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Grafalloy Pro Launch Blue – is Blue right for you ?

Grafalloy Prolaunch Blue Driver Shaft

Overview/Technology-

Time for the review of a shaft that has made a big impact with the recreational golfer, this is a good one, Grafalloy  pro launch blue.  The ProLaunch shaft has been the flagship of Grafalloy for many years now and continues to grow in popularity to this day,(especially with the recent modernised paint job!). giving the recreational player a higher launch and added distance to their drives.

The ProLaunch was the first shaft to be developed, designed and tested using the latest in launch monitor technology.  Grafalloy’s patented technology, Blue Micro-Mesh tip technology stablizes the larger club heads of today.  There are several models of the ProLaunch including Axis, Blue, Red and Platinum.  Today, we will focus on the ProLaunch Blue, a best selling model.

The premise behind the ProLaunch is to provide an optimal launch angle for the player, that being somewhere between 11 and 14 degrees.  The ProLaunch Blue is also considered the first ultra-light shaft for larger heads.  This shaft is without a doubt one of the favorites amongst recreational players looking for ideal launch conditions to optimize distance.  The low spin rate combined with a higher than normal Torque reading, will result in added distance.

Pro/Positives-

This shaft is one of the best around for the recreational player.  It’s strength lies in the launch that this shaft provides, it’s innate ability to get the ball launched at the optimal angle for increased distance.

Cons/Negatives-

This shaft may not be for the big hitter, looking for a lower, penetrating ball.

Overview Rating-

Again, this shaft is the cream of the crop if you are looking for a higher launch results from your driver.  Grafalloy considers 2500-3500 RPM and 11-14 degrees of launch angle, the ProLaunch will help you get there and stay there. The ProLaunch is available in 4 weight ranges sure to fit all swing types.The Grafalloy ProLaunch blue is definitely a shaft worth looking at if you fall into the player profile we’ve described.

we stock the Grafalloy Pro launch blue driver shafts in 4 different weights complete with choice of grip and adaptor.

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Grafalloy Pro Launch Blue Driver Shaft W/ Titleist 917D Adaptor

 

 

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The TOP 5 Ryder cups IN HISTORY !

With the 2018 Ryder Cup almost here, its time to look back on the top 5 editions of the historic event. 

Top 5 Ryder Cups In History

The Ryder cup has been part of the history of the game since it was first contested in 1927. To celebrate the 2018 edition lets take a look back at five of the best Ryder Cup events in the history of the tournament.

2012 – Medinah Country Club, Illinois, USA

Final Score – Europe 14.5 USA 13.5

This is arguably the greatest Ryder Cup there has ever been. With the United States dominant over the first two days play, Ian Poulter put himself into the pantheon of Ryder Cup greats with birdies on the last five holes in his four ball match with Rory McIlroy against Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner. He helped secure a massive point for Europe which put the score at 10-6 with the Sunday singles to come.

The next day, Europe came out firing, winning the first five matches. Justin Rose’s match against Phil Mickelson in particular was huge for Europe as he birdied the last two holes with two brilliant putts to win 1up. Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and then Martin Kaymer also produced points with the German holing the winning putt on the 18th to win the Cup. It was an incredible come-back which was even more poignant given the death of Spanish great Save Ballesteros a year previously. Captain Jose Maria Olazabal was overcome with emotion on that momentous day.

 

Rose’s monster putt on 17 was a huge moment. He then birdied the last to beat Mickelson (Getty Images)

1999 – The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

Final Score – USA 14.5 Europe 13.5

In 1999, the United States pulled off a come-back of their own. Sure, in terms of crowd behaviour this edition probably wasn’t the Ryder Cups finest moment. Additionally that moment between Justin Leonard and Jose Maria Olazabal caused controversy but both of those things should not take away from what was an epic comeback.

Down 10-6 heading into the singles the Americans won the opening 6 matches by significant margins. Padraig Harrington stemmed the tide but Steve Pate and Jim Furyk won both their matches to put them up 14-12.

Justin Leonard sealed the half point American needed with a 40-foot putt on the 17th against Jose Maria Olazabal. The Americans celebrated to an embarrassing degree given the Spaniard still had a putt to halve the hole. Alas, he missed and the Americans secured the Cup.

 

The US players celebrate Leonard’s monster putt (Getty Images)

2010 – Celtic Manor Resort, Wales

Final Score – Europe 14.5 Europe 13.5

Plagued by weather issues, the 2010 event went into Monday of next week as the torrential rain had disrupted play. Going into the final day Europe led 9.5-6.5 but America ground their way back into the match and eventually the event came down to the anchor match between  2010 US Open winner Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan.

