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Is the "Soft Revolution" right for your game?

Is the “Soft Revolution” right for your game?

Is the “Soft Revolution” right for 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!
 
I have personally put the Callaway Supersoft golf ball in my bag and I am currently testing to see whether this ball will make a difference to my game.  I certainly like the feel, but am not sure if this ball is right for me with a 100 mph clubhead speed.  When I visit the PGA Merchandise Show later this month and will personally talk to Callaway to get their thoughts on the subject of the “Soft Revolution.”  Watch this site for my report back in early February!  Thanks to Andrew Tursky of GolfWRX for this interesting article!
Is the "Soft Revolution" right for your game?

The Calloway Chromesoft is just one of many softballs on the market today.

 

Everything you need to know about Callaway’s new SuperSoft golf balls

When Callaway did market research on what golfers thought about the feel and the greenside spin of its SuperSoft golf balls, the results showed that 74 percent of golfers thought the feel was “just right.” Only 58 percent of golfers answered the same way about greenside control, however.

That’s why the new SuperSoft golf balls are made with a new “Tri-Ionomer” cover, which Callaway says gives the balls both a softer feel and more spin around the greens.

How much more spin are we talking about? On a 40-yard shot, Callaway testing showed the 2017 version of the SuperSoft launched with 5035 rpm of spin, while the 2015 version launched with 4950 rpm of spin. It’s change that Callaway’s Senior Director of Golf Ball R&D Dave Bartels says golfers should notice.

To read the rest of the very interesting article and to see whether this ball is for you, go here!

Source: Andrew Tursky   GolfWRX

Pictures: Callaway Golf.

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Want to improve your putting - Improve your aim!

Will the Forward Press improve your putting stroke?

Will the Forward Press improve your putting stroke?

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!

The forward press has been around for many years and Gary Player even uses it in his full swing.  He kicks his right knee into the left knee to get his backswing started.  Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth both use the forward press and everyone knows how well those two putt!  But what is important in the forward press is the amount of forward shaft angle you need to have to create optimum roll off the putter face.   Tom Stickney II for GolfWRX gives us his take on the illusion of the forward stroke. 

Most Tour Players have their hands ahead of the Putterhead!

If you watch the vast majority of Tour players putt, you’ll notice that their hands start in front of the putter head at address, and this condition doesn’t vary throughout their stroke.

Most golfers don’t putt this way, though. Their hands start behind the putter head at address and tend to break down even more. They “slap” at the ball through impact and beyond, which is detrimental for both speed and direction control.

Golf instructors can agree that in order to be effective on the greens, golfers must have the putter shaft returning to neutral or even leaning forward at impact, allowing the hands to lead the blade throughout the stroke. Fundamentally, we know that the left hand controls the putter face and its direction, while the right hand controls the putter head and its effective loft (for right-handed golfers). These two factors together allow golfers to roll their putts more consistently.

The bottom line: if you do not lead the putter head with your hands on today’s fast green, you’ll struggle to be an effective putter.

The Illusion

Will the Forward Press improve your putting stroke?

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Jordan Spieth keeps the back of his left hand stable and ahead of the putter head throughout his stroke.

So isn’t the solution as simple as forward pressing your hands during the address. Why is that so hard? Well, when most amateurs forward press it’s almost never enough. That’s because they’re fighting an illusion. 

That’s right, there’s an optical illusion that occurs when golfers look down from address at their hands and their putter shaft angle. It influences the breakdown of their impact alignments, and promotes a “slapping” action of the wrists and hands. It also encourages the putter head to swing past the hands, leaning the shaft away from the target at impact adding loft to the putter — not something we want.

Try It Yourself

To understand how putters are designed, place your putter flat on the ground, and up against the wall as pictured below. You will notice that the shaft leans away from the target.

Will the Forward Press improve your putting stroke?

If you still don’t buy it, take your setup in front of a full-length mirror and look down at the shaft of the putter. From your address position, you will swear that your putter shaft is even or slightly ahead of the golf ball. But when you look in the mirror you will see an entirely different picture. The putter shaft will actually be behind the putter head.

To see the illusion explained and how to overcome the illusion. go here!

