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Positive Signs for Tiger, as Rickie Fowler smashes a final round 61 to win the Hero World Challenge

Monday, December 04, 2017

In the most highly anticipated December, non-official, non-PGA Tour, invitational 18 man field event of all time, Tiger Woods made his comeback to competitive golf, after multiple back surgeries, fusions, arrests, drug charges and goodness knows what else! It was his first start since withdrawing from an event in Dubai in February, and the golfing world was whisked into a frenzy.

According to his social media feeds, Tiger had only been fit enough to clip wedges in October, half swings at the start of November, yet here he was, smashing full blooded drivers and hitting it past Justin Thomas in the opening round. For most, it was a magnificent return to the game for the man who has done so much for the sport in terms of appeal, ratings, media interest and most importantly, financial investment in the game. 

Rounds of 69, 68, 75 and 68 were a mixture of dodgy chipping, clutch putting, woeful 3 jabbing, monstrous driving and superlative long iron play. The famous Tiger club twirls and recoils were particularly encouraging, as it seemed Mr Woods was genuinely enjoying his time playing well with the young stars of the game, particularly as he was doing so pain-free after so much time sidelined with injury. 

The Tiger Woods comeback saga was of course the major, and only, talking point of this event for most. However attention must absolutely be drawn to the incredible final round of the tournament winner, Rickie Fowler. He birdied the first seven holes straight, went out in 28, and absolutely cruised home to shoot 61 without dropping a shot. The man 1 putted 9 out of the first 10 greens! Observant fans will notice a little trick that Rickie uses that could help everyone's putting - just before he takes the blade away he raises the putter from the ground a hair, and then pulls the trigger. It really frees up his motion, reduces tension in the hands, and ensures he doesn't jerk the putter back funky, as so many club golfers do in trying to lift the putter and take it back in one motion.

Club golfers love trying out bizarre new methods to improve their game, but I propose this very simple method genuinely will help you relax over short putts and just let it roll!

Now whilst Rickie won the tournament, the real winner of the week was Cobra Golf, his equipment manufacturers. Dedicated fans of this blog will remember the article about the brand new range of Cobra metalwoods, F8, featuring a milled face, carbon fibre crown and all-round badass looks. Well, Rickie debuted this new driver, as well as the fairway woods, for the first time in the bag this week. A marketing team's dream! Brand new equipment winning immediately is an incredible result for Cobra, and Rickie was driving the ball seriously well all week; you can't one putt birdie every hole if you haven't got short shots in from the fairways.

Rickie's Bag in full:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Cobra King F8+ (Aldila NV 2K Blue 70x), 8 degrees
3-wood: Cobra F8+, 13 degrees
5-wood: Cobra F8+ Baffler, 14.5 degrees
Irons (4-PW): Cobra King Forged MB
Wedges: Cobra King V-Grind (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport 2 GSS prototype

Cobra unveil new King F8 range!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cobra Golf have just today launched their brand new product line for 2018, the King F8 range, which takes over from the F7 range that launched this time last year. Cobra King F8 Range Unveiled

The King F8 ranges features two new drivers, the F8 and F8+, along with fairway woods, hybrids and both traditional and one length irons. Throughout the range, it appears Cobra are really pushing the boat out in terms of new technologies and innovation. They are perhaps to be seen as the first rendition of "smart" golf clubs... More on that later.

Cobra F8_driver_face_nardo

Starting with the driver, the F8 is the first driver released with a MILLED FACE. Usually only seen on wedges, irons and putters, Cobra claim their CNC Milled driver face allows them to produce a much more consistent face, finely tuned for optimised distance on both centre and off-centre strikes. Precisely milling the face also allows the face itself to be thinner, creating an exaggerated trampoline effect, as other drivers from TaylorMade and Callaway also offer.

They are stating this ground-breaking driver technology has "improved bulge-and-roll" to make the face 3% thinner and 10% lighter, again for higher ball speeds and accuracy.

Not only is the face improved, Cobra are introducing "360º Aero Technology". Basically, this means strategically placed polymer strips all around the driver to improve air flow and aerodynamics, allowing the driver head to swing faster with reduced drag. This is less groundbreaking for us - Callaway did a very similar thing working with Boeing on their airflow first seen on the XR16 Driver.

In terms of adjustability, we have the same MyFly loft sleeve, and weight ports similar to the F7, allowing to add either draw bias or extra launch. 

Looks wise, the titanium and carbon fibre composite crown bares strong resemblance to M1 and M2, however the Nardo Grey rather than white with the black crown certainly offers a stealth bomber type aesthetic. We are glad to see they have finally ditched the orange from this product line!Cobra King F8 driver address

The F8+ driver has a slightly smaller head size and shallower profile, aimed at the better player with faster swing speeds, looking for a more optimised ball flight rather than just a high and please don't slice type flight. Its weight ports are also in front and back rather than heel and back, allowing the better player to choose a lower launching option. This + model is what we can expect to see the Cobra Tour players such as Rickie Fowler using from now on.

