Tiger Woods switched back to his old standby Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Whiteboard 73 X shaft before the Player’s Championship last week. As told to The Tour Van, “I went back to my old shaft,” he said. “It helps not being hurt. I’m able to generate the speed like I used to, and I’m able to handle that shaft again.” That being said, Tiger kept the driver in the bag for most of the tournament, relying instead on his 3 and 5 wood with the Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Blueboard 103 X shafts. If you are struggling with consistency, maybe you should try heavier shafts. Standard, off-the-rack clubs usually come with light shafts in both drivers and fairway woods. If you look at the options for better players with faster swing speeds and an aggressive transition, the TP shaft versions for TaylorMade for example, offer several 75 gr driver shafts and 85 gr fairway wood shafts as options. Better yet, go to a custom fitter and find out what shafts fit YOUR game.
Golfers in Nashville, TN, will get tour-level fitting and building when Greg Johnson opens his shop this summer. Greg is a former mini tour player and is excited about bringing his experiences to every golfer looking to play better golf…faster!
What an honor to fit Michelle French, one of the winners of the Mizuno Play Famously campaign. Selected in the second group of four, Michelle is one of only 12 amateur players from around the USA to be selected for this award. By trying the JPX 825 irons and writing a summary of her experience, Michelle was selected to get a complete set of Mizuno JPX 825 woods, hybrids, irons and wedges, and play in the JPX Invitational in Atlanta this fall. “I am so excited to have been selected”, said Michelle. “I am hoping to meet and even play with Stacy Lewis! That would be awesome.” Michelle is from the Denver area, works for the West Denver Metro Fire Department and plays regularly at Foothills Golf Club. Michelle as pretty good stick so look out Stacy! To find out more about this sweet Mizuno campaign, go here.
Well, it is hard to believe I have been following my passion for 16 years in the golf business. My passion for golf actually started 40 years ago when a good friend of mine convinced me to learn to play golf. My first set? Hogan Apex blades…yikes! We have seen a lot of changes in 16 years, not only in equipment, but the tools we use to evaluate our customers. High-speed and High-Definition video give us a lot of new information. Launch Monitors mean we know a lot more about club head delivery and launch characteristics. Internet and smart phones mean we can share information instantaneously and help fit golfers around the globe. Pretty exciting stuff! Can’t wait to see what the next 16 years bring!
Golf DigeSTIX, the weekly blog to Golf Digest subscribers, did a nice review of the MyGolfShafts apps in todays issue. The MygolfShafts Lite app is free and is for casual users that are confused by all of the shaft options available in the marketplace. The Pro app is $5.99 and is designed to help instructors, fitters, and more serious golfers get more detailed recommendations using launch monitor data. See the Golf DigeSTIX article here…
What a sweet looking shaft! The pic here does not really do the cosmetics justice. Just completed our 23 point static evaluation and here is what we found. The shaft was designed to have a similar profile to the Kuro Kage black but with the TiNi to add stability. Our testing shows almost identical profiles of the black and the TiNI Prototype but the TiNI is a little lower in torque so it should feel more stable. The 60 is about 5 grams lighter than the black 60. As usual, the Shaft Quality Index (SQI) is a 5 star (out of 5). Our next step is to put the 60 and 70 to the test and see how they compare to the black and other like shafts in terms of launch, spin and feel.
April is Fitting Month and by the looks of things, the PGA Tour players are all about getting their equipment dialed in using the Trackman ball flight monitor. We have two Trackman units and use them both indoors and outdoors. They are extremely accurate and measure the critical fitting attributes like ball speed, club speed, launch angle, spin rate, angle of attack, landing angle and dynamic loft. For more on how the PGA Tour uses TrackMan, see this article in GolfWeek.
With Miyazaki shafts in his woods, MATRIX shafts in his hybrids, and Project X shafts in his irons, the winner of the RBC Heritage won in a playoff under windy conditions. The Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 56 X shaft in his driver has a low, penetrating ball flight with a firm mid section but feels smooth due to its higher torque rating. The MATRIX Altus shafts in his hybrids provided a mid-high ball flight with the ability to land softly on the green. The Project X Flighted 6.5 shafts in his irons allowed the ability to make shots with longer irons that held the wind-swept greens throughout the tournament. Lesson here is that you play the shafts that match your swing and give you the confidence to make the shots you need to make.
The 2013 Master’s is in the books and Adam Scott clearly showed he could handle the pressure. But how in the world did Bubba pull off “The Shot” in the 2012 Masters. TrackMan, the official ball flight monitor on the PGA Tour shows us how it was done here… http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9167311&categoryid=2630020
The Little One is fast becoming one of the best practice and warm-up clubs in golf. We think this is a great addition to your bag but it should match your existing set of irons. So, what we suggest is that you get The Little One with the shaft and grip that matches your set. Two good things about this. First, you have a club to practice with that feels like your other irons. Second, you will not be wearing out your favorite driving range club (bet it’s a 7 or 8 iron!). Email us and we will tell you about our special offer that will save you money and help you practice better. See more info on the Little One here…