Source: Tom Stickney II  GolfWRX

Pictures: GolfWRX

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Putting is a game within a Game – 4 Keys to Success.

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Putting is a game within a game - 4 keys to success!

Putting is a game within a game – 4 keys to success!

Putting is a game within a game – 4 keys to success!

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!

I have always felt that putting is a game within a game.  In the full swing, as long as I have the correct club selection, all that counts is clubface path and clubface angle. PLUS, if I hit the ball a little offline, I still have the opportunity to hit a good chip or bunker shot to save my par.  Not so with a putt! Once I miss a putt, the shot is gone forever, and I add another stroke to my score. So it is vital that my putting stroke is reliable in order to hit my putts time and time again on the EXACT line I choose.  Once I have that ability, I can become the golfer I always wanted to be!   Tom Stickney II of golfwrx.com, and a Top 100 teacher explains the 4 principals you need to become that golfer!

Repeatability.

One of the most important aspects of putting is the repeatability of your stroke. That’s because reading putts perfectly isn’t very helpful unless you can consistently control your speed and direction on the greens.

The average amateur has little control over how the putter moves back and forth, thus they have little consistency in how the ball comes off the blade. The mechanical side of putting is all about getting the ball to leave the putter face exactly where you want it to.

The question is, how can golfers accomplish greater consistency on the green? Below are 4 keys to help you hone the repeatable putting stroke you’ve always wanted.

The Four Keys

  • Address Alignment of the Putter Face
  • Impact Alignment of the Putter Face
  • The Path of the Putter Head
  • The Rotation of the Putter Head

Note: Before I begin, I want to make clear that I’m only focusing on the horizontal (side-to-side) launch of the ball, which governs the starting direction of your putt based on your intended line. We’ll assume you have perfect vertical (up-and-down) launch characteristics, which will be the topic of another story. 

1) Address Alignment of the Putter Face

It’s nearly impossible to be consistent on the greens if your putter face is aimed away from your target line.

In your practice sessions (on a real putting green or your carpet at home), use visual keys in practice such as putting mirrors, T-squares, chalk lines and lines on the golf ball so you can understand the difference between open, closed and square.

Don’t forget about putter designs! Different players respond differently to certain designs, and finding the right match for you could drastically improve your alignment. Take the time to read what David Edel says about how your alignment changes with different putters.

Putting Analysis Technology.

Also, I highly encourage you to use some kind of putting analysis technology at your closest fitter or instructor that has the technology. It can help you diagnose a problem that you may not even have known existed. I personally recommend SAM Puttlab, an ultrasound machine that measures more than 20 different factors of a putting stroke.

Below is an example of the feedback that SAM Puttlab offers. I have used it in my academies for more than 10 years to give my students a better understanding of their putting motion.

First, note the alignment of the blade at address. You can see that this player has a propensity to line up the face about 2.5-degrees open (to the right) of his intended target. It’s true that many players have issues aiming the putter perfectly at address, which they have to make up for during the stroke by altering their club face or club path into the ball. The more manipulation you have in your stroke, the more you have to rely on your hand/eye coordination to take over for your faulty alignments.

If you’re new to SAM, consult a professional instructor to ensure you’re reading the results properly. Diagnosing your issues is key to developing a plan to improve.

2) Impact Alignment of the Putter Face 

The second factor in putting consistency is the ability to return the blade to square at impact. As we saw above, the sample player’s putter was 2.5-degrees open at address, meaning an adjustment had to be made during the stroke to avoid pushing the ball to the right.

Thankfully, this player closed the putter face during the stroke and had a path that was right down the line. Ultimately, his horizontal launch conditions were not skewed, but it’s a move that’s very difficult to repeat consistently. It’s best to start with a square face, and return the face to square at impact.

NOTE: The face angle of the putter at impact accounts for more than 80 percent of a balls starting direction.

To see the other 2 elements you need to develop a great putting stroke, go here!

Source: Tom Stickney II, Golfwrx

Pictures: Tom Stickney II

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10 ways to make your golf practice more effective!

10 ways to make your golf practice more effective!

10 ways to make your golf practice more effective!

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!

