It’s my turn to post my most recent WITB “What’s in the Bag” Episode. First a little info on my game. I’ve been playing since a child but never really cared about my score until around 10 years ago. Growing up my father would take me to the driving range and Pearl Country Club in Aiea Hawaii. My first set of clubs outside of a toddler or borrowed sticks were a set of Tommy Armor 845’s and the Biggest Big Bertha driver. My last 3 rounds were 81 – 87 – 92, hows that for steady! The foursome I last played with at Industry Hills golf club in L.A finished 35 coor’s light’s in a drinking game, It was 41 on the front nine and a complete disaster on the back. I’ve got video that I’m not willing to post.
So enough of that, let’s get on to my specs then bag. My swing speed averages around 100. I can crank it up to 108 and lose all control. When I swing smooth I slice the ball. What’s recently been working for me is a happy medium of being aggressive and composed. A good drive starts to the left and fades to center while a bad drive is a pull or a slice. I hit the ball medium high and my lowest score was 76 4 years ago. I don’t hit the ball very far, my averages are +/- 5-10 yds Driver = 240-250, #3 = 225, 19* UT = 205, 21* UT = 190, #5 = 175, #6 = 165, #7 150, #8 = 135, #9 = 120, PW = 115, 52* = 95, 58* = 80. With my irons a bad shot is fat, I have a naturally steep swing that produces nice divots and lots of spin. As many of you have seen in the video reviews my backswing with woods is rather flat, My buddies call me Helicopter sometimes, My irons are level with my right shoulder and my wedge shots have a backswing that’s way too long.
There are a few adjustments I’m making soon. I plan to introduce a PRGR R35 chipping wedge and some sort of driving iron to replace the 5 iron. I’ve got a huge arsenal of clubs to pull from when something is being naughty and can never leave things alone. I also plan on testing the Yonex, Royal Collection, and Yamaha utility woods head to head against my X-UT’s. In the future I would also like to try these Crazy shaft’s in the Limited TourStage 905 CB’s.
It’s been a while since I have posted bag pics. It’s also been a long time since I was proud of my club setting. A little bit about me Jacque aka TourSpecGirl. I’ve grown up playing the game of golf and Wailua GC on the lovely isle of Kauai in Hawaii will always be my home course. My dad is still a crazed golf fanatic playing a good 4+ rounds per week back at home, my brother loves the sport yet has little time to play since becoming a doctor and my other brother is a manager at TPC Summerlin Vegas.
In the family we also have my uncle David Ishii who has 14 pro wins including JPGA major under his belt and even won the 1990 U.S PGA Sony Open. As an adult my passion for the game was reborn just before moving to Japan back in 2001, Chris aka TourSpecGolfer was still new to the game and I loved giving him the beat down. I still do now days…:)
My previous clubs were a full set of Lepon by Endo 1 thru LW, it’s the womens version of Epon quite old but still a very forgiving set. In 2010 we visited Japan and I didn’t bring clubs Tario aka Gocchin was kind enough to lend me his wife Koko’s clubs and she was gaming the PRGR women’s eggs. I fell in love and had to have them. Back in late February, Ryoma sent us all drivers and I put it into play at Hirakawa GC a famous Japanese golf course where they hold senior JPGA events. I loved the Ryoma so much I had to have that exact driver sent to me 11.5 men’s R2 flex which I think is a bit too soft for me as I’m producing too large of a draw at times.
Here’s the breakdown of my set, I have space for a couple more clubs to fill the gaps, I’m still deciding what clubs those will be and when I do I will update this blog post:
I haven’t had an official handicap in years but my last several scores were 84 – 87 -87. I plan to go into the low 80’s be the end of the season. Below I have a short video Chris (TourSpecGolfer) made that shows my swing during a round a couple months ago in Japan at Hirakawa GC in Chiba.
Gold’s Factory stopped all “domestic” orders since the earthquake and tsunami impacted Japan. April 1st they will resume business as usual within Japan. (international orders were not affected) . Master Sasaya will also be announcing a completely new series called “The Trinity”. It’s composed of 3 different models the Arc Reactor, SEAL, and Orbit around G. Interesting names huh. The Arc-Reactor features colored inserts produced using vibration absorbing aluminum. Usually its done by coloring anodized aluminum but these were done in a translucent material and color. “The Orbit Around G” design uses a different insert one with the famous circle G inside and 5 holes in orbit, The SEAL aka bulls eye insert will feature a bulls eye tungsten style. Just about every color can be ordered.
Pray For Japan Edition? I Noticed an ingot produced although nothing much was said about it, It say’s “PRAY FOR JAPAN” on it and I think it would be an awesome idea to auction off one of these for charity. It could be a one of a kind model with the entire proceeds going to a Japan Relief charity.
Would you like to chip toward the expense of the putter? We can have it produced and then auctioned off on the bay? I think I could get Master Sasaya to provide it at a charitable price. If you are interested in taking part of this please email me at [email protected], Any sized donation is appreciated even a dollar and this is a way for all of us to be involved with the creation of a very special one of a kind putter. Sound off in the comments section so I can count those interested, I’ll enroll Master Sasaya then and after making a donation please sound off in the comments section again to help me design it.
Tourspecgolf is proud to introduce their new distribution program for qualifying retailers. Retailers who have an established golf business, that is selling and building clubs can apply for a retailer account with Tourspecgolf. We will begin small by offering a handful of brands like Crazy and Quadra shafts, Yururi, Geotech, Kenmochi, Muziik/Bangvoo. Hopefully this can grow to encompass more mainstream brands as well.
If you think you can sell high end Japan market golf gear and currently run a golf shop and/or club making business, please email me at gocchin @ tourspecgolf.com (without the spaces) and I will provide you with information on how the wholesale program works. I’ll also ask for background information/qualifications from interested parties so that Tourspecgolfer/Chris approve each account.
It’s our goal to make top notch JDM gear available worldwide and through a larger network and distribution channel more golfers globally can get exposed to and have access to cool Japanese golf gear. We look forward to those interested in joining TSGDN, the Tourspecgolf Distribution Network!