Home' Australian Golf Digest : March 2018 Contents New Callaway Chrome Soft balls
The new Callaway Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X balls probably won’t
be candidates for winning the Nobel Prize, but they may be benefiting
from one. And the results are balls designed to fur ther enhance the
difference in the golf-ball per formance paradigm of low spin off the
driver and high spin on the shor t shots.
The key behind both balls is the use of graphene, a one-atom thick
nanopar ticle that is par t of the new balls’ dual-core construction.
While that sounds an aw ful lot like science (and it is, as the discover y
of graphene was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 2010), what
Callaway sees it as is “a game-changer”, according to Dave Bar tels,
Callaway’s senior director of golf ball research and development.
The Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X are multilayer urethane cover
balls that feature a dual core. The graphene is incorporated into the
outer core layer to increase the difference in compression between the
outer core and the inner core, Bar tels said. He said that increase means
the inner core can be larger and softer than it’s been on past Chrome
Soft balls to help full shots launch higher with less spin, but it also helps
the soft urethane cover compress against a firm mantle and higher
compression outer core for better shor t shot spin.
“We figured out how to incorporate graphene into the outer core in a
way that opened up the design space for us to create a larger inner core
that gives us the ability to increase launch angle with lower spin and
incidentally improve the feel and sound of the golf ball,” Bar tels said,
calling the graphene “an enabling technology”.
The new Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X balls continue Callaway’s
emphasis on lower compression cores for softer feel and less spin off
the tee, but they also utilise a softer cover and mantle layer under the
cover to produce spin on shor t-game shots.
The Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X are available now ($64.99, in
white and optic yellow). Both balls will be offered in two Truvis patterns,
as well (white-red and yellow-black as standard, along with other
colour patterns at various times during the year). The Truvis features
pentagon-shaped colour swatches distributed all over the cover in
soccer-ball fashion, designed to improve a player’s view of the ball.
See callawaygolf.com.au for more
– Mike Stachura
Equipment What's Hot
Ping G700 irons
The new Ping G700 irons are the
company’s first hollow-body set of
irons, but you could say they were
almost expected. The company,
known for its one-piece investment
cast irons since the 1960s, is building
the G700 irons on the shoulders of its
success with a hollow-body, iron-like
hybrid called the Crossover.
Now, it’s using some of that same
idea to cross over to its iron lineup.
Ping originally introduced the G
Crossover in 2016 and followed
that with the G400 Crossover. What
engineers saw was an opportunity
to dramatically improve the way the
face bends at impact for higher ball
speeds and more distance. According
to Mar ty Jer tson, Ping’s director
of product development, the face
insert on the hollow-body G700 irons
deflects at impact nearly as much as
it is thick.
“The G700 iron was a lot of fun to
work on,” Jer tson said, who noted
that the Crossover irons were an
inspiration because they were right
at the limits of R&A and USGA rules
for spring-like effect.
“It produces t wice as much face
deflection as the G iron, where the
face is behaving a little in the way
that we see with a metalwood.”
See americangolf.com.au for more
FootJoy Tour-S footwear
FootJoy has launched the all-new Tour-S, inspired by the best players in
the world and created to deliver superior platform stability and overall
The Tour-S PowerPlate outsole provides an incredibly lightweight yet
stable platform from which players efficiently transfer power throughout
the golf swing. Built upon a foundation of a proprietar y Pebax polymer,
that is typically 20 percent lighter than other polymers, the PowerPlate
features an integrated carbon weave fibreglass mid-foot plate and nine
LaunchPods to create additional structure, sur face area and ground
coverage for maximum stability.
The Tour-S features FJ’s proprietary PowerStrap, a moulded component
integrated into the shoe’s upper to provide lock-down medial and lateral
suppor t. SecureCollar and ComforTongue technologies deliver a secure,
precise fit round after round.
This shoe utilises a dual-density PU Fit-Bed to ensure all-day underfoot
comfor t and FJ’s exclusive Premium Per formance Leather to achieve
top-grade feel, finish and waterproof protection. Tour players such as Rafa
Cabrera Bello, Kevin Kisner, Charley Hoffman, Andrew Dodt and Jason
Kokrak have already put the Tour-S in play at tournaments around the world.
Available from March 15 with a suggested retail price of $389.95 with
Boa System; $349.95 laced. See footjoy.com.au for more
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