Thankfully, the snow left as quickly as it arrived this time. Today we have a clear blue sky, however, with a -3c frost, the ground temperature is 5c below this time last year. This together with the recent heavy rainfall, to my mind has put us back about 6 weeks.
Today is the first time I have managed to carry out any work on the greens. We are solid tining them, to a depth of 4″, allowing much needed air into the soil profile and to aide surface drainage.
Last week I had the opportunity to try out the complete range of Titleist irons going into 2018 and must say I was impressed with both the looks and performance right the way through the range.
A lot of the promotion around clubs you see now is all about distance, distance, distance which is obviously nice but at the same time with an iron you need to have the control going into the greens to make sure that ball stops where you want it to.
Titleist now have 6 different irons to provide different levels of forgiveness and distance whilst throughout the range maintaining this level of control.
The range is a follows
718 MB - This is the bladed iron for players after a small sleek clubhead with minimal offset offering the ability to shape the ball with ease.
718 CB - The CB is a classic looking iron that is packed with all the modern technology to provide a great combination between forgiveness and workability
T-MB irons - This irons started off as a long iron replacement last year but its appeal and success has meant it has been made available as a full set and these provide great distances throughout the set
718 AP1 - The AP1 is aimed at the player looking for forgiveness from an iron, it features tungsten weighting set in different areas throughout each club enabling the optimum centre of gravity position for each club in the set.
718 AP2 - The AP2 is a forged iron aimed at the player looking for consistent distance as well as a classic looking club head with that soft forged feeling
718 AP3 - A new iron introduced to the AP family this iron combines the best features of both the AP1 & AP2 irons into the one club providing a great looking players club enabling superb distances.
So with all this information I set about seeing the performance and you can see all the shots plotted below
So as you can see from the graph the longest club was the AP1 irons with one in particular going over 10 yards further than any other shot. As you would expect the least forgiving iron, the MB blade iron was the shortest distance but the grouping was fairly consistent so ideal for someone who strikes the ball consistently and wants the feedback of a mishit to help in the strive for excellence.
The CB iron for me provided the greatest level of accuracy with the worst being 4 yards left of target and one 3 yards right worth about 8 yards of difference in the longest and shortest ones, the AP2 iron was very consistent for length and a great looking club and the T-MB iron was great for distance and apart from one (which I dare say could have been an operator error) was also consistent with the distances.
However my personal favourite was the AP3 iron, I loved the look and the design of it, it provided great distance and was pretty accurate and felt as if it provided the level of forgiveness that I look for in a club.
HOWEVER what suits one person does not suit everyone else so I urge you to try the complete range to find the one that works for you and provides you with what you are looking for in a golf club. They really do have a great range and a club to suit every level of player so come see us in store where you can book a fitting to see what performs for you.
GARMIN S60 now in stock
Anybody looking to purchase a golf GPS device should look no further than the new Garmin S60 as it has everything on it you could ever need.
Obviously it gives you the distance to the front, middle and back of each green from your exact point on the course, however it also features a picture of the hole as you play it and you can move the cursor on the touchscreen to any area on the course to see how far it is to reach that exact point and then how far it is to the green from that point allowing you to be certain that you will not reach that bunker or how much room there is on the dogleg before you run out of fairway, or that you are leaving yourself with your favourite yardage to the flag.
The club tracking information is another fantastic addition to this device, allowing you to track the clubs you hit during your round and then being able to look over each hole after play and see exactly how far each shot went with each club, helping you really dial in your yardages on course.
A couple of fantastic features which come in to their own when playing new courses for the first time is both the flag finder and the plays like distance. The flag finder acts as a compass and points you towards the green from wherever you may find yourself on the course helping with blind shots and also when you may find yourself on the wrong fairway. The plays like distance feature will give you the correct yardage but then takes into account whether the shot is downhill or uphill giving you a truer distance to help get the ball close to the pin.
Along with all these golf features it also syncs to your smart phone and gives notifications for texts, emails, news and weather amongst others, as well as track your daily steps and other sporting activities.
If you would like any further information on the S60 or any other golf GPS devices please see us in store where we will be happy to take you through the range.