ClubUpGolf http://www.clubupgolf.com Golf News, Reviews, Tips, Videos and More Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:19:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 http://www.clubupgolf.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/cropped-Logo-logos-32x32.jpeg ClubUpGolf http://www.clubupgolf.com 32 32 Miura New Wedge Series Review http://www.clubupgolf.com/2016/08/17/miura-new-wedge-series-review/ Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:27:37 +0000 http://www.clubupgolf.com/?p=12129 Miura New Wedge Series Review: Not so New, but Still Good The Miura New Wedge Series. What’s so new about? Does it take wedge tech to the next level? Do you have to charge it? Actually it’s not a new product offering in the slightest. It’s called the New Wedge Series because it has a redesigned sole and bounce profile over the “old” series. In fact, the Miura New Wedge Series is several years old, a dinosaur by industry standards, but by Miura’s standards it’s a mere toddler. So why review a club that debuted so long ago? Because it’s Miura. We’ve been conditioned to believe that introducing one or more new clubs a season implies constant innovation, but we all […]

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Miura New Wedge Series Review: Not so New, but Still Good

The Miura New Wedge Series. What’s so new about? Does it take wedge tech to the next level? Do you have to charge it? Actually it’s not a new product offering in the slightest. It’s called the New Wedge Series because it has a redesigned sole and bounce profile over the “old” series. In fact, the Miura New Wedge Series is several years old, a dinosaur by industry standards, but by Miura’s standards it’s a mere toddler. So why review a club that debuted so long ago? Because it’s Miura. We’ve been conditioned to believe that introducing one or more new clubs a season implies constant innovation, but we all really know it’s just a money grab — check out the Club Champion driver fitting experience — and Miura makes clubs that stand the test of time, so that’s the purpose of reviewing the Miura New Wedge Series, to see if it is standing the test of time.

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First Impressions

Well, the Miura name and logo is stamped on it, so it’s got that going for it, but the New Wedge Series, oddly enough, has very classic lines. I’m not complaining. It has a nice, rounded toe, and a shorter profile from heel to toe. The finish is a clean satin chrome, it doesn’t have a crazy cavity back, and the grind is simple. It’s forged and without a lot of bells and whistles . . . in this day and age of equipment “technology”, it’s actually refreshing to see something that gets back to the basics.

Performance

First off, the purpose of the Miura New Wedge Series is to cater to players who fall into the odd numbers of wedge loft. Not everyone wants nor does everyone fit into 52, 56, and 60 degree sets. Miura sent me lofts of 51, 55, and 59 degree lofts to test, but before we get into that, take a look at the specs below.

Material: Forged Low Carbon Mild Steel
Lofts: 51, 55, and 59 degrees
Standard 63.5 degree lie angles
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold
Grip: PURE Grip

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Starting with the 51 degree Miura New Wedge Series wedge (sounds a tad redundant), I’m in love with this wedge. It has the right amount of weight so that it gives you confidence of feeling like you can put a solid strike on the ball but not too heavy that you worry about chunking it six inches under the ball. Launch is solid, not “hot”, but solid, and the ball flight is high.

Thos are all the things you say about a wedge, right? Right. The 51 and 55 degree Miura New Wedge Series is predictable, it’s safe, and it’s consistent, and that’s where I want to emphasize the target market for these clubs. What kind of club cuts through rough and tough lies with ease and seems to make up for mishits in the fairway? A club that’s meant for casual players. The word “forged” gets tossed around a lot, and people always tend to assume that forged means it’s only for the best players who demand the utmost feeling. Sorry, that’s not the case, and these wedges are a good example of that.

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The Miura New Wedge Series are solid, but they don’t have the feel of a players wedge like a Titleist Vokey. With the 51 and 55 degree wedges, the launch and ball flight is great, but they don’t offer a ton of spin on the green. That’s not a bad thing! More people should be concerned with pinpoint accuracy over the jaw-dropping ripcord effect when the ball lands on the green. The Miura New Wedge Series offers that accuracy.

With all of that in mind, the 59 degree didn’t really make a whole lot of sense to me. It had the same feeling of the 51 and 55 degree which wasn’t enough for a precision instrument. If a player doesn’t demand that type of control and versatility from super close lies, chances are they shouldn’t be playing anything above a 57 degree wedge to begin with. So I would have liked more responsiveness from the highest loft available in the New Wedge Series.

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Final Thoughts

The Miura New Wedge Series won’t appeal to scratch golfers — Miura has wedges that will — but it can give mid-handicappers the feeling offered in harder to use wedges with much more forgiveness; that’s thanks to the mild carbon steel.

