Mizuno, the Japanese equipment manufacturer long renowned for its expertise in the manufacture of irons, is celebrating after its JPX900 Tour forged irons were used to win the U.S. Open for the second consecutive year at Shinnecock Hills, New York.
The trend for more and more non-contracted players to turn to the brand’s forged irons has become a familiar story over the past couple of seasons, and one that sends out a strong message about the desirability of Mizuno’s renowned irons when top professionals have free choice.
The JPX900 Tour – played by the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open Champion – forms part of the JPX900 Series and was amazingly developed with this specific player in mind, as senior club engineer, Chris Voshall, explains: “We had Luke Donald and he speaks everything MP — super soft-spoken, classy, classic, beautiful golf swing so we decided to look at who was going to become available at the end of 2015. The 2018 US Open Champion was one of the big names, and literally became the face in our head. His existing deal was through, so we set him as our target. We said, ‘Let’s design a golf club that speaks to that younger, aggressive, more athletic player.’ That was the start of the JPX900 Tour iron.”
Although he would then go on to sign for another brand, when he unexpectedly became a free agent again in late 2016 and his management company asked for a set to be made up in his specs, Mizuno was ready and waiting with the low-spinning, performance iron with a compact head profile, thin top line and narrow sole that it had originally created with him in mind. The rest, as they say, is history. He put his JPX900 Tour irons into play in Phoenix last year and has since gone on to claim those back-to-back US Open titles and climb to a career-high 4th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
It is Mizuno’s reputation for crafting the very finest irons on the market that has attracted a growing number of non-contracted players to the brand in recent years, whether the JPX Series played by the 2018 US Open Champion or the fabled MP players’ models. Last year’s launch of the new MP-18s heralded a new era in players’ irons. With three distinct models and head types, there is greater scope than ever before for better players to mix and match models to create the perfect set for their needs.
With a fast turnaround on all new custom clubs, Mizuno has strived to “create the best products for consumers” for 112 years, and the JPX900 Series and MP-18 Series adhere firmly to that original spirit and desire, while offering the best performance benefits that modern technology can bring. #nothingfeelslikeamizuno
Bioflow, one of the worlds leading suppliers of magnetic therapy, also offers golfers protection against flying and biting insects with their excellent Mosquito Repellent Bands.
When out on course, golfers have to deal with a variety of conditions and challenges. One of the most irritating distractions, whether golfing at home or abroad, can be mosquitoes or other flying/biting insects. Golfers can now remove that distraction thanks to the Bioflow Mosquito Repellent Bands.
With a RRP of £7.75 for a pack of four, Bioflow Mosquito Repellent bands are treated with dry micro-encapsulated DEET. This slowly releases a repellent vapour to provide protection against mosquitoes, midges and other flying/biting insects.
This pack of 4 lightweight bands will provide up to 7 hours of protection a day for a 2-week holiday (or 100 hours,) if returned to the bag after use. As they are adjustable, they can also be worn on the ankle. Where large concentrations of insects exist, several can be worn at once.
“Out on a golf course there’s often nowhere to escape from mosquitoes,” said Richard Corsie MBE, Managing Director of Bioflow. “These comfortable bands will prevent you from being attacked and allow you to focus on your game. They’re extremely discreet but highly effective.”
Go to www.bioflowdirect.com to find out more about the Mosquito Repellent Bands.
GolfBuddy, the world-leading developer of distance measuring devices made exclusively for golfers, is introducing the VTX, its most advanced ever Handheld GPS.
Packed with more features than should be expected in a £249.99 product, and backed up by U.K. customer support centre, the GolfBuddy VTX is set to provide the most accurate, advanced and convenient handheld distances for U.K. golfers this season.
The VTX incorporates a full colour touch screen and ultra slim, lightweight design, making it simple to use and barely noticeable to carry. It’s compact size of just 9.5cm x 5.6 cm and less than 1.5 cm deep means it slips easily into a pocket while being large enough to convey all the necessary information for the hole. With access to GolfBuddy’s unrivalled accuracy and an industry leading database of over 38,000 pre-loaded courses the VTX is ready to be relied upon on virtually any course and will even auto update courses via Bluetooth to your phone if the venue isn’t instantly available.
