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Iron-Woods/Driving Irons Hit the Market in a Big Way.

By: Dr. Barry Lotz

Every golfer knows this feeling: you’re in the middle of the fairway, 200 yards from the pin, and the approach to the green leaves no room for error. There are usually 3 options available: Take your 3 wood and risk the shot going wide, use your 2 Iron for distance and totally miss hit the iron because you cannot hit a long iron consistently well, or lay up short and sacrifice a stroke?

This dilemma is at the heart of the development of a new breed of high tech utility clubs, aptly named “ironwoods” which one maker prophetically calls the “Rescue Wood”. Designed to give both distance and accuracy, the new ironwoods are also substantially easier to hit than long irons and woods and can take a dozen strokes off your score rapidly.

We tested the following clubs described below, using 24 testers, 8 of which were teaching professionals:

The PRGR200i, the Taylor Made Rescue Wood, the Alien Driving Iron, the Tour Edge Lift Off Iron-Wood, the Controller and the Tony Penna Boss Driving Iron.

What makes these clubs special is their weight and material composition. The more expensive of these clubs are designed with titanium heads and/or tungsten inserts. These clubs usually have bottom weighted design and feature lofts from 14° to 24°. They use their weight advantage to get the ball airborne and drive it further, with greater accuracy than a wood.

Titanium has a more responsive feel than steel, and the ball rockets off the face of those clubs that do make use of titanium.

The premier ironwood club, and if price is not a major concern, the one favored by most touring pros, teaching pros and low to mid handicappers, is the PRGR 200i. This handsomely designed and outstanding driving iron is cast from titanium, has tungsten inserts, and is rated an excellent club for both tee and fairway. It consistently attained 200-yard distances from both the fairway and light rough. The responsiveness, the solid feel, the sleek appearance and the beautiful ball trajectory were the most frequent comments from all 24 testers, especially the 8 teaching pros. Lofts are either 17° or 19°. Expect to pay up to $369 when you can find one, as distribution is limited.

Close behind the PRGR200i in price and material composition is the Taylor Made Rescue Wood, featuring a design that puts 75% of the club’s weight below the center of the ball. The club’s claim to fame is primarily its ease of use out of the rough. However, the majority of the testers (95%) overwhelmingly chose the PRGR 200i over the Taylor Made Rescue Wood. The Rescue Wood comes in lofts of 15°, 18°, 21° and 24 °, uses titanium for maximum control, and has a list price of $299.

After the higher end clubs are those using steel and/or tungsten inserts. They are the Alien Driving Iron, the Tour Edge Lift Off Iron-Wood, the Tommy Penna Boss and the “Controller” driving iron.

The Alien Ultimate Driving Iron was overall the second best club of those tested, but in the price category, was overwhelmingly the choice of all the testers. The Alien Ultimate Driving Iron is a modestly priced entrant that utilizes steel and an insert called the Tutch Chamber, designed to stabilize off-center shots. Street prices average $120 for this iron, and it is available in lofts of 14°, 16° and 18°. Graphite and Steel shafts are available with graphite being slightly more expensive. It is an excellent all-purpose driving iron especially off the tee and very reliable off the fairway.

The Tour Edge Lift Off was as highly rated as the Alien had a slightly better ball trajectory, but the visual aspect of the club, both of the head and shaft color schemes, drew negative comments from 20 of the 24 testers. Steel shafts sell for $119 and Graphite for $149.

Also tested were the Tony Penna ” BOSS” driving iron, available in 16.5°, and the heavily advertised NGC Golf’s ” Controller Driving Iron”. The “Controller” is available in 12.5° and 17° lofts and is the least expensive of all the ironwoods with Steel at $90 and Graphite at $119.00. The Taylor Made Rescue Wood, though more expensive, was preferred over both the “controller” and the “Boss”.

All of these driving irons are easier to hit than 2 or 3 irons and generally will be easier to handle than woods. As mentioned previously, all offer a choice of steel or graphite shafts and are designed with the needs of the mid-to-higher handicap golfer in mind.

Based on all our testing criteria, the PRGR200i was favored most of all the ironwoods. For those who do not want to spend the money for the PRGR, both the Alien Driving Iron and Tour Edge are excellent choices.

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.

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Whisker Shoe Laces

Really? Yes indeed.

Whiskers Enters U.S. Golf Market with Array of Color Pops, Cool Patterns on Shoelaces
Whiskers has launched men’s and women’s premium golf-specific shoelaces in nearly 20 color pops and unique patterns, expanding beyond its immensely popular bespoke laces for sneakers, casual and dress shoes, and boots.
The Made-in-the-USA golf laces coordinate in style and color with famous golf footwear and apparel brands as well as palettes of college and professional sports teams.  Made of ultra-durable poly-nylon tech weave with high-grade aglets, they are available in classic and athletic profiles, flat and oval shapes, and 30- to 45-inch lengths.  Best sellers include navy and light blue, orange and white, berry and black, green and blue, and purple and pink.  A pair is $15 and a set of five is $60.
The company’s entry into the $84B golf economy is timely and massive.  Through August 2021, golf rounds are up 11.3% over 2020, with millennials – who especially relish self-expression – representing one of the fastest growing golf segments.  Sales of golf equipment, apparel and accessories rose 37% over the same 12-month period.
Golf style trends also align with the company’s mission to create a Whiskers “movement” and its vision to become the world’s most iconic, inspirational, aspirational and ubiquitous premium golf lace and accent brand.  Golfers are paying more attention to how they look, supported by a new crop of young, causal Tour players and influencers injecting tremendous fashion energy into the golf landscape.  Easing of traditional dress codes at country clubs also contributes to Whiskers’ market opportunity. $39.99 as shown.

In addition to a robust e-commerce business, programs underway include a seamless ordering portal for golf shops; special edition socks around major tournaments and other events; presence on the feet of PGA and LPGA Tour players; and collaborations with golf footwear and apparel brands.
The brand is uber-popular as evidenced by rave reviews from major fashion and lifestyle media, as well as customer testimonials.  Widely recognized as a “here-to-stay trend,” Whiskers’ laces are becoming collectors’ items and are available on scores of websites, select specialty shops and at

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

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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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This area of is designed to help everyone improve their golf game, pros and novices alike. Here our two Pro’s, Geoff Greig and Mark Immelman, explore different aspects of the golf swing and game improvement techniques.

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