Welcome back to Colorado, Mike! From Torrey Pines to PGA National Golf Club in Florida, The Golf Channel and his own Mike Wine Golf Academy in Nashville, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help you with your game. Mike will be working with us during the winter months so we can now offer lessons to our clients and indoor practice members. Mike is a PGA member and has worked with numerous tour players. See more about Mike’s background here… To schedule a lesson or inquire about rates, Mike can be contacted directly at 615-424-8880 or [email protected]
The Trackman User Conference last week in Celebration, FL featured clinics on how to use Trackman for improving fitting and instruction. I picked up a lot of good tips on both driver and bag fitting and shared some of our research on shaft fitting with attendees. Bottom line on driver fitting is fit for ball speed, launch angle and spin which will optimize both distance AND accuracy. And, if you really want to lower your scores, you need to hit your drives farther! Research from thousands of shots from amateurs around the world prove that hitting even just one club shorter iron/hybrid into greens can drop 2-3 strokes off your game. If you have not had us optimize your distance and accuracy, come in for a Trackman fitting using our BGF Fitting System. Take strokes off your game!
In our last blog on this topic we discussed the impact of the golf shaft on accuracy. Another one of the major premises of our shaft test using Trackman and the GEARS Golf motion sensing system was that the proper shaft can also improve distance. Or, conversely, the wrong shaft can negatively affect distance. Four shafts varying in weight from 53 to 68 grams and from senior to X-stiff flex were used in the test. This part of the test yielded some very interesting results. For some of our testers, the distance differences between shafts were almost negligible, i.e. 3 yards at 260 yard total distance. For others, the distance gains (or losses) we pretty huge. One tester lost 26 yards with a shaft that was very heavy and stiff (from 200 yards to 175 yards), which was a loss of 12.5%. From a TrackMan fitting perspective, the biggest factors affecting distance were smash factor (face impact location), launch angle, spin and for certain golfers, club speed. For the stronger players, there was very little variance in club speed between the different shaft weights and flexes. But the slower club speed golfers (75 to 90) saw drops of as much... Read More
We tested the TaylorMade RSi 1 and RSi 2 irons this week and thought it would be a good idea to test them against the Tour Preferred CB and SLDR irons. Tests were conducted by golfers with varying handicaps with the shaft fit for their swing on each head. All tests were down with 7 irons from the TaylorMade Select Fit cart. Certainly the look of the RSi irons is appealing. The black cavity of the RSi 1 makes it easy to distinguish from the RSi 2 when going through the fitting cart so that is a plus. All of the testers (3 to 15 hcp) liked the look of the RSi 2 the best with less offset and slightly thinner topline. Even though the lofts on the RSi irons are roughly 1.5 degrees lower/stronger than the TP CB or SLDR, the actual initial launch angles for all of our testers were only slightly lower for the RSi irons by maybe a half degree in all cases. This is a testament to the design of the RSi lineup. The most noticeable performance difference was that both the RSi irons had lower spin by 800 to 1000 rpm over the TP CB,... Read More
If you are a fan of the Long Drivers of America and their quest for the $250,00 winner take all prize, you will witness some interesting swing mechanics. Connor Powers looks a bit more like Happy Gilmore than a golfer but his moves have put him in the Elite 8 qualifiers that go head-to-head in Las Vegas on November 4th at Paiute Golf Resort. Take a look at his swing and what he does to create his tremendous club speed here… While not every golfer is destined to be on the LDA circuit, you can improve your game with some strength, stability, and conditioning work. If you are ready to take you game up a notch, Dee Tidwell at Colorado Golf Fitness Club can get you on the right track!
Ian Poulter announced yesterday via Twitter that he is moving to Titleist from Cobra/Puma. While not totally unexpected, this was a quick move for Mr. Poulter. Others had speculated that he may move to Wilson or Srixon, based on the need for these companies to have a European star on staff. Will this move bring any fallout in followers of the Cobra brand or an uptick in the Titleist brand? Take our poll here and tell us if you are influenced by what the Tour players use.
The final shaft in the 3rd Generation Diamana series is now available. The R Series, which is the 1st Generation Red board and 2nd Generation ‘ilima replacement, has been put through our 24 point shaft testing and we are getting ready to put it into our demo system. The R series is a mid-high launch, mid-high spin shaft that should work well for golfers that like the performance of today’s low launch and low spin drivers like the TaylorMade SLDR and Callaway GBB Alpha. From the test profile results, these shafts are certainly up to the high quality standards we have seen from MRC before with a SQI (Shaft Quality Index) over 94 on a scale of 1-100. Good for golfers with a need for a slightly higher ball flight than they are getting with their existing stock or re shafted drivers or fairway woods. This may be the perfect fairway wood shaft if you are having difficulty getting your fairway woods in the air!
One of the major premises of our shaft test using Trackman and the GEARS Golf motion sensing system was that the proper shaft can improve accuracy. Or, conversely, the wrong shaft can negatively affect accuracy. In TrackMan’s research, 75-80% of your accuracy can be explained by the face angle of the club at impact and only 20-25% by the club path, or swing direction. This was definitely borne out in our testing. With four different test shafts, swing direction or club path variances were insignificant from shaft to shaft. But, face angle varied as much as 4 degrees which could mean the difference of up to 30 yards on a driver shot of 200 yards. In fact, the biggest variance we saw with a shaft that was literally 3 flexes too soft was 30 yards EACH DIRECTION, or 60 yards! Now, not everyone is going to be playing shafts that are way too soft/stiff or heavy/light, but certainly every golfer can gain more accuracy with properly fitted clubs. In fact, when we measured the drivers we had fit our testers for, they were the most accurate! Of course, they had better be or we would not have done our job!
Congratulations Izzy Southard for a final round of 66, the lowest score, at Red Sky Golf Club for the Golfweek Conference Challenge last week. Izzy tied overall for 6th place. Izzy was fit in May of this year with PJ, she plays Ping i20 irons and Titleist SM4 wedges. PJ fit her into Oban iron shafts for her irons. Anyone who has played at Red Sky understands completely how hard a score of 66 is, let alone on the final day of a tournament! Congrats again Izzy for your hard work and dedication to the game. Keep up the good work!
2014 Ryder Cup players will be gaming drivers from 8 different manufacturers. The most popular driver is the TaylorMade SLDR with five players using this design, while Nike (Rory McIlroy) and Bridgestone (Matt Kuchar) each have only one of their drivers in play. A couple of players are using drivers that are last year’s model or older. As we know, even more interesting are the shaft choices for each player. While the shafts are certainly XStiff in almost all cases, the lengths vary from 43.5 inches (Sergio Garcia) to 45.5″ (Hunter Mahan) and from 65 grams to 105 grams. These players are all plenty long off the tee so it is all about consistency, accuracy and managing their misses. That’s how we fit our players as well! For more about these guys and their drivers go here.