Sweet Stuff

Golf Vacations - - Contents - by Terry Ross

Look­ing for a new wedge that is a dart throw­ing pin seeker? Then look no fur­ther than the new PING Glide 2.0 wedges These su­perbly en­gi­neered wedges have re­designed grooves that vary by the loft of club and com­pared to the orig­i­nal Glide, in­crease spin by 300+ rpm on full shots and 200+ rpm on pitch shots, re­sult­ing in more con­trol and pre­ci­sion. The ad­di­tional two grooves on high­erlofted mod­els af­ford greater fi­nesse from close in.

Tour play­ers are see­ing spin-rate in­creases of 1,000-1,500 rpm on par­tial shots (40 to 70 yards) and gains of more than 500 rpm on full shots, com­pared to their cur­rent wedges!

In ad­di­tion, the wedge has a hy­dropho­bic fin­ish that re­pels wa­ter to en­hance spin and am­plify con­trol. They will, of course, blend in par­tic­u­larly well with the PING i200 and iBlade, thanks to the sim­i­lar looks. The feel of the wedges is but­tery and get­ting out of a bunker is a dream.

The only change in the lofts is that the SS (stan­dard sole) starts at 46° in­stead of 47°, so there is no 48° ver­sion, and that is prob­a­bly be­cause this is there as an al­ter­na­tive to the 45° or 46° set wedges that you get in the i200 and iBlade irons, re­spec­tively.

All the mod­els come with Ping’s AWT 2.0 Wedge shaft which weighs slightly less than the pre­vi­ous CFS shaft and should give a lit­tle higher tra­jec­tory.

There is the same choice of 4 sole grinds to vary the bounce, from the lower bounce. The Thin Sole (TS) is ideal for shal­low at­tack an­gles and div­ots, the Stan­dard Sole (SS) is ideal for mod­er­ate at­tack an­gles and div­ots; the Wide Sole (WS) is ideal for steep at­tack an­gles and deep div­ots; and the Eye Sole (ES), which has the in­verted cav­ity from the clas­sic PING Eye 2 wedge, is par­tic­u­larly good out of sand.

To help golfers hit touch shots around the greens more eas­ily, PING gave the Glide 2.0 wedges the Dyla-wedge grip that is ¾-inches longer than stan­dard, so play­ers can choke down on the club and still main­tain feel. The Dyla-wedge grip gives you ref­er­ence points, if you like to grip down the shaft in or­der to vary the dis­tance the ball goes with the same length of swing.

This is an ex­tremely clever and use­ful de­vice and it is good to see it con­tin­ued as an op­tion to the stan­dard vari­able width PING grips.

Lofts are avail­able for both left-handed golfers and right-handed golfers in 46,50,52,54,56,58 and 60-de­gree mod­els.

For more in­for­ma­tion: www.ping­golf.com

The sci­ence be­hind this put­ter is spot on! Only af­ter study­ing the facts pre­sented by its in­ven­tor, Wil­liam Presse, one can see that one of the big­gest is­sues fac­ing putting man­u­fac­tur­ers, is torque. Play­ers have been bat­tling their put­ter’s nat­u­ral head ro­ta­tion for years — the ma­jor­ity of which never re­al­ize they’re do­ing it at all.

In the field test­ing, our group of 15 play­ers were sim­ply over­whelmed with the feel and per­for­mance of the put­ter. Many smiles per­me­ated our group!

The ac­tual de­sign is dif­fer­ent, but if it low­ers your score, adapt­abil­ity is the key word. Caveat--the aes­thet­ics of the put­ter, the over­all feel and forced-for­ward-press grip, will likely take get­ting used to, but well worth the ex­tra ef­fort. Di­rected Force put­ters can im­me­di­ately add con­sis­tency to a golfer’s stroke, al­beit with some prac­tice.

Most golfers have learned to cor­rect for it by adding un­even hand pres­sure to the club — in­tro­duc­ing yet an­other vari­able into their putting stroke. Even to­day’s largest club man­u­fac­tur­ers have ac­knowl­edged the is­sue, mar­ket­ing put­ters with a va­ri­ety of bal­ance types — face bal­anced and coun­ter­bal­anced, for ex­am­ple. Yet, none of these prod­ucts solve the prob­lem.

This put­ter has a very high mo­ment of in­er­tia (MOI) com­ing from the dis­place­ment of so much weight well be­hind the face. That means it hardly mat­ters whether you hit it off the toe, heel or cen­ter of the face. The put­ter al­lows you — and I have con­firmed this — to hit 30+ foot putts dead off the heel or toe with­out much, or any,

no­tice­able ef­fect on dis­tance or di­rec­tion.

Most put­ters on the mar­ket to­day are ei­ther face-bal­anced or what have what’s called “toe hang and “flop open” as soon as the back­swing is ini­ti­ated — cre­at­ing ac­cu­racy is­sues and the need to ap­ply un­even wrist and hand pres­sure to keep the face square. Di­rected Force put­ters are de­signed specif­i­cally to achieve a smooth, ef­fort­less, liean­gle bal­anced stroke. Ev­ery put­ter built by Di­rected Force has their pro­pri­etary lie-an­gle bal­anc­ing for­mula built-in, en­sur­ing you achieve the pure putting stroke you de­sire — and sink more putts!

