Milled Vs. Cast Putters: What’s the difference and Which is Best For You?

Although putters may not make it into the spotlight as much as drivers and irons, they are still widely popular. Many companies are working extremely hard to advance the technology allowing the everyday golfer to shoot like the pros and the pros to drive their scores even lower below par!

One main area of debate, advancement and discussion is the difference between and the benefits of milled putters vs. cast putters. Which is better, what advantages they have and so forth. As a result, one of the biggest questions that golfers have to answer when choosing a putter is if they want it cast or milled.

However, not all golfers know the real difference between the two or how they are even made and, as a result, we thought that we should explain the difference between the two.

Cast Putters

First of all, we have cast putters. These putters are molded into shape using hot metal and a mold and are typically made of a few different pieces that are put together to create the head of your putter.

This can be beneficial in regards to some scientific advancements with the use of synthetic materials to increase topspin, reduce skid, allow for more power with less effort and so forth.

However, with cast putters, you often have hot spots and soft spots that allow for some inconsistencies in the club that make it hit harder in some areas and less hard in others. This is one of the main complaints with these kinds of putters as this can cause problems for the pro golfer who needs to be able to rely on his or her club to consistently hit with the same speed and accuracy.

Cast clubs, however, are often much less expensive ranging from $100 often to around $300 for most putters making them more easily accessible and potentially the better option for the beginner to intermediate golfer.

Milled Putters

A CNC milled putter is actually a putter that has been milled out of a brick of aluminum which allows them to be extremely exact, and more importantly, adds more consistency to your putting.

They make these types of putters by taking a raw piece of aluminum and stamping it out dozens or in some cases, hundreds of times under literally tons of pressure to get it as dense as they possibly can. Then they have a machine, basically, a large drill bit, come in and drill out the putter, making a complete putter head out of the brick of aluminum. This creates a putter head that is one piece with almost no imperfections making more putts more consistent and reliable.

Typically, milled putters are much more expensive than a cast putter and often cost anywhere from $500 – $1,000.

The reason they are so expensive is that there’s just so much more material that’s needed and a CNC milling machine usually starts at about half a million dollars for one, so there’s a lot of expensive technology that’s involved in the process.

These types of putters are typically best for the advanced golfer or the perfectionist who wants to know that their putter is perfect, so any missed putts they have are their fault.

If you want to check out all of the putters that we have available, you can here!

This one tip will improve your golf game.

The “Hockey” practice drill is a must-try during your next practice session at the Driving Range.

Recently, we spent some time with our Apprentice Professional Hank Vereschzagin to create a video that explains how to incorporate this drill into your game. This is what he had to say.

“There are many ways we can practice, but some of them can be detrimental to improvement. When we go to a session, whether it is the range or practice green, we should have at least two goals. These factors we have decided are most important to us are the highlight of the session. Ben Hogan discussed writing them down before leaving to practice and then grading how well you stayed true to that goal upon returning.”

Let’s say we want to improve contact. When you arrive at the range do you remember your goal or did it become a show of strength or speed (I hit 100 balls in 25 minutes)? If something goes a little awry, did we become frustrated and give up or did we step back and do a couple of drills to regain our form? Are we trying to feel what our bodies are doing during the swing and tapping into whether it is working or not? Are you hesitant to go to the range to practice because of fear of what others may see or that it might not be that great of a session (trust me, I have times on the range I would rather forget, but they were great learning tools.”

Another great way to become a better golfer is to invest in an Orange Whip Trainer.

Whether you are a Tour Player or a beginning golfer, using the Orange Whip Trainer allows you to feel if your swing is actually in rhythm and balance. Providing a low impact workout, the Orange Whip Trainer will increase your flexibility and strengthen your golf muscles. Ask any Tour Player or Golf Instructor and they will tell you it’s the perfect warm-up tool because it properly stretches your golf muscles while perfecting tempo and balance.

Three key components that make up the patented design of the Orange Whip Trainer; a weighted orange ball, a counterweight, and a very flexible shaft. The orange ball replaces the clubhead and allows you to focus on swinging naturally without worrying about the position of the clubface. It’s weighted to promote a fluid swinging motion rather than a jerky hitting motion. 

The counterweight balances the Orange Whip, stabilizing your swing from the start through the finish. It’s essential in providing critical feedback on whether you are loading and unloading the golf club properly. 

