What's New: Tour News

True Temper Has More Iron Shaft Options for Stronger Players

November 25th, 2015

True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts have literally set the standard for iron shafts on the PGA Tour.  The Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shaft is the most played but is getting quickly followed by the Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue.  The AMT (Ascending Mass Technology) means that the longer irons weigh less (3 grams between each iron) and the shorter irons get heavier.  All this is accomplished while still keeping the swing weight constant through out the set.  This allows stronger players that like a little lighter feel in their longer irons to still maintain the traditional Dynamic Gold trajectory. Introduced a few years ago and still in the line-up is the Dynamic Gold Pro, or DG Pro shaft.  Darren Clarke played this shaft when winning The Open in 2011 and loved the progressive flex profile, step pattern, weight profile and internal material distribution which delivered optimum trajectory, accuracy and feel. Finally, as Tour players get stronger, True Temper is re-introducing the Dynamic Gold X7, its stiffest and heaviest version.  The X7 will be available in January, 2015. If you are a stronger player and want to explore some new options, make an appointment for an iron fitting and we will... Read More

Why are There So Many New Golf Clubs This Fall?

October 19th, 2015

The golf industry has gone through a lot of changes in the last four or five years.  First, the pundits are saying the golf industry is not growing, and in certain respects they are correct.  So the manufacturer’s of golf equipment are in a game of stealing market share from each other.  This means more strategic introductions of new equipment at the right time of the year.  What used to happen is manufacturers would introduce new clubs in the fall but not have them hit the street until February of the following year.  This caused them to miss two important milestones.  First, they missed fall and winter sales in the southern US markets.  Second, they did not have their equipment tested during the compilation of the Golf Digest Equipment Hot List, which is published in January/February.  Say what you want about the Hot List but it definitely creates a following among golfers.  So we have seen a lot of new clubs and shafts being introduced in the fall. My only issue with all of the new product introductions is that the consumer gets a little annoyed when they purchase a new set of irons or a driver in April, and... Read More

Conceded Putts in Match Play – Your Opinion?

September 22nd, 2015

With the controversy over the putt that was not conceded by European Solheim Cup team members Suzann Pettersen and Charley Hull, the rules of golf regarding the ability to concede putts in match play may be under review.  I know we all do a little “gimme” action, even in stroke play, but there have been a couple of instances in match play in the past couple of years where a putt that may have been conceded, was not, and it changed the tenor of the match.  Who knows if the U.S. team used this as a motivating factor in storming back and winning the Solheim Cup but it definitely didn’t hurt!  Vote in our poll and let us know what you think.  Should you have to putt out even in match play, or should you be allowed to concede a putt?  See Suzann’s apology here…

Graphite Design Introduces Tour AD M9003 for Higher Swing Speed Players

August 3rd, 2015

Graphite Design introduces its latest design to its Tour AD lineup of shafts.  The Tour AD M9003 is designed for players with swing speeds over 105 mph and fast transitions.  This will be a low t0 mid launch shaft in 68gr and 78 gr weights.  For players with tour level swing speeds (105 – 120mph),  aggressive swings and late loading characteristics, this should be a great shaft.   This is a design engineered in the Japanese facility of Graphite Design with extremely high quality materials.  Check out more on the Pro’s Choice web site.  Looking forward to testing this in our facility! Dan Sueltz    

Congratulations Zach Johnson – 2015 Open Champion

July 20th, 2015

Pretty awesome Championship, I must say.  With a leaderboard as close as it was over the last two days, it really was case of whoever blinked first was out.  Zach did a super job and made some very clutch shots when he needed them.  What I think is interesting when looking at his bag, is that he has equipment that has performed well for him since 2013 and has not really changed out for much new.  He is playing Titleist 913 driver and fairway woods and Vokey SM4 wedges, both at least two years old.  He has stuck with Mitsubishi Rayon shafts in his woods and True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts in his irons and wedges.  Why?  The consistency and feel are paramount for tour players, especially when under pressure.  That is why we do not always recommend new clubs, but reshafting your existing equipment to optimize performance.  Consistency of shaft length, weight, flex, swing weight, loft and lie can improve your performance dramatically.  So if your clubs are only a couple years old, you like the look of them, but consistency, accuracy and distance are not what you expect, maybe it is time to get a complete club fitting... Read More

