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
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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!
If you are wondering what will be the best driver for 2016, check out the following. There will be a few new additions to the drivers offered by the big OEM’s in 2016 but we are already seeing a lot of improvement in both distance and accuracy with some of the offerings introduced in late 2015. So far our best tests have come from TaylorMade M1, Callaway Big Bertha 2016, Titleist 915 D3, Tour Edge X9, and Callaway XR. We will see a new Callaway XR and TaylorMade replacement for the Aeroburner in February, 2016, but we have not had a chance to test those in our shop yet. Basically, with the same shaft, these drivers are so close in terms of distance and accuracy it comes down to what looks good, sounds good and feels good to you. Again, this is assuming you have been fit properly to the correct shaft flex, weight, length, swing weight and loft. There are a couple of drivers that we have on our list to test in the next couple of weeks and will give you a full report, notably the Mizuno JPX 850 and the PXG 0811. These have been getting a... Read More
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
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
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 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