I’m going to be reviewing either a set of new 2015 Mizuno MP15’s, JPX 850’s or 850 Forged irons soon. Yes, yes. Tough gig I know. The reason I don’t know the exact club as of yet, is that I had to go through a fitting to determine the best club and shaft for my game. Yesterday I had a fitting at my home course here in Sandy, Utah, River Oaks. They’re one of Mizuno’s top 100 fitters.
The process is fairly simple as shown in my 2012 video below of their fitting system from the PGA Merchandise Show.
The fitting was quite interesting. I found that with the stock fitting shaft I liked both the MP15 and the 850 Forged. I could certainly play both models as my gamer and do well. When I started changing shafts is when it got very intriguing. The MP15 was complete butter for me and launched the ball very high and deadly accurate when it had a ProjectX 5.x shaft. When switching to other shafts, the club feel and results completely changed to the point that it felt like I couldn’t even hit it. I tried the 850 Forged with that shaft as well and while it had some good results, it did not compare with the feel of the MP15 with the ProjectX. One recommended shaft was a KBS Tour 120. I’m currently loving the KBS Tour 90’s. Oddly, the 120 did not work well on the MP15. The dual chicken wing granny over the top swing can really confuse fitting systems. It has happened before.
I’m awaiting my fitting recommendations to be emailed to me as the fitting ran late and I had to take off for my next appointment which I was running late for. And since I was running late, I became the recipient of a damn speeding ticket.
I’m sure once I get the proper setup I’ll be thrilled, and perhaps the joy of hitting a great set of irons which is custom fit for my granny dual chicken wing swing will make the cost of the speeding ticket worth it.
In golf we screw things up by making them too complicated. Such is not the case with the Wilson 8802 Putter, which is in for review here at Hooked On Golf Blog. This is a very simple heel-shafted putter which many remember as the one Arnold Palmer used when he was a Wilson endorsee.
Wilson 8802 Putter
I’ll be doing REAL testing of this putter and posting a review soon. Why did I all-caps the word real? Because my reviews are not flyby style like other golf review sites. I actually take my own photos. put the club in play, and write my findings and impressions. This is unlike other sites who retype press releases and post stock PR photos.
Rant over. Putter testing to begin. Maybe I’ll putt as good as Arnold Palmer with this thing.
WITB – Tony Korologos 2014 River Oaks Club Champion
Are 14 Clubs Really Necessary?
The last two times I’ve played golf in Scotland I’ve realized that over there a few clubs are simply not necessary. First, the lob wedge. The ground is SO hard that hitting the lob is very difficult. The hard ground and wind really call for low running shots. In six days of golf at 36 holes per day, I hit my lob wedge twice and both times it was the wrong choice. The next time I play true links golf over there I’m bringing a pencil bag and maybe 8-10 clubs.
At home I could easily take out a club or two without missing them. I hit my 3-fairway no more than 1-2 times per round. In yesterday’s league round I didn’t hit it at all. I could easily take out the 5-iron or one long iron. I could take out one of my four wedges, probably the gap wedge.
As club president of my league for many years, we would do a yearly 4-club tournament. This is a tournament where the players were only allowed, you guessed it, four clubs. I usually picked a hybrid, 7-iron, sand wedge, and putter or some setup similar.
At the conclusion of the tournament I would notice the scores and something very interesting. The scores were most often the same. A 12 handicap player who normally shot 84-85 with 14 clubs shot 84-85 with four clubs. I noticed the same for my own scores. Not much different.
My weekly money game is a fun competition between low single digit handicappers. We usually play with 14 clubs, but if someone wants to test a driver or putter we don’t have a problem with them having 15 clubs in the bag. In the end, it makes virtually no difference in the scores, or who wins the money.
The folks at Golfplan posted a discussion about the 14 club limit and whether or not it is too much. Perhaps we can use less clubs and still shoot the same scores and enjoy the game just as much. But golf equipment companies would not be too hip on that. In fact, I bet they’d rather see a 20 club limit or perhaps no limit at all. Anything to sell more clubs.
Clubbing Based On Location and Conditions
I usually have the same 14 clubs in the bag at all times. I’m used to them and used to the setup. PGA Tour pros change clubs for nearly every event. Phil Mickelson used two drivers in the Masters Tournament a few years ago. And tour pros have many different wedge configurations, or even have their wedges custom bent or ground to specs which are best for the course and conditions they are playing that week.
I’ve been happy with the performance of my Golf Pride CP2 Wrap grips, but due to my tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow I have to switch to a softer grip. Thanks to the kind folks at UST Mamiya I’m going to test out their Soft Touch line of golf grips. These grips limit vibration through the use of advanced technology and polyurethane materials. Polyurethane is the same material found on the cover of high performance golf balls which makes them softer and produces more spin.
UST Mamiya Soft Touch Golf Grips
It will take a month or so of on-course playing and testing before I’m ready for a full review of these grips. I’ve gone with a mid-size on these, as it seems to be a consensus that the bigger size helps with the tendonitis as well. I hope to report that they keep the tennis and golfer’s elbow at bay, and perform well. I have confidence that they will. Stay tuned.
By popular demand I’m posting the official “what’s in the bag” for my 2014 club championship at Sandy, Utah’s splendid River Oaks Golf Club. It took me a while to get the photo because I needed it to be “official,” thus having the Golf WRX watermark on it. The photogs at WRX are so busy shooting every golf club and golf bag on the planet and putting their watermarks on them, that it took me a while to get this photo. As you can see, this photo is true and authentic since it has that WRX watermark. Enough about high end photography and on to the meat of this journalistic brilliance.
I’m very happy to have won the 2014 club championship at River Oaks. I’ve been a member of the club for many years and won my first championship there in 2005. This year’s championship seemed to fall in my lap as the field was narrowed down to a few left standing, and I managed to outscore the closest competitor by 13 shots. Yes, 13 shots. In the land of bogeys, the par man is king.
WITB – Tony Korologos 2014 River Oaks Club Champion
Let’s take a look at the winning sticks and the other crucial script items…