The summer season is winding down, but the At The Turn newsletter marches on with another installment providing in-depth equipment reviews, fitting insights, and more. Specifically in this edition, we’ve highlighted the award-winning trade-in services offered at 2nd Swing. Plus, 2nd Swing master fitter Thomas Campbell walks you through why he and Bryson DeChambeau have enjoyed success using the Arm Lock putting method. Additionally, we break down some new clubs including the Callaway Mack Daddy CB wedges and the TaylorMade SIM UDI and SIM DHY utility irons. Plus, you’ll also find a video comparison of the last four generations of PING drivers.
By 2nd Swing Staff
One of the easiest and most popular ways to gain additional values on your purchases at 2nd Swing is to trade in your old clubs. All it takes is either taking the clubs to a 2nd Swing store or beginning the online process through the 2nd Swing Value Guide, and golfers could be saving hundreds of dollars.
2nd Swing accepts trade-ins at the highest values in the golf industry, guaranteeing that golfers are receiving maximum value for their old or unused golf clubs.
Almost every brand or model imaginable is eligible to be traded in at 2nd Swing. Nearly every golfer that trades in golf clubs at 2nd Swing is amazed by not only the trade-in values, but also how seamless the process is. This is true regardless of whether golfers live near one of our store locations or not.
Golfers that would like to trade-in their clubs online can do so in just three easy steps:
If golfers are able to travel to a 2nd Swing store, they can bring their old clubs to the store to be traded in. Many golfers like to use the value gained from trade-ins to save on new club purchases.
Additionally, for a limited time, golfers can get a 10% bonus on the trade-in value on their golf clubs with the promo code BONUS10.
In other words, the highest trade-in values in the industry just got better.
Exclusive 2nd Swing Video
Utility irons are becoming increasingly popular in the golf equipment market because of their versatility and consistency. The TaylorMade SIM UDI and SIM DHY utility irons, new from TaylorMade in 2020, deliver explosive distance and reliable ball flights in two distinct shapes that have been built to work for a wide range of golfers. We put them to the test using Trackman technology to identify the differences.
By Drew Mahowald -- 2nd Swing Staff Writer
Short-game performance is paramount for all golfers, from a tour professional down to a beginner and everywhere in between. Maximizing control around the greens is one of the most important factors in lowering scores.
For years, golfers in the mid- to high-handicap range have had limited options when it comes to wedges that actually fit their game. The blade-style wedges, the design most commonly thought of when thinking of wedges, don’t necessarily deliver the performance on mis-hits that those players need.
Meanwhile, the “wedges” that are essentially just higher-lofted irons that come with a game-improvement set lack the spin and control needed around the greens.
This is why Callaway created the Mack Daddy CB wedges, which are designed to deliver the best of both worlds for mid- to high-handicap golfers.
To provide the same spin and control as other Mack Daddy series wedges, Callaway created the Mack Daddy CB wedges with the same JAWS grooves that are sharpened with precise edges that match the legal limit. Plus, in the higher lofts, the grooves stretch across the entire face for improved control on any contact made.
The wedges were shaped by legendary wedge designer Roger Cleveland and include a large cavity that rivals that of a game-improvement iron. The topline and the sole have also been made larger than a traditional wedge thanks to added perimeter weighting.
This cavity with a low center of gravity and perimeter weighting stabilizes the clubhead at impact to improve performance when contact is not made in the center of the clubface.
The Mack Daddy CB wedges also include two different sole grinds to deliver optimal playability. The lower lofts include a full sole grind that provides iron-like turf interaction with moderate bounce. The W-grind is featured on the higher lofts and adds forgiveness out of bunkers and thick rough but also includes a low leading edge for open-faced shots.
Now, golfers that use a game-improvement iron set can create a smooth transition from the irons and into the wedges. Thanks to the Mack Daddy CB wedges, there no longer has to be the choice between a blade-style wedge set or higher-lofted irons that fill this spot in the bag. These new wedges from Callaway offer the best of both worlds.
Get some Mack Daddy CB wedges in your bag by ordering online at 2ndswing.com or stopping into one of our five store locations. Unsure if the Mack Daddy CB wedges are right for you? Call and talk with a member of our Fitting and Support team at (612) 216-4152 or schedule a fitting at our fitting website.
PING has been one of the best golf equipment manufacturers in the industry for decades, and it’s especially evident in their driver models. 2nd Swing recently had the opportunity to test the last four driver generations against one another, including the low-spin technology (LST) models in the G410, G400, G, and G30 product lines. How did the models compare? The results might surprise you.
By Thomas Campbell -- 2nd Swing Master Fitter
In April 2019, I tried out an Arm Lock putter for the first time in a 2nd Swing store. Immediately, I was hooked, and I haven’t looked back. I was astonished with my ability to make putt after putt, seemingly in the center of the hole each time.
I would consider myself a decent putter without the Arm Lock technique and I have found success in my competitive career with a traditional method. But due to the simplicity of the Arm Lock putting style, I switched 18 months ago and have committed to the change.
Once you get comfortable with the setup, all you need to do is rest the golf grip up against the inside of your lead forearm and simply rock your shoulders. My focus has shifted completely from worrying about the fundamentals of my stroke to instead reading the green and finding the proper pace.
But how exactly does Arm Lock work, and why is it so effective? The arms and hands feel less active during your putting stroke, which helps with a consistent stroke and exceptional clubface control. The bracing effect created when the putter is locked into the golfer’s lead forearm that naturally resists putter head rotation. This is especially helpful for golfers that tend to have a lot of hand action in their putting strokes. Additionally, the forced forward press during the stroke allows the ball to roll smoother off the face with controlled topspin and consistency.
And yes, the Arm Lock technique is legal. The butt end of the putter grip is not anchored to the body, and therefore the Arm Lock putting technique is completely legal and conforms to the rules of golf.
