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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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The drivers used by the top-10 most accurate players on the PGA Tour

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What drivers do the PGA Tour’s most accurate golfers use to find the short grass? Now that the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season is behind us, we can do a thorough examination.

First, here’s a tally of what the top 10 in driving accuracy on Tour are using by driver manufacturer.

  • Callaway: 5
  • PXG: 1
  • TaylorMade: 4

But this is GolfWRX, so of course you want to know more. Below is a breakdown of the driving-distance leaders on the PGA Tour in 2017-2018, the available specifics of their drivers, shafts and how often their tee shots found the fairway.

10. Jim Furyk

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.2X
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.77

9. Steve Wheatcroft

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.79

8. Emiliano Grillo

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Aldila NV 2KXV
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.89

7. Brian Gay

Driver: TaylorMade M2
Shaft: Aldila Rogue MAX 65TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 70.92

6. Kyle Stanley

Driver: TaylorMade M1
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.20

5. Brian Stuard

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Project X EvenFlow Max Carry
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.21

4. Ryan Moore

Driver: PXG ZZ
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.94

3. Chez Reavie

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017
Loft: 9.5 degrees
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 60TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 72.09

2. Ryan Armour

Driver: TaylorMade M1 2017
Shaft: UST Mamiya Elements Proto 6F5
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Driving accuracy percentage: 73.58

1. Henrik Stenson*

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 6.5 62
Driving accuracy percentage: 74.79

*Stenson, as we know, tees off with his beloved 13-degree Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 3-wood with a Graffaloy Blue shaft the vast majority of the time.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “New Ping G410 Driver?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from hervygolf21, and it surrounds the new G410 driver from Ping that is allegedly set for release at the beginning of 2019. Our members have found out plenty of information on the latest driver from Ping since the thread began, apparently, and here’s a quick look at some of the features you might expect from the new model (if you take forum members’ word for it).

According to the thread, the PING G410 will be black with red accents, will have a higher MOI than the current G400 model, will still contain the Ping Turbulators and will be offered in 12 degrees without draw weighting. It’s also believed that the G400 Max will remain current until July/August 2019, but at a lower price point.

Here are a few posts in the thread reflecting on the news, but make sure to check out the entire thread and join the discussion at the link below.

  • lc1342: “Love both the G400 LST and G400 Max, but if they are bringing out something better… I’ll take it!”
  • cz13x4: “This sounds like a very interesting update. Not keen on red but very interested to see what comes out.”
  • roho: “Late January?  Sounds like maybe a PGA Show unveil in Orlando.”

Entire Thread: “New PING G410 Driver”

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Ben Hogan adds Ft. Worth “White” to iron lineup

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After the launch of Diamond Black Metal finish Ft. Worth “Black” irons earlier this year, Ben Hogan’s nickel-chrome Ft. Worth irons are back…sort of. The Texas-baed company today announced the launch of Ben Hogan Ft. Worth White irons.

Now with respect to the “White” designation, If you’re skeptical/confused, well, let’s just have a look at a comment on BH’s Instagram post announcing the iron launch and the company’s response…

jonmodica: “Very unclear the changes from previous model… also… white? It’s chrome…..”

Benhogangolf: ”@jonmodica More progressive specific to each club head, a more aggressive V-Sole pattern and the ‘white’ is opposite of the popular and newly designed Ft. Worth Black.”

There you have it, folks. “White” as in contrast to the Ft. Worth Black irons, and the Ft. Worth White is not merely a re-issue of original chrome Ft. Worth, according to the company.

With respect to the changes to the V-Sole system, the company said this in its marketing materials for the Ft. Worth Black.

“Feedback from strong players and robot testing indicated that the leading edge could be increased on certain irons, and trailing edge softened … especially with less-than-full shots in the shorter irons.”

“So, in our ongoing quest to design and manufacture the best clubs in golf, we’ve modified the V-Sole Technology used on the Ben Hogan Ft. Worth BLACK slightly. The sole maintains the same basic design principles as the original V-Sole but has been optimized for each iron in the set. In effect, we’ve strengthened the leading edge from the sole to the face on some of the Ft. Worth BLACK irons, while reducing the trailing edge bounce on others.”

Obviously, the company scrapped the PreciseLoft system introduced with the original Ft. Worth irons. That system offered four loft profiles, all with consistent four-degree gaps. After finding the vast majority of players preferred the “mid-high” launch profile, the company did away with the others…and returned to tradition iron number (rather than loft) stamping on the toe.

The aforementioned lofts in the 4-PW set range from 22 degrees to 46 degrees.

“The Ft. Worth White Irons are illustrative of how Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company interacts with and listens to its customers,” said Scott White, President and CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “On the heels of our sales success with the Ft. Worth Black Irons, we found many ‘traditionalists’ who wanted to play this iron design with the standard nickel-chrome finish, so we accommodated them with this launch.”

Ft. Worth White irons are available for purchase on the Ben Hogan website exclusively for $700.00 per seven-piece set (4-PW).

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