Model: Callaway Sure Out Wedge
Available Lofts: 58° and 64°
Stock Shafts: KBS Tour 90 (Steel) UST Wedge 65 (Graphite)
THE SURE OUT WEDGE
When I saw the Callaway Sure Out Wedge at the PGA Show, I was instantly reminded of two things:
To be sure, it’s a design that’s appreciably different than what most of us carry, and for that reason alone, it quickly became a point of discussion at PGA Show between myself and one of the other equipment media guys.
I say it looks pretty good for what it is. The differing opinion; it doesn’t look good, regardless of what it is.
The differing assessments boil down to two things.
- Super Game Improvement Wedges Look Weird – mostly because we seldom see them. The majority of golfers, regardless of their ability, carry a conventional blade-style wedge…Vokey, most Cleveland stuff, Mack Daddy, and even the occasional TaylorMade. True game-improvement wedges are few and far between. Super-Game-Improvement wedges? Fewer still. Until now the category included the Cleveland Smart Sole and whatever happens to pop-up on the Golf Channel between showings of Tin Cup. The infomercial component is likely why many of us shake our heads when we see something like the Sure Out.
- The Rounded Leading Edge – If you like the way the Callaway PM Grind Wedge sets up (where the rounded leading edge appears to sit a bit under the ball, you’ll likely find the Sure Out a bit more appealing than a guy who hates the way the PM Grind looks at address. I love it. My discussion partner, however; not what you’d call a PM Grind fan.
WHY MAKE SUCH VISUALLY DISTINCT WEDGE?
Yeah, I’m being kind. Visually distinct is a kinder take on weird looking, perhaps even ugly. So why make such a weird looking wedge? Because it simplifies the game for the target demographic.
If that’s not you, then it’s not you. No hard feelings. No need to grumble, but if it is you, allow me to tell you more.
The Sure Out Wedge is the result of Callaway’s work with Hank Haney. Tiger time behind him, Haney’s current pool of students is mostly made up of middle and high handicap golfers, many of whom admittedly don’t spend a lot of time practicing their short games.
At Haney’s urging Callaway set about to design a high lofted wedge that’s easy to use.
WHAT DOES THAT ACTUALLY MEAN?
Allow me to answer your question with a question: Have you ever carried a 64° wedge?
Talk about risk reward…
That easy to use stuff means is a wedge that doesn’t require the golfer to change his stance, is designed to be hit with a square face from any lie (no manipulating the face to get out of the bunker), and is basically impossible to chunk, blade, or shank.
There’s a small part of me thinking sign me up right now.
The enhanced playability is the result of Sure Out’s unconventional design. Like the PM Grind the Sure Out features grooves across the full face. So no matter how awful the swing, you’ll (almost) always catch groove.
The wedge is larger heel to toe than a conventional wedge (more forgiveness), and it has a wider (massively wide) sole with lots of bounce and plenty of camber (the radius of the sole front to back) to help the club travel through the fairway, rough, and sand without digging.
All of this, plus a bit of shank-proofing in the hosel transition, should make it easier for guys who struggle with their short games to get up and down more often.
STOCK SHAFTS THAT MAKE SENSE
Consider that as many stock iron shafts have gotten lighter, wedge shafts have remained on the heavy side. With the Sure Out wedge, Callaway has made a reasonable effort to align the wedge shaft with the type of iron shaft that’s likely in the bags of the intended audience.
Instead of your typical way-above-100-gram offering, the stock shafts in the Sure Out wedge are a 90 gram KBS (steel) or a 65 gram UST (graphite). It’s the kind of makes perfect sense design decision that should further enhance the playability for slower speed golfers including seniors and women.
SPECS, PRICING, AND AVAILABILITY
Available in two lofts (58° and 64°) it’s plenty reasonable to say that the Sure Out wedge isn’t for everyone – and I suspect Callaway isn’t banking on it setting the market on fire. For those who struggle with their short games, particularly with higher lofted wedges, however; the Sure Out make a lot of sense…despite its distinctive aesthetic.
The Callaway Sure Out wedge will retail for $119.99. Availability beings 3/10 through CallawayGolf.com.
