Gift Buying for Your Golfer Made Easy

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What do you get the golfer who has everything? It’s a common question we hear this time of year. Let’s face it, purchasing a gift can be difficult. Will they like it? Do they already have it? What if it doesn’t fit? Is it really something they’ll use? What if they want to return it? All very good questions. This year we’ve set out to make the gift giving process a little easier. All you need is a golfer.

Purchasing gifts for a golfer can be difficult for anyone, but it is particularly difficult if the giver isn’t very familiar with the game. Passionate golfers are usually very passionate about the equipment and gadgets they use while playing and practicing. It is true that the equipment they purchase needs to be customized for their game. That requires the golfer to visit one of our locations to test the equipment and the various customizable options. This process doesn’t typically lend itself to gift giving. However, we’ve created two very easy holiday promotions and a shopping guide of the season’s hottest gift items to make your gift buying experience a little easier this year.

 

Our Very Simple Holiday Return Policy

Purchases made during December can be returned for a refund at any of our locations through January 31st. Period. We just ask that the items remain in their original packaging and condition. Visit a store for more information.

 

Our Very Exciting Free Gift Card Promotion

blog-dec2-giftcardsGiving a gift card is something that many people don’t want to do at this time of year. Our gift cards don’t expire and give the golfer more than just a little money to spend. With a gift card in hand, the golfer has the option to visit our stores for the full experience that make a golf equipment purchase he or she deserves. Our golf gurus will work with them one-on-one to make sure their purchase is truly customized for their game and personalized for their liking. Beginning November 21 and running through December 24, we’re giving an extra $20 FREE gift card with the purchase of a $100 gift card. This free holiday gift card can be used along with their $100 and can be redeemed any time between December 26 and March 31 at any of our locations. A very few manufacturers restrictions apply. That’s a free $20!

 

2014 Holiday Shopping Guide

 

Gifts Under $25

 

Licensed Accessories

blog-dec2-gift01C-A-T-S, CATS, CATS, CATS Err…umm whatever their favorite team might be, we carry an extra large selection of licensed accessories this time of year. We have everything from tees and golf balls to apparel and bags in their favorite team’s colors with logos that let everyone know exactly who they are rooting for. In most locations we stock UK, UC, Xavier, Bengals, and Reds merchandise, but orders placed prior to December 15 allow you to choose from dozens of the most popular or less popular teams. We have many items available under $25, too.

Daphne Headcovers
blog-dec2-gift02If there’s one thing a golfer loves as much as the game it’s his or her family. Golfers love to bring a little of that loving feeling to the course. A simple way to do so is through a custom headcover chosen by those that love them the most. Whether it’s a headcover that resembles the loved family dog or their favorite Star Wars character, everyone from PGA Tour players to the weekend warrior loves Daphne Headcovers. And at around $25, you’ll love giving them too.

 

 

Gifts Under $50

 

Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls

blog-dec2-gift03For over a decade, Titleist Pro V1 golf balls have been far and away an industry leader. They are viewed as the gold standard in premium golf balls and are used by a vast majority of the PGA Tour. Whether your golfer already plays them or simply wishes they did, Pro V1 golf balls are a great gift and one of the safest bets you can make.

 

 

Apparel
blog-dec2-gift04It’s easily one of the most popular items this time of year. We carry the hottest brands including Nike, Adidas, and Puma. And with our 20% Off Sale that’s going on right now (excluded clearance) you’ll be able to give more for less!

 

 

Gifts Under $150

Golf Bags

blog-dec2-gift05Most bags we sell are at or under $150. Golf Bags don’t require the customization that golf clubs do, so by purchasing a golf bag as a gift you eliminate many of the variables. Over the years we’ve identified the most popular and highest quality bags available, and we’re happy to help you with the selection.

 

Used Golf Clubs

blog-dec2-gift06I know, I know they don’t sound too attractive do they? We sell only late model, brand name, used equipment in our stores. Our customers love the selection and ability to upgrade their current equipment and save a ton of money. Plus our holiday return policy allows them the flexibility to bring an item back, if it isn’t exactly what they want. How surprised will your golfer be when they unwrap a driver instead of another necktie or sweater?

 

 

Gifts Under $500
 

Latest & Greatest Drivers & Woods

blog-dec2-gift07Was your golfer extra good this year? Each fall, golf equipment manufacturers release new models for the upcoming season, but just a couple of the new products gain enough attention to make them a sure bet as a Christmas gift. This year, those hot items are the just-released Titleist 915 woods and Callaway Big Bertha 815 drivers, plus the very popular Ping G30 lineup. These are quite simply the latest and greatest products to hit the market. By giving your golfer one of these, they’ll be the talk of their foursome and definitely the first among their friends to have one. It’s true, we do like having your golfer in the store to be sure that we select the right one, so we recommend scheduling your golfer a free custom fitting right after the holidays so they can enjoy the complete experience when getting a new driver. Keep in mind that our holiday return policy gives them the flexibility to return the product, if they had something different in mind.

 

Range Finders
blog-dec2-gift08Range Finders are GPS-and laser-based distance measuring devices made specifically for the golf course. They are used by avid and casual golfers alike to simplify and speed up the process of finding out how far they need to hit their next shot. Range Finders start around $100 for basic models and can cost as much as $500 and up. However, the most popular models are around $275. Since they can last over 10 years, the investment in a Range Finder is a solid one that will enhance EVERY ROUND your golfer will play. It’s one of the few items you can be sure your golfer will use on almost every shot.

 

Callaway Stages a Comeback with Two New Big Bertha Alpha Drivers

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Callaway’s new clubs push the limits of club design and engineering. 

In the last two years, under new leadership, Callaway has staged a nice comeback. The company has returned to its roots as a premium brand that produces only products that push the limits of golf club design and engineering. The reintroduction of the Big Bertha brand for 2014 was definitely well received. Both the Big Bertha and Big Bertha Alpha drivers were popular and had golfers legitimately looking at Callaway for the first time in years. On November 14 Callaway is releasing two new Big Bertha drivers for the 2015 season. We recently had the opportunity to test the Big Bertha Alpha 815 versus its predecessor the Big Bertha from 2014.

For 2015 Callaway is launching two new Big Bertha Alpha drivers.

