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  1. Disc is attached not free floating. One difference between the premium and the regular is that with the premium, the disc is on top. The rest is materials and maybe construction. I'll look into it a bit more. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  2. Just in---yesterday anyway, is the flagship shoe in the 2017 PUMA lineup. Retail price $200 beginning 2/1/17. Also available: TITANTOUR IGNITE DISC ($180) IGNITE SPIKELESS SPORT DISC ($140) Last year's was stupid comfortable. I expect more of the same this year. PUMA BLAZE DISC (Women - $120) PUMA GRIP SPORT JR. DISC ($80) Initial thoughts: Great shoe. Immediately comfortable. I suspect it's good to go out of the gate, which is why I'll be wearing it at Lake Nona next week. If I can avoid it, I'll never play golf in a non-disc/BOA shoe again.
  3. Well isn't this thread something...I just stumbled across it. Serendipity, folks. I just got off the phone with Victor Affable (the V and A in VAShafts). Victor is one of my favorite guys in the industry. Super chill, laid back, and refreshingly honest guy. As Zeasy has suggested, shafts have started shipping to dealers, and they're in just about every OEM's van, so I expect you'll start to see them trickling out on the tour soon. Raijin is designed to be fit a wide range of players - think middle of the bell curve, but it's a bit lower torque and stiffer in the tip than you might find in similar profiles. It's the first in VA Shafts lineup, but you can expect to additional models rolling out over the next few months. Those profiles will be a bit more targeted in scope. I have a couple of shafts on the way as well, so expect more info after the PGA Show.
  4. While there are some who love the Grenade, and I'm personally of the school of thought that almost anything will work for someone, I'd be inclined to call it bad design. The CG is EXCEPTIONALLY high (the highest we've ever measured), and that lends itself well only to guys who hit the ball consistently above the center of the face. In our tests we saw a pronounced right-side bias suggesting some had trouble squaring it up. The aerodynamics story doesn't pass the sniff test with a single one of the R&D guys I know who deal with aerodynamics in any capacity. From a design perspective, it's not too different from the Nike Covert series, but without the same level of R&D behind it. It will fit a small percentage of golfers. While MOI is above average, most drivers from the big guys will almost always outperform it. Take a look at our CG charts to get a better understanding of where it fits: https://www.mygolfspy.com/2016-driver-cg-advanced-data/
  5. Closest you'll see to Nike at the show will be Spirit Leather Works who makes their belts. Otherwise, "Nike doesn't do trade shows".
  6. First thing to remember is that Callaway isn't Nike. It has R&D capabilities that Nike simply didn't have when it spun up a hard goods business, so there not a fair comparison to be made there. A bit off topic, but regarding Tiger and the Bridgestone ball, this is a point that requires clarification because I think it's often misinterpreted. Nike designed their own golf balls. Bridgestone manufactured them. Along similar lines: Dean Snell designed the Snell Golf Ball, they're manufactured in a Korean factory. TaylorMade designs its golf balls, the bulk of the manufacturing is done in that same Korean factory. Same holds true for hard good. Nobody ever considers the factory that produces Titleist drivers, right, but the relationship between Titleist and that factory doesn't differ much from Nike and Bridgestone before Nike moved to RZN and shifted ball manufacturing to a different 3rd party factory in Taiwan. One designs, the other manufacturers.
  7. Pretty easy to sort out when you consider the big picture. Callaway has no financial arrangement with Rory - and Rory has said that what's in his bag this week could change next week. From Callaway's perspective, it has no short term, let alone long term guarantees that McIlroy will continue to play its products. In the event that he plays well, wins, etc., the nature of the arrangement (or lack thereof) means that Callaway cannot promote or otherwise commercialize the fact that McIlroy has its stuff in his bag. Sure, forums such as this one and others will disseminate that information, but compared the market as a whole, the reach is minimal. So within that context, which makes more sense? 1. Callaway grabs an open mold or some other non-Callaway product, restamps it, gives it to Rory in hopes that they can cash in on some minimal amount of promotional value. 2. Callaway gives Rory something akin to a prototype - a not finalized product that won't be ready for retail for several months as a means to 1) give him something that aligns with his personal preferences and 2) gives him a sense of what Callaway's R&D department can offer should he decide he wants to sign another equipment deal.
