Mizuno has confirmed that it's new European superdriver will be unveiled at the Munich golf show on October 7.
The R&A conforming driver has taken a 18 months to develop will not be sold in the US as it will exceed performance limitations demanded by the USGA.
However,the driver will be available for use by both teams at the Ryder Cup which will be played under R&A regulations. It features the new Exsar Platinum shaft which has been tested on the PGA European Tour this year.
An unmarked Exsar Platinum shaft has already claimed a Tour victory this season in a Titleist driver at the Open de France.
A limited quantity of the new driver will be available to golfers by December 2001.
Also on show for the first time at Golf Europe 2001 will be a Wilson Deep Red Beta-Ti driver with an ultra thin clubface made of hyper titanium. Wilson is also launching Deep Red putters with grooves and variable face inserts.
TaylorMade is launching a 200 steel series with driver and 'Raylor' and 'Tour Spoon'fairway woods and Kasco is expected to reveal a K2K-o1 driver, made of super hytene, claimed to be twice as hard as titanium and delivering 5% more velocity to the ball.
Titleist will also launch its NXT Tour and Distance golf balls, with large core and thin but durable 'Fusa-Blend' cover, while Spalding will have samples of its XL3000 range.
Also revealed for the first time will be Maxfli's A10 ball, currently being used by leading players on the PGA an European Tours.
Golf Europe 2001 will be held in the MOC in Munich-Friemann from October 7-9 and is open to the trade only.