Press Release
Tokyo, Japan, Feb 28, 2008
 
~Offering a solid response and good directional consistency, making golf more enjoyable~
Release of "TOURSTAGE New V-iQ" utility
Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd. (President Hisashi Kawano) releases from the 2008 model "TOURSTAGE New V-iQ" series the "TOURSTAGE New V-iQ" utility, which makes it easy to hit long distances even for golfers who find fairway woods and long irons difficult. In addition to the existing lineup comprising U3 through U6, U3+ is released for golfers who find wood clubs rather difficult. It allows the player to hit long distances from unkind lies such as the rough, bare ground and fairway sand traps, where using a fairway wood is likely to lead to a duff shot.


Major features
1. The sweet area is expanded toward the upper toe and lower heel areas. The adoption of "Power Zone TechnologyTM," a design to mitigate the loss of distance upon an off-center hit.

2. The ability to offer a solid response is improved with a relatively small face progression.*1 This allows the player to hit down at the ball and achieve better directional consistency.

3. The head design adopting a relatively long CG distance and large CG angle has improved the ability to offer a solid response.
*1 : '06 model V-iQ: 19.1mm, NEW V-iQ: 17.4mm. Both figures are for U4.

Product features
1. Loss of distance upon an off-center hit is mitigated
The sweet area is expanded toward the upper toe and lower heel areas. This mitigates for the loss of distance upon an off-center hit.


2. It offers a solid response and good directional consistency
By comparison with the 2006 model, it is designed to have a smaller face progression and a larger CG angle. This improves the ability to offer a solid response, while allowing the player to hit down at the ball and achieve better directional consistency.



■  Specifications (Head : SUS630 stainless steel)
Name U3+ U3 U4 U5 U6
Loft(゜) 17 19 22 25 28
Lie(゜) 59.5 60 60.5 61 61.5
Face Angle slightly closed
CC 112 118 115 110 107
NS PRO
900GH
Weight flow
Length 39.5 39 38.5 38 37.5
Weight R Custom
S 368 372 376 380 Custom
Swingweght D1 -
TOURSTAGE
VU-50
Length 40 39.5 39 38.5 38
Weight R2 Custom
R Custom
332 336 340 344
SR 330 334 338 342 346
S Custom
Swingweght D0

■ Shaft
Shaft NS PRO 900GH Weight flow TOURSTAGE VU-50
Flex R S R2 R SR S
Weight 85~92 89~96 48 50 52 54
Torque - - 4.8 4.7 4.6 4.5
Kick Point mid mid

■  Lineup
Name U3+ U3 U4 U5 U6
NS PRO 900GH
Weight flow
R
Custom Custom Custom Custom Custom
S Custom
TOURSTAGE VU-50
R2
Custom Custom Custom Custom Custom
R Custom
SR
S Custom Custom Custom Custom Custom

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