What's New: Tour News

PGA Merchandise Show Demo Day 2016 Was a Blast!

January 30th, 2016

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

PXG (Parsons Extreme Golf) Signs PGA Tour and LPGA Tour Players

January 12th, 2016

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!

Which is the Best Driver for 2016?

December 23rd, 2015

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 Has More Iron Shaft Options for Stronger Players

November 25th, 2015

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

Why are There So Many New Golf Clubs This Fall?

October 19th, 2015

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

Conceded Putts in Match Play – Your Opinion?

September 22nd, 2015

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 Tour AD M9003 for Higher Swing Speed Players

August 3rd, 2015

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    

Congratulations Zach Johnson – 2015 Open Champion

July 20th, 2015

Pretty awesome Championship, I must say.  With a leaderboard as close as it was over the last two days, it really was case of whoever blinked first was out.  Zach did a super job and made some very clutch shots when he needed them.  What I think is interesting when looking at his bag, is that he has equipment that has performed well for him since 2013 and has not really changed out for much new.  He is playing Titleist 913 driver and fairway woods and Vokey SM4 wedges, both at least two years old.  He has stuck with Mitsubishi Rayon shafts in his woods and True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts in his irons and wedges.  Why?  The consistency and feel are paramount for tour players, especially when under pressure.  That is why we do not always recommend new clubs, but reshafting your existing equipment to optimize performance.  Consistency of shaft length, weight, flex, swing weight, loft and lie can improve your performance dramatically.  So if your clubs are only a couple years old, you like the look of them, but consistency, accuracy and distance are not what you expect, maybe it is time to get a complete club fitting... Read More

Tiger Spotted Testing a MATRIX Shaft at The Open

July 15th, 2015

Well, Tiger definitely needs to find more fairways so maybe this will be the right shaft.  I like that he has gone back to at least a 75+ gram shaft and cut the length down to 44.5″.  I would put him in a D4 swing weight to help him with the feel of the club but that’s just me.  Read the GolfWRX post here…

The Old Course at St. Andrews – Who Will Win The Open?

July 11th, 2015

If you have not been to Scotland to play the Old Course at St. Andrews, it is a bucket list must.  And if you have been there and played the course, The Open this week will bring back a lot of memories.  My best friend and I played there the year of our 50th birthdays and the weather was absolutely stunning.  When we hit our first shots it was pretty humbling to be playing a course with so many Open “moments”.  Luckily we played the New Course the day before so I finally was used to the links-style course and making sure I didn’t fire at the pin (the pin was pretty safe all day, I might add).  I will never forget The Road Hole and certainly crossing the Swilcan Bridge on 18.  My guess is Jordan Speith is on a magical journey right now and this could be his year.  DJ just needs to seal the deal if he is close.  And, I think Justin Rose is playing well enough to win it.  What are your thoughts? Dan Sueltz