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Mike Dowd is the author of the new novel COMING HOME and the Lessons from the Golf Guru: Wit, Wisdom, Mind-Tricks & Mysticism for Golf and Life series. He has been Head PGA Professional at Oakdale Golf & CC in Oakdale, California since 2001, and is serving his third term on the NCPGA Board of Directors and Chairs the Growth of the Game Committee. Mike has introduced thousands of people to the game and has coached players that have played golf collegiately at the University of Hawaii, San Francisco, U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Davis, University of the Pacific, C.S.U. Sacramento, C.S.U. Stanislaus, C.S.U. Chico, and Missouri Valley State, as men and women on the professional tours. Mike currently lives in Turlock, California with his wife and their two aspiring LPGA stars, where he serves on the Turlock Community Theatre Board, is the past Chairman of the Parks & Recreation Commission and is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Turlock. In his spare time (what's that?) he enjoys playing golf with his girls, writing, music, fishing and following the foibles of the Sacramento Kings, the San Francisco 49ers, the San Francisco Giants, and, of course, the PGA Tour. You can find Mike at mikedowdgolf.com.

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Clement: Why your practice swing never sucks

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You hear that one all the time; I wish I could put my practice swing on the ball! We explain the huge importance of what to focus on to allow the ball to be perfectly in the way of your practice swing. Enjoy!

 

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Mitsubishi Diamana WB: Club Junkie takes a technology deep dive

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Earlier this week, Mitsubishi announced the return of its iconic Whiteboard profile with the new Diamana WB shaft.

In our launch story, we offered a rundown of the key technology in the new WB — 80-ton Dialead pitch fiber, Aerospace-grade MR70 carbon fiber, Consistent Feel Design, and the Xlink Tech Resin System. To go deeper, however, we enlisted our Resident Club Junkie and bona fide shaft nut, Brian Knudson, to track down someone from Mitsubishi at the PGA Show. Fortunately, Mitsubishi’s Director of Global Aftermarket Sales, Jonathan Alongi, was on hand to answer all of BK’s questions.

Check out their discussion about the new WB, as well as the 20th anniversary of the original design, in the video above — time stamps of key points below, including a definitive answer as to how the surfboard graphic ended up on the original Whiteboard in 2004!

  • :40 – Mitsubishi Japan expands to the U.S. in 2004
  • :50 – “The shaft that set the standard”
  • 1:12 – “The ‘board is back”
  • 1:45 – WB or Whiteboard? Or both?
  • 1:55 – The first iteration of the sixth generation of Diamana
  • 2:10 – Incorporating key technology from a 20-year journey
  • 3:10 – Modifying the tip section for more ball speed
  • 3:50 – Delivering ball speed in a low-launch, low-spin shaft
  • 4:20 – Drilling down on the shaft profile compared to the original Whiteboard
  • 5:00 – The most impressive element of the new WB
  • 5:30 – Butt, mid, tip specifications
  • 6:00 – WB’s iconic graphics and the Diamana legacy — flowers, surfboard, numbering system
  • 8:15 – An abundance of available weights and flexes
  • 8:55 – More players going lightweight

Check out more photos and see what GolfWRXers are saying about Mitsubishi WB in the forums. 

 

 

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2024 Vokey SM10 wedges: Club Junkie’s full fitting video

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Our Resident Club Junkie, Brian Knudson, goes through a wedge fitting with Chris Baingo, Titleist’s Club Fitting Analyst.

Get the full story on new SM10 wedges in our launch piece. 

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