What's New: From the Lab

The Best 2021 Driver and Shaft Combinations

June 21st, 2021

The Best 2021 Driver and shaft combinations is based upon our fitting results so far in 2021.  The Best of the Best are Highlighted in Red! There were a few surprises on the 2021 Golf Digest Equipment Hot List and which drivers won the Gold Medals.  Various forums, and ourselves as well publish a list of the best drivers.  Some are very independent and some are not.  Doesn’t matter.  What our customers are looking for is what are the best driver and shaft combinations that we have fit so far in 2021, even though it is early in the season.  We believe that the shaft is the part of the club that has the most impact on distance, consistency and accuracy, so that is why we are including our shaft recommendations in this list.    We have four distinct categories based upon swing speed and distance.  Swing Speed 106+, Distance > 250 yards Swing Speed 95-105, Distance 211 – 250 yards Swing Speed 80 – 94, Distance 175 – 210 yards Swing Speed Under 80, Distance < 175 yards We think there are more shafts and heads in the mix for slower swing speeds.  We have also thrown in our Honorable... Read More

Best Iron Shafts in 2021 Review

May 17th, 2021

  Selecting the best iron shaft or iron–shaft combination for your game starts with knowing your game. The newest irons and shafts in 2021 are producing greater distance, forgiveness and accuracy for our customers because we properly tune the iron and shaft combination to your handicap and swing dynamics. We’ve put the newest iron shafts from Project X, True Temper, KBS, OBAN, Mitsubishi, Nippon and others through rigorous testing. Choose your handicap range or swing speed to see how each iron shaft stacks up: (Our More Popular Shafts are Highlighted in Red) • Professionals/ low handicaps (6 iron distance is 200+ yards with swing speeds 90+ mph) • Low to Mid-handicaps (6 iron distance 175 – 200 yards with swing speeds between 80-90 mph) • Higher handicaps (6 iron distance 150 – 175 yards with swing speed less than 80 mph • Seniors, Juniors, Ladies (6 iron distance under 140 yards) If you want to find the best iron shafts for your swing, schedule your Fitting Here!!   Our Fitting Difference We fit a LOT of different golfers every year for iron shafts. Our master insights come from shaft performance testing and player testing during thousands of fittings. Our fitting... Read More

Miura Introduces the PI-401 Cavity Back Iron with Exceptional Forgiveness and Outstanding Distance

April 11th, 2021

Miura Introduces the PI-401 Cavity Back Iron with Exceptional Forgiveness and Outstanding Distance.  This iron is designed for players of all abilities to give performance we have come to expect from Miura.  We think this is the best performance improvement iron Miura has introduced! Schedule Your Iron Fitting NOW! The Miura PI-401 iron combines the classic Miura “feel” with new  performance enhancing materials and design for optimizing the golfer’s game. The face is made of premium S35C Carbon Steel for optimizing distance and forgiveness.  The body is 8620 Soft Carbon Steel for classic Miura feel. Schedule Your Iron Fitting NOW!   Dan Sueltz

Graphite Design Tour AD HD Shaft Review

March 29th, 2021

The Graphite Design Tour AD HD shafts is the latest in the great lineup of Tour AD shafts from Graphite Design. Book Your Driver/Wood Fitting Here Design Designed as Hyper Drive, the HD wood shafts have a firm butt section, firm mid and firmer tip section for added stability and reduced spin.  This shaft actually improves on the design of the Tour AD XC  The Tour AD HD utilizes new MX 40 pre-preg materials from TORACAY for added stability and feel. Well known for their relatively soft mid section, the Tour AD HD is a slight departure for Graphite Design offering golfers a firmer feel at impact.  This is similar to the Tour AD XC (Xtreme Carry) shaft. Available Models The Tour AD HD is available in five different weights from 49 to 88 grams at raw length.  The Tour AD HD 4 is available in Senior, Regular and Stiff flex.  The HD 5 is available in Senior, Regular, Stiff and XStiff.  The fact that the lighter weight shafts are available in X flex is a tribute to the fact that certain stronger players can do well with stiffer shafts.  The most popular weight HD 6 is available not only in Senior,... Read More

Recoil DART Iron Shafts Are Impressive

March 21st, 2021

The new light weight graphite Recoil DART iron shafts from UST Mamiya are impressive! Overview UST Mamiya has taken the Recoil shaft model to another level with this new light weight iron shaft.  By focusing on improving the hoop strength throughout the shaft, the Recoil DART shaft will improve accuracy and consistency.  This is because the improved hoop strength prevents ovaling which means the shaft will bend but return to normal more consistently.  I am sure UST thought the name would be synonymous with “throwing darts at the pin!”.  Book Your Fitting Here! Models The Recoil DART shafts are available in two weights, 65 and 75 grams.  UST uses a flex designation system of F1-F5 with F1 – Ladies, F2 – Senior, F3 – Regular, F4 – Stiff and F5 – Extra Stiff. Both the 65 and 75 models are available in A, R and S flexes. See the UST Mamiya Specifications Here. Performance These shaft are designed for slower swing speeds, i.e. 55 – 65 mph with  a 6 or 7 iron or under 85 mph driver speed.  Perfect shafts for juniors, as well as some ladies and senior golfers! Trajectory is mid-high with mid-high spin as well.   These... Read More

