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SIM Max vs SIM2 Max – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been comparing and contrasting the original SIM Max with the latest SIM2 Max driver. WRXer “Spaceman1976” is torn between the two and reaches out to fellow members saying

“If anyone can offer their experiences with both drivers, I would greatly appreciate your feedback. I do see more SIM2 drivers for sale on the board than SIM drivers.”

And WRXers have been sharing their thoughts in our forum.

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.

  • Yoshimonster: “Very minor difference between them. Go with Max.”
  • philleeeep: “I thought there was a big difference in sound. Hard to explain, but I personally preferred the SIM Max.”
  • tleader: “Love my SIM Max. Very little (if any) difference to “upgrade” to the SIM2 Max if fitted correctly.”
  • Kale_m: “Sim2 sounds and feels softer. Still super hot but just a different sound and feel. I personally like it. Sim2 is more neutral flight to me. I am playing it at a lower loft and in the upright setting. Dead straight bombs. Sim was much more fade biased, even when in the upright setting.”

Entire Thread: “SIM Max vs SIM2 Max”

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KBS TD, 1 One Step: Get to know the first KBS shaft for woods and new putter shaft

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KBS’ TD “Tour Driven” wood shaft is the company’s first entry into the driver/fairway wood market, and the line remains as relevant as it did at launch two years ago

As a refresher, the TD Graphite wood shaft has been designed as a mid-launch/low-spin performance Graphite golf shaft that is designed to optimize the maximum performance and efficiency of spin and launch angles at various swing speeds.

The KBS TD Graphite wood shaft plays lighter and stiffer than other graphite wood shafts on the market in design for excellent performance and superior feel – aided by the new KBS Category Swing Speed System to fit shafts off swing speed alone instead of weight and flex.

KBS TD: The creation

The shaft is designed to fit the widest range of players, with the concept centered around the Kim Braly (KBS R&D and Tour Operations Director) Signature shaft geometry. The shaft features equal reduction in stiffness throughout the length of the shaft for an efficient engine while also loading and unloading for players at an incredibly efficient rate

The TD driver shaft was designed with an El curve that applies the formulas from the KBS Tour iron shaft. The result is a driver shaft that produces a piercing ball flight, with a smooth, extremely stable feel as well as a tight dispersion. 

Instead of then applying the standard R, S and X “flex” principles, Kim Braly developed a fitting matrix that could be applied to fit players into their flex profile.

To do this, Braly looked at swing speed as the baseline while assuming that all other variables the fitters address are neutral, including tempo, ball speed, launch angle, spin rate, angle of descent, distance and dispersion.

The result? The development of a matrix of weights and categories. 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 grams. And categories 1-5. The baseline swing speed chart is as follows: 

If a player then wanted to know what category represented what flex, it would be the following:

The system, though, as with other KBS shafts, is not designed or fit to a “flex” but a flex profile.

Speaking on the new addition and the first foray into the driver/fairway wood market, Kim Braly, R&D and Tour Operations Director stated

“I’ve been asked the question of when we were going to enter the wood shaft market for many years and my answer was always not until we’re 100% happy with the product and we can make an even bigger impact with a full set of shafts throughout the bag.

We’ve worked tirelessly with our Tour players and R&D team to perfect our first wood shaft which has all the characteristics of a KBS shaft. We’ve designed it to offer optimized spin rate and launch, which equals more power and distance on every shot with the driver and fairway woods.”

KBS 1 One Step putter shaft

In addition to the TD Graphite wood shaft, KBS has also recently introduced its new 1 One Step putter shaft.

Weighing six grams more than conventional putters at 130g, the 1 One Step Putter Shaft is a single bend, straight tip model .370 in diameter that provides golfers with more flexibility in creating a pure amplified feel and reduced vibration at impact for more accurate and consistent putts.

On the 1 One Step putter shaft, Braly had this to say

“On average, around 45% of strokes per round involve your putter, so we wanted to create a shaft with varying putter head weights per stroke that puts more confidence in the hands of those who currently aren’t that confident on the greens. 

“A lot of time and investment has gone into producing another putter shaft that can be played by a Tour pro or a higher handicapper. On the green it’s all about feel and the 1 One Step creates that pure feel, enabling a smooth stable stroke each and every time. The research we did saw many more putts holed, so I’m excited to see how golfers react to it.”

As the second putter shaft to be created by KBS, the 1 One Step shaft follows the popular CT Tour version launched in 2019 and comes in Chrome, Black Matte, and Black Gloss finishes.

