The annual PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando was interesting, informative, and COLD! Record low temps on Tuesday and Wednesday made Demo Day tough but we made it through! Even though they said there were 43,000 attending the show, I think this was a bit smaller than years past, primarily because TaylorMade was not exhibiting. So here is our takeaway on what was new: Black Finish is Still Strong Irons (Ping i710) and shafts (Aerotech SteelFiber i95, LZ Steel Black) in black continue to be popular. The new powder coat finishes on the shafts make them a lot more durable than in the past! Eco-Friendly Shafts from ACCRA With all of the difficulty in cleaning up manufacturing processes, ACCRA and True-Sport have made a series of shafts that do not us Nickel or Chromium. The new Eco Steel shafts will be shipping to us for testing this week. Profile should be similar to Rifle in the lighter weights and Project X in the heavier weights. Emphasis on Putting And why not? Putting accounts for as many as 40% of your strokes! TrackMan is releasing its new Putting Analysis software in March. Stay tuned as we will be an early evaluation partner. ... Read More
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Tiger Woods ties Sam Snead’s record with win No. 82 at Zozo Championship in Japan! How many times has the World of Golf doubted a comeback by Tiger Woods? And how many times has he proven us wrong? Looking confident, relaxed and sound, Woods led with 28 birdies and to top Hideki Matsuyama by three shots for his 82nd PGA Tour title, tying him with Sam Snead for most in history. Snead was 52 when he last won in 1965. Woods hasn’t had enough yet. His agent, Mark Steinberg, told him on the 18th green, “You never cease to amaze me.” Gary Woodland said, who played the final 36 holes with Woods, “He looked like the best player in the world.” In an effort to get No. 83, Woods’ next start on the Tour likely will be in the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, where he’s won eight times, including the 2008 U.S. Open. The PGA Tour Wins Record will very likely be broken soon. Maybe it’s time we stop doubting “the best player in the world” and start applauding him for all of his accomplishments!
Mizuno’s MP line, used to win major tournaments by players like Tiger Woods, is still going strong. The company has been busy producing the new MP-20 lineup that can pretty easily be deemed the most complete and impressive MP family to date. Comprised of three models including Blade, MMC, and HMB, the new MPs offer something for just about everyone including low-, mid- and even some higher handicap players looking for a players distance model. Here’s the breakdown on each iron – maybe one or a mixture of all three will fit your game. MP-20 Blade The three new irons in the MP family are designed to maximize a specific type of performance and blend together seamlessly, and the Blade exemplifies the control aspect of the group by providing the ultimate in feel and shot shaping ability all the way through the set. MP-20 MMC The MMC is the middle child in the MP-20 family and features a “player’s cavity” design complete with titanium plate, tungsten weight and a similar copper underlay to the MP-20 Blade. Aimed at better players who want improved long iron performance and more workable short irons, the newest MMC features a thinner topline than the... Read More
Wow! That was some display of skill and courage on Sunday with the typical Irish elements pounding the course and the players. I am sure visions of past meltdowns were nagging but he stayed pretty calm even after 3 bogeys in a row on the front nine. Interestingly he won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009 on the same course! He also won the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Lowry had become the crowd favorite since Northern Ireland’s stars fell out of contention, and he rode their support to clear with that course-record 63 Saturday before a battling 72 Sunday to end 15 under. This was his first Major win. So what’s in this years Open Champion’s Bag? He uses Srixon, TaylorMade, Cleveland, and an Odyssey putter. True to form, he played driving irons in his 2 and 3 irons and a mixed bag of Z585 and Z785 irons. If you have not checked out the Srixon line, schedule a fitting and try them out! Here is a closer look from GolfWRX: DRIVER: Srixon Z 585 (9.5 degrees), with Mitsubishi Diamana White 70X shaft FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees), with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6 X shaft IRONS: Srixon... Read More
Talk about bucket list! Our experience at The Masters in 2019 could not have been better. We went for three days: Wednesday Practice Round and the Thursday and Friday Tournament Rounds. I really wanted to go to a practice round as those are the only days you can take a camera. Could not have been a better day for pictures and to catch a few players on the course, including the eventual winner, Tiger Woods. The first two tournament rounds were awesome as well as the quality of play was fantastic. Here are my observations of my very first Masters Tournament: The Grounds and Course are Impeccable I know you may have heard it before, but the course and grounds are taken care of by the best in the world. The course had taken an inch and half of rain on Tuesday so the underground pumps were on clearing any water and there were a few soggy spots but not a weed, nor piece of trash nor blemish on any of the course or grounds. Friendly and Efficient Service The staff at The Masters are trained to handle large crowds like you would not believe. Friendly but moving you... Read More
Wow! Jennifer Kupcho, a Colorado golfer, put on quite a show at Augusta to win the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur by four strokes. As the number one ranked amateur going into the tournament, Jennifer shook off a shaky first 12 holes and put on a charge on the back nine. When was the last time we saw THAT at The Master’s? Congratulations, Jennifer! We will be following you when you turn pro later this year.
