Wilson Golf has officially announced ‘Cortex’ as the winning driver design following the final of hit TV show Driver vs. Driver Season Two. The Wilson Staff Cortex was designed by show contestant Evan Hoffman of San Diego, California, who received a prize of $250,000 along with the opportunity to have his design brought to life under the Wilson Staff brand name.

The ‘Cortex’ is the brand’s most adjustable driver offering golfers ultimate forgiveness, plus feel and complete control from the tee. It features a titanium structure; carbon panels; sliding adjustable weights; and interchangeable weights (2g and 8g) to provide golfers premium performance, precise weight distribution and adjustability.

“Season Two of the show produced two amazing finalists; the Cortex and the Rozwell,” said Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf. “Ultimately, the Cortex came out on top with its clean, classic shape, overall consistent performance results from a wide range of player testers and steady sound across the entire face of the club. We are excited to get this driver into the hands of players at all levels of the game,” he added.

The Wilson Staff Cortex driver features Fast Cage Technology, which consists of a weight-tuned titanium internal structure with an impressive 44% of its surface area covered in Carbon Fibre Panels. This Ti-Carbon construction allows for extremely precise distribution of weight and frees up additional weight for maximum adjustability.

Total control 

The ‘Cortex’ features the Longest Slide Track Wilson has ever built with an 8g sliding adjustable weight across the centre of the club head allowing golfers to select the ideal spin rate and ball flight. The interchangeable weights can promote a neutral, draw or fade bias off the tee.

For ultimate trajectory, the ‘Cortex’ features Wilson Golf’s patented Fast Fit Technology hosel system. The system offers golfer six adjustable options to fine tune the loft of the driver in half-degree increments. The hosel is also backwards compatible, making Cortex adaptable for use with shafts from previous Wilson drivers.

The ‘Cortex’ comes equipped with premium Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec shafts. Available in three profiles (red for highest launch, blue for middle, and black for lowest), the ATMOS Tour Spec provides fitters a versatile set of options for golfers of all ability levels.

To evolve his original driver concept, Evan collaborated with Wilson LABS – the innovation hub at Wilson Golf – engineers to perfect the design over an intense 18-month process. His design was selected over hundreds of submissions sent into the seven-part show on Golf Channel.

“This entire experience has been so surreal,” said Evan. “I never thought I’d get to turn my passion for sports and design into a career. I want to give a big thank you to the Wilson design team. It’s been amazing to work with them, as they’ve taken every critique, comment and praise on board and refined my original design into what I believe is the ideal driver, which I’d love to have in my bag and I know others will as well,” he added.

The Wilson Staff Cortex will be available from select retailers this month at an RRP of £399 (€449).

For more information, visit www.drivervsdriver.com

Matt Kuchar kept faith with his Bettinardi ArmLock putter to claim his first PGA Tour title in four years by winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

Using his custom Tour Dept. DASS KM-1 (Kuchar Model 1) Armlock model from the specialist milled putter manufacturer based in Tinley Park, Illinois, Kuchar rattled in a clutch putt from three-feet on the 18th for his eighth PGA title following a final round 69 (-2) and a one-shot victory.

The 40-year-old shot a tournament record (-22) – including 26-birdies – for his best 72-hole score on Tour and 14th career victory. He also succeeded with local caddie David Ortiz on the bag, as regular man John Wood away at a reunion. With the win, Kuchar jumps 11 spots in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR), to 29th.

“My putter was hot all week and having made so many birdies, I knew it wouldn’t let me down at the end,” said Kuchar, whose last victory came at the 2014 RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina. “It feels so good to be back in the winner’s circle. I’ve worked so hard on my putting and I’ve always trusted the technique Bob and I created. I just needed things to fall into place,” he added.

Kuchar designed his 40.5” DASS KM-1 putter with F.I.T Face Technology together with master craftsman Bob Bettinardi. It features a long grip that he locks parallel to his left forearm for a more stable putting stroke – known as the ArmLock. The pair have worked together since 2011 and Bettinardi is the only equipment manufacturer to offer an Armlock model to golfers.

“It was Matt’s idea to try the ArmLock method,” said Bob Bettinardi. “He wanted something to take the small muscles out of his putting stroke and after testing he settled on the Model 1, because he wanted a blade-style putter with a wider body to give him a better view of the sightline when pressing forward,” he added.

