Press Release
Tokyo, Japan, Apr 24, 2008
 
~ Normal wedge that makes approach shots from sand traps and around the green easier ~
New Release of “TOURSTAGE V-WEDGE”
Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd. (President Hisashi Kawano) releases the “TOURSTAGE V-WEDGE,” which delivers high spin performance allowing the player to aim directly at the pin despite its mid-size head giving assurance at set up, targeting average golfers aspiring to improve their skills and scores.

The “TOURSTAGE V-WEDGE” is a wedge built to a normal form, yet pursuing easiness, in response to demand from golfers who are not satisfied with the spin performance of the wedge included in an iron set, but hesitate to use over wedge models for pros and skilled golfers because of the smaller faces. While high spin performance is realized with the adoption of sharp angular scorelines, its slant face milling similar to that of the “TOURSTAGE X-WEDGE” winning high valuations from pros and skilled golfers has achieved a design that helps control excessive spin for a full shot, yet gives enough spin for an approach shot. Its mid-size design and the face one size larger than that of the “TOURSTAGE X-WEDGE” provides assurance to the player at set up and helps reduce mishits.


Major features
1. With the adoption of an assuring “Mid-size design” it allows the player to aim at the green confidently, reducing poor shots caused by hitting point variance.

2. With the adoption of a wide round sole, it prevents duffs, allowing the player to hit out of a sand trap easily.

3. With the adoption of angularly carved scorelines and slant face milling, it is designed to control excessive spin for a full shot, while giving enough spin for an approach shot.

Our wedge models have won high valuations in the market place and were ranked No.1* in the wedge sector of “GfK Certified Golf 2007Erdquo; announced on January 28, 2008, which was organized to award commendation to the manufacturers that recorded the greatest sales of golf equipment in volume in 2007 by GfK Marketing Service Japan K.K., a provider of retailer panel survey services.

* “GfK Certified Golf 2007Erdquo; means estimates made by GfK on the basis of the POS data it collected from 1000 leading golf equipment shops throughout the country (as of Dec. 2007) by extrapolating them statistically to the entire Japanese market. The announcement is based on data collected during the period from Jan 1, 2007 through Dec. 31, 2007.

Product features
1. Large face that is forgiving and easy to use
With the adoption of a “Mid-size design” to increase the face area to 110% that of the “TOURSTAGE X-WEDGE,” it provides assurance at set up and allows average golfers with variant hitting points to aim at the green confidently with its expanded sweet area.

2. Wide 25mm sole to mitigate various causes of poor shots

With the adoption of a round wide sole, its sole slides smoothly in the impact zone to reduce duffs, the most common mishits observed among amateur golfers. Furthermore, it helps the player get out of a sand trap easily.

3.Angularly carved scorelines and face milling to realize ideal spin performance
As with the “TOURSTAGE X-WEDGE,” it adopts slant milling aligned to the head orbit in the impact zone of a control shot hit with the face opened.

■  Newly developed dedicated design wedge shaft “Vi-WEDGE” to improve spin performance
It is fitted with a dedicated design wedge shaft using amorphous graphite in the tip section to reduce stiffness near the tip, which helps launch the ball at a higher angle with more spin to stop quickly.



【Specifications】
Loft angle (°) 50 56
Bounce angle (°) 8 14
Lie angle (°) 63.5
Face progression 2.6 2.7
Vi-WEDGE Club Length 35.5
R Custom
S 410
Swing weight D1
NS PRO
950GH
Weight Flow
Length 35.25
R 437
S 441
Balance D2
【ASSEMBLED IN CHINA】

Head Nickel chrome molybdenum
Shaft TOURSTAGE Vi-WEDGE
NS PRO950GH Weight Flow
Grip TOUR VELVET RUBBER TOURSTAGE original
(without backline)

【Shaft specifications】

Shaft

Vi-Wedge

NS PRO 950GH Weight Flow

Flex

R

S

R

S

Weight (g)

63

65

93

97

Torque

2.8

2.6

-

-

Kick point

MK

【Line up】

Loft / Bounce

50/8

56/14

Vi-Wedge

Custom

Custom

NS PRO
950GH
Weight Flow

* ○ catalog spec



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