Our proprietary shaft naturally promotes the need to swing in rhythm creating synchronization between your arms, upper body, and lower body. The result is a perfect tempo and balanced swing creating more consistent and powerful shot-making on the course. Feedback from the Orange Whip Trainer is instant and any wobble in the swing indicates a need to improve tempo and balance. Swinging it, you will naturally find the tour like motion needed to be a better golfer.

Whether you are a Tour Player or a beginning golfer, using the Orange Whip Trainer allows you to feel if your swing is actually in rhythm and balance. Providing a low impact workout, the Orange Whip Trainer will increase your flexibility and strengthen your golf muscles. Ask any Tour Player or Golf Instructor and they will tell you it’s the perfect warm-up tool because it properly stretches your golf muscles while perfecting tempo and balance. 

Three key components that make up the patented design of the Orange Whip Trainer; a weighted orange ball, a counterweight, and a very flexible shaft. The orange ball replaces the clubhead and allows you to focus on swinging naturally without worrying about the position of the clubface. It’s weighted to promote a fluid swinging motion rather than a jerky hitting motion. 

The counterweight balances the Orange Whip, stabilizing your swing from the start through the finish. It’s essential in providing critical feedback on whether you are loading and unloading the golf club properly. 

Our proprietary shaft naturally promotes the need to swing in rhythm creating synchronization between your arms, upper body, and lower body. The result is a perfect tempo and balanced swing creating more consistent and powerful shot-making on the course. Feedback from the Orange Whip Trainer is instant and any wobble in the swing indicates a need to improve tempo and balance. Swinging it, you will naturally find the tour like motion needed to be a better golfer.

Bushnell Tour V4 Jolt Patriot Pack Rangefinder

The Bushnell Tour V4 is the combination of size, speed, accuracy, and JOLT.

Did you know that the Tour V4 is used by 97% of PGA Tour Pros?

Here are the key features that make this rangefinder a great choice:

  • PinSeeker with JOLT technology
  • Accurate to 1 yard
  • Ranges 5-1,000 yards; 400+ yards to a flag
  • 5x Magnification
  • Fast focus system
  • Ergonomic design with Stabi-Grip technology
  • Posi-Thread battery door
  • Rainproof construction
  • Waterproof
  • 2 Year warranty
  • 3-Volt CR2 battery and premium carry case included

It features Pinseeker with Jolt technology. How does it all work? Pinseeker removes any doubt that you have locked on to the flag by removing background clutter. Jolt reinforces the Pinseeker with two short vibrating bursts to let the golfer know that they have locked on to the flag.

Check out the Bushnell Tour V4 Patriot Pack Rangefinder here!

The All-New PING Blueprint Iron Review!

Today we are talking about the New PING Blueprint Irons (Check them out here) which are a new take on some very classic, blade-style irons.

These irons, however, have a lot of R & D that has gone into them, making them some of the most usable blades ever created that can help any intermediate to advanced golfer gain more control and more accuracy out on the course.

These new irons have a couple of new features that allow them to overcome some of the common complaints that have been made about blade irons in the past.

These complaints include a dead feeling if you hit it near the toe of the club as well as them being known for being very unforgiving. So, to try and overcome this, PING has made a few key changes that address these common challenges, including:

  • A tungsten weight near the toe of the club to bring the center of gravity toward the center of the clubface rather than being at the heel. This helps with shot consistently and getting rid of that “dead feeling” on those shots when you hit it closer to the toe.
  • A custom shaped clubhead that puts more weight near the toe and continues improves accuracy and consistency.
  • A special finish on the club that actually pushes away water and grass when you hit so that when you catch the ground, the club will actually move right through it and won’t lose as much energy. This allows you to maintain a consistent clubhead speed and have more accurate shots, as well as making the experience of using the club far more enjoyable.

If you would like to get all the details about these new irons, how they can affect your game and if they are the right club for you, then just watch the video above to get all of the information!

If you would like to purchase a set of your own, you can here.

