TaylorMade offers tailor-made fitting

By Global Golf PostSeptember 28, 2010, 7:55 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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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.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x