Crazy has provided me with official info on the new Target Tour Steel shafts from their new Crazy Sports line. There will be two different finishes as well as two different weights for irons and wedges. I had thought that Crazy was using some sort of steel and carbon mix however it turns out that Crazy is using a proprietary technique derived from ancient Japanese sword making to control the hardness and shape of each Target Tour steel shaft. By controlling the hardness via high frequency heat, Crazy actually stops short of completely hardening the shaft. Like a Japanese Katana/sword, it gives the shaft the proper flexibility yet firmness for optimal feel and performance. Crazy has designed the Target Tours to have the consistency of steel but the playability and feel of carbon. This tedious process involves much more work for each individual shaft but at the same time gives each shaft much more attention to detail, thus more consistent performance.
All mid kicking Target Tours are taper tip 0.355″ and will be available in two finishes, a standard silver finish and an upgraded dark chrome finish. The Tour 120 is a 123g and available in Stiff/Regular, Stiff, and X-Stiff. There is also a Tour Lite 105 is 106g with Regular or Stiff Flexes. The Target Tour 120 is for the faster and stronger player wanting a stable mid trajectory ball and a shaft with good feel and consistency. The Target Tour 105 is for the slightly slower swinger who wants a slightly higher launch and the feel of carbon in a a 100g+ steel shaft.
There are two Target Tour Wedge shafts, the Tour Wedge 120 or 121g Wedge Flex or Tour Wedge 110 which are 111g wedge flex.
Pricing is as follows for the shafts, any model in Silver Finish is 120.00 per shaft (MSRP 140.00), while Dark Chrome Finish models are 150.00 (MSRP 170.00) per shaft. We are taking pre orders now so contact us if you would like to reserve a set.
UPDATE: Clarified a few things with Crazy. All shafts are 0.355″ taper tips. Butt size is 15.25mm or 0.600″. The Target Tours are all mid kick. There was some confusion with the color, the silver looking finish is actually the standard finish and the darker Dark Chrome Finish is the more expensive finish.
Crazy has officially announced their new CRZ-435II driver which will be released late August to early September. A joint design with JBeam and manufactured by JBeam for Crazy, the new 435II becomes the new flagship driver for Crazy. 200 pieces will be available at launch and Crazy already expects them to be sold out. While the face of the driver appears similar to the original model except it now has a black IP finish, the sole has change radically incorporating a 3 interchangeable weight design to allow for alteration of the head’s CG point and bias. The CRZ-435II has a traditional shape and the following specs:
Material: 2.PCS BODY-6A-4V + FACE-DAT55G cold forged in Japan
Head Size: 445cc
Face Angle(°): +0.5 closed to -1 Open
Gravity Angle: 21.5°
CG Length: 33.5mm
CG Depth: 36.mm
CG Height: 35.mm
Face Height: 56.mm
Hosel Depth: 45.mm
Finish: Black IP
The new CRZ-435II is once again touted as a low spin distance driver with great stability. Its predecessor the original CRZ-435 was considered the longest driver in Japan in 2010 especially for the faster and harder swinger. Crazy believes the new 435II is a big improvement and we can’t wait to see if it truly is!
Apparently almost 75% of the initial 200 pieces of 435II heads have already been spoken for in Japan so if you would like to order a head, please contact us now to reserve.
The other day Geotech Golf sent over a box of new clubs for me to check out including the new GT Forged Tour Issue Bite V2 wedge. When talking to Yaita-san, head of sales over at Geotech, he was very proud of this new model and confident in its performance. Taking it our of the box I loved the way it looked so I rushed out to test the wedge right away. At that point I realized my Nikon DSLR was not with me as its currently at Sigma Japan having my lenses calibrated to match the body. So in order to take pictures for today’s review I used the trusty old Panasonic GF1.
