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Soft, Medium or Firm? Sentio’s floating-face putters give golfers a choice in feel

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Sentio Golf, which made its debut at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show, announced today that its Sierra 101 line of putters are available for purchase on the company’s website, as well as in select retail shops.

The Acton, Massachusetts-based company’s patented floating face technology offers golfers a stainless steel putter face, which is separate from the rest of the head with a vibration-dampening thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) core, constructed through a process called insert molding.

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Jim Varney, President of Sentio Golf, says the insert-molding process demands extremely tight manufacturing tolerances. Thus, Sentio’s putters are constructed at some of the highest dimensional standards in the industry. Varney also says that the TPE formulation process bonds the metal components while keeping them separate (thanks to the insert), softening the feel at impact.

The Sierra line includes three models, each with a color-coded translucent core. The cores each have a different durometer—or relative hardness—to the elastomer, affecting energy transfer, and thus feel.

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  • 101-Soft (green core): For players who usually prefer inserts or who regularly play on fast greens.
  • 101-Medium (red core): For all-around conditions.
  • 101-Firm (blue core): For fans of all-milled putters or those who play on slower greens.

Specs

  • Price: $299
  • Length: 33, 34 and 35 inches
  • Loft: 2 degrees
  • Lie: 72 degrees
  • Head Weight: 350 grams
  • Toe Hang: 4 o’clock
  • Offset: Full plumber hosel
  • Construction: 304 stainless steel face and body, TPE core
  • Finish: Satin Silver PVD
  • Stock grip: PURE midsize

Also of interest for WRXers: Sentio will be releasing a limited run of 100 Tour prototype putters on September 27. Called the Century Edition, these flatsticks will feature a unique black bronze PVD finish.

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  1. tlmck

    Sep 26, 2016 at 4:52 am

    It would have been more interesting to offer one putter with interchangeable faces/inserts. That way you could adjust the putter for changing weather/temps, faster/slower greens, or just for a change of feel if desired.

    • richard patten

      Oct 1, 2016 at 1:36 am

      There are putters with interchangeable inserts, e.g., Fisher, and less costly putters with soft to hard inserts. Straightaim insert putters have putters with several degrees of impact reduction for fast or slower greens. Callaway has one Odyssey model with a ‘floating’ face that will reduce impact. There is an added property of impact-reducing inserts that these companies are not aware of. It is better for putt control than softer feel. Softer feel, itself, does not increase accuracy.

  2. rymail00

    Sep 22, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Personally I think the idea is pretty cool. Everybody has a different perception of what they like to feel at impact and this is a way to give people those options.

    And man, the unbelievable negative comments in all these articles is ridiculous (all articles). If you don’t like something fine, but why sh!t on the authors or whatever equipment, training aids etc.? Constructive criticism is one thing, but why the rest? It sucks to see this site heading down this road. Hell the guy was even nice enough to respond to people’s questions. Doubt most people would say this stuff some in a store, shop, merchandise show etc.

  3. RP Jacobs II

    Sep 21, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Seems a bit gimicky though I am sure that they are very nice putters. For the price point, they’d better be, lol. “Independently Verified to provide positive strokes gained???” Bro, last I looked it was the Player’s name next to a stroke gained number, not a putter model or brand, lmao.

    Be that as it may, they look sharp and I wish you the very Best!! Nice article Ben. Nicely Played Bro 🙂

    Fairways & Greens 4ever My Friends,
    RP

    • Sentio Golf

      Sep 25, 2016 at 9:20 am

      RP Jacobs II, thanks for the thoughtful comment! I’m sure people probably thought insert-faced putters were gimmicky when they came out. From a technical standpoint, molding the polymer in the middle as we have done allows us to do things with COR, basically how much energy is transferred to the ball, that you can’t do with an insert face or a solid body putter. Inserts have been trying to add more “pop” and better sound response (look at the proliferation of metal sheets over polymer inserts), and companies that make solid milled putters use “softer” metals like carbon steel, GSS, and copper to take the edge off the feel at impact. What golfers want is that middle ground between the two extremes, and that is exactly what our technology does. AND we provide multiple options within this range to give people a choice.

      Our putters were part of a test that used Strokes Gained as a measure of relative accuracy. Yes, it is the SG of each tester using each putter that is measured. Read about it here: http://bit.ly/2cTrGUD

      • richard patten

        Oct 1, 2016 at 2:09 am

        I found that damping inserts can increase accuracy, but I used a putting machine, rather than human putters. It is not the feel (a putting machine has no feel) that does it. It is a surprising principle of physics tyhat does it. I have used ‘floating’ inserts , for slow to fast greens, in my straightaim putters for over 10 yrs. You have a good looking product. Put it in a mallet, too. With good technically sound advertising you will succeed in this tight market.

