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.
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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
The PGA Tour starts its Hawaii swing and the new TaylorMade Drivers launch TODAY! White is back and the new look is better than ever. More of a pearl white and the finish looks like it will not dull like the original RocketBallz. And performance? Better than SLDR by at least 10%. And if you do not need adjustability, the new Aeroburner performance will knock your socks off AND save you some $$. Schedule your driver fitting today and check these bad boys out!
While I hope each company does not launch 8 different driver models in one year, it is always exciting when we see the latest models hit the shop. We have the Callaway Big Bertha 815 and 815 Double Diamond, Tour Edge E8 Beta, TaylorMade R15 (Black and White finish), Ping G30 and Titleist 915 in and ready for fitting. What will you see with these new drivers? Low(er) spin, more adjustability, expanded sweet spots. Again, its all about getting more distance which fits right in with our blog series! Next up in 2015 will be the Callaway series that replaces the X2Hot.