What's New: From the Lab

KBS TD Wood Shaft Review

November 23rd, 2019

The new KBS TD wood shafts now round out the initial graphite shaft offerings from KBS.  These shafts are designed to be mid launch/low spin but that, in our testing, is related the weight and flex of the shafts. Book Your Wood or Complete Fitting Here! Models The KBS TD Shafts are available in 40, 50, 60, 70, and 80 gram weights. The raw weights of the 40 (48gr) and 50 (52 gr) are similar but the raw length of the 40 is 45 inches, one inch shorter than the 50, 60, 70 and 80 shafts. KBS is using it’s own set of flex ratings identified as Category 1 through 5.  Category 1 is traditionally a Senior flex and Category 5 is Tour Xtra Stiff. Shaft Test Data: Weight, launch and spin Model                   Weight            Trajectory         Spin                   Torque TD 40                     48.9                    Mid-High        Mid-High           7.9 TD 50             ... Read More

Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo Iron Review

November 14th, 2019

The new Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons leverage some of the great designs of the original Cleveland Launcher hybrids and irons with some great new technology.  And, you cannot dismiss the fact that these irons are designed for higher ball flight and better performance in a modern new look. Book your fitting here to see if these irons are for you! Sets These irons are available in 4 iron through PW, DW (gap) and SW (sand wedge).  Available also in Left Handed, which is a real plus! Design Probably the best design I have seen in years with the longer irons looking more like hybrids and the shorter irons having thinner top lines and smaller footprint.  This makes this matched set look very seamless, not like a set where you buy hybrids and then a set of irons.  Very cool idea! Technology The hollow body design allows Cleveland to place the center of gravity low which creates the higher launch and peak height.  The very thin hardened steel face insert is what creates the higher ball speed and, in turn, more distance.   Who is this Club For? I see the Launcher HB Turbo as a great combo iron set for... Read More

Graphite Design Tour AD XC Shaft Review

November 9th, 2019

The Graphite Design Tour AD XC wood shaft is the latest in the great lineup of Tour AD (Accuracy and Distance) shafts from Graphite Design. Book your Driver or Wood Fitting to see which of these shafts may fit YOUR swing! Design Designed as Xtra Carry, the XC wood shafts have a softer butt section, but firmer mid and tip section for added stability and reduced spin.  This shaft actually improves on the design of the Tour AD IZ.  The Tour AD XC utilizes new MX 40 pre-preg materials from TORACAY for added stability and feel. Well known for their relatively soft mid section, the Tour AD XC is a slight departure for Graphite Design offering golfers a firmer feel at impact. Available Models The Tour AD XC is available in five different weights from 47 to 84 grams at raw length.  The Tour AD XC 4 is available in Senior, Regular and Stiff flex.  The XC 5 is available in Senior, Regular, Stiff and XStiff.  The fact that the lighter weight shafts are available in X flex is a tribute to the fact that certain stronger players can do well with stiffer shafts.  The most popular weight XC 6... Read More

Fujikura Ventus Shaft Review

November 8th, 2019

Fujikura recently rounded out their Ventus wood shaft line with the Ventus Red and Ventus Black.  The original Ventus Blue was designed to be  mid to low-mid  launch shaft.  The Ventus Red (mid-high) and Ventus Black (low) are leveraging the VeloCore Technology to offer the same tight dispersion and improved distance with different ball flight patterns. Book Your Wood or Complete Fitting Here! Design Features If we do a quick overview of this shaft, we see that the use of heavier pre-preg material and a fast taper design allowed the Fujikura engineers to create a shaft with faster tip speed (H.I.T. – High Inertia Tip).   In our testing, shafts with this technology can create as high as 8 mph faster tip speed!   Ventus Red The highest launching of the Ventus models also offers the lightest shaft weights.  Starting at 58 grams in an R2 (A+) flex, the shafts are also available up through 72 gram X flex.  This makes the Ventus Red not only a good shaft for a driver, but a higher launching fairway wood. Ventus Blue This shaft is right on the borderline of mid and low-mid launch.  Also offered in a 56 gram version in R, S... Read More

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 “Your advice on the proper shaft for wedges is spot-on!  Keep up the great work.”  Ken Everrett, PGA Professional and Instructor, Snowmass Club, Colorado. 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... 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