I must agree wholeheartedly with Eric Cogorno, for GolfWrks.com, that 95% of people at the driving range are there just to hit balls and not to improve their game.  This is evident as I watch golfers on the range next to my teaching area at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club.  And, like Eric, I have no problem with that.  However, if you are a golfer who goes to the range to improve your game, then here are 10 things that will help you get the most out of your golf practice sessions.  Thanks to Eric and GolfWrx.com for sharing!

 

10 ways to make your golf practice more effective!

Practice does not make perfect. Practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect!

 

I hate to say it, but many golfers spend a lot of time practicing and don’t get much better.

Why? There are a lot of reasons, but by far the most pressing issue is the structure of their practice in the first place.

I watch a lot of golfers practice as a golf instructor, and I’d estimate that 90 percent or more of their practice is little more than physical exercise; it doesn’t help golfers improve their skills and score better. If your golf goals are to get a little sun on your face, wind in your hair, or enjoy the company of others (or even a bit of solitude), I certainly don’t want you to get the idea that you’re doing things the wrong way. Please, continue to enjoy the game the way you want to enjoy it. This game should be fun, after all.

My experience is, however, that even golfers who play strictly for fun a few times a year would like it more and have more fun if they could play better.

So here is the deal:

There are ways to practice golf (or anything) that are more effective than other ways. We can all agree on that. Below is a list of my top-10 practice principles I recommend to all golfers. What these principles do in a nutshell is guarantee the time you’re spending is as efficient as possible.

You might notice that many of the principles I recommend are used a lot by the good golfers you know, but not as much by the bad ones. That’s no coincidence. Go to a professional golf event, and you’ll see all of these principles in practice.

1. Start each practice by writing down what you’re going to do. List the specifics, the games you’ll play… everything.

2. Do a full routine with tournament-like intensity on every single shot.

3. Play the ball as it lies all the time. Drop it and play it. Don’t fluff.

4. Think about what you’re going to do before you hit every shot, and assess yourself with feedback when necessary. Remember, prepare-perform-review.

5. Always do your putting and short-game practice before full-swing practice. That’s a requirement. Be disciplined with it even when you don’t feel like it.

To see the other 5 things to make your practice effective, go here!

Source : Eric Cogorno  GolfWrx.com

Pictures : Tobias Wutzow

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Courses you have not heard of, but are fun to play in Scotland or Ireland!

Courses you have not heard of but are fun to play in Scotland or Ireland!

Courses you have not heard of but are fun to play in Scotland or Ireland!

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!

A trip “over the pond” to the fantastic courses of Scotland or Ireland is an absolute must if you really love golf.  The experiences create a lifetime of memories for you.  I have been fortunate enough to play both country’s golf courses on several hosted trips.  If you ever want to join me on a fabulous golfing vacation just visit my golf trips page here.  In the not too distant future, I would like to put a trip together that includes these intriguing golf courses listed here by  Graham Hesketh of GolfWrx to really whet your appetite!  I’m sure we’ll have a blast!

Courses you have not heard of but are fun to play in Scotland or Ireland!

Everyone wants to play golf in Scotland and Ireland. Fact. Maybe this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, or perhaps an annual pilgrimage. The bucket lists will be overflowing with your old courses, whether that’s at Portmarnock or St. Andrews! The Open Championship courses will roll off your tongue, including Portrush, back on the rota, and rightly so. There will even be the must-plays that very few can play, unless well connected, financially sound, or both.

I can understand why the usual suspects are always on the golf itinerary. And, by writing this, I don’t want to question their appeal, or their quality. But my argument lies in that in this day and age of travel and tourism, it is all about going off the beaten track, exploring, living a little, and not conforming. Some may argue my selections aren’t off the beaten track enough, but they’re there to debate!

It is with a great deal of smugness that I present to you 10 golf courses (11 if you include two at Moray) I have experienced — five in each country — where you can be assured of as Scottish and Irish golf experience as you richly deserve.

Courses you have not heard of but are fun to play in Scotland or Ireland!

Courses you have not heard of, but are fun to play in Scotland or Ireland!

Carne Golf Links was the last links course designed by architect Eddie Hackett.

