Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 irons

I seem to have been singing the praises of these @WilsonGolfUK irons quite a bit recently.  I added them to my bag about  two weeks ago and now have 3 rounds with them, two at Archerfield Links on the Dirleton course and one on Gullane No.1 course.

For a small headed “players” forged iron I am finding these incredibly easy to use, long and pretty forgiving.  The feel from a center face strike  is difficult to describe.  I guess the way I would interpret is the softest feeling almost like you didn’t feel anything.  i can tell when I have pured a strike instantly.

I am still to experiment with another shaft in these, currently they have KBS Tour stiff flex in them but I know I see slightly higher ball speeds when I drop to a lighter shaft so will be testing the latest shaft from Accra the I series Tour.  This shaft is a medium launching shaft with controlled spin, reviews of this product to follow in the next few weeks.

 

Testing my latest equipment.

Well as I mentioned in a previous post I have added most of my 2015 equipment to my bag now.  Just a recap then a brief review.

Driver.  Ping G30 currently with Accra FX200 60 M4 shaft

3 Wood.  Titleist 915F 15 deg with Accra Dymatch 2.0 MTF M4

Wilson Staff FG Tour Utility iron 24 degrees (4 iron)

Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 irons with KBS Tour shafts (waiting for Accra replacements to arrive) 5-PW

Wilson Staff FG Tour TC wedges 50,54 & 58 with KBS 610 prototype wedge shaft.

SeeMore PTM3 putter with Accra FX400 putter shaft and Garsen Pro Edge putter grip.

I took all of the above out today at Archerfield links on their Dirleton course.  I won’t talk you through every shot but consistently found myself hitting greens with greater regulation when I had put myself in a decent position of the tee.  A few poor tee shots or miss-hit approaches left me at varying distances to give my wedges a great test.

I played the Callaway Golf Chrome Soft ball today and had early concerns that it may be shorter of the greens due to it’s soft nature but that was dispelled on the first tee shot where I was longer than one of my regular playing partners leaving a 5 iron into the first and setting myself up for a nice 2 putt par the start the round.

So the result was very positive especially pleasing was hitting greens with 5 and 6 iron approach shots.  The FG Tour V4 isn’t a big head by any means but the forged feel meant I felt fully rewarded with my iron shots today.

Need to sort a 18/19 hybrid this week.  I think I know what I want.

I am really looking forward to the season ahead.

New bag taking shape

Well just a quick update of what has been going on since my recent trip to Orlando.  I returned to a busy studio with fittings from the Mizuno cart, Ping and Titleist.  The Wilson cart is also now full with the 2015 product range and the Wilson FG Tour V4 is a particular favourite of mine and it will be going in my bag for the season along with Wilson FG Tour TC 50,54 & 58 wedges.  These are currently on my bench as I reshafted the 54 & 58 with KBS 610 wedge shafts earlier today.

The KBS 610  is an interesting shaft that flies against convention.  It is a lower launching and spinning wedge shaft in a market where everyone is talking high launch and maximum spin for the highest angle of descent and a ball that stops and backs up on the green.  Well since relocating to Scotland I have discovered that that doesn’t always work for links golf and anything high flying can be difficult to control.  I will be testing these this week and reporting back soon.

My 50 degree wedge.  This isn’t being reshafted as yet as I expect that this will get a shaft to match my iron set as I hit my gap wedge for a lot of full shots so want it to match in with my irons as much as possible.  This is a point that is often over-looked.  My choice for iron shafts will be a new product from Accra called the I series Tour.  It comes in 90, 100 & 110 gram weights.  It’s profile is low launch and spin which doesn’t always go hand in hand with light weight which is why I am excited to get these ASAP.

I tested a Titleist 915 fairway wood on course last weekend and was very very impressed with ease of use and distance.  From someone that has always struggled with a 3 wood this was a revelation, again a full review to come.

PGA Merchandise Show 2015

My custom fitting studio in North Berwick, Scotland will be closed for the next seven days and re-opens on the 26th January. I can take email bookings for that week but you might struggle to get me on my cell phone.

I am away widening my knowledge of this seasons golf technology at the annual PGA Merchandise show in Orlando, Florida. This show is everything golf, great new ideas as well as plenty of terrible ideas.

For me this is golf mecca. If I discover something to add to my studio line up it can be amazing. This is the second time I will be visiting, two years ago I became a SeeMore Spi putting coach.  For those that aren’t aware of SeeMore putters look through my posts to find out more.  SeeMore changed the way I putt and in turn I have changed the way my customers putt.

This year I am excited to see some new brands. The newest brand and I think the best kept secret as far as spy photos go is that Hogan golf are re launching a line of clubs. Back story, I have been fitting Scor wedges for the past 2 years, again they came on my radar at the show. Terry Kohler the man behind Scor wedges is leading the team that will re-launch Hogan.  I expect the Scor wedge line up to be simply rebranded as Hogan but have read that the new Hogan iron will also feature the “V” sole which is part of what makes Scor so great to use.

