Five Golf Exercises To Hit The Ball Longer #FitnessFriday

Five Golf Exercises To Hit The Ball Longer #FitnessFriday

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Five Golf Exercises To Hit The Ball Longer #FitnessFriday

Five Golf Exercises To Hit The Ball Longer #FitnessFriday

Five Golf Exercises To Hit The Ball Longer #FitnessFriday In this video, Tyler Parsons demonstrates … Read more.

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PING G30 Irons – Longer and More Forgiving

PING G30 Irons – Longer and More Forgiving

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Written By: Tony Covey

The bad news for those of you who’ve already read our story on the G30 drivers and have fallen in love with the Turbulators; there aren’t any on the irons.

You probably should have seen that coming.

More bad news too for those of you who aren’t exactly fans of PING’s G-series irons. There’s probably nothing in the G30 iron that’s going to radically change your perceptions.

It’s very much true to PING G-series designs.

The good news for those of you who love the G20, G25, and basically G-anything else, as well as those of you who might have been straddling the fence a bit; PING is offering up a series of subtle refinements that make the G30 a worthy and compelling replacement for the G25.

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Control, Forgiveness, and Distance Where it Matters

With the increasing prevalence of distance irons, unsupported faces, which offer more deflection and greater ball speeds, are now among the hottest trends in iron design.

The downside of wholly unsupported faces is that they often negatively impact dispersion. They fly farther, but don’t always put you closer to the pin. That’s not generally the sort of trade-off PING is down with.

Among PING’s goals with the G30 was to better control the bending of the face to create an iron that gives you the distance you need, while also keeping you tighter to the pin.

To than end, the faces on the G30 are slightly thinner (compared to the G25), and while that does create a bit of extra ball speed, the primary purpose for thinning the face was to free up some additional mass, which PING very quickly relocated low and back.

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Quite frankly, this movement of discretionary weight, especially to the low/rear portion of the clubhead, isn’t anything we haven’t heard before (lots and lots of times), but it has to be mentioned (again). As low and as far back as they can put it…that’s where PING wants the weight in the G30 irons.

As you can see from the photos, while still very much a game-improvement iron, the G30 is considerably more refined (my opinion anyway) than the G25, but it most certainly still looks every bit a PING iron.

Heads are still large. There’s still a ton of offset too, but the lines are generally softer, and cleaner (aesthetically I thought the G25 was a step backwards for PING). From top to bottom and toe to heel, the steel flows across the eyes just a bit better.

As is usually the case, PING is leveraging a soft, elastomer badge to help improve sound and feel.

An i-Series Sole on a G-Series iron

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One of the more significant design changes is the addition of an extra 2° of bounce (average) to the G30′s sole. Effectively PING has borrowed a large portion of the G30′s sole design from the i20 and i25 irons. It’s a design which PING claims works very well for any angle of attack, and serves to further increase the playability of the new model.

The one pronounced difference between the G30′s sole and that of the i25 is that the G25 is wider on the trailing edge. It’s not a portion of the sole that comes into play as far as turf interaction is concerned.

Instead, the extra width allows more mass to be placed…you guessed it, low and rear.

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Progressive Loft and Length

When you look at the spec sheet (below) for the irons you’ll no doubt notice some unusual numbers in both the length and loft columns. Rather than the standard 1/2″ difference between irons, PING chose to use a longer 5/8″ progression (same as their Karsten irons). Many would also consider the gaps between lofts to be equally non-standard.

Yeah…it’s weird.

For whatever it’s worth, if you were to strip the numbers of the sole of the clubs, the length to loft ratio of the G30 iron is almost identical to that of PING’s beloved Eye2, so this isn’t exactly a first for PING.

Of course, the 6-iron from an Eye2 set would more or less qualify as an 8-iron today, so there is that.

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What can we say? This probably isn’t an iron for the purist.

As a tradeoff for increasing the lengths of the shafts, PING had to reduce head weight throughout the set. Lighter heads usually result in a reduction of MOI (bad). To offset that loss, PING increased blade lengths slightly. That, along with the all of that other weight relocation stuff we covered actually produces a net gain in MOI over the G25 (good).

“If we have all the best knowledge it’ll be hard to mess up the product”. – Marty Jertson, Senior Design Engineer, PING

Seriously…Distance Where It Matters

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As you probably guessed, PING created those weird progressions for a reason. The idea is to provide additional distance where it matters (the middle and long irons), while improving gapping throughout the entire set.

