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Bridgestone introduces ultra-premium TourB Series

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Coming mid-Spring and only available through Bridgestone-authorized fitters (and only available for a limited time): Bridgestone’s ultra-premium TourB Series of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons.

Bridgestone’s TourB Series of drivers includes three models: the XD-3, XD-5 and XD-7, each featuring a matte finish and adjustable hosel that allows eight face-angle/lie configurations.

  • XD-3: 455cc head, round shape, deep face, medium launch, neutral trajectory.
  • XD-5: 460cc head, flatter, shallow-face design to promote a high launching draws.
  • XD-7: 445cc head, classic pear shape, lower-launching, fade-biased tractory.

From a features standpoint, the drivers include Bridgestone’s Flex Action Speed Technology (FAST), which is designed to increase ball speed for maximum distance, even on off-center hits.

XD-3

Lens Position: 531

 

XD-5

Lens Position: 686

XD-7

Lens Position: 498

In combination with F.A.S.T. is a technology Bridgestone calls “Power Ribs,” which were added to internally to the driver heads to increase ball speed and dampen vibrations. The faces of the TourB woods also feature Power Milling, which is designed to stabilize the ball at impact to increase compression and reduce spin.

The XD drivers come with a set of interchangeable weights (2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 grams). Exotic premium shafts are offered stock, including top models from Mitsubishi, Fujikura, UST Mamiya and Aldila.

“We wanted to do something really special this year and decided to go ultra-high-end in every facet to create a line that combines incredible craftsmanship with the latest technological innovations,” says Zack Kupperbusch, Golf Club Marketing. “To launch the product, we will be working with a select group of authorized fitters, who will custom build each club to perfectly suit customer needs and preferences. Further information on fitting locations will be available shortly.”

XD-F

Lens Position: 538

XD-F fairway woods are equipped with a shallow face and are available in lofts of 15 and 18 degrees. Featuring the compact shape preferred by better players, the XD-H hybrids come in lofts of 18, 21 and 24 degrees.

XD-H

 

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Bridgestone Golf is also adding to its forged iron line the cavity-backed X-CB and traditional X-Blade. Both feature 1020 Endo forging, 15 premium shaft options and minimal offset. The X-CB is engineered with a wider sole to prevent digging and encourage smooth turf interaction, while the X-Blade has a narrower sole.

X-Blade

Lens Position: 1186

 

X-CB

Lens Position: 1162

Drivers will retail for $699, fairway woods and hybrids for $399 and $249, respectively. Both the X-CB and X-Blade will be $1,200 (4-PW).

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  1. Jake Wherley

    Jan 20, 2017 at 2:06 am

    I, as a Bridgestone staff member, and as a huge equipment junky, cannot wait to try these suckers out and put them in the bag! Look absolutely fantastic! And I didn’t think they could make anything that would take my J15 CBs out of my bag…I’ve been proven wrong.

  2. Stevegp

    Jan 20, 2017 at 12:56 am

    I like Bridgestone gear. It will be interesting to see how they new releases do.

  3. Stevemac

    Jan 19, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    i just cant imagine there is that big of a market out there. i love tinkering but as ive gotten older and the USGA limits on COR, etc- I am losing interest in spending the money. Look at the flurry of attention the Costco ball generated. New club introductions have slowed so manufacturers have to find $$s somewhere. Most club reviews are not seeing notable differences from model to model. I definitely am not the first in line for new product now.

  4. Dunn2500

    Jan 19, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Everything is priced right cept driver and fwy wood…….don’t forget it’s being able to get all the premium shafts as well, that so many were crying about few years ago…..well now you can but it’s gna cost you……still cheaper than buying clubs and reshafting on your own…… $699 is gna be hard sell though for drivers that aren’t even that popular…….all irons are $1200 now

    And these are endo which is kinda nice…..I think they will limit the quantity as they don’t sell that many here but am sure they’re team has looked at all pertinent aspects and feels they can still profit so……all of it looks nice……

    Hopefully they don’t make the blade length so long heel to toe…..only complaint with their irons

  5. Jack

    Jan 19, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I don’t know about the driver being 700. On the rakuten website (japanese Amazon basically), it’s about 400+ USD for the XD-03 with Tour AD TX1-6 shaft. For that price difference might as well just get it from Japan.

  6. Philip

    Jan 19, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Ultra – premium, not just premium clubs. Now those clubs are definitely much better than all other non-ultra clubs :o)

  7. Chris

    Jan 19, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    I hope everyone complaining about $1200 for a forged set of irons understands that they cost more for these irons now with the materials they are building them from. These are companies that have to make money, too. For what it costs them to get the materials for those heads, this isn’t really a huge price markup for them. I remember people complaining about $1000 for Mizuno’s a couple years ago when it cost them about $800 to get those made. Throw in the fact that a lot of these companies add in shafts at no extra cost, and you’re right in line with where they should be.