Mizuno STZ and STX Drivers

March 15th, 2021

Mizuno has been on a quest for the past three years to make a mark in the golf industry with their drivers.  The ST190 was very good.  The ST200 was better.  And now, we believe the STZ is the best driver Mizuno has delivered! Consistently high ball speeds across the face, AND very tight shot dispersions.  We have tested the STZ with swing speeds from 80 to 110 and the results are consistently high!  Available in 9.5 and 10.5 degree lofts with adjustability of plus or minus 2 degrees. Book your Lifetime Driver Fitting Here!   The STX driver is designed for slower swing speeds, 90 mph or less.  With a slight draw bias, this driver also has a longer heel-to-toe profile which makes this driver so much more forgiving.  Slightly higher spin is also good for slower swings to keep the ball in the air for greater carry and roll.  Available in 10.5 degree loft that can be adjusted from 8.5 to 12.5 degrees! Book your Lifetime Driver Fitting Here! Dan Sueltz

Fujikura Vista Pro Shafts -2021 Edition

February 15th, 2021

Fujikura has made a significant upgrade in their very popular Vista Pro line of iron, hybrid and wood shafts.   We are super excited to see the incorporation of new materials for improved performance! New Design Typically known for their mid-high to high trajectory throughout the line, the new design brings more “flighting” to the line.  This means that the lighter shaft like the 45 wood shaft will be higher launching than the 60 and 65.  The shafts also have a more traditional balance point, i.e. they are NOT counterbalanced for heavier driver heads.  This also means you can get more reasonable swing weights in the lighter iron shafts. And, the midsection has been firmed up across all of these shafts to provide more stability and consistency from swing to swing. Schedule your Fitting to Find Out Which Of These Shafts May Fit YOUR Swing! Wood Shafts Available : 45 gr R3 (Ladies), R2 (Senior) and R (Regular) flexes, 55 gr R2 (Senior), R (Regular) and S(Stiff), 60 gr R(Regular), S(Stiff) 65 gr R(Regular), S(Stiff) and X(Extra Stiff) 75 gr S(Stiff) and X(Extra Stiff). These shafts will typically play true to stated flex which is great for building consistent drivers and fairway... Read More

Project X HZRDUS Smoke iM10 Shafts

February 11th, 2021

Overview There have been a lot of advancements in shaft materials over the past few years.  The increase in denser pre-preg materials is certainly not new.  That being said, the new HexTow high modulus (stiff) material in the iM10 shafts offers a unique blend of stiffness for stability and strength with more feel.  This allows the Project X shaft designers the ability to build stronger shafts at lighter weights without losing distance or accuracy along the way.  There are two distinct models available: Mid (Mid Launch/Mid Spin) Available in 50 gr (5.0, 5.5, 6.0), 60 gr (5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5) and 70 gr (5.5, 6.0, 6.5).  Project X shaft designations are roughly Regular R(5.0), Strong Regular R+(5.5), Stiff S(6.0), Strong Stiff S+(6.5) and TX  X(7.0). In our testing the 50 gr is a true Mid Launch, while the 60 and 70 gram are more Low-Mid launch.  The mid section of the shaft is very stable so you will not feel a lot of “kick” or release at impact.  This is also NOT a counterbalanced shaft so swing weights will be standard at standard length. Schedule Your Fitting Here to Check Out These New Shafts! Low (Low Launch/Low Spin) Available in... Read More

Callaway Apex ’21 Irons

January 21st, 2021

The wait for the new Callaway Apex -21 irons is finally over!  The design of these new irons takes a page out of the MAVRIK drivers as Callaway has used AI (Artificial Intelligence) to design the new models for specific golfer profiles. The addition of the new DCB (Deep Cavity Back) model adds a new dimension to the line for golfers seeking more forgiveness! Apex ’21  With a mild 1025 carbon steel forged body and AI-designed Flash Face Cup, the Apex ’21 is designed to outperform the previous models in accuracy, distance and feel  The addition of tungsten weighting specifically for each iron allows unprecedented ability to control trajectory.  And, Callaway has designed specific combo sets for use with the Apex ’21 Pro and Apex ’21 DCB. Apex ’21 Pro The hollow body design of the Apex ’21 Pro allowed Callaway to use the soft 1025 carbon steel forged body with the AI-designed Flash Face Cup with even more Tungsten weighting for more precise distance, spin and trajectory control.  A slightly smaller footprint than the Apex ’21 gives this a player’s iron look with added distance. Apex ’21 DCB The most forgiving of the Apex ’21 line, the DCB (Deep... Read More

Srixon ZX Irons – New For 2021

January 18th, 2021

If you liked the previous models of these irons, you are going to LOVE the new ZX series.  More forgiving, improved turf interaction, faster ball speeds and softer feel make the new ZX5 and ZX7 something special.   And, with the ZX Utility you can build the ultimate ZX combo set. Schedule Your Fitting Appointment TODAY! Using their Main Frame milling process to create unique body designs, Srixon has improved nearly every facet of these irons.  The ZX5 features a SUP10 thin face in a soft 1020 carbon steel body for explosive distance yet soft feel.  Grooves are milled for increased spin on 8-PW, AW for more stopping power.  Available in 3-PW, AW.               The ZX7 is a players iron with the feel and forgiveness of a cavity back iron.  Forged from a single piece of 1020 carbon steel, tungsten is added in the toe of 3-7 irons for increased stability and forgiveness.  Similar to the ZX5, the ZX7 has variable groove designs so the 8-PW offer more spin control.  Available in 3-PW, AW.             ZX Utility is a hollow body design driving iron with a SUP10 thin face in... Read More