TaylorMade golf clubs keep turning up in the bags of many top players. And you can see them on the fairways of golf courses all over the US.
Of course people have their reasons for buying TaylorMade, but its my feeling that its very hard to beat the sheer satisfaction and confidence you get when you simply put your hands one of their clubs and address the ball. There is a smooth, professional feel to their drivers and irons that reflects their use by pros and many of us ordinary players.
And then there’s the history. TaylorMade’s first club was developed in the 1970s by a golfer, the now-famous, Gary Adams, who observed that two-piece golf balls moved quicker off an iron than they did from a wood. His determination to settle that problem produced the metalwood Original that hit the market in 1979. By the early 1980s it was a rising company and their golf clubs were being chosen by top golfers. Today they are one of the sport’s established clubs.
Players at both ends of the handicap rankings get benefits from them. For someone with a higher handicap the big TaylorMade drivers are forgiving when the strike is not quite right. There is something built into the design of the club head that makes this possible, and the pros talk about it a lot. On the other hand they also report there is less forgiveness in the smaller clubs when they make a mis-hit, so you may need to keep this in mind.
The shafts are flexible and strong, but the weight in some of their clubs is on the slightly heavy side. If you prefer light weight shafts, then get a good sense of exactly how heavy the shaft is on the particular club you are buying. Of course, for the high handicap player, a heavier shaft is not a problem if you are reasonably strong and fit. And for someone on a low handicap, the extra amount of weight is a bonus as it makes for a more stable impact.
Like the other major manufacturers, TaylorMade releases new clubs to the market as soon as new materials or design ideas are available. So an older club will probably lose value. This brings discount and cheap clubs onto the market regularly. So if you want a quality club, that does not necessarily have the latest technological advances, then the discount stores and cheap club web sites would be good places to look. Quality lasts and TaylorMade seems to have proved that it has that.
Sometimes I wonder how many golfers know the terminology of the game, such as birdie and bogey or address and alignment. It’s not difficult, really. But it may require that a golfing buddy decipher what the terms mean for the rank beginner. Without that knowledge you can still swing a club and count your strokes on each hole. But you won’t have the understanding of what your pal or pro is trying to tell you about changes in the swing that you may need to know, about the rules that govern the game or about etiquette on the golf course. Here are some terms or words I offer as a quick primer: Address: That is the position of the body as you stand over the ball. Generally, that means the right side and shoulder are set lower than the left. Alignment: This refers to the position of the feet, hips and shoulders in relation to the line on which you intend to hit the ball. A closed alignment has the feet, hips and shoulder aiming slightly to the right, while an open stance has the feet, hips and shoulder pointing a little to left. Arc: The route of the extension away from the body of a swing. Blade: The face of an iron club, especially those that have few, if any, of the characteristics of “forgiving” clubheads. Block: That means leaving the clubhead open at impact, which will result in a shot that flies to the right of your target. Chip: A short, low and running shot toward the hole from immediately around the green. Come off the ball: To prematurely move away or raise the body during the downswing. The result generally is a slice or a left-to-right flight of the ball. Draw: A shot that bends from right to left. If it is a big bend, it is called a hook. Fade: A shot that flies from left to right. An exaggerated fade is called a slice. Hybrids: These clubs have the appearance of fairway metals, but have the lofts of 5, 4, 3 and 2 irons. Irons: Metal clubs that are used for shorter shots, such as wedges and the 9, 8 and 7 irons. Middle irons are the 6 and 5. Long irons are the 4, 3 and 2, although few players today carry 2 irons. Lie: The position of the ball hit into the fairway, rough or bunker. A ball should be played as it lies, unless winter rules are in effect that allow the ball to be moved to an improved lie. O.B.: An area around the golf course (and occasionally inside the course) in which a ball is considered out of bounds. It will be marked by stakes or wire fences. An out-of-bound shot results in a one-stroke penalty and loss of distance. The third shot must be played from the spot where the original shot was made. Stay behind the ball: This term describes the correct position of your head and body during the downswing through impact with the ball. You’ll probably hear your