As long as the top of the grip remains under the inside crease line of the elbow the putter is not considered anchored. This is important because many golfers like to use different grips, such as a cross-hand or claw technique. I, personally, like to use a cross-hand grip for my Arm Lock putter, so I had my putter shortened to ensure that the top of the grip remains under the crease line of the elbow. My recommendation is that golfers find a putter that fits to about an inch and a half below the elbow crease.
Aside from length, there are other important specs to get right including weight, loft, lie and toe hang on the putter. Your unique putting stroke and where your ball position is will impact each of these measurements.
Most traditional putters usually have about three degrees of loft. With an Arm Lock putter, the loft will be increased due to the forward lean of the putter, sometimes pushing double digits in the loft depending on your putting stroke. Standard lofts with Arm Lock putters are about five to seven degrees. The weight of an Arm Lock putter is also heavier than a traditional putter, providing a more fluid and consistent stroke as the putter is longer and will give better control.
The Arm Lock putting technique may look strange to those seeing it for the first time. Many golfers are afraid of changing techniques, and rightfully so -- it takes awhile to get comfortable with a new swing, stance, technique club, or putting stroke. However, I implore golfers that feel like they can improve their putting to take a look at the Arm Lock putting style. It could be exactly what you need to make more putts and lower your scores.
If you’re interested in getting fit for an Arm Lock putter, schedule your fitting at the 2nd Swing Tour Van by visiting our fitting website.
The At The Turn newsletter returns with more information on the latest club releases some helpful tips to improve your game. In this edition, we review the new TaylorMade SIM UDI and DHY Utility irons (available now) and take a look at the Mizuno ES21 wedges (available for pre-order). Plus, we’ve included our test of the new Mizuno JPX 921 iron models and a video explaining the impact of your tee height. And finally, master fitter Thomas Campbell provides another edition of Campbell’s Corner discussing his switch to the Arm Lock putting method.
Perhaps the most critical decision to make when configuring one’s golf bag is filling the gap between the longest playable iron and shortest fairway wood.
Utility irons have soared in popularity over the past couple of years as the best choice to bridge that gap. The idea behind these clubs is that they have the appearance of a thicker traditional iron and perform like a hybrid.
TaylorMade’s new SIM UDI and SIM DHY utility irons are the newest products to the market in this category. As is the case with all SIM products launched in 2020, the shape of the clubhead plays a pivotal role in the performance.
The SIM DHY features a larger footprint with more mass distributed low and deep in the clubhead. This shaping promotes a high launch and an easy lift off the turf. The SIM DHY is designed to play like a hybrid that provides both superb forgiveness and a steep landing angle so that the ball stops on the greens.
Additionally, the TPS screw where the SpeedFoam material is injected is positioned on the sole of the club that drives the center of gravity even lower.
Meanwhile, the SIM UDI clubhead is more compact and looks more like a traditional iron. Specifically, the sole and topline are both made thinner and less weight is positioned low and deep in the clubhead. This shape drives performance for golfers that prefer workability and a lower launch from a utility iron.
While the TPS port is in the sole of the clubhead with the SIM DHY model, the port is located on the rear of the SIM UDI clubhead. This moves the center of gravity up and promotes a penetrating ball flight and control.
Both models are built with a hollow body construction and a clubface made of forged C300 steel, which is the same material as the clubfaces of the SIM Max fairway woods and SIM Rescue. This material is built both thin and extra strong to deliver explosive ball speeds while maintaining a soft, forged feel.
The SpeedFoam urethane foam injected material is 35 percent less dense than previous TaylorMade products, such as the P790 irons and P790 UDI. This allowed TaylorMade to position the TPS port uniquely in each model.
When contact is made lower on the clubface, the Thru-Slot Speed Pocket will improve performance by generating extra energy into the clubface and maintaining launch and distance.
Both the SIM UDI and SIM DHY are available at 2nd Swing stores or at 2ndswing.com. The SIM UDI is available in lofts of 18 degrees and 20 degrees in both left- and right-handed. The SIM DHY, meanwhile, is available in lofts of 19, 19, 22, and 25 degrees.
Mizuno iron releases are always highly-anticipated, and it’s no different with the JPX 921 iron line, new for 2020. The Mizuno JPX 921 irons include four distinct models -- Hot Metal, Hot Metal Pro, Forged, and Tour -- that vary in shape, materials, construction method, and more to provide an option for all golfers. In this video, 2nd Swing’s Thomas Campbell and Drew Mahowald gather first impressions with Trackman technology.
Mizuno’s reputation over the past several decades has been built largely by producing stellar iron sets, especially forged muscle-back designs.
So, it wouldn’t be surprising if they also excelled in wedge design. The new Mizuno ES21 wedges confirm that, yes, Mizuno is also excellent at wedge design and performance.
Mizuno has decided that the best way to improve short-game performance is to help golfers make solid contact as often as possible. To do this, Mizuno has repositioned weight from the heel into the middle of the clubface.
Not only does this improve feel and increase the sweet spot, but it also helps golfers square the clubface up at impact through the high-toe design. The result is solid contact more consistently and, ultimately, better performance.
When it comes to Mizuno, feel is probably the first thing that comes to mind. The phrase “nothing feels like a Mizuno” is often used to describe the feel of Mizuno irons. The wedges are hardly different. The Mizuno ES21 wedges include a 431 stainless steel body with a Grain Flow Forged Boron infused carbon steel face creating a soft feel at contact.
Additionally, Mizuno implemented a unique groove construction that provides maximum spin in any conditions. The CNC milled grooves are quad-cut, while the HydroFlow Micro grooves are vertically etched to release moisture and reduce spin drop off.
The Mizuno ES21 wedges are available with lofts of 54, 56, 58, and 60 degrees and in two different sole grinds -- Wide and Standard. The Wide Sole is designed with four degrees of bounce in each loft than the Standard Sole for added performance for golfers with a steep angle of attack or added playability from bunkers.
