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Can sound make a big difference in a putter? Odyssey thinks so!

Can sound make a big difference in a putter? Odyssey thinks so!

Can sound make a big difference in a putter? Odyssey thinks so.
 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.
Several years ago, I toured the Mizuno factory and R&D department in Atlanta, GA.  What fascinated me the most was how they tried to strive for the exact pitch (or sound) the club made at impact.  It was explained that when people were asked to describe the feel, they usually describe what they are hearing rather than what they are feeling.  So this article by  Mike Stachura of Golf Digest Stix makes perfect sense to me.  Check it out!
Can sound make a big difference in a putter?  Odyssey thinks so!

6 New Models

The company’s new RSX line of putters is inspired by a Japanese model from 2008.

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 seriously put that belief to rest by taking a decidedly scientific approach to achieve the right sound, 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, they took from a successful putter model originally introduced by Odyssey in Japan from 2008, the Tour Authentic Prototype #1.

 Can sound make a big difference in a putter? Odyssey thinks so

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.”

Source: Mike Stachura of Golf Digest Stix

Pictures: Odyssey Golf

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

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

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

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!

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!  I have thought it would be logical for all irons in the bag to mark the club’s loft, 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 future is here - Golf Clubs marked by degrees not numbers!

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 a fitting online with the Ben Hogan Company line of clubs, go here!

Source: Claire Rogers  Golf Digest Stix

Pictures: Ben Hogan Golf Company

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Who are the best drivers on Tour and what equipment do they use?

Who are the best drivers on Tour and what equipment do they use?

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!

According to Mark Brodie, whose book “Every Shot Counts” presents a new way of measuring stats.  Driving distance is more important than driving accuracy.  The old way of measuring driving prowess was “Fairways Hit,” which Mark Brodie proved wrong.  Brodie found that the long hitters had a distinct advantage over the shorter hitters even though, the shorter hitters hit more fairways.  Golf Digest Stix gives us the best drivers on the PGA Tour who lead in “Strokes Gained Driving.”  As you can see, they all hit the ball a long way.  What does this mean to you, the average golfer?  Go to the range and work on hitting the ball further, not straighter!

Who are the best drivers on Tour and what equipment do they use?

PGA Tour: Stat Leaders

Nearly every major championship puts a premium on driving the ball well.  But it’s even more so at Oakmont Country Club for this week’s U.S. Open. The course is not only long—avoiding the long, thick rough makes distance and accuracy off the tee critical to contend. In 2007 Angel Cabrera averaged 310.9 yards off the tee (ranked second for the week) and hit enough fairways to rank T-3 in greens in regulation. Look for a similar performance from this year’s champion, with the following five players—who rank at the top of the PGA Tour’s strokes gained/off the tee category—among the most likely candidates.

1. Rory McIlroy. Strokes gained/off-the-tee: 1.227 Driver: Nike Vapor Fly Pro, 9.5 degrees

Who are the best drivers on Tour and what equipment do they use?

Few players on tour can match McIlroy’s prowess off the tee. The four-time major winner uses a 45.25-inch Nike Vapor Fly Pro driver set at 9.5 degrees with a Mitsubishi Diamana S+ 70 XTS shaft and Golf Pride New Decade Multi-Compound ribbed white/black grip. Prior to this year’s Northern Trust Open in February, McIlroy (above) adjusted the loft of his driver plus 1 degree (from 8.5 to 9.5 degrees) in order to create more spin to help him draw the ball more.

2. Bubba Watson. Strokes gained/off-the-tee: 1.087 Driver: Ping G, 7.5 degrees

Who are the best drivers on Tour and what equipment do they use?

As one would expect with an individual as unique as Watson, his Ping G driver isn’t exactly standard-issue. For starters, the 9-degree pink clubhead is set at 7.5 degrees, and the “dragonfly” technology on the crown (areas where the crown is made thinner) is black. Though one of the tour’s longest hitters, the True Temper Grafalloy BiMatrx x-flex shaft (which is graphite with a steel tip section) is on the short end of the spectrum at 44.5 inches, which Watson says offers him greater control of his tee shots. The grip is oversize with 11 wraps of tape on the top and 13 wraps on the bottom, set 10 degrees open. Watson will use this club as he tries to improve on his fifth-place showing at Oakmont in 2007.

To see the rest of the Top Drivers on the PGA Tour and the equipment they use, go here!

Source: Golf Digest Stix

Pictures: Golf Digest Stix

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What is “Strokes Gained” and how can it help your game!

What is “Strokes Gained” and how can it help your 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!
 
 “Strokes Gained” is a fairly new way of looking at stats for your golf game.  If you want to understand more (as I did), read Mark Brodie’s book Every Shot Counts.  A good read if you like stats.  Joel Beall of  Golf Digest Stix does a great job of explaining the intricacies of this method.  If you use an app to keep stats, they will usually do it the old-fashioned way Fairways hit, Greens in regulation and putts.  If you want to use Strokes Gained in your game to see where your real weaknesses lie, use something like Game Golf to track your stats.  Game Golf helps you know exactly how far you hit each club in your bag, gives you GPS data while playing, and gives you real-time data on all parts of your game.
 
What is "Strokes Gained" and how can it help your game!

Mark Brodie, author of Every Shot Counts!

 

Why the PGA Tour’s New Stats Matter

When it came to statistics, golf has been a historically simple study. You had a player’s scoring average, his earnings, maybe driving distance . . . and that was about it. However, the past 20 years have ushered a more analytical, diagnostic view to athletics. And though golf might have been slower to this revolution than baseball or basketball, it now ranks as one of the most number-driven entities in sports.