I have a meeting with a new shaft company also.  Veylix shafts have been created by some of the guys that developed the Matrix series of shafts.  Some of the early reports I have read say these shafts use extremely high modulus graphite, which in turn make a very predictable shaft and stable shaft.   Along with Veylix I look forward to spending time with my friends at Accra shafts.  Accra are launching new iron shafts, new fairway shafts and I think there will be another secret unveiled at the show also.

KBS launch their new wedge shaft. They have 2 new models but the one that interests me the most is their new low launching wedge shaft that I think will be amazing for Scottish links golf.

I will be meeting with Jones Golf bags. Jones make the best retro styled bags out there in my opinion and I have been distributing them in the UK for the last few months.  I can’t wait to see their fully water-proof bag as I think it could be a great seller for the UK market.

I will be taking plenty of photos and sharing them every day via facebook and twitter.

Remember, my knowledge of golf equipment makes my fittings better and when you get a better fitting you get a better game too.

Planning for a great 2015

Happy New Year to you.

I am not going to do the same as everyone else and ask about resolutions for the new golf season as for most golfers that answer will be “shoot lower scores” so instead I am going to ask how was your first round of 2015 if you have played it yet?  For me 2015 opened with a couple of 1 putt pars and on a day where the wind and rain showers played  a major role I finished pretty near my handicap.

January 21st-23rd sees the PGA Merchandise show in Orlando open.  This show for a gear head like me is Mecca.  Every manufacturer that counts is there and they all have new shinny equipment that is always better than everything ever made before ;)

The first day of the show is “Demo Day”  This is where I get to try every piece of equipment on a circular outdoor range hitting real ball from turf.  I tend to not focus on the Major OEMs at demo day as the ques to hit the latest longest driver from TaylorMade or Nike etc can be very long.  I tend to search out the more interesting brands, test shafts, look at swing aids and gadgets and make a list of some of the products that I want to see in the exhibition hall in the following days.

I promise I will be taking hundreds of photos of anything I think is interesting or bizarre and hopefully a few selfies as there tends to be a few famous names promoting their sponsors latest products.

The Monday prior to the show I will spend the day with a 100 of the worlds best club fitters.  We are all brought together by Accra Golf shafts to discuss our industry, share ideas and generally talk about our fitting experiences over the past year.

These days are a bit of a pat on the back for us custom fitters and  club builders but the discussions that take place there tend to arise from our fitting experiences in the past season.  For me, my style of fitting has had to adapt with the move to Scotland’s golf coast where players prefer to see lower ball flight even if it is at the sacrifice of ultimate launch monitor distance.  I have asked my shaft suppliers for lower launching light weight iron shafts, a combination that doesn’t normally go hand in hand and believe that I should have a product to offer my customers early February.  Another product that I am looking forward to is a low launching wedge shaft, I can’t claim it as my idea but will again have an offering coming in in February.

Feel free to send any questions you might have about equipment you would like me to hunt out and follow my facebook and twitter account to see daily updates from the show.

Fit for Purpose joins the Professional team at North Berwick GC

I am very proud to announce that I have become custom fitting partner to North Berwick Golf club, Scotland.  North Berwick golf club was founded in 1832 making it the 13th oldest golf club in the world.  The West links is a truly remarkable golf course consistently voted in the top 100 in the world (currently 51st)

north berwick west links crest

I will bring my service to North Berwick GC offering all members, non-members visitors and guests the very best advice and impartial recommendations.

We will offer fittings from Callaway, TaylorMade, Wilson, Mizuno, Titleist, Ping Miura and SeeMore putters.  You will be able to compare side by side all the latest equipment and build a set that really fits your game.  Why limit your set to all one brand?  The pros do because they are paid to but you are spending your own money so cherry pick the best products from each brand to build the best set that suits your game.

Callaway TM     Wilson    Miura titleist                   seemorePing

Custom Fit Vouchers for Christmas.

If anyone requires a great gift idea for you golf addicted significant other then a voucher for a custom fitting session could be the perfect gift.   For £30 you can choose any of the below sessions.  If you email me with your option I will invoice you and forward your voucher.

Option 1.

A custom fitting session could be used to test all the latest equipment and see what improvements can be made to your current set.  A one hour session would allow either a Driver fitting or an Iron fitting.  In a typical fitting you would try a variety of heads and shafts to find the best fit for your game.  In 2015 I will be offering fittings from Titleist, Ping, Callaway, Wilson, TaylorMade and Miura.

Option 2

Distance gapping session.  This is where you learn your true carry distance of each of your clubs to help give you more confidence on the course.   You will have a print-out from the launch monitor session to keep.

Option 3

Wedge fitting session.  Similar to a distance gapping session we concentrate on your  9 iron, Pitching  wedge gap wedge, sand wedge and lob wedge.  Most wedges can be adjusted so fine tuning the carry distance can be performed during the session.

Option 4

You tell me what part of your equipment you want to concentrate on.

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