Notebook: Rose wins with stiff feet, new Adidas shoes
By Jennifer Gardner
BMW Championship winner Justin Rose has stiff feet.
In the past, Rose has worn Adidas' adiPure footwear, but last week he switched into a new street shoe called the adiStreet.
"These shoes allow him to have the flexibility you would expect from a running shoe, which provides him much more ease of movement and comfort," said a TaylorMade-Adidas tour representative.
The shoe, which is spikeless, combines the flexibility of a running shoe with the support needed in a golf shoe.
The shoe will be available at retail in November.
GLOVER GOES FORGED: Nike released its new VR Pro Limited Edition Forged driver last week, and Lucas Glover also chose to put the club in his bag at the BMW Championship.
Glover, who has been reluctant to part with the Nike SQ Sumo2 Tour driver he used to win the U.S. Open, traded that driver for a 9.5-degree VR Pro Limited. Nike tour van staffers bent the driver 1.5 degrees more upright so he could better hit a draw.
The pear-shaped driver head is 430cc, slightly smaller than the legal maximum size. A four-piece forged construction process incorporates Nike's new NexCOR face technology that maximizes distance.
Paul Casey and Anthony Kim are also using the driver in competition.
PING SIGNS FOUR: Ping signed four highly-ranked amateurs who just turned pro - Tom Lewis, Harris English, Scott Langley and Andy Sullivan.
Each of the four - Lewis was low amateur in the 2011 Open Championship; English won a Nationwide Tour event; Langley is the 2010 NCAA Champion; and Sullivan is the No. 5 amateur in the world - will play at least 11 Ping clubs, including driver and putter.
"These players have chosen to play Ping equipment for years, so it's been both exciting and rewarding to watch them develop through our college and amateur systems and become stars," said John A. Solheim, Ping's Chairman and CEO. "As a company we're proud to be associated with such fine men who will represent the Ping brand in the best possible way. It's going to be fun following their progress in the years ahead."
All four have used Ping equipment throughout their amateur careers.
ODDS AND ENDS: Ping engineer Marty Jertson went 4-0 in the PGA Cup. He holed a G20 pitching wedge (a club he designed) shot for eagle in the singles matches; his shot was featured on ESPN's SportCenter show. ... Adams staffer Aaron Baddeley played his way into the Tour Championship in Atlanta and is aiming to play well enough to get a captain's pick for the Presidents Cup International team. If chosen, he'll be the first full Adams player to participate in the Cup. ... Using Aldila's RIP 90 shaft in his Titleist 910D3 driver, Gary Woodland was the longest driver at the BMW Championship with an average of 323.8 yards.