Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Ping Scottsdale Putters

There are 12 models of Ping Scottsdale TR putters, categorized by Ping's "Fit for Stroke" criteria. For golfers who putt with a slight arcing stroke: Anser 2, B60, Shea, Tomcat S, Anser 2 B (adjustable belly). For strong-arc putters: ZB S, Shea H. For straight-back-and-through strokes: Piper C, Tatum, Carefree L (adjustable long). Two models - the Grayhawk and Senita - come in all three stroke types.

The "TR" in the name stands for "True Roll," and the name stems from what Ping says are the benefits of the grooves. The face insert in each Scottsdale TR putter has grooves that are deepest in the center of the clubface, but narrow as the grooves move away from the center. This keeps the ball speed off the face consistent whether the ball is struck on the center of the face, or towards the heel or toe. Improved ball speed consistency leads to more consistent distance control.

Those face inserts are constructed with a lightweight aluminum, and the putters have a non-glare, black PVD finish with white sightlines.

As for the Scottsdale TR shafts: Golfers can order a traditional-length putter with a fixed shaft length, or, for an additional $35, select a shaft that adjusts in length anywhere from 31 inches to 38 inches. Additionally, belly and long putter lengths are options in some models.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

2014 Golf Balls

Here are some of the 2014 golf balls that are now available.

Nike 20XI

The 2014 Nike 20XI golf ball has more within the core, plus in a mantle layer and gives the ball more distance, more accuracy and resistance to wind, but a softer feel and more control in scoring clubs.
Nikes internal tests use their tour players and it has shown that the 20XI increased those players' ball speed by 2-3 mph relative to the Nike ball they were previously using.

The lighter core also moves more weight to the perimeter, creating a higher moment of inertia, which means more resistance to twisting and that is., lower driver spin. The softer feel helps with control and short-game performance.

 The Nike 20XI is targeted to golfers who want that improved feel and control in the short game. The 20XI X adds more distance.

Here are some of the golf hot list 2014 balls that have been introduced , they are now available to start your new season off.

 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x

2013 Pro V1 and V1x

The new Pro V1 feels softer thanks to a softer compression core, which has decreased from the low 90s to the high 80s. The core change means that it will spin less and have a shallower angle of descent than the 2011 Pro V1 off of long clubs. For most golfers, this means longer carry distance and more roll, meaning the new Pro V1 will be go farther with the long clubs than its predecessor.

While the Pro V1 features the same 352-dimple pattern as the 2011 model, it features a newly formulated cover and paint system that adhere better, which makes it more resistant to scuffs and paint chips and actually improves its aerodynamics.

Pro V1X’s dual-core construction, it’s a lower-spinning golf ball off the tee, and thus the longer of the two balls. The Pro V1X is a natural fit for high-speed players.

TaylorMade The Lethal

The Lethal golf ball from TaylorMade is a premium, 5-layer ball that is the company's next-generation ball, supplanting the Penta.

The Lethal ("Lethal" is used as the sidestamp on the ball) is designed to work well with today's irons that focus on helping golfers launch the ball higher. The Lethal's design takes that into account, with characteristics that counteract ballooning and keep the ball on a more penetrating trajectory.

The ball is designed to hold its line better in the wind, and, of course, to provide a distance boost over previous generation TaylorMade Tour balls.

Friday, December 28, 2012

New Nike Golf Equipment

Here is some of the latest Nike golf equipment for 2013

Nike Driver 2013

 The VR_S Covert driver is the world's first-ever high-speed cavity back driver..The standard model has a 460cc clubhead and lofts that adjust from 8.5 to 12.5 degrees

The cavity back in this case is a significant notch out of the sole near the rear of the clubhead. The point of the cavity is to redistribute weight to the perimeter of the clubhead. The cavity means more of the VR_S Covert's clubhead weight is in the heel and toe, boosting moment of inertia, increasing forgiveness, and reducing distance loss on off-center strikes.

The VR_S Covert driver also comes with Nike's FlexLoft adjustability system, which allows golfers, through a pull-turn-and-tighten maneuver, to adjust loft angle and face angle independent of one another. There are 15 different options for loft/face angle in the VR_S Covert.

 Nike Fairway Woods and Hybrids 2013

The VR_S Covert fairway woods and hybrids each include the "covert" technology: Nike's High Speed Cavity Back. But it's a "cavity back" (a notch out of the sole near the rear of the clubhead) that is covert - from the address position, the golfer sees a typical wood or hybrid crown. The cavity is visible only from the sole view.

A cavity back in wood heads works the same as in iron heads: It repositions more weight around the perimeter, increasing MOI, boosting forgiveness, mitigating distance loss on off-center strikes.
Both the woods and hybrids incorporate Nike's NexCOR technology, a variable face thickness that helps create higher ball speeds, especially on shots struck lower on the clubface.

 The stock shaft in the Nike VR_S Covert fairway woods is the Kuro Kage Black 60 with 3-woods (15 degrees) and 5-woods (19 degrees) and the VR_S Covert Tour hybrids come in 3H (adjustable from 17 degrees through 21 degrees) and 5H (21- to 25-degrees).

Nike Irons 2013

 The Nike VR_S Covert Irons incorporate the company's High Speed Cavity Back and NexCOR face technologies in an iron designed for distance and forgiveness.

The High Speed Cavity Back - whose design is "hidden" within the clubhead ( the "Covert" in the name) moves weight to the corners of the clubhead, boosting MOI.

