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Miura’s Modern Blade: The Best of Both Worlds

May 10th, 2018

The Modern Blade We have long been a fan of Miura.  As far as we are concerned, Miura makes the BEST forged irons, in traditional style, in the world.  Miura just introduced a completely new iron design for the first time since 1957: the MC-501. It’s what Miura is calling “The Modern Blade:” the perfect hybrid of blade and cavity back designs. Aimed at pleasing the eye and performing, the MC-501 sports the desirable muscle back aesthetic yet still provides the player forgiveness for off-center strikes. Engineering the MC-501 The MC-501 features a unique set of design features that make it distinct from the traditional blade. Sculpted channels in the muscle of the club are the most visually recognizable difference. These channels allowed Miura’s engineers to reposition 20 grams of weight to the sole of the club. Added weight in the sole gives the club a lower center of gravity, promoting higher launch and lower spin. The MC-501 also features a longer total blade length for greater face area. Greater heel to toe forgiveness is created by the longer blade. Additionally, Miura’s signature Y-grind sole is incorporated to allow for cleaner turf interaction. The unparalleled feel of forged soft carbon... Read More

KBS TGI Tour Graphite Iron Gets First Tour Victory

May 3rd, 2018

KBS TGI Tour Graphite Iron Gets First Tour Victory Lydia Ko captured her first LPGA Tour victory in over two years with her win at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Classic.  Not only is she a member of PXG Troops with a full bag of PXG woods, irons and wedges, but she put the new KBS TGI Tour 80 gram shafts in her irons.   This is KBS’ first win on any tour with its new graphite irons.  The KBS TGI Tour 80 profiles very similar to the KBS Tour 90 steel shaft and can be tipped to play slightly stiffer. Here is more on these new graphite shafts from a traditionally steel shaft company: KBS Introduces Graphite Iron Shafts – KBS TGI Tour Graphite Iron   Following on the heels of the very successful launch of the KBS Tour Prototype Hybrid Graphite shafts, KBS has released the new TGI Tour Graphite Iron shafts.  These shafts are designed to play very similar to their KBS Steel counterparts, with the same Elasticity Index. Interested in new iron shafts?  Schedule your fitting here! Available in 50, 60, 70 and 80 gram weights The good news is that now we have something to fit golfers from... Read More

TrackMan Face Impact Data Improves Fitting Results

May 2nd, 2018

TrackMan Face Impact Data Improves Fitting Results We have long known in our fitting process that face impact has a tremendous affect on distance and accuracy.   We have been touting for years that the “sweet spot” on a driver is not dead center, but slightly towards the toe and slightly above center.  Well, TrackMan is now helping us prove our theory!  TrackMan’s latest release of their Performance Center includes the ability to track the exact impact area on the face of the club for each club in your bag (putter coming this summer)!  I have been working on getting by driver dialed in and the picture at the left shows my “impact area” for about a dozen or so shots.  The smash factor is at 1.48, not bad for a guy of my handicap, but the detail show that those shots that are below center and slightly towards the heel drop to 1.45 or below.  What this means is that I am losing up to 15 yards by not hitting in the sweet spot!  Spin goes up, ball speed goes down and dispersion increases. Fitting to Smash Factor In our fittings we always try to maximize the efficiency of our... Read More

TPT Golf Driver Shaft Review – Update

April 26th, 2018

TPT Golf Driver Shaft Review – Update These shafts are AMAZING!  Our customers are raving about the results: “This shaft is the real deal.  I am straighter than ever and have picked up at least 20 yards.”  Jim H., hits his driver 250+ 16 MKP/MT/SW “What a beast!  My buddies can’t believe the difference.”  Sean P. 8 hcp, hits his driver 270+ “Having this TPT shaft in my bag brings a whole new level of confidence off the tee.”  Aaron B.   TPT Golf, a division of NTPT Technology, is seriously bringing new technology to the golf shaft industry.  Introduced on the PGA Tour in 2016, this series of shafts is getting some very good traction among serious amateurs and professionals.  Justin Rose has won three times with the shaft and Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open the first time he put the TPT shaft in his driver.  And Bryson DeChambeau has one twice with a prototype TPT shaft!  So what is so special about these shafts? Thin Ply Technology Means Better Feel Thin plys of composite mean that there is less resin and more fiber in each shaft.  The harsh feeling in a typical golf shaft can be... Read More

Picking the Right Hybrid Shaft

April 17th, 2018

Picking the Right Hybrid Shaft Picking the right hybrid shaft is very important, especially when replacing long irons.  According to our current poll, 35% of our golfers say the WORST club(s) in their bag are their long irons.  So, maybe new hybrids are in order. (see our related blog post on long irons here). While buying a hybrid off-the-rack is the most common purchase, the shafts offered very likely do not fit the majority of golfers.  Most hybrid shafts that we test during a fitting are too soft (flexible) and too light of weight.  This can cause very poor ball contact, wide shot dispersion and a loss of distance.  So how do we determine which shaft is best for your swing dynamics?  Our BGF Fitting System has modeled thousands of golfers swings and will dynamically recommend the proper shaft length, weight, flex, swing weight and profile (trajectory and spin) to optimize your hybrid performance based upon your unique swing dynamics. Book your Fitting Here! Shaft Weight The longest, lightest, yet stiffest club in you bag is your driver.  The heaviest, shortest and most flexible clubs will be your wedges.  As clubs get shorter from driver to fairway woods to hybrids,... Read More

What Driver Length Should YOU Play?

