What Is Cup Face Technology & Will It Help Me Drive The Ball Farther?

The Science of Cup Face TechnologyDynacraft Avatar Cup Face Driver

Most manufacturers have found out how to make a driver that pushes the maximum allowable spring-like effect but still conforms to the Rules of Golf. This is done by using very thin or special beta titanium alloy faces. Because titanium heads are hollow they are constructed from as little as two pieces to as many as six. Most foundries will use a separate face plate from the crown, hosel and sole plate. The faceplate is then welded to the other pieces of the head around the perimeter of the face. The location of the weld becomes thicker than the areas around it so the outermost regions of the face do not deflect much. As a result, Continue reading “What Is Cup Face Technology & Will It Help Me Drive The Ball Farther?” »

Andy Bean Captures Champions Tour’s Regions Charity Classic With New Image Ghost Shaft

New Ghost Shaft Proves a Winner On The Champions Tour

HOOVER, AL – May 20, 2008 – Andy Bean earned a dramatic victory at the Champions Tour’s Regions Charity Classic using the new Ghost Image tour prototype X-flex shaft, now available at Hireko Golf.


Bean recently adopted the New Image shaft and has increased both his distance and accuracy. Bean hit an unbelievable 382-yard drive on the 13th hole in Sunday’s final round. He finished at 13 under par to win by one shot. Bean led all three rounds of the event with a tournament record 18 birdies.

Hireko Golf carries the New Image line of high performance shafts, with specific designs for every type of player, from the tour professional to the weekend golfer. Each serial-numbered shaft has unique aesthetics – no two are identical – and is individually tested to ensure it meets New Image’s exact specifications.

The New Image Ghost shaft is available in Stiff flex and X-flex. Specifications include 2.3º torque, a 78 gram weight and a low ball flight trajectory. The Ghost Image shaft retails at $195.95. Visit www.HirekoGolf.com for more details.

How Come My Golf Components Don’t Always Fit Together?

Jeff Summitt explains what to do when golf components will not fitHireko Modern Guide To Clubmaking Book together.

Ahh, that excitement you have when the box of components arrive at your doorstep. You open the package like an eight year old on Christmas Day; sort out all the golf components on your workbench and then you try to test fit the parts. But you find they don’t fit. What should you do? One thing is do not panic.

First, look at the golf components to make sure you got the right parts. If you ordered a golf shaft for a golf driver or fairway wood, chances it will be 44” or longer. If the shaft you are trying to insert is only 41” or shorter, it was designed for an golf iron or a hybrid with a .370” internal hosel diameter. Simply call the component supplier you bought them from to have a replacement sent in case the shaft was miss-shipped or the wrong part number ordered. Component companies will usually not replace a shaft that has been trimmed and abraded. Shipping errors can occur on occasion and it is one of the responsibilities of the clubmaker to check inventory when it comes in the door.

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How To Instantly Gain Distance

Get More Confidence!

If you want more distance, it all starts out with more confidence in the club you are swinging. What you say? Confidence is that immeasurable factor that can also be mentioned in the same terms as faith and trust. Forget for a second that you have a driver with the maximum allowable volume, spring-like face and high MOI paired with a premium shaft and grip. When you make that tape-measured drive, do you remember what you were thinking? Nothing, absolutely nothing! That is the key when you do not have to worry about anything as you have total confidence in the club(s) you are playing.

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How To Instantly Gain Distance

Get More Confidence!

If you want more distance, it all starts out with more confidence in the club you are swinging. What you say? Confidence is that immeasurable factor that can also be mentioned in the same terms as faith and trust. Forget for a second that you have a driver with the maximum allowable volume, spring-like face and high MOI paired with a premium shaft and grip. When you make that tape-measured drive, do you remember what you were thinking? Nothing, absolutely nothing! That is the key when you do not have to worry about anything as you have total confidence in the club(s) you are playing.

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Does Your Ball Position Really Matter When Choosing The Right Hybrid?

Jeff Summitt Examines The Connection Between Ball Position and Hybrid Selection

Other than perhaps putters, hybrids may be the most diverse category of clubheadsHybrid Ad from one to the next. Aside from their unique appearance, various volumes, lofts and assembly lengths there may be one key consideration to look for. Hybrids may have an offset like an iron or possess face progression like a fairway wood and this factor might very well be the reason why you should choose one type of hybrid over another.

Each golfer has a comfort zone as to the ball position in their stance relative to the distance between their front and back foot. We get used to that ball position and then when adjust our arm position until we are comfortable. You might not realize this, but the type of hybrid might cause you to change ball position in your stance as much as ¾”, the amount of forward press at address or even the angle of attack in the swing ultimately controlling the ball trajectory, direction and distance. This is with clubs of identical lengths and lofts too. Continue reading “Does Your Ball Position Really Matter When Choosing The Right Hybrid?” »

Does Your Ball Position Really Matter When Choosing The Right Hybrid?

