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Adidas is releasing a limited edition shark-inspired adicross Bounce

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Consider the simile: The PGA Tour’s best golfers are like sharks. Wins are their prey. Adidas has taken this concept and turned it into a pair of limited edition adicross Bounce shoes.

When 2018 portion of the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season gets started January 4th with the Sentry Tournament of Champions from Kapalua Resort in Hawaii, you could be sporting a pair of these tiger shark-inspired footwear.

“Niuhi,” in Hawaiian, galeocerdo cuvier is a well-known fixture off the coastlines of the islands. The shoes’ grey colorway features subtle striping, reminiscent of the tiger shark’s underbelly. Adidas chose red accents as the color is associated with power, strength, and determination.

“We wanted to design a shoe that embodied a player’s insatiable hunger to win,” said Masun Denison, global footwear director, adidas Golf. “As players head to the islands of Hawaii at the start of the year, the shark became a natural part of the design; not just because this area is one of their natural habitats, but also because the hunger they possess can be similar to these players seeking a win on tour – especially after already having a taste of victory.”

All versions of the adicross Bounce feature an offset wrapped saddle made of microfiber leather that includes multiple eyelet rows for customizable lacing. The shoe also includes a rubber non-marking spikeless outsole that features 181 strategically-placed lugs to provide golfers with optimal grip and green-friendliness, as well as off-course functionality. The midsole is equipped with full-length bounce foam.

The limited edition adicross Bounce Niuhi ($140 USD) will be available for purchase exclusively on adidas.com beginning January 4 at 8:00 a.m. PT–other colorways of the adicross Bounce ($120 USD) will be available January 1.

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  1. sharker

    Jan 1, 2018 at 11:56 am

    They look like something that might be good…. for casual tennis… 😎

  2. Rich

    Dec 30, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    I would just about bet that if these were offered as a free prize in a drawing there would be many more replies that were positive !

  3. Rich

    Dec 29, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    I like the concept and colors platform but It does have a look somewhat like those ugly Nike’s..
    I would consider buying them it the price was lowered some..

  4. CB

    Dec 29, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    How dare Adidas go away from the ThreeStripe!!!

    Now it looks like every shoe out there. Dumb

  5. Mower

    Dec 29, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    “The shoe also includes a rubber non-marking spikeless outsole that features 181 strategically-placed lugs to provide golfers with optimal grip…”
    Um, no. They look like mega-slip-on-early-morning-dewy-grass-fail-knobs.

  6. Rolph

    Dec 29, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Just another bad concept from one of the many tired logo-wear company’s in the business.

  7. The dude

    Dec 29, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Good news for Skechers…they no longer have the most God awful ugly shoes on the market

    • DB

      Dec 29, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      I actually think the Go Golf Pros look better than this, and I hear they are super comfortable.

  8. Jim Fitzroy

    Dec 29, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I’m all set with Adidas products after the college basketball bribe fiasco. Plenty of other good brands that operate with sound business ethics

    • Bert

      Dec 29, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Good Point – plus the shoes are very ugly, and limited production, who cares.

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Fujikura launches new Pro 2.0 and Pro 2.0 Tour Spec shafts

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Fujikura has announced the launch of the second generation of its Pro series shafts: the Pro 2.0.

The first iteration of the Pro shafts were designed with a soft handle section to aid in loading. The Pro 2.0 presents an even more effective loading zone, according to the company, which also says torsional stiffness is 14 percent greater in the 2.0.

“Like all of our shafts, the Pro 2.0 has been designed utilizing enso, a 3D motion-capture technology that no one else in the shaft industry has,” said Alex Dee, Vice President at Fujikura Composites America.

“This technology and advanced data analytics has allowed us to crack the code on how club performance and ball flight are affected by shaft characteristics and swing type. When we compared to the original Pro, we saw the 2.0 was significantly easier to swing, had tighter shot dispersion, and lower spin to deliver the club head with more power, control and distance. We were thrilled with the result.”

The Pro 2.0 is painted “Destroyer Grey” with a metallic blue design in line with the original Pro shaft. The Tour Spec model is painted “Tour Spec White.”

The shafts will be available in weight ranges from 57 to 87 grams (5, 6, 7, 8) and in flexes starting at R2 up to X. $225 MSRP; $250 for the Tour Spec model. Hybrid option available for $140.

