I know this sounds like a set-up but one of our customers dropped his handicap index from a 3.2 to 1.0 this year, a 70% decrease. What was his secret? The short game. For low handicappers, dropping even one stroke is a big achievement. Usually the low handicapper has a solid tee game and iron play so it comes down to chipping it close(r) and sinking more putts. For an 18 handicapper to drop 70%, or 12.6 strokes would take a lot of work on all aspects of the golf game. So what are your plans for next year to improve your handicap? First, make your goals realistic. Can you realistically drop your scoring average 2, 4 or 8 strokes? Second, where are you losing strokes? Off the tee? Fairway to green? Wedge approach shots? Chipping? Putting? If you do not know where you are losing strokes to average, you may be working on the wrong things. Some of your loss of strokes could be from improperly fit equipment so don’t count out the inconsistency in your game from that perspective. Whatever your scoring goals are for 2015, remember that the more realistic you make them, the more fun it... Read More
While I hope each company does not launch 8 different driver models in one year, it is always exciting when we see the latest models hit the shop. We have the Callaway Big Bertha 815 and 815 Double Diamond, Tour Edge E8 Beta, TaylorMade R15 (Black and White finish), Ping G30 and Titleist 915 in and ready for fitting. What will you see with these new drivers? Low(er) spin, more adjustability, expanded sweet spots. Again, its all about getting more distance which fits right in with our blog series! Next up in 2015 will be the Callaway series that replaces the X2Hot.
Fujikura has long been a leader in high quality graphite shafts. Their Speeder series has been extremely effective on the PGA Tour and the new PRO series of woods is a great option for players seeking performance at a little lower price point. Using Fujikura’s ENSO shaft analysis system, the shafts in this series are engineered to offer great results for players of different abilities. The shafts are designed to be mid-launch with stiffer tip and mid sections which was evident in our testing. The slightly softer butt section still gives a great feel at impact. The TS (Tour Spec) versions in the 63 and 73 gram woods feature lower torque (firmer feel), slightly higher swing weight (balance point is lower), and stiffer butt sections. The S shaft in the 63 TS is the same stiffness as the X shaft in the standard 63 so be careful when selecting the TS flex. Our testing showed slightly lower spin and lower launch with the TS version versus the standard version wood shafts. There are also matching hybrids (63, 73 and 83 gr), and irons (75 and 95 gr). These are also a mid to low-mid launching shafts. Shaft Quality ratings run from... Read More
This just makes sense, right? The farther you hit your driver, the shorter the club you will be using for your approach shots. And, the shorter the club you use for your approach shot, the more accurate you are, right? Well, Trackman has thousands of shots in their Combine testing that prove this out. Bogey golfers only hit 21% of greens in regulation from 160 yards but hit 42% from 140 yards! And the proximity to hole increases by 50% as well! Mark Broadie, author of Every Stroke Counts, shows that a bogey golfer will gain 1.6 strokes if he/she hits it twenty yards farther. So how can YOU get that extra 20 yards (without Teeing it Forward)? I will be blogging here over the next few weeks on the seven keys to improving your driving distance. Ultimately it comes down to hitting the highest loft, lowest spin shots that allow you maximum carry and roll. The keys to YOUR success will be: Finding the Sweet Spot on the Driver Face Optimizing YOUR Loft Improving Attack Angle and Why it Works Getting the Right Shaft for Distance AND Accuracy Swing techniques Strength, Stability and Conditioning Mastering your Driver Swing... Read More
One of the most frustrating things I encounter during a fitting is a golfer that hits their driver low with a lot of spin. These two factors are notorious distance killers. When I look at the face impact of the golf ball, the golfer is typically hitting below the center of the club (see the little white dot in the picture) and towards the heel. Hitting the ball a half inch below the center can turn a 10.5 degree driver into an 8 degree driver – a distance killer on uphill or wet fairways. Hitting a half inch towards the heel can add as much as 500 rpm spin, another distance killer. During a fitting, we look at a number of things that could be causing heel shots. Is the shaft weight correct for the persons tempo? If the golfer’s tempo is fast, a heavier shaft or heavier weighted head will help reduce the amount of extension away from the body during the swing which causes a heel shot. The club may be too long as well. Most stock drivers for amateurs are 45.5″ to 46″ in length because the manufacturer’s do not want you to lose distance. We always... Read More
