Justin Rose Wins with Lamkin Golf Grips
SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 30, 2014 – Lamkin Corporation, the original manufacturer of premium golf grips, congratulates Justin Rose on his exciting playoff victory at the 2014 Quicken Loans National, becoming a two-time winner of the event. A longtime Lamkin Grips player, Rose currently uses REL ACE grips on all of his swinging clubs. He recently switched his putter grip to Lamkin’s popular Deep-Etched Paddle.
“To do it and get it done making key putts, that’s huge for my psyche going into a major championship,” said Rose following his win. Rose continues to conquer golf’s most challenging conditions with remarkable poise and skill, holing a critical 15-foot putt on the last hole of regulation. Commenting on the demanding conditions at Congressional Country Club, Rose said “I really enjoy this type of golf and this type of test. I think it tested all of us. I’m delighted.”
The Lamkin REL ACE grip, used by Rose throughout the year, is made with Lamkin’s patented ACE 3GEN synthetic rubber material. In addition to unmatched shock absorption, the compound is incredibly tacky and comfortable. The super-tacky material, combined with a medium-traction surface pattern, promotes the ideal light grip pressure needed to maximize shot distance and consistency.
Rose’s new putter grip, the Deep-Etched Paddle grip, has been a favorite on the PGA Tour for more than a decade. Made with a long-lasting rubber compound and featuring a unique deep horizontally etched pattern, the smaller shape of the grip provides players with tremendous feel and enhanced feedback.
Designed and manufactured at the Graphite Design Japan factory headquarters, the new Graphite Design Tour AD GT Utility shafts are available in six weights 55g, 65g, 75g, 85g, 95g and 105g.
The lighter weights of 55, 65 and 75 grams are based on a wood shaft profile with a softer yet stable feel and mid torque range. The tip section are more active to produce a mid/ high launch condition and to provide the player with greater distance and accuracy. The heaver weights of 85, 95 and 105 grams are based on an iron shaft profile with a stiffer tip section for a more penetrating ball flight. The stiffer bend profile will promote a mid-launch condition for precise distance control with minimal dispersion.
Whether you use the two new lofts in the Dynacraft Driving Iron off the tee on short par 4’s or long par 3’s or hit them out of the fairway or rough, these will be more forgiving and hit the ball longer than the irons lying in a corner of your basement or garage.
Early this year we debuted the Dynacraft Driving Iron – an 18º hollow-bodied utility club with a special vacuum heat treated forged face design and a high C.O.R. We thought when we developed this club it would be a niche product for those that wanted a control club off of the tee for short par 4’s and who didn’t care for the look of a hybrid wood appearance. To our surprise, our sales forecasting was a wee bit off. We sold more in the first month than we anticipated for the entire year. We would like to say “Thanks” to our customers for that.
After we saw there was a demand and received feedback from our customers and distributors, we began tooling up additional lofts to go into this series of “driving irons”. This coming week, the companion 21 and 24 degree versions will be in stock and ready to sell.
What’s in a name?
OK, in hindsight we should have never called the original Dynacraft Driving Iron a “driving iron” if we ever considered adding additional lofts. DOH! After all, if you bought the original model and now want to add one or both of the new lofts to your bag, why carry multiple driving irons in the bag? We probably should have called them utility irons (or clubs) is all I am sayin’ to help bridge the gap between your fairway wood(s) and the more user-friendly mid irons. However, if you carry only one in your bag, whether it is the original 18º model or one of the new lofts, then I suppose it becomes your driving iron if it is the longest iron you carry.
What do the new lofts replace?
The original driving iron was considered a 2-iron for loft, length and tip trimming. The new 21º loft is a direct replacement for a #3-iron and the 24º would be the equivalent of a #4-iron.
Why are they better than a traditional iron?
Most golfers struggle with the #3 and 4-irons probably more so than any club in the bag. Golfers may blame the low loft or the longer assembly lengths, but then they replace those with hybrids which are oftentimes the same loft (or stronger) as well as longer in length. So that can’t be the reason for poor performance with longer irons. No, the blame is the lack of forgiveness as the vast majority of irons do not have their weight spread far enough around the perimeter.
