GX Report: Winter Gift Guide

In a special winterized GX Report, we will be dive into three great gifts for any dedicated golfer. These three gifts, Perfect Putting Greens, The Swing Caddie 2, and the Orange Whip, can all be used indoors during the winter months to keep games sharp and offer incentive to improve.

Let us introduce you to Perfect Putting Greens, a local company based out of Elizabethtown, Kentucky. They’ve developed a method of attaching foam to the underside of quality putting turf to create a portable product that rolls true right out of the box. We love that they’ve offer their products at very affordable price points. The greens tested by our staff have proven to provide a smooth surface with speeds consistent to those see on the real course. One of the other important features is the guarantee that the greens will not wrinkle when folded or rolled up like most other indoor practice greens. Perfect Putting Greens are available in six sizes retailing between $39.99 and $239.99 as well as the option to build your own custom indoor green, where prices and sizes vary. We’re currently stocking their most popular size of 9′ that retails for just $129.99. We currently have them in-stock at all 5 of our locations.

 

 

 

 

The Swing Caddie 2 from Voice Caddie is a personal-sized, doppler radar based launch monitor that can fit in your pocket. The device measures all the important information you need to know, such as how far you hit the ball with each club, your swing speed, ball speed, smash factor, as well as your accuracy to a specific target. The Swing Caddie 2 is the perfect gift for the golfer who is looking to improve their game over the cold winter months. The Swing Caddie 2 Retails for $299.99 and is available in both black and white at our Florence location.

 

 

 

Orange Whip

 

The Orange Whip is a golf training aid dedicated to improving rhythm and tempo in the golf swing. Like the other devices, the Orange Whip can be used indoors, however, you do not need to hit golf balls in order to see improvement using it. The aid has become a staple in many players’ bags on the PGA Tour for years and it can improve games of beginners and pros alike.

When using the Orange Whip, you will see improvements in many different areas of your swing. The device has been great for increasing flexibility and strength and developing a consistent rhythm to the golf swing. As previously mentioned, you do not need to have space to hit golf balls while using the Orange Whip, and using it indoors in short spurts is effective in maintaining and improving the golf swing.

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Irons

Mizuno’s JPX 900 line was one of the best selling in the history of the company, and included wins at the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open. Their latest line, the JPX 919, features models named Tour, Forged, and Hot Metal, with the latter being the most forgiving of the three.

Like the other JPX 919 irons, the Pearl Brush finish is very durable that helps to soften some of the lines visually at address. Also, the heel area of the cavity has been opened up to help with acoustics feel. With this feature, it allowed the designers to move weight from the hosel of the head towards the toe to improve MOI and forgiveness. The irons provide a tour quality sound at impact while still providing the necessary feedback on miss hits.

The cavity has been modified with what Mizuno calls a Stability Frame. This frame saves weight from heel of the club and moves it toward the toe to increase the MOI. This moves the CG (center of gravity) nearly 2mm closer to the center of the club, which makes it more consistent with less face rotation. The new frame also moved the CG down, resulting in higher trajectories and faster stopping power, allowing players more opportunities to be aggressive.

The head of the club looks more clean and traditional, but it is still made with the same material as the JPX 900 Hot Metal. The head is made from Chromoly 4140, which is a strong and flexible material that allows the face to be thinner resulting in longer shots. The face cup is created as a single piece and wraps around the chassis using a seamless construction for better feel. JPX 919 Hot Metal stops fast enough, as the landing angle was steeper to accommodate for the lower spin rate.

The Hot Metal set goes to a 45° pitching wedge followed by a new release of JPX 919 wedges in higher lofted wedges.

Testing

We recently conducted testing on the Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal. One of our Certified Custom Fitters compared the JPX 919 Hot Metal to the JPX 900 Hot Metal. They were both 6 irons with standard lie and loft. He used Dynamic Gold 120 shafts in both irons. Here are the results:

While testing these two irons side by side, we noticed that the dispersion was a lot tighter with the JPX 919 Hot Metal. The tester was more consistent and the numbers showed that as well. The tester said that it felt like he had more control over the new JPX 919 Hot Metal irons rather than the previous model. As you can tell in the charts, the JPX 919, on average, carried about 8 to 9 yards farther and 9 or more yards total. With the JPX 919 being a quarter inch longer than the previous set, both the club and ball speed went up as a result. The ball speeds are outstanding with a regular smash factor topping 1.4. The JPX 919 Hot Metal irons provide greater feedback on miss hits while still providing consistent results on good and bad shots alike.

These irons are available to demo at every Golf Exchange location! There are 18 different shafts available through custom order and a variety of 16 different grips. If you need a super game improvement iron but would prefer one with a more traditional look, the Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal is for you!

Precision Pro Xponent RangeFinder

Precision Pro is a company based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, that started with a simple question: “why can’t anyone seem to make a quality rangefinder at a reasonable price?” Precision Pro strives to answer this question and make the best rangefinders at an affordable price for the average golfer. Although Precision Pro has many great products, the Xponent is one that will be highlighted in this weeks GX Report.

The Precision Pro Xponent Rangefinder provides accurate distances to the flag, making club selection fast and easy. Having to guess and search for yardage markers will be a thing of the past. The Xponent is easy to use, tournament legal and water resistant. With the Xponent, you get premium performance at an affordable price.

There are many features and benefits that the Xponent has to offer. With a 400-yard measuring range, it ensures that you’ll never be out of range of the target. Not only does the Xponent have impeccable range, but the accuracy is also top notch. With this rangefinder, you have the accuracy of +/- 1 yard to the target. This precision should give you the confidence to choose the correct club for every shot. Along with the great accuracy of the rangefinder, it has 1/10 yard measurements. This is an extra added layer of accuracy to give your game the confidence boost that you need.

Another great feature is the Advanced Target Lock Function. With this feature, it locks in on your target for a more precise reading. When your target is completely locked in, the number with flash. This system ensures that you get the yardage to your target or to the flag without getting an object behind or in front of it instead.

The next major feature of the Precision Pro is Xponent is 6x magnification. This will bring the target closer to improve viewing and target acquisition. Most popular rangefinders will have 5x magnification, and the extra level of magnification on the Precision Pro offers greater detail and easier accuracy.

Lastly, there is a one-year warranty on the rangefinder. If anything were to happen to the Xponent during normal use, Precision Pro will quickly replace the product. The Xponent is a very exclusive product and is only available in certain stores. The Golf Exchange is one of the exclusive stores that are able to carry this great product. Stop in now to check out the Precision Pro Xponent rangefinder!

TaylorMade P760 Irons

 

TaylorMade chose to announce the release of the P760s, their latest set of irons designed for the better player, on Instagram Live with Rory McIlroy and Jason Day. The innovation of the release matches the iron itself, which will replace the P750 and P770 that were released in 2017. Unlike its predecessors, the P760s feature SpeedFoam technology, which will help generate distance without sacrificing feel or workability. 

The progressive design starts with a hollow-body long and mid-irons (3-7). A mixture of 1025 carbon-steel body and a SUS630 steel face insert creates the forged iron. The P760 will also feature TaylorMade’s low-density speed foam material inside the cavity in the longer irons. In the 8-PW, SpeedFoam in the cavity is replaced by solid construction, for the players that want more feel and workability over max distance.

The SpeedFoam is injected into the head by a weight port in the toe of the head and expands to a solid form over a 45 minute period. The foam provides support to the face while also acting as a dampener to improve the sound of the club. SpeedFoam is very beneficial for the center of gravity, as it doesn’t add weight to the middle of the head. 

As you may be able to tell, the long irons closely resembles the P770 in the top line and the offset of the clubs. The entire set is progressive in form, with a decreased amount of SpeedFoam into each cavity and the hosel length that gets shorter as the sets progress into the longer irons. The hosel design shifts the center of gravity slightly lower to allow the longer irons to launch higher.  

Testing

We recently conducted some testing on the TaylorMade P760 irons. One of our Certified Custom Fitters compared the P760 iron to the P770 iron. They were both 7 irons with standard lie and loft. He used Dynamic Gold 120 shafts in both irons. Here are the results:

 

While testing these two irons side by side, we noticed that the dispersion was a lot tighter with the P760 than the P770. Our tester was also a lot more consistent with the P760, and the numbers showed that as well. He said that the P760 felt more pure and controlled than the older model, the P770. As you can tell in the charts, the P760, on average, carried about 12 yards farther and 14 more yards total.  These improvements are no doubt due to the inclusion of speed foam in the design. The P760 offers a more consistent, penetrating ball flight with more spin! We were very pleased with the results from the TaylorMade P760 irons and the progressive design that the irons offer. This new, innovative design is worth trying for yourself. 