Geotech as many of you know is Japan’s leading components club maker. They have long worked hard to create high performance clubs without breaking the customers wallet. They have a long hist0ry in designing and manufacturing quality woods and irons and provide some of the best cost performance heads available in Japan (you can read more about Geotech’s history here). When it comes to overseas sales however, even Geotech has been affected by the ultra strong yet. Their very attractive pricing has taken a hit from the Yen’s climb over the last 3 years. Outside of Japan, Geotech has seen their prices rise along with the Yen by nearly 30% in the last 3 years. Even with this increase, Geotech is still very well priced against most other JDM brands that have also seen similar price increases.
Dual Sole Design…
The GT Forged Bite V2 is Geotech’s flagship wedge and bears the “Tour Issue” name. This designates the fact that the wedge has new conforming USGA grooves, not that it is a wedge from the Japanese tour (though it certainly is designed to look like it). The Bite V2 is a small sized, tear drop shaped wedge aimed at the better player looking for maximum spin control and direction. Forged in Japan from S25C steel for that premium soft feel, the Bite V2 features an all new dual sole with trailing edge relief and a cut away heel. The cut away heel reduces contact with the ground and improves stability and direction allowing for more pure impact. More pure impact equals better feel and more spin. The heel area also allows for the wedge face to be opened up in various lies and still aim right at the target.
Better players will appreciate the Bite V2’s amount of offset or lack there of. It’s very straight neck flows right into its slightly rounded leading edge. It’s high toe and tear drop shape will allow better players to work the ball up the length of the face creating huge amounts of spin and stopping power. It’s durable plated all satin finish is just as appealing to the eyes as the way the wedge sets up at address. The head is not ultra compact but probably more on the small side. Improving golfers will still feel confident enough at address to play this wedge while better players will look at the GT Bite as an accurate attacking weapon.
More Lines More Bite…
Another key design point of the Bite V2 is its scorelines. With the new USGA Groove rule reducing spin on all new wedges, Geotech wanted to find a way to create more bite. Their research with several Japanese pros found that by reducing the distance interval between scorelines and thus increasing the amount of scorelines on the wedges face, more spin is created thanks to a larger amount of grooves making contact on the ball. More friction caused equals more bite and more spin, much like a milled faces on wedges except in this case its more scorelines.
The sole of the Bite V2 is not ultra thin and is slightly rounded with its trailing edge relief. Its more of a balanced wedge for all conditions. Unlike many other JDM wedges which cater to the lush and soft courses of Japan with higher bounce soles, the Bite V2 has lower bounce across all its models with all lofts having 5* of bounce except the 56 and 58 sand wedges which have 10* of bounce. Couple that with its wide variety of lofts, 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 and 62, there are many options for each player and the wedge makeup they want to use.
Head Only or pick your shaft…
The tester I received was a 58/10 with an ATTAS 95 Spinwedge shaft. Another Great thing about Geotech is that they are not only available as heads only but will also be built to customer spec by Geotech for the customer with any shaft and grip available in Japan. With graphite iron shaft technology and materials always improving, more and more irons and wedges these days are shafted with carbon. I am a big fan of graphite as it produces very good feel and feedback and has many weight advantages over steel. The ATTAS is a nice match for the soft forged head of the Bite V2 and feel is very pure. The slightly rounded leading edge and dual sole allowed me to hit very clean shots and I really enjoyed the feel of this wedge along with the way it looks at address. As for spin, I am no pro and creating back spin is always quite a challenge for the average golfer. I’m glad to say though that when I tried hard enough to run the ball up the length of the wedge face to create maximum friction I could create enough spin to stop the ball on the spot.
Even with the huge increase in Japan’s currency, the GT Forged Tour Issue Bite V2 wedge is still under 100.00 per head. It’s good value for a Japan forged top performance wedge that can then be custom made to each players specs. As I said I’m happy with the way it looks and feels and performs, I’m now just trying to figure out a way to fit one in my bag and what shaft I should use with it! Look for the new Geotech Bite V2 in the pro shop this weekend!
