Ok, you have poured over the Golf Digest 2015 Equipment Hot List, looked at the manufacturer’s websites, checked out the GolfWRX forum, and gone to ask some questions at a big box store. But you still aren’t sure which driver is right for you this year. After testing the new drivers from Callaway. TaylorMade, Ping, Tour Edge Exotics, Titleist and more, we have seen two big changes from last year. Spin rates are down…again. Every driver we tested has lower spin than last year’s model. Lower spin means more distance and maybe a bit more accuracy. It is tough to really give a carte blanche recommendation to any particular drivers as every golfer needs to be fit to get the optimum spin for their swing but I will say the Ping G30 LS Tec, TaylorMade R15, Titleist 915 D3 and Callaway GBB 815 Alpha had the lowest spin in our testing followed closely by TaylorMade Aeroburner, Tour Edge Exotic 8 Beta, Callaway XR, Titleist 915 D2 and Ping G30. Second, lofts are more true to market than last year. So now a 10.5 degree driver in a GBB 815 Alpha will play pretty close to the same loft as the R15 10.5. Of... Read More
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A lot is being made in the last couple of weeks about the fact that PGA Tour winners are using some older style clubs in their bags. In fact, Brandt Snedeker used a 2009 model TaylorMade Burner Superfast 8.5 degree driver to win at Pebble Beach and James Hahn used a 2008 model TaylorMade Burner 3 wood (photo courtesy of GolfWRX). Snedeker had a new Fujikura Speeder 661 shaft in his driver but Hahn used a trusty Graphite Design Pershing 75X shaft in his 3 wood. The moral of this story is if you have a favorite head that you like but the shaft is not working for you anymore, bring it in and we will make it like new again with the proper shaft. And it does not have to be expensive, either. We have four different price points that make re-shafting your clubs very cost effective. Here is the rest of James Hahn’s bag (courtesy of GolfWRX): Driver: TaylorMade SLDR 460 (9.5 Degrees) Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder Tour Spec 6.2X 3 Wood: TaylorMade Burner TP (14.5 Degrees) Shaft: Graphite Design Pershing 75X Hybrid: Titleist 910H (18 degrees) Shaft: UST Mamiya VTS ProForce 100TX (Hybrid) Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred (3-PW) Shafts: True... Read More
Golf Digest and their team spent countless hours testing over 300 clubs to come up with the 111 that made their 2015 Equipment Hot List. The question I have for you is…was it worth it for you and does it influence your buying decisions? Our last poll showed that most of you (53%) don’t really follow what the tour players are playing and do not use that information in their purchasing decisions. Maybe the Equipment Hot List is different? We think the testing is the most thorough of any company in the industry. The other unique thing is that the equipment is evaluated for Innovation – 30%, Performance – 45%, Look/Sound/Feel – 20% and Demand – 5%. Literally any legitimate company in the golf industry can submit clubs for testing so don’t think this is a biased sample. So, if you have not already taken a look at the 2015 Golf Digest Equipment Hot List, go here. If you have, or even if you didn’t bother, answer our poll on this page. Dan Sueltz
Jason Day used the Kuro Kage TiNi to win in a playoff at Torrey Pines on Sunday. Jason is one of 15 of the top 25 PGA Tour players that have Mitsubishi Rayon Shafts in their bags. We tested the Kuro Kage TiNi a little over a year ago when it was in its prototype stage and were impressed with its stability and low spin (See our post here). Mitsubishi Rayon has a wide variety of iron, hybrid and wood shafts to literally fit every style of golfer. We know…we test them and have them all in our shaft research database!
After 44 players, retailers, scientists and editors tested 307 clubs, they came up with the 2015 Golf Digest Equipment Hot List. Some of the results were surprising to us but all of the usual suspects gained some ground in the Hot List Gold categories of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, super game-improvement irons, game-improvement irons, players irons, wedges and putters. In general, if you stick with Callaway, Cobra, Nike, Ping, Mizuno, TaylorMade and Titleist, you will have 79 of the 111 clubs rated Gold. For some like Hopkins and Scratch, it was cool just that they made the list. The sneak peek was in the Golf Digestix online magazine last week. The official list will start being unveiled in the March, 2105 issue. Take a look! http://www.golfdigeststix.com/golfdigeststix/20150121?sub_id=LttGrCMXn9mp#pg1
The PGA Tour starts its Hawaii swing and the new TaylorMade Drivers launch TODAY! White is back and the new look is better than ever. More of a pearl white and the finish looks like it will not dull like the original RocketBallz. And performance? Better than SLDR by at least 10%. And if you do not need adjustability, the new Aeroburner performance will knock your socks off AND save you some $$. Schedule your driver fitting today and check these bad boys out!
While I hope each company does not launch 8 different driver models in one year, it is always exciting when we see the latest models hit the shop. We have the Callaway Big Bertha 815 and 815 Double Diamond, Tour Edge E8 Beta, TaylorMade R15 (Black and White finish), Ping G30 and Titleist 915 in and ready for fitting. What will you see with these new drivers? Low(er) spin, more adjustability, expanded sweet spots. Again, its all about getting more distance which fits right in with our blog series! Next up in 2015 will be the Callaway series that replaces the X2Hot.
Coming from TaylorMade January 9, 2015, the newest product lines: R15 and Aero Burner!. Just had these drivers as well as the fairway woods and hybrids in the shop for quick testing. The black version of the R15 driver you see in the picture will be the only black club offered…all other clubs are only available in the new pearl white finish. I like the R15 adjustability for both fade/draw and that the weights are removable so we can manage swing weight. Lofts are also adjustable +/- 2 degrees. Lofts on the R15 and Aero Burner driver will now play more realistic so you do not have to play a 12 degree driver to get it to launch like your old 10.5! All of the drivers sounded nice and solid and performed well with the stock shafts. The new R15 hybrids have a distinctly Adams look to them, which will appeal to better players. The Aero Burner clubs are all directly bonded so no adjustability, even in the driver.
The Trackman User Conference last week in Celebration, FL featured clinics on how to use Trackman for improving fitting and instruction. I picked up a lot of good tips on both driver and bag fitting and shared some of our research on shaft fitting with attendees. Bottom line on driver fitting is fit for ball speed, launch angle and spin which will optimize both distance AND accuracy. And, if you really want to lower your scores, you need to hit your drives farther! Research from thousands of shots from amateurs around the world prove that hitting even just one club shorter iron/hybrid into greens can drop 2-3 strokes off your game. If you have not had us optimize your distance and accuracy, come in for a Trackman fitting using our BGF Fitting System. Take strokes off your game!
If you are a fan of the Long Drivers of America and their quest for the $250,00 winner take all prize, you will witness some interesting swing mechanics. Connor Powers looks a bit more like Happy Gilmore than a golfer but his moves have put him in the Elite 8 qualifiers that go head-to-head in Las Vegas on November 4th at Paiute Golf Resort. Take a look at his swing and what he does to create his tremendous club speed here… While not every golfer is destined to be on the LDA circuit, you can improve your game with some strength, stability, and conditioning work. If you are ready to take you game up a notch, Dee Tidwell at Colorado Golf Fitness Club can get you on the right track!