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What Golf Balls do the Pros Use: LPGA Edition

What balls are the LPGA Tour Professionals using out on tour? We have compiled a list of the top 20 ranked LPGA players and their golf balls (as of 2019)

1: Ko Jin-young
Titleist Pro V1

2: Minjee Lee
Srixon Z Star

3: Park Sung-hyun
TaylorMade TP5x

4: Lexi Thompson
Bridgestone Tour B X

5: Jeongeun Lee
Titleist Pro V1x

6: Ariya Jutanugarn
Titleist Pro V1x

7: Nasa Hataoka
Srixon Z-Star

8: Ryu So-yeon
Titleist Pro V1

9: Brooke Henderson
Titleist Pro V1

10: Inbee Park
Titleist Pro V1x

11: Kim Sei-young
Titleist Pro V1

12: Carlota Ciganda
Titleist Pro V1x

13: Nelly Korda
Titleist Pro V1

14: Jessica Korda
Titleist Pro V1

15: Amy Yang
Titleist Pro V1x

16: Ji Eun-hee
Titleist Pro V1x

17: Danielle Kang
Titleist Pro V1x

18: Jiyai Shin
Titleist Pro V1

19: Lydia Ko
Callaway Chrome Soft X

20: Charley Hull
Titleist Pro V1x

10 Greatest Golf Movies

Summertime is quickly coming to a close. It’s time to celebrate and rewatch some of those classic golf movies. To help you decide which ones, we here at Haggin Oaks have compiled a list of the 10 greatest golf movies in no particular order

Caddyshack – 1980

Easily in the top 10 comedies of all time. Directed by Harold Ramis, this classic follows Danny Noonan and his experience caddying at the Bushwood Country Club. No movie has been quoted more out on the golf course more than Caddyshack. If you’re looking for a nostalgic laugh this summer then there’s no better film.

The Legend of Bagger Vance – 2000

Featuring a star-studded cast, this film follows Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon), a former local golfer. With the help of Bagger Vance (Will Smith) Rannulph attempts to return himself to his former glory on the course. Overall, it’s an excellent cast and one of the few large budget golf films. If you’re wanting a golf drama then be sure to watch The Legend of Bagger Vance this summer.

Happy Gilmore – 1996

Definitely not aimed towards serious golfers, this Adam Sandler comedy is a great movie to unwind with. Following Happy Gilmore’s (Adam Sandler) unlikely rise to fame, the film pokes fun at some of golfs deep-rooted traditions. In truth, Happy Gilmore is just desperately trying to repurchase his grandmother’s house back before it is sold. It’s a hilarious movie that will entertain the whole family this summer.

The Greatest Game Ever Played – 2005

This biographical film portrays Francis Ouimet’s (Shia LaBeouf) implausible win of the 1913 U.S. Open as an Amateur. Ouimet fights to overcome the social perception of the times that golf was only a wealthy sport. This film has a great message and is a good family summer movie. Definitely check this one out if you haven’t already.

Tin Cup – 1996

Here’s a film to watch with your significant other. This romantic comedy features Roy McAvoy (Kevin Costner) falling in love with Dr. Molly Griswold (Rene Russo). McAvoy qualifies for the US Open and attempts to win in order to win Molly’s heart. If you and your significant other are both golfers then this movie is a no brainer.

Bobby Jones Stroke of Genius – 2004

Similar to The Greatest Game Ever Played, this biographical drama instead focuses on the life of Bobby Jones (Jim Caviezel). While a box office disaster, this film is an entertaining look at one of the world’s greatest golfers. The movie hits home the lesson that mastering your emotions can be the hardest battle of all. This lesson holds true in life and especially out on the golf course. It is definitely worth checking out.

Tommy’s Honour – 2016

The most recent film on our list, Tommy’s Honour follows the lives of Tom Morris and his son Tommy Morris. Its a story of family drama and the creation of the modern game of golf. Overall, it is an interesting story few golfers are knowledgeable of. If you’re a true golf fan or like to watch dramas then this is a film to watch.

The Short Game – 2013

Breaking away from the other films on this list, The Short Game is a documentary. Co-produced by Justin Timberlake, the film follows eight young golfers from the globe and their quest to compete in the U.S. Kids Golf Championship. It provides an interesting insight into the world of highly competitive youth sports. If you are looking for some interesting nonfiction golf content, then give this one a try.

Seven Days in Utopia – 2011

Tarnished at release by lackluster box office sales. In the movie, Luke Chisholm (Lucas Black) is a professional golfer who has anger issues out on the course. He crashes his car following the event and must wait in Utopia while it is fixed. There Johnny Crawford (Robert Duvall) helps him overcome his own personal challeneges. The film definitely includes some important messages and can be an interesting film to watch this summer.

From the Rough – 2011

This sports drama is based on a true story. The film is about Catana Sparks (Taraji Henson) and her struggle to create Tennesee State University’s first golf team. She became the first woman ever to coach a men’s golf team. Whether entirely accurate or not, the film is a captivating story. Give this film a look if you haven’t already.

