True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts have literally set the standard for iron shafts on the PGA Tour. The Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shaft is the most played but is getting quickly followed by the Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue. The AMT (Ascending Mass Technology) means that the longer irons weigh less (3 grams between each iron) and the shorter irons get heavier. All this is accomplished while still keeping the swing weight constant through out the set. This allows stronger players that like a little lighter feel in their longer irons to still maintain the traditional Dynamic Gold trajectory. Introduced a few years ago and still in the line-up is the Dynamic Gold Pro, or DG Pro shaft. Darren Clarke played this shaft when winning The Open in 2011 and loved the progressive flex profile, step pattern, weight profile and internal material distribution which delivered optimum trajectory, accuracy and feel. Finally, as Tour players get stronger, True Temper is re-introducing the Dynamic Gold X7, its stiffest and heaviest version. The X7 will be available in January, 2015. If you are a stronger player and want to explore some new options, make an appointment for an iron fitting and we will... Read More
In the past year we have seen several introductions of steel shafts in the 105 to 115 gram range. I think the reason for this is that the foray into the super light weight 85 to 90 gram steel shafts has not been all that successful, but let’s save that for another discussion. We reviewed the True Temper 105 and 115 shafts against the KBS Tour 105. While we did not do a comparison to the KBS C-Taper Lite and Nippon 950 GH, I will share my thoughts on where those two shafts fit with the XP 105, XP 115 and Tour 105. First, all tests were done with a Mizuno MP-15 6 iron and a Callaway Chrome Soft ball. The shaft lengths and flexes were within the tolerances of our testers. Launch Angle: Launch angles for the KBS Tour 105 R, S, and X were .5-.7* lower than the XP 115 R and S. Both the XP and KBS 105 are mid-launch shafts. Spin Rate: Both the KBS Tour 105 and XP 105 and 115 exhibited mid-spin and were within 50 rpm of each other at roughly 5200 rpm. Feel: While this is a subjective measure, our testers ranked... Read More
Hope you had a great season and your golf game is where you would like it to be. If not, I have a couple of suggestions for getting yourself “fit” for next season. Even though we are in the second year of the extended PGA Tour season, the top players are using this time of year to get ready for the 2016 season. The first thing you should do is review how your equipment treated you this year. Where did you lose a lot of shots? Off the tee? Didn’t hit many greens in regulation? Wedges let you down? Too many putts? Whatever it is, you should start working on getting your bag in shape with a club fitting that analyzes each portion of your game and creates a consistent set of equipment that will help fix the problems you experienced this past year. Second, you should see if there are any physical limitations that may be holding you back. Do you start strong but fade on the back nine? Have you lost distance? Do you have any nagging pain in your back, legs, shoulders? Get checked out with a certified golf fitness expert to determine if you have issues... Read More
If you thought the Tour AD DI series of shafts was a little too loosey-goosey for you, the Tour AD GP will give you a LOT of love. Graphite Design shafts have never been known, at least in our testing, for a firm mid section but the Tour AD GP is the stiffest we have tested in the Tour AD series. The combination of the lower torque and the use of the 50T materials gives this shaft the most solid feel over the DI and MT that we tested. Spin rates were low like the DI and launch was very similar but the consistency (1.49 smash) of ball speeds, shot dispersion and stable feel make this a solid addition to the Tour AD lineup. We tested the GP against the DI, MT, the OBAN Kiyoshi Purple and the Diamana W.
Just checking in to say thanks again for the great work you and PJ did for me with my clubs. Got out to play 9 holes a couple times recently. Shot a 37 at Park Hill and a 42 at Common Ground. Easily the best golf I’ve ever played. My handicap is dropping and I’m having lots of fun. So much easier to stay in the flow with clubs that match my swing. Chris S., Denver, CO – 16 Hcp.
We always get asked about why our complete clubfitting costs $450 and takes at least three hours. The reason is that we are much more concerned about your golf game and how we can help improve it that just selling you a new driver or set of irons. Our seven step clubfitting and club building process ensures that you get not only the best performance in our fitting studio but on the golf course. From the interview process, through testing your clubs, getting your swing dynamics, fitting you to the right set make-up and then to the final build of your clubs, we want to make sure that we improve every aspect of your game. We are so confident in our fitting process that we guarantee that you will improve with our custom fit and custom built clubs. In addition, once you pay for your clubfitting, it is good for your lifetime. With our lifetime clubfitting you can come in next month, next year, or five years from now and never pay another fitting fee. This is the perfect time of year to do a clubfitting as you are in “game shape” from the season and can tell us what... Read More
Okay, we have seen titanium faces, cup-face technology, slot technology and now a way to make your fairway woods and hybrids slip through the turf without a major drop in clubhead speed. Tour Edge introduced their Slip Stream Sole in late 2014 and we jumped on the bandwagon with their hybrids. The results for our customers has been a 100 percent satisfaction rate! While Tour Edge will tell you the “wavy” sole creates less turf interaction, I believe the waves actually will help square the club face for straighter shots. And, the design of these clubs gives a great look and solid, low spin performance for more control. Better come in and check them out! “Those new Tour Edge CB hybrids were all you said they would be and more. I hit some of the best hybrid shots of my life last week during my first round with them.” Rob V., Lafayette, CO – 11 hcp. Dan Sueltz
The golf industry has gone through a lot of changes in the last four or five years. First, the pundits are saying the golf industry is not growing, and in certain respects they are correct. So the manufacturer’s of golf equipment are in a game of stealing market share from each other. This means more strategic introductions of new equipment at the right time of the year. What used to happen is manufacturers would introduce new clubs in the fall but not have them hit the street until February of the following year. This caused them to miss two important milestones. First, they missed fall and winter sales in the southern US markets. Second, they did not have their equipment tested during the compilation of the Golf Digest Equipment Hot List, which is published in January/February. Say what you want about the Hot List but it definitely creates a following among golfers. So we have seen a lot of new clubs and shafts being introduced in the fall. My only issue with all of the new product introductions is that the consumer gets a little annoyed when they purchase a new set of irons or a driver in April, and... Read More
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