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Hatch Golf and the wild world of golf headcovers

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Hatch Golf has been making some amazingly creative headcovers and accessories for the past few years. Sean Farrell is a designer by trade and turned his love of creating graphics with his love of golf to create Hatch and provide golfers with some truly unique items. Hatch Golf mostly caters too smaller, limited runs of their headcovers that sell out rather quickly. If you want to hear the whole conversation with Sean, please check out of the podcast links at the bottom and on any podcast platform that you listen on. Just search GolfWRX Radio.

Sean discussed how his Michigan-based company started out as a hobby and he was just coming up with the designs. He would then send those designs off to a manufacturer and they would actually create the physical cover. This didn’t last long as his supplier stopped taking orders as small as his. So Sean did what anyone would have, he bought all of the equipment and a warehouse to produce his own Hatch accessories. Hatch is now a full time career and he even has his brother-in-law working with him full time as well to produce new products. 

If you are not familiar with Hatch Golf’s headcovers, then you should really head over to their website or social media pages to check out their work. The covers are highly embroidered and contain a massive amount of detail. I asked about using other materials like rubber or leather patches in his designs, and Sean was quick to explain how anything you put on a headcover has to withstand the everyday use and abuse. Tossing bags from the trunk to the cart and the sun’s UV rays take their toll on headcovers. Hatch uses tried and true materials, like marine grade fabrics, to ensure that the cool designs will last for years in the bag or displayed indoors. 

Sean let me in on the fact that he has a “short list” of about a thousand or more ideas for his future covers. He takes inspiration from just about anything and has desire to create a run of covers that look like the car graphics from the original Fast and Furious movie. But cars are just one muse as pop culture and hottest social media trends will influence and inspire designs. Some releases are a little less spontaneous, like covers based on majors or holidays. He is extremely excited for this Halloween as Hatch is releasing multiple covers over a few days. These releases are very limited, only 20-50 pieces of each blade or mallet, and for a few reasons. Hatch would rather have a bunch of designs and options available instead of just making 250 or 500 of just one design. This way customers have more options to choose from and if one doesn’t really excite them, then maybe another will. The short runs also make the covers more collectable and loved by the ones who do get their hands on them. Sean explained how they will never re-run a cover design, once they are done they are done.

Hatch has been growing and we are seeing more and more of the covers on social as well as out in the wild. Sean says it is still very strange to see a golfer with one of his products in the bag and meet golfers who are fans of Hatch’s work. The Hatch team has even done a few events where fans and collectors meet up, show off their gear, and play some golf! These events are humbling to Sean and his team as they never really expected to have such loyal fans who enjoy showing off their collections. At one event a collector was changing out head covers on almost every hole so he could use a display them all. Experiences like that just reinforce that Hatch should stay true to what they do and keeping the customer experience first. 

I find it pretty awesome that a company like Hatch Golf is local to me and doing some amazing work. Sean seems to truly love what he does and love the game of golf. I even asked him about a little WITB and he got into a little of what he plays when he is out on the course. If you are into the headcover and accessory side of golf, it is worth checking out Hatch Golf.

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I have been an employee at GolfWRX since 2016. In that time I have been helping create content on GolfWRX Radio, GolfWRX YouTube, as well as writing for the front page. Self-proclaimed gear junkie who loves all sorts of golf equipment as well as building golf clubs!

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Club Junkie reviews: Ping’s new i230 irons

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Reviewing the new Ping i210 irons was something I was very excited to do. After all the success with the i210 irons, on tour and in amateur bags, Ping had some large shoes to fill. But in the early stages of the release they seem to have filled those shoes quite nicely. For the full review listen to the Club Junkie podcast below or on your favorite podcast platform, just search GolfWRX Radio.

The i230 irons are engineered for distance control and tight dispersion for aspiring golfers. They aren’t as demanding as the Blueprint or i59 but offer a lower flight and more workability compared to the G425. This class of irons that the i210 is in fits my game as a barely single digit handicap who is looking for some forgiveness in a smaller package.

Out of the box the i210 looks great. The look from the back is sleek and if you didn’t look closely wouldn’t even notice the badge in the cavity. That badge is matching silver and has just a couple subtle lines in it, almost giving the look of a smaller players cavity back. The head size is a little larger than a Titleist T100s or a PXG 0311T but still looks good because Ping kept everything in proportion. The blade length is a little longer but you don’t notice it much with the slightly thicker topline and small amount of offset. To me the i230 looks like a players club that also gives you the confidence that you don’t have to strike the dead center in order to hit a solid shot.

