Bridgestone Golf, which has made a name for itself as of late for their B330 and e-Series balls, is set to unveil their newest set of irons at the upcoming PGA Merchandise show. While producing irons (and clubs in general for that matter) is nothing new for Bridgestone, the company is not as well known for it, at least not here in the states. They aren't the kind of company that rolls out a new set of irons every six months, and in fact, it was nearly a decade ago that their J33 came out. In Orlando, the company will show off its new J15 family of forged irons which contain four different options, each aimed a different type of player.
Bridgestone's newest lineup of irons, the J15, features four models. Whether you're one of the game's best or struggle to hit the center of the face, the company says that it has something that fits your game.
Titleist updates their 913 drivers with higher launch and lower spin 915 Series. Do these drivers meet this claim?
Titleist has unveiled their new series of drivers and woods with the 915 featuring a new technology for Titleist, the Active Recoil Channel™ and the Radial Speed Face, a refinement on the face to improve distance on off center hits. The face changes also allow more weight to be shifted back on the head improving the head's MOI with a lower and deeper center of gravity (CG). This driver has already seen success on tour with Jordan Spieth (915D2) winning the recent Australian Open and Hero World Challenge and their other top players having the D2 (Jimmy Walker, Bill Haas) or D3 (Adam Scott) in the bag.
This review will take a closer look at the "higher launch, lower spin" claims of the 915 versus the previous models, 913 and 910.
Tiger made his triumphant return to competitive golf, I give my thoughts on his performance.
There is good news, and bad news.
The good news is there are a number of positives to take away from Tiger's recent return at his Hero World Challenge. The bad news was his score. Our, or at least my, expectations for Tiger are very high. When he comes back from injury I expect low scores and a return to dominance. The only thing he dominated in this return was the bottom of the leaderboard.
Trying to sort out if the "hot hand theory" applies to golf.
"He's on a hot streak."
"Rory just can't miss right now."
"You want Webb Simpson on your fantasy team this week, he's been playing great the last few months."
The hot streak. Long defended by athletes, denounced by statisticians. It pops up in discussions about three-point shooting, batting titles, and blackjack, but I want to talk about golf.
I don't really care about putting hot streaks, and it would have taken me a decade to comb though the data to chart individual rounds, but there was one thing I could check out: tournament finishes.
I wanted to see how a player's finish in one tournament ("event A") could be used to predict their finish in the next tournament ("event B").
My hypothesis going in was, with some reservations, that there must be something to the hot-hand theory. We've all seen the kind of streaks Tiger and Rory have gone on where they seemingly can't miss a putt, and we've all had our own streaks where nothing seems to go straight. I figured most pros would go through the same thing.
But the results told a largely different story.
The newest version of the SLDR S lacks some of the adjustability from the previous version, but promises all the distance.
One of the best ways to get golfers to spend more money on a new club is to convince them that they will gain considerable distance. While there are many who scoff at the seemingly wild claims so many of the companies make; many are more than willing to plunk down three or four hundred dollars in an attempt to see if the claims are true.
TaylorMade is once again pushing the limits by taking slot technology from the club's sole to its face.
Always at the forefront of cutting edge golf technology is TaylorMade. They seem to be the one company that puts themselves out there time after time and seem to be first with the latest and greatest equipment. Sometimes strategies like this backfire, and your products are seen as a joke or as gimmicky; other times you hit home runs. One technology that the company has been pushing over the last several years is its speed slot technology which has been found on both woods and irons. On the irons, it is a polymer filled slot found on the clubs sole. The idea behind the slot is that it allows the face to flex more, producing higher ball speeds across a larger portion of the face. In other words, more forgiveness and more distance. With the release of the RSi Irons, the company is pushing the bounds even more with the addition of slots on the clubs face.