When you don’t have perfect golf swing 257+ is the answer

When you don’t have perfect golf swing 257+ is the answer

Listen, the chance that many of you reading my post have a perfect golf swing is well… need I say more.  We all can use as much assistance as possible within the limits of the USGA and R&A, right?  Especially when it comes to hitting tight fairways from the tee or trying to get the ball on the green from a distance over 200 yards (175+ for some).  If you can hit more greens in regulation, make more shots with your fairways and hybrids that go longer and straighter toward your target, you will simply score better.  By taking the pressure of our short game and being able to hit shots into greens that give us a chance to two-putt, we will enjoy the game much more.

High Heats Center of Gravity

This shows the CG of High Heat versus other major golf manufacturers

So how is this accomplished?  First, you need a fairway wood that is forgiving, that helps you launch the ball into the air higher and straighter.  This is accomplished with club design that takes the center of gravity of the wood and moves it back and low, something golf club designers call “Deeper CG”.  High Heat 257+ fairway woods have the deepest center of gravity possible within the limits of the USGA and R&A.  No other manufacturer of quality metal woods will have deeper CG or better launch of a golf ball from a fairway wood.  It’s simple physics.

Matched with deeper CG, another thing golf club designers can do is to use better materials that provide more ball speed.  That is why all drivers from leading golf companies use titanium in the face.  However, very few if any manufacturers use this material on 3 or 5 woods and none use titanium on hybrids.  With the 257+ fairway woods and hybrids, all the faces use titanium, so they are truly the hottest face with most ball speed available under USGA and R&A rules.

But what happens to so many of us in search of that perfect golf swing?  We develop pretty good contact, but small changes like getting the club too far inside on downswing or trying to develop a bit more release can cause off-center hits.  It’s not just higher handicappers who mishit the ball on the clubface, especially with the longer hybrid irons and 3 or 5 wood.  If we could have same or similar results when striking the golf ball with the toe and the heel, that could really help everyone. The USGA changed a rule a few years back to allow golf club designers to increase the CT or Characteristic Time that the ball in on the clubface beyond the center or radius of the ball to the toe and heel.  That means any hits on the toe or the heel can have a high CT, and mishits with woods and hybrids happen to many of us consistently.  The longer the ball is on the clubface, the more trampoline effect or what some call a “hot” face.

How did 257+ bring the technology into their titanium face, so that every golfer can get the maximum distance and control with fairway woods and hybrids?  Well, that trade secret won’t be shared, but the testing proves that while the center of a 257+ golf club has a CT of 257 (USGA legal), the toe and the heel tests at 275.  This means when you mishit a 257+ golf club, you will see more distance than any other fairway or hybrid sold in the US.  NO other golf company has this technology and no one is offering golfers more forgiveness, more distance and more control on all shots across the face of the club.

We sell the 257+ direct to you.  Our price is the best you can get and we encourage you to try the fairway and hybrids.  We will take returns within 30 days.  So there is no reason to not improve your game and your search for the perfect golf swing with the best fairway wood and hybrid technology you can buy.

USGA Rule Helps Golfers Hit Farther with High Heat 257+

USGA Rule Helps Golfers Hit Farther with High Heat 257+

Dean Knuth worked for the USGA for many, many years. He has seen everything when it comes to golf clubs. The USGA decided that 257 microseconds on the face was going to the limit in which the ball can use the “Trampoline” effect on the club face. If it is longer that 257 microseconds then it is too hot. But here is the loop hole. The USGA changed the rule to allow outside of the width of a golf ball to be up to 257 microseconds in the trampoline effect. So, in essence, you gain more trampoline and more heat on the heel and the toe, thus counterbalancing the loss of performance that you normally get.

By allowing this to go on the outside of the club face, High Heat developed their High Heat 257+ driver, metal woods and hybrids. There won’t ever be a golfer that hits the golf ball in the center every time, so why not make a club that essentially allows that to happen. When people use the High Heat 257+ driver, woods or hybrids they are just amazed when they don’t hit it off the center and it still goes straight and still goes far. Many people have tried it and many people have loved the High Heat 275+ drivers, woods and hybrid clubs.

