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Wilson Triton Driver made to Toe the Line!

Wilson Triton Driver made to Toe the Line!

Wilson Triton Driver made to Toe the Line!

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!

This was definitely an “egg on your face” moment for Wilson Staff designers when they were notified by the USGA that their new Wilson Triton Driver, the winner of the “Driver vs. Driver” Competition on the Golf Channel, was non-conforming!  There was definitely a rush to market after the show, and Wilson did not do their due diligence.  However, Wilson has assured all customers who purchased the non-conforming drivers that a) they will be replaced with a conforming driver and b) they will be given a box of Wilson Staff Duo golf balls for their trouble.  Lesson learned – make sure you have your letter from the USGA before you put your product in the retail stores!  Thanks to David Dusek of Golfweek Mag for this very relevant article!  Very Good Job, Guys!

The club that won the Golf Channel’s “Driver vs. Driver” contest was deemed non-conforming by the USGA, but Wilson is fixing the Staff Triton and promises to make it legal for golfers to use.

Source: David Dusek   Golfweek Mag

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The Top Putters on the PGA Tour and the Putters that got them there!

The Top Putters on the PGA Tour and the Putters that got them there!

The Top Putters on the PGA Tour and the Putters that got them there!

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Great Putters are born!

I have always believed that if you practice, hard you can become a good putter, but great putters are born.  I personally don’t think the equipment they use would make them any better or worse on a day-to-day basis.  You just have to see how often these great putters change their equipment to see it is more a feel and visual thing.  On any given day, a putter can look and feel great, and the next day feels like a lead pipe in your hands.  

I had the good fortune to play a lot of golf with the late great Bobby Locke, who, to this day, is still regarded as one of the best putters ever.  He used a hickory shaft blade putter for most of his career and never changed.  The same can be said for fellow countryman Gary Player.  He still uses the putter that won him all his majors!  So what can you learn from this article?  Find a putter that you really like, stick with it, and practice your putting stroke diligently to become a good putter!

David Dusek of Golfweek presents the top putters on the PGA Tour, and their strokes gained stats that allow us to see just how good these players really are with the flat stick in their hand.

“The wand chooses the wizard. It’s not always clear why.”

During a chat with Harry Potter, Mr. Ollivander, the owner of a magic wand shop, said, “The wand chooses the wizard. It’s not always clear why.”

The same holds true of putters. Several guidelines can help players find a putter that suits their stroke, but there is a healthy amount of art to blend in with the science. For example, face-balanced putters tend to benefit golfers who have a straight putting stroke; players who have an arched putting stroke tend to favor toe-down putters. Likewise, the ideal length and lie angle should position the hands directly beneath the shoulders.

The best putters on the PGA Tour use a wide variety of blades and mallets. Some feature a classic look. Others are colorful space-age designs. The one thing they have in common: They all have been custom-fit to match the player’s stroke.

Below is a list of the golfers who are the current top 10 players in strokes gained putting on the PGA Tour, along with their putter.

1. Jason Day

The Top Putters on the PGA Tour and the Putters that got them there!

Jason Day is the top-ranked putter on the PGA Tour this season. (PGA Tour/Chris Condon)

Strokes gained: +1.106
His putter: TaylorMade Spider Limited Red

The Top Putters on the PGA Tour and the Putters that got them there!

Jason Day’s putter / Courtesy of TaylorMade


2. Steve Stricker

The Top Putters on the PGA Tour and the Putters that got them there!

Strokes gained: +.930
His putter: Odyssey White Hot #2. 

 

To see the other top 5 putters on the PGA Tour, go here!

Source : David Dusek   Golfweek

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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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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!

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!

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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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?

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!

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

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

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

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)

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Who are the Top 10 Wedge Players on the PGA Tour?

Who are the Top 10 Wedge Players on the PGA Tour?

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How do you become one of the best players in the world?  By hitting your wedges close!  

Some mediocre ball strikers on the PGA Tour have made a very nice living with this one club!  And I must say good wedge players are also usually good putters.  A really lethal combination.  It did surprise me that Zach Johnson, who I thought would be in the top 2 along with Luke Donald, was only 8th, and Luke did not make the top 10!  Maybe Luke needs to go and work on that wedge game that took him to the #1 spot in the world.  Thanks to David Dusek of Golfweek for putting together this informative list!


Adam Scott leads the PGA Tour in proximity to the hole on shots hit from within 100 yards. (Getty Images)

 1. Adam Scott: 11 feet, 2 inches 

Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (48 degrees bent to 49, 54, 60 degrees), all with True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT X100 shafts

The bomb part of the “bomb-and-gouge” strategy makes people’s jaws drop and eyeballs strain. Drives that fly 320 yards do that.

