Monthly Archives: December 2013

First glance at Mizuno MP-4 irons

Mizuno launched its new Mizuno MP-4 irons. It impressed me when I sam the the first time.

The MP-4 gives real shot-makers the ultimate control over their ball flight – with the very purest feel and feedback possible. If you want to learn to become a truly great shotmaker, the MP-4 is the best teacher you can have. By adding more bulge in the shorter irons, the MP-4 irons maintain the shot and trajectory control demanded by the game’s best players. On the other hand, the longer irons require a lower centre of gravity to produce a quick launch and steeper landing angle.

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They are also a replacement for the Mizuno MP-69 Irons, MP-4 is a true muscle back blade meant for the better player who wants the ultimate in workability and aesthetic simplicity.  One of the new features to this design is what Mizuno calls Variable Muscle Thickness.This design allows for the muscle thickness to change progressively through the set, optimizing the ball speed and launch condition from one iron to the next.

In the longer irons, you will notice the most consistent thickness which keeps a majority of the mass low for higher trajectory.  The mid irons start to show an increased bulge in the muscle to help with control. The muscle bulge is most prominent in the scoring discount golf clubs and reduces down through to the slender long irons where design emphasis is placed on creating a quick launch and steeper landing angle to knock down flags.

Lastly, the short MP-4 irons have the largest bulge which positions the most mass directly behind the point of impact for a smaller, cleaner looking head size.

Michael Campbell rated one of worst major winners

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An American sports broadcaster has taken a shot at Michael Campbell, naming him as one of  Ping G20 Driver the worst golfers to win a major in the last half century.

CBS Sports ranked Campbell in fifth based on his unseemly record on the American PGA tour.

Campbell won the 2005 US Open, seeing off Tiger Woods in the process, but that was his only win in the States, a point noted in the American-centric list.

He won 15 times in all and was named the 2005 European Tour Player of the Year after a magical season.

He also spent six years of his career ranked in the top 50 players in the world and was consistently inside the top 20 with a peak ranking of 12 in 2001, years before his US Open victory.

But he had a widely reported form slump since 2005 and CBS noted his 0-for-10 cut  MP 53 Irons making record at the Masters, which included an 11-over par 83 in 2010.

There were much worse players than Campbell on the list, with no-names like Rich Beem and Australian’s Ian Baker-Finch and Wayne Grady receiving mentions.

However, there were none worse than Shaun Micheel.

He made one of the most clutch shots in major history in winning the 2003 PGA Championship.

Unfortunately, that was the end of his good form and in 380 career starts on the PGA Tour he has one win.

If he was a horse they would have sent him to the glue factory long ago.

Callaway X Hot Driver creates incredibly fast ball speeds

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These days I was alternating between cheap Ping K15 Driver and a Razr X Black and decided to try the X Hot. This club is so light you won’t believe it. It has a terrific “feel” when you hit the ball. For a golfer like me, the X-hot definately seems more forgiving ecpecially when the club is set to the draw position. I have a natural slice so the draw face turns a slice into a fade and a fade into a straight shot. I am also able to generate good distance with this club  which is about the same as I hit the G20 when I hit it well. I’m definatley more consistant whith this driver.

Callaway has implemented its thinnest casting technology ever in the all-titanium head to create a lighter swing weight and overall configuration, a combination that benefits most players in terms of head speed and distance, especially golfers with an average swing speed.

The design of the X-Hot is another clean and classic styled driver from the people at Callaway. The head is a 460cc head (440cc for the Pro) with a matte gunmetal gray finish and a classic pear shape. Unlike the RAZR the X-Hot does have and alinement aid, albeit a single small chevron (the Pro does not). They did add a little color to the rear edge of the crown in the form of small black, read and gray graphics. While Callaway was very classic with the design of the crown they took a little artistic liberty when it came to the sole of the club. The sole was giving red and white accents on the left and right which actually tie in well with the finish on the head as well as the shaft choice. Over all it is a sharp looking driver.

Thin casting technology to the golfer is the inclusion of Draw Bias Progression, which changes the amount of draw bias depending on the loft, allowing golfers to better control sidespin and tune their shot shape. Players with higher lofts can take advantage of higher draw bias for straighter shots, while players with lower lofts can utilise a more neutral CG that fits their game.

A tighter curvature face on the Callaway X Hot Driver offers a look at address preferred by better players, along with consistent sidespin and dispersion to promote accuracy. A lighter configuration, optimized CG and larger sweet spot help to maximize length, and the OptiFit Hosel lets golfers set the speed frame face to fine tune their trajectory off the tee.

