New Clubs for 2014 – Part Three – Putters

It’s the club you take most shots each year with by a considerable margin, yet for many, it is the club they pay least attention to when purchasing a new set.

The shortest stick in the bag has gone through many radical overhauls in recent years and 2014 promises to be no different with some interesting new putters on the market.

 

Take a look at four of the best for 2014 below and why not give one a try at your local range under the careful instruction of a pro, who knows, you may even take a few shots off your round.

 

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Learning to Play – The Best Way?

Here’s the dilemma:

My son is now 10 years old and has expressed an interest in moving from being my (underpaid) caddy to actually joining us for a round of golf.

He’s played on pitch and putt courses and enjoyed a summer camp a year or two ago, but other than that he’s just hit balls on the range when he’s ventured there with me.

 

As a dutiful dad, I’ve tried to give him a few simple pointers with mixed results and now that he seems to be getting more serious about golf I have to consider one thorny issue:

  • Do I let him follow the “Bubba Watson” path and find his own golf swing?
  • Or, do I spend a little cash and get him a few lessons with an instructor to help him along?

 

 

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New Clubs for 2014  – Part Two – Hybrids & Irons

Welcome to the second of our three part series of articles looking at some of the new clubs set to hit the shelves of your local pro shop. In this middle article, we will take a look at those all-important hybrids and irons.

Outlined below are four of the most eagerly-anticipated new sets of irons brand new for 2014 from some of the world’s finest golf manufacturers.

Will you be adding any of these to your bag in 2014? If you do, let us know your opinion!

 

 

Ping i25 Irons

 

 

You can opt to take the i25 with long irons, or hybrids nowadays, and these are a great set of top quality Ping Irons aimed at golfers of all skill levels.

Of course, one of the biggest attractions about buying a set of Ping clubs is that as part of the service, you get your irons custom fitted. This is a real bonus for beginners in particular who may be playing with clubs which are not set up to optimise their game.

 

Ping’s fitting service certainly ensures you’ll get good performance from the i25 but there is more to them than that. They look superb with a fogged chrome finish and with differentiated centre of gravity throughout the clubs, making it easier to get the ball airborne with long irons and offering better control and spin with shorter irons, they work well on the course too.

As a set for a beginner to mid-handicapper, the i25 are hard to beat.

 

Callaway Apex Pro Irons

 

 

If you are a low-handicapper or scratch player seeking a set of clubs to take your game to the next level then the striking Callaway Apex Pro Irons are certainly worth closer consideration.

They may look similar to the 2013 X Forged range of irons at address but they are strikingly different when viewed from behind.

 

These clubs have lots of little tweaks, such as  tungsten inserts near the foot of the irons, lowering the centre oif gravity allowing for cleaner shots from lower on the club in lower irons, and in short irons, a higher center of gravity which allows the player to launch the ball lower with more control and without introducing excessive spin on the ball.

 

Another feature is a high polymer damper insert which reduces vibration mean that even though the clubs are 17% thinner than the X Forged range, they still produce a satisfying click on a clean strike.

Apex Pro Irons aren’t cheap at a RRP of $1099 for steel shaft and graphite shafts coming in at $1299.

 

Adams IDEA Hybrid Irons

 

 

Coming with a striking Mitsubishi Bassara Eagle True Temper Dynalite shaft and a striking blue Idea AG4 multi-textured grip as standard, the new 2014 incarnation of Adams IDEA hybrid irons certainly come with a ‘wow’ factor when it comes to appearance.

The big positive point of Adams is their hybrids are much easier to hit than traditional 3 or 4 irons and the added elevation you get from the club gives the player a softer landing, an ideal bonus for player seeking more control from around 180 yards and out when hitting to a green.

 

The new Cut-Thru Slot technology gives greater club head speed, launching the ball higher, faster and gives added distance, even on off centre shots.

With Ernie Els joining up to the ranks of players using Adams clubs, it seems likely that 2014 may be a good year for this underrated club manufacturer.

 

TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Irons

 

 

Released on January 6th, after plenty of hype and somewhat secretive development, TaylorMade introduced their new range of Tour Preferred Irons (CB, MC and MB) irons to an expectant golfing public who weren’t disappointed.

The MC and MB range appeals to mid handicappers to scratch players, but it is the Tour Preferred CB Irons (RRP $899) which are likely to appeal to most amateur hackers from low handicappers upwards.

 

The CB have a larger head than the other two irons and the 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 irons come with the TaylorMade Speed Pocket, which gives the club additional speed through the air through better aerodynamics.

The 8-iron onwards does not have the speed pocket, but offers excellent feel. The set is even cast from different steel, with the 3 to 6 irons cast from 17-4 stainless steel, while 7-iron to wedge are cast from 431 stainless.

 

Custom shafts and grips are available and a lovely satin-nickel chrome finish really gives these clubs a lovely look.

 

All Images Courtesy of Adams Golf, Callaway, TaylorMade and Ping. 

 

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Fancy Buying your Own Golf Course?

The sad news that Torphin Hall Golf Club near Edinburgh, Scotland was forced to call in the Administrators this week after failing to find a buyer, highlights the increasingly worrying times facing many British golf clubs and courses.

With research from KPMG showing that membership has fallen by 20% over recent years, clubs are struggling and owners of private courses are starting to jump ship, with courses now going on the market.

 

So the question is, how much do you think it would cost to buy your own 18-hole golf course?

Gorilla Golf think you may be in for a surprise.

 

 

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What Makes a Great Golf Hole?

Whether it is arguably the most famous hole in golf, the 18th at St Andrews (below), TPC Sawgrass famous island 17th green, or perhaps even one of the holes around the famous Amen Corner at Augusta, most people are aware of some of the greatest holes in golf.

Yet what it is about the hole that makes it ‘great’ is open to conjecture. No doubt that for every golfer who lauds the Postage Stamp, or the island green at Sawgrass, there are many more who would happily confine either to the waste bin if they could.

So this led me to ponder, what is it that makes a great golf hole?

 

 

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New Clubs for 2014 – Part One – Drivers & Fairway Woods

The first of a three part series looking at the newest clubs to hit the shelves of golf stores and websites in 2014, we begin by looking at the long sticks in the bag, the Driver and fairway woods

Outlined below are some of the most eagerly anticipated new drivers and fairway woods of 2014, which, if any, of these will you be trying out at a pro day at your local range with a view to adding to your bag?

 

 

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A New Way to Analyse Your Golf Game Globally – Game Golf

When three companies, including two of the biggest golfing organisations in the world, team up to produce a new golf product, then you can be sure the golfing world will sit up and take notice.

 

And that is precisely what has happened after the PGA of America, the Golf Channel and Active Mind Technology pooled skills and resources to produce one of the most innovative golfing products in many years.

It’s called the Game Golf Digital Tracking System and it could revolutionise the way you play and view your golf.

 


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