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Golf Club Review - Mizuno JPX900 Irons.

Golf Club Review – Mizuno JPX900 Irons.

Golf Club Review – Mizuno JPX900 Irons.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

An expert reviewer of golf clubs, Mark Crossfield, gives us his very positive review on the Mizuno JPX900 Forged.  Forged irons have a softer feel, but Mizuno has used a little bit of Boron in these clubs to give the head more strength, thus allowing them to feature a thinner face.  This gives more of a springboard effect which will definitely help the average golfer get more distance.  Check out what your nearest Mizuno certified club fitter is and have a fitting for clubs that will be perfect just for you!  Thanks to Mark Crossfield and GolfWrx for this great review!

 

Source: Mark Crossfield  GolfWrx

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Is Driver loft more relevant than the angle of attack?

Is Driver loft more relevant than the angle of attack?

Is Driver loft more relevant than the angle of attack?
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When I listen to club fitters talk their lingo, I am always caught between awe and this nonsense?  Spin rate. The angle of attack. Launch angle.  And ball speed are all words used in this gray area of the golfing world.  But, I think it’s time the average golfer started taking notice of these figures. The PGA and LPGA players are all maximizing their total distance with the use of these figures.  Obtained by club fitters using launch monitors like FlightScope or Trackman.  So it senses that this would make a HUGE difference to golfers who have less than perfect swing mechanics.  I sometimes hear students say, “My swing is not consistent enough to have a club fitting.”  On the contrary, it’s these golfers who will benefit the most from having clubs that will suit their inconsistent games!  Thanks so much to David Dusek of Golfweek for this interesting article!

Is Driver loft more relevant than the angle of attack?

Zach Johnson typically hits upward into the ball with his driver, creating a high launch angle that helps maximize distance for his swing speed. (PGA Tour/Stan Badz)

Many manufacturers have in recent years touted extremely low-spin drivers as if they were some kind of just-made-legal, performance-enhancing drug that can unlock more distance and lower scores.

Better materials and manufacturing techniques make them possible, but a simple question begs to be answered: How much backspin does any player really need with a driver?

Matt Rollins, a PGA Tour rep for Parsons Xtreme Golf, laughed in a way that immediately indicated the opening of Pandora’s Box when asked that question a few weeks ago at TPC Boston.

“There’s a bunch of things that factor into that,” Rollins said. “If you have a low-launch guy, say 8-, 9- or 10-degrees, you’re going to want to stay in the 2,400 to 2,600 spin rate. But if you have someone like Zach Johnson, who launches everything around 13- or 13.5-degrees, we’re trying to hit 2,000 or 2,100 to maximize his carry distance.”

From a physics perspective, any player’s ideal driver spin rate will determine launch angle.

Compared to his peers, Zach Johnson does not swing his driver exceptionally fast. To maximize how far his tee shots fly, he needs to send the ball high into the air. Johnson’s high launch comes from the 9.3 degrees of loft on his driver and a slightly upward swing path into the ball – known as a positive attack angle. His ball will balloon if he creates too much spin in combination with his positive attack angle, robbing him of both carry distance and roll.

To read the rest of this interesting article on how much driver backspin is best, go here!

Source : David Dusek of Golfweek

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Can sound make a big difference in a putter? Odyssey thinks so!

Can sound make a big difference in a putter? Odyssey thinks so!

Can sound make a big difference in a putter? Odyssey thinks so.
 Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another.
Several years ago, I toured the Mizuno factory and R&D department in Atlanta, GA.  What fascinated me the most was how they tried to strive for the exact pitch (or sound) the club made at impact.  It was explained that when people were asked to describe the feel, they usually describe what they are hearing rather than what they are feeling.  So this article by  Mike Stachura of Golf Digest Stix makes perfect sense to me.  Check it out!
Can sound make a big difference in a putter?  Odyssey thinks so!

6 New Models

The company’s new RSX line of putters is inspired by a Japanese model from 2008.

Odyssey Brings Science to Sound in New Line

It’s easy, especially when you’re talking about the often more-art-than-science business of putter design, to believe sound is something ephemeral and, for lack of a better word, non-engineerable. It’s something you might arrive at, but not something that can be orchestrated.