If you want more information or want to get one for yourself to over to KNUTHGOLF.COM.

High Heat 257+

High Heat 257+

Did you know that hitting more Greens in Regulation is the key to scoring better?  Yes, we all wish our short game was better.  Still, how many times do you hit your fairway or hybrid because your driver left you short, only to hit the approach shot short as well.  With High Heat, you gain the benefit of a hotter clubface, in the center and on the toe and heel.  This means more “Trampoline Effect”, more ball speed resulting in more distance with the same swing.  How does it work?

Well, High Heat inventor and founder Dean Knuth worked for the USGA for many, many years. He has seen everything when it comes to golf clubs. He knew the USGA limits how long a golf ball can be on the center of the clubface to 257 microseconds, meaning all woods and hybrids from all manufacturers are limited to how “hot” they can be in the center of the face. Using a machine to test the clubface, if the ball is on the face longer than 257 microseconds then the club is “non-conforming” or too hot.

But here is the kicker for HIGH HEAT.  The USGA changed the rule so that hits outside the width of the golf ball (toe and heel shots) could be on the face longer than 257+ microseconds.  High Heat developed technology so toe and heel shots are on the clubface upwards of 270+ microseconds, leading to increased “trampoline effect” or much hotter conforming golf clubs.  So, in essence, you gain more ball speed off the heel and toe or “higher heat”.  This counterbalances the loss of performance you get with other woods and hybrids in your bag.

To this date, Knuth Golf with their High Heat 257+ is the only golf equipment company to accomplish this technology advancement.  There won’t ever be a golfer that hits the golf ball in the center every time.  So why not use a club that allows greater results in ball speed and distance when you miss the center of the club?  When people use the High Heat 257+ driver, woods or hybrids they are just amazed if they don’t hit it the center of the club and it still goes straight and still goes far.  Many people have tried it and many people have loved the High Heat 275+ drivers, woods and hybrid clubs.

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Sean Fister about High Heat Clubs

Sean Fister about High Heat Clubs

Knuth Golf: High Heat Driver

When it comes to driving the golf ball down the fairway, there are just a couple of major market brands that are dominating the driving business. Well, Knuth Golf and the High Heat Driver are asking them to move over and give them some space at the top with them. Golf Life caught up with the guys at Knuth Golf at the 2016 PGA Show Demo Day to learn more about what the High Heat Driver has to offer!

At first look, the driver is beautiful! With the bright blue color and its silver accents, this driver looks sharp. It is definitely something that will catch your attention when you walk by it or see it in a group of drivers. Most of the drivers today are typically black, so good on Knuth Golf for bringing a bright blue driver to the game.

The mechanics and technology is something to not overlook as well. Although this club is specifically made for the amateur golfer, it still has amazing technology built in. First of all it ranges from 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees in loft for right handers. For left, they are just at 10.5. The High Heat Driver comes designed with Knuth Golf’s patented and patent pending Optical CG Changer and Fire Zone Face Technologies. These technologies are designed for the amateur golfer to hit the golf ball farther and straighter even when a miss hit occurs.

Check out the video above to find out more about the High Heat Driver! Go to Knuthgolf.com today and get one shipped to your front door and start helping your golf game today!

TaylorMade M4 Driver

TaylorMade M4 Driver

Taylormade m4 driver

By now you’re aware that TaylorMade’s latest “M Family” of metalwoods has moved on from the M1/M2 nameplates and has been replaced with the latest editions in the form of M3 and TaylorMade M4. In this review, we focus specifically on the mega forgiving but minimally adjustable M4 (which is the replacement for the previous M2 model).

What’s New for 2018?

The first thing you might notice is the TaylorMade M4 logo looks very similar to that of a certain line of high-performance European luxury brand automobiles whose slogan is “The Ultimate Driving Machine”. Perhaps the similarity is coincidence but we know better. Beyond the new graphics, there just happens to be some serious innovation going on here. New for 2018, Taylor-Made introduced TWIST FACE technology for greater accuracy, a new slot technology called “HAMMERHEAD” (shown above), for better ball speeds on primarily on lower face strikes, and it’s second addition of its Geocoustic sound enhancing shaped clubhead.