One will be known as the 815, while the other is the 815 Double Black Diamond (like the skiing slope). Both are packed with technology. Each driver features Callaway’s Forged Composite Crown that allows the manufacturer more discretionary weight to locate in beneficial areas within the head. Both drivers also feature Callaway’s Gravity Core, a new technology in 2014 that allows a player to adjust the center of gravity and therefore the spin their driver imparts on the ball by orienting a rod that runs from the sole to the crown (more on that later). New for 2015 is Callaway’s R-Moto technology, which supports the face of the driver, allowing designers to make it thinner than ever. The standard 815 is intended for the masses while the Double Black Diamond is definitely for the better player. We put them both to the test. 

The Big Bertha 815 Test

Our Big Bertha 815 tester was a six handicap that is consistent off the tee and a little shorter than the average player. We put the 815 up against the Big Bertha that was introduced for 2014. Both drivers had 10.5 degrees of loft and a stiff flex shaft. Titleist Pro V1 golf balls were used for the testing. Here are the results as measured by TrackMan. 

Results of the Big Bertha 815 Test 

Our tester noticed immediate results. With over 3 mph less club speed, our tester actually picked up ball speed, and a lot of it. Three mph more ball speed, combined with a lower launch angle and reduced spin led to 6 yards of additional carry and 10 yards of additional distance. That’s almost 5% longer.

Our tester was also much more consistent with the Big Bertha Alpha 815. All but one of his shots with the 2014 Big Bertha was shorter than his shortest 815 ball. We loved how similar the trajectories were with each of his 815 test shots.

image1Conclusion: The 815 is faster and more consistent, with a huge range of adjustability. 

In this case, our test really wasn’t much of a test. The Big Bertha Alpha 815 was much faster off the face (even at a lower clubhead speed) and much more consistent for our tester. Given the 815’s incorporation of Callway’s Gravity Core and the player’s ability to tweak spin, this driver has a lot going for it. 

To throw more fuel on the fire, Callaway has 16 (that’s right SIXTEEN) premium shaft offerings available at absolutely no upcharge. Shafts that usually cost hundreds of dollars like Aldila’s Rogue or Fujikura’s Speeder are available here for not a penny more.

We love the direction Callaway is headed, and we’re looking forward to using the adjustability and shaft offerings of the Big Bertha 815 to maximize distance. 


image3Big Bertha Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond: A Driver for Better Players

The deeper profile and increased workability of the Double Black Diamond is definitely intended for the better player. One look at its sleek dark finish will tell you that. For this driver we knew we had to get not only a good player, but also a consistent player that could really help us determine how this driver stacks up to the popular Big Bertha Alpha from 2014. 

The Alpha 815 Test 

Our tester is a former collegiate player that plays to a scratch and has a ton of clubhead speed at almost 115 mph. In fact, every single ball our tester hit ended up over 300 yards! Our tester has also been using his 2014 Big Bertha Alpha since it came out. Both drivers were tested at 9 degrees of loft with stiff flex shafts. The Mitsubishi Fubuki Zeta Tour was used in the 2014 Alpha and the new Aldila Rogue in the Double Black Diamond. Tilteist Pro V1 golf balls were used for the test.

Here are the results as measured by TrackMan.

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A player of this caliber has the ability to hit all drivers well. In fact, the measure of a great driver and just an ok driver is much less than that of a less skilled golfer. As you might imagine, the better player has the ability to adjust to a club much better than the average player. When looking at the results, what stood out first were the best and worst shots. During our test his best drive was with the Double Black Diamond and his worst came with the 2014 Big Bertha Alpha.

Our tester was able to generate almost 4 mph more ball speed with the Double Black Diamond versus the 2014 Alpha, from club speed that was just 1.8 mph faster. The increased ball speed, combined with a slightly lower launch led to an average increase in carry of 7 yards, for a total of 6 yards. That is rather significant for a player of this caliber. The Double Black Diamond was also very consistent. The tester couldn’t help but compliment the improved look and feel.
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The Big Bertha Alpha Double Black Diamond (who names these things anyway?) is a slight but significant step up from the 2014 Big Bertha Alpha. Once again we love the 16 premium shaft options that are available at no additional charge. The Double Black Diamond is clearly intended for better players, but we think they’ll love it.

Callaway’s Gravity Core

We’ve been using Callaway’s Gravity Core to tweak spin rates for a little over a year. The Gravity Core was a new technology introduced in the 2014 Big Bertha Alpha driver. The Gravity Core is essentially a stick with one end heavier than the other. Accessed from the sole of the driver, the Gravity Core can be oriented with the heavy side positioned at the top of the club near the crown or at the bottom of the club near the sole. The change moves the Center of Gravity upward or downward increasing or decreasing spin. The significance of the technology is really in its independence from the face. Other spin increasing or decreasing technologies are either fixed, not allowing adjustability, or require a change in loft and face angle. That is not always something a player wants.

With the new deeper design of Callaway’s Big Bertha Double Black Diamond, in theory the Gravity Core should have an even greater effect on spin rate. That’s because the Center of Gravity will shift more, since the weighted end of the gravity core moves a farther distance. While we had the new Big Bertha Alpha Double Black Diamond out for a test drive we thought we’d measure the effects of the Gravity Core, too.

Callaway claims the Gravity Core can affect spin rate at an average of 200-300 RPM’s for some and even more for others. We had our tester, a scratch golfer with significant club speed, hit the same driver with the Gravity Core in both positions and measured the results with our TrackMan.

image7As you can see, for our tester the Gravity Core switch brought down his spin rate on average a little more than 200 RPM. That change lowered his overall ball flight casing the ball to travel an average of 10.6’ lower at its apex (max height). The angle at which his ball descended into the ground (land angle) was reduced by 3 degrees allowing for 3.5 yards of additional role. Furthermore, the increased spin with the Gravity Core in the up position was too much for our tester and cost him distance through the air as well.

Conclusion: The Adjustability of the Core Can Help Optimize Your Drives 

What we love about technology like Callaway’s Gravity Core is its adjustability. Whether up or down is better for you, you’ll be able to easily and cheaply (it’s free) adjust the core and experiment. During our test the Gravity Core did hold up to Callaway’s claim of being able to adjust 200 RPM of spin. We think that’s cool. Whether you have the 2014 Big Bertha Alpha or plan to purchase one of the new Big Bertha Alpha 815, we’re happy to help you adjust your Gravity Core to optimize your drives.

 

How well do TaylorMade RSi’s Face Slots improve shots?

blog-headerThere has been a lot of buzz and discussion on the web about TaylorMade’s new RSi line of irons. The RSi 1 and RSi 2 irons are now available to demo in our stores (with an official release date of November 14th). We had the opportunity recently to test each of the irons, and we’re pleased to share the results and our opinion.   
 
