Callaway Golf to Stage A Unique 'Synchronized Launch' of The New CB1 Red And CB1 Blue Golf Balls on May 1: 'The Fun's Built In. You Get To Let It Out'

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Callaway Golf

    CARLSBAD, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Callaway Golf (NYSE:   ELY) today
 announced plans for an unprecedented synchronized launch of the Company's new
 CB1(TM) Red and CB1 Blue golf balls at thousands of golf shops across the
 country on Tuesday, May 1.  By partnering with UPS, Callaway Golf is ensuring
 that its accounts in the U.S. will have the newest additions to Callaway
 Golf's growing line of premium golf balls available to golfers on the same
 day.
     The CB1 launch will be supported by a multimedia advertising and marketing
 effort to build demand for the new balls, including new print advertisements
  -- built around the tagline "The fun's built in. You get to let it out" --
 and an online sweepstakes.  Participating retail accounts will receive special
 promotional materials to help draw attention to the CB1 launch, including
 hats, posters and ad reprints.  CallawayGolf.com will also have a countdown to
 the CB1 launch, and UPS will help stage the launch by providing on-time
 delivery of CB1 shipments to all participating Callaway Golf retail accounts
 on May 1.
     "We believe this is the first one-day launch of any substantial quantity
 in the history of golf products," said Mick McCormick, Executive Vice
 President, Global Sales for Callaway Golf.  "We've seen other retail
 manufacturers -- entertainment and software companies, for example -- use
 similar strategies to build demand for new products.  The CB1 balls are great
 new products, and we intend to help retailers sell them by creating a buzz in
 the golfing public."
     Both CB1 balls are improvements on a mature technology -- two-piece golf
 balls.  The CB1 Red ball is designed to maximize distance, while the CB1 Blue
 ball optimizes spin for greater bite around the greens.  As with the Company's
 three-piece "Rule 35(R)" ball, both CB1 balls conform to USGA rules and are
 approved for tournament play worldwide.
     Using what Callaway Golf learned about golf ball construction and
 aerodynamics in creating the three-piece "Rule 35" ball as a foundation,
 engineers sought to design a better two-piece ball than what was already
 available to consumers.  It turns out the R&D team succeeded -- twice.  The
 two CB1 balls have distinct performance attributes that will appeal to
 different types of golfers.
     The CB1 Blue is a ball for golfers with a simple motto: More spin, more
 fun.  The two-piece design ensures plenty of distance, but a proprietary
 injection-molded ionomer cover helps golfers put plenty of spin with soft feel
 on their short-iron and wedge shots.  The dimple pattern has been calibrated
 to further enhance ball flight and backspin on scoring shots.
     "Golfers who try the CB1 Blue will discover that it has the tee-to-green
 distance you expect from a two-piece ball," said Richard C. Helmstetter,
 Senior Executive Vice President, Chief of New Products for Callaway Golf.
 "The real surprise is the spin you can put on this ball with the scoring
 clubs.  We worked to create an exclusive ionomer cover that makes it possible
 to generate much more spin around the green than golfers are used to getting
 out of a two-piece ball.  Yet the cover blend is extremely durable for
 cut-proof and scuff-resistance performance."
     The CB1 Red, meanwhile, is targeted at all golfers who enjoy hitting the
 ball as far as they can yet prefer a softer feel than other distance balls
 provide.  The injection-molded ionomer cover is firmer than the CB1 Blue
 cover, and has been designed to provide optimized ball speed at impact.  The
 unique dimple pattern adds additional lift at each shot's apex, as well as
 strong performance in all weather conditions.  The result is a ball that helps
 deliver two things nearly every golfer wants:  More distance, more fun.
     Because both CB1 balls feature superior aerodynamics, Callaway Golf was
 able to develop softer covers and cores than other two-piece balls.  The
 highly resilient polybutadiene cores are blended with tungsten.  The CB1 balls
 use a high ratio of tungsten to polybutadiene to create cores with minimal
 filler and maximum polybutadiene.  The result is greater ball speed at impact.
     The CB1 balls are manufactured side-by-side with the "Rule 35" ball at the
 Callaway Golf Ball Plant in Carlsbad.  While the construction of the two balls
 is different, the strong commitment to quality and performance is the same.
 Therefore, the CB1 Blue and Red are constructed of the finest materials and
 produced using stringent quality tolerances.
     The CB1 Red golf ball will be available in boldly designed three-ball
 sleeves and by the dozen.  The distinctive yellow packaging features
 eye-grabbing color-coded lettering: red for CB1 Red and blue for CB1 Blue.  A
 three-ball sleeve carries a suggested retail price of $7.85, and a dozen-ball
 pack has a suggested retail price of $31.25.
 
     Callaway Golf Company makes and sells Big Bertha(R) Metal Woods and Irons,
 including Big Bertha ERC(TM) II Forged Titanium Drivers, Big Bertha Hawk
 Eye(R) VFT(TM) and Big Bertha Hawk Eye VFT Pro Series Titanium Drivers and
 Fairway Woods, Big Bertha Steelhead Plus(TM) Stainless Steel Drivers and
 Fairway Woods, Hawk Eye Tungsten Injected(TM) Titanium Irons, Steelhead(TM)
 X-14(R) and Steelhead X-14 Pro Series Stainless Steel Irons.  Callaway Golf
 Company also makes and sells Odyssey(R) Putters, including White Hot(R),
 TriHot(TM), and Dual Force(R) Putters.  Callaway Golf Company makes and sells
 the Callaway Golf(R) "Rule 35(R)" Firmfeel(TM) and Softfeel(TM) golf balls,
 and the CB1(TM) Red and CB1 Blue golf balls.  For more information about
 Callaway Golf Company, please visit our Web sites at www.callawaygolf.com,
 www.callawaygolfball.com and www.odysseygolf.com.
 
