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Ping G30 irons Get Golfers a little softer, quieter feel

Now manufacturers are producing the modern-day version of those clubs. The latest to introduce such an iron is Ping, which is making its Ping G30 irons. They are available to consumers.

The main mission statement has been about forgiveness, but in the latest iteration, the G30, the goal has been to provide that kind of forgiveness within a shape that does not get too extreme. The G30 continues the search for ball speed by thinning the face on the 4- through 7-irons, which feature slightly longer blade lengths for increased stability. The company’s trademark “custom tuning port” in the back cavity is positioned lower to help increase launch angle.

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The answer for Ping engineers came by borrowing ideas from two of its current irons, the i25 and the Karsten. While the Karsten is more toward the forgiveness end of the spectrum and the i25 is more geared to better players, each has attributes that work in the ping g30 driver chassis, says Ping senior design engineer Marty Jertson. “What we were trying to do is get as much distance and height as we could but do it in a package that’s not as jumbo as the Karsten,” Jertson said. “We took some stuff from the Karsten in terms of a balanced approach to distance and gapping and getting more height and stopping power, and then we added some of our learning from the i25 and matched a lot of the sole contours and the bounce profiles.”

This latter element is a key performance benefit, not a cosmetic question, says Jertson. “We’ve got just the right contour on the lead edge radius to prevent the initial dig into the ground, and then plenty of angle and camber to keep the club moving forward instead of going downward. If you impact the big ball before the little ball, it still sends the club forward instead of it going down too much.”

The effort with Ping G30 is to take “a more calculated approach to strengthen the lofts and the lengths and to get more face bending in those long irons at impact.

Young but very Modest- Rory McIlroy

He is a former World Number One and a three-time major champion. He won the 2011 U.S. Open, setting a record score of 16-under-par on his way to an eight-stroke victory. The following year he won the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island by a record eight strokes for his second major championship victory. Yes, his name is Rory McIlroy-a young but skillful golf pro.

Also, he won his third major, the 2014 Open Championship (which, in the process of playing, he became only the sixth player to win the tournament going wire-to-wire after 72 holes (with no ties after rounds)), becoming the first European to win three different majors, and joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as one of three golfers to win three majors by the age of 25.

Despite winning three legs of the career grand slam by the age of 25, Rory McIlroy believes there’s one area of his game that still needs improvement. He wants to become more consistent. Though young, he is very modest and happy to accept others’ advices. This is really a valuable quality for all young golf players in such a fast developing golf field, this is more important than the Callaway X-24 Irons you own.

“I mean, everyone’s going to have bad weeks,” he explained Tuesday. “It’s inevitable. It’s going to happen. We’re not machines or robots. We’re human beings, and it’s just hard to keep that level up for an extended amount of time. “I think that’s just the thing that I’d like to do a little bit more of, make my bad weeks a little better. So instead of a missed cut, at least grind it out and try and finish in the top 10 or whatever it is.”

The above is what McIlroy saying about himself. Let’s take a look at what other golf pros’comments about him. “The way he plays Titleist Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2 Putter 2014 is pretty aggressively,” Woods said while McIlroy was in the midst of winning the Open Championship two weeks ago. “When he gets it going, he gets it going. When it gets going bad, it gets going real bad. It’s one or the other.”

“Everyone goes through their ups and downs,” he said. “There’s plenty of players who use taylormade burner 2.0 irons that would like to be as inconsistent as me. I’m not afraid of my inconsistencies. It’s something that I actually quite welcome, and I know that my good is very good and my bad can sometimes be very bad.”

From what he said, we can see that McIlroy knows himself well. He is never ashamed to show his disadvantages in golf. And this will be a good pre-condition for his long and consist road in golf.

David Horsey wins Russian Open

MOSCOW — David Horsey of England defeated Ireland’s Damien McGrane in a playoff on Sunday to win the Russian Open, his first European Tour title in three years.

Horsey rallied after making double-bogey on the 12th hole with an eagle on the 17th and then par on the final hole to finish level with McGrane at 13-under 275 at the end of regulation.

The Englishman then two-putted for par on the 18th hole in the playoff with ping g20 irons for sale, while McGrane found a greenside bunker and took a bogey.

McGrane made seven birdies in the final round, but failed to close out his first victory in six years in his round of 66.

It was the second time in Horsey’s career that he has been in a playoff and the second time he’s come out in front after winning the 2011 Hassan 11 Trophy at Agadir, Morocco, in similar fashion.

