Pro Shop Arrivals, Nov. 2016: TaylorMade, Bridgestone, Tour Edge

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Bridgestone JGR CB Forged Irons

Bridgestone JGR CB Forged Irons
Bridgestone JGR CB Forged Irons. Bridgestone Golf

The "CB" stands for cavity back, and this set of irons from Bridgestone Golf is forged despite falling into the game-improvement category of irons.

The Bridgestone JGR CB Forged irons are aimed at mid- to high-handicap golfers who want the extra help a game-improvement club provides but with the forged feel and classic styling.

Among the game-improvement features are increased offset; a sweet spot that is 4-percent larger than on Bridgestone's J15 CB irons; a lower center of gravity for a boost to launch angle; a longer clubface, toe-to-heel, to help lessen the impact of off-center strikes; and a wider sole with beveled edge for improve turf interaction and less digging.

The stock shaft is the True Temper XP 95, a high-launch, mid-spin model. The set configuration is 5-iron through approach wedge, and the 7-club set carries MSRPs of $899 with steel shafts or $949 with graphite shafts. The Bridgestone JGR CB Forged irons hit retail outlets on Nov. 1, 2016.

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Tour Edge Exotics XJ1 Fairway Woods

Tour Edge Exotics XJ1 Fairway Wood
Tour Edge

Tour Edge introduced the Exotics XJ1 driver about two months ago. Now, the company adds fairway woods to the family with the Exotics XJ1 fairways.

Like other XJ1 clubs, the fairway woods are built for "regular" golfers - those of use who don't have fast, powerful swings. The XJ1 technology - the metals, the weighting, the overall lightness - are designed to help "real-world players with real-world swing speeds," in the company's words.

In the Exotics XJ1 fairways, an ultra-lightweight titanium body is on a heavy tungsten sole. That puts the majority (two-thirds, in fact) of the clubhead's weight in the sole, helping the golfer generate a higher launch angle for better carry and distance.

There is also a 12-gram tungsten screw in the heel, positioned to create a faster clubhead release and draw bias. (Additional screws in other weights are available in a kit.)

The stock shaft is the 45-gram Fujikura Air Speeder. Exotics XJ1 fairway woods come in 3-wood (15 degree), 4-wood (17 degree), 5-wood (18 degree), and 7-wood (21 degree), right hand only. The MSRP is $449.99, and the ship date is Nov. 15, 2016.

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TaylorMade TP Collection Putters

Four putters in the TaylorMade TP Collection
These are the four TaylorMade TP Collection putters that reach retail in 2016. TaylorMade

The newest family of putters from TaylorMade Golf is the TP Collection, which includes six models. Four of those arrive at retail on Dec. 1, 2016; the other two hit the scene in early 2017.

With all, the focus is on sweet looks and improved performance through the company's Pure Roll insert (which has a softer polymer and 45-degree grooves). The TP Collection putters are all about a fast, pure forward roll: minimizing backspin and the skidding and bounciness that can result.

  • Juno and Soto models: Available Dec. 1, these two TP Collection putters are classically shaped heel-toe blades, both with plumber's neck hosels. Both are customizable for swingweight through two, 10-gram moveable weights in the soles. The Juno has a sightline on top; the Soto's sightline is in the back cavity. The Juno has the longer face and the blade is more squared off; the Soto is shorter and more rounded.  
  • Mullen and Berwick models: Available Dec. 1, these TP Collection putters are mallets. The Mullen has the more compact clubhead of the two. The Mullen has a slight toe hang (38 degrees) while the Berwick is face-balanced. Both mallets have two 5-gram moveable weights in the soles.
  • Ardmore and Chaska models: These TP Collection putters arrive in 2017 and are mid-sized modern mallets. The Ardmore has a weight of 355 grams with a larger MOI and is face-balanced. The Chaska's shaping was inspired by the original TaylorMade Corza Ghost putter; it is also face-balanced.

All six putters are available in lengths of 34 and 35 inches (plus 33 inches by special order). The stock grip is the Lamkin Sink Rubber grip. The MSRP for each model is $199 or, with an upgrade to the Super Stroke 1.0 GT Pistol grip, $219.

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Bridgestone e6 Series Golf Balls (2017 Models)

Bridgestone Golf's e6 Speed packaging
Bridgestone Golf

The e6 Series golf balls by Bridgestone have gotten a makeover in time for 2017. Balls in the updated series focus on "straight distance," Bridgestone says, with both models in the line employing a new "Delta Dimple Technology" for improved aerodynamics.

The two models in the series are the:

  • e6 Soft: The softer-feeling model with more stopping power off iron shots.
  • e6 Speed: The most distance-focused ball tech with a higher initial ball velocity.

The Bridgestone e6 Soft and e6 Speed golf balls were rolled out to warm-weather markets on Nov. 1, 2016, and became available on on that date, as well. The balls will reach other retail outlets in early 2017. The MSRP at the time of release is $28.99 per dozen.