As the dog days of summer are soon to come, be prepared and remember to stock up on golf gloves so you get the most not only out of your practice sessions, but also when you are on the course. Also be sure to be fit correctly with the right sized glove.
This past week I was out testing seven different driver / shaft combinations with my trusty Voice Caddie SC100 portable launch monitor that I always take with me to the range. The beauty of it is that it provides me instantaneous feedback to accurately compare different clubs that is impossible to see with the naked eye. If one driver can give you 5 more yards on a consistent basis than the others, then you want to know which one it is. However, this isn’t the one piece of equipment I was referring to.
With it being unseasonably hot and humid, it didn’t take long to warm up. The Voice Caddie was showing my distances with my treasure trove of test drivers were only topping out around 239 yards. Man, old age can’t be creeping up on me now. I soon noticed that I was dripping sweat from the heat of the sun and it finally donned on me I wasn’t properly prepared. There was something stuck to the side of my bag I hadn’t removed and that was a nice dry golf glove. I hadn’t even thought of it as it has been colder than normal up until last week and had not needed to use a glove until now.
Immediately after putting on the glove the Voice Caddie was showing my distance jumped up to 254 yards using the exact same clubs. Now, that’s more like it! When I examined the numbers, the swing speed readings were really not much different, but what really increased was the smash factor or how much more solidly I was hitting the ball; all from a more secure grip with the aid of a simple glove. Plus, not only was I hitting the ball further, but the balls were going much straighter too.
As the dog days of summer are soon to come, be prepared and remember to stock up on gloves so you get the most not only out of your practice sessions, but also when you are on the course. Also be sure to be fit correctly with the right sized glove.
One question I often hear from customers is whether or not you need to completely remove all the paint (and polyurethane) from a graphite shaft tip.
Before I answer that I want to first explain that proper shaft abrasion is absolutely necessary for a good bonding surface for the epoxy to adhere between the shaft and the interior of the hosel. You never ever want to epoxy the graphite shaft that hasn’t had some prep work done to the tip or the way it was shipped from the manufacturer. The outer surface of a graphite shaft is painted (sometimes with multiple layers) to provide the aesthetics and then sprayed with clear coat or polyurethane over it to protect the paint. This provides a very smooth surface that is not conducive to bonding the head and the shaft.
So back to the main question; do you need to remove all the paint? The answer is no. What you want is the paint and polyurethane to be roughened to eliminate the smooth surface. In some cases it may require you to remove all the paint to be able to get the shaft to seat all the way into the hosel. But leaving a little on there, as long as it is roughed up and the shaft bottoms out in the hosel without being forced, is all that is necessary.
Whether you are abrading a graphite shaft on a belt sander with a graphite shaft sanding belt, using an electric motor with a synthetic abrasive wheel, by hand with a strip of medium grit sandpaper or lastly using a knife blade to scrape the paint off, it is advisable to periodically test fit the shaft into the head you are going to be installing the head into. You may encounter a shaft that may happen to be undersized. If all the paint were to be removed, this will leave a loose fitting shaft and require shafting beads to be used. This is why leaving some of the paint on is perfectly acceptable in certain cases.
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Compare and Contrast the new Acer XV Irons
For well over a decade, Hireko had been offering X-series Acer irons which have to be beyond a shadow of a doubt the best-selling irons in all the component golf industry. While so-called off brands are not tracked like the major OEMs, the Acer irons would have had a measurable market share as some of the OEM’s iron lines over that same period. This year we continue with that heritage by offering the latest generation Acer X-series called the XV (or the number 15 in Roman numerals).
Like previous X-series Acer irons, they are offered in multiple versions to cover the needs of a wide array of skill levels and personal preferences. There is a standard version, which would appeal to the broader masses. We also have a Acer XV HT Irons or High Trajectory version. Finally we have our “Pro” model. Each of these unique products, which we designed in-house, has a unified appearance so they look like a family.
What is the difference between the new XV and your current XS and XF series?
The new Acer XV Irons takes over where the popular XF left off. These have the same basic size and shapes, but the specifications have been modified to reflect the trends of modern irons. More importantly we altered the weight distribution in the cavity area to be better balanced to provide you with more accuracy on off-center shots plus a more solid feel at impact.
View Technical Director Jeff Summitt’s Review of the New 2015 Acer XV Irons
The XV will have increased offset across the board than the standard and HT versions in the Acer XS series to help those that tend to push or fade their irons and enable them to square the face at impact better. Conversely, the Acer XV Pro Irons will have reduced offset and a little longer blade length compared to the XS Pro; two requests we have heard from our customers. So these aren’t just rebadged version of one another, but each club brings a little bit to the table that the others do not.
Don’t be pigeonholed
I get this all the time from customers and some of it is our fault when we write the text or do the marketing for each of these irons. For instance, the HT version is for people who struggle to get the golf ball airborne. After all the face height is 5% shallower and the sole is 30% wider so it should only be for slower swingers, higher handicappers, sweepers or low ball hitters. WRONG! While true for a lot of golfers, I really don’t fit into any of those categories and for whatever reason hit the HT better than the standard version. Plus, I am not alone in that assessment.
Then the biggest misconception is the Pro versions as we have a lot of customers say that they are not at that level to play the “Pro”. Well, you got to name a product something to distinguish it and we have used the Pro moniker for more than a decade for the reduced offset version of each X-series. Granted, most golfers that fade or slice the ball would be better off with more offset. The “Pro” model could very well be short for Perimeter-weighted Reduced Offset. This still has all the game improvement features as the standard model with a reduced blade length. The blade length is really only 5mm (0.2”) shorter and that is really a result of the reduced offset and lack of the gooseneck hosel. The actual face hitting area is only 1 mm (0.04”) shorter. Yes, a shorter blade length technically is less forgiving and may be slightly more workable, but nowhere near that of a blade or so-called player’s iron. So we are not lying in regards to marketing; just embellishing a bit. The fact is you don’t have to be a pro to play these irons.
Judge for yourself
This is why I encourage any of our customers who professionally fit their customers to have a sample of each of the heads. And for those Hireko Golf who might be building for themselves or an end consumer looking to purchase an assembled club – here is something you might not know. We sell individual clubs and you don’t have to buy the whole set. We would encourage you to buy a couple 6 or 7 irons in whichever series you are vacillating between and go out and hit them and see which one you like best rather than just going by what the description says. Once you found the one you like best, then you can buy the other irons around it to fill your set.