 

SOURCE Callaway Golf
    CARLSBAD, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Callaway Golf (NYSE:   ELY) today
 announced plans for an unprecedented synchronized launch of the Company's new
 CB1(TM) Red and CB1 Blue golf balls at thousands of golf shops across the
 country on Tuesday, May 1.  By partnering with UPS, Callaway Golf is ensuring
 that its accounts in the U.S. will have the newest additions to Callaway
 Golf's growing line of premium golf balls available to golfers on the same
 day.
     The CB1 launch will be supported by a multimedia advertising and marketing
 effort to build demand for the new balls, including new print advertisements
  -- built around the tagline "The fun's built in. You get to let it out" --
 and an online sweepstakes.  Participating retail accounts will receive special
 promotional materials to help draw attention to the CB1 launch, including
 hats, posters and ad reprints.  CallawayGolf.com will also have a countdown to
 the CB1 launch, and UPS will help stage the launch by providing on-time
 delivery of CB1 shipments to all participating Callaway Golf retail accounts
 on May 1.
     "We believe this is the first one-day launch of any substantial quantity
 in the history of golf products," said Mick McCormick, Executive Vice
 President, Global Sales for Callaway Golf.  "We've seen other retail
 manufacturers -- entertainment and software companies, for example -- use
 similar strategies to build demand for new products.  The CB1 balls are great
 new products, and we intend to help retailers sell them by creating a buzz in
 the golfing public."
     Both CB1 balls are improvements on a mature technology -- two-piece golf
 balls.  The CB1 Red ball is designed to maximize distance, while the CB1 Blue
 ball optimizes spin for greater bite around the greens.  As with the Company's
 three-piece "Rule 35(R)" ball, both CB1 balls conform to USGA rules and are
 approved for tournament play worldwide.
     Using what Callaway Golf learned about golf ball construction and
 aerodynamics in creating the three-piece "Rule 35" ball as a foundation,
 engineers sought to design a better two-piece ball than what was already
 available to consumers.  It turns out the R&D team succeeded -- twice.  The
 two CB1 balls have distinct performance attributes that will appeal to
 different types of golfers.
     The CB1 Blue is a ball for golfers with a simple motto: More spin, more
 fun.  The two-piece design ensures plenty of distance, but a proprietary
 injection-molded ionomer cover helps golfers put plenty of spin with soft feel
 on their short-iron and wedge shots.  The dimple pattern has been calibrated
 to further enhance ball flight and backspin on scoring shots.
     "Golfers who try the CB1 Blue will discover that it has the tee-to-green
 distance you expect from a two-piece ball," said Richard C. Helmstetter,
 Senior Executive Vice President, Chief of New Products for Callaway Golf.
 "The real surprise is the spin you can put on this ball with the scoring
 clubs.  We worked to create an exclusive ionomer cover that makes it possible
 to generate much more spin around the green than golfers are used to getting
 out of a two-piece ball.  Yet the cover blend is extremely durable for
 cut-proof and scuff-resistance performance."
     The CB1 Red, meanwhile, is targeted at all golfers who enjoy hitting the
 ball as far as they can yet prefer a softer feel than other distance balls
 provide.  The injection-molded ionomer cover is firmer than the CB1 Blue
 cover, and has been designed to provide optimized ball speed at impact.  The
 unique dimple pattern adds additional lift at each shot's apex, as well as
 strong performance in all weather conditions.  The result is a ball that helps
 deliver two things nearly every golfer wants:  More distance, more fun.
     Because both CB1 balls feature superior aerodynamics, Callaway Golf was
 able to develop softer covers and cores than other two-piece balls.  The
 highly resilient polybutadiene cores are blended with tungsten.  The CB1 balls
 use a high ratio of tungsten to polybutadiene to create cores with minimal
 filler and maximum polybutadiene.  The result is greater ball speed at impact.
     The CB1 balls are manufactured side-by-side with the "Rule 35" ball at the
 Callaway Golf Ball Plant in Carlsbad.  While the construction of the two balls
 is different, the strong commitment to quality and performance is the same.
 Therefore, the CB1 Blue and Red are constructed of the finest materials and
 produced using stringent quality tolerances.
     The CB1 Red golf ball will be available in boldly designed three-ball
 sleeves and by the dozen.  The distinctive yellow packaging features
 eye-grabbing color-coded lettering: red for CB1 Red and blue for CB1 Blue.  A
 three-ball sleeve carries a suggested retail price of $7.85, and a dozen-ball
 pack has a suggested retail price of $31.25.
 
     Callaway Golf Company makes and sells Big Bertha(R) Metal Woods and Irons,
 including Big Bertha ERC(TM) II Forged Titanium Drivers, Big Bertha Hawk
 Eye(R) VFT(TM) and Big Bertha Hawk Eye VFT Pro Series Titanium Drivers and
 Fairway Woods, Big Bertha Steelhead Plus(TM) Stainless Steel Drivers and
 Fairway Woods, Hawk Eye Tungsten Injected(TM) Titanium Irons, Steelhead(TM)
 X-14(R) and Steelhead X-14 Pro Series Stainless Steel Irons.  Callaway Golf
 Company also makes and sells Odyssey(R) Putters, including White Hot(R),
 TriHot(TM), and Dual Force(R) Putters.  Callaway Golf Company makes and sells
 the Callaway Golf(R) "Rule 35(R)" Firmfeel(TM) and Softfeel(TM) golf balls,
 and the CB1(TM) Red and CB1 Blue golf balls.  For more information about
 Callaway Golf Company, please visit our Web sites at www.callawaygolf.com,
 www.callawaygolfball.com and www.odysseygolf.com.
 
 SOURCE  Callaway Golf

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