My demo time is almost up with the new PRGR egg clubs for 2011 so I thought I’d share some final thoughts on the clubs after several range sessions and playing 2 rounds with them. Just to recap, Pro Gear’s egg line is their max distance and ease of use line designed for the average golfer. Even though the eggs target mid to higher handicappers and those average golfers, many lower handicappers and even pros have used egg clubs – especially the egg Spoon. Next Saturday, PRGR will begin shipping the new egg line for 2011 which includes the eggbird driver, the egg i+ utility and the New egg iron all of which I’ve spent about 10 days with.
The eggbird is full of potential
Its difficult to compare the eggbird driver with the original egg Impact driver as they are so different and have different purposes in mind. The new eggbird has a ton of potential. It’s very forgiving, easily launches the ball high and feels and sounds pretty good. It’s built for max carry and distance and increased swing speed and ease of use. It certainly does live up to what it boasts. My only gripe and this is a personal thing is that at 46.5″ (actually like many drivers today), its not that easy to square up to the sweet spot (which luckily is quite wide). Though if the club were any shorter then that would defeat the purpose of its design. The longer length is meant to increase swing speed after all. So when it comes to the egg drivers, if you have no troubles playing a longer length ie over 46″ driver and want more distance, and forgiveness, then the eggbird is your calling. If you struggle with control and hitting the sweet spot, and your primary goal is keeping it straight, the egg Impact is probably a better choice.
The surprising egg i+ Utility
The most surprising club for me might be the egg i+ hybrid. At first I thought, okay PRGR just made the long egg irons hybrids, but they are in fact quite different from the iron. The materials are different and while the concept of design is similar tweaks are made to indeed make the i+ a utility/rescue type club. The wider sole is great, in though lies and when you don’t have or cannot make your optimal swing, it is forgiving. The i+ sets up like an iron allowing pretty good accuracy but when you swing it and hit the ball its much more like a utility wood. Besides the different materials, the hollow face area actually has some pop to it. Hollow driving irons and hollow cavities can sometimes be accused of feeling dead or very muted. This is not the case for the egg i+ as the ball jumps off the face like hitting a titanium fairway wood only in this case, the i+ is maraging steel. Even though the face is quite shallow and the weight very low thanks to the huge sole, I found the trajectory of the 4+ 21* to be quite penetrating and strong, these egg i+ clubs will go and run. I am seriously considering one for my bag for the rest of the summer.
The New egg Iron
The New egg Iron is technically in its 4th iteration (if you count the egg forged) so the question is how much can it improve or change. Firstly, the iron does not quite have the same feel as the utility, it uses a different maraging material and the face is solid versus the hollow face of the i+. So while the New egg iron doesn’t feel like a traditional forged or sus iron, thats not to say it does not feel good, its just different. Its a feeling some people may have to get used to. Performance wise there is no denying that its easy to hit high and far thanks to its design. Longer lengths, stronger lofts, huge cavity and very low weighting all make for an ultra forgiving iron with unmatched distance. PRGR touts its New egg iron as the 150 yard 9 iron clubs. I could not quite hit the 9 iron to 150 yards (around 145 for me) but nevertheless the performance is quite amazing. If you don’t mind a unique feel and want maximum distance and ease of use, there are not many irons that can keep up with the New egg iron. So back to my question, is the New egg iron an improvement over the egg II? It is just as good if not better but for those with the egg II already it may not be a noticeable upgrade. For those new to egg irons, the New egg Iron is the way to go.
The Legendary Spoon…
I’ve actually had my egg Spoon demo for nearly a year so while its not part of the new 2011 lineup – it is still a current model – I thought I would throw it in here anyway. It is still one of the most unique clubs on the market and yes it does make a swoosh sound like a katana sword when you swing thanks to its aerodynamic design. But the bottom line is the egg is easy to hit long and straight and its distance is always top of the class which is why it is favored not only by average golfers but even top pros on the Japanese tour. A fairway wood that rivals your driver in distance is what the Spoon is touted as and it certainly lives up to that reputation. Many customers of TSG game the Spoon and were very happy with the feel and sound changes of this latest generation. If there was any one quirk that people looked at negatively it may be that the Spoon’s face is almost too shallow making it more difficult, or dangerous for that matter, to tee off with. However the egg Spoon is still a monster off the deck and for those needing super long second shots, there aren’t many fairway woods that can match it distance wise.