Distance to front, centre and back of green, all hazards and full hole view including golfer’s position are clearly displayed to give all the information a golfer can need on the hole ahead. If you stray off course, GolfBuddy dynamic green view will give accurate distances from your angle of attack, even if it’s from a fairway across. Once you’ve saved that par (using impeccable distance control!) fill in the digital scorecard and move on to the next. With water resistance, 15hr battery life and access to both GPS and GLONASS satellites VTX provides the most reliable access to all your course information and if you ever decide you’d like a change of delivery, you can even switch the unit to male or female voice mode.
The VTX packs an enormous amount of features into such a well priced handheld GPS. When combined with GolfBuddy’s unique technology and U.K. based customer support, the VTX is bringing new levels of convenience, accuracy and value for money to the handheld GPS market this summer.
MacGregor, one of the oldest and most prestigious brands in the world of golf, continues to set the standard for the production of golfing equipment of the highest quality and best value with its exceptional range of package sets.
MacGregor package sets will help improving golfers, beginners and juniors as they start and progress on their golfing journey. Package set options are available to suit a variety of requirements and, offering tremendous value for money, they are ideal for those looking to move their game forward as the 2018 season gets underway.
For improving golfers, the premium MacGregor DCT2000 package set covers all bases. With an RRP from £349 the set features: a 460cc titanium driver, a stainless steel fairway wood, two hybrids, 431 stainless steel, cavity-back, oversized irons (5-SW for men, 6-SW for ladies) and a high-MOI putter. The clubs come in a luxury, branded MacGregor bag with four matching headcovers. The set is available with men’s steel or graphite irons plus stand or cart bag options, and with ladies graphite irons and cart bag.
For golfers just starting out in the game the MacGregor CG2000 package set delivers unrivalled value and functionality. With an RRP from just £249, the set includes a titanium matrix driver, low profile fairway wood and hybrid, stainless steel irons with undercut cavity (6-SW for men, 7-SW for ladies) and a mallet style putter. The set comes with a durable MacGregor bag and three matching headcovers. The set is available with men’s steel or graphite irons plus stand or cart bag options, and with ladies graphite irons and cart bag.
Also available is the CG2000 half package set; ideal for novices or those looking to carry just a few clubs out on the course. It comes with a fairway wood and hybrid, #6, #8 and PW irons plus mallet putter. The set comes with a durable Macgregor stand bag and two matching headcovers. RRP from £159.
For junior golfers, the MacGregor Tourney II Junior package sets come in age appropriate categories to ensure the right clubs for size and strength. The package sets start at 3-5 years and go up to 9-12 years in both boys and girls. The boys 3-5 years set features a stand bag with oversized driver, #9 iron and mallet putter; the boys and girls 6-8 years set includes an additional #7 iron and the boys and girls 9-12 years set also includes a low-profile hybrid and sand wedge. RRPs are from £89.99 to £129.99.
MacGregor is focused on helping golfers of all standards to enjoy their game and to reach the next level. The company’s impressive range of package sets demonstrates a commitment to provide affordable, quality equipment to beginners and improving golfers. A MacGregor package set could help beginners, novices, improving players and juniors make 2018 a golfing year to remember.
Since 1897, MacGregor has been creating top-quality equipment for all kinds of golfers, from avid amateurs to the greatest champions in the history of the sport. MacGregor players have won tournaments all over the world, including 59 Majors, but the brand is just as proud of the countless rounds it has helped everyday golfers to enjoy. MacGregor’s great tradition continues with products that offer a perfect blend of craftsmanship, style, and modern innovation, with all golfers in mind.
Visit www.macgregor-golf.co.uk for more details.
Hot on the heels of being named as #1 bag brand in Germany by Golf Datatech, BIG MAX has finalised its line of award winning AQUA and DRI LITE golf bags for 2018. With three new additions to the new year offer, BIG MAX now has innovative and stylish bags across various technologies, categories and styles.
The three latest additions complete the AQUA and DRI LITE ranges. The BIG MAX AQUA range incorporates the new DROP STOP system, guaranteeing the bags are 100% waterproof. Using waterproof fabric with unprecedented waterproof rating of over 10.000mm*, sealed seams and specially designed Japanese waterproof zips, the AQUA range delivers an unrivalled level of protection from the elements.
DRI LITE technology delivers a water resistant golf bag that is the equal of what most brands in the market call ‘Waterproof’. With a 2.000mm* waterproof rating and waterproof zips most other brands would call DRI LITE waterproof, but with the time and expertise taken to ensure the AQUA range is 100% waterproof, BIG MAX are happy to call DRI LITE water resistant, knowing it will keep all but the wettest, winter days at bay.
