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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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

 

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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.

Adams Tight Lies fairway woods

This may at first glance to be an out of date post as Adams have just released images of the 2014 Adams Tight lies fairway woods and hybrids. 

 

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I am an Adams golf fitting centre and have been recommending many customers in my North Berwick fitting studio to try the Tight Lies fairway woods.  I have in the past been a very poor fairway wood player.  I have tried 5 woods and low lofted hybrids as I struggle with launch angle with a conventional 15 degree 3 wood.  When I first received my demo clubs from Adams the 3 wood was one that I most wanted to work for me as I had a big gap between my driver and 19 deg hybrid.  The first thing that I found outstanding was how easy they were to use, for the first time in about four years a 3 wood went in my bag and this is the difference, it has stayed in past the honeymoon period.  I have fitted customers of all ages swing speeds and abilities into the Tight lies.  I did have concerns that this is a 16 degree 3 wood that is designed to launch higher than average but even on the outstanding Links of East Lothian and the best that the Scottish weather has thrown at me it has never been a problem.  As I said at the beginning Adams are about to release an updated version of the Tight Lies and I know that many people refuse to buy any product at full price so you can now grab a Tight Ties as well.

 

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Wedge, Bounce and play from 125 yards and in ?

I have been spending a lot of time focusing on my short game.  I recently moved to East Lothian and joined a club with amazing practice facilities and have been chipping and pitching most evenings.  I have learned a lot about the way I pitch and gained a lot of confidence.  I am new to links golf so am not really used to putting from too far off the green but with recent practice and confidence increased the putter is the last choice for me now.  Don’t get me wrong, I am quite a decent putter as I  practice putting everyday in my studio.  With the right technique and equipment you can also have more options around the green. I just feel that chipping will often be just as safe as putting through the fringe has its own risks.

I will start with equipment.  I think that the type of wedge you use around the green is often the fault of mishit chips.  I use Scor wedges.  Scor have a V sole which is low bounce on the leading edge and higher bounce on the trailing edge.  For low swing speed chipping low bounce means the club and slide under the ball easily and reduces the chance of a “thin”

You should really have a fitter or teaching pro assess your swing when you are choosing a wedge.  If you play with 3 or 4 wedges the most common selection would be PW, Gap Wedge( 50 degrees), Sand wedge ( 54 degrees) and lob wedge (58-60 degrees) or a 3 wedge system would be PW, Gap wedge at 52 degrees and a 56 degree sand wedge.  The reason I say get fitted for wedges is most wedge manufacturers offer wedges in different bounce (sole shapes)  Gap wedge would normally be mid bounce, 6-8 degrees.  Sand Wedge would traditionally have 10-14 degrees of bounce and lob wedge would be 4-12 degrees.  The quickest way to explain which one suits you is if you take big divots generally a high bounce wedge will work best for you, if you take little or no divot then then low bounce wedges are probably best.  This is rule of thumb so go and be fitted for them.  If you recently bought off the rack wedges that you are struggling with not all is lost.  I can adjust loft, lie angle and bounce (relative to loft) and even regrind the sole to your required specs and thats before we even look at if the shaft is right for you.

Wedge play can have a bigger impact on your score than driving so why not get yours checked out.

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