What's New: From the Lab

Hot New Drivers for 2016

March 8th, 2016

So what are the hot new drivers for 2016?  Well, we have pretty much tested them all and we have a short list based upon both performance and feel.  Since 35% of our viewers are looking for a new driver this year, this should be helpful.  In our testing, unlike ones we will mention later, we test each driver with a shaft that is fit to the golfer.  This shaft is then used in each driver head.  We use Callaway Chrome Soft ball for testing.  Here is what we have found: Performance (Distance and Accuracy):  TaylorMade M1, Callaway XR 16, Cobra King LTD, Ping G LS TEC, Tour Edge E9, Mizuno JPX-850, Titleist 915 D3 Sound and Feel:  TaylorMade M2, Cobra King LTD, PXG 0811, Mizuno JPX-850 Lowest Spin:  Ping G LS TEC, PXG 0811 Best Smash Factor (Efficiency):  PXG 0811, Ping G LS TEC, Cobra King LTD Most Forgiving/Accurate:  TaylorMade M2, Callaway XR 16, PXG 0811 These heads were tested by golfers with 88 to 105 mph swing speeds and the results from TrackMan we calibrated at 5,280 feet.  Some observations from our driver testing are that the aerodynamic designs of the Ping G and Callaway XR heads added... Read More

Project X HZRDUS Yellow a Great Addition!

January 15th, 2016

The Project X HZRDUS Yellow shaft will be introduced to the public in the next few weeks.  We were excited to test the 63 and 76 gr versions in our shop over the past couple of days.  Bottom line…the Project X HZRDUS Yellow shaft plays a little smoother because of the midsection design than the Black.  By design, the torque and balance points are identical between the two shafts.  The slightly higher torque gives a better feel at impact to both shafts.  The Project X HZRDUS Yellow launches not quite a degree lower on average than the Project X HZRDUS Black due to a slightly stiffer tip section.  Spin rates are identical between the two shafts, measuring in the low-mid spin range.  As a side note on fitting, it is a great testimony to the manufacturer to get these performance characteristics almost identical with the only thing changing is the feel feedback of the shaft.  This is not always the case when trying to create a different feel in a shaft.  Great job Project X. In general, since the Black was designed for a more aggressive swing, the Yellow will feel better to a golfer with a smoother tempo and... Read More

Parsons Extreme Golf (PXG), a New Standard in Golf Equipment

December 28th, 2015

Parsons Extreme Golf, or PXG, is making waves in the golf industry.  If you have not heard about them, it is time you did!  Since Bob Parsons founded the company in the fall of 2014, PXG has quickly become a hit with golf nuts and aficionados of fine golf equipment.  Bob Parsons set out to create the best golf clubs in the industry.  He told his engineers to spare no expense and they did not.  The result is a totally unique blend of technology and art that will surprise you.  They are not inexpensive, as you would expect for this type of commitment to quality and innovation.  Parsons Extreme Golf has over 50 patents for its innovative designs with hollow cavity irons filled with elastomer to imiprove sound and feel.  The unique placement of tungsten weights around the perimeter of the clubs allows us clubfitters and clubbuilders to modify the clubs for your unique swing characteristics and desired ball flight. If you truly want to experience the next level in golf equipment, come in and try these clubs for yourself!   And, see what Golf Digest has to say about them… Dan Sueltz

Solving the Long Iron Dilemma With Lighter, Softer Shafts or???

December 6th, 2015

I cannot tell you how many golfers we have switched from 3, 4 and even 5 irons to hybrids because they just cannot hit those long irons consistently.  But, there are other options available.  If you are a good iron player and still like the feel of a crisp 4 iron off the deck, there are some new options. Shaft Weights:  Certain steel and graphite iron shafts are constant weight so the only variable in the feel of the club will be the added weight of the club head as you go down in loft.  Each club head is designed to weigh seven grams heavier from the previous one as you go from long irons to shorter irons.  As the club gets shorter, this helps maintain swing weight throughout the set.  Enter True Temper with the AMT (Ascending Mass Technology) shaft that has a 3 gram progression in weights between each shaft.  This was introduced last year in the Titleist AP2 irons and that shaft is now available to True Temper Performance Centers like D’Lance Golf.  This progressive weight design does not change swing weights but makes the club feel lighter.  If your miss with your irons is a fade... Read More

True Temper XP versus KBS Tour 105 Shaft Review

November 10th, 2015

In the past year we have seen several introductions of steel shafts in the 105 to 115 gram range.  I think the reason for this is that the foray into the super light weight 85 to 90 gram steel shafts has not been all that successful, but let’s save that for another discussion.  We reviewed the True Temper 105 and 115 shafts against the KBS Tour 105.  While we did not do a comparison to the KBS C-Taper Lite and Nippon 950 GH, I will share my thoughts on where those two shafts fit with the XP 105, XP 115 and Tour 105. First, all tests were done with a Mizuno MP-15 6 iron and a Callaway Chrome Soft ball.  The shaft lengths and flexes were within the tolerances of our testers. Launch Angle:  Launch angles for the KBS Tour 105 R, S, and X were .5-.7* lower than the XP 115 R and S.  Both the XP and KBS 105 are mid-launch shafts. Spin Rate:  Both the KBS Tour 105 and XP 105 and 115 exhibited mid-spin and were within 50 rpm of each other at roughly 5200 rpm. Feel:  While this is a subjective measure, our testers ranked... Read More

