TaylorMade offers tailor-made fitting - COPIED

By Global Golf PostOctober 18, 2010, 6:24 pm

As is the case with most major equipment makers, TaylorMade-Adidas Golf offers a way for golfers to get their clubs tailor made, if you will, at a pair of high-tech fitting centers known as The Kingdom. One is located near company headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., and the other at Reynolds Plantation in Georgia. Manned by master fitters, they boast the latest in swing analysis gear as well as ample ranges that can accommodate as many as 15 players at one time – and drives that go Dustin Johnson long.

“My responsibility is to get you the best possible ball flight,” master fitter Daryl Dyte says to a single-digit handicapper who is about to start his fitting session at the Carlsbad site. And the player begins by warming up on the range. Once he’s loose, it’s into the so-called MAT-T room (for Motion Analysis Technology by TaylorMade), where Dyte uses a slew of cutting edge equipment to break down his customer’s swing, considering where the player hits the ball on the clubface and what lies and lofts are most efficient. He also looks carefully at swing tendencies as the player hits shots into a net and even offers a little instruction. It’s good information, too, as Dyte knows his stuff, having fit clubs for 20 years and worked closely with a number of top tour and club pros during that time.

The session in the MAT-T room lasts about an hour, and then it’s outside to the range. “This is where we verify what we learned inside,” Dyte says. The player hits irons with different shaft combinations, and it is apparent he is into the process. And why not? This is a golf geek’s paradise, and there is understandable pleasure in discovering what works best from an equipment standpoint and also in being fitted the same way the touring pros are – and by a guy who fit them all the time. Dyte is warm and welcoming, and he mixes in fun stories about TaylorMade staffers like Kenny Perry and Paula Creamer with thoughts on what combinations might provide that optimum ball flight.

Most golfers who come to The Kingdoms for fittings do so through the introduction of a TaylorMade staff PGA professional. Price varies, depending on the extent of the fitting, and visitors generally get discounts on clubs they end up buying when they are done. Corporate groups are welcome, too, and the company also offers what it calls the TaylorMade Tour Experience at Reynolds. That's a two-day extravaganza in which players get fit one day and then play 18 holes the next with clubs that have been built overnight.

In addition, TaylorMade offers a variety of fitting options utilizing the MAT-T system at 30 locations around the world, including 19 in North American, three in Europe, four in Asia and three in South Africa.

For more information, check out www.taylormade.com or call 760-918-6000.

 

As is the case with most major equipment makers, TaylorMade-Adidas Golf offers a way for golfers to get their clubs tailor made, if you will, at a pair of high-tech fitting centers known as The Kingdom. One is located near company headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., and the other at Reynolds Plantation in Georgia. Manned by master fitters, they boast the latest in swing analysis gear as well as ample ranges that can accommodate as many as 15 players at one time – and drives that go Dustin Johnson long.

 

“My responsibility is to get you the best possible ball flight,” master fitter Daryl Dyte says to a single-digit handicapper who is about to start his fitting session at the Carlsbad site. And the player begins by warming up on the range. Once he’s loose, it’s into the so-called MAT-T room (for Motion Analysis Technology by TaylorMade), where Dyte uses a slew of cutting edge equipment to break down his customer’s swing, considering where the player hits the ball on the clubface and what lies and lofts are most efficient. He also looks carefully at swing tendencies as the player hits shots into a net and even offers a little instruction. It’s good information, too, as Dyte knows his stuff, having fit clubs for 20 years and worked closely with a number of top tour and club pros during that time.

 

The session in the MAT-T room lasts about an hour, and then it’s outside to the range. “This is where we verify what we learned inside,” Dyte says. The player hits irons with different shaft combinations, and it is apparent he is into the process. And why not? This is a golf geek’s paradise, and there is understandable pleasure in discovering what works best from an equipment standpoint and also in being fitted the same way the touring pros are – and by a guy who fit them all the time. Dyte is warm and welcoming, and he mixes in fun stories about TaylorMade staffers like Kenny Perry and Paula Creamer with thoughts on what combinations might provide that optimum ball flight.

