What's New: From the Lab

Project X Even Flow Golf Shafts Launch Today

September 18th, 2017

Project X Even Flow golf shafts launch today, September 18, 2017!  If you loved the Hand Crafted LZ (loading zone) shafts and went crazy over the HZRDUS shafts, you will love the feel and performance of the new Even Flow shafts.  We just received our initial shipment for testing and will report our results next week. The design of the Project X Even Flow creates a smoother feeling mid section of the golf shaft while enhancing performance.  This was done by the Project X engineers by keeping the same materials for performance, but changing the actual design profile to create a better feel (flatter Elasticity Index) than the Project X HZRDUS. The Project X Even Flow golf shafts come in two models:  The Project X Even Flow Black is a low launch, low spin model while the Project X Even Flow Blue is a mid launch, mid spin design. The Project X Even Flow Black comes in 65, 75 and 85 gram in wood shafts and 85 gram in a hybrid shaft.  The stiffer flexes in each model have lower torque which give the 5.5 flex a softer feel at impact than the 6.5 flex, for example.  The flex designations... Read More

Miura Golf Classic Forged Clubs Being Retired

September 14th, 2017

Miura Golf has been the absolute staple in the Japanese forged iron and wedge market.  We have worked with several other Japanese companies but the classic lines and models of the blades and CB-501 and CB-57 are just awesome.  With the sale of Miura Golf earlier in 2017, it became evident that the new owners were putting a more modern (forgiving design) stamp on most of their product line.  The reason is pretty simple.  The market for these classic lines is shrinking as golfers, both good players and players trying to improve their games seek clubs that are easier to hit and get the ball airborne.  The PP9003 shown at the left was a great move to a more forgiving iron. Unfortunately, the blades, CB-501, CB-57 and PP9003 irons are being retired.  There are several models still available, especially in left handed, at literally 50% off while supplies last.  There are also several models of wedges that are being discontinued as well.  So call us or email [email protected] or [email protected] to see what is still available.   We are confident that the ability to have great forged irons in modern designs made to exacting Miura standards will be a winner... Read More

Mizuno MP-18 Irons Product Overview

September 4th, 2017

Mizuno MP-18 Irons will be hitting the golf courses this fall with a new look and traditional feel.  There are four new models:  MP-18 blade-style, MP-18 SC split cavity, MP-18 MMC multi-material with tungsten, and MP-18 Fli-Hi driving iron.  The beauty of Mizuno has always been the ability to build a combo set of irons from long irons through wedges and this family of products makes that very easy!  These irons are available for demo NOW with shipping expected 9/15/2017.  Sign up for your fitting TODAY! Traditional Feel:  Each iron is constructed from 1025E Pure Select Carbon Steel and put through a 4-step Grain Flow Forging HD Process to create the ultimate solid and consistent feel Mizuno Tour athletes demand in their equipment.  This forging process allows for the traditional soft feel but improved performance (smash-factor) for distance and control. MP-18:  This blade will make you think back to the MP-32 with its elegant design.  Traditional look in a slightly shorter, more compact iron, the MP-18 is a player’s choice, especially in the scoring irons, 7-PW. MP-18 SC:  This split cavity (SC) design offers more forgiveness and a slightly cambered sole for better turf interaction.  Still the same forged material... Read More

Reasons You Should Consider Single Length Irons – 2018

September 4th, 2017

Below is the original post we did in January, 2017 on single length irons.  Now that Bryson has won back-to-back FedEx Cup events, there must be something to this…or, is it just his unique approach?  Kinda like Moe Norman and Natural Golf? Check out Bryson’s WITB from the 2018 Dell Technologies Championship. Check out his bag in 2016… Are single length irons making strides?  Well, yes and no.  What’s the old saying?  Unless you have been living in a cave, you have probably heard of Bryson DeChambeau, the PGA Tour player that has made single length irons famous.  He is now sponsored by Cobra Puma and helped in the design of the ONE clubs being introduced by Cobra this month.  First let’s review the concept.  Basically a “traditional” set of irons varies in length by 1/2″ from longest (3 or 4 iron) to shortest (PW).  This means several things for the golfer.  First, with the long iron, you are standing a little farther away from the ball.  This also makes the angle of your swing plane flatter than with your wedges.  So, consequently you will stand up straighter with the longer irons, and bend over more with the shorter irons... Read More

Ping G400 Driver Review

August 9th, 2017

The new Ping G400 driver is just another extension of the great performance of the G30 and G lineup.  Taking a page from the G LS TEC, the head size of the new G400 is 440 cc, slightly smaller but offering more forgiveness due to the design and setting the CG more towards the back of the club.  This will also add a little higher launch so make sure you take that into account in your fitting.  Spin rates are theoretically 3-400 rpms less with the G400 than the G and we have seen that in our testing as well.  Ball speeds are slightly higher due to a thinner, more responsive titanium face.  We will report more on our testing with different swing speeds and attack angles.  There are three models of the G400, the G400, G400 SFT  and the G400 LST (low spin technology). For some perspective, GolfWRX did a test on the G400 and their main tester was pretty enthusiastic about the results he achieved.  Now Zach generates some pretty high club speed and great swing dynamics, so we will see how it works with our golfers.  See the GolfWRX article here. Again, the G400 is following the... Read More

