We’ve had a much quieter week on the new gear front after the wave of releases at the PGA Show in Orlando.
But in fairness we are still playing catch-up trying to bring you the details of what is on the way in 2018.
Something which we think will really stand out next year is the Ping G400 Max driver which we reviewed out in Abu Dhabi recently.
Jordan’s Spieth 2 golf shoes are here
We were big fans of the Under Armour Spieth One shoes which launched last year – they offered excellent stability, traction and comfort.
But over the past 12 months, the brand have been working closely with their prized asset to create the new Spieth 2 golf shoes.
And these are loaded with technology to help them improve on the originals.
Under Armour have become the second golf brand to add Gore-Tex waterproofing – which Ecco use in all their shoes for 2018- so expect protection from the elements and breathability.
One slight criticism we found with the Spieth One was that they were a bit on the heavy side.
So the Spieth 2 golf shoes are lighter thanks to TPU fibres directly woven into the upper for structural support without adding weight.
The outsole is similar to the original using what Under Armour call rotational resistance traction with different cleats and materials used on the outstep area
The Speith 2 golf shoes were put in play for the first time by the man himself at the Waste Management Phoenix.
The Spieth 2 golf shoes, which have an SRP of £160, are available to buy now at UA.com and select retailers nationwide.
Galvin Green Interface-1 range launched
Galvin Green is introducing all-new layering technology into its latest collection to help serious golfers play and perform throughout the season.
The new Interface-1 hybrid range of shell-layer garments aim to provide golfers with exceptional levels of performance and protection.
Galvin say versatility is the key with the new Interface-1 jackets and that for UK golfers they can be worn 95 times out of 100 rounds.
All garments are lightweight, windproof water repellent, extremely soft, stretchy and breathable for maximum comfort.
Products include the Lance (above) and Lars (below) full-zip jackets.
The Lennox is a half-zip jacket with a 3-layer fabric construction in five colour variations with elastic binding on the cuffs.
Galvin’s collection in total now contains almost 300 garments and accessories, with 67 brand new lines for 2018.
Mizuno GT180 woods
We’ve already tested out the superb Mizuno ST180 driver but now there’s a super-adjustable alternative.
The GT180 woods are aimed more at players who might like to squeeze out some extra performance through the fitting process.
The ST180 has a simple weight forward, low-spin profile, engineered to reduce spin rates.
The new GT180 is a more sophisticated design with an expanded capacity to manipulate weight throughout the head.
We’ll be testing these out shortly and comparing them with the ST180 to help you decide which might benefit your game.
Putting feature added to Foresight GC Quad
The Foresight GC Quad launch monitor has been updated to record putting data.
The Quad’s ultra-high-speed cameras capture every detail of the club delivery, along with the carry, skid and roll characteristics of the putt, with results displayed on the device’s integrated display screen or through any connected mobile or PC device.
It also measures club head speed, efficiency, angle of attack, horizontal path, delivery loft, delivery lie, face angle, ball impact location and closure rate.
And for the ball, the system measures ball speed, launch angle, airborne time and distance, skid time and distance, time to full roll, back spin, forward spin, and side spins.
Golf Pride add Align technology to Tour Velvet
Golf Pride grips are the most popular on tour yet they don’t pay a single player to use them.
Last year the brand introduced something called Align technology – a raised ridge that extends down the back of the grip for consistent hand placement.
It was introduced in the MCC and MCC Plus4 grips but will now be available in the Tour Velvet as well – on the request of PGA Tour players.
Volvik expand their Vivid golf ball range
Volvik have introduced the new Vivid Lite and Soft golf balls.
The new three-piece premium balls feature what Volvik call Soft Feel Matte Technology.
The Vivid Lite comes in bright shades of orange, pink, yellow and blue. Vivid Soft comes in pink, green and white.
Lite offers golfers with a clubhead speed between 50-80 mph a mid-high trajectory and improved visibility.
Soft is an ultra-soft golf ball designed for players with swing speeds between 75-95 mph looking for more shot control.