The new Mizuno JPX 900 line is coming in September!

In my opinion, Mizuno makes the best irons on the market today.  Period!  And the launch of their new 900 line of woods and irons has just taken them to a whole new level!  Check out this video below.  If this doesn’t make our mouths water, what will?  Thanks go to the  GolfWRX Staff for bringing us this early news release!
Coming in September, Mizuno’s new JPX-900 line. While we’re still waiting to hear official details about the company’s new driver, fairway wood, hybrid and irons, much can be learned about the clubs from Mizuno’s teaser video, which was released on Facebook today. According to the video, the JPX-900 driver (which was added to the USGA Conforming Club List earlier this month) uses two 8-gram slidable weights to alter trajectory. The JPX-900 fairway wood uses a single sliding weight, as well as the company’s new Shockwave sole. The JPX-900 hybrid also uses the new Shockwave sole, which we can safely say from the name will have ball speed benefits.
Screenshot from Mizuno video.

A Garsen putter grip helped Henrik Stenson to victory? Wow!

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  of Golf Digest for this interesting story!

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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 :    Golf Digest

Pictures : Golf Digest

Can golf grips make a difference to your game? Oh yes!

One of the many things that amazes me while teaching obviously keen golfers, (they wouldn’t be taking lesson unless they were,) is the lack of care they take with their equipment.  Iron grooves are dirty, driver heads are dinged up because they don’t have head covers on them, and their grips are old and smooth.  Folks, if you want to play well, take care of your clubs.  I put new grips on my clubs once a year, and I don’t play a whole lot.  For golfers who play more than once a week, consider putting new grips on twice a year.  The look and feel of news grips will make a huge difference to your game!  Andrew Tursky of Golfwrx gives us the lowdown on Lamkins new Z5 grip.  Read on!
Lamkin makes the claim that with more traction and comfort, leading to a lighter grip pressure, golfers can actually gain speed and distance by using its new Z5 grip. But what makes this promise of “better traction and more comfort” any different than any other grip on the market? LamkinZonesExplained Well, the Z5 grips have 5 different sections, or “zones,” each of which have different designs and are made with different materials. The rationale here seems to be that since each hand has a different function during the swing and setup, and they have different needs from a grip, that the grip shouldn’t be uniform from top to bottom.
To read the rest of the Lambkin story, and how these grips can improve your game, go here! Source : Andrew Tursky  Golfwrx Pictures : Lamkin

Just how important is a Range Finder in your bag? Very!

There are 4 things I feel need to be in the bag of every serious golfer.  Alignment sticks, the Orange Whip (for loosening up, and gaining speed with your golf swing), a putting mirror ( 15 of the top 20 players in the world use this), and finally a range finder.  The range finder not only provides correct yardages on the course but as David Dusek   Golfweek explains, tour players use them to improve their distance control as they practice on the range.
 
Kevin Chappell and caddie Joe Greiner practice using a laser rangefinder.
Kevin Chappell and caddie Joe Greiner practice using a laser rangefinder. (Golfweek/David Dusek)
Seventeen flags fluttered on the range at Congressional Country Club on a recent Tuesday morning. It was a rainbow of targets, but Kevin Chappell was concentrating on an orange one 211 yards away. Chappell knew the number because his caddie, Joe Greiner, had zapped it with a laser rangefinder. It was up to Chappell to hit a shot, in a left-to-right wind, that would go precisely 211 yards. The exercise, which Chappell calls Random Practice, is easy to understand: Greiner determines the distance to a target using the rangefinder, then Chappell, a six-year PGA Tour veteran who has won nearly $9.9 million, hits a shot to that spot. After every shot, a new target is established. Some require a driver, others an iron or wedge. The drill mimics what a player must do on the course. It also puts a golfer’s faith in his distance control and club selection to the test. “It’s totally random,” Chappell said. “He’s picking different yardages based on what he wants or maybe on what he’s seen on the golf course this week. I have to choose the shot that I want to play, verbalize it to him and then hit it.” For Chappell, the drill is the best way to transfer skill from the range to the course. For amateurs, the drill is probably a great secondary use for a laser rangefinder.
To read the rest of this article, plus check out the best range finders, go here! Source : David Dusek   Golfweek Pictures : (Golfweek/David Dusek)

Would Same Length Irons be right for your game? Find out here!

I personally have not tried same length irons, but I would certainly like to try some in the near future to see how these clubs would affect my distance and scoring.  Same length irons got a huge boost when Bryson DeChambeau decided that this was the best way to go.  As we all know by now, Bryson is a very smart lad and a physics major.  So if he thinks they are good they must be, right?  To help us delve even deeper into the subject, Andrew Tursky of Golfwrx has put together a great article to help us golfers make an informed decision.  Check it out!
Pros: Custom-fitted, single-length irons drastically simplify swing thoughts and reduce setup adjustments throughout the set. Cons: It takes time to get used to the feel and appearance of longer short irons and shorter long irons. Shotmaking and trajectory control can suffer with short irons. Who they’re for: Single-length irons will appeal to serious golfers who are searching for consistency and precision in yardage gapping, but the “system” can suit anyone who’s comfortable hitting a 7 or 8-iron.