3 reasons you should subscribe to the Morton Golf Sales Youtube Channel

We are extremely grateful to have over 649,000 videos views on our channel. It is very exciting to know that in our community and around the world there are so many people that share the same love of Golf as we do! It has motivated our team to put in additional effort into creating more video content that we hope will benefit you. Our goal with the channel is to provide you with as much value as possible. Here are a few reasons why you should consider subscribing to the Morton Golf Sales Youtube Channel.

Reason #1 | Product Reviews

On our channel, we review some of the latest Golf Clubs, Golf Balls, Technology, and even Golf Fashion. In the video below, we discuss the brand new Titleist TS1, TS2, TS3, and TS4 drivers that are available on Morton Golf Sales. Our goal is to help you make an informed decision when you are trying to find the right gear to improve your game.

Reason #2 | Golf Training Videos

Our Golf Professionals are very passionate about helping people to improve their game. We post quick tip videos where we share training drills, tips, and other techniques that will give you the ability to make the progress you have been wanting.

Reason #3 | Entertainment

The game of Golf is meant to be fun and that’s what we love to feature on Youtube. Below is a prime example of a video where we tested a 1910 Hickory 5 Iron to see how it compares to today’s technology.

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The Key to Better Chipping: Always Use The Same Stroke!

When you’re just off the edge of the green there’s a couple of different shots that you can play.

The first is called a chip shot which is a shot that’s going to fly real low, no more than a foot off the ground and is going to land somewhere between three to four feet from the edge of the green then roll up and drop in the hole. The other one is called a pitch shot which flies considerably higher, approximately two-thirds of the way to the hole and then rolls the additional 1/3 of the way.

The critical thing with any chip shot is choosing the correct club for the distance you are from the hole.

The farther the flag is from where you are, the less lofted you want the club you choose to be so that you can reduce the amount of time it’s in the air and have it roll to the hole.

Most people tend to use a wedge regardless of the distance to the pin, which is not the right mindset to have. Instead, you want to judge which club to use from the perspective of it landing only a few feet away each time and rolling the rest of the distance to the hole. Whatever club you choose should land the ball three or four feet onto the green and let the distance you need to the hole. The farther you have to go, the less lofted the club should be.

For example, for a pin that is only a couple of yards from where you are, you may want to use the usual wedge, however, if you have a pin that is about 15-20 yards away you may want to use a 7 iron instead. Regardless of the club you choose, its all about keeping the same short stroke and having the ball land only a few feet away and then roll to the hole rather than spending too much time in the air.

Some additional things you should take into account when selecting your club are:

  • Is the green level?
  • Is it uphill or downhill?
  • Are you close enough to putt it in?
  • How thick is the grass around the ball?

So, while you’re out on the course, make sure you keep this in mind and practice using different clubs for you chip shots! If you do, you’re going to find that your consistency will significantly improve when you’re using this one club, single stroke strategy rather using a different stroke each time.

Need any new clubs? Check out all of the top quality clubs and sets we have available for the best possible price here!

PING G410 Driver Review

Today we’re looking at the brand new PING G410 driver which is one of our very best selling woods. They’re extremely long-distance oriented and even more forgiving which is perfect for golfers of all skill levels!

PING is a family full of engineers starting with Karsten Solheim then his son John Solheim and his son John K Solheim who are all engineers and they believe wholeheartedly in research and development. All of that research and development has led to this driver that is extremely effective and it has four key elements that allow it to have such an impact on your game.

1. Speed Bumps on the Leading Edge

These speed bumps on the leading edge of the crown are as a result of work that PING is doing with Arizona State University. What they found is that when they actually rippled the air going over the top of the golf club the aerodynamics of it sped up the golf swing with the bumps when compared to a driver without them. These little bumps actually add between 1 and 2 miles per hour in clubhead speed to your swing which translates to more distance for your drives.

2. Butterfly Wing Inspired Design

The next piece is actually on the inside of the crown. If you were to look underneath it would actually look much like the wing of a butterfly or dragonfly with ridges that run across that give it nice stability but in between those ridges they have made it as thin as they can possibly make it with drivers. They have done this because you want as little weight on the top of the golf club and as much weight on the bottom of the golf club as you can so that you can create a nice high trajectory and make the moment of inertia higher. This allows them to take much of that weight and move it to the back of the golf club, making the club much more forgiving.

