I see a lot of golf clubs and seldom do I react like I did when the Maruman Shuttle i4000X 3-Wood arrived. This club is quite a sight to behold.
Maruman i4000x Fairway Wood - Click to zoom. I highly recommend it!
Would the performance of the club match its aesthetics?
Maruman is a Japanese golf company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan which dates back to 1950. They have two primary offerings, golf equipment and health related products. The golf division makes a complete line of men’s and women’s golf clubs, golf bags, golf shoes, golf gloves and travel bags.
And now on to the Shuttle i4000X Fairway…
Shuttle i4000X Fairway Wood Design
The first major design point about the shuttle i4000X is the size. The 3-wood is the largest on the market at 230 cubic centimeters.
If you have trouble with gauging distance on the putting green here’s a golf accessory which might help.
Personal Stimpmeter and measuring device can help you fine tune your distance control on the greens. Click for more images.
The Golf Green SpeedReader is a portable Stimpmeter and putting stroke measuring device. There are two basic functions the device features.
2/3 Scale Stimpmeter
The first feature of the device is a 2/3 scale Stimpmeter. A Stimpmeter is a device used to measure the speed of putting greens. You may hear during the Masters or PGA Tour tournaments for instance, that the “greens are a 12 on the Stimpmeter.” Slow greens measure on the “stimp” at around 8, medium 10 and fast 12+.
The Green SpeedReader is 2/3 scale, meaning that a ball which rolls 2 feet on the device would roll 3 feet on a Stimpmeter.
24 Inch Ruler
The second feature of the device is a simple 24 inch ruler. The ruler is useful for a couple of different functions. It measures the length ball rolls and can also serve as a measuring device for the putting stroke length.
How It Works
The process is simple. Roll a few balls on the green with the unit and measure how far they travel. Then lay down the ruler near your putter and work to figure out how long a putting stroke will send the ball precisely that distance. You’ll have a visual representation and feedback on how long the putt will roll versus what Stimp rating the putt measures at.
Another useful byproduct of the ruler, is that it can be used close to the putter to align the stroke.
Golf Greens SpeedReader Web Site
Hooked On Golf Blog Golf Greens SpeedReader Images
I’ve got some PING putters in the HOG review queue now. Three PING Scottsdale models to be exact. Oh my do these putters look beautiful.
Here’s a first look at the PING Senita, a descendent of the PING Craz-E.
PING Scottsdale Senita Putter - Click to zoom
Bridgestone Golf is in the midst of a string of major new golf equipment announcements. I’m barely getting into test mode on the new J40 woods and some J40 Dual Pocket Cavity irons, and now they’ve announced new J40 Hybrids! Here’s a shot of one below.
The New Bridgestone Golf J40 Hybrid - Cick to zoom
If the hybrids are as good as the fairway woods, look out.
For more info, check out the full press release from Bridgestone on the HOG sister site hogwire.biz.
Today was my regular Thursday money game. It is a grudge match which has been going on for years. Some days I’m on the winning end, some days not. Today’s conditions were extremely windy. I’d hoped to get to the course about 30-45 minutes early to test out the new clubs from Bridgestone Golf which I mentioned last night. I had a J40 445 driver, J40 3+ fairway wood and some J40 Dual Pocket Cavity Irons. Unfortunately some heavy traffic ate up my range time and I had to head straight to the first tee with no warmup and a stiff back.
I decided not to put the clubs directly in my bag. If they didn’t fit my swing or I wasn’t used to them, it could be a costly mistake.
First Impressions of the new J40 driver and J40 3+ Fairway Wood
Bridgestone J40 445 driver - Click for more images
J40 445 Driver
I hit a few practice drivers after my regular drives (time permitting). On the first drive I hit the right rough which killed a little of distance before ending up in the fairway with a little draw. So that drive was about 10 yards behind my regular driver, which hit the fairway on the fly. The next drive though, was on the par-5 5th. I absolutely crushed the J40, knocking it about 25 yards longer than my regular driver. But I must mention that the regular driver caught the left rough.
I let my two buddies hit the driver today as well. They both commented on how nice it looks from the top line and how nice it feels when you hit it.
Bridgestone Golf J40 Fairway Wood - Click to zoom
J40 3+ Fairway Wood
Now onto the 3-wood. I always tee off with a 3-wood on the 7th hole at the course we played today. The tree lined hole is tight and calls for a draw, but there’s OB left. I hit my regular 3-wood perfectly down the middle with a little draw, just like I described. So I pulled the J40 3-wood for a comparison shot. I used the same B330-RX ball, though the first was yellow and the 2nd was white. The ball seemed to come off the club at a much faster speed. I hit this one perfect, also with a little draw. The tee mark was dead center on the club bottom, going straight back. When I got up to the two shots in the middle of the fairway I walked the distance between the two. The J40 3+ was 16 yards longer than my regular 3-wood.
Later on the par-5 17th hole I pushed my drive into the right rough. The ball was not sitting terribly high and normally I wouldn’t try to hit a 3-wood. But since the hole was likely a three shot proposition and I could afford a miss-hit, I gave the J40 3+ a shot. I crushed it, with a draw. I looked at my opponent, and he looked at me with a look of bewilderment and awe. I was nearly to the green. I’d made amazingly good contact from the rough.
At that point I knew my old 3-wood would be celebrating an early retirement and spending some relaxing days in the garage from this point on. The J40 3+ fairway is going straight into my starting lineup. My quest for the holy grail of 3-woods may be over.
J40 Dual Pocket Irons
I only hurriedly hit one J40 Dual Pocket Iron test shot, and not well. The group behind us was close and I didn’t want to hold up play. First impressions though, are that the clubs are very solid. My other opponent hit a few test shots today and loved them.