Pro Gear has done a great job at evolving what is already one of the most radically designed and high tech lineups in golf with the egg line. They’ve gone far enough that an average golfer could build a bag filled with egg clubs and be quite happy with its ease of use and performance. Afterall the bottom line is hitting it straight and long which makes golf a lot more fun. PRGR’s egg line will certainly help you do that. I’ll be getting the pre orders for the new eggs up in the pro shop this weekend. I sure wish I could keep the demos for a whole year. (^_^)
Within 3 hours of landing in Tokyo on a 16 hour flight from Las Vegas, Tatsuro who you frequently see testing clubs in videos on the blog here, was teeing off with me at Hirakwa Country Club. Although jet lagged and tired from the long flight, he was happy to get in a round with my neighbor Hayashi-san and I before the Japan Tour Qualifying Tournament begins next week. The JGTO qualifying rounds are the Japan equivalent of the PGA Tour’s Q school.
The weather was hot and humid after a night of heavy rain and the greens were on the heavy side with much less run in the fairways which were very very soft today. It rained on us several times during the round as well which actually helped us cool down. During the first 9 holes Tatsuro who was playing from the Black/Champions tees, while we played the regular tees, Tatsuro was once again getting used to playing in Japan where the courses differ quite a bit from the ones in Vegas (and waking up after the long flight). The soft lush fairways and heavily tree lined holes are a bug change from more wide open, firmer fairways and greens of Vegas.
Even though on some holes, the Champions tee plays 50-60 or more yards behind the regular tee, Tatsuro was consistently outdriving both Hayashi-san and I with very penetrating and straight drives from his J-Beam 425 Tour – Bangvoo 787 combo. And as you can see in the above picture, standing next to me Tats is not a big guy (I am 5’4″ at best). He has nice compact and explosive swing which makes great contact no matter what the club or lie. I guess that is the difference between a near pro player and an average golfer. Playing the course for the first time and with 7100y in length (Hirakawa is a Championship course home to the Fujifilm JPGA Senior Open), Tats finished with a 74 which I thought was pretty darn good considering he just got off the plane coming from the other side of the world. We certainly wish him luck next week and hope to play again soon!
Took some snaps as well of his swing which I could only dream of having (keep in mind I did not catch his finish as the camera only does 30 successive shots and ran out before he finished his swing).
I had the chance to play the new PRGR eggbird at Nouvelle GC on Tuesday and it was also a good opportunity to compare it head to head with the Ryoma D-1 Premia out on the course. Both drivers are very similarly spec’ed at 46.5″ long and 10* for the eggbird and 10.5* for the Premia. Both have similar target audiences and strong points, made for the player wanting maximum distance and forgiveness. So how does the new PRGR eggbird compare to one of this years distance kings in the Ryoma D-1 Premia?
The PRGR egg bird driver is of course part of PRGR’s egg line which was created just over 3 years ago, a line targeting the average golfer with distance performance and ease of use. The egg line quickly grew in popularity dominating distance performance especially with its egg Spoon 13 15 and 17* woods. Even several top flight Japan tour pros like Shingo Katayama and Hideto Tanihara were bagging the egg Spoon. Based on the Spoon’s concept, PRGR had come out with its first generation egg Impact driver. The egg Impact was a 43.5″ driver made to increase smash factor and control. The idea was increased average distance thanks to more fairways hit. I tested and played the egg Impact and without a doubt it was easy to hit straight but I felt the 43.5″ resulted in too much distance lost and I was not a fan of the feel of the original egg Impact.
