Are you still using last year’s shaft trimming guide? If so, you may be cutting your shafts incorrectly and that can be costly.
Even if you were a good clubmaker and downloaded this year’s trimming guide, you may want to get the latest version. From time to time we found errors or omissions to our shaft trimming guide like we recently did.
Aerotech Powercoil 50
In our latest catalog (page 79) is a listing for the Aerotech Powercoil RH50 shaft for A-flex in both 0.335” and 0.350” tip sizes. Actually this 47” shaft is a senior or ladies (A/L) combination flex shaft and the reason why it is 1” longer than the R or S-flex. The correct trim chart should be W38 for L-flex and now W37 for A-flex in the updated 2014 shaft trimming guide. If you go to the 2014 catalog or look at the previous on-line version of the Hireko Shaft Trimming Guide, guess what, you won’t find either of those two codes. DOH!
Again, don’t use last year’s catalog otherwise you won’t trim the shaft correctly. Here are the correct instructions for tip trimming below or you can find them in the most recent download.
The Power Play Friction Face Wedge Series are perfect for those that demand more oomph and spin and have no trouble getting their wedges aloft.
Have you ever noticed how most wedge sets look all alike? Sure, they may have different finishes, manufacturer’s names and logos but the basic shape and design are very similar. If that is the case, wouldn’t they play similar as well? You likely didn’t fall out of the turnip truck yesterday and probably know the answer to that redundant question. Now enter the new Power Play Friction Face wedge series. It was initially designed to look different so it would play differently as well.
Higher / rearward center of gravity
One of the first things you will notice about the Power Play Friction Face wedge is the 5 holes or receptacles in the bottom flange. This was created in order to eliminate weight low and forward, which in turn was added to the top of the backside of the face. I bet you are asking, “Won’t that affect the launch and spin of the ball?” Yes it does. We learned the value of a higher, more rearward center of gravity for many golfers when we created the Dynacraft VLS wedge. If you don’t recall this current model, it is a system that includes two interchangeable inserts; a 3g black anodized aluminum and 17g stainless steel. The Dynacraft VLS wedge produces two unique sets of conditions to control the initial trajectory, spin rate, maximum height of the shot, landing angle, amount of roll and finally total distance the ball travels.
Certain swing types or conditions launch the ball too high and cause the ball to go nowhere with their wedges. I for one am afflicted with this problem. By adding weight higher and rearward, the ball goes out and up as it should and I achieve more distance with no more effort. The wedges already are loaded with ample loft that will maintain the spin needed to hold the greens.
High friction face
Where the Power Play Friction Face wedges gets its’ name comes from the laser etching on the face to provide its distinctive appearance. Using a computer-controlled laser beam, when it comes in contact with the wedge’s face, an enormous concentration of light produces a high intensity of heat and vaporizes the face along its path. Not only can you make interesting patterns, but in our case, we created a groove within a groove. The trough or depth of the laser etching is 0.02mm which is within the USGA’s 0.001 inch limit (0.025mm) for additional surface roughness.
Lofts that make sense
Look at most irons produced today. The 8 iron is 37-38º, 9 iron 41-42º and PW at 45-46º. See a pattern going? Yet most wedges sets are offered in 52, 56 and 60 lofts leaving a potential distance gap after the PW. With the Power Play Friction Face wedges, the lofts will better blend into most game-improvement iron sets with lofts of 50, 55 and 60 degrees. Now that makes sense!
The Power Play Friction Face wedges also feature a very functional sole and leading edge to play well off of a variety of course conditions. This is simply a fabulous wedge series for those that more oomph and spin and have no trouble getting their wedges aloft.
Model # I436A
Model #X I436A
If your golf grip doesn’t feel right, you are not going to play your best. Which type of golf grip is best for your game?
One of my pet peeves about any off the rack clubs by any of the major name brand manufacturers is their grip sizing. If you are a man, you are offered one size grip and for women, they get another size. That’s it! If you have big hands or small hands, guess what, the grip is not going to fit well. That is why I am glad I am in the component industry and have the ability to custom the grip sizing to suit my needs and the reason why we sell the sheer number of golf grip we do.
Traditionally grips taper. That is, the top the grip is the largest and as you get closer to the mouth or the bottom of the grip it tapers down and becomes smaller. I want you to think about all the items you hold on a daily basis. One is likely a steering wheel. Guess what? It doesn’t taper. My shovels (including a snow shovel which I have used too much this year), brooms, rakes, pitch fork and numerous other tools around my house and barn don’t taper either. So why should grips on golf clubs taper?
