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You know when it’s raining and your driver face gets wet, and you can feel the ball slip off the face and go astray? On most driver faces on the market today, this happens when it’s dry, too. When the ball slips around on the face during impact, it causes unwanted spin and amplifies the effect of off-center strikes.

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Bridgestone’s power-milled face (see it magnified above) is said to reduce that unwanted slippage at impact by adding friction, which enhances the quality of compression while the ball is on the face and reduces spin by 200-to-300 rpm’s, according to Bridgestone’s robot testing.

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Bridgestone also added its new Spin Flight Control Technology to the driver that allows golfers to adjust the center of gravity — golf’s hottest trend to increase distance. The J715 has two adjustable weights in its sole that allow golfers to customize CG — either more forward for less spin and more fade, or more rearward for more spin and more draw.

The J715 460 also has an adjustable hosel that can set the face angle 1 degree open or closed, and the lie angle can be set to standard, or 1- or 2-degrees upright.

The J715 driver ($399) will be in stores on Feb. 1, 2015 in lofts of 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12-degrees for right-handers (9.5 and 10.5-degrees for lefties available April 1). The stock shaft is a Mitsubishi Fubuki ZT with a Yellow Golf Pride Tour Velvet Grip.

See more photos and read the discussion in the forums.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Romanempire

    Jan 19, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I am excited for this product as I play and promote Bridgestone to the fullest. Driver down through the wedges along with the balls. They have been successful with their rise to #2 in the ball market, more importantly the gap they have built between themselves and the #3 ball company, so now they can focus on being a force in the club market. Product looks great and they are a great company!

  2. denny c

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    I have this driver and I love it. I wish it came with jdm tour ad mj shaft but then again i do not want to drop another 300+

  3. jim b

    Jan 7, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Love what I see and read about this club.Will probably be buying one in about two years when they are much cheaper and I recover from my daughters wedding expenses this July.Thanks & good luck.

  4. Regis

    Jan 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I’m hoping its distributed widely enough so I can at least demo it. By the way the photo of the crown when examined seems to show no leaves on the trees, snow on the windshield and the author wearing a stocking cap. Same here and it makes me want to demo the club even more.

  5. Mike Honcho

    Jan 7, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Did I eat too much peyote for Christmas??? Left handed??? Be still my beating, hallucinating melon.

  6. Chris c

    Jan 6, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    I look forward to trying this driver. I hope that when it is actually released in North America that both weight ports remain adjustable. I had been looking forward to trying the Srixon 545 until they decided to only release a “dumbed down” version in North America.

  7. leon

    Jan 6, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Nice club! I have the J40 irons and wedges in the bag but am hesitate to put the woods in. Their lie angles are way too much upright for me, plus a closed club face, man, I will keep searching the balls on the left side all day long.

    • Fred

      Jan 6, 2015 at 11:23 am

      All the J40 drivers I’ve seen sit dead straight (neutral). That’s one thing I love about them, so easy to align.

  8. stripe

    Jan 6, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Would love to try it if any places had them.

  9. Jonny B

    Jan 6, 2015 at 8:40 am

    This likely won’t reach the masses or sell in high numbers, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Bridgestone clubs in a big box retailer – mostly seen them online or in pro shops.

    I do applaud the shaft choice, I have a Fubuki ZT in my current Callaway driver and love the control it gives me. Heavier and stiffer than most stock offerings which actually will benefit the amateur golfer, help them keep it in the fairway more often.

  10. Square

    Jan 6, 2015 at 4:41 am

    I’d put in the bag right now….nice!

  11. other paul

    Jan 6, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Looks like a Callaway driver from the top to me…

  12. slimeone

    Jan 5, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I love Bridgestone and I’m sure this is a great driver but all this tech is old and already semi-redundant. TM just release their tech as soon as they can because they know that it gets old quickly. What is with the F.A.S.T acronym which sounds like the thick-thin face that others have been using for years? And the term “repulsion” sounds to me like COR.

    I feel like Bridgestone Golf are pretty lazy and they don’t really care either way which I somehow respect. They also put out quality gear so it’s cool.

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TaylorMade unveils 2020 PGA Championship staff bag and headcovers (and we’re giving a set away!)

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TaylorMade has launched its commemorative staff bag, as well as headcovers, to celebrate the opening major of 2020 at TPC Harding Park.

For the first time in its 102-year history, the PGA Championship will be hosted in the Bay Area. To honor the occasion, the staff bag from TaylorMade is accented by the San Francisco Giants’ traditional cream, orange, and black colorway.

GIVEAWAY: TaylorMade PGA Championship Staff Bag and Headcovers! Super Limited!

