The best new irons for the 2017 golf season include new technologies, better materials, and advanced performance to help you feel more confident, dial in your needs, and lower your scores! And to save money, use the equipment Value Guide on PGA.com to get money back for your old irons to help purchase new ones!Source: PGA.com Picture: 루미넌스
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If you haven’t noticed, custom clubfitting has become more ubiquitous than craft breweries. As more equipment companies offer drivers with dozens of settings and bouquets of custom shafts, the golf consumer is at once tempted and swept away by a cornucopia of confusing choices. As Jason Fryia, owner of six Golf Exchange stores in Ohio and Kentucky, explains, “I don’t think golf equipment is a self-shoppable product.” Fortunately, every golf shop, from the 50,000-square-foot megastores to the corner shops one-fiftieth the size, is increasingly equipped with expert fitters divining the right heads, lofts and lengths with a wisdom that encompasses club technology, instruction ideas and even good, old-fashioned people skills. In our fourth listing of America’s 100 Best Clubfitters, we highlight the top facilities in the country that expertly bridge this marriage of art and science, and we offer some of their wisdom to prepare you to embrace the benefits of clubfitting. 1. How to prepare for a clubfitting. Randall Doucette, a master clubfitter for the Marriott Golf Academy in Orlando, says to approach a clubfitting with an open mind. If you have a swing coach, Doucette says to get a tune-up before going for a fitting. “Come to the fitting with notes on what you’re working on and where you want to get to,” he says. You also should come to the fitting with your current clubs. This gives you and your fitter a baseline for comparing other clubs. Also, Doucette says every good fitting requires patience: “There’s no need for anxiety and nervous tension. We’re here to make you better.”—Keely Levins 2. Why getting fit once is not enough. One myth about clubfitting is that it’s like buying a tailored suit: Get fit once, and use those specs for life. But that thinking is off base, according to Dan Sueltz of D’Lance Golf Performance Center in Englewood, Colo. Sueltz says avid golfers should be fit every two years. “A lot of things can change in that time,” Sueltz says. “You might experience changes in strength, flexibility, reflexes or have an injury. Your swing might become steeper or shallower, etc.” People also need to realize different manufacturers might have a different specification for length or lie angle. So the fitting you get for one brand might not apply to another one. —E. Michael Johnson 3. Finding the right driver isn’t only about swing speed. Swing speed can be a starting point, but the best fitters want to see how you’re hitting the ball. If impacts are scattered across the face, for example, you can bet a large, highly stable driver is best for you, even if you swing it faster than Bubba Watson in a bad mood. The right driver is also about how the weight is balanced within the head. Knowing how drivers differ or how that weight can be tweaked can improve how far you hit the ball and how well you square the clubface. Says Woody Lashen of Pete’s Golf in Mineola, N.Y.: “Finding a driver with the correct center of gravity for the player, whether it’s forward, back or toward the heel, can change the person’s game. For example, a relatively straight hitter who is spinning the ball too much, even if he doesn’t swing very fast, can gain tremendous distance with a driver that will spin the ball less.” —Mike StachuraTo see the rest of the importance steps to correct clubfitting including a list of the Top 100 Clubfitters, go here! Source: Mike Stachura Golf Digest Pictures: Rami Niemi Mizuno
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
What are the trends coming down the equipment line that will make our 2017 golf season more exciting? Well, Golf Digest has just completed their much awaited 2017 Hot List Summit and things couldn’t be more exciting! The innovation, technology and the playability of the 2017 lines make an avid golfer’s mouth water! Thanks to Joel Beall of Golf Digest for giving us a sneak peek!
After 13 days, the 2017 Hot List Summit — Golf Digest’s annual retreat to analyze and examine the best equipment the industry has to offer – has come to a close. Before our team buries itself in a boardroom for the next two weeks to finalize the official Hot List, here are six takeaways from this year’s summit.
- You don’t have to be a player to hit players irons
Boasting a blade-like club in the bag used to be a badge of honor, one saved for scratches and low handicappers. While the prestige remains, the prerequisites have changed. Historically unforgiving tools, many of this year’s Players Irons submissions have the leniency typically seen in the Game Improvement category. There’s added distance, and perhaps more importantly, an inherent ability to achieve higher ball flight. Though some achieve these results better than others, testers were impressed with the usability across the board.
“This area (players irons) used to be a nightmare,” one tester said. “Now it’s a pleasure.”