There are certain grips that have or are currently available with reduced taper. That is the rate of taper is less so the bottom portion of the grip is slightly larger, yet the top half of the grip is essentially the same size. Sure, clubmakers can build up a grip with masking tape underneath the double-side tape to increase the girth. But who wants to go through all the time and hassle when you can find grips that already have the reduced taper built into them like the new Golf Pride CP2 Tour and Wrap? I sure don’t.
You can even find grips with no taper at all. After all, your hands are the same size aren’t they? Pictured on the far right is the Tacki Mac Unified Wrap. Other popular grips without taper are Winn’s Excel Soft Oversize, Golf Pride’s Tour Wrap 2G Jumbo and the SuperStroke putters grips.
Why aren’t more grips available with reduced or no taper at all? Is it tradition or I am in the minority? One thing is does is add weight as you have more material to build up the bottom portion of the grip. But guess what, counterweighting golf clubs is en vogue nowadays so reduced or no taper at all may also serve as a double benefit for some.
If your grip doesn’t feel right, you are not going to play your best. The rate of taper of your grip could very well be a reason for that abnormal feel you never could put a finger on (no pun intended). That is the reason why some grips you have held seem to feel better than others even though they say they are the same size. But at least now you know there are options or what to look or ask for when you in the market for new grips.
New 2014 Nextt Axis X4 Driver and CX3 Wedge Offers Astonishing Value
Nextt AXIS X4 Alloy Driver – Component Clubhead Arriving 2/17/2014
Dual Flow weight concept and “SHOCK DAMPENING ZONE”, provides an outstanding dampening control that helps smooth out the effects of the off center hits. These are forged from 7075 aircraft grade aluminum to have the same size and weight as today’s titanium driver, but at a fraction of the cost.
Nextt CX3 Alloy Wedge – Component Clubhead
The Nextt CX-3 Oil Can Finish wedges offer a unique appearance and a soft feel at impact.
The New for 2014 Illegally Long Power Play Juggernaut Driver Has Titanic Power & Accuracy!
Here is a little fun fact, only 1 out of every 5 golfers maintains a USGA handicap. Yet virtually all equipment companies design golf clubs to abide by the Rules of Golf for what amounts to only a minority of the golfing population. Well that trend may be changing and Hireko will be offering a new driver that was intentionally designed to be non-conforming.
Now don’t get your tighty-whities in a bunch, this is only a single driver and we have a plethora of other golf club drivers to choose from. Remember, we weren’t the first company to make a non-conforming golf driver and we certainly won’t be the last. Hireko is introducing the Power Play Juggernaut driver for the 80% of golfers who…
- Don’t maintain a handicap
- Take a mulligan on the first hole
- Roll the ball in the fairway
- A putt is an automatic “gimmie” inside the leather
- Play for the fun of it!
Let’s face it golf is hard, even under pristine conditions that you see on TV. I don’t know about you but I don’t have the luxury of beating balls year round and for hours at a time to play at the highest level. I happen to play for the fun of it. There is enough pressure in life that I just want to relax when I am out on the course and enjoy the company and surroundings. I am sure most of our readers are in the same boat.
The Power Play Juggernaut was designed for the 4 out of 5 golfers that want to play better by driving the ball straighter and further – simple as that. Every company will boast those claims with any new driver, but can they back it up? Due to all the equipment restrictions by golf’s governing body that is awfully hard to do. But when you aren’t hamstrung by rules, you can create some pretty cool things.
First, the Juggernaut is 12% larger (515cc) than the maximum allowable volume by the USGA. That is bigger, but not like seeing a watermelon on a stick. If you believe in the philosophy that bigger is better, then you will agree this allows it to be a more forgiving on off-center golf shots resulting into less time looking for errant balls and speeding up the play of the game. Plus when you have more confidence, you can go after it a bit more and generate a little more distance knowing you have an inkling of an idea of where the ball is going.
Secondly, you will be able to generate a little more ball speed or distance from the tee because the coefficient of restitution (COR) or that spring-like effect of the ball coming off is hotter than allowable by the USGA. We spared no expense and went to a more explosive beta titanium material for the face. Are you going to be driving the ball 50 yards more? No, as that would defy the laws of physics, but I can tell you that I have hit the longest drives at my home course with it.
OK, I can hear some of you mumbling “Are you cheating?” It depends. If you don’t maintain a handicap, then the answer is no. Mulligans and “gimmie” putts aren’t in the rule book nor are rolling the ball in your own fairway, but look at all of those golfers that do. For those aging seniors who now play from the forward tees and still can’t reach the Par 4’s in regulation or beginners who need all the help from an accuracy standpoint so they don’t give up and quite the game before they ever get hooked. These are just a few reasons that the Juggernaut driver was intended for.