Review

Like most golfers, I’ve played my entire golfing life with what’s considered a standard set of irons; the 9-iron is longer than the pitching wedge, 8-iron is longer than the 9-iron, and so on, up to a 3 or 4-iron. Actually, I’d never even considered another way of doing it. That changed when Bryson DeChambeau started winning big tournaments, which shook up the golf equipment world. As the 2015 NCAA Individual and U.S. Amateur Champion, he not only gave credence to the concept of single-length irons, but put it on the map for golfers everywhere. Related: Bryson DeChambeau WITB The thing with DeChambeau is, as golf announcers and writers never fail to mention, he was a physics major at SMU and a very high-IQ golfer. Because of that, average golfers can dismiss single-length irons, thinking they need to be a genius or an equipment geek to play them. Admittedly, that thought crept in my head, too. In fact, if I weren’t writing this review, I would have never actually gotten fit for a set of single-length irons. SterlingSingleLength4 I played NCAA Division I golf, and always considered myself a feel player. Of course, every now and then I’ll put my swing on camera and see how my planes, technique and tempo look, but on the course I like to play golf with my eyes and hands. I’m more of a “that looks like a 9-iron even though the yardage says 8 iron,” than a “the yardage says 153, so I will hit a 3-quarter 8 iron” kind of player. I play a far different game than DeChambeau, who carries a chart with algorithms to calculate different yardages. That’s why I didn’t think single-length irons would be right for me, but I was wrong. While single-length irons may be good for the super technical player who wants to dial in his yardage gaps, they’re also good for a player like me. Rather than having a set of irons and wedges, I simply had a bunch of 8-iron-length clubs in my bag — with different lofts, of course. Since every Sterling iron/wedge was the same length, lie and swing weight of my 8-iron, I could simplify my swing thoughts to say “just hit an 8-iron.” Whether I’m 125 yards out with a sand wedge, or 215 hitting a 5-iron, I’m thinking the same exact thing: “Just hit an 8-iron.” Most golfers, like myself and Tin Cup, consider the 7-iron, or maybe the 8-iron, the easiest club to hit in their bag. You won’t believe the amount of stress it relieves to go through a round of golf thinking this way. That being said… The first time you put a 5-iron in your hands that’s the length of an 8-iron, it will feel like it’s from a junior set. It’s just plain weird to have an 23-degree club measuring only 37 inches. And holding a 37-inch sand wedge with 55 degrees of loft is equally as weird. It feels like if you hit it full, the golf ball is going to hit you straight in the forehead.
Sterling Irons 7 iron (left) vs. Callaway Apex 7 iron
Sterling Irons 7 iron (left) vs. Callaway Apex 7 iron
Trajectory control did prove to be a slight issue in the higher-lofted irons and wedges. Hitting the low, “dead-hands” shot just feels more difficult to execute when giving up inches of control. Of course, choking down helps, but that does effect swing weight and feel. On the flip side, trajectory control with the longer irons felt easier than ever. I felt more “on top of the ball,” and never felt like I’d balloon the shot as I do with the longer-length long irons of a standard set. It really feels like you’re getting 8-iron control with 5-iron distances. The biggest problem I found, however, is hitting clubs outside of the set. When I switch to my shorter lob wedge, or to a driving iron or even driver, the difference in feel is drastic. I have to segment my swing; I have an iron swing, and then an everything-else-swing. This would surely be less drastic with a fitting to adjust my other clubs to feel more like the Sterling irons (lie angles, swing weight, length, etc.). It’s an entirely new system of swinging, and adjustments should be made to the other clubs, as well. This is a change I will make going forward, as I’m committed to gaming the single-length irons throughout the summer. Related: Barney Adams on his single-length iron experiments. Around the greens, there can also be issues with single-length clubs. Shots like greenside bunkers or flop shots are basically out of the question with an 8-iron length sand wedge (in my opinion, at least), which is why I still plan to bag a standard-length 56-degree and a 60-degree wedge. Also, yardage gaps between your longest iron (5 iron in the Sterling set) are inevitable, so you’ll need to fill that in with either a longer iron, driving iron or hybrid. SterlingSingleLength3 As for the Sterling Irons themselves, I would recommend them to a prospective single-length iron user. Also, as Mark Crossfield says in his review of the Sterling Irons, the set could be a great tool for beginners because of their bigger size profile and faces. Let’s see how they performed.

