Golfers from all over the place have been trialling the two new Taylormade Drivers, the R11S and the RBZ in an effort to find which is best.
RookieBlue7 from Georgia carried out what I consider a pretty comprehensive distance test as follows:
15 balls with each driver, each with 60 seconds between balls (timed everything to be as subjective as possible), and then a 5 minute break between clubs each time. Then again in reverse order after. Control Ball: Srixon AD333
9 deg set to std, with Talamonti PD70 x at 44 7/8" shaft
Launch Angle 13.9
Back spin 3720
Ball speed 169.7
Smash factor: 1.475
9.5 deg set to neutral, with Talamonti PD70 x at 44 7/8"
Launch angle 11.8
Back spin 3455
Ball speed 171.6
Smash Factor 1.489
Just came across this brilliant article by Andrew Rice. In it he analyses all the PGA Tour Shotlink stats from 2011 and gives a report in each category. Here is just the one for Driving. Click here to see the full report on Andrew Rice’s site which will open in a new window.
The third round of the Sony Open threw an interesting curve ball into the mix; a side battle to see who is the most evil. In the corner was Rory Sabbatini, aggressive and fiery by his own admission, in the other Vijay Singh, sweet as pie in front of the cameras but widely regarded amongst his fellow pros as one of the the most repulsive human beings on God’s green Earth.
According to Karen Crouse of the New York times an incident between the two was witnessed by a large group of marshals and security men who were assigned to Vijay Singh (don’t ask me why).
After missing a 6-foot par put on the first hole of his third round, according to witness reports in several forums, Singh turned to Sabbatini’s caddie Mick Doran and berated him for moving while he was lining up his putt, calling him a f*****g p****. When Sabbatini came to the aid of his caddie Singh swore loudly at Sabbo telling him where to go. Like a red rag to a bull, Sabbatini stood up to Singh and the two continued to have it out in front of the dumbstruck audience.
Afterwards Sabbatini formally complained to a PGA rules official about Singh’s outburst towards his caddie. The official refused to listen telling Sabbo to send an email to the complaints department!
Johnson Wagner brought the TaylorMade R11S driver to victory at the 2012 Sony Open yesterday. In all Wagner had three different manufacturers in the bag, TaylorMade, Adams and Titleist. He games the 712CB irons from Titleist with the increasingly popular on Tour Nippon NS Pro shafts. Also check out the multicoloured stamp on Johnson’s vokeys.
DRIVER: TaylorMade R11S (8°) with an Aldila RIP NV 65 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 (13.5°) with an Aldila NV 75 shaft
HYBIRD: Adams Idea Pro a12 Proto G (18°) with a Graphite Design Tour AD UT 85 shaft
IRONS: Titleist 712CB (3-9) with Nippon NS Pro shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issueshafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Mid Slant prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
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Here’s the first look at the adidas golf shoe range for 2012. The shoes are designed to be worn on and off the golf course, to look as good with a pair of jeans as they perform on the tee. Both are to be unveiled at the 2012 PGA Show in Orlando and are due to hit the shops in the Summer. Priced in the region of €80, £75 or $100 dollars upwards.
A big shout out to Matt Hall in Australia on the launch of his new website for professional caddies called www.tourcaddies4u.com.
Tour Caddies 4 U was established last year, and is designed to assist Professional Golfers locate High Quality Professional Caddies Worldwide for any professional event whether it is a Pro-Am or a PGA Tour Tournament. The website is also designed to assist anyone thinking of becoming a full time caddie to get a placement and a foot in the door of the Caddie world.
Matt Hall currently works with Chris Gaunt and has over 10 years experience on Tour. The site was designed with the input of many leading Golf Professionals who regularly play on PGA Tours worldwide.
“Ronnie”, the moustache worn by Tom Selleck in the TV show Magnum P.I. was last night celebrating the most unlikely of victories after helping Johnson Wagner to win the Sony Open in Hawaii. The 62 year old nut duster now lives in Malibu Beach living off royalties from the 80’s hit TV show and had been on the island by chance to film a 25th anniversary reunion celebration of the original Magnum cast.
“I was just here hanging with Magnum’s upper lip along with Higgins and TC” said Ronnie the tache. “Some of the guys were breakin’ my balls calling me a “nut broom” and “prison pussy” so I needed to get away. I came across Johnson Wagner on the putting green at the golf course and he needed some help with his putting alignment so I jumped up on his lip and it seemed to help. When he looks down through my middle, it shows the line perfectly. I’ve been dabbling in golf with Geoff Ogilvy lately also, it’s is an avenue I would really like to explore. I’d like to see how far I could go in this business; how cool would it be to get under the nose Rory McIlroy.”
The success of Ronnie the moustache has prompted speculation that other celebrity appendages may now try their hand in the golf business. Pamela Anderson’s breasts have already been closely linked with Colin Montgomerie for the 2102 season.