When you finally get hooked on golf, begin having fun once again or want to play more competitively, you have tons of choices of conforming drivers. For now, there is an affordable driver available that is not only has a great look, sound and feel, but another option for the amateur golfer who wants to have fun and could give a rat’s behind about abiding by every single rule of golf.
|Power Play Juggernaut Titanium Driver – Custom Assembled||Power Play Juggernaut Titanium Driver – Clubhead||Power Play Juggernaut Driver Headcover|
|Model #XTM13652B||Model #XTM13652B||Model #HCZD4414|
|$113.95 each||$69.95 each||$10.95 each|
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Proceeds from sales of Dynacraft SPOT Putter help Morrow County Dog Shelter in Ohio
That dog’s name is Charlie and he is a real rescue dog. Charlie says for every Dynacraft SPOT putter sold a portion of the proceeds will go to a local animal shelter to help a fellow canine. Believe it or not, it does. Hireko is a very animal-friendly company. Charlie is part of the Hireko owner’s family alongside with Lola (Charlie’s sister). In fact, my wife and I adopted our last dog Bart after we found out it was about to be put to sleep long before his time. We have adopted numerous other animals too. Well this year’s deserving recipient was the Morrow County Dog Shelter with a check written for $5000 thanks to you – our valued customers.
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Morrow County Dog Shelter Story
The Morrow County Dog Shelter is located in rural Central Ohio. Unless you lived there, most Ohioans couldn’t point to it on a map. People who travel through the county are likely oblivious to much of the happenings there as they are more likely to notice the flat farmlands alongside the busy interstate. For locals traveling the county roads know it as farm country. My wife and I took a trip there to drop off some supplies and treats.
At the way back of Morrow County fairgrounds is located a building the county didn’t have any use for. This houses a small meager dog shelter that is abutted against a wooded area with a creek out meandering through it. The area is deemed a flood plain and when it rains hard, the flat land tends to flood. Several years ago they lost 32 dogs in one flood. Today, the staff and volunteers evacuate the dogs when there is any threat of flooding. Even so, over the past 4 years 2 dogs were lost, which is 2 too many.
Inside the building are small cramped quarters for the staff and in the back for the dogs. There is makeshift storage in a trailer for food and other items. Two runs give room to exercise the dogs when they are not in their cages. Despite the environment, the dedicated staff is a small but mighty group that strives hard to adopt out and rescue as many dogs as possible. They have one of the lowest euthanasia rates in the State of Ohio – 2 % and that includes sick and injured.
Morrow County is one of the poorer counties in the great state of Ohio and there are no available funds that can be appropriated. They have managed to secure land in a flood free zone, but haven’t been able to raise enough funds to put up a new building that will serve them for years to come.
How can you help?
There are two ways you can help an animal in need. One is to continue purchasing the Dynacraft SPOT putter. The other is to make a donation directly to the Morrow County Dog Shelter for their building fund. If you would like to help, here are the details to go toward their goal.
Please Donate To The Morrow County Dog Shelter!
Make check to: Morrow County Dog Shelter Building Fund
80 N. Walnut St
Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338
> CLICK HERE FOR MORROW COUNTY DOG SHELTER WEBSITE
Remember to do your part and spay and neuter your pets and if you are in search of a new family companion, seek out your local animal shelter first.
What is the Dynacraft SPOT putter?
SPOT, whose acronym is short for Stoke Path Optimization Technology, is a putter can actually adapt to the golfer’s putting stroke. First, we took the most popular putter style and adapted it to allow for 3 different hosel positions. Here are the reasons why. First, hosel position in relationship to the club head’s center of gravity has a pronounced effect on whether the putter is face balanced or if the toe hangs and if so by how much. Secondly, the toe hang of a putter should be matched according to the path of the golfer’s stroke for the most accurate results.
There are three basic classifications for describing a putter’s path. These are commonly referred to as straight back – straight through stroke, a slight arc and a pronounced arcing path. And each type requires a different amount of toe hang for best results. Face balanced or nearly face balanced putters are suggested for golfers who possess more of a straight back – straight through path and golfers who have a pronounced arc path generally prefer heel-shafted putters. Those with a slight arcing path fall in-between.
In addition, the Dynacraft SPOT putter is available in 3 different hosel configurations. There is a plumber’s neck featuring a full offset, a slant neck or half offset model and lastly a straight neck producing no offset at all. The varying offsets also contribute to the amount of toe hang. Plus offset is what controls direction with less offset being more prone to hitting the ball more to the right of their intended target line for a RH golfer.
For instance, if you have a tendency to pull the ball you might be better off with the straight neck. If you hit the ball pretty straight you might consider the slant neck. Lastly, if you push a lot of putts, the plumber’s neck may be the best choice.
The Dynacraft SPOT putter is able to accommodate all types of strokes with one body style. All you need is a 4mm Allen wrench and you can easily see for yourself on the putting green. It is not only a great fitting and teaching aid for professional club fitters, but it is a terrific everyday putter on the green as well.
