Changing gear

Brighten up the long, dark winter nights with some shiny gear this month as Wilson Staff brings the FG Tour V6 irons to the public, Cobra launches two Bryson DeChambeau-inspired single-length iron sets, Nike unveils Rory’s new kicks, Golf Buddy is back with its Voice 2 GPS system, and there are new flat sticks from Evnroll and TaylorMade.

1Nike Lunar Control Vapor shoes
Following its move out of the golf hardware business earlier this year, Nike’s new apparel and footwear focused golf division has unveiled its first new launch – the Lunar Control Vapor golf shoes. As worn by Rory McIlroy, the new kicks are inspired by snowmobile tracks with an Articulated Integrated Traction Sole, which we’re told helps “propel the athlete through the swing”.

2Golf Buddy Voice 2
RRP: £114.95
The second incarnation of Golf Buddy’s innovative Voice is available now with more functionality and options than its predecessor. The wearable audio unit comes preloaded with 38,000 courses and can be worn on the wrist or belt, or clipped to your hat or golf bag and shares course data through audio and visual readouts. There are also male and female voice options and three colours to choose from.

3Wilson FG Tour V6 irons
RRP: £699 (4-PW)
Wilson Staff has launched its latest forged irons for the public following rave reviews from tour players – including Portugal Masters winner Padraig Harrington. The Feel portion of Wilson Staff’s Feel, Crossover and Distance system, the irons are made from 8620 carbon steel and feature a split tungsten weighting system throughout to improve sole camber and bounce for added distance and versatility with specific setups for long, mid and short irons.

4Cobra single-length irons
RRP: from £549
Following the success of staffer Bryson DeChambeau, Cobra has released two sets of single-length irons. The King Forged One Length and King F7 One Length sets are constructed to seven iron weighting and length with geometries, trajectories and distance gapping altered to create a complete set of irons. Each set also features the technology of its standard equivalent – five-step forging in the King Forged and advanced cavity construction in the F7.

5TaylorMade TP Collection putters
TaylorMade has released information on its new TP Collection putters, due to launch in March 2017. The six models – from classic blades to mid-mallets – feature the Pure Roll insert, which has 45° grooves in a softer polymer to promote better roll and reduce skidding. The insert has already proved popular with tour players including world number one Jason Day and world number two Dustin Johnson.

6Evnroll putters
RRP: from £275
Putter design maestro Guerin Rife, who introduced grooves to putters 20 years ago, is back with the new line of Evnroll Putters. The new putters feature a unique face mill pattern across the entire hitting area for zero dispersion through Gearing Technology – progressively increasing contact surface away from the centre of percussion that replaces the energy loss on mishits. All that adds up to off-centre hits rolling almost the same distance as centre hits as the varying contact surface gently gears the ball back to the centre.