Strata expands lineup, tweaks Tour Professional
The revamping of the Strata line is complete now that Spalding Sports Worldwide has announced the introduction of its newest golf balls. One ball is designed to be an improved version of the Strata Tour Professional, and the other is called Strata Professional Control.
The latest Tour Professional is a multi-layer ball that utilizes a larger core and thinner cover. And, according to members of the Spalding Advisory Board, it has the goods.
“The first time I hit it, it went off the tee like a cannon, and I said, ‘Here we go, it’s mine,’ ” says Steve Friedlander, general manager and director of golf at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis. “It will be the ball I’ll play in the future because it is longer and lower off the tee, just as good as the old Tour Professional with my long and midrange irons and a little softer around the greens. I went out when I first got it and hit a dozen of the old and new Tour Professionals off the first tee on the River Course at Blackwolf Run. And on average, the new ball was seven or 12 yards longer. That’s one less club, and I like that.”
Brad Worthington, the head professional at the Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn., feels much the same way. “The new ball feels the same to me, but I find it is definitely longer off the tee,” he says. “I also think it is a little straighter because it spins less off the driver, and therefore is more accurate.”
As for the Strata Professional Control, it has a cover made of a substance Spalding calls co-terthane. With its soft core construction, the ball will appeal more to mid- and high-handicap players. “It will give golfers who don’t generate quite enough club head speed on their own a little more distance and a little lower ball flight,” explains Friedlander.
The new ball models will be available Oct. 15, with the Tour Professional carrying a suggested retail price of $44 a dozen and the Professional Control going for $39.