The RSi 1 Design
We tested the RSi 1 vs. the TaylorMade Speedblade. The new RSi features Face Slot Technology in the 3 through 8 irons. The purpose? To provide greater consistency across the face, to improve performance on shots that don’t hit the sweet spot. Also, TaylorMade improved the through slot technology in the sole, helping to promote higher launch angles on hits that are low on the clubface. As with previous models, TaylorMade continues to use inverted cone technology to promote faster ball speeds. Anytime TaylorMade uses the “R badge” you instantly know that they are incorporating everything they’ve learned to produce the highest performing golf club possible. With this technology the RSi 1 iron should be the most forgiving TaylorMade iron ever.  

The RSi 1 vs. Speedblade Test
Our tester for the RSi 1 irons is an avid golfer with no physical limitations and plays to a 12 handicap. His 7 iron swing speed is approximately 75 mph. Both the RSi 1 and Speedblade irons tested were standard in length and lie angle. Pro V1 golf balls were used for this comparison.  

The following results were produced after a brief warm-up and three swings with each iron.

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Two of the three RSi 1 shots were significantly longer than the farthest Speedblade shot. And, launch angle, ball speed, and carry distance improved. On average, total distance increased by a total of eight yards. What was most impressive? The consistency of the RSi 1 or improved dispersion.

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Results of the RSi 1 Irons vs. Speedblade Test  
We were particularly impressed with the improved smash factor our tester achieved with RSi 1 irons. Smash factor is a ratio of ball speed to club speed. It is often used to measure the solidness of strike, as a more solid strike will produce a faster ball speed. Our tester’s club speed was 1.5 mph faster with the RSi 1. We would expect that to lead to a little faster ball speed. However, the ball speed produced by the RSi 1 was considerably greater at 140.6—versus 132.1 for the Speedblade.

Checking the smash factor, you’ll see that it was greater with the RSi 1—meaning our tester, on average, struck the ball closer to the sweet spot. Ultimately, that’s what these irons are intended to do. The face slots make the sweet spot larger, making it easier to hit.

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Conclusion: The RSi 1 irons increased ball speed and distance.
Our test results from an avid golfer with a 12 handicap displayed marked improvement with the new RSi 1 irons over the previous generation Speedblades. This combination of the improved through slot in the sole and the new face slots definitely increased ball speed and distance. We encourage you to visit one of our four locations to try this innovative technology and test it against you irons.

The RSi 2 vs. the TP CB Irons
We tested the RSi 2 irons against the TP CB irons from 2014. The RSi 2 features the same face slots and improved through slots as the RSi 1. However, the RSi 2 progressive design features long irons with tungsten inserts, mid irons with hot steel faces, and forged short irons. This design is intended for a more consistent golfer than the RSi 1 player.

The Test: RSi 2  
Our tester is a former collegiate player that currently carries a three handicap and typically plays a slight draw. With 7 iron club speed in the upper 80s, our tester is average length for a better player. Each of the 7 irons were standard length and lie angles with the same KBS stiff flex shafts. After a brief warm-up, our tester hit three shots with each club. Titleist Pro V1 golf balls were used for the testing. What made this test a little more interesting? Our tester has been using the TP CB irons since they came out.

Here are the results, as measured by TrackMan.

 

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Results of the RSi 2 Iron Test
As you’d expect, our tester hit both irons nicely. We were very impressed with the results of the RSi 2 irons. With less than 2 mph additional club speed, our tester gained almost 4 mph with the RSi 2 compared to the TP CB, which led to 7.4 yards of additional carry.

What impressed us even more was the two shots with the new RSi 2 that flew considerably farther than the longest with the TP CB. On average, the RSi 2 launched slightly lower and spun slightly less than the TP CB, which led to an overall flatter trajectory.

Conclusion: The RSi 2 iron is a must try for the avid golfer looking for more distance and consistency.
Once again the face slots and improved through slots of the RSi irons seemed to really produce more ball speed and greater distance. We particularly like the progressive design of this set. Each segment of the set is truly engineered for the way it is used on the course. We believe the RSi 2 iron is a must try for the avid golfer looking for more distance, improved distance gaps, and greater consistency. You can try the RSi 2 irons now at any of our four locations.

Titleist 915 F Fairway Blows Away its Predecessor

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Among the most anticipated new product releases this fall are the 915 woods from Titleist. We tested these products against their predecessor, the 913 woods. And the results are impressive. We’ll discuss the drivers here. Also check out the results of the 915 Drivers’ tests.  
 
New Active Recoil Channel 
Accompanying the 915 Drivers are the 915 F fairway and 915 H hybrid. Just lie the 913, the 915 F and 915 H are each available in “D” models that are deeper, produce lower ball flights, and are typically only used by better players. All 915 fairways and hybrids feature Titleist’s new Active Recoil Channel (ARC), which allows the face to flex at impact leading to higher launch, lower spin, and more distance. Each model also features Titleist’s new Radial Speed Face, which is an insert that is thicker in the center and at the perimeter. This delivers more distance on off-center hits. The reduced face thickness allows Titleist to reposition the weight from the face to low and deep in the rear of the head. Doing so increases the club’s MOI, resulting in increased ball speed while preserving forgiveness. 

The 915 F Test 
Our 915 F tester was a former collegiate player that currently carries a one handicap. With a driver club speed around 105, our tester is average length for a better player. Each of the fairways were tested with 15 degrees of loft and Mitsubishi, mid-ball flight, stiff flex shafts. Titleist Pro V1 golf balls were used for the testing. 

Here are the results as measured by Trackman.  

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The 915 absolutely blew the 913 out of the water. 
With just about the same club speed, our tester picked up almost 6 mph additional ball speed with the 915. The additional ball speed combined with lower spin and a lower loft head led to 20 yards more carry—and almost 30 yards of additional distance. We were definitely not expecting those results.  

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This was really no contest. Not only was the 915 longer, it was amazingly accurate given its additional distance. The graphic below shows just how much longer the 915 truly was. Titleist-915-F-Blog_10

Conclusion:  Titleist has a hit on their hands with the 915 F.    
We’ve never seen results quite this dramatic. It appears that Titleist really has a hit on their hands with the 915 woods. With updated shafts in the 915, including the very popular Aldila Rogue, we think the 915 F is a must try for anyone—not just Titleist users. 