If there’s one thing that the Miura New Wedge Series can hang its hat on, it’s distance control. The adjustment period with these was non-existent. They really give the player the confidence to attack the pin on every approach.

The Miura New Wedge Series comes in right hand only lofts of 51, 53, 55, 57, and 59 degrees. Find out more on Miura’s site.

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KJUS: Cool for the Summer http://www.clubupgolf.com/2016/07/17/kjus-cool-summer/ Sun, 17 Jul 2016 23:05:48 +0000 http://www.clubupgolf.com/?p=12103 KJUS: Cool for the Summer Summer 2016 is a hit for KJUS. Not only has KJUS released another fantastic line up of high-performance activewear for the season, but the company has also inked a new sponsorship deal with the PGA Tour’s Charl Schwartzel. After Schwartzel announced his departure from Nike to join the PXG Troops earlier this month, he also picked up a new apparel sponsorship from KJUS. The South African made his KJUS gear debut during The Open, with a style script that included KJUS’s Strike Primeflex Polo, Inmotion Pants, and Dorian Jacket. Schwartzel shared some love for his new clothing sponsor on Twitter during this weekend’s major championship and we couldn’t agree with his sentiment more. When I feel good, I […]

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KJUS: Cool for the Summer

Summer 2016 is a hit for KJUS. Not only has KJUS released another fantastic line up of high-performance activewear for the season, but the company has also inked a new sponsorship deal with the PGA Tour’s Charl Schwartzel.

After Schwartzel announced his departure from Nike to join the PXG Troops earlier this month, he also picked up a new apparel sponsorship from KJUS. The South African made his KJUS gear debut during The Open, with a style script that included KJUS’s Strike Primeflex Polo, Inmotion Pants, and Dorian Jacket. Schwartzel shared some love for his new clothing sponsor on Twitter during this weekend’s major championship and we couldn’t agree with his sentiment more.

 

For our review of KJUS’s Summer 2016 collection, we checked out the men’s Dexter Half-zip, Retention Jacket, Soren Stripe Polo, and Seapoint Engineered Polo as well as the ladies’ Maxima Jacket, Signe Engineered Polo, and Ida Skort. The most noticeable change for KJUS’s Summer 2016 apparel is the number of vibrant colors to choose from, which is a significant departure from seasons past where black, navy, and gray predominated the color scheme.

KJUS Summer 2016 Men’s Apparel

KJUS is focused on keeping you cool (and dry) for the summer. The Soren and Seapoint polos both feature lightweight fabrics that expertly manage moisture as well as open sleeve construction with ventilated panels, these polos will be your friend during hot, humid summer days.

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The Dexter Half-zip is by far the most light-weight, easy to pack, course ready rain jacket we’ve ever had in our hands. The Dexter is feather-weight and folds into a small pouch. Not only is it super convenient, it is also super functional — offering wind and water proof protection with a dirt and water repellent finish.

The Retention Jacket features an insulating layer with KJUS’s ThermoCore technology. This jacket shines for early morning Summer rounds in northern climates, or it can bridge you for chillier rounds in spring and fall. The jacket’s clean and tailored look gets a style boost with with an eye-catching criss-cross stitching pattern, similar to the Novalight vest we tested from the Winter 2016 collection.

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KJUS Summer 2016 Women’s Apparel

Women wearing KJUS’s Signe Engineered Polo, can stay cool for the summer too! The polo also features an open sleeve construction with ventilation as well as several of KJUS’s fabric technologies, such as FastDry, HeiQ Pure, and HeiQ Adaptive to keep you feeling fresh and dry, even on the warmest summer days.

While we’re used to polyester fabrics offering moisture wicking control, the Ida Skort stands out for maintaing temperature control and flexible stretch with a unique “cotton touch” material blend with a soft feel.

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For women looking to escape the heat and play 18 in cooler climates this summer, pick up the Maxima jacket. This modern take on a fleece zip up is constructed of ultrasoft fleece that packs a performance punch with KJUS’s FastDry technology.

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Pitchfix Twister 2.0 Divot Tool http://www.clubupgolf.com/2016/07/12/pitchfix-twister-2-0-divot-tool/ Tue, 12 Jul 2016 18:28:12 +0000 http://www.clubupgolf.com/?p=12094 Innovation. It’s a term synonymous with the golf industry . . . or so golf company executives would have you believe. The reality is innovation isn’t occurring as frequently as equipment manufacturers, club manufacturers specifically, would have you believe. Multi-material construction? Yeah, that’s been around for decades, and Callaway didn’t let TaylorMade forget that, and Mizuno was shouting that THEY actually did it before both of them while nobody listened. Somewhere in your golf bag where innovation is rarely a consideration is the divot repair tool. And I get it — who cares about a divot repair tool? Even while typing that I’m nodding my head and frowning as I’m one step away from saying out loud — to myself, […]

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Innovation. It’s a term synonymous with the golf industry . . . or so golf company executives would have you believe. The reality is innovation isn’t occurring as frequently as equipment manufacturers, club manufacturers specifically, would have you believe. Multi-material construction? Yeah, that’s been around for decades, and Callaway didn’t let TaylorMade forget that, and Mizuno was shouting that THEY actually did it before both of them while nobody listened.

