Miles of Golf Named Top 100 Golf Shop for 13th Consecutive Year. 1999-2012 Golf World Top 100 Golf Shop. Each year, Golf World recognizes the Top 100 Golf Shops in the country. In 2012, Miles of Golf was once again named to the list. That makes it 13 straight years that Miles of Golf has been voted in the Top 100. They have also won other prestigious awards over the years. Here is the list:
-2008 Ping National Club Fitter of the Year. This was the first time an off-course golf shop has won this award.
-1998, 1999, 2006 Ping Regional Club Fitter of the Year.
-2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Titleist Regional Fitting Center. There are only five of these centers in the country.
-1998-2010 GRAA Top 100 Golf Range.
GolfWRX happens to be located near the shop and thought readers would be interested in seeing a closer look at the shop.
Equipment- 10,000 square foot golf shop has been a Golf World Best 100 Shop since 1999. The golf shop is a large, high volume, shop that carries all the major club brands plus quality starter and intermediate sets. They also have an extensive inventory of accessories and golf apparel. Having a well-trained and knowledgeable staff in the industry, MOG feel confident that they can assist in your quest to become a better player. MOG does not allow manufacturers to pay our staff to promote their products. They feel this would interfere with their ultimate job – finding the right equipment and golf gear for you.
Club Fitting Cluboratory- they are recognized as one of the elite club fitting shops in the country. thier fitting and testing center, the Cluboratory, is equipped with over $200,000 of demo equipment including 3 TrackMan radar ball flight monitors. The Cluboratory is heated and protected from the elements yet allows the customer and club fitter to see the full flight of the ball. they have fitting systems from every leading golf club manufacturer. The club fitting staff is recognized throughout the industry as one of the very best. MOG staff fits literally thousands of players each year from high handicap players to some of the best players in the Midwest.
Practice Putting Green- The 27 acre practice facility has been named a Top 100 Range since 1996. It has over 100 tees with 42 covered and heated bays for year around use. They have found that excellent practice balls, quality synthetic mats, an excellent putting green (free), and grass tees make a very nice practice experience. For players who want even more in their practice, check out the Players Club and TrackMan the Game.
Golf Academy School- The Kendall Academy is the largest golf academy in Michigan. There are 8 experienced PGA or LPGA professional instructors who give lessons year around. These instructors have won numerous awards for golf instruction. The teaching studios are heated and protected from the elements yet allow players and instructors to see the full flight of the ball.
The Owner of the Acadamy is Dave Kendall. Here is his bio…
Dave Kendall PGA, Academy Founder- Dave is generally regarded as one of Michigan’s outstanding professionals. The recipient of the Michigan PGA’s 2010 Horton Smith Award for Contributions in PGA Professional Education. Dave was previously honored by the Michigan PGA as 2000 and 2004 Teacher of the year and 1990 and 2006 Golf Professional of the Year. Dave has over 30 years of experience instructing players of all levels. In 2011, Golf Digest ranked Dave #8 in its list of top instructors in Michigan. Golf Range Magazine has included Dave in its Top 50 Instructors in America for the past 8 years. A Class A PGA member since 1981, he is also very highly regarded as a competitive player having won two Michigan Senior Open Championships. In 2007, Dave won the Michigan Senior Open, Michigan Senior PGA Championship and the Michigan PGA Senior Player of the Year Award. The insight he has gained through his many years of teaching experience along with his competitive background has given Dave a very practical approach to golf improvement. Dave currently serves the Michigan PGA Section as its Senior Organization President.
One of Daves teachers is Paul Haase PGA Teaching Professional. Paul has been a Class A PGA member since 1975. He has been with the Kendall Academy since 1998 and is ranked as the 5th best instructor in Michigan by Golf Digest Magazine for 2011. In 2008, Paul was named the Michigan PGA Teacher of the Year. He has had a great number of success stories over his many years of teaching and coaching his students. Prior to turning professional, Paul had a very distinguished record as a collegiate player. He has extensive experience as a competitive player over the years. Most recently, Paul qualified for the PGA Senior Tour’s First of America Classic in 1998. In 2005, he won the Michigan PGA Senior Pro/Senior Am with student Bill Zylstra on 3 occasions. His knowledge of the golf swing and short game techniques, experience in communication, and friendly manner make Paul an outstanding instructor.