April 12th, 2018

What Driver Length Should YOU Play? In our experience over the last twenty years, we have seen off-the-shelf driver lengths go from 43 inches to 48 inches, the maximum allowable by the USGA, and back to somewhere around 45 inches.  The holy grail for most golfers is increased distance off the tee.  With the USGA governing the rebound effect off the face of the driver (CT), it seems logical that adding length to the driver creates a longer swing arc and therefore more club head speed.  But, if you do not hit the sweet spot on the face of the driver, you will actually LOSE distance because the efficiency (smash factor) will drop and you will generate less ball speed.  In fact, the winner of the 2018 Masters used a driver that is 44.5 inches long and the 2nd place finishers driver length was 44.5 inches as well.  Check out our list of 2018 stock drivers at the end of this blog. So, how do you determine YOUR optimum driver length?  There are several factors that you should consider: Click here to book a fitting! Arm length and Posture. In both our BGF Fitting System and the TrueFitClubs Fitting Wizard,... Read More

Counter Balanced Driver Shafts are Hot!

April 5th, 2018

Counter Balanced Driver Shafts are Hot! Counter balanced driver shafts are starting to be all the rage both on tour and in our clients hands.  Why?  Because most manufacturers of drivers are making their club heads much heavier these days and golfers do not want to feel like they are swinging a sledge hammer!  Tour pros like Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, and Rory McIlroy have opted for counter balanced shafts like the Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Pro Orange in order to reduce total weight and increase club head speed (not that they need any help, mind you)!  With shafts that are counter balanced, swing weights can be reduced 2 to 3 points creating a lighter head feel and potentially generating more clubhead speed. Driver Head Weights Today As recently as 2015, driver head weights were pretty much right around 200 grams.  Today, we are seeing headweights of 203 grams consistently but some as high as 209.  Every 2 grams adds a swing weight so instead of a D0 at 45 inches, you may see D3 to D4.  The average golfer with a smooth tempo will like a lighter swing weight.  So, up until counter balanced driver shafts came along, you... Read More

Solving the Hybrid Vs. Long Iron Fitting Dilemma

March 29th, 2018

Solving the hybrid vs. long iron fitting dilemma should not be a difficult decision.  In general there are a couple of factors to consider. First, how comfortable is the golfer in hitting hybrid clubs? I would say 20-30% of our golfers going through a fitting have trouble hitting their hybrids consistently.  Usually, it is because of the fact that the hybrids are not very well fit to them in terms of shaft flex and weight.  Unfortunately, sometimes this becomes a mental block that is difficult to overcome.  We get past that by having the golfer hit a hybrid that is matched to their swing and compare it to their existing hybrid.  This usually gets rid of the fear factor! Second, how well does the golfer hit their long(er) irons? This is a little bit of a trick question as most golfers want to keep a longer iron, like a 4 or 5 iron, in their bag to get out of trouble if they are under a tree branch.  But that is a total waste of a club.  I can easily knock down a 7 iron if I have to punch out.  If the golfer only hits the longest iron in... Read More

The Best Fairway Woods for 2018

March 22nd, 2018

The Best Fairway Woods for 2018 Book Your Fitting Now! Well, the changes in the way the USGA measures the legality of drivers, fairway woods and hybrids have given some clubs a tremendous amount of added distance.  I did an article on this a few years ago and the major manufacturers have jumped on the change from COR to CT measurements.  I also had it confirmed by the senior product director at one of the major manufacturers.  The best new fairway woods will show increases of 1-4 mph in ball speed, reduced spin and higher launch angles.  The result is that now you can hit a higher lofted fairway wood, a 4 wood for example instead of a 3 wood and get the same or added distance. A Case Study One of our good customers was looking for a fairway wood that could carry a little farther with a better descent angle.  His current 3 wood carry distance was 251 yards at altitude.  We tested the new Tour Edge CBX, TaylorMade M4, and Rogue all in 4 woods.  The winner by two yards was the Callaway Rogue at 263 yards with a peak height of 98 feet and descent angle... Read More

PXG GEN2 Irons Are Setting the Performance Bar

March 19th, 2018

PXG GEN2 Irons Are Setting the Performance Bar After three years of development and nearly 40 prototypes, the PXG GEN2 0311 irons are scheduled for release on April 19th!  Our demo irons should be here by the end of March and are we excited?  Yes! In addition to the latest innovations for the 0311 P, 0311 T and 0311 XF, there is a new iron in the mix, the 0311 SGI (Super Game Improvement).  Let me give you a rundown of the innovations that have gone into these new irons. Performance Improvements Tighter Shot Dispersion Increased Distance Better Top Line Appearance Improved Feel Better Wearing Material The Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) in the original 0311 has been replaced with COR2, a proprietary high speed polymer core material.  This material has shown to create tighter shot dispersion (distance dispersion) and improved feel off the face.  In addition, COR2 has increased ball speed 1-2 mph due to its faster recovery time. New forged 8620 steel in GEN2 is a better wearing material while maintaining the soft feel of a forged material.  The re-design of the clubheads create 15% larger hitting area, a sleeker top and back line yielding more forgiveness and better look... Read More