The team at Odyssey seriously put that belief to rest by taking a decidedly scientific approach to achieve the right sound, with its latest series of milled putters.  The new Milled Collection RSX. According to Odyssey’s chief designer, Austie Rollinson, the sound his team sought, they took from a successful putter model originally introduced by Odyssey in Japan from 2008, the Tour Authentic Prototype #1.

 Can sound make a big difference in a putter? Odyssey thinks so

Tour Authentic Prototype #1

 The challenge was to capture the slightly higher pitched sound of that solid-faced, single-piece milled design in a two-piece milled insert putter. The original was milled from a single billet of 303 stainless steel, and the new RSX is milled from 1025 carbon steel with a 17-4 stainless-steel face insert.

“We went to our computer modelers to do some finite element analysis and actually took that old model and saw how it vibrates, what parts of that putter moved, what sort of frequencies did it generate,” Rollinson says. “Then we created a new design with an insert to try to make the same sound.”

Source: Mike Stachura of Golf Digest Stix

Pictures: Odyssey Golf

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The Secret to a good club fitting is knowing which questions to ask!

The Secret to a good club fitting is knowing which questions to ask!

The Secret to a good club fitting is knowing which questions to ask!

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Mizuno Club Fitting.

I have always been fascinated by club fitting, and I do Mizuno club fitting at my school.  However, not all club fitters are made equal.  Like everything else in this world, there are so-called experts, and then there are real experts.  The challenge is how to find them.  David Dusek of  Golfweek does a great job of laying out the foundation for you.  Know what questions to ask, and you can’t go wrong.  Good luck!

 

Walking into a store that is filled with the latest equipment, computers, high-tech cameras and other fancy devices can be intimidating for players who never have worked with a custom-fitter. It shouldn’t be that way.

A good fitter can transform a player’s game.

Helping the player hit the ball farther than ever and reduce the severity of misses.

Golfweek asked several well-known fitters for a few tips and questions that amateurs should ask.

Nick Sherburne
Founder and master fitter, Club Champion
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“After you get fit for the clubs, be sure to ask who is going to build your equipment. Everybody has gone to a demo day, hit a club and then purchased it, only to discover that the club they bought never feels quite as good as the demo.

“There are lots of little things that go into making a golf club perform at its very best, and making two clubs play the same takes time and skill. 

Club Champion fitting in Orlando, Fla. / Golfweek/Tracy Wilcox

Read the rest of what to look for when planning a new set of clubs. Go here!

Source : David Dusek    Golfweek

Pictures : Golfweek/Tracy Wilcox

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Finally - putters that are made for juniors and women golfers!

Finally – putters that are made for juniors and women golfers!

Finally – putters that are made for juniors and women golfers!

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The most common thing I see when teaching putting to my students is that most of them have putters that are too long for them.  If you are really serious about your golf game, have a putter fitting.  Make sure your arms are hanging comfortably from your shoulders.  When the putter shaft is too long, it tends to push the arms upward.  This causes a cramped position which does not help create a good putting stroke.  This new line of Scotty Cameron putters is catering to juniors, women, and shorter golfers who just don’t fit the standard 33″ or 32″ putters.  

Thanks to  Andrew Tursky of Golf Wrx for this new equipment review.

The Skinny on Cameron and Crown Putters.

Golf is great because people of all shapes, sizes and ages can play and enjoy it. In that case, however, not every golfer fits into a 34- or 35-inch putter like you’d think when scanning the putter racks at your local golf shop.

If you do happen to fit into a “standard-length” 34- or 35-inch putter, then maybe you don’t know that most people playing a 33-inch putter are doing so with a putter that’s been cut down to size. The problem with that is shortening the putter without adding weight back will affect swing weight, overall weight, and ultimately, feel and performance.