The 915 H Test 
Our tester was a former collegiate player that currently carries a one handicap. With driver club speed around 105, our tester is average length for a better player. Each hybrid tested was 21 degrees in loft and had Mitsubishi mid-ball flight stiff shafts. Titleist Pro V1 golf balls were used for testing.

Here are the results, as measured by Trackman.

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The 915 H produced nice results versus its predecessor the 913 H. On average, our tester carried the 915 H 5.3 yards longer with a very similar launch and spin. Our tester’s two longest shots and three of their longest four shots came with the 915. 

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The 915 was much more accurate for our tester vs. the 913. And, the face angle can be adjusted. In the neutral setting our tester realized less of a left bias versus the 913. 

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Conclusion: The 915 H is slightly longer and more accurate. 
The 915 H produced minimal, but significant, performance improvement over the 913. For our tester it was both slightly longer and slightly more accurate. 

If you’re interested in trying any of the new 915 woods, stop by any of our four locations.  

The New Titleist 915 Woods Were Worth the Wait

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Among the most anticipated new product relesases this fall are the 915 woods from Titleist. We tested these products against their predecessor, the 915 woods. And the results are impressive. We’ll discuss the drivers here. Also check out the results of the 915 fairway and hybrid tests.
 
The New Design Factors 
Titleist has once again released two versions of their driver: the 915 D2 and the 915 D3. The D2, like the 913 D2, produces slightly more spin, with an overall higher ball flight, and is more forgiving of the two models. The 915 D3 produces less spin, a flatter ball flight, and is more workable for the better player that prefers to work the ball. 

Both drivers feature Titleist’s new Active Recoil Channel (ARC), which allows the face to flex at impact leading to higher launch, lower spin, and more distance. Each model features Titleist’s new Radial Speed Face, which is an insert that is thicker in the center and at the perimeter. This delivers more distance on off-center hits. The reduced face thickness allows Titleist to reposition the weight from the face to low and deep in the rear of the head. Doing so increases the club’s MOI, resulting in increased ball speed while preserving forgiveness. 

The 915 D3 Test 
Our 915 D3 tester was a former collegiate player that currently carries a three handicap that typically plays a slight draw. With driver club speed around 105, our tester is average length for a better player. Each of the drivers were tested with 9.5 degrees of loft and Mitsubishi, mid-ball flight, stiff flex shafts. Titleist Pro V1 golf balls were used for the testing. 

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Both drivers fit this player pretty well and produced good results. The 915 D3 launched on average a degree higher, but produced the same spin. This led to an increase in carry of about 7 yards on average. That is a significant increase for a better player considering that both drivers fit our tester nicely. 

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Conclusion: The 915 D3 increased launch and distance. 
The Active Recoil Channel did increase launch for our tester without increasing spin. That definitely led to an increase in carry distance. The new 915 also produced the two longest drives we measured. Titleist also updated the available shafts in the 915 including the very popular Aldila Rogue in two versions with several weight and flex options. Much like the 913, the 915 D3 is a must for any good player.  

The 915 D2 Test 
Our tester is an avid golfer with a 12 handicap that typically hits a draw. With driver club speed in the upper eighties, our tester is average length. Each of the drivers were tested with the same mid-ball flight Mitsubishi regular flex shaft. Titleist Pro V1 golf balls were used for testing.

Here are the results, as measured by Trackman.

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Conclusion: The 915 D2 and D3 are more forgiving and are worth considering.   
The 915 D2 showed that it was both slightly longer and more forgiving versus the 913. We believe this makes the 915 D2 an option for players who would not have considered Titliest in the past. With the same shaft options as the 915 D3, the D2 allows the player to be optimally custom fit. 

If you’re interested in trying the 915 drivers, stop by the Golf Exchange closest to you.

Can Vapor Speed irons give average golfers better distance?

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Recently, our experts tested Nike’s 2015 Vapor Speed irons against their predecessor, the VRS Covert 2.0, using Trackman. 

The New Design 
The Vapor Speed Irons are one of three new iron models that Nike is launching on October 31st. Each of the new irons features designs that incorporate resin in the head—a first in iron club design. In the Speed irons, Nike uses resin, a strong, lightweight material to place weight where they want it without sacrificing feel. Nike’s Modern Muscle geometry balances the center of gravity (CG) in the center of the face. Their ultra-fast Spring Steel faces with NexCOR and lightweight, high-launch shafts amplify ball speed across the entire face. This technology was originally introduced in drivers, but this is the first time Nike incorporated it into an iron design. 

If you can’t tell by now, the Vapor Speed irons are all about giving the average player more distance. The hollow long irons are similar to hybrids and are paired with more traditional short irons to produce forgiveness and control where you need it while ensuring proper distance gaps between each iron. 

The Test: Vapor Speed vs. VRS Covert 2.0 
Our tester is an avid golfer with a 12 handicap that typically hits a draw. With seven iron club speed in the middle seventies, our tester is average length. Each of the seven iron were standard length and lie angles with their corresponding stock shafts. We used Titleist Pro V1 golf balls for testing.   

Here are the results, as measured by Trackman. 

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The Results 
Notice first the one extremely long shot produced with the Vapor Speed. Admittedly this player pulled the shot producing more distance. However, it is also important to point out that all three of the shots produced with the Vapor Speed were longer than the even the longest shot produced by the VRS Covert 2.0. 

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After seeing the results, we had to figure out why the Vapor Speed was so much longer than the Covert. We knew that the NexCOR face must be factor. But there was also a significant increase in club speed with the Vapor Speed. We believe this is caused by Nike’s new lightweight tip-responsive shafts that are specifically designed to produce faster ball speeds. And it did just that for our tester. With 3.5 mph faster club speed, our tester experienced almost 4 mph faster ball speed—leading to 13 yards more carry, on average. 

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Conclusion: The 2015 Nike Vapor Speed irons consistently produced faster ball speeds and longer distance.  

We believe that the NexCOR technology in the face, along with new lightweight shafts, make this iron a must try for those seeking more distance. Our tester was very impressed with the feel of the new Vapor Speed irons, likely due to the resin included in the design. 

If you’re interested in putting your current irons to the test against the new Nike Vapor Irons, grab your seven irons and head to your nearest Golf Exchange. 

What can Vapor Pro Combo irons do for better golfers?

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The New Design Factors 
We recently tested Nike’s 2015 Vapor Pro Combo Irons against their predecessor, the VR Pro Combo. The Vapor Pro Combo Irons are one of three new iron models that Nike is launching on October 31st. Each of the new irons features designs that incorporate resin in the head—a first in iron club design. Nike claims the inclusion of resin allows for better center of gravity (CG) placement without sacrificing stability or feel. A better center of gravity location places the sweet spot closer to the center of the face. Resin is a strong and very lightweight material that Nike already uses in its golf balls. 

