This is the most important news coming out of Royal Troon after Henrik Stenson’s victory in the Open Championship. His use of the Bernerd Garsen design putter grip with its revolutionary design, putting the flat part of the putter on the side rather than on top is going to take the putting grip industry by storm! This is certainly breaking news and I will be surprised if half the golfers in America don’t have this putter grip on by next week. Thanks so much to Mike Stachura of Golf Digest for this interesting story!
Bernerd Garsen admits that while his career as a model in Europe appearing in GQ wearing the latest fashions for Versace and Armani was a success, he really wanted a career as a golfer.
After Henrik Stenson’s win at the Open Championship using Garsen’s triangular-shaped putter grip design, the former Spanish billboard fashion icon might have himself a successful career in golf after all.
Garsen’s putter grips, which feature an angled rather than the traditionally flat front section, have been on tour for the last three years with wins in the hands of J.B. Holmes and Tony Finau. But Stenson’s win at Royal Troon will be a game-changer for the model turned assistant pro turned golf grip designer and entrepreneur. The grip is designed so the thumbs naturally oppose each other and the wrists are angled in a way that discourages unwanted and unreliable bending and hinging.
To read the rest of this story of Bernerd Garsen’s putter design, go here!
Source : Mike Stachura Golf Digest
Pictures : Golf Digest
Most amateur golfers, including my wife, think that the golf ball makes no difference to their game and the cheapest balls work just fine. Well, think again my friends! The golf ball can make a HUGE difference to not only the distance you hit the ball off the tee but how close you get the ball to the hole day in and day out! To test this theory, go out and buy four sleeves of golf balls, one cheap, two medium priced and one premier ball. Go out and play with these balls, particularly from 100 yards and in, and then see if you still feel the same. This will be an eye opener for you for sure! Thanks to Mike Stachura of Golf Digest for this interesting article, even for an old pro like me!
A recent essay on GolfWRX.com from veteran golf ball designer Dean Snell (27 years with Titleist, TaylorMade and now his own company Snell Golf) makes the case that modern golf ball technology has endeavored to make the differences between all kinds of balls not that great—on the tee shot.
Related: Check out our golf ball Hot List
We think there can be subtle differences in distance, but the real differences in spin and performance (read: your ability to get the ball to land closer to your target) start to show up the closer you get to the green. The multilayer urethane cover balls (generally, the most expensive) provide more spin and control so shots get closer to the hole. Snell also notes that modern technology in the less expensive balls has made them softer, even softer feeling than the most expensive balls.
But feel is one thing and spin is another. During our Hot List process, the balls that continually received the highest marks from our player panelists were those that were the most expensive, specifically because of their performance around the greens.
We tested this idea out with some player testing of 50-yard pitch shots. The goal was to hit shots that flew most of the way to the hole and stopped quickly after a few bounces. Using a Foresight Sports GC2 launch monitor, we saw clear differences in launch and spin, as shown in this chart here. Generally, the expensive tour-type balls launched lower (29 degrees or less) and spun more (7,000 rpm or more), while the less expensive balls launched higher (30 degrees or more) and spun less (5,500 rpm or less).
To read just how important ball selection is for your game, go here!
Source : Mike Stachura Golf Digest
Pictures : Golf Digest 루미넌스
Every shaft on the market has what we call a “shaft profile.” These profiles determine how the shaft characteristics perform during the golf swing. Each person’s swing is different, so each demands a different shaft profile to match that person’s swing. It is the job of an expert club fitter to match the shaft to the player. A new shaft has emerged to challenge the longtime gold standards of the shaft industry. The True Temper Dynamic Gold and the Project X. Introducing the Project X LZ! Thanks to the GolfWRX Staff for this informative article!
When golfers think of iron shafts played on the PGA Tour, two models generally come to mind. The first is the most-used shaft on the PGA Tour, True Temper’s Dynamic Gold. It’s been the leading choice of serious golfers for nearly four decades. The second is another True Temper shaft. Called Project X, it has been around a little more than a decade, and is the second-most played shaft on the PGA Tour.
It’s starting to feel as though True Temper’s new Project X LZ iron shafts could be another classic in the making, with three high-profile wins in the last four months. Adam Scott used the shafts to win the Honda Classic and WGC-Cadillac Championship, while James Hahnwon with the shafts the first week he used them at the Wells Fargo Championship.
What’s different about the Project X LZ shafts, and what can they do for your game? We asked Don Brown, True Temper’s Director of Golf Innovation.
WRX: What’s the difference between the Dynamic Gold, Project X and Project X LZ iron shafts?
DB: Dynamic Gold and Project X share very similar performance profiles. Both are low- launch, low-spin shafts that weigh roughly 125 to 135 grams and both have reinforced tip sections. While their launch conditions are very similar, their EI profiles and feel are very different. Dynamic Gold has a tip section that changes in length (distance to the first step) as you move through the set. Project X, on the other hand, has a 2-inch tip section on every shaft in the set. These differences create a much different feel for these two similarly preforming shafts.
