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Nippon Modus Shaft Review

April 23rd, 2018

Nippon Modus3 shafts have been making subtle inroads into both amateur and professional players bags.  In fact,  four players out of the six players using Nippon Shaft products at the 30-player TOUR Championship finished in the top 10 Sunday (September 24, 2017) in the PGA TOUR’s season-finale at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. UPDATE:  Every Model of the Modus3 made a Top 5 finish February 4, 2018!  2nd Place (Tour 120X), T3 (Tour 120 TX), and T5 (Tour 130 X) at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and 3 T5 finishers in Malaysia (Tour 105 X, Tour 125 X, and Proto X).  And, Andrew Landry played the Modus3 Tour 105X in his Ping iBlade 3-PW to claim victory at the  2018Texas Valero Open. Nippon, a Japanese shaft manufacturer, has been making high quality steel iron shafts for years.  Perhaps its most popular iron in the United States is the N.S. Pro 950 GH.  This is a roughly 95 gram shaft with a mid-high launch and mid-high spin.  This is the dominant shaft on the LPGA tour.  We have used this shaft and its lighter (N.S. Pro 850 GH) and heavier (N.S. Pro 1050 GH) companion shafts quite a bit over the... Read More

Picking the Right Hybrid Shaft

April 17th, 2018

Picking the Right Hybrid Shaft Picking the right hybrid shaft is very important, especially when replacing long irons.  According to our current poll, 35% of our golfers say the WORST club(s) in their bag are their long irons.  So, maybe new hybrids are in order. (see our related blog post on long irons here). While buying a hybrid off-the-rack is the most common purchase, the shafts offered very likely do not fit the majority of golfers.  Most hybrid shafts that we test during a fitting are too soft (flexible) and too light of weight.  This can cause very poor ball contact, wide shot dispersion and a loss of distance.  So how do we determine which shaft is best for your swing dynamics?  Our BGF Fitting System has modeled thousands of golfers swings and will dynamically recommend the proper shaft length, weight, flex, swing weight and profile (trajectory and spin) to optimize your hybrid performance based upon your unique swing dynamics. Book your Fitting Here! Shaft Weight The longest, lightest, yet stiffest club in you bag is your driver.  The heaviest, shortest and most flexible clubs will be your wedges.  As clubs get shorter from driver to fairway woods to hybrids,... Read More

What Driver Length Should YOU Play?

April 12th, 2018

What Driver Length Should YOU Play? 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.  The holy grail for most golfers is increased distance off the tee.  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.  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 is 44.5 inches long and the 2nd place finishers driver length was 44.5 inches as well.  Check out our list of 2018 stock drivers at the end of this blog. So, how do you determine YOUR optimum driver length?  There are several factors that you should consider: Click here to book a fitting! Arm length and Posture. In both our BGF Fitting System and the TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard,... Read More

Counter Balanced Driver Shafts are Hot!

April 5th, 2018

Counter Balanced Driver Shafts are Hot! Counter balanced driver shafts are starting to be all the rage both on tour and in our clients hands.  Why?  Because most manufacturers of drivers are making their club heads much heavier these days and golfers do not want to feel like they are swinging a sledge hammer!  Tour pros like Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, and Rory McIlroy have opted for counter balanced shafts like the Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Pro Orange in order to reduce total weight and increase club head speed (not that they need any help, mind you)!  With shafts that are counter balanced, swing weights can be reduced 2 to 3 points creating a lighter head feel and potentially generating more clubhead speed. Driver Head Weights Today As recently as 2015, driver head weights were pretty much right around 200 grams.  Today, we are seeing headweights of 203 grams consistently but some as high as 209.  Every 2 grams adds a swing weight so instead of a D0 at 45 inches, you may see D3 to D4.  The average golfer with a smooth tempo will like a lighter swing weight.  So, up until counter balanced driver shafts came along, you... Read More

Solving the Hybrid Vs. Long Iron Fitting Dilemma

March 29th, 2018

Solving the hybrid vs. long iron fitting dilemma should not be a difficult decision.  In general there are a couple of factors to consider. First, how comfortable is the golfer in hitting hybrid clubs? I would say 20-30% of our golfers going through a fitting have trouble hitting their hybrids consistently.  Usually, it is because of the fact that the hybrids are not very well fit to them in terms of shaft flex and weight.  Unfortunately, sometimes this becomes a mental block that is difficult to overcome.  We get past that by having the golfer hit a hybrid that is matched to their swing and compare it to their existing hybrid.  This usually gets rid of the fear factor! Second, how well does the golfer hit their long(er) irons? This is a little bit of a trick question as most golfers want to keep a longer iron, like a 4 or 5 iron, in their bag to get out of trouble if they are under a tree branch.  But that is a total waste of a club.  I can easily knock down a 7 iron if I have to punch out.  If the golfer only hits the longest iron in... Read More