Interested in a Mizuno ES21 wedge? Schedule a fitting at one of our store locations or contact our online Fitting and Support team at (612) 216-4152.
One of the most common questions golfers ask is in regards to the appropriate height to tee up the golf ball. A common belief is that the tee height doesn’t matter. Others, meanwhile, believe there’s merit to the popular phrase “tee it high, let it fly.” In this exclusive video, 2nd Swing’s Thomas Campbell and Drew Mahowald used Trackman technology to gather data and interpret the differences between three different tee heights.
2nd Swing’s At The Turn newsletter returns with more information detailing some highly-anticipated club releases in 2020. In this edition, 2nd Swing breaks down the new Callaway Big Bertha B21 lineup (available for pre-order today) and the new Mizuno JPX 921 iron lineup (available for pre-order August 31). Additionally, this installment includes two videos: a look at the new Cleveland RTX ZipCore wedge sole grinds and a comparison of the past five generations of Titleist drivers. And finally, golfers in the market for a new push cart will find a guide to the best-sellers in 2nd Swing’s inventory.
Callaway’s Big Bertha products have been some of the most popular golf clubs on the market over the last 20 to 30 years, with good reason. In terms of forgiveness, there might not be anything better than what Big Bertha products have offered over the years.
Big Bertha products have specifically targeted high-handicap golfers with an emphasis on improving launch and providing better performance when the ball is not struck in the center of the clubface. Optimized center of gravity positions and precise weighting have been key in Callaway’s construction of Big Bertha clubs.
In an unprecedented 2020 year, Callaway has still been able to release the Big Bertha B21 series, currently available for pre-order and will launch officially on September 10. The Big Bertha B21 series combines some of Callaway’s successful past innovations with new philosophies to deliver exceptional results.
Callaway is seemingly re-establishing the Big Bertha name in its place in the super game-improvement category with the B21 line, as profiles for the fairway woods and irons are larger than the previous Big Bertha generation. Meanwhile, offset has been added to provide additional help squaring up the clubface at impact.
The key innovation with the Big Bertha B21 series, however, is a new center-of-gravity philosophy. Typically, super game-improvement clubs have featured a center of gravity location that is positioned low and towards the rear of the clubhead. This position promotes a high launch and increased spin to help golfers lift the ball into the air and farther down the fairway.
However, this design may have come at a cost to the heavy slicers out there. Is it possible a rearward center of gravity location generates too much spin, and thus exaggerates the effect of a slice?
Callaway engineers seem to think so. In the new Big Bertha B21 driver, fairway woods, and hybrid, Callaway engineers implemented a low and forward center of gravity in an effort to reduce spin while maintaining the high launch and forgiveness created by the larger, high-MOI clubheads.
This new design also features internal draw-bias weighting, helping those golfers that struggle with the popular slice or block miss. The result is high-handicap slicers will hit it longer and straighter with the Big Bertha SS21 metalwoods.
The driver, fairway woods, and hybrids are also headlined by Jailbreak technology. Originally introduced in 2017, this groundbreaking technology includes two internal bars that connect the sole and the crown just behind the clubface. This stabilizes the clubhead and increases ball speeds across the face.
Meanwhile, Flash Face SS21 technology is also found on all the metalwoods. Callaway originally introduced the use of Artificial Intelligence to help with the construction of the clubface architecture in the Epic Flash metalwoods in 2019. Now, Callaway has expanded the use of A.I. to create a unique face architecture for each club. Specifically in the Big Bertha B21 clubs, the clubface architecture is designed to improve performance where contact is made most often.
Meanwhile, the Big Bertha B21 irons are also designed with the help of A.I. through a new Flash Face Cup design, which enhances ball speeds. Meanwhile, the added offset and wider soles improve turf interaction and help launch the ball into the air easier. The visible Tungsten Energy Core deepens the center of gravity in the irons for added launch.
The Big Bertha products from Callaway have always been about adding performance for golfers that can’t provide the performance as consistently through their swing. The Big Bertha B21 series is loaded with technology to help high-handicap golfers improve their scores.
The new anti-slice philosophy through an updated center of gravity is another element Callaway engineers have worked on to promote better golf shots.
Interested in the new Big Bertha B21 lineup from Callaway? Click here to pre-order yours today. Additionally, feel free to reach out to our Online Fitting and Support team at (612) 216-4152 to get dialed in with the new Big Bertha B21 products.
Titleist is one of the first brands people think of associated with golf equipment. While golf balls may the calling card for Titleist, the company ramped up its development of drivers in the past decade. In this exclusive video, 2nd Swing’s Thomas Campbell and Drew Mahowald test the past five generations of Titleist drivers, including the 910 D3, 913 D3, 915 D3, 917 D3, and the TS3.
Mizuno’s iron models are essentially placed into two categories. The MP line features a more classic, traditional look while the JPX line includes more modern designs.
The newest addition to the JPX line, the JPX 921 iron family, will be available for pre-order on Monday, August 31.
Just like the JPX 919 line, the JPX 921 line includes four models that are all unique enough from each other that they can all find a spot in the market, and any golfer will find that one of these sets works for his or her game.
Beginning the game-improvement category, the JPX 921 Hot Metal irons live up to their namesake. They deliver incredibly hot ball speeds thanks to a faster and stronger Chromoly 4140M material. This steel alloy allows the clubface to be built ultra-thin to improve performance on contact made all over the clubface and increase distance.
The JPX 921 Hot Metal irons also include perimeter weighting with added weight in the toe side for even more stability when contact is made off-center. Plus, the new variable thickness sole design allows the leading edge to act as a hinge, resulting in greater face flex and, therefore, higher ball speeds.
It’s the third generation of JPX irons built with Chromoly 4140M, and it’s clear Mizuno has expertly fine-tuned the appearance and construction of the irons so that they look as good as they perform.
