Add Distance with the New Power Play Caiman X2 Rawpower Irons

In this video, Hireko’s own Jeff and Rob will tell you a little bit more about the Power Play Caiman X2 Raw Power irons and how combined with today’s lighter weight, higher-launching shafts  is going to provide that extra distance many golfers crave, yet still provide all the game improvement features that will help them lower their score.

In addition, the intelligent design provides better distance gapping between each club in the set and yet consolidates one club in the bag.  Check out the video to see how you or possibly your customers can benefit from the Caiman X2 Raw Power irons.

Power Play Caiman X2 Rawpower Iron – Custom Assembled $24.95 each
Power Play Caiman X2 Rawpower Iron – Clubhead $9.95 each
Power Play Caiman X2 Rawpower Iron with Quikfit $14.95 each

Don’t Get Burned When Making Custom Made Clubs

For professional golf clubmakers out there, what is the worst situation you can end up with? It is inventorying items that cannot be easily sold as cash flow is an essential part of any business.  For instance, you recently fit a short left-handed female golfer that requires a flatter lie and the shaft she hit best was a rather expensive custom shaft you normally wouldn’t stock in your shop.  After spending the time to fit her, order all the parts and have them arrive, finally you completed the assembly to the best of your ability.  You go to call the customer and she says “Sorry, I am not interesting in them anymore”.  Now what recourse do you have?

One option you have is for the customer to pay a non-refundable deposit (such as 50% of the total bill).  Be sure to explain to the customer that if he or she cancels the order after you had ordered the parts and started assembling them, the deposit would be forfeited.  It never hurts to have all of it in writing with a signature to protect you from a customer refuting their credit card (if that is how they paid).

On one hand you want to provide good customer service and maintain a good word of mouth reputation within your area. But on the other hand you need to have firm policies in place.  Just think of how many individuals are going to walk through your shop that is going to need those exact same set of specifications? Quite possibly no one.  Do you make exceptions that are beyond your control?  Those are things you need to think about.

Gary Johnson from Condor Golf gives a good example. “I had one father order a set for his kid (older teenager) and the teenager became injured in an accident. Nothing I could do but give him his deposit back…it was just one of those things that happen. The customer did come back about 6 months later and bought himself a driver and fairway woods. He stated that he felt bad about what happened with his son and that he was happy that he could trust that I would do the right thing. So I guess sometimes it does all work out.”

For you veteran golf clubmakers out there, I am sure you have come up against this at one time or another.  What preventions have you put in place that can help fellow golf clubmakers from getting burnt with inventory that might not ever get sold?

Invited to Play Golf But No Clubs? Adapt & Have Fun!

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You are away on vacation or on business (as I was just recently) and all of the sudden you get unexpectedly invited to play golf.  You didn’t have any plans before you packed so of course you didn’t bring your trusty old set with you on the plane nor had your bag shipped Fed Ex to your destination to avoid lugging them through the airport or paying excessive baggage fees.  What do you do?  Well of course you don’t decline if you are a golfer, you do as the Marines do and adapt.

The first thing you will need is a set of clubs to play.  Hopefully your host who invited you to play has a backup set or can make arrangements for one.  The other option is to call ahead and see if there are any rental sets.  You are probably saying to yourself, “Well, the clubs won’t fit me.” or “I am used to larger grips, I play longer clubs, I typical use a certain shaft, and on and on and on…”  You have more excuses than a carter has pills.

But chill out, remember you are playing golf – it is supposed to be fun!  It is not like you were invited to a professional tournament where you are earning a paycheck and your life is depending upon it.  So here are a few little tips when this happens to you.

If you get an opportunity, hit a few balls on the range and on the putting green to at least get a feel for the clubs.  Are they going right or left on a regular basis?  If so, you may to aim slightly different than you normally do to compensate for your ball flight with that set.  It is easier to know that you are going to be playing that feathery fade rather than stepping onto that first tee not having a clue where the ball will go spelling disaster for the rest of the round.

Chances are you didn’t bring your golf shoes either, so you may have to feel like you are swinging with 80% of your strength to maintain good balance, which is good because you will probably end up hitting the ball straighter, albeit with a little less distance.  In that case just simply use an extra iron into the green than what you normally do.

Don’t keep score.  It is fine if you are playing a team score, but do you want to use the score for handicap purposes using a set that is not your own?  I’d rather take home the memories of playing a course I may never have a chance to play again in an environment that unique to what you see every day.

The most important part is having fun and enjoying the company of your host and possibly new found friends.  You have all the time in the world when you get back home to play with your gamers.  I (the Indian) managed to navigate the ball from tee to green pretty darn well that day, but then again the hodge-podge set was primarily an older set of Caiman’s (arrows) so I knew it was a set I could count on.