TaylorMade Hi-Toe Wedge

TaylorMade’s Hi-Toe wedge lineup has been expanded to include a full range of wedge lofts from 50° to 64°. These clubs will feature full-face scoring lines in 56° – 64° and standard scoring lines in the 50° – 54° wedges. Each Hi-Toe wedge has expanded to deliver performance whether you’re taking full swings on your approach or playing finesse shots around the green. There are 2 new soles that certain wedges will have, the standard sole and the 4-way sole, along with the previous ATV grind. 

Before we get into the new addition to the line. What makes this Hi-Toe wedge so great that TaylorMade wanted to expand the line?  These wedges are built to add versatility to the golfer’s greenside play. The Hi-Toe is designed for control over a variety of short-game shots and conditions. The higher toe helps create a higher, more central, CG location that helps give shots a lower launch with more spin to boost control. 

When you look at the TaylorMade Hi-Toe wedges the groove and pattern on the sole set the wedge apart from any other wedge on the market. The grooves on this wedge are extended all the way to the toe of the face. These are called full-face scoring lines, which allows more versatility and spin on shots around the green. It allows players to open the face or close it without sacrificing any spin. On the underside of the club, you’ll see that there are three small areas where weight has been removed. This helps to raise the CG as well on the club and further provides higher spin rates on all shots. 

 

Standard Sole (50°, 52°, 54°)

All-purpose grind that is perfect for the full approach shots into the green. This sole is well suited for both normal and soft tuff condition. The Standard sole has a more traditional face when the grooves do not go all the way across the face. Even with the standard sole, the Hi-Toe is still very different from the Milled Grind wedge. The Hi-tToe has a slightly different grind with more heel relief and may play as a slightly lower bounce compared to the original Milled Grind Wedge.

4-Way Sole (56°, 58°, 60°)

 The new 4-way is a cambered sole with a mid-bounce design of 10°. The leading edge has less belly with a more blunt form. This new sole has an increased trailing edge and heel relief, great for players with average or steep swings from normal turf to softer sand.

ATV Grind (58°, 60°, 64°)

The ATV (All-Terrain Versatility) is a channel-cut mid-sole with a bounce of 12°. The V-shaped leading edge moves through the turf and sand more seamlessly for better control. 

TaylorMade has made sure that the sole grind in the Hi-Toe provides optimal heel and toe relief which will allow players to make more consistent and solid contact no matter what ground conditions they are playing on. These wedges are now available at our locations! Stop by and take a look at the new extended line! 

 

PING Sigma 2 Putter Line

The PING Sigma 2 putters are a great upgrade from the original Sigma G putters. There are many features that will make you question why you shouldn’t upgrade from your old putter to a new PING Sigma 2 putter. There are 10 models, a putter for every putting stroke.

The first major improvement of the Sigma 2 putter line is the 2-piece Dual-Durometer face is different as the softer front piece is now the same PEBAX synthetic material as the firmer rear piece, rather than the aluminum face of the Sigma G. These faces not only give the putters an awesome new look with the black finish but produces a softer sound and feel on shorter, close-range putts. The face still features the True Roll design that aims to reduce the drop off in ball speed for any mis-hits so that the ball has a chance of still reaching the hole and going in.

The main difference with the Sigma 2 from the Sigma G is something that won’t be seen to the eye. This feature is under the grip. There is a mechanism under the grip that allows you to vary the length of the shaft from 32 to 36 inches and any length in between. Ping has already done adjustable length putters before in the Karsten TR putters in 2014, but this was an extra option, not standard like in the Sigma 2.

 

In the Sigma 2 putters, you will adjust the length by using a key/tool that fits in the top of the grip and as you turn the key left or right you will shorten and lengthen the putter. To make sure you are adjusting the putter to the correct length there are marks on the back of the shaft that will tell you the length of the putter. The marks start at 32 inches and increase by a quarter of an inch. Although taking the length off the shaft will affect the swing weight by a bit, it is hardly noticeable. The whole reason behind an adjustable shaft is because 8 out of 10 are using the wrong length of the putter. You may be able to become a better putter by just fixing the length to your perfect fit! 

After putting with the Sigma 2 myself, I can confirm that all the above information is true. The two-piece face feels softer than ever but doesn’t make you feel like you are hitting the ball nowhere. When I hit the Anser, I hit a few mis-hits that wouldn’t have gotten to the hole with my putter but with the Sigma 2, it did! The adjustable grip is awesome. You can adjust the putter length as many times as you want and the putter is still usable! This adjustable putter would be a great addition to the bag! 

The PING Sigma 2 putters are available in all stores now! There are 10 models: Anser (stealth & platinum) ZB2, Arna, Kushin C, Fetch, Tyne, Tyne 4, Wolverine H, Valor.

Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Irons

The Mizuno has always had the feel and the sound that the tour player would want, but that sound and feel was with the MP family line. The main thing tour players wanted to see was a thinner top line and a wider sole with a similar feel of the MP line so that is what Mizuno gave them! The follow-up to the irons that won the last two US opens, the JPX 919 tour is designed to provide the classic feel of a Mizuno Forged blade with slightly higher launch angle, enhanced stability, and improved feel.

When Chris Voshall, Mizuno’s Engineer, was interviewed by many companies he said, “We wanted to enhance performance, make it feel better and do everything the tour players want.” This is exactly what Mizuno did for this JPX 919 Tour Iron.

The JPX 919 Tour has a 5% wider sole that is more noticeable. The reason for this change is to help improve the forgiveness, but this is not what the iron is about.

The two major improvements to the JPX 919 Tour is the forging process and the length of the club head. The head is still forged but Mizuno has used their high Density or HD forging using 1025 Elite Steel. For the first time in the JPX Family, Mizuno is using the same 1025 E Steel found in their MP Family. They say the forging process squeezes grain structure more closely together and lower in the blade which improves feel and feedback. This packs the grain more tightly in the steel for better feel and certainly, the JPX 919 irons were more solid and better feeling than the 900’s. As before, the JPX 919 is not up to the MP feel levels yet because of the larger head that is now 10% longer than the JPX 900 tour but we believe that it will soon feel more similar to the MP n the years to come.

The cavity back has also been modified with what Mizuno is calling a stability frame. This saves weight from the heel/hosel area of the club and moves it to the toe to increase the MOI. This moves the CG 1.2mm closer to the center of the club, which is quite a lot in iron terms and is one of the factors that help with better feel Mizuno was going for. There is a new “Open Heel” design, which frees up 5g, which is repositioned in the club’s stability frame, improving forgiveness and 10% thinner to edge. In the tour the hidden Stability frame moves the CG to the center of the face making it easier to shape shots, also lowers the CG in the mid and long irons, producing higher ball flight.The JPX 919 tour promises tour caliber performance with precision distance control.

Testing 

We recently conducted some testing on the Mizuno JPX 919 Tour. One of our Certified Custom Fitters compared the JPX 919 Tour to the JPX 900 Tour iron. They were both 7 irons with standard lie and loft. He used a Project X  LZ 125g shaft in both irons. Here are the results:

While testing these two irons side by side, we noticed that the dispersion was a lot closer with the JPX 919. He was a lot more consistent and the numbers showed that as well. He said that he felt like he had more control over the new JPX 919 Tour irons rather than the older model. As you can tell in the charts the JPX 919, on average, carried about 3-4 yards farther and 4-5 or more yards total. We both were very pleased with that.  With the JPX 919 being a quarter inch longer, the club and ball speed showed with the two speeds being much faster in the JPX 919 than the JPX 9oo! He could tell a large difference in the feel. With the forging process like the MP family, the JPX 919 felt softer and crisper than before. We were very pleased with the results from the Mizuno JPX 919 Tour. This new forging process is worth trying for yourself! 

These irons are available to demo at every location! There are 18 different shafts that you can custom order in the clubs and 16 different grips.

Cobra F-MAX Superlite Driver

 

Cobra has released an update to the 2017’s F-MAX family with the release of a Superlite men’s and women’s drivers, fairways, hybrids, and irons. The collection claims to be Cobras lightest ever and provides more club speed, distance, and launch. This particular line is aimed at players with moderate to low swing speeds. In this GX Report, we will focus on the Superlite Driver, which comes in both, men’s and women.