The JPX 921 Hot Metal Pro irons include essentially the same DNA as the standard JPX 921 Hot Metal irons. They, too, feature the faster and stronger Chromoly 4140M with a thinner clubface and stable frame. The key difference is the more compact shape and reduced offset of the JPX 921 Hot Metal Pro, which will appeal to golfers looking for game-improvement performance but prefer a sleeker look.
The JPX 921 Forged model represents the transition into the players-distance category in the JPX 921 family. The JPX 921 Forged model also lives up to its name as a fully-forged iron from, you guessed it, Chromoly. Forging the entire clubhead from this alloy has created new construction opportunities. Namely, the clubface is able to be thinned out and the blade length has been made shorter, with that weight being redistributed to the perimeter for added forgiveness.
The result is the classic forged feel Mizuno is known for -- thanks to the company’s patented Grain Flow Forging process -- in an iron built for explosive distance.
Mizuno’s JPX 921 iron family does include one model in the players iron category, which is the JPX 921 Tour model. A players muscle cavity construction, the JPX 921 iron model is also forged using Mizuno’s Grain Flow Forging process for that legendary Mizuno feel.
The shorter JPX 921 Tour irons have been refined for smoother turf interaction to help better players have more command over scoring shots. Meanwhile, the stability frame with toe-bias weighting optimizes the center of gravity for added help on mis-hits.
Mizuno’s irons have long been built on the reputation of the tremendous forged feel. With that said, Mizuno has made giant steps in the game-improvement category as it has used Chromoly to build some powerful and easy-to-launch iron models.
The JPX construction method represents the more modern approach to iron construction, but don’t be mistaken -- the four models in the JPX 921 line offer an option for any golfer.
Pre-sale for the Mizuno JPX 921 irons begins on Monday, August 31.
Cleveland Golf is one of the finest wedge manufacturers in golf, and has been for a long time. New in 2020, Cleveland has released the RTX ZipCore wedges, which include a new material at the heart of the wedge to improve performance. In this exclusive video, 2nd Swing’s Thomas Campbell and Drew Mahowald break down the sole grinds available with the RTX ZipCore wedges and how they fit into different golfers.
As the summer season presses on, it’s important to make sure you’ve got everything you need for a round of golf.
One of the most common requests we have received throughout the crazy 2020 year has been push carts. We have significantly bolstered our in-stock inventory of push carts to make sure those golfers that like to walk on the golf course have access to a push cart packed with all of the features they’re looking for.
Among others, here are the best-selling push carts in our inventory:
Sun Mountain Speed Cart GX: For a limited time, golfers get a free $25 2nd Swing eGift Card with the purchase of a Sun Mountain Speed Cart GX. It comes with a 3-wheel stability system and sturdy frame that easily folds with just two simple steps. Also included is two mesh storage compartments, a standard size drink holder, an umbrella holder, and more.
Bag Boy Nitron: The Bag Boy Nitron didn’t win the Golf Digest Editors Choice Award for Best 3-Wheel Cart of 2020 by accident. It features perhaps the easiest fold system on the market, powered by a one-button assist system with Nitro-Piston technology. It also includes a handbrake, storage unit, umbrella holder, drink holder, and more.
Fast Fold 9.0: The Fast Fold 9.0 3-wheel and 4-wheel push carts both include one-button open and close technology, making it incredibly easy to maneuver to and from the car. It also features a stable frame with a smooth ride, a beverage holder, a storage basket, an umbrella holder, and more. The 4-wheel model, at 17 pounds, is just slightly heavier than the 3-wheel model (15.5 pounds).
Sun Mountain Pathfinder 4: The Sun Mountain Pathfinder 4 Push Cart includes a 4-wheel stability system attached to a sturdy frame. It folds in two easy steps and, at just 17 pounds, is easy to stow and maneuver. Also included is a large storage compartment, mesh basket, drink holder, and more.
Clicgear Rovic RV1S: The Rovic RV1S Swivel cart from Clicgear offers a three-wheel design with a swiveling front wheel for increased maneuverability. It also includes a large storage console for a scorecard, golf balls, pencils, tees, and more. It easily opens and folds and accommodates most stand bags.
MGI Electric Push Carts: The MGI Electric push carts allow golfers to simply worry about walking to their ball without using energy to push or carry clubs. Choose from a variety of models that offer unique performance advantages.
Golf Stride 3.0: The Golf Stride 3.0 push cart folds in just one easy step and is powered by a 3-wheel stability system on a sturdy frame. It also comes with a mesh valuables pouch, a large storage console, and an umbrella holder.
Be sure to order your push cart while supplies last! You can start shopping here: https://www.2ndswing.com/t-push-carts.aspx.
2nd Swing’s At The Turn newsletter returns with more in-depth reviews of new 2020 products, including the TaylorMade P770, P7MB, and P7MC irons and the Cleveland Huntington Beach SOFT Premier putters. This installment also includes two videos: one compares the impact of hitting from the rough vs. hitting from the fairway, and the other illustrates a 2nd Swing Tour Van follow-up fitting, which is free with a Tour Van fitting. And lastly, 2nd Swing master fitter Thomas Campbell explains how Arccos Smart Sensor technology is helping him improve his game.
When TaylorMade introduces a new club model, the golf industry pays attention. This has been the case for decades, and it is true now as TaylorMade unveils three new iron models.
The P700 iron series has been a huge success for TaylorMade. Now, the series is expanding with a trio of new options built to provide exceptional performance. The P770, P7MB, and P7MC iron models will be available for pre-sale on August 14, 2020.
TaylorMade came up with the idea for the new P770 irons by gathering feedback from golfers that play the P790 irons. The feedback suggested that while the distance, feel, and forgiveness of the P790 was all excellent, there was a desire for a more compact head shape.
