A local client Albert H. from Madison, WI took delivery 7/13/17 on his custom fit and custom built Swing Science FC-One Pro Forged satin finish irons 4 – PW shafted with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 .355 taper and PURE Pro Birdie Blue grips. The Pro Forged irons were custom fit to Series #5 True Length Technology and swing weight heft matched for Albert.
Albert had played Mizuno MP-32 blades in standard length and lie and commented that the new Pro Forged irons were…..“more forgiving on slight miss hits and more solid.” Albert’s general miss was a heavy draw and the new shafts with corrected lie and heft match cut down on his draw and made them more playable.
Swing Science FC-One Plus Fairway and Hybrid heads going into production. These should be available end of August. Designed for the mid to high handicap player. These heads will mate well with the many Swing Science models of shafts especially the Series 200 and 400 graphite shafts. The Plus series follows the FC-One Plus irons and offers a full set up for various player skill levels.
Swing Science has a new adjustable hosel fairway wood that can be fitted and perform well from 13* to 17* lofts with open +3.5* to closed-3.5* face angles and in between. The adjust ability allows various shafts of various shaft profiles and shaft weights to be tested and fit to perform great for the individual golfer.
The black matte finish on the honeycomb crown with a black polished sole are beautiful to use and look at. Swing Science designed this head with a lower CG to get the ball airborne easily and it’s 170cc volume size is easy to hit off tight lies in the fairway or for those players that like a smaller shorter playing length club off the tee.
There is also a matching adjustable hosel Swing Science FC-One A driver.
The top video explains what the correct way to dynamically test your lie angle on your irons and wedges. The bottom video explains why lie boards – LIE. Are your clubs fit this way? If not this is one of the factors you may have in ill fit golf clubs.
One of the reasons, I use True Length Technology or TLT is for the best performing playing length/lie angle correlation. Based on a math model there are 16 Series for adults and 10 Series for juniors. Every golfer fits in one of these TLT Series correctly.
I thought, I would deviate from equipment discussion here and discuss a training aid that has been out for a number of years that many great golf teachers have been using. It’s called The Impact Snap and was developed by Kelvin Miyahira of Hawaii. Kelvin developed this tool which will show the golfer how to correctly release the club. See video below.
This device (Impact Snap) is what I show players about the release. Supination, Flexion and Ulnar Deviation. These three facets are talked about in Homer Kelly’s The Golfing Machine. Helps maintain the Flying Wedge.
Once you develop a medium to later release you up club head speed, don’t add loft and have the need for less and less offset and closed face angle metal woods.
I have no connection to Kelvin and have found this tool to be one of the best out there.
The Swing Science Plus iron is a great alternative for the recreational golfer that needs a bit of help on off center impacts along with sole forgiveness help on “fat” shots. These irons are a great ultra game improvement iron. It comes 5i to PW and the regular FC-One iron can be used from the PW, GW and SW or you can go with the FC-One wedges. Above the 5i one can go with hybrids or for those that are fit best with a matching same iron shaft as in their irons one can choose the FC-One Utility Iron in 3UI, 4UI and 5UI. A number of possibilities exist for the best performance for the individual golfer along with various weight steel and graphite FC-One shafts. These come in 2 colors of blue.
Fitting is done with the same head and various shafts of correct playing length and lie adjustments. Don’t be put off by enormous costs of off the rack irons when you can start with a well fit set of irons for the recreational golfer. (Example a FC-One Plus iron with FC-One 1150i steel and a Swing Science matching Dual Density grip is $45/iron.) Other shafts and grip combinations come at various pricing. Fitting cost extra.
See Jeff Sheets Swing Science technical director video below for a good description.
Swing Science has announced the FC-One Pro forged iron will be added to the Swing Science line up in May 2017. This is good news as the S800 forged iron had been out of the line up for some time.
The FC-One Pro forged head is made using 1025, or SC-25, carbon steel, even softer feeling, and more malleable, than the original S800 series forged released in 2008, which was made using 1035. They will come with a .355 tapered hosel rather than .370 parallel hosel. This allows use of the FC-One Pro iron shaft for players that have a a bit higher mid-iron swing speed with later release for a lower piercing ball flight or the use of Nippon .355 tapered iron shafts for various player swing types. The FC-One Pro forged head will come in a satin finish pictured above or black. I have yet to see the black or know how the finish will wear over time.
The will be a great forged head interesting to mid to low hdcp level players.
Golfers see this often in every foursome at least one or more members of the group are playing the incorrect tee box for their driver distance. The USGA and PGA came out with the “Tee It Forward” program in 2011.
There is a good chart on the link from USGA/PGA on what tee and distance of course you should use for your driver distance. Tee It Forward Guidelines
I am 85 mph driver club head speed and average 200 yards max. I should play 5400 yards not 6000. Not all courses have correct tee boxes for your driver distance. But these are proven good guidelines. They make the game faster and more enjoyable. To be able to drive the ball relatively accurately you need minimum 90 mph driver club head speed to play 3000 yard 9 hole 6000 yards 18 hole. Also one would need more center face impact to have good 1.3 – 1.4 smash factor which also means the majority of recreational players are playing to long of a driver playing length to make good center face impact. This all goes back to correct fitting of a driver. Golf is first a game of accuracy and then distance.