Miles of Golf is known for club fitting for many golfers in Michigan and Ohio. Here are some facts that MOG says about fittings.
The normal Cluboratory Fittings are designed to help golfers of all levels make good decisions on purchasing golf equipment and assuring that the clubs will appropriately fit the player. To accomplish this a player will go through a two-step process of testing clubs and then being fit for clubs.
The Testing Process. During the testing, the player determines the model of club that looks, feels, performs best and also meets the player’s price requirements. The testing involves hitting shots with different clubs and comparing the results. Critical to making a good evaluation of clubs is seeing the full flight of the ball. During the testing, a qualified club-fitter will assist you.
The Club-Fitting Process. This involves precisely fitting the club model the player selected in the testing process to his or her size and golf swing. If the fitting specifications are standard, Miles of Golf stocks these clubs and the player leaves with his or her clubs. If the specifications are not standard, the specifications are then forwarded to the custom club department of the club-maker and the clubs are assembled. The typical delivery time on custom clubs is two weeks. Clubs that must be ordered have a $25 shipping and handling fee.
Cluboratory Iron Fittings. After testing clubs and choosing the manufacturer and model of iron, the fitting process begins. With irons, the process identifies the correct shaft (length, composition, and flex), grip (size and composition), and the critical relationship between the shaft and the club-head called the lie angle. Also important in fitting irons is determining the clubs the player wants in the set. Custom clubs are ordered by the piece, or club, so if a player does not want a #3 or #4 irons, they are not ordered reducing the price of the set. Testing and fitting irons takes approximately 45 minutes. The testing and fitting fees are fully refundable if clubs are purchased. If they are not, the testing fee is $25 and the fitting fee is $75. In most cases, irons need to be custom ordered. Walk-ins are welcomed but appointments can be scheduled in advance and take precedence over walk-ins.
Cluboratory Metal Wood Fittings. After testing clubs, the process of fitting woods identifies the correct shaft (length, composition, and flex), grip (size and composition), and with drivers the correct loft. Unlike irons, the lie angle on woods is in most instances not a variable that needs to be addressed. The testing and fitting of woods takes 30-45 minutes. The testing and fitting fees are fully refundable if clubs are purchased. If they are not, the testing fee is $25 and the fitting fee is $25. In many cases, woods do not need to be custom ordered and Miles of Golf has them in stock. Walk-ins are welcomed but appointments can be scheduled in advance and take precedence over walk-ins.
Cluboratory Fitting Evaluation. This fitting analyzes a player’s current set to see how well it fits. It performs many of the same tests as the iron and wood fittings. The player receives recommendations on changes that can be made. This usually involves changing the length of shafts and bending loft and lie angles. The cost of this fitting is $25 for woods and the same for irons. The Miles of Golf repair shop can usually make any changes, but the fee does not cover the cost of these changes.
Frequently asked fitting questions:
This sounds great but expensive. Club-makers charge us the same for custom clubs or stock clubs. Therefore, the price of our custom clubs should be close, if not the same, as competitor’s stock clubs. Our staff will spend a fair amount of time helping customers testing and fitting clubs. A fee is incurred only if you do not do not purchase the clubs. If you purchase clubs, these fees in most cases, are completely refundable. Custom irons are from $300 and up. Drivers are from $200 and up.
You’re impatient. The club testing and fitting typically takes an hour or less and is both fun and informative. Delivery time varies with club-makers and the time of the year. The shortest is one-day delivery, and it rarely exceeds two weeks. The benefits of getting quality clubs made specifically for you can be extremely significant to how well they perform. Simply put, it’s well worth the short wait.