Engineers at TaylorMade got to work constructing an iron that packs the same punch as the P790 iron in a smaller, more aesthetically-pleasing shape. The result was the new P770 irons.
“Designed to deliver P790-like performance in a smaller package, the all-new P770 leverages forged hollow body construction to pack as much distance and forgiveness as possible into a compact player’s shape,” said Matt Bovee, Director of Product Creations for Irons at TaylorMade.
The forged hollow body consists of 8620 soft carbon steel with a thin 4140 steel face, a combination that delivers a soft feel but fast ball speeds. Also included are many of the same innovations found in the P790 such as Progressive Inverted Cone Technology and SpeedFoam, which both help generate explosive ball speeds through unique constructions within each iron for optimal performance.
Additionally, due to the more compact design of the P770 irons, TaylorMade added tungsten weighting in the 3-iron through 7-iron near the toe to optimize the center of gravity for added forgiveness and launch in the harder-to-hit long irons.
Meanwhile, TaylorMade targeted better ball-strikers with the new P7MB and P7MC irons. Each model has been designed with insights from the game’s best players with the goal being to provide the best combination of aesthetics, feel, and performance.
The P7MB and P7MC irons go through TaylorMade’s Compact Grain Forging process to ensure that each iron features superb precision and a tight grain structure. During the Compact Grain Forging process, the irons endure more forging pressure than elsewhere in the golf industry to refine the microstructure and improve the material.
The P7MB irons are a classic muscle back blade design that features cues from Dustin Johnson’s Tour Prototype irons. Forged from 1025 carbon steel, the P7MBs have a thin topline, very little offset, and a narrow sole to go with a machine-milled face to promote workability and control.
“The all-new P7MB was designed for the best ball-strikers in the world who demand a surgical-like control and a pure feel at impact,” Bovee said. “Contemporary aesthetics with a thin topline and slim sole create a minimalist profile that appears to the ultimate purist.”
Meanwhile, the P7MC irons offer many of the same characteristics as the P7MB but in a muscle cavity design. Many of the ideas for the construction of the P7MC were taken from the P750 irons, which are played by many of the top players in the world such as 2020 PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa, world No. 1 player Jon Rahm, and Matthew Wolff.
The muscle cavity design includes a hint of perimeter weighting that delivers forgiveness without taking away from the workability and superb feel.
More mass has been moved up behind the face to support the point of impact. This adjustment was noticed right away by Rory McIlroy in testing, who complimented the solid feel and stability of the clubhead.
“The P7MC was designed specifically to answer the needs of Tour players,” Bovee said. “Every detail on this perimeter-weighted classic muscle cavity design has been painstakingly crafted to the highest quality. The P7MC is the perfect combination of performance, feel, and shot-making with a hint of forgiveness.”
The TaylorMade P770, P7MB, and P7MC irons will be available for pre-order at 2ndswing.com on August 14, 2020.
It’s commonly believed that it’s much easier to hit shots from the fairway than from the rough. But is there a way to measure just how much easier? In this exclusive video, 2nd Swing’s Thomas Campbell and Drew Mahowald used Trackman technology to compare the differences in spin, distance, efficiency, and more when hitting from the fairway and hitting from the rough.
Cleveland Golf knows short game. Most golfers think of wedges when they hear Cleveland Golf. However, Cleveland is also superb when it comes to developing putters. The Frontline putter line from Cleveland was recognized on Golf Digest’s 2020 Gold Hot List for putters.
At the beginning of 2019, Cleveland introduced the Huntington Beach SOFT putter line with five models that are designed to fit all stroke types and deliver an exceptional combination of performance, looks, and feel at a lower price point.
Now in 2020, Cleveland has expanded the Huntington Beach SOFT line and added the Huntington Beach SOFT Premier line. Like the originals introduced in 2019, each new model provides a beautiful appearance, consistent performance, and soft feel.
Headlining all of these putters is Cleveland’s proprietary Speed Optimized Face Technology (SOFT). According to Cleveland, SOFT solves the crucial putting issue of distance control by normalizing the speed of putts across the entire putter face.
Each Huntington Beach SOFT putter also includes a unique diamond CNC milling pattern on the face, which increases friction for a pure roll and very soft feel at impact.
Cleveland has added eight new models to the Huntington Beach SOFT line to deliver more options in terms of clubhead shape and stroke type. The 3, 4, and 11s models are built for golfers with an arc in their putting strokes. The 3 and 4 are blade styles, while the 11s is a mid-mallet with added material extending behind the clubface from the heel and toe areas.
Meanwhile, the 8, 10.5, 10.5c, 11, and 14 models include face-balanced weighting for straight-back, straight-through putting strokes. The 8 is a slightly thicker blade model, while the 10.5 and 10.5c are more rounded mallets (the 10.5c is a center-shafted model). The 11 has a nearly identical head shape to the 11s, while the 14 is a larger rounded mallet.
The new Huntington Beach SOFT Premier line includes each of the aforementioned head shapes -- 3, 4, 11s, 8, 10.5, 10.5c, 11, and 14. What separates the Huntington Beach SOFT Premier putters is a new, sleek Gray Satin PVD finish. Not only does it reduce any glare, but it also inspires confidence and improves durability.
“The Huntington Beach SOFT Premier builds upon the success of our current putter lineup,” said Brian Schielke, Marketing Director at Cleveland Golf. “With new head shapes, sleek designs, and a fitting system for every stroke type, we have a putter that will help any golfer improve their performance on the greens.”
Click here to shop Cleveland’s Huntington Beach SOFT Premier and Huntington Beach SOFT putters at 2nd Swing.
When you schedule a Tour Van fitting through 2nd Swing and upgrade your equipment, you can also take advantage of a follow-up fitting to make any additional adjustments needed. In this exclusive video, 2nd Swing master fitter Thomas Campbell conducts a modified follow-up Tour Van fitting for 2nd Swing team member Drew Mahowald’s new set of PING i500 and i210 irons.