Our Shaft Profiling System Saves You Strokes

August 3rd, 2017

Our shaft profiling system saves you strokes. How?  By making sure that we have fit you to shafts that optimize your performance.  We spend a lot of time analyzing shafts and their impact on the distance, accuracy and consistency of our golfers shots.  After all, the shaft is the only moving part of the golf club and is the transmission that delivers energy of your swing to the golf ball. When we profile a shaft, we take 24 measurements of the shaft that we have determined are important:  Length, actual flex (cycle per minute), bend profile at eight locations along the shaft length, weight, balance point and torque.  From these numbers we then calculate a spine index (how different the shaft is from high to low bend point), a quality index (how well all of the shafts in the same flex match each other), and a feel index (will this shaft feel firm like and extension of your arm or hinged and feel like a two piece shaft).  While some of these calculations are subjective, the bottom line is that the give us a great deal of valuable data to build quality clubs for our customers.  Let’s look at what... Read More

Hit Your Fairway Woods More Consistently

June 12th, 2017

Here are a few pointers on how to hit your fairway woods more consistently.  We are going to be talking about getting the right shaft, loft and model, not your swing technique.  OK, maybe a little on swing technique. From a fitting perspective, most fairway woods that we test that are purchased off-the-rack have very inconsistent lengths, shaft weights and shaft flexes from one manufacturer to the next. Length:  Fairway woods for male golfers range in length from 42.75″ to 43.5″ for a 3 wood.  Each club gets progressively shorter by .5″ to 1″ as you go up in loft.  If you are playing a 43″ 3 wood, a 5 wood should be no longer than 42.5″.   Getting the right length can help you hit the ball more consistently in the middle of the face, not on the heel (too long) or toe (too short).   Shaft Weight:  We see most stock shafts from manufacturers use the same weight of shaft in fairway woods as their driver models.  Your fairway wood shafts should be slightly (5 to 15 grams) heavier than your driver shaft.   So if you are playing a 65 gram driver shaft (noted by a numeral... Read More

What Are The Best Irons for 2017?

June 1st, 2017

What are the best irons for 2017?  Over 70% of our readers are looking for new irons this year so let’s see!  While the Golf Digest Hot list has a ton of gold medal winners, we have seen definite trends with our customers for accuracy, consistency and distance.  Even GolfWRX has checked in with their readers choice of most popular game improvement irons.  First of all, we do not have any brand preferences dictated to us by our “deals” with our suppliers so we do not care what our golfers pick…we only want the best performance and appeal.  So here is what WE are seeing. Players Irons:  These are the top iron choices for golfers that desire more of a thin top line and smaller head design.  Our top sellers this year are the Miura CB 57, Mizuno JPX-900 Tour, PXG 0311T, and Callaway APEX 16 Pro.  We just received the TaylorMade 770 and 750 Tour Prototype and they are testing out really well.  Every golfer has a different idea about look, feel and yes, sound of their iron shots so we literally will test first based on visual appeal.  Then we look and shot dispersion, launch, spin and distance... Read More

True Temper Dynamic Gold TI 120 Shaft Review

May 17th, 2017

True Temper Dynamic Gold TI 120 shaft is a great new addition to the Dynamic Gold line.  The trusty Dynamic Gold shafts have been on the market FOREVER and still dominate the OEM market and PGA Tour.  But, weighing in at 130+ grams, these shafts were in need of a facelift with all of the competition from lighter weight competitors.  And, let’s face it, golfers that LOVED the Dynamic Gold S300 and X100 that are getting a little older, could use a lighter weight shaft that gives them better feel, increased clubhead speed and yet has the same “window” of ball flight that these players like. In our testing, the Dynamic Gold TI 120 is exactly what is touted by True Temper…similar launch characteristics, slightly lower spin and a similar feel to the original DG TI.  We need to do a little more testing to validate the findings but we are seeing a little more increase in clubhead speed from the Dynamic Gold TI 120 due to its slightly lighter weight.  Again, every golfer is different and some golfers may pick up clubhead speed but lose accuracy with a lighter shafts. From a pure technical specification perspective, the DG TI... Read More

KBS Tour Prototype Graphite Hybrid Shaft Review

May 5th, 2017

KBS Tour Prototype graphite hybrid shafts are the first graphite shafts offered by KBS.  The shafts are designed to follow the same profile as the KBS Tour shaft so there is an easy transition from the steel iron shafts to a lighter weight graphite hybrid shaft. Overall, our testers rated the Tour Prototype 4.8 out of 5 based on the following: Appearance:  Matte black finish with red KBS label.  Nice look. Flexes and Weights Available: 65g (R,S,X) 75g (R,S,X) 85g (R,R+,S,S+,X) 95g (S,S+,X) Raw Length 42″ Tip Diameter .370″ MSRP:  $175.00 USD Availability:  KBS, qualified fitters, and select retail golf stores. Weight Consistency:  4.9 out of 5.0 Butt Stiffness (CPM):  Consistent increase in CPM from R through X.   As weights increase the flexes will play stiffer.  As an example, the S flex in the 95 will play two flexes stiffer than the S flex in the 65 and a flex stiffer than the 85 and 75.  Still will be able to build to very stiff flexes for stronger players in the 85 and 95 gr weights. Tip Stiffness:  Medium – Soft Mid Stiffness:  Medium – Firm Balance Point:  Will yield an average swing weight. Torque:  Good transition of higher torque... Read More