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Counterbalanced, Dual Balanced, Counter-weighted Putters

The newest trend in putters in counterbalanced, where additional weight is added to the head and that weight is balanced by more weight in the butt end with a massive grip or counterweight, or both. Heavy Putters, counter-weight kits and grips like Tiger Shark have been around for awhile, and probably accomplish somewhat the same thing that counterbalancing does now. The idea is to keep the hands and wrists still during the putting stroke, maintain a rhythmic swing and avoid whacking the ball. The heavier putter heads, which have been in vogue since Scotty Cameron starting weighting the heads to...

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Changing Your Shaft Is Easier Than Ever

Most of the top pro-line brands such as Adams, Callaway, Nike, Ping, Titleist and TaylorMade, offer drivers with adjustable hosels that let you change the loft and, in some cases, the face position, using a supplied wrench. Titleist offers this option with their 913 fairway woods and hybrids. The manufacturers offer a wide range of shafts fitted with tips that can be interchanged with their respective drivers, which lets you play with your favorite club without sacrificing performance on windy days, long or short courses or other conditions where one shaft/loft combination would work better than another. Phil Mickelson has played with two drivers (or no driver),...

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Are Belly Putters’ Days Numbered?

Later this summer, the USGA and the Royal & Ancient will address whether the position of the hands and arms when using a belly putter constitutes a new, separate way to putt a ball, and thus not legal in tournament play. These organizations struck down a croquet type stroke and billiard cue stroke, and are concerned about the way belly putters are anchored to the torso, as anchoring is distinct to these putters. The R&A seeks to limit the range of movements a player can make while using a golf club. Unconventional grips, set-ups or swings are usually called into question if...

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Total Distance Efficiency – Key to Getting the Most Off the Tee

The May 9, 2011 issue of GolfWorld included an article about Total Distance Efficiency for achieving your best drives off the tee. To maximize distance you need to get the best match of driver, golf ball and launch conditions so that your drives produce high launch with low ball spin. The only way to determine your Total Distance Efficiency is by working with a launch monitor. The ability to see launch, spin and distance with different combinations of driver head, loft and shaft gets you the right equipment for your swing. Tour players such as Luke Donald, Tiger Woods and Graeme McDowell...

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Getting the right 14 clubs in your bag

Golfers pay for the “right” to get fitted for their clubs, whether they take advantage of that right or not. Getting the right 14 clubs in your bag is actually worth the time and, in some cases, expense so you only have to make one swing. And it can start with one element at a time. An excellent analysis of equipment optimization was presented in the February 28, 2011 issue of Golf World. Five key areas were identified that a golfer can focus on for accomplishing this goal: 1. The Launch Monitor: Adjustable clubs (swappable heads and shafts) have given...

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Getting Fit for Irons using Fitting Carts

Most of the manufacturers of irons provide fitting carts to their dealers so that golfers can try out different combinations of shafts (weight/length/flex), lie angles and model playability. Mizuno Golf introduced a fitting system that enables a golfer to actually measure these important specs during the swing using the Shaft Optimizer. The Shaft Optimizer is designed to measure club-head speed, swing tempo, toe down (refers to lie angle), kick angle (refers to flex) and release point (also a flex reference). These metrics enable the club fitter to pick out three shafts and two or three head models likely to best...

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Shaft Weight Differences in Steel

The club shaft is playing a greater role in achieving ball spin, roll and distance than ever before.  Shaft characteristics such as weight, stiffness, torque and kick point should be scrutinized and the right combination determined using the manufacturer’s specifications and a launch monitor fitting. Club fitters agree that weight is the most important factor in deciding what shaft is best for an individual golfer. Shaft weight makes the most difference in club head speed, which determines distance. Weight also affects shaft flex since the stiffer the shaft the heavier it is. Not surprisingly, heavier and/or stiffer shafts often have...

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New Grooves Rules Only Hurt Amateurs

Despite the new USGA groove rules now in effect for all Tour play you would never know anything has changed for most of the pros' short game. The new conforming wedge grooves actually produce a higher trajectory with medium ball spin (for soft landings) and result in almost no appreciable difference in distance for most touring pros. The pros hit the ball longer and higher than almost all amateurs and can produce more ball spin even with the conforming grooves. However, the new grooves don't help the average golfer at all, yet will be required on all irons as of...

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Grooves Update

As reported in the recent golf trade publications Ping agreed to a ban of its original Eye2 clubs on the PGA Tour. The rather tiresome hissy fits that some of the Tour players had over Phil Michelson's use of Eye2 wedges this year prompted John Solheim of Ping and the PGA to agree that as of March 29, no Eye2 clubs made between 1984 and 1990 will be used on the major professional tours. Solheim expected this to happen when the USGA first proposed new groove rules in late 2007. Grandfathering in the Eye2 clubs opened up a can of...

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Is Torque Important

Torque comes up all the time in shaft selection. What is torque? Is it important? What”s the right shaft torque for you? Should you even care?Torque is a feature in shaft selection and you can usually find a shaft’s torque in the catalog of the shaft or club manufacturer. But, what is torque? The basic definition for torque in a golf shaft is a measure of the shaft”s resistance to rotational twisting. Many golfers who come to our shop ask questions like: “What rotates? How does torque work?” “Is low torque better than high torque?” “Is torque important?” “What shaft...

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