A focus on distance and forgiveness
The new PRGR eggbird driver is quite the opposite of the old egg Impact. It is a whole 3 inches longer and nearly 50g lighter! The 46.5″ length and the ultra light weight are for the sole purpose of increasing swing speed. Manufacturers have done studies with findings that apparently show for every extra inch in length and increase in swing speed of 1.6-2.0 m/s is possible. That means that by going from a 45″ driver to a 46.5″ driver, a player could theoretically increase their overall swing speed by 2.4 to 3.0 m/s or 5.5 to 6.8 mph. AND going from 43.5″ to 46.5″ possibly 11mph to 13.6mph increase in speed. The Ryoma D-1 Premia has a similar idea when it comes to length and weight. the Premia is also 46.5″ and while lightweight at 282g, it’s still 20g heavier than the eggbird which is a featherlight 261g. As for the head designs, the PRGR eggbird is quite modern and high tech looking with an advanced looking sole featuring carbon webbing and multiple finishes. The Premia is is subtle with its gold IP sole (if you want to call gold subtle that is). The eggbird is considerably shallower than the Premia which actually has more of a classic high back head. The shallow head of the eggbird pushes the CG deep and back in the head while the higher back Premia doesn’t have as low a CG it’s also quite deep thanks to its huge 60g back weight.
Shallow face for the average golfer
The shallow face of the New PRGR eggbird favors miss hits towards the toe and heel, typical average golfer misses while the mid deep face of the Premia is still good for shots missed high and low on the face. The hosel lengths and bores are also quite different on both heads. The eggbird has a considerably shorter neck to create stability for its larger flatter high MOI head and aids in placing the CG lower while the Premia has a longer neck and higher insertion depth creates a more active tip area and brings the CG to a higher point.
Confident at address
At Nouvelle GC, I decided to alternate between drivers through the round. Before even hitting the ball, there are quite big differences between the two. The eggbird really does feel featherlight in the hands and for some people it might feel too light. Even the girls I was playing with picked up the driver and were so surprised at its weight asking me if it was a ladies driver. The Premia feels light but not nearly as light thanks to a higher swing weight as well. Secondly at address the eggbird,which does have the egg alignment mark, looks quite a bit larger than the Ryoma, and this was not a bad thing as I felt very confident at address with the eggbird driver. The Premia at address looks much more traditional. For face angles as you can see above, the eggbird is very obviously closed. PRGR has done this to counter the longer length and because in their studies, the majority of average golfers battle the slice and right side. For some people the face angle may be distracting but I didn’t even think about it when using the driver. The eggbird needs to be tee’ed up a little bit lower thanks to the ultra shallow face.
Pretty good sound and feel…
On to feel and impact. The Ryoma’s are one of the softer feeling drivers on the market and they have very good pop to them. On the first hole I used the PRGR eggbird and at impact it got everyone’s attention. It was not super loud but on the louder side and in my opinion it actually sounds pretty good. The eggbird makes a higher pitched tink at impact and right away my playing partners proclaimed, that sounded like you hit it well. With the Black IP face, its easy to see where you hit the ball and on the first hole I was off center towards the heel which did not surprise me as I simply am not very good at puring long length drivers off the sweet spot. The good news is even missing the center, feel was very good and quite springy and the ball still weight high and straight with pretty good distance carrying about 220y. It’s not Epon or Ryoma type feel but still feels pretty good.
Trajectory wise, the egg launches on the higher side. Even at 10* it launched higher than the 10.5* Premia which had a mid trajectory with a bit more run. It’s deep low CG is designed to do this and create a max carry ball. After playing a few holes with both 46.5″ drivers, I began to get more consistent striking around the sweet spot. The eggbird hit in the center area goes very straight rather high and carries a lot. Due to its 46.5″ length, I did not miss once on the toe, all my misses were towards the heel and I was not punished for any of them, with every shot still landing in the fairway. It’s pretty close if not equal in forgiveness horizontally across the face as the Ryoma which I consider the most forgiving driver today. My worst shot was probably a bit of a push doe to not squaring the face at impact (darn I wish this was a 45.5″ driver!). I did not pull or hook any shots as I find a long driver harder to hook or pull.
It’s 46.5″… Yes it is.
