Nowadays, golf balls are characterized as 2-piece, 3-piece, etc in reference to the varying layers of rubber materials that make up the core of the ball. The covers are typically made of either urethane or surlyn.
One of the age old questions, along with “are we alone in the universe?” and “what happens after life?” is “what is inside a golf ball?”. What secrets hide within that white exterior? Is it made of chocolate pudding or maybe vanilla? I can say that as disheartening as it is, the inside of a golf ball is not a tasty treat.
Well if golf balls are not filled with pudding, then what is it? Golf ball composition has changed dramatically throughout history. Originally, simple wooden spheres were used. However, these were replaced with featherie balls sometime within the 15th century. These balls were made of leather, filled with feathers, and painted white. These handmade leather golf balls had some drawbacks. The balls absorbed water and moisture, making them change density throughout a round. Additionally, hand sewn leather balls are far from perfectly circular, so ball flight was much more irregular than it is today. In the 19th century, the golf ball would once again change form.
The gutta percha ball, or often referred to as “guttie”, replaced the featherie ball. This ball was made out of the widely popular natural latex from palaquium gutta trees. Unlike the featherie balls, guttie balls did not have another material for their core. This allowed for the balls to be considerably cheaper than previous golf balls because they could be formed in molds. They also were much more uniform in shape and did not absorb water. Guttie balls were eventually found to have more stable flight characteristics when scratched. This led to them being produced with the first textured surface called “brambles”. However at the turn of the 20th century, gutta percha balls would see a serious development.
Coburn Haskell and an employee from Goodrich Rubber Company, found that by winding rubber strands around a solid core, and then coating the ball with gutta percha, they were able to produce a golf ball that traveled much further. These balls became known as Haskell balls. While originally featuring the same bramble surface as the guttie balls, the Haskell balls would become the first to feature the dimples we know today. This ball was by far the most popular ball for much of the 20th century. In 1967 it was modified slightly by replacing the outside cover with surlyn, a new resin material. Around the same time, the technology was developed to eliminate the need for a layered rubber core. This led to the common and inexpensive 2-piece ball that many people play today.
Nowadays, golf balls are characterized as 2-piece, 3-piece, 4-piece, etc. This designation refers to the varying layers of rubber materials that make up the cores of the ball. The cover of a golf ball is typically made of either urethane or surlyn. The number of cores and their exact composition are engineered for varying performance advantages. Interestingly, the number of cores does not equate directly to a more premium ball. Titleist Pro V1’s for example, are only a 3-piece ball. While a relatively average core count, the premium materials used are what makes these balls a premium option. All the developments in golf ball design throughout history have worked to make balls travel further than ever, and have more control near the green. Yet, we all know we will still blame the ball here and there for those bad shots.
Today golfers face so many choices when it comes to what ball to play. On Morton Golf Sales alone, there are over 90 different golf balls for sale. These balls come in a wide array of prices. The most expensive balls are typically advertised as tour-level balls. What does this mean though? Today we will cover what a tour-level ball is and whether it is right for you.
This is the defining characteristic of a tour-level ball. Tour-level balls are made of multiple layers. This makes them expensive to produce. However, the different cores allow for increased spin and feel for golfers.
Tour-level balls usually feature urethane covers. Urethane is a more expensive shell to produce than surlyn. Like the multi-layers, a urethane cover improves feel and spin. It is especially useful around the green. For Tour players, this is where they want the most improvement.
Like previously mentioned, the main benefit of a tour-level ball is short game performance. If you’re looking for pure forgiveness off the tee then a distance-oriented ball is probably better for you. Likewise, slower swing speed players usually benefit most from low compression balls. Therefore, tour-level are usually reserved for mid to low scoring players. It’s for the players that don’t need low compression and already is achieving the distance they want. Hope this sheds some light on what these tour-level balls are built for and why they are so expensive.
There is nothing that compares to the look of sleek and smooth blades in your golf bag. Yet, we all know there is more consistency and forgiveness to be had with cavity-backed and hybrid irons. How much assistance does a cavity-backed iron really offer? To find out, we compared the Titleist 718 AP1 cavity-backed irons to the Titleist 718 MB blade iron.
There are multiple types of irons. The most common types are cavity-backed, muscle-backed, and hybrid irons. Cavity-backed and hybrid irons are categorized as “game improvement” clubs. That means that they are designed for maximum forgiveness. “Game improvement” clubs are popular among high to mid handicap players. Meanwhile, muscle-backed or blade irons are designed for low handicap players. The traditional design of muscle-backed irons makes them unforgiving but also have a pure feel and increased versatility.