That match went down to the wire too with the birdie putt holed by McDowell on the 16th being a huge moment for his team. On the next, the pressure proved too much for Mahan as he fluffed his chip shot. McDowell won 3 & 1 and the Europeans took the Cup back once again.

 

McDowell holes a crucial putt in 2010 (Getty Images)

1987 – Muirfield Village Golf Club, Ohio, USA

Final Score – Europe 15 USA 13

Put simply, this was Europe’s first ever win on American soil and produced some memorable moments throughout. First, during the final day singles Ben Crenshaw snapped his putter so had to play the remainder of his match with Eamonn Darcy with his three-iron as his putter. Second that match proved to be crucial with Darcy securing his first point from 9 attempts on the 18th green. It was this match which stemmed the tide of an American comeback. Seve Ballesteros sealed the deal in his match later that day.

The final memorable moment came in European celebrations with Jose Maria Olazabal dancing his famous jig on one of the greens.

 

The 1987 European Ryder Cup team (Getty Images)

1969 – Royal Birkdale Golf Club, England

Final Score – Europe 16 USA 16

In terms of acts of true sportsmanship, the 1969 Ryder Cup has no competition. With the scores tied at 15.5 points each Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin Nicklaus made a 5 foot putt on the last leaving Jacklin with a couple of feet to tie. Nicklaus picked up the Englishman’s ball marker and said “I don’t think you would have missed it, but I wasn’t going to give you the chance, either.”

Sam Snead, the American captain was reportedly livid, but the moment has gone down as one of the greatest moments in the event history.

 

Nicklaus and Jacklin shaking hands after the concession in 1969 (Getty Images)

 

The 2018 Edition of the Ryder Cup gets underway on the 28th September and, if recent years are anything to go by it promises to be one of the best battles yet !

 

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Molinari`s winning formula @The Open

Francesco Molinari was the model of consistency on his way to winning the claret jug, becoming the first Italian major champion ever.

 The Italian was the last man standing after a thrilling final round at Carnoustie.

And as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth all found their troubles, Molinari was a model of calm consistency.

At no point during a fantastic final round with two birdies and no bogeys did he ever lose control of his golf ball.

Francesco Molinari WITB

The former Nike staffer has gradually switched into mostly TaylorMade gear over the past couple of years with a few exceptions.

Molinari is regarded as being one of the most consistent drivers of the ball hitting around 70 per cent of fairways with his TaylorMade M4 driver.

We had seen him using the M1 model up until the M4 was released at the start of the year.

Francesco Molinari WITB

The 35-year-old  Italian has a 13 degree M3 3-wood in the bag and he added a TaylorMade UDi 2-iron to his set up for this week

It’s no surprise to see him opt for a TaylorMade P790 4-iron too

He then moves into the P750 model which are one of the most popular among European and PGA Tour players.

Francesco Molinari WITB

Molinari has the TaylorMade Milled Grind wedges  including the Hi-Toe 60˚ which the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson are using.

After signing a deal with Bettinardi at the start of 2018, Molinari had put their BB56 model into play but made a switch at the Players Championship.

Francesco Molinari WITB

The model he used to win at both Wentworth and the Quicken Loans National, and now The Open, is the Dass BBZero…

Despite a bag full of TaylorMade clubs, Molinari opts for the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.

Francesco Molinari WITB

Driver: TaylorMade M4 8.5* (Mitsubishi Tensei White 60x) – Click the link to play the same driver shaft as the 2018 champion golfer of the year !

3-wood: TaylorMade M3 13˚ (Aldila x-torsion green, 70x)

Irons:TaylorMade P790 2/4, P750 5-PW (Dynamic Gold X100)

Wedges:TaylorMade Milled Grind 50˚, 56˚, Hi-Toe 60˚

Putter:Bettinardi Dass BBZero

Ball:Titleist Pro V1x

 

 

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Tiger`s Chances this week at the Open

Tiger Woods believes The Open is his best chance at winning another major – and not just because it’s the next one he plays in.

Tiger Woods is returning to Carnoustie for his first appearance at The Open Championship since 2015, 18 years after winning his first Claret Jug in St Andrews.

The 14-time major champion responded with a smile when asked whether he felt The Open offers him the best chance to win his next major.

 

 

 

“Not to be smart, but it is the next major I’m playing,” Woods responded.

He was candid about his chances however, drawing inspiration from players like Tom Watson  – who was still contending for the title in his famous loss to Stewart Cink in 2009, aged 59.

