What's New: From the Lab

2019 Fall Release Wedges

October 17th, 2019

The major manufacturers are introducing new wedges this fall in anticipation of winter in the southern United States and spring in the Southern Hemisphere!  Lot of great new looking wedges to think about.  Here is a rundown of the latest: Book Your Iron/Wedge Fitting Here Make Sure You Have The Right Wedge Shaft Callaway Jaws MD5   As usual, Roger Cleveland has improved the look, feel and performance of the Mack Daddy with the new JAWS MD5.  Improved spin with Groove-In-Groove technology in a soft 8620 forged carbon steel body.  Over fifty loft/bounce options in 5 different grinds including a low (8*) bounce W grind.  In Platinum Chrome or Tour Grey.  We expect the JAWS MD5 to continue to be one of our best sellers.   Cleveland CBX2 Following on the heels of the very successful CBX cavity back wedge, the CBX2 is designed for players that need extreme forgiveness and improved distance.  Available in 3 grinds in lofts from 46 – 60 degrees.  A great wedge for mid to high handicap players, but can be played by any golfer!     Cobra MIM Wedge Cobra is the first company to use Metal Injection Molding (MIM) to create an entire... Read More

The Best 2019 Driver and Shaft Combinations

September 7th, 2019

We are intrigued every year by the Golf Digest Equipment Hot List and which drivers win the Gold Medals.  Then, various forums, and ourselves as well publish a list of the best drivers.  Some are very independent and some are not.  Doesn’t matter.  What our customers are looking for is what are the best driver and shaft combinations that we have fit so far in 2019.  We believe that the shaft is the part of the club that has the most impact on distance, consistency and accuracy, so that is why we are including our shaft recommendations in this list.  We like the categories as used by  GolfWRX in their recent article but we think there are more in the mix for slower swing speeds.  We will also throw in our Honorable Mentions in both heads and shafts.  So here goes: Schedule your fitting HERE to see which driver and shaft combination works best for YOU…  Swing Speed 106+, Distance Over 250 yards Fitting Tips:  Typically 75 gram shafts but smoother tempos can play lighter weights.  Firm mid section and low launch, low spin is the norm for more control.  Driver lofts 8 to 10.5 degrees depending upon angle of... Read More

NEW Titleist T-Series Iron Line-Up!

August 29th, 2019

Titleist T100 irons are forged to suit the player’s eye. The T100 inspires daring, imaginative play with precise distance, Tour-level shaping and signature Titleist feel. This iron is designed to help the best players score lower. The replacement to the 718-AP2 with better turf interaction for those players that trap the ball.  Available Irons: 3-W (50°)     The T200 is a players distance iron plain and simple.  Powered by Max Impact for better distance across the forged face to convert near misses to nearly perfect. These golf irons are designed to lower ball flight for more distance but better forgiveness.  Lofts are slightly stronger. Available Irons: 4-W (48°)     Bring more great shots to your game with Titleist T300 irons. Powered by Max Impact to extend maximum speed evenly across an extremely forgiving mid-sized face.  Designed for the player seeking more distance while still maintaining a good ball flight.  Lofts are very strong so there are literally 3 wedges: PW, W and W2. Available Irons: 4-W (53°)   There are many new hot irons entering this market this month.  Titleist is a highly popular golf brand, popular with amateurs and pros alike. They have released this new T-Series... Read More

TaylorMade 2019 P790 Irons – Improved Look and Performance

August 16th, 2019

The TaylorMade 2019 P790 irons offer improvement not only in the look of the club but overall performance. Still packing the Speedfoam injected inside the hollow head, this gives the ultra-thin (7% thinner) new forged 4140 face the support it needs to generate higher ball speeds and better feel.  Slightly thinner topline and anti-digging sole for better turf interaction. By the numbers Increased sweet spot by 22% for better performance on off-center hits.  Slightly smaller heads from 7 iron on down for a more pleasing look. Higher launch for better drop and stop on the green with longer irons. Available in 3-PW, AW both Left and Right handed. Our Take While we only had the ability to hit the demo clubs with the Dynamic Gold 105 VSS shaft, we all liked the look and the feel.  Could not really tell much about launch comparison versus the 2017 P790 so that remains to be seen in our fittings.  As with most major manufacturers, all of the heads in the set are individually designed so the loft increments look a little different, i.e. 2 to 3 degrees between 3, 4, 5 and 6 irons and then 4-5 degrees between 7, 8, 9,... Read More

Callaway EPIC Flash Hybrid

August 12th, 2019

While we really liked the Rogue design, the new face design of the EPIC Flash hybrid is a cleaner, more sole forgiving look. Schedule your fitting appointment and check out these new hybrids! Technology As usual, the ultra-thin face cup combined with the Jailbreak Technology creates super fast ball speeds and lower spin.  Better MiM’d tungsten weighting creates better launch conditions and more forgiveness.  And, the light weight carbon crown allows for more weight in strategic parts of the club head.  Only bad thing is the new lighter weight adjustable hosel is unique to this model so you cannot swap out the Big Bertha shafts without changing the tip. Specifications These hybrids are available in 3, 4, 5, 6 lofted models with 18, 21, 24 and 27 degree lofts.  Lofts are adjustable up to +2 degrees and -1 degree so there is a lot of flexibility in lofts to help you dial in your distances. Bottom line If you like a little more rounded sole (think TaylorMade M6 or Ping G410) and want the adjustability and thin face distance, this new EPIC Flash hybrid is just the design you have been looking for! Schedule your fitting appointment and check out... Read More

Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green Shaft Review

August 5th, 2019

Touting the Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green as the stiffest shaft in its arsenal, it certainly stands up to that billing!  We tested all of the models statically and had some of our strongest players test the 60 and 70 gram models. Sign Up for a Fitting To See How These Shafts May Work for YOU! Models Available The HZRDUS Smole Green comes in two weight classes, 60 and 70.  The 60 is available in 6.0, 6.5 and 6.5TX flexes.  But be careful, the flexes are actually playing a full flex stiffer, i.e. 6.0 plays to 7.0, etc.  The 6.5TX will play like a X flex tipped an inch.  The 70 comes in similar flexes, 6.0, 6.5 and 6.5TX.  The 70 gram shafts play stiff to designated flex as well.  The cool thing about these shafts is that the weights are actually pretty light, 62-68 grams in the 60 and  72-78 grams in the 70.  This is likely due to the use of the Hexcel Hex Tow HM63 fiber which is extremely strong for its weight. Shaft Profile Both of these shaft models are low launch and low spin.  They have the stiffest tip profile of all of the HZRDUS and Even Flow shafts.   The... Read More

Callaway EPIC Forged Iron Review

August 1st, 2019

The Callaway EPIC Forged iron is definitely a game-changer in the premium design marketplace.  What a beautiful look on this iron.  And, the performance is above our expectations. So, schedule your fitting appointment and check out these irons! Design Using a 1025 Carbon Steel body for softer feel, the longer irons also incorporate a 360 cup face technology for faster ball speeds.  Adding to the improved feel is the urethane microspheres in the body that absorb vibration without sacrificing speed of the ball off the face.  Finally, the urethane microspheres allowed Callaway to add tungsten weight in the heads to precisely control ball flight. Technical Specs The lofts on these clubs are as aggressive as the Rogue X but the performance is dramatically improved in our opinion.  While typical lofts in a 6 iron are 26-27 degrees these days, the EPIC Forged is 24.  That being said, in our testing, while the dynamic loft was 2 degrees less, the spin and descent angles still gave optimum drop and stop on the green.  Also, the lofts on the PW are 41 degrees which is 3-4 degrees lower than an Apex 19 or PXG 0311P 2nd Generation.  The set make-up is 4-PW,AW,... Read More

Mitsubishi C6 Iron-Hybrid Shaft Review

July 25th, 2019

Mitsubishi Chemical has introduced a great new graphite iron/hybrid shaft that we think will be a great addition to our fitting lineup. Combination Iron and Hybrid Shaft These are combination iron/hybrid shafts that are parallel tip (.370′) and come in raw length of 42 inches.  This means that we can use the same shaft in irons or hybrids.  With a lot of our players using all the way to 6, 7 and 8 hybrids, it is perfect for those set make ups! Wide Variety of Shaft Weights These shafts are available in 40L, 50L, 60A and 60R, 70R and 80S gram weights and flexes. As with most combination shafts, they only come in one flex.  The long tipping section allows us to build to softer and stiffer flexes than designated on the shaft.  For example, the 50 gram shaft, which is designated as an L (ladies) flex can actually be built to Junior and low end Senior flex, depending upon length and swing weight.  Likewise the 80S can be built to a Senior as well as Regular and Stiff flex. Shaft Profile In our shaft profiling system these are mid-soft and mid-high launch.  Again, with the tipping section, we can... Read More

Veylix Mansion Shaft Review

June 3rd, 2019

JC is always on the lookout for new materials and new designs for the Veylix line.  Well, the new Mansion shafts – EXP-7.FM5 (70 gram) and EXP-5.FM5 (50 gram), are built using some of the latest in both pre-preg material and outer layer. Book Your Fitting to see if a Mansion Shaft fits YOUR swing! Two Different Profiles In our profile testing, the EXP-5 and EXP-7 actually exhibited a couple of different profiles.  We measure and rank shafts based upon their butt, mid and tip stiffness as well as things like torque and balance point.  While there are similarities, here is what we found in our testing: Butt Stiffness Both of these shafts play true to flex, meaning, the R flex will play to an R and the S flex will play like an S.  We did find the EXP-7 to actually have a slightly softer butt section than the EXP-5.  This means you may need an X flex when you thought an S would do the trick in the EXP-7. Mid Stiffness Expect both the EXP-5 and EXP-7 to have a fairly firm mid section so the club feels more stable throughout the swing (no whip at the bottom). ... Read More

Optimize Driver Loft for More DIstance

May 26th, 2019

Optimize YOUR Driver Loft for More Distance. In the previous segment of this blog, we discussed hitting the ball on the sweet spot in order to optimize your “smash factor” or efficiency.  In general, this will be a spot that is slightly towards the toe and just above the center of the clubface.  Remember, to maximize distance, it is a combination of ball speed, launch angle and spin rate.  Schedule Your Driver Fitting Today! In this segment, we are going to talk about the optimum launch angle for your club speed.  Launch angle is determined by several factors: Club loft Angle of Attack Impact point on the clubface Forward lean of the shaft Club Loft In general, the slower the swing or club speed, the higher the loft of the driver to optimize both carry and roll.  Most drivers come in degrees of loft from 8.5 to 16.  Long Drive competitors have drivers that have only 4 to 7.5 degrees of loft.  This is because at higher ball speeds, there is considerably more lift created which allows the ball to climb rapidly after impact.   Let’s assume for now that you have a 100 mph club speed and your driver launch... Read More