Combined with NexCOR - which boosts ball speed across a larger area of the face - the "covert" cavity back tech helps golfers on off-center strikes with less loss of distance. The NexCOR face's variable face thickness grows the sweet spot lower and toward the toe, a common impact area for many golfers.

In addition, the VR_S Covert irons have a "duel bevel sole" design that makes the club sit slightly lower to the ball; the sole is designed for a cleaner cut through grass, lessening the impact of turf interaction.

The Nike VR_S Covert Irons come in 4-AW, with stock shafts of True Temper Dynalite 90 or Nike Kuro Kage Black 70.

Nike Wedges 2013

 The VR Forged wedges from Nike Golf are offered in three sole grinds to suit different types of players and conditions.
Nike Wedges 2013
They are forged from 1025 carbon steel and have a premium satin chrome finish (black oxide finish also available on all three). They come with Nike's X3X groove design, a high-frequency groove with a laser crosshatch pattern between grooves.
The three models are:
  • VR Forged Standard Grind: Offers the most versatility for wide-ranging conditions; Nike says this is the choice for golfers who carry extra wedges of varying lofts. Comes in loft/bounce combos of 48/10, 50/10, 52/10, 54/12, 56/14, 58/10 and 60/10.
  • VR Forged Dual Narrow Grind: Have a narrower sole, more bounce and greater relief in the heel; sits low regardless of whether the golfer has the blade open or square. Golfers who carry fewer wedges may prefer this model. Comes in loft/bounce combos of 56/16, 58/14 and 60/13.
  • VR Forged Dual Wide Grind: Wider sole with lower bounce, Nike Golf says this is the easiest of the three from anywhere around the green. Comes in loft/bounce combos of 56/8 and 60/6.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Ping Anser Forged Irons

Ping Anser Forged Irons
The multi-material Anser Forged irons have clubheads that combine a body of 8620 steel with a dense tungsten weight. Combined with an internal cavity close behind the clubface and above the sole, the weighting properties of the clubheads increase moment of inertia and optimize the center of gravity location..

The CG location is progressive through the use of a stabilizing bar. The bars are thinner but angle out wider in the long irons, which lowers the center of gravity to help the golfer achieve a higher launch angle. As you move through the set to the shorter irons, the stabilizing bars thicken and become more vertical, raising the CG location to help achieve higher spin, more control and a more penetrating ball flight.

The clubhead size is also progressive through the set, larger on the long irons and becoming smaller as you move to the short irons.

The Ping Anser Forged irons come with Project X or TFC 800i shafts. The irons come in 3-PW, and MSRP is $200 per club.

Ping Adjustable Putter

Ping Adjustable Putter
Ping have now brought out and adjustable putter, the "500" in the Nome 500's name refers to its weight in grams. But the real calling card of the club is its adjustable-length shaft.

The telescoping adjustable-length putter shaft was first introduced in the Nome 405 model. In the Nome 500, the shaft can be shortened to 44.5 inches (belly length) or lengthened to 54.5 inches (broomstick length), or set anywhere in-between to best fit the golfer's putting stance and stroke.

The grip portion of the putter shaft is graphite, and it slides up or down over the lower, steel portion. A lightweight locking ring is loosened in order to adjust length, and tightened in order to lock in a chosen length.

The face-balanced Ping Nome 500 is designed for golfers with a straight putting stroke. It has a lightweight frame with tungsten weighting in the sole, and a nano-nickel coating to finish..


Friday, August 17, 2012

3 Great Putting Drills

3 Great Putting Tips
There are three key things that we need to do to be a good putter. The first is we need to keep the putter face square to the line, the second is the body needs to be steady, and third and finally, we need to roll the ball the right distance.

Putting Drill: Left Hand Only

The first drill I want to give you is called "Left Hand Only." You're going to grip the putter in your left hand if you're a right-handed golfer. If you're a left-handed golfer, of course, it's going to be the opposite hand, or the right hand. Grip it in your left hand. You're going to keep the putter face nice and square as you swing the putter face back and through. You're going to hit these putts nice and close to the hole, meaning you're only going to be two, maybe three feet if I'm a highly skilled golfer. The focus here is on the left side, the lead hand keeping the putter face nice and square to the hole. The first few times you do it, it's going to be a little challenging. But as you work through it, it's going to get a little bit easier.

Putting Drill: Look-Away Drill

The next one is probably my favorite putting drill of all time. It's called the "Look-Away Drill." Do these putts from about 15 to 20 feet. Get set up, put a tee, or a coin, or something behind the ball three or four feet. As you come in contact with the putt—as you come in contact with the ball—look back at the tee or object and keep looking at that object until you believe the ball has reached the cup. At that point, whether you believe the ball has reached the cup, go ahead and look up, and hopefully you will see the ball going in. What's going to happen here is your body is going to be nice and steady through the whole motion.

Putting Drill: Ladder Drill

The third drill is what we call the "Ladder Drill." This is for distance control. You're going to just simply take steps from the cup, working away from the hole; and at every step, drop a ball. I typically will do this with three or five golf balls. So I drop them at maybe nine, twelve, and 15 feet. I'm just going to go ahead and putt them, focusing on the distance that each ball travels.


There are three key things that we need to do to be a good putter: keep the putter face square, roll the ball the right distance, and also keep the body nice and steady.