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The New Snake Eyes Viper Tour Family
by: Jeff Sheets

The Viper Tour woods are the seventh generation of Viper driver and fairway products in the Snake Eyes family. Viper woods have always incorporated the latest in equipment technologies, benefitting not only the custom club fitter but also the golfer. Highest quality materials, superb manufacturing processes and cutting-edge technologies have been incorporated into the Viper family since its inception eight years ago. And the new Viper Tour woods are no different. They continue this progressive heritage.

Snake Eyes Viper TI Tour Black Driver Head

Four generations ago, adjustable weighting became a staple with the Viper titanium metal woods. All models since have focused on adjustable weighting in the skirt of the club. Whether three or four weights are used is not as critical as the placement of the weights. Using the skirt of the club as opposed to the sole is very important for adjusting the directional (left and right) bias of the ball flight. Switching between a neutral, draw or fade bias is easily accomplished by placing the heaviest of the weights in the rear, heel or toe of the club, respectively.

The skirt is an important focal point for weight concentration to establish dispersion bias. The weights need to be as far as possible from the clubhead’s center of gravity (CG), and there is no farther point available than out on the skirt. Other companies have inset their bias weights into the sole area, which places them closer to the CG and is subsequently less effective. But from the beginning we have optimized the dispersion-bias weight locations of the Viper woods.

Snake Eyes Viper Tour Black Fairway Head

With the new Viper Tour, the heel and toe skirt weights remain in place to allow left and right bias control. However, a new vertical-bias weight has been added to the mix: a rearward sole weight incorporated into the Viper Tour design that allows tuning of the launch angle. Increasing the mass of this rearward sole weight increases the launch angle of the ball at impact. Using the lightest weight available (1 gram) provides a lower, boring trajectory, while heavier weights (available up to 12 grams) progressively make the trajectory higher. This feature is available in all of the Viper Tour designs, whether driver, fairways or hybrids.

Technology aside, the Viper Tour woods also receive the highest volume of compliments from golfers admiring their look and performance.

Snake Eyes Viper Tour Black Hybrid Head

From a cosmetic standpoint, the dimensions of the head have been pushed to the maximum USGA limits. Many of today’s designs accomplish this with unusual geometry, but we have maintained a very traditional shape for the Viper Tour driver and have found that it is quite appealing to even the most discerning critic. Its deep breadth (from face to trailing edge) helps to increase its moment of inertia over traditional head shapes. The Viper Tour woods are each finished in a black physical vapor deposition (PVD) coating that gives a rich dark finish to each wood.

Performance-wise, the Viper Tour woods are the sports cars of the Snake Eyes line. They are responsive in their action and feel. They make it easy to shape shots and achieve desired results. And to both the hands and ears, their feedback is solid.

In short, our Snake Eyes Viper Tour woods bring together sight, sound and science for even the most discriminating golfers.

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