Walking Sticks Video Review

Walking Sticks Video Review

The Adjustable Irons: Walking Sticks Golf Clubs

Walking sticks golf clubs adjustable

I love to look for different equipment to review, everyone out there is always reviewing the latest driver, putter, ball etc. I happen to find a company making a unique set of irons, the Walking Sticks Golf Clubs, LLC company is making a set of irons like I have never seen before. Most standard sets of irons consist of a 3 iron through a sand wedge, for a total of 9 irons. A company out of Mequon, Wisconsin has developed a set of irons with the same lofts as a standard set but has done it only using 3 irons instead of 9. They have managed to do this by making each iron adjustable. The irons are broken up by groupings of three. There is a 3/4/5 iron, a 6/7/8 iron and a 9/PW/SW iron. The way they accomplish this feat is by making each iron adjustable. There is a small lever on each iron that allows a golfer to pick which specific iron they would like to choose for each shot they need to play.

It’s a very easy adjustment to make and takes very little time to accomplish it. To make the adjustment you just need to release the lever and move the iron head to the desired iron you want, 6 iron, 7 iron etc. Each iron is clearly marked. All you need to do is line up the lines for each specific iron you would like. There is a uniquely crafted integrating set of teeth manufactured into the hosel and the head of the iron. When the lever is clamped back down the two sets of teeth mate together and the iron acts like any standard iron made. Both the hosel and the head are manufactured out of 17.4 ph stainless steel, this being the case it should provide the golfer with years of maintenance free use. If you happen to get mud or sand in the level slot or the gear teeth you can easily clean it out by running the iron under some water, or tapping the grip gently on a hard surface. I want to provide you some specific on the lofts of each iron.

Walking Sticks Golf Clubs Combinations

Combination 3/4/5 iron
● 3 iron loft setting of 21 degrees
● 4 iron loft setting of 25 degrees
● 5 iron loft setting of 29 degrees

Combination 6/7/8
● 6 iron loft setting of 32 degrees
● 7 iron loft setting of 36 degrees
● 8 iron loft setting of 40 degrees

Combination 9/PW/SW
● 9 iron loft setting of 44 degrees
● PW iron loft setting of 49 degrees
● SW iron loft setting of 54 degrees

The Walking Sticks Golf Clubs set comes with a specially designed 7” diameter double strap stand­-up bag. The smaller bag along with the reduced amount of clubs needed to carry can reduce the amount of weight you would carry by 50%. This is a full featured stand bag just in a smaller size. There are plenty of pockets for balls and gear if you so choose to fill it up. But the whole goal is to keeps things lighter and more pleasant to walk a round of golf, so in my opinion less is more. I carried the 3 irons provided by Walking Sticks, a driver, hybrid and a putter. So I was able to hit all the shots I usually hit during a round with while only carrying 6 clubs. If a golfer chooses to add a 3 wood or an extra wedge they can easily, there is plenty of room in this bag.

Walking Sticks Golf Clubs Bag

The set they sent to me came with graphite shafts because I wanted to match my current set of clubs I was playing as closely as I possibly could. The irons come with a nice rubber grip and the flex was a standard men’s flex on the irons. The instructions that came with the set mentions that after hitting each club there may need some re­-adjustments made to the iron. This was the case with me also. They provided me with an allen wrench to re-­adjust (tighten) the irons during their break in period, since then I have not had to make any additional adjustments. The irons felt just a little heavier than my current set of irons but I quickly made the adjustment to that. After the first round of I noticed that I was consistently coming up short on my shots by about one club on each shot. I wrote it off to early season form and the fact that the temperatures were only in the mid 50’s and the balls tend to fly a little less under those conditions. Upon further review with my current iron specs I realized that my set has a stronger set of lofts then the Walking Stick Golf Clubs. My current Pitching Wedge was closer to their 9 iron, this made me feel much better about my initial observation about hitting my shots short. So I would be recommend that if you purchase a set of these irons you check out your current set and see how they measure up. This might save you some frustration as well as saving you some of your pride. I have an executive par 3 course really close by where I live and the Walking Sticks Golf Irons are a perfect match for this course. I could even get away with carrying only three clubs while playing there, the 6/7/8 iron, the 9/SW/PW and my putter.

Walking Sticks Golf Club Set

The Walking Sticks Golf Clubs are a set­-up that is definitely thinking outside of the box as far as equipment goes. They are ideal and perfectly designed for the golfer who wants to walk a round of golf again. This will save you money in carts fees along with the extra workout the golfer receives from walking the course versus riding in a golf cart. This set is also ideal as a set of clubs you would travel with because they certainly take up less space than the traditional set. So if you are a golfer that is looking to try something a little different and you have been looking to get a little more exercise in your life please take a look into the Walking Sticks Golf Club set. You can check them out on their website walkingsticksgolf.com for more information and details.

