SUPER MEMORIAL DAY SALE! GET 25% SELECT BEST SELLING CLUBHEADS!

Get 25% off the following clubheads until midnight, Monday, May 30, 2011.

Please use coupon code MEMORIAL25 at checkout to receive discount. Discount applies only to 1st column retail pricing only. Sale not applicable to Chairmen club members or distributor pricing.

Dynacraft ICT Titanium Driver – Clubhead
Reg. $64.95
Sale $48.71

Acer XDS Insider Titanium Driver – Clubhead
Reg. $54.95
Sale $41.21

Dynacraft Prophet ICT Fairway Wood – Clubhead
Reg. $29.95
Sale $22.46

Acer XDS Cabriolet Iron – Clubhead
Reg. $8.95
Sale $6.71

Power Play System Q2 Iron – Clubhead
Reg. $8.95
Sale $6.71

Power Play Caiman Hybrid – Clubhead
Reg. $17.95
Sale $13.46

Dynacraft Avatar Chipper – Clubhead
Reg. $13.95
Sale $10.46

Acer CB3 Putter – Clubhead
Reg. $19.95
Sale $14.96

Acer CB4 Putter – Clubhead
Reg. $24.95
Sale $18.71

Acer CB5 Putter – Clubhead
Reg. $24.95
Sale $18.71

Acer CB6 Putter – Clubhead
Reg. $24.95
Sale $18.71

Acer CB7 Putter – Clubhead
Reg. $19.95
Sale $14.96

Acer CB8 Putter – Clubhead
Reg. $19.95
Sale $14.96

DSFI Information for FST Shafts!

I have had a lot of inquiries from customers who wanted the DSFI information for the FST steel shafts we had picked up after the 2011 Shaft Fitting Addendum was published.  So for those that begged and begged and begged, here they are.

Because we are limited on the space alloted in our Blog, the type might be too small to read, therefore I have also amended Chapter 5 of the 2011 Shaft Fitting Addendum to include these shafts in the tables. Those that have already downloaded this chapter may want the most up-to-date version.

Download Chapter 5 of the 2011 Shaft Fitting Addendum Now!

For those that wanted to know the difference between the Pro 115 and the standard FST 115 aside from the latter has a step pattern and the Pro is a stepless design, examine the data for a brief moment.  The Pro 115 has a lower balance point (BP2 column) meaning there is a greater amount of mass concentrated more toward the tip.  This does two things.  The first is even though the two shafts are the same weight, the Pro 115 will have the higher swingweight with the same given head weight.

Subsequently, by adding more weight to the tip section, this also increases the tip stiffness (Tip Deflect. Column) which produces a lower launch angle (T.B. Column).  So expect the Pro 115 to launch the ball lower as well.  That’s how you use some of the data to help filter out and fit for shafts. Hireko offers this kind of information for free in our annual Shaft Fitting Addendum.

A Guide to Women’s Golf Clubs

I hope that all our female readers had a great Mother’s Day either as a recipient of a day off from your daily activities that go unnoticed and underappreciated or were able to spend some special time with your daughter(s), mom or grandma. Possibly you were the one lucky enough to get a round of golf in over the weekend while someone else cooked or straightened up around the house for once. In honors of mom’s everywhere, this week’s topic is dedicated on purchasing women’s golf clubs. Hey, you men might as well listen too!

What is a women’s (or ladies) golf club?
Let’s answer the not so obvious question on what constitutes a woman’s or also called a ladies golf club. There are really two camps that ladies golf clubs fall into. The first is often the way most ladies clubs are made. They start out as a men’s model, but assembled with an L or ladies flex an inch shorter than the men’s version. Lastly a smaller sized ladies grip is installed. Voila, all of a sudden it instantly becomes a ladies golf club. In some cases the club may have a different accent color such as blue, pink or green to differentiate it from the men’s model.

The manufacturer may offer the driver in a highest lofted men’s version to make it easier the get the ball airborne, but all other clubs are the same lofts as the men’s. Not convinced, take a look at the specifications as that will tell you who they were really made for. Yet, there are many women who can play well with what amounts to as a modified men’s club.

The other way in which women’s clubs are created is using a whole new set of specifications. Plus this version are not sold in any form as a man’s set making them exclusive to ladies. An example of this would be Hireko’s iBella Bellissima collection.

