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…
What's New: Tour News
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
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
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…
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
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
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 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.
Well, it looks like Black is Back in the TaylorMade lineup!. Up until May 1st, only the R15 460 driver came in Black. Now the Aeroburner driver comes in a cool looking matte black finish. And, the R15 lineup has been bolstered with a black version of the R15 fairway metals and hybrids. So, now you have a choice of a more traditional look (black) or the white that actually revolutionized the golf industry several years ago!
When I was at the Trackman User Conference in Orlando last fall, I had the opportunity to interact with Matt Killen, J.B. Holme’s coach. J.B. was in China at the time and had awakened Matt at 4:00am to discuss his swing. They spent time interactively going over his Trackman numbers (swing direction, swing plane) to fine tune his swing. J.B. is one of a several PGA Tour players owns his own Trackman. He trusts the numbers that come out of Trackman to hone his swing and equipment. J.B. has one of the most powerful swings on the PGA Tour and has settled on a Fujikura Speeder PRO TS 83 gram shaft specifically made for his swing in his driver and Dynamic Gold X100 shafts in his irons and wedges. Both his equipment choices and swing coaches recommendations are made with the numbers from Trackman. We have been using Trackman since 2006 as an integral part of our BGF Fitting System. The system allows us to quickly optimize our golfers performance by recommending the proper shaft and head combination. The best way to get more distance, improve accuracy and increase your consistency is by trusting the numbers from the best ball flight monitor in... Read More