The At The Turn newsletter is back with more in-depth breakdowns and expert insight on both new equipment releases and prior-generation golf clubs. Below you’ll find our staff’s detailed ranking of the top five used drivers of the past decade. Additionally, you’ll see two videos from our YouTube page: one comparing the new Titleist U-500 and U-510 utility irons, and the other reviewing the new Cleveland Launcher iron models. We also tested out the new Callaway Jaws MD5 wedges and compared the Mizuno JPX-919 Tour and MP-20 irons with one another to find the similarities and differences between the most recent Mizuno players iron sets.
By 2nd Swing Staff
With 2019 flying by quickly, not only will a new year be upon us soon but a new decade as well. In looking back, it’s pretty amazing to consider the number and quality of advancements that have taken place in golf clubs since 2010, especially when it comes to drivers.
Over the course of the past decade, golf manufacturers have excelled with each passing year in terms of giving players more forgiveness, ball speed gains, and increased customization options, and the driver choices on the market today are simply incredible.
That said, the past decade also saw plenty of tremendous drivers come to market, some of which can absolutely still hold their own when matched up against newer releases, especially when properly fit for a player.
So which drivers that would now qualify as “older generation” would we consider the best of the best when it comes to releases from the last decade?
It’s a great question and one that our 2nd Swing content staff sat down to consider, which resulted in our list of the top-five previous generation drivers of the 2010-2019 decade.
Best of all, not only are each of the following drivers potentially great options for your game, but they’re also unquestionably great values.
Let’s get to the list:
There was a lot of buzz about the TaylorMade SLDR 460 when it was released in 2013 and to this day it remains a driver that seemingly everyone has an opinion about. It would also likely qualify as the most controversial pick on our list because a lot of golfers hated the SLDR and many more had a love-hate relationship with it. But when properly fit and in the hands of the right player, typically someone who could generate some speed, it was an absolute beast in terms of distance. The biggest issue for most was that the SLDR produced such low spin numbers that poorly struck shots turned into huge foul balls, while players also had a hard time generating the launch conditions they needed to optimize performance. TaylorMade tried to do its part by encouraging players to “loft up,” but that advice often fell on deaf ears. But it can’t be forgotten that the SLDR was a Tour favorite, it offered an exceptional shape and explosive sound at impact, and it featured incredible customization for its generation. And once again, it was, and still is, really, really long.
We’ve said this before but Cobra drivers simply don’t get the accolades they deserve. This year, the Speedback F9 has widely been regarded as one of 2019’s best, but Cobra delivered plenty of other outstanding drivers as well over the course of the past decade. For our money, however, the best of the bunch was the Cobra KING LTD, which was released in 2015 and lands at No. 4 on our list. Unique about the LTD was that its CG position was at the neutral axis, a first for Cobra, and a design feature that provided players with low spin, high launch, and plenty of distance. That said, unlike most of the low-spin drivers that had been released to that point in golf, the LTD was also highly forgiving on mis-hits. That combination made it a cult-classic among Cobra fans, many of whom still play the LTD. Also notable about the LTD in terms of fitting was that in addition to the standard version, which featured a loft range of 9-12 degrees and three draw settings, an LTD Pro model that featured a loft range of 7-10 degrees and three fade settings was available as a great alternative for high-speed players.
From 2010 to 2017, PING released a number of very good drivers that were consistently lauded for an impressive combination of speed and forgiveness. At the same time, however, many of those drivers struggled to appeal to the masses based on their aesthetics and what many considered a consistently harsh impact feel. But that all changed in the summer of 2017 when PING released its G400 driver lineup. More specifically, G400 was sleek, it sounded great, ball speeds were up, and it offered combined MOI numbers that had never been seen before. Additionally, from a fitting standpoint, the standard G400 was a great choice for a wide range of golfers, while the LST provided high-spin players the chance to reduce spin and maximize distance and the SFT allowed those who struggled with a slice or a block to square the clubface more easily and straighten out that frustrating miss. Add it all up and G400 was a massive commercial success that made PING a category leader in the driver market, and you can count on seeing G400 drivers in the bags of professionals, top amateurs, and recreational players for years to come.
