2017 Holiday Equipment Buying Guide

Equipment Buying guide

Welcome to the next installment of our 2017 Holiday buying guides. Looking to get that someone special some golf equipment for the holidays? The items in this equipment buying guide are at the top of many lists and worth considering.

Equipment Buying Guide

TaylorMade 2017 M2 Driver

TaylorMade 2017 M2 driver

The 2017 TaylorMade M2 driver took all of the wonderful aspects of the 2016 model and supersized them. The result is a distance machine that hits the ball long, straight, and high. The multi-material design of Carbon Composite and Titanium allow for weight savings, leading to exceptional club speed. Some of the weight savings were moved lower and further back, creating amazing forgiveness, distance, and a high launch angle.

Deeper and 3 times more active, the re-designed Speed Pocket provides high launch/low spin conditions leading to distance, distance, distance (seeing the pattern?).

Finally, new GEOCOUSTIC technology gives the 2017 M2 exceptional sound and feel through its design.

Learn more about this driver (and its other half, M2 D-Type) in our full review.

PING G400 irons

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The PING G400 irons offer some great forgiveness and distance in a classic looking package. DOn’t be fooled by their looks, though. These irons are loaded with technology.

The increased strength of the Hyper 17.4 stainless steel construction allows for a thinner face. Combining the thin face with the latest COR-Eye technology generates faster ball speeds for increased distance and height.

A unique top rail design further increases face flexing to launch the ball high and provide better-stopping power on the green.

Finally, a unique Hydropearl chrome finish reduces friction, improving launch and spin in wet conditions and from the rough.

As always, these PING irons can be custom ordered in a wide variety of options to ensure the perfect fit.

Our PGA Professionals can help answer any questions about custom fitting you have too!

Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Wedges

588 rtx 2.0 wedge

If a great wedge at a great price is on your list, the Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 wedge is the one for you. This wedge has the legendary performance and looks of the original 588 wedge. In addition, these wedges add forgiveness and Cleveland’s fourth generation Rotex Face Technology.

Rotex Face technology increases friction by micro-milling a pattern on the club face. This feature gives more control and consistent spin, even from wet grass and rough.

The 3 available grinds (low, standard, and full) give you increased versatility around the green.

The 588 RTX 2.0 wedge is the perfect gift that doesn’t break the bank.

Jonathan J. had this to say about these wedges:

“This wedge is a little heavier than my old Cleveland wedge but after one practice session I prefer the weight. I believe it is easier to control the distance now. Definitely recommend.”

TaylorMade OS Putters

TaylorMade OS Putters

TaylorMade’s OS and OS CB putters help you sink more putts with forgiveness and easy alignment. Thanks to a larger clubhead size, the OS putters provide a high MOI (forgiveness) and a bigger sweet spot. So, any mishits still get to the hole.

The OS CB models have an even larger head and a counterbalance weight in the grip. The weight helps smooth out the stroke and keep the putter and ball on its line.

To aid with alignment, all of the models feature a large, raised, red sight line. The contrasting color helps you see it better.

Finally, the inserts are vertically milled to reduce backspin and provide better roll and softer feel.

You can choose from either the Daytona blade putter and the Monte Carlo mallet in both is standard (OS) or Counter-balance (CB) style.

Callaway Strata 2015 12-Piece Complete Set

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The Callaway Strata 2015 12-piece complete set provides the perfect all-in-one package at a great price. This complete set comes with everything you need:  A 460 CC driver, fairway wood, hybrid, 5 irons and a putter. Along with the clubs, headcovers for the driver, fairway, and hybrid as well as a Calaway golf bag are included. The uniflex shaft in the clubs works for a large majority of golfer’s.

This is the perfect starter set for a beginner golfer while they develop their swing and work on improving. These are also a great option for the recreational player that gets out a few times year and just wants to have fun.

Here’s how one customer reviewed this set:

“I just began playing golf and bought this set. I like that it has all the necessary clubs in a set that can be built on to. You cannot beat the value of this set for a beginner golfer.” – MJ

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New Season Edition of Catching Up With Callaway

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Welcome to the new season edition of Catching Up With Callaway. This month, we’ll fill you in on another notable player signing, go in-depth on player performances, and cover club releases. Let’s not delay any further.

New Season Highlights

Player Signing

Callaway has signed another young, up-and-coming player, Sam Burns. The former LSU Tiger had a stellar 2016-17 collegiate season, winning 4 times. He was named the National Player of the Year, SEC Player of the Year, and a First Team All-American. He made his pro debut at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Recently, he advanced to the final stage of Q School, taking medalist honors in his event. His finish earned him at least conditional status on the Web.com Tour card for next season. Joining him in this accomplishment is fellow rookie Callaway staffer, Maverick McNealy.

Burns has a full complement of Callaway clubs in his bag. Right now, he’s using the GBB Epic driver and fairway wood, Apex Pro 16 irons, and an Odyssey O-Works #7S putter.

Player Performance

Many Callaway staff players are having success to start the 2017-18 season. We begin our dive into the performances with the venerable staffer, Phil Mickelson.

