TaylorMade drivers were used by the winners last weekend in the Champions, LPGA and PGA Tour. But what is interesting is that each player used a different model and loft, and of course, shaft. The Champions Tour winner used an M1 10.5 degree driver while the LPGA winner used an M2 9.5 degree driver. What? Well, TrackMan statistics show that the average angle of attack on the PGA Tour is -1.3 (hitting down on the ball) while the average angle of attack on the LPGA Tour is +3.0 (hitting up on the ball). This means that the 9.5 degree driver will launch higher than the 10.5 degree because the positive angle of attack creates more dynamic loft. This also will create less spin and give the golfer more roll after landing. The winner of the PGA Tour also played an M2 9.5 degree driver. In our tests, both the M1 and M2 give excellent smash factor and spin results with the M2 being slightly more forgiving on off-center hits. What we mean by forgiving is not only directional miss (less off line) but distance (less loss of distance due to lower smash factor and higher spin). When we do our... Read More
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Sergio Garcia wins the Byron Nelson Classic with his own take on what “feels” right. Sergio is well known for needing a certain type of feel in his golf clubs, especially his grip. But, Sergio has been playing clubs that are a little heavier and shorter for quite some time. A year ago, he was playing 100 gram shafts in his driver and woods, with a driver length of 43″. Now, he is playing 80+ gram shafts in his woods with counter balancing in the grips to provide the additional weighted feel. Sergio used to put lead tape under his grips to add the weight but is now using a counter balance device called TourLock. We have been using Balance Certified for putter counter balancing for years so this is not a new concept. It is, however, a very personal touch when it comes to woods and irons. Not every golfer can feel the added weight but it definitely changes swing weight. Every 5 grams in the butt section reduces one swing weight point. A similar effect can happen with re-gripping your clubs with heavier grips. Sergio is definitely a player that likes the shorter length in his clubs, especially... Read More
Jason Day WINS the Players Championship, maintaining his World #1 Position in golf! So what is in his bag? Driver – TaylorMade M1 460 with a MRC Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 70 X FWY – TaylorMade M2 HL with a MRC Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 80 X Irons – TaylorMade Rsi 2 iron and Rsi TP 4-PW with True Temper DG X7 His “go to” club for tight fairways was the Rsi 2 iron, which he pounded down the fairway on 18. Everyone should have club in their bag that they can absolutely count on at crunch time and for Jason, the 2 iron was it! For me, it’s my 4 hybrid. What’s yours? Respond to the poll on the right side of this page —>. TaylorMade uses slot technology to provide increased distance and speed pockets for more consistency in their irons. The M1 has a multi-material construction – featuring an ultra-thin, ultra-light and high-strength carbon composite crown – that unlocks breakthroughs in distance, playability, and feel for all golfers. The M2 allows for exceptional distance and playability. The Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage TiNi shafts in his driver and fairway wood are designed with the strength and stability needed by... Read More
James Hahn’s win Sunday was a testament to what we all should learn as golfers…NEVER GIVE UP! Well, it is not like he struggled for 8 years before a win, but missing 8 cuts in a row before the win at the Wells Fargo Championship is a testament to perseverance and commitment. Even after a devastating three putt on the 18th hole, Hahn was able to pull it together for the playoff. This is especially rewarding as James Hahn changed a lot of clubs in his bag when he was signed by Parsons Extreme Golf (PXG). He kept his trusty Vokey SW and LW but everything else in his bag was PXG, including a new Milled gap wedge. As we know, golf is truly a game of confidence so getting confidence over every club in your bag is critical to success. The mix of shafts and heads in his WITB also shows that there are some changes players are making to be more consistent in their shot making. The Project X LZ Steel 125 shafts in his irons have a firm mid section and penetrating ball flight for stronger players. The Project X LZ steel shafts are not available to... Read More
In an unlikely twist of Fate, Danny Willet Wins the 2016 Master’s Tournament! So what is in this champion’s bag? Driver – Callaway XR 16 w/ MRC Diamana W 60 X shaft 3 Wood – Callaway XR 16 w/MRC Diamana W 70 X shaft 5 Wood – Callaway XR 16 w/MRC Diamana W 80 X shaft Irons – Callaway Apex Pro w/ True Temper DG X100 Superlites Schedule a Fitting Today to test our the clubs used on tour!