The Vapor Pro Combo irons also feature a progressive forged design—definitely intended for the better player. It leads to more forgiving long irons and more controllable short irons versus traditional forged blades or cavity back sets.  

The Test: Vapor Pro Combo vs. VR Pro Combo 
Our tester was a former collegiate player that currently carries a three handicap that typically plays a slight draw. With seven iron club speed in the upper 80s, our tester is average length for a better player. Each of the seven irons was standard length and lie angles with the same Dynamic Gold Pro stiff flex shafts. Titleist Pro V1 golf balls were used for testing. 

Here are the results, as measured by Trackman. 

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The Results 
As you can see, both of the irons produced very consistent ball flight. However, the Vapor Forged Pro Combo Irons flew farther than the VR Forged Pro Combos. 

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What really impressed us was the increase in ball speed that our tester experienced. On average, our tester had similar club speed with each iron. But, the Vapor Pro Combos produced ball speed that was 9 mph faster, leading to a smash factor (ratio of ball speed to club speed) of 1.33 versus 1.24 with the VR Pro Combos. Faster ball speed leads to more distance, as our tester carried the Vapor Pro Combo irons 12.5 yards further. Launch angle was similar between the two irons, but with the increased speed, the Vapor’s apex (peak of its trajectory) was higher than the VR Pro Combo.

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Conclusion: The 2015 Nike Vapor Pro Combo irons consistently produced faster ball speeds and longer distance.  

We believe the improved placement of the iron’s center of gravity was the real difference maker for our tester. With almost identical swings, this iron wasn’t only longer, it was more consistent, producing a much tighter dispersion. As expected, increased distance gave the ball a little longer in the air to draw. If a player didn’t want this, they could have an adjustment made during the fitting process. 

If you’re interested in testing the new Nike Vapor Pro Combo irons against your current set, grab your seven iron and stop by the Golf Exchange closest to you. 

RESULTS ARE IN: G30 vs G25 Irons

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It’s been a month since the Ping G30 line hit our shelves, and the initial response from our customers has been impressive. Last month our post focused on the improvements and technologies in the G30 wood line. This month, we decided to do a second round of testing on the G30 irons. Here are the results.

The first key difference in the G30 versus its G25 predecessor is a few subtle changes in the lengths and lofts through the set. From the 4 iron through the 8 iron, all of the lofts have been strengthened a degree or two. In addition, the length of many irons in the set has been increased by .25″-.50″. These two factors have allowed for more carry distance and better gapping.

The second difference in this new G30 line is a slightly thinner face and an enhanced Custom Tuning Port (CTP). This helps the G30 produce faster ball speeds across the clubface and further enhance feel.

Lastly, Ping engineers made the blade length longer, expanding the club’s perimeter weighting (increasing what engineers called MOI, or moment of inertia) while also increasing launch angle to offset the stronger lofts noted earlier. Ping also slightly enhanced the sole design to improve turf interaction and maintain consistent trajectories.

Results of our independent testing
For our testing we used our Trackman launch monitor, Bridgestone RX330 golf balls, a 6 handicap golfer that plays once a week with an above average club head speed. We compared the G25 to G30 seven iron, +1/2 inch, and two degrees upright. After a warm up period, four shots were recorded.

Baseline Data for the G25 seven iron

Club Head Speed Ball Speed Carry Distance Offline Total Distance
86.4 mph 115.7 mph 160.1 yards 5.1 yds right 164.8 yds
88.7 mph 115.8 mph 161.2 yards 36.3 yds left 167.4 yds
89.1 mph 118.1 mph 169.9 yards 10.0 yds left 180.2 yds
88.1 mph 116.4 mph 160.7 yards 14.6 yds right 165.1 yds

Next, we had our tester hit four more shots with the new G30 using the same Trackman launch monitor and golf balls. The results speak for themselves.

Data with the G30 seven iron

Club Head Speed Ball Speed Carry Distance Offline Total Distance
89.3 mph 120.9 mph 171.2 yards 1.8 yds left 177.3 yds
88.5 mph 118.9 mph 167.9 yards 2.0 yds right 175.1 yds
88.5 mph 117.3 mph 181.8 yards 12.3 yds right 203.9 yds
90.0 mph 121.1 mph 169.8 yards 16.0 yds right 175.0 yds
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Conclusion: the new G30 irons are worthy of the recent praise.
Ping seems to have a history of releasing new products only when they have proven to themselves that the new line is clearly better then its predecessor. The Ping G30 irons are no different. Ping has fine tuned the loft and length characteristics, made the face thinner and longer from heel to toe, and tweaked the sole design to help all golfers play better. Whether you are seeking the latest iron technology, looking for more distance, or simply want to enjoy the game more, the Ping G30 should be considered for your next set.

IS THE PING G30 REALLY THE FUTURE OF FAST?

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Ping recently released the highly anticipated G30 product line—implementing innovative, forward-thinking technologies that seem to contradict many of their competitors. We at Golf Exchange decided to do our own independent testing on the G30 driver, and are pleased to reveal our results.

Claim one: Higher moment of inertia that leads to more distance and straighter shots.
A big part of Ping’s G30 innovation revolves around center of gravity (CG) placement and it’s affect on moment of inertia (MOI) and consistency. While several key players in the metal wood arena have made an effort to move CG forward toward the face of the club, Ping has moved the G30 CG lower and further away—more so on the G30 than any other previous Ping model. According to Ping, the result is that the G30 has the highest MOI of any driver on the market, which leads to lower shot dispersion. Translation: higher MOI equals less twisting at impact on off-center hits which gives the golfer more distance AND straighter shots especially on a less than optimal strike. Lastly, Ping used a new T9S face material for the driver that has a high strength-to-weight ratio, giving the G30 a hotter, livelier face.

bubba-g30-testClaim two: More speed for golfers at all levels.
The second advancement that the G30 implements is the use of turbulator technology on the crown of each wood, which Ping claims improves aerodynamics for increased club head speed. Through the use of wind tunnel testing, Ping discovered that these aerodynamic notches cast on the crown of the club head helped the club more efficiently on the downswing and created less drag and wind resistance. The result? More speed for golfers of all levels.