Protruding deep into the Atlantic on the west of Ireland is Carne Golf Links. The village of Belmullet lies almost exactly 3,000 miles from New York City, and Carne idly inhabits an area that is low on population, but highly populated with dunes. Sand dunes of the highest order! Now offering 27 holes, you will think you are driving to New York, but just before tipping off the edge of Europe, the dunes come into view. They are something to behold.

Courses you have not heard of, but are fun to play in Scotland or Ireland!


There is the possibility that Castlegregory will be expanded one day, but for now it remains a 9-hole gem.

Traveling farther down the West Coast and driving beyond the practice greens of Ballybunion, Lahinch and Tralee is Castlegregory on the Dingle Peninsula. Surely I am not recommending a 9-holer? I will grant you access to one of the usual suspects in the morning, but following a couple pints of Guinness while watching the boats bob up and down off the Inch Peninsula, it seems appealing to play nine more, doesn’t it? Castlegregory gifts dramatic views across to Tralee, the steep-sided Mount Brandon as a backdrop and a challenge that simply not enough people know about. But, that’s its charm.

Courses you have not heard of but are fun to play in Scotland or Ireland!

The Wild Atlantic Way, the world’s longest defined coastal route, should send you in the direction of the Ring of Kerry. A beautiful stretch of road and home to Waterville and Dooks, but perhaps controversially we will head cross-country to County Wicklow on the Irish Sea.

Courses you have not heard of, but are fun to play in Scotland or Ireland!

The European Club is one of the longest links at 7,377-yards from the tips.

Pat Ruddy designed The European Club. In fact, he is still designing the European Club. Heading out with his spray can, he will mark where bunkers need to be tweaked and changed before heading in again to talk to his golfers about Tiger’s course-record 67, how Padraig Harrington has his three majors thanks to the European and how Rory thinks it’s the best links he’s ever played. Oh yes, I forgot, you get 20 holes for your money and the world’s longest green.


Druids Glen hosted the Irish Open from 1996 to 1999.

Not too far away and inland is Druids Glen. Sometimes referred to by the over-used phrase of the “Augusta of Europe,” they may be right. This is as close as I have come to what I imagine Augusta to be like. Spectacularly manicured, fascinatingly interesting, wonderfully unexpected and a lot of fun. Monty has won twice at Druids, while Sergio won his first tour event here. It goes to show it’s not just about how pretty the golf course looks; it’s tricky, too.

At the end of the 19th century, golf was steadily becoming more popular with the elite of the day. The Island Golf Club north of Dublin was originally a spur of land opposite Malahide. One fine day, a Syndicate of gents jumped in a boat and acquired the slice of land for their golf course. You could still get a boat to the course until 1973, with the clubhouse putting up colored disks to draw the attention of the boatman. Once on dry land, the dunes loom. It’s hard to tell just how big they are when you’re in Malahide, but after 18 holes and a couple pints of Guinness, trust me, they’re massive.

Hidden gems is a phrase too often used. Because a lot of the time, how you feel about a course is dependent on how you play and what type of courses you prefer to play. My challenge in Scotland is to demonstrate that no matter how low or high your handicap, or how close to it you play, you will still walk away appreciating what has just happened. This must be the reason we play? Personally, if I play poorly then I appreciate the view. If I play well I appreciate the scorecard, not forgetting the view. In Scotland, we will start by sauntering down the Edinburgh coast.

To see the rest of these underrated Scottish and Irish golf courses to play on your next trip over the pond, go here!

Source: Graham Hesketh  GolfWrx

Pictures: Carne Golf Links  Castlegregory  The European Club  Druids Glen

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We've all heard of Rotation Power - but anti-rotation drills? 

We’ve all heard of Rotation Power – but anti-rotation drills?

We’ve all heard of Rotation Power – but anti-rotation drills?
 
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!
 
I must admit I had never heard of Anti-Rotational drills to increase power.  I was familiar with rotational power, and this new concept of anti-rotational power intrigued me, and as a progressive instructor, I always like to keep my mind open to new ideas and concepts.  Adam Stevenson for Golf Wrx describes how this can benefit your golf swing and increase power.  Along with this article is a video with some great drills to do once you understand how anti-rotation works.  

Golf is a rotational sport.