Tiger Spotted Testing a MATRIX Shaft at The Open

July 15th, 2015

Well, Tiger definitely needs to find more fairways so maybe this will be the right shaft.  I like that he has gone back to at least a 75+ gram shaft and cut the length down to 44.5″.  I would put him in a D4 swing weight to help him with the feel of the club but that’s just me.  Read the GolfWRX post here…

The Old Course at St. Andrews – Who Will Win The Open?

July 11th, 2015

If you have not been to Scotland to play the Old Course at St. Andrews, it is a bucket list must.  And if you have been there and played the course, The Open this week will bring back a lot of memories.  My best friend and I played there the year of our 50th birthdays and the weather was absolutely stunning.  When we hit our first shots it was pretty humbling to be playing a course with so many Open “moments”.  Luckily we played the New Course the day before so I finally was used to the links-style course and making sure I didn’t fire at the pin (the pin was pretty safe all day, I might add).  I will never forget The Road Hole and certainly crossing the Swilcan Bridge on 18.  My guess is Jordan Speith is on a magical journey right now and this could be his year.  DJ just needs to seal the deal if he is close.  And, I think Justin Rose is playing well enough to win it.  What are your thoughts? Dan Sueltz

Jordan Speith’s WITB Begs Questions on Wedges, Irons and Shafts

June 26th, 2015

I received an interesting question from Mike Stachura, Senior Equipment Editor at Golf Digest this week.  Jordan Speith played the same shafts in his wedges as his irons, Project X 6.0.  Also, Jordan played a Vokey SM5 46 degree wedge instead of the the stock Titleist AP2 wedge.  Mike was wondering if this is normal or just for better players.  Photo courtesy of GolfWRX. Here is my response: Yes, Jordan has an interesting iron/wedge setup but here is why (I think).  Jordan most likely likes the design and spin characteristics of the Vokey PW versus the standard AP2 iron set PW.  Most good players do.  For the mid to high handicapper we recommend staying with the iron set makeup through the AW or GW.  Then we put them in a traditional sand and lob wedge (Vokey, Mac Daddy, Mizuno MP-T5, etc.) so we can control bounce, not necessarily grind or anything else.  For low handicappers we start after the iron set PW with a traditional wedge set so we can control bounce, loft and grind.  Better players know how to use their wedges and know what works for them.  We merely help them dial in shaft weights, lengths, flexes and swing... Read More

Delich rallies to win 3rd CGA Senior Match Play Championship

June 16th, 2015

As a former hockey standout, Dave Delich knows hat tricks.  Well, after winning the 2007, and 2011 CGA Senior Match Play, Dave came from behind to win his third title at the Club at Ravenna 2 and 1.  Dave recently did an overhaul of his bag and we knew he would dial everything in just fine.  He switched to SteelFiber i110 shafts in his TaylorMade tour issue irons and Rifle shafts in his Titleist wedges.  Congratulations, Dave!  This win actually puts Dave in position as 1st alternate to make it to the Senior U.S. Open this year!

Callaway Big Bertha Mini 1.5 Driver

May 20th, 2015

 Callaway has added a new “mini” driver into this years full line up of driving woods.   This club is too large to be considered a fairway wood, but it is about half the size of a regular driver and shorter length as well.  It is a 235cc head with a standard length of 44 inches.  The larger size makes this club more forgiving than the fairway wood, but the shorter shaft allows for more control off the tee.  Aside from it’s size and length, the mini is also adjustable.  Using the Callaway OptiFit hosel, this club has a 3 degree range of adjustability.  This club only comes in lofts of 12 and 14 and will be available May 29.