True Temper designed the XP 115 as a slightly heavier version of its popular XP 105 and XP 95. Currently the XP 115 is available only through Mizuno as one of their fitting cart options but that will change in early December when the XP 115 becomes available to the public. When we test a shaft, we always use the same head and ball for all testers, and the shafts are matched to the golfers swing dynamics in terms of flex. For all testers, the XP 115 had a great feel of a shaft that is releasing through the hitting area without feeling like there was a los of control. This is a testament to the design of the shaft so good job True Temper! And, the Trackman shot dispersion charts proved this out. We also did a comparison of the XP 115 to the KBS C-Taper Lite and KBS Tour V. Launch angles, spin rates and distances came out very similar for all testers putting this shaft in the mid launch, mid spin range. The XP 115 was ranked the best in terms of feel. Also, one tester found that the XP 115 picked up nearly a half club in... Read More
Coming from TaylorMade January 9, 2015, the newest product lines: R15 and Aero Burner!. Just had these drivers as well as the fairway woods and hybrids in the shop for quick testing. The black version of the R15 driver you see in the picture will be the only black club offered…all other clubs are only available in the new pearl white finish. I like the R15 adjustability for both fade/draw and that the weights are removable so we can manage swing weight. Lofts are also adjustable +/- 2 degrees. Lofts on the R15 and Aero Burner driver will now play more realistic so you do not have to play a 12 degree driver to get it to launch like your old 10.5! All of the drivers sounded nice and solid and performed well with the stock shafts. The new R15 hybrids have a distinctly Adams look to them, which will appeal to better players. The Aero Burner clubs are all directly bonded so no adjustability, even in the driver.
Welcome back to Colorado, Mike! From Torrey Pines to PGA National Golf Club in Florida, The Golf Channel and his own Mike Wine Golf Academy in Nashville, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help you with your game. Mike will be working with us during the winter months so we can now offer lessons to our clients and indoor practice members. Mike is a PGA member and has worked with numerous tour players. See more about Mike’s background here… To schedule a lesson or inquire about rates, Mike can be contacted directly at 615-424-8880 or [email protected]
The Trackman User Conference last week in Celebration, FL featured clinics on how to use Trackman for improving fitting and instruction. I picked up a lot of good tips on both driver and bag fitting and shared some of our research on shaft fitting with attendees. Bottom line on driver fitting is fit for ball speed, launch angle and spin which will optimize both distance AND accuracy. And, if you really want to lower your scores, you need to hit your drives farther! Research from thousands of shots from amateurs around the world prove that hitting even just one club shorter iron/hybrid into greens can drop 2-3 strokes off your game. If you have not had us optimize your distance and accuracy, come in for a Trackman fitting using our BGF Fitting System. Take strokes off your game!
In our last blog on this topic we discussed the impact of the golf shaft on accuracy. Another one of the major premises of our shaft test using Trackman and the GEARS Golf motion sensing system was that the proper shaft can also improve distance. Or, conversely, the wrong shaft can negatively affect distance. Four shafts varying in weight from 53 to 68 grams and from senior to X-stiff flex were used in the test. This part of the test yielded some very interesting results. For some of our testers, the distance differences between shafts were almost negligible, i.e. 3 yards at 260 yard total distance. For others, the distance gains (or losses) we pretty huge. One tester lost 26 yards with a shaft that was very heavy and stiff (from 200 yards to 175 yards), which was a loss of 12.5%. From a TrackMan fitting perspective, the biggest factors affecting distance were smash factor (face impact location), launch angle, spin and for certain golfers, club speed. For the stronger players, there was very little variance in club speed between the different shaft weights and flexes. But the slower club speed golfers (75 to 90) saw drops of as much... Read More