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This week we analyze another one of our Patreon member’s driver setups to see how we can help Dan gain some yardage off the tee with his driver! See how we can optimize his launch conditions including launch angle, spin rate and swing delivery to gain more distance without swinging any faster.

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  1. garry

    Jan 5, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Want to quickly get 15 more yards? Tee up at the forward (ladies) blue tee box… simple….

    • larrybud

      Jan 6, 2019 at 10:04 am

      and if he gets fit right, he would add 30. What’s your point? Some people play competitions where you all play from the same tee boxes. An extra 15 on the table is important.

      • Skip

        Jan 8, 2019 at 3:27 pm

        Wrong. His clubs are perfectly fine. He needs to deliver with a positive AoA to maximize distance.

  2. stevek

    Jan 4, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Dan is an older gentleman and his body type is short and stocky with a smallish belly. He would be clas sified as a “W” or Width swinger with a flatter swing path according to “LAWs of the Golf Swing” book. The remedies suggested are not applicable to his physique.

    • stevek

      Jan 4, 2019 at 8:44 pm

      Regardless of his D-plane ball flight data, you must consider his 87 mph driver head speed will fall down to perhaps 77 mph towards the end of 4 hours of play due to fatigue. Trying to jig his ball data backwards into his body is very wrong and misleading. Also he is playing a 12º driver which will match his dropping club speed towards the end of the round.

    • stevek

      Jan 4, 2019 at 8:51 pm

      Dan’s physical capabilities are limited by his obvious core inflexibility with virtually no X-factor between his hips and shoulders going from the top to impact. To suggest a backward spinal tilt will destabilize his whole swing pattern, and create a reverse weight shift. He will injure his lower spine for sure trying to do this as well as messing up his ball flight. He has a stable swing and has likely peaked at his age. His only option is a longer shaft but even that will upset his consistency. Stay with what you got, Dan, because it’s all downhill from here.

      • larrybud

        Jan 6, 2019 at 10:05 am

        x-factor is bunk. Even MacLean has said so since “inventing” it.

      • geohogan

        Jan 11, 2019 at 1:24 pm

        restricting hip turn, in order to achieve the nonsensical X Factor
        will do more to damage the lower back than any other method.

        I understand that there is a theory in golf today that the hips shouldn’t turn on the backswing. The idea seems to be that the less you turn your hips, while still turning your shoulders, the more leverage you’ll generate.

        It’s hogwash, and here’s why.

        Stand erect with your arms at your sides and keep them there. Now hold your hips still and turn your shoulders.

        Impossible, right? Even the slightest shoulder turn forces some hip turn. And the more the shoulders turn, the more the hips are forced to turn, right?

        … unless he’s incredibly supple or some kind of contortionist.

        Thus you should never try to restrict your hip turn if you want to hit the ball a long way. “Golf My Way”, Jack Nicklaus 1974

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As many have already seen this week in the forums, we spotted a brand new model from Toulon: the Santa Monica.

There were a lot of finer details going on with this putter that got peoples ears up including

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  • The finish & overall aesthetics

Thanks to a ton of positive feedback, we had to find out more.  So, we went right to the top and called up Sean Toulon to find out about this new model and what else might be coming in the near future.

Here’s what we know:

The Santa Monica, that was captured is part of a larger project that will be going all out when it comes to customization and “showing the world what we can do when it comes to design and manufacturing,” according to Toulon. This line of putters will not be available on the grand scale and instead will focus on individual pieces and prioritize the customer experience.

This new line from Toulon will also include new putters not yet seen, although we have one name so far: La Grange (shout out to Texas!), and it will also include different materials not currently found in the Toulon/Odyssey line. The focus will be 100 percent on boutique, different and just for you, said Toulon. The new line will center around exercising total creativity, and also have the potential for one-off and limited-number pieces.

We don’t have a timeline for when these will become available to the public, but when we do, we will be sure to let you know.

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Dave D and it surrounds Viktor Hovland’s future as a Ping staffer. There has been plenty of chatter on our forums after Dave D shared this post from @golfnation_’s Instagram account.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • cvhookem3: “Seems like he was hinting at that with his equipment changes at the US Open. Good for him. He should be a lot of fun to watch.”
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Golf Digest’s E. Michael Johnson reported Hovland is now a Ping man, writing he “signed a multi-year deal with Ping to play a minimum of 11 clubs, including driver and putter, along with a Ping staff bag and logo on the hat.”

Entire Thread: “Viktor Hovland signing with Ping?”

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TaylorMade signs Matthew Wolff to a multi-year deal; Wolff WITB

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TaylorMade Golf has officially announced the signing of Matthew Wolff on a multi-year agreement that will see the 20-year-old play the company’s metal woods, irons, wedges, putter and ultimately, TaylorMade’s flagship golf ball, the TP5x.

Wolff had previously unveiled that he would be making his professional debut at this week’s Travelers Championship, and just as top prospect Collin Morikawa did earlier at this month’s Canadian Open, Wolff will do so as a TaylorMade staffer.

The NCAA All-American and 2019 NCAA Division I individual champion made his debut on the PGA Tour at the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this year where he finished T50 after opening his week with a round of five-under par.

Matthew Wolff WITB

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Shaft: Graphite Design TP 7TX

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M6 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke 6.5 TX

Utility Iron: TaylorMade P760 (2)
Shaft: Nippon Modus 130x

Irons: TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (52, 56, 62 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper

 

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