What's New: From the Lab

Best Fairway Woods 2020

April 30th, 2020

It is crazy the performance improvements we are seeing in fairway woods over the last couple of years.  Manufacturers are really upping their game not only with new materials, but new designs that are giving golfers more choices in lofts and head size.  Whether you use your fairway woods mostly off the tee or love the Heaven Wood (7 wood) or Divine Nine (9 wood), we will help you pick some of the best heads and shafts. Getting the RIGHT Shaft As usual, from our perspective, the proper shaft in your fairway woods makes ALL the difference in consistency, accuracy and distance!  If you are struggling with your fairway woods, take a look at our fitting tips in this blog! Schedule Your Fitting NOW! The short answer in fitting fairway wood shafts is to choose a shaft that has a little more weight than your driver, and has a slightly softer tip section to get the ball in the air.  How We Categorized The Best We picked four categories for the Best Fairways for 2020 based upon distance golfers hit their 3 wood.  This is not the best way to categorize them as some players that do not hit their... Read More

OBAN CT-125 Steel Shaft Review

April 18th, 2020

OBAN has filled out their weight categories with the OBAN CT-125 steel iron shafts.  These great shafts complement the CT-115 and CT-100.  When OBAN partnered with Shimada all indications were that the OBAN CT line would be not only great performing, but high quality.  Right on both counts!  The new CT-125 is no exception. Available Lengths and Flexes The CT-125 is a taper tip (.355″), constant weight, discrete length iron shaft.  Available lengths are from 41.5 inches to 36 inches in one-half inch increments.  This gives us professional club builders a lot of options in flexes.  For example, we could build a soft R (Regular) flex starting with a 40.5 inch length for a 6 iron or start with a 38.5 inch length for a 6 iron which would build to X to X+ flex.  Still plenty of shafts to build out the wedges! Quality The measures of quality we look at are weight, balance point, torque, flex (CPM – cycles per  minute) and load profile measured at seven points along the shaft.  These shafts rated 92+ % consistency which is right at the top of steel iron shafts we have tested in this weight class.  Another measure of quality... Read More

TPT Red Range Shaft Review

April 16th, 2020

The NEW TPT Red Range Line The TPT Driver line has been broadened to heavier, stiffer shafts at the top end, and lighter, softer shafts at the bottom.  This allows us as fitters to fit a wider range of golfers for both their strength and swing dynamics.   Easier to fit…even better to build.   Learn More From TPT Here… Sign up for your Driver/Wood Fitting Here! Performance and Fitting Tips QUALITY In our shaft profile testing, we evaluate the consistency of shafts based upon  Load Profile or Elasticity Index (EI) and Flat Line Oscillation point.  All of the TPT Red Range shafts that we have tested and put in our fitting system have a rating of 96% consistency throughout the entire length of the shaft.  These are the same or higher numbers than the original TPT models and are the highest of all manufacturers we test.  As TPT says, #automaticimprovement. LAUNCH AND SPIN The LO models will launch roughly 1 degree less than the HI versions across all models we tested.  The LO models will spin roughly 100 to 400 rpms less than the HI models as well.  In general, both the HI and LO models have some of the lowest... Read More

Best Hybrids 2020

April 10th, 2020

It is interesting in our fittings that the majority of golfers have a love/hate relationship with their hybrids.  Getting the best hybrids for your game can sometimes be a challenge.  We have written several blogs on Solving the Long iron vs. Hybrid Dilemma, and Picking the Best Hybrid Shaft for YOUR Game. See Which Hybrid Shaft Works Best for YOUR Swing! Schedule Your Fitting Here! Now it is time to give you our best shot at what hybrids we see this year that are head and shoulders above the rest. Small Hybrids These hybrids are designed for players that like a little more forgiveness than a driving iron might give them.  Mostly used off the tee or fairway, these hybrids are usually lower launching and have shafts that match that boring ball flight.  While PXG Gen2 0317 X was close, our best picks are the  Callaway MAVRIK Pro,  Titleist TS3, and Tour Edge CBx 119.   See Which Hybrid Shaft Works Best for YOUR Swing! Schedule Your Fitting Here! Standard Hybrids We call these “standard” hybrids because their size is typically a bit larger than the “small” hybrids mentioned above.  These hybrids are designed to get the ball in the air... Read More

The Best Hybrid Shafts

March 29th, 2020

We know that with hybrid clubs you can have a love/hate relationship.  In our opinion, the reason is that most off-the-rack hybrid shafts are too long, too light and too soft of flex for the average golfer.  See our related blog on Finding the Right Hybrid Shaft here…  And, remember, we can re-shaft your current hybrid(s) to make them perform soo…. much better!  So, let’s find the best shaft for you based upon your strength (distance), desired trajectory and fit to your current irons: Strongest Players – 3 Hybrid – 240+ Yards The strongest players typically play a driver, 3 or 4 wood and a 17 to 19 degree hybrid.  We have had great experience fitting these low lofted hybrids in a mid trajectory steel shaft that is slightly lighter than their iron shafts.  If that still feels too heavy, we recommend going to a 100 to 110 gram graphite shaft based upon the golfers desired trajectory.  Brand Shaft Weight Trajectory Project X Rifle Steel 115 gr Mid OBAN CT 115 Steel 115 gr Mid OBAN Kiyoshi Purple 105 105 gr Low KBS Tour Prototype 105 105 gr Mid OBAN Kiyoshi White 95 95 gr Mid Mitsubishi OT Hybrid 100... Read More

