Is it 2015 already? So much new stuff out there!

Ok, well as a self confessed golf junkie I,  like most of you love new golf gear.  In my quest to be the best informed and in return pass on my knowledge of the latest equipment to you my customers I research all new products and where possible test them.

There is no secret that we as consumers are getting fed up with the OEM manufacturers releasing too much equipment and our latest gear being out of date soon after it has been bought.  I do have solutions to this but this wasn’t the intention of this post.  You might be thinking that equipment retailers do well from new equipment being released every month but consider this.  You may be annoyed that your “new” driver is already out of date before you even really got used to it.  Well now consider the small retailer and pro shop.  We stock multiple brands and lines.  When something goes out of date we are stuck with out of date equipment.  The only people that gain from infinite updates are the manufacturers.

So here is my list of the last few weeks of equipment releases.

Callaway.  V series driver, Big Bertha Alpha and Alpha double diamond.  Big Bertha irons.

TaylorMade.  RSi irons  rumours of R15 driver but not until January.

Ping.  G30 but the G25 was at least 18 months old.

Mizuno.  JPX 850 range, again I don’t think anyone would say Mizuno release too much equipment.

Cobra.  Just released Fly Z drivers and updated there iron selection but this is a 1 year cycle.

Titleist.  915 range of woods but the 913 was 2 years ago so no complaints there.

Nike.  The full Vapour line but again 1 year since last release.

Srixon.  New the UK & US.  Full range  products will have a 2 year cycle.

I may have missed a few products but I think you get the point I am making.  If you want to ask how you can be less susceptible to out of date equipment message me for further details or subscribe to my blog to ensure you don’t miss an update.

 

 

Yardages are the key to a good bag.

I have added this from a recent Facebook post.  Ryan Moore won the CIMB classic last weekend and one of my favourite golf forums Golfwrx published his “what’s in the bag” (WITB).  I noticed that Ryan was carrying a 19 degree 5 wood a 20 degree hybrid and a 22 degree 4 iron.  So what about it? Well that is 3 clubs with only 3 degrees of loft between them.  Normally you would have 3 or 4 degrees of loft between 2 irons so you can understand why this interested me as a club builder.

Well the reason Ryan has done this is yardage gaps.  He selects his clubs based how far he hits them.  This is why a gapping session on a launch monitor is a worthwhile experiment.

This was my Facebook post.

Great example here of how the numbers on the bottom of the club have little impact on their selection. Ryan is carrying a 19 degree 5 wood and a 20 degree rescue then his longest iron is a 4 iron at 22 degrees. Thats 3 clubs within 3 degr See More

What’s in the bag? (WITB) video edition.

I often get asked as a club builder what do you use?  Well I use all the products that I offer to you from my North Berwick, Scotland custom fitting studio.  Everything and I mean everything I use gets adjusted to fit me.  Enjoy my video and post comments and questions below.

Equipment updates, 2015 bag being assembled.

Well its the time of season where all the major manufacturers start to release information of their 2015 line ups.  This can be bad for my business as customers start to think about putting away their clubs for the winter or hold off on equipment decisions until they have seen what everyone is releasing.

I am aware that plenty of golfers particularly wait until a product is at the end of it’s cycle to snap up a bargain but that shouldn’t stop you from being properly fitted for your purchase.  Most iron sets will have been offered with some degree of “custom fitting” options so even at end of season prices you should be able to still get a set that fits you correctly.  If your bargain new set can’t be adjusted to suit you then maybe they aren’t such a great deal after all?

Most of the component manufacturers that I work with tend to hold their products for longer cycles than the big OEMs which means your custom built clubs stay current much longer.  A question I am always asked is “how much improvement can there be year on year made ?”  Also with the limits imposed on drivers  how can this years driver be better than last years?  Well thats a whole nother post.

Well I have started to make some updates to my bag already.  First change was the Ping G30 driver.  As said in a previous post I am very impressed with the driver and don’t see how it will get bumped out of my bag in the immediate future.

I have also now added a new set of irons.  Adams Golf had been talking about the possibility of releasing a limited number of the XTD Tour irons which Ernie Els uses and helped develop.  Well a small number is now available.  I have put a set into play to replace the standard retail XTD cross cavity I was using.

First impression is very favourable, they have gone straight into play with some slight adjustments but expect I will swap out the KBS tour shaft for something a little lighter.   I will do a full review of these over the next few weeks but for up to the minute remarks on how this is going follow me on twitter or Facebook.

Lastly are my wedges.  I have been gaming the same Scor wedges for 2 seasons now and find them really easy to use.  They are getting a little worn now so will either just replace them with the same again as I know they work for me but not before I try some Miura wedges.  I hope to become a Miura fitting center in the near future and have heard amazing stories from Miura users.

 

SeeMore Putters, they really are that good.