Somewhere in your golf bag where innovation is rarely a consideration is the divot repair tool. And I get it — who cares about a divot repair tool? Even while typing that I’m nodding my head and frowning as I’m one step away from saying out loud — to myself, mind you — “Yeah, who cares about a divot tool? A tee does the job! I’ve said that in every other review we’ve done of a divot tool.” But how good of a job do tees actually do when trying to repair a divot? Not very good at all. Everybody wants to look like that pro who walks up to his crater after spinning it back 10 feet and perfectly repair the hole with a couple quick jabs, but most of us know that we end up doing more damage than just leaving the divot alone all together.

Innovation, remember? Pitchfix USA has found some room for innovation in the divot repair tool, and the result was the Twister 2.0 divot repair tool.

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From the release:

The Twister’s patent pending exclusive technology features a revolutionary 3-pronged metal retractable system that out performs all other divot repair tools.

Pitchfix’s patent pending technology allows Twister 2.0 to work even more effectively than the original, says the company: the golfer simply pushes it in and out of the affected area, restoring the ground and relieving compaction simultaneously. This quick and simple procedure, according to Pitchfix, results in better repairs that recover quickly, making it virtually impossible to do damage with the tool.

At risk of sounding like a 2 a.m. infomercial, it’s really just that simple. Stick the prongs into the center of the divot and pull straight out. The Twister 2.0 doesn’t leave uneven spots, it doesn’t pull dirt up through the turf, and the greenskeeper will love you for it.

The Pitchfix Twister 2.0 divot repair tool is available now at retail locations such as the PGA Tour Superstore for $16. Find out more at PitchfixUSA.com.

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Voice Caddie VC300 Review http://www.clubupgolf.com/2016/06/05/voice-caddie-vc300-review/ Mon, 06 Jun 2016 03:56:23 +0000 http://www.clubupgolf.com/?p=12049 Voice Caddie VC300 Review: Distance at the Tip of your Hat It only takes one look to know that the Voice Caddie VC300 is different from your typical golf GPS device — there is no screen. That’s right, no screen. In a world of screen obsessed-boarding-on-addicted technology users, Voice Caddie took its VC line of GPS products in a very different direction. No fancy LED, LCD, blah-blah-D screen graces the VC300. Instead, Voice Caddie has equipped the VC300 with, yeah you probably guessed it, voice.  The screen-less VC300 is often praised for its simplicity and in style, yes, a solid-color piece of plastic is pretty simple, but I’d caution a look over the directions before you play your first round with it. The three main buttons do double, […]

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Voice Caddie VC300 Review: Distance at the Tip of your Hat

It only takes one look to know that the Voice Caddie VC300 is different from your typical golf GPS device — there is no screen. That’s right, no screen. In a world of screen obsessed-boarding-on-addicted technology users, Voice Caddie took its VC line of GPS products in a very different direction. No fancy LED, LCD, blah-blah-D screen graces the VC300. Instead, Voice Caddie has equipped the VC300 with, yeah you probably guessed it, voice. 

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The screen-less VC300 is often praised for its simplicity and in style, yes, a solid-color piece of plastic is pretty simple, but I’d caution a look over the directions before you play your first round with it. The three main buttons do double, triple, or quadruple duty — depending on click direction and duration — to provide the device with all its functionality. So please, do yourself a favor and read the directions before you use it. Then bring the directions with you to the course in case you forget how to operate the VC300. Not something the author of this article experienced… just precautionary… right, so moving on…

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The VC300 is designed to clip to the bill of your hat, but could easily be clipped at your waist. Much like a GPS watch, it is easily accessible during your round. It comes pre-loaded with 30,000 golf courses, so there was no difficulty in finding my local tracks on the device once powered up and placed on the bill of my hat. And despite the variety of button maneuvers, after four or five holes I was in a groove with the Voice Caddie VC300.