  8. Somebody in this thread is right...
  9. Last week I received a most unexpected surprise from adidas Golf. We haven't heard directly from them in a while, but it's always nice to see what Masun Denison (Global Footwear Product Director for adidas Golf) and the rest of the adi golf team have come up with. According to the included material, the Crossknit Boost was inspired by adidas ULTRA BOOST. It's probably not unreasonable to say that Crossknit is the adidas answer to Nike's FLYKNIT material. I find that adidas' knit offers a bit more structure, whether or not that's a good thing depends on the individual. Over the past few years adidas proper has been much more proactive in sharing its technology with the golf division. Ultimately that's led to much faster innovation on the golf side, and that has the potential to benefit all of us. As far as where Croosknit Boost fits in the marketplace…the idea here is a crossover shoe (good for golf, and not golf), that's breathable, comfortable, and supportive. It's not the Tour360 Boost, but it's not a running shoe either. Cushioning comes from the full-length BOOST material, while the adiwear sole provides traction. *A quick note on sizing. I slipped these on and walked around the house a bit. My early take is that they run a bit narrow. Expect four different colorways. Available 12/1 for around $160.00 Loosely related new thing, which we'll want to keep an eye on… If you look closely at the photos that show the card provided by adidas you might notice the following text: “Our lawyers ask we remind you that if you post this online, please note you received this product for free. #FREESWAG or #COMPED should work.”
  10. Every golfer has an expectation of how far the ball will roll with a given stroke; it stands to reason that if you can fit the putter to match your innate expectations, your distance control will improve and you will make more putts. That's the logic and goal behind Sentio - to develop a technology that gives golfers the ability to choose the feel that best fits their game. Testers Wanted Sentio putters feature what the company calls Floating Face Construction, a technology that completely separates the metal face and body with an insert-molded thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) – similar to the material used in PXG irons - polymer core. Sentio's line of blade putters, Sierra 101, comes in Soft, Medium, and Firm models, each molded with a different durometer (and color) of TPE, giving each a slightly different roll-out distance. For the first time, players can choose a putter based on feel preference and the speed of their local greens. The TPE core does more than provide a supple feel. Variable depth channels in the back of the face slightly deaden the sweet spot for more consistency on off-center hits. Placing the polymer in the center of the putter helps improve stability by distributing mass to the perimeter. Is Sentio's Floating Face Construction legit, or just another gimmick? That's where you come in. MyGolfSpy is looking for six avid golfers to step through Sentio's Feel Selector, choose the putter that best your game, and then put your new putter to the test against what's in your bag right now. Who wants in? How To Apply: We take our equipment testing very seriously here at MyGolfSpy, so please read - and follow - these instructions carefully: First - if you haven't already, you must register for the MyGolfSpy Community Forum (click here to sign up). Second - Leave a comment on this thread that contains the following info: The State in Which You Live Your Handicap Your Current Putter That's all there is to it! Good luck. For more information on Floating Face Construction and the other features of the Sierra 101 lineup, visit the Sentio Golf Website.
  11. Both labels represent mm from face center in lateral and vertical directions respectively.
  12. Hey Guys - I'm working on some graphics for some upcoming reviews. Basically, we're building a bit off the impact studies we published a bit ago and are looking to graphically represent face impact areas in reviews where that information is particularly relevant. Here's 2 (actually 3) samples of what I've been working on. The top row is a simple chart format. The bottom row shows two potential solutions. One with axis labels, one without. The question I have for you is this: Which of the 3 graphics provides you with the best visual representation of face impact area? Just as an FYI, the red dot represents face center.
  13. Does EVNRoll Live Up To the Hype? Here's your chance to find out. A couple of months ago we put Guerin Rife's EVNRoll putters to the test. Much to our surprise, all 4 of the EVNRoll models we tested outperformed our 2016 Most Wanted Winners in both the blade and mallet categories. That's right; the EVNRoll bested the legendary PING Ketsch and the Odyssey White Hot RX #1 EVNRoll Technology The explanation for EVNRoll's performance can be found in it's unique (and patented) groove design. The proprietary design does two things. Firstly, the grooves transfer more energy to the ball on off-center hits. Like PING's TR Grooves, EVNRoll's grooves structure effectively reduces ball speed at the center of the face, while progressively increasing it towards the edges. The end result is the ball comes off the face at the same pace regardless of where impact occurs. Secondly, EVNRoll's milling pattern helps gear the ball the back towards the center on those same mis-hits. Putts not only roll the same speed, but they also roll to the same spot. Sound too good to be true? We thought so too...right up until our test results validated the claims. Testers Wanted Guerin Rife believes his EVNRoll technology can make you a more consistent and more accurate putter. Our preliminary test results certainly support that contention, but we're excited to get EVNRoll technology into your hands. Will your EVNRoll experience mirror our own? MyGolfSpy is looking for six golfers to put the EVNRoll putter to the test. Forum members selected to participate in this test will work directly with Guerin Rife (via phone) to get fitted for the right EVNRoll model. Once you receive your putter, test it head to head against your gamer and report your findings. How To Apply: As you know, we take our product testing seriously at MyGolfSpy, so please read the following instructions carefully: First, if you aren't a member already, you must sign-up (click here to register). Next, leave a comment in this thread that tells us the following: The average number of rounds you play annually Your current handicap Your Current Putter Good luck...
