We tested the HZRDUS Black prototype shafts last week in our shop and all I can say is WOW! We knew the HZRDUS Black shafts were designed to be lower spinning and mid-low launch but we were really surprised at how good the shafts felt for guys that were not necessarily fans of shafts with a stiff butt, mid and tip section. I attribute that to the design with a little higher torque (softer feel). The only shaft that came close in spin and distance was the Kuro Kage TiNi 70. We tested the HZRDUS Black 65 and 75 against the Kuro Kage TiNi 70, Diamana 50W and ACCRA DyMatchMT 60 2.0, all shafts that have been “gamers”. The driver head used was the Ping G30 LS TEC 10.5 set at 10.5. Both the HZRDUS 65 and 75 Black were tested in 6.0 flex and both played stiffer than marked on the shaft. As Don Brown, designer of the HZRDUS shaft for Project X has stated, the Black shafts were designed for stronger players that wanted to really be able to go after the ball and still maintain control. Well, that is exactly what this shaft will do! We did not... Read More
We had an opportunity to put the new TaylorMade M1 460 and 430 to the test last week. When I first heard that the M1 had a composite top I was a little leery about the sound and durability but at least the sound factor was addressed with the first swing. Sound is like the R15 or Aeroburner. I was afraid it would have a clunky, mushy sound, but the sound is crisp and clear. As for durability, I think this driver will hold up to higher swing speeds as the metal part of the crown has moved back on the clubhead. Most OEM drivers that failed in the past had roughly 1/4″ of metal material wrapping over onto the top of the composite head. I liked the feel of the M1, especially on slight mishits. Good feedback that I did not hit the ball on the sweet spot but not as harsh as the R15. As with all of our testing, we used the same shaft for all three heads, M1 460, M1 430 and R15. We also used a TaylorMade Preferred X ball. The shaft used in all three tests was the ACCRA LS 55 M4. We used... Read More
I was going through a fitting with a young lady last week and one of her complaints was hitting her iron shots thin and low trajectory, which was causing a loss of distance. After a quick assessment on TrackMan, we looked her attack angle and found that it was only slightly negative, meaning she was hitting almost up on her irons rather than down and through the ball. Once we dialed her in to the right shaft weight and flex, contact improved but still not where I wanted it to be. So I observed her ball position in her stance and quickly noticed that she had the ball too far forward. This meant the bottom of her swing arc was about a half inch behind the ball causing her to hit the ball on the bottom of the face. This was also confirmed when we did a lie angle test. By moving the ball back in her stance, we immediately went from hitting a 6 iron 125 yards to 142 yards! And more consistently! This same phenomenon can happen with a driver which will cause high spin and a dramatic loss in distance, even with a positive attack angle. The... Read More
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…
Congratulations to the Highlands Ranch, Colorado, boys high school golf team for winning the Southern Regional Championship. Pictured are Coach James Barker, Charlie Schneider, Kyle and Ryan Pearson, and Jackson Crist. The Colorado State Boys High School Championships are in two weeks! We have fit Charlie and Jackson with the right clubs for their swings and it looks like it is working out!
The new Mizuno irons are definitely in keeping with the trend of high tech performance with traditional look and feel. I tested the new MP-25, new JPX EZ Forged and the JPX-850 Forged irons this weekend on our indoor TrackMan ball flight monitor. I used a 6 iron and the XP 115 iron shaft at my length, flex and swingweight. Also used the Callaway Chrome Soft ball. As a 10 hcp, my results were somewhat consistent so I left in all but the worst shots. The numbers in parenthesis next the head are the loft degrees on the head as test, i.e. 30 degrees on the MP-25. First let’s look at the numbers. . Club Speed Ball Speed Smash Launch Ang. Spin Rate MP-25 (30*) 75.0 100.2 1.34 19.6 4830 JPX EZ Forged (28*) 74.5 101.4 1.36 20.9 5059 JPX-850 Forged (28*) 73.2 103.1 1.41 19.3 5013 A quick observation is that the MP-25 is a slightly lower launch than I actually expected, which is a good thing in my opinion. This is a good contrast to the higher launching MP-15 and older MP-54. Also a little surprised that the spin rate... Read More
Looks like all the hard work (and a little help from clubs fit to her swing) paid off for Jill in winning the 2015 CWGA Senior Stroke Play Championship! Jill played great over the two day tournament at Red Rocks Country Club, shooting an 8-over 152. In fact Jill played well enough to place second in net score as well. Congratulations Jill!
In the spring of 2015, I did a blog series on how to increase distance with your driver. (See the blog series here! ) One of topics was making sure that your contact with the ball was in the optimum spot on the clubface. The image in this post shows face tape contact with the same driver head but with different shafts The image on the right shows face contact high on the face and towards the heel. This caused a higher than normal launch angle, an increased amount of spin, a much lower smash factor (efficiency rating) and a hard draw/hook. My first observation was that the club was too long and shaft was potentially too stiff. The driver this gentleman was using was a 65 gram, X-Stiff (7.0) at 45.5″. After testing on the TrackMan ball flight monitor and putting the results into our fitting system, we recommended a 75 gram, Stiff (6.0) flex at 44.5″. We also recommended a slight change in setup and ball position to align the ball farther toward the toe of the club at address. The image at the left shows the results in much improved face contact, and 16 more yards! The... Read More
Mizuno irons have been the players choice for a very long time. Known for their superior forging process and high grade steel, the Mizuno blades and new cavity back models are a great iron for mid to low handicap players. But, about five years ago, Mizuno made a concerted effort to get into the game improvement iron market. That move has literally put Mizuno in a place that provides an iron for all golfers. So much so that their irons received 6 Gold Medals in the Golf Digest 2015 Hot List, and Mizuno is now in 4th place in the US iron market overall. Their new MP-25 iron is an elegant replacement to the MP-54 but with added Boron for strength. This allows Mizuno to make the faces thinner for more “pop” and higher ball speed without sacrificing feel. This was initially offered in the JPX-850 Forged this year. The new MP-5, a muscle-back blade has an awesome nickel finish and a design better players will admire for its elegance. We can help literally any golfer find the right Mizuno iron with so many great models to choose from. Come in and try the new MP-25, JPX-EZ or MP-5. You... Read More
One of the most important things we teach our fitters is to concentrate on fitting the golfer to their current swing rather than trying to make swing changes during the fitting. The reason for this is simple. Swing changes take a long time to be reflected in your golf game so trying to make a quick fix usually does not work. The second reason is that we are fitting to your existing swing tendencies, good OR bad and we know that equipment can make big improvements in consistency of contact, shot dispersion and ball flight. So when you come in for a fitting, here are our rules: 1. Take your NORMAL swing. If one of your golfing buddies keeps telling you to slow down, don’t listen! It will never happen…consistently. By altering the weight and balance of a golf club we can make aggressive, fast swing golfers feel more comfortable and be much more consistent. 2. Don’t worry if you are not hitting a club particularly well. That is one of the things we are trying to find out during a fitting is what weight, flex, length, and balance of club you hit the best. You will never hit all... Read More