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Bridgestone’s Tour B JGR line features new woods, hybrids, and irons

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The Shop: Bridgestone’s new Tour B JGR clubs

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Bridgestone targets a wide slice of the market with its new Tour B JGR line of woods, hybrids, and irons. At one side of that slice, staffers Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker have been gaming Tour B JGR drivers since earlier this summer.

“After my switch to the new TOUR B JGR, I’ve seen an increase in distance and a more consistent ball flight,” says Kuchar. “The change was a no brainer.”

“I didn’t expect to make the switch so easily but when I compared the data on Trackman, I was seeing three mph more ball speed and an extra six yards,” adds Snedeker.

Click here for more photos of the Tour B JGR line.

The aforementioned driver, which the aforementioned Kuchar and Snedeker are both playing, features what Bridgestone calls Power Mill Face Design to promote low spin and stability at impact. The driver — and woods as well — also features a Boost Wave Crown, wherein internal and external channels allow the crown to flex at impact for a higher initial launch and ball speed, as well as a variable thickness face.

The launch doesn’t leave mid-to-high handicappers out in the cold, however, as the HF1 and HF2 game improvement irons were designed to help them, well, launch.

Bridgestone market the HF2 line as forged, game improvement irons for mid handicappers. Heads include a feel-enhancing, vibration-dampening rubber polymer insert. For higher handicap players, HF1 irons feature a thick, hollow cavity design and variable face thickness.

Zack Kupperbusch, Bridgestone Golf’s Club Marketing Manager, had this to say about the line. “Our JGR lines have built up a loyal following since the original launch in 2015. The new TOUR B JGR builds on that success by providing golfers with the combination of style and forgiveness.” says “While our brand is commonly associated with the best golf balls in the world, JGR is an excellent example of how we’re bringing innovation to all corners of the industry.”

The Tour B JGR driver retails for $399 and is available in lofts of 9.5, 10.5, and 11.5 degrees. All models feature draw biased weighting (8g external weight and 25g internal weights). A UST Mamiya Recoil 460 ES Shaft shaft is standard. The fairway woods–3-wood (15 degree), 5-wood (18 degree) — retail for $229. The hybrids ($219) are available in 19, 22, and 25-degree lofts. A UST Mamiya Recoil 780 ES Hybrid shaft is standard.

The HF2 irons are a 5-AW set, with the 4-iron offered separately ($899). The HF1 ($849) are 6-PW.

For left-handers: the driver is available in 9.5 and 10.5-degree lofts, the fairway wood at 15 degrees, and the HF2 iron (5-AW). Products are available at retail Oct. 8.

Click here for more photos of the Tour B JGR line.

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  1. Jack

    Sep 13, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Higher Ball speed? Than what? Surely they can’t exceed the COR max.

  2. Sharky

    Sep 12, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I was intrigued until they said the driver was draw biased…smh

  3. mp

    Sep 12, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    HF2 looks like the Mizzy JPX-850 Forged

  4. Blake

    Sep 12, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    b-stone has stepped backwards in the past 10 years in club design

  5. Tom

    Sep 12, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Bridgestone makes good tires…..

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Photos of Sergio Garcia’s Ryder Cup-themed Odyssey Toulon Atlanta putter

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Sergio Garcia, who was given a controversial captain’s pick to play in the 2018 Ryder Cup next week in France, is playing in the Portugal Masters this week using a new, custom Odyssey Toulon Atlanta putter with European team colors. The putter has Euro-themed yellow, blue and white paint fills on the sole and back of the head, and stars that represent the European flag on the side.

Using the putter, Sergio’s off to a hot start at the Portugal Masters, played at Victoria Clube de Golfe, shooting a round of 5-under to put him at T6. He discusses the custom Toulon putter here:

Familiar with the style of putter, Sergio used a Odyssey Toulon Atlanta model to win on the European Tour last year, and has used several different Toulon models throughout 2018. The Atlanta model in particular is characterized by Odyssey as a mid-sized mallet that’s “fully milled with a multi-material aluminum sole plate and short-slant hosel.” It also has Toulon’s familiar diamond face milling.

To learn more about diamond face milling and Sean Toulon himself, check out our recent TG2 podcast with him below.

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10 of the best 2018 Ryder Cup souvenirs

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Yesterday, we took a look at 10 of the best historical Ryder Cup-themed apparel and memorabilia finds. Now it’s time to focus solely on this year’s event and see what goodies you can get your hands on before the action gets underway from Le Golf National. Here are ten 2018 Ryder Cup products available that we think you’ll like.