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Bettinardi unveils 2022 BB Series and Inovai Series putters

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Bettinardi Golf has today announced its updated production putter lines: the 2022 BB Series and Inovai lineup.

The lineup features an upgraded BB Series and Inovai 6.0 series while introducing the all-new high MOI Inovai 8.0.

Inovai 6.0

Featured on the 2022 Inovai 6.0 and 8.0 models is Bettinardi’s newest Roll Control face milling, which has been scientifically engineered with an asymmetrical design groove profile in design to promote more topspin at impact to put the ball into a true roll faster.

Without the use of inserts, the Roll Control face aims to give players excellent feel and optimal audible feedback at impact.

The Inovai 6.0 has been updated from an aesthetic standpoint, with the head reduced by 5% to offer a more compact head shape in design to promote optimal visual alignment.

The Bettinardi patented Roll Control face now adorns all 4 of the models in the Inovai 6.0 lineup, which includes a slant neck, a spudneck in both right-handed and left-handed and center-shafted models.

Speaking on the Inovai 6.0 models, Vice President Sam Bettinardi said

“The Inovai 6.0 has been one of the most successful head shapes we have ever created. With two years of Tour feedback, we were able to refine the 6.0 with a 5% smaller head from heel to toe, offering a sleek, more compact design than its predecessor. We are proud to bring this Tour-proven model to golfers around the world.”

Inovai 8.0

The Inovai 8.0 is an all-new addition to the Inovai family, blending Bettinardi’s latest technology with the brand’s Roll Control face milling, creating an all-new head design inspired by Tour feedback.

Precision milled from 303 Stainless Steel, and 6061 Military Grade aluminum, the bi-metal technology on the Inovai 8.0 is designed to optimize weight distribution with more mass in the rear of the putter for greater forgiveness and stability.

The 8.0 is available in four offerings, including slant neck, left-handed slant neck, spudneck, and for the first time in Bettinardi’s Armlock technology.

On the Inovai 8.0, Vice President Sam Bettinardi said

“The Inovai 8.0 adds a new level of innovation to Bettinardi Golf. We are now able to enter the ever-growing compact mallet segment with all of the performance characteristics that our Tour players have asked for. This new model is a game changer for the Bettinardi brand, and we cannot wait for players of all calibers to put this new design into play.”

BB Series of Putters

The BB series of putters feature Flymill face milling and arrive in a graphite gray PVD finish. Precision milled from 303 Stainless Steel; the release contains the new BB46 model for the 2022 lineup.

The 2022 BB Series features four unique models: the BB1, which comes in both right-handed and left-handed versions; the BB1F (Flow); the BB8W (Wide); and the new addition to the line, the mid-mallet BB46.

Speaking on the 2022 BB Series, Founder and CEO of Bettinardi Golf, Robert J. Bettinardi, said

“Bettinardi Golf is proud to continue the tradition of American made craftsmanship and ingenuity, creating our most timeless and advanced BB Series to date. Our all-new BB Series is now milled out of a solid block of 303 Stainless Steel and features our all-new Aggressive Flymill face milling, finished with our gorgeous graphite gray PVD finish that gives this series of putters a Tour inspired look, feel, and performance.”

The first opportunity to purchase the 2022 product line will take place during Bettinardi’s special-edition Black Friday Hive release at www.bettinardi.com, which is set for November 26th at 10 a.m. CST.

For this release, all new models will be available in a special blackout finish, paired with a black shaft, matching series black headcover, and Bettinardi Lamkin SinkFit grip.

The official launch of all production putters is set for March 2022.

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Best irons for tight fairways? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the best irons for tight lies.

WRXer ‘Bogeyboy15’ is down in Florida playing on some tight lies, and his current irons aren’t doing it for him. He reaches out to fellow members who have been sharing their iron picks that are most suited to tight fairways.

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.

  • scooterhd2: “Srixon. Great off tight AZ fairways.”
  • lefty1978: “Any Mizuno blade made in the past 20 years.”
  • toddba11: “Wilson Staff Blades 2020, thinner sole, but nice for tighter lies…and not that hard to hit.”
  • wam78: “Wilson Staff MB or CB. Fantastic irons! The CB have a little more forgiving sole but not overly wide. They have a really nice sole that glides through the turf. Had no issues with them in Dallas playing off hard pan.”

Entire Thread: “Best irons for tight fairways? – GolfWRXers discuss

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