Jeff Summitt Examines The Connection Between Ball Position and Hybrid Selection

Other than perhaps putters, hybrids may be the most diverse category of clubheadsHybrid Ad from one to the next. Aside from their unique appearance, various volumes, lofts and assembly lengths there may be one key consideration to look for. Hybrids may have an offset like an iron or possess face progression like a fairway wood and this factor might very well be the reason why you should choose one type of hybrid over another.

Each golfer has a comfort zone as to the ball position in their stance relative to the distance between their front and back foot. We get used to that ball position and then when adjust our arm position until we are comfortable. You might not realize this, but the type of hybrid might cause you to change ball position in your stance as much as ¾”, the amount of forward press at address or even the angle of attack in the swing ultimately controlling the ball trajectory, direction and distance. This is with clubs of identical lengths and lofts too.

Ball Position 1To help show you why, let us take a close look at three different types of hybrids (see Diagram 1). The head on the left has the most face progression, which is simply the measurement from a shaft’s centerline (blue line) to the leading edge of the club face (red line). The head in the center has a slight offset hosel feature which reduces the amount of face progression. Lastly, the third head has offset like a game-improvement iron where there is virtually no face progression at all.

Let’s say you like to line up with the ball 4” inside your left heel (RH golfer). If you set the club behind the ball with the club on the left in Diagram 1 (the one with the most face progression) it will either force you to do one of two things than if you using one of the other two clubs. First, you may need to set your hands more toward the center at address (see Diagram 2). This can cause the player to hit lower on the clubface or even hit off the leading edge if played too far forward resulting into a bladed shot.

Ball 2The second and more common approach is to move the club rearward in the stance with a greater forward press than either of the other two clubs with less face progression (see Diagram 3). A byproduct of having to move the club back in the stance is the club becomes de-lofted (see Diagram 4). This may be fine for players who hit a high trajectory.

But another byproduct most people may not realize is the face will be slightly open without manipulating the club closed in the address position and may cause the golfer to push or even slice the ball. If youBall 3 have a hard time understanding, imagine trying to hit an offset iron with 12 pennies stacked and epoxied onto the face. This is equivalent to ¾” or the range of face progression you can find from one hybrid to another!

This is why I might suggest that hybrids with a lot of face progression reserved for golfers who can hit a high ball, have a steep angle of attack, and prefer the ball back in their stance or a tendency to pull or draw the ball. One other consideration is for golfers who tend to shank the ball as the hosel is far removed from an area the ball can come in contact with.

Offset hybrids (ones with the least amount of face progression) might be better suited to golfers who tend to have a more sweeping swing (don’t tend to take divots) or no forward press at impact. Beginners or golfers with an early shaft release may Ball 4benefit more from this hosel style of a hybrid. This should help the golfer make more solid contact, get the ball airborne and reduce the likelihood of pushing or slicing the ball by effectively making contact with the ball further forward in the swing arc.

The most common hybrids have a slight amount of offset to reduce the amount of face progression. This might provide a nice balance for golfers who like to have a slight forward hand press at address or at least encourage a slight downward angle of attack in order to get the ball out and up from a tight lie.

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Club fitters should have at least one hybrid representative of each category to see which style suits their customer best. For golfers who do not build or fit clubs, I would encourage them to determine your swing style or tendency to know what group of hybrids to select from. This will help you play your best by controlling the ball trajectory and direction for maximum efficiency.

Hireko Golf Announces The Most Massive Grip In It’s Karma Line, The New For 2008 Karma Supra Putter Grip

Karma’s New Putter Grip Designed To Calm Nerves & Improve Feel

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA, May 5, 2008 – Hireko announces the newest addition to the best selling Karma line of grips, the Karma Supra Putter grip. Measuring nearly 1.75” across, this beast of a putter grip is guaranteed to kill the yips. The semi-circular paddle shape naturally fits in the palms of your hands allowing you to cradle the club. This helps keep your wrists steady so that only the big muscles in the arms and shoulders are used to create a repeatable pure pendulum stroke.The Karma Supra installs just like any standard grip and there is no need for additional counterbalancing as the grip weighs 204 grams and complements today’s heavier putter heads. The decorative pattern on the large flat front of the grip makes alignment simple and easy.

Using the Supra requires no hand re-adjustments, simply use your normal grip.

We all experience too much tension in our daily lives, so see what “tension-free” golf is all about. The new Karma Supra Putter Grip is the perfect prescription to steady the nerves and sink more putts.Conforms with USGA Rules.

The Karma Supra Putter Grips are in stock and available online for only $9.95 each at www.hirekogolf.com or by calling 800-367-8912.

What’s New In The Golf Biz? Introducing The New for 2008 Karma Supra Putter Grip!

Karma’s New Massive Putter Grip Designed To Kill The YipsRF70 Karma Supra Grip

Hireko is proud to announce a new product offering called the Karma Supra putter grip. The best way to describe it is “massive” – measuring nearly 1.75” across. The Karma Supra might just be the answer you have been seeking to eliminate your putting woes. How may you ask? The semi-circular paddle shape naturally fits in the palms of your hands allowing you to cradle the club. This helps keep your wrists steady so that only the big muscles in the arms and shoulders are used to create a repeatable pure pendulum stroke.

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