  4. Mark

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:13 am

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  5. BSGolf

    Sep 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    More junk…stop with the junk

    • Sentio Golf

      Sep 20, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      I understand that it seems unusual, but I assure you that it is not junk. Our tech produces a great feel and has been independently verified to provide positive strokes gained. I suggest you try it and see for yourself.

      • foo

        Sep 21, 2016 at 12:36 pm

        Where do you suggest we try this?

        • Sentio Golf

          Sep 25, 2016 at 9:27 am

          Foo – We have a list of current retail partner locations on our website: http://www.sentiogolf.com/retailers/ I realize this is very limited now, but we are a start-up company so things are just getting started. Ask the pro-shop at your home course to contact us about becoming part of our Fit By Feel program – we will get them set up and in a week you will have all three to try for yourself.

      • JOEL GOODMAN

        Sep 21, 2016 at 7:57 pm

        If I want great feel I’ll take a woman . In golf I want to score low.

      • richard patten

        Oct 7, 2016 at 3:38 pm

        Sentio, I suggest you confirm the accuracy-improving function of your floating inserts objectively by using a putting machine. This will work; I have done this. Good luck.

    • JOEL GOODMAN

      Sep 21, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      barnum was right then and still is.. more suckers now than ever. any putter more than $125 is a joke and a rip off.

  6. Charlie

    Sep 20, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Very Nike-esque. The insert, the lines, the font, everything. Not too shabby.

    • Rob

      Sep 20, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Not too shabby? Nike-esque? Oh you mean that company that just stopped making clubs? I’m sure club makers are modeling their product of the nike swoosh!

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Talking with Alonzo Guess of Sunfish…and a look at the insane headcover they made GolfWRX

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We last talked with Alonzo Guess of Sunfish in November of 2017 after the Nashville-based company launched a custom headcover and accessory builder on its website.

The company has been producing custom headcovers, yardage books, and other accessories since 2013 when it entered the market with its signature wool headcovers.

We wanted to see what was up, and Guess was kind enough not only to answer a few questions, but to design a pretty incredible GolfWRX driver cover using some raw assets we sent over.

BA: What’s new at Sunfish since we last talked? 

AG: 2018 was a great year for innovation at Sunfish. We worked hard to develop new design and construction techniques, and it has been really exciting combining these new creative elements into one of a kind headcovers and accessories. 2018 was our eighth year in business, but it was probably the most significant in terms of innovation. We’re excited to see where we can go from here!

BA: Looking at your websites, I know one of the new things you developed is something you call Photoflux. What exactly is Photoflux?

AG: Photoflux is our proprietary high-resolution printing process, that gives us the ability to apply to our products anything from photos to complex patterns to intricate logos. The level of resolution and detail is truly unmatched, and can’t be achieved with embroidery. We apply it to our leather and Duraleather products, even our hand-made copper ball markers and divot tools! Those are really exciting, because we can make custom copper ball markers with full color logos, on demand

BA: How the heck did you come up Photoflux?

AG: A customer ordered a scorecard holder with his family photo to be embroidered on each side. We made the piece and weren’t happy at all with the result. The embroidery process couldn’t do justice to the photographs. It was clear that there were certain limitations to embroidery, and we were motivated to overcome them. After months of trial and error, long hours and strenuous testing against sun, rain, and wear, we developed the current process.

BA: What are ways the Photoflux process can be used?

AG: Photoflux is perfect for applying photos, but can also be used for intricate logos or family crests. Really any graphic element can be expressed accurately using Photoflux, including shading. Recently we’ve had fun developing custom patterns such as tiger fur and using them as stripes on headcovers. The sky’s the limit!

Photoflux is best in concert with other design techniques, such as embroidery, laser engraving, and precision cutting and sewing. The featured piece (shown in this feature) incorporates Photoflux, precision cutting and sewing, laser engraving and embroidery. The result is as much artwork as it is a functional golf accessory.

BA: What are the limitations of the technology…what products can you apply Photoflux to?

AG: It’s great for leather and Duraleather headcovers, putter covers, scorecard and yardage book holders, alignment stick covers, cash covers, valuables pouches, wine bags, barrel style tartan headcovers…and even copper ball markers and divot tools!

BA: Tell me about this headcover you made for GolfWRX. I suggested the use of a graffiti wall, a GolfWRX logo, and skeleton hand holding up one finger to denote one club/driver, and you really went to town!