Aldila’s RIP shafts help capture victory at Valero Texas Open

POWAY, Calif. — After switching to Aldila’s RIP shaft in his driver, the winner of the Valero Texas Open went on to notch his fourth career PGA Tour victory. He finished the tournament second in driving accuracy and second in greens in regulation. The Ohio native plays Aldila’s RIP in his 3 Wood and Aldila’s NV shafts in hybrid clubs. The win catapults him from 200th place to 28th in the FedEx Cup standings.

“The top players on the PGA Tour continue to rely on Aldila’s RIP Technology™ (Reverse Interlaminar Placement) because it provides them with lower torque, increased tip stability and better tip stiffness control,” said Stewart Bahl, Aldila’s Marketing Manager. “With the RIP, Aldila engineers employed patent-pending technology and exclusive materials to completely transform shaft design from the inside out providing players with shot control.”

Aldila RIP Phenom 50 Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Beta 60 Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Beta 70 Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Beta 60 White Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Beta 70 White Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Gamma 60 Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Gamma 70 Graphite $199.95 ea.

Aldila’s S-core (Stabilized Core) Technology proved extremely beneficial to the winner on the Asian Tour. Using Aldila’s NV Voodoo shaft, featuring S-core Technology™ in his driver, the CIMB Indonesian Masters champ successfully defended his title en route to his 38th career win. He is the No. 3 player in the Official World Golf Rankings and also leads the PGA Tour in Total Driving.

The NV VooDoo® has the same outstanding features of the original VooDoo but with the flex profile and incredible feel of the Aldila NV. The secret is the innovative rib structure that runs the length of the shaft increasing hoop strength/stiffness. It’s designed to maximize energy transfer to the golf ball, yielding unparalleled distance and accuracy with each swing.

“The Hottest Shafts In Golf” also won the wood and hybrid shaft manufacturer counts at the Valero Texas Open maintaining their status as the #1 graphite shaft on Tour. Aldila had 26 more wood shafts and nine more hybrid shafts in play than the next leading shaft manufacturer, according to the Darrell Survey. Aldila has won the wood shaft manufacturer count for 17 consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour.

Aldila catapults power to an unprecedented level. High performance technology harnessed and perfected from a special blend of materials, design and expertise. They are continually on the leading edge of the golf world through their relentless pursuit of the next best innovation. They do the experimenting so you don’t have to. Pushing success to the edge and redefining how power should feel. Are you playing Aldila, or just graphite?

Special Introductory Price! Get $10 Off The New UST MP6 and MP7 Wood Shafts!

For the month of April, buy the new for 2012 UST MP6 and MP7 Graphite Wood shafts and get $10 off each shaft! Offer expires May 1. Not valid for Chairmen Club members or Hireko Distributors.

Use coupon code MPAPRILSALE at checkout to receive your discount.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The wood shafts will say OUT OF STOCK online, please ignore this and pre-order now! They will be in stock April 27.

UST-Mamiya MP6 & MP7 Graphite Wood Shafts

The Micro-Lite shafts add extreme power, feel, and control to your game. 38 Micro-Ply layers improve feel without sacrificing performance.

UST-Mamiya MP6 Graphite Wood Shafts Reg. $59.99 each On Sale For Only $49.99 each!
UST-Mamiya MP7 Graphite Wood Shafts Reg. $59.99 each On Sale For Only $49.99 each!

Fujikura Is The #1 Driver Shaft Brand At The RBC Heritage Tournament At Hilton Head Island

(San Diego, CA – April 16th, 2012)- For the tenth consecutive week in a row, Fujikura was the #1 Driver shaft brand on the PGA Tour. Fujikura was also the #1 Driver shaft manufacturer and brand at on the Champions Tour. Additionally, Fujikura F3 was in the driver of the winner of the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am finishing 12 under for the Tournament and solidifying his victory. This was his second win on the Champions Tour and his first was the 2009 Senior PGA Championship.

“This year has been a true testament to Fujikura’s premium brand, on all tours and Charter Dealers love hearing about our success on Tour,” said Jeremy Butler Director of Sales. “We hope that the momentum continues throughout the year and Tour players continue to win with our shafts.”

Fujikura Motore F3 80 Graphite $125 each
Fujikura Motore F3 60 Graphite $125 each
Fujikura Motore F3 70 Graphite $125 each  

The Motore Series, featuring Fujikura’s H.I.T. Technology (High Inertia Tip), the Motore F1 and F3 store more energy during your downswing and release that energy before impact, all while maintaining stability. Smart Shaping of the internal tip section of the shaft raises the balance point and increases tip stiffness. The F1 plays to a golfer who needs a lower launching ball, while the F3 plays to a golfer who needs a higher launching ball. Both provide optimal spin, which gives you more control. The Motore Series is available through Fujikura’s Charter Dealers across the United States and around the world.