buddies saying “Keep your head down” when they should be telling you to “Stay behind the ball” through impact. Water hazard: A pond or lake on the golf course. To hit into such a hazard carries a one-shot penalty. The glossary of golf is lengthy. My suggestion is once you have decided to take up the game, read or at least take a glance at the rule book Ask your golfing pals about them. Better yet, take your questions to a professional. He not only can give you the correct answers, but is available to help you with your swing problems. MGA junior tourneys The Missouri Golf Association has a four-tournament series scheduled in June, July and August for junior golfers. According to Mike Wheeler, Missouri Southern State University golf coach and director of the Joplin Golf Foundation’s popular summer junior golf program, the Missouri Junior Match Play tournament will kick off the MGA’s season for young golfers. It is scheduled June 13-16 at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield. Next will come the Missouri Junior Amateur on July 9-10 at Paradise Point Golf Club in Smithville. The Ken Lanning Championship, which is named for the individual who launched a junior golf tour in Missouri, is scheduled July 18-19 at Oak Meadow Country Club in Rolla. Parents can go on the Internet to the Ken Lanning Junior Championship home site or the Missouri Golf Association’s junior golf program to get details on these tournaments. This could give your budding young golfer a taste of statewide competition. The final event on the calendar is the Missouri Junior Collegiate Preview Invitational Tournament. It will be played Aug. 11-13 at Jefferson City Country Club, home of some of the fastest greens this writer ever played. Carthage events Several tournaments have been added to the 2012 calendar of events at the Carthage Municipal Golf Course. The Carthage High School Sonic Invitational is set for April 26, with the MSHAA district scheduled on April 23 and the Carthage High School Girls Taco Town Invitational on Aug. 27. The Stix on Route 66 Couples will be played Aug. 18-19. Other events added to the calendar: The Carthage Junior Championship, June 28; Red, White and Boom 3-person scramble, July 4; and the Joplin Basketball Officials Association and Southwest Missouri Coaches tournament, July 7.
- One of the most popular steel shafts in golf, used widely on all professional – The stepless Rifle shaft from Precision Shaft is manufactured using a proprietary process that utilizes internal rifling. This produces a highly consistent shaft that transfers more energy from player to ball than a conventional stepped shaft. The results are twofold: tighter shot dispersion and a unique, solid feel at impact.
- Flex coefficients (4.5, 6.0, etc.) correlate to the shaft
Golf’s first major off-season equipment signing could signify a Happy New Year for Callaway Golf.
An industry source confirmed to me late Wednesday that the Carlsbad, Calif., company will announce it has signed Jim Furyk to a multi-year endorsement deal in 2012. This coming on the heels of a tip I received from Liam Mucklow, founder of The Golf Lab and its director of instruction, who recently paid a visit to Fujikura headquarters in Vista, Calif. A sign – Welcome Jim Furyk and Callaway Golf – was seen on the front door of the shaft OEM. Sounds like a slam dunk, right?
But to what extent and what equipment categories this still unofficial deal might cover remains in question. Furyk had been seen earlier this fall playing and testing Callaway’s RAZR X irons. He partnered with Callaway’s lead tour staff member Phil Mickelson at the Presidents Cup last month where one could only assume the veteran PGA Tour players conferred about equipment. Both are noted gear heads. While Furyk’s endorsement obligations with Srixon ended a year ago, he continued to play the company’s Z-TX irons through parts of the 2011 season.
Where this deal becomes sketchy is Furyk’s current contract with TaylorMade-adidas Golf. Announced on January 5th, 2011, the 2010 PGA Tour Player of the Year was obligated to play only the company’s R11 driver, Penta golf ball and wear adidas footwear this past year. Furyk’s arsenal late into the year also included a TaylorMade Burner 3-wood, TaylorMade Rescue 11 and TaylorMade TP wedge. It is entirely possible Furyk will continue to play some or perhaps all of this same TaylorMade equipment along with Callaway product going forward. TaylorMade still shows Furyk on its website as being a member of its tour staff.
The remainder of Furyk’s mixed equipment bag however adds to the Furyk-to-Callaway-Golf speculation. Along with his testing of Callaway’s RAZR-X irons the two-time RBC Canadian Open winner used a Callaway X-Forged wedge (56 degree) and an Odyssey White Hot XG 7H Belly Putter to close out 2011. Odyssey of course is Callaway Golf’s wholly-owned putter company.
Furyk is familiar with the Callaway brand. He was a tour staff member from 1996 until 1999 and has played various Callaway Golf and Odyssey products throughout his career.