“As far as long term, certainly, I would say yes because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links style golf course, and look what Tom did at Turnberry at 59, I believe he was. So it’s possible. Greg was there at Birkdale, I think about 54-ish, somewhere around there, 53, 54. It certainly can be done.”

Despite currently ranking 28th on the PGA Tour for driving distance this year, Woods felt that long-term as he loses distance to other players – Augusta will outgrow him in a way that links golf and The Open won’t.

“You get to places like Augusta National, where it’s just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately. That’s just the way it goes. But links style golf course, you can roll the ball. As I said earlier, I hit a 3 iron that went down there to 330.Well, even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.

“So distance becomes a moot point on a links style golf course. But creativity plays such an important role, and you’ve got guys like Tom playing late in his career, doing well. There’s a reason why he won five of these – very creative and hit all the shots.”

For this week, strategy off the tee will play a big part for many players – just don’t expect Tiger to be hitting many drivers thanks to the firm and fast conditions.

“As I was saying to some of the guys a couple days ago, the fairways were faster than the greens.

“there’s not a lot of opportunities to hit the driver just because the ball is going to be rolling 80 yards. It’s just hard to keep the ball in play. Even hitting sometimes 4 and 5 irons, they’ve been running 50, 60 yards.

“It’s going to be an interesting test to see which clubs we’re going to be using off the tees, and a lot of it is dependent on which way the wind blows. So the whole idea of these practise rounds is just to get a good feel for what I’m going to do, and then adjust accordingly based on wind.”

Instead, he’s put a new 2-iron in the bag as more of a ‘driving club’.

“I did put a new 2 iron in play this week. I went down in loft from my normal 2 iron. My normal 2 iron is about 20 degrees. I bent this one down about 17. So I took a few degrees off of it, just trying to be able to have the ability to chase one down there.

“I still carry it about the same. It goes 245, 250 yards in the air, but it gets to its final destination much differently. Obviously, it rolls out whereas mine back home, I’ve generally liked having it 20 degrees because I can hit the ball into the par 5s as an option. This one’s not really designed for hitting the ball in the air to par 5s as an option. It’s more of a driving club.”

And Tiger is also keeping his TaylorMade TP Ardmore 3 mallet putter in the bag, which he hopes will help on the slower links greens – something he admits he has struggled with throughout his career.

“I did go to that mallet putter; has a little more swing to it. To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career. It’s one of the reasons why I think I really like the fact that this putter has grooves in it so it does roll initially a little bit faster and a little bit more true. And it is a little bit hotter.

“So for me, it’s going to help on these greens for sure because I normally, when I’ve come over here and I’ve played on virtually almost every single Open I’ve played in, I would put lead tape on my putter to try to lead it up and get it a little bit heavier and get the ball rolling. Don’t necessarily have to do it with the grooves. And when I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could leave it just the way it was. And this is the same type.”

This will be his fourth visit to Carnoustie (and third as an Open venue), having played here for the first time as an amateur during the 1995 Scottish Open. And, for Woods, just being able to feel competitive with the world’s still represents a big step forward.

 

He begins his campaign to win his 4th open at 3:21pm BST on Thursday.

 

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It`s OPEN week !

 

 

 

Open championship week is finally here again and this years instalment comes from Carnoustie golf links on the north west coast of Scotland. Carnoustie has hosted the open on 7 previous occasions, the last of which coming in 2007 when Padraig Harrington triumphed over Sergio Garcia in a playoff.

One of the most memorable finishes in open history took place at carnoustie in 1999 when Frenchman Jean Van De Velde, needing a double bogey 6 at the last to take the claret jug, made a triple bogey 7 to fall into a 3 man  playoff with american Justin Leonard and  Scotland`s Paul Lawrie which he would go on to lose after birdies by Lawrie on the 17th and 18th.

 

Paul Lawrie in 1999 with the claret jug

 

 

Carnoustie has a reputation for being one of the toughest venues on the open rota and this was never more evident than in 1999 when the halfway cut, after two rounds of terrible weather conditions fell at 12 over par. This resulted in the course gaining the nickname “carnasty”.

The key hole for the week has to be the 18th, which at 444 yards playing into a prevailing wind is one of the toughest finishes in professional golf. Four par 4`s at the 18th for the week would most likely gain you a couple of shots on the field. As for the rest of the course playing at a par of 71 for the championship and a total yardage of 7,421 yards it is as stern a test of links golf you will find and the champion golfer of the year come the end of the week will have for sure earned every bit of that title.

 

The coverage starts at 6:30am on Thursday 20th july and if i was you i would set your alarms bright and early as this years open has the making of one of the most exciting in years !