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We all know this type of short par 4. The one where you’re trying to decided wether you should hit an iron or a driver off the tee, then questioning where to aim on the green. Here’s the nitty gritty on this smart golf post:

Par 4 – Water at 90 yards from the green. Tighter landing area, and well guarded green with 4 bunkers. For this hole, wind is not a factor, nor is elevation change.
Tips: 380 yards
White Tees: 365 yards
Forward Tees: 345 yards

Alright, so we’ve set out three different scenarios on this diagram based on your skill level (and tee-boxes of choice). But here’s some of the questions you should be asking yourself as you’re on the tee analyzing how best to play this whole.

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  • What’s the easiest way to get the ball on the green?
  • Is this hole going to give up very many birdies?
  • Is there any benefit of driving over the water?How often would I be able to accomplish that?
  • If I’m in the rough, will I still be able to hit the green? – How far is too far on the fairway?
  • Will I be able to hold the green if I’m too cautious off the tee?[/box]

Okay, once we’ve asked ourselves some of these questions, it should be relatively easy to figure out the following answers:

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  • The widest part of the green is to the right of the flag.
  • Hitting over the water would leave you with a tough pitch to a guarded pin, and the hole shape will likely leave you short sided.
  • There are some trees in the landing area, the fairway is by far the best place for your tee shot.
  • Ideally I would want 150 yards or less in to the green, as I do not have much green to work with.
  • Both the right and left side of the fairway have more room then the center before the creek.[/box]

Smart Golf 101

Based on all this, here’s how I would suggest playing this hole based on your handicap and skill level to maximize your chances of making a good number, and reducing your chances of a high one.

Beginner

If you’re in this category, your main goal here should be to keep the ball in play and away from the water, and sand traps. The best course of action is likely a 3-wood off the tee, which should leave you plenty of room short of the water, and more or less avoid the trees further up.  Your next shot should be towards the bail out area short of the green. This will give you plenty of room after the water, and allow your next short chip shot to avoid the bunkers, with plenty of green to work from. Chip up, two putt, take your bogey, and run to the next hole.

Intermediate

Your tee box gives you one of the best angles for this hole, but try not to get too greedy, likely a long iron is all you need, a driver will likely get you in trouble, and not benefit your approach to the green. Be careful about going to far left here, with the mid-left pin placement. Try to hit the ball between the 150 and 100 yard marker to give you the best chance at hitting the green in two. When hitting your approach, it’s likely best to aim for the fat part of the green, and let your putter bail you out. With so many bunkers in play, it’s best to simply take your medicine and look for easier birdies elsewhere.

Advanced

Based on the pin placement, your ideal tee-shot is one that huge the right hand side of the fair.  This short par 4 is a tough one though.  Though you may have considered hitting your driver over the water, there really is no benefit once you get up to the green.  You’d be better off hitting a full wedge to this tucked pin and have a guaranteed par, but a good look at birdie. Hit a long iron to the right hand side of the fair, and hit your approach to the green, from this angle the pin is a little more accessible but be careful of the bunkers on the left – if you get too greedy you may end up paying for it by short-siding yourself. Your bail out is to the right. Par is a good number here.

titleist

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by, today we’re going to share with you our rumour mill for the 915 line-up from Titleist, including our expectations for this new line. If you’ve been following the 915 rumours for awhile, you’ve likely heard of “ARC”.  This has been seen in numerous Titleist trademark applications, and stands for Active Recoil Channel. We think it’s likely safe to say that Titleist is moving away from their traditional head shape and branching out into the “channel” marketplace.  This is backed up by some patent drawings that have also cropped up.  See below:

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This is the biggest rumour and expectation on this line, and other than this, we expect Titleist to stick pretty true to their original design routes.

Here’s what we’d expect:

  • These patent drawings are interesting, and we may be seeing the driver (no ARC channel on the crown) and the fairway wood design (ARC channel on crown), but it’s tough to tell.
  • We’d expect to see multiple models of the 915 – a D2 & D3 line, just like previous releases.
  • These drivers will have Sure-Fit tech – don’t fix that which isn’t broke. Surefit works from the 910 line-up to the 915, that would be a huge advantage over the other boys who keep changing up their hosel tech.
  • Expect similar feel and color on the hosel. Titleist drivers have remained pretty similar for the past 3-4 releases. Aside from these patent drawings which show a drastic possible change to the crown, I would still expect these to have a similar Titleist look and pear shape.
  • They’ll keep their top notch shaft offerings. This is a differentiator for Titleist, they’re not going to mess with it.
  • They may be messing with the CoG on their fairway foods and drivers to deliver a more penetrating ball flight with less spin. It is a common complaint that their drivers spin way too much.
  • Expect pictures in late July to August to start surfacing.
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Hey everyone, and thanks for stopping by. Today we’ve got a new club from Mizuno to share – the JPX 850 driver, which was recently confirmed on the USGA conforming list.  Luke Donald was also recently spotted at the Players Championship gaming a 9.5 degree model of this driver.

