JP Wedges: The Ultimate Wedge Fitting Experience

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Anyone in the market for new wedges recently knows first hand how hard finding the right one can be. A number of lofts, bounces, and grinds are offered by most manufacturers. Wouldn’t it be perfect if you could go to a top-notch facility and get 3 wedges custom-made specifically for you? Purchase the new JP wedges by Titleist and you get just that! We grind over the details on these ultra-premium wedges, showing you what sets them apart.

JP Wedges – The Full Story

The beginning

James Patrick, “JP,” Harrington is a renowned wedge designer who started working with Titleist in 2013. Never afraid to try new things, he has worked over the years to come up with these custom wedges. JP wedges were developed over years of testing and validation. Harrington determined the construction of each wedge using the highest quality materials and techniques.

Before getting into the details of the wedges, it’s only fair to disclose the cost of this dream fitting. A premium $2000 price tag gets you a one-on-one, 3-hour fitting session with JP at the Titleist Performance Institute. During your fitting, JP looks at everything regarding your wedge play. Among the tools he uses to determine your perfect wedge setup are high-speed photography and a Trackman launch monitor. After your fitting, 3 wedges are hand-built by Harrington, to your exact specifications. Additional wedges are also available for purchase.

The Body

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The heads of JP wedges have 3  main pieces. Each wedge starts with a forged 1025 Carbon steel body, CNC milled for ultimate precision. The second element is JP’s signature tungsten weight. This high-density tungsten weight moves the CG toward the center of the face, creating a solid feel and distance control. A titanium backplate finishes the clubhead, offering strategic weight savings. The backplate uses more tungsten, fine tuning the CG and increasing forgiveness.

The Sole

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The soles of JP wedges feature an aggressive heel to toe relief. Sole curvature in every direction provides more efficient turf interaction, reducing drag in the heel and toe through impact. The unique Multi-Directional Camber is created with a precision contour milled sole. Every wedge set has a consistent bounce progression throughout, providing more forgiveness while maintaining versatility.

The Finishing Touches

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Perhaps the most interesting quality of JP wedges is the CG location. When designing the wedges, Harrington moved the CG closer to the center of the clubface, creating a solid feel and increasing energy transfer. Progressive Flatline CG puts the location at the same height on all 3 wedges, giving a consistent impact position. Distance control, feedback, and feel are also improved by this design.

The club is finished off with a custom, lightweight grip. The weight of the grip maintains the swing weight characteristics of a conventional grip despite being slightly longer. This characteristic is crucial in the club’s feel. The grip also doesn’t taper, reducing tension in the lower hand and further helping feel.

For further customization, you can choose a paint-fill color and have up to 20 characters stamped around the toe in JP’s signature style.

Summary

JP wedges offer you the opportunity to have high-performance wedges customized and hand-built for you. If you’re a golfer looking for the ultimate in customized wedge performance, all roads lead to California and these wedges.

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Course Review – Erin Hills: The Course Built For The US Open

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The 2017 US Open will be played at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin. Opening in 2006, Erin Hills has already hosted the 2008 US Women’s Amateur Public Links and the 2011 US Amateur. Despite these previous events, the course remains unfamiliar to most players and patrons. We’ll highlight some of the notable features and holes to watch in this course review.

Erin Hills Design

Dr. Michael John Hurdzan and his partners, Dana Fry and Ron Whitten, focused on using the natural layout of the land. The resulting design is a links-style course, featuring rolling hills that were naturally shaped by glaciers centuries ago. At almost 7,800 yards from the back tees, the course promises to test the world’s best golfers this week.

With no trees on the course, deep fescue abounds and promises to cause trouble for players not finding the fairway. The extremity of the rough causes players to play a lot of punch outs to give them a chance to hit the green. Fescue isn’t the only “hazard” players will contend with. The fairway and greenside bunkers are just as treacherous. They are narrow and the edges are rough. The Golf Channel’s Frank Nobilo explains further in this video:

When players get to the greens, rolling contours promise to provide some very interesting putting lines. Severe breaks place a premium on hitting shots to the correct part of the green to score. If the course is dry, expect extremely firm and fast conditions to present an additional challenge.

Notable Holes at Erin Hills

The par score at Erin Hills is 72, thanks to the length of the course. Two of the shorter holes, however, could end up providing the most excitement.

Hole 2

Erin Hills Hole 2

The 2nd hole, a par 4 playing between 338 and 361 yards, starts with a blind tee shot to a ridge. The approach shot is to a narrow green with extreme run-off areas behind and to the left of the green. These make the seemingly innocent hole potentially catastrophic should a player make one bad shot.

Hole 9

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The other hole that could provide a lot of drama is the Par-3 9th hole. The signature hole for the course is 135 yards and dramatically downhill. It features a challenging green that tilts from front to back. Well struck shots can easily end up over the back, in trouble, if conditions are firm. The hole is also well-guarded by 7 bunkers!

The Long and Short of Erin Hills

Some people are comparing Erin Hills to Chambers Bay. The big difference is the hills are more rolling and not as extreme, allowing for more creativity and opportunity. It will be interesting to see how this relatively new course measures up to courses used in the past.

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4 Steps To Escaping US Open Rough

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The US Open, one of the toughest tests in golf, is known for single lane fairways, lightning fast greens, and of course deep, thick rough. Wayward shots will have the best players in the world struggling to escape the infamous US Open rough, advancing their ball. What are the strategies needed to get out of the deep rough? Here are 4 steps you can use to escape US Open rough, should you find yourself there.

How To Handle US Open Rough

Be realistic in your expectations and take your medicine

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The rough at US Open venues is designed to penalize wayward shots. Hitting it there can lead to bogey, or worse. Realize that getting on the green from the “weeds” is difficult for any skill level. The number one objective in this situation is getting the ball out of the rough and back into the fairway. Look for the shortest, easiest path back to the fairway and go from there. This keeps the problems from compounding any further.

Select the right club

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Once you have decided which way you are going to go, make sure you select the right club. Use a club that’s going to get to the ball, launching it high enough to clear the rough quickly. I suggest nothing longer than a 7 iron and most often a wedge. Again, think of your recovery shot as a drop more than an opportunity to advance the ball. I often see someone attempting the hero shot with a 5 iron, only to have the ball never escape. Their next shot is from virtually the same situation.

Swing steep with big muscles

In long, thick rough, the club is easily grabbed and pulled by the grass before it gets to the ball. If the club does manage to get through, there is now a large amount of grass between clubhead and ball. The grass between the clubface and the ball makes clean contact impossible. You can handle this situation, though! Take the club back very steep and return to the ball on that same path. This swing path limits interaction with the grass as much as possible. Also, focus on swinging the club with the big muscles of your body, your legs and shoulders. Do as little as possible with your hands, as they are easily manipulated by contact with the grass.

Escape and move on

Once you have escaped the rough and found the fairway again, make sure to mentally “let it go,” focusing on the next shot. Accepting the penalty and not trying to over-recover with your next shot will lead to much better results in the long run. Just focus on hitting the shot you would have originally hit had your tee shot found the fairway.

Whew, You Escaped US Open Rough

While the primary goal is avoiding the rough and keeping the ball in the “short stuff”, when finding the rough, being realistic and accepting the consequence will help minimize the damage and lead to better results.

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