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Build Your Dream Set of Srixon Irons

April 18th, 2019

Ever wanted to build a dream set of irons?  Well, Srixon has just the solution.  The Z Series Srixon irons can be blended in a lot of different ways depending upon your desired outcome: Four Distinct Models Z585 – Compact yet forgiving, this iron offers players distance with the softer feel of forged metal. Z785 – Compact players shape with a thinner top line than the Z585.  Smooth feel and ability to shape your shots. Z-Forged – A sweet looking blade with soft 1020 Carbon Steel that begs to be hit pure!  This is the finest blade offering from Srixon yet! Z U85 – These hollow body utility irons are designed for both forgiveness and distance.  Available in 2-6 irons. Sign up for your Iron Fitting Today!   Players Combo Set – Z785/Z-Forged Design your own set or typically do the Z785 in 4-6 iron and Z-Forged in 7-PW.  Could even add a Z U85 2 and Z585 3 iron! Players Distance Set – Z585/Z785 Get the best of both worlds:  distance with your long irons and workability with your short irons.  Z585 4-6 iron and Z785 in 7-PW. Distance and Players Performance – Z U85/Z785 Play the longest irons... Read More

Equipment Matters – Get Fit Like the Pros

April 15th, 2019

After being at The Masters 2019 and watching hundreds of golf shots, not only are these guys good but their equipment matters.  The presence of all of the major brand tour trailers across Washington Road meant that all of the players could make any necessary tweaks to their equipment during the first three days of the week.   Keep it in the Fairway We did not see very many missed tee shots, especially by the top 30 players.  All of those guys have driver specifically matched to their swing dynamics and strength.  Everything from shaft length (shorter like Bubba and Rickie) to shaft weight (heavier like Sergio and Brooks), loft (from 8.5 to 10.5) and flex (X to Tour X) can make a difference in accuracy and distance. Options into the Green Tiger used a very traditional set of clubs at the top end of the bag:  3 wood, 5 wood and then 3 and 4 iron.  Not so with guys like Kuchar and Molinari with hybrids instead of long irons.  Personal choices here based on distances and comfort level hitting out of rough and tight lies. Wedges Tiger uses only a 56 and 60 degree wedge while most other players... Read More

Our Experience at The Masters

April 15th, 2019

Talk about bucket list!  Our experience at The Masters in 2019 could not have been better.  We went for three days:  Wednesday Practice Round and the Thursday and Friday Tournament Rounds.  I really wanted to go to a practice round as those are the only days you can take a camera.  Could not have been a better day for pictures and to catch a few players on the course, including the eventual winner, Tiger Woods.  The first two tournament rounds were awesome as well as the quality of play was fantastic.  Here are my observations of my very first Masters Tournament: The Grounds and Course are Impeccable   I know you may have heard it before, but the course and grounds are taken care of by the best in the world.  The course had taken an inch and half of rain on Tuesday so the underground pumps were on clearing any water and there were a few soggy spots but not a weed, nor piece of trash nor blemish on any of the course or grounds. Friendly and Efficient Service The staff at The Masters are trained to handle large crowds like you would not believe.  Friendly but moving you... Read More

Jennifer Kupcho Win’s 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Augusta!

April 8th, 2019

Wow!  Jennifer Kupcho, a Colorado golfer, put on quite a show at Augusta to win the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur by four strokes.  As the number one ranked amateur going into the tournament, Jennifer shook off a shaky first 12 holes and put on a charge on the back nine.  When was the last time we saw THAT at The Master’s? Congratulations, Jennifer!  We will be following you when you turn pro later this year.  

Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow Review

April 8th, 2019

The new Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow is the latest addition to the new Smoke line.  The Smoke Yellow continues the same counter balanced design as the original Yellow which will help reduce swing weight by up to three points in today’s modern drivers.  Featuring different materials, the HZRDUS Smoke Yellow will have a stiffer mid section which will make this shaft feel very stable from transition to impact.  This shaft is really more mid launch but still has pretty low spin in our testing.  Great not only for driver but fairway woods! The butt stiffness of the HZRDUS Smoke Yellow is pretty stout which is why the shafts are designated TS and TX for Tour Stiff and Tour X.  These shafts will play a full flex stiffer in the butt section versus a traditional S or X flex. The thing we also like about these shafts is that they are also a little higher torque so the feel will be a lot smoother even though the shafts have a stiff butt section and midsection.  Available in 6.0TS, TX and 6.5TS, TX in 60 gr (66-67) and 6.0TS, TX and 6.5TS, TX in 70 gr (76-78). Book your fitting to... Read More

Hybrid or Driving Iron?