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For quality control purposes the distances read by the VC300 were compared to a GPS watch and laser range finder. All devices lined up within 1-2 yards. The average golfer will love this device for easy access to distances to the green. Beginner golfers will also appreciate the VC300’s ability to read shot distances, so you can learn just how far you hit each of your clubs. Any golfer looking for more versatility, like spotting out distances to hazards, will want to stick to a laser range finder.

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Overall, the Voice Caddie VC300 is a great golf companion. I got two rounds in before needing to charge it up (done via USB) and personally, I found the lady’s voice pleasant. Perhaps Voice Caddie can offer a choice of celebrity voices in the future, a little Feherty on my hat would be pretty sweet … then again, ease of understanding might decline. I tested the VC300 in a very girly pink, but it is also available in black and in white.

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At $129 the VC300 is priced in the middle of the pack among golf GPS devices. Even though most of its competitors come with screens, the price still seems reasonable for all the VC300 offers. 

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Voice Caddie VC300 Stats

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PGA Tour Removing WGC From Trump Doral http://www.clubupgolf.com/2016/06/01/pga-tour-removing-wgc-trump-doral/ http://www.clubupgolf.com/2016/06/01/pga-tour-removing-wgc-trump-doral/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2016 23:12:17 +0000 http://www.clubupgolf.com/?p=12042 Well, that took long enough. In an unexpected and oddly timed announcement, the PGA Tour has finally stuck to its guns in regard to the its stance on the controversial Republican presidential candidate. Bob Harig of ESPN reports that the event taking the place of the WGC-Cadillac at Trump Doral will be the WGC-Mexico Championship in Mexico City, and it will be held March 2-5 next year. No venue has been chosen, nor is there a title sponsor to replace Cadillac. From Harig’s report: “Some of the reaction revolves around the feeling that this is political exercise, and it is not that in any way, shape or form,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said during a news conference at the Memorial Tournament. […]

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Well, that took long enough. In an unexpected and oddly timed announcement, the PGA Tour has finally stuck to its guns in regard to the its stance on the controversial Republican presidential candidate.

Bob Harig of ESPN reports that the event taking the place of the WGC-Cadillac at Trump Doral will be the WGC-Mexico Championship in Mexico City, and it will be held March 2-5 next year. No venue has been chosen, nor is there a title sponsor to replace Cadillac.

From Harig’s report:

“Some of the reaction revolves around the feeling that this is political exercise, and it is not that in any way, shape or form,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said during a news conference at the Memorial Tournament. “The decision here was based on the reality that we are not able to secure sponsorship for next year’s WGC at Doral or for years out for that matter.

“At the same time, we had an opportunity to build what we think is going to be a spectacular event in an area that is strategically important to the growth of the sport and the activity of the PGA Tour that has been focused in South America and Central America for the last good number of years.”

Donald Trump was aware of the Tour’s intentions to move the event from Trump Doral, and he made his position known during an interview with Fox News Tuesday night. Tim Finchem said that Trump’s remarks to Fox News hastened the move.

Moving the event this quickly without a venue and without a sponsor to . . . Mexico. I wonder what prompted that location. What was it my mother said about “cutting your nose off to spite your face”? I can’t remember. Oh well, good luck, PGA Tour!

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Club Champion Driver Fitting Review http://www.clubupgolf.com/2016/05/26/club-champion-driver-fitting-review/ Thu, 26 May 2016 19:30:17 +0000 http://www.clubupgolf.com/?p=12010 Club Champion Driver Fitting Review: Fitters Double as Relationship Counselors? There is an ongoing effort to convince people of the benefits of getting fit for clubs. Naysayers and those who are self-conscious about their game object by saying that it’s just a money grab from custom shops, or they are simply positive they won’t benefit from it. Despite the many different shapes and sizes of humans, it turns out that we are all “off-the-rack” players. How convenient is that? Hopefully you picked up on the excessive sarcasm of the last statement, but the very few beacons of common sense in the golfing community who do understand the immense value in being properly fit tend to draw the line at irons […]

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Club Champion Driver Fitting Review: Fitters Double as Relationship Counselors?

There is an ongoing effort to convince people of the benefits of getting fit for clubs. Naysayers and those who are self-conscious about their game object by saying that it’s just a money grab from custom shops, or they are simply positive they won’t benefit from it. Despite the many different shapes and sizes of humans, it turns out that we are all “off-the-rack” players. How convenient is that?

Hopefully you picked up on the excessive sarcasm of the last statement, but the very few beacons of common sense in the golfing community who do understand the immense value in being properly fit tend to draw the line at irons and don’t extend the fitting experience to their drivers. That may be through no fault of their own. The intricacies of a driver fitting are far less discussed, and with manufacturers putting out drivers that are more adjustable than the last, the average duffer has developed an ignorant and unfounded sense of confidence in his ability to self-diagnose his swing and fit himself with the new adjustable hosel and a sliding, spinning, or whatever weight or weights.

