What shafts are being played on Tour? Well, it is a very eclectic set of shafts but I can say that players are winning with what works for them. The brands vary significantly from the PGA Tour to the LPGA, Champions and Web.com. GolfWRX has an entire section of their website dedicated to WITB(What’s In The Bag?). Each week we get a peek into the bag of the winner of the most recent tournament. For example, the winner of the Safeway Open had a wide variety of shafts from Aldila, Aerotech and True Temper. On the PGA Tour, representatives from every major shaft manufacturer working closely with the equipment companies like Callaway, TaylorMade, Titleist, etc. to offer their latest shaft offerings. After having conversations with several of my shaft manufacturer contacts, and reviewing the WITB and media posts, here are my observations: No shaft manufacturer sponsors a tour player. Simply, it is too costly as the majority of the tour players get paid more to play a particular brand of equipment than the shaft. Players play close attention to ball flight monitor results when making their equipment and shaft decisions. With the wide spread use of TrackMan and FlightScope on... Read More
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USA Ryder Cup team, let’s win one for Arnie! Ok, I said it. Having played a couple Ryder Cup amateur team events among my friends, it is challenging, I think, for the professional golfers to get into the “team” mode when all of their lives have been spent competing as individuals. But the combination of the team captaincy of Davis Love III and the emotion of Arnold Palmer’s passing may give the US team a little extra motivation this year. If you watched the Golf Channel meltdown between Brandel Chamblee and David Duval, you should know that winning and losing is not just shouldered by the top ranked players in the tournament, regardless of what Brandel thinks. There are always players in every sport that step up to the challenge and bring home the trophy. This tournament will be no different. Forget the rankings, just go out and play your best. And throw in a little luck like a 135 yard eagle or a 50 foot putt! I am ready for some fun and a USA victory. Let’s win this for Arnie!
The Mizuno JPX 900 line up of irons, wedges, hybrids and woods has arrived! The JPX 900 iron is built on the foundation of the JPX 850 Forged, which was Mizuno’s first integration of Boron, the JPX 900 Forged makes ‘across the board’ enhancements that improve the look, feel and distance, with new levels of ball speeds from a forged iron. Delivering on ball speed and forgiveness, with a more compact playable design, the 900 forged provides the ultimate balanced attack. The other JPX 900 irons in the line-up are the JPX-900 Hot Metal, which is based on the Chromoloy metal. This creates more ball speed and distance. The JPX 900 Tour is the latest in the evolution for better players that like a true forged look and feel. All are now available in our extensive fitting system. The JPX 900 hybrid combines distance generating technologies: 1770 Maraging Face and Shockwave Sole, with a thoughtful head design to better bridge the gap between your highest lofted fairway wood and lowest lofted iron. With the JPX 900 fairway wood, Mizuno Realized that spin is critical to optimizing the performance of a fairway wood, they have integrated their NEW infinite Fast Track Technology to allow players the... Read More
New PXG 0311XF irons offer extreme forgiveness in a great addition to the popular 0311 line!. Of course, the XF stands for Xtreme Forgiveness. While our testing shows that the PXG 0311 irons are absolutely forgiving, some potential customers have said they would like an iron that looks a little larger and has a little more forgiveness. Ask PXG and you shall receive! The TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) insert that is provides the feel and performance in the 0311 line is actually even more prevalent in the XF clubs. This material provides not only the consistent feel on all types of contact, but the design provides much better distance and accuracy than other club designs. The XF is actually a slightly larger club that inspires confidence at address. The consistent design and look of the 0311XF will allow us to build a combo set of irons the way we do with the 0311 and 0311T. For example, we may build a set of 0311XF 5,6 and 7 irons and fill out the 8, 9 and PW with the 0311. Finally, the sole width of the 0311XF is slightly larger allowing for better contact for golfers with a steeper attack angle. Couple... Read More
Steel has been used in making irons for decades and Callaway uses a unique steel-working process that has allowed them to create a history of sophisticated designs pairing performance-enhancing technologies with clean, strong shapes. The NEW Steelhead XR Irons combine the shaping and playability that made the Steelhead X-14 one of the most popular irons of all-time. Callaway uses next-generation 360 Face Cup™ technology that helps with speed and distance in their irons. A bar of steel-infused soft urethane positioned behind the lower portion of the face serves two functions: 1. Absorbs unwanted vibration for great feel. 2. Adds weight, which lowers the head’s Center of Gravity for faster ball speed on low hits and higher launch characteristics. Callaway is also moving back to the bore-through head design which saves weight and allows for easier launch and more forgiveness. We will have the Callaway Steelhead Iron demo’s in by the last week of August and the new Steelhead Irons will be available from Callaway for shipments, September 2, 2016.