But the other part of “bomb-and-gouge” – stuffing a wedge shot close to the hole after hitting the aforementioned mentioned blast – is just as impressive. And modern wedges are designed to help players lock in on the flag.

Until fairly recently, most manufacturers designed wedges with the same grooves in each club, regardless of the club’s loft or where golfers were most likely to use the club. Now, several companies give pitching wedges and gap wedges grooves similar to those found in irons because the lower-lofted wedges basically are approach-shot clubs. Designers then use different, wider grooves for sand and lob wedges. Clubs used more in rough around the green and sand.

And there are several high-toe wedges available that give players more hitting area when the face is open wide. There are more sole grinds and bounce options available, too. Several wedges have material taken out of the heel and toe to make it easier to slide the leading edge under the ball on tight lies.

When a player has a shot from within 100 yards of the hole, he or she almost always reaches for a wedge of some kind. Below are the 10 players who lead the PGA Tour in proximity to the hole on shots hit from the fairway within 100 yards from the hole, along with their average distance to the hole and their wedges. When it comes to getting it close, they’re the best in the business.

Who are the Top 10 Wedge Players on the PGA Tour?

2. Rickie Fowler: 11 feet, 4 inches.

Cobra King Pro Muscleback (47 degrees), with KBS C-Taper 125 S+ shaft; Tour Trusty (53, 57, 62 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts

Who are the Top 10 Wedge Players on the PGA Tour?

3. Stewart Cink: 12 feet

Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (48, 52 degrees), with Nippon Modus 3 120 TX shafts; (56 degrees bent to 57, 60 degrees bent to 62), Nippon N.S. Pro WV 125 S shafts

Who are the Top 10 Wedge Players on the PGA Tour?

T4. Chad Collins: 12 feet, 3 inches.

Fourteen RM-22 (47 degrees), MT-28 V5 (52, 56 degrees), RM-22 (60 degrees), all with Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shafts

T4. Hideki Matsuyama: 12 feet, 3 inches.

Srixon Z 945 (46), Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 (52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shafts

To see the rest of the Top 10 Wedge Players on the PGA Tour, go here!

Source :  David Dusek  Golfweek

Pictures: Getty Images

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How to get maximum distance out of your ball in cold weather?

How to get maximum distance out of your ball in cold weather?

How to get maximum distance out of your ball in cold weather?

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!

With the onset of winter, some of you will be putting your clubs in the closet until March or April.  However, some live on the fringes. People who live in states without snow but with chilly temperatures.  Here is some sage advice from David Dusek from Golfweek about golf balls and their performance in cold weather.

This week, David Dusek answers a reader’s question about how cold weather effects how well golf ball perform.

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Why Bend Your Wedges like PGA Tour Pros - Why Not?

Why Bend Your Wedges like PGA Tour Pros – Why Not?

Why Bend Your Wedges like PGA Tour Pros – Why Not?

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!

Some Pros, like Bubba Watson and Justin Rose, want to know the very precise distances that they hit each wedge. They rely on a steady “gap” or distance measurement, between each club. Bending their wedges, which means decreasing or increasing the loft on clubs, allows them to control distances. This also decreases or increases the bounce on the bottom of the club, helping the Pro to escape from particular sand and rough, with more success.  Keen Amateur players can get the same control with their wedges.  Listen to David Dusek, Sr. Editor at Golfweek Mag tell you how to bend your wedges to improve your scoring!

In this episode, David Dusek answers a reader’s question about why some pros change the loft of their wedges by as little as 1 degree.

Source: David Dusek   Golfweek Mag

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Do the players on the PGA Tour use cast or forged irons?

Do the players on the PGA Tour use cast or forged irons?

Do the players on the PGA Tour use cast or forged irons?

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Do the players on the PGA Tour use cast or forged irons, and if so, do they make a difference to their play?  

I have always played forged clubs my entire career.  Last year I changed to forged because I believed the hype that the forged clubs would be more forgiving.  Wrong!  This year I switched back to clubs that are forged but have a slight cavity back.  The best of both worlds.

The feel of forged to me is a much softer feel, and I can feel the mis-hits better as well, which helps me work on hitting the ball in the center of the clubface.  I play a lot better with these clubs!

Do the PGA Tour players reduce their lofts on their irons to help them hit the ball further the same way manufacturers are doing for the average golfer?  These questions are answered today by David Dusek of Golfweek Magazine.

David Dusek answers a reader’s question about the percentage of golfers on the PGA Tour who opt for forged irons instead of cast irons.

Source: David Dusek  Golfweek

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