  14. Callaway, Titleist, TaylorMade, Wilson, Mizuno, Tour Edge, PING, Nike, Bridgestone and Cobra (starting with 2015 stuff) are all compatible and the torque is certainly close enough. Pre-2015 takes a smaller size torx bit Pre-TaylorMade Adams is a unique triangle bit Cleveland/Srixon use a square bit For those who might be interested, the Club Conex tips also require a different bit. However, the Club Conex wrench itself takes interchangeable bits, so with some cheap parts from Home Depot, I'm able to use it for everything but Adams stuff...and I don't see much of that anyway.
  15. Hey guys - file this one away under get it now or get it never: Toulon Design, which was recently acquired by Callaway Golf is releasing an extremely limited run of what will probably be the last putters sold exclusively under the Toulon brand. Whatever it is that comes next will be done in conjunction with Odyssey. AUSTIN The Austin is totally old school in design. It features a wider cavity, smaller shoulders, and taller bumpers. Every is edge meticulously machined and beautifully softened. This magnificent putter features our deep diamond mill face pattern that creates world class performance. The first ten (and likely only) prototype Austins are made from carbon steel and hand stamped in a Black Pearl PVD finish. Four Austins will feature a line on top, two with a sight dot on top, three with a flange line, and one naked. First come, first served. $899. Many have already been sold. COLUMBUS The first 10 Columbus putters will also be made of Carbon Steel. The Columbus features a unique notchback design with a long neck hosel that yields 20 degrees of toe down. This design gives mallet type performance with the sleekness of a blade. Available 5 with a flange line, and 5 with a line on top. First come, first served. $899 Again...many have already been sold. I'm serious...there's like 4 each of these left. To place an order, call 760-214-9058 to speak with a sales representative, or email Toulon Design at thegarage@toulondesign.com to place your order.
  16. Save Time. Save Money. Look Amazing Pre-packaged boxes full of apparel and other chosen-just-for-you selections (add-on goodies) are all the rage right now. Whether for the convenience or the fact that some of us look better when we don't dress ourselves, these boxes provide a compelling option for fashion-forward golfers. One of the newest direct to your door semi-personal shopping services is 59GolfBox.com. As with other services you won't know exactly what you're getting, but with selections pulled from brands you know (and maybe even love), there's a pretty good chance you're going to be more than happy with what you get. The company offers only top brands, and shipping is always free. Frankly, I love what I've seen so far. 59GolfBox offers boxes at two different price points, and 3, 6, or 12 months subscriptions are available. Of course, if you just want to dip your toes in the water, you're free to order one-off boxes as well. Testers Wanted: The guys behind 59GolfBox believe that, given the opportunity, they'll have you looking your best on the golf course. To that end, MyGolfSpy is looking for six style-conscious golfers to help us find out if 59GolfBox.com can deliver on its promise that you'll save time, save money, and look amazing. How To Apply: As you know, we take our product testing seriously at MyGolfSpy, so please read the following instructions carefully: First, if you aren't already, you must sign up for the MyGolfSpy Community Forum(click here to register). Next, in this thread, tell us the following: You Age Your Favorite Apparel Company Your Home State To see plenty more sample boxes, Like 59GolfBox.com on Facebook and follow them on Instagram.
  17. Hearing that Nike will keep the van on the road until the end of the of year...that could also mean the end of the tour season vs. the calendar.
