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Miles of Golf: A Top-100 Golf Shop

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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.

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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.


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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.

Cluboratory 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.


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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.

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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.


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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.

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  1. Dennis Page

    Aug 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I am looking for a Cobra Pro CB gap wedge that is new or like new condition. I tried to buy one and they sent the S3 but I do not like it. Would be willing to trade the S3 for the Pro CB if interested

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K.J. Choi WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Valero Texas Open (4/18/2018).

Driver: Ping G400 Max (9 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6x

Driver: Ping G400 Max (9 degrees)
Shaft: Ozik Matrix MFS M5 60X

3 Wood: Ping G400 (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7x

5 Wood: Ping G400 (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8x

Hybrid: Ping G400 (22 degrees)
Shaft: Atlus Tour H8

Irons: Ping G400 (4-PW)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 120X

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (50-12SS, 54-12SS, 58-10)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping Sigma G Wolverine T
Grip: Ping Pistol

Putter: Ping PLF ZB3
Grip: Super Stroke KJ

Putter: Ping Sigma Vault Anser 2
Grip: Ping Pistol

WITB Notes: We spotted Choi testing a number of clubs at the Valero Texas Open. We will update this post when we have his 14-club setup confirmed. 

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Choi’s clubs. 

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I tried the great Golfboarding experiment… here’s how it went

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Corica Park Golf Course is not exactly the first place you’d expect to find one of the most experimental sports movements sweeping the nation. Sitting on a pristine swath of land along the southern rim of Alameda Island, deep in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, the course’s municipal roots and no-frills clubhouse give it an unpretentious air that seems to fit better with Sam Snead’s style of play than, say, Rickie Fowler’s.

Yet here I am, one perfectly sunny morning on a recent Saturday in December planning to try something that is about as unconventional as it gets for a 90-year-old golf course.

It’s called Golfboarding, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an amalgam of golf and skateboarding, or maybe surfing. The brainchild of surfing legend Laird Hamilton — who can be assumed to have mastered, and has clearly grown bored of, all normal sports — Golfboarding is catching on at courses throughout the country, from local municipal courses like Corica Park to luxury country clubs like Cog Hill and TPC Las Colinas. Since winning Innovation Of the Year at the PGA Merchandising Show in 2014, Golfboards can now be found at 250 courses and have powered nearly a million rounds of golf already. Corica Park currently owns eight of them.

The man in pro shop gets a twinkle in his eyes when our foursome tells him we’d like to take them out. “Have you ridden them before?” he asks. When we admit that we are uninitiated, he grins and tells us we’re in for a treat.

But first, we need to sign a waiver and watch a seven-minute instructional video. A slow, lawyerly voice reads off pedantic warnings like “Stepping on the golfboard should be done slowly and carefully” and “Always hold onto the handlebars when the board is in motion.” When it cautions us to “operate the board a safe distance from all…other golfboarders,” we exchange glances, knowing that one of us will more than likely break this rule later on.

Then we venture outside, where one of the clubhouse attendants shows us the ropes. The controls are pretty simple. One switch sends it forward or in reverse, another toggles between low and high gear. To make it go, there’s a throttle on the thumb of the handle. The attendant explains that the only thing we have to worry about is our clubs banging against our knuckles.

“Don’t be afraid to really lean into the turns,” he offers. “You pretty much can’t roll it over.”

“That sounds like a challenge,” I joke. No one laughs.

On a test spin through the parking lot, the Golfboard feels strong and sturdy, even when I shift around on it. It starts and stops smoothly with only the slightest of jerks. In low gear its top speed is about 5 mph, so even at full throttle it never feels out of control.

The only challenge, as far as I can tell, is getting it to turn. For some reason, I’d expected the handlebar to offer at least some degree of steering, but it is purely for balance. The thing has the Ackerman angle of a Mack Truck, and you really do have to lean into the turns to get it to respond. For someone who is not particularly adept at either surfing or skateboarding, this comes a little unnaturally. I have to do a number of three-point turns in order to get back to where I started and make my way over to the first tee box.