Available at over 600 qualified Fujikura charter dealers beginning February 1. Full specs at Fujikura.com.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the Pro 2.0 in the forums.

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Fred Couples signs with Bettinardi, will continue to use FCB putter

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Fred Couples has been using his namesake Bettinardi putter, the FCB (Fred Couples Blade), for the past four years. Now, he’s officially joining Bettinardi’s Tour staff.

Couples, who has won 15 times on the PGA Tour and 13 times on the PGA Tour Champions, will putt exclusively with the company’s flatsticks.

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“I’m really looking forward to representing Bettinardi and its beautiful range of hand-made putters, as they always give me great confidence when I’m standing over putts,” said Fred. “Having won 5 times already with a Bettinardi putter, there’s nothing I’d rather be putting with.

Couples averaged 1.70 putts per hole when playing in 12 events with the Bettinardi wand last year.

“Having Fred Couples join our Tour staff is a massive endorsement for Bettinardi Golf,” said founder Robert Bettinardi. “We’re so proud and excited to welcome him to our growing Tour staff. I’m sure he will prove to be a great ambassador for our brand, as he attracts huge crowds and media attention wherever he plays.”

Here’s a look at Boom Boom’s FCB putter.

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Odyssey’s new EXO 2-Ball, Works Red and Black, and Toulon putters

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There’s one thing Odyssey has never struggled with: giving golfers options. Today, the company launched a trunk-full of new putters, including eight Works Red and Black putters, Toulon Atlanta and Portland models, and an Odyssey EXO 2-Ball putter that gives the classic 2-ball design a very new, and premium look.

Most of the new putters, actually, are mallets. More specifically, they are mallets that Odyssey says feel like blade putters; that’s because they’re made with toe hang (like a blade putter) rather than face-balanced designs of typical mallets. Toe hang frees up the face of a putter to open and close, a stroke-style that many golfers employ — amateurs and pros alike.

According to Austie Rollinson, chief designer of Odyssey, there’s been a trend of blade users on Tour switching into mallets because of this toe hang, and that will continue to happen. Odyssey says that of the PGA Tour wins last year, 29 winners used mallets — 14 of those were mallets with toe hang — while there were 20 blade winners. Also, of the top-50 in Strokes Gained: Putting, 31 players used mallets, 13 of which were toe-hang mallets, and 19 players used blades.

Therefore, many of the new putters from Odyssey are toe-hang mallets. Check out all of the new putters below, with info on design, pricing and release dates.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the new putters here

Odyssey Works Red and Black putters

 

The new Works Red and Black putters — adding on to the line of putters released in 2017 — continue to use microhinge face inserts that are designed to “grab” the ball to impart more topspin on the golf ball to get it rolling faster. The new offerings launched today include a No. 1 Wide S, No. 1 Tank, No. 7 Tank, 2-Ball Fang, Marxman, Marxman S, Jailbird Mini and Jailbird Mini S.

They will sell for $199 with a standard Winn AVS midsize pistol grip, and $219 with a SuperStroke grip starting on February 23.

See more photos and join the discussion about the Works Red and Black putters here.

Odyssey EXO 2-Ball

The new EXO 2-Ball, made with Rose Gold PVD, is a premium version of the iconic 2-ball shape. It’s CNC-milled with a microhinge insert, has an aluminum crown with a steel sole plate and Tungsten in the rear portion of the head. The EXO 2-ball also has black circles instead of the familiar white color for which 2-balls are known.

According to Odyssey, it’s a “statement product,” and it will only sell 5,000 of these putters globally. They will sell for $499.99 starting on February 2.

Odyssey says: “Our new Odyssey EXO 2-Ball is a premium limited edition putter unlike any we’ve ever offered. It combines one of the game’s most innovative and iconic putter designs with top-notch materials and meticulous production to create something truly special.”

Toulon Atlanta and Portland

Odyssey’s premium putter brand continues dipping its toes in the mallet style with its new mid-mallet Atlanta and Portland models. They have gunmetal finishes and are 100-percent milled from soft, 303 stainless steel. They also have Toulon’s familiar diamond-milled faces for improved roll.

The Atlanta and Portland models will sell for $399.99 apiece and hit retail on February 2.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Toulon Atlanta putter here

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