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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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Danny Lee’s Mizuno MP-32 irons: The real inside scoop!

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Hipsters are known for loving “old” stuff — you know the classics, the vintage, the retro. From vinyl, to thrift store sweaters, what’s old is new again. In the case of Danny Lee, he’s leading the charge as the PGA Tour’s iron hipster.

It should also be noted that “old” is a relative term, especially with golf equipment. Now when it comes to “classics,” Mizuno has produced some of the most recognizable irons of all time, including the Cut Muscle MP-32 released in 2004.

We recently spotted Danny Lee at the Genesis Open and it started a LOT of discussion about classic designs, as well as whether these are new old stock (NOS) or new forgings, using the original tooling.

I reached out to Mizuno’s Senior Club Engineer Chris Voshall to get to the bottom of this interesting iron development. (Plus the idea that Mizuno has sets of 10-plus year-old irons kicking around ready for custom builds — I have a huge smile thinking about what that storage room might look like — is a pretty fun thought).

Heres the inside scoop on Danny’s irons from Chris Voshall

“The MP-32s being played by Danny Lee are a new old stock set that came from Luke Donald’s personal stash inside the tour van. The ones Danny is playing are the very last set of custom grind 32s that were made for Luke.”

(HERES WHERE THE STORY GETS VERY INTERESTING)

“Here’s the part that makes the Danny’s set unique – During final development of the 32s, Luke was feeling that the soles for him were not getting through the turf the same as his previous MP-33s, but he loved the profile and extra forgiveness offered by the cut muscle design.

“By working with the Craftsman on the Mizuno team they created a unique sole profile for Luke that modernized that of the MP-33 for his new MP-32s. They rounded off and beveled the trailing edge of the 32s and had multiple sets made that he used during their entire run in the line.

“The tell tale of the Luke soled irons vs. the retail and standard version is how close the trailing edge of the sole is to the “Mizuno” on the back. What’s even more interesting about the development of that sole and grind is that every MP iron moving forward in the line starting with the MP-62 in 2008 utilized the exact sole profile of the one developed with Luke for the 32s and then 62s he used to become Number 1 player in the world.”

Below are comparison pics of Danny’s irons vs retail MP-32s and MP-62s

Danny Lee’s LD Grind 32s

Standard MP-32 7-iron – notice the amount of space above the “Mizuno” text

Right – MP-62 vs Standard MP-32

Danny Lees LD Grind 9-iron

Retail MP-32 9-iron

MP-62 9-iron vs retail MP-32

WOW! How cool is that insider information? True 14-year-old prototypes back in play on Tour! Now we know 100 percent the real story behind this very cool set and how it lead to historical Mizuno design changes that we still see in the MP line today!

 

NOTE: All Mizuno forged irons pre-2010 meet the 2010 USGA Conforming Groove rule; they were conforming before and are still conforming now. This is also part of the reason you don’t see many other classic irons on tour, except for maybe some from Ping which did do a few older models with new grooves –most notably D.A Points’ i5s irons. 

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WRX Spotlight Review: Miura MGP-NM1 Putter

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Product: Miura MGP-NM1 putter

Pitch: Limited to 300 pieces, the Miura MGP-NM1 is Miura’s first 303 stainless steel putter. Its appearance is in keeping with the bolder designs of the Miura Giken family.

Our take on the Miura MGP-NM1 putter

Miura Giken has become the brand where Miura can push some limits and try out designs and technology not really fit for the standard Miura line. And if doing something new and different is what Miura Giken is about, then the MGP-NM1 fits like a glove. When most people think of Miura, they think forged carbon steel and traditional, old school shapes. The MGP-NM1 is a long ways from that, being milled from 303 stainless steel, having adjustable weights and milled stepped pockets in the sole.

If you love mill marks, then the MBG-NM1 will fulfill all our needs because the head is covered with them. I really liked the top line where the mill marks go front to back but then get much finer around the alignment line. If you look close the milling is still there, but just much finer. It works great along with the alignment lines on the “fangs.” The MGP-NM1 is a great size: large enough to give you confidence that a mishit will stay online, but not too big to be distracting. Like most putters with this (Odyssey No. 7)  shape, it frames the ball really well and looks great to my eye. The way the shaft goes into the head is for sure unique, it is straight from address but does drop down into the head.

I will get my one con on this putter out of the way early: the way the shaft goes into the head from address. I love the shape of the head, but the way the shaft enters the head makes it harder for me to line up. At address you can see the the top line of the putter on both sides of the shaft and for some that might be helpful, but it took me a long time to get comfortable with my alignment. Also, the head cover isn’t up to standard for a putter in this price range.

But the good of this putter really outweighs that bad. The putter  feels and sounds great, much like the Miura KM-009 reviewed previously. Feel is very solid with, to me, the perfect amount of click on impact. There might be just a slight bit of vibration on contact, but very minimal and will probably vary with the ball you play. Contact on the toe and heel really stay on target well; you can tell this mallet has a fairly high MOI. Like any responsive putter should do, this really provides good feedback on mishits. Toe and heel shots are not punished as much as you would think, the ball still rolls out well with minimal distance loss. That solid, soft Miura feel really does come through with this putter.

Overall, I think the Miura Giken MGP-NM1 is a really great way for a mallet user to put a Miura putter into the bag.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Most forgiving players iron made within the past 5 years?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from moorebaseball who is on the hunt for the most forgiving players iron on the market from the last five years. Our members offer their suggestions to moorebaseball, with Ping’s S55 irons proving to be a popular recommendation.

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.

  • dpb5031: “Ping S55s if you prefer a more compact head, or the i200s if you want a slightly larger profile. Both are excellent, very forgiving “player’s” irons that have been used extensively on multiple Tours.”
  • WonIron: “I just bought my Second (backup) set of Adams forged XTD’s with stock KBS C-taper shafts for $160 on eBay. That was a good deal, but you can find them at $200 or better easy. Beautifully setup players look at address, forgiving and longer than the true blades I’ve been playing all my life.”
  • BigPapy: “Agreeing with others here on S55’s. Great clubs that most mid-cappers could play well.”
  • shakester: “Nike Vapor Pros or Pro Combos are a great set of irons that offer plenty of forgiveness.”

Entire Thread: “Most forgiving players iron made within the past five years?”

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