I had a fun evening tonight for my first night in Orlando for the PGA Show at the Nike media event. Sitting on the front row I joined some of golf’s big independent entities like Into The Grain, Sandbox8 and the Hacker’s Paradise to watch Nike Golf president Cindy Davis address the media. The key concept for Nike golf is “speed.” Nike is going to conduct “speed trials” where players can be measured for speed (and thus distance) with their own clubs, the compared to recommended Nike clubs.
Nike President Cindy Davis (left) talks to Suzanne Petterson, Sterling Sharp and Ken Griffey Jr.
Nike brought in athletes Suzanne Petterson, Sterling Sharp and Ken Griffey Jr. to show how they’re able to increase their “speed” and thus their distance.
Ken Griffey Junior hitting balls with Suzanne Petterson heckling him...
Like most golfers, I’ll try anything to save a few strokes. The lamp shade thing didn’t work too well last week. It was worth a try…
My desk: keyboard, mouse, coffee, chipotle wing sauce, Ruez undies… What? This isn’t a normal desk?
New across my desk here at HOG World Headquarters and newly added to the review queue are two pairs of undies from Ruez Performance Underwear (above).
Ruez’s underwear features a “performance pouch” and moisture wicking fabric which “brings a comfortable, clever end to chafing, sweating and adjusting.”
Well I can say this. I’ve been working out at the gym lately. I’m just sayin’…. And as was evident in my Potty Putter photo shoot, I’m not afraid to take pics of myself in my undies or less and post them on the internets.
That being said, I’m NOT going to stuff my performance pouch like the promo photo seen right.
The latest driver added to the review queue here at Hooked On Golf Blog is the new Tour Edge Exotics XCG5 driver. This is a 460cc driver with ultra-mega-light 43 gram shaft. In my first round with it, I hit the longest drive of the group and hit every fairway with it.
Disclaimer: my group had two players and we played three holes. I only hit the driver once…
Bridgestone J40 445 driver - Click for more images
This product review is going to be a little different than my standard format. I’m teaming up with a local pro and buddy, who will remain anonymous. This is to protect his relationship with his equipment sponsor, who does not happen to be Bridgestone Golf. In fact, he puts his other driver’s cover on the 445 just in case. Why do I need to include him? Because I only had the opportunity to hit the J40 445 driver three times. After my friend the pro hit it on the range, he took it from me and refused to give it back. I’m not kidding. He won’t let me have the club back, despite how badly I’d like to try it more and see if it could earn a starting position in my club lineup. My J40 3+ fairway found an instant starting position and if the driver is close to as good, it would too.
About The J40 445
What does the 445 mean in the name? That’s how many CC’s or cubic centimeters the head is. 99.9% of the drivers out there right now are at the max allowed cubic centimeters which is 460. Be reducing the size a bit, Bridgestone has increased the stability of the club and reduced the aerodynamics.
The club is made from 6-4 titanium with the weight moved to the perimeter. There is also a stainless steel weight in the heel. This helps with accuracy and forgiveness, and gives the club a low center of gravity for a mid to high launch angle. The club also produces less spin, once again helping in the accuracy department.