Callaway employed its powerfully fast Speed Frame Face Technology that increases ball speed, saves weight and optimises stiffness and stress distribution across the face for more efficient energy transfer. The new face technology promotes more consistent distance, even on off-centre impact.

Overall,great feel on the all titanium head, incredible ballspeeds, Low spin, and really a point and shoot driver once you put the right shaft and the right setting in place. They feel is wonderful than my prior Ping G20 Driver and the light weight manufacturer is the ability to hit the ball farther with less effort. I would definitely order this product again for the experience or the beginning golfer.

How Do I Buy Golf Clubs for Women?

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As golf courses become increasingly women-friendly around the world, more and more women continue to pick up the game and excel at the sport. This has prompted a large industry for women’s golf clubs, and while these clubs are similar to men’s clubs, there are differences that should be noted. You must know your capabilities or those of the female golfer that you are buying for before you set out to look for the right clubs.

Step 1

Determine your swing speed and capabilities or those of the woman who will use the clubs. Players can choose from extra stiff shafts, stiff shafts, regular flex shafts, senior shafts or ladies’ shafts, depending on their swing speed and the feel they want from their club. Ladies’ shafts, in general, will provide the most flex or “bend” in the golf clubs for sale. The stiffer shafts are used with faster swing speeds and can often provide longer shots from a naturally fast swing.

Step 2

Buy a ladies shaft for the high handicapper, older woman or a woman with a slower golf swing. Buy a regular flex shaft for a younger, experienced golfer with a faster swing. Buy a stiff flex club for very low handicappers and those who are physically fit with quick swings. The wrong degree of flex will make it harder for a player to hit the ball squarely and on target.

Step 3

Measure or estimate your height or the height of the golfer who will use the clubs.

Step 4

Pick out club lengths based on the height. A standard length for a ladies Titleist 913 D3 driver is 43 inches for a golfer 5 feet and 9 inches tall.

Step 5

Subtract or add an inch to the driver for every inch taller or shorter than 5’9″.

Step 6

Subtract a half inch for every club after the driver to get the lengths of each wood, iron and wedge.

In conclusion,a custom club fitting is often free at golf shops and can help find the style and brand of clubs that are best suited for each player.

 

Latest Newport 2 putter from Scotty’s putter lab

Even Tiger Woods is in awe of this putter laboratory when he visits and is never surprised by the attention to detail.

So imagine the months of intricate work that has gone into the latest Scotty Cameron Studio Select family of Newport-style putters, which for the first time will be available in 33-, 34- and 35-inch lengths, with circular weights in the heel and toe to deliver the optimal head weight appropriate to each shaft length.

Apparently there’s nothing Cameron hates more than golfers cutting an inch or two off the shaft and expecting its swing weight to be unaffected. The new line features two different body styles – the scotty cameron california coronado and select Newport 2 putter – and three different neck configurations – plumbing, short flair and mid slant, making it easier, says Titleist, for golfers to choose a putter with the appearance they prefer, the length they need and a hosel that provides the proper amount of toe flow during the stroke.

“Different golfers require putters of different lengths, body and neck configurations,” says Cameron, ” but most putter heads are only weighted for 35-inch shafts and therefore, are much too light for shorter lengths, or too heavy for longer lengths.

“Too often the same heads are placed in shafts of all lengths, which means the golfer has to hit at the ball instead of being able to stroke it, creating distance control problems.”

More info in http://www.golfstoreaustralian.com/

Callaway RAZR X irons is worthy

The new RAZR line is set to replace the “X” line just as The Diablo Line replaced the Big Bertha line of clubs. Forgiveness is huge on these clubs. Callaway dumped a lot of money, a lot of research, and an extra dose of creativity into these in order to come up with a worthy successor. Read on and see why these clubs will be worth the wait for Callaway fans.

As oversized irons go, the Callaway RAZR X irons were a nice size and the top line was confidence inspiring without being too thick. They were also very forgiving to hit with a lovely feel and sound and the uniflex steel shaft helped deliver a powerful strike. They look like the classic irons of the X series of the past but the offset seems more subtle and the styling a little sharper, so if you have the wherewithal, then this is a set to consider for mid handicappers.

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This reduces the distance lost on those toed miss hits. So in essence..it actually raises the average of an average golfer’s distance off of each club by 4-7 yards. Don’t get me wrong here though. If you smack one of these in the real sweet spot…and not just the safe hitting zone…you will see the real distance potential these clubs have. Besides the “toe-forgiveness factor” these Callaway RAZR Australia also have that fluted attachment to the rear of the cavity. That helps lower the center of gravity and add to the easy launch factor.

