What's New: Fitting Tips

Our Best New Irons in 2018 and What’s Coming in 2019

December 27th, 2018

A lot of thought went into our discussion about the best new irons in 2018.  Some of the irons were nearing the end of their life cycle (Callaway APEX CF 16) while others were just recently introduced (Ping i210/i500).  And, we are going to go out on a limb and talk about new irons for 2019 that we have seen and are excited about.  When choosing the best performing irons, we looked at the results we were able to achieve for our customers:  Improved Accuracy, Better Consistency and More Distance. The 2019 models should be in by mid-January so book your fitting now! So here you have our choices, categorized by the Golf Digest 2018 Hot List Categories: Game Improvement Irons Golf Digest 2018 Hot List Game Improvement Irons Our Best Performers: Callaway APEX CF 16 (yes, we sold a ton until they were discontinued in late 2018).  Hot face material gave more distance and forgiveness.  Only downside was it could have some “hot” spots resulting in flyers. Mizuno JPX-919 HotMetal – Introduced in the fall of 2018, this has been an steady performer for us.  The look “screams” Mizuno! Ping i500 – Ping has a real winner here in... Read More

Tour Edge Exotics EXS Driver

December 12th, 2018

The new Tour Edge Exotics EXS Driver is a HUGE improvement over their previous models in several ways.  And this great driver is priced right at $299.99! Book your fitting to see if this driver is right for YOU! Why You Should NEVER Buy a Driver Off-the-Rack! Ball Speed In our testing, we  look at smash factor (Ball speed divided by Club Speed) to see the “hotness” factor of the head.  In our testing with other Tour Edge drivers, even the Xj1, we had a hard time getting close to the proverbial 1.50.  Not so with the EXS.  Now, mind you, smash factor is also determined by how well you are hitting the sweet spot and how well the shaft is working for you.  That is why we use our Fitting Wizard to dial you in to the proper shaft length, weight, flex, and tip profile.  With the properly fitted shaft, we consistently have seen smash factors in the 1.49-1.51 range, which creates the highest ball speed, regardless of club speed. Look, Sound and Feel One of the things we notice in our fittings is the “soft side”, i.e. look, sound and feel.  Previous EX models of the Tour Edge... Read More

Using TrackMan to Practice for More Distance

November 29th, 2018

We have three new TrackMan 4 units available for your practice sessions!  Here are some tips on using TrackMan to practice for more distance: Key TrackMan measurements for achieving more Distance: (Learn More)  Ball Speed  – The speed at which the ball is traveling after it leaves the clubface  Smash Factor – The efficiency of energy transfer from the clubhead to the ball  Dynamic Loft – The horizontal angle at which the ball leaves the clubface.  A simple explanation is the combination of the loft of the club and attack angle. Attack Angle – the horizontal angle at which the clubface is moving up or down at impact. Spin Rate – The amount of spin on the ball immediately after impact. Notice that I did NOT mention clubhead speed!  For now, I want you to concentrate on what factors you need to change, given that we are not intentionally trying to increase clubhead speed! These five measurements are the most important in helping you develop more distance…and they are somewhat inter-related.  In general, golfers should be looking for high launch and low spin in order to maximize distance.  As we will show you, optimizing these factors can give you 6... Read More

Miura MB001 and CB57 Irons are Back!

November 15th, 2018

The iconic and classic Miura MB001 and CB57 irons are back for a limited time! Schedule your fitting here The MB001 is probably the most popular blade model Miura has produced, next to the classic “baby blade”.  The pure feel of the ball coming off the face of these irons is absolutely incredible.  The MB001 design is the result of years of study and careful consideration of iron performance by the Miura family. Yoshitaka Miura, elder son of founder Katsuhiro Miura and a club-grinding expert who learned under his father, led the project. He had the advice of his brother Shinei, who supervises forging operations at the company’s factory and forge in Himeji, Japan, and of course his father. The Miura CB57 is one of the best cavity back models produced by Miura.  Very slightly larger than the MB001, the CB57 provides more forgiveness on off-center hits. These irons are in very limited supply in the United States and will not be replaced.  So, if you are already playing one of these beautiful irons, get another set, or two!  If you have not played them, you owe it to yourself to try them out! Schedule your fitting here Dan Sueltz

Using TrackMan to Practice With a Purpose

November 1st, 2018

TrackMan is the best ball flight monitor for both practice and simulated course play.  But, we know that you can be more effective if you use TrackMan to practice with a purpose! Here is what TrackMan offers that you need for improved practice: Shot visualization and statistics: TrackMan offers 31 shot statistics and seven different views.  You can literally analyze everything from your strength and efficiency (club speed, ball speed, smash factor), effectiveness (launch angle, spin rate, attack angle, dispersion), and swing characteristics (face angle, club path, swing direction, face to path).  Whether you are working on your own or with a swing coach, knowing these numbers and how you can improve them will be your secret weapon to game improvement! Here are some other features of TrackMan to help you improve your game! Multiple Camera Video Analysis (Down the Line is Standard) Test Center for Tracking Improvement in Shot Making TrackMan Combine – See How You Stack Up with Others On Course Practice – Better than Just Range Practice Upload Your Practice Sessions to MyTrackman.com Save Your Shots to Your Apple Device We will be publishing specific practice tips for our members so sign up for our 24 hour... Read More

Should YOU Play Graphite or Steel Shafts in Your Irons?