  18. Some quick news from the World Golf Hall of Fame. The 2017 induction ceremony will be held in New York City and will coincide with the Presidents Cup, which is being played on the former garbage dump now know as Liberty National. ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (August 2, 2016) - The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum announced today it will stage its 2017 Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in New York City in conjunction with the Presidents Cup to be played at nearby Liberty National Golf Club. Venue details as well as the Induction Class of 2017 will be announced later this fall. “The addition of the World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony enhances what will already be an exciting Presidents Cup week,” said Tim Finchem, PGA TOUR Commissioner and Chairman of the World Golf Foundation Board of Directors. “The opportunity to align the biennial Induction Ceremony with the Presidents Cup in one of the most vibrant cities in the world is thoroughly in line with our objective to raise the profile of the institution,” said Jack Peter, President of the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum. “The Presidents Cup captures a robust international audience, and we look forward to kicking off the week's celebrations with the enshrinement of another deserving Induction Class." Last summer the Induction Ceremony was staged the week of the 144th Open Championship in historic St Andrews, Scotland, where Dame Laura Davies, David Graham, Mark O'Meara and the late A.W. Tillinghast were enshrined. For more information on the Induction Ceremony or to learn more about the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org. ***About the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum preserves and honors the history of golf and the legacies of those who have made it great. The Hall of Fame & Museum, located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida, serves as a steward of the game through engaging, interactive storytelling and exhibitions featuring artifacts, works of art, audio, video and photography significant to the history of golf and its members. The Hall of Fame is a 501©(3) nonprofit institution and is allied with 26 national and international golf organizations, including The European Tour, LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The R&A and USGA. To learn more about the World Golf Hall of Fame or to lend support, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org. As the sole founding partner of World Golf Hall of Fame, Shell Oil Company provides financial support and plays the lead role in charitable initiatives aimed at introducing golf to young people, and through the golf experience promotes scholastic achievement, community service and those values intrinsic to the game of golf: honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.
  19. Yes and no. Distance...derived from ball speed, launch angle, and spin rates will differ based on impact position, dynamic loft, etc.. That's absolutely dependent on the golfer, and so the driver that provides ideal impact conditions will vary from golfer. MOI, however, is a concrete, quantifiable measurement. It does not vary from golfer to golfer. The PING G will be higher MOI for every golfer relative to the M1 for example. It is an absolute. The shaft does not impact that MOI measurement either. It will have some impact on closure rate and toe droop, but does not alter the actual MOI of the clubhead itself.
  20. Fortunately we have a chart derived from measurements of actual retail parts that can help answer this question (again based on data not opinion). http://www.mygolfspy.com/2016-driver-cg-advanced-data/ Tab 2 (CGNA & MOI) is the most relevant to this discussion.
  21. Politifact would probably rate this as mostly true. Yes, players come to PXG, but that's hardly unique. In actuality, players' agents come to PXG (and everyone else) to kick the tires on the equipment and the possibility of a sponsorship arrangement. Depending on the player, and the length of the current contract, this can happen more than a year ahead of the current contract's expiration date. This gives the player plenty of time to get familiar with the new stuff, get dialed in, and hopefully be ready to go by the time everything becomes official and public. So it's true that PXG pays its players like everyone else (save guys like Miura) it's also true that the players/player agent generally reach out to start a conversation. Just a few minutes ago PGA Tour's Jonathan Wall tweeted that PXG has talked with 5 of the Top 10 players in the world - presumably about potential deals. Your current Top 10: 1. Day 2. Johnson 3. Spieth 4. McIlroy 5. Watson 6. Stenson 7. Fowler 8. Scott 9. Willett 10. Grace Obviously nothing is certain, and talking with and signing a deal with might as well be polar opposites, but we can do a bit a reasonable speculation. Day and Johnson are absolutes. Both have contracts up this year. I know with certainty one of the two has spoken with PXG, the other is well-rumored. You can all but cross off Fowler, McIlroy, and Watson. All either have well-publicized long term deals or recently upped with current sponsor. So it's take your pick from the other 5. And again, talking isn't the same as signing.