As a club fitter, instructor, and playing professional, I have been intrigued by the Arccos Smart Caddie technology and how it can help a player improve. I was hesitant at first, but I can say now that I wish I had started using Arccos much sooner. The data that I can use to improve my game and is so game-changing that I have no doubts it can help anyone.
The setup is actually quite simple. While Arccos comes with stock grips in new Cobra equipment and is available with new PING equipment, I simply wanted to add the technology to my current clubs. So, I regripped my clubs with Cobra Connect Lamkin UTX grips and attached the putter sensor to my putter grip. Then, I just had to sync the clubs to the Arccos Caddie mobile application on my phone and I was ready to gather some data about my swing.
The accuracy of the data has really impressed me. At first, I was double-checking that Arccos was picking up each shot. However, not one swing has been missed. Some minor editing needs to be done, such as adding penalty shots when taken during the round, to ensure the data is gathered accurately.
Golfers can access all of their swing data, statistics, strengths, and weaknesses on the Arccos Caddie mobile app. I love that I can also log into my Arccos Golf Dashboard on my computer as another way to access the data. The available data includes handicap trends, scoring breakdowns, putting statistics, sand save statistics, gapping analysis, and more.
Below are a few of the screenshots from my Arccos Golf Dashboard.
Based on a quick look at the handicap trends from my first six rounds while using Arccos, I can see the strengths and weaknesses in my game. With the exception of one round, my driving and putting have been very good. What’s evident is that my chipping needs work for me to score lower.
The Handicap Breakdown by Facet section provides an estimated handicap in various areas of the game, similar to the strokes gained statistics used on professional tours. For example, as the below screenshot indicates, my driving handicap is +2.5, which indicates that my driving performance equates to that of a golfer with a +2.5 handicap. I can see that the weakness in my game is my chipping as my handicap in that area is 1.8 over the last six rounds. This tells me that I need to either practice my chipping, get a lesson, or get a fitting to improve that area.
This data allows you to figure out where you can discuss with your instructor or fitter the areas in your game that you need to improve the most. Each section (driving, approach, chipping, sand, and putting) can be broken down even further to examine what’s causing problems within those categories. The Driving section calculates your fairways hit and your percentage of fairways missed left or right. It also provides a range of expected driving distance relative to your most common yardages.
The Approach section calculates your green in regulation percentage, as well as the percentage of greens, missed left, right, short, and long. Plus, I can see my average distance to the pin when I hit the green and on all approach shots.
Under the putting section, the percentage of one-putts, two-putts, and three-putts (or more) are saved along with putts per round, putts per hole, and putts per green in regulation. Meanwhile, under the chipping and sand saves sections, I can see my up-and-down percentage and my average distance to the pin.
If you have gone through a club fitting with me or watched any of the videos on the 2nd Swing YouTube channel, you know I always emphasize proper gapping throughout the bag. The Arccos Caddie app makes this incredibly easy and after just a few rounds you will know your exact total distances. Keep in mind that these yardages are total distances and not carry distances.
Below is my favorite screenshot out of all that I have added in this article and if fitters and instructors can get more golfers to use Arccos, it will help so many people play better. This is just six rounds of data over one week of competitive events and practice rounds. With this information, golfers can assess their gapping and identify areas that need improvement.
For me, my gapping between my pitching wedge and 52-degree wedge and my gapping between my 3-iron and 4-iron will need to be addressed based on this data. I have definitely noticed this issue between my 3-iron and 4-iron, as I don’t have a shot I trust that comfortably goes 230-240 yards.
Not only does Arccos tell you your average distances for each club but you also have access to the green in regulation percentage with each club, how many shots you hit with each club, and the longest you have hit a certain club. This is a great way to assess what clubs need more work if you need to improve your green in regulation percentage.
I am excited about the future of club fitting and instruction if more golfers start to utilize Arccos as a way to improve their game. I challenge golfers to start using this tool to improve their games. I can already see the benefits to improve my own.
I will be recommending Arccos to all the golfers I work with and I cannot wait to have golfers bringing their own data to me. I have no doubt Arccos can help all golfers shoot lower scores.
Arccos technology comes equipped with new Cobra products and can be easily added to the order of a new PING G410 product as well.
Interested in hooking up Arccos to your game? Stop by a 2nd Swing store or contact one of our team members over the phone at (612) 216-4152.
Volume 49 of 2nd Swing’s At The Turn newsletter brings fitting insights, reviews of new products, and a look at the Summer Shot Saver Clearance Event. In this edition, you’ll find a peek at a few of the limited-time deals available at 2nd Swing. Plus, you’ll see in-depth reviews of the new Cobra KING Utility Iron, the new Cobra KING MIM wedges, and the Cleveland RTX ZipCore wedges. And finally, this installment also includes a video breakdown of the PING G410 driver’s adjustable hosel settings.
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Hit it longer and straighter off the tee when you upgrade your driver to a Cobra F9 Speedback (from $249.99), Titleist TS2 (from $249.99), or a mint condition Callaway Epic Flash ($329.99).
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Titleist 818 hybrids are available starting at $69.99, over $200 off the new price of $279.99. Meanwhile, PING Sigma G putters are available from $79.99, $100 off the new price of $179.99.
Golfers looking for a wedge upgrade can look no further than 2nd Swing’s selection of Titleist Vokey SM6 wedges, available in three finishes starting at $39.99.
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Too often, we find that golfers are ignoring the adjustable hosel settings on their drivers. In this exclusive video, 2nd Swing Golf's Thomas Campbell and Drew Mahowald use Trackman Technology to break down the PING G410 Plus driver’s adjustable hosel settings and show the impact that adjustable settings can create and the benefits golfers can get out of making these adjustments.
