What's New: From the Lab

Miura’s Modern Blade: The Best of Both Worlds

May 10th, 2018

The Modern Blade We have long been a fan of Miura.  As far as we are concerned, Miura makes the BEST forged irons, in traditional style, in the world.  Miura just introduced a completely new iron design for the first time since 1957: the MC-501. It’s what Miura is calling “The Modern Blade:” the perfect hybrid of blade and cavity back designs. Aimed at pleasing the eye and performing, the MC-501 sports the desirable muscle back aesthetic yet still provides the player forgiveness for off-center strikes. Engineering the MC-501 The MC-501 features a unique set of design features that make it distinct from the traditional blade. Sculpted channels in the muscle of the club are the most visually recognizable difference. These channels allowed Miura’s engineers to reposition 20 grams of weight to the sole of the club. Added weight in the sole gives the club a lower center of gravity, promoting higher launch and lower spin. The MC-501 also features a longer total blade length for greater face area. Greater heel to toe forgiveness is created by the longer blade. Additionally, Miura’s signature Y-grind sole is incorporated to allow for cleaner turf interaction. The unparalleled feel of forged soft carbon... Read More

TrackMan Face Impact Data Improves Fitting Results

May 2nd, 2018

TrackMan Face Impact Data Improves Fitting Results We have long known in our fitting process that face impact has a tremendous affect on distance and accuracy.   We have been touting for years that the “sweet spot” on a driver is not dead center, but slightly towards the toe and slightly above center.  Well, TrackMan is now helping us prove our theory!  TrackMan’s latest release of their Performance Center includes the ability to track the exact impact area on the face of the club for each club in your bag (putter coming this summer)!  I have been working on getting by driver dialed in and the picture at the left shows my “impact area” for about a dozen or so shots.  The smash factor is at 1.48, not bad for a guy of my handicap, but the detail show that those shots that are below center and slightly towards the heel drop to 1.45 or below.  What this means is that I am losing up to 15 yards by not hitting in the sweet spot!  Spin goes up, ball speed goes down and dispersion increases. Fitting to Smash Factor In our fittings we always try to maximize the efficiency of our... Read More

TPT Golf Driver Shaft Review – Update

April 26th, 2018

TPT Golf Driver Shaft Review – Update These shafts are AMAZING!  Our customers are raving about the results: “This shaft is the real deal.  I am straighter than ever and have picked up at least 20 yards.”  Jim H., hits his driver 250+ 16 MKP/MT/SW “What a beast!  My buddies can’t believe the difference.”  Sean P. 8 hcp, hits his driver 270+ “Having this TPT shaft in my bag brings a whole new level of confidence off the tee.”  Aaron B.   TPT Golf, a division of NTPT Technology, is seriously bringing new technology to the golf shaft industry.  Introduced on the PGA Tour in 2016, this series of shafts is getting some very good traction among serious amateurs and professionals.  Justin Rose has won three times with the shaft and Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open the first time he put the TPT shaft in his driver.  And Bryson DeChambeau has one twice with a prototype TPT shaft!  So what is so special about these shafts? Thin Ply Technology Means Better Feel Thin plys of composite mean that there is less resin and more fiber in each shaft.  The harsh feeling in a typical golf shaft can be... Read More

Counter Balanced Driver Shafts are Hot!

April 5th, 2018

Counter Balanced Driver Shafts are Hot! Counter balanced driver shafts are starting to be all the rage both on tour and in our clients hands.  Why?  Because most manufacturers of drivers are making their club heads much heavier these days and golfers do not want to feel like they are swinging a sledge hammer!  Tour pros like Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, and Rory McIlroy have opted for counter balanced shafts like the Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Pro Orange in order to reduce total weight and increase club head speed (not that they need any help, mind you)!  With shafts that are counter balanced, swing weights can be reduced 2 to 3 points creating a lighter head feel and potentially generating more clubhead speed. Driver Head Weights Today As recently as 2015, driver head weights were pretty much right around 200 grams.  Today, we are seeing headweights of 203 grams consistently but some as high as 209.  Every 2 grams adds a swing weight so instead of a D0 at 45 inches, you may see D3 to D4.  The average golfer with a smooth tempo will like a lighter swing weight.  So, up until counter balanced driver shafts came along, you... Read More

The Best Fairway Woods for 2018

March 22nd, 2018

The Best Fairway Woods for 2018 Book Your Fitting Now! Well, the changes in the way the USGA measures the legality of drivers, fairway woods and hybrids have given some clubs a tremendous amount of added distance.  I did an article on this a few years ago and the major manufacturers have jumped on the change from COR to CT measurements.  I also had it confirmed by the senior product director at one of the major manufacturers.  The best new fairway woods will show increases of 1-4 mph in ball speed, reduced spin and higher launch angles.  The result is that now you can hit a higher lofted fairway wood, a 4 wood for example instead of a 3 wood and get the same or added distance. A Case Study One of our good customers was looking for a fairway wood that could carry a little farther with a better descent angle.  His current 3 wood carry distance was 251 yards at altitude.  We tested the new Tour Edge CBX, TaylorMade M4, and Rogue all in 4 woods.  The winner by two yards was the Callaway Rogue at 263 yards with a peak height of 98 feet and descent angle... Read More