The F-MAX Superlite drivers contain a lighter profile to allow for faster swing speeds while promoting a smoother tempo to create a performance with great feel and strong forgiveness levels. The F-MAX Superlite is the perfect solution for players who need the added speed of light-weight design without sacrificing forgiveness. Those that will benefit from having that allows them to maximize their swing speed and launch angle.

The Drivers’ have a 6-gram lighter clubhead while maintaining an MOI of greater than 5000 grams, which is Cobra’s lightest driver head weight without sacrificing stability and forgiveness. In addition, a 5-gram lighter shaft and a 7-gram lighter grip combine to 18 grams in weight-savings.

The Superlite has an oversized club head that increases forgiveness by allowing more stability at the point of impact. This oversized clubhead increases the forgiveness by reducing twisting of the clubhead on miss-hits for more consistent, accurate drives. The Forged 6-4 titanium face insert with Cobra E9 variable face thickness maintains ball speed across the face to help with poor strikes.

A cool feature is the crown alignment feature. This crown alignment design assist players to have a square set up at address without being a visual distraction. Another feature is that the Superlite driver has an internal weight pad that statically positions weight low, back and towards the heel to deliver higher launching and straighter ball flights. 

Men’s driver comes in a 45 g Superlite shaft in stiff, regular and lite flex. Lofts range from 9.5 degrees to 11.5 degrees in right-hand and 10.5 degrees in left-handed. The Women’s Driver comes in left and right-handed. The lofts that come right-handed are 15 degrees and 11.5-degrees, the left-handed loft is 15 degrees. The driver comes in two options: a traditional looking straight -neck design or an offset hosel design to help golfers who fade the ball.

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Cleveland RTX-4 Wedges

The Cleveland Golf RTX-4 wedges offer a compact blade with a tour-level shaft and grind options for every type of player. They are the new better players wedge. RTX refers to Rotex face and this is the 4th version, hence RTX-4. When comparing the RTX-4, there are many new features than the RTX-3. Compared to the RTX-3, it has a much smaller head to give the club that tour profile that you see the pros with. Also, the RTX-4 comes in 3 finishes, Tour Satin, Black Satin and Tour Raw! 

RTX-4 generates even more spin than the wedges before it. This spin comes from 3 types of milling; Rotex milling, laser milling, and tour zip grooves. With these 3 types of grooves, it helps you control your wedge shots with a predictable spin. The Rotex technology consistently delivers more spin across all conditions. This gives you better control, improved accuracy, and hopefully some lower scores. The sharper tour zip grooves help slice through grass, sand, and water for a more consistent spin on every shot.

The RTX-4 has very progressive head shapes that are more apparent at address. The lower lofted wedges have a more linear look, less offset with a straighter leading edge and sharper corners. Although there were many changes, Cleveland did not stray from their great sound and feel from years past. The progressive feel-balancing technology comes into play from wedge-to-wedge as the higher lofted clubs have more forgiveness than before. This technology moves the CG closer by shortening the hosel and milling a microcavity in the hosel. That weight is redistributed to move the CG closer to the center. 

With the new RTX-4 has 4 tour developed sole grinds. These 4 new sole grinds give you enough versatility that you need on the course. The full grind is mainly for bunker play. You will find a full grind on the 56-degree and the 60-degree wedges. The full grind is the traditional sole that you will see in many other wedges. It plays like a mid bounce on full shots. When you start to open it up, since there isn’t any grind to it, the leading edge comes up off the ground.

The mid is the main wedge that will be used. The mid is for most lies and comes in 46-degree to 60-degree. The Mid has a slightly modified v-sole with less bounce in the leading edge for full shots and some trailing edge relief for the golfer who likes to open the face up more around the green.

The Low is for people who like to open the face-up, therefore it only comes in the higher lofts of 56-degrees to 64-degrees. The Low grind is the traditional C grind. These are for players who like to open up the club and manipulate different shots around the green. Lastly, the XLow takes it one step further with a wider sole grind on the main section and trailing edge ground more in the hosel and toe. This grind will come in 58-degrees and 60-degrees. Cleveland is also using its dot classification for only the low (one dot) and Mid (two-dot) sole grinds. The Full and XLow grind will not have any dots. 

The Cleveland RTX-4 has an extremely comprehensive range that covers 18 different lofts and bounce combinations from 46-degrees to 64-degrees. The stock shaft is True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400. 

Once again, the Cleveland wedges are the ones to beat, even though Cleveland raised the price of the RTX-4 to $139.99, it is still lower than most and is going to be one of the best for your money. The RTX-4 are available at all locations!   

Mizuno JPX 919 Forged

The Mizuno muscle backs have always been aspiring clubs but many golfers who would love to play them don’t have the consistency that is needed to hit them. With the JPX 919 forged, this will be a different story. The new Mizuno JPX 919 forged is designed to be a longer, more forgiving option for golfers who want a classic looking club.  The JPX 919 Forged is Mizuno’s fastest ever forging in measured ball speed. Mizuno has designed this iron to appeal to a broader number of players that don’t have that consistency that you need for the other blades.

When Chris Voshall, Mizuno’s Engineer, was interviewed by many companies he said that the JPX 919 Forged irons are the most all-around, well-balanced club they make. The JPX 919 is good at everything! The feel, workability, distance, and launch are all good in this forged iron. But, this iron is not amazing in one particular category. That being said these irons have raised the stakes all around.

The JPX 919 are using the same HD Grain Flow forging process as the former JPX 900 Tour irons. When Voshall was interviewed, he noted that the forging process was difficult considering the stronger, boron-infused material used in these clubs compared to the soft 1025E Steel in the 900 Tour irons. Unlike the other two clubs, this small addition of Boron makes the steel billet 30% stronger. With the denser of the grains in the JPX 919, it allows them to thin the face and increase the bounce for more distance and ball speed.

Also, the Mizuno JPX 919 have a reverse milled face. With the new reverse-milled slot insert, it allowed Mizuno to move the weight deeper and more toward the toe. This helps the longer irons launch higher.  Another major change is that Mizuno redistributed some of the weight in the JPX 919 Forged irons, removing it from the heel and repositioning it in the toe. This shifts the center of gravity more into the center of the face and down slightly. The top line and the toe areas were reinforced to help enhance sound and vibrations created at impact. With removing the weight, it allows a deeper center of gravity for more easily flighted long and mid irons.

JPX 900 pictured to the Left, JPX 919 pictured to the Right. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testing

We recently conducted some testing on the Mizuno JPX 919 Forged. One of our Certified Custom Fitters compared the JPX 919 Forged to the JPX 900 Forged. They were both 7 irons with standard lie and loft. He used a True Temper Dyanimc Gold X100 shaft in both irons. Here are the results: 

 

While testing these two irons side by side, we noticed that the dispersion was a lot closer with the JPX 919. He was a lot more consistent and the numbers showed that as well. He said that he felt like he had more control over the new JPX 919 Forged irons rather than the older model. As you can tell in the charts the JPX 919, on average, carried about 2-3 yards farther and 4-5 yards total. We both were very pleased with that.  The thinner face helped the ball speed and distance as they said. With the JPX 900 the ball speed was 128.8, but with the JPX 919, it was a 130.3! The thinner face really works, it gave both; a faster ball speed and more forgiveness. We were very pleased with the results from the Mizuno JPX 919 Forged. This new forging process is worth trying for yourself! 

The Mizuno JPX 919 forged has the ultimate blend of ball speed, stability, and feedback within a more refined playing profile. With the combination of all the new elements and higher lofts have them going longer and are easier to hit especially with the long irons. 

These irons are available to demo at every location! There are 18 different shafts that you can custom order in the clubs and 16 different grips.

Titleist TS2 & TS3 Fairway Woods

Titleist came out with this new TS line that everyone has been patiently waiting for. In our last blog post, we talked about the new TS2 & TS3 Drivers. Now we are going to discuss the TS2 & TS3 Fairways. Just like every release of a driver, there are fairway woods to match. Well, the time is finally near for these to be in full availability! We have heard a lot about the new changes and what Titleist has been working on, but we are ready to see for ourselves! There are many similar features that, both, the fairway woods and drivers have.

First, there is the new Speed Chassis. Like the driver, this reconfiguration changed the fairway woods for the better. The TS fairways are made to produce higher launch angles and less spin than the 917. The Speed Chassis’ shape provides 20% reduction in drag for faster swing speed. In the TS driver, the Active Recoil Channel (ARC) no longer exist. But Titleist decided to keep it in the fairway woods. Actually, they put in a new ARC in the fairways, the ARC 3.0. The ARC is taller which improves its ability to preserve ball speed, particularly on the low face hits that are common with fairway wood hits.  