 

Most golfers who come to The Kingdoms for fittings do so through the introduction of a TaylorMade staff PGA professional. Price varies, depending on the extent of the fitting, and visitors generally get discounts on clubs they end up buying when they are done. Corporate groups are welcome, too, and the company also offers what it calls the TaylorMade Tour Experience at Reynolds. That's a two-day extravaganza in which players get fit one day and then play 18 holes the next with clubs that have been built overnight.

 

In addition, TaylorMade offers a variety of fitting options utilizing the MAT-T system at 30 locations around the world, including 19 in North American, three in Europe, four in Asia and three in South Africa.

 

For more information, check out www.taylormade.com or call 760-918-6000.

 

As is the case with most major equipment makers, TaylorMade-Adidas Golf offers a way for golfers to get their clubs tailor made, if you will, at a pair of high-tech fitting centers known as The Kingdom. One is located near company headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., and the other at Reynolds Plantation in Georgia. Manned by master fitters, they boast the latest in swing analysis gear as well as ample ranges that can accommodate as many as 15 players at one time – and drives that go Dustin Johnson long. 

“My responsibility is to get you the best possible ball flight,” master fitter Daryl Dyte says to a single-digit handicapper who is about to start his fitting session at the Carlsbad site. And the player begins by warming up on the range. Once he’s loose, it’s into the so-called MAT-T room (for Motion Analysis Technology by TaylorMade), where Dyte uses a slew of cutting edge equipment to break down his customer’s swing, considering where the player hits the ball on the clubface and what lies and lofts are most efficient. He also looks carefully at swing tendencies as the player hits shots into a net and even offers a little instruction. It’s good information, too, as Dyte knows his stuff, having fit clubs for 20 years and worked closely with a number of top tour and club pros during that time.

The session in the MAT-T room lasts about an hour, and then it’s outside to the range. “This is where we verify what we learned inside,” Dyte says. The player hits irons with different shaft combinations, and it is apparent he is into the process. And why not? This is a golf geek’s paradise, and there is understandable pleasure in discovering what works best from an equipment standpoint and also in being fitted the same way the touring pros are – and by a guy who fit them all the time. Dyte is warm and welcoming, and he mixes in fun stories about TaylorMade staffers like Kenny Perry and Paula Creamer with thoughts on what combinations might provide that optimum ball flight. 
 
Most golfers who come to The Kingdoms for fittings do so through the introduction of a TaylorMade staff PGA professional. Price varies, depending on the extent of the fitting, and visitors generally get discounts on clubs they end up buying when they are done. Corporate groups are welcome, too, and the company also offers what it calls the TaylorMade Tour Experience at Reynolds. That's a two-day extravaganza in which players get fit one day and then play 18 holes the next with clubs that have been built overnight.

In addition, TaylorMade offers a variety of fitting options utilizing the MAT-T system at 30 locations around the world, including 19 in North American, three in Europe, four in Asia and three in South Africa.

For more information, check out www.taylormade.com or call 760-918-6000.

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Langer not playing to pass Irwin, but he just might

By Tim RosaforteJanuary 16, 2018, 1:40 pm

Bernhard Langer goes back out on tour this week to chase down more than Hale Irwin’s PGA Tour Champions record of 45 career victories. His chase is against himself.

“I’m not playing to beat Hale Irwin’s record,” Langer told me before heading to Hawaii to defend his title at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. “I play golf to play the best I can, to be a good role model, and to enjoy a few more years that are left.”

Langer turned 60 on Aug. 27 and was presented a massage chair by his family as a birthday gift. Instead of reclining (which he does to watch golf and football), he won three more times to close out a seven-win campaign that included three major championships. A year prior, coming off a four-victory season, Langer told me after winning his fourth Charles Schwab Cup that surpassing Irwin’s record was possible but not probable. With 36 career victories and 11 in his last two years, he has changed his tone to making up the nine-tournament difference as “probable.”

