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Great Fairway Woods from Kasco, Orlimar, Adams,
Tour Edge & TaylorMade

By: Dr. Barry Lotz

It’s a fact of life every golfer must face sooner or later: that grassy lie you used to hit from with a wood so effortlessly now doesn’t get there. The strength and skill required to loft the tough lie onto the green diminishes, and you’re left with a choice of evils: to get out your long iron and settle for a shorter approach, or to go on as before and hope for the best.

Now manufacturers, after their initial product introductions of a few years ago, have refined their fairway woods that offer, to all levels of golfers, products that enhance their game, reduce their miss-hits, increase distance and therefore, lower score. In fact, many of the PGA Tour players are carrying seven woods and LPGA players even nine and eleven woods.

These new models have a lower center of gravity that ensures that the ball is lofted from almost any stroke.

Of the major golf manufacturers whose products are superlative are those of Kasco, Orlimar, Adams, Tour Edge and TaylorMade. These manufacturers are the standouts. We have omitted knockoffs, and there are many. Suffice to say, you get what you pay for, so be forewarned and stick with the major brands.

According to PGA teaching professional Mike Major of Torrey Pines Golf School, the low profile clubs are a trend away from matched clubs and toward ever more specialized gear. “It’s not for everyone, but these clubs are excellent if you’re in a grassy lie. Since the weight is at the bottom, you don’t have to hit the ball fat as you would with traditional woods, where much of the mass is in the upper part of the club head.”

TaylorMade, golf’s number one manufacturer, 200 Steel fairway woods are not only number one on all Tours, but are in fact the number one selling fairway woods today. These woods appeal to both the professional and low handicapper primarily, but mid to high handicappers enjoy the benefits of pure feeling shots, great aesthetics and playability features of these woods.

The exceptional performance of 200 Steel fairway woods is based on a combination of cutting edge design elements, including TaylorMade’s Powerband Crown, Powerframe Technology, Trapezoidal Sole Pad, Internal Weight Pad Technology, and Dual Rail Sole design.

The Fujikara shafts have contributed to the wood’s outstanding distance and control features. Many of our testers enjoyed the “user-friendly” feel and look of the 200 Steel fairway wood, but were most impressed at the distance achieved and great setup. Many of the testers use TaylorMade’s Series 300 Drivers and felt “complete” with the availability of these woods in steel rather than titanium.

Available in 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 9.

www.taylormadegolf.com MSRP $299.00


Barney Adam’s original Tight Lies was the American pioneer both in design and marketing techniques of fairway woods. To keep up in the rapidly changing world of high-end golf equipment Adams released a new version of their hugely popular Tight Lies. A sharper look and numerous subtle refinements have been incorporated into the new edition. Today, the most current Tight Lies, the GT Series, is Adam’s thinnest faced fairway wood ever and is over 44% thinner than the Original Tight Lies face for maximum distance. A new heel-weighting zone and optimal offset helps square the clubface for that famous Straighter Is Better shot. And of course, the patented “upside-down” steel club head design is truly easier to hit. The aesthetics of the GT are superb and very pleasing. The GT Tight Lies comes in lofts of 13°, 15°, 17°, 19° and 21° with either a Graffaloy shaft or Adam’s proprietary GT shaft made of steel with graphite tips that Senior Tour players call the “best iron shaft in golf”.

Adams Golf had a great showing recently at the Bruno’s Memorial Classic Senior Tour Event. With Tight Lies GT Fairway Woods and GT Irons in his bag, Adams Golf staff player Sammy Rachels took home the trophy. In fact, 3 of the top 6 finishers played with Adams equipment. Larry Nelson finished third and Bruce Lietzke finished sixth using the GT Tour irons and GT Fairway Woods. Tom Watson is another Adams staff player.