 

taylormade m4 head

The new silver crown on the latest M metalwoods looks every bit as sporty as the past versions with white trim. Notice the newly raised crown ridge on the toe portion of the carbon-fiber section, a subtle uptick in aerodynamics.

taylormade m4 crown

M4 features a red accent at the back of the crown (M3 has blue).

taylormade m4 face

If there’s a better looking big stick on the market, I’ve yet to see it. It should be no surprise that we gave M4 an A+ in the looks department.

Technology/Innovation

TWIST FACE on the TaylorMade M4 is really what the buzz is all about with the M3 & M4. Since the drivers of today all deliver big on distance, TaylorMade set out to create a way to help keep that distance in the shortgrass. I’ll attempt to give you the abridged version. Typically the two most common types of mishits for golfers with the driver are: High toe hit- (typically an inside out swing path) results in a low ball flight that dives left. Low heel hit – (typically an outside in path) produces a high spinning floater that sails way right. In traditional bulge and roll technology (that has been the standard for what seems like forever), that was created based on robot testing, these same mishits would curve back towards the target (it seemed like legit data), but in real human swings that vary in path, angle of attack and face direction, these shots more often than not would produce results with far worse results than the old “Iron Byron” robot showed.

TaylorMade tested tens of thousands of human swings and their data showed that some things could be changed in order to help bring those typical mis-hits closer to the fairway. Hence, Twist Face was born and introduced in the new M3 and TaylorMade M4.

taylormade m4 twist face
taylormade m4 twist face tech

So, How does the TWIST FACE concept work?

Providing a slightly more open high toe section with a fraction more loft, TWIST FACE is designed to enable the toe hit to start slightly more to the right (instead of that diving hook that finds the hazard or OB stakes left) veering it’s way back closer towards the fairway. To the other extreme, the low heel hit will play in more of a closed position – lessening the high right “crop duster” that plagues so many (including some of the world’s best like Rory McIlroy).

Can you actually see TWIST FACE on the TaylorMade M4? No, what you see on the commercial and in advertisements is an exaggerated example of the technology – it’s not noticeable to the naked eye (The actual amount of twist in each clubface area is less than a degree). Does it really work? We’ll discuss our findings during the test portion of this review.

The 41-gram rear weight bumper helps boost MOI making the TaylorMade M4 TM’s most forgiving driver. Geocoustic isn’t a new feature for TaylorMade, but it returns in an updated version for ’18 after being introduced in last year’s M2. Geocoustic is advanced sole shaping that delivers a sound that’s a bit more explosive than most TaylorMade drivers of the past, we really liked the bold tone of impact – it’s a subliminal anthem directed at your foursome serving notice that you just crushed one deep. According to TaylorMade, “As a by-product (of Geocoustic), the sole contouring frees up volume in the clubhead, allowing us to produce a bigger clubface with a 67% larger sweet spot.” Who doesn’t like a larger sweet spot?

taylormade m4 hammerhead

TaylorMade’s other innovation that’s been overlooked by many industry folks is their new HAMMERHEAD slot technology. In my opinion, it just might be the most significant, and here’s why: 1) It’s not a secret that last year, TaylorMade’s chief rival – Callaway introduced their “Jailbreak Technology” in their EPIC model. The rest is history, TaylorMade lost its hold on as the No.1 driver status (that it had for well over a decade). 2) TaylorMade M4 had to make a counterpunch and create a technology of their own that accomplishes at least the same level of performance. Brand loyalty is huge, but losing yards can threaten even the most loyal consumer. There was no choice, HAMMERHEAD is the correct volley for TaylorMade just from an actual performance comparison standpoint. 2b) TWIST FACE is a big deal for TM to get back on top in the marketplace, but HAMMERHEAD is like the O-Line on a football team, nobody pays any attention to it, until you don’t have a good one. Without it, you’re toast.

With so many of us product reviewers using incredible new technologies to track performance data, keeping ball speeds up even on those low face hits (distance killers) is essential. Anyone can create a driver that goes far when hit dead center, but when you can produce nearly the same yardage when hit all over the face, you’ve got a keeper. B+ on the Innovation ledger.