The Golf Digest 2019 Equipment Hot List has officially been released. Starting testing in the fall of 2018, this list is well awaited as the kind of kick off to the 2019 golf season. The testing is done over a week with a variety of golfers with different handicaps. Of the 229 submissions (not every company does or desires to submit products), 129 were selected to the Hot List. Gold was awarded to 74% of the entries, Silver – 26%. Again, the criteria for voting is Performance (45%), Innovation (30%), Look-Sound-Feel (20%) and Demand (5%). Learn More Here. Ready for Hot New Gear? Book Your Fitting Here! The list is long so keep scrolling! There are a couple nice surprises in each category but here goes: Drivers: (Hot List Link) Gold: Callaway Epic Flash/Epic Flash Sub-Zero, Cobra King F9 Speedback, Mizuno ST190G/ST190, PXG 0811X Gen2/0811XF Gen2, Ping G410Plus/G410 SFT, Srixon Z 785/Z 585, TaylorMade M5/M5 Tour, TaylorMade M6/M6 D-Type, Titleist TS2/TS3. Top Performers are Callaway Epic Flash, Cobra King F9, Mizuno ST190, PXG 0811X Gen2, TaylorMade M5 and M6, and Titleist TS2/TS3. Silver: Bridgestone Tour B JGR, Tour Edge EXS, and Wilson Staff D7 We see great numbers from the... Read More
TPT Golf Driver Shaft Review – Update Bryson DeChambeau wins in Dubai by 7 strokes with TPT 14 Prototype and hot new Cobra F9 driver! See his WITB here… These shafts are AMAZING! Our customers are raving about the results: “Just wanted to take a minute to say thank you for all you and D’lance Golf have done for me this offseason. The TPT shaft you build for me is everything promised and more! I am longer, faster, straighter, and more confident with my driver than ever before. Worth every penny spent!” Brandon W. “This shaft is the real deal. I am straighter than ever and have picked up at least 20 yards.” Jim H., hits his driver 250+ 16 MKP/MT/SW “What a beast! My buddies can’t believe the difference.” Sean P. 8 hcp, hits his driver 270+ “Having this TPT shaft in my bag brings a whole new level of confidence off the tee.” Aaron B. See what we think about how good these shafts are… Book your driver fitting here TPT Golf, a division of NTPT Technology, is seriously bringing new technology to the golf shaft industry. Introduced on the PGA Tour in 2016, this series of shafts... Read More
Every year brings something new, something old and something bold to the PGA Merchandise Show. While we focus mostly on clubs, shafts, and grips, there are a couple of new things that I will mention that are pretty cool. So here goes: Notable Companies: Mizuno – For the first time that I can remember in 23 years, Mizuno had a presence at the Demo Day AND is on the Show floor. Big news from them is the new ST 190 driver, fairway and hybrid line followed by the new JPX 919 Hotmetal Pro iron. And, whoa, Mizuno introduces a new golf ball in the US Market! Tour Edge – Leveraging on the success of their Hot Launch HL3 line of clubs,club the company introduced the EXS line of drivers, fairway metals and hybrids. And the new CBX 119 fairway woods and hybrids with a heel weight port will allow us clubfitters/clubbuilders more fitting options. Srixon – The combination of their three brands, Srixon, Cleveland and XXIO is making Srixon a big player in the golf world. In addition, their Z-Star line of golf balls is gaining a lot of traction. Shafts: With the emphasis on putter fitting this year, KBS... Read More
New Aerotech SteelFiber FC Shafts Aerotech SteelFiber FC shafts are the latest in composite shaft innovation by Aerotech. FC stands for “Flight Control” meaning players will experience higher ball flight in their longer irons and mid to low-mid flight in the shorter irons versus the original SteelFiber irons. The original models in the 95 and 110 gram weights have been solid performers on the PGA and Champions Tour. More recently, the lighter weight i70 and i80 models have been making big strides on the LPGA tour. These new shafts will give players the feel of a graphite shaft but the heavier weight and higher launch they desire in their games. Sign up for a fitting now to see which Aerotech shaft best fits your swing. Models Available The first two models available are the SteelFiber fc 90 and the SteelFiber fc 115. Both models are available in the parallel tip version (.370″) and the CW (constant weight) taper tip (.355″) model. The new fc 70 and fc 80 are now available in parallel tip (.370″). Comparison to original SteelFiber Models In our static testing, the new FC 90 and FC 115 test out with slightly softer tips and slightly stiffer... Read More