Press Release
Tokyo, Japan, May 29, 2008
 
~Evolving high-trajectory, big-ball hitter acquires a sharper look~
New release of “TOURSTAGE X-DRIVE GR BLACK / X-BLADE GR BLACKE*
Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd. releases the “TOURSTAGE X-DRIVE GR BLACK,Ea driver offering the ease of launching the ball high and directional consistency without giving up the sharp-looking head form, from the TOURSTAGE X-DRIVE GR series and the “TOURSTAGE X-BLADE GR BLACK,Eforged mild carbon steel irons of pocket type cavity construction offering higher trajectories and improved distance performance, from the TOURSTAGE X-BLADE series. They are designed to allow golfers who have a head speed of around 43m/s and wish to use a professional model to hit high-trajectory shots.
* These products will be discontinued when we run out of the stock of products from the initial production lot.


Major features
1.Both driver and irons are built in the sharp-looking styles favored by pros, while they have achieved improvement in the ability to launch the ball high and pursued distance performance.

2.The driver is finished to a sharp appearance with black ion plating applied to the head. It is available in two types of shafts pursuing distance performance developed through collaboration with the “TOUR ADEby Graphite Design.

3.The irons have realized steady trajectories with little variability, in spite of their small authentic blade type form made with forged mild carbon steel, with the adoption of pocket type cavity construction providing forgiving features.

Product features
Driver: “TOURSTAGE X-DRIVE GR BLACKE

1. Design to achieve both distance and directional consistency from high trajectory shots.

Lightweight titanium alloy Ti811 is adopted for the head body. Evolution in the ability to launch the ball high is achieved by taking advantage of weight reduction to distribute extra weight to the rear sole area and setting CG deeper. MOI is also increased through optimized weight distribution to improve directional consistency for off-center hits.

2. Sharp appearance enhanced by a black ion plating finish

The head is finished to a sharp appearance by applying the black ion plating that is adopted for the “TOURSTAGE X DRIVE 445Eand has won strong support from pros / skilled golfers.

3. Choice of two types of collaboration shafts developed from the “TOUR ADEby Graphite Design
Two types of shafts developed through collaboration with the “TOUR ADEby Graphite Design® are lined up: the “TOUR AD B08-02,Ea design giving priority to distance performance with emphasis on solid response and head acceleration, and the “TOUR AD B08-05Edesigned to increase stiffness in the tip section and permit hard hitting. A choice to suit the player’s swing type is offered.

Irons: “TOURSTAGE X-BLADE GR BLACKEbr />
1. Initial ball velocity upon impact is improved with the adoption of high-strength spring steel in the face

As a result of the adoption of high-strength spring steel SUP 10 in the face, face plate thickness reduction becomes possible and repulsion effect improvement is achieved. This will improve initial ball velocity and distance.

2. Setting CG lower and deeper is realized through face weight reduction. The ability to launch the ball high is improved.

As a result of the adoption of SUP10 in the face, the face weight is reduced by about 10g. The design is reviewed to utilize extra weight distribution to set the CG height lower and the CG depth deeper. This allows the player to hit the ball high more easily.


3. In spite of their relatively small authentic blade type head form, they will realize steady trajectories with little variability with their pocket type cavity construction.

The head is of pocket type cavity construction in spite of the relatively small, sharp head form reminiscent of pro models, which helps reduce shot dispersion upon off-center hits and achieve good directional consistency.
 

【Product description】
1. Product name:
Driver: “TOURSTAGE X-DRIVE GR BLACKEbr /> Iron: “TOURSTAGE X-BLADE GR BLACKE

Driver: “TOURSTAGE X-DRIVE GR BLACKE
【Specifications】Head: Ti811 Body + 6AL-4V titanium alloy face + Magnesium alloy

Model

X-DRIVE GR BLACK

LoftAngle(degree)

9.5

LieAngle(degree)

59

FaceAngle

Slightly closed face

Head Volume(cm3

460

Length(inch)

45

TOUR AD B08-02

Total Weight(g)/
Swing Weight

S

310/D1

TOUR AD B08-05

S

315/D2

* The weight of a club is an indicative value only.
ASSEMBLED IN CHINA

【Shaft specifications】

Shaft

TOUR AD

TOUR AD

B08-02

B08-05

Flex

S

S

Weight(g)

58

63

torque

4.6

3.2

Kick Point

Midium

Midium

【Line up】

Shaft

TOUR AD

TOUR AD

B08-02

B08-05

S

* ○ will be discontinued when we run out of the stock of products from the initial production lot.

·Grip: TOUR VELVET RUBBER (with backline) with TOURSTAGE Logo
·With a head cover (made in CHINA)

Iron: “TOURSTAGE X-BLADE GR BLACKE
【Specifications】Head: SUP10 face + Forged mild steel (premium forged process, Laser welding)

Club Number

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

PW

Loft Angle (degree)

20

22

24.5

28

32

36

40

45

Lie Angle (degree)

60

60.5

61

61.5

62

62.5

63

63.5

Face Progression(mm)

2.75

3.25

3.75

NS PRO
950GH
Weight Flow

Length (inch)

38.75

38.25

37.75

37.25

36.75

36.25

35.75

35.25

Total Weight(g)

S

391

398

405

412

419

427

435

443

Swing Weight

S

D1

Dynamic
Gold

Length (inch)

38.5

38

37.5

37

36.5

36

35.5

35

Total Weight(g)

S200

418

425

432

438

445

452

459

466

Swing Weight

S200

D2

* The weight of a club is an indicative value only.
ASSEMBLED IN THAILAND/JAPAN

【Shaft specifications】
Shaft NS PRO 950GH
Weight Flow
Dynamic
Gold
Flex S S200
Weight(g) 93-97 119
Kick Point Midium High
【Line up】
Shaft NS PRO 950GH
Weight Flow
Dynamic
Gold
S
S200

* ○ will be discontinued when we run out of the stock of products from the initial production lot.

·Grip: TOUR VELVET RUBBER (with backline) with TOURSTAGE Logo

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