Press Release
Tokyo, Japan, October 10, 2008
 
~Support gears to facilitate lady golfersEapproach / sand shots~
TOURSTAGE V-iQ CL APPROACH GEAR Debuts
Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd. releases a chipper and a sand wedge, approach gears to facilitate “Approach shots from the proximity of the greenEand “Sand shots,Eindispensable elements for score saving, from the TOURSTAGE 08V-iQ CL*2 series, the best-selling brand*1 since its release in Dec. 2007 in the ladies driver and iron categories.
*1: Based on cumulative total sales volume (number of clubs) reported as “LadiesEDriverEmarket data or cumulative total sales volume (number of sets) reported as “LadiesEIronsEmarket data derived from actual sales records at major golf equipment shops around the country in a survey conducted by private research organ “Gfk Marketing Service Japan K.K.E(sales data for 34 weeks covering from Dec. 10, 2007 to Aug. 3, 2008)
*2: CL= Concept Lady

A questionnaire survey of 1,641 lady golfers*3 conducted by Bridgestone Sports revealed that approximately 30% of lady golfers are annoyed by their “Poor approach shotsEor “Recurring failures in the sand trapEbefore they manage to get out. We have developed these clubs as indispensable gears for score saving specifically addressing such lady golfersEdistress, introducing forgivingness offered by a dedicated design for ladies.
*3: According to an Internet questionnaire survey of 1,641 lady golfers conducted by us.


【Major Features】
·The chipper is made to the same lie angle, length and weight of the putter so that the player can control the distance easily by adjusting the swing amplitude alone. The wide sole form helps it slide better on the turf and mitigate the risk of duffing.

·The sand wedge is designed to have the widest sole ever so that the player can hit the ball out of a sand trap without opening the face as if to hit a normal approach shot.


Background of Their Development
Bridgestone Sports conducted a questionnaire survey of lady golfers to identify their experiences of distress in golf*. The most frequently mentioned concern is “Inability to hit farEanswered by about 54% of the respondents. Apart from this, they experience more distress when they are near the green; “Poor approach shots (32.7%),E“Inability to control putting distance (30.9%)Eand “Recurring failures in the sand trap (28.8%)Eregistered high scores in the survey. We have addressed “Inability to hit farEand “Inability to control putting distanceEamong the lady golfersEdistresses by successively releasing a driver, fairway woods, utilities and irons from the TOURSTAGE 08V-iQ CL series since December 2007 and a putter in April 2008. And to solve annoying “Poor approach shotsEand “Recurring failures in the sand trap,Ewe have developed a new chipper and sand wedge designed specifically for the purposes.

■Lady golfers’ distress

* According to an Internet questionnaire survey of 1,641 lady golfers conducted by us. Multiple choice questionnaire.

【Product Features】

Chipper: TOURSTAGE V-iQ CL APPROACH GEAR CP45

 

1.Permits easy distance control with swing amplitude alone
As it is made to the same lie angle, length and weight of the putter, it allows the player to hit the ball with a putter-like stroke and control distance easily.
In addition, the loft angle is set at 45 degrees, which corresponds to that of a pitching wedge, the most frequently used club by lady golfers for approach shots, so that the player can intuitively envisage the carry and run of a shot.




2.Prevents poor shots such as fat / duff or thin shots
As it is made to a wide sole easily sliding on the turf, it prevents fat / duff shots liable to occur with approach shots.
In addition, its weight comparable to the putter helps steady strokes and reduce thin shots.

3. Meticulous, dedicated design for ladies

Blue or pink lines assist the player in making a straight take-back.

<Situations calling for the use of a chipper>


Sand wedge: TOURSTAGE V-iQ CL APPROACH GEAR SW56

1.You can get out of a sand trap easily.
Because of its design to offer the widest ever sole, it allows the player to hit the ball out of the sand trap easily by just dropping the head a few centimeters before the ball without opening the face, as if to hit a normal approach shot, with the sole sliding over the sand without entering underneath.




2.You can hit with a soft feeling because vibrations are suppressed.
A polymer resin insert is provided in the cavity. As it works to suppress head vibrations, you can hit the ball with a soft feeling.


Product Details
Product Name: TOURSTAGE V-iQ CL APPROACH GEAR

Chipper TOURSTAGE V-iQ CL APPROACH GEAR CP45
【 Specifications】
Base Material: SUS 431 stainless steel + crystallize
Process: Lost wax precision casting


Loft Angle(degree) 45
Lie Angle(degree) 72
Length(inch) 32
Weight(g) 502
Shaft Original steel shaft
Grip TOURSTAGE ORIGINAL GRIP BY WINN®
Color Light blue,Pink
*The weight of a club is listed for reference only.
■ ASSEMBLED IN CHINA

Sand wedge TOURSTAGE V-iQ CL APPROACH GEAR SW56

【Specifications】
Base material: SUS630 stainless steel + polymer resin6
Process: Lost wax precision casting
Loft Angle(degree) 56
Lie Angle(degree) 63
Length(inch) 34
Vi-40 Weight(g) 382
Balance C7
Shaft
Vi-40
Flex L
Weight(g) 40
Torque 4.6
Kick point Medium
Grip TOURSTAGE ORIGINAL DUAL TURBO RUBBERTM GRIP BY GOLF PRIDE®
Color Light blue,Pink
*The weight of a club is listed for reference only.
■ ASSEMBLED IN CHINA

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