For the most part, there’s no practical reason for your new wedge to go any farther than your old one, so PING more or less left wedge performance alone.

What they did do was squeeze another 3 yards on average out of the 7 iron, and 4 yards (again, on average) out of the 4 iron. While there is some strengthening of lofts, what the PING guys are exceptionally proud of is that there were actually able to increase the average max height for both the 7 and 4 irons.

The net result of their efforts is more consistent…let’s just call it better…gapping throughout the set.

Farther, higher, softer, and somehow more forgiving….there’s your takeaway.

G30 Iron Specifications

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G30 Iron Stock Shaft Specifications

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Specs, Pricing, and Availability

PING G30 Irons will be available in golf shops late July/Early August. Retail price for the irons is $110 each steel, $125 each graphite.

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Faster = Longer – Callaway FT Optiforce Driver is Officially Official (Full Details)

Faster = Longer – Callaway FT Optiforce Driver is Officially Official (Full Details)

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In what has to be one of the fastest turnarounds from Spy Pic to announcement, Callaway has made the impending release of their FT Optiforce driver officially official. The quick turnaround time is fitting giving Optiforce’s emphasis on speed. Simply put, the FT Optiforce is the fastest driver Callaway has every produced. At least that’s their story.

Go Ahead…Be Irate

I know…it’s absolutely ridiculous. This is the 3rd new driver Callaway has released in the last year. They’ve got a lot of damn nerve. If you just bought RAZR Fit Xtreme or XHot (or XHot Pro), you should be pissed. It might even be worth a call to your Congressman. Your new driver is obsolete, and there are some who might even have you believe that the release of a new driver just knocked 5 yards off what’s in your bag. It’s ridiculous, right?

Not so fast. Well…wait…the new driver is fast, but don’t rush to judgement fast…or quickly.

The FT Optiforce isn’t replacing anything (unless you buy one and it replaces your driver). Optiforce, for all intents and purposes, is a new, distinct, 3rd offering in the Callaway lineup.

While I’m not sure Callaway would break it down quite like this, my take is that the RAZR Fit Xtreme is their pro driver, Xhot is for the average golfer, and Optiforce will fill the niche for the guy looking for an ultra-lightweight driver, because, as you probably already know…and as Callaway definitely wants you to know, speed equals distance.

And not for anything, PING has 3 distinct drivers in their lineup, and nobody ever seems to bat an eyelash.

If you want to be cynical…joke about how Callaway just released the Wilson D-100, but let’s not get too wrapped up in the “here we go with another new driver every 3 weeks thing”.

Lighter = Faster = Longer

Anytime there’s a new driver release, especially from one of the big golf companies, we hear all about with COR (it’s actually CT) maxed out, it’s impossible for anyone to produce a driver that goes appreciably longer than another.

Whether they’re delusional, or just full of shit, I can promise you that you won’t find anybody inside anybody’s R&D department who actually believes there’s no more distance to be gained. Some talk about aerodynamics, some talk about launch angle and spin, while other talk about new materials, but nobody ever tosses up their hands and says we’re done.

There’s too much money to be made selling the dream.

Callaway’s Optiforce is a driver designed to leverage aerodynamics. Not surprisingly, Callaway’s Dr. Alan Hocknell has asserted that the Optifit is the “most aerodynamic head technology” Callaway has every produced.

The math is pretty simple. A more aerodynamic head allows for more clubhead speed, which in turn creates more ball speed. As it says in that graphic up there, it’s not complicated.

With FT Optiforce Callaway has paired the aerodynamic head with a stupid light, 43g Project X Velocity shaft. The total club weight of the 10.5° model is only 290 grams. The swing weight is D0 (standard model, D2 Pro). That’s right D-Zero…for a driver.

The idea, and it’s not exactly a new one, is that lighter, more aerodynamic clubs will generate more swing speed, and that swing speed will absolutely translate to better ball speed. Callaway’s Dr. Alan Hockell the head speed produced by the Optiforce is “measurably faster”.

Let’s Not Get Stupid

There are a few things that Callaway did right when it comes to Optiforce. Chief among them is the simple fact that Callaway didn’t go full-on, all-in stupid with the ultralight concept. In many cases, ultralight models have been released with the implicit assertion that everyone would benefit from a lighter driver.

Callaway has taken a slightly different approach. Instead of trying to force every golfer who might be interested in the aerodynamic benefits of the Optiforce into a lightweight shaft, Callaway is offering the Mitsubishi Diamana S+ (64g in stiff flex) as an alternative for guys who want/need a more traditionally weighted shaft.