“When we pioneered the adjustable sole weight system, it became possible to match the putter head weight relative to the length for a balanced stroke,” said Titleist Master Putter Maker Scotty Cameron. “Cameron & Crown models are purpose-built 33-inch designs, not manipulated 35-inch putters.  With two 20-gram weights to ensure the swing weight and feel of these putters are consistent with their longer counterparts.”

Scotty Cameron’s new line of putters — called Cameron & Crown.

The aim is to give juniors, women and shorter athletes an opportunity to play a line of putters designed specifically for them. And the head models featured in the Cameron & Crown line are some of the most popular heads from his other lines.

The Cameron & Crown line will consist of the Select Newport 2, the Select Newport M2 Mallet, the GoLo 5 and the Futura X5R models. Each of the putters will measure 33 inches, and will come with a White Matador putter grip that measures smaller in diameter than Cameron’s standard Matador grips. The smaller grip is said to better match performance, feel and weight.

Cameron & Crown putters will be available in stores (MSRP $410) in Canada and the U.S. on September 23, and the rest of the world on October 21.

See below for more photos of each putter, and click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the Cameron & Crown putters.

Select Newport 2

Finally - putters that are made for juniors and women golfers!

Heel and Toe weighted

  • Plumber’s neck
  • 303 stainless steel head and face inlay
  • Available in both right- and left-handed versions

Select Newport M2 Mallet

  • Flowing single-bend shaft
  • Pop-through sight line as seen in the Newport M2 from the 2016 Scotty Cameron Select line

GoLo 5

Finally - putters that are made for juniors and women golfers!

GoLo 5

    • Made from 303 Stainless Steel with 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum sole plate and pop-through sight line

    • Parallel and perpendicular sight lines

To see the rest of this Spectacular line of Scotty Cameron Putters, go here!

Source: Andrew Tursky   Golf Wrx

Pictures: Scotty Cameron

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Introducing the New Mizuno JPX 900 Driver

Introducing the New Mizuno JPX 900 Driver.

Introducing the New Mizuno JPX 900 Driver. – Mizuno is now the Complete Golf Equipment Company!
 
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Introducing the New Mizuno JPX 900 Driver

My favorite Mizuno Driver up to this point!

 
I have made it quite clear in the previous posts that I absolutely love Mizuno golf equipment.  And last year, I mentioned that Mizuno, who has always been known for their fine irons, was setting out to challenge the top manufacturers in the Driver, Fairway Wood, and hybrid categories.  For 2017 they have certainly done that!  The new JPX irons are outstanding, but the JPX 900 driver is a game-changer.  Mizuno, in my opinion, is now the complete golf equipment company!  Thanks so much to Andrew Tursky of Golf Wrx for the advance information!

New technologies that make a big difference are rare!

In the golf equipment world, it’s rare for new releases and technologies to produce drastic distance gains in off-the-rack purchases, mostly due to limitations by the USGA. But where many new releases excel is in their increased adjustability, which allows golfers to fine-tune their clubs to fit their preferences and needs. That can create big distance gains and a host of other benefits as well.

Mizuno is at the forefront of the custom-fitting movement with its JPX-900 drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, which were designed to allow golfers to optimize their swings and properly gap their clubs. That means golfers can get their games dialed in more than ever before.

Thanks to the added adjustability of the new JPX-900 driver, golfers can optimize spin rates, fine-tune their visual preferences and help reduce their big miss. In addition, the new JPX-900 fairway woods have a central sliding weight that allows the clubs to perform as either a rocket launcher from the tee or high-ball hitting clubs that will stop shots abruptly on greens. The new JPX-900 hybrids have also undergone design changes to better fill a golfer’s yardage gaps, and look better, too.

To read all the latest on this exciting product launch, go here!

Source: Andrew Tursky of Golf Wrx

Pictures: Mizuno USA   Steven Yu

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Which ball is the best ball on the market? 

Which ball is the best ball on the market?

Which ball is the best ball on the market?

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A question I am asked fairly often is, “Which ball is the best on the market?” Unfortunately, there is no best ball on the market. There is only the ball that best suits your particular game.  Like a lot of things, you need professional advice.  See your local golf professional who has done the research and will know which ball is right for your game. Another opinion is for you to hit different balls using a launch monitor and let the data tell you which ball goes further, higher or spins more.  Thanks to PGA Secretary Susy Whaley of PGA.com for this informative video!