Graphite Design Tour AD GP Shaft Review

October 27th, 2015

If you thought the Tour AD DI series of shafts was a little too loosey-goosey for you, the Tour AD GP will give you a LOT of love.  Graphite Design shafts have never been known, at least in our testing, for a firm mid section but the Tour AD GP is the stiffest we have tested in the Tour AD series.  The combination of the lower torque and the use of the 50T materials gives this shaft the most solid feel over the DI and MT that we tested.  Spin rates were low like the DI and launch was very similar but the consistency (1.49 smash) of ball speeds, shot dispersion and stable feel make this a solid addition to the Tour AD lineup.  We tested the GP against the DI, MT, the OBAN Kiyoshi Purple and the Diamana W.

Catch the Wave of the Future in Golf Clubs – Tour Edge Slip Stream Sole

October 19th, 2015

Okay, we have seen titanium faces, cup-face technology, slot technology and now a way to make your fairway woods and hybrids slip through the turf without a major drop in clubhead speed.  Tour Edge introduced their Slip Stream Sole in late 2014 and we jumped on the bandwagon with their hybrids.  The results for our customers has been a 100 percent satisfaction rate!  While Tour Edge will tell you the “wavy” sole creates less turf interaction, I believe the waves actually will help square the club face for straighter shots.  And, the design of these clubs gives a great look and solid, low spin performance for more control.  Better come in and check them out!  “Those new Tour Edge CB hybrids were all you said they would be and more.  I hit some of the best hybrid shots of my life last week during my first round with them.”  Rob V., Lafayette, CO – 11 hcp. Dan Sueltz

Project X HZRDUS Black Shaft Review

October 5th, 2015

We tested the HZRDUS Black prototype shafts last week in our shop and all I can say is WOW!  We knew the HZRDUS Black shafts were designed to be lower spinning and mid-low launch but we were really surprised at how good the shafts felt for guys that were not necessarily fans of shafts with a stiff butt, mid and tip section.  I attribute that to the design with a little higher torque (softer feel).  The only shaft that came close in spin and distance was the Kuro Kage TiNi 70. We tested the HZRDUS Black 65 and 75 against the Kuro Kage TiNi 70, Diamana 50W and ACCRA DyMatchMT 60 2.0, all shafts that have been “gamers”.  The driver head used was the Ping G30 LS TEC 10.5 set at 10.5. Both the HZRDUS 65 and 75 Black were tested in 6.0 flex and both played stiffer than marked on the shaft.  As Don Brown, designer of the HZRDUS shaft for Project X has stated, the Black shafts were designed for stronger players that wanted to really be able to go after the ball and still maintain control.  Well, that is exactly what this shaft will do!  We did not... Read More

Review of New Mizuno MP-25, JPX EZ Forged and JPX-850 Forged Irons

September 14th, 2015

The new Mizuno irons are definitely in keeping with the trend of high tech performance with traditional look and feel.  I tested the new MP-25, new JPX EZ Forged and the JPX-850 Forged irons this weekend on our indoor TrackMan ball flight monitor.  I used a 6 iron and the XP 115 iron shaft at my length, flex and swingweight.  Also used the Callaway Chrome Soft ball.  As a 10 hcp, my results were somewhat consistent so I left in all but the worst shots.  The numbers in parenthesis next the head are the loft degrees on the head as test, i.e. 30 degrees on the MP-25.  First let’s look at the numbers.     .                                   Club Speed   Ball Speed Smash   Launch Ang.   Spin Rate MP-25 (30*)                      75.0               100.2         1.34           19.6                 4830 JPX EZ Forged (28*)       74.5                101.4         1.36           20.9                5059 JPX-850 Forged (28*)     73.2                103.1          1.41           19.3                 5013 A quick observation is that the MP-25 is a slightly lower launch than I actually expected, which is a good thing in my opinion.  This is a good contrast to the higher launching MP-15 and older MP-54.  Also a little surprised that the spin rate... Read More

New Mizuno Irons Blend High Tech with Tradition

September 1st, 2015

Mizuno irons have been the players choice for a very long time.  Known for their superior forging process and high grade steel, the Mizuno blades and new cavity back models are a great iron for mid to low handicap players.  But, about five years ago, Mizuno made a concerted effort to get into the game improvement iron market.  That move has literally put Mizuno in a place that provides an iron for all golfers.  So much so that their irons received 6 Gold Medals in the Golf Digest 2015 Hot List, and Mizuno is now in 4th place in the US iron market overall.  Their new MP-25 iron is an elegant replacement to the MP-54 but with added Boron for strength.  This allows Mizuno to make the faces thinner for more “pop” and higher ball speed without sacrificing feel.  This was initially offered in the JPX-850 Forged this year.  The new MP-5, a muscle-back blade has an awesome nickel finish and a design better players will admire for its elegance.  We can help literally any golfer find the right Mizuno iron with so many great models to choose from.  Come in and try the new MP-25, JPX-EZ or MP-5.  You... Read More