A common problem among many golfers is using a driver with a loft that is too low for his or her swing, which tends to result in shots with a lower trajectory and an increased margin of error.
With lofts between 13 and 16 degrees, 3 woods are designed to increase the distance from the tee and from the fairway and are frequently used as a substitute for a driver by our customers.
Although most professional golfers used to favor the lower lofted drivers, which require more skill to hit than the drivers with a higher loft, today, many experienced golfers are switching to higher lofted drivers and 3 woods in order to increase distance and accuracy.
The longest drives are achieved by combining a higher launch angle with lower spin. The Doublewall 3 wood is an example of a 3 wood that eliminates low shots and minimal forgiveness since it has a loft of 15 degrees and, therefore, results in a higher launch angle. You will also find the club available in other lofts, suited to fit players looking for the perfect fit for their game.
- The 15° is the standard loft and best for most players.
- 14.5° loft is suited for better players that are looking for a lower trajectory. Better players will definitely noticed the half-degree difference.
- The 16° is best for the higher launch some may need in a 3 wood.
You’ll find that everyone has a different need, however the 3 wood is a must carry club. Using the Doublewall 3 wood instead of a driver will result in more controlled tee shots, helping to lower scores.
A good question that often comes up is how do I get the right club fit?
Lots of ways to get custom fit but let’s break it down. The 2 basic ways to get custom fit:
• Get your swing analyzed by a golf professional,
• Plug in your information online.
Swing analysis is great and being in the shop is very helpful to discover the best fit for you. A lot of our customers will go into the shop or course and get fitted and match them up to the specifications that were suggested. One thing to be aware of is the retailer may fit you for what they have ready to sell you. For example, if they don’t have a Senior flex M-1” off the shelf, they may recommend something they have in stock. Ask a lot of questions to ensure you get the right fitting when you getting it done by a custom fit professional.
Custom web fits online also have a couple of issues. One, a tech or professional can’t see your swing to really analyze a proper fit and two, the system will never be able to tell exactly what “feels right” to you. However, the custom fitting wizards online can give you a good recommendation of where to start or if you are unsure, what length and flex you probably should consider.
Keep in mind, some of these tools are useful, some are just noise. When you are looking for a good club that will work for you swing, what should you go with? Engineers and designers will disagree, but tech only gets you so far. If you’re like most players, you’d rather get out and play rather than sit in a studio and psychoanalyze a golf swing and find just the right torque and loft combination for a swing on dry days. Sometimes, too much analysis just brings more problems; especially for a mid or high-handicapper.
Here are the 2 most important factors we’ve found in club fitting!
- Length. This is the most important and least standardized. To give you an example, TaylorMade® has 6 different standard lengths for their drivers. That’s a different standard length for almost every driver they offer! Callaway offers 3 different standard lengths for their drivers. Ping and Pinemeadow, build drivers at one standard length (45” for Mens). The best guide to go by is your overall height and your wrist to floor (without shoes). Go by the standard length for that individual club. You can of course adjust this up or down but the recommendation will be based off of the standard length for that manufacturer or that club.
- Flex. Based on your swing speed, the flex is important because you want the give in the shaft to match your swing tempo. If your swing speed correctly matches the flex, you are going to optimize your distance. Shots go farther and straighter. If the shaft is too stiff, you will have a tendency to push or fade the ball. A shaft is too light, you will have a tendency to pull or draw the ball. Get the right shaft for your tempo. Just don’t allow your ego to misguide you from the right flex.
There’s a lot more on this topic to cover. And this is a topic we want to continue to cover. Check out this blog for more posts to come. And if all of this is just confusing and overwhelming… give us a call, we can sort it out. 1-800-309-6878
When the term "Moment of Intertia" (MOI) is used in golf, it refers to a club head's resistance to twisting at impact.
All of us wish we could hit the ball exactly perfect, right on the sweet spot, every time we swing a golf club but, let's be honest with ourselves, that is not going to happen. When your shot is hit a little off-center you will either hit it more towards the toe or heel of the club head. A golf club with a higher MOI will twist less, with the result that it will go in the direction you were hoping for without losing distance
This term is being used more and more in golf. Golf drivers these days are being designed in all sorts of ways to maximize MOI.
Here are a few unique designs created to increase MOI which will result in better drives:
Command BK Tri-Port Driver - Triangular shape pushing the weight down and to the center. Think B2 Stealth Bomber.
Pinemeadow Excel Lightning Driver - Square head shaping the weight to the back and outsider perimeter. Driver is equipped for higher launch and more consistency.
Command W7 Driver - Maximum oversized 460cc classic design that keeps the weight low and back to stabilize the head. Good for creating more launch and longer drives.
If you've purchased from our site recently, you may have noticed a new option. Now that we support Google Checkout, I'm sure many of you are asking yourselves: "what is Google Checkout?"
Google Checkout is a way for you to complete your order with us, using your Google account. This offers the convenience of only having to enter your shipping and billing information once through your Google account and applying that to any site that supports Google Checkout. This means no more entering information over and over and ending up with an unfortunate typo.
There are only a few restrictions at this time with Google Checkout. We cannot ship to PO boxes or APOs at this time. Additionally, you cannot purchase Pre-Owned items or gift certificates using Google. If you'd like to redeem a Pinemeadow gift certificate, please use our normal checkout method.
We hope this new addition will help make shopping though Pinemeadow Golf an easier and more pleasant experience.
New home of the 2011 Barclays Scottish Open is Castle Staurt Golf links in Inverness, Scotland. This newly built master piece by Mark Parsinen and architect Gil Hanse was recognized as one of the top 5 best new courses in the world. This championship course overlooks the Moray Firth and well-known landmarks that are synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle - Kessock bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse perhaps the most notable.