“It’s a big relief to win and very much like my last win in Morocco when I also made a mess of a couple of holes on the back nine,” said Horsey. “But standing on 17 I really didn’t know where I was in the tournament so after hitting my ball with ping g20 through to the back of the green I realized I was three behind and needed to do something drastic and quite quickly.

“So chipping-in for eagle was a great help and then thought I needed to make birdie at the last but not realizing Damien (McGrane) had dropped one there at the last.”

Horsey led after the opening two rounds and went into the final round tied for the lead.

“To win is very special as it’s been a while since I won in Morocco, and also it’s been bumpy road along the way since then,” he said.

Scotland’s Scott Jamieson shot a 69 with ping g25 fairway wood for sale to finish third at 12-under 276 with Sam Hutsby of England another shot back in fourth. Peter Whiteford of Scotland rounded out the top five with a 278.

Callaway Release new X2 Hot irons and x2 hot driver

The Standard Callaway X2 Hot Irons have a new Deep Central Undercut that helps the face flex to boost ball speed and distance. A stabilizing arch optimizes the stiffness across the face to enhance sound and feel while moving the sweet spot lower on the face (more in line with most players’ impact location). A high MOI (for more stability) along with a repositioned center of gravity and improved turf interaction help improve the downrange consistency by as much as 40 percent – Callaway says these are easily the most accurate long-distance irons the company has ever designed.

The Pro model has a thinner face and a uniquely designed stabilizing arch that moves the weight low and central to retain the Standard model’s high ball speed and distance advantages. However, it features a more compact shape and does without the undercut cavity. It also has a greater progression in offset and Center of Gravity height, which help retain some forgiveness in the longer irons while making the short irons more controllable.

“With the X2 Hot golf clubs online, we challenged ourselves to reinvent each product to meaningfully improve distance, speed and forgiveness across every category,” said Dr. Alan Hocknell, Senior Vice President, R&D, Callaway Golf. “We worked hard for every extra gram of discretionary weight, every thousandth of an inch of metal, to increase ball speed and overall distance while improving total performance, especially on off-center impact.”

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The Callaway X2 Hot driver debut the company’s Hyper Speed Face technology, which creates a large sweet spot positioned where golfers are most likely to make contact with the ball. In addition, players can independently adjust the drivers’ loft and lie with Callaway’s Advanced Optifit Hosel. The loft can be decreased by 1 degree or increased by up to 2 degrees to help optimize the launch angle and backspin, while the lie angle also can be adjusted between Neutral and Draw. A total of eight settings are available to adjust trajectory and shot shape.

The standard version contains a 460cc head, offers 9-, 10.5- and 13.5-degree lofts, and comes stock with an Aldila Tour Blue shaft. The Pro version, available in an 8.5-degree offering, is 440cc, features a lower and more neutral center of gravity, and includes a 7-gram external weight and a stock Aldila Tour Green shaft.

Titleist ap2 714 irons are popular with the touring pros

Titleist releases a newer version of their wildly popular Titleist ap2 714 irons, I take them for a spin to see how they perform.

The 2014 version of the AP2, the 714, had already won a major before they were made available to all of us regular golfers. Jason Dufner had them in the bag during his win at Oak Hill in the PGA Championship last September. There are a number of other professionals who have put them in the bag as well. They are and have been very popular with the touring pros all the way to mid-handicap golfers.

With this targeted weight from the high density tungsten the AP2s give the golfer a more consistent speed on mishits helping to provide better distance control. This improves the playability to golfers of all skill levels. Also by moving the center of gravity around within the set Titleist can give the golfer a more solid feel for each club. They have moved the CG lower in the longer irons to help with launch conditions and feel.

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Since the Titleist AP2 714 irons arrived when we had snow in the ground in MN, I first got them in play in Palm Desert, CA. Obviously the first few swings were rusty and took me a few holes to get my mechanics figured out, but once I got some feeling back in my swing, I had some of my best scoring rounds. I even went under par for 9 holes, which isn’t bad for a -7 handicapper.

The sole grind has more camber. This means from leading edge to trailing edge it is slightly more rounded. It doesn’t have extreme grinds, but holding them up you can notice the rounder sole, which makes for better turf interaction. I found less digging and less bouncing, both of which can cause inconsistent ball striking. While I hit the titleist ap1 714 irons really well, I hit the AP2 714 irons even better. They still allowed me to hit and strike the ball like I normally do, but with better turf interaction means less chunks and thins.