Hireko is Proud to Introduce the New Acer XDS React Fairway Wood Series

Look at a typical set of clubs and what will you find?  You’ll find a myriad of club types all at various lengths.  Over the years the set make up has changed and in some cases dramatically.  Long irons are now replaced by hybrids in a vast majority of bags today to the point that 1 and 2 irons are only found in the old periodicals or museum pieces.  Are 3-irons far behind?  Fairway woods of long ago consisted of 3, 4 and 5 woods and later became 3, 5 and 7 woods.  However, that change was more a renumbering of the clubs themselves when you look closely at the lofts. The number of fairway woods carried in the bag has diminished as less 7 woods are in play by golfers in favor of the #3 hybrid. This shift in buying habits is being paid attention by manufacturers including Hireko.

When developing the Acer XDS series the idea was to offer a comprehensive set that wouldn’t create confusion on what to order or even carry in the bag.  Therefore a 7 wood wasn’t ever conceived as the matching XDS React #3 hybrid would essentially offer the same benefits.

VIEW THE ACER XDS REACT FAIRWAY WOODS VIDEOBLOG

That is why you will only see two fairways woods in the React series – there is a traditional 3 wood and a club called a Machete.  The Machete is a cross between a 5 and 7 woods in terms of loft and weight. To fully understand, in a traditional set make up a golfer has to choose between a longer 7 wood and a shorter 3 hybrid. These two clubs vie for the same distance hit and you certainly don’t want to carry two clubs in the bag that do.  So somewhere there is a large gap in terms of club length between 5W and 3HY or the 7W and 4HY.

The Acer XDS React set spaces the lengths and lofts so it bridges the distance gap more evenly between the #3-wood and #3-hybrid in this set and create a nice smooth transition making this the “modern” set.

The following video will explain many of the other features such as the rails, variable wall thickness and weight distribution that will make this a great fairway series to invest into and help lower your score.

Assembly side note

For clubmakers, remember to tip trim and cut the Machete to the length of a 7 wood in order to achieve the proper swingweight and flex.  Even though it is a shorter assembly length, expect the distance as an ordinary 5 wood.

Acer XDS React Fairway Wood – Custom Assembled $49.95 ea.
Acer XDS React Fairway Wood – Clubhead $19.95 ea.  

Mother’s Day Sale! Get 15% Off Best Selling Golf Equipment!

Save 15% on the following best selling golf equipment! Save on clubheads, assembled clubs, ladies golf gloves and headcovers!

Mother’s Day is May 13 so buy now!

To get the 15% off discount, please use coupon code MOTHERMAY at checkout. Sale not valid for Chairmen Club members or Hireko Distributors. Sale expires May 14, 2012.

Items Model # Current Price SALE PRICE15% OFF!
Ibella Bellissima Iron – Clubhead I1231A $8.95 each $7.61 each
iBella Obsession Iron – Clubhead I3342 $4.95 each $4.21 each
Acer XK Ladies Iron – Clubhead I3461W $8.95 each $7.61 each
Lady Acer XP 905 Hybrid – Clubhead I35854AW $7.95 each $6.76 each
iBella Obsession Hybrid Component Iron – Clubhead I35824 $8.95 each $7.61 each
Lady Acer XP905 Iron – Custom Assembled XI3460W $23.95 each $20.36 each
Acer XK Ladies Iron – Custom Assembled XI3461W $21.95 each $18.66 each
Ibella Bellissima Iron – Custom Assembled XI1231A $30.40 each $25.84 each
iBella Obsession Irons – Custom Assembled XI3342 $36.75 each $31.24 each
Lady Acer XP 905 Hybrid – Custom Assembled XI35854AW $37.95 each $32.26 each
iBella Bellissima Hybrid – Custom Assembled XIW100118 $41.55 each $35.32 each
iBella Obsession Hybrids – Custom Assembled XI35824 $48.35 each $41.10 each
iBella Bellissima Fairway Wood – Custom Assembled XM100116 $46.55 each $39.57 each
iBella Obsession Fairway Woods – Custom Assembled XM36045 $52.35 each $44.50 each
iBella Bellissima Ti Driver – Custom Assembled XTM100116 $91.55 each $77.82 each
Dynacraft Prophet Tour Iron – Custom Assembled XI3452C $32.95 each $28.01 each
Dynacraft Prophet Tour Iron – Clubhead I3452C $19.95 each $16.96 each
Power Play Caiman Titanium Driver – Custom Assembled XTM1005D $89.95 each $76.46 each
Power Play Caiman Titanium Driver – Clubhead TM1005D $42.95 each $36.51 each
Golf Glove Ladies Large  GLVL-001-LG $6.95 each $5.91 each
Golf Glove Ladies Medium  GLVL-001-MED $6.95 each $5.91 each
iBella Bellissima Hybrid Headcovers  HCZDHY3271 $5.95 each $5.06 each
iBella Bellissima Wood Headcovers  HCZD3271 $6.95 each $5.91 each
iBella Fairway Wood Headcover  HCIBFW $4.15 each $3.53 each
iBella Hybrid Headcovers  HCIBHY $3.95 each $3.36 each
iBella Iron Headcovers  HCIBIR $1.95 each $1.66 each
iBella Tiara Headcover  KT01IB $2.95 each $2.51 each
Pink Sock Retro Headcover 3-pc Set  HCSPK $17.95 each $15.26 each