In the fall of 2015, the original TaylorMade M1 driver was released. It was an instant hit with players of all ability levels, and from that point forward for a few years black and white crowns were all the rage. Fast forward to February of 2016 and TaylorMade launched, with far less fanfare, its first iteration of the M2 driver. For all intents and purposes, it was considered by most, for lack of a better description, to be the M1’s little brother. More specifically, The M2 didn’t have the M1’s customization options, it was touted as a great option for average players thanks to its forgiveness, and it came at a price point that was $100 less than M1. In all candor, when the M2 first came out, it didn’t generate a lot of buzz. But not even TaylorMade could have imagined what would happen in the months ahead, as the once unheralded M2 emerged as far and away the most dominant driver in golf in 2016, and not just with mid- and high-handicappers. Tour players switched from M1 to M2 throughout the year at an astounding rate, taking advantage of its low spin, high launch, fast ball speeds, and extreme forgiveness. And it’s that combination that makes the 2016 M2 still very relevant today.
When it comes to marketing, Callaway is the undisputed king among golf manufacturers. Starting late in 2016, in anticipation of a January 2017 release, Callaway began the marketing hype around its new GBB Epic drivers and their key innovation, Jailbreak Technology. The marketing plan was genius and people couldn’t wait to get Epic in their hands. And when they did, the standard Epic and the Epic Sub Zero flat out delivered. Within weeks Callaway blew past TaylorMade to take control of the driver market, a position it would never relinquish in 2017. Why were the GBB Epic drivers so popular? It’s a long list. First and foremost, however, Jailbreak Technology delivered on the promise of ball speed gains, as the titanium bars that connected the crown and sole improved energy transfer at impact. Additionally, the Epic drivers looked sharp, sounded great, and for as long as they proved to be were also quite forgiving. Also noteworthy in terms of fitting was that the standard Epic helped players who struggled with a right or left miss, while the Sub Zero was a great fit for those with spin and/or trajectory issues. GBB Epic was one case where the product actually lived up to the hype, and these are drivers that are certain to remain popular for quite some time.
Exclusive 2nd Swing Video
As utility clubs have grown in popularity in recent years, golf club manufacturers have increasingly devoted added resources to the category, with the end result being golf clubs that offer the performance of hybrids with the versatility of long irons. Out with new utility irons this fall is Titleist, and to get a feel for the differences between the U-500 and U-510 in terms of performance, look, sound, and feel, we decided to test both using Trackman 4.
By Drew Mahowald -- 2nd Swing Staff Writer
It happens far too often during a round of golf. You’re faced with a short approach shot to the hole and anticipate that, with good contact, your ball will check up near the hole and give you a good chance at successfully getting up and down.
However, instead of checking up near the hole, your ball instead scoots several feet past the hole, and you’re faced with a lengthy putt.
Callaway Golf has attempted to solve this issue with its creation and release of the Jaws Mack Daddy 5 (MD5) wedges. Master wedge designer Roger Cleveland made some major adjustments to his construction method, particularly with the grooves, while maintaining the same classic look and feel that have made Callaway wedges so popular.
The new grooves in the Jaws MD5 wedges are designed with a 37-degree wall angle, a radical change from the five-degree wall angle featured in the MD4 wedges. This change results in sharper grooves that will grab the ball more at impact, generating more spin.
Callaway’s Groove-in-Groove technology, which consists of smaller grooves placed within the larger grooves to create even more spin, is also present in the Jaws MD5 design. Overall, the grooves provide 84 different contact points with the ball, promoting short game control.
Cleveland and his team are especially confident in the performance of the grooves within 80 yards and say golfers should expect the one-hop-and-stop action that amateurs see on display regularly from tour professionals.
That’s quite a claim to make. So, when I had the chance to take out a couple of Jaws MD5 wedges out to a local practice area and test them for myself, that was the first shot I hit.
When I began to hit some shots, the first thing I noticed was the appearance looking down at address. It’s a simple, classic look with an effective satin platinum chrome finish. For some, the Jaws MD5 wedges would be easy to look at with the growing popularity of high-toe wedge shapes.
In order to provide context, it’s worth noting that my current wedge setup consists of a 50-, 54-, and 58-degree wedge, and I was able to use 56- and 60-degree Jaws MD5 wedges for testing. Because of this, it took a few swings to get the distance control down.
However, I immediately noticed the performance from the grooves. From fairway lies in that 70-80 yard range, I like to hit a lower shot that spins rather than loft the ball into the air. Every one of my approaches hit with the Jaws MD5 either took the one hop and stopped or even took a hop and started retreating back toward me.
While some of the added bite I noticed may have just been due to the presence of fresh grooves, I was nonetheless impressed by the spin the Jaws MD5 wedges generated from that distance.