Phil Mickelson

new season Phil

The season-opening tournament was the Safeway Open. Phil looked to keep up his hot playing after going 3-0-1 at the Presidents Cup the week before. Needless to say, he was still on fire. Phil did his best work of the calendar year, finishing T3. He led the field in birdies for the week and was 3rd in putts per GIR (greens in regulation). He also gained over 7.5 shots on the field approaching the green, which was the second-highest total. Lefty hopes to continue that success as the 2017-18 season unfolds.

Marc Leishman

A couple weeks after the Safeway Open, Marc Leishman put together a memorable week at the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges. He battled every day with Justin Thomas, seemingly going shot for shot. Leishman shot 2-under on his final 9 holes, including a clutch par on 18 to force a playoff. Both men parred the first playoff hole (the 18th). On their 3rd time playing the par-5 18th, Leishman’s second shot ended up in the water, all but ending his chances. A solid second place finish is still something Leishman will hang his hat on.

Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson Superman

Speaking of second place finishes, Henrik Stenson followed up Leishman’s performance with a T2 at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in China. The wind blew on the final day and the scores reflected it. Everyone was chasing Dustin Johnson heading into the final round. DJ faltered, making way for others to grab the title. Stenson had his chance, after tying for the lead with a birdie on the 16th. In the end, it wasn’t enough to catch Justin Rose, who won by 2 shots.

Talor Gooch

Finally, we need to mention the play of rookie Talor Gooch. You may recall from last month’s edition how Gooch earned his card after a stellar season on the Web.com Tour. In the first 3 events of the new season, Gooch has improved his play and his finishing spot each time. Consistency and improvement like that will surely earn him a title in the near future.

Equipment News

New this fall from Callaway is a pair of gorgeous irons meant for better players.

Apex MB

Apex MB irons

The Apex MB iron is a pure blade, designed for the best ball strikers. A classic looking iron, the Apex MB has a thin topline and minimal offset. Newly designed grooves minimize “fliers” for better shot control. Apex MB irons are forged with 1025 Carbon steel, giving them their soft feel.

X Forged 2018

X forged irons

Callaway adds to the tradition of the X Forged family with this iron. The X Forged 2018 has a little more forgiveness than the Apex MB but is still aimed at the better player.

The X Forged 2018 irons have the same grooves as the Apex MBs. A progressive CG location throughout the set optimizes ball flight with each iron. Long iron shots fly high so they land softly. Short iron shots fly lower for more precision into the green.

To learn more about these irons, check out our full review on them.

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Releasing The Club: Our How To Guide

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You need to release the club on the downswing to square up the clubface.

Many golfers who battle a slice have heard that line. It’s easy to say but what does releasing the club mean? More importantly, how do you do it? Read on for our guide to mastering this technique.

Releasing The Club

What Does It Mean?

Releasing the club involves the clubface rotating on the downswing to a square, then closed position after impact. This action produces a nice draw as opposed to the dreaded “s” word. The interesting thing about releasing the club is that it’s not something you have to physically do. Trying to force it to happen only makes things worse.

To visualize this, hold the club straight out in front of you like a baseball bat. Swing the club, keeping your arms relaxed and rotate your body. You’ll notice your right arm bends on the backswing and the clubface rotates, like a screen door opening.  As you swing back to where the ball would be, the clubface naturally rotates back to square. On the follow through, the club continues to rotate into the finish.  This is the proper rotation and release of the club.

How Can You Do It?

Transitioning to the golf swing, there’re two additional factors to address when releasing the club, lower body rotation and arm swing. These factors can cause issues but I’ll tell you how to get past that.

Lower Body Rotation

The Problem: jerking the hips and lower body forward in an effort to get more speed in the downswing. The problem here is, when the lower body moves forward, the hands and arms don’t pass it until after the ball is hit. As a result, the clubface doesn’t rotate to square and then close on the downswing. The clubface remains open and the ball goes high and right (for the right-handed golfer).

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The Solution: The best way to work this out is to focus solely on making the lower body rotation a smooth, constant motion like Ben Hogan does above. Let the arms pass the lower body at the proper point in the downswing. One technique you can use to smooth out the motion is to count beats. Use the same number of beats on the backswing as the downswing (until you get to impact). For example, if you count to 2 in your head on the backswing, count to 2 on the downswing, getting to 2 at impact.

The number varies from player to player but as long as it’s the same, you’ll see a smoother motion.

Arm Swing

The Problem: forcing the club to release by tensing up and swinging hard with the arms. This actually prevents the club from releasing, as the tension in the arms and hands prevents the natural rotation of the club.

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The Solution: Hit balls with a wedge, like Fred Couples above, focusing only on keeping your grip and arms totally relaxed. Once that swing starts producing better results, you’ll learn how to be more aggressive with your big arm muscles. You’ll also have confidence that a relaxed feel will square up and release the club properly.

Wrapping Up Releasing the Club

If you’re having a hard time taming that slice, remember these tips for releasing the club. Smooth out your lower body rotation and limit swinging with your arms. You’ll be hitting a nice little draw in no time as long as you stick with it and learn to trust it.

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