While not groundbreaking, Callaway has also chosen to offer both shafts in the 3 most common flexes (regular, stiff, x-stiff). Unlike some others, they’re not taking the dictatorial position that X-Stiff players must use the heavier shaft, or regular flex players must use the lighter-weight model.

Consumers want choices. Callaway would seem to get that.

Golfer First – One Size Does Not Fit All

Unlike some of their competitors, Callaway has made the decision to avoid an one-loft-fits all approach. While both the standard 460cc model, and the 440cc pro model can be adjusted to the two most common lofts (9.5° and 10.5°), rather than try and be all things to all golfers in a single head, Callaway’s different models are designed with very real distinctions between golfers in mind.

Callaway calls it “Putting the Golfer First”.

“There’s a good reason why there are two heads here. I know that you’ve seen in the market this year some companies try to address a broad range of lofts just using one head…8° to 12°, well the truth is…if you think about it, putting the golfer first – which is what we do here, the players using an 8° are very different from those using a 12°.

We change a whole range of variables in-between 8° and 12° including size, MOI, CG Position, Up, Down, left, right, and back and forth, the bulge radius of the head, the weight of the head. So you can’t really optimize a golfer using just one golf club head and try and change it from 8° to 12° just using the loft angle as the only variable”. – Dr. Alan Hocknell, Sr. VP R&D Callaway Golf

Finally, the Callaway FT Optiforce features a new OptiFit hosel that allows for independent adjustment of loft and lie angle. In addition to being able to increase loft by 2 degrees, or reduce it by 1 degree, golfers may also choose an upright setting, which can help promote a draw.

But What Does It Look Like

Credit where credit is due, the new FT Optiforce looks great. The Pro model is visibly more compact than the standard model, but both look outstanding, dare I say traditional at address.

Many other explicitly aerodynamic designs feature some sort of visibly gadgetry. While there’s a segment of the golfing population that appreciates visible technology, Callaway clearly wanted to create something that would be taken seriously by traditionalists and tour pros. To appeal to those players, Callaway needed to bundle their aerodynamics in a traditional-looking package.

“We’ve been able to produce this fast head shape without resorting to any unusual aerodynamic shaping features. There are no fins, or pointy bits or anything like that”. – Dr. Hocknell

Callaway FT Optiforce Specifications:

Retail Price for the Callaway FT Optiforce Driver (both models) which hits shelves July 12th is: $399.00.

Don’t Forget the Fairway Wood

It wouldn’t be a driver release (unless it’s a TaylorMade R1) without a corresponding fairway wood. Given how many Xhot and XHot 3 Deeps Callaway has sold, there’s probably not a huge market left for more fairway woods, but what the hell…Callaway made one anyway.

Slightly heavier variants of the PX Velocity and Diamana S+ are stock. For now there’s a single standard model, and it’s not adjustable.

Comparisons to XHot are natural and expected. According to Callaway, the FT Optiforce will offer more forgiveness and and a higher ball flight than XHot in a lighter package that offers a trajectory similar to the RAZR Fit Xtreme fairway wood (which you may not even know existed).

FT Optiforce Fairway Specifications:

Retail price for the Callaway FT Optiforce Fairway is $229.00.

The Big Picture

If you haven’t been already, it’s time to start paying attention to the new Callaway. While I’m not ready to declare Optiforce a game-changer, it’s a product that speaks to Callaway’s rebirth and their determination not regain their place atop the golf world. They’re not talking about competing. They’re talking about winning.

From my perspective as a unbiased media guy, there’s a lot Callaway has done right all season – and there’s no doubt they’ve really stepped up their game over the last two product releases in particular. Whether it’s the Callaway Talks segment for both the FT Optiforce and the MD 2 Wedge, the infinitely enjoyable Wedgeducation Mashup, and the actually educational videos they promote, Callaway is killing it over 360° online right now.

While their competitors appear to be spinning their social media wheels a bit, Callaway’s non-stop, people-centric, golfer first approach is resonating. Nobody is marketing online better right now.

From my perspective as a still unbiased, but passionate media guy, I still have my doubts about how successful Callaway’s new approach will be long term. While they’ve clearly had a great year, my take is the company hasn’t had the same impact on the offline world. That part of the golf market remains much bigger than Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. You know who is still winning there.

For everything that Callaway has done right, there are still some weaknesses that need to be addressed. Great products…and Callaway has no shortage of them it would seem, will only get you so far. Callaway’s ability (or inability) to step up their game, reach the offline consumer, and tidy up shop behind the scenes, will dictate exactly how far back the brand will come.