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Dynamic Gold Tour Issue, Get the Tour Van Experience
First a sweep in Hawaii and now the first leg of the West Coast swing, for the first three weeks of the 2014 PGA Tour season, the winners has entrusted True Temper’s Dynamic Gold iron shafts. That is not surprising as the Dynamic Gold golf shaft has to be by far and away the #1 played and winning iron and wedge shaft ever. As you get an opportunity to peruse our website and 2014 catalog, you will notice a new addition to the Dynamic Gold family called the Tour Issue.
Understanding manufacturing tolerances
Before we talk about the Dynamic Gold Tour Issue, we must first talk about a particular topic – manufacturing tolerances. These exist with any steel shaft, with weight being a very important factor. For instance, if you have two of the exact same steel golf shaft and measure the flex, the heavier one will almost always be the stiffer of the two. This is due to the walls being thicker along the entire length of the shaft and a providing a greater resistance to deflection or bending. The greater the difference between weight and it will exhibit a greater discrepancy in stiffness. Also, if the weights are all over the place, not only will this establish inconsistency throughout the set, but this can create flex overlap or a situation where stiff flex may be more flexible than regular flex.
In 1982, True Temper Golf decided to do something to improve the consistency of shafts and subsequently golf clubs being made. They decided to weight-sort their shafts to narrow ranges of weight. For example, there would be no single S-flex, but an S100, S200, S300, S400 and S500. The S300 sub-flex would be the middle of the road stiff flex. The S200 would be a little lighter than the S300 and the S100 even lighter and most flexible. On the other end of the spectrum, S400 was slightly heavier than the S300 and S500 the heaviest and stiffest of all. As manufacturing tolerances became better over the years, the S100 and S500 were all but eliminated.
When the customer purchased Dynamic Gold in the sub-flex of their choosing, this ensured the manufacturing tolerances would be much tighter. True Temper charged a premium for the service to the point the standard Dynamic shaft was phased out in 2008 as better golfers didn’t bat an eye paying the small amount more for better quality shaft.
What is different about the Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Shafts?
To put this all in perspective, commercial grade steel shafts have tolerances no closer than a +/- 5 gram range. These are the least expensive steel shafts and ones you would see installed by volume clubmakers. The step up from that would be in +/- 3.5g range. These would be described as first quality or shafts that do not go through strict QC checks such as weight or frequency sorting like TT Lite or Multi-Step Lite. With Dynamic Gold, the weight tolerances are more like +/- 1.7g between sub-flexes. Now enter the Dynamic Gold Tour Issue. There are weight-sorted to an unbelievable +/- 0.5g tolerance or basically the absence of tolerance altogether where any tighter and there is no additional benefit.
During the 2012 Ryder Cup, Limited Edition versions of Dynamic Gold Tour Issue was released with the Team USA or Team Europe logo on the shafts. Today the general public will now be offered the same level of preciseness allocated for tour players. These will be available in S400 and X100 flexes in sets of 3-PW with extra 2-irons and wedge shafts in 0.355” taper tip.
Hireko’s own technical director was recently inducted into the International Clubmakers Guild (ICG) Hall of Fame for contributions in equipment & tool design and instruction.
Jeff states, “I was quite honored to have been recognized for his nearly 30 years of service and dedication in the golf club equipment industry, especially with such a well-deserved class of individuals.”
The ICG Hall of Fame has been established to recognize ICG members and sponsors who have made significant contribution to the golf industry in one or more of the following categories: golf clubmaking, golf club fitting, golf equipment & tool design, instruction (repair, teaching, assembly, fitting, etc.), and/or provided noteworthy service for the betterment of the ICG.
Below in alphabetical order are the inductees for the Class of 2014:
1. Charlie Blume
2. Rick Canter
3. Bob Dodds
4. Tim Hewitt
5. Dave Hohnke
6. Don Johnson
7. Ed Mitchell
8. “Doc” Niimi
9. Jeff Summitt
10. Tom Wishon
Join a Clubmaking Organization
Are you a clubmaker looking to advance your knowledge, skills and network with fellow clubmakers? If so, there is an organization for you called the International Clubmakers Guild (ICG). This non-profit organization was founded to serve a wide array of individuals from golf clubmakers, golf club fitters and club repairmen to PGA professionals, swing instructors, component suppliers, equipment designers, engineers and even golf scientists.
What is the International Clubmakers Guild?
The ICG is an independent; member owned and operated organization, where the membership determines the benefits and programs of the organization. The organization is open to professionals and hobbyists alike, which is a great way to foster growth. So if you want to learn more about the crafts of clubmaking, club fitting and repair this would be a great place to join.