As a female golf lover, like most of the golfers, I was always trying to find a perfect equipment that best suit for this sport. In the past, I always failed to play it well, and I would not blame equipment for all the fault, but I would say the golf clubs take some proportion indeed. That’s an inevitable fact. In order to improve my present situation, I would like to give opportunity to TaylorMade Lady’s Burner SuperLaunch Irons 4-9PAS at golf clubs for sale. And it does not make me down at all.
Centered around the higher handicapper, the SuperLaunch irons were made to be not only as long, but also forgiving enough. For beginners, the amount of offset lies in theses irons could go a long way in helping the player straighten out a slice, and maybe even give them a soft draw to their arsenal of shots.
Additional Features of TaylorMade Lady’s Burner SuperLaunch Irons 4-9PAS:
Iron Construction: Cast
Grip: TaylorMade 47g Aero
Set Composition: 5 through Pitching Wedge, Sand Wedge and Approach Wedge
Shaft: Burner Women’s RE AX SuperFast 50
It is not that easy to choose a golf clubs for a lady, and it sounds very exciting to do that. Besides that, we need to take this thing seriously. It’s important to invest money on an Iron that matches you nicely. Irons don’t usually include a set, so being picky about your putter is simple, and worth it. We’ve got various kinds of golf clubs for lady, you could choose the one you want. For me, I want buy a good golf clubs, even though it may cost me a lot, but I would use it for a long time because of its high quality and good looking. I would never regret what I have chosen. Therefore, you may try our TaylorMade Lady’s Burner SuperLaunch Irons 4-9PA, which is one of the best golf clubs for ladies.
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As I was staring at my blank screen trying to feed my cerebral cortex with coffee, struggling to pry a blog post out of my cranium with a digital crowbar when my buddy John Duval from Into The Grain suggested that I do a holiday golf gift guide. Fantastic idea. I did do a Black Friday golf post a few days ago, but this guide below will be a more comprehensive top 10 list covering everything from clubs to bags to golf balls. Each suggestion will link to my product review so you can get details and links to the manufacturer’s web sites. Only products I’ve actually tested/reviewed will be on this list.
I review about 400 billion golf accessories every year, a fraction of the number that hits my doorstep. A few fantastic accessories have stood the test of time with me. Below are the best ones I can suggest:
Frogger BrushPro – Under $20
The Frogger BrushPro, which I reviewed clear back in 2007, is probably THE most used accessory in my arsenal. I use the brush pro to keep my grooves clean, so I can have the best spin and control on my irons and wedges.
Rain Wedge – Under $20
The Rain Wedge is such a cool invention. I did my first review of the Rain Wedge clear back in 2006 and I still use it. I have a newer model I’ve used and will post a supplementary review soon. Basically the Rain Wedge is a retractable rain cover for the golf bag, sort of like a half umbrella. But it easily folds out of the way when you need to grab a club or put a club away. When not in use, it fits easily into a pocket or into a club slot.
iPING Putter App & Cradle – $25
I recently reviewed the iPING iPhone putter app. This is a very cool tool to analyze and improve your putting stroke. You can even compare your stroke with tour pros, or find the best putter (PING of course) for your putting style.
Sumi-G Head Covers – $20-$40
Perhaps the coolest looking and most innovative golf accessory EVER, the Sumi-G head covers protect golfer’s expensive woods and hybrids. No need to bend over and pick them up off the ground either. Just scoop them up.
There are so many great apparel manufacturers in the golf world. On the higher end I love Greg Norman‘s offerings and have many Norman items.
Puma makes fantastic apparel items, but don’t wear the all orange Rickie Fowler outfit unless you want to be mistaken for a traffic cone.
Tattoo Golf is one of my favorites in the apparel world. Love Skulls.
My favorite socks come from Kentwool and also from Ecosox.
My favorite golf shoe selection is a no-brainer: FootJoy is at the top of the list. I have several pairs of Puma golf shoes as well. Can’t go wrong with either, but stylistically very different.
On the casual end, the Kikkor golf shoes are my favorite.
For outerwear I strongly recommend Columbia Sportswear as well as the FootJoy layering system.
For hats I go with HOG partner Pukka Headwear. Pukka is the maker of the super mega killer HOG/Space Golf Hats.