It’s been nearly 2 years since I qualified as a SeeMore putters SPi putting coach.  At my custom fitting studio in  North Berwick,  East Lothian  my customers are often amazed with how simple and effective the SeeMore putting method.    SeeMore putters are designed to be used with the inside to inside putting stroke and that is the way the putters are balanced,  they encourage that stroke.  Inside to inside is the way you swing every other club in your bag so why not the putter?  Why not call into the studio and take my SeeMore putting challenge and let’s see if you can shave some shots off your putting average.

Jones Golf bags, Enjoy the walk.

I am excited to announce that I am the exclusive distributor of Jones Golf bags in the UK. Since opening my North Berwick, Scotland custom fitting studio. I have been sourcing the very best golf club components to build the best custom fitted golf clubs and now I have a bag worthy to carry them in. Jones bags are minimalist, retro styled and fully functional.

“In 1971 a part-time golfer and cab driver from Portland Oregon glued, taped and cobbled together the first of what would become a Jones-Stand-Bag_Right_Blue_largeline of golf bags that would revolutionize the category. The plan was simple: Create an iconic, functional bag that could easily be customized. The result was a bag that served as the face of amateur, high school and collegiate golf for generations. The technical and design revolution the modern golf bag underwent in the early 1990s left the classic Original Jones Bag to fend for itself as a single-strap, no-stand bag that seemed to be slowly forgotten among the new styles and features of the modern golf bag.”

Jones are available in a pencil bag, stand bag or trolley bag and    offered in a variety of colours. Personalisation can also be offered at a small extra cost, why not have your name, club crest or company logo added to your Jones bag? Call 07739 854 682 or email fitforpurposegolf@gmail.com for pricing and to discuss bag personalisation.Red_Front_Original

 

Is this the best driver ever? The new Ping G30

Well this is a new one for me, I have thought in the past that only a pro can review a new golf club however I have recently revisited my opinion on this topic and after discussing it with a few customers and pros I work with in my North Berwick, East Lothian custom fitting studio I have decided that my view is valid and in some ways more applicable to the average golfer than a pro reviewing a new club.  Sure they can tell you what it does differently to the last club they used but can they truly comment on the forgiveness of a club or how it reacts to miss hits? I guess that’s for another discussion, so this time I am basing my comments on my swing and my game.

I hit my current driver pretty well and average 230 yards of carry distance.  I currently play off 10.5 but rarely does my driving cost me more than a couple of shots a round.  I have purchased this Ping G30 with my own money because that’s how strongly I believe that Ping have made a such great driver in the G30.  Ping say the G30 upto 50% more forgiving than some of its rivals.

I have chosen  the 9 degree head even though I was playing 12 degrees in my TaylorMade SLDR and would normally buy a 10.5 in any other brand. I went with the 9 due to earlier testing with the G25 which I found to be quite high launching, I also hoped that I could use my Accra CS1 60 M4 shaft which is a higher launching shaft from Accra. I found the CS1 a bit too high launch in my 12 degree SLDR which was another reason I went with 9 degrees in the G30.

All my testing so far has been on the course. Drivers are becoming very difficult to set up without launch monitor data but I wanted to put a few holes under my belt with the G30 and then later fine tune with the GC2 launch monitor in my North Berwick studio. I know what shafts work for me pretty well which is the only reason I decided to use this method.

First hit was great, good launch and very straight.  Second was a bit from the toe but finished only 10 yards behind the centre strike. The G30 is louder than my SLDR and again like most clubs you can hear when you have hit or missed the centre of the club face.  The distance with my first hit of G30 was the same as where I normally am with the SLDR. I didn’t really think I would pick up much distance with well hit shots over the TaylorMade but my reason for wanting to swap was purely based on forgiveness and the distance lost with the SLDR on my mis-hits. My bad shot with the driver is turning a fade into a slice when I try and really hit one hard, I found that a toe miss with the SLDR would slice, lose distance and often miss the fairway by a lot. Next hole – one left, one right trying to murder the ball before I had found any rhythm, my bad not the club. Onto the 16th, long dog leg right par 4, first ball smooth swing straight where I was aiming, decent high flight and plenty of roll out, about 265 yards total which is a good hit for me. More interesting than the pure strike was the second shot I hit, trying to give it a bit extra I caught it a bit near to the toe and it took off low and rightish. The difference was it stayed in the right side of the fairway and matched the distance of the pure centre strike due to it being down the right side of the dog left right. On the 18th, next par 4 and agreed it was about 1 club downwind but I still hit it high and straight down the middle, rolled out to about 280 yards and the furthest I have ever been down the 18th. I played a few more holes and at this early stage feel downwind this is longer than the SLDR and into the wind a tiny bit longer but only due to the forgiveness.

More testing will take place, I will try a couple of other shafts and I will confirm all my data on the launch monitor of the next few weeks but at this early stage I feel very positive about the Ping G30 and think that you should try one also.

Please drop me a line if you are looking at this club and I will happily discuss.

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