This means that for us to make an efficient golf swing, our bodies need to rotate. By rotating our body in our golf swing, we are able to utilize our body’s energy so that we can generate more club head speed.  That will translate to increased distance.

Even though it is our arms that are swinging our golf club, it is in fact our body’s rotation that is generating the power.  And the speed to swing our arms and the club.  So I suppose it would be somewhat logical to think that if we just turned our bodies faster, then we would be able to generate more speed and hit the ball further, right?

Well, even though that presumption is not entirely inaccurate, it is unfortunately not entirely that simple either.

I need to go into more depth and give you some basic understandings of how the human body moves biomechanically in the golf swing, so bear with me.

Release the Safety Brakes!

In order for our brains to release the safety brakes — so that we can make a faster golf swing — we have to convince it that we have sufficient stopping power so that we won’t self-destruct. How?

We simply have to build a chasis strong enough to control our horsepower.  One of the most efficient ways to do that is by strengthening our body to resist rotation first. This is where anti-rotation exercises are an excellent way to build strength in the appropriate muscles that stabilize your body in your golf swing.

We've all heard of Rotation Power - but anti-rotation drills?

Anti-Rotation with Single Arm Plank.

In an efficient golf swing, our body doesn’t make just one movement turning back and through.  But rather it is divided up into different segments that turn at separate moments in the swing.

When done efficiently, our body will work in a pattern where one segment of our body reaches peak speed then slows down abruptly.  Tis is so that it can transfer energy to the next segment of the body.  And as that part reaches peak speed then it too has to slow down abruptly so that it too can transfer its energy on to the next segment.  And so on and so on.

When the motion fires correctly, this amazing ability to leap frog energy from one segment to the next is what’s called the kinematic sequence in the sports science world.

To see how these Anti-Rotation moves work PLUS a video with anti-rotation drills, go here!

Source: Adam Stevenson  Golf Wrx

Pictures: Adam Stevenson  Golf Wrx

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Finally - putters that are made for juniors and women golfers!

Finally – putters that are made for juniors and women golfers!

Finally – putters that are made for juniors and women golfers!

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!

The most common thing I see when teaching putting to my students is that most of them have putters that are too long for them.  If you are really serious about your golf game, have a putter fitting.  Make sure your arms are hanging comfortably from your shoulders.  When the putter shaft is too long, it tends to push the arms upward.  This causes a cramped position which does not help create a good putting stroke.  This new line of Scotty Cameron putters is catering to juniors, women, and shorter golfers who just don’t fit the standard 33″ or 32″ putters.  

Thanks to  Andrew Tursky of Golf Wrx for this new equipment review.

The Skinny on Cameron and Crown Putters.

Golf is great because people of all shapes, sizes and ages can play and enjoy it. In that case, however, not every golfer fits into a 34- or 35-inch putter like you’d think when scanning the putter racks at your local golf shop.

If you do happen to fit into a “standard-length” 34- or 35-inch putter, then maybe you don’t know that most people playing a 33-inch putter are doing so with a putter that’s been cut down to size. The problem with that is shortening the putter without adding weight back will affect swing weight, overall weight, and ultimately, feel and performance.

“When we pioneered the adjustable sole weight system, it became possible to match the putter head weight relative to the length for a balanced stroke,” said Titleist Master Putter Maker Scotty Cameron. “Cameron & Crown models are purpose-built 33-inch designs, not manipulated 35-inch putters.  With two 20-gram weights to ensure the swing weight and feel of these putters are consistent with their longer counterparts.”

Scotty Cameron’s new line of putters — called Cameron & Crown.

The aim is to give juniors, women and shorter athletes an opportunity to play a line of putters designed specifically for them. And the head models featured in the Cameron & Crown line are some of the most popular heads from his other lines.

The Cameron & Crown line will consist of the Select Newport 2, the Select Newport M2 Mallet, the GoLo 5 and the Futura X5R models. Each of the putters will measure 33 inches, and will come with a White Matador putter grip that measures smaller in diameter than Cameron’s standard Matador grips. The smaller grip is said to better match performance, feel and weight.

Cameron & Crown putters will be available in stores (MSRP $410) in Canada and the U.S. on September 23, and the rest of the world on October 21.

