What's New: From the Lab

Srixon Z785 and Z585 Irons

January 17th, 2019

Srixon Z785 and Z585 Irons are now available for testing!  We love the look and feel of these great new irons.  We have always looked at Srixon as a great product and now that they are getting great reviews (MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Game Improvement Iron – Z585), we thought it was time to bring them to our customers. In addition, the Srixon ZU85 driving iron is a great addition for those golfers that like a long iron instead of a hybrid, but want a more forgiving head. We are also carrying the new Z785 driver, fairway and hybrids.  We will review those in an upcoming blog. Dan Sueltz

2019 Golf Equipment Changes in Your Bag

January 7th, 2019

As we look forward this year, it is time to take a look at your 2019 golf equipment changes in your bag.  We always need to look at our golf game and make adjustments to our equipment to get the absolute most out of what we bring to the course.  So here are a few of our suggestions: Get Fit for the Right Equipment If you have not been through a professional fitting, make 2019 your year to do so!  Understanding the dynamics of your swing (tempo, transition, release point) and how it affects shaft and head selection is key to improved performance! Take advantage of our “Lifetime Fitting” and get fit! Select the “pain points” in your bag and get those fixed first! See our thoughts below. Hit more Fairways From an equipment standpoint, every company is focusing on distance and forgiveness.  But for that average golfer, hitting more fairways is key to lower scores and more fun.  Here are our suggestions: Play a shorter driver (trust us, you will NOT lose distance) Get fitted with the right shaft (proper weight, flex and swing weight).  Learn More Use your fairway wood or hybrid for those tight fairways. Get the... Read More

Wedge Fitting for Bounce and Grind

December 31st, 2018

Wedge fitting for bounce and grind goes beyond the more common fitting for loft and lie.  Wedges, especially any wedge over 52 degrees of loft, are used for shots that require touch and execution. See our Wedge Fitting guide here for more on lofts and lies. What shaft should you play in your wedges?  See our recommendations here… Bounce The type of ground you are playing from (rough, hard pan, sand, fairway, deep rough) and the type of swing plane you have (shallow/sweeper, neutral, steep/digger) will determine what bounce you should ideally have on your wedges.  In general, the tighter the lie, the lower the bounce you want on your wedge to avoid “bouncing” off the ground or sand, especially with a shallow to neutral swing plane.  The deeper the rough or softer the sand, the more bounce you need to avoid having the club “stick” and not slide through the shot.  For example, my home course recently renovated all of the sand bunkers and put in new sand.  Because it was so fluffy, I have to go to a high bounce sand wedge so the wedge could bounce off the fluffy new sand.  For normal municipal courses, the sand... Read More

Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black Review

December 6th, 2018

The Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black shaft is the latest in the evolution of the HZRDUS line of wood shafts.  Using new materials and a slightly different design, this series of shaft should appeal to stronger players with fast transitions from back to forward swing. Weights Available in 60 and 70 gram designations, however the shafts weigh slightly less than 60 and 70 grams. Balance Point The balance point is slightly higher than the HZRDUS Black but lower than the HZRDUS T1100, which is a counterbalanced shaft.  So, this shaft installed will result in roughly a one swing weight heavier feel than the HZRDUS T1100 and one swing weight lighter feel than the HZRDUS Black at a playing length of 45 inches. Flex These shafts also play very close to stated flex in all weights.  This means that the HZRDUS Smoke Black will play softer than the HZRDUS Black, Yellow and T1100 in the same flex designation.  Feel Even though the torque is a little higher than you would expect, this shaft will feel very stout with little to no “whip” at impact.  The HZRDUS Smoke Black will actually feel a little firmer than the HZRDUS T1100 and HZRDUS Black. If... Read More

Project X EvenFlow T1100 White Shaft Review

November 29th, 2018

The Project X  EvenFlow T1100 White is the final addition to the great EvenFlow line.  Designed with the T1100 material from Toray, the shaft has the stiffest tip and stiffest mid-section of the line.  This offers the lowest spin and lowest launch for stronger players.  Weights Available in 65, 75 and a new 85 gram weight. Balance Point The balance point is slightly lower than the other shafts in the EvenFlow line which will lead to a slightly heavier feel and swing weight. Flex These shafts also play stiff to flex in all weights so tipping is not necessary in your driver.  So the 6.0 will play to a 7.0 and 6.5 to a 7.5 at standard 45 inch length and D2 swing weight in a Ping G400 LST driver for example. Feel Even though the torque is a little higher than you would expect, this shaft will feel very stout with little to know “whip” at impact. If you are a stronger player looking for the lowest launch and spin in your driver, or even for a fairway wood, the EvenFlow White should be your ticket. Dan Sueltz

