Ako-san of A-GRIND has formally announced his new company AK Putters. I’ve been sitting on these putters until the new year and now have had ample time to test them on greens. This particular putter in my photos is not a standard finish, it is TSG Club Works Black Nickel Finish. The model is called the AK01 Stealth and standard they are offered in both silver and black finishes.
CNC Milled of SUS303 this new stealth has a deep milled face. The head weight itself is set to 345 grams. Available in straight shaft or W bend shaft. 4* loft with a 71* lie. Ready for my impressions? Follow the jump please…
This putter feels like a precision instrument. I love me good center shaft putter especially one that has the visuals to inspire creativity opening a possible new path to the hole. The deep mill in the pic above greatly improves feel. SUS303 tends to be firm with excellent feedback as is but the face on this does two things, the first is helps the ball roll straighter vs thinner mill or flatter faces. The second is it softens the feel at impact.
It looks like s stealth fighter to me, it makes me think of the word “blade” it’s a very workable putter yet it’s thick top line gives off a forgiving aesthetic. The center shaft vs W shaft is all preference, go dead straight if you have less of an arc or the W if you have some bend in your stroke.
Why did I refinish this? It looks great in standard finishes but in Black Nickel it looks outrageously sexy especially with the logo in a color that matches the grip. The shafts on these are what’s called over hosel design not the easiest thing to find but it comes with the putter and that’s all you need to get the ball rolling.
Batman’s ninja star above – so most putters have a higher MOI as they position a lot of weight back deep and center this AK01 Stealth pushes the mass outward deep and away from center. I think that’s where the workable comes from. It’s such a good design.
The feel off the face is just right, the black has no glare, it’s just a well done putter that is unique and screams Ako-san’s work. Who? Yusuke Ako who was the lead designer for Royal Collection from 2004 to 2013 for all their clubs including woods, irons, wedges, and utilities. Then recently started his own label called A-Grind. TSG has created a nice sized following for A-