Enter the Dynacraft Driving Irons. These are hollow-bodied construction like a hybrid for superior forgiveness. But let’s not forget about the reflexive, thin face which increases ball speed and distance that is not possible with a traditional iron possessing a much thicker face.
Is it time to switch?
Whether you use the two new lofts in this series off the tee on short par 4’s or long par 3’s or hit them out of the fairway or rough, these will be more forgiving and hit the ball longer than the irons lying in a corner of your basement or garage or those you are probably carrying in your bag that get used infrequently as you have little confidence in their performance. The Dynacraft Driving Iron series are additional options aside from hybrids or higher lofted fairway woods to replace these sometime forgotten clubs in the bag.
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There are a number of parameters (some equipment and other swing related) that influence how far you hit the golf ball. Having the right combinations of lofts in the set in order to have nice incremental gaps between each club is a must.
One question I get occasionally from customers is why don’t the lofts of irons and wedges increase at the rate of 4 degrees per club in order to have consistent distance gaps? After all, it is only fair to think if the lofts are separated like that then the distances should be spread out consistently as well. However, what may make perfect sense on paper doesn’t work out the same in reality as we will explain in this article.
At one time loft were sold with nice even 4 degree gaps per iron. This occurred most recently from 1950-1970. Here is what the typical lofts were of that age.
2 iron 20
3 iron 24
4 iron 28
5 iron 32
6 iron 36
7 iron 40
8 iron 44
9 iron 48
Soon after that we started to see more of the separation as they are today with lower lofted irons gapped closer to 3º apart and the wedges and perhaps the 9 iron at 5º separation. Today, the lofts look closer to the following.
3 iron 20
4 iron 23
5 iron 26
6 iron 29
7 iron 33
8 iron 37
9 iron 41
There is a rhyme and reason why manufacturers produce lofts like this. Some may say this is simply due to the lofts have strengthened to give you more distance and they couldn’t continue the progression in the lower numbered clubs and make them playable. While there may be some truth to that, it is more of a function of the dynamics of the swing.
Center of gravity of the head
Each head has a unique set of CG coordinates. This is a function of many parameters such as the hosel length, blade length, toe height, sole width, hosel offset, face thickness, etc. Not only does the CG coordinates changed from model to model, but each club throughout the set. You may wonder why each club is in the set is a different length. That has to do with the weight being different on each head. Where the addition of weight is placed establishes the CG location. You may find that as the loft increases, the CG is shifting higher vertically as well as further behind the axis of the shaft. Yet at the end, the manufacturer ties all this together to make a playable set.
After years and years of manufacturing and player product testing, loft specifications are set appropriately, especially with the advent of sophisticated launch monitors where distances can be pin pointed exactly. However, there are a few other considerations to why lofts don’t always follow in a nice, neat orderly fashion.
Angle of attack
The loft the head was designed and what the loft at impact can be entirely different. For example, we are generally taught with long irons to have more of a shallow swing and with higher lofted clubs to hit more down on the ball. What we are talking about is angle of attack. This varies per person and per club (not to mention swing-to-swing). The club on the left in the diagram is a 5-iron with a loft of 26º, but the player has angle of attack of 3 degrees leaving the face plane with 22º loft at impact. On the right is a 56º sand wedge with the player hitting down at a 6º angle leaving the face plane at 50º. Whenever the player changes their angle of attack and/or impact position on the face, the ball will come off at a different launch angle and spin rate and that is why we experience distance variations with the same club.
The stiffness of irons and wedges, the vast majority of the time, increases in frequency (cpm) as they reduce in length. For steel shafts it is roughly 4-5 cpm per ½” and with graphite shafts can be less depending upon the trimming instructions. Guess what? The stiffness of the shaft influences the dynamic loft at impact. If you have a more flexible shaft, that helps bow the shaft forward increasing the loft and subsequently altering the trajectory, spin and distance of the ball.
The low down
As you can see that there are a number of parameters (some equipment and other swing related) that influence how far you hit the ball. Having the right combinations of lofts in the set in order to have nice incremental gaps between each club is a must. You’ll often find that the lofts will not always follow the same orderly progression your distances do. If you have problems with gapping, seek a professional club fitter. Often times they can adjust the lofts of your irons and wedges accordingly.
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