Fujikura Shafts: Tour Leaders Based Upon Innovative Research

November 8th, 2018

Fujikura golf shafts have been leaders on the PGA Tour for several years.  And, 2018 is no exception.  As a 2018 Certified Charter Dealer for Fujikura Golf, we attended a technology-based training and certification session at Fujikura headquarters in Vista, California this week.  We were able to see how graphite shafts are actually built, the research that goes into the design of each shaft, and actually test the performance of all of the Fujikura shafts ourselves. Book Your Fitting to See Which of These Fujikura Shafts May Fit YOUR Swing. Here are my key takeaways: ENSO Shaft Research This is a phenomenal research tool that tracks every swing movement and shaft reaction in multiple dimensions based upon 8 super high speed cameras.  The testing of not only PGA Tour players but average golfers helped Fujikura develop innovative shaft designs like HIT (High Inertia Tip) for faster clubhead speed at impact! New Shaft Materials Having been in this business for over 20 years, I know there was a time when you could literally not get light weight graphite shafts to play very stiff.  The shafts felt like noodles.  Not anymore!  The new materials are made with lighter weight composites that have... Read More

True Temper Elevate Tour Shaft Review

November 1st, 2018

True Temper is complementing its lighter weight steel shaft offerings with a 115 gram steel shaft that offers a mid to mid-high ball flight and mid spin for better stopping action on the green.  This shaft also incorporates True Temper’s VSS Pro (Vibration Suppression System) for a 56% reduction in vibration versus standard steel shafts.  Here is our True Temper Elevate Tour shaft review: Book Your Fitting to See Which of These Elevate Tour Shafts May Fit YOUR Swing. Static Tests: The Elevate Tour VSS shafts are taper tip (.355″) that come in discrete lengths from 37-41″.  The shafts are offered in typical True Temper flex designations of R300, S300 and X100, with weight ranges from 112 to 122 grams.  Shaft consistency and quality (flex, torque, weight, and balance point) ranked over 91% which is very high for a lightweight steel shaft.  Tip consistency is very similar between each flex meaning the ball flight should be very similar regardless of if you are playing R300, S300 or X100.  From a flex perspective, these shafts will play slightly soft to flex, so you will need to hard-step the R300 and S300 to get to the flex you are used to in... Read More

Graphite Design Tour AD VR Shaft Review

October 19th, 2018

The Graphite Design Tour AD VR shaft is the latest in a great line of Tour AD (Accuracy and Distance) shafts from Graphite Design.  The shaft comes in five different weights from 45 to 85 grams. Book your fitting here to see what Tour AD Shaft may fit YOUR swing! Tour AD VR 4 This is going to be a great shaft for the stronger juniors, ladies and senior golfers looking for a little more height and control in a lighter shaft.  The tip section in the VR 4 is softer than its predecessors, the GP, TP and IZ.  The only other comparable shaft is the Mitsubishi Bassara GG 43 but it does not have the butt stiffness to handle stronger players.  Very consistent at 47 grams across all flex offerings with superior quality rating. Tour AD VR 5 This little beast will create some serious distance for smooth swinging golfers seeking a slightly higher launch but with a firm feel in the butt section.  The fact that the X flex plays as stiff as the heavier VR 6 and VR 7 is a testament to the design of this shaft using the heavier 50T pre-preg material.  Again, excellent consistency... Read More

Project X Catalyst Shaft Review

October 11th, 2018

Project X Catalyst shafts are the latest release of graphite iron shafts from True Temper.  As the leader in steel shaft technology, True Temper designed the Catalyst iron shafts with the idea of creating the best performing, stable shaft with properties similar to their steel shafts.  The result is a series of graphite shafts from 57 to 85 grams that should fit a wide variety of golfers. Book Your Fitting to See Which of These Catalyst Shafts May Fit YOUR Swing.   Catalyst 40 This shaft is a little heavier than the marking indicates, coming in at 57 grams.  As designed, the tip section is a little firmer than other shafts in this category (OBAN i53, KBS TGI 50, Fujikura Vista Pro 50) resulting in a mid-high ball flight.  Even though this shaft only comes in one stiffness, 4.0, it will build nicely for juniors and golfers with 6 iron swing speeds in the 55-65 mph range.  Catalyst 50 Moving up the weight scale, the Catalyst 50 is more in the 60 gram range.  Offered only in the 5.0 flex, this shaft has a nice mid-high profile and can easily be built to ladies and low end senior flexes.  Tip... Read More

Mizuno JPX919 Irons – Big Improvements!

October 3rd, 2018

Mizuno’s latest release of the JPX919 line of irons is awesome.  Subtle changes in each of the models are actually big improvements. The Mizuno JPX919 irons offers a solution to every golfer with three options: Tour, Hot Metal, and Forged models.  I have no doubt that all three of these irons will be Golf Digest 2019 Hot List winners! Schedule your fitting here to check out these new irons! JPX919 Tour The Tour model takes after its well accomplished predecessor, the JPX-900 Tour irons, which Brooks Koepka played in his victories at the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open as well as the 2018 PGA Championship. The Tour model is grain-flow forged with pure select mild carbon steel for the soft feel that had golfers raving about the JPX-900 Tour. Mizuno designed the new JPX919 Tour model to be more compact, narrowing the top line by 10%, but added a “stability frame” that reinforces the top line and toe for improved performance on off-center strikes as well a dampening sound and vibration. Aiming to further improve the playability of the irons, Mizuno added camber to the sole and a zero-glare Pearl Brush finish.  Same great performance in a better looking iron, in... Read More