In terms of fairways and hybrids, Cobra are sticking with the 360º Aerodynamics improvements, and have also decided to keep their very popular "baffler" style railings on the bottom of the clubs, which really do help turf interaction and vary in depth from club to club, optimising your contact. The + model fairway also has the weight moved forward rather than at the back, which again gives the better players that more penetrating flight.Cobra King F8-fairways

The new irons released alongside the metalwoods range are a mid-range, game improvement set, also stuffed with new tech features. F8 Irons have the all-new "E9 PwrShell Face",  a 20% thinner than previous models and forged face. This should offer playability and high quality feel, coupled with the forgiveness and distance of chunkier, game improvement irons. Cobra have followed the route of TaylorMade and PXG with this club: TECFLO Progressive Set Construction means the 4-7 irons are hollow bodied, (although sadly not foam injected), then the shorter, scoring clubs are cavity backs, with 2 speciality bladed wedges also available.Cobra King F8 ironCobra King F8 irons-tecflo

Now for the really cool part. I mentioned that these clubs are perhaps the first "smart"clubs. That is because every club in this range comes fitted as standard with the Arccos 360 Sensor and Cobra CONNECT Technology. This awesome tech sits in the butt of the grip of each club, and is linked with an app on your phone to track every shot you hit. This was previously available in the driver, but now in every club you can see how far you are hitting your shots, as well as tracking in extreme detail how you worked your way around the course. Using Arccos can improve your game, and how you think about your rounds, amazingly well, although I will personally be using it mainly to prove I can outdrive my mates, and also to remind me how many provisionals I have had to hit...Cobra-Connect

When you purchase the set of irons, Cobra are kind enough to send you spare Arcoss units to go in the rest of your clubs, regardless of whether they are Cobra F8 or not, allowing a "fully connected experience".

Time will tell whether this technology will catch on and become industry standard, but Cobra have definitely made a bold step towards the technological future of modern golf.

Hatts off to Tyrrell - local hero wins again!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Local hero and friend of the shop Tyrrell Hatton continued his scintillating form this week on tour as he claimed a 1 stroke victory in the Italian Open, fending off perennial runner up Ross Fisher, at the Parco Reale di Monza. 

Whilst our thoughts must go out to Fisher, who became the first man in the history of golf to shoot -20 in two tournaments in a row and not win either, nothing can be taken away from the sublime performance of Hatton. A back 9 of 30 included a 4 birdie streak and a stellar 30ft birdie putt on the 18th to claim victory. What a feeling that must've been! This writer would be as ecstatic if the odd 3ft par putt dropped in...

His second win in as many weeks sends Hatton up to 5th in the Race to Dubai, and hot on the heels of leader Tommy Fleetwood, as well as the likes of Sergio Garcia and John Rahm. The season's last few events are shaping up very nicely: the upcoming tournament is the catchily named "The Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation". (Almost as concise as the "Justin Timberlake Presents the Shriner's Hospitals for Children Open"...)

You have to think the main man Sergio is a hot favourite for this event, in his homeland and playing one of his favourite courses. However the pressures of hosting these types of events can take their toll, with added media responsibilities and having to look like you're enjoying yourself all the time, regardless of how many short putts you miss.

Equipment wise, Hatton trusted his set comprised mainly of Ping:

Driver: Ping G400 LST 8.5°, with Mitsubishi Fubuki K 60X shaft

3 wood: 2016 TaylorMade M2 16.5°, with Graphite Design Tour AD-BB 7X

Utility: Ping G400 4-iron, with Project X 6.0 shaft

Irons (4-PW): Ping i200, with Project X 6.0 shafts

Wedges: Ping Vault 2.0 50° and 54°, Titleist Vokey SM6 58°, with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Putter: Ping Vault Oslo Slate

Over in the States (strictly speaking Kuala Lumpur this week but who's checking) on the PGA Tour, PXG staffer Pat Perez won the CIMB Classic. It was the American's 3rd win on Tour, beating forgotten man of previous Ryder Cups Keegan Bradley by 4 shots. Whilst it won't go down in history as the greatest field ever assembled, Perez still earned status as a hero of the YPG staff, as after his final round he declared to the press: "I'm still not going to work out. I'm still going to have a bad diet." Very refreshing stuff, in this age of nonsense fitness and protein shakes.

In Pat's bag:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (Mitsubishi Tensei Pro White 70 TX), 9.5 degrees

3-wood: PXG 0317, 15 degrees

Hybrid: PXG 0317X, 19 degrees

Irons (3-4): PXG 0311XF; (5-PW): PXG 0311

Wedges: PXG 0311T (52, 60 degrees)

Putter: PXG Gunboat

Some final exciting news: Tiger Woods has been cleared by his doctors to resume all golf activities! He shared video of himself in Sunday Red swinging the driver, whipping social media and die-hard Tiger fans into a frenzy. Whilst he's still a long way from match fit, it surely can't be a bad thing to have Mr Woods back healthy and playing. 


Monday, March 21, 2016

Ideal for gadget-loving golfers, the Motocaddy S3 Pro has every feature a golfer could possibly want. With ease of packing and unpacking with the unique QUIKFOLD system which allows the user to fold or unfold the trolley in five seconds, the trolley is efficient and hassle-free. Other features include a full colour screen offering a clock, battery meater, Distance measurements (Drive, round, battery life), adjustable distance control of up to 60 yards, a CartLock security pin code to prevent theft, nine speed settings and competition mode.

The S3 Pro is avaliable in either Black or Alpine, with three different battery options: Standard Lead-acid (£379.99), Standard Lithium (£479.99) and Extended Lithium (£529.99).

So, if you're in the market for a new electric trolley it is definitely one to consider!