April 4th, 2019

This blog is really for stronger players as distance is usually not the issue when choosing a hybrid or driving iron.  A lot of stronger players will use a driving iron or low lofted hybrid instead of a 3 iron or fairway wood.  The biggest issue is where will they be used on the course. Sign up for a Fitting and See Which Will Work Best For You! From the Tee If you are using the hybrid or driving iron mainly from the tee, most players will choose a driving iron.  Typically used on long three par’s, the driving irons feel more comfortable and have the desired trajectory for most players we have fit.  The most popular driving irons have been the Titleist T-MB, TaylorMade p790 and p790UDI, Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli Hi, Srixon Z U85 and PXG 0311 X.   These driving irons offer minimal offset, a slightly higher launch angle and peak height, and more forgiveness than a standard 2, 3 or 4 iron. From the Fairway Here is where we would recommend the hybrid as it is more forgiving than a driving iron, a little higher ball flight and peak height, and more distance.  The most popular we... Read More

What Driver Length Should YOU PLay?

April 1st, 2019

The holy grail for most golfers is increased distance off the tee, but what driver length should you play to optimize distance?  With the USGA governing the rebound effect off the face of the driver (CT), it seems logical that adding length to the driver creates a longer swing arc and therefore more club head speed.  In our experience over the last twenty years, we have seen off-the-shelf driver lengths go from 43 inches to 48 inches, the maximum allowable by the USGA, and back to somewhere around 45 inches.  But, if you do not hit the sweet spot on the face of the driver, you will actually LOSE distance because the efficiency (smash factor) will drop and you will generate less ball speed.  In fact, the winner of the 2018 Masters used a driver that was 44.5 inches long and the 2nd place finishers driver length was 44.5 inches as well.  Check out our list of 2019 stock drivers at the end of this blog and their respective stock lengths. So, how do you determine YOUR optimum driver length?  There are several factors that you should consider: Schedule Your Driver Fitting Now! Arm length and Posture. In both our... Read More

Lost Distance? We Can Help!

March 28th, 2019

Unfortunately, I seem to hear this a lot lately:  Help!  I’ve lost distance.  Certainly not everyone is experiencing this but if you are, here are a few things to consider when you seem to be losing distance. Schedule a fitting to see if your equipment is robbing you of distance. What has changed? There are a lot of things to consider if you seem to be losing distance.  Here are a few symptoms that we see in our fittings: I changed my (driver, irons, etc.) and I have lost a lot of distance. Ok, so what changed?  Different shafts?  Different head design? I started hitting smother hooks, push fades and have no idea why? Well, now you are probably not making consistent contact and optimizing your “smash factor” so you are losing distance.  Injury?  Sore back?  Tendonitis? Trying a new swing change? I am getting a little older but I still work out and feel in great shape. Yes, but as we age, our flexibility gets worse and we are not making as big of turn, losing extension, and not being as aggressive in your swing and follow through.  Result:  Loss of club speed and maybe poorer contact. Equipment Changes... Read More

Best Fairway Woods 2019

March 25th, 2019

We have tested a wide variety of fairway woods introduced in 2018-2019 and the results are not totally surprising.  There are some new models that are making some statements, like PXG and Tour Edge. How We Test All of our club testing is done with shafts that have been determined to be the best fit for our testers.  That way, the results are truly independent of the stock shaft a particular manufacturer may use.  Our testers range from low to high handicappers and swing speeds from 80 to 110 with a driver. Big Improvements in Performance Well, the changes in the way the USGA measures the legality of drivers, fairway woods and hybrids have given some clubs a tremendous amount of added distance.  I did an article on this a few years ago and the major manufacturers have jumped on the change from COR to CT measurements.  I also had it confirmed by the senior product director at one of the major manufacturers.  The best new fairway woods will show increases of 1-4 mph in ball speed, reduced spin and higher launch angles.  The result is that now you can hit a higher lofted fairway wood, a 4 wood for example... Read More

Hit Your Fairway Woods More Consistently

March 25th, 2019

Here are a few pointers on how to hit your fairway woods more consistently.  We are going to be talking about getting the right shaft, loft and model, not your swing technique.  OK, maybe a little on swing technique. From a fitting perspective, most fairway woods that we test that are purchased off-the-rack have very inconsistent lengths, shaft weights and shaft flexes from one manufacturer to the next. Length:  Fairway woods for male golfers range in length from 42.75″ to 43.5″ for a 3 wood.  Each club gets progressively shorter by .5″ to 1″ as you go up in loft.  If you are playing a 43″ 3 wood, a 5 wood should be no longer than 42.5″.   Getting the right length can help you hit the ball more consistently in the middle of the face, not on the heel (too long) or toe (too short).   Shaft Weight:  We see most stock shafts from manufacturers use the same weight of shaft in fairway woods as their driver models.  Your fairway wood shafts should be slightly (5 to 15 grams) heavier than your driver shaft.   So if you are playing a 65 gram driver shaft (noted by a numeral... Read More