Here’s the way things work at the top of the Ancient and Royal. They sit around in the smoking room, hold china cups with two fingers and think of reasons why they should continue to give Portrush’s chances of hosting the British Open the two fingers.
This week Peter Dawson spoke to journalist John Huggan and bloody well set him straight as to why Royal Portrush is not Royal enough for for the British Open.
Dawson: “One or two of the holes need changes.”
Ah okay so being consistently ranked by just about every reputable publication as being amongst the top 15 courses on the planet is not good enough for the R&A. By that logic last year’s Open was not held at Royal St. Georges because 17 or 18 of the holes need changes.
Dawson: It is not obvious where the practice ground would go. It is not obvious where the tented village would go.
What is the man on about here? “None of these big fields would actually be suitable because they are not the correct shape of green?”
Tell you what Peter. Watch this year’s Irish Open and see where they put the practice ground and the tented village. That may just give you a clue.
Pic: These big fields around the course are not immediately obvious so we have used big red arrows to point them out.
Smoking jackets on, two fingers ready…..
Just weeks after securing his card at Q School Branden Grace was holding aloft the Joburg Open trophy after winning his first European Tour title. Grace’s final round of 72 was just about good enough to hold off another Q School graduate Jamie Elson who has an I for the dramatic. The Englishman who held a monster putt on the 18th in Catalunya to earn his card, this time shot a blistering 63 to surge through the field and almost catch Grace.
In the end however the 23 year old playing on home soil held his nerve to card a Faldo-esque 72 with 16 pars to finish on 17 under, one ahead of Elson. The win was worth €206,050 and sees him exempt on Tour until the end of 2013. His nearest challengers at the start of the day, Richard Finch and George Coetzee had a tough day at the office and slipped quietly down the leaderboard.
Six players tied for third including four South Africans and two Scots.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Grace after. “It’s nice to win in front of a home crowd and I wouldn’t exchange it for anything else.” Grace then paid tribute to his caddie saying “I think there was one big key today, Zack [Rasego] on the bag kept me calm throughout the whole day so big thanks to him.”
With just one more event on South African soil, The Volvo Golf Champions, to play this week the question is will another South African player win? The rainbow nation have now won four of the last six European Tour events. These include Garth Mulroy (2011 Alfred Dunhill Championship), Hennie Otto (2011 South African Open Championship), Louis Oosthuizen (2012 Africa Open) and Branden Grace (2012 Joburg Open).
Great fun trying to figure out Matt Every’s putter at the Sony Open. It’s a BlackHawk model from Orion golf. The theory behind it is to get the highest MOI possible based on the current restrictions of the USGA on putter size. The size also allows the golfer to easily sole the club and set their hands in the same position without effort. It is made of a forged Aluminium alloy and has a black sapphire coating. The feel of the putter is very solid and the roll of the ball is consistent from toe to heel. In theory it is not possible to mishit a putt with the club as it rolls true no matter where it is struck. It retails from about 250 US dollars.
The short answer is yes but not in the way you might think. Today I watched a video with Luke Williams from Callaway introducing the new RAZR X driver for 2012 and in the video Luke talks about the 46 inch shaft, (yep 46 inches) installed there to get you increased clubhead speed and thus more distance.
Granted that caveman mentally of “Me hit you hard Unga Bunga” is inside all of us. But it’s not all about raw distance. Look at the caveman’s club for instance, shorter for power plus accuracy. Even they had their physics correct.
Most of the top name drivers in the shops this year have shafts measuring between 45 and 46 inches and there are even a few longer than that. However the average shaft length on the European and PGA Tours is 44 inches with some of the very best players having even shorter shafts. The question is which driver of these two do you want?
Pic: Bubba long. 143 rd in driving accuracy. Of 14 drives, 7 will finish in rough
A: With this 46 inch driver you will splay the ball left and right but 1 in 5 you will catch sweet and it will go 2 yards further.*
B: With this 44 inch driver you are 28% more likely to hit the fairway and 4 out of 5 times you will hit it further than your bomber mate who will be stuck in the rough.*
If you’re answer is A, thanks for your time. If your answer is B you’re with the pro’s who use drivers 1.5 inches shorter than shop models. Are all the pros dummies? Surely there losing 10 yards?
Sorry to argue with the big companies on this one but I do loads of Tour player what’s in the bags and the scientist in me has to tell you that the formula
longer shaft = faster swing = longer distance = fairway is INCORRECT
longer shaft = faster swing = longer distance = some fairway + a lot of rough is CORRECT
shorter shaft = fast accurate swing = more sweet spot = long distance = fairway is CORRECT!
And what’s more I will make a prediction now. “Driver shaft length will be reduced by the Biggest Golf Companies in the near future and they will market heavily “The far increased accuracy” of the shorter shaft!
*Read the excellent article on testing long and short shafts carried out by mygolfspy here.