In the Fairway woods, there are still interchangeable weights as in the 917. The weights are different for each fairway, though. The TS2 has a flat weight that remains neutral but has a +6g, +4g, +2g, Standard, -2g, -4g weights. With this weighting, the TS2 has a fixed CG location which helps the fairway maintain spin with a high launch than the TS3. The TS3 has the adjustable SureFit CG in the same weights options as the TS2 weights. This makes the wood have a mid-launch and low spin. The difference of the TS3 weight is the SureFit CG allows for a draw, neutral and fade weighting in the driver club head, while the TS2 has the fixed CG.

This new shape of the fairway woods allowed Titleist to reconfigure the crown as well. The crown of the TS fairways is thinner which allows the weight to be positioned lower and deeper in the clubhead. The crown is an ultra-thin titanium crown. The new thinner crown connects with a thinner, faster face than before. The variable thickness of the face delivers a faster ball speed and increased forgiveness. Because of these two reconfigurations, there is up to 11% enhanced MOI (Moment of Inertia). Even though the TS fairways have taken on a whole new configuration, one thing they did keep the same is the size of the clubhead.  Like the 917, both TS2 and TS3 have the 175cc profile that provides confidence and stability that most desire. 

The TS2 and TS3 have the SureFit Hosel as the fairways before it. The SureFit hosel allows for independent loft and lies adjustment with each club. It features a sleeve and a ring, each with four settings. The sleeve settings are numbered (1,2,3,4) and the ring settings are lettered (A, B, C, D). This makes the fairway woods have 16 unique lofts and lie angle combinations! That’s pretty awesome if you ask me. The grid below helps you understand what each combination can do for the club and player.

For an example of how this grid works, the standard position for right-handers is A1. When you move up or down on the grid you are adjusting the trajectory (loft). When you move left or right in the grid you are fine-tuning the direction (Draw or Fade). There is a separate grid that works for left-handers that can be found here.

Testing

We recently conducted some testing on the TS Fairway woods. One of our Certified Custom Fitters compared the TS2 fairway wood to the 917F2. They were both 15-degree heads with the standard lie and loft. He used a Hzrdus Smoke 60g X-Stiff shaft in both fairway woods. Here are the results (3w00d is the TS2): 

While testing these two fairway woods side by side, we noticed that the mishits weren’t as bad on the TS2 as the 917F2. The dispersion was a lot closer as well. He said that the TS2 felt crisper than the 917 and like he had more control over the wood. As you can tell in the charts the TS2, on average, carried about 4 yards farther and 3 yards total. We both were very pleased with that.  Also, the thinner face helped the ball speed. With the 917D2 the ball speed was 155.0, but with the TS2 it was a 157.5! The thinner face really works, it gave both; a faster ball speed and more forgiveness. We were very pleased with the results from the TS2.

Which one is right for you?

When it comes to choosing a fairway, Titleist does not want you to assume if you fit into a TS2 driver, that you will fit into a TS2 fairway. The TS2 & TS3 both give a different feeling that you need to be fit perfectly too. The TS2 is made for people that have a hard time getting the ball off the ground.  Whereas the TS3 is for the golfer that need less spin than what they would get from the TS2.

We thought that the TS fairway woods were awesome and we are excited for customers to try them. Customers can demo and pre-order at any location now! Due in full availability Sept. 28.  It’s your turn to experience the #TSProject!

Titleist TS2 & TS3 Drivers

We have all been waiting for the release of the new Titleist TS2 and TS3 Drivers and Fairway woods. Well, the time is finally near! We have heard a lot about the new changes and what Titleist has been working on, but we are ready to see for ourselves! You may be wondering where the “TS” came from. It is an acronym that means “Titleist Speed”. Titleist got this name because they have released a design that has more ball speed than ever before, while also having a great sound and feel. 

The new Speed Chassis in the TS drivers is the result of a two-year process to reconstruct the design to produce greater speed in every detail. The TS drivers are made to produce higher launch angles and less spin than the 917 drivers. The Speed Chassis’ shape provides 20% reduction in drag for faster swing speed. In the TS driver, the Active Recoil Channel no longer exist.  Actually, there is only the SureFit CG Weights. Having this refined and changed, it helps the drag of the driver because the ARC in the 917 drivers would snag and get caught on the grass which would slow down your swing speed.  The weights are different for each driver. The TS2 has a flat weight that remains neutral but has a +6g, +4g, +2g, Standard, -2g, -4g weights. The TS3 has the adjustable SureFit CG in the same weights options as the TS2 weights. The difference of the TS3 weight is the SureFit CG allows for a draw, neutral and fade weighting in the driver club head.

This new shape of the drivers allowed Titleist to reconfigure the crown as well. The crown of the TS drivers is thinner which allows the weight to be positioned lower and deeper in the clubhead. The crown is an ultra-thin titanium crown. The new thinner crown connects with a thinner, faster face than before. The variable thickness of the face delivers a faster ball speed and increased forgiveness. Because of these two reconfigurations, there is up to 12% enhanced MOI (Moment of Inertia). Even though the TS drivers have taken on a whole new configuration, one thing they did keep the same is the size of the clubhead.  Like the 917, both TS2 and TS3 have the 460cc pear-shaped profile that provides confidence and stability that most desire.

The TS2 and TS3 have the SureFit Hosel as the drivers before it. The SureFit hosel allows for independent loft and lies adjustment with each club. It features a sleeve and a ring, each with four settings. The sleeve settings are numbered (1,2,3,4) and the ring settings are lettered (A, B, C, D). This makes the driver have 16 unique lofts and lie angle combinations! That’s pretty awesome if you ask me. The grid below helps you understand what each combination can do for the club and player.

 

For an example of how this grid works, the standard position for right-handers is A1. When you move up or down on the grid you are adjusting the trajectory. When you move left or right in the grid you are fine-tuning the direction. There is a separate grid that works for left-handers that can be found here.

Testing

We recently conducted a testing to compare the Titleist 917 D2 & D3 to the TS2 & TS3. One of our Certified Custom Fitters and I decided to do it ourselves. I have a slower club speed at 90 mph whereas our fitter is, on average, 111 mph. I compared the 917 D2 and TS2, while our fitter tested the 917 D3 and TS3. I used the Tensei AV series Blue 55g Stiff shaft with the standard lie and loft on each driver. In the D3 and TS3, a Hzrdus Smoke X-Stiff 60g shaft was used while the driver was on a standard lie and -.75 degrees loft.  Below are the results from each: 

917D2 & TS2


While testing these two drivers side by side, we noticed that the mishits weren’t as bad on the TS2 as the 917D2. The dispersion was a lot closer as well. The TS2 felt crisper and like I had more control over the driver. As you can tell in the charts the TS2, on average, carried about 11 yards farther and 23 yards total. I was very pleased with that. We were very impressed with the spin rates. The TS2 has a new thinner face that is helping with this. Also, the thinner face helped the ball speed. With the 917D2 the ball speed was 125.4, but with the TS2 it was a 134.4! The thinner face really works, it gave me both; a faster ball speed and more forgiveness. I was very pleased with the results from the TS2. Next, we compared the 917D3 and the TS3.

917D3 & TS3

  

We saw similar takeaways from the 917D3 and the TS3 that we did in the 917D2 and TS2. The TS3 consistently carried farther and had more ball speed. The spin rates were also lower. Our fitter really likes the TS3 and thought the club was a nice step up from the 917. The dispersion of the TS3 was more compact than the 917 as well. The TS3 consistently launched the ball higher than the 917. Also, he said he felt like he had more forgiveness and control over the TS3.

We thought that the TS drivers were awesome and we are excited for customers to try them. Customers can demo and pre-order at any location now! It’s your turn to experience the #TSProject!  

Callaway TRUVIS

There is more to TRUVIS than what meets the eye when it comes to the awesome pattern on the golf ball. When Callaway TRUVIS golf balls were introduced, there were a lot of people – including us – who thought they would just be a fad and the next new trend would come along and replace it. This has not been the case when it comes to these golf balls. Everyone is loving this pattern and we are going to tell you why.  These balls have become a hugely if not most popular golf ball on the market and the most successful golf ball in Callaway history. But why? What is the Callaway TRUVIS golf balls and why do they help your game?

What does TRUVIS really do?