During testing by our panel of 25 pros and high handicappers, 20 of the 25, mainly higher-handicappers favored the GT over their current fairway woods  an excellent endorsement!

www.adamsgolf.com MSRP $199.95


Orlimar, another of the original innovators of the modern fairway woods, the TriMetal Wood, has also introduced their next generation of performance driven metalwoods. Exclusive to Orlimar, hipSteelª is the combination of a new Carpenter Metals alloy and the application of Hot Isostatic Processing resulting in a metal that is 5% harder and 10% stronger than the original TriMetal.

At 1.7mm* and 1.9mm* thin, the hipSteelª fairway metal, features the thinnest, strongest and hottest steel faces in golf. Redistributing this weight to other parts of the clubhead allowed Orlimar to create a lower center of gravity and added rear weighting for maximum stability and forgiveness on off-center hits.

The aesthetics of this wood are also exceptional and our testers, especially the better players, really enjoyed the performance of these woods. The feeling of the ball rocketing off the face is very evident to our testing staff. They all felt that these new woods are far superior to the previous models Orlimar offered.

The hipSteel fairway metalwoods are a score to a score and a half deeper than the TriMetal Plus Fairway Metals and will be offered in 12 degree to 22 degree lofts.

www.orlimar.com The hipSteel metalwoods line will be priced at $239 for graphite and $179 for steel shafts.

The woods are available in 12°, 14°, 16°, 18°, 20° and 22° degrees with graphite shafts


The K2K from Kasco is in a class of its own a new domain of clubs that can be best classified as “Long Range Attack Woods”. It is one of those inventions that allow a company from being an also ran to the Master of their Domain. It is a club that completely revolutionizes a player’s game, strategy and style.

The Super Hyten club heads are made with uniquely fine molds developed by Kasco using their own precise casting equipment. The Super Hyten club heads are half the thickness of a normal titanium head, which therefore allows for greater sensitivity of head design.

Kasco has transferred the weight to the sole, making it heavier for a lower and deeper center of gravity resulting in a higher trajectory and ease in getting the ball airborne more easily than ever before.

Of special note is that with the advent and use of Super Hyten, there is no need for Kasco to insert or add any other materials such as tungsten gravity screws on the bottom or face unlike the majority of other manufacturers. The result therefore is that the energy loss at impact is avoided at the junction of two (or multiple) different metals. This translates into maximum power transfer to the ball at impact and maximum distance.

The design of the K2K, while somewhat unusual, affords a “super wide Sweet Area” making the K2K very easy to hit, very forgiving and very straight. With the K2k’s full rounded sole, hitting from any conditions such as bunkers or roughs is extremely easy. The bore through shaft with its reinforced tip ensures maximum stability and straight ball flight at impact.

While the K2K comes with a standard Kasco proprietary shaft, we re-shafted all the clubs with the new UST Pro 75 ATR shaft. Our testers were basically astounded and flabbergasted by the result. Each and every club performed demonstrably superior in both feel and especially distance. The #55 produced distances of 230 to 260 yards equating to 20 to 30 yards more than the standard shaft. Well worth the switch.

The K2K is currently available in a #22 (13°), #33 (16°), #44 (19°) and #55 (22°). #77(24°) and #99 (26°), and is very pricey at $380.00 per wood.

www.kascogolf.com MSRP $399.00


Our 25 testers recorded the highest satisfaction rating of over 95% of any club tested in the past two years. The ONLY negative being that one has to “acclimatize oneself” to the unique design. Nevertheless, the results obtained by almost all the testers responses reduced this slight negative to “not really a problem”. The proof was in the pudding great feel, very user-friendly, accurate and marvelous distance.

Tour Edge’s new proprietary x-88 Hyper Steel fairway woods also drew rave reviews from our testers. The setup and feel were the two most talked about facets of these woods.

The steel’s strength allowed the walls of the Hyper Steel woods to be extremely thin. The result is a wood capable of a spring-like effect not ordinarily possible in other stainless steel designs. X-88 also allows the shallow faced Hyper Steel fairway woods to play with exceptional control and feel.