The AQUA Wave is a stylish, compact and 100% waterproof stand bag that gives a little more room than a standard winter bag for golfers who want to carry a few more clubs on a winter round. The Wave’s 8 ½” top extends into 4 full length dividers, while its 6 waterproof pockets, air channel straps and ultra-light weight of just over 1.9kg make the bag a hugely practical and colourful addition to any golfer’s gear.
AQUA Wave – £189.99 available in Black, Yellow/Black/Silver, Red/Black/Silver, White/Black/Orange, Petrol/Black/Orange.
The new AQUA Ocean is a 100% waterproof Sunday stand bag that has space to spare and weighs just 1.7kg. With an oversize top the Ocean holds 4 clubs more than traditional Sunday bag, and has plenty of storage options with 5 waterproof pockets. Practical features such as glove, towel and umbrella holder, combined with space for a full set of clubs if required, mean this stylish bag allows golfers to travel and play without compromise.
AQUA Ocean – £129.99, available in Black/Red, Black/Lime, Red/Silver, Petrol/Black/Orange, Charcoal/Silver/Fuchsia, White/Orange
Stuburt has been making high-quality shoes since 1860, kitting out some of the top performers in the worlds of yachting, ice-skating, football and golf, including 2011 Open Champion and 2016 European Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke. Proud to work with Major champions and aspiring professionals, Stuburt products deliver unrivalled affordable quality and are trusted by countless amateur golfers across the globe.
Stuburt’s SS18 collection features affordable, performance footwear showcasing state-of-the-art materials: Shoes that will deliver great comfort, support and traction in a selection of classic and contemporary styles.
The eVent Tour Classic, Endurance Sport eVent Spiked and Vapour eVent Spikeless shoes feature the superb eVent ® waterproof fabric system. With billions of microscopic pores per square inch, the eVent fabric is air-permeable but the pores are too small to let water through, meaning feet stay cool but dry. The eVent bootie membrane system is inserted between uppers and interior lining for complete waterproof protection.
Stuburt’s iconic eVent Tour Classic shoe remains the choice of golfing connoisseurs, both professional and amateur. A traditional wing-tip design, this stylish shoe showcases first class craftsmanship and the finest materials. Featuring premium full-grain leather uppers and the eVent membrane system, the shoes are waterproof but sweat can escape, guaranteeing performance in all conditions. With a cushioned sock liner, a CMEVA midsole and anti-slip heel counter, these shoes deliver exceptional support and comfort.
The Endurance Sport eVent Spiked and Vapour eVent Spikeless shoes also feature eVent waterproof technology and both have technical microfibre uppers for enhanced comfort. The Endurance Sport eVent Spiked has a cleated outsole while the Vapour eVent Spikeless has a rubber outsole with traction modules providing superb grip.
The Hydro Response shoe offers a blend of performance, comfort and stability. With a classic, sporty design these shoes feature technical microfibre uppers, cushioned insoles and a lightweight, flexible outsole providing exceptional comfort. The cleats deliver stability and traction.
Blending street style with on-course performance, the Urban Classic shoe also delivers great comfort thanks to the memory characteristics of the microfibre upper, a lightweight EVA midsole, a high-grip rubber outsole and the use of a contoured-last to mirror foot shape. The Urban Fashion offers the same technologies plus a casual and trendy look.
With both men’s and ladies’ models, the Sport-Tech Response shoe combines performance with comfort. Featuring high-end microfibre uppers with memory characteristics to prevent your feet from swelling after hours out on the course, plus an ultra-cushioned insole and midsole, these shoes offer exceptional comfort.
With their Spring/Summer 18 collection Stuburt offers golfing footwear delivering the highest levels of style, manufacture and performance with an affordable price tag.
For more details about the full Stuburt range of shoes, apparel and accessories, visit www.stuburt.com.
eVent Tour Classic £89.99
Endurance Sport eVent Spiked £69.99
Vapour eVent Spikeless £64.99
Hydro Response £49.99
Sport-Tech Response £49.99
Urban Classic £44.99
Urban Fashion £44.99
BIG MAX, Europe’s No.1 push cart brand is celebrating a three wins from three in the Golf Digest Editor’s Choice Award in ‘Best Club Transport,’ with the new BLADE IP push cart taking the 2018 title.