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Congratulations to Billy O’Boyle, whom I met at the Irish Open in Killarney last Summer, on the launch of his new business Mystery Golf Tours which brings a new twist to the pub society or work outing. You get onto the bus, clubs in the back and where you are headed is a mystery until you actually get there.
Kindof like that paddle boat thing in Willy Wonka but without Mr. Slugworth.
Pic: Billy will be dressed as Willy Wonka for all Tours and be singing sweetly “There’s no earthly way of knowing in which direction we are going”, before working up to a fever pitch of maniacal screaming: “And the rowers keep on rowing and they’re certainly not showing any signs that they are slowing!”
Be not afraid however because Billy and his team at Mystery Golf Tours have handpicked the finest of Irish courses and provide door to door hospitality to make sure everyone enjoys their day and goes home happy.
I love the concept and wish Billy and the lads the very best of success. Click here or on the pic to visit the Mystery Golf Tour website.
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Bursting into a Steve Stricker press conference today at the Sony Open where up to seven journalists were sleeping soundly, Tim Finchem fired several RPG rounds into the walls and defiantly declared himself supreme commander of the PGA Tour until 2016. Happily none of the journalists present received serious injury during the incident, although some suffered shock after being suddenly awoken.
Later Finchem appeared in an outfit, shades and wig which he claimed to have recently bought “pretty cheap from eBay.lya” and spoke to a number of loyal supporters from the back of a pick up truck from his heavily fortified compound in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Finchem in his new outfit he got cheap on eBay
“I vow to take over Asia and rip it from the grasp of the Europeans” said Colonel Finchem as he fired shots in the air from an AK47 before adding “and I might take over Ireland too if nobody in Europe really wants it. Now see that concrete tunnel down there? I’ll be in there if anyone needs me.”
Finchem is 64, but according to fashion guru and man who acts like a woman Gok Wan “Tim looks no more than 30 darlings. Regular botox injections to the face and those cleverly placed shoulder pads in his new outfit make this Finch a bird I would certainly like to get in my cage.”
While the other top pros are busy doing ab crunches in the gym or working on their release on the range, Sergio Garcia, who really wants to get into this year’s Ryder Cup Team is working on a release of his own by playing a spot of poker. The Spaniard was playing in the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure event, and got through to the last 50, before a pair of dirty queens knocked him out of the Main Event last night. He did however manage to bag $35,000.
El Nino says that golf his is life, but poker is his entertainment. But that’s obviously a lie considering the torture and anguish the poor man suffered in defeat. He might as well have been on the putting green as the poker table, the emotions were exactly the same.
It was Garcia versus Luciano. Luciano was all in. Would Sergio play and risk all in?
He thought about it. And thought some more. Then played.
Luciano had pair of queens. Garcia was A♣J diamonds. Both play.
The flop turns 3♣2♣J♣. Another Jack for Sergio, but still not good enough.
Next the turn card. Nothing. Then the final river card. Nothing.
Sergio had lost 230,000 chips and was out.
Afterwards Garcia was comforted by friend and professional poker player Jose Manuel Pastor who said “"Perhaps he should not have called the all-in with ace-jack”.
Further details have emerged concerning Luke Donald’s twitter rant on Sunday night. The world number one tweeted his beak off in a savage attack against Jonathan Byrd and Steve Stricker whom he was watching on TV whilst feeding his new born baby. It’s understood Donald spilled up to four ounces of tepid Cow and Gate baby formula onto his jeans which tipped him over the edge and sent him into an Elmo fuelled rage.
Neighbours had reported seeing Donald earlier that day talking to himself in an agitated state whilst watching the build up to the New Hampshire Republican presidential Primary, an event which is big in the USA, but which Europeans couldn’t give a toss about because Obama will beat whoever wins anyway. It is unclear what Donald was saying but the words “vote, arse, cocksucker, crap, talking, suits, fools, flying f*ck” were clearly audible.
Donald’s wife Diana briefly calmed him around lunchtime, but the Englishman’s ire was again stoked up by golfer Johnathon Byrd on the TV, who Donald believed appeared to stare mockingly into the camera “for what seemed like an age” after taking five minutes over a putt. It later transpired that Donald’s youngest baby Sophia had accidentally rolled over on the TV remote control and paused the coverage.
More as it burps up.
Adams golf (aren’t they for sale?) today announced they have signed Robert Karlsson. However the deal could yet turn sour if Karlsson cannot find a set of Adams club before the start of his season. As of yesterday he had clocked up over 1,200 miles in search of a Swedish pro shop that stocks Adams clubs, which are currently not available in Sweden. It is thought the search may spread to other Scandinavian countries aswell as eBay in the coming days.
There was however some success for the two time Ryder Cupper yesterday when he managed to buy an Adams hat from a farmer near Stockholm.
“We think Robert is a great fit for Adams golf” said Chip Fryer, CEO of Adams. “We now have a really tall guy to go with the old guy, the religious guy and the crazy two gloves guy.”