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MyGolfSpy Labs – “The Secret To Longer, Straighter Drives?

MyGolfSpy Labs – “The Secret To Longer, Straighter Drives?

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(Written By: Matt Saternus) In two recent MyGolfSpy Labs, we’ve talked about the impact of shaft flex and shaft weight.  The data we gathered showing the importance of fitting for the right flex and weight was shocking: we saw testers gain or lose 20 yards or more with the wrong flex or weight.  Today, we discuss torque, which may be the least understood, and possibly most important variable in making your drives long and straight.

“What the hell is torque?”

Some of you know what torque is, some of you have seen the word on shaft spec sheets, but the majority of you are probably encountering it for the first time.  Torque is really pretty simple: it’s the shaft’s resistance to twisting. Torque is measured in degrees (meaning: how many degrees will the shaft twist under a certain amount of force), and you’ll typically see measurements as low as 2° and as high as 5°, 6°, or 7°.

As with many other things, these numbers don’t necessarily mean a lot because there’s not a standard way to measure, but I’ve already done that rant.

“So…why should I care?”

You should care because torque is a major component in how a shaft feels, much more than flex.  You could have an XX-stiff shaft with high torque, and it might feel “smooth” or even “whippy.”  Alternately, you could have a senior flex shaft with low torque that can feel “boardy.”

Torque also has a major impact on where the ball ends up.  All other things being equal, a shaft with higher torque will lead to a club face that is pointed further left (for a RH golfer) at impact…but we know “all other things” are rarely equal when you add in the human element.

The Conventional Wisdom

The conventional wisdom on torque consists of two major tenets:

1) Players who tend to hook the ball will benefit from a lower torque shaft.  Players who tend to slice the ball will benefit from a higher torque shaft.

2) Players who swing faster need lower torque.  This assumption is built right into most shafts by the manufacturers: take virtually any shaft on the market, and the X-flex version will have lower torque than the S-flex, which has lower torque than the R-flex.

As always, we look at conventional wisdom like an email from a Nigerian prince who wants to transfer his wealth to us…that is to say, skepticallySo we put it to the test!

HOW WE TESTED

For this test, we had golfers test drivers with low ?, mid ?, and high torque ? shafts.  All 3 shafts had the same weight and flex, the only difference was torque.  The golfers were able to choose whether they wanted stiff or regular flex.  Every player used the exact same head: a 10.5* Callaway RAZR Fit.  To keep the testers from knowing what shaft they were testing, UST Mamiya supplied blacked out shafts with no distinguishing marks (I marked the grips so that I would know which shaft was which).

Each golfer hit 10 shots with each shaft and the results were measured by our FlightScope X2 launch monitor.  All testing was done at the range at The Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club.

What Effect Can Torque Have?

Validation

The numbers are indisputable: torque made a huge difference for our testers.  To validate our results, I ran our numbers past the guys at UST Mamiya to see how our test compared to theirs.  Once again, we saw the same things in our test that they did when they tested hundreds of golfers: no simple pattern, but a clear statement about the importance of fitting the golfer into the right shaft.

How Did Conventional Wisdom Hold Up?

Over the course of our last three labs, conventional wisdom has fared about as well as you would in a bar fight with Mike Tyson.

Why is Conventional Wisdom So Wrong?

Because golf clubs are swung by HUMAN BEINGS.  If golf was played by robots (and I know many of our robot-loving readers wish it was), conventional wisdom would be great.  Robots have no feel and they swing every club the exact same way.  Our testers, on the other hand, do have feel.

Tester 3 hates boardy feeling shafts, so, despite the fact that his most-hated miss is a hook, he does not like low torque shafts.  On the other hand, Tester 1 doesn’t like loose feeling shafts despite the fact that he needs all the help he can get to square the club face.  Historically, he has found better success with lower torque shafts because he feels like he can release the club more aggressively.

The Takeaway

Torque matters, and, like flex and weight, there are no easy rules to follow.  You need to try a variety of things and be fit into the shaft that will work best for you.

The other thing that we were able to see in this test is that feel is important.  In past tests, players could not always feel the changes in the equipment, but in this test, they picked up on the differences right away. This allowed them to verbalize how the feel of the equipment impacted their swing.  Though we do consider ourselves a data-driven site, and many would eschew feel as nebulous, the data seems to indicate that feel has a very real impact when it comes to a good fit.

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