Pretty awesome Championship, I must say. With a leaderboard as close as it was over the last two days, it really was case of whoever blinked first was out. Zach did a super job and made some very clutch shots when he needed them. What I think is interesting when looking at his bag, is that he has equipment that has performed well for him since 2013 and has not really changed out for much new. He is playing Titleist 913 driver and fairway woods and Vokey SM4 wedges, both at least two years old. He has stuck with Mitsubishi Rayon shafts in his woods and True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts in his irons and wedges. Why? The consistency and feel are paramount for tour players, especially when under pressure. That is why we do not always recommend new clubs, but reshafting your existing equipment to optimize performance. Consistency of shaft length, weight, flex, swing weight, loft and lie can improve your performance dramatically. So if your clubs are only a couple years old, you like the look of them, but consistency, accuracy and distance are not what you expect, maybe it is time to get a complete club fitting... Read More
Well, Tiger definitely needs to find more fairways so maybe this will be the right shaft. I like that he has gone back to at least a 75+ gram shaft and cut the length down to 44.5″. I would put him in a D4 swing weight to help him with the feel of the club but that’s just me. Read the GolfWRX post here…
Posting one of the lowest scores in U.S. Amateur Championship qualifying this year, Spencer Painton shot an 8-under 136 at the Columbine Country Club in Columbine Valley, CO. This is the latest in a string of great golf for Spencer. He will be entering his Sophomore year at Kansas University this fall. Spencer is following up on a great junior golf career where he led Regis Jesuit to 3 straight 5A Colorado high school championships and also qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships in 2013. The U.S. Amateur Championship will be held at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, IL on August 17-23, 2015. Best of luck to a great golfer and a fine young man!
If you have not been to Scotland to play the Old Course at St. Andrews, it is a bucket list must. And if you have been there and played the course, The Open this week will bring back a lot of memories. My best friend and I played there the year of our 50th birthdays and the weather was absolutely stunning. When we hit our first shots it was pretty humbling to be playing a course with so many Open “moments”. Luckily we played the New Course the day before so I finally was used to the links-style course and making sure I didn’t fire at the pin (the pin was pretty safe all day, I might add). I will never forget The Road Hole and certainly crossing the Swilcan Bridge on 18. My guess is Jordan Speith is on a magical journey right now and this could be his year. DJ just needs to seal the deal if he is close. And, I think Justin Rose is playing well enough to win it. What are your thoughts? Dan Sueltz
Cole Krantz of Windsor and Caroline Jordaan of Cherry Hills Village won titles Friday in the Colorado PGA Junior Championship at Indian Tree Golf Club in Arvada, and by doing so each qualified for the national PGA Junior Championship, set for Bryan, Texas Aug. 3-6. Krantz shot a 1-over-par 71 in Friday’s final round, leaving him with a 2-under 138 total in the boys competition. That was good for a two-stroke victory over U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier Coby Welch of Highlands Ranch and Alec Poorman of Boulder. Welch closed with a 71 and Poorman with a 73. We started fitting Cole three years ago and have seen tremendous changes in his strength and ability. He is now one of the longest hitters in the Colorado Junior Golf Association and certainly deserves his recent win. Congratulations and good luck at the PGA Junior Championship!
We take growing the game of golf seriously by getting kids started learning the game as quickly as they are able to hold a club. At some point, the junior golfer will start needing equipment to match their size, strength and ability. We start seeing fitting as an important factor as early as 8 years old. In fact, we have dedicated an entire page to Fitting Junior Golfers. Because we think it is so important to get young golfers fit with the right equipment and make it affordable, we offer a Lifetime Junior Clubfitting for juniors 16 and under for $100 (Reg. $450). This is the same fitting we do for adults, but we realize that a junior golfer may outgrow his or her clubs in two or three years so they will need to come back and be re-evaluated. I started my son when he was 5 and he went on to play college golf. We still play golf together as often as we can. Get your junior started in a lifetime sport with a lifetime clubfitting! Dan Sueltz
Nippon shafts, especially the N. S. Pro 950GH, have been the “go to” shaft on the LPGA Tour for several years. But recently, the Modus 3 models have started making significant inroads on the PGA Tour. The Modus3 line is a heavier weight (115 – 130 gram) line designed for faster swing speeds and tempos. The first models, the Modus3 Tour 120, is a mid launch shaft with solid feel and mid spin. Compared to the Modus3 130, the 120 feels a little smoother due to its softer butt section. The Modus3 130 has a very firm butt and mid section with a softer tip for higher launch. Sergio Garcia is playing the 130 because his very late release and steep attack angle means he needs to use a shaft that stays with him (stiff butt section) but allows for a higher launch at impact (softer tip). Not every golfer, however, may experience this higher launch if they cannot load the shaft properly. I was a case in point where I actually hit the Modus3 130 lower than the 120. Just being introduced this week is the Modus3 125. I really like the feel and performance of this shaft. The... Read More
We have had a LOT of success with the Project X Hand Crafted (HC) shafts since their introduction but the HC LZ (Loading Zone) 50 has been a clear winner in terms of feel, low spin and mid launch. “I picked up 20 yards into a stiff headwind versus my old driver you fit me for in 2011. Easily 30-40 yards down wind. Order another of those shafts and work your magic!”. Clark B., Hingham, MA. The entire LZ line is easy to fit into almost any golfers bag. Come in and see if this shaft fits YOUR game!
Most of you know that we not only custom fit clubs but make sure they are custom built to your exact specifications that we measured in your fitting. A lot of club fitters will fit you and the make a “custom” order that is sent to the manufacturer for fulfillment. We know from hard experience that what comes back from the manufacturer in most cases in not very close and in some cases so far off that your performance will be less than what you experienced in your fitting. Why? First, the manufacturers are mostly concerned with getting the proper swing weight and length of the clubs. In a lot of instances, especially if you are having lie angles adjusted significantly (2-3 degrees up or down), there will be major inconsistencies throughout the set. Another major factor is the variation in the shafts. We have measured stock driver, fairway and hybrid shafts and found that a S (stiff) shaft can measure anywhere from R (regular) to X (extra stiff). If the variance is more than a half of a flex from what you were tested for, your performance (shot dispersion, distance, consistency) will be a lot less than what you... Read More
Hybrids can be a fickle addition to your bag. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, sometimes great! For some golfers, the look of the club makes a big difference as well as the setup (shaft, length, weight, flex). We took a couple of swings at getting some hybrids dialed in for Jay with so-so results. Shafts were great but the look and feel were not there. Well, we finally settled on the Callaway XR hybrids and voila! Just wanted to let you know, your reign as the greatest club fitter of all time continues. The Callaway XR hybrids are awesome! They are so good, that they went into the bag over the weekend. I played the senior club championship and won the whole thing (net division). Shot 83 on Saturday and 79 on Sunday (personal best at my club) and won the net. The hybrids played a huge role. Hit them a lot, both off the tee and from the fairway. Now the old TaylorMade are in no mans land. They are on the shelf, headed for the travel set, but not ready for that move yet. Thanks for working with me on this. 3rd times a charm!