Source: Suzy Whaley    PGA.com

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Are devices that track your shots beneficial to your golf game?

Are devices that track your shots beneficial to your golf game?

Are devices that track your shots beneficial to your golf game?

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Game Golf

I currently use Game Golf as my game tracking system of choice.  It’s fairly easy to use, but I find remembering to “tap” the home device, which attaches to your belt, difficult to remember. I can put shots in manually after the round for any shots where I forget to “tap” after each shot.  There are several shot tracking devices out there like Arccos and Club Hub, so how do we know which one is best and if this type of system will benefit your golf game?   One of the main benefits I find as an instructor is I can go into my student’s system (after they have given me their username and password) and check out their golf games strengths and weaknesses before they come to school, so I know exactly what to work on when they arrive!

David Dusek of Golfweek Mag gives us an in-depth look at what is out there and the partnerships being formed with grip and club manufacturers to help you improve your game!

This week, David Dusek explains why game-tracking systems like Game Golf, Arccos and Club Hub are beneficial to amateur golfers and golf equipment companies.

Source : David Dusek   Golfweek Mag

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The Mizuno JPX 900 Irons - Blade and Cavity Back combined!

The Mizuno JPX 900 Irons – Blade and Cavity Back combined!

In my mind, there is no doubt that Mizuno makes the finest irons in the world.  I play Mizuno irons.  I have for the past 10 years, and they continue to impress.  The dedication and professionalism of the entire company are outstanding.  Their “grain flow forged ” process gives these irons the amazing feel that Mizuno is famous for.  But Mizuno has blurred the line between the pure blade and the more forgiving cavity back design to produce the Mizuno JPX 900 Tour.  These irons are going in my bag as soon as they hit the market!  Come and see me for a fitting!  Thanks to Andrew Tursky of Golf Wrx for bringing us this breaking news!

Mizuno, which has set the golden standard for players irons over the years, is blurring the lines between a blade iron and a forged cavity back with its new JPX-900 Tour irons. The new irons pass the eye-test for a blade.  But they’re full of performance features usually kept for Mizuno’s bulkier JPX irons.

The Mizuno JPX 900 Irons - Blade and Cavity Back combined!

A Mizuno JPX-900 Tour 7  iron.

 

Like Mizuno’s MP iron models, which are designed for the most discerning golfers, the JPX-900 Tour irons are made from Mizuno’s Grain Flow forged 1025E Mild Carbon Steel to give golfers the familiar soft, solid feel That Mizuno is known for.

“We wanted to make the best grain flow forged iron ever,” says David Llewellyn, Mizuno’s Director of R&D.

What’s different about the JPX-900 Tour irons is the more aggressive styling, which is part form, part function. The addition of Mizuno’s angular “Power Frame” to the cavity increases moment of inertia (MOI), which makes the irons more forgiving.

Yet according to Llewellyn, the refined cavity-back irons should be an easy transition for its staff players, Chris Wood and Luke Donald, who currently use the company’s MP-5 blade irons.

Mizuno’s MP-64 irons, a forged cavity-back that many in the Mizuno community believe to be the best-feeling Mizuno iron in recent memory.  Mizuno could then use this as the benchmark for the acoustics of the JPX-900 Tour irons.

The company’s HIT (Harmonic Impact Technology) system, measures and quantifies sound frequencies.  And Mizuno is able to mimic the acoustics of the MP-64 irons while improving on their construction.

To see the specs and other innovations on the Mizuno JPX 900 Irons, go here!

Source: Andrew Tursky  Golf Wrx

Pictures: Golf Wrx  Mizuno

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A Tour down Nike's Golf Equipment's Memory Lane!

A Tour down Nike’s Golf Equipment’s Memory Lane!

