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TaylorMade RSi 1 and RSi 2 Comparison to TP CB and SLDR irons

October 28th, 2014

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

Long Driver Connor Power’s Move is All About Fitness

October 27th, 2014

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 moves from Cobra/Puma to Titleist

October 22nd, 2014

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.

Diamana 3rd Generation R Series Shafts

October 20th, 2014

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!

TrackMan and GEARS Golf Shaft Test Results – Accuracy

October 20th, 2014

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!

Isabel Southard with the Lowest Final Round Score at the Golfweek Conference Challenge

September 30th, 2014

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!

The Most Popular Driver at the Ryder Cup is ?????

September 22nd, 2014

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. 

Callaway Big Bertha V Series Driver Is Here!

September 15th, 2014

This driver is all about creating speed which will result in more distance!  The aerodynamic design of this head along with its lighter weight design will help you create more clubhead speed.  In some tests, this driver created up to 2 mph more clubhead speed which is 5-7 more yards distance.  Doesn’t seem like much but that could get you a half club closer to the green!  Of course, our job is to help you select the proper shaft weight, flex and tip profile to maximize your performance.

Big Win for Billy Horschel at the Fed-Ex Cup

September 15th, 2014

Back-to-Back wins at the BMW championship and Coca-Cola championship is a pretty sweet way to end the season, and put a few million in the bank!  And, Billy nearly won the week before the BMW!  Just shows that when you get on a roll, your confidence goes up and you can play in a great zone!  While Billy had a pretty solid bag of PING clubs, he played an Aldila Rogue 60X in his driver and OBAN Kiyoshi Black 75 shafts in his 3 and 5 wood.  These shafts are all low-launch, low-spin and have a very firm feel.  The G30 9 degree driver (set to 10.5) proved to be a solid performer for the last two weeks.  Come in and we will show you what new shafts we have to offer may fit YOU in the new G30 line-up.  It’s all about creating confidence with your clubs.

GEARS Golf Motion Sensing System – Better Information for Shaft Fitting

September 15th, 2014

Thanks to the 20 testers that came in and spent some time with us on the new GEARS Golf motion sensing system.  These testers hit a driver with four different shafts and the results were recorded not only with the GEARS system but with Trackman.  Based on preliminary results, this system will help us do a better job with the initial shaft fitting.    Our fittings will become faster and more dialed-in to the correct shaft in the first round of live testing.  Because we know in more detail HOW the golfer loads the shaft and WHEN the release point is in the swing, we can pick shafts that will give a tighter impact area on the face (called a Face Map).  We can also determine the impact of the shaft stiffness, tip stiffness and mid section stiffness on Attack Angle (higher or lower launch) and Face Angle (dispersion).  We will be publishing the results in the next 30 days or so after we have completed our analysis of the test data.