The AP2 line has gone from a slightly hollow feeling iron to a really solid sensation at impact. Better vibration dampening with each progression and solid feel right where you want it. The forged feel comes through even better with the AP2 714 irons.

TaylorMade reinvents movable weight with new Sldr driver

The Taylormade SLDR driver head has a classic shape and features a charcoal-gray crown that is designed to contrast with a silver face to aid alignment. Offered in four lofts – 8, 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees – the SLDR comes with a Fujikura Speeder 57 graphite shaft stock and a TaylorMade high-traction grip.

The weight shifts the SLDR driver head’s CG horizontally toward either the heel, to promote a draw, or the toe, to encourage a fade. The weight slides on a 21-point track system and never comes loose from the club head. All a golfer needs to do to position the weight is simply to loosen a screw, slide the weight to the point selected and then tighten the screw.

The Taylormade SLDR also incorporates TaylorMade’s Loft-sleeve technology, which makes it possible for players to adjust loft as well, choosing from 12 positions within a range of plus- or minus-1.5 degrees. It features a 20-gram mechanism in a slot in the sole that can accommodate 21 possible center of gravity (CG) locations across a spectrum from draw to fade. Combined with its 12-position rotating hosel, the SLDR can be adjusted to 252 unique configurations.

You might even notice that it comes in multiple lofts, a departure from the single head, variable-loft configuration on the Taylormade R1 driver. The hidden benefit of the SLDR’s movable weight element, though, is its location, not just from heel to toe, but in its relative position front to back. Set in a position more forward of center, the slot and weight on SLDR yield a CG that’s slightly forward and low. It continues a trend TaylorMade’s engineers have been developing in recent years with clubs like the R1 driver and the RocketBallz fairway woods.

Vincent makes the point that trying to position the CG farther away from the face often ends up with the CG relatively higher with respect to the center of the face, not lower, which can lead to higher spinning tee shots that do not produce efficient launch conditions. Vincent says this idea should work for all players because a low, forward CG makes it easier for higher-lofted drivers to launch shots with less spin.

TaylorMade believes the new club could become the No. 1-played driver as early as this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and already 14 players have put the club in their bags.

Good Preparation and Proper Clubs Are Necessary in Golf

No matter what you do, a good preparation is really necessary. In golf, it is also very important to prepare good enough before the game. You must train your body and adjust your mental attitude to fight for a game. Also, proper clubs which fit you well can help you improve your game and save energy and time.

Before playing, you must first prepare to play. You should arrive at the course at least 45 minutes before your tee time. By the time you get to your golf bag, after checking in with the pro shop and starter, you will have approximately 30 minutes to prepare yourself to play.

This time should be divided as follows: 20 minutes for short game – putting, chipping, pitching, sand, and 10 minutes on the driving range swinging at least 3 different length clubs. The short game preparation will give you a feel for the speed and firmness of the greens, allowing you to putt your best and know how far the ball will roll with different golf clubs for sale from different distances.

The range preparation will show you how your body is working that day and what ball flight is being produced. Then you have a choice, either play what you see, or introduce a swing thought to produce what you want to see. Now that you are prepared, it’s time to play.

In addition, proper club selection will give you the most consistent result. The easiest way to get the ball close to, if not in, the hole is by rolling it on the green. You should attempt to land the ball 1 to 3 feet into the green and let it roll to the hole. The trick is to pick the right number ping g20 driver.

Keep in mind, the less lofted ping g25 irons (5 iron) you have, the more the ball will roll after landing, and the more lofted ping g30 driver you have, the less the ball will roll after landing. The amount of roll is also dependent on the distance the ball travels in the air to the green.

The longer the flight time, the more the ball will roll after landing, and vice versa. So the next time you practice, experiment with different clubs from different distances from the green, to holes different distances into the green, and observe how the change in loft affects the amount of roll after the ball lands on the green.

Finally, make sure to include practice shots from slopped lies to slopped landings and rolls and note how uphill and downhill affect the amount of roll. Once you improve your performance on these short shots, you will see a dramatic improvement in your score.

Jarrod Lyle: 67 at Midwest Classic

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Jarrod Lyle shot a 4-under 67 with taylormade rocketbladez irons on Thursday in the Web.com Tour’s Midwest Classic, the Australian’s first U.S. event since his second bout with leukemia.

“I think the most surprising thing was my focus,” Lyle said. “People talk about a game face and I was ready to go on the first tee. I think that shows that it’s all starting to come back for me.”