When I first started playing golf in 1963, my dad bought me a set of John Letters Irons and Sam Snead Blue Ridge woods. Back in those days, it was thought that the English golf manufacturers made better irons and the Americans made better woods. Almost all the irons on the market those days were forged blades and had to be hit right in the sweet spot to get any type of good feel out of them. Why am I telling you this? Because it lends credence to the story by Stephen Altschuler of GolfWrx that today’s technology is ruining the game. Players never got to feel the pleasure of a sweetly struck iron shot that fires right out of the middle of the club face with the feel of melted butter. So maybe you need to reconsider when next you go out to purchase that new set of forgiving cast irons in favor of a set of blades. Might they make you a better player? What do you think?
Project X LZ is a different design all together. The PX LZ has both a reinforced tip and butt section, which creates a mid-section that is more active. This allows the shaft to load more and provides exceptional feel. This three-wall design is very unique to the steel golf shaft industry. The PX LZ also has a series of very small micro steps in the midsection to enhance the loading zone even further. It will provide a mid-launch angle with a flat apex.
WRX: How long was the Project X LZ shaft in development? What challenges were there in its design?
DB: As we were seeing the great results with our early prototypes of graphite Project X LZ in late 2013, we immediately began to think if we could see the same benefits in a steel shaft. The challenge was how to create that same affect in a steel shaft. There is a lot more freedom of design with a graphite shaft, where we can easily change the different layers of graphite, as well as use different grades of graphite. In steel, you need to be able to make changes to the internal reinforcement of the shaft and are working with a singular material.
Our steel engineers spent over a year manipulating the steel trying to create the Loading Zone signature EI profile. When they still hadn’t perfected it, they realized they were going to have to do something unconventional. All of our tour shafts have reinforced tip sections for added stability and trajectory control, but for the LZ signature, we were going to have to reinforce the tip and butt sections. That presented a lot of manufacturing challenges that took many months to get right. Finally, with the tri-walled designed dialed in, we added the series of micro steps to increase the flexibility in the loading zone even more. It took almost 2 years to get the designs dialed in, and a few more months of player testing, but with the rapid tour uptake and 3 PGA wins in a few months, it was definitely worth it.
To read the rest of this interesting interview with GolfWrx staff and Project X LZ, go here !
Source : GolfWRX Staff
Pictures : GolfWrx
The late Ben Hogan checking out his latest club with his design team!
Club manufacturers have glommed onto the term “forgiving” to coax golfers to their products, and I think it’s done more to detract beginners from learning the game properly and eventually dropping out. In the process, people try the game thinking their forgiving clubs will essentially do it all for them, almost by magic.
Back in the day, blade irons and 200-cubic-centimeter persimmon drivers were the standard, with sweet spots about the size of a pencil eraser. You had to learn to hit the ball in the absolute center of the club face — on the screws, as we used to say — or face the consequences of contact that felt more like mashed potatoes (maybe that’s where that stupid crowd reaction came from). Bobby Jones purportedly had to change the screws on his drivers (yes, they were constructed with four screws holding a plastic plate that covered the sweet spot) four times during the course of a competitive season.
Today, with irons looking more like garden tools, and drivers more like battle-axes, forgiveness is the keyword. As the commercial for the XE1 wedge says: “The XE1 is awesome. It just popped the ball right up,” says a guy with a swing not unlike Charles Barkley’s.
Effortless? The club does all the work? Right: All you have to do is take the same lousy swing you’ve brought to the course for 30 years, and it bounces right on the green. I kid the XE1. It’s probably a fine club, but we all know down deep the club is probably not much better than Gene Sarazen’s sand wedge he invented in 1928. You still need to swing the club properly to make it do what it was intended to do. That takes good instruction and lots of practice.
With a 200cc driver, you had to have pretty darn good technique to make solid contact, so the emphasis for the recreational golfer was solid contact and not so much club head speed. Swings then were smoother, better paced, slower and more athletic. My models were Bobby Nichols, Ken Venturi, Gene “The Machine” Littler, Bobby Jones videos and later, Freddy Couples, Tom Watson, and Ernie Els. Guys like Palmer, Nicklaus, Trevino, Player, Miller, Price, Ballesteros, Norman, Faldo, and Woods could make those smaller club heads dance like Gene Kelly in Singing in the Rain, with as much control. Bobby Jones, using even less sophisticated equipment than they had in the ’60s, could hit his driver 300 yards when he needed to. Forgiveness? Bobby’s swing was all the forgiveness he needed.
But in one of the greatest marketing ploys in sports history, golf club manufacturers have convinced us that salvation was in larger and larger club head sizes for both irons and drivers, digging out huge cavities in the backs of irons, switching to whippier and ever-lighter graphite shafts, and fatter, flatter, less tapered grips (Billy Casper must be having a good laugh in heaven at those grips). With drivers, we can change lofts and shafts with a few clicks (but just about no one does); with putters, we can adjust weight and lie angles with a device that can bend the shaft and add weights to the head (again, hardly anyone does); and, of course, with hybrids you can make-over your entire set to look and act like woods (which just about everyone does).
To read the rest of this story of forgiving clubs ruining the game, go here!
Source : Stephen Altschuler GolfWrx
Pictures : Kipp Baker GolfWrx