FOR THE VALERO TEXAS OPEN
"I love my putter the best because it's the moneymaker."
Diablo Octane (9.5°)
SHAFT: Graphite Design
Tour AD DJ 60 (X flex)
2. FAIRWAY WOOD
Motore F3 (X flex)
Diablo Edge Tour (21°)
Revenge Hybrid (05 flex)
X-Forged (four-iron through PW)
Steel Fiber Composite
X-Series Jaws (52° and 56°); X-Forged (60°)
SHAFTS: True Temper
Dynamic Gold S-400
Odyssey White Hot #2
Callaway Tour (i)z
Bio Kinetic Tour
Golf Pride Tour Velvet 60 Round
Nike's betting that a new proprietary material will power the next revolution in balls
NIKE ENGINEERS noticed that most jumps in ball performance went along with the introduction of new materials, so five years ago they hooked up with DuPont to explore the idea of a resin—essentially plastic—core. After 340 versions, the product they developed is lighter than Nike's rubber cores, yet has more rebound. Since it's lighter, the designers could put more weight around the perimeter of the ball, which lowers the moment of inertia, so the new 20XI ball (available April 29) spins less off the driver but just as much on shots around the green. According to Nike, the ball comes off the club face 2 to 3 mph faster than its other balls.
The resin requires a more stable two-step production process, which improves consistency.
As a side benefit, the resin is 100% reusable.
The polymer chains inside the material are cross-linked to maximize hardness, rebound energy and workability.
FRED VUICH (BALL, BAG)
MICHAEL COHEN/GETTY IMAGES (BECKMAN)
COURTESY OF CALLAWAY GOLF (SHOE)
COURTESY OF NIKE (ILLUSTRATION)