3. Forged Club Face

The next big element is actually the face of the club. A typical driver has a cast face, but in this particular case, PING has actually forged the face of their driver. This is a bit more common in irons but very few drivers have forged faces. Forging actually takes a piece of metal and then presses it under dozens of tons of pressure making it microscopically thinner and allowing it to have a more trampoline effect without losing any rigidity or cause it to fail. Forging the face allows them to get right up to the USGA limit of the coefficient of restitution and get the maximum distance possible out with the help fo the face of the club.

4. Adjustable Tungsten Weight

Last but not least they have a brand new element that’s on the back of the club. PING has always been into custom fittings and this is a new element that they put in on their new drivers. On the very back, you’re actually going to see a large tungsten weight attached to the back that can come off of the golf club and has three different settings options that you can use to adjust the club to your swing and promote different ball flights. There’s a standard-setting, a fade setting, and a draw setting.

This weight is extremely heavy for its size and is made from tungsten which is about four times heavier than titanium so it really drives a lot of the weight backward. Depending on which setting you put it on, it will actually promote right-to-left ball flight or left-to-right ball flight and that weight is important also because, as we talked about, the center of gravity in the golf club (the heaviest part of the club) is pushed towards the back which is going to move that CG away from the face and back towards the back of the club which is going to give you a much straighter and more forgiving driver.

Overall, the PING G410 is a great game improvement driver for players of almost any skill level! I’d encourage you to get this new ping G410 driver, it’s fantastic, and definitely one of our best sellers for a reason. You can check it out can here!

World’s Cheapest Golf Set

Inflation doesn’t seem to ever halt. Golf equipment is getting more and more expensive. This makes golf have one of the largest barriers of entries of any sport out there. In order to combat this never-ending trend, we here at Haggin Oaks have researched and compiled the “World’s Cheapest” golf set that is currently available new from reputable online retailers. Shipping cost is not being factored in. DISCLAIMER we do not vouch for the quality or reliability of any of the products listed nor their suppliers. It also is definitely possible to create a cheaper and more reliable set if you are willing to buy used equipment. However, that is an article for another time.

Driver: White Pearl Driver – $9.99

The driver we selected for the cheapest golf set available is the White Pearl Driver by Feel Golf. For the low price of only $10 on eBay, we could get a brand new White Pearl Driver with a graphite stiff shaft. While obviously not packing the same punch as many modern drivers, this club is priced at less than 2% of the cost of a new Callaway Epic Flash Driver.

Fairway Wood: Bullet Golf U Metal Utility Wood – $9.99

While there were some other options on eBay, we selected the Bullet Golf 18-degree utility wood. Our goal was to find the cheapest new clubs you can buy and unlike similarly priced models available on eBay, this one was at released recently. Today it is available for only $10, on RockBottomGolf.com. For what it’s worth, it looks nicer than the White Pearl Driver.

Hybrid and Irons: Dunlop Golf- Tour Elite Hybrid Irons – $69.99

A quality hybrid and iron set was surprisingly difficult to find at an ultra-budget price point. There are plenty of sales on left-handed and senior shafts but it was difficult tracking down this 3 through PW regular flex set. This one we found on RockBottomGolf.com as well and is priced at only $69. Again you won’t be setting any course records with this equipment but our aim is to get you out on the course for as little as possible.

Putter: PGM Golf Putter – $18.99

We ended up deciding upon an eBay putter priced at $18.99. While again there were some putters available for cheaper, most of them seemed like plastic toys and not actual clubs. This putter at least appears to be usable on the course. Though, it is hardly an heirloom to pass onto your children.

Golf Bag: eBay Sunday Bag – $20.99

Our selection of golf bag was equally difficult to track down. We decided upon a Sunday bag from eBay. The quality looks debatable, but hopefully, it will be enough to carry your clubs on and off the course. No cooled pockets or stands for this one though. Available for the low price of $20.99 it is definitely the cheapest option.

Our grand total is $129.99 before taxes and shipping. That sounds like an absolute steal at first, but once you factor in all the separate shipping and taxes the total shoots up to well north of $170. At that price, we really cannot recommend any of these options. Morton Golf Sales has legitimate complete box sets starting at only $199.99. Those sets are going to be higher quality than the components listed above and all be the same shaft flex. You also will not have to be juggling so many separate purchases. Finally, the golf bag that comes with the set is going to be drastically better than a simple Sunday bag. A box set just simply is the better option for starting players if you want to buy new equipment. If you are willing to purchase used clubs, then there may be some other options for you. Maybe we can cover that topic in another article.