The company then tailored a refined VFT face and high-definition undercut cavity to each individual iron. The result is more consistent ball speeds across the club face, increasing distance and accuracy even on mis-hits. In head-to-head tests, Razr X irons were 56 percent more accurate than traditional irons that chase distance at the cost of accuracy. Tighter shots. Shorter putts. Lower scores. The Razr X irons deliver uncompromised performance with every swing.

The clubs look good, sound good and have added yards to my shots, dropped my handicap from 15 to 13 since switching. The clubs are very forgiving and I would not hesitate in recommending these clubs to mid-handicappers.

Taylormade burmer 2.0 irons live up to the hype

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The Taylormade Burner 2.0 irons felt right the moment I picked them up. They have amazing forgiveness and the added distance is fenominal. I bought this product because I needed to upgrade my golf equipment. I have been a life-long user of the TaylorMade product, such as Taylormade r11s driver, because of its performance on the golf course as well as its styling and reliability. There is nothing about this product that I dislike and I expect to continue buying TaylorMade golf equipment in the future.

They are targeted at any player who wants an easy-to-launch, distance-enhancing iron that also offers excellent feel and playability.Every one has been engineered to be long. The face is thinner. The toplines are progressive. The shafts are specifically designed for each head. COR and MOI ratings have been maximized. And every iron has consistent distance gaps from one to the next. We took the #1 selling iron and made them even better.

This Set consists of irons individually engineered, resulting in the enhancement of multiple club properties that promote distance, uniform distance-gaps, increased playability and better sound and feel. A multi-functional sole lowers the center of gravity and reduces turf-drag to make it easy to launch shots high and long, while the inverted cone in each clubface is strategically sized and shaped center of gravity location in each head is precision-placed to optimize long-, middle- and short-iron flight; high-coefficient of restitution faces promote fast ball speed for long distance in the long-irons.

Taylormade burmer 2.0 irons feature the innovative Multi-Functional Sole technology to lower the CG and reduce turf drag for shots that fly higher and longer. They also have flight-control shaft for higher launches from the long irons and quicker-stopping shots from the short irons. These irons have been individually engineered for optimal performance, sound and feel.

The secret to the stunning performance of the Burner 2.0 irons is that each iron is individually designed and engineered, resulting in perfect distance gaps from one to the next, thanks to a tuned length and loft for each individual iron.A multi-functional sole lowers the centre of gravity and reduces turf drag making it simple to launch the ball high and long, helping you to achieve maximum carry distance.

TaylorMade know that every iron in your bag has a different task, so each iron has been designed differently. The longer irons have larger heads whilst the scoring iron heads are more compact for an improved look and confidence at address.Each iron comes fitted with a TaylorMade Burner Superfast steel shaft. Each shaft features a bespoke kick point to help each club perform exactly as required.

Compared with Taylormade speedblade irons,the Burner 2.0 iron set mades my game improves a lot.I have very good control of distance with every single club I hit with.Expecially with the pitching wedge. My putting score drop from 36 to 30 in one round. My handicap has drop 5 stoke after using the new set of iron for 3 weeks.

The Difference Between Right and Left Hand Golf Clubs

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Rule 14-1 of the Rules of Golf says the ball “must be fairly struck at with the head of the club.” Golfers cannot effectively swing a club the way you might swing a croquet mallet or use a pool cue. They must stand on either the right side or the left side of the ball relative to the target, which means the club head must be shaped for either a right-handed player or a left-handed player. If a right-handed player tries to swing a left-handed club from his normal position, he’ll hit the ball with the back of the club face.

Club Components

The only difference between right-handed and left-handed golf clubs — other than putters — lies in the club head. Neither shafts nor grips are built specifically for a right-handed or left-handed player. In other words, a right-handed club head may be attached to any shaft to create a right-handed club. Putters are exceptions to this rule because putter shafts may be bent. Many putter shafts are designed for either a right-handed or left-handed player.

Club Heads

If you place a right-handed club head on a flat surface, with the bottom of the club head laying flat on the surface and the club face directed toward you, the hosel (the portion of the club head that attaches to the shaft) will be angled to the right. In a left-handed club, the hosel will be angled to the left. To hit the ball with the club face a player using a right-handed club stands to the right of the ball, from the perspective of the target, just as a right-handed Mizuno JPX825 Irons baseball player stands to the right of home plate from the pitcher’s point of view.