See below for more photos of each putter, and click here to see what GolfWRX members are saying about the Cameron & Crown putters.

Select Newport 2

Finally - putters that are made for juniors and women golfers!

Heel and Toe weighted

  • Plumber’s neck
  • 303 stainless steel head and face inlay
  • Available in both right- and left-handed versions

Select Newport M2 Mallet

  • Flowing single-bend shaft
  • Pop-through sight line as seen in the Newport M2 from the 2016 Scotty Cameron Select line

GoLo 5

Finally - putters that are made for juniors and women golfers!

GoLo 5

    • Made from 303 Stainless Steel with 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum sole plate and pop-through sight line

    • Parallel and perpendicular sight lines

To see the rest of this Spectacular line of Scotty Cameron Putters, go here!

Source: Andrew Tursky   Golf Wrx

Pictures: Scotty Cameron

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Introducing the New Mizuno JPX 900 Driver

Introducing the New Mizuno JPX 900 Driver

Introducing the New Mizuno JPX 900 Driver – Mizuno is now the Complete Golf Equipment Company!
 
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!
 
Introducing the New Mizuno JPX 900 Driver

My favorite Mizuno Driver up to this point!

 
I have made it quite clear in the previous posts that I absolutely love Mizuno golf equipment.  And last year I mentioned that Mizuno, who has always been known for their fine irons, was setting out to challenge the top manufacturers in the Driver, Fairway Wood, and hybrid categories.  For 2017 they have certainly done that!  The new JPX irons are outstanding, but the JPX 900 driver is a game-changer.  Mizuno, in my opinion, is now the complete golf equipment company!  Thanks so much to Andrew Tursky of Golf Wrx for the advance information!

New technologies that make a big difference are rare!

In the golf equipment world, it’s rare for new releases and technologies to produce drastic distance gains in off-the-rack purchases, mostly due to limitations by the USGA. But where many new releases excel is in their increased adjustability, which allows golfers to fine-tune their clubs to fit their preferences and needs. That can create big distance gains, and a host of other benefits as well.

Mizuno is at the forefront of the custom-fitting movement with its JPX-900 drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, which were designed with focus on allowing golfers to optimize their swings and properly gap their clubs. That means golfers can get their games dialed in more than ever before.

Thanks to the added adjustability of the new JPX-900 driver, golfers can optimize spin rates, fine-tune their visual preferences and help reduce their big miss. The new JPX-900 fairway woods have a central sliding weight that allows the clubs to perform as either a rocket launcher from the tee or high-ball hitting clubs that will stop shots abruptly on greens. The new JPX-900 hybrids have also undergone design changes to better fill a golfer’s yardage gaps, and look better, too.

To read all the latest on this exciting product launch, go here!

Source: Andrew Tursky of Golf Wrx

Pictures: Mizuno USA   Steven Yu

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The Mizuno JPX 900 Irons - Blade and Cavity Back combined!

The Mizuno JPX 900 Irons – Blade and Cavity Back combined!

In my mind, there is no doubt that Mizuno makes the finest irons in the world.  I play Mizuno irons.  I have for the past 10 years and they continue to impress.  The dedication and professionalism of the entire company is outstanding.  Their “grain flow forged ” process gives these irons the amazing feel that Mizuno is famous for.  But Mizuno has now blurred the line between the pure blade and the more forgiving cavity back design to produce the Mizuno JPX 900 Tour.  These irons are going in my bag as soon as they hit the market!  Come and see me for a fitting!  Thanks to Andrew Tursky of Golf Wrx for bringing us this breaking news!

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 full of performance features usually kept for Mizuno’s bulkier JPX irons.

The Mizuno JPX 900 Irons - Blade and Cavity Back combined!

A Mizuno JPX-900 Tour 7  iron.

 

Like Mizuno’s MP iron models, which are designed for the most discerning 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 That Mizuno is known for.

“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.  Mizuno could then use this as the benchmark for the acoustics of the JPX-900 Tour irons.

The company’s HIT (Harmonic Impact Technology) system, measures and quantifies sound frequencies.  And Mizuno is 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

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A Tour down Nike's Golf Equipment's Memory Lane!

A Tour down Nike’s Golf Equipment’s Memory Lane!