Sorry, average duffer, you’re wrong.

There is so much more to it than loft, face angle, and an adjustment wrench. One afternoon getting fit for a driver at Club Champion will have you wondering why you ever thought sitting on your couch, wrench in hand, locking and unlocking that clubhead after every Sunday disaster was sufficient.

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A new Club Champion location opened in Bellevue, Washington, and we were kindly invited to check out the new shop by means of a complimentary driver fitting. Regional manager, Eric Hambleton, would be heading up the fitting, and it turns out he’s part expert fitter, part heckler (in the best possible way), and part mad scientist. But more on that later. First, it’s important to address the main reason people don’t get fit for their clubs, a reason only spoken about anonymously on internet forums: I don’t know if I’m good enough to get fit.

Golf is difficult enough as it is, and the pressure grows exponentially when asked to perform on the spot in front of someone. But as cliché as it sounds, the worse you are, the more you will likely benefit from a fitting. Club Champion hires golf experts, but they hire real people as well. A Club Champion fitter is engaging, social, they are a teacher, and as was the case with Eric, they’re a lot of fun to be around. They have a knack for making you feel right at home. So if you suck, no big deal, you’re going to suck in front of the fitter, but they’re going to make you have a good time regardless. Eventually, if you get comfortable enough in the reality that you aren’t a professional, you will have a great time. And those bad shots? A Club Champion fitter will laugh WITH you at those, not at you. 

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Let’s get this party started, but we need some back story first. We need to know why this invitation from Club Champion to get fit for a driver couldn’t have come at a better time.

Once upon a time, my driver was flawless, my go-to club, and it bowed to my every whim. But that was then, and things change. The relationship had grown strained. Seldom did I pull it from the bag, and when I did, we just weren’t communicating. I wanted to do one thing, she wanted to do something else . . . always. Whenever we were together on the tee box an awkward silence would fall over the group because everyone knew how unstable our relationship had become. We couldn’t stand each other. I am partly to blame in the deterioration of our romance. As things got hard, as things didn’t go my way, I would ignore her more until we finally separated. I put her up for the season and we didn’t see each other for over six months.

That’s where we’re starting. Now we can get to the fitting.

Similar to an iron fitting, you need to get baseline data with your current club or clubs so progress and improvements are measurable. The starting club, the driver I currently play, is a TaylorMade R1, what used to be ol’ reliable. The shaft is a UST Mamiya VTS ProForce Silver 6s. This is very important; remember this.

The baseline numbers weren’t good. They were downright awful, but that was expected.

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Mad science . . .

Eric started by first putting new heads on my existing shaft. First up was a Cobra F6+ because I had expressed interest in that. I hit about 10-15 balls. Okay, let’s try a new head, this time the TaylorMade M1 and another 10-15 balls. 

This process continued as we tried nearly every head available: super adjustable, low-spin, white heads, black heads, you name it. We weren’t seeing the results we were hoping for, so Eric, with his thumb and index finger on his chin, began staring at the wall of shafts. This was going to be a long day.

As we tried nearly every combination of shafts and heads for over an hour, one thing was certain: don’t shelf your driver for half a year out of disgust, blow the dust off of it to go to a fitting, and assume you will put up numbers representative of your past play. 

I was annoyed. This is why I put the driver up through the fall and winter, but like any relationship, if you don’t put in the work and stop talking to each other, things aren’t going to get any better.

Eric took a seat almost as if to brace himself for what he was about to say to me.

“I don’t know if you’re going to like this . . . tell me how you feel about it.”

God, what was he going to suggest? The Knuth High Heat driver?

“You’re having consistency issues, you know that, and I don’t feel I can give you the best fitting right now. How would you feel about coming back another day?”

The look on his face was that of a 20-year-old who just told his parents that he was dropping his science degree to pursue a career in interpretive dance. I, unlike a parent who was just told that their child was going to major in interpretive dance, however, couldn’t have been more pleased with his suggestion. I knew I wasn’t hitting well, and that will certainly affect the quality of the fitting. That’s a defining characteristic of Club Champion. They don’t have ties or obligations to manufacturers, and they don’t work on commission, so there is no incentive for them to force you into ill-fitting equipment for a buck. Their sole concern is to educate golfers on clubs and their swing in a lighthearted environment.

I told Eric I thought that was a great idea. I didn’t feel pressured, and I would have time to shake the rust off before the next session.

A week later and we were back at it with a slightly more oiled swing and with some measurable results.

