The Glen GC, New Location, same service.

During October I am moving my business indoors.  Outdoor fittings are still available but this time of year they become very difficult.  My new location gives me a full indoor facility again comprising of a full indoor putting green,  indoor swing room with Foresight Sports GC2 launch monitor running simulator software, this is the unit that Sky Sports use.  This software can be used to play golf or on the driving range screen for club fitting.  I will also have a fully equipped workshop on site.

Brands that I will be fitting going forward are, Titleist, Ping, Callaway, Wilson, Mizuno, TaylorMade and Miura, SeeMore & Scotty Cameron putters.

My new base will be The Glen Golf Club, North Berwick.  The Pro team from North Berwick GC the West Links will be running the proshop at The Glen from March 2016, but I am heading down there now to set up ready for the winter.

My new address will be

The Glen Golf Club
Tantallon Terrace
North Berwick
East Lothian
EH39 4LE

You can get me on my normal mobile number  07739 854 682

Titleist 716 irons and 816 Hybrids.

Today I met with Titleist to see the new products which will launch in the UK late October but as we are a Titleist fitting center we will have our fitting heads arriving next week which is about 3 weeks ahead of the launch date.  This means that any irons/hybrids fitted now will be ready for the official launch at the end of October.

Where have Titleist gone with is new version of the familiar AP1, AP2, CB and MB irons?  Well it appears that by adding more tungsten weights to these irons Titleist have achieved greater results in feel, performance and usability in each of the four 716 irons which makes them in my opinion a much stronger proposition than the 714.  Don’t get me wrong the 714 range were supremely successful, 714 AP2 is the most used cavity back iron on tour and Jordan Speith used his to win $22m dollars in one season so you can see  Titleist didn’t just rebadge the 714’s.   716 is a new iron that just happens to look a little like the 714 range.

Where Titleist did make a massive leap, again my opinion, is in redesigning the AP1.  As a fitter, this year I have probably seen more less skilled players than low handicap players.  I have fitted lots of game improvement irons from Callaway (XR) Wilson (D200) Ping (G30) and Mizuno (JPX 850)  But very few Titleist AP1 irons.  The reason being that Titleist haven’t been able to match its competitors in ball speed and carry distance.  The redesign of the 716 AP1 we are told as helped to increase ball speed and the 1 degree stronger lofts have helped that increased ball speed to equal greater carry distance without the ball ballooning up when it is fitted correctly.   I have never really found the AP1 appealing on the shelf either but this 716 looks soo much better and very similar to the AP2 on the shelf.  I really can’t wait to hit these next week when the demo heads arrive as I have high hopes for where they fit into my custom fitting options and possibly even into my own bag.

816 Hybrids.  Titleist say that their research shows them that most people change hybrids when they change their irons and this has prompted them the now make the life cycle of the hybrids fall into sync with the irons.  That means that 816 Hybrids will replace 915 hybrids.   They look very different to 915, firstly they are metallic grey in colour and the sole uses the key features of the 915 but looks very different in doing so.  The Active Recoil Channel is there still but covered to ease cleaning as grass gets stuck in the 915 ARC quite easily.

Lastly I saw the 716 MB-t long iron replacement / Hybrid iron.  This looks pretty much like the conventional MB at address but is hollow headed, which produces very high ball speeds and high MOI.  In turn it makes this very sleak club extremely easy to hit and hit it a long way.  These are only available in the UK market 2,3,4,5 whereas the rest of the world gets the option to have a full set of them. (?)

Keep checking back to read reviews of the irons as they arrive and we hit them.  Also stay posted for some great Scotty Cameron news.


Tungsten weights in the new AP2


AP1 Tungsten weight location.


716 MB-t iron, you really need to see these!

And 816 Hybrids.


Shaft frequency analyser

This post will introduce you to a peice of equipment that I use regularly in helping me custom fit my customers.  The shaft frequency analyser is an invaluable piece of equipment due to the fact that there is no industry standard in shaft flex.  One manufacturers stiff could be another manufacturers senior flex so you can see why being able to classify all the shafts I fit is helpful.

The unit of measurment I use to determin shaft flex is called CPM, Cycles Per Minute.  Basically the golf shaft is clampped into the analyser and the tip of the shaft is flexed and let go and the machine reads the amount of times the shaft springs up and down and converts that feadback into a CPM number.  I then refer that number to a chart which converts the CPM of the shaft into a flex rating.  It is a little more complicated than that but basically that is what my shaft analyser does for me.