Chris from our office recently returned from a 12 day golf trip to Scotland and had the opportunity to play Stuart Castle Golf Links. This was one of his favorites of the trip that included playing at St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Dornoch, Royal Aberdeen, Western Gails and more. Below are some pictures he shared with us from this course and has us waking up early to checking out highlights of this European event.
Recently, we introduced a new camouflage golf bag featuring a proprietary pattern (Mill City) of our own creation. We thought you might like to hear the story of that pattern, so here is an interview with Aaron, the man behind it.
What was your process for creating this new camouflage pattern?
The first thing I had to do was figure out the applications and uses for the pattern and what style we wanted to go for. Once I had that, I took a field trip to find various elements that would be appropriate for that style of camouflage. I photographed both in the field as well as in our studio to get lots of different pieces to fit together for a final composition. After photographing, the pieces had to be cut-out and edited so that they matched as a whole. I ended up with about 15 different leaves, 3 different fir branches, and a few wide shots as options for backgrounds.
The important part of a pattern is making it repeatable or “tile-able” so that one edges flow into each other. I started with the background in Adobe Photoshop and edited the image so that each edge blended into the other. Then I began placing elements like tree limbs and trunks in a fairly balanced composition so no one part draws your eye away from another. Adding the leaves and fir branches was next, along with deciding on the color and balance of spacing. Finally I added all of the effects to add shadows, depth and realism to the pattern while still keeping it stylized. After slicing the image up and repeating parts along the edges, I managed to put together a tile-able pattern that could be printed on the material of our choice.
What was the hardest part of the process?
The hardest part was near the end of the design process since the swatch of fabric was going to be 29” x 19” at 300 pixels per inch. That gives you a file 8700 x 5800 pixels with hundreds of layers adding up to a file that was nearly 2 gigabytes in size. Needless to say, just saving this massive file was a test of patience. My computer was not happy with me.
What was the most fun part of the process?
The most fun came from designing my own custom brush that I used to paint tree branches by hand and add in effects that made them look more three-dimensional. It's almost magic to draw a line and have it grow into a branch, covered in bark complete with lighting already cast on it.
Most of us would agree that the investment would be worth it. Tour Sticks hit the market last year and were featured and this year's PGA Show. They are quickly becoming one of the most popular trainings aids for professional and amateur golfers. The nice thing about this new training aid is the cost, easy to use, can be packed with you to and from your practice area.
Alignment in your golf swing can correct a lot of the directional issues with your golf shot. On top of that, there is great improvement in your confidence and you'll see once you start using them on a regular basis.
Here is some more information on the Tour Sticks.
Click here to download an article Golf Week did on the Tour Sticks found on toursticks.com.
Tour Sticks can be found on our site for $14.95. You can also find all the information about the drills you can do with the tool on our website.
The 2011 U.S. Open starting tomorrow is being played at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. We are excited to watch the live coverage from our desktops. Shh....don't tell Nathan (our IT manager and he reminds us a couple of times of year that we're slowing down our bandwidth while we enjoy golf and hoops via the web).
One of the reasons why golf fans enjoy watching this major is typically the winning score is around even par unlike the other 3 Majors or even PGA Tour events. A player must be long when teeing it up at an Open venue and extremely accurate. Of course a stealth short game is a must to give yourself a chance to be in the hunt on Sunday afternoon.
This championship is our country's "open" championship which means it is open to any professional and amateur with a USGA handicap index of 1.4 or lower. Now this might weed out 99% of the golfing population in our country, but it still leaves hope for talented college players and career amateurs who have serious game. Some of the top amateurs in this year's field to keep your eye on include:
- Chris Williams - from Moscow, ID and goes to school at UW.
- Steve Irwin - Hal's son. Playing in his first U.S. Open
- Beau Hossler - 16 years old. Wow!
- And others such as Russell Henley, David Chung, Patrick Cantlay, Brad Benjamin, and Michael Barbosa.
Office Pick: John Ellis, a good friend of an employee of Pinemeadow, qualified for his 2nd U.S. Open and will be competing for the U.S. Open trophy.
Click here to follow John and your favorite players.
Thank you for your years of entertainment on and off the court. And congrats to you on an amazing career in the NBA! You've played over 1200 games in the league, were a rap artist and a movie star, and now it's time to retire and to relax. We feel that golf is your next move. A new beginning. We at Pinemeadow want you to know that no matter what specs you may need to be properly fit for clubs, we will make it happen. Yes, you are taller than our average golfer but we are confident we can fit you. I'm sure with more time on the course and the best fit golf equipment around, your game will improve tremendously in the upcoming years. We wish you the best and don't forget that we do have LSU grips for all your clubs.
Shaq wouldn't be the first seven footer we have fitted. Meet, Andrew....He is no Shaq on the basketball court but he does have something in common with one of the greatest centers of all time. Andrew can see eye-to- eye with Shaq being a 7-footer himself.
It was tough for Andrew to find clubs that would fit. He was searching for clubs long enough to fit him and that was how he came across our site. We can custom build a set to fit anyone no matter how tall you are and Andrew is no exception. Here were the specs for Andrews clubs.
Driver: Excel Strong Driver
3 Wood: Excel Strong 3 Wood
Irons: Excel Strong Irons
Length: Men's +as long as we can build them!
Flex: extra, extra, extra, EXTRA Stiff
Grips: Lamkin Oversize Grips (with extra wraps of tape)
Shaft: True Temper Ttlite Shafts
Thanks Andrew. Hope you are still enjoying your custom clubs.
We're always looking to improve your shopping experience at PinemeadowGolf.com. To that end we often make adjustments to the design and function of our site. One of the biggest changes we've made recently is to widen the site, giving it a more open feeling. As an added bonus, it allows us to bring you larger product images which we have already started using.
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