(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 is determined largely by launch angle and clubhead speed. 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 Pictures : PGA Tour/Stan Badz Parsons Xtreme Golf Homayon Zeary
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 was determined to put that belief to rest by taking a decidedly scientific approach to achieve the right soundMike 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 was based on a successful putter model originally introduced by Odyssey in Japan from 2008, the 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.”To find out how Odyssey was able to fine tune the putter sound to what they were looking for, go here! Source : Mike Stachura of Golf Digest Stix Pictures : Odyssey Golf
Editor’s note: This story originally ran in the May 9 issue of Golfweek. ••• 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 clubchampiongolf.com “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. You want to know that after you get fit, the clubs that you buy will perform like the clubs during the fitting.”To 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
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.”
With 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
- 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
Made from 303 Stainless Steel with 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum sole plate and pop-through sight line
Parallel and perpendicular sight lines
I have made it quite clear in my 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!
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 with focus on allowing 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. 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.
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
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 pumped up with performance features usually reserved for Mizuno’s bulkier JPX irons. Like Mizuno’s MP iron models, which are designed for the most discerning and skilled 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 for which Mizuno is known. “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, was used as the benchmark for the acoustics of the JPX-900 Tour irons. By using the company’s HIT (Harmonic Impact Technology) system, which measures and quantifies sound frequencies, Mizuno was 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
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.
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.easyyy scored a set of Trevor Immelman prototypes back in 2005, the year GolfWRX was founded, and hasn’t stopped talking about the Miura-forged protos 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.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-reinforced RZN material, a weight-saving scheme that boosted 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.
To see the rest of the best Nike golf equipment ever made, go here! Source : GolfWRX Staff Pictures : Nike
Over the course of a given year, I’m able to get an up-close look at some incredible golf gear. Periodically, I like to compile a product round-up of some of my favorites. Here’s a peek at a list of items I’ve had the opportunity to test in the last couple of months that you may want to consider for your own game — everything from clubs to gadgets to apparel and more. Kentwool socks: Are you more of a walker, or the type that takes a cart when playing a round of golf? Either way, Kentwool makes the perfect sock for you. Why socks don’t seem like a big deal to many is beyond me. Golf is uncomfortable enough with everything you face on the course. Your feet shouldn’t be a part of that equation. Kentwool socks, made in the USA, are constructed with 58 percent Merino Wool, 31 percent Nylon, 9 percent Stretch Polyester and 2 percent Spandex. The best part about the socks? They have a blister-free guarantee. For more information, visit www.kentwool.com. Garmin Approach X40: I have a confession to make… Since smartphones these days are practically attached to our person at all times, I figured it had eliminated my need for a watch. Now, however, technology has turned toward the enhanced development of “wearables.” Picking up on that trend is Garmin with its Approach X40 band. It’s not just a watch. It’s not just a golf GPS preloaded with over 40,000 golf courses. It also measures your shot distance, tracks stats such as putts per round, greens and fairways hit, is a digital scorecard and — when connected to your computer or smartphone — allows you to review your scorecard and round. In addition to all of that — and what separates the Approach X40 from its competition — is its fitness tracking capabilities. It counts your steps, measures your heart rate, tracks your sleep, allows you to set fitness goals and more. This is a golf watch that you never have to take off… except to charge, which you’ll only need to do every 5 days in activity mode, or every 10 days in GPS mode. Oh, and for good measure — when synced with your smartphone, you can have text messages and call alerts sent to your wrist. For more, visit www.garmin.com. Golf Pride Tour SNSR Putter grips: Putting is all about feel and that starts with the grip you’re cradling in your hands. Golf Pride’s Tour SNSR putter grips — available in two styles and two sizes — promote light grip pressure in the hands for superior control. The counter of the grip encourages a more consistent, repeatable putting stroke. We can all use more consistency on the greens.Visit www.golfpride.com to learn more. To see all 15 of these new summer buys, go here! Source : T.J. Auclair PGA.com Pictures : www.kentwool.com www.garmin.com www.golfpride.com