Wow I could post a million of these. My buddy Lance makes a swing aid called a Zoom Boom, which is a swing trainer that seemed to help me learn how to release the club.
The Pure Shot Driver helps you hit your driver on the sweet spot, and accentuates miss-hits to give you feedback.
Greens Speed Reader is a personal stimp meter which can help golfers get the speed of greens down.
Question: After a great year with white-headed metalwoods in 2011, what’s ahead for TaylorMade in 2012?
TaylorMade is about to introduce a line of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons called RocketBallz. These clubs will not be available at retail until Feb. 3, but retailers expect word of mouth to create interest before that date.
The creation of RocketBallz will give TaylorMade three distinct lines of clubs – R11 (which becomes R11S for 2012), RocketBallz and Burner. For the upcoming year, Burner will be positioned as TaylorMade’s value line ($199 driver), and RocketBallz will share centerstage with R11S.
R11S will remain TaylorMade’s most expensive club at retail. The R11S driver will sell for $399, and the TP version (same head, but with more than two dozen shaft choices) will be priced at $499. The RocketBallz driver, meanwhile, will cost $299 for the standard model and $349 for the Tour model.
All three lines will have white heads, as TaylorMade seeks to reinforce the identity it established in 2011 by switching from black heads to white heads in drivers, fairway woods and hybrids.
If the name RocketBallz creates mental images of rocket-like tee shots, that’s exactly what TaylorMade had in mind. Sean Toulon, TaylorMade’s executive vice president, admitted there was a certain risk in choosing such a contemporary, slang-like name, but he said TaylorMade was encouraged by major retailers who saw the clubs during the final stages of the development cycle.
“Golfers want performance,” said Pete Line, general manager of Carl’s Golfland in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. “They will pay for performance. I’m not sure the name has that much to do with it. I remember a little company that came out with a product with a very weird name – Big Bertha. I think Callaway proved that the name is secondary to performance.”
Dustin Johnson is credited as the first TaylorMade player to use the word rocket. After testing the early product, Johnson is said to have warbled, “It’s like a rocket.”
But it was TaylorMade’s engineers who etched the name RocketBallz into the computer model and the prototype clubhead.
“I never thought RocketBallz would actually show up on the prototype,” said Todd Beach, senior director of product engineering for metalwoods. “Typically it’s got an MW label and a number. When the prototype came back, I was like, ‘What are you guys doing? I can’t believe you put that on there.’ There was no way we were going to call the product that.”
However, the new clubs won’t actually have the name RocketBallz on them. In order to fit on all the clubheads, regardless of size, the name will be shortened to RBZ.
How important is RocketBallz to TaylorMade? Important enough that TaylorMade touring pros are expected to split equipment usage between R11S and RocketBallz. For example, Camilo Villegas, TaylorMade’s poster boy for Burner in 2011, will carry a RocketBallz bag and become one of the prominent faces behind the line.
In the process of introducing an entire line of clubs, TaylorMade will place particular emphasis on fairway woods. The RocketBallz fairway woods have a scooped-out area called a Speed Pocket directly behind the face. This channel is visible when looking at the sole of the fairway woods.
The effect of the Speed Pocket, according to TaylorMade, is to increase ball speed and yardage. TaylorMade is so confident that it will advertise a distance gain of “up to 17 yards” with a RocketBallz 3-wood. TaylorMade staff player Justin Rose confirmed a double-digit distance gain with the new 3-wood. “I expect to be hitting more par-5s in two,” he said.
Kerry Kabase, vice president of purchasing and inventory for retailer Edwin Watts Golf, analyzed the fairway wood phenomenon. “I think fairway woods are a category that’s been a miss for all the companies,” Kabase said. “Hybrids kind of moved the fairway woods out of the way. But I’m expecting this to be a comeback year for fairway woods, and I think a lot of golfers will look very, very hard at their fairway woods.”
It isn’t just TaylorMade that is focusing on fairway woods with a slot or channel behind the face. Adams uses the same concept with its Velocity Slot, already introduced in the company’s F11 fairway woods. Nike has a Compression Channel in its VR Pro fairway woods.
• The new R11S driver has a bigger head than the R11, up from 440 CCs to 460. In addition, there are two ways to adjust face angle.
The R11S has a five-way adjustable sole plate, which allows a choice of face angle independent of loft or lie selection.