The 2018 Ryder Cup Bushnell Tour V4 Jolt Rangefinder

Earlier this month we found out that Bushnell rangefinders are the preferred choice of GolfWRX members. Well, now you can get your hands on this Ryder Cup-themed Bushnell Tour V4 Jolt Rangefinder. Although it doesn’t say so, the Rangefinder does look quite European in its colors. You can take a closer look at it here.

2018 Ryder Cup Set of Two 18.5 oz All-Purpose Wine Glasses

 

It’s only right to showcase these Ryder Cup-themed wine glasses, as, after all, we are in France. Keep the beer in the fridge and open up a nice bottle of Bordeaux and chill out and enjoy the three days of drama unfold from Le Golf National. Available here.

The 2018 Ryder Cup FootJoy SciFlex Golf Glove

One of the simplest and cheapest ways to grab a 2018 Ryder Cup souvenir that you should get a lot of use out of, this FootJoy Golf Glove features the official 2018 Ryder Cup logo and is available to purchase here.

The 2018 Ryder Cup USA Fanwear Pique Polo – Navy

We covered just what the U.S. team will be wearing over the three days of action at Le Golf National here. The feedback on the outfits was a little mixed, however, if like me you appreciated the minimalist style of the matchday shirts then this pique polo shirt will interest you. Another plus about this classy polo is that it’s almost half the price of the official match polos, check it out in more detail here.

The 2018 Ryder Cup Nike Energy Pack T-Shirt

Just a big fan of the Ryder Cup and don’t want a product that appears too partisan? This Nike Ryder Cup T-Shirt is a cool way of showing your love for the event, and it comes in a color choice of carbon, white or blue. Check them out here.

The 2018 Ryder Cup Team Europe Pom Pom Headcover Set of 3 (D R F) – Navy Stars

 

This Team Europe Pom Pom Headcover set is a winner. Enough said. Check them out here.

The 2018 Ryder Cup US Team Driver Cover

As with the European Headcovers, this Team USA leather Driver cover is beautiful, with impressive detail featuring the USA Ryder Cup logo and a ’12 Strong’ detail at the back of the head cover. Take a look at it here.

The 2018 Ryder Cup Leatherette Tote Bag

A 2018 French Tricolour Ryder Cup bag featuring the official tournament crest and wording. A cool way to celebrate the first Ryder Cup ever to be held in France. Available here.

The 2018 Ryder Cup Team Europe Beanie – Royal/Yellow/White (Match Day)

These Team Europe Beanies look snug. Useful for showing your colors for next week’s event, and they’ll get plenty of use with winter closing in on us. Check them out here.

Ryder Cup Trophy Urn

A must for all golf fans. Well, maybe not. But Ryder Cup fanatics may still be interested in these Ryder Cup-themed urns described as “A perfect send off for a golf-loving friend or family member”. I’ll let you make up your own mind on these.

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Titleist releases new Vokey WedgeWorks Limited 60-degree T Grind

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The Vokey SM7 L Grind proved to be a welcome addition for those golfers who were looking to excel around the greens on firm conditions. The enhanced heel, toe and trailing edge grind provided the lowest bounce option available from Titleist upon its release.

Now, Titleist has announced the release of their new Vokey WedgeWorks Limited 60-degree T Grind. Just like the L Grind, the latest release from Titleist is a low-bounce option designed for players with a shallow attack angle playing in firm conditions, however, the new T Grind’s dual-bounce sole allows the wedge to sit closer to the ground, making it easier to get the leading edge under the ball and promoting lift. According to Titleist, the dual bounce sole creates a narrow, forward bounce which helps to provide a gliding sensation.

The new Vokey T Grind proved a popular choice at the Open Championship earlier this year, where the conditions were firm and fast. Charley Hoffman and Cameron Smith were just two of the PGA Tour professionals who decided to put the T Grind into their bag for the test at Carnoustie, and Vokey Tour Rep Aaron Dill explained just why it is such a great option to have on firm golf courses:

“When we arrived at Carnoustie and saw how firm and fast the course was playing, it was clear that the T Grind was going to be a great option. Bob crafted the T Grind to have low bounce that can be easily manipulated while keeping the leading edge close to the turf. It really excels when faced with those hard, unforgiving lies.”

The limited edition 60-degree T Grind features a brand new, ultra-premium Slate Blue finish, and those who desire can even get their T Grind customized. Customers will have the option to avail of Titleist’s personalized stamping of up to 10 characters and in one of 12 paintfill colors.

The Vokey WedgeWorks Limited 60-degree T Grind is available now through Wedgeworks at Vokey.com or by custom order, starting at $250.

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