Making a new 910 driver for a Titleist player - click to enlarge
I managed to sneak into (okay “force” my way into) the Titleist Tour
van truck semi rig here at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Inside the truck were busy club technicians tweaking and building clubs for the Titleist players in the field. I mean BUSY. I watched as my new pals built and tweaked Scotty Cameron putters, Vokey Wedges and 910 drivers.
I gained a lot of cool bits of info on how each player likes his club setup, specific wraps under the grips, the lie and lofts they like etc. It was quite an experience and I thank the folks at Titleist for letting me get in the way watch them work for a while.
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The largest Korean equity firm Fila Korea Ltd. and Mirae Asset Private Equity has agreed to by Acushnet, parent company of Titleist, FootJoy and Pinnacle for roughly $1.3 billion.
“The Fila Korea and Mirae group understands and appreciates our golf industry leadership, passionate associates, and unique and enduring culture. Together, with our new owners, our team is looking forward to strengthening and building upon the global success of the Titleist and FootJoy brands.” ~Acushnet CEO Wally Uihlein
No major changes to Acushnet’s management team are expect currently and its worldwide headquarters in Fairhaven, Massachusetts should remain just that.
“The acquisition of Acushnet transforms our platform with a stable of premier world class brands. We are equally excited to embrace Acushnet’s exceptional management team led by Wally Uihlein. With our extensive knowledge and reach in Asia, we believe that the Acushnet brands have incredible new opportunities for growth in the emerging markets in Asia.” ~Gene Yoon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Fila Korea, Ltd.
Back on December 8th I started up a petition to have HOG users chip in and buy Acushnet. Apparently the $19.60 we scraped up wasn’t quite enough. Maybe next time.
On my recent HOG World Tour trek, I shot a few videos. This is one of them.
I had to shoot a quick vid of the irritating installation of the divot mix bottle on my cart at an unnamed resort. Every time I’d take the damn bottle out I’d smash my knuckles on the roof of the cart.
Click the read more to view the video, as I don’t like to have YouTube videos on my home page slowing down the site.
Painful Golf Shots
How fun is it when you hit at 3-iron thin and your fingers go numb? I love that even more than having my eyeballs gouged out with rusty pliers. And those stinging irons are especially fun when the temps are cold. Nothing like having numb hands for three holes. It seems that right when the numbness goes away, you do it again.
Shock Lock on my 5-iron reduces vibration and elbow abuse! Click for more Shock Lock images.
Another really fun and painful golf related thing I experience is golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow. If you didn’t know, they are two different animals. My golfer’s elbow has flared up recently as I’ve been practicing a lot trying to shake off the winter rust. Range balls are much harder than regular balls because they have to be durable. As soon as I start pounding range balls, my elbows flare up and start hurting with tendinitis.
Shock Lock Sports to the rescue
I’ve been testing out Shot Lock Sports’ Shock Locks lately, to help reduce the impact vibrations which sting my hands and aggravate my golfer’s elbow. So far so good.
What are Shock Locks? Shock Locks are a vibration dampening system for golf clubs. They consist of three pieces of plastic and rubber which go around the hosel and the shaft of the club. Two are black and sort of a shell which goes around a clear rubber “underlast.” Installing them is fairly easy, though I did have a bit of trouble on my older Hogan irons as the hosels are pretty thick. Generally though, they install well on clubs which are 10 years old or less.
On The Course
The system thankfully dampens the vibration to my hands, arms and joints. I felt the golfer’s elbow creeping in a few weeks ago, but since I put the Shock Locks on my irons the condition has gone away.
I don’t notice the Shock Locks on my clubs or find that my swing or game is compromised as a result of having them installed. I do feel less feedback than if they weren’t installed, but that is basically the point. The Locks don’t weigh much at all and don’t change the club weight or feel in my opinion.
As slow as my swing is, I don’t think the extra width at the hosel slows it down either. The extra width does take up a bit more space in the golf bag.
Shock Locks change the look of the club as you are standing over it. That can take some getting used to.
The units also increase the space the clubs take up in the bag. If you have a small opening in your bag, the clubs will be more tightly packed.
If you are a total “feel” player looking for lots of impact feedback from your clubs, it might be contradictory for you to put a damping system on them.
Shock Locks deliver as promised. They reduce vibration and shock to my hands, arms, joints and even my brain.
Though I’m a player who loves club feedback I’m willing to give up a little of that. It is much more important for me to be able to play without flaring up my tendinitis. So I’m keeping the shock locks on my irons.
Twist Tee - click for more images
I’ve been using some cool tees for my last few rounds called Twist Tee. These tees come with a an adjustable section which allows for customizing the height of the ball simply by twisting the top section.
Some other features include cool colors, stable ball cup (especially for windy conditions) and high strength.
The Twist Tee comes in two sizes. The longer size is pictured here and is adjustable from 2 7/8 inches to 3 5/8 inches. The shorter size tees it up from 2 1/4 inches to 2 5/8 inches.