Respect for Lefties

Just as the majority of the population is right-handed, most golfers are also right-handed. Nevertheless, major manufacturers make left-handed versions of many golf clubs. Most published golf instruction is written for right-handers, so lefties must reverse the directions. On the other hand, left-handed golfers do have their own national organization, the National Association of Left-Handed Golfers, which holds a championship tournament each year.

Swinging Upside-Down

Occasionally an errant shot may leave your ball against an obstruction, such as a tree, that prevents you from taking your normal right- or left-handed swing. PGA Tour pro Jerry Pate, who’s a righty, says that when faced with a situation in which he can’t take a right-handed swing he uses a 5- or 6-iron and swings it basically upside-down. Instead of the Discount Golf Clubs head’s sole touching the ground at address, the club head’s toe will touch the ground. Pate takes a left-hander’s stance, chokes up on the club, then employs a long putting stroke to get the ball out of trouble.

How to Draw Your Slice?

Too often I hear instructors explaining the cause and effects of sliced shots, without providing a shred of information on what kind of swing is required to prevent banana balls. That’s not going to get you anywhere, considering it only deals with half the problem. Instead, I’m going to teach you what it takes to draw the ball so you can start hitting more approach shots from the fairway instead of the right rough. Sound appealing? Good. Let’s hook that slice once and for all.

To eliminate the slice, let’s start from the beginning. The address position should reflect an even weight distribution in every direction. In other words, your weight should be evenly distributed over both feet and proportionally on the balls and heels of your feet. For example, think of an infielder ready to catch a line drive. By flexing his knees and balancing himself in every direction, he’s ready to spring in any direction to catch the cheap ping g20 driver. As a golfer, you too should be in a similarly athletic position to be ready to make a golf swing. If you’re leaning one way or the other, it’s a sure bet your golf ball will lean to the left or right as well.

Once you’ve established an evenly weighted stance, the next ingredient for slice busting is to tilt the shoulders away from the target. This means lowering your back shoulder so that your shoulders slope downward away from the target. This is key! Many golfers who struggle with slicing do so because they invert their shoulders at impact and swipe down on the ball with a forward shoulder that’s lower than the rear shoulder. That position is both a weak and inconsistent one. Come time to hit a draw, the left shoulder must remain above the right to ensure the needed inside-to-outside and upward swing path that’s required to put draw spin on the ball.

Now that you’ve gotten the setup and shoulder positions ready, how you move during the onset of the downswing makes a big difference on whether you’re going to hit a Ping K15 Irons or draw. To draw the ball, you have to swing below the shoulders. If your hands get above or out in front of your shoulders, you’re going to come over the top of the ball, hitting either a double-crossed hook or a big slice.

Ping K15 driver is a five star product

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If you want to hit a golf ball long and straight you have to test out the Ping K 15 Driver. I hit this club as far as farther than Mizuno JPX825 Driver I have ever owned.It was rated as one of the best game improvement drivers by Golf magazine testers. with this club, I feel more confident and can swing freer and seem to generate a little more club head speed.

At address the head looks much larger as if someone has sat on the G15 Driver, but in a nice way. It gives you a lot of confidence and you just have to waft it near the ball to get another drive effortlessly away. A lot of these deep centre of gravity drivers end up looking a bit triangular, but Ping have managed to keep the lovely curved shape that their drivers have become renowned for.

This driver is announced to offer golfers a high trajectory ball flight with low to medium spin and help golfers drive the ball ‘exceptionally straight’ aided by a PING innovation called Straight Flight Technology. It is specifically designed to help those golfers who struggle to contain their big fade, or slice as it’s more commonly called. Since its release it has always been on the hot list in golf drivers.

It is also able to offer distance gains by combining a large-profile, 460cc head, and a club face that is longer heel to toe. The MOI is sizeable for consistent performance and forgiveness across the hitting surface. This design positions the center of gravity low and back to generate high launch and low spin.

The Ping K15 Driver has an elongated head design that combines with an external weight pad to position the center of gravity for higher launching and longer carry drives. It is engineered with Straight Flight Technology (SFT) which promotes natural club head rotation by concentrating approximately 10% of the head mass towards the heel. A larger face increases forgiveness and ball velocity for greater distance and accuracy.

This visible technology focuses approximately 10% of head mass toward the heel, which helps square the club face for consistently straight tee shots. You’ll also see big distance gains with the K15. Using a large-profile 460cc head and a club face that is longer heel to toe, the MOI is sizeable for consistent performance across the hitting surface. This design positions the center of gravity low and back to generate high launch and low spin.

Overall, pretty impressed with the driver. I had a tendency to slice the ball off the tee, now with the Ping I’ve been driving it straighter and hitting more fairways. Great club if you’re looking for more forgiveness.

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