  22. It's rare that a player changes primary equipment sponsors mid-season. It's rarer still when a player puts a new sponsors clubs in play for the first time at a Major Championship, but that's exactly what's happening this week. PXG has just announced that it has signed Masters winner Charl Schwartzel to its tour staff. Schwartzel, who splits his time between the PGA and European Tours, and previously played Nike clubs, has won three times this season. Astute observers of the golf equipment world may have suspected something was up when, earlier this week, Nike released its Open Championship apparel scripts, and Schwartzel's wardrobe was nowhere to be found. That sort of thing is generally a dead giveaway that something is up. Charl has one three times this season and is currently ranked #21 in the Official World Golf Rankings. Zach Johnson, who has dropped to #18 in the world this season, remains the highest ranked player on the PXG roster. According to PXG, while Schwartzel has only had a few days to familiarize himself with his new clubs, he will have several in play this week at Royal Troon. As any player signing-on with a new brand generally is, Schwartzel appears excited about the switch: “From clubs to club maker, I feel like PXG is behind me. They have taken an interest in all aspects of my game and are committed to helping me play the best golf of my life. I had the opportunity to speak with Bob Parsons and his enthusiasm for the game of golf and golf equipment is infectious.” - Charl Schwartzel
  23. “The TITANTOUR IGNITE DISC ensures a quick and secure fit; with a few simple turns the shoe is secure, comfortable and ready to go. We took the original PUMA DISC design and customized it for golfers. The result is a sleek, simple and strong closure system that tightens using smooth, steel wires that conform to the foot.” - Grant Knudson, Head of Footwear and Accessories, PUMA Golf The short story is that PUMA Golf has announced a limited edition version of the TITANTOUR IGNITE Golf Shoe. It features PUMA's bold Olympic colorway; obviously adapted for the golf course. I got my first look at it during the PGA Show. It was totally hush-hush at the time, while being referred too as Rickie's Olympic Shoe. Other than the bold colorways, the noteworthy change to the shoe is the integration of PUMA's DISC closure system. Stating the obvious, it's a lace-free, BOA-like system where all you need to do is turn one way to tighten and turn the other way to loosen. If you've never tried BOA or DISC, what you need to know is that once you have, you'll never go back. LACES ARE FOR SUCKERS. These cable-based systems do much better job providing a consistently tight and comfortable fit, and the tongue never twists. It's the way all golf shoes should be made. The Olympic shoe will be available in Red Blast/White/Black (Shown) and White Black. Both colorways will be available online and in-store on July 12th. Retail price is $220. And now, here's a gratuitous amount of photos, because, well...I like taking pictures of shoes. Please don't judge me.
  24. "The X-Act Tank Chipper is a new short-game option that utilizes our Tank weighting philosophy to help ensure a smoother swing, promoting more consistent contact. It's designed to function like an Approach Putter, providing an easy-to-hit option that plays perfectly between a putter and a wedge for those tricky shots around the greens. The Hi-Def Marxman Alignment System significantly increases accuracy while the soft polymer insert and hybrid-like sole design help get the ball out of trouble and rolling right to the hole." The hottest new must-have chipper (my sarcastic words) from Callaway Golf is available in two lofts (37° and 46°). For those who don't have their spec charts handy, those would sit between an 8 and 9 iron and pitching wedge and a-wedge in a set of Callaway XR Irons. It should go without saying that the short-shafted (35") chipper isn't intended for full swings, and is instead intended for those who need a bit of extra help around the greens...like Tiger Woods for instance. Key Features Include: Heavy Tank Design: 355 gram head X-Act Sole: A hybrid-like design for easy gliding through turf Polymer Insert: Feel Marxman Alignment System: Duh SuperStroke Chipper Grip: Apparently this is a real thing Once upon a time I would have mocked the X-ACT Tank Chipper incessantly (more so than I have here), but if nothing else, this job has made me appreciate just about anything that could make the game easier, or at least a bit more fun the average golfer, or the struggling golfer. The X-ART TANK Chipper hits retail on 7/15 with a sticker price of $129.99.
  25. Is it distance? Is it accuracy? Is it forgiveness/consistency? These are exactly the question we've tackled every year during our driver test. Gathering the data is one thing, identifying outliers using some method other than 'that one looks bad' is another, and then finally quantifying everything by some reasonable overall standard is another. As we were preparing our findings for last year's test we came to the conclusion that a methodology derived from strokes gained was probably the best path forward. It's perhaps an over simplification, but Strokes Gained implies that longer and playable is inherently better than shorter and near perfect (with respect to target line). To an extent we've observed this for years during our testing. That is to say that the shortest drivers always tended to be the most accurate. Even accounting for launch vectors and what not (our truAccuracy formula) the upper echelon for accuracy almost always comes with a significant distance penalty. While we like our 90% confidence ellipses for irons, for driver they can prove misleading. You can pound 10 balls 300 yards and 20 yards into the left rough, and that shot area will look significantly better than 10 shots that go the same distance but are spread out from the left to right edge of the fairway. Even when we remove outliers we find that shot area can be adversely impacted by extreme inliers. So for this year we're going to tweak how we've done things in the past. First will give you our overall winners (again with swing speed breakdowns). These results are based on strokes gained methodologies, and that does tend to favor longer and decently accurate drivers. We'll also give you the longest drivers (based on a sample of the very best shots hit with each driver). It's for the guy who wants the driver that's the longest on his best swings, and is willing to trade other performance criteria to achieve that. Accuracy, Shot Area, Total Average Distance...all that stuff will be available in our dynamic charts, but ultimately we believe strokes gained is the best way to quantify total driver performance. So to answer the question that started this tread, our philosophy is that the best driver is the one that gains you the most strokes, and generally speaking that is going to favor longer drivers.
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