Sir Nick Faldo returns to Mizuno as brand ambassador. The 3-time Masters champion has been a Mizuno player for quite some time, playing the MP-5. He is shown at left in the Mizuno tour van at the Master’s working to get his set dialed in. The Golf Digest article goes on to say that Sir Nick actually used to build his own clubs, including frequency matching the shafts. There is an interesting point in the article that he did not realize how bad the shafts were in his irons until he took 3 sets to Spain and they played completely differently. He then started working on his own clubs and making sure the shafts matched his swing. We have been frequency matching clubs since we started the company in 1997. While it is true that shafts have gotten better, especially graphite, we still believe it is absolutely critical to spine the shafts, align the spine to the swing direction, frequency match. swing weight and make sure the completed club matches perfectly to the player. Sir Nick’s set for The Masters will be quite different than what he played the last time he won. He is putting the new Mizuno H5... Read More
The very first season with PXG in play and Ryan Moore Places Third at the Valspar Championship with his PXG set which includes Driver, Fairway Woods, Hybrids, Irons and a putter. Charles Howell also put his PXG driver into play and tied for fifth in the tournament. Only two months had passed since PXG was named on the USGA’s conforming driver’s list and it already landed on tour! We tested the PXG line up as soon as they came out and the buzz surrounding the new line is unprecedented! Congratulations to Parsons Xtreme Golf!!!
Graphite Design Tour AD shafts just keep on winning on all of the major tours. The term AD means Accuracy and Distance and that seems to be what is the key difference maker for all players. While the recent introductions of the MT, MJ, GT, M9003 and the new GP have leveraged new technology in composites, it seems like the Tour AD DI and DJ are still winning the most. The DI (Deep Impact) is a mid to mid-high launching shaft that is very popular with our stronger golfers in both the 60 and 70 gram weights. The DJ is a mid-high to high launching shaft for golfers that like a little more height for more distance but still has a very stable feel. Both of the shafts are what I refer to as a two-piece shaft that gives you a little “kick” at the bottom of your swing. Because of the wide variety of flexes and weights in all of the Tour AD shafts, it is easy for us to fit every golfer regardless of strength or playing level. In our fittings we are getting our golfers the most consistency, accuracy and distance for their swings, right up the... Read More
PGA Merchandise Show Demo Day 2016 had some of the best products and certainly the best weather in the last few years. We got to meet up with a lot of good friends like Chad Embry of Fujikura Golf Shafts and Joel Iacovelli from Golf Etc. Cary, North Carolina. The PGA Merchandise Show Demo Day is at the Orange County National range which is a 360 degree range with a 350 yard diameter. Needless to say, it took us over 4 hours to go completely around the Demo Day, stopping at everything from the chipping area, putting area, range and everything else in between. The biggest areas were probably TaylorMade and Titleist. The most raucous place is always Cobra/Puma with the Red Bull truck and music! Bubba Watson gave a cool presentation at the PING area. He hit literally every shot the audience asked on demand. So what was the hot new product? Pretty hard to put a finger on them as there were new shafts from OBAN, new irons from XXIO, drivers from PING, Callaway and TaylorMade. Liked the look of the new SM6 Vokey wedges as well. Of course we will have all of the new stuff in... Read More
PGA Tour Players are notoriously fickle when it comes to endorsing and playing new equipment. But, Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG), a company that was born last April by GoDaddy.com Founder Bob Parsons, has announced that the PXG PGA Tour Staff will now include Zach Johnson, Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk, Charles Howell III and James Hahn. Several LPGA Tour players have also signed with PXG as well, including Christie Kerr, Gerina Piller, and Alison Lee. Parsons has created a company that has been noticed by some of the best players in the world. Parsons started the company with a “no limitations, no deadlines and money is no object” attitude which allowed him and his team of engineers to create golf clubs that are unmatched in the industry. We have seen a lot of interest in the PXG brand and we now have them in our demo system! Call us today to schedule an appointment to try these beauties out!