The Titleist 718 AP1 is the iron representing “game improvement” clubs for this experiment. Titleist advertises the iron as “The ultimate game improvement iron”. Its unique hollow body and undercut-cavity lowers the center of gravity and increases the moment of inertia.This makes the club face less likely to twist on a mishit. Likewise, the grind of the leading edge is more forgiving than a traditional muscle-back design.
The muscle-backed blade iron we have chosen for this experiment is the Titleist 718 MB iron. Titleist advertises this club as for “Precision shotmaking”. It features a one-piece forged head. It is designed for feel and versatility. The product page does not mention forgiveness or “game improvement” at all.
How much do “game improvement” irons matter to a beginner golfer?
We had three different golfers hit each club. We chose a 6-iron as the test club for each set. Every golfer hit 5 shots with both irons. Each of our golfers had slightly different levels of experience. However, all of them were beginners. Player #1 represents an entirely new player. He has never played golf and has only ever been to the golf range once in the past few years. Player #2 and #3 both have played golf before. Player #2 played less golf in total but had been to the range once in the past month. Meanwhile, player #3 used to play moderate amounts of golf as a child but had not played since then. Overall, the experience level of each participant varied which allowed the test to represent a wider range of beginner players.
The results for the experiment are as follows. Every participant hit the ball consistently farther with the Titleist AP1 cavity-backed iron than the muscle-backed Titleist MB iron.Player #1 saw an average improvement of 33.6 yards with the AP1 compared to the MB, player #2 improved 9.5 yards, and player #3 improved 7.3 yards.
Overall, every golfer tested experienced considerable improvement using the Titleist AP1 iron compared the Titleist MB iron. This result was anticipated. However, interestingly it seems that the less experienced golfers benefited the most from the “game-improvement” design of the AP1. While this result could have been anticipated as well, the amount of improvement was significant. An improvement of 33.6 yards for player #1 is incredible.
Despite Titleist MB irons having a place in golf, the “game-improvement” Titleist AP1s are definitely superior for beginner golfers. It seems that it does matter what clubs you start with. The experience of player #1 in this experiment sums the experiment up. He had a much more pleasant experience hitting the AP1 iron than the Titleist MB. Perhaps if every golfer began with game-improvement irons, the sport may be more popular.
With the release of the new Titleist TS1 and TS4 Drivers we thought it would be helpful to create a blog post that will help you tell the difference between these new clubs and the already released TS3 and TS4 drivers, as well as how to decide which would be best for you.
Titleist has always been known as the avid golfers go-to brand meaning that if you were playing twenty-five rounds of golf or had a handicap of around 10-15 or below Titleist was a brand you would gravitate towards.
However, the TS1 has blown that all to bits now because it is made for EVERYONE.
For the very first time in Titleists history, they actually have made a golf club that can be played by the more inexperienced golfer with a higher handicap in the 25 to 35 range.
What they have done is they’ve created a little bit of a new shape that has a really high MOI (Moment of Inertia) and that’s a good thing. More MOI means more forgiveness. In the back of this golf club, you’re actually going to see a very large tungsten weight.
There is a little dial where the tungsten weight is held and the further you can move the weight back in a golf club the more moment of inertia it has which means if you hit the ball off the heel or toe the head of the golf club will twist less, keeping your shots straighter.
All of the vendors that are building golf clubs for the medium to high handicap players are all trying to move that center of gravity as far back in the golf club as they can to create a higher trajectory, more forgiveness, and lower spin.
Low spin out on tour is what they’re going for and we’ll get into that with TS4 but for the average golfer, spin can help you get the ball airborne which is good for the medium to high handicap players.
The other big key that they’ve done on this driver is the overall weight of it. If I give you the TS1 versus the TS4, the TS1 is significantly lighter and that is because it has a 45-gram shaft. Now there are seven different stock shafts you can choose, however, despite that the overall club weight of a TS1 is much much lighter which is great for the person with low clubhead speed or that is trying to hit the ball farther.
Additionally, with the TS1 there are three loft choices. They are a 9-5, a 10-5 and a 12-5. Again as we’re talking about golfers who need help a 12-5 loft can get that ball airborne so for seniors, ladies or newer golfers more loft is very helpful.
Then with the adjustable hosel on these clubs, you can actually go up and down in loft just by adjusting the hosel which is a newer feature that we’re seeing in the TS series drivers.
Next we have the TS2 Driver. This is not a new driver but the TS2 is the everyman golf club. It’s a mid-launch Golf Club that is going to be for that mid everyday golfer. These are golfers anywhere from a 10-20 handicap. This driver also has seven different shaft options. They have a wide variety of shafts from 50 to 80 grams available for you to fit to your liking.
From a design standpoint, you’ll see that this driver has a little different tungsten weight in the back but again this club also has a very high center of gravity. It’s going to have a little bit lower spin and a little bit lower launch than the TS1 does and is actually available in a couple more lofts. This driver is available with 8-5, 9-5, 10-5, and 11-5 lofts.
