Is a Low Spin Golf Clubhead or Shaft Right For You?

If you read through golf periodicals, forums and blogs, you will soon see there is so much emphasis of late that has been put on low spin for more distance. Why?

Spin is necessary to create lift to the ball. This is the reason why there is a whole science devoted to the golf ball’s material, construction and dimple geometry. Even in clubhead design, the location of the center of gravity of the head helps to control how high one hits the ball along with the rate of spin.

Download Hireko Golf CatalogWe can all relate to the fact a lower center of gravity or a head with a higher concentration of mass positioned low will yield a higher ball flight with all else equal. However, ask the average consumer about moving weight back away from the face or forward to the face and they will have a blank expression on their face as to what will happen.

For each and every golfer, there is an optimal launch angle and amount of spin that produces the best overall distance. You might have heard the phrase “high launch / low spin for greater distance”. Where that concept most likely derived from was the long drive circuit or the professional players, both of whom have high swing speeds and often swing on an upward angle to generate a higher launch angle. I won’t argue that most golfers are better off with a higher launch, but does that mean low spin is good for everyone too?

Acer SHM2 Putter

There is an old idiom that says “Too much of a good thing…” For instance, excessive spin can cause the ball to drop what seems like straight from the sky and with very little roll. This is also referred to as “ballooning” the ball. Guess what, with too little spin and that will rob a player of valuable carry distance.

It was finally time once and for all to find out first hand in the hands of ordinary golfers if that was the case. Several months ago our foundry began to make up a driver with a linear adjustable moveable weight.   Sorry, I am not going to share any photos even though you are not likely to see it available from Hireko in the future. It was made in the most popular loft today (10.5º).

This head had the ability shift approximately 9 grams off weight in a span of 3” from front-to-back and yet maintain the same vertical center of gravity. It came as no surprise that with the weight the furthest back, the launch angle and subsequent spin was the highest using a Trackman launch monitor to gather results (example of one golfer is shown). By moving the weight to the most forward position we showed about 1 degree lower launch angle and 200-300 rpm reduction in spin. Why this occurs is the shaft will show less bending forward prior to impact in order to align itself with the center of gravity of the head (less dynamic loft).

Center of Gravity and Launch Angle
As a result, carry distance and ball speed decreased with the weight in the forward position and that caused on average a loss of 2-3 yards – all this just from moving a mere 9 grams forward. This is why we are glad we did not jump on the forward CG bandwagon as the vast majority of our customers do not fall into the high swing speed category where it may benefit. Plus there is no need to loft up which will only increase the amount of spin anyway.

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Iomic Grips Just Arrived!

Hireko is proud to announce that we have added the entire line up of Iomic Grips to our already extensive product line.

I have probably said this a million times, we want to prove once again that Hireko is your one stop source for all your component needs. While Iomic may not be a brand that many of you are familiar with, they are highly popular in Japan where their headquarters are located and now they are making inroads into the US and other international markets.

Iomic Grips

Material difference
One feature that makes Iomic grips unique is the material they are made from called Iomax. The elastomeric grips are sticky, yet soft to the touch. This is where the Sticky comes from in the naming of their products. The material was designed to reduce grip torque (yes, there is such a thing) which according to the company’s robot testing improves dispersion on off-center shots. Just think a simple grip change could help you hit more fairways and green.

Iomic GripsVibrant Iomic Grip colors
The material lends itself to being available in a myriad of vibrant colors and even patterns like the marbled effect in the Sticky Opus line or the molding of colors in the Sticky Camo series. These colors are non-fading and will make your clubs stand out and make a statement about you. While black (they offer that too) goes with everything, what’s wrong with personalizing your clubs with a splash of color.

Download Hireko Golf 2014 CatalogTight tolerances
The Japanese are stringent for quality and consistency. Even their grips have a mere +/- 2 gram weight tolerance. For clubmakers this is a blessing. Tight tolerances means no more weight-sort grips or take into account grip weights after you have already taken the time to balance the swingweights after you have cut the shafts, added tip pins and epoxied the clubs together.

Iomic Grip Sizing ChartSizing
Iomic Grips have swing grips available in junior, undersized (or ladies), standard, midsize and jumbo. The junior is obvious in the name and the midsize states “Mid” in its’ name. However, the undersized can be found by finding 1.8 in the description while their standard sized grips are labeled 2.3.

Being a Japanese company, they don’t necessarily use the standard sizing that you would find in the US. That is men’s (US) standard measures 0.900” in diameter 2” from the edge of the end cap. Instead they use the following:

Their undersized grips measures 21.8mm in diameter 5 cm down from the edge of the grip cap. This is where the 1.8 comes from – if you remove the 2 in front of 21.8mm. In addition, the 2.3 in Iomic’s standard grip sizing is short for 22.3mm. Now that we got that under our belt, let’s look at how their compare to the US sizing.

Measuring 5 cm down from the edge of the grip is so close to 2”, we won’t factor in any difference. Their undersize corresponds to ladies standard in US sizing. However, Japanese men’s standards tend to be a wee bit smaller than the US standard by 1/64”. To put that in perspective, a standard sized US men’s grip would be larger by the equivalent of adding 2 wraps of masking tape underneath the grip.

Iomic has one model called the X-Evolution that is closer to US men’s standard sizing without having to build up the grip. The midsize coincides with most midsize grips from Golf Pride and Lamkin. Finally Iomic’s jumbo grips are +3/32”.

Iomic has a plethora of putter grips too
Iomic offers standard, midsize, jumbo and belly putters grips as well. The I-Classic is more of a pistol shape, while the rest of the putter grips are paddle shaped.

The skinny
If you (or your customers) are in the market for new grips, Iomic Grips have a whole host of vibrant colors to choose from; some of which aren’t present in any other grip manufacturer’s grip line. The proprietary material is soft, yet sticky to aid in comfort and reduced shot dispersion. We went over sizing so it should come as no surprise when you add one to one of your clubs to what sizing you will get or how to adjust if you have a preference for a specific grip size.