There are a lot of golfers that still call this ball a soccer ball but there is more to the soccer ball pattern than what you would expect. For those of you that are calling the ball a soccer ball, you are correct. Callaway mimicked the looks of a soccer ball for multiple reasons other than its different and looks awesome. The theory behind this is that this pattern is supposed to make the ball look bigger. The definition of TRUVIS is “giving a true vision of the movement of a golf ball by application of symmetrical patterns.” But to put simply, TRUVIS makes the ball look bigger, therefore, inspires more confidence at address. It is an optical illusion as the balls are the same size as any regular golf ball.  In golf, it is very important to have confidence in yourself and your swing. Callaway promotes that with this ball you will feel more confident over the ball and may play better because of it.

But there’s more!

That is not all TRUVIS does though. There are many other reasons to play with a TRUVIS golf ball. With the bright pentagon shapes, it is easier to see and find in the air or on the ground. With the bright sun or you simply just can’t see the ball once it leaves the clubface, this should help. Another feature is that it is easier to differentiate in your group. We can all agree that nothing is more annoying when you and your group member have the same unmarked ball and they end up side by side in the fairway. Now you are trying to look for specific nicks on the ball just to identify your ball. With TRUVIS, you may not have this problem.

After quite a bit of testing, Callaway noticed that these golf balls help with alignment as well. When you are on the green, the patterns of the ball tell you if you hit the ball solid by the pentagon lining up towards the hole.  This will help you see the spin of a ball as well. On the shorter chips and approaches, you can see how the ball reacts as it hits the green and on each subsequent bounce. You will visually see the pattern spinning backward and forwards.  They also noticed that the bright, bolder colors stood out a lot more than the original red and white.

The pattern is designed to maximize your view of the golf ball and because of this, it will give you better visibility when standing over the ball. The new Stars & Stripes patterns are now available along with the new Euro pattern at all locations! A dozen of the Chrome Soft Stars & Stripes & Euro is $44.99.

TaylorMade GAPR

Most people have gaps in their yardages and they try to fix it by gripping lower or higher on the grip to compensate for this. TaylorMade says that the gap most people have is between what they call your “longest playable iron” and your shortest wood. This gap may be hindering you from reaching that one green in 2 or being comfortable with your club choice on that long par 3 on your favorite course.

TaylorMade obviously thinks this is a problem that they can fix, as do we! They have made 3 models of iron style hybrids in the “GAPR” range that helps 3 different types of players. TaylorMade is introducing the GAPR LO, MID and HI. The GAPR’s all have the same compact 455 stainless steel head that is hollow and filled with SpeedFoam. SpeedFoam is TaylorMade’s technology enhances ball speed and feel to deliver performance. While the SpeedFoam delivers ball speed and performance, it also gives it the sound and the feel you want from a club.

An interesting aspect of these clubs is the position of the Center of Gravity (CG). The CG is set up to be low in all 3 models but what does vary, is the weight placement in each club. The face is made from C300 maraging steel that is stronger than usual and can be made thinner to increase ball speed and the SpeedFoam in the head helps supports the face, so it can be as thin as possible. As you can see in the picture above there weighted screws are also in different spots. With the HI (left), it is located more toward the back of the clubface. The MID (middle), the screw is more in the bottom center of the clubhead. Lastly, the LO (right), the weighted screw is located behind the face of the club.  

Since there are 3 separate models we will talk about them separately. Each of these clubs isn’t made for every golfer, therefore after our explanation of what each one does, hopefully, you can make the decision on which club will best fit your game.

 

GAPR LO 

The GAPR LO will be the club that you may see the pros with on tour! It has the look of a hollow driving iron and it certainly has the feel. All models come with an adjustable hosel to change the loft by +/- 1.5 degrees. With this adjustment, it gives the LO a lot of options to vary the head lofts of 17 degrees (2 iron), 19 degrees (3 iron), and 22 degrees (4 iron).

With the LO the weight screw goes into the rear of the head to create enough space in the sole for the SpeedPocket and to get the CG further back. As the LO is a low spinning club it will suit high swing speed players. As the lowest flying of the three models, if you have the speed the LO is the way.

GAPR MID             

This is the model that has a slightly deeper head and has a deeper CG that helps get the ball up in the air a lot easier. When looking at the MID, it looks like a compact better players hybrid. The weight screw is located in the sole of the club behind a larger SpeedPocket than the LO.

The sole is wider and features the same style of SpeedPocket that the LO has, this increases the ball speed. As mentioned above every model has an adjustable hosel. With this adjustment, the MID can vary +/- 1.5 degrees of the head lofts of 18 degrees (3 iron), 21 degrees (4 iron) and 24 degrees (5 iron). With more offset and a deeper head, this is a more forgiving head all around and for most people who want an iron or hybrid replacement.

GAPR HI

When you are comparing to the other two models, the HI look more like a Hybrid. The HI is shorter in the face than most Hybrids that you see on the market but could possibly be mistaken for one. This is because the deeper head allows the weight screw to be further back from the face to move the CG back to give different launch characteristics. Compared to the other models, the HI has a high square shaped face of a hybrid with a more cambered sole to help you with uneven lies.

The GAPR HI comes in four different lofts that can, again, be varied by +/- 1.5 degrees. The lofts are 19 degrees (3 iron), 22 degrees (4 iron), 25 degrees (5 iron) and 28 degrees (6 iron). With a higher launch like the GAPR HI gives you, this is for all golfers that want that very forgiving club in the bag that they can trust to get the ball in the air.

All three models felt very pure and smooth when hitting them. As a golfer with an average swing speed, I was able to control the MID and HI a lot better than the LO. The LO is a great option for better players who want to hit the ball low and have the clubhead speed for it. Here are the numbers that I saw when hitting all 3 models once. 

           

Driving Irons are not easy to hit unless you have the swing speed and consistent ball striking for it. With the GAPR’s this is not the case. With the new GAPR’s it gives the slower clubhead speed players a chance to have that driving iron they need and want. All 3 models of the GAPR’s are available to demo and order at all locations now. Come and get fitted to see if these are the right clubs for your gap!

Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder

Bushnell has been the market leader in laser rangefinders for a while. They have been at the forefront of innovation with all of their Distance Measuring Devices. Bushnell’s latest device, Bushnell Hybrid, continues this innovation trend by combining the newest laser and GPS technologies in one device. Bushnell’s goal was to combine the accuracy of a laser with the big-picture information provided by a GPS. The Bushnell Hybrid tries to give players at every level all the information they need or want on the course.

Why is Bushnell calling this device “Hybrid”? The Hybrid brings a precise laser and GPS yardages at the same time! This gives the golfer the flexibility to pick the yardage they want to use in any situation. The most golfers favor a laser because they want to get the most accurate yardages, but it is also good to have a GPS for those blind shots and having distances up to hazards. Therefore, this could be perfect for anyone that likes this flexibility.

The Hybrid’s laser function acts as a normal laser that you already have in your bag. It gives accurate distances to the pin, front and back of the green and/or hazards. But what makes this rangefinder different is the GPS display on the side of the device that clearly states yardages to the front, middle and back of the green. This helps you when you are faced with a blind shot or just want quicker more general information.

A cool feature of the Bushnell Hybrid is its Dual Power Technology, developed to support the power required by the combination of GPS and laser technology in the same device. Dual Power Tech allows the golfer to use the laser even if the GPS is not charged and vice versa.  There is a USB rechargeable lithium-ion battery that powers the GPS and a CR2 battery that powers the laser part of the device. This isn’t the only convenient feature that is on this device though.

Are you always wondering how far you hit the ball? Another awesome feature that the Bushnell Hybrid has is shot measurement. Simply tap the ‘Golf’ button after hitting your tee shot then walk to your ball and it will give you the distance you hit the ball. This is a lot easier than guessing or stepping out each yard. As other lasers that Bushnell has, the hybrid features Pinseeker with Jolt Technology, providing short, vibrating bursts to isolate targets and lock in the flag. This is how you know with absolute certainty the laser is focused on the pin and you are getting the accurate yardage.