We tee off and climb on. The fairway is flat and wide, and we shift into high gear as we speed off toward our balls. The engine had produced just the faintest of whirrs as it accelerated, but it is practically soundless as the board rolls along at full speed. The motor nevertheless feels surprisingly powerful under my feet (the drivetrain is literally located directly underneath the deck) as the board maintains a smooth, steady pace of 10 mph — about the same as a golf cart. I try making a couple of S curves like I’d seen in the video and realize that high-speed turning will take a little practice for me to get right, but that it doesn’t seem overly difficult.

Indeed, within a few holes I might as well be Laird himself, “surfing the earth” from shot to shot. I am able to hold the handlebar and lean way out, getting the board to turn, if not quite sharply, then at least closer to that of a large moving van than a full-sized semi. I take the hills aggressively (although the automatic speed control on the drivetrain enables it to keep a steady pace both up and down any hills, so this isn’t exactly dangerous), and I speed throughout the course like Mario Andretti on the freeway (the company claims increased pace-of-play as one of the Golfboard’s primary benefits, but on a Saturday in the Bay Area, it is impossible avoid a five-hour round anyway.)

Gliding along, my feet a few inches above the grass, the wind in my face as the fairways unfurl below my feet, it is easy to see Golfboards as the next evolution in mankind’s mastery of wheels; the same instincts to overcome inertia that brought us bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, and more recent inventions such as Segways, Hoverboards and Onewheels are clearly manifest in Golfboards as well. They might not offer quite the same thrill as storming down a snowy mountainside or catching a giant wave, but they are definitely more fun than your standard golf cart.

Yet, there are obvious downsides as well. The attendant’s warning notwithstanding, my knuckles are in fact battered and sore by the time we make the turn, and even though I rearrange all my clubs into the front slots of my bag, they still rap my knuckles every time I hit a bump. Speaking of which, the board’s shock absorber system leaves something to be desired, as the ride is so bumpy that near the end I start to feel as if I’ve had my insides rattled. Then there is the unforgivable fact of its missing a cup holder for my beer.

But these are mere design flaws that might easily be fixed in the next generation of Golfboards. (A knuckle shield is a must!) My larger problem with Golfboards is what they do to the game itself. When walking or riding a traditional cart, the moments in between shots are a time to plan your next shot, or to chat about your last shot, or to simply find your zen out there among the trees and the birds and the spaciousness of the course. Instead, my focus is on staying upright.

Down the stretch, I start to fade. The muscles in my core have endured a pretty serious workout, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to muster the strength for my golf swing. It is no coincidence that my game starts to unravel, and I am on the way to one of my worst rounds in recent memory.

Walking off the 18th green, our foursome agrees that the Golfboards were fun — definitely worth trying — but that we probably wouldn’t ride them again. Call me a purist, but as someone lacking Laird Hamilton’s physical gifts, I’m happy to stick to just one sport at a time.

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Titleist AVX golf balls passed the test, are now available across the United States

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Titleist’s AVX golf balls first came to retail as an experiment in three markets — Arizona, California and Florida — from October 2017 to January 2018. AVX (which stands for “Alternative to the V and X”) are three-piece golf balls made with urethane covers, and they’re made with a softer feel for more distance than the Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.

After proving their worth to consumers, Titleist’s AVX golf balls are now available across the U.S. as of April 23, and they will sell for 47.99 per dozen (the same as Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls) in both white and optic yellow.

According to Michael Mahoney, the Vice President of Golf Ball Marketing for Titleist, the AVX is a member of the Pro V1 family. Here’s a basic understanding of the lineup:

  • AVX: Softest, lowest trajectory, lowest spinning, less greenside spin and longest
  • Pro V1x: Firmer than the Pro V1, highest spinning and highest trajectory
  • Pro V1: Sits between the V1x and the AVX in terms of feel, spin and trajectory, and will appeal to most golfers

Different from the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, the AVX golf balls have a new GRN41 thermoset cast urethane cover to help the golf balls achieve the softer feel. Also, they have high speed, low compression cores, a new high-flex casing layer, and a new dimple design/pattern.

For in-depth tech info on the new AVX golf balls, how they performed in the test markets, and who should play the AVX golf balls, listen to our podcast below with Michael Mahoney, or click here to listen on iTunes.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the AVX golf balls

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