Press Release
Tokyo, Japan, December, 2009
 
~Concept Lady technologies will take you to a world of unknown distance performance~
Release of the 2010 Model “TOURSTAGE V-iQ CL” Series
Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd. starts to ship in November 2009 the TOURSTAGE V-iQ CL series (2010 model), golf clubs designed exclusively for ladies, which pursue “distance performance” and “forgiveness” for lady golfers.

The TOURSTAGE V-iQ CL series has further perfected its dedicated design for ladies offering greater distance in addition to the adoption of technologies to help improve the player’s career lows through enjoyable rounds, as found in the men’s models, by lessening stress and increasing the chance of making good shots.
Further, it is available in two colors, light blue and pink, so that the player can choose a color matching her personality. In addition, uniquely cut, beautifully shining crystal stones are arranged on all clubs from driver to putter, satisfying the lady golfer’s requirements from not only the functional aspect, but also the design / color aspect.


 
【Product features】

DRIVER: Takes you to a world of unparalleled distance performance
Easy-to-set-up, easy-to-hit driver

1. Dedicated design for ladies promising effortless long drives
(1) Large-head profile

Thanks to its 445-cm3 head volume, the sight of its large profile alone makes the player confident at set up and able to image a good shot.



(2) Shallow, flat crown design
In comparison with the men’s model, CG is set lower through the adoption of a shallower design with lower face and crown height. This will allow the player to hit the ball higher and farther more easily.



(3) Additional weight distribution design exclusively for ladies
In comparison with the men’s model, it has a greater angle of CG, a design offering a solid response, by distributing additional weight to the back heel area of the sole. Thus, it will lessen slicing.



(4) Dedicated design shaft for ladies
It is a shaft with built-in Super Turbo Rubber designed exclusively for ladies, which allows lady golfers to create “club head delay” to accelerate the head for a big drive.
The Tour AD SL-4 shaft by Graphite Design (for the driver and FW) is also lined up as a custom-fitted option for hard hitters among ladies.


2. Greater distance achieved with the “Impact Management System” consisting of 4 technologies
(1) “Emotional Engineering Design” - Technology to lessen pressure and increase the chance of making good shots -

Golf is one of the sports in which the player’s emotion influences his/her performance significantly. Therefore, we have adopted an “Emotional Engineering Design” for the head, shaft, and grip to make the club “easier to hit with the sweet area and produce a straight flight from square impact” by “mitigating pressure for increased ease of hitting” and “leading to square impact by helping maintain a consistent swing rhythm.”

【Target-eye】
Since a golf club does not have a hitting point situated in line with its shaft axis, it is said to be difficult to hit the ball with the sweet area. This is where the “target-eye” comes in. Keeping the “target-eye” (CG), which is provided on the head, in mind when hitting the ball with an image of letting it strike the ball will help steady the swing path, close the face to obtain solid contact, and hit the ball farther with ease.


【Masking & face design】
Makes the player relax at set up with the adoption of a design making the face appear larger to inspire confidence and helps player set up to the ball easily.



【Zoom-up shaft design】
Although the shaft is elongated by 0.25” from the ’08V-iQ CL to 43.75*”, it is made to appear shorter than it actually is by optical illusion, which is the effect of advancing color and receding color, thus allowing the player to swing it confidently.

* Flex-L (Flex-A: 44 inches)


【Grip design】


(2) Triple Turbo Rubber structure - Technology to suppress unwanted vibrations and realize a crisp flight and impact feel -
Thanks to the “Triple Turbo Rubber structure” employing “Super Turbo Rubber” to control unwanted vibrations generated at impact in the key areas of the head, shaft, and grip, it offers great distance performance with a pleasing, crisp impact sound and feel.

(3) High-speed Swing Engine Design - Technology to achieve good distance performance from improved head speed, while maintaining ease of swing -
The “VT-30w shaft” is designed exclusively for ladies, which accelerates the head by creating a “club head delay” with the built-in Super Turbo Rubber, while maintaining ease of swing.

(4) Intelligent Turbo Face Design - Technology to achieve great distance even on off-center hits with an expanded repulsion area -
A thinner face and about 4 g in weight reduction from the ’08V-iQ CL are achieved through the adoption of a new variable-thickness face and high-strength plate forging process. With these, it has acquired an expanded repulsion area as well as an optimum CG design to produce an ideal ball flight with a high trajectory and low spin.


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