What if you’re not the best player? Actually, better golfers probably can adapt to ill-fitting clubs better than do average golfers. Golf becomes easier for everyone with clubs adapted to you instead of you adapting to your clubs.
My long irons all go about the same distance. Part of fitting is selecting which clubs should be in your bag. Stock iron sets come in a standard configuration that may not fit your game. If this is the case, you are paying with clubs you should not be using. When ordering custom clubs, our club-fitters help you determine which clubs you should be carrying. You only pay for what you order.
Maxx Cluboratory Fittings- For the Discerning Player.
Maxx Cluboratory Fittings are designed for the serious player who wants the maximum in club-fitting expertise and technology when making decisions about his or her golf clubs. For players to benefit from our Maxx fittings, they must have the skills to hits shots with relative consistency. Guiding you through the process are our most experienced club-fitting professionals using our most sophisticated ball flight monitor, the TrackMan.
Currently we offer five Maxx fitting options:
Maxx Driver Fitting
Maxx Iron Fitting
Maxx Full Bag Fitting
Maxx Gap Fitting
Maxx Putter Fitting
Titleist Fitting Works Fitting
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is a Maxx Fitting right for me?
Although a Maxx fitting can provide useful information for almost anyone who is interested in their launch conditions, it is really most beneficial to golfers who tend to make consistently solid shots. Because severe miss-hits will cause ball speed, launch angle and spin rate to fluctuate greatly, the numbers gathered from these types of shots will do little to provide the fitter with reliable information to make a practical and sound recommendation to the player. This does not mean you need to make perfect contact with every shot to benefit from this fitting. Occasional miss-hits are simply discarded and will not influence the resulting averages for that particular club. You also have the freedom to inform the fitter when you make a bad swing, even if the result is a fairly centered hit, in order to keep such atypical shots from skewing the results.
2. What are the differences between a Cluboratory and a Maxx Cluboratory Fitting?
First of all, both of these fittings are of exception high quality and most golfers will be satisfied with either one. The goals are the same, to help golfers find equipment that will improve their game.
Probably the biggest difference between the two is the use of the TrackMan ball flight monitor throughout the Maxx Fittings. It does give the club-fitters more information to help with the testing and fitting process, but it uses very expensive equipment and is time consuming so therefore more costly. Even with this equipment, the club-fitters will still closely observe the ball in its full flight just as they do with the normal Cluboratory fitting. For an experienced club-fitter, observing the ball flight is critically important to performing their job. The normal Cluboratory fitting takes ball flight measurements to verify that the clubs fit.
Golfers who are really into the game and want to thoroughly examine exotic shaft options will love the Maxx Fittings. If you have a less intense interest in the game but still want high quality clubs that fit, the normal Cluboratory fittings are perfect for you.
Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018
Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.
We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.
The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.
Note: The comments below have been minimally edited for brevity and grammar.
Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)
BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.
I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.
I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.
Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)
mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech.
Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)
cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up.
tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…
Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume.
bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.
TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)
DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list.
elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…
cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it.
Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)
WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).
TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4.
The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8
Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look.
True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots
True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.
The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.
In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.
So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.
Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.
“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”
Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.
True Linkswear Original: $149
The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”
- Gray, White, Black
- Waterproof full grain leather
2-year waterproof guarantee
- thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
- 12.1 oz
- Sockfit liner for comfort
- Natural width box toe
True Linkswear Outsider: $169
With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”
- Grey/navy, black, white colorways
- EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
- Full grain waterproof leather
- 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)
The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.
True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.
Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.
Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout
The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).
Here’s a look at their bags.
Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX
3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX
5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX
Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Related: Sean O’Hair WITB
Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X
3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype
Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X
Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore
Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017
Note: We originally reported Stricker had a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag, per Titleist’s equipment report. Stricker did, however, have a Odyssey White Hot putter in play during the final round of the QBE Shootout.
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