AG: So for the headcover you have, we used Photoflux to apply the graffiti wall image to the top of the cover (did you notice the ‘GolfWRX’ spraypaint in there? We threw that in there for you as an Easter egg!). On top of that, we embroidered the skeleton hand. For the stripe, we laser cut the outline of a typical urban skyline, and laser engraved the chain-link fence pattern over the top, than sewed that down. The bottom portion is a Photoflux image of GolfWRX that you sent over.

With so many new ways to decorate and manipulate the materials, we’re really excited about combining it all for our fans and customers to create really unique products. We feel the sky is the limit, and we hope this headcover illustrates that.

 

 

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New XXIO Prime woods, hybrids, and irons aim for lightweight power

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XXIO’s latest club offerings, XXIO Prime, looks to offer easy distance and easy accuracy for the moderate swing speed golfer, according to the company.

XXIO Prime woods

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XXIO Prime Woods feature a new re-designed hosel structure, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the driver shaft, which is designed to help moderate swing speed golfers to close the clubface through impact.

Forged from Super-TIX PLUS Titanium, the new cup face includes a sweet spot that is noticeably larger than previous designs, which aims to increase distance performance significantly. The Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face is thinner, lighter and stronger than previous additions, creating a maximum COR across the face, which aims to increase ball speed and distance.

According to Chuck Thiry, Vice President of XXIO USA

“The speed increases, higher launch angles, and draw bias of the new Prime will show immediate results from swing one. It’s legit lightweight power for the players that absolutely need it the most.”

Featured in the XXIO prime woods is the SP-1000 shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin, which creates a strong but lightweight club. Along with the lightness in the shaft, XXIO has made weight savings in the grip and club head, which aims to produce woods that are both fast and easy to swing.

The XXIO Prime woods feature an expanded toe and narrowed heel, a tungsten-nickel inner weight that is low and deep, a lighter hosel repositioned closer to the center of the face, and reduced stiffness at the tip of the shaft, all with the aim of offering golfers with maximum forgiveness from their woods.

The XXIO Prime woods will be available from March 1 and will cost $579,99.

XXIO Prime hybrids and irons

The new XXIO Prime hybrids feature an expanded COR and a lower center of gravity, which is designed to increase distance and ball speed while delivering a straighter ball flight.

The hybrids from XXIO contain a Forged Maraging Steel Cup Face which includes a large sweet spot which aims to increase distance performance.

Just as with the woods, the XXIO irons also feature the Super-TIX PLUS Titanium Cup Face, though along with this, they also contain a CNC milled speed groove, which significantly increases the COR, creating a larger sweet spot, designed to provide greater distance, ball speed and accuracy.

Both the hybrids and irons include the SP-1000 Shaft, with TORAYCA T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin. The hybrids and irons also feature weight savings in the grip and club head, with the aim of increasing swing speed.

With an expanded toe and narrowed heel, plus a crown step that moves weight low and deep, XXIO claim that this is their most forgiving suite of Prime hybrids. While with two high-density tungsten nickel sole weights and an overall profile that is 3mm shorter than the previous model, the company also claims to have created their most forgiving irons yet.

Speaking on the new XXIO Prime series, Chuck Thiry stated

“XXIO Prime is, quite frankly, the most unique and beneficial product ever available to moderate swing speed players. Period. People might think that is marketing hype, but they simply haven’t hit Prime yet.”

Both the XXIO Prime hybrids and irons will hit retail stores on March 1. The Prime hybrids will cost $379.99, while a single graphite iron will be available for $259.99.

 

 

 

 

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SPOTTED: 2019 Mitsubishi shafts

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The Diamana shaft line from Mitsubishi Chemical is probably one of the most iconic in the sport. Released in 2005, Blueboard, Whiteboard, and Redboard, were the first generation of shafts.

Photos of the full fourth generation Diamana lineup, offering new materials and technology, along with new names, have surfaced in the GolfWRX forums. Like previous generations, each color shaft offers different ball flight and spin characteristics.

“RF” is the highest launching and spinning in the Diamana line, offering high launch and mid spin, while the “BF” is the mid-launch and mid/low-spin model. Finally, the “DF” is mid/low-launching and the lowest-spinning shaft in the lineup.

All of the fourth generation Diamana shafts use updated technologies and materials that you would expect from a premium lineup. DIALEAD pitch fiber is helps reduce shaft deformation, while still producing exceptional energy transfer.

Each shaft contains MR70 carbon fiber that is 20 percent stronger than conventional materials and Boron fiber for its compression strength and shaft reinforcement. ION plating has been done before in the Diamana line, in vacuum chambers — silver alloy ions are bonded to the shaft to give it a chrome-like finish that can’t be replicated by paint.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying in the forums.

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