When adjusting loft, lie and face angle through TaylorMade’s sleeve system (located at the hosel), the loft and lie can be changed three degrees and the face angle six degrees.
All this adjustability can be a bit confusing, but it didn’t stop consumers from buying the R11. Surveys have shown that many golfers find comfortable loft, lie and face angle settings and leave them there for the life of the driver.
ROCKETBALLZ FAIRWAY WOODS VS. R11S FAIRWAY WOODS
• RocketBallz fairway woods vs. R11S fairway woods: According to TaylorMade, the RBZ fairway woods have reached the United States Golf Association/R&A spring-like limit for metalwoods (previously achieved only by drivers).
RocketBallz fairway woods are lighter than R11S fairway woods, albeit with larger heads and deeper faces. On the other hand, the R11S fairway woods feature enhanced adjustability — three degrees for lie and loft, six degrees for face angle.
The center of gravity has been moved forward on all R11S metalwoods. This is designed to decrease dynamic loft and increase ball speed.
R11S fairway woods, with a stock Aldila RIP Phenom 70 shaft, cost $249. The TP version, with additional shaft choices, is $349.
RocketBallz fairway woods come in three models — standard, Tour and TP. The Matrix Ozik XCON 5 shaft is standard in the regular and Tour models ($229), and the Matrix Ozik XCON RUL 70 shaft is used in the TP model ($329).
ROCKETBALLZ DRIVERS VS. R11S DRIVERS
• RocketBallz drivers vs. R11S drivers: RocketBallz drivers come in standard and Tour models. The standard driver is larger at 460 CCs, while the Tour model is somewhat smaller but has a deeper face. The cost is $299 for the standard RBZ driver (Matrix Ozik XCON 5 shaft) and $349 for the Tour version (Matrix Ozik XCON 6 shaft).
The R11S drivers have the same flight adjustability range as the R11S fairway woods. Furthermore, they have two weight ports for weight adjustability. The stock shaft for the standard driver ($399) is the Aldila RIP Phenom 60. More than two dozen shafts are available in the TP version ($499).
ROCKETBALLZ HYBRIDS AND IRONS
• RocketBallz hybrids and irons (two models each) are intended to achieve maximum distance with a higher trajectory.
The Max iron body is hollow, and the construction is like that of a metalwood. The standard RocketBallz iron comes in a progressive set. The 3-iron through 5-iron have hollow bodies, while the mid irons and short irons do not.
RocketBallz hybrids (Rescue) are available in standard and Tour models. The RocketBallz Tour Rescue has a smaller head with a slightly open face. With a toe-weighted center of gravity, the Tour model is built to avoid shots that are pulled or hooked.
Each RocketBallz Rescue costs $179 with a 65-gram graphite shaft. The price increases to $229 with a TP shaft upgrade.
The RocketBallz irons cost $699 with steel shafts and $899 with graphite shafts. The RocketBallz Max irons are more expensive, although the exact street price is not known at this time (MSRP is $1,299 with graphite-shafted long irons and steel shafts in the remainder of the irons, or $1,399 with graphite throughout the set).
Finding the best shaft for your game is not difficult and the payoff is huge — desirable trajectory, more length and better control to name a few benefits. In essence using the best golf shaft for your game means playing better golf.
Unfortunately, you don’t see the attentiveness given to shafts as you do for drivers, irons, and other clubs. But why? The golf shaft is one of the most underrated pieces of golf equipment in your bag. Yet the educated golfer truly understands that having the right shafts in his clubs means better performance.
Why is a golf shaft so important?
The shaft is the only thing between the club head and your hands that oh by the way, plays a huge role in the outcome of your ball trajectory, control, and distance. But just as the option of a driver or irons for your game affects performance, choosing the right or wrong golf shaft will give similar results. The golf shaft needs to be tailored to your swing to fully benefit.
Since golf shafts vary from one player profile to the next, we can make best shaft generalizations based on shop share and normal feedback.
The more favorite driver shafts comprise Aldila, Fujikura, Mitsubishi and Ust. There are others, but these four make up a majority of shop share in the driver shaft category.