The reason why you do not see more of the ladies exclusive type of set is the cost to the manufacturers. In order to make an exclusive new model requires additional tooling charges, when it is much easier to share existing tooling and accept the specification of a man’s set albeit with a different flex shaft and smaller grip. Often times this type of set is produced with greater loft throughout the set, except for the wedges which are already high lofted.

Which is type of set is best for you?
This all depends upon your skill level. For beginners and slower swinging women golfers, the additional loft throughout the set as with the ladies exclusive set will be a godsend and here is the reason why. Women on average do not possess the strength or the swing speed as their male counterparts. Therefore it is much more difficult to produce enough height and back spin to achieve the distance they truly need.

The other thing to look at is the width of the sole or bottom of the club. Even though many men’s clubs are being introduced with wider and wider soles, all sets devoted to women have very wide soles to begin with. The importance is women take more a sweeping motion and will almost assuredly result into the ball being struck low on the club face. In other words they lack the strength to take a divot. So it was imperative to move the weight lower, not only allow the ball to become airborne, but more importantly to provide a solid feel at impact. This is why a wider sole is beneficial as a higher concentration of weight is located there.

As we said earlier, there are fewer options available if you were looking to invest into a ladies exclusive set. If you are looking for less pastels and gender neutral colors, then you can still pieces together the right mix of clubs from the modified men’s sets with a little homework.

Do you need 14 clubs?
While we along with every other manufacturer would more than love for you to purchase the allotted 14 clubs you are allowed to put into your golf bag, not all women will need them all. If you take a look at many ladies exclusive sets, they may offer what is called a short set.

Certain golfers may benefit from carrying even less clubs. This is especially true of many beginning women golfers who tend to have reduced club head speeds (those 60 mph and below). Having all 14 clubs doesn’t produce enough separation in distance between each club, so why end up lugging the on the course?

10 Piece Beginner’s Set
This is what a 10 piece set should look like with your tee club, one higher-lofted fairway, a couple of hybrids to bridge the gap to the irons like a #3 and 5 combo or a #4 and 6 combo, the easier-to-hit irons, a couple wedges and finally a putter. As you progress you can always add to that set (if they are offered) or graduate to the intermediate set.

13 Piece Intermediate Set
For more intermediate or advanced women golfers, having a full compliment of clubs can be justified.  Here is an example of what a 13-piece set might look like. Certain clubs can be substituted to make your perfect set.  After all it is your choice!  But I would encourage the addition of more fairway woods and hybrids than the irons as the lower center of gravity and wider soles are much easier to hit solidly.  Don’t even think about a 3-iron, those should be outlawed and the reason why you do not see ladies sets with them today.

Of course if you want to add there is room for one more club such as a gap wedge, chipper or 60 degree wedge, probably in the order of their importance.

Grips and Shafts
Don’t always assume woman need the smaller sized ladies grips that come standard on ladies clubs. Many prefer the standard men’s size to accommodate their longer fingers or just feel more comfortable if they take a 10 finger grip.  Golf Pride paid attention and introduced a ladies line of grips called Vyne where larger sizes are available.  My suggestion is to use whatever size feels the most comfortable to you.

In regards to shafts, well the shaft doesn’t care if it is a man or woman swinging it.  But most ladies flex shafts are geared to hit the ball higher, with few exceptions.  The key performance consideration is weight, while some shafts L-flex shafts tend to run more flexible than others. Preferences for brand and color may help sift through the myriad of models made available to you.  More powerful women golfers can easily use men’s flexes as some you out there can pound the ball past some of your male counterparts.  There is no rule set in stone you have to use ladies flex if your strength indicates otherwise.

Summary
Know the difference between women’s clubs disguised as men’s clubs compared to those sets designed specifically for most women golfers. The lofts should give them away. Buy only the clubs you need, especially for slower swinging golfer as you will end up with several clubs that seem like they all go the same distance.  Don’t always assume because it has a ladies label attached, that it automatically mean’s that right for you.  Comfort in the hands and matching a shaft to your strength is paramount. Those are just a few things to look for when it come time to purchase your next or possibly first set.

 

Check Out the 2011 Full Color Modern Guide To Clubmaking Book!

A New Spectrum to Modern Clubmaking

This week will mark a tiny footnote in the annuls of golf when the 6th edition Modern Guide to Clubmaking is released.  Originally published by Dynacraft Golf way back in 1987, it was written at that time by Tom Wishon which is when I first started working full time at Dynacraft.  The book’s release coincided with the rapid explosion of custom made golf clubs from components parts.  In the 1990’s and again in the early 2000’s, my good friend Jeff Jackson re-wrote this book as part of our curriculum for the Dynacraft Clubmaking Institute where we both taught for over a decade. While I am proud to be a part of the Modern Guide to Clubmaking to help foster the craft, there has always been one thing missing.