Results of our independent testing
We decided to put the Ping G30 through our own independent test using:

  1. Trackman launch monitor
  2. A Titleist Pro V1x golf ball
  3. The Ping G25 9* driver as the baseline tested against the Ping G30 9* stiff.

Baseline data for Player A and Player B using the G25

  Club Head Speed Ball Speed Spin Rate Launch Angle Tot Carry Tot Distance
A) 108.8 162.5 3619 14.1 280.2 304.7
B) 103.7 155 2690 10.6 254.3 291.2

After switching to the new G30, both players noticed immediate gains with the new model.

The new G30 showed improvements in club head, ball speed, total distance, and carry

  Club Head Speed Ball Speed Spin Rate Launch Angle Tot Carry Tot Distance
A) 110.7 166.6 2329 12.6 288.1 314.4
B) 106.2 157.5 2513 12.9 272.5 296.6
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Our take: The Ping G30 really does deliver better performance.
It’s difficult to look at these results and not think that the combined benefits of the lowered center of gravity, added turbulators on the crown, and the improved T9S material all work together to deliver better performance with the Ping G30 woods. In addition, we have recently received customer feedback echoing our Trackman results, further validating our testing.

Whether you’re a Ping loyalist looking to upgrade to the newest model or are seeking an edge from an innovative company, the Ping G30 is definitely worth considering for your next woods purchase.

 

A Good Walk Not Spoiled

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Trivia time. Name a piece of golf equipment that you use on every single shot throughout your round. You use these from the tee, fairway, green and even from bunkers. Figure it out yet? If you said golf shoes then you’d be right. Let’s take a look at the latest technology and hottest fashion trends available this season.

Technology
Yes, there is actually quite a bit of technology in golf shoes. Today’s golf shoes not only have to look great, but they must be comfortable, durable, and perform for the best players in the world.

Spikeless
If you’re old enough you might remember that unique sound that metal spikes made on a hard surface. That click-clack is long gone thanks to replaceable plastic spikes. However, the latest iteration is non-replaceable spikeless shoes. Beginning with trendsetter Fred Couples at the 2010 Masters, spikeless models are expected to account for half of all golf shoes sold in 2014. Spikeless golf shoes feature a molded sole designed to provide ample traction and comfort with surprising durability. Spikeless shoes actually provide superior traction in wet conditions because they don’t have a tendency to allow grass to collect on the soles of your shoes like their spiked counterparts. Furthermore, spikeless designs actually provide functionality off the course as well. The game’s most popular manufacturers have all jumped on the bandwagon. Here’s a few of the more popular spikeless styles:

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Lightweight
Golf shoe technology has definitely come a long way from the days of clunky and heavy wood sole shoes. Even modern versions of the classic designs can weight over 25 oz. However, there has been a recent trend from manufacturers to produce extremely lightweight options. Some of these shoes weight just 9 oz. That difference might not sound like much, but that extra pound of golf shoe is something that you have to lift with every step you take. The first versions of these lightweight models lacked the stability that most golfers were used to, however those issues have been addressed and the crop of lightweight shoes available in 2014 perform on all accounts. Here are a few of the lightest weight shoes on the market:
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Fashion Trends
Hot trends can disappear as quickly as they arrive, but every now and then one can have some staying power. Over the last couple of years two trends have arrived that do not appear to being going anywhere anytime soon.

Grey is the New Khaki
Not long ago all golfers appeared to be holding a contest among themselves to see who could wear the most shades of brown. It seemed you were almost turned away if you showed up to the course wearing anything other than khaki shorts or pants. However, grey has made a serious push to become the new staple. Shoe manufacturers have followed suit by offering designs that feature various colors on top of a grey base. And why not? Grey is so neutral that is matches just about everything. Furthermore, you mom will likely approve as it doesn’t show dirt near as much as traditional white. Take a look at these new styles:
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Color
As khaki shorts and pants fell by the way side, so too did the bland colorless golf shorts and saddle shoes that matched. Your attire for the course is now an opportunity to literally show your true colors no matter how bright they might be. Much to a manufacturer’s delight, golfers are enjoying bright colors so much that many are purchasing multiple pairs of shoes that coordinate nicely with their entire golf wardrobe. Take a look at these fashion forward designs:
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Let me “bounce” this off you.

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Bounce. We all know it exists, but few of us know exactly what it is, and which is right for us. Bounce refers to the shape and size of the sole of a wedge. Although irons technically have bounce as well, your decision is determined for you based on the numerous iron options available each designed for a specific type of player. However, wedges are a little different. You’ll find professionals, scratch players, avid golfers and beginners alike playing the same model of wedge. But how can that be? It’s made possible by the bounce and sole shape options that are available.

blog-bounce-1Bounce refers to the angle created between the sole line and the ground line. Take a look at the image to the right from Golf Digest. Most of us cannot remember a time when bounce options were not available. You’ve seen those dots on the wedge or even the exact angle engraved club itself. Wedge technology has progressed and there are more options today than ever before. But what does bounce do? Its name actually has quite a bit to do with the performance benefit it creates. As your wedge makes contact with the ground, its bounce prevents it from digging too deep into the turf. In a sense, the sole of your wedge bounces off the turf and allows the club to continue advancing.

If it’s so helpful, why don’t we all just use as much as we can? Remember Goldilocks and those bowls of porridge? Bounce is kind of the same way. Too much and your club will not dig enough into the turf. You will have trouble getting underneath the ball and it will cause you to hit the ball thin. Too little and your club will dig too much. You will have difficultly getting through the turf and it will cause you to hit the ball fat. But just the right amount will allow you to take that perfect divot and hit the ball solidly in the sweet spot.

blog-bounce-2What complicates the matter is the versatility we require in a wedge. What really makes wedges different from the other clubs is the various ways we use them–not just out of the fairway and rough but also out of the sand. Furthermore, sometimes we play them with the face square to the target and other times wide open. Each time we manipulate the club we effectively change its bounce. For years tour players have manipulated their wedges to perform the way they want in all these different conditions with all of the swings they like to make by changing the shape of the sole. These sole grinds, as they are called, can make a wedge play one way when it square and another when it’s open. Wedge manufacturers now make the most popular sole grinds available to the public.

Choosing the correct bounce needs to begin with understanding your own tendencies and desired uses for the wedge. With a square face are you more likely to hit your shots fat or thin? Now how about with an open face? Which wedges in your bag do you use exclusively with a square face and which do you like to sometimes use with an open face? Be prepared to ask your custom fitter these questions. The right bounce and sole shape will definitely change your game.