The Numbers

For testing, I took my old set of irons (specs below) and I hit them against the set of single-length Sterling Irons. I also have a 60-degree wedge in the bag, but did not hit it because I normally would not hit a 60-degree wedge full. But I will typically use it up to about 95 yards, and for most of my shots around the green. Irons: Callaway Apex UT (2 iron), Callaway X Forged ’13 (3-PW) Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.5 (+0.5 inches) Specs: Standard lie angles, lofts 1-degree strong Sand Wedge: Titleist Vokey SM5 (56 degrees) Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft Specs: Standard lie angle

Yardage Gapping

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To see a full break down of the results, scroll down to the bottom of the story.
Looking at the carry distances above, you might be wondering how it’s possible that a Sterling 5 iron that’s 3 inches shorter than my Callaway X Forged 5 iron can fly almost 5 yards farther? That’s the magic of Wishon and Bowden’s design. The short irons (8-PW, SW, GW) are made from 8620 carbon steel, while the long irons (5, 6 and 7) are made with a multi-material, high-COR design. Wishon/Bowden gave the 5, 6 and 7 irons in the Sterling set hot faces (HS300 variable thickness steel alloy face plates, which are welded to their 8620 carbon steel bodies) and progressively moved their center of gravity rearward to produce a higher trajectory. If gapping is still an issue, Wishon offers a 23-degree 5 hybrid that will produce more height, and possibly more distance.
To read the entire article on whether same length clubs will suit your game, go here! Source :  Andrew Tursky   Golfwrx Pictures : Golfwrx

The future is here. Golf Clubs marked by degrees not numbers!

Wow, something I predicted about 5 years ago has finally happened!  Golf club manufacturers are labeling the clubs by the degree of loft instead of numbers!  Of course, wedges have been marked like this for years. I have thought it would be logical for all irons in the bag to be marked with the loft of the club, which allows club fitters to test each club for launch angle and ball carry, for each individual golfer.  Welcome to the future of club fitting and well done to the Ben Hogan Golf Company.  Thanks also to Claire Rogers of Golf Digest Stix for bringing us this interesting story on new developments in the golf equipment industry!  
The Ben Hogan club fitting offers advice and recommendations on your golf clubs based on your current setup.
Ben Hogan Expands Web-based Fitting System
We do pretty much everything online these days, and now you can add “clubfitting” to the list. And one of the more surprising adherents to the trend is a brand you might think of as old-school but might just be new school, the Ben Hogan Equipment Company. Ben Hogan has expanded its online performance center, where you can receive a quick and personalized clubfitting without even looking up from your phone. The system analyzes what should be in your bag based on how you play. By filling out a short 15-minute online questionnaire with information such as what clubs you play, your average distances, handicap, how often you play, and your ball flight, the site can familiarize itself with who you are as a player. From there, the database offers valuable tips on what to look for in your next set of clubs and is able to save your information for future fittings. The system helps solve the problems of compressed lofts throughout your set and inconsistent loft gaps.
To read how to get fitted on-line with the Ben Hogan Company line of clubs, go here! Source : Claire Rogers  Golf Digest Stix Pictures : Ben Hogan Golf Company

GOLF Magazine’s 2016 Wedge Test and Reviews!

Many of the testers at this year’s GOLF Magazine Wedge reviews emphasized the increased spin they got on the new wedges, compared to their own.  What does that tell you?  That you should probably replace your Sand and Lob wedges once a year if you are a once a week or more golfer.  Understanding loft and bounce were also important to the testers, so before you buy yourself new wedges, see your PGA Pro and seek out his advice on the right combination of loft and bounce to suit your game.  I was pleased to read the wedges I have in my bag, the Mizuno S5’s came out as #1.  Thanks so much to Rob Sauerhaft  of GOLF Magazine and his testers Michael Chwasky, Mark Dee and Alana Johnson for helping us make our wedge purchase so much easier!
The year’s best new short-game gear offers an array of options to help you shave strokes on and around the greens. Our band of 40 ClubTesters evaluated 12 wedges at World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine, Fla. Hot Stix Golf custom-fit each tester to his best specs. As ClubTest 2016 reaches a grand finale, it’s time to choose your weapons — and go low!

WEDGE REVIEWS

 

Callaway MD3 Milled

Photo: James WestmanCallaway MD3 Milled Wedge

Callaway MD3 Milled Wedge

Cleveland Smart Sole 2.0

Photo: James WestmanCleveland Smart Sole 2.0 Wedge

Cleveland Smart Sole 2.0 Wedge

Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0

Photo: James WestmanCleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Wedge

Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Wedge

Edel Hand Ground

Photo: Courtesy of Edel GolfEdel Hand Ground Wedge

Edel Hand Ground Wedge

Fourteen RM-22

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Fourteen RM-22 Wedge

Ben Hogan TK

Photo: Courtesy of Ben HoganBen Hogan TK Wedge

If you think the golf ball does not make a difference, think again!

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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 :   Golf Digest

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The latest shaft to challenge the top contenders – Project X LZ!

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.

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.

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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

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Are “Forgiving Clubs” ruining the game of golf? What’s your take?

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?  
The late Ben Hogan checking out his latest club with his design team!

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