  8. Joshua Rodgers

    Jan 19, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    1020 Endo Forging…I’m betting those blades will find their way into Tigers bag.

  9. the bishop

    Jan 19, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Both irons, the X-blade in particular are spectacular looking and $1200 is not unreasonable in today’s market for forgings. $249 is in line with other manufacturers top line hybrids. $699 and $399 for drivers and fw’s respectively is another matter. Jury is out but they may have a hard time moving them at those price points.

  10. Takehiko Takaoka

    Jan 19, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Almost same price as in Japan

  11. Mat

    Jan 19, 2017 at 3:23 am

    For everyone on here complaining about the pricing, turnabout is fair play. If you live outside of the US, these are pretty normal prices anymore. Granted US$700 is a little high even for imports, most equipment is straight up 30% more overseas before taxes and such.

  12. Bert

    Jan 18, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Picked up a used but flawless set (4-PW,AW) of RSi 2’s the other day for $275. Sounds about right.

  13. Kevin

    Jan 18, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Bridgestone sells a lot globally and definitely has a cult following here in the states, for irons and woods. Driver looks good but I still agree with most that $699 is to much for even some of the most hardcore Bridgestone fans. The irons at $1200 seem very reasonable. To bring that cost down they would have to go to a harder metal and all the fans would complain, a no win situation for them. $1200 has been common for a forged club for a couple of years now, this is nothing new.

  14. golfraven

    Jan 18, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Certainly like the CBs but prices are at premium. I would expect that performance is at same level otherwise those will be a shelf stocker.

  15. Mike

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Welp, I was waiting for this driver to compliment my J15 CB’s (which I got for $400 and probably couldn’t be replaced by these because they’re too awesome), but would never pay that price for any driver. Even if it is an unbelievable product, what’s it going to give me, 4 yards? I’m almost offended

  16. Ron

    Jan 18, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Hmphf.

    How come no one makes a 3-iron anymore?

    • Chuck

      Jan 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      I can’t say that “everybody” makes 2- and 3-irons, but most do. They just prefer — as marketing has told them — that more and more people would rather buy a 4-PW set, or a 5-PW set or (my new favorite) 4-9 and 5-9 sets.

      Because we are also seeing more, not fewer, choices with lots of utility irons in the 2-4 range.

      • Feel the Bern

        Jan 19, 2017 at 9:33 am

        I also think is a price gouge. People wouldn’t be able to stomach 1400$ for 3-PW, for clubs that used to cost three digits. Dropping a club off while raising the price slightly minimizes the optics of said price gouge.

  17. Myron miller

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    As others have said, $699 for a driver and $399 for woods is crazy. I can get custom made, fitted driver for same or less. What does this driver do that many others don’t? Certainly its distance is pretty close to everyone else. So why so much more expensive. Last time i checked Bridgestone wasn’t known for its driver usage or for anybody buying them.

    • Lap

      Jan 18, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Import prices. Duh. Different agreement in the WTO deal between Japan goods and China goods coming into the US.

  18. Large Chris

    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    “Only available for a limited time”
    Thank goodness for that, where I live I can hardly get through the doors of the golf retailers due to the thousands of Bridgestone driver, irons and hybrids on offer in all the stores (that’s being sarcastic by the way).

    • Large Chris

      Jan 18, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      To be fair the pics do look very nice, the X-blades in particular.

  19. Dat

    Jan 18, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Will prices ever come down at all in this market? These companies are doing this to themselves. There is a reason that Srixon’s 945 blade only sold like crazy when it went down to $400 this winter.

  20. Glfhsslr

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:53 am

    All the high price tags mean is, you won’t be buying a new set of irons every year lol

  21. Smitty

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Another set of irons that retails for $1200?! OEMs are going to run themselves out of business trying to keep up with PXG. I’m a HUGE Bridgestone fan and love the look of these clubs but there is absolutely zero chance I’m dropping that kind of cash on these.

  22. creeder

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:18 am

    thanks PXG for all the ultra premium high priced gear. Dont fall in the trap.

  23. chinchbugs

    Jan 18, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I would enjoy a combo set in those…but I would also enjoy some manufactures coming out with a set of irons priced under $1k these days…

  24. Deron

    Jan 18, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Trying to follow the PXG model? Hope this sort of thing doesn’t become a trend.

  25. NolanMBA

    Jan 18, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Their price point is interesting… Is bridgestone a hit globally or something? I know people like their irons and balls but not their woods and certainly not at $699.

