Ball Fitting

By Bruce MartinMarch 25, 2008, 4:00 pm

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Would you shoot lower with the best set of properly fitted modern golf clubs and a Gutta Percha golf ball, or would you shoot lower with the old hickory shafted clubs from Scotland and a new Titleist V1? Answer: The ball will make the major difference!
Modern golf ball technology has given consumers unprecedented choices and options to consider. Titleist has been the preferred choice of PGA Tour professionals for many years, but many other manufacturers have stepped up their R&D technology to become major players in the golf ball race.
Gone are the days of wound balata covered golf balls. Enter the 1990s with solid core golf balls with two and three layered covers. The modern durability factor is huge vs. the old balata covered golf balls that may last a few holes. Players of the past on the PGA Tour used to work the ball much more than the modern players who typically hit the ball scary straight. The ball is a definitely one of the key factors that contribute to this.
Questions you may ask yourself when deciding on the best ball:
1)Do I need more distance = go with a solid core and a Surlyn (harder) cover.
Ex: Slazenger raw is one of the longest balls I have tested.
2)How is your touch and feel around the green ' Would you be better off with a softer covered golf ball to judge distance on your putts and gain the advantage on your chipping, pitching, and wedge shots with the increased spin rates?
Ex: The Titleist V-1 is an excellent choice with a softer Urethane Elastomer cover.
3)Aerodynamics in cover pattern design ' The dimple size and pattern will change the spin rate.
Ex: The Titleist V1 has smaller dimples (392) total, and the V1x has larger dimple patterns (332) total. Aerodynamic testing will concur that the larger dimple patterns have less wind resistance with lower spin rates.
Which one do I choose?
A player with slower clubhead speeds may be better off with the V1 (higher spin- smaller dimple pattern) ball to help keep the ball airborn/higher trajectory. The player with higher clubhead speed may need the V1x (lower spin ball ' larger dimple patterns) for more of a lower/boring trajectory, especially in the wind.
4)Most ball manufacturers offer the combination of maximizing distance while achieving the touch and feel around the green of a softer cover. What a great alternative!
5)Double covered / dual cored balls = I would totally agree this technology will help keep the ball more round in the normal course of play, which will assist in a more consistent ball flight. This will also definitely help with lowering your putting averages.
Golf Ball Spin Rate Recommendations:
When fitting for your driver and the recommended golf ball, the following is a chart to compare your numbers on a launch monitor.
Swing Speed: 70-80 mph.
Ball Speed: 100-120 mph.
Launch Angle: 15-17.5
Ball Spin: 3400-3900
Swing Speed: 80-89 mph.
Ball Speed: 115-130 mph.
Launch Angle: 14-16.5
Ball Spin: 3100-3600
Swing Speed: 90-100 mph.
Ball Speed: 130-145 mph.
Launch Angle: 13-15
Ball Spin: 2800-3300
Swing Speed: 100-115+ mph.
Ball Speed: 145-165+ mph.
Launch Angle: 12-13.5
Ball Spin: 2500-3000
The ultimate goal is to maximize your carry distance and amount to roll to achieve your true potentials in overall distance. A properly fitted golf ball can be the difference!

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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.