The TS2 also has a fairway wood version which the TS1 does not have, but we expect them to come out with a version of fairway woods for the TS1 and TS4 soon.
The TS3 has also been out for a little while. This club is a bit more pear-shaped it isn’t quite as wide from the face to the back and there is no tungsten weight making the center of gravity more forward in this one than the previous two clubs.
The TS3 is not quite as forgiving but because the weight is forward it’s going to be a little bit lower spinning. The face is a little bit deeper which is going to bring the trajectory down, so that better player who is trying to reduce the spin and hit that ball farther will be able to get that.
This club is really great for the players with clubhead speeds of 110-115 mph off the driver and is more workable. So, if you are a player that wants to hit the ball left to right or right to left based on the hole you’re playing having the weight forward in the driver is going to allow you to do that.
This clubs isn’t for the player that’s just up there praying it’s going to go straight, this is for the player that has an idea of where the ball is going to go and how they want to work that ball and tune it around.
This is for a little bit better player, probably in the 5 to 15 handicap.
Last but not least we have the new TS4 and this one does have a tungsten weight in the bottom, but it is closer to the face of the club. This club is way different than all the other clubs because this is bringing the moment of inertia closer to the face and as the weight goes towards the face the spin and trajectory go down a lot making this the perfect club for the advanced golfer.
This is a great driver for the low handicapper and the tour players who are creating an exceptional amount of spin off their driver with a clubhead speed that’s upwards of 115-120 mph. These players are putting tons of spin on the ball and they need everything they can to reduce the spin to maximize their distance and that’s what the new TS4 is going to do for their really hard swingers.
This golf club is going to be the lowest spinning driver the Titleist has ever made.
However, there are exceptions to all the rules. A golfer who actually has a very choppy swing or as has an arc that is coming right down on the ball and generating an enormous amount of spin off their driver has a tendency to hit the ball super high and this might be a great option for them because it’s going to bring the trajectory down and bring their spin down. There are exceptions to every rule but for the average consumer, this typically won’t be the club for you.
This club in only available with 8-5. 9-5. and 10-5 lofts and still available with any of the stock shafts that can make the club heavier or lighter as well as have an impact on the torque of the clubs. So, aside from picking the right driver, you also need to be aware of which club you choose, as this can have a major impact on performance as well.
Between the different shafts, heads, lofts and more there are literally hundreds of different options for you to choose from when picking out the perfect club for you.
If you aren’t sure which shaft or driver you should get, you can always give us a call to get customized advice from our golf clubs experts at (916) 808-0977.
Overall, those are the pros and cons of the Titleist TS1, TS2, TS3, TS4 drivers, I hope you found this helpful!
If you ave any questions or comments you can leave them below and we will get back to you, we love hearing from you!
The new Titleist TS4 Driver is out and if you are an advanced golfer who wants more distance and more control, then this is the driver for you!
This driver is very different than the others in this series. While they are geared toward the beginner to the intermediate golfer, this club is geared toward the advanced golfer who has more control over their swing and who wants more distance and control of their shot.
As of right now, this golf club is set to be the lowest spinning driver that Titleist has ever made.
What makes this club so different is that the engineers at Titleist have brought the moment of inertia closer to the front of the club rather than the back by placing a tungsten weight close to the face. As the weight goes towards the face the spin and trajectory decrease which increase the distance you can hit the ball.
These specs are heavily sought after by low handicappers and players that are on tour who are creating an exceptional amount of spin off their driver with a clubhead speed that’s upwards of 115-120 mph. These players are putting tons of spin on the ball and they need everything they can to reduce the spin to maximize their distance and that’s exactly what the TS4 is designed for!
If you are a golfer who has a very choppy swing or your arc is coming right down on the ball and generating an enormous amount of spin causing you to hit the ball super high, then this might be a great option for you, even if you might have a bit of a higher handicap.
However, unless you fit that exception, this club is not the best fit for the average golfer.
This club is available in 8-5, 9-5. and 10-5 lofts, as well as seven stock shaft of varying weights and flex that you can choose from to get the club that is the best fit for you.
However, between the different shafts, heads, lofts and more there are literally hundreds of different options for you to choose from when picking out the perfect club for you so if you have any questions feel free to give us a call to get customized advice from one of our golf clubs experts at (916) 808-0977.
Very recently, Titleist has released their NEW TS1 Driver and we are very excited about it!
Titleist has always been known as the avid golfers go-to brand meaning that if you were playing twenty-five rounds of golf or had a handicap of around 10-15 or below Titleist was a brand for you.