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The problem we began seeing was a higher than desired spin rate, a common issue amongst amateur golfers. So we started again trying a number of different heads; this wasn’t just limited to performance. We also took looks into consideration, how the head appeals to the eye at address. We tried the PING G LS Tec, and while we saw marginal improvement, it looked like a spaceship — too big and distracting.

We tried the Callaway XR Sub Zero. Nope. Disappointingly nope. That was a driver I was excited about putting through the paces, but instead it put me through the paces.

The numbers on the PING were an improvement over my current setup, but I was not digging that boat of a clubhead. Remember when I said Eric was a mad scientist? He came up with something, not a remedy or solution, but he came up with something that would give him a better understanding of what I needed in a driver, and it meant decorating the PING G in tape of the lead variety and a lot of it.

Frustratingly, my current driver numbers were still the best, but unbeknownst to me that was what Eric had been thinking, and his tape job was only a means of confirming that. He told me that my head might be the best one for me . . . As someone who writes about golf equipment and a proponent that newer doesn’t mean better, I was a disappointed hypocrite. But I knew he was right, and I knew was telling me what I needed to hear, not what I wanted to hear.

Alright, let’s start hooking up the jilted ex (the R1) to some shafts.

The next 45 minutes or so was dedicated to grabbing and wrenching shafts from Club Champion’s rainbow of options on the wall. All were stiff flex but with different weights, kick points, etc., and we were seeing progress, but we were missing something.

You see, from the last time I was striping consistent drives up until things went sour and necessitated this fitting, I’ve had some recurrence of injuries, I’ve moved across the country, I’ve turned 30, blah, blah, excuse, excuse. The bottom line is that I was struggling to control a stiff shaft. No! Not a regular flex! My masculinity! Yeah, I’m not that guy. If you put it in my hand, and I hit it better, I’m going with it, even if it’s a pink driver . . .

B-series Mitsubishi Rayon

It didn’t work anyway. It still felt unsettled at the top. You might be thinking, “Go to a coach and fix your crap!” Believe me, that was a frequent topic of self-reflection, but swings do tend to change due to a myriad of factors, and I was confident with every other club in my bag.

What happened next is why Club Champion is the best.

Eric took the club out of my hands. Without saying a word, he walked to the far end of the wall, a spot we hadn’t been taking samples from, and he put the R1 head on a new shaft.

When he walked back he said, “3-wood.”

“Hmm. Alright,” was all I could say. I mean, he is the fitting expert, and I like trying different things. Why not?

Sweet baby Jesus, it worked!

We went through several variations, but ultimately we found that I was getting more distance, lower spin, and better launch angles from a regular flex Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana B-Series fairway shaft in 60 grams.

Diamana vs VTS

We were done, and when I returned to pick up the shaft I took a handful of test hits to verify we had made the right decision. I had gained greater consistency and about 35 more yards of carry, but remember, I had a significant drop off in performance with my former setup. Don’t expect to walk in as someone who drops 250 yarders down the middle and walk out with a new 285 yard cannon.

So what was learned from this experience? Yes, my dysfunctional relationship with my driver was fixed, or at least on its way to being fixed, but we learned more than that. We learned that Club Champion fitters are absolutely deserving of their “expert” moniker, they are some of the most engaging people you will meet in the golf industry, and they will always fit you to what is best for your game, even if that means fewer dollars in their pocket. Sure a driver fitting is an additional cost to you, but if that additional cost equates to more enjoyable golf, isn’t that worth it?

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Flat Cat Putter Grips Review http://www.clubupgolf.com/2016/05/22/flat-cat-putter-grips-review/ Mon, 23 May 2016 01:15:41 +0000 http://www.clubupgolf.com/?p=11999 Flat Cat Putter Grips Review: It’s Hip to be Square Golf swings come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Anybody that tells you there is one way to swing a golf club correctly is off their rocker . . . they probably haven’t taken a look at Bubba Watson’s swing, and their entire world would collapse at the sight of Jim Furyk’s flailing. A swing doesn’t have to follow an exact path or stay on a perfect plane to get the job done. There are plenty of players who can make those minuscule adjustments that turn ugly contorting into a beautifully played shot. Except for putting. Putting is slow, it’s deliberate, it has fewer moving parts, but one thing […]

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Flat Cat Putter Grips Review: It’s Hip to be Square

Golf swings come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Anybody that tells you there is one way to swing a golf club correctly is off their rocker . . . they probably haven’t taken a look at Bubba Watson’s swing, and their entire world would collapse at the sight of Jim Furyk’s flailing. A swing doesn’t have to follow an exact path or stay on a perfect plane to get the job done. There are plenty of players who can make those minuscule adjustments that turn ugly contorting into a beautifully played shot. Except for putting. Putting is slow, it’s deliberate, it has fewer moving parts, but one thing with putting his certain: there are different types of strokes, but for every one of them, the face better be squared to the desired path at impact. That, it would turn out, is much easier said than done.