“If I could continue a few more years on that ratio, I could get close or pass him,” Langer told me from his home in Boca Raton, Fla. “It will get harder. I’m 60 now. It’s a big challenge but I don’t shy away from challenges.”


Bernhard Langer, Hale Irwin at the 1991 Ryder Cup (Getty Images)


Langer spent his off-season playing the PNC Father/Son, taking his family on a ski vacation at Big Sky in Yellowstone, Montana, and to New York for New Year’s. He ranks himself as a scratch skier, having skied since he was four years old in Germany. The risk of injury is worth it, considering how much he loves “the scenery, the gravity and the speed.”

Since returning from New York, Langer has immersed himself into preparing for the 2018 season. Swing coach Willy Hoffman, who he has worked with since his boyhood days as an as assistant pro in Germany, flew to Florida for their 43rd year of training.

“He’s a straight shooter,” Hoffman told me. “He says, 'Willy, every hour is an hour off my life and we have 24 hours every day.'"

As for Irwin, they have maintained a respectful relationship that goes back to their deciding singles match in the 1991 Ryder Cup. Last year they were brought back to Kiawah Island for a corporate appearance where they reminisced and shared the thought that nobody should ever have to bear what Langer went through, missing a 6-footer on the 18th green. That was 27 years ago. Both are in the Hall of Fame.

"I enjoy hanging out with Hale," Langer says.

Langer’s chase of Irwin’s record is not going to change their legacies. As Hoffman pointed out, “Yes, (Bernhard) is a rich man compared to his younger days. He had no money, no nothing. But today you don’t feel a difference when you talk to him. He’s always on the ground.”

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McIlroy: Ryder Cup won't be as easy as USA thinks

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 16, 2018, 1:18 pm

The Americans have won their past two international team competitions by a combined score of 38-22, but Rory McIlroy isn’t expecting another pushover at the Ryder Cup in September.

McIlroy admitted that the U.S. team will be strong, and that its core of young players (including Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler) will be a force for the next decade. But he told reporters Tuesday at the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship that course setup will play a significant role.

“If you look at Hazeltine and how they set the course up – big, wide fairways, no rough, pins in the middle of greens – it wasn’t set up for the way the Europeans like to play,” McIlroy said, referring to the Americans’ 17-11 victory in 2016. “I think Paris will be a completely different kettle of fish, so different.”

At every Ryder Cup, the home team has the final say on course setup. Justin Rose was the most outspoken about the setup at Hazeltine, saying afterward that it was “incredibly weak” and had a “pro-am feel.” 

And so this year’s French Open figures to be a popular stop for European Tour players – it’s being held once again at Le Golf National, site of the matches in September. Tommy Fleetwood won last year’s event at 12 under.

“I’m confident,” McIlroy said. “Everything being all well and good, I’ll be on that team and I feel like we’ll have a really good chance.

“The Americans have obviously been buoyant about their chances, but it’s never as easy as that. The Ryder Cup is always close. It always comes down to a few key moments, and it will be no different in Paris. I think we’ll have a great team and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.” 

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Floodlights may be used at Dubai Desert Classic

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 16, 2018, 12:44 pm

No round at next week’s Dubai Desert Classic will be suspended because of darkness.

Tournament officials have installed state-of-the-art floodlighting around the ninth and 18th greens to ensure that all 132 players can finish their round.

With the event being moved up a week in the schedule, the European Tour was initially concerned about the amount of daylight and trimmed the field to 126 players. Playing under the lights fixed that dilemma.

“This is a wonderful idea and fits perfectly with our desire to bring innovation to our sport,” European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said. “No professional golfer ever wants to come back the following morning to complete a round due to lack of daylight, and this intervention, should it be required, will rule out that necessity.”

Next week’s headliners include Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson. 

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Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.