PXG GEN2 Irons Are Setting the Performance Bar

March 19th, 2018

PXG GEN2 Irons Are Setting the Performance Bar After three years of development and nearly 40 prototypes, the PXG GEN2 0311 irons are scheduled for release on April 19th!  Our demo irons should be here by the end of March and are we excited?  Yes! In addition to the latest innovations for the 0311 P, 0311 T and 0311 XF, there is a new iron in the mix, the 0311 SGI (Super Game Improvement).  Let me give you a rundown of the innovations that have gone into these new irons. Performance Improvements Tighter Shot Dispersion Increased Distance Better Top Line Appearance Improved Feel Better Wearing Material The Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) in the original 0311 has been replaced with COR2, a proprietary high speed polymer core material.  This material has shown to create tighter shot dispersion (distance dispersion) and improved feel off the face.  In addition, COR2 has increased ball speed 1-2 mph due to its faster recovery time. New forged 8620 steel in GEN2 is a better wearing material while maintaining the soft feel of a forged material.  The re-design of the clubheads create 15% larger hitting area, a sleeker top and back line yielding more forgiveness and better look... Read More

PXG GEN2 Irons Are on Their Way April 19th!

March 14th, 2018

PXG GEN2 Irons Are on Their Way April 19th! Book Your Fitting Here! THE BEST IRONS PXG HAS EVER MADE. Three years in the making, NEW PXG 0311 GEN2 Irons are almost here. Presented in four collections –Tour (T), Players (P), Xtreme Forgiveness (XF), and the new Super Game Improvement (SGI) – PXG 0311 GEN2 Irons deliver unmatched performance for golfers at every level of the game. Not only are NEW PXG 0311 GEN2 Irons better, they are better in every way. Each iron features new innovations in materials and technology, with a forged 8620 soft carbon steel body, groundbreaking COR2 technology, larger functional internal face area, the industry’s thinnest club face, and PXG’s signature perimeter weighting technology. Every element combines to deliver more distance, a larger sweet spot, significantly improved accuracy, and a buttery-soft feel.

Hot New Drivers and Shafts for 2018

March 8th, 2018

Hot New Drivers and Shafts for 2018 In our recent poll, over half of our readers are looking for a new driver in 2018.  So where should you start?  If you look at the advertising dollars being thrown around the industry, you would start with Callaway Rogue or TaylorMade “twist face”.  Yes, they are really good but don’t count out some of the others that made the Golf Digest 2018 Equipment Hot List.   Our battery of testers has narrowed the broad field down to these: Sign up for a fitting here! Drivers Callaway Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero          Higher forgiveness than EPIC and lower spin than almost everyone in the industry.  Sound not as muted as some others. Cobra F8 and F8+    This driver with the milled face is the real deal.  Better sound than last year’s F7 series.  Great low spin and forgiveness.  We liked the two-tone Nardo gray! Mizuno ST-180  A pleasant surprise from Mizuno, this driver is in the same league as the others.  All depends upon if you like a blue colored head. Ping G400  This driver continues to deliver more consistency across the face than almost all of the other... Read More

Light Weight Steel Iron Shafts for 2018

March 1st, 2018

Light Weight Steel Iron Shafts for 2018 Light weight steel shafts are offering a lot of clubfitting options.  Just like the rush of graphite shaft makers to get 85 to 115 gram graphite shafts to market, steel shaft manufacturers are dropping from the 115 to 125 gram range to the 95 to 110 gram range.  Why?  Older golfers that have played Dynamic Gold, Project X or KBS Tour shafts (125+ grams) are not enamored with the feel of graphite and are looking for a lighter weight steel shaft to maintain the same feel and potentially give them more distance.  On the other side, as junior golfers start getting stronger, it is a tough transition to go from a light weight 70 to 85 gram graphite shaft to a heavy 125+ gram steel shaft.  As a clubfitter, we know that weight, flex and profile (launch characteristics) of these new shafts are important to getting optimum performance.  True Temper There are several manufacturers that offer steel shafts in the 95 to 110 gram range.  True Temper has just replaced its Dynamic Gold Super Light(SL) shaft with the new Dynamic Gold 105.  This shaft and its heavier brother Dynamic Gold 120 is a... Read More

Is it Time for a New Driver?

February 15th, 2018

Is it Time for a New Driver? According to Golf Digest, if your driver is more than four years old, you are losing 6 to 11 yards!  (See their article here). Now that may not seem like much, but it can be as much as one club shorter into that favorite par 4!  That my friend means lower scores…and more fun! And, even better, accuracy has improved on off center hits, especially low and toe shots.  Whether is is “twist face”, “jail break” or “dual roll” technology, every driver manufacturer has made distance AND forgiveness a mantra this year.  Our first fittings with these new drivers are very encouraging! Every year, we also put the new drivers to the test with our players.  So far the tests on all the new drivers from Callaway, TaylorMade, Cobra, Mizuno and Ping are improving both accuracy AND distance.  We will be publishing our own reports in the next few weeks.  We have testers from every genre so no holds barred!  Stay tuned.