Women’s golf clubs are often treated as men’s clubs painted pink with a lighter shaft, and many times this turns out to be true, but not in the case of the new Bobby Jones ladies line by renowned club designer Jesse Ortiz. Jesse is extremely proud of this new line called Rouge, and he has put a ton of time, knowledge and technology into specifically designing it for women.
At the 2014 PGA Show, THP TV had a chance to speak with Jesse about this new line. You can watch the full interview here:
From the Company
The women’s line features a patented head shape designed to reduce pushed or sliced shots. The Ti driver is 400 cc’s in volume with a high toe-low heel design that squares the face at impact for players with slower swings speeds. The shallow faced fairway woods feature thin, super hot, maraging steel faces for greater ball velocity and lower spin. The look at address position instills confidence and low the profile ensures a higher ball trajectory. The slight off-set hosel positions the hands ahead for more solid impact.
Most women dread playing a wood, particularly a 3-wood, from the fairway…but not these. No other fairway woods designed for the recreational female golfer are as easy to hit as these. We have made these fairway woods available in 3-5-7-9 and 11 woods. I believe that women are much better off using fairway woods rather than hybrids due to their larger surface hitting areas and deeper centers of gravity.
The beautiful burgundy-rouge color enhances the elegant look of these clubs. The actual lofts are 14-18-23-28-33-39 degrees respectively for the 3-5-7-9-11.
Video Montage of the line
There is simply no denying the beauty these clubs possess. Pictures do not even come close to doing them justice. The burgundy-rouge color sparkles in the sunlight, and has an almost regal appearance. These clubs do not have a ‘girly girl’ look to them, but still have a softness that lets you know these are made for women.
The unique shape head was a welcome addition, especially in the 11 wood. It looked just like a hybrid at set up, removing any fear of hitting a wood off the ground and the design of the sole looks like a piece of art. The penny on the bottom did get dirty at impact, but cleaned right up.
The burgundy and white/gray shaft and gray grip were the perfect complement to the club heads. From crown to grip, these are well-thought out cohesive pieces of golf equipment. There is truly nothing negative to say about the looks of the ladies Rouge line.
Performance can be such a subjective thing. Everyone has a different swing, making their approach to a shot unique; however, science is a pretty strong definite. The research and development that went into these clubs is undeniable. Regarding this line, Jesse has said “The shallow faced fairway woods feature thin, super hot, maraging steel faces for greater ball velocity and lower spin. The look at address position instills confidence and the low profile ensures a higher ball trajectory. The slight off-set hosel positions the hands ahead for more solid impact.”
We found a lot of truth in this statement. From the 3 wood all the way through to the 11 wood, the ball got up in the air time and again. As mentioned earlier, the way the club head sits at address gives it the illusion of more of a hybrid than a fairway wood, taking some of that fairway wood off the deck fear out of the equation. This seemed to subconsciously take any doubt away from the shot, creating more confidence and resulting in a solid shot.
Another observation was in regards to forgiveness. We saw many shots that impacted the heel and toe of the clubs, but still found the center of the fairway. Of course, these misses didn’t have the same distance as well struck shots, but they also didn’t find the woods or water.
The driver being 400cc’s was a little difficult to get used to at first. The face is shallower than a typical 460cc head, which can make teeing up the ball a bit of a challenge. We saw a few popped-up shots at the beginning until the tee height got dialed in. The driver has a fairly high-pitched ‘ting’ rather than a deep muted thwack. Sound is and always will be a personal preference, so some will love the sound and others not so much.
The Bobby Jones ladies Rouge line by Jesse Ortiz could arguably be the best looking ladies clubs on the market today. What is most impressive is that the research and development goes well beyond aesthetics. Creating a fairway wood that isn’t intimidating to hit off the deck is quite an accomplishment. Helping women bridge the gap in their bags from their hybrids to their driver can be a game changer.
The driver retails for $249 USD and the 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 woods all retails for $179 each. To learn more about this line, and to find a retailer near you, please visit the Bobby Jones website at www.bobbyjones.com.