A Tour down Nike’s Golf Equipment’s Memory Lane!

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I must admit it was a huge shock to me when I heard that Nike was discontinuing their golf equipment line.  The millions they spent on Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy alone should have put them on top of the golf equipment pile!  Did Tiger’s demise have anything to do with Nike’s equipment demise?  Pure speculation.  The  GolfWRX Staff takes us for a time-lapse tour of Nike’s equipment over the years.

Nike’s golf equipment never appealed to the masses in the same way as the company’s golf shoes and apparel, leading to the company’s decision to discontinue its production of clubs, balls and bags and focus on soft goods. Its lack of retail success, however, does not mean that Nike didn’t produce excellent golf equipment.

Nike launched its first golf balls, the Precision line, in 1998. Its first line of golf clubs came in 2002. Our staff took a trip down memory lane to remember all the Nike golf equipment produced between then and now. Here’s our list of the best golf equipment Nike ever made.

10. SQ Sumo2 Driver

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Nike’s SQ Sumo2 was one of the most polarizing clubs in company history. Released in 2006 — the height of the industry’s obsession with high-MOI drivers — the SQ Sumo2 used a composite crown and a square head shape to push weight to the back corners of the driver head for added forgiveness on off-center hits.

The SQ Sumo2 was best known for its loud, high-pitched sound, which rang like an aluminum baseball bat at impact. A later version, Nike SQ Sumo2 5900, increased MOI to 5900, while improving sound and feel.

9. VR X3X Toe Sweep Wedge

A Tour down Nike's Golf Equipment's Memory Lane!
 

All wedges pretty much look the same, right? Not Nike’s Toe Sweep wedge, the brainchild of legendary Nike club maker Mike Taylor that was released in 2014.

Related: Our slideshow of early prototypes of the Toe Sweep wedge, which show the developmental stages of the club.

The VR X3X attempted to solve the age-old problem of the heel of the wedge getting “stuck” on shots from long grass. Taylor’s solution was to create wedge soles with hardly any mass on the heel side, which also made open-face shots easier. Both Rory McIlroy and Johnny Vegas used the Toe Sweep grind to win on tour.

8. Split Cavity Prototype Irons

A Tour down Nike's Golf Equipment's Memory Lane!

Nike Split Cavity Irons

These irons were in play by several of Nike’s tour players, and carry a special significance to us. Our founder easily scored a set of Trevor Immelman prototypes back in 2005, the year GolfWRX was founded, and hasn’t stopped talking about the Miura-forged prototypes since.

At the time, the Split Cavities were the standard to meet for all forged cavity-back irons. They were clean in shape, butter soft at impact and great through the ground. Several notable forged cavity-back irons followed, including our recent Nike favorites, theVR Forged Pro Combos.

7. Vapor Flex 440

A Tour down Nike's Golf Equipment's Memory Lane!
 

For gear heads, the worst part about Nike’s decision to fold its golf equipment division could be the promise it showed with its latest driver, the Vapor Flex 440.

Ever since Nike’s switch to its Covert design platform for metal woods, the company struggled to compete in the realm of low-spin drivers. The Vapor Flex 440 (released in 2016) was different. Sixty percent of the club head was made from Nike’s proprietary, carbon fiber- RZN material, a weight-saving scheme to boost performance.

Our sources tell us that Nike’s line of 2017 drivers relied heavily on a RZN construction, and were by far the best-performing drivers in company history. If true, it’s a case of too little, too late.

6. VR_S Forged Irons

Nike decided to release the VR_S Forged in the U.S. after enjoying incredible success in Japan. The intent was for mid-to-high handicappers, the irons caught on with low handicappers, as well as many PGA Tour players (including Tiger Woods), who used them as long-iron replacements.

Key to the success of the VR_S Forged is in their two-piece construction.  This merges a 1025 carbon steel framework by welding a thin club face to the body to improve ball speed and forgiveness. Despite their bulk, the irons appear and feel premium, and adds value to their $999 sticker price, with Nippon’s aftermarket 950GH shaft as the stock option. They became one of the best game-improvement irons in 2012.

To see the rest of the best Nike golf equipment ever made, go here!

Source: GolfWRX Staff

Pictures: Nike

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