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Tiger Shark Golf launched its much anticipated PowerPod II Driver at the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show and is now shipping the one-of-a-kind driver to select national accounts including: Edwin Watts Golf, Lumpy's Golf, Golf Mart, Golfsmith, GolfTown, Golfers' Warehouse, PGA Tour Superstores, Puetz Golf Superstores, Roger Dunn Golf Shops, TGW.com and Van's Golf Shops.
"We've sold out of our first two shipments," said Tiger Shark Golf President Dean Dingman.
The Jim Flood designed driver is two years in the making and has proven to add distance through lower spin rates and increased roll with a penetrating ball flight. This same formula has also shown to reduce the severity of a slice. Flood, who has developed over 50 golf-related products in the past 35 years, is credited with inventing the graphite shaft as we know it today and founded industry giants Aldila Inc. ™ and Odyssey Golf™. His resume also includes the inventions of the original slice-proof PowerPod Driver, the outside-the-box and wildly effective Basakwerd putter, and the original White Hot™ face insert.
"The PowerPod II is by far my greatest creation yet," said Flood, who is also designing a putter series for Tiger Shark. "I am very proud that my inventions have helped shape the game of golf and I am happy to have found a golf company like Tiger Shark that is willing to push the limits of design in order to get the best possible performance out of a golf club. That's what I am all about."
The PowerPod II Driver features a patent-pending shape that promises to be the premier super game improvement driver in the industry. By methodically bringing together a 3-piece forged body construction, a cast face and hosel and reduced toe weighting, everything about Flood's design works in concert together to provide consistent results for every level of golfer. The PowerShelf in the back of the clubhead raises the Center of Gravity, producing low spin rates and straighter ball flights that produces extra carry distance and roll.
"The reason we are testing better than some of the leading drivers in our industry is because of the PowerPod's patent-pending design," explained Flood. "Reduced toe weighting means that 99% of the weight of the driver is directly behind the golf ball. That's exactly where you want the weight if you're going to want to produce more power. If you were going to build a hammer from scratch, where would you want all the weight to be?"
The reduced toe weighting also promotes straighter drives, and allows for the face of the golf club to be the deepest in golf. This creates an expanded sweet spot that puts the entire height of the face into play. The Maximum-Extension Hosel design shuts the clubhead down faster in the swing compared to drivers that fan open during the swing, further reducing the propensity to slice.
"We are now shipping one of the most unique and high performing driver designs ever produced," said Dingman. "The PowerPod II is different, but it is different for a myriad of performance benefits. It's different by design."
Earlier in the year, after the USGA approved the design, the PowerPod II driver was put to test against the some of the top selling drivers in golf. The results of this independent robotic swing testing showed that the PowerPod II had a longer average distance, a higher smash factor and lower spin rates over the leading competition. Independent lab testing of 10.5 degree heads and Regular flex stock shafts at 95 MPH swing speed showed that the PowerPod II totaled 251 yards, beating the competition by up to 7 yards. The PowerPod also bested the two well-known drivers in terms of spin rates, with the PowerPod averaging 2806.7 RPM, up to 14% lower than the competition.
• PowerShelf Technology - The PowerShelf precisely locates the CG for optimal ball flight and spin rates, and creates increased carry and distance.
• Anti-Dispersion Design - Patent pending shape and Maximum-Extension Hosel technology makes this Jim Flood creation fight the slice for straighter shots.
• Deep Face Technology- The reduced perimeter weighting also allows for the face to be the deepest in golf, producing a larger and higher sweet spot.
• Reduced Toe Weighting- The mass of the driver is concentrated directly behind the PowerPod II HOT SPOT, generating more transferred energy with less effort.
• Lower Spin Rates - Independent player tests have shown that the PowerPod II to have an average spin rate of 2,461 RPM. Other leading drivers tested well above 3,000 RPM.
• Increased Smash Factor- Independent player tests showed the PowerPod II to have an average smash factor of 1.488, giving the PowerPod II an extra 15-20 yards off the tee for every swing speed. Many of the testers experienced a 1.5 smash factor with the PowerPod II, a number considered to be "perfect".
The PowerPod II carries an MSRP of $299 and is available in a 10.5 degree loft. The club comes standard with a UST V2 shaft that features a speed rated shaft system designed to fit every swing speed within the designations of L(60-70 MPH), A(70-80 MPH), R(80-90 MPH), S(90-105MPH) and X(105 + MPH.) The PowerPod II began shipping to select accounts in early February. For more information, please visit www.tigersharkgolf.com/jim-flood-design or call 1-800-667-0181.
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