When I was born in the 60’s, although I was too young to remember, my parents went out and purchased one of the new-fangled color TV sets.  Oh, what a modern marvel.  You see everything previously seen on a TV in my parents household were shades of black and white.  I have never known a life without color like my poor parents and my older brother and sister had to endure.  How was anyone able to explain precisely what the color of something that may be foreign to someone else?  Color TV changed all that.

Yet for the past 24 years, the Modern Guide to Clubmaking has helped educate tens of thousands of future clubmakers how to properly assemble golf clubs from component parts using hundred of step-by-step instructions and pictures, which have always been in black and white.  In fact, the few other clubmaking books ever written had also been printed in black and white.  But Hireko is all about to bring a whole new spectrum to learning in this newest version.

However, the all-new 6th edition is much more than just about color.  It has been completely re-written this text for what clubmaking is today.  Step-by-step photos and detailed text explain how to assemble clubs, trim shafts, installation of grips – every procedure to properly assemble component clubs. There are also more advanced discussions on such topics as setting up a shop, how components are manufactured, frequency and moment of inertia matching to common repair procedures such as finishing a through bore, extending a club, bending an iron to re-boring a hosel. This comprehensive book is perfect for anyone interested in the craft of clubmaking the way it is done today.

Learn the “Modern” way our minds are supposed to operate – in full color.

Modern Guide to Clubmaking 6th Edition $29.95 each

iBella Bellissima Month of May Special!

15% Off iBella Bellissima Golf Equipment for the Month of May Only!

Use coupon code BELLISSIMAMAY at checkout to receive 15% off discount

Retail Price Sale Price!
iBella Bellissima Grip $1.79 $1.52
iBella Bellissima Multi-Density Putter Grip $4.69 $3.99
iBella Bellissima Hybrid Headcovers $5.95 $5.06
iBella Bellissima Wood Headcovers $6.95 $5.91
Ibella Bellissima Iron – Clubhead $8.95 $7.61
iBella Bellissima Graphite Shaft $9.95 $8.46
iBella Bellissima Hybrid – Clubhead $17.95 $15.26
iBella Bellissima Fairway Wood – Clubhead

$19.95 $16.96
Ibella Bellissima Iron – Custom Assembled $30.20 $25.67
iBella Bellissima Hybrid – Custom Assembled

$40.85 $34.72
iBella Bellissima Fairway Wood – Custom Assembled $45.85 $38.97
iBella Bellissima Ti Driver – Clubhead $54.95 $46.71
iBella Bellissima Ti Driver – Custom Assembled $90.85 $77.22

$5 Off Aldila NV and NVS Graphite Shafts!

Use Coupon Code ALDILAMAY at Checkout To Receive $5 Discount
For the month of May, take $5 off the retail price of the following Aldila NV and NVS shafts.

Code Description Retail Price May Sale Price
ALNV65 Aldila NV 65 $39.95 $34.95
ALNV75 Aldila NV 75 $39.95 $34.95
ALNV85HY Aldila NV85 Hybrid Shaft $23.95 $18.95
ALNVS55 ALDILA NVS 55 $39.95 $34.95
ALNVS65 Aldila NVS 65 $39.95 $34.95
ALNVS75 Aldila NVS 75 $39.95 $34.95
ALNVS55 Aldila NVS55 $39.95 $34.95
ALNVS85HY Aldila NVS85 Hybrid Shaft $23.95 $18.95
ALNV55P Aldila Pink NV 55 $39.95 $34.95
ALNVS45P Aldila Pink NVS 45 $39.95 $34.95
ALNVS55P Aldila Pink NVS 55 $39.95 $34.95

25% Off Lamkin 3GEN NDUR Grips! May Only!

Use Coupon Code LAMKINMAY at Checkout To Receive 25% Discount

For the month of May, take 25% off the retail price of the following Lamkin 3GEN NDUR Grips:

Code Description Retail Price May Sale Price
RL152 Lamkin N-DUR 3GEN White/Black $7.49 $5.62
RL153 Lamkin N-DUR 3GEN White/Red

$7.49 $5.62
RL154 Lamkin N-DUR 3GEN White/Blue $7.49 $5.62
RL168 Lamkin N-DUR 3GEN White/Black Midsize $7.99 $5.99