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. ... Eaton announced today that its Golf Pride Grips Division, an industry leader in innovation, is introducing a groundbreaking new grip technology that delivers a new level of consistency in golfers' games unlike anything before. For the first time ever, the new ALIGN Technology features a dedicated raised ridge that extends down the back of the grip for consistent hand placement allowing the golfer to feel alignment. The patented ALIGN Technology is featured in the MCC family in both the traditional MCC taper profile and MCC Plus4's larger lower hand profile. The #1 Hybrid Grip on Tour combining cord and rubber for all-weather performance now has a tactile innovation that locks the hands into a consistent grip every time.
MCC ALIGN and MCC Plus4 ALIGN activates upon installation with a dedicated raised ridge on the back of the grip allowing for consistent hand placement and an enhanced ability to square the clubface at impact each and every time. ALIGN Technology also features a unique micro-diamond texture and 50% firmer material compared to the surrounding grip area to amplify its pronounced feel. The flex channel separates the ALIGN Technology ridge from the grip body to maximize elevation lift and lock the grip into fingers, while conforming to the rules of golf.
"80% of Tour players trust their games to Golf Pride, which allows us to conduct extensive Professional and consumer testing to create an innovation that delivers consistent results," said Jonathan Neal, Global Marketing Manager for Golf Pride Grips. "A repeatable grip is critical for many of the world's best players in the world, as 1 out of every 3 PGA TOUR players currently use a grip with a reminder rib. However, they uniformly provided us feedback that they want it to be more pronounced. That insight led us to develop ALIGN Technology to assist the best players in the world and amateurs alike to feel alignment and to square the clubface."
The MCC ALIGN and MCC Plus4 ALIGN grips will hit retail in Spring with a street price of $10.99 per standard size and $11.49 for midsize grip. For more information on the ALIGN Technology and the entire 2017 Golf Pride product offering, visit golfpride.com.
Eaton's Golf Pride Grips Division is the world's largest manufacturer of golf grips, with manufacturing, sales and distribution facilities on six continents. The division's Golf Pride brand is recognized globally as the number one choice in grips among TOUR and recreational players, competitive amateur golfers, club manufacturers and club repairmen. For more information, visit golfpride.com.
Eaton is a power management company with approximately 95,000 employees. The company provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit eaton.com.
CARLSBAD, Calif., January 9, 2017 -- Odyssey Golf has set the standard for industry- leading innovations for more than 20 years. The latest is Micro-hinge technology, announced today and featured in the new O-Works putter line.
Micro-hinge technology consists of two pieces: a 304 stainless steel Hinge Plate backed by a soft thermoplastic elastomer inner layer. The Hinge Plate is populated with "micro- hinges" designed to gently flex and rebound at impact to impart forward spin. That helps start the ball rolling immediately, smoothly and accurately. Odyssey robot tests indicate that Micro-hinge technology promotes almost twice as much forward-spin as Odyssey's Fusion RX insert.
The Micro-hinge insert and elastomer inner layer are co-molded to ensure they fit together perfectly, which is essential to achieving the performance and feel targeted by Odyssey engineers.
A deliberate, 23-step production process is required to complete each insert. The Thermoplastic elastomer inner layer measures 46 on the Shore D hardness scale, making it softer than the cover of the average Tour golf ball. That creates a uniquely soft-and- satisfying feel that should appeal to golfers of all types.
The O-Works lineup consists of four popular Odyssey blade shapes -- #1, #1W, #2, #9 - and four mallet shapes #7, #7 Tank, 2-Ball, V-Line Fang CH and R-Line. Tank versions of the #1 and #7 are also available.
Blades incorporate Odyssey's new Versa-T alignment system to further enhance accuracy. Versa-T combines the alignment benefits of our Versa line's contrasting black and white color scheme with the alignment benefits of our Big T alignment lines, making it extremely easy to determine precisely where the face is aimed.
"Tour pros are much better putters than amateur golfers, partly because Tour pros impart forward-spin at impact for a smooth, accurate roll," said Austie Rollinson, Chief Designer at Odyssey. "Micro-hinge technology promotes the kind of Tour-level forward- spin that can immediately help golfers at any level putt better."
The new product introduction retail price for each O-Works model is $229.99. All models are available in left handed except the #2. Grip options include SuperStroke Slim 2.0 with CounterCore Technology, SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour with CounterCore Technology, and SuperStroke Tank.
For imagery and more information, please visit OdysseyGolf.com
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