 

Golfers Compare the Hybrid Wedge | HWedge

Golfers Compare the Hybrid Wedge | HWedge

Average Golfers Compare Their Wedges to the Hwedge

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Imagine this, you’re about 50 yards from the green and you’re in a bunker. There never seems to be a proper club to get you out of this situation. You can use a 52 but that might not be strong enough, you could go with an 8 iron but that’s probably too strong. It seems like there isn’t the right club for this and many other situations. However with the Hwedge this shot becomes as simple as a 3 foot putt.

Hwedge is a hybrid wedge that helps get the ball more in the air and has the ball stop sooner. It’s sure to take more strokes off your game and give your shot more accuracy.

Hwedge is a hybrid wedge, and the idea behind a hybrid wedge is that the weight is back and low like a hybrid with a wedge’s face. It makes your shots very smooth and it feels great. This wedge puts the ball more in the air with more spin for a more accurate shot.

It comes in the lofts of 50 degree, 55 degree, and 60 degree. This club is also USGA conforming and legal so your stickler golf friends can’t pull a rulebook on you for this one. Your short game is going to improve immensely and it will help you recover from sand and rough.

Hwedge

The Hwedge is guarantee to turn your amateur golf strokes into fantastic shots that will make you and your scores look like a pro. This club was designed to help in any close shot situation, whether you are 30 yards from the green going up hill and in the rough, or simply 10 yards from the bunker Hwedge is sure to help but the ball pin high for your next birdie.

For more information or purchase, visit their website and get your Hwedge 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/

 


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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!

Sentio Golf Putters – Feel Is The Difference

Sentio Golf Putters – Feel Is The Difference

Putting is one of the most important aspects of golf. However, putters have become a dime a dozen these days. Big name brands like Scotty Cameron or the big OEM companies are constantly putting out new versions of putters yearly. Big brands are not the only ones in the golf market. There are more small market putter brands popping up than I can count. One of those small market brands trying to make it in this crazy market is Sentio Golf. Golf Life got the chance to test their Sierra 101 Series putters.

Here at Golf Life we have reviewed a ton of putters that have hit the market. I have to say this is the first time we have seen anything like this. Sentio literally has a floating face. What does that mean exactly? The floating face technology separates the entire stainless steel face from the rest of the putter head with a vibration dampening TPE Polymer Core.

Sentio Putters

What does that Offer a Golfer?

  • SMOOTH YET CRISP FEEL
  • 3 DISTINCT RESPONSE LEVELS
  • EXCEPTIONAL DISTANCE CONTROL
  • OFF-CENTER FORGIVENESS

Sentio knows every golfer is different and want to give you options that fit your game. The Sierra 101 series comes in 3 different models to suit your preference. 

  • GREEN/SOFT – This model has a buttery-soft core, perfect for those who are used to playing with an insert, or who regularly putt on fast greens.
  • RED/MEDIUM – Our middle-feel option for general conditions; not too hot and not too soft.
  • BLUE/FIRM – For those who prefer a more solid feel, or who regularly putt on slow greens

If you liked our video review and would like to learn more, head over to SentioGolf.com and get one that fits your game!

The NEW High Heat 3 Wood

The NEW High Heat 3 Wood

The NEW High Heat 3 Wood

Dean Knuth has 16+ years as a Senior Director of the USGA. During his time as the Senior Director, he created and invented the USGA Course Rating System & Slope Rating System along with the USGA Pace Rating System. To say that Dean has been very influential to the game of golf is an extreme understatement. He brings his passion for golf and his passion for helping golfers succeed into the clubs that he makes as well. High Heat is a company the prides themselves on creating clubs for the amateur golfer. Having golf clubs that are extremely forgiving, with tons of distance, is their cornerstone. Golf Life had the ability to head out to San Diego CC to find out what members and the average golfers think of the NEW High Heat 3-wood!

It’s all about allowing all golfers to enjoy the game of golf, and that is exactly what the 3-wood allows you to do. With the CG down and back, this club has unbelievable control and forgiveness off the tee or off the deck. Also, because the CG is down and back with an extremely high MOI rating, the golf club gets the ball up in the air in a hurry. Very similar to a lofted hybrid, the 3-wood creates tons of height and distance no matter what. The first thing you will notice about this club (or any of their clubs) is the beautiful blue. The blue is a unique color that you can pick out of any bag. The accented chrome doesn’t hurt either, in fact, it makes it even more appealing to the eye. This specific club was named “Best” 3-wood by numerous major golf media outlets.

Check out the full video review above. If you want to learn more about the technology of the 3-wood or want to see what other clubs High Heat has to offer, CLICK HERE!

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