 

TaylorMade Mini Driver Review

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On May 2 TaylorMade will do something that only happens once or so each decade. They are releasing a new club, but it’s not just a new model. It’s actually a new type of club. While brainstorming three wood designs, their engineers disregarded the preconceived notions of what a club should look like and instead did something radical. These engineers took a fresh new look at your three wood and how you actually use it.

We all know that most modern drivers are 460cc. That specifically refers to the size of the head measured by its volume. Most of us also expect fairway woods to be quite a bit smaller. In most cases just 140cc to 160cc. That’s quite a dramatic drop in size isn’t it? That smaller size does serve a purpose. It allows for a lower center of gravity making the club easier to launch off the turf. However, the minimal loft of a three wood can make it difficult to hit off the ground regardless of how low the center of gravity. For that reason, many players do not use their three wood off the ground at all. Instead their three wood is used as a secondary club from the tee on shorter holes or when they are having a tough day with their driver.

sldr-graphicWith this specific use in mind, TaylorMade went back to the drawing board to design a club that would be used mostly off the tee, but could be used rarely off the ground. The club needed to be shorter than a driver and straight like a three wood is off the tee, but also provide forgiveness similar to a 460cc driver. The Mini Driver is the result. It has a club head size of 260cc, much larger than the typical three wood but still significantly smaller than a driver. At 43.5” inches it is also a little longer than most three woods, but 2” shorter than most drivers which allows for greater accuracy. Available in 12, 14 and 16 degrees the TaylorMade Mini Driver is intended to be the secondary club off the tee for when you know you need to find the fairway.

In testing the club I was shocked to discover two things. Number 1: The TaylorMade Mini Driver is long! In fact, it really doesn’t go much shorter than my current driver. With ball speeds (a primary factor in determining distance) just 1 to 2 miles per hour less, this club can really get it out there. Number 2: The TaylorMade Mini Driver is surprisingly easy to hit off the ground. Modern manufacturing techniques and its design has created a center of gravity that is still very low. I’ll hit this club with confidence both off a tee and the ground.

Whether you consider the TaylorMade Mini Driver your saving grace off the tee or the best three wood ever designed doesn’t really matter. What does matter is finding more fairways and this club will help you do that. Much like the introduction of the modern hybrid over a decade ago, I think that Mini Drivers are here to stay. I expect other manufacturers to follow suit with similar designs and I’m excited to see how this new type of club evolves over the coming years. But for now, be sure to get out on May 2 and give this thing a try.

 

HOW TO ATTEND A DEMO DAY

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A Golf Exchange Demo Event is a no-risk opportunity for you to try the latest and greatest golf equipment from the game’s most popular manufacturers. All of this can be done under the watchful eye of a Golf Exchange Certified Fitter. Purchasing a new golf club isn’t just a fun process: it is also an opportunity to improve your score and better enjoy the game. Here’s how to get the most out of our demo events.

Step 1. Have a Purpose
Whether you are looking for a new driver or an entire new set, be sure to determine the part of your game that you’d most like to improve. Also, make note of the issues with your current equipment so that you can ensure they’re corrected with your new purchase.

Step 2. Research
Prior to the demo event, take a few minutes to stop into one of our stores and speak with one of our fitters. Although there are lots of options on the market today, it’s likely that many of them are not designed for your specific needs. While it can be exciting to try everything available, most players are not used to making hundreds of swings on a driving range. By first speaking with one of our fitters, you’ll be able to narrow your options to a few clubs. From there, you’ll be able to focus your energy on only those that have the best chance of helping you achieve your goal.

Step 3. Demo
When attending an event, it can be very easy to be distracted from your original intent. We suggest that you make a plan and stick to it. Set out to first try only the clubs that your research has determined will be best for you. Making a plan will ensure that you have the energy you’ll need to get the most out of the day.

Step 4. Get Fit
After determining the club that you like best, work with one of our fitters or a manufacturer’s representative to ensure that you select the correct specifications. This means the correct length, lie, loft, shaft type and flex for your game. A certified fitter will further narrow the options until we determine the right club for you.

Step 5. Place Your Order
The demo clubs you’ve been trying are used throughout the season at events around the area. Although these particular demo clubs aren’t for sale, it is likely that you can receive a nice savings if you order your new clubs at the event. Any Golf Exchange employee on site would be happy to help you get your new clubs on the way.

 

THE MYTHS OF A CUSTOM FIT

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According to a recent Golf Magazine study, over 70% of avid golfers that purchased clubs last year were not professionally custom fit. Consider a premium men’s suit. Would you even consider purchasing one without being measured up and having it custom tailored? A new set of clubs costs about the same, and you’ll probably use them much more.

So why do most golfers purchase clubs without being custom fit? We asked our most seasoned fitters at Golf Exchange some of the common misconceptions regarding custom fitting and why they think most golfers purchase equipment without being custom fit for it. Here’s what they said:

“A custom fitting costs more than buying off the rack”.
It’s true that a proper custom fitting requires tools, a fitting studio, and a trained professional. However, in our stores and many others the cost of your fitting service is applied toward your purchase. We actually prefer to take the time with our customers to custom fit them properly so we can demonstrate our true advantage and the difference a custom fit makes.

“I got fitted by “XYZ Golf” ten years ago, so I know my specs”
Like most technologies, those used in fittings have come a long way over the last few years. Combine this with changes in club technology and the likelihood that your game has changed in some way and its only logical to assume that a person should be custom fit each time they purchase a club. Don’t forget you won’t pay anything more for it!

“Fittings are only for the advanced golfer”
Fittings are important for every golfer. In fact, the less skilled player actually has less of an ability to make the necessary compensations for poorly fit equipment. So it might actually be more important for the average or novice golfer to be custom fit.

“I don’t believe custom fitting really makes a difference”
Many golfers just don’t believe it’s worth their time. They don’t believe it’ll truly make a difference in how well they play and how much they enjoy their new clubs. I cannot think of a better way to explain the value of a professional custom fitting than taking you step by step through the fitting process. Irons are the product that are most commonly associated with fitting, so let’s take a look at the iron fitting process.

Determine the Iron Model.
When determining the model of iron that fits you best, your individual goal must be considered. Some golfers are looking for more consistency or distance, or to hit it lower or higher. Others are simply looking to buy the clubs that their favorite player uses, or maybe the best Titleist iron for their game. Whatever method you use, the important thing is that your goal is taken into consideration. Next you’ll work with your fitter to try the irons that best fit your criteria. There are many choices, but your fitter can help you narrow the options. After trying them on a launch monitor, at a demo event, or by borrowing a demo you’ll see one rise to the top. And if one does not, your fitter will be able to make a final recommendation. It’s best to complete this step before your scheduled fitting as you’ll need time to do research, demo the product and make your decision.

