Equipment News – TaylorMade, Nike, and more

I simply love the Fall. Many of the golf products we have been speculating about for months finally get officially introduced .

The equipment introductions have been piling up in the last few weeks so I thought I would throw out a simple recap this morning on a few items.

TaylorMade Golf –
Earlier today Ta
ylorMade Golf introduced their R9 (photo) and R9 TP Irons. The R9 irons are touted as providing and control enhancing technologies in a classic shape. “Whereas our burner irons deliver extraordinary distance in a modern design, the R9 irons are aimed at the technician, and so are rendered in a player’s shape with a clean and conventional look,” said Harry Arnett, Taylormade’s senior category director of metal woods, irons and balls.

Additional features of the R9 irons include a deep undercut cavity, low center of gravity sole, and new and conforming groups for 2010. The stock shafts are KBS 90g steel shafts.

Similarly the R9 TP irons make use of KBS shafts, their KBS Tour model. These irons are targeted at the player looking for high performance in a even more classic shape. The compact head is characterized by a semi-straight leading edge, semi-square toe, thin top-line and a thin, cambered, and beveled sole.

Both sets irons make use of a “Velocity Control Chamber” to enhance the longer clubs (the middle irons in the R9’s as well) with a clubface that is ultra-thin for maximum flex at impact, much like a thin-faced driver.

Nike Golf –
After being outed on Twitter by PGA Tour staffer Paul Casey just a couple weeks ago the new driver lineup from Nike Golf is no longer a secret. The company released official details on their new square model this past week, the MachSpeed, in anticipation of Justin Leonard putting it into play at the upcoming Presidents Cup. Even with the early look the driver is currently slated for March 2010 retail delivery.

The new driver combines Nike’s Str8-Fit technology with square technology and what they are calling “Total Swing Aerodynamic Design.”

The last term applies to work the company did to allow the golf club head and shaft to move faster throughout the entire golf swing. The driver will be available in multiple loft options for both men and women.

KBS Shafts –
As mentioned earlier FST’s KBS Shafts are being featured in the new TaylorMade R9 irons. That is not the only news for the company that just celebrated his 60th anniversary of their parent company, FEMCO. It was recently announced that KBS Tour Steel shafts had been added to the custom programs for Callaway Golf and Mizuno. That means that after just two years of being a production KBS is now offered in custom programs of 11 of the top original equipment manufacturers.

I am told you can expect more shaft innovations from the company to be announced in the coming months.