So to sum up I use it to compare shaft flex from make to make and match frequencies when building sets as a 3 iron shaft will be softer in cycles than an eight iron shaft do to its length.

Why not call in and see for yourself or have you set fre

Putter Loft & Lie

What putter do you use?  How did you get fitted for your putter?  If you were not fitted why not?  You probably use your putter more than any other club in your bag so you can see owning a custom fitted putter could have the biggest impact on your scoring above any other club.

If you visited me for a custom fitted putter these are the things that I would take into account.



Lie angle

Grip size

Face balanced

1/4 Toe hang

Full toe hang

We currently stock, SeeMore, Scotty Cameron and Odessey Putters.  Why not call in for a consultation, as I might be able to modify your current putter to make you more consistent holing out.

15 min tune-up

A couple of days ago while I was waiting for the glue to dry on a reshaft I was in the proshop chatting with the the teaching pros, a senior member had been sent in by the head pro to get a quick tune up of his driving technique in the net outside the proshop.  As I was free I joined Oliver and brought along my GC2 launch monitor to see what was causing this member so much distress.

His first couple of hits were very weak, low and left, his main fault was hitting down on the ball and not sweeping the ball up into the air.  Oliver made some swing adjustments and recommendations and he was able to get his carry distance up from a very poor 100 yards to about 120 yards.  He was using a TaylorMade SLDR driver which really needs to be hit with a launch angle of 15-17 degrees and we were seeing less than 10 degrees.  I adjusted the driver up a full 1.5 degrees which then got the launch up to 11 or 12 degrees and carry up to 135 yards on average, for me this launch angle was still too low so I went and grabbed a more lofted driver from my fitting kits.  I returned with a Wilson D200 driver set at 13 degrees with a lightweight shaft in it.  First hit was 150 yards carry and a couple of shots later we peaked at 165 yards carry.  The outcome was one member left very happy and was going to see if he could work with his TaylorMade SLDR driver and would return for the Wilson if the SLDR still misbehaved.

A 65 yard gain in 15 minutes! Just imagine what you could gain with a full custom fit and lesson from one of our teaching pros and my club fitting experience.

2016 Equipement already!

Well if you follow any of the golfing forums or read golf magazines you may know that all the major players are releasing or about to release some 2016 equipment ready for Christmas.  Here is a quick rundown of what’s out and what will be out over the next couple of weeks.

Ping ie irons.  ping

The results from my initial testing of these are showing that they offer great ball speed and the longer irons launch nice and high really easily.  There are some great standard shafts, my favourite being the Nippon Modus 105.  Ping describe them as a better players club that are really easy to hit and I agree. (in stock now)

Titleist 716 irons.

Titleist haven’t added these to their website yet neither have I seen or hit them but there are plenty of pictures online if you search Titleist 716.  I don’t see much difference between the 714 and the 716 but I am sure there will be improvements under the skin.  These will be arriving in the next couple of weeks.

Callaway Big Bertha driver. 

Longer, straighter, fast ….  Well all manufacturers make these claims don’t they?  Well the reason I am interested in this one is that I have fitted and sold dozens of Callaway XR drivers this season and if they have made the GBB better in anyway than the XR then it will be a winner.  These launch in 4 days (18th September) so we should have these available for fittings next week.


Mizuno Irons and Wedges.

Mizuno are updating their range with two new iron heads.  The MP5 is there latest muscle back design.  Blade looks but with added forgiveness.  Don’t get me wrong these are better players clubs all the way but that added forgiveness is going to mean now more people can consider these classic looking muscle back irons.


Next up from Mizuno is the MP25.  A small headed players club with Mizuno’s “new” material Boron.  Boron has enabled Mizuno to hollow out the cavity in this iron which has created a players looking club with game improvement club ball speeds.  These are arriving any day soon so call or message me for a chance to hit them.


Love or hate TaylorMade they know how to launch a new product.  Their new driver is the best one they have ever made blah, blah blah but if it is then I want one.  The Carbon Fibre crown looks amazing I only hope that if it really is as good as the TaylorMade pros are saying that TM decide that they will run it for at least 18 months.  These are released October 8th so again should be in store around that time.


2016 here we come!

SeeMore Demo Day update

Sunday August 2nd saw Anne & Melvyn Fern fellow SeeMore putter SPi putting coaches, along with myself hold my first SeeMore fitting day since my move to North Berwick.  I would just like to thank all who attended and that helped to make the day a great success.  Everyone who came for a fitting is now using a SeeMore putter!

If you were unable to attend please contact me for an individual fitting.

Thank you


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