Press Release
Tokyo, Japan, October 10, 2008
 
~No competition to match this amazing distance performance~
TOURSTAGE V-iQ PREMIUM SPEC Debuts
Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd. releases the TOURSTAGE V-iQ PREMIUM SPEC driver, which allows average golfers pursuing distance with a head speed between 35 and 43m/s to hit a greater distance with a comfortable swing feeling.

The TOURSTAGE V-iQ PREMIUM SPEC has realized a CG design offering forgivingness and distance performance excelling that of a full titanium head driver thanks to the Premium Power Zone TechnologyEadopting composite construction combining low specific gravity titanium alloy Ti811 and CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastics) in the club head. It is fitted with a special shaft, which is easy to swing and helps make a square impact in spite of its length set at a relatively long 46.25-inches. It has attained optimum weight distribution to the parts with its unique Club Total Balance Design and achieves greater distance performance with the High-speed Swing Engine Design to stabilize the swing orbit for an improved impact efficiency ratio. It is also equipped with a Turbo RubberEin the stainless steel weight provided in the sole’s heel area, which helps suppress unwanted vibrations and realize comfortable impact sounds and feeling.


【Major Features】
Premium Power Zone TechnologyTM
Adopting composite construction combining low specific gravity titanium alloy Ti811 and CFRP in the club head, it achieves an optimum trajectory with a high launch angle and low spin thanks to a CG design surpassing a full titanium head.

High Speed Swing Engine Design
A special shaft developed on the Club Total Balance Design, which is easy to swing and helps make a square impact in spite of its relatively long 46.25-inch shaft length, is adopted. It will achieve greater distance performance with an improved head speed.

Turbo RubberTM Technology
It is equipped with a Turbo RubberTM in the stainless weight provided in the sole’s heel area, which helps suppress unwanted vibrations and realize comfortable impact sounds and feeling.


Product Features
1. Premium Power Zone TechnologyTM
With a CG design surpassing a full titanium driver, a trajectory for greater distance produced from a high launch angle and low spin is realized.
Steady distance performance from a high initial ball velocity ensured for even an off-center hit, thanks to the “Dual Fin FaceEDesignEand “Multi-strong Face Design.E

Low specific gravity titanium alloy Ti811 is adopted in not only the club head body but also the face. Furthermore, the adoption of CFRP in the section covering from the crown to the toe of the club head has saved 12g for extra weight distribution. The extra weight added to the heel area in the form of a stainless steel weight together with the bulging heel has attained a relatively short CG distance design, which helps offer a solider response in the impact. In addition, the head that is made to 2mm shallower than the 08-V-iQ and a shorter hosel combined with it have attained a low CG position, which allows the player to hit a big carry ball drawing an optimum trajectory with a high launch angle and low spin.




In addition, it realizes steady distance performance from a high initial ball velocity even for an off-center hit, adopting the “Dual Fin FaceEDesignEand “Multi-strong Face DesignEto accommodate the variability of amateur golfersEhitting points.

Dual Fin FaceTM Design
It is designed to accommodate the variability of amateur golfersEhitting points with a face structure characterized by fins extending backward in the upper toe and lower heel areas.

2. High Speed Swing Engine Design
Specially designed 46.25-inch shaft pursuing the ease of swing and further distance improvement

The “Swing Engine DesignEto improve the head speed and stabilize the swing orbit is further advanced.
By ensuring optimum weight distribution from the head to the shaft and grip, it helps achieve greater distance performance with its ease of swing in spite of a long 46.25-inch shaft and ability to improve the head speed.
In addition, the “TOURSTAGE VD-50PEshaft was developed specially for this model. Maintaining relatively high stiffness in the section from the butt to the middle compared to conventional shafts, it prevents the swing delay often observed with a long shaft club and helps make a precise impact.




3. Turbo RubberTM Technology
Equipped with a “Turbo RubberTM Eto suppress unwanted vibrations, it realizes a comfortable impact feeling and brisk impact sounds

Equipped in the stainless steel weight provided in the heel is a “Turbo RubberTM Eto suppress unwanted vibrations.
In spite of its CFRP composite construction, it offers a comfortable impact feeling and brisk impact sounds accompanying a great shot.

【Impact Sound Analysis】


Product Details
■ Product Name: TOURSTAGE V-iQ PREMIUM SPEC

Specification
Material
(Body) Ti811 Titanium alloy
(Face) Ti811 Titanium alloy
(Crown) CFRP
Process
(Body) Vacuum lost wax casting
(Face) Press, CNC milling

Model V-iQ PREMIUM SPEC
Loft Angle(degree) 9.5 10.5 HT(11.75)
Lie Angle(degree) 60
Face Angle Slightly hook Hook
Head volume(cm3) 460
Length(inch) 46.25
TOURSTAGE
VD-50
Weight(g) R2 Custom Custom 287
R Custom 288
SR Custom 290 Custom
S Custom 292 Custom
Balance R2,R,SR,S D1

【Shaft Specification】
Shaft TOURSTAGE VD-50
Flex R2 R SR S
Weight(g) 46 47 49 51
Torque 5.1 5.0 4.9 4.8
Kick point Medium

【Line-up】(○ indicates a stock model)
Loft Angle 9.5 10.5 HT(11.75)
TOURSTAGE
VD-50
R2 Custom Custom
R Custom
SR Custom Custom
S Custom Custom

*△ indicates a model that is released as a stock model initially, but will be switched to a custom model when the stock is sold out.

·Grip: TOURSTAGE ORIGINAL RUBBER GRIP
·With HEAD COVER (made in China)
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