City of Madison WI Golf Subcommittee to decide fate of Madison City Courses

In an article written by Logan Garcia on Wed 3/14/18 on the Madison Commons website the fate of two City of Madison golf courses rests in the hands of the City Golf Subcommittee.  Story  Golf Subcommittee to decide fate of Yahara and Monona

Swing Science FC-One Plus Adds Driver, Fairway, Hybrid and Putter

Swing Science has added to their FC-One Plus line a new driver, fairway, hybrid and putter.  This completes the FC-One Plus line!  A golfer can be custom fit from driver all the way to putter at a very attractive price.

The new FC-One Plus Driver comes with a 14 deg. 460cc head to help entry level and mid to high hdcp.  golfers launch the ball high enough for better carry along with taking off side spin with more loft.  The new FC-One Plus Fairway head is 20 deg. and 185cc again not a huge head but large enough for slight off center impact and able to be hit off tight lies on the turf.  The FC-One Plus Hybrid is 24 deg. and 130cc for the same reason as the fairway head and blends right into the FC-One Plus royal blue or light blue irons and wedges.  All the new heads have the same graphics as the other FC-One Plus line and look very smart.  FC-One Plus M Putter is a goose-neck offset mallet head design slightly heavier 375g head that golfers prefer.

The new driver, fairway and hybrid can all be custom fit with the various Swing Science Legacy shafts for the correct fit for the specific player profile.

NEW Swing Science FC-One Plus Driver, Frwy and Hybrid

I will have these available spring 2018 in various custom fitting options.

Scott~FGCC

 

 

Madison, WI Demand for Golf

On edit 01/05/18 additional information in new article on Madison Golf Enterprise.  Madison’s Golf Enterprise wouldn’t be sustained just by closing courses

According to a study done by Edgehill Golf Advisors for Madison, Wi city officials demand for golf will decline in the coming decade as baby boomers play less golf.  In a story done by Madison Newspapers written by Chris Aadland which appears here. Madison, WI Demand for Golf

Chris said in his article that….”There are “considerably fewer” golfers in the 18 to 44 year-old age group than those between the ages of 55 to 75, who play more often than their younger counterparts, according to the analysis.  The good news is the report….”found that the number of golf-playing Wisconsinites is twice the national average of about 7 percent, the number of golfers nationwide has steadily decreased from a high of 12.1 percent in 1999.”

There are two choices being considered by Madison City Golf Subcommittee to take to the City Common Council.  #1) Close some (it is unclear whether City Golf is considering closing all of Yahara) of the Yahara Hills Golf Course 36 holes which has had large drainage issues for many years and keep Monona open. #2) sell and close the Monona 9 hole course course to pay for the 4 million needed to repair Yahara Hills.  Odana Hills 18 holes and Glenway’s 9 holes are not effected.

It is this writers opinion that Yahara has been a leaking sieve for a multitude of years.  It makes one wonder why wait all this time to address the issues.  This isn’t something that is new business.  This along with many poor business decisions now in the present and over the years has left the Madison City Golf Enterprise exposed to these decisions.

With global warming and it’s wetter spring, summer and fall almost a given as we have seen these past few years.  It doesn’t make sense to try and reclaim Yahara built on a flood plain where Monona is dry upland and hasn’t been closed for wet grounds since 2008 to my recollection.

Add that Monona has the best driving range in southern Wisconsin while Yahara’s range is one of the worst, it surely doesn’t make sense to close it for that and so many other reasons.  Monona being a 9 hole course and a very walkable mature course for juniors, seniors and the golfing public.  And where Madison and Dane Co. are seen to be an above average stay in shape community why close the walkable mature course to keep open a harder to walk 36 hole Yahara Hills course where many need carts to even play the course.

Stay tuned more decisions will be on the way come spring 2018.

 

Swing Science FC-One Plus Fairway and Hybrid Going Into Production!

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.

FC-ONE PLUS model going into production!

Posted by Swing Science on Friday, July 7, 2017

Local Madison Golfer Fit with Wishon 335HL Hybrids and 979SS Irons!

Ray from Madison got his new fitted and custom built Wishon 335HL hybrids both the 3hy and 4hy and also 5i thru SW of new Wishon 979SS Irons.  Ray and I go back to our fast pitch softball days and worked together years back at SubZero.  In 2006, I had fit/built an Integra 450 driver with a 47″ SK Fiber Pure Energy “A” flex shaft tipped an 1″.  Ray is a decent player with good hand-eye coordination so he can play a longer 47″ playing length driver and is longer than most of his playing partners.

The Wishon set is fitted and built 1/2″ length graduation and D2 swing weight matched in the hybrids and irons with the AW at D3 and the SW at D4 with TWGT S2S White Hybrid shafts in the 335HL’s and TWGT S2S SuperLite steel.  All shafts are flex matched for Ray’s swing stats.  They are built 1/4″ over standard and lie angle adjusted accordingly.  PURE Pro grips were used.  Good golfing with them Ray!

 

FGCC Tests the Swing Science FC-One Utility Iron

I fit and built this Swing Science test utility iron to see how the design worked and also to check the viability of the new Aerotech hls Steelfiber/graphite shafts that recently came into the market.  I used a new Swing Science FC-One Utility Iron #4 head of 247.7 grams at 24* loft and adjusted the head easily to 58* lie angle which matches a True Length Technology Series #6 specifications.  I used an Aerotech hls 780 F2 flex or considered an A flex for my senior swing.  I tipped normally 1″ but could have soft stepped it and gotten possibly better results but happy with how the shaft plays.  I used a Swing Science Tour Velvet grip of 51.2 grams..  Heft match was 2689 kg-cm^2 (toe down) or D3.5 on swing weight.

The results were a more iron like appearance at address with the forgiveness of most hybrids.  The Aerotech hls hybrid shaft with a .370 parallel tip diameter and  at 3.1* of torque kept the ball from ballooning and noticeably lower than a typical Wishon Golf S2S Hybrid shafts .335 parallel tip diameter that Tom Wishon designs for higher flight.   This will appeal to some players that are looking to lower their ball flight.  The “feel” or sound of the ball making impact on the maraging face was muted and not harsh but not the hot feeling you get from some utility iron or hybrid heads.  Some of this maybe the shaft.  On a par 5 with a well struck shot going into the breeze, the ball started on line and drew about 5 feet towards the pin and fell hole high.  The Aerotech hls hybrid shaft definitely has a more tour like piercing trajectory.  This Swing Science design by Jeff Sheets is a good one and could be added to any client of FGCC who prefers a utility iron and would choose Swing Science.  Cost is in line with other brands with the Aerotech shafts a bit higher cost because of quality.

Swing Science has these FC-One Utility Irons available in #3 in 21*, #4 in 24* and #5 in 27*.  The FC-One Utility Iron can be fitted and built with both steel and graphite shafts with a  .370 parallel shaft.    Swing Science FC-One Utility Iron

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