Following the success of the AUTOFOLD FF in 2016 and BLADE Quattro in 2017, the BLADE IP had a lot to live up to. But with an advancement in BIG MAX Fold Flat technology and the addition of innovative new features, the BLADE IP impressed the Golf Digest editors and delivered the recognition that had been earned by its game changing predecessors.
Upon learning of the award, Thomas Reiter, owner of BIG MAX commented, “From our previous success with the AUTOFOLD FF and BLADE Quattro we know that U.S. golfers and the U.S. media love our Fold Flat technology. So when we designed the BLADE IP with an improved mechanism and the flattest fold yet, we were very excited to show it to the world. We knew that the team had developed something very special, so to have Golf Digest recognise the developments is incredibly satisfying for me and a real reward for the hard work that the whole team has put in.”
The success of all three of BIG MAX’s award winning carts is based around the folded size. And with the BLADE IP coming in at a just 88 x 62 cm and an incredible depth of 12.5 cm it is the Flattest of the BIG MAX carts and hands down, the most easily stored and transported push cart on the market.
The BLADE IP is as practical on the fairways as it is for transport and storage. Multiple features such as double foot brake, integrated drink holder and storage compartment in the handle, along with ball, tee and double scorecard holder, keep all a golfers’ necessities close to hand. Multiple Quick Lok and Quick Fix bases finish the package, ready to take any BIG MAX accessory such as umbrella holder, GPS holder, or sand bottle holder.
The BLADE IP is the latest in line of Game Changing Carts from BIG MAX and following this endorsement from Golf Digest is set to get more golfers walking the course all over the world than ever before.
Available in Black, Black/Lime, White, White/Lime, Phantom/Red, the BLADE IP retails at £299.99 and is in stores from April 2018. For more information please visit www.bigmaxgolf.com
Building on the AW17 collection, which showcased sophisticated fabrics and styling from Mizuno’s Japanese collection for the first time, the new Spring Summer 2018 Golf Collection is a micro collection drawn from within the full Japanese range, with protection the core theme, but not at the expense of style. In Japan, golf apparel must be able to deal with Asia's extreme summer climate, and a desire to do this better than ever has inspired Mizuno's latest fabric innovations, headlined by Solar Cut and Heat Protection Print (HPP). Both are engineered to protect from infrared rays, with Solar Cut also targeting the potentially harmful effects of UV rays.
"Mizuno is an engineering company at heart,” says Kei Kato, Mizuno Apparel Development, “so we go to the extremes when it comes to new fabrics and techniques to allow golfers to play for longer. We are increasingly concerned about the impact of extended playing time in summer conditions - hence the direction of this new collection."
Mizuno’s SS18 collection features three Solar Cut polos, a Stretch polo and a Melange Polo. The Solar Cut HPP and Print Polos boast a super-soft, smooth-to-the-touch feel while also providing the ultimate protection from intense sunlight. Mizuno's Solar Cut fabric suppresses both infrared and UV rays, acting to keep the golfer cool and safeguarding against sunburn. There’s an additional Heat Protection Print (HPP) on the shoulders and chest to further divert infrared rays from the most exposed or vulnerable parts of the body. The Solar Cut HPP Polo features a two-button placket and ribbed collar, while the Solar Cut Print Polo has a longer four-button placket and a dress collar.
The Solar Cut Polo is a textured, cotton-effect shirt with a two-button placket and a two-tone dress-style collar. Again, Mizuno's Solar Cut fabric acts to suppress both infrared and UV rays, providing a cooling effect as well as protection from sunburn.
Completing the polo collection for SS18 are the Stretch Polo and Melange Polo, the former a classic smooth-feel shirt with contrast piping, tailored from Mizuno's Quick Dry Plus fabric that helps diffuse moisture for added comfort in sticky conditions. It has a short two-button placket and a ribbed collar, and features a clever golf-specific cut that lets you swing freely. The Melange Polo is a soft-touch, heathered shirt woven from pre-dyed yarns, with a button-down dress collar and a longer four-button placket.
For those spring or summer days when shirtsleeves alone will not suffice, a Mid Layer ¼ Zip top, a Lightweight Vest and a Lightweight Jacket complete Mizuno’s SS18 Collection. The ¼ Zip top features a lightly fleeced lining and a structured collar to hold its weight when unzipped, and again boasts that clever golf-specific cut to facilitate a free-flowing swing. The Lightweight Vest and Jacket feature stretch panels that allow the full range of movements needed in the golf swing, with the Vest in particular folding down to a compact, easily storable size. All three garments are perfect for those early morning starts or twilight rounds.