Ping added a large elastomer insert behind the badge to dial in the sound and feel of the i230 irons and that technology seems to work. The feel is solid and responsive while still be a little firmer at impact. You can hear a little click as the club connects with the ball, but the vibration that gets to your hands in minimal and far from harsh. Responsiveness is really good and you get ample feed back on how good, or not so good, your contact on the face was.

Well struck shots launch pretty easily into the air and fly with a flat apex towards your target. My expectations for the i230 were that they would be low launch and spin, but they were much more playable than that. The i230 launched almost 2 degrees higher than my PXG 0311T Gen5 irons that I have been gaming most of this year. The overall apex was also lower and flatter with the i230 cruising at 76.7 feet above the grass compared to 82.8 feet for the PXG. The i230 were very forgiving and dispersion was very tight. I felt like there was a little less left in my misses and the ball started out on a straighter path.

If I brought a terrible swing I could still get the ball to go left, but on good and decent swings shots stayed online and at the target. My miss recently has been out on the toe and the ball speed and height on shots out there were very playable. Shots that were low on the face didn’t get up as high and as fast as some other irons, but still carried a decent amount and total distance would have depended on the roll.

Ping doesn’t really jump up and down to say that the i230 are wildly long but they added about 2 yards compared to my gamer irons. They also spun about 300 RPM more than the 0311T irons but still produced a really boring trajectory, even into a pretty strong wind. There was no rise or ballooning of any sort, even with shots that had some fade to them.

Overall the new Ping i230 irons are really good and we should see them in a lot of bags. The lower launch, distance control, and forgiveness will open these up to a wide range of players and provide excellent performance.

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Club Junkie Special: The Holiday Gift Guide with Rodney Chamblee of PGA TOUR Superstore

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Holiday season is approaching so fast it is scary. Rodney Chamblee, from PGA TOUR Superstore, joins me to talk about a ton of gift ideas at any budget. From clubs, to full simulators, to some great stocking stuffer ideas.

And don’t forget to check out our Holiday Gift Guide.

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Club Junkie Reviews: VA Composites Raijin 2.0 wood and hybrid shafts

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VA Composites has been making premium graphite shafts since 2017 and the company’s shafts been played on professional tours as well and can be found in many amateur bags. Victor Afable has been designing shafts for a long time and brought all of that knowledge to VA when he started it. The original Raijin came out six years ago and has been one of the most popular models in the lineup.

The Raijin 2.0 is a new shaft with plenty of updates, but keeps the original Raijin DNA intact. The profile on the 2.0 stays the same as the original with a firm handle section and stiff mid and tip. The torque rating is slightly lower on the new 2.0 and they are both mid-high launching shafts. Graphics have always been something that VA has knocked out of park and the matte finish on the Raijin 2.0 is pretty cool to look at.

I was hitting the 2.0 in my Titleist TSR2 driver and was really impressed with the shaft. I think it feels a touch more stout than the original but keeps the expected smooth feel. The launch was a touch lower and had a flatter flight than the original Raijin and I would slate it as a mid/high launch for me. In the TSR2 I had an average launch of 12.4 degrees, and that was very close to the shaft I have been gaming. The flight was pretty flat and boring with no rise to the shots, even if they were a small fade.

The Raijin 2.0 has a great kick at impact and is easy to square up without having to worry about hitting a big hook. Shots missed off the toe and heel stayed online really well and had very little curve to them. I could easily see that shots struck low heel tended to go right, but without that fade curve to them.

The hybrid Raijin 2.0 was very similar in the Tour Edge Exotics C722 head. The ball was easy to launch off the deck and provided a very straight ball. Even shots struck low on the face, my miss with hybrid, the ball was still able to get in the air a good amount and add some carry. Well struck shots flew high and landed very soft. Using it off the tee was great but I didn’t get much roll, if any, off the fairway. Again the Raijin 2.0 offered very good stability on miss hits and kept the ball online consistently. The shaft was easy to square up at impact but didn’t add any left bias to the hybrid.

Overall I was really impressed with the new VA Composites Raijin 2.0 and think it is a solid upgrade. Victor and his team didn’t take anything away from the original profile and gave us a little tighter and lower launching version. Check out vashafts.com for more info on the Raijin 2.0.

To hear the full review on the Raijin 2.0 driver and hybrid shaft check the podcast links below or search GolfWRX Radio on your preferred podcast app.

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