When is the right time to change your equipment?

In East Lothian the courses stay dry enough in the main to play all winter.  I am too addicted to golf to put my clubs away all winter so I play all year.  It has become the “norm” to swap equipment in the off season that way you are ready and used to any equipment changes in time for the new year ahead.

Most OEM manufacturers will have released all their 2015 product line by the end of January.   February / March is a great time to be fitted for your new equipment.

At my studio in North Berwick I have Foresight GC2 launch monitor and an indoor net.  For 2015 I will be offering fittings from Ping, Titleist, TaylorMade, Wilson, Callaway and Mizuno as well as the component brands I have always used.

For 2015 I will be using a shaft fitting system called CMX OEM shaft fitting system.  What this does is allow you to compare OEM driver heads against each other with the same shaft so you can truly find the best combination for you.  Sure you can go and get a fitting at a OEM fitting center but will Callaway let you compare the Big Bertha with the R15? I don’t think so but I will.  Want Miura wedges, Titleist irons,  TaylorMade Hybrids/fairways and a Ping Driver?  Well you can here!

Use the clubs that allow you to play to your full potential and in most cases that will be a mixed set with bits from each of the major manufacturers.

 

When is the right time to change your equipment?

In East Lothian the courses stay dry enough in the main to play all winter.  I am too addicted to golf to put my clubs away all winter so I play all year.  It has become the “norm” to swap equipment in the off season that way you are ready and used to any equipment changes in time for the new year ahead.

Most OEM manufacturers will have released all their 2015 product line by the end of January.   February / March is a great time to be fitted for your new equipment.

At my studio in North Berwick I have Foresight GC2 launch monitor and an indoor net.  For 2015 I will be offering fittings from Ping, Titleist, TaylorMade, Wilson, Callaway and Mizuno as well as the component brands I have always used.

For 2015 I will be using a shaft fitting system called CMX OEM shaft fitting system.  What this does is allow you to compare OEM driver heads against each other with the same shaft so you can truly find the best combination for you.  Sure you can go and get a fitting at a OEM fitting center but will Callaway let you compare the Big Bertha with the R15? I don’t think so but I will.  Want Miura wedges, Titleist irons,  TaylorMade Hybrids/fairways and a Ping Driver?  Well you can here!

Use the clubs that allow you to play to your full potential and in most cases that will be a mixed set with bits from each of the major manufacturers.

 

Is it 2015 already? So much new stuff out there!

Ok, well as a self confessed golf junkie I,  like most of you love new golf gear.  In my quest to be the best informed and in return pass on my knowledge of the latest equipment to you my customers I research all new products and where possible test them.

There is no secret that we as consumers are getting fed up with the OEM manufacturers releasing too much equipment and our latest gear being out of date soon after it has been bought.  I do have solutions to this but this wasn’t the intention of this post.  You might be thinking that equipment retailers do well from new equipment being released every month but consider this.  You may be annoyed that your “new” driver is already out of date before you even really got used to it.  Well now consider the small retailer and pro shop.  We stock multiple brands and lines.  When something goes out of date we are stuck with out of date equipment.  The only people that gain from infinite updates are the manufacturers.

So here is my list of the last few weeks of equipment releases.

Callaway.  V series driver, Big Bertha Alpha and Alpha double diamond.  Big Bertha irons.

TaylorMade.  RSi irons  rumours of R15 driver but not until January.

Ping.  G30 but the G25 was at least 18 months old.

Mizuno.  JPX 850 range, again I don’t think anyone would say Mizuno release too much equipment.

Cobra.  Just released Fly Z drivers and updated there iron selection but this is a 1 year cycle.

Titleist.  915 range of woods but the 913 was 2 years ago so no complaints there.

Nike.  The full Vapour line but again 1 year since last release.

Srixon.  New the UK & US.  Full range  products will have a 2 year cycle.

I may have missed a few products but I think you get the point I am making.  If you want to ask how you can be less susceptible to out of date equipment message me for further details or subscribe to my blog to ensure you don’t miss an update.

 

 

Is it 2015 already? So much new stuff out there!

Ok, well as a self confessed golf junkie I,  like most of you love new golf gear.  In my quest to be the best informed and in return pass on my knowledge of the latest equipment to you my customers I research all new products and where possible test them.

There is no secret that we as consumers are getting fed up with the OEM manufacturers releasing too much equipment and our latest gear being out of date soon after it has been bought.  I do have solutions to this but this wasn’t the intention of this post.  You might be thinking that equipment retailers do well from new equipment being released every month but consider this.  You may be annoyed that your “new” driver is already out of date before you even really got used to it.  Well now consider the small retailer and pro shop.  We stock multiple brands and lines.  When something goes out of date we are stuck with out of date equipment.  The only people that gain from infinite updates are the manufacturers.

So here is my list of the last few weeks of equipment releases.

Callaway.  V series driver, Big Bertha Alpha and Alpha double diamond.  Big Bertha irons.

TaylorMade.  RSi irons  rumours of R15 driver but not until January.

Ping.  G30 but the G25 was at least 18 months old.

Mizuno.  JPX 850 range, again I don’t think anyone would say Mizuno release too much equipment.

Cobra.  Just released Fly Z drivers and updated there iron selection but this is a 1 year cycle.

Titleist.  915 range of woods but the 913 was 2 years ago so no complaints there.

Nike.  The full Vapour line but again 1 year since last release.

Srixon.  New the UK & US.  Full range  products will have a 2 year cycle.

I may have missed a few products but I think you get the point I am making.  If you want to ask how you can be less susceptible to out of date equipment message me for further details or subscribe to my blog to ensure you don’t miss an update.

 

 

Yardages are the key to a good bag.

I have added this from a recent Facebook post.  Ryan Moore won the CIMB classic last weekend and one of my favourite golf forums Golfwrx published his “what’s in the bag” (WITB).  I noticed that Ryan was carrying a 19 degree 5 wood a 20 degree hybrid and a 22 degree 4 iron.  So what about it? Well that is 3 clubs with only 3 degrees of loft between them.  Normally you would have 3 or 4 degrees of loft between 2 irons so you can understand why this interested me as a club builder.

Well the reason Ryan has done this is yardage gaps.  He selects his clubs based how far he hits them.  This is why a gapping session on a launch monitor is a worthwhile experiment.

This was my Facebook post.

Great example here of how the numbers on the bottom of the club have little impact on their selection. Ryan is carrying a 19 degree 5 wood and a 20 degree rescue then his longest iron is a 4 iron at 22 degrees. Thats 3 clubs within 3 degr See More

Yardages are the key to a good bag.

I have added this from a recent Facebook post.  Ryan Moore won the CIMB classic last weekend and one of my favourite golf forums Golfwrx published his “what’s in the bag” (WITB).  I noticed that Ryan was carrying a 19 degree 5 wood a 20 degree hybrid and a 22 degree 4 iron.  So what about it? Well that is 3 clubs with only 3 degrees of loft between them.  Normally you would have 3 or 4 degrees of loft between 2 irons so you can understand why this interested me as a club builder.

Well the reason Ryan has done this is yardage gaps.  He selects his clubs based how far he hits them.  This is why a gapping session on a launch monitor is a worthwhile experiment.

This was my Facebook post.

Great example here of how the numbers on the bottom of the club have little impact on their selection. Ryan is carrying a 19 degree 5 wood and a 20 degree rescue then his longest iron is a 4 iron at 22 degrees. Thats 3 clubs within 3 degr See More