Bridgestone Tiger Woods Golf Ball
Tiger Woods comeback this season may still be a work-inprogress, but the premium golf ball that he collaborated with Bridgestone Golf in designing is gaining traction in many circles.
The Bridgestone Golf Tour B XS Tiger Woods Edition golf ball, which has been used this year by the 14-time major champion in his comeback to PGA Tour play, has the adept feel around the greens that is as good as any premium Tour ball and offers impressive stopping ability on those delicate scoring shots. Its length is right up there with any of the top balls used by better players, but even those with average swing speeds will find this an excellent choice.
During development, company engineers used data from more than three million in-person and online ball fittings, combined with insights from leading third-party industry sources, to identify needs of specific player types. They then drew on more than 800 golf ball patents to determine which proprietary technologies would most benefit each golfer persona identified.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this ball goes to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation, and his stamp is all over this ball. They feature a custom “TIGER” logo that replicates how Woods marks his competition golf balls and distinct packaging to highlight the charitable benefits and limited, special-edition product. From a performance perspective, the Tiger Woods Edition ball is identical to the standard TOUR B XS model, which Woods currently uses on the PGA Tour.
“We worked closely with the Bridgestone team to come up with a concept that benefits both golfers and my TGR Foundation, which is very important to me,” noted Woods. “The TOUR B XS easily outperforms any ball I’ve ever played. It is incredibly long, but offers excellent feel and spin around the green, which makes me confident in any situation.”
With a decorated career that includes 14 major wins and a record run of 683 weeks as the world’s top-ranked golfer, Woods transitioned to the TOUR B XS before the 2017 Hero World Challenge in December and has since recorded his best professional finishes since 2013.
Some of the features of this tour-level ball include a gradational core that optimizes energy transfer to create low side-spin and high ball velocity for incredible distance and accuracy gains; a seamless cover design that utilizes injection molding technology to stabilize ball flight on all shots; an aerodynamically superior dimple profile that provide different player types with vastly enhanced length and control and the SlipRes cover technology that increases friction by creating more stability between the ball and club for enhanced control with irons and wedges.
More information is available at: bridgestonegolf.com.
TPT Expands Shaft Offerings
TPT Golf™ is a relative newcomer to the high-end golf club driver shaft space, but already this year has made some serious inroads into the winner’s circle on the PGA Tour and with its partnership with perhaps the fastest-growing premium custom fitting retailer in America.
In less than two years, TPT shafts have accounted for six professional victories—including three this year with former World No. 1 Jason Day getting two wins and Vijay Singh getting a win on the Champions Tour at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach this past spring.
Of the 11 TPT shaft offerings, the 15-LKP-LT-LW is the latest to join the company’s lineup earlier this year as a shaft designed to meet the needs of high-speed golfers. Within the 15 Series, the 15-LKP-LT-LW offers the lightest weight (63 grams). It is also the lowest-torque shaft in the entire TPT Golf lineup.
Like TPT Golf’s 10 other shaft designs, the 15-LKP-LT-LW has a perfectly concentric, seamless design. This is the direct result of TPT Golf’s fully automated manufacturing process called “ThinPly Winding,” which gives TPT Golf the ability to independently tweak each shaft design parameter. This revolutionary, robotdriven process ensures unrivaled consistency and unlocks superior performance for golfers of all abilities. Unlike other shaft manufacturing processes, the patent-pending Thin-Ply Winding Method enables TPT Golf to create shafts that are exactly the same time after time.
On the retail end, TPT has greatly expanded its availability through an agreement with club fitter Club Champion that is nearing 40 locations nationwide--and is fast-becoming the largest custom fitter of premium golf clubs in the country.
“With a TPT Golf shaft, golfers are going to create more distance. They’re going to improve their accuracy. They’re going to gain more consistency. But first, they must be properly fit for our shafts,” said TPT Golf Director Sebastian Sebayang. “Through this agreement with Club Champion, we’re bringing the next level of performance to the vast majority of U.S. golfers while maintaining the high fitting standards that guarantee maximum benefit.”
TPT Golf shafts are available exclusively through the company’s worldwide network of Authorized Fitters, each of which has been vetted by TPT Golf’s team. In recent months, TPT Golf has worked closely with Club Champion to ensure all its master fitters and builders are trained to optimize performance with TPT Golf’s 11 distinct shaft models.