By Michael Geiger -- 2nd Swing Staff Writer
While Cleveland Golf tends to fly under the radar relative to other golf brands, the company has quietly built a reputation over the past 30 years as one of the finest wedge manufacturers in the industry.
The gold standard in Cleveland’s stable of wedges is their critically acclaimed and commercially successful RTX line. The newest release from this line, the RTX ZipCore wedges, launches in North America on August 14th and is available to preorder now on 2ndswing.com.
The RTX ZipCore Wedges feature several innovations that will help golfers of all handicaps save strokes both around the green and from the fairway.
First and foremost, the technology that lies at the literal heart of these clubs is ZipCore, a low-density material that has radically improved the wedge’s performance. This lightweight core allowed Cleveland’s engineers to reposition the weight of the clubhead around the perimeter of the face to optimize MOI and lower the center of gravity. The result of these changes for the golfer is more consistency, distance, and feel.
Another addition to Cleveland’s RTX ZipCore wedges is the new UltiZip Grooves. These grooves are the deepest and sharpest ever produced by the manufacturer and help the club cut through grass and sand with extreme efficiency. The ZipCore wedges also sport two extra grooves on the clubface relative to previous models, which leads to more spin and control.
Many golfers struggle to know exactly when their wedges are worn out and due for a replacement. Thanks to a timed burst of heat during the RTX ZipCore forging process, Cleveland’s newest wedges are free of impurities, making them some of the most durable clubs on the market.
The ZipCore wedges are available in several different loft and grind options. The first grind option is the Low Sole grind, which has six degrees of bounce and features relief on the heel, toe, and trailing edge for superior versatility around the greens. This option is ideal for shallow angles of attack and wedge players looking for versatility and a grind that allows them to open up the face on firm turf. The Low Sole is available in the 56, 58, 60, and 62-degree lofts.
The Mid Sole grind boasts 10 degrees of bounce and is aimed at the golfer with a neutral to steep attack angle who desires full shot stability. The Mid Sole sports trailing edge relief and keeps the leading edge low on open-face shots. This sole is available in the 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, and 62-degree lofts.
The final grind option for Cleveland’s ZipCore wedges is the Full Sole. With 12 degrees of bounce, this is the most forgiving of the three sole options and provides tremendous stability when getting the ball out of bunkers or deep rough. It’s also great for steeper angles of attack. The Full Sole is available in the 54, 56, 58, and 60-degree lofts.
Cleveland’s engineers managed to walk the fine line of adding new technology to the RTX ZipCores without having to sacrifice the classic and aesthetically pleasing look the company’s wedges are famous for.
While the new clubs have received praise from major champions like Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell, the RTX ZipCore wedges were not designed only for the low-handicap golfer. All players, no matter their skill level, will find something to love about Cleveland’s newest wedges.
Utility irons have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years in the golf industry. The new Cobra KING Utility Iron not only provides that distance and forgiveness golfers are looking for, but it also comes with Cobra’s MyFly8 adjustable hosel. In this exclusive video, 2nd Swing’s Thomas Campbell and Drew Mahowald tested a few of the available hosel settings on the Cobra KING Utility iron.
Wedges are perhaps the most overlooked clubs in the bag for most golfers. They’re influential in not only saving many pars, but also creating a lot of birdie opportunities.
Cobra Golf has stepped up its development of wedges significantly over the past couple of years, specifically using a unique construction approach not commonly used to build wedges by other manufacturers.
The Metal Injection Molding (MIM) process is common in the golf industry for other golf clubs, but not necessarily for the complete construction of the club. Cobra has brought that process to wedge construction with the MIM wedges.
“You’ve been seeing MIM products for a long time, but didn’t know you had it,” said Jose Miraflor, Vice President of Marketing for Cobra. “It’s normally used to shape little pieces in a very refined way into little nooks and crannies. All those tungsten weights you’ve seen in golf products are MIM shaped. So MIM gives us precision shaping. Why not have that in a wedge?”
Miraflor says the MIM construction process allows Cobra to produce the most perfect and consistent wedge grinds in all of golf. The wedges are always polished by robots and never polished by hand.
Also included with the Cobra MIM wedges is Variable Face Roughness, which is a unique clubface milling pattern that is designed to maximize the roughness on the clubface that can interact with the golf ball at impact, creating more spin.
“Our engineers have found a way to maximize that roughness, because it is governed by the USGA, with both peak heights and average roughness in between the grooves, which we call the land area,” Miraflor said. “If you can maximize that type of effect, those little micro-grooves can provide a little bit more spin on those shorter wedge shots.”
Cobra also added a new QPQ (quench-polish-quench) black finish option to the MIM wedges that is designed to reduce glare and offer a sleek look both at address and in the bag.
More grind and loft options are now available with the Cobra MIM wedges in 2020. The Versatile grind, first introduced in 2019, features toe, heel, and trailing edge relief and is available in 50, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60 degrees of loft. It lives up to its namesake as the most versatile of the three grinds available.
The WideLow grind is available in 56, 58, and 60 degrees and is designed with a wider sole to add performance for shallower angles of attack and softer turf conditions and bunkers.
Lastly, the Classic grind includes more bounce and progressive sole width from heel to toe to provide excellent all-around performance. The Classic grind is available in 52, 56, and 60 degrees of loft.
“You can really use these wedges to fine tune your bag,” Miraflor said. “We see a lot of guys go with a Versatile grind in a 60-degree and maybe a WideLow in a 56 and a Classic in a 52. So depending on how you use your wedges, you can have different grinds in the bag to maximize performance.”
The Cobra MIM wedges, now available at 2ndswing.com, are a great option for golfers seeking to improve their scoring clubs. Whether making more pars or making more birdies is your priority, the Cobra MIM wedges have the technology to help you out.
