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Bridgestone J15 fairway woods and hybrids

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Along with its new J715 drivers, Bridgestone golf will release new J15 fairway woods and hybrids that promise improved ball speeds, higher launch angles and more versatility than their predecessors.

The new woods and hybrids produce “high launching distance with soft landings and the ability to be played from anywhere, including the tee, fairway, rough and even greenside,” says Josh Kinchen, Golf Clubs and Accessories Marketing Manger at Bridgestone Golf.

To accomplish the desired performance improvements, Bridgestone designed its J15 woods and hybrids with three core technologies — F.A.S.T (Flex Action Speed Technology) Crowns, Hyper Stainless 455 Steel Faces and Weighted Port Technology.

BridgestoneJ15F

The F.A.S.T Crown, made of High Strength AM355 Maraging Steel, is thinner near the clubface and gets progressively thicker toward the rear, which allows the club to flex more at impact producing a spring-like effect for higher launch and ball speeds.

Club faces of both the fairway wood and hybrids are made from Hyper Stainless 455 Steel, which is the thinnest face ever from Bridgestone, measuring 1.8 millimeters in thickness. This gives the clubs the “maximum repulsion within conforming rules” according to the company.

BridgestoneJ15HY

Bridgestone aficionados will notice alterations to the sole shapes, which enhanced the versatility of the woods and hybrids. By removing material from the sole’s heel, engineers were able to reduce club head drag from a multitude of lies. Also, Bridgestone lowered the rear soles to help encourage a sweeping motion as the club meets the turf at impact, eliminating the tendency of woods and hybrids to dig.

Both the fairway woods and hybrids have a removeable weight in their sole that allows golfers to tweak swingweight.

J15F Fairway Woods ($199) come stock with Mitsubishi Rayon’s Fubuki Z Fairway shaft and custom yellow Golf Pride Tour Velvet grip.

  • Lofts: 13.5, 15 and 18 degrees (15 and 18 available for left-handers on April 1).

J15HY Hybrids ($189) come stock with Mitsubishi Rayon’s Fubuki Z Hybrid shaft and a custom yellow Golf Pride Tour Velvet grip.

  • Lofts: 17, 19, 21 and 23 degrees (21 and 23 available for left-handers on April 1)

The J15 fairway woods and hybrids will be available on Feb. 1, 2015.

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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. theo

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Wishon…pffff.

    • kloyd0306

      Jan 13, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      Far from all good ideas originate with the major OEMs.

      The name inscribed on any branded club is merely that – inscribed. It does not mean that it is superior. Nor does it mean that that brand is the first to design something.

      To “raspberry” Tom Wishon and his ideas only indicates that you know very, very little about function and design.

  2. MAM

    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:13 am

    someone please explain what Hyper Stainless is, actually curious not being sarcastic!

    it says “This gives the clubs the “maximum repulsion within conforming rules” as well as being the thinnest face ever from bridgestone. Do other OEM’s do this as well

    • Wilbur

      Jul 24, 2015 at 11:51 pm

      its a buzz word like spin skin, zip grooves, or speed slot

      You don’t know what it is, but you know its good

  3. Garbage

    Jan 12, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Everybody playing catch-up with TM

    • frendy

      Jan 13, 2015 at 12:39 am

      No, everyone is playing catch-up with Wishon Golf. Carpenter 455, max COR, and cutaway soles were Wishon staples long before any Bridgestone or TM fw.

      • Nah

        Jan 13, 2015 at 3:35 am

        The weight forward in that spot is all TM

        • TR1PTIK

          Jan 13, 2015 at 6:56 am

          Actually, other clubs had the CG positioned forward before TM. The only difference was their CG placement wasn’t visible. For instance, the Titleist 905S had a CG placement that was low and forward to lower ball flight and produce less spin. The TM drivers at that time were still placing the weight low and toward the rear for easy launch. I’m sure someone else probably had the weight low and forward before Titleist did…

          • Wrong

            Jan 13, 2015 at 8:56 pm

            No, the 905S did NOT. Nowhere near forward as this or any of the TMs.

            Next!

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Spotted: Nelly Korda’s TaylorMade P7CB irons

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We have seen some prototype TaylorMade cavity back irons floating around professional tours recently. The irons were just labeled “Proto” on the back. Rory McIlroy had the 4-iron in the bag, while Michael Block had an entire set in play at the PGA Championship.

We all speculated what the iron was and what the name might eventually be upon release, and now we know. It looks like TaylorMade is going with “P7CB,” since we spotted Nelly Korda testing clubs that bear that name this week.

We have heard players like Rory speak about the irons and how they are seeing a little better ball speed and controlled spin on mishits. A softer and more consistently solid feel has also been mentioned as an improvement with these new irons.

@golfwrx Spotted: New @TaylorMade Golf ? MILLION DOLLAR BABY (VHS) – Tommy Richman


We still don’t know all the details yet as TaylorMade isn’t ready to give those up, but hopefully, we will learn more soon about these forged cavity back irons.

 

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WITB Time Machine: Bubba Watson’s winning WITB, 2018 Travelers Championship

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Bubba Watson captured his third victory at the Travelers Championship in 2018, erasing a six-stroke deficit with a final-round, 7-under 63 to top a quartet of golfers at 14 under par.

“I feel like this is my home course,” Watson said. “As soon as they put the schedule up, I sign up for this. I want to come back here. This means so much, not only from the golf side of it, but from the family side. My dad, it was the only time he got to see me win (in 2010). He got to see me qualify for the Ryder Cup at this event. So all these things just mean so much to my family.”

Take a look at what Bubba had in the bag six years ago below.

Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 degrees @7.6 degrees) Buy here.
Shaft: Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Pink X-Flex
Length: 44.5 inches (tipped 0.5 inches)

3-wood: Ping G (14.5 degrees, at 13.2 degrees) Buy here.
Shaft: Fujikura Tour Spec 8.2X
Length: 42 inches, tipped at 1.5 inches
Swing Weight: D3

Irons: Ping iBlade (2) Buy here, Ping S55 (4-PW) Buy here.
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Length: +0.25 inches (2 iron), +0.5 inches (4-PW)

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52-12 SS, 56-12 SS, 60-06 TS) Buy here.
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Length: +0.5 inches

Putter: Ping PLD Anser (Blast Finish) Buy here.
Grip: Ping Pistol
Length, loft, lie: 34.25 inches, 4.5 degrees, 68.5 degrees
Weight: 340 grams

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

WITB Time Machine is presented by 2nd Swing Golf. 2nd Swing has more than 100,000 new and pre-swung golf clubs available in six store locations and online. Check them out here.

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Riki Kawamoto WITB 2024 (June)

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  • Riki Kawamoto what’s in the bag ahead of the U.S. Open. Kawamoto was deciding on a 3-wood and putter. 

Driver: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 TX

3-wood: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond T (14 degrees), Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond T (16 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 TX

Irons: Callaway X Forged UT (18 degrees), Callaway Apex TCB (4), Callaway Apex MB (5-9)
Shaft: Project X 6.5  (18), Project X 7.0 (4-9)

Wedges: Callaway Jaws Raw (46-10S, 50-10S, 54-08C, 60-06C, 60-04C), Jaws MD5 (60-08T)
Shafts: Project X 7.0

Putter: Odyssey Ai-One Tri Beam 2-Ball Blade CS, Odyssey Ai-One Jailbird Mini DB, Odyssey Ai-One Rossie

Grips: Palmax

Check out more in-hand photos of Kawamoto’s clubs here.

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