Traveling with wife Briony and 2-year-old daughter Lusi, the 32-year-old Lyle had four front-nine birdies in his bogey-free round at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. He was three strokes behind leader Paul Haley II.

“My only goal was to play for four days with my TaylorMade SLDR Driver for sale,” Lyle said. “That’s pretty much all I came here to do. It was a lot better than I thought it was going to be at the start of the week.”

Lyle hit eight greens on the back nine, but missed an 8-footer for birdie on No. 16 and a 6-foot birdie try on 18.

“I’m just putting it down to rust,” Lyle said. “It’s just one of those things when you haven’t played in a long time with mizuno mp-59 irons you start seeing things on the greens that aren’t there or you don’t see things that are there.”

Lyle also is set to play Web.com Tour events Aug. 7-10 in Springfield, Missouri, and Aug. 14-17 in Knoxville, Tennessee. When Lyle returns to the PGA Tour for the start of the season in October, he will have 20 events to earn $283,825 and reach the equivalent of No. 125 on the money list in 2012, the year he suffered a recurrence.

Lyle returned to play in November in the Australian Masters and played in the Victorian Open near his hometown in February.

Golf World magazine goes all digital

WILTON, Conn. — Golf World, the oldest golf magazine in America, published its final print edition this week before switching entirely to a digital delivery.

Golf World first was published in 1947, the year after Ben Hogan won his first major. It is the news division of Golf Digest, the monthly magazine that dates to 1950. Conde Nast publishes both magazines, and Golf Digest still will be available in print.

The changes were announced Wednesday as part of its “new strategic vision” for Golf World and Golf Digest. By going exclusively digital, Golf World will have 50 issues a year, up from 31 issues of the print version.

“These are the right decisions, but they’re tough ones,” said Jerry Tarde, the chairman of both magazines. “This TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB 2014 has been around a long time, and we want it be around for a long time. The only way to do it is by meeting the expectation of our readers.”

Golf World has offered an abbreviated roundup of the week’s golf coverage through tablets and other devices on Monday morning, and recently the magazine has been made available digitally in the middle of the week. Starting Monday, the full magazine will be available online for free. Readers can sign up for it on the website. Tarde said Golf World subscribers can either be switched over to a Golf Digest subscription or refunded.

The headline on the final print cover says, “Jackpot!”

Tarde, however, didn’t look at this issue as the last one.

“Golf World is not ending,” he said. “We’re moving into a bigger digital footprint. We don’t view Titleist AP1 as a last issue. We’ve got another cover coming next Monday. We’re all about producing great content. Where it appears has become less critical. Now you’re getting it quicker, through all different devices.”

Rory McIlroy wins with Titleist 913 D2 Driver

PGA Championship winner Rory McIlroy became the first PGA Tour player to win using the new Titleist 913 D2 driver. McIlroy led the field at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course in driving distance, with a 311.5-yard average.

The 913 driver line won’t be available to consumers until November. The price has not been announced. The Titleist’s new 913 driver uses the same SureFit adjustable hosel as the 910; it has a new forged face with a new variable thickness design. “It has a faster face,” said McGinley, talking about more distance on off-center hits. “The face insert has a new design and a different construction.”

In addition, the center of gravity has been moved slightly lower in the 913 line for less spin. The color is darker than that of the 910 (black and smoke gray, with what McGinley called “a racier look”). The driver line will feature the SureFit adjustable hosel and will be available in the D2 and D3 models like the 910.

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While past generation D2 and D3 models each featured different launch and spin characteristics, the new 913D2 and 913D3 drivers have equivalent launch and spin because their Center of Gravity positions are equally low. To accomplish this, the Center of Gravity in the 913D2 was lowered to produce similar launch and spin to Titleist 913 D3 Driver. To do this, Titleist engineers improved the casting and polishing process to produce an ultra-thin crown that allowed for more mass to be redistributed low and deep in the head.

The 913s featuring an improved toe profile, and the head retains its black PVD finish with a new black body paint. “We call it ‘Tour Van-in a hosel’ because that was our inspiration for designing SureFit Tour in that it provides all the power of a tour van – the ability to bend for loft and lie, and interchange shafts – right on the tee at the point of fitting,” Stone said.

By the way, the differences between the 913D2 and 913D3: the discount Titleist 913 D2 Driver retains its 460cc, full pear shape while the D3 has a 445cc volume with a smaller pear shape. The D2 has a slight draw bias, while the D3 does not.

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