 Flat Cat putter grips have taken notice of the necessity of squaring the face and developed a grip that allows you to feel in your hands when the putter face is squared to your intended path.

Flat Cat Putter Grip on Box

Flat Cat putter grips come in four different sizes: Slim, Standard, Fat, and Big Boy. It must be something about the square shape, most super-oversized grips feel like your using a child’s arm as a grip, but the Flat Cat Big Boy doesn’t. It’s big enough that it will quiet yippy hands, but it isn’t big enough to dissuade someone who uses a standard-sized grip from trying it. Because Flat Cat’s square shape makes it feel smaller than it is, the slim grip feels like gripping a pencil with two hands.

If you haven’t heard of Flat Cat, you will start hearing about them more. Currently Hank Haney is a spokesperson for the brand and OWGR #14 Hideki Matsuyama finished T7 at this year’s Players Championship using a Flat Cat putter grip. So, if you don’t believe a former tour swing coach, believe an up and coming star on the PGA Tour.

Flat Cat Putter Grip Lineup

When using the Flat Cat Big Boy putter grip it was noticeably easier to feel whether or not the face had been returned to square at impact without feeling like it was too bulky. As far as the feel of the grip is concerned, it’s similar to a SuperStroke grip — it has that ever so slight soft, squishy feeling — and it doesn’t feel too bulky. The Slim Fat Cat grip weighs in at 45 grams, and the Big Boy tips the scales at 104 grams

To find out more about Flat Cat putter grips and their products, check out their website where all the grips retail for $27.99 with a money back guarantee. It’s unlikely that anybody who buys a grip from them is going to want to test the refund guarantee, though.

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Titleist Vokey SM6 Raw Wedges http://www.clubupgolf.com/2016/05/12/titleist-vokey-sm6-raw-wedges/ Thu, 12 May 2016 22:18:44 +0000 http://www.clubupgolf.com/?p=11979 Titleist Vokey SM6 Raw Finish Wedges for Those Who Prefer the Ugly Duckling Look Like your wedges Sashimi style? What I’m trying to say is if you like your wedges raw, now you can get the tour-style raw finish on your Titleist Vokey SM6 that you’ve been holding out for, getting you one step closer to young Jordan Spieth. Before now, the available finishes in the SM6 were Steel Gray, Tour Chrome, or the Jet Black. If you haven’t already gotten one of those three finishes, the naturally rusting Titleist Vokey SM6 raw finish wedges are available on Vokey.com for $195. From Titleist: “Raw means there is no additional finish applied to the wedge, which is made of 8620 carbon steel,” Master […]

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Titleist Vokey SM6 Raw Finish Wedges for Those Who Prefer the Ugly Duckling Look

Like your wedges Sashimi style? What I’m trying to say is if you like your wedges raw, now you can get the tour-style raw finish on your Titleist Vokey SM6 that you’ve been holding out for, getting you one step closer to young Jordan Spieth.

Before now, the available finishes in the SM6 were Steel Gray, Tour Chrome, or the Jet Black. If you haven’t already gotten one of those three finishes, the naturally rusting Titleist Vokey SM6 raw finish wedges are available on Vokey.com for $195.

From Titleist:

“Raw means there is no additional finish applied to the wedge, which is made of 8620 carbon steel,” Master Craftsman Bob Vokey said. “It has what I like to call a satin appearance that will start to rust after some use.

“On tour, the Raw heads give us the flexibility to grind wedges based on a player’s needs,” Vokey said. “But guys just love the look of that raw steel – some players like it even more as it rusts, kind of like a trusty hammer or another tool. These are their scoring tools.”

Available Lofts/Grinds

50.08 F
52.08 F
54.08 M* – 54.10 S
56.08 M* – 56.10 S
58.08 M* – 58.10 S – 58.12 K
60.08 M* – 60.10 S – 60.12 K

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RIFE Switchback Mallet Giveaway http://www.clubupgolf.com/2016/05/12/rife-switchback-mallet-giveaway/ http://www.clubupgolf.com/2016/05/12/rife-switchback-mallet-giveaway/#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 14:02:32 +0000 http://www.clubupgolf.com/?p=11966 Want a free RIFE Switchback Mallet Putter? Of Course You Do! We’re doing another giveaway with our local friends, RIFE Putters, and this time we’re giving away one of their newly released Switchback Mallet putters. The RIFE Switchback blade made Golf Digest’s 2016 Hot List, and now RIFE has released the Switchback Mallet with the same customizable weighting system. So, “What do I have to do to win?” you ask. It’s simple: just register with your email — we’ll use it to contact you if you have won — leave a comment on this post, and you’re entered to win. That’s it! The contest ends at 11:59 May 15. The winner will be announced Monday 5/16. We will be doing a full review of […]

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Want a free RIFE Switchback Mallet Putter? Of Course You Do!