The PGA Tour is continuing its data-friendly approach with Wednesday’s announcement that one of the game’s most important statistics is expanding its reach. “Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green” measures a player’s non-putting performance to the rest of the field. The number is based off the ground-breaking “Strokes Gained: Putting” category, which accounts for proficiency from various distances and computes the difference between a player’s performance on every green against his competition.

Now, the Tee-to-Green number will be broken up into three separate elements: Off-the-Tee, Approach-the-Green and Around-the-Green. “This completes our holistic view of play under the Strokes Gained umbrella,” said Steve Evans, PGA Tour senior vice president, information systems. This is how the tour will define each component.

Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee

Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee includes all tee shots on par 4s and par 5s. For event and season-level statistics, a player gains or loses strokes off the tee.  Add these together and divide by the number of rounds played to determine his average strokes gained per round versus the field.

To read the rest of the “Strokes Gained Categories, go here!

Source: Joel Beall   Golf Digest Stix

Pictures: Jonathan Baker-Bates

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5 Top Reasons to Buy Refurbished Golf Balls - Love #5

5 Top Reasons to Buy Refurbished Golf Balls – Love #5

5 Top Reasons to Buy Refurbished Golf Balls – Love #5

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!

Retrieving lost golf balls is a huge business, and Gary Kreuger’s company Lost Balls are no exception.  

Collecting lost golf balls, cleaning them, repainting them and then reselling them has been a profitable business for Gary.  After playing on the PGA Tour for a few years, Gary decided that finding others people’s golf balls were far more profitable and has not looked back since.  Check out this interesting interview with Gary, discussing the refurbished golf ball business presented by Golf Digest Stix!

PUT ME DOWN FOR 5
Q&A: Gary Krueger

Mostly by contracting divers to go into ponds and lakes at golf courses in 43 states, Lost Balls sold 43 million recycled balls in 2015. In the company’s 24-year history, they’ve recycled more than half a billion balls. CEO Gary Krueger, who played on the PGA Tour in the 1980s, answered five questions from Keely Levins.

Ball manufacturers say balls that have been submerged underperform. The majority of your golf balls come from the water—are manufacturers wrong?

Wet golf balls aren’t a bad thing. We’ve done independent testing of recycled and refinished balls with the Iron Byron. And there’s virtually no difference off a driver—just a yard or two. Sometimes the recycled and refinished go further. I think it was more of an issue back when we had balata balls. With liquid centers and winding, if you left them in a hot trunk they’d become egg-shaped. But now with two-, three- or four-piece construction golf balls, you don’t have those issues.

How can you make an old ball as good as a new one?

We take balls with discoloration or scrapes, and we take those balls and strip the paint off of them and repaint that surface. This happens in a factory that makes new golf balls—with all the same equipment. We paint the balls, stamp them with the original logo and sidestamp with the word ‘refinished,’ so everyone knows. Thecompany coats the balls with polyurethane to seal it. Cosmetically, it’s brought back to its original condition. It’s not exactly like new, but they perform virtually like new.

To read the other 3 questions asked of Gary Krueger of Golf Digest Stix, go here!

Source: Golf Digest Stix

Pictures: Golf Digest Stix   a.don.is

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How Serious is the Counterfeiting Problem in the US - HUGE!

How Serious is the Counterfeiting Problem in the US – HUGE!

How Serious is the Counterfeiting Problem in the US – HUGE!

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!

We all know the saying, “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is!”  If you see a set of New top brand clubs online at a meager price, it’s probably fake.  Counterfeiting is a huge problem, not only in the USA but throughout the world.  China is the biggest culprit, where people produce clubs that look like the real thing but are made up of inferior materials. It is a very lucrative business because they pay very little for the materials, produce the ‘copy’ in small shops, and sell them to an unsuspecting public.

The problem for the consumers is that, after purchase, when the clubs break, shafts shatter, or heads tear, there is no recourse.  

You are out of pocket and out of luck!  Above is a screenshot of a website that is tracking down and closing counterfeit websites.  The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group is an organization dedicated to stopping the production, distribution, and sale of counterfeit or “fake” golf equipment across the globe.

Formed in 2004, the group is made of five of the most well-known golf manufacturers in the world –Callaway-Odyssey; TaylorMade-Adidas Golf whose brands include TaylorMade, Adidas Golf, Adams and Ashworth; PING; Srixon, Cleveland Golf and XXIO; and Acushnet Company, whose brands are Titleist, FootJoy, and Scotty Cameron. These manufacturers came together to protect the game’s integrity and protect the consumers they’ve served for so many years.

Source: http://www.keepgolfreal.com/

The bottom line here is – buy your golf equipment from legitimate sources, either online or at a golf store.  Stay informed!

Thanks to Mike Stachura of Golf Digest Stix for printing such an important story!  Read on!

How Serious is the Counterfeiting Problem in the US - HUGE!

There’s good news about the problem of counterfeit golf clubs: Progress is happening. Steve Gingrich, vice president of global legal enforcement for Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO, notes fewer instances of counterfeit clubs being harder to find in stores and golf shops in the past couple of years.

“However,” he said, “investigations have revealed that many shops have access to counterfeit products and will try to accommodate a sale if the customer presses for a copy product.” Of course, the market still thrives below the surface, especially through direct-to-consumer websites.

The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group has worked with international law enforcement to seize more than a million fake clubs since 2004 and shut down dozens of websites dealing with counterfeit products. According to Jason Rocker, the group’s spokesman, 90 percent of the more than two million fake products sold each year are made in China and sold online and in small shops there.

To read the rest of this important story, plus a link to The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group, go here!

Source: Golf Digest Stix  Mike Stachura  The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group

Pictures: Golf Digest Stix  The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group

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