    • Branson Reynolds

      Jan 18, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Those irons look great. i understand their price. But a $700 Driver from a company that has to be last in Driver sales among the big names…i don’t get it.

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SPOTTED: PXG 0311T “Gen2” prototype irons

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After spotting Charles Howell III testing a PXG XXF prototype driver on Monday at the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, we spotted CHIII and Zach Johnson testing PXG 0311T “Gen2” irons on Tuesday. We are told they are prototypes.

The original 0311T irons, which were released in 2015, were the Tour versions of the initial 0311 irons from PXG. The 0311T irons, while injected with the same thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) material that made PXG’s 0311 irons special, had smaller profiles, thinner toplines and soles, and less offset. They catered more to the Tour player than the original 0311 iron release, but still had the familiar PXG look with screws around the perimeter.

The PXG 0311T “Gen2” irons we spotted on Tuesday at the CareerBuilder have a slightly different look than the original 0311T irons. See if you can spot the differences below.

PXG 0311T “Gen2” 4-iron vs an original 0311T 4-iron

There’s a more accordion-like look on the back cavity of the 0311T Gen2 iron (left), and it seems the overall center of gravity (CG) may be lower in the club head on the Gen2 irons, as well. At least, it appears the club has a lower overall profile. It also appears the 7-screws near the sole wrap less around the toe portion in the Gen2 iron on the left, and there’s one less screw on the high toe portion of the Gen2 irons; possibly another notch in the lower-CG column.

What do you think of the PXG0311T “Gen2” irons that we spotted on Tuesday? See what GolfWRX members are saying about them in our forums.

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SPOTTED: A PXG “XXF prototype” driver in Charles Howell III’s bag

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In December, we spotted a PXG XXF driver, along with two other PXG drivers, on the USGA conforming clubs list. Flash forward to Monday at the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, we spotted an XXF prototype driver in person in the bag of PXG staffer and club-tinkerer Charles Howell III.

We are told the XXF driver in CHII’s bag is only a prototype, and that it may never actually be released to the public.

As we originally postulated, it seems from the layout of the weights, or screws, that the XXF prototype is a fade-biased driver; that’s because there are three screws out on the toe portion of the sole, but none on the heel portion. We also guessed that the PXG ZZ has a neutral bias and the PXG XX is a draw-biased driver.

The last official driver release from PXG was a line of 0811X drivers that introduced thermoplastic elastomer inserts into the soles of the drivers to help lower center of gravity — making the drivers more forgiving and spin less — and to dampen vibrations, enhancing sound and feel. Since we haven’t cut open the XXF prototype driver we spotted in CHIII’s bag, we don’t know whether it also has a TPE insert in the sole. But, if the material lowered CG in the 0811X drivers, it’s likely the material would make it’s way into the XXF prototype driver in some capacity to achieve similar results.

From the photos, CHIII is testing the XXF prototype driver with a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue shaft. We’ll keep an eye out to see whether he puts the driver into play this week, and we’ll update you with more information on the XXF driver if it becomes available.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the PXG XXF driver in our forums

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Callaway launches new Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero and Rogue Draw drivers, and fairway woods

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With its Jailbreak technology, Callaway’s GBB Epic drivers were the No. 1-selling drivers in the United States in 2017; actually, according to Callaway, they were the No. 1-selling drivers every month in the U.S. in 2017.

How do you back that up? How do you replace a driver that’s been so successful?

Well, apparently you don’t.

Callaway’s new Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero and Rogue Draw drivers, as Callaway says, do not replace its GBB Epic and GBB Epic Sub Zero drivers of last year. Instead, Rogue is an all-new line that improves on the Epic technologies, but the company will continue to sell its Epic drivers.

Actually, if you follow Callaway’s trends over recent years, you may realize that the company should be coming out with an XR 18 line of drivers and fairway woods. That’s not the case, however. In this sense, Callaway is “going rogue.” Company representatives say that with the new Rogue drivers and fairway woods, the company is “doing what the industry is not expecting us to do.” This means that instead of coming out with an XR 18 driver at a price point of say $379, it is launching the Rogue drivers at $499.99 and packing them with improved-upon technologies than were in the Epic drivers, for more forgiveness and better aerodynamics. Callaway also says “the XR line is done for us.”