Aldila has a amount of shafts to select from along with Nv, Nvs, Dvs, Vs and the new Voodoo. Fujikura also has a amount of very favorite shafts that comprise the Speeder, Rombax Series and Zcom Six. Mitsubishi is an additional one top choice, especially surrounded by the tour players, that comprise the very favorite Diamana shaft. Mitsubishi also offers the Javln, Bassara, and their new very sought after Fubuki shaft. And lastly, Ust offer the ever favorite Pro Force V2.
Iron shafts can be whether steel of graphite, with steel being the more favorite of the two among better players. scheme X is the most favorite Rifle shaft, a top option surrounded by Pga tour players.
Each shaft maker will offer multiple designs within each model so that most every golfer will fit into their shaft of choice.
In summary, please place emphasis on your golf shafts. Having the best shafts in your clubs, designed specifically for your swing, will play huge dividends for your comprehensive game.
Best Shaft – Find the Best Golf Shaft to improve Your Game
It will not make any difference how long you may have been enjoying golf, you’ll generally want to have the best golf clubs in your bag.
You’ll find so many to choose from that it’s by no means a poor strategy to try purchasing your self a package set – and right here we choose four of the best.
Wilson Deep Red High MOI package set
Fantastic for golfers having a higher to mid handicap, this great set from Wilson is among the higher-priced ones on the market but is undoubtedly among the best there is.
It is really a package that contains anything you need to give you all of the gear that will assist you across the course and have a fine round.
Included are an oversized 460cc driver that has a big sweet spot giving you that little bit extra off the tee.
Extra to the driver is a #3 fairway wood, good for use in a wealth of circumstances that has a distinctive style and design assisting you hit your golf ball cleaner and further.
Each and every golfer requires a hybrid club in their bag and the Wilson set contains two, #3 and #4 clubs which are uncomplicated to hit and let you get your golf ball going and in the air.
The irons, #5 to #9 plus PW and SW, are perimeter-weighted to improve distance and forgiveness having a deep cavity that adds towards the accuracy for the shots.
The putter is a mallet type which has a milled and anodised insert for improved accuracy and feel when you are on a green.
Also included are a lightweight stand bag, headcovers on the driver, wood and hybrid, and you will also get a 12-month guarantee on your purchase.
Longridge Men’s Graphite Discovery golf set
On the other end of the pricing scale – nevertheless most definitely not at the other end of the standard scale – is this package from Longridge, one of the leading names in creating golf clubs.
It includes a slightly different variety of clubs so when you are browsing for the set it’s always worth bearing in mind that this can sometimes be the case.
The driver is, once more, a 460cc hi-launch type and is backed up by an oversize optimum velocity three wood, both clubs giving you the very best likelihood of hitting your shot far and accurate.
There are no hybrids with this package which contains an oversize titanium matrix iron set from #6 to #9 plus PW and SW.
Plus the putter is a high MOI mallet design with heel and toe perimeter weighting to create a greater sweet spot.
All clubs have high modulus graphite shafts to provide you more substantial distance with greater precision coming from a low torque.
Once again the package comes with a lightweight stand bag that’s straightforward to carry, in addition to colour co-ordinated headcovers.
RAM FX Max golf package set
The RAM FX Max set is a complete package of 12 clubs giving you every thing that you could wish for all at a superb value.
It really is highly renowned with beginners and more intermediate golfers as well due to the top quality of clubs it includes, both in terms of build and the way they assist your sport while offering brilliant value for money.
The super oversized 460cc driver has an extra deep face that promotes topspin, giving an effective 50% bigger striking area for explosive distance.
Allied with the driver is a #3 wood developed to give beneficial effects when it comes to distance, accuracy and forgiveness, plus two utility woods – #4 (18 degree loft) and #5 (21 degree loft) with deep inside weight for improved accuracy.
The irons are oversized stainless steel, with a weight balanced cavity and an enhanced low centre of gravity to boost both distance and accuracy.
They’re all steel shafted and within the set are #6 to #9 irons and also PW and SW.
The package also comes with a stylish putter that has a distinctive alignment aid, and is face balanced which has a soft insert for improved feel when you’re on a green.
Incorporated is a lightweight stand bag plus matching headcovers for the woods.
Topflite Tour Edition 16 piece golf set
This is another full package which is within a higher expense bracket but delivers each and every club you could will need with specifications of the highest order within a set that’s fantastic for all ranges of golfer.