However, the TS1 has broken the mold by becoming the club for EVERYONE. For the very first time in Titleist’s history, they actually have made a golf club that can be played by more inexperienced golfers with higher handicaps in the 25 to 35 range.
What they have done is created a driver that has a specific shape and weight distribution that creates a very high MOI (Moment of Inertia) and that’s a good thing! More MOI means more forgiveness, so if the weight is in the back of the golf club, like it is in this one, it’s going to make the club more forgiving and make golf more enjoyable for you.
If you look at this club, you can see a little dial where the tungsten weight is at the back of the driver. The idea here is that the further you can move the weight back in a golf club the more moment of inertia it has, meaning that if you hit the ball off the heel or toe, the head will twist less, keeping your shots straighter and making them more consistent.
All of the vendors that are building golf clubs for the medium to high handicap players are all trying to move that center of gravity as far back in the golf club as they can to create a higher trajectory, more forgiveness, and lower spin.
Low spin out on tour is what they’re going for, but for the average golfer, spin can help you get the ball airborne which is good for the medium to high handicap players.
The other big thing that they’ve done on this driver is the overall weight of it. The TS1 is much much lighter than many other drivers, including the other Titleist TS drivers, which helps those with low clubhead speeds that are trying to hit farther finally get some additional yardage on their drives.
With the TS1 there are three loft choices. There’s a 9-5, a 10-5 and a 12-5. Again as we’re talking about golfers who need a bit of help, a 12-5 loft can get that ball airborne even more easily. So for seniors, ladies or newer golfers more loft is very helpful.
And, if all of those features weren’t enough, this driver also has an adjustable hosel that allows you to go up and down in loft just by adjusting the hosel so that you can adjust the loft to your exact needs.
Overall, the Titleist TS1 Driver is an exceptional driver for higher handicap golfers wanting to lower their scores and have more fun out on the course!
If you would like to check it out you can here, and if you have any question about this club, customizations or anything else, feel free to call us at (916) 808-0977!
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New Pro V1 and Pro V1x’s are now available to order
Faster from core to cover, the new Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls have been designed to leave the clubface with more ball speed and lower long game spin for more distance while providing the best short game control to help golfers shoot lower scores.
MORE OF WHAT’S FAST, LESS OF WHAT’S NOT. More ball speed and less spin in the long game with the best Drop-and-Stop short game control.
17% THINNER COVER A More Efficient Design. The proprietary cast thermoset urethane elastomer cover system provides the best scoring control. While great for generating high spin on approach shots and short game shots, the cover does not contribute speed. By reducing the cover thickness, we have added speed while retaining the spin and control.
NEW, LARGER CASING LAYER More of What’s Fast. The casing layer is the speed enhancing, spin optimizing layer that helps power Pro V1 and Pro V1x for exceptional distance in the long game. The new 2019 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls have larger casing layers, adding more fast material to their respective designs.
NEW, FAST CORE More Speed. Less Spin. Same Feel. The combination of the most advanced formulation and processing capabilities deliver powerful engines to Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls. The new cores have more speed and less spin while maintaining their feel characteristics and compression.
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Don’t fall in to that boring gift card rut this holiday season! Score something special for everyone on your list without spending a fortune. We thought we’d give you a hand by collecting fun and affordable gifts that ensures everyone on your list has a happy holiday.
Designed to meet the performance demands of Tiger Woods, TOUR B Golf Balls represent the most innovative and performance-oriented balls in Bridgestone history. The TOUR B sets a new standard for feel, control, accuracy and performance.
The Hydro Flask has long been a favorite among our staff. It’s available now in a wide range of colors and styles. Accessories are also available for purchase.
They insure a constant solid grip on clubs throughout your round. They are the # 1 selling golf glove for a reason. Add one (or two) to your holiday list,
While it’s almost always sunny in Sacramento, we do hear that the rains are on the way. Be prepared and stylish with the Sun Mountain Manual UV Umbrella. With UV protection it will help keep you cool and protected during the dog days of summer, too.
2UNDR – inspired by the kangaroo-pouch, this performance brand creates high quality men’s athletic underwear, with the versatility of everyday use.
With more support than a standard brief and improved airflow to keep you cool, 2UNDR products provide the best fit, comfort and style a golfer could ever need.
Don’t let cold hands keep you from a round of golf this winter. Warm up your hands in between holes with Bag Boy’s Electronic Hand Warmer.
The Trunk-It Golof Gear Organizer fits neatly in the trunk of your car storing a pair of golf shoes plus other golf related accessories. Adjustable compartments to fit your needs. Always be prepared to hit the links when you store everything in your trunk!
The Alister MacKenzie Triple Sole Grind Wedges are a limited edition product designed by the professional golf staff at Haggin Oaks. The coolest part is that they are priced at roughly half what the national chains charge for similar quality product.
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