Throughout the round at no time did I ever feel like I wanted to dedicate myself to only one of the drivers meaning I was equally enjoying hitting both the eggbird and Premia. After the round I sat down and thought long and hard on what I thought about the eggbird. I know what a Ryoma driver can do at both 46.5″ and 45.25″ as I own both and hit the 45.25″ length better as I’m more consistent with the shorter length. I really liked hitting the eggbird at 46.5″ but couldn’t help think what if the driver was a bit shorter at say 45.5″ or even 46″? This of course is a personal preference thing. Many golfers out there have no problems hitting a longer length driver and in turn will reap the rewards of extra carry and distance. Even though I wish it were a shorter length, the thing is, it is designed the way it is. It’s meant to be ultralight weight and 46.5″.
I like it.
The bottom line is I like the New eggbird driver. It is very forgiving, has very good distance and feel. Looks pretty darn good and is nearly HALF the cost of the Premia. This driver has a lot of potential and average golfers and slower swingers should not hesitate to consider it especially if they have no issues hitting a 46.5″ driver. I really don’t want to return this demo and I want to play it again. (^_^)
The PRGR eggbird is available only in 10 and 11* lofts with M-35 (a strong ladies flex) M-37 (R2 – soft R) M-40 (Regular) and M-43 (Stiff/Regular) flexes. At this point I don’t know if custom shafts are available but I’ll talk to our PRGR rep about it. It gets released on Augusts 6th so look soon for the pre-order in the pro shop!
If you did, your lucky… Last week we found out that only 50 sets were produced worldwide. I knew they were limited but not in such minimum quantities.
The RB247 was built to order with custom shaft paint colors and a variety of colored grip options. I was able to hit a friend and customers set in July and although being cast and not forged these were pure pleasure. Forgiveness was obviously the main objective while at the same time keeping a semi compact, low offset players CB. The undercut cavity and sole grind made these.
These are the types of products that make what we do so rewarding. At any time on TSG we offer a variety of extremely limited products that when sold out will never become available again. The RB247 slid right by me, I was expecting at least 500 sets produced.
Special Thanks to Daiwa Japan for allowing TSG to sell these exclusively.
It’s certainly nice to live on a golf course but its even better when there are many more golf courses all within a few minutes drive from home. Just a 5 minute driver from Kiminomori is Nouvelle Golf Club, a very reasonably costing, well maintained course. I decided to play the course today with a few neighbors and we headed over for a 9:20 tee time. Nouvelle is not overly long in distance but its pretty entertaining with a good variety of hole layouts and difficulty. From elevated tees to elevated greens, dog leg and blind holes, plenty of water and bunkers and tricky greens, there is a little something of everything.
By taking the chance to try the new PRGR egg clubs, I pretty much brought an entirely new bag with me to Nouvelle. The new eggbird driver, the current egg Spoon, 2 egg i+ hybrids and the New egg Irons. I also replaced the Raylor Ghost in my bag with the new center shaft Ghost Spider. The only things still in my bag from before this round are my wedges. I also brought along a Ryoma Premia to compare with the eggbird driver. I’ll have another post tomorrow with the review.
Since the typhoon last week dumped some rain on us, the course was in pretty good and lush shape. There was a competition going on at Nouvelle today which actually made it more crowded than usual. Many courses like Nouvelle and Kiminomori are popular as they are located right off the highway interchange meaning, easier access for those coming from Tokyo or a distance away. The clubhouse is very well kept as the course itself is rather new, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
Another important factor in a golf course is the food. In Japan the price almost always includes lunch and not all golf clubs are created equally when it comes to taste. I’m happy to report that Nouvelle’s food is above average and with good variety. August features a lunch buffet but today was choice entree and for once I didn’t go for noodles and had sushi instead. The second floor dining hall also nicely overlooks the putting practice area as well as the 16th hole green.