The win is Bettinardi’s ninth on Tour this season including the brand’s third Major title, with Francesco Molinari’s victory at The Open at Carnoustie in July. China’s newest golfing superstar Haotong Li has also enjoyed a record season using his custom Studio Stock 3 Tour Edition putter to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in January, before switching to his custom Tour Soft Carbon BBZero. He’s registered five top-10 finishes in his last six starts and jumped 15 spots to 41st in the OWGR.

Bettinardi Golf is one of the fastest-growing equipment brands in golf. It has become increasingly popular for its hand-crafted putters made in the USA from a single piece of high-quality steel using hi-tech CNC milling technology.

DASS KM-1 (Kuchar Model 1) facts:
– Face Balanced Putter (Heel Toe Weighted with no toe-hang) with F.I.T. Face Technology
– 400 grams with 2.5 offset (forcing the club forward)
– 70 Degrees of loft & 71 degrees of lie

For more information on the Bettinardi 2019 putters and wedges visit www.bettinardi.com.

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HONMA Golf, the premium Japanese brand, has blended revolutionary technology with cutting-edge design to create the new HONMA TWorld747 range for the 2019 season.

The new TWorld747 REAL DISTANCE technology from HONMA Golf, allows the face and lie to be adjusted without rotating the spine of the high-quality shaft. The new technology is incorporated in the driver options, which alongside precision irons, helps to redefine distance expectations.

The next generation of HONMA Golf distance clubs feature two brand new driver models, fairway woods, hybrid and two iron models to cater for both the better player and game improver.

“The new TWorld747 series is truly a world-first, which combines distance innovation and supreme craftsmanship,” said Alejandro Sanchez, General Manager of HONMA Golf Europe, based in Switzerland. “The non-rotating spine system in the driver is brand-new technology and the distance benefits will be obvious from the first swing,” he added.

Driver Technology

The TWorld747 455 and 460 models are designed using HONMA’s ground-breaking Proprietary Adjustability System which allows golfers to adjust the loft of the club to create their desired shot shape, without rotating the spine of the shaft, which improves ball flight and distance.

The crown of the TWorld747 driver is crafted from an extremely light ET40 carbon with a ribbed grooving. Behind the clubface, HONMA’s new 4 Fang Technology deploys four metal studs that due to their strategic position, increases strength and energy along the face to deliver faster ball speeds and greater distances.

The 455 is the smaller of the two models that uses a weight system to maximise MOI to generate higher ball speeds, while the 460 model is slightly more forgiving and uses interchangeable weights to create the desired shot shape.

Fairway Woods & Utility

The TWorld747 fairway wood is designed to provide golfers with a high trajectory and maximum distance. A 9g outer weight combined with an inner 20g weight

creates a low and deep centre of gravity that enables golfers to launch the ball high into the air, without affecting their distance. The fairway wood is available as a 3W (15°), 3HL (16.5°) and 5W (18°) and a 7W (21°).

The new TWorld747 utility has been designed with a stable head shape with a well-balanced outline, providing confidence at address and a straight ‘take-back’ impression. The utility provides a high-launch trajectory and moderate spin rate for consistent shots from both the fairway and the rough.

Two New Irons

The TWorld747 – P game improvement irons provide ultimate confidence at address and increased forgiveness on miss-hit shots. Made from high-strength stainless steel and a 20g tungsten weight on the sole of the club, the P irons provide a strong loft and high ball speed to offer ideal trajectory and distance. Clubs available 3-11 + SW.

The TWorld747 Vx Forged irons provide a premium look and solid feel designed to deliver explosive distance. A 10g tungsten weight is located in the toe of the clubhead and the neck of the club is 3mm shorter than the previous model. A low and deep centre of gravity creates maximum distance with a high and precise trajectory. Clubs available 3-11 + SW.

“The new TWorld747 range means golfers can now experience the luxury artistry and premium performance that HONMA Golf has to offer, at an affordable price,” said Alejandro Sanchez. “We wanted to push the innovation boundaries further and provide golfers of all abilities with a club range that will truly improve their distances and maintain a superior aesthetic,” he added.

The TWorld747 family will be available from approved retailers on November 30th at the following recommended retail prices:

Drivers: from £559

Fairway Woods: from £309

Utility: from £269

Irons: from £969 (per set – 6 irons)

Further information about HONMA Golf equipment can be found at www.honmagolfeurope.com or by contacting Alejandro Sanchez on (+41) 41 726 0590.

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