The 56-degree wedge I tested featured an S-Grind, designed with moderate bounce and added heel relief, that performed well on full shots. The 56-degree S-Grind also appeared to have a smaller footprint at address, as Callaway has constructed the lower-lofted Jaws MD5 wedges to look and play more like short irons, whereas the higher-lofted wedges feature more of a traditional lob wedge shape.
Around the greens, the 60-degree Jaws MD5 wedge with the new low-bounce W-Grind was superb on every type of shot. I was especially surprised by its performance from the bunker given that it is a low-bounce sole grind.
When I’m faced with a fragile wedge shot near the green, I typically like to open the clubface to give myself added height and a softer landing. The Jaws MD5 wedge allowed this with no restrictions, and the club was able to glide through the turf among a variety of different lies.
Additionally, I was impressed by the feel and sound. At contact on every shot, full swing or shorter swing around the green, contact felt soft but solid. Furthermore, the sound was generally a mild thud that did not resemble a clicky noise. Callaway forged the Jaws MD5 wedges out of 8620 mild carbon steel to produce the excellent sound and feel.
The Callaway Jaws MD5 wedges check all the boxes, but the key takeaway is the added spin that golfers are in for if they put a set of these in their bags. The new groove construction implemented by Cleveland and his team has helped deliver the promise of more control and more spin around the greens.
If you find yourself struggling with wedge shots running out too far past the hole, the Callaway Jaws MD5 might be worth a look.
After all, Callaway did name the MD5 wedges ‘Jaws’ for a reason. You should expect some extra bite.
Several companies have brought out new irons in recent weeks, including Cleveland, which recently released its Launcher UHX and HB Turbo irons. While the two models look very different, each was designed to offer players higher launch conditions, significant forgiveness, and more distance. In an effort to learn more about the UHX and HB Turbo irons, 2nd Swing’s Drew Mahowald and Thomas Campbell took them out for a testing session.
It’s no secret that Mizuno has been very successful in the golf equipment marketplace, specifically when it comes to producing players iron sets.
Several of the best players in the world have employed Mizuno’s classic performance and feel en route to finding success on tour. Look no further than world No. 1 player Brooks Koepka, who has used a set of Mizuno irons for all four of the major championships he has won in the last few years.
Prior to 2019, Koepka added the Mizuno JPX-919 Tour irons to his bag after using the JPX-900 Tours during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Unsurprisingly, his success carried into 2019, as he finished fourth or better in all four major championships, including a win at the PGA Championship, and also trumped one of the best fields in golf at the WGC-Fedex St. Jude Invitational.
Koepka’s success has certainly brought more attention to the JPX line over the past couple of years. However, prior to Koepka’s rise, it was the MP line that garnered the most attention in the players iron category. Luke Donald, a longtime member of Mizuno’s tour staff, rose to the world No. 1 ranking in 2011 while playing Mizuno MP irons.
Mizuno recently added to its MP line with the MP-20 irons, which were made available to the public in September. The MP-20 Blades represent Mizuno’s newest set of traditional muscleback irons, while the JPX-919 Tour irons represent the company’s most recent set of “modern” blades.
I recently had the chance to take out a 7-iron of each model to a local driving range and test them out for myself. I’ve played Mizuno players irons for nearly 10 years now, so I was very eager to hit some shots with the latest Mizuno offerings.
Setting each club down at address, it’s clear that both irons are built for elite ball strikers. Both clubheads are compact with little offset and thin toplines, with the blade length of the JPX-919 appearing slightly longer than the MP-20. Additionally, the chrome finish of the MP-20s seems to shine a bit more than the JPX-919 finish.
In terms of performance, both models were excellent in all the required areas for players irons, although the shallow cavity design of the JPX-919 irons did produce slightly different characteristics than the muscle back construction of the MP-20s.
The differences were minute, but the JPX-919 Tour seemed to perform better on my mis-hits. The feel was obviously compromised when contact was made outside of the center of the clubface, but the drop off in performance wasn’t nearly as drastic as it is with other players irons, including the MP-20s. The ball also maintained distance better when I didn’t make contact with the sweet spot.
When I did make solid contact, the MP-20 presented a softer, more buttery feel and a more muted sound than the JPX-919 Tours. This is likely in large part due to the layer of soft copper plating that Mizuno included beneath the nickel-chrome finish. This design was a major success in some of the most popular Mizuno MP models of the past and engineers have implemented it into the MP line once again.