The JPX 850 features a slider that appears to allow you to adjust the center of gravity of the club (called Fast Track Technology), an adjustable loft sleeve (1 degree increments), and also fade and draw options with additional weights that can be added or removed as needed on the toe and heel of the club.

There has been no comment from Mizuno on specs, technology, cost or availability yet, but we’ll keep an eye out.

Enjoy the picture below!

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With Ping recently dropping prices for its G25 line, rumours are abound at what is coming next from these guys. And since we’re in the business of rumours, we feel that we’d share with you what we’ve found, what we know and what is likely to be the next line up from Ping this season.

Ping’s release schedule is set to have a new release in the near future, and the price drop is a good indication that something is coming. Ping recently released a chart outlining there approach to innovation when it comes to lowering the center of gravity in the G line up and at the same time increasing their moment of inertia (MOI). If you didn’t know, the higher the MOI number, the less a club twists on off-center hits. The less it twists, the higher the amount of energy is transferred into the ball. We took the chart and extrapolated a bit to include the G30 line, and where we feel it would likely fit on this chart based on previous releases.

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We would expect a slight improvement in both center of gravity and moment of inertia to continue this trend.

When looking around the web we also come across some patent photos that are likely actual designs of G30. We can say with any certainty that this will be the G30 designs, but Ping often does not show off patent designs unless they are going into production with them. The amount of detail into the physics of these designs it was makes me think these are likely the real deal.

 

The new design features, what Ping calls ‘turbulators’ on the crown. These have been proven to increase swing speeds into impact (although by miniscule amounts). We’ve already seen some patent drawings of both a driver and fairway wood with these markings. Below is the driver stats and patent pictures. Here’s a little bit more on what the patent documents have to say:

“A golf club head includes a crown surface extending between the face, the rear, the heel and the toe of the golf club head. A highest point on the surface of the crown defines an apex. The golf club head also includes a plurality of crown turbulators projecting from the surface of the crown. Each adjacent pair of crown turbulators is separate and spaced apart to define a space between the adjacent pair of crown turbulators, and each crown turbulator extends between the heel and the toe to define a width and extending between the face and the rear to define a length, which is substantially greater than the width. At least a portion of at least one crown turbulator is located between the face and the apex. The space between each adjacent pair of crown turbulators is substantially greater than the width of each of the adjacent pair of crown turbulators that define the space.”

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Gotta hand it to Ping for being innovative, but I’m not quite sure if this design has the ingenuity to sell when competing against TaylorMade’s Mini SLDR and more adjustable clubs coming out this season. Furthermore, how many years can Ping continue the G line? Did you know they already have trademarked G30, I30, K30, G35, I35, K35, G40, I40, K40?

What do you think?

speed regime

First the first time in their history, Callaway customizes aerodynamics with the release of the Speed Regime golf ball – creating a different ball for different segments of golfers.

SR1

SR1

  • Driver Swing Speeds under 90mph
  • 4- Piece
  • Optimized distance for moderate driver speeds
  • More control and spin into greens

 

 

 

SR2

SR2

  • Driver Swing Speeds between 90 and 105mph
  • 5- Piece
  • Optimized distance for athletic speeds
  • Regulated spin and control, combined with max speed and distance

 

 

 

SR3

  • Driver Swing Speeds over 105mphSR3
  • 5- Piece
  • Optimized distance for touring speeds
  • Incredibly soft feel

 

 

 

Callaway Speed Regime Intro Video

To learn more about the Speed Regime, visit the Speed Regime website.