Also, the X-88 forged Hyper Steel face is progressively thinner from driver to fairway wood. This technology produces the highest possible rebound rate for each wood in the set..

Available in men’s and women’s in Driver 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, Long 2 (11°), Long 3 (13°), Any Lie 3 (14.5°), Any Lie 4 (16.5°), Any Lie 5 (18.5°), Any Lie 7 (21°), Any Lie 9 (24°). Right and left hand models offered.

www.touredge.com MSRP $200.00.

Also tested was the Callaway Steel Head III, PING’s exorbitantly priced new TiSI Tec 3 wood ($400), Cobra’s SS Fairway woods and Wilson’s Deep Red Series. While these brands are well known, their fairway wood models fell behind those above described.

Irrespective of all the advertising dollars paid to Tour pros and media buys, testing by each golfer of all models available is highly suggested prior to purchasing.

All clubs are available through pro shops or direct from the manufacturer. All have rated distance capabilities of 184 to 224 yards plus. Customer service is exemplary from all the manufacturers, especially TaylorMade.

For those golfers who prefer a fairway wood rather than a driver, and in the opinion of this writer, many more should use either a 3 or 5 wood versus a driver; the two best of those discussed are undoubtedly the PING TiSI Tec followed by the Callaway Steelhead III. Both offer great stability, accuracy and good distance.


Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, the California Golf Writers Association, and serves both as a Consultant and Mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers” and his current book, “How to Build Business Relationships Through Golf” is in the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s best seller list.

He can be reached at www.pgtaa.com or drlotz@cbsgolf.net

 

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Golf Equipment Reviews Sheets & Eats

PING

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Last year PING had the best-selling driver in the G30 model. This year, their new PING G has attracted a new set of devotees to the PING clan.
What the G driver offers is what every golfer desires – faster club head and ball speed. Using proprietary Turbulator Technology, VorTec and face/crown transition to combine for more efficient air flow, there is definitely a noticeable difference over the G30 version – all good.
The T9S Titanium face is thinner and hotter for maximum distance and deflection. The club’s adjustability with its 5-lobe hosel sleeve, allows ±1 degree of loft adjustment.
Another improvement is the DragonFly Technology –

$429.99 www.pinggolf.com

 

Make Winter time Productive For Your Golf Game

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If you live in an area where winter means cold temperatures, rain, sleet, snow and wind, your golf game may be tucked safely in the back of your mind.

While that’s understandable it is still a time to prepare for when the weather takes a turn for the better.

Here are some suggestions on how to make your winter productive for your game...

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This Month’s Featured Web Site Featured Golf School

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If you thought the Orient Express was high class, then you will love Rovos Rail. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era as you step aboard our reconditioned wood-paneled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury. Golf safaris are also available

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Professional Golf Teachers Association

PGTAA graduates have access to positions as golf teaching professionals including head professionals at

both private and public country clubs, golf schools, driving ranges, golf learning centers, indoor facilities, high schools and college coaches. Custom club makers have added golf teaching as a new dimension to their businesses. Graduates can also expect to hold positions as managers of both public and private golf facilities within the US and internationally.

A magazine’s review of the PGTAA

 

Instruction Area Gof Tips and Tricks

Having problems with your swing? – Fix your slice! by Johnny Miller

I recently was examining swing sequences of some of the greatest players in history. Knowing that some of these players favored a draw as their standard shot while others preferred a fade, I sought to identify swing features within each group that would explain their respective ball-flight tendencies. Something profound emerged that I think will benefit all golfers, especially those cursed with a wicked slice.

What I found was this: Virtually every accomplished fader of the ball–from Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods–displayed a straight left arm at the top of the backswing. Conversely, those who preferred a draw–players like Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones–maintained a slight bend at the elbow.

This discovery is great news for most slicers, as they tend to do by accident what intentional faders do on purpose. In this article I’ll explain why the dynamic works, and how a simple swing change will make a powerful draw your standard shot.

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