For further information on Mizuno’s current range of golf equipment, apparel, golf shoes and accessories or to find out why #nothingfeelslikeamizuno visit: golf.mizunoeurope.com.
G/FORE women will be turning heads in 2018 as the new spring/summer collection was revealed.
In keeping with the brand's Disruptive Luxury theme, G/FORE - which was recently acquired by Peter Millar - has plenty of exciting new additions for women golfers who are determined to bring some style and personality to the fairways.
Among the many highlights is the Two Tone Sweater Polo (£125), the front is constructed from fine merino wool while the back sports delicate nylon yarns, both of which wick away moisture to help keep you dry.
The Stripe Super Turtle (£145) became a popular addition to the range but this updated merino wool version, is lightweight and makes the transition between the seasons with ease.
When the temperatures rise, the Effortless Skort (£95) features a built-in short with zip-closure side pockets and uses calendered fabric, a process which creates an extra sheen. They are available in the standard 15" length and longer 18" to suit individual preference.
The Perfect Fit Stretch Trouser (£125) is extremely lightweight, with a flattering length and available in two colours for the new season, while the popular Sunday Dress (£150) is constructed from an extremely soft and stretchy cotton/nylon fabric, tailored waist and pleated skirt with pockets - ideal for "9 & wine" at the country club.
The premium-quality footwear remains a huge attraction and the Brogue Gallivanter Shark Skin (£159) shoes combine an athletic fit in premium waterproof leathers with classic brogue details. Custom designed by G/FORE's team of footwear experts, the Brogue Gallivanter boasts an ultra-lightweight sole coupled with a bespoke cleat design for optimal on-course traction
This shoe also sports a washable and anti-microbial, triple density foam cushion Ortholite sock liner for superior comfort and is worn by LPGA Tour Player Ryann O'Toole among many others.
Other new additions to the footwear range include the Brogue Cruiser (£175) and the updated version of the ever-popular Disruptor (£135). To add an extra touch, tassels can be added to any of the brand's shoe styles and comes in scarlet red, twilight blue, snow white, aqua blue and blossom pink (RRP £25).
Founder of G/FORE, Mossimo Giannulli, said: "The women's range from G/FORE continues to develop and evolve in an exciting way.
"The G/FORE brand is all about adding some colour and personality to golf and beyond."
Aside from the colourful, premium-quality gloves, which continue to earn plaudits, the broad apparel range adds a bright new dimension to the fairway, the clubhouse and beyond.
Giannulli added: "At G/FORE, we aim to help someone express their own individuality and style, rather than conforming to the norm and the spring/summer 2018 collection is an extension of that.
"The recent deal with Peter Millar means it's a progressive time for the brand to develop as we move into an exciting new chapter."
To view the brand's full range of apparel, gloves, shoes and accessories, visit www.gfore.com
With unique ‘One Size Fits All’ technology, enhanced durability and all weather performance the ZOOM Aqua Control is the glove that fits perfectly
Innovative golf glove brand ZOOM is bringing its latest development to the market this spring – ZOOM Aqua Control. Built on the brand’s unique FLEXX-FIT technology, the Aqua Control utilises an ingenious mix of flex zones to fit the contours of a golfer’s hand, feeling like a second skin whatever the player’s usual size.
Developed with Austrian Tour player Marcus Brier, ZOOM technology gives fantastic shot feedback due to its ‘second skin’ characteristics. Now for 2018, with the introduction of the AQUA Control, ZOOM has a glove that fits every golfer and every golfing occasion.
The Aqua Control combines breathable Lycra material with premium kangaroo leather to provide a glove that is twice as durable, fits all sizes, and delivers incredible grip in dry conditions that is matched by its performance in the wet. This innovative blend of technology also benefits from ZOOM Shape-Fit which maintains the perfect shape of the glove, staying wrinkle free round after round and providing a perfectly secure connection to the club.
In addition to the most modern technology, ZOOM gloves feature several colour combinations that make them stand out from the crowd. With all weather performance, lasting durability, multiple colour combinations and one size that fits all, ZOOM AQUA Control really is the best fit for every golfer.
RRP’s: AQUA Control - £19.99, GRIP - £14.99, WEATHER - £11.99, TOUR (Cabretta) - £19.99
Colours: White-black-red, Charcoal-fuchsia, Black-charcoal-lime, Black-red