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
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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
Ok, you have poured over the Golf Digest 2015 Equipment Hot List, looked at the manufacturer’s websites, checked out the GolfWRX forum, and gone to ask some questions at a big box store. But you still aren’t sure which driver is right for you this year. After testing the new drivers from Callaway. TaylorMade, Ping, Tour Edge Exotics, Titleist and more, we have seen two big changes from last year. Spin rates are down…again. Every driver we tested has lower spin than last year’s model. Lower spin means more distance and maybe a bit more accuracy. It is tough to really give a carte blanche recommendation to any particular drivers as every golfer needs to be fit to get the optimum spin for their swing but I will say the Ping G30 LS Tec, TaylorMade R15, Titleist 915 D3 and Callaway GBB 815 Alpha had the lowest spin in our testing followed closely by TaylorMade Aeroburner, Tour Edge Exotic 8 Beta, Callaway XR, Titleist 915 D2 and Ping G30. Second, lofts are more true to market than last year. So now a 10.5 degree driver in a GBB 815 Alpha will play pretty close to the same loft as the R15 10.5. Of... Read More
A lot is being made in the last couple of weeks about the fact that PGA Tour winners are using some older style clubs in their bags. In fact, Brandt Snedeker used a 2009 model TaylorMade Burner Superfast 8.5 degree driver to win at Pebble Beach and James Hahn used a 2008 model TaylorMade Burner 3 wood (photo courtesy of GolfWRX). Snedeker had a new Fujikura Speeder 661 shaft in his driver but Hahn used a trusty Graphite Design Pershing 75X shaft in his 3 wood. The moral of this story is if you have a favorite head that you like but the shaft is not working for you anymore, bring it in and we will make it like new again with the proper shaft. And it does not have to be expensive, either. We have four different price points that make re-shafting your clubs very cost effective. Here is the rest of James Hahn’s bag (courtesy of GolfWRX): Driver: TaylorMade SLDR 460 (9.5 Degrees) Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder Tour Spec 6.2X 3 Wood: TaylorMade Burner TP (14.5 Degrees) Shaft: Graphite Design Pershing 75X Hybrid: Titleist 910H (18 degrees) Shaft: UST Mamiya VTS ProForce 100TX (Hybrid) Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred (3-PW) Shafts: True... Read More
Golf Digest and their team spent countless hours testing over 300 clubs to come up with the 111 that made their 2015 Equipment Hot List. The question I have for you is…was it worth it for you and does it influence your buying decisions? Our last poll showed that most of you (53%) don’t really follow what the tour players are playing and do not use that information in their purchasing decisions. Maybe the Equipment Hot List is different? We think the testing is the most thorough of any company in the industry. The other unique thing is that the equipment is evaluated for Innovation – 30%, Performance – 45%, Look/Sound/Feel – 20% and Demand – 5%. Literally any legitimate company in the golf industry can submit clubs for testing so don’t think this is a biased sample. So, if you have not already taken a look at the 2015 Golf Digest Equipment Hot List, go here. If you have, or even if you didn’t bother, answer our poll on this page. Dan Sueltz
Jason Day used the Kuro Kage TiNi to win in a playoff at Torrey Pines on Sunday. Jason is one of 15 of the top 25 PGA Tour players that have Mitsubishi Rayon Shafts in their bags. We tested the Kuro Kage TiNi a little over a year ago when it was in its prototype stage and were impressed with its stability and low spin (See our post here). Mitsubishi Rayon has a wide variety of iron, hybrid and wood shafts to literally fit every style of golfer. We know…we test them and have them all in our shaft research database!
After 44 players, retailers, scientists and editors tested 307 clubs, they came up with the 2015 Golf Digest Equipment Hot List. Some of the results were surprising to us but all of the usual suspects gained some ground in the Hot List Gold categories of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, super game-improvement irons, game-improvement irons, players irons, wedges and putters. In general, if you stick with Callaway, Cobra, Nike, Ping, Mizuno, TaylorMade and Titleist, you will have 79 of the 111 clubs rated Gold. For some like Hopkins and Scratch, it was cool just that they made the list. The sneak peek was in the Golf Digestix online magazine last week. The official list will start being unveiled in the March, 2105 issue. Take a look! http://www.golfdigeststix.com/golfdigeststix/20150121?sub_id=LttGrCMXn9mp#pg1