This isn’t to say that the feel of the JPX-919 Tour was bad by any means. The Grain Flow forging process Mizuno uses to build its players irons has always yielded exceptional feel. The JPX-919 Tours just offered a bit more pop than the MP-20s.
The last minor difference I noted was in the trajectory of my shots. Again, the difference was small, but the MP-20 produced a lower flight with a little bit less spin than the JPX-919 Tour.
Both models were very workable, and I was able to hit a variety of different shot types and shapes. They also both performed well from the rough and from bunkers, with smooth turf interaction from any lie.
Talented ball strikers will be well-suited for either of these models. Golfers will get slightly more forgiveness and a higher ball flight from the more modern players shape of the JPX-919 Tours. Meanwhile, those who prefer the MP-20s will get a classic, traditional shape that produces a lower flight and unmatched feel.
Mizuno’s success in the players iron category has been recognized for decades, and it doesn’t appear to be ending soon thanks to the JPX-919 Tours and the MP-20s.
At The Turn, 2nd Swing’s bimonthly newsletter covering the latest in golf equipment and industry trends is back with more insights and knowledge from experts. In this edition, we’ve included a test of the new Titleist 620 CB irons and an in-depth review of the new Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo woods. We also compared TaylorMade’s 2019 P790 irons to the 2017 version using Trackman technology. Plus, staff writer Chris Wallace had the opportunity to test and provide feedback on each of the 2019 Titleist irons and hybrids. And finally, we had the chance to chat with 2nd Swing Scottsdale fitter Bradley Harrelson to get his fitting insights and the trends he’s noticed in his fittings.
Titleist’s most recent launch of new irons and hybrids provides options for all skill levels. From the T300 irons to the 620 MB irons and the U500 utility iron to the TS2 hybrid, and everything in between, Titleist has covered all bases
The new series of players irons in the most recent Titleist launch features the 620 MBs, the 620 CBs, and the T100s. The 620 MB irons are a muscle back design catered toward the most skilled ball-strikers, while the T100s are the most compact and workable offering in the T-Series and include a spring steel body and additional tungsten weighting in the 3-iron through 6-iron for added forgiveness on longer shots.
Falling between the 620 MB irons and the T100 irons on the spectrum are the 620 CB irons, a players cavity back construction. Titleist’s goal in building the 620 CB irons was to provide the forgiveness offered in the T100 irons while maintaining the superb feel and workability of the 620 MB irons.
To achieve this, Titleist engineers altered the shaping of the cavity and modified the implementation of tungsten in the clubhead. Specifically, the cavity is more pronounced in the heel and the toe than in past versions of the CB irons. This adjustment was made in an effort to provide more stability throughout the set.
Meanwhile, Titleist also has received feedback suggesting that their CB irons in the past have been too similar in performance to the company’s AP2 models, a players cavity back similar to the new T100s.
To bring the 620 CBs closer to the 620 MBs, Titleist implemented dual-density tungsten weighting in the heel and toe of just the 3-iron and 4-iron. The tungsten weighting had previously been included in the 3-iron through 7-iron of previous CB models.
As someone who has played players cavity back irons for several years, I was eager to take a couple of 620 CB irons to a local driving range and test them out.
In terms of appearance, the 620 CBs have every bit of the profile of a true blade. The footprint is extremely compact and the topline is thin. Golfers that have played blades previously would certainly be comfortable hitting the 620 CBs, at least from an appearance standpoint.
I was able to hit a few shots with a 620 CB 4-iron and 7-iron. Immediately, I noticed the superb feel as a result of the one-piece forged 1020 carbon steel construction. Each shot struck near the middle of the clubface felt as buttery as any iron I’ve ever hit.
I noticed a distinct difference between the 620 CB 7-iron and my current 7-iron. Due to the removal of the dual-density tungsten weighting, the center of gravity has been moved up in the 620 CB irons, specifically the 5-iron through pitching wedge.
This resulted in a slightly lower and more controllable trajectory with the 620 CB irons than with my gamers. Additionally, the more pronounced cavity in the heel and toe seemed to provide more forgiveness on my mis-hits than my current clubs do.
While hitting the 4-iron, I noticed a subtle difference in terms of sound and feel, which is likely due to the presence of the dual-density tungsten weighting in the heel and the toe. The sound was a little louder while the feel was slightly firmer. However, the feel was superior to the 4-iron I currently play.