Ev­ery put­ter ships fully as­sem­bled with one Di­rected Force’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary PressGrips — which fea­tures in­te­grated for­ward press tech­nol­ogy. The put­ter shaft trav­els through the grip’s el­lip­ti­cal shape off-axis by three de­grees, not through the cen­ter of the grip, as found on most put­ters.

Di­rected Force’s put­ter tech­nolo­gies are not de­pen­dent on the PressGrip, how­ever, so the put­ters can be made with the af­ter­mar­ket grip of your choice. Presse says the grip size and weight af­fect weight­ing in the head, so make sure to fac­tor that in dur­ing your pur­chase.

This unique shaft align­ment cre­ates the for­ward lean play­ers are look­ing for, to hit up through im­pact with­out in­creas­ing the loft of the put­ter. With ev­ery stroke, the ball rolls top over more eas­ily and the player is re­warded with a consistent feel.

Ac­cord­ing to Wil­liam Presse, lie an­gle bal­ance is the so­lu­tion and to that end, he has de­vel­oped an en­tirely new for­mula and ap­proach to club bal­ance that elim­i­nates un­wanted head ro­ta­tion and torque, once and for all.

Lie-an­gle bal­ance is best de­fined as the put­ter head’s abil­ity to stay square through the ball dur­ing the putting stroke with­out any ad­just­ments from your hands. The re­sult — the body’s smaller and less re­li­able mus­cle groups re­lax, al­low­ing a player’s stronger mus­cles to main­tain con­trol over swing speed and path. Lie-an­gle bal­anc­ing cre­ates a “pen­du­lum-like” stroke with un­matched sta­bil­ity, ball di­rec­tion and dis­tance con­trol.

Through Di­rected Force’s ad­vanced en­gi­neer­ing, their pro­pri­etary for­mula and head de­sign en­sures consistent cen­ter of grav­ity for ev­ery put­ter pro­duced — re­gard­less of a player’s unique spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

The put­ters are me­chan­i­cally forged from 6061 air­craft alu­minum and heat treated to eliminate any nat­u­ral in­con­sis­ten­cies in the metal. Us­ing pre­ci­sion HAAS CNC ma­chines, the head is then CNC-milled to the proper shape and fin­ished with a type-3 an­odized coat­ing. Di­rected Force’s en­gi­neers in­ter­po­late the shaft hole to cre­ate a snug fit and clean look where the shaft con­nects to the head.

If you de­cide to pur­chase a put­ter, it is prefer­able to be cus­tom fit­ted, so Di­rected Force has set up a net­work of qual­i­fied fit­ters. Re­mem­ber, it’s de­signed to work with your spe­cific lie an­gle, and isn’t go­ing to be as ef­fec­tive as it could be if it’s more than a few de­grees off. Their lo­ca­tions can be found on­line.

For more in­for­ma­tion: www.di­rect­ed­force.com

Good golfers like this ball. Great play­ers, in­clud­ing Tour play­ers, are en­thralled with Snell Golf’s My Tour ball. An up and com­ing ball man­u­fac­turer who has years of ex­pe­ri­ence and is de­liv­er­ing prob­a­bly one of the best golf balls on the mar­ket.

Many Tour pros have tested this ball and many feel it is equal to, if not bet­ter, than any golf ball cur­rently avail­able. But due to their con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions, can­not play the balls in com­pe­ti­tion, but do so when not com­pet­ing.

Its founder, Dean Snell, holder of 38 golf patents, is a high­lyre­spected golf ball ex­pert with over 25 years in re­search and devel­op­ment roles for com­pa­nies such as Titleist and Tay­lor­made, and is the in­ven­tor or co-in­ven­tor of the Pro V1, Pro­fes­sional, Penta and Tour Pre­ferred balls.

The Core has been de­vel­oped with a very low com­pres­sion, soft feel, with high ve­loc­ity to help with ball speed, re­gard­less of swing speed, and cre­ates low driver spin rates for longer dis­tances.

The Man­tle layer works on longer shots to keep con­trol of the spin and works with the thin soft cast ure­thane cover on shorter irons and chip shots to cre­ate higher spin rates for bet­ter con­trol into the green.

The Cover layer is made of a ther­moset cast ure­thane. This tech­nol­ogy al­lows very thin cov­ers for bet­ter short game spin con­trol and is very soft and durable.

Snell also man­u­fac­tures the Get Sum ball, a high per­for­mance 2-pc golf ball that of­fers ex­cel­lent feel and con­trol. The large, soft low com­pres­sion core again al­lows for the ball to have very low spin rates, which in­creases dis­tance and cre­ates less hooks and slices.

The thin, soft Surlyn® cover con­trib­utes to the soft feel of the ball. This core cover com­bi­na­tion has been de­signed to help golfers get the ball in the air eas­ier, and has re­duced spin rates for straighter shots from tee to green. All with fast ball speeds for any swing speed, and ex­cep­tional soft feel and con­trol.

For more in­for­ma­tion: www.snell­golf.com

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