At 8500 yen during weekdays, including power cart, locker, lunch and Japanese style bath, its a pretty good deal. Both myself and my playing partners enjoyed the round and were home within 5 minutes of finishing our baths which is always a good bonus. As for clubs, this time around I’ll be posting a comparison of the eggbird, which I liked a lot versus the Ryoma Premia as well as real course feedback on the utilities and irons. This Friday, I’ll be playing Hirakawa Country Club with one of my neighbors and Tatsuro, TSG’s video club tester who you always see in action here on the blog. So stay tuned for a report after that round as well!
I’ve been sitting here in my office staring at the new PRGR eggbird Driver. The driver has been right next to me for 3 days as I sit at my computer working and answering customer emails. I am playing a round to tomorrow with it and I was planning on writing up my review afterwards but I thought I’d do a quick introduction first. The new eggbird is a whole new concept and look from the first generation egg Impact driver. The PRGR eggbird is a whole 3 inches longer at 46.5″ and nearly 50 grams lighter – yes you read that correctly FIFTY grams lighter than the previous egg driver.
Initial impressions are that they’ve done quite an overhaul to the egg driver and for the better. The original egg Impact was PRGR’s attempt at turning the Spoon into a driver at 43.5″ in length. It didn’t feel that great, was not particularly long, though it was very stable and straight due to its club length. The new eggbird looks like a lot more design effort was put into it. It’s rather shallow and has a rather big head. The face is black IP and the sole features a much more intricate design with carbon webbing, channeled grooves, mirrored chrome as well as black IP.
The materials or the eggbird are completely different from the egg impact driver which will certainly result in a different feel. Tapping a tee on the face produces a sharper tink which is definitely already a departure from the more subdued thwock the previous egg driver produced. The eggbird is made for maximum distance for the average golfer and slower swinger. At 46.5″ it probably is not that easy to square up so PRGR decided to make it with a closed club face. By my estimation, the head is closed more than 2 degrees! At least the demo they sent me is. This will appeal to those players who battle a slice and need help squaring the face. It could also be the way the driver sits on the ground at address which is something I will check tomorrow when I actually play with it.
Looking over the eggbird’s specs, it has the potential to be a very attractive weapon for the average golfer. It’s specs made me think of Ryoma’s Premia driver which is also lightweight (though not as light as the eggbird) and 46.5″ in length. Lucky me I just happen to have a Premia driver sitting here so I will bring it along with the eggbird tomorrow for our round at Nouvelle. They both have similar characteristics and goals but the eggbird is almost half the price.
Look forward to my round tomorrow and afterwards a review and comparison!
The Yonex ZERO Iron was first introduced at the British Open last year as a prototype for Ishikawa to use off the tee in battling the strong winds at the open. The ZERO Iron has a premium forged body from S25C Carbon Steel matched with a high strength SAE spring steel face. The ZERO iron provides a penetrating trajectory thanks to a short CG and the ease of use of a utility. Extra weight is focused on the heel and neck area to keep shots centered and reduce shots off the heel. The sole is semi wide for versatility and features a semi groove trailing edge relief. Because the ZERO Irons feature lower lofts, they are made for extra carry with that penetrating trajectory thanks to lower spin which also equals run out.
At the Japan Golf Fair I had a chance to demo these briefly into a net. I wasn’t able to make good contact then, it was sporting the Tour AD Japan spec shaft. In the U.S the new 2011 Yonex Zero Iron comes with a nanopreme 85 stock shaft which isnt on the same level as the Tour AD yet I was able to make great on course contact using this shaft. It’s 85 gram weight works well keeping me on plane. I would also be interested to try the new Yonex Zero Iron with a steel shaft yet its not an available option at the moment.
The Zero iron has an interesting hump heel side, Its a heel outer weight that helps the player square up the face at impact for a straighter ball flight. It’s something I haven’t seen done for a very long time. Another thing worth noticing is the shape while looking sole down. It’s thick and boxy, my on course impressions are that this thickness really helps by adding substance behind the club face. mis hits are absorbed a bit better because of this. Overall the trajectory achieved was medium. I suspect it would be a little lower with the Japan Tour AD standard shaft offering. The big question for me is does the new zero iron have what it takes to knock the Srixon Z-UTi out of the bag?