The 4-iron also produced a trajectory similar to what I’m used to, suggesting that these players irons do what any players iron set is supposed to do, which is to let the swing mostly dictate the result. Workability is certainly not lost in the longer irons with the presence of the dual-density tungsten weighting.
Titleist took a bit of a different approach to constructing the 620 CB irons compared to previous versions of the CB irons. In an effort to achieve a better balance between the 620 MBs and the T100 irons, engineers made adjustments to the tungsten weighting and the shaping of the cavity.
The result is an iron set that looks and feels like a blade with just enough forgiveness that strikes a perfect balance that will appeal to a larger range of golfers than previous iterations of the CB.
One of the most anticipated golf club releases of 2019 has been the new TaylorMade P790, which was unveiled to the public in late August. Of course, the original P790, which was released in 2017, was a huge success for TaylorMade, as it basically set the bar for the players distance iron category. So how do the new version and old version stack up? To find out, we tested both using Trackman 4, and the results proved to be quite interesting.
By Chris Wallace -- 2nd Swing Staff Writer
With the exception of its always-popular wedges, Cleveland took a hiatus from the golf equipment game for a few years before returning in 2017 with new woods and irons and a clearer picture of the market it wanted to go after.
And the goal for Cleveland was simple when it introduced its new Launcher irons and woods two years ago: to make the game easier for the average player or the golfer who maybe only plays a handful of times each year.
The entire lineup of new Launcher HB clubs enjoyed great commercial success upon their release in 2017, especially among the golfers who were being targeted. While some might view that as surprising given that Cleveland had been out of the spotlight in those categories for several years, it’s an indication of just how loyal Cleveland enthusiasts are.
That being the case, fans of the original Launcher HB woods, and Cleveland fans in general, have been anxiously awaiting the release of the new Launcher HB Turbo woods, and that wait is just about over.
One of the reasons for the anticipation is that Cleveland believes the new Turbo woods are a significant upgrade in every way when compared to the Launcher HB woods that were released in 2017.
“Reintroducing Cleveland Golf woods and irons two years ago has been very successful,” said Cleveland Marketing Director Brian Schielke. “However, the new Launcher HB Turbo woods represent a huge step up from the previous generation. They’re sleeker, faster, and more forgiving – exactly what all of us are looking for off the tee.”
While the ultimate goals between Launcher HB and Launcher HB Turbo remain the same, that being to give players effortless launch, fast ball speeds, and high MOI, the technology implemented to get there has shifted quite significantly, with the result being improved performance.
One key design approach that has not changed, however, is the decision to use lightweight, bonded hosels as opposed to adjustable loft sleeves in both the drivers and fairway woods.
Through its research, Cleveland found that the target players for Launcher HB Turbo drivers and fairway woods typically weren’t overly concerned with adjustability and that many would be unlikely to make any change from the standard setting even if an adjustable hosel were available.
Therefore, by using lightweight, bonded hosels, Cleveland engineers had the freedom to move significant weight that would have otherwise been necessary in the hosel region low and deep in the clubhead to promote high launch and impressive stability at impact.
Also making a low, deep CG placement possible is a redesigned HiBore Crown, which features a more prominent crown step. The crown design combined with the weight that was saved in the hosel region allowed designers to utilize a Deep Weighting sole pad internally, which moved the CG 4.4mm deeper and 2.2mm lower in the clubhead. The result is a high-launch, low-spin profile that maximizes both carry and total distance.
Launcher HB Turbo drivers and fairway woods also feature a new Turbocharged Face Cup design, which is creating higher COR from a larger portion of the clubface, meaning more ball speed out of the center of the face and also on off-center strikes.
Also noteworthy is that the clubheads in the Launcher HB Turbo line are slightly heavier than was the case in the previous generation models. But while more mass can equate to more speed, other changes must also be made to accommodate that mass, which is why Cleveland opted to use a counterbalanced Miyazaki C. Kua shaft as the stock option in the Turbo drivers and fairways.
By removing weight from the length of the shaft and positioning it instead near the grip end, players can still swing the heavier clubhead with ease, which helps make distance gains possible, especially off the tee.
“The Launcher HB Turbo is engineered to help you hit long, straight drives,” said Cleveland Vice President of Research and Development Jeff Brunski. “We’ve squeezed discretionary weight out of every corner of the clubhead to produce one of the most forgiving drivers we’ve ever made.”
Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo drivers are available in lofts of 9, 10.5, and 12 degrees, with the 10-5-degree model being available in a left-handed version. They come at a stock length of 45.5 inches and at a swingweight of D3.
Additionally, there is a 10-5 degree “Draw” version available that was created to help right-handed players who struggle with a slice or a block square the clubface more easily at impact to straighten out that miss.
As for the Launcher HB Turbo fairway woods, they are available in a 15-degree 3-wood and an 18-degree 5-wood.
The entire lineup of Launcher HB Turbo woods is available for pre-order now and will begin shipping and be available at retail on October 4.
With new T-Series and 620 irons, TS hybrids, and U-Series utility clubs out on the market in the last few weeks, Titleist has captured the majority of headlines when it comes to recent equipment releases. That being the case, 2nd Swing headed to the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, California, where staff writer Chris Wallace had the chance to test each of the new products, as well as get fit for the perfect options for his game.
2nd Swing’s Tour-level club fitting process is among the best in the golf industry, and yearly recognitions on the Golf Digest Top 100 Fitter list give support to this claim. To get to this level, 2nd Swing has built a staff of knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly club fitters that are able to help provide the same fitting experience the pros get.
Bradley Harrelson is one of the exceptional fitters at 2nd Swing’s Scottsdale, Arizona location. He started playing golf competitively at 11 years old and competed for four years at Montana State University. He then turned professional shortly after college and has played on several mini tours in Arizona over the past few years.
As a fitter, Harrelson has earned certifications from several major manufacturers and continues to build upon his solid foundation of knowledge and education. We caught up with him to get his fitting insights, top clubs of 2019, and more.
2ND SWING: Wedges are becoming more and more diverse, especially when it comes to different sole grinds. What are some of the ways you can tell if a golfer is using a sole grind that is wrong for his or her game?
HARRELSON: One of the easiest ways that I fit for wedges is what we call the Dot Test. This test is done by looking at the impact marks on the face of the wedge from a golf ball. It is a test that Bob Vokey does to determine the proper bounce on the wedges, and PING has also been looking into this. A properly fit wedge will have ball impacts starting between the 2nd and the 4th groove on the face. Too much bounce on the wedge and the impact will be lower than that and the impacts with too little bounce will be higher. Sole grinds can then be addressed with the proper amount of bounce by what the consumer wants to accomplish with the wedge. Players that like to play more specialty shots will like more heel, and possibly toe, relief versus a standard sole grind.
2ND SWING: During putter fittings, analyzing the putting stroke is obviously a focal point. What are some of the advantages golfers gain after going through a fitting to make sure their putter matches their stroke type?
HARRELSON: Getting the right putter to match the player's stroke type allows for better and more consistent impact. What it also is going to do is relax the player. I will see a player with face rotation of 10 using a face-balanced putter and he or she is coming across the line to square the face. Getting that same player into a full toe hang putter not only matches that rotation to the putter but will also free him or her up from all the adjustments being made during the stroke. Not even five putts into a new session after assessing the stroke type and you will see the path of the putter straighten out and look more relaxed.
2ND SWING: While stroke type is the most common top priority in a putter fitting, sometimes the issues are simpler. How often do you find that golfers are using a putter that is too short or too long?
HARRELSON: Quite often I will see putters that are too long for a player. The player may be adjusting to the long putter, but that will cause other issues down the line. We want to get the player's eyes directly above the center of the face to the heel of the putter. That allows the eyes and the putter to work on the same path. Again, this is where the human brain is incredible and is able to use the alignment aids on the putter and ball to line up putts.
2ND SWING: What new golf products released in the last year have you noticed are performing the best in your fittings?
HARRELSON: I have been seeing the PING Sigma 2 series as one of the best performing of 2019 putters. The adjustable length is a huge benefit in these putters. Being able to get the players into that proper length makes a huge difference in consistency. The other great thing about the Sigma 2 putters is the dual insert they have in the clubface. In a traditional putter with an insert, the feel is noticeable on long putts. With the dual insert, there is no feel difference on different length putts. One of the best models out of the line up is the Fetch. The shape of this mallet is not the biggest shape and will suit the eye of a wide range of players. And of course, you can’t forget about the ball retrieval out of the cup with the Fetch.
2ND SWING: What is your favorite part about club fitting?
HARRELSON: My favorite part about club fitting is the chance to explore all of the different factors and small details that come with golf. There are always new details or innovations that pop up that make this a non-stop learning process. I hope to continue finding new methods about club fitting that benefits the customers.
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