The original Jailbreak technology in the Epic drivers consisted of two titanium bars that sat behind the face; the idea is that the bars gave the structure more strength, or stiffened the crown and sole, to allow the faces to be made thinner, and therefore faster, without sacrificing durability. But with the Rogue drivers, Callaway wanted to save weight from these bars in order to displace the weight elsewhere (re: lower and more rearward in the head for more forgiveness). So Callaway’s engineers designed new hourglass-shaped Jailbreak bars, which are thinner in the middle portions of the titanium bars, and thicker near the crown and sole. This allowed the company to save 25 percent of the weight from the Jailbreak design without sacrificing the benefits of higher ball speeds across the face. You’ll notice from address (in the photo below) that the body looks a bit more stretched out than the Epic drivers; that’s to drive CG (center of gravity) more rearward to raise MOI (moment of inertia, a measure of forgiveness). The new hourglass design allowed that to be possible, as well getting rid of the weight-shifting track in the rear of the sole, as seen on the Epic drivers.

Callaway’s Rogue drivers, unlike the GBB Epic drivers, use the Boeing aero package — equipped with speed trips on the crown and an overall more aerodynamic shape — that the company introduced in the XR 16 drivers. The Rogue drivers also use a new X Face VFT technology that uses variable face thicknesses across the face to boost ball speeds on off-center strikes. The triaxial carbon crowns of the Rogue, which Callaway calls it’s largest carbon crowns ever, also save weight from the top of the club that is displaced lower in the heads to drive CG lower and more rearward.

The overall result is 0.6 mph more club head speed from the Rogue drivers compared to the GBB Epic, according to Callaway, and a 16 percent tighter dispersion.

There are three different models in the Rogue driver series: Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero and Rogue Draw. The relationship between the Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero is the same as it was between the GBB Epic and the GBB Epic Sub Zero, with the standard version having a larger profile and more shallow face, while the Sub Zero is a bit lower-spinning with a more compact look and a deeper face. The Rogue Sub Zero has two interchangeable weights (2 grams and 14 grams) that produces about 200 rpm of change between the two settings, according to Callaway.

The new Rogue Draw, with a 5-gram screw in the sole toward the heel, and with additional internal heel wighting, is for those golfers who want to fix their slice. The GBB Epic driver, with the 17-gram weight all the way in heel, hit the golf ball 11 yards left of center, according to Callaway’s testing. The Rogue Draw hits it 18 yards left of center. That means the Rogue Draw will draw the ball 7 yards farther than a GBB Epic set to draw.

The Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero and Rogue Draw drivers will be available at retail on February 9 for $499.99 each. Callaway Customs will also be available on each of the drivers in March. See below for more information on stock shafts, and keep reading for info on the fairway woods.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Rogue drivers and fairways in our forums

Callaway Rogue driver

Stock shafts for the standard Rogue range from 40-70 gram options, including Aldila’s Synergy and Quaranta shafts, and Project X’s EvenFlow and HZRDUS Yellow shafts.

Callaway Rogue Sub Zero driver

Stock shafts for the Rogue Sub Zero range from 50-70 gram options, including Aldila’s Synergy, Project X’s EvenFlow, and Project X’s HZRDUS Yellow.

Callaway Rogue Draw driver

The Rogue Draw is available in 9, 10.5 and 13 degree lofts. Stock shafts include the same offerings as the standard Rogue model, which include Aldila’s Synergy and Quaranta shafts, and Project X’s EvenFlow and HZRDUS Yellow shafts.

Callaway Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero fairway woods

Callaway’s Epic fairway woods did not have Jailbreak technology, but the Rogue fairways do. Also, unlike the hourglass-Jailbreak that’s in the Rogue drivers, the Rogue fairway woods do not have the hourglass shape, and they’re made from steel instead of titanium. According to Callaway, while it wanted to make the Jailbreak technology lighter in the drivers, it actually wanted to make it heavier in the fairways, thus they’re made from steel and do not have the weight-saving hourglass shape.

Jailbreak in the Rogue fairway woods combines with Callaway’s familiar Face Cup technology. The Rogue fairway woods faces are made from “ultra-thin” Carpenter 455 steel, and the Face Cup is designed to boost ball speeds on off-center hits. Additionally, the Rogue fairways use Callaway’s Internal Standing Wave to position CG low-and-forward for high launch and low spin, they use triaxial carbon crowns to save weight from the top portions of the club to also shift CG lower, and they use the Boeing aero package for more club head speed.

The Rogue Sub Zero fairway woods, which have more compact shapes and deeper faces, also have a 5-gram weight in the forward portion of their soles in order to driver CG even more forward. This design will help high-spin golfers lower spin for more distance.

The Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero fairway woods will sell for $299.99 each starting on February 9. See below for shaft details.

Callaway Rogue fairway wood

Callaway says the Rogue fairways (13.5, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23 and 25 degrees) are available in multiple premium shafts and weights ranging from 40-80 grams.

Callaway Rogue Sub Zero fairway wood

Callaway says the Rogue Sub Zero fairways (13.5, 15 and 18 degrees) are available in multiple premium shaft brands ranging from 60-80 grams.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Rogue drivers and fairways in our forums

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