 

Andres Gonzales Wins with Adams Clubs at Nationwide Tour’s Soboba Golf Classic

He’s tasted life on the PGA Tour and Andres Gonzales will likely return to the big show after winning the Nationwide Tour’s Soboba Golf Classic with a wire-to-wire performance. The big man with the distinct fu-manchu put together four rounds of superb golf finishing two strokes ahead of the field at 8 under par.

From tee to green Andres trusted the performance of his Speedline Fast 12 LS Driver, Speedline Super XTD Fairway Wood and his Idea Pro a12 Hybrid. He’s known as “half-man, half-amazing”,

Adams Speedline Fast 12 LS Driver $399.99 each
Adams Speedline Super XTD Fairway Woods $299.99 each
Adams Idea Pro A12 Hybrid – Preassembled $199.99 each

and we congratulate Andres for his breakthrough win.

Aldila Most Popular Graphite Shaft At The 2012 Masters

POWAY, Calif. – As the golf world turned their attention to the season’s first Major championship, Aldila (www.aldila.com) continued its domination of the wood and hybrid shaft manufacturer counts on the PGA Tour. Led by their latest shaft technology, RIP®, Aldila captured the wood shaft manufacturer count for the 15th consecutive week on the PGA Tour. Aldila had six more wood shafts in play than the next leading shaft manufacturer at the Masters, according to the Darrell Survey. “The Hottest Shafts In Golf” also won the hybrid shaft manufacturer count with 11 more hybrid shafts in play than their closest competitor to remain the #1 graphite shaft on Tour.

“The top players on the PGA Tour continue to trust Aldila’s RIP Technology™ (Reverse Interlaminar Placement) because it provides them with lower torque, increased tip stability and better tip stiffness control,” said Stewart Bahl, Aldila’s Marketing Manager. “With the RIP, Aldila engineers employed patent-pending technology and exclusive materials to completely transform shaft design from the inside out providing players with shot control.”

Aldila RIP Phenom 50 Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Phenom 60 Graphite $199.95 ea. Coming Soon!
Aldila RIP Phenom 70 Graphite $199.95 ea. Coming Soon!
Aldila RIP Beta 60 Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Beta 70 Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Beta 60 White Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Beta 70 White Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Gamma 60 Graphite $199.95 ea.
Aldila RIP Gamma 70 Graphite $199.95 ea.

 

 

With the help of Aldila’s VS Proto shaft, the winner of the Soboba Golf Classic captured his first win on the Nationwide Tour. He went wire-to-wire finishing with an 8-under 276 (67-70-68-71) to win by two strokes and move into the top spot of the leading money winners on the Nationwide Tour. The Top 25 at the end of the season earn their PGA Tour card for 2013.

The Longest Driver on the Nationwide Tour plays Aldila’s RIP in his Driver. He currently has Driving Distance average of 327.5 yards, which is more than 36 yards longer than the Tour’s average of 291.3 yards.

The latest addition to the RIP series is the Phenom, which incorporates Aldila’s Tour proven RIP Technology™ with a unique composite construction to create a new and innovative shaft flex profile for maximum distance and control – the Hyperbolic Flex Zone™.

The Phenom’s Hyperbolic Flex Zone incorporates the same flex, torque and feel properties that have made the original RIP the leading shaft on the PGA Tour, with a flex profile to achieve unparalleled performance and launch characteristics for better players. The Hyperbolic Flex Zone provides a stiff tip section for optimal launch and spin control, with a very firm butt section for an incredibly stable feel. The center section of the shaft is softer to provide outstanding kick through impact to maximize ball speed.