October 24th, 2018

Should YOU play graphite or steel shafts in your irons?  Seems like we get asked that question in every iron fitting.  With 39% of our golfers saying they are looking for new irons this coming year, I thought I would answer that question with a couple of our fitting principles. First of all, shaft weight is one of the most important factors in fitting irons.  I don’t care if you are “getting older” or not!  The shaft weight has to help you optimize your consistency, distance and accuracy. The lines are REALLY blurring these days between steel and graphite iron shaft weights, especially in the 95 to 110 gram weight.  That weight class is were a lot of golfers either move from steel to graphite, or as juniors get stronger, move from graphite to steel.  As a point of reference, traditional Dynamic Gold S300 shafts weigh roughly 130 grams, KBS Tour around 125, and Project X LZ Steel  from 110-125.  All steel shaft manufacturers have made lighter weight models, i.e. the KBS Tour 90, True Temper XP 95 to offer lighter shaft options.  Nippon makes their MODUS3 shafts in weights from 105 – 130.  See more light weight steel shaft options here.  The numbers... Read More

Get Your 2019 Clubfitting While Your Swing is Still Grooved.

September 1st, 2018

Get  your 2019 clubfitting while your swing is still grooved.  Now that the season in the northern climates of the world is getting a little cooler, take an introspective look at your game and then go get a good clubfitting.  Don’t wait until 2019 as there are a lot of new head, shaft and grip options hitting the market this fall, and your swing is still in good shape from playing this season. The first thing you should do is take a look at where you were successful (putting, chipping, driving?) and where you struggled (hybrids, distance gaps, accuracy with irons?).  Be honest and think about where you lost strokes and what happened (thin, fat, poor contact, slice, hook?).  Your fitter should ask you a lot of questions about your shots and what you want to accomplish:  Improved Accuracy?  Increased Distance?  More Consistency?  Then you should concentrate on what segments of your game are costing you the most strokes and eroding your confidence. Our 2018 Player Survey indicates that the biggest “problem” clubs in our golfers bags are Driver (28%), Long Irons (27%), and 3 Fairway Wood (23%).  It’s time for a fitting to get those problem clubs fixed! Book your... Read More

Heavy Graphite Iron Shafts Make It Easier to Switch From Steel

August 23rd, 2018

Heavy Graphite Iron Shafts Make It Easier to Switch From Steel As trends go, the move to heavy graphite iron shafts is intensifying.  I am talking about iron shafts that are in the 90 to 125 gram range.  This weight range is directly targeting golfers that have traditionally played standard weight steel and are looking for options in lighter weights and less vibration on off-center hits.   Book a personal fitting now to see if a heavy graphite shaft may fit your swing. Less Vibration but the Feel of Steel A lot of players are looking for less vibration to alleviate pain from arthritic hands, golfer elbow or shoulder soreness.  Simply switching to a graphite shaft can reduce vibration over 30%.  Adding a softer grip like a Winn grip can help as well.  But, to keep the feel at impact of steel you need some material advantage.  Aerotech SteelFiber i95 and i110 shafts are the industry leaders in that regard.  Their shafts include steel fibers to improve the consistency and feel of those shafts.   New models include the FC 90 and FC 115.  The Veylix Arcane 100 includes some copper threads to achieve this feel as well.  The Mitsubishi Chemical Golf... Read More

PXG Irons – Original Models At Special Pricing!

August 17th, 2018

PXG Irons – Original Models At Special Pricing! That’s right, the original PXG irons, all models, are available at special pricing of $195 for the satin chrome finish and $245 for the black oxide finish. If you are a previous customer and loved the original PXG’s, give us a call and we can update your set for you!  If you have never experienced the feel and performance of a PXG iron, you owe it to yourself to get fit for these top performing irons. But, I would make sure you do it quickly as I am not sure how long the inventory of these great irons will last.     PXG 0311  – $195 ($245 Black) ea. – Original $350/$500 PXG 0311T – $195 ($245 Black) ea. – Original $350/$500 PXG 0311XF – $195 ($245 Black) ea. – Original $350/$500 Book Your Fitting Here!      

TaylorMade GAPR – Fill YOUR Gaps!

August 9th, 2018

TaylorMade GAPR – Fill YOUR Gaps! Available for Pre-Order.  Official Release Date August 24, 2018. Filling the gaps between your longest irons and your shortest fairway woods has always been an issue for most golfers.  This is where traditional hybrid clubs have come to the “rescue” (pun intended) over the last several years.  The new line of GAPR clubs from TaylorMade is intended to give golfers multiple options of lofts and designs to literally fill any gap you may have in that zone. Book your fitting now to see which  shaft best fits you for the new GAPR models. Three GAPR Models Available:  Lo, Mid, Hi LO – As described, the LO models offer more of a driving iron look and lower ball flight.  Available in 2, 3 and 4 iron models at lofts of 17, 19 and 22 degrees.  Lowest launching option. MID –  Still a bit smaller like a driving iron, but larger and more forgiving than the LO model.  Available in 3, 4, and 5 with lofts of 18, 21 and 24 degrees.  Mid launch and more forgiving than the LO option. HI – Looks like a more traditional hybrid club that you may be used to. ... Read More