Mizuno is getting ready to release the new JPX 900 iron line up, to be available Mid September 2016. The line up consists of three different models, the JPX 900 Hot Metal, JPX 900 Forged and JPX 900 Tour. Mizuno is using a new material in this model, Chomoly 4140M, producing thinnest cup face it has ever produced. The Forged model uses 1025E Boron steel. This model was made with most players in mind, to improve distance, forgiveness and performance. The Tour Model , Mizuno tries to match some of the performance characteristics of the previous JPX models. As with the MP iron line, the JPX-900 Tour irons are made from 1025E Mild Carbon steel that is forged with the company’s Grain Flow process. The tour irons have a thicker look than the traditional muscleback, but are actually smaller than the MP-25’s and are the thinnest ever made in the JPX line up. The Mizuno Golf JPX-900 Tour and Forged irons are available Sept. 16 and will sell for $1,200 for a set of 8 irons, Retail. The JPX-900 Hot Metal irons will be around $1,100 for a set of 8 irons, retail. These prices don’t include the cost of custom shafts.
During the final round at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., Furyk played a 12-under par round at 58, the first player in the history of the PGA Tour to have a round that low. Prior to this achievement he was only one of six other players to shoot a 59 on tour. In this epic round, according to Golf Digest, he birdied six holes and eagles one on the first 9, making his first nine holes a score of just 27! So what does Furyk play with? According to his website, www.jimfuryk.com he plays Callaway Woods and Irons, Ping Hybrids and Titleist wedges. Clubs Driver – Callaway Razr Fit Xtreme (10.5 degree) 3 Wood – Callaway X-Hot 3 Deep Pro (14.5 degree) PW-4 Iron – Callaway Razr X Forged Hybrid – Ping Anser (20 degree) 60 degree Wedge – Titleist TVD 55 degree Wedge – Titleist 256.14 50 degree Wedge – Callaway X-Forged 50.12 Putter – Odyssey Versa 1w (4 degree loft, 69 degree lie) Lengths Wedges and Hybrid – +1/2″ Wood – 43″ Driver – 44.5″ Putter – 35″ Lie Short Irons (PW-8i) – 1 degree upright Mid Irons (7-6i) – 2 degree... Read More
PXG continues to build momentum on tour with the addition of Charl Schwartzel to its staff of PGA Tour players. Schwartzel is a South African player that joined the European Tour at the ripe old age of eighteen. In 2011 he joined the PGA TOUR and won The Masters. Charl currently has 14 TOUR victories. He joins other notable players like James Hahn, Rocco Mediate, Christie Kerr and Open champion, Zach Johnson. Golfweek recently conducted and in-depth review of what is in Zach’s bag for The 2016 Open Championship. Tour presence is one thing but victories by James Hahn and Rocco Mediate put an exclamation point on how well engineered and matched to each player PXG equipment has been. A lot of other players have switched equipment and struggled for a year or more to adapt but PXG seems to have found a great winning formula. PXG offers a complete line of driver, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters. Irons come in two models, the 0311 and the 0311T. These are available in left and right handed models. The company recently introduced a new line of milled putters with the same thermoplastic elastomer insert that is making their irons... Read More
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
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