2nd Swing’s At The Turn newsletter returns with the introduction of a unique giveaway that includes over 50 winners sharing $4,000 in prizes. If you want in, be sure to enter! Additionally, this installment provides club fitting insights such as a Trackman Test of the last four generations of Callaway Sub Zero drivers and a video of master fitter Kevin Kraft sharing his yardage gapping fitting process. Plus, this edition includes insights into why distance gains are so important and a look at the Titleist Vokey SM6 wedges.
by 2nd Swing Staff
It’s been three months since we decided to host a giveaway, and we decided that was too long. So, this week we have launched the 2nd Swing Summer Sweepstakes!
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Callaway Golf has proven itself as an exceptional golf equipment manufacturer, and it’s especially evident in drivers. In this exclusive video, 2nd Swing’s Thomas Campbell and Drew Mahowald tested the low-spin drivers released from Callaway the last four years, including Mavrik Sub Zero, Epic Flash Sub Zero, Rogue Sub Zero, and GBB Epic Sub Zero.
Distance has become the name of the game in golf, at least on the PGA Tour. More and more golfers are prioritizing physical fitness in an effort to gain distance and, for the lack of a better term, overpower golf courses.
Bryson DeChambeau has become the poster child for this movement over the past several months. He has packed on 50-some pounds of muscle in his effort to become the longest hitter on the PGA Tour.
And he’s delivered, now leading the Tour in driving distance at 323 yards per tee shot during the 2019-20 season after recording 302.5 yards off the tee last season. He also leads the PGA Tour in strokes gained off the tee despite ranking 110th in driving accuracy.
Luckily, most amateur golfers won’t need to put themselves through a rigorous diet and exercise program to gain 20 yards off the tee the way DeChambeau has.
Most golfers just need a custom fitting to gain that distance off the tee. Our Tour Van driver fittings have consistently improved distance off the tee by as much as 20, 30, and even 40 yards just by making sure customers are using a driver fit for their swings.
In working with master fitter Thomas Campbell on creating videos for the 2nd Swing YouTube channel, I’ve learned a great deal about some key club fitting measurements and the consequences of using a club that isn’t fit correctly.
Data points like spin rate, smash factor, launch angle, and peak height all impact the total distance of a drive significantly. If these measurements can be optimized at all for you, there is distance to be gained.
How exactly is more distance a significant advantage? Well, take DeChambeau’s win at the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic as an example. He was repeatedly hitting his approach shots from 30, 40, and even 50 yards closer than his opponents. That could be the difference between a short pitch shot and a full swing. It could be the difference between a 9-iron and a 5-iron.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll automatically gain that many yards with a 2nd Swing custom fitting and suddenly start hitting three clubs less into every green. However, if you don’t know your fitting data point measurements, you could be missing out on a key opportunity to optimize distance.
Manufacturers build shorter irons and wedges to help golfers create birdie opportunities. Gaining some distance off the tee will allow you to use those clubs more often, and the result will be more scoring opportunities.
Golf is still, and always has been, a game of precision. But DeChambeau is starting to show the golf community just how much adding distance can do to improve your scores.
If you haven’t been in for a 2nd Swing driver fitting recently, you may be missing out on distance gains of your own.
In 2nd Swing Tour Van fittings, 2nd Swing fitters attempt to improve every variable possible to help golfers play better. One of the most important discussions involves yardage gapping. In this video, 2nd Swing master fitter Kevin Kraft discusses the process he uses to help golfers find the right yardage gapping in their bag.
Golf is a game of precision.
Famed golf psychologist Bob Rotella once wrote, “Everything that happens from the tee to that 120-yard range is almost insignificant with what happens thereafter.”
For decades, coaches, players, and pundits have stressed the importance of a sharp short game. So many strokes can be saved with tidy play around the green and effective approaches from the fairway with a wedge in hand.
With this in mind, I chose to purchase a pair of Titleist Vokey SM6 wedges from 2nd Swing a couple of years ago, and they have greatly helped my performance inside the “scoring zone.”
The Vokey SM6 wedges from Titleist come in a variety of different loft and grind options that can be tailored to any golfer’s playing style and preference.
When I look for a new lob wedge, I am looking for the club to check three different boxes. I need to feel comfortable using a lob wedge to hit basic chips and pitches around the green, high and soft shots out the sand and deep rough, and full shots that stop quickly.
For my 58-degree lob wedge, I opted for the L grind, which gives the club four degrees of bounce. The relative lack of bounce makes the club allows me to get a little creative around the greens and manipulate the face if needed, delivering the versatility I need.
My criteria when it comes to gap wedges are slightly different than my checklist for a lob wedge. Being that my most frequent shot with the gap wedge is a full shot, that is the area in which I am most interested in the club’s performance. My SM6 gap wedge is excellent in that respect, and I hit more close approaches with the wedge than any other club in my bag.
To address the fact that its wedges are used in different ways, Titleist wedge designer Bob Vokey designed the SM6s with progressive CG (center of gravity) technology. This innovation aligns the center of gravity with the impact position of each loft throughout the wedge set to produce precise distance and trajectory control with exceptional feel.
The result of progressive CG is that golfers using the SM6s will have an easier time getting the ball into the air with their lob and sand wedges and flighting the ball down with their gap and pitching wedges.
Titleist’s SM6 wedges also feature TX4 grooves. The 100 percent inspected grooves feature a parallel face texture that creates a more consistent groove edge and tighter quality tolerances for more spin.
Because my wedges are now a few years old, the grooves are obviously not quite as sharp as they were when I first got them, but they still offer me an impressive amount of spin and control.
For those in the market for a set of used wedges, I couldn’t give a higher recommendation to the Titleist Vokey SM6s.
Golfers should have high expectations for their wedges, as they’re some of the most important clubs in the bag. To gain a complete understanding of which wedges suit you best, I encourage you to schedule a fitting, either online or in-person, with a 2nd Swing master fitter today. These highly-trained professionals will help you improve your play inside 120 yards and make Bob Rotella proud.