The commemorative bag also features the TaylorMade logo in the same font used by the MLB franchise and is decorated by eight stars on the bag’s upper with each representing a Giants’ World Series victory.

The three stars in orange signals wins captured in San Francisco, while the five stars in white represent wins in New York before the club’s 1957 relocation.

The interior lining of the bag shows the San Francisco Chronicle headlines that followed each of the team’s most recent championships.

Additional nods to the city include stitching of Lombard Street on the handle, an outline of the city’s skyline on the lower paneling, and an image of the iconic Golden Gate and Bay Bridges across the base.

A WGH insignia acknowledges the 29th President of the United States, and the venue’s namesake, Warren G. Harding.

Reply with your favorite major moment in the forum thread below for a chance to win a staff bag and headcovers. These are not coming to retail!

GIVEAWAY: TaylorMade PGA Championship Staff Bag and Headcovers! Super Limited!

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GolfWRX Classifieds (08/04/20): Ping Crossover, Nike Pro-Combos, Ping G-Stretch

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member Wedge Ninja – Nike Pro Combo iron set

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To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Nike Pro-Combos

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Look, we get it, long irons are hard to hit. So why do you continue to struggle? Get yourself this G410 Crossover and say hello to more hit greens.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Ping Crossover

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Puma unveils Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau and Gary Woodland’s 2020 PGA Championship scripting

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Puma Golf has unveiled the apparel which Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau and Gary Woodland will wear in their pursuit of the Wanamaker Trophy this week – which includes pieces from the brand’s recently launched Love/Haight Collection .

Rickie Fowler will wear Puma’s IGNITE PROADAPT shoes while Bryson & Gary will wear the company’s PWRADAPT CAGED shoes – including a LE San Francisco-inspired pair in a blue, tie-dyed colorway.

In addition, Rickie & Bryson will both use the limited-edition Love/Haight COBRA x Vessel Tour Staff Bag, tying back to the rest of the Tie-Dye collection. Over the weekend, Gary will continue to sport the Red, White & Blue, donning pieces from Puma’s Volition America Collection, which benefits the Folds of Honor Foundation.

Rickie Fowler 2020 PGA Championship Scripting:

Thursday: Haight Polo – Ibiza Blue- $80

Jackpot 5 Pocket Pants – White – $85

IGNITE PROADAPT – white – $200

Trucker P Snapback – Love/Haight – $35

Friday: Road Map Polo – Bright White – $65

P Snapback Cap – Peacoat – $30

Jackpot 5 Pocket Pants – black – $85

IGNITE PROADAPT – $200

Saturday: 

Cloudspun Taylor Polo – Lupine – $70

Jackpot 5 Pocket Pants – $85

IGNITE PROADAPT – $200

COBRA Crown C Cap – $22

Sunday: 

Haight Polo – Vibrant Orange – $80

Jackpot 5 Pocket Pant – orange – $85

P Snapback – Love/Haight – Orange – $35

IGNITE PROADAPT – $200

Bryson DeChambeau 2020 PGA Championship Scripting:

Thursday: 

Pique P Polo – peacoat – $70

Jackpot Pant – white – $80

Tour Driver Cap – white – $40

PWRADAPT CAGED – grey – $150

Friday: 

Haight Polo – Barbados Cherry – $80

Jackpot Pant – White – $80

PWRADAPT CAGED – Grey – $150 

Saturday: 

CLOUDSPUN Scatter Polo – High Rise – $70

Jackpot Pant – black – $80

PWRADAPT CAGED – black – $150

Sunday: 

Caddie Stripe Polo – Red – $65

Jackpot Pant – Peacoat – $80

PWRADAPT CAGED – Red, White, Blue – $150

Gary Woodland 2020 PGA Championship Scripting:

Thursday: 

Volition Flight Polo – – Barbados Cherry – $75

Jackpot Pants –peacoat – $80

PWRADAPT CAGED – Grey Violet- $150

Friday: 

Haight Polo – Ibiza Blue – $80

Jackpot Pants – white – $80

PWRADAPT CAGED Love/Haight – $170

Saturday: 

Volition Piolet Polo – Dark Denim – $75

Jackpot Pants – White – $80

PWRADAPT CAGED – Red, White, Blue – $150

Sunday: 

Volition CK6 America Polo – quiet shade – $75

Jackpot Pants – white – $80

PWRADAPT CAGED – Red, White, Blue – $150

Per Puma, the Love/Haight Collection celebrates the nostalgia of Tie Dye, inspired by the iconic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco, the heart of free-spirited bohemian culture, and the unofficial birthplace of tie dye.

 

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