Just like any Bushnell GPS device, it comes with an app for your smartphone to get even more out of your GPS. The Bushnell golf app is packed with many helpful features and it will make the rangefinder process more immersive and helpful on the course. When you purchase your Hybrid you can download the Bushnell Golf app, available in iOS and Android. Inside this app, you will find layouts, including distance and 3D course flyovers with distance overlays. This will give you a view of the course even when you are not on the course. This is a great way to look at the course before committing to a round with your buddies. If this isn’t enough for you to try the app you have the ability in the app to schedule tee times for 7,000 participating courses, input your score history, SwingPro, and a pedometer and fitness modes to help track and train your way to a better golf game. There are many golf courses that are already preloaded. The device comes preloaded with over 36,000 golf courses in more than 30 countries. You can play just about anywhere in the world and this GPS will have you covered. 

In conclusion, the Bushnell Hybrid is very simple to use and doesn’t take long to get used to. You get the familiar functionality of a standard rangefinder with the advanced technology of a GPS. Not only does the device give you the distance to the pin; it gives you yardages to the front middle and back of the green along with Hazards! It even comes with access to the Bushnell app, which includes hole layouts, 3D flyover graphics for every golf course! With a reasonable price of $399.99, we think it’s a steal!

PING i210 Irons

If you have looked at the new i500 irons and loved them but you are looking for a feel and control you can’t beat in your irons? You may want to try the new i210 irons!  These new i210 irons are similar to i500 but are years apart when it comes to ball speed, backspin and carry/distance.

Although PING says that the playability is pretty much level between the i210 and i500, the i210 are designed for better players who place an importance on feel, precision, and control in their irons, but who also want the forgiveness of a cavity-back. The i210’s have all the good things about the i200’s and made them better than ever.

 

Technology

The i210 are cast from 431 stainless steel. Its face, grooves and the back cavity behind the hitting area have been machine milled to guarantee they are created to the highest possible tolerance. The precision machining makes the face perfectly flat for distance precision hitting. This stainless steel gives the club the buttery feel and precision that is needed for lower scoring rounds. The grooves in the PW and UW are milled closer together and shave a sharper top-edge radius than the other clubs to add friction. With 1 or 2 more grooves contacting the ball, it improves spin and distance the top-edge is incredible through the turf, providing precision distance with workability and shot-making consistency for competition-focused players.

 

 

 

The i200 irons and the i210 irons have a dampening material that improves the feel while also returning more energy to the ball active elastomer inserts behind the face.  The i210 has a larger insert that is 30% bigger and 50% softer than that of the i200. This makes you have 25% more face contact, ensuring a much softer, muted and assured feel while returning even more energy to the ball.

Another improved technology is the HyrdoPearl 2.0 Chrome finish. This finish ensures that the club repels water to greatly improve consistency from the rough and wet grass. This finish is also more scratch and wear resistant than before. 

Like the i500 the i210 irons are offering a lower lofted power spec as well as a “retro spec”. A retro spec is where they relax the loft for a golfer that wants to focus less on distance or who want to hit the ball higher. This is an excellent feature compare to the i200.

 

Loft specs:

                        Standard                     Power              Retro

3-IRON            19°                              19°                   21.0°

4-IRON            22.5°                           22°                   24.5°

5-IRON            26°                              25°                   28.0°

6-IRON            29.5°                           28°                   31.5°

7-IRON            33°                              31.5°                35.0°

8-IRON            37°                              35.5°                39.0°

9-IRON            41°                              40°                   43.0°

PW                  45°                              44.5°                47.0°

UW                  50°                              49.5°                52.0°

Stock steel shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120

Stock graphite shaft: PING Alta CB

 

After hitting the i210, we can see that the i210 are made for precision and feel. They are very consistent and have more forgiveness than you can imagine. We had one of our custom fitters compare the i200 and the i210. We put the same KBS tour Stiff shaft in each of the heads and had him a few balls. “The i210 feel a lot better, you can tell that they are more precise and have more forgiveness than the i200.” our custom fitter says. For his game, he liked the i210’s better and the numbers showed that as well. 

 

                     i200 7 iron                                      i210 7 iron

Achieve more distance with long irons and their compact size provides more control with mid and short irons. These irons are now available in all locations now and available to demo! The graphite shafts are $137.50 per club and the steel shafts are $125 per club.

Garmin Approach Z80

 

What do you think of when I say Garmin? You may think of navigation, directions, a device in a car, GPS, but maybe not golf laser rangefinder. Garmin’s navigation system has been topping the market the last several years, but this year they are putting themselves into a new category, golf rangefinders. The new Approach Z80 isn’t just any laser rangefinder, Garmin has combined what they do best with the laser, GPS.  

Garmin isn’t new to the golf business. They are market leaders in sports wearable devices such as Garmin Approach S60 GPS golf watch, which uses GPS to provide distances from any point on the course to wherever you want your ball to finish. Garmin has taken a laser rangefinder to a whole new level. With the Approach Z80, there is a virtual course map with live GPS distances is overlaid onto the left side of the Z80 viewfinder, seamlessly integrated with the laser distance targeting function.

 

What You’ll See Through Z80’s Viewfinder

The Garmin Approach Z80 is something that is very different from anything we’ve seen. When you first look inside of the Garmin, you are alarmed. There are so many new features that will capture your attention. What is all this stuff that you are looking at? We are here to help explain everything.

When you turn on your Garmin Approach Z80 a full-color virtual map of the hole you are currently playing is displayed on the left edge of the Z80’s crisp and clear OLED screen. GPS distances to significant features such as the green or hazards such as bunkers and water are displayed on the hole, while a more detailed view of the green shape, as well as yardages to the front and back of the green, is shown when the Z80 Green View feature is activated.

The Garmin Approach Z80 also has an image stabilization feature that reduces shakiness and assists the autonomous flag finder function, which actively detects pins and calculates precise distances to hole when the range button is pressed. Once the pin or target is locked, a smart new feature called Laser Range Arc renders virtual arc on the course map to indicate the areas and hazards in play at the current ranged distance. The feature is also used in Green view mode to determine whether the hole is cut in the front back or the middle of the green.

 

It has a six-times magnification zoom that enables golfers to clearly identify the target they are seeking. Together with the map overlays, golfers can see where the pin is located even for blind shots through the Z80’s pinpointer feature. Laser Accuracy within 10 inches of any target.

The Garmin Approach Z80 has a “play like” mode that takes into account elevation. The “play like” mode can be toggled on and off so the Z80 conforms for tournament use. There are over 41,000 preloaded courses onto the Z80 and course updates are also free to download. (17,735 courses in the United States) View Garmin Course Library

“This will be the new generation of rangefinders” one of our certified custom fitters explained to a customer. This is the new technology the golf industry has been waiting for. The Garmin Approach is available in all locations at a price of $599. Stop by and try it out for yourself!

 

 

 

Scotty Cameron Concept X

  

Scotty Cameron by Titleist has introduced a new premium offering! Scotty has created not one, but two experimental putters titled Concept X, CX-01, and CX-02. These putters are produced in limited quantities for players seeking the top level of putter performance. These putters are in an era where prototype putters are offered to selective players. As you can tell in the pictures, these models blend the visual characteristics of the Newport 2 and a mallet style putter. If you want the top-level putter performance, you don’t want to miss these gems!  

The Concept X putters pushed the boundaries with new configurations that are very noticeable. The CX-01 has the tour-proven “nuckle neck” with one shaft of offset, while the CX-02 has a new low slant “joint neck” that promotes additional toe flow. To add on top of that, there is a new ‘Dual-Zone’ vibration dampening system for enhanced sound and feel with an anti-glare stealth gray finish.

 

The Concept X has two wings that move more weight away from the face and places it on the perimeter and toe to increase stability on off-center putts. Because the weight is out towards the back and perimeter of the head, the wings raise the MOI of the putter to increase stability and forgiveness  These wings melt seemingly into the ground and address that added cohesion and forgiveness. To make this putter a lot more appealing, the weights are customizable and removable to enhance balance while increasing the face’s sweet spot.

These putters have the forgiveness of a mallet. With the use of a lightweight face insert and a multi-material design that combines a lighter milled aluminum soleplate and a heavier stainless steel on the perimeter, it will produce a high MOI. Scotty’s multi-material methodology of mixing 6061 aircraft grade aluminum components with stainless steel is employed, as is his new four-way sole balancing technology first introduced on the 2018 Select line for perfect balance, setup and alignment at address.

 

The new Concept X putters are made for players who want to be on the cutting edge of Scotty’s design thoughts, experimentations, and boundary-pushing putter design. These putters are available in our stores very soon! More details on availability will be posted on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

For more information go to https://www.scottycameron.com/concept-x/

 

PING i500 Irons

 

How is PING going to top the g700 with the i500? We are here to tell you! PING has come out with a fantastic new summer line which includes the i500 irons. We have all been very excited about this new iron and are eager to tell you all about it. These new irons have a lot of new technology with some of the same that you grew to love. Below is everything you need to know about these new irons!