We’re doing another giveaway with our local friends, RIFE Putters, and this time we’re giving away one of their newly released Switchback Mallet putters.

The RIFE Switchback blade made Golf Digest’s 2016 Hot List, and now RIFE has released the Switchback Mallet with the same customizable weighting system.

Switchback Mallet infographic

So, “What do I have to do to win?” you ask. It’s simple: just register with your email — we’ll use it to contact you if you have won — leave a comment on this post, and you’re entered to win. That’s it! The contest ends at 11:59 May 15. The winner will be announced Monday 5/16. We will be doing a full review of the RIFE Switchback Mallet shortly after.

Good luck!

Switchback Mallet Both Weights Black Midsize Grip Rife Switchback Mallet

 

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adidas Trying To Offload TaylorMade http://www.clubupgolf.com/2016/05/04/adidas-trying-offload-taylormade/ Wed, 04 May 2016 17:57:21 +0000 http://www.clubupgolf.com/?p=11955 adidas finally tells us what we already knew: they’re looking for buyers for TaylorMade If the golf equipment industry was a family, we the consumers would be the children, and TaylorMade and adidas would be the parents, and things have been awkward at the dinner table for a while now. Mom (adidas) isn’t happy with dad (TaylorMade) anymore. He doesn’t make enough money, he’s losing more and more respect in the community, and mom is determined to not go down with him. They keep telling you everything is fine, but you’ve noticed that mom is going out a lot more lately, and dad has been buying suitcases . . . the breakup was imminent. The way adidas sort of slid […]

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adidas finally tells us what we already knew: they’re looking for buyers for TaylorMade

If the golf equipment industry was a family, we the consumers would be the children, and TaylorMade and adidas would be the parents, and things have been awkward at the dinner table for a while now. Mom (adidas) isn’t happy with dad (TaylorMade) anymore. He doesn’t make enough money, he’s losing more and more respect in the community, and mom is determined to not go down with him. They keep telling you everything is fine, but you’ve noticed that mom is going out a lot more lately, and dad has been buying suitcases . . . the breakup was imminent.

The way adidas sort of slid the news of shopping buyers for TM into their Q1 results press release is very fitting of how the entire situation has evolved. Amidst all of the positive growth numbers and increasing margins, there is constant reference to those gains offsetting “the severe headwinds from negative currency effects as well as lower product margins at TaylorMade-adidas Golf.” Ouch, and that theme continues as the brightest spots for their golf arm are illustrated as minimizing declines.

“TaylorMade is a very viable business. However, we decided that now is the time to focus even more on our core strength in the athletic footwear and apparel market,” said Herbert Hainer. “With its leadership position in the industry and the turnaround plan gaining traction, which is clearly reflected in the top- and bottom-line improvements recorded in Q1 as well as recent market share gains, I am convinced that TaylorMade offers attractive growth opportunities in the future. At the same time, the planned divestiture will allow us to reduce complexity and focus our efforts on those areas of our business that offer the highest return and where we can have the biggest impact in reaching our consumers and winning their loyalty for the adidas and Reebok brands.”

There it is . . . FINALLY!

TaylorMade Statement JDAY

What does this mean for TM?

That is a hard question to answer. TaylorMade is still king of the hill in the driver market, but competition in that segment has picked up. They aren’t nearly as dominant as they once were. It also needs to be noted that their sales have been heading towards stabilization, and they are getting their act together — CEO David Abeles pointed this out in his January email, the one where he said TaylorMade wasn’t being shopped around town.

The Company still has value, but who is going to sign a check, and what would they be signing it for? There isn’t a lot of information available about possible suitors, but it’s unlikely to be an existing equipment manufacturer. Golf companies rarely get into the game of absorbing other brands only to minimize competition, and while Under Armour’s name has been tossed around  they certainly are showing that they want to be considered a legitimate athletic brand — personally I’d expect them to develop in-house clubs before purchasing TM.

Expect private capital to be a large part of the buyer pool, but who knows how much the going price will be.

The entire adidas press release can be found here.

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