The Best Fairway Woods for 2018

March 22nd, 2018

The Best Fairway Woods for 2018 Book Your Fitting Now! 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 instead of a 3 wood and get the same or added distance. A Case Study One of our good customers was looking for a fairway wood that could carry a little farther with a better descent angle.  His current 3 wood carry distance was 251 yards at altitude.  We tested the new Tour Edge CBX, TaylorMade M4, and Rogue all in 4 woods.  The winner by two yards was the Callaway Rogue at 263 yards with a peak height of 98 feet and descent angle... Read More

PXG GEN2 Irons Are Setting the Performance Bar

March 19th, 2018

PXG GEN2 Irons Are Setting the Performance Bar After three years of development and nearly 40 prototypes, the PXG GEN2 0311 irons are scheduled for release on April 19th!  Our demo irons should be here by the end of March and are we excited?  Yes! In addition to the latest innovations for the 0311 P, 0311 T and 0311 XF, there is a new iron in the mix, the 0311 SGI (Super Game Improvement).  Let me give you a rundown of the innovations that have gone into these new irons. Performance Improvements Tighter Shot Dispersion Increased Distance Better Top Line Appearance Improved Feel Better Wearing Material The Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) in the original 0311 has been replaced with COR2, a proprietary high speed polymer core material.  This material has shown to create tighter shot dispersion (distance dispersion) and improved feel off the face.  In addition, COR2 has increased ball speed 1-2 mph due to its faster recovery time. New forged 8620 steel in GEN2 is a better wearing material while maintaining the soft feel of a forged material.  The re-design of the clubheads create 15% larger hitting area, a sleeker top and back line yielding more forgiveness and better look... Read More

Get the Right Shaft to Hit Your Driver Straight and Long

March 15th, 2018

Get the Right Shaft to Hit Your Driver Straight and Long We always advise you on what happens when golf shafts are not right for your swing.  A lot of golfers that have never been through our fitting process, think that the majority of their miss-hits are caused by their swing.  Fortunately, that is not always the case!  We help golfers of all abilities hit longer, straighter drives by selecting the proper length, shaft weight, shaft flex, swing weight and shaft profile (trajectory and spin) for their unique swing. First off, you will NOT be happy with clubs bought off-the-rack, regardless of how they tested in the shop.  The consistency of shaft flexes and weights from one club and one manufacturer to another is not very good.  Each year we find shafts that play very soft or very stiff to the stated flex resulting in poor performance. I will make some predictions for misses with your driver based upon a right-handed golfer, including how swing direction makes a big impact.   Book Your Driver Fitting Here! Misses Both Left and Right:   The shaft too flexible in butt section (A flex when should be an R, for example). Can also be caused... Read More

PXG GEN2 Irons Are on Their Way April 19th!

March 14th, 2018

PXG GEN2 Irons Are on Their Way April 19th! Book Your Fitting Here! THE BEST IRONS PXG HAS EVER MADE. Three years in the making, NEW PXG 0311 GEN2 Irons are almost here. Presented in four collections –Tour (T), Players (P), Xtreme Forgiveness (XF), and the new Super Game Improvement (SGI) – PXG 0311 GEN2 Irons deliver unmatched performance for golfers at every level of the game. Not only are NEW PXG 0311 GEN2 Irons better, they are better in every way. Each iron features new innovations in materials and technology, with a forged 8620 soft carbon steel body, groundbreaking COR2 technology, larger functional internal face area, the industry’s thinnest club face, and PXG’s signature perimeter weighting technology. Every element combines to deliver more distance, a larger sweet spot, significantly improved accuracy, and a buttery-soft feel.

Hot New Drivers and Shafts for 2018

March 8th, 2018

Hot New Drivers and Shafts for 2018 In our recent poll, over half of our readers are looking for a new driver in 2018.  So where should you start?  If you look at the advertising dollars being thrown around the industry, you would start with Callaway Rogue or TaylorMade “twist face”.  Yes, they are really good but don’t count out some of the others that made the Golf Digest 2018 Equipment Hot List.   Our battery of testers has narrowed the broad field down to these: Sign up for a fitting here! Drivers Callaway Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero          Higher forgiveness than EPIC and lower spin than almost everyone in the industry.  Sound not as muted as some others. Cobra F8 and F8+    This driver with the milled face is the real deal.  Better sound than last year’s F7 series.  Great low spin and forgiveness.  We liked the two-tone Nardo gray! Mizuno ST-180  A pleasant surprise from Mizuno, this driver is in the same league as the others.  All depends upon if you like a blue colored head. Ping G400  This driver continues to deliver more consistency across the face than almost all of the other... Read More