The 460cc driver is oversized having a low centre of gravity and larger sweet spot, great for hitting great shots from the tee, and also the synchroflex graphite shaft gives it an excellent feel alongside a tremendous build quality.
This is backed up by a high MOI titanium composite fairway wood with 18 degree loft and the identical synchroflex graphite shaft assisting to produce lengthier and straighter shots.
The hybrid wood is once again a high MOI titanium composite club which has a 22 degree loft along with the same synchroflex graphite shaft.
This is created to replace your long iron and is easy to hit, having a lower and deeper centre of gravity for more consistent high trajectory shots.
The irons (#5 to #9, plus PW and SW) have the same shafts as the woods and feature perimeter weighting plus a deep back channel to enhance forgiveness and promote a smooth feel.
Completing the set is a milled soft face putter with an alignment aid that is also finished in an anti-glare coating.
As with all golf package sets, this one comes with a lightweight stand bag that’s simple to carry around and presents you space to keep all of the major accessories.
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I was asked this week to discuss iron shafts. Much is written about shafts for woods, but little is mentioned relative to iron shafts.
A strange statistic is revealed relative to the usage of iron shafts by tour pros. Seventy-eight percent of the top 200 tour pros use steel shafts, whereas 82 percent of tour pros use graphite woods and 85 percent of them use metal woods. In comparison to amateur players, a poll recently taken determined that 81 percent of amateurs use graphite iron shafts as well as wood shafts. The response to the question as to why pros use steel iron shafts most often was the ability of tour pros to have greater control with steel-shafted irons. Most amateurs have been sold graphite in all clubs basically so that manufacturers would have the ability to sell more replacement clubs. It won’t be long before a new material will show up forcing us to buy new clubs.
There is a section in The Rule of Golf, Appendix II (page 126) that determines the “Design of Clubs.” For example the length of a club cannot exceed 48 inches and must be longer than 18 inches. Some years ago, Hubie Green actually used a putter that was shorter than 18 inches. The measurement of length is taken when the club is lying on a horizontal plane and the sole is set against a 60-degree plane. Clubs in breach of the maximum length limit as specified in Appendix II, lc, which were in use or marketed prior to Jan. 1, 2004, and which otherwise conform to the Rules, may no longer be used.
The shaft must be straight from the top of the grip to a point more than five inches above the sole, measured from the point where the shaft ceases to be straight along the axis of the bent part of the shaft and the neck and/or socket. This rule thereby permits putters to have crooked putter heads, which many players use today.
It is permissible for putters to have grips that are not circular in nature. They may have a flat surface. However, for clubs other than putters, the grip must be circular in cross section, except that a continuous, straight, slightly raised rib may be incorporated along the full length of the grip, and a slightly indented spiral is permitted on a wrapped grip or a replica of one.
The material and construction of, or any treatment to, the face or clubhead must not have the effect at impact of a spring, or impart significantly more or less spin to the ball than a standard steel face, or have any other effect which would unduly influence the movement of the ball. This has caused much concern in the last few years, which permits a tour pro using a high impact spring-like driver to hit a ball 325 yards.
I sincerely hope I didn’t confuse my readers, but these Rules have caused a great deal of consternation to the USGA and the Royal and Ancient. If improvement of clubs and the distance they permit a ball to travel might some day have the affect of making many shorter courses obsolete. It is the function of the Rules makers not to allow this to happen.
Quiz yourselfHere are a few questions that might interest you:
1. In match play, a player’s line of putt will take the ball off the green on its way to the hole. His caddie touches the ground with the flagstick on the fringe to indicate where the player should aim. Is this a penalty?
2. Is it permissible to place a marker on the green in front of your ball, rather than behind it?
3. A ball comes to rest on a cart path made of compressed soil. Is the player entitled to relief without penalty?
4. A ball on the fairway is covered with mud. Can you mark its position, pick it up and clean off a portion to identify it?
Answers1. Rule 16-la. Prohibition is on touching the line of putt. Hence, there is a penalty.
2. There is no penalty; you can mark a ball on any side of the ball, Rule 20-1/19. However, you must return the ball to the same position when you replace it.
3. No. A cart path that has not been artificially surfaced is not an obstruction, Rule 24/9.
4. Yes, Rule 12-2 but only clean the amount of mud necessary to identify the ball.