A Tour down Nike’s Golf Equipment’s Memory Lane!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I must admit it was a huge shock to me when I heard that Nike discontinued their golf equipment line.  The millions they spent on Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy alone should have put them on top of the golf equipment pile! But, did Tiger’s demise have anything to do with Nike’s equipment demise?  Pure speculation.  The  GolfWRX Staff takes us for a time-lapse tour of Nike’s equipment over the years.

Nike’s golf equipment never appealed to the masses in the same way as the company’s golf shoes and apparel, leading to the company’s decision to discontinue its production of clubs, balls and bags and focus on soft goods. Its lack of retail success, however, does not mean that Nike didn’t produce excellent golf equipment.

Nike launched its first golf balls, the Precision line, in 1998. Its first line of golf clubs came in 2002. Our staff took a trip down memory lane to remember all the Nike golf equipment produced between then and now. Here’s our list of the best golf equipment Nike ever made.

10. SQ Sumo2 Driver

A Tour down Nike's Golf Equipment's Memory Lane!
 

Nike’s SQ Sumo2 was one of the most polarizing clubs in company history. Released in 2006 — the height of the industry’s obsession with high-MOI drivers — the SQ Sumo2 used a composite crown and a square head shape to push weight to the back corners of the driver head for added forgiveness on off-center hits.

The SQ Sumo2 was best known for its loud, high-pitched sound, which rang like an aluminum baseball bat at impact. A later version, Nike SQ Sumo2 5900, increased MOI to 5900, while improving sound and feel.

9. VR X3X Toe Sweep Wedge

A Tour down Nike's Golf Equipment's Memory Lane!
 

All wedges pretty much look the same, right? Not Nike’s Toe Sweep wedge, the brainchild of legendary Nike club maker Mike Taylor that was released in 2014.

Related: Our slideshow of early prototypes of the Toe Sweep wedge, which show the developmental stages of the club.

The VR X3X attempted to solve the age-old problem of the heel of the wedge getting “stuck” on shots from long grass. Taylor’s solution was to create wedge soles with hardly any mass on the heel side, which also made open-face shots easier. Both Rory McIlroy and Johnny Vegas used the Toe Sweep grind to win on tour.

8. Split Cavity Prototype Irons

A Tour down Nike's Golf Equipment's Memory Lane!

Nike Split Cavity Irons

These irons were in play by several of Nike’s tour players and carried a special significance to us. Our founder easily scored a set of Trevor Immelman prototypes back in 2005, the year GolfWRX was founded, and hasn’t stopped talking about the Miura-forged prototypes since.

At the time, the Split Cavities were the standard to meet for all forged cavity-back irons. They were clean in shape, butter soft at impact and great through the ground. Several notable forged cavity-back irons followed, including our recent Nike favorites, theVR Forged Pro Combos.

7. Vapor Flex 440

A Tour down Nike's Golf Equipment's Memory Lane!
 

For gear heads, the worst part about Nike’s decision to fold its golf equipment division could be the promise it showed with its latest driver, the Vapor Flex 440.

Ever since Nike’s switch to its Covert design platform for metal woods, the company struggled to compete in the realm of low-spin drivers. The Vapor Flex 440 (released in 2016) was different. Sixty percent of the club head was made from Nike’s proprietary, carbon fiber- RZN material, a weight-saving scheme to boost performance.

Our sources tell us that Nike’s line of 2017 drivers relied heavily on a RZN construction, and were by far the best-performing drivers in company history. If true, it’s a case of too little, too late.

6. VR_S Forged Irons

Nike decided to release the VR_S Forged in the U.S. after enjoying incredible success in Japan. The intent was for mid-to-high handicappers, the irons caught on with low handicappers, as well as many PGA Tour players (including Tiger Woods), who used them as long-iron replacements.

Key to the success of the VR_S Forged is in their two-piece construction.  This merges a 1025 carbon steel framework by welding a thin club face to the body to improve ball speed and forgiveness. Despite their bulk, the irons appear and feel premium, and adds value to their $999 sticker price, with Nippon’s aftermarket 950GH shaft as the stock option. They became one of the best game-improvement irons in 2012.

To see the rest of the best Nike golf equipment ever made, go here!

Source: GolfWRX Staff

Pictures: Nike

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