Photos and Videos via Callaway Golf

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Ok, its official, I hate range mats. But let’s be clear, I always have. I get it. They don’t require watering, they last a reasonably long period of time, they are sorta effective at mimicking real grass, and likely on the long term save courses money. But honestly, they are ugly, annoying pieces of shit, and here’s why:
1) They make you a worse golfer
Ever notice how you have a perfect lie each and every time you play on the course? No? Oh that’s right, you never do… so why do range mats offer you this privilege? Yes, they are great for beginners who need the confidence boost, but once you’re past a 20 handicap, they provide you with unreasonable expectations. The best, is when you get a slightly worn out mat, and the ball sits up on the ‘fairway section’ like a groundhog poking its head out of a hole. Yeah, that’s like real golf. The worst part? It’s pretty much impossible to hit a shot fat or chunky on a range mat. I mean, you can, but the result is very different than on grass. If you hit an inch or so behind the ball on grass, you chunk it. On a range mat, the club skips off the ground and continues on its merry way into the ball – talk about great feedback.
Some of you may be saying – well, at least some mats have alignment aids, which is true, and they can often be helpful, but more times than not they are aiming you in odd locations around the range, and not specific targets (which you should be aiming for btw).
2) They don’t mimic grass
I have yet to meet a range mat that accurate mimics fairway and rough conditions, and I doubt I ever will. That’s because their made of plastic, and made to last. Real grass ain’t. The rough is usually way too soft, and the ball sits down in it so only the top half of the ball is visible – forcing you to dig it out. Sure, some shots from the rough are similar, but you don’t have to nearly break your wrists in the process to move the ball.  The fairway usually is like hitting from hardpan, and the ball sits up way too well. There’s no happy medium. Move the ball 5 feet to the nearby grass and take a swing, you’ll know exactly what I mean.
Its no wonder better players and pros prefer to play using real conditions on real grass when practicing.  The results of good, bad, and mediocre swings are consistent and repeatable – something range mats cannot offer.
3) They ruin your clubs
Aside from the green melted plastic that finds its way on to every one of your clubs, range mats are very effective at collecting sand and rocks in their plastic fibers just aching to chew up your clubs. Furthermore, the plastic itself is often too coarse and thick for softer metals – like forged blades. Over time you’ll start to see wear lines on the heels of your club from hitting off mats. Sure, you can hit rocks and ruin your clubs on real grass too – I’m not saying you can’t – but rocks often have a harder time hiding on the short practice grass a normal driving range should have.
4) They are frustratingly useless at times
This is one of my biggest pet peeves of range mats – the tees. They are often not level to even hold ball, or have enough rigidity to handle the weight – that is of course if you’re lucky enough to have a tee at all.
Depending on their construction, you can be faced with different annoying challenges – like the range mats made with panels that rarely last more than one season, and are easily disconnected leaving you with four unanchored grass squares that move after each shot. Or for the larger one-piece construction mats, you may have to deal with how water can add bulges and make the mats uneven. Sure, you can chalk this up to “uneven” lie experience, but who are you kidding?
5) Can Be Dangerous
Many of you will laugh at this one, but hear me out. How many of you have hit off a range mat and have your foot slip? How about seen a ball fly sideways? Or chunked a shot so bad your wrists were in pain. And again, yes, this can all happen on real grass, but its more common on mats because you’re forced to use whatever setup the range mats have for you versus what would come more natural.
BASSARA P-Series

Earlier this month MRC Golf introduced the BASSARA P-Series Shafts. The P-Series utilizes elastic Titanium Nickel (TiNi) Wire in the tip section. MRC Golf also uses TiNi Wire technology in their G- and W-Series. The elasticity of the tip combines with a stiff mid-section resulting in a dynamic energy transfer throughout the swing. The end result is a penetrating ball flight with a low spin. These shafts were specifically designed for distance.

BASSARA P-Series 2

The BASSARA P-Series is available beginning April 15, and has a suggested retail price of $400.

The BASSARA P-Series is offered in the following weights and flexes:
  • BASSARA™ P-Series 30 (L, R)
  • BASSARA™ P-Series 40 (L, R)
  • BASSARA™ P-Series 50 (R, S, TS)
Tour Edge CB PROs 2

Tour Edge introduces the first forged wedge in its Exotics line, the CB PROs. The club combines a forged construction with TourTour Edge CB PROs 1 Edge’s new MONGO grooves which creates optimized control and improved accuracy around the greens. The MONGO grooves are precision-milled  and designed to feature the most aggressive legal sharpness and width allowed by the USGA. The grooves are layered with 28 micro-grooves and provide the maximum face roughness to help with short game control.

The tour-grind beveled sole produces great versatility. A custom sole grind was designed by Tour Edge president and chief designer David Glod with the intention of creating increased versatility to meet the needs of both PGA Tour players and good amateurs. The eliminated bounce from the heel and toe for to allow players to open the club face or shut it down with ease.

The Exotics CB PROs wedges include Tour Edge’s lifetime warranty and 30-day play guarantee. The CB PROs is available in True Temper Dynamic Gold wedge shafts. The wedges are available in 50, 52, 54, 56, and 60 degrees with a suggested retail price of $99.99 for steel and $119 for graphite.

Visit: www.touredge.com to learn more.

Titleist Scotty Cameron Select

 

 Introducing the Scotty Cameron Select and GoLo Putters

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This spring, Titleist introduces the Scotty Cameron Select and GoLo putters to golf shops. Here’s a little bit more about both putters.

Scotty Cameron Select

The Select putter features precision milled, refined shapes and offers tour-validated balance as well as stability. The new Select line provides three modern blade designs from Scotty’s Newport family (Newport, Newport 2 and Newport 2.5) as well as two modern mid mallets (Fastback and Squareback) with highly-innovative crisscross sight lines which offers improved alignment. Select putters deliver optimal feel along with a soft sound. Select weights in both the heel and toe are matched to the shaft length, providing balance and stability.

Scotty Cameron GoLo

Scotty Cameron GoLo mallets feature modern and easy to align rounded profiles along with Select weighting technology for increased stability. The balanced GoLo design allows the stroke to flow naturally. The GoLo is offered in four models (GoLo 3, GoLo 5, GoLo S5, GoLo 7) with different size and neck configurations  which allows the player to choose the appearance and toe flow that suits them best. GoLo putters offer a great feel and soft sound. Weights in the heel and toe are perfectly matched, providing great stability and balance.

Price & Availability: The Scotty Cameron GoLo 5 and GoLo 5S will ship to golf shops beginning March 1, 2013, with a suggested retail price of $375 (MAP: $349).