New Ping G710 Irons

March 9th, 2020

Ping recently introduced their latest game improvement iron, the G710.  Available at this time in only the black PVD finish, the G710 offers the same type of hollow body technology of the i500 and other heads in the golf marketplace. Sign up for your iron fitting here! Performance The G710 is very forgiving, as it should be.  Spin and distance are similar to the G410 but shot dispersion was tighter in our testing.  We also tested it against the i500 and the i500 was longer due to lower spin but not as tight in dispersion. Sound and Feel Feel was excellent off the face on both center hits and miss-hits.  Sound was not as good as the G410.  A little “clicky” which is amplified as we do all of our fittings and testing indoors. Bottom Line Very good performance.  Pricing is up there with all of the other hollow-cavity irons so that is one drawback.  I personally like the black PVD finish but it may not be for everyone.  Look, sound and feel are pretty critical when evaluating which club will give you more confidence into the green! Sign up for your iron fitting here! Dan Sueltz

AI Drives Callaway MAVRIK Head Design

February 14th, 2020

If you have not heard of AI (Artificial Intelligence) you will hear a lot more about it in the coming years.  Over 60% of companies in the golf industry are using some form of AI to drive the designs of their equipment.  Why?  Because they can make changes faster and tailor their designs to specific user characteristics. Three Distinct MAVRIK Models The Callaway MAVRIK heads (not just the drivers) are a great example.  The MAVRIK driver heads have 3 different models, MAVRIK (standard), MAVRIK SZ (Sub Zero) and MAVRIK MAX.  Each loft has its own face that is uniquely designed to match the characteristics of the target golfer in terms of face contact and launch.  Because of these 8 different head and face combinations, Callaway had to get USGA approval on the Conforming list for each head and loft! Advanced Technology and Design All the MAVRIK drivers have new face material, a thinner, faster material that yields more consistent ball speeds across the face.  Callaway calls this Ball Speed Robustness.  We definitely see that in the testing we have done.  The other key factor in their design is the spin consistency.  It is not uncommon on most modern drivers to see... Read More

Miura TC-201 Iron

January 31st, 2020

The new Miura TC-201 offers the performance of a muscle back with the increased forgiveness of a cavity back. The progressive weighting in the sole provides a lower center of gravity in the long irons for added height and higher trajectory on longer shots. Slightly changing to a higher center of gravity in the short irons creates a lower trajectory and more control on shorter shots. Constant weight towards the heel and toe helps with off center shots. The sole design contributes significantly to the playability and forgiveness of this club and the minimal offset paired with the top line at address inspires confidence. The TC-201 is a player’s iron that acts as a replacement for the CB-1008 and perfectly complements the MB-101. Build yourself the perfect mixed set of TC-201 3 or 4 thru 6 iron and then MB-101 7-PW.  Throw in some Miura Wedges and you are all set! Dan Sueltz

Cobra Forged TEC Irons

January 13th, 2020

Cobra recently announced their Forged TEC and Forged TEC One irons in what Golf Digest calls the Player’s Distance iron category.  We have tested these irons and we feel these are a strong competitor to the PXG Gen 3 0311T, New  2019 TaylorMade p790, Callaway EPIC Forged and Ping i500. Book Your Iron/Wedge Fitting Here! Design The hollow design has allowed Cobra to put the center of gravity lower in the clubhead which creates a higher launching shot.  Coupled with a thin, hot face material , the head creates maximum distance with lower spin.  The hollow body is also infused with foam microshperes that give the club a solid sound and softer feel. Set Makeup The Forged TEC and Forged TEC ONE is available in both Right and Left Handed models from 3 iron through Gap Wedge.  The lofts are consistent with most modern clubs with 6 iron at 26 degree loft and PW at 44 degrees.  We offer a variety of set options with customized shafts and grips. Book Your Iron/Wedge Fitting Here! Dan Sueltz  

Project X Even Flow Riptide Shaft Review

December 30th, 2019

The long-awaited Project X Even Flow Riptide shafts are hitting the market the first week in January, 2020.  These shafts are the next evolution of the popular Even Flow shafts that came in Red, Blue, Black, White, and an OEM-only Green. Book Your Driver, Wood or Complete Fitting Here!   Models The current release models are the Riptide (Black with Orange/White lettering) and the Riptide CB (Blue with White lettering).  The CB model is counter balanced for use in heavier, longer clubs to reduce swing weight. Weights and Flexes  The Even Flow Riptide Black will be available in 50, 60, 70 and 80 gram weights.  This shaft is designed for stronger players but with a better feel, i.e. slightly higher torque than HZRDUS and the Even Flow White. The Even Flow Riptide CB will be available in 40, 50, 60 and 70 gram weights and softer flexes in the lower weights.  This shaft is designed for smoother swings.  Even though these shafts are counter balanced, do not expect more than 1 to 2 swing weights lighter, especially in the heavier shaft weights. Shaft Profiles The Even Flow Riptide (Black) has a profile somewhere between the Even Flow Black (better feel... Read More