Moreover, manufacturers have achieved this without compromising the thin topline or crisp, clean look one expects from a players iron.
“They really do make you feel like you’re better than you are!” laughed the same tester.
Sometimes, that’s half the battle.
2. Adjustability is more than a trend
Product adaptability and versatility is a bit of a hot-button topic. A majority of companies believe that adjustability is vital to a club’s performance, as well as its market success. Others — including a few bigger manufacturers — subscribe to the theory that, if properly fit, why does a golfer need so many loft, weight or clubface options?
While both sides make valid arguments, the response from our academics, retailers and testers brought the hammer down: give us adjustability.
“Consumers want the insurance,” stated a veteran retail panelist. “Drivers are expensive, and adjustability gives them confidence that if something goes wrong, it can be fixed.”
Another retailer said, for many of his regulars, a club without adjustability is a non-starter. “Some of my clubs that don’t feature this customization are getting left in the dust.”
Just as surprising was the response from our players. Sometimes the amount of adjustability options can overwhelm and confuse. For most, this was not the case, as players claimed adjustability features are user-friendly and becoming easier to figure out. They recognize it as an asset, a Swiss Army knife in their bag.
“If I’m playing a dry course or it’s windy, maybe I’ll bring the loft down so I can make the most of my distance,” one tester said about how often he adjusts his driver. Added another: “I recently had an injury that changed my swing, and was hooking like a (mother). But instead of dropping money on a new tool, I was able to manipulate the clubface and loft, and I had it corrected in one range session.”
3. The bar has been raised
The consensus among many golfers is that equipment has plateaued. There might be an improvement or two in new equipment, but nothing major. The same companies continually put the best product out, with little variation among the top dogs.
Many testers were amazed at the uniform consistency and performance from this year’s submissions. When one tester was asked to name his favorite clubs in a category, he noticeably struggled.
“I mean, half of these were extremely good,” he replied. “The last two years it would be a pain to list five I enjoyed (in a category). Now that number seems doubled.”
A fellow tester echoed these sentiments. “See this?” as he held up a fairway wood. “Last year, this might have been the best in the bunch. I don’t think it’s in this year’s top seven or eight.”
Conceptually, this makes sense: another year spurs new technology and ideas. But given the industry is often accused of lacking innovation, the crop of Hot List clubs will illustrate creativity and engineering are alive and well in the sport.
“In years past, we’d come in here and poke holes through the data or principles supplied by the manufacturers,” one academic told me during a break. “Now I feel like, not only do the clubs work, the science behind them lines up.”
“The truth is, from top to bottom, product is more fundamentally sound, reliable and better than it’s been in a long time,” a retailer proclaimed. “Yet, people aren’t excited about new products. Maybe we (the industry) aren’t doing a good enough job getting that word out.”
Hear that, marketers? Get your butts to work.
Pictures : Golf Digest
Cobra One Length Forged Irons reviewed and tested by Mark Crossfield PGA professional. Mark hits and tests the new Cobra King One Length irons and talks about how they might help your golf game. With a gap testing and on course real review this is the ultimate test for the new idea from Cobra golf and used by PGA tour Player Bryson DeChambeau.Source : Mark Crossfield
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
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
Consumers all around the world have been duped into purchasing so called “authentic and brand new” golf clubs that are sold at an extremely low price on Ebay and other online retail stores. U.S. Customs and Border Control seize hundreds of counterfeit items each year, and the numbers are rising. According to a survey conducted by Mygolfspy, 24% of golf clubs sold on ebay are counterfeits. Since this has become such a problem, we have decided to give you some tips on how you can protect yourself from being a victim of counterfeiters. Read on and be a smart buyer. 1. Member feedback Always check a seller’s feedback on auction sites before buying. Do not buy from sellers with less than 50 sales or those with a lot of negative feedback. Also, be wary of sellers that require payment via money transfer. Counterfeiters often use these types of transactions since they’re untraceable. Always buy with a credit card. This way, you can dispute the purchase if you don’t get what you paid for. 2. Beware of deals We’re sure there are a lot of great deals out there, but beware! There are also a lot of shady ones. If the deal is too good to be true, then it probably is. A lot of sellers use reasons like “got as a gift” or “won in raffle” to justify the low price.To see other helpful tips, check out this article from golfersjewels.com: Source : golfersjewels.com Pictures : salegolfclub