Gametime Setup/Stock offering

Sharp and clean at address (a solid A grade here), the M4 sets up really square. Fujikura Atmos Red comes standard as the stock powerplant offering on M4 (Mitsubishi Tensei White comes standard on the new M3). Atmos is geared towards fitting a wider spectrum of golfers, so due to its slightly softer profile and its high launch/mid spin, we had ours delivered in X flex. If you prefer TM offers customizing your M4 with Fujikura, Aldila, Matrix, Oban, True Temper, UST, Graphite Design and Mitsibishi as your choices of upgrade in shaft (most with no upcharge).

taylormade m4 shaft

TESTING

Our indoor test center was the PGA Learning Center in Port St.Lucie, technology powered by Foresight Sports GC Quad.

Testing is always a pleasure at the PGA Learning Center in Port St.Lucie on their Foresight GC Quad. The TaylorMade M4 produced consistent results. Throwing out the longest/shortest drives, the average = 102.3 mph swing speed, 152 ball speed, 13.6 launch, 2336 backspin, 236L side spin (draw), 252 yards carry/283 total yards (10 yards left of the centerline). Typically about as good as I can do from a performance standpoint.

I was most interested in what HAMMERHEAD and TWIST FACE would do for my misses. The new slot technology actually did show improvement on those low face hits that for me are normally about a 10% drain of carry distance (with last years TM model). Instead, with M4 it was closer to a 3% loss of carry. Wow! That could be the difference between carrying it over a hazard or bunker (before 225 yards – now 245).

I tried to discern if TWIST FACE was influencing the flight shape of my mishits in the simulator, but since you don’t get a true sense of ball flight indoors, I took the testing outdoors for multiple sessions both on the range and in game mode. What I found was interesting, it did seem like my high toe hits stayed right of what I expected when I was sure the hard draw would be the result. When I’m swinging well, the mid-high toe portion of the face is where I’ll tend to miss, but a few shots that came out of that spot (that usually comeback left) just stayed right. In other words my typical push draw just simply became a push. I noticed nothing different when I came out of swing and caught the shot on the low heel- still a spinny up shooter that looks like a right handed batter that pushed one towards “Pesky’s Pole”. So after several rounds, I collected no definitive data or opinion on TWIST FACE. It’s my belief that it may help a slight miss off the high toe, but also don’t expect that topspin push draw to come back as much. My suggestion: with TWIST FACE learn to aim a bit more down the middle. Is that such a bad thing . . .

Summary

The TaylorMade M4 is worthy . For those who want the latest tee box basher with the sound and feel we’ve come to expect from TaylorMade it passes all of the exams. Throw in ample forgiveness and performance minus all of the uber adjustability options (and at a cheaper price $429 to M3 at $499). Somehow, Bazzel, Tomo and the guys at TaylorMade are still finding ways to create better drivers. How much better is it than prior M products is up for debate, but if you’re still gaming outdated technology, the TaylorMade M4 could be the right choice for your game this summer (overall grade A-). As always, to make sure you get in the right set up for your game, go get fit by a certified club fitter.

For more info on TaylorMade products: taylormadegolf.com/

 


Jason  Bruno
GolfLife Tour Coverage

Cobra F-Max Offset Driver

Cobra F-Max Offset Driver

Golf Life was recently sent the F-Max Offset driver from Cobra Golf. In the video above we took it out to the course and provided you a review on what we thought.

The F-MAX Offset Driver is Cobra’s lightest and most forgiving driver engineered for golfers with moderate swing speeds who require maximum draw bias. Back, heel weighting and an offset hosel promotes straighter and higher launching drives. 

What does that mean

  • The back or heel is a fixed, back weight positioned near the heel promoting straighter, more forgiving ball flights. 
  • The Offset and Straight Neck has an offset hosel design with maximum draw bias or a non-offset, straight neck hosel with minimal draw bias to allow golfers to choose their level of forgiveness.
  • The Crown Alignment detail makes it easy to align the clubhead at address for straighter trajectories down the target line.

F-Max Offset DriverThe driver is available in a 9.5-, 10.5- and 11.5-degree versions for men. There is a 15-degree model of women golfers. 

The F-Max Offset driver is available for $299 over at Cobragolf.com. Head over there now to learn more!

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