Interview Process
Your fitter will need to know how perform with your current clubs. Do you hit them too high or too low? When you miss, is it more likely to be left or right? How far do you hit the ball? And finally, do you have any physical limitations that affect your ability to play? Your answers will be used through the remainder of the fitting process to ensure that your issues and desires are addressed.

Static Fitting
By taking static measurements of your height, wrist to floor distance, hand length, and longest finger length we’re able to determine a starting point for the length, lie angle, shaft, and grip of your set.

Dynamic Fitting
Now its time for you to make some swings. From your static measurements, interview answers, impact tape readings, observation from your fitter, and feedback from you we’ll determine the length golf club that is going to give you the greatest opportunity to hit the ball in the center of the face consistently. Next is proper lie angle. This time we’ll utilize a lie board and TrackMan data to determine the lie angle that achieves the direction and shot shape that you desire. To help us choose the proper shaft, we’ll utilize Mizuno’s shaft optimizer and TrackMan data. The proper shaft type and flex is the one achieves the your desired ball flight including shape and trajectory, optimizes your distance, and produces the best consistency and feel. Grip type can affect your performance in extreme conditions such as rain and heat, but the best type for you is mostly determine by your preference of feel. Grip size, on the other hand, will definitely affect your tendency to miss left or right. The proper grip size is determined by the static measurements of your hand and longest finger coupled with the tendencies you shared during the interview and throughout the fitting.

Determine Proper Set Make-Up
Set make-up refers to the individual clubs that you need to play your best, with acceptable consistency and predictable results. Irons no longer have to be purchased as a set —you can order only those that meet your requirements. A typical set make-up takes into consideration two important things: the longest iron that you hit successfully and how many wedges you need to fill the gaps of your short game.

Typically a golfer’s iron set should begin with the longest iron that they hit consistently, whether that be a 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7. Beyond their longest iron, a golfer should utilize more forgiving hybrids or fairways. At the other end of the set a golfer should consider how many wedges they need to achieve proper distance gapping. Proper gapping allows a player to make comfortable full swings at the yardages they prefer and to avoid less than full swings if it is not something they are comfortable with. A typical wedge set up will usually consist of three or four wedges ranging from a pitching wedge to a sand or lob wedge.

When purchasing an iron set, should you go with matching wedges, or a more traditional design? Traditional wedges are usually more versatile, but sometimes lack the forgiveness of those of an iron design. Your fitter will help you determine the proper set make up by moving through your decision making process.

I hope that we have addressed the most common misconceptions that prevent golfers from being custom fit. A proper fitting ensures that you get the best clubs available to meet your specific goals. To learn more about custom fitting or to set up an appointment check out the Golf Exchange store nearest you.

2014: YEAR OF THE DRIVER

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Our staff returned from the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL excited about the buzz surrounding this year’s new gear, all designed to make your golf game better. Golf Exchange founder and CEO Jason Fryia believes 2014 will be the year of the driver. We’d like to quickly discuss the benefits of a custom fitting, then spotlight a few drivers that could make the biggest difference in your performance off the tee box.

Simply put, a driver that is properly fitted will result in a shot that goes farther and straighter than one that is not. In any of our fittings, the first step is to understand the goals and expectations of the golfer. Is he or she struggling with distance and can’t seem to obtain the same length advantage as their playing companions? Or, is the goal to reduce dispersion, hit more fairways, and consistently play more shots from the fairway?

The second step is to evaluate the performance of the current driver and find areas for improvement. As a Golf Digest Top 100 Fitter, we use some of the most advanced fitting tools in the region that have become the gold standard. All of our retail locations utilize Trackman Launch Monitor Technology (www.trackmangolf.com) to deliver accurate, real-time results for spin rate, initial launch angle, descent angle, club head speed, ball speed, carry distance, and total distance.

The third step is to use a mix of driver heads and stock shafts along with one of the largest aftermarket shaft options that the fitter chooses based on conditions and player tendencies. If we can make these numbers more efficient and consistent, we’re confident we can improve performance and accomplish the golfer’s goals and make the game more enjoyable to play.

With a month’s worth of driver fittings under our belt, we’d like to spotlight relevant new drivers and the golfers who would benefit from each. They include:

  • Taylor Made SLDR Driver
  • Taylor Made Jet Speed Driver
  • Callaway Big Bertha Alpha Driver
  • Callaway Big Bertha Driver
  • Ping i25 Driver

Here’s what a few of our most seasoned certified fitters have experienced with these drivers at this point in the season:

Taylor Made SLDR
“The T/M SLDR driver has a lot to it. We have noticed that this club is better suited for players with faster swing speeds, who really need to reduce their spin rate.” -Steve T, Golf Exchange Lexington (stevet@golfexchange.com)

Taylor Made Jet Speed
“The Jet Speed has the best combination of forgiveness and performance, and is better suited for most players.” -Steve T, GE Lexington (stevet@golfexchange.com)
“I like to put a few drivers in brackets. The Jet Speed is one of the hottest drivers for my mid to high handicap golfers. The ball speed off the face is significant and this is the first driver that Taylor Made has produced with the Speed Pocket technology.” – G Cooper, GE Florence (coop@golfexchange.com)

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha
“The Callaway Alpha driver has a ton of buzz around it. The ability to adjust the gravity core allows me to dictate spin by 800 RPM’s.” -Will M, GE Kenwood (will@golfexchange.com)
“The Alpha really allows the golfer to optimize their ball flight with the use of the gravity core.” -Steve T, GE Lexington (stevet@golfexchange.com)

Callaway Big Bertha
“The Big Bertha provides for maximum for forgiveness while allowing the golfer adjustability with the sliding weight. -Steve T, GE Lexington (stevet@golfexchange.com)

Ping i25
“The Ping i25 is a more forgiving version of the i20, while for allowing adjustability in the hosel. The tungsten heel toe weighting lower the center of gravity making it lower spinning and improving accuracy.” -Will M. GE Kenwood (will@golfexchange.com)

To try any of these latest offerings and see how a driver fitting from a certified fitter at Golf Exchange can benefit your game, please call any of our three convenient locations to schedule a fitting or schedule a fitting on our website at www.golfexchange.com.