The i500 and g700 have a lot of similar feature and similar looks. The i500 is significantly smaller than the g700 and looks a lot sleeker. This sleeker-shaped profile gives it the quality look that every player wants in their bag. When looking at the sole of the club the i500 is thinner and more appealing to the eye than the g700.

                     g700 Iron  
              

   i500 Iron

If you hit or purchased the g700 and liked the ball flight but didn’t love the feel of the irons, the i500 will be perfect for you. Like the g700, the i500 has the hollow body with the forged and C300 maraging steel face insert. PING says the goal is to bring more distance and the ball speed than that of their G series iron.

The i500 has a similar offset of an iBlade which will get the ball flight and speed that a player would want in a sleeker more forgiving iron. The face of the i500 catapults the ball into the air with an incredible launch angle, low spin, and an unbelievable ball speed. It consistently will have a 10% higher trajectory than the i210 or iBlade but with lower spin. This will make the increase the distance by one club, but it will be one club less in the loft. I500 is offering a lower lofted power spec as well as a “retro spec” that relaxes the loft for a golfer that wants to focus less on distance or who want to hit the ball higher. This is an excellent feature compare to the g700.

The i500 has the similar Hydro Pearl chrome finish, but it’s better. The Hydro Pearl finish “ensures smooth turf interaction and reduces fliers, provides scratch and wear resistance. The slight sheen offers a premium look” says PING Engineers. The HydroPearl chrome finish enhances the ability of an object to repel water. That means the irons are designed to reduce the effect of water between the golf and the golf club.

 Loft specs     Standard                    Power

3-IRON            18°                              17°

4-IRON            21°                              19.5°

5-IRON            24°                              22.5°

6-IRON            27°                              25.5°

7-IRON            30.5°                           29°

8-IRON            35°                              33.5°

9-IRON            40°                              38.5°

PW                  45°                              44°

UW                  50°                              49°

*For retro spec details contact your nearest custom fitter.

This New Summer Line form PING has some of the best technology on the market. You can now pre-order the i500 irons!  The irons are a full set (3-PW and UW) and sell at $162.50 for steel shafts and $175 for graphite shafts. The stock steel shaft will be the True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 (R300, S300). The Graphite shafts will be the UST Mamiya Recoil ES SMAC (760A, 780R, 780S). There will many aftermarket shafts that are available at no upcharge. The stock grip is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet. Come by to be fitted for a custom set today and get the distance you have been waiting for!

Odyssey Red Ball Putter

Introducing the Odyssey Red Ball putter! We have been patiently awaiting this new design from Odyssey. The engineers at Odyssey have built the Red Ball to specifically address and improve on two things: proper setup and proper alignment.

There is a large group of players that don’t know the exact position to stand and align themselves over the putt. This creates a sense of not ever knowing if the putter is really aiming where we think it is. That is where this technology comes in to play. The key to the Red Ball design is to help with this problem that people have of failing to have the proper alignment and setup. The design is an actual red ball, which is placed under a “scope” built into the top of the clubhead. Once you are setup correctly with the red ball inside of the “scope” you’ll know the loft and the face angle of the club are consistent every time. This design forces you to set your eyes up directly over the ball which will produce a precise putt each time. Once you have aligned the “Red Ball” in the center of the alignment device, you know you’ve got the putter squared and ready to go!

In addition to its superior alignment, it has more forgiveness from the design shape of the head. It is able to concentrate the weight well around the outside of the putter, driving up the MOI significantly. This gives us an ability to control off-center shots! Pair all of these technologies with the feel we have all come to know and love from Odyssey, we have a winner. We tested it in the shop and after only a few rolls, we noticed how significantly easier it was to line up and get the ball off to the right start. With all the technology and the legendary sound, feel and roll with the White Hot RX insert, you have every you need to become a more consistent putter. Enjoy the new Odyssey Red Ball Putter, I know we have! Come in and try one at any one of our convenient locations very soon!

The Odyssey Red Ball will be available to demo in all locations Monday, July 16th and available to buy on Friday, July 20th. At a price of only $199.99, it is a putter you don’t want to miss!

 

Bushnell Phantom GPS

  

    The Bushnell Phantom GPS Rangefinder is easy to use and very convenient on the golf course. It has many features for such a small device. These features include a bite magnetic mount, a large array of courses, a good battery life, automation and a cool app to make this Bushnell rangefinder exceptional! 

 

Bite Magnetic Mount

One of the features we were most excited about was the Phantoms bite magnetic mount. The mount allows you to easily attach the phantom to any metal surface. It is the first time there has ever been a magnetic mount on any rangefinder! Having this magnetic mount makes it so convenient and inconspicuous! To add, this magnetic mount has a clip that comes with the device to make it more versatile than it already is! The clip is a metal piece that allows you to magnetically pair to the rangefinder and clip it to about anything you want! It allows you to clip it to your belt, your golf bag or to anything that you desire.

Course Catalog

The Bushnell Phantom features detailed dimensions for 36,000 golf courses across 30 different countries. I honestly didn’t even know there were more than 36,000 golf courses! Though there are many more courses than that and Bushnell is constantly updating and adding to the Phantom. Also, if Bushnell misses a course or needs to update a course, you can help them by giving them the information on their website by submitting a request form. 

Battery Life

    With the Phantom, you can play up to 2 rounds before charging it again, which was surprising to me because you will be on it the whole round. The Phantom uses very little energy since it is a small device. After playing those two rounds it charges via USB charging cable and can be fully charged in about four hours. 

Automation    

    For those of you wondering if you will have to manually change it to the next hole, you can begin to get excited because you don’t. The Phantom will automatically load the next hole when it detects that you are finished. If that doesn’t impress you, the Phantom will automatically load the course that you are playing based upon your location. Technology is amazing, isn’t it? 

Smartphone Integration

    Okay, Settle in. You may be mind blown after this. Bushnell golf app is packed with many helpful features and it will make the rangefinder process more immersive and helpful on the course. When you purchase your Phantom you can download the Bushnell Golf app, available in iOS and Android. Inside this app, you will find layouts, including distance and 3D course flyovers with distance overlays. This will give you a view of the course even when you are not on the course. This is a great way to look at the course before committing to a round with your buddies. If this isn’t enough for you to try the app you have the ability in the app to schedule tee times for 7,000 participating courses, input your score history, SwingPro, and a pedometer and fitness modes to help track and train your way to a better golf game. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion 

The Bushnell Phantom has more feature than one would think with being under $100. The retail price for this GPS is $99.99 and is available in four colors (Black, Blue, Green, and Red). It is a great value for all the features that it has. Why not give it a try?

TaylorMade M4 with Twist Face

 

 

 

 

 

TaylorMade’s M3 and M4 drivers launch on Friday, February 16th and may very well be the most anticipated new release of 2018. Why is that? Two Words: Twist Face. This radical new take on the curvature of a driver face is TaylorMade’s application of what they learned from modern launch monitors, which can measure a driver’s performance versus exact face impact location. Its the key feature of both the M3 and M4 drivers. Like the M1, the M3 has moveable weights on the sole that allow the player to alter the club’s center of gravity and launch tendencies. Like the M2, the M4 forgoes the moveable weights and instead opts for a more forgiving design. Here’s what TaylorMade has to say about both Twist Face and its new reinforced sole slot called Hammerhead:

TWIST FACE

A radical departure from traditional driver-face design, Twist Face is engineered to take you farther and straighter… right down the center of the fairway.

Twist Face presents a revolutionary new face curvature with a corrective face angle on off-center hits, engineered to reduce side spin and deliver straighter shots. By providing more loft in the high-toe and less loft in the low-heel, this groundbreaking technology produces more consistent side spin in the areas where golfers commonly mis-hit.

HAMMERHEAD SLOT

TaylorMade’s new Hammerhead slot creates a massive sweet spot that pushes the limit of ballspeed to produce distance and forgiveness across the entire face.

The reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face, while the center portion of the slot increases ballspeed on low-face strikes and drops spin for more distance. The result is a powerful and forgiving driver that delivers exceptional sound and feel.

 

The Test

We recently conducted a fitting for a M4 driver. Our customer had used an M2, however like many others he was intrigued by the performance claims of Twist Face. We put his M2 up against the new M4, each tested with his current Mitsubishi Tensei White shaft. Below are the results:

We instantly noticed the tighter dispersion of the M4. All mishits, but particularly toe hits seemed to work toward the centerline versus over correcting and ending up left. If you are trying to understand exactly what Twist Face does then you must first understand how shots struck on the heel or toe typically react. The tendency of toe hits to draw after starting right and heel hits to fade after starting left is known is known as “gear effect.” Shots struck off the center of the face cause the head to change its orientation which effects spin and therefore the curvature of your shot. Club manufacturers have for decades made the face of drivers convex to help the ball start on a line more conducive to the mostly unwanted curvature that occurs when a shot is struck on the heel or toe. Twist Face is a more enhanced shape which features a more open toe and a more closed heel versus the symmetrical convex face typically found on drivers. TaylorMade’s robot testing has shown improved accuracy of heel and toe shots. With all that said, a simpler way to think about TaylorMade’s Twist Face is that it should produce more accurate mishits for a majority of golfers. For our tester this was definitely the case. 

So we’re becoming believers in Twist Face’s ability to improve the accuracy of your mishits, but ultimately we know that most of our customers would list more distance not straighter drives as their number one objective when purchasing a new driver. When analyzing M4’s ability to hit the long ball we must first admit that 300 yard drives are not a rarity for our tester. In fact 300 yards is roughly his average drive. That being said, his consistency with the driver makes him an excellent subject when comparing the distance produced by last year’s M2 vs. the best TaylorMade can come up with in 2018. At first glance the M4 didn’t seem much of an improvement over the M2 in the distance department. Our tester experienced a average .5 mph slower ball speed with a club head speed that was on average a full 1 mph slower. However, the M4 consistently launched higher than m4 and did so while producing less back spin. A player’s distance with their driver requires the correct combination of ball speed, launch angle and spin rate. M4 was far superior in two of these categories for our tester leading to a 10 yard increase in carry distance and almost 6 yards overall. An extra 10 yards is more than we ever expected considering our player is using the exact same shaft in each of the driver heads. We were quite impressed and think you will be too.

M4’s Twist Face and HammerHead seem to live up to they hype. To try the year’s most anticipated driver please visit the Golf Exchange location nearest you. 

Callaway Rogue

Overview:

How in the world do you follow up the epic year that the Callaway Epic driver had? That is the question that we have heard for several months now in anticipation for the new Rogue driver. Callaway Golf President and CEO Chip Brewer knew that would be something that he would have to answer. He challenged his design team to not only match the performance of Epic, but to flat out beat it. To say that we were excited and maybe… a little nervous… to test the Rogue would be an understatement.

The Technology:

Last year, Jailbreak stood out as the breakthrough technology of the year. This year, Callaway has improved this technology and loaded up the Rogue with some of its best stuff. Some of the highlights are:

New Jailbreak Effect:

Rogue employs improved Jailbreak Technology with new, hourglass-shaped titanium bars that are 25% lighter, while fulfilling their function to stiffen the crown and sole. The stiffer body allows the face to take on more impact-load to promote faster ball speed, and makes possible our new X-Face VFT face architecture, which promotes fast ball speed across an expansive area of the face. Together, Jailbreak and X-Face VFT work together to create what we call the Jailbreak Effect, which promotes a remarkable boost in ball speed and distance.

Triaxial Carbon Crown:

Callaway is the leader at using carbon composite materials to enhance metalwood performance. Our proprietary triaxial carbon composite is extraordinarily light and strong, saving substantial weight. We’ve redistributed that weight into the head’s perimeter to significantly increase MOI and forgiveness, which helps preserve distance and direction on off-center hits. Rogue has the largest triaxial carbon crown of any Callaway driver ever.

Upgraded Boeing Aero Package:

Boeing and Callaway collaborated to develop the Speed Step technology used in past Callaway metalwoods. In Rogue, we worked with Boeing to redefine the geometry of the leading edge to improve airflow to promote faster head speed.

Weight Track Removal:

Arguably the most noticeable difference versus the Epic is the lack of a movable weight track. By removing this feature Callaway was able to relocate the weight previous dedicated to the track and movable weight. This change leads to a significantly more stable driver and less twisting at impact (greater MOI). What does this mean to you? The Rogue is significantly easier to hit than the Epic…and to be honest we thought the Epic was easy to hit too! But don’t worry about the ability to correct your ball flight, Callaway has made the Rogue in three versions: Sub Zero, Standard, and Draw. Each has a distinct ball flight that intended to enhance your performance regardless of your current tendencies.

The Test:

We invited an 11 handicap to put his beloved Epic driver up against the new Rogue. He has moderate to high club head speed and has a natural draw that quickly turns into a hook. We tested his 10.5 Epic with a Hzrdus Stiff shaft versus a 10.5 Rogue with the exact same shaft. To stay consistent we used a Callaway Chrome Soft X ball. Take a look at the results below:

The Results:

The design changes led us to expect a more forgiving driver and that proved to be true. We not only saw a much straighter ball flight, but we saw the smash factor moved up from 1.48 to 1.50. This number is a ratio of ball speed as compared to club head speed and an increase is a telltale sign of a more forgiving driver. 

What we didn’t expect was the gain in ball speed. The Epic was just such a leap forward in production of ball speed. As you might assume, ball speed is one of the primary factors in determining how long you will hit a driver. The increase in average ball speed for our tester was 1.4 MPH. Furthermore the increase from his fastest drive with Epic vs. his fastest with Rogue was 2 MPH. That may or may not sound like much to you, but 2 MPH faster than an already really, really, really fast driver? That’s fast. This produced as much as 12 yards more distance.  Also of note, our player increased his launch angle by 1.2 degrees while his spin reduced by nearly 100 RPM’s. In the past an increase in forgiveness almost never lead to a decrease in spin. Likewise, an increase in height typically meant more spin as well. With Rogue that simply isn’t the case. Mis-hits and middle-hits alike, the Rogue produces very consistent launch and spin. This means you should notice more consistent trajectory and distance. 

Availability

Callaway Rogue is available February 9, 2018 at all Golf Exchange locations.

 

A quick look at the Rogue Iron direct from Callaway Golf…

Infusing Soft Feel into Fast-faced Irons

ROGUE, ROGUE PRO & ROGUE X

Club designers have long been confronted with a particular “can’t-have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too” conundrum in regard to fast-faced, distance-enhancing irons. For the face to be fast it has to be thin, yet a thin face is prone to excessive vibration at impact, resulting in harsh sound and feel. You can quiet or minimize the vibration by positioning a soft material behind and in contact with the face, but that slows the face down, stealing distance.

“The qualities of really long distance and really great feel have never co-existed in an iron, in our opinion,” said Dr. Alan Hocknell, head of Callaway R&D. “We wanted to solve that problem with our new Rogue iron series.”

The iron development team embarked on a broad search for a compound that could e ectively quiet the face’s
vibration without interfering with the speed at which the face exes – if such a material existed. That led to the discovery of a specially formulated urethane material infused with thousands of miniscule “microspheres.” Developed by 3M, the microspheres atten under pressure, allowing the urethane to behave in a porous manner, allowing it to compress and “give” with relative ease. That quality allowed the material to both quiet unwanted vibration without slowing the face.

Finding a material with promise was the rst step. The next was determining how to shape it and position it within each iron’s head to provide maximum bene t. That led to a lot of experimentation and computer modeling.

“Finding the right material is part of the process. The other part was determining the precise shape that would most e ectively quiet vibration without intruding on the action of the face, or negatively a ecting performance in any other way,” said Hocknell.

The team arrived at a unique shape that’s long and slender and positioned within the head, covering the lower 1/5 (approximately) of the face on the inner side, and spanning the length of the face.

MIM’D TUNGSTEN-INFUSED STANDING WAVE

360 FACE CUP

URETHANE MICROSPHERES

Becausethe urethane is lighter than the steel area it supplants, it had to be balanced with a piece of MIM’d tungsten in order to achieve the proper weight and CG location necessary to the iron’s performance goals. MIM stands for “metal-injected molding,” a process that allows us to form highly dense alloys into sophisticated shapes.

(MIM’ing is a process of creating an exceedingly dense and heavy part). Again, arriving at the size, shape, weight and position of the tungsten, in relation to the urethane, was of utmost important and took a great deal of time and testing.

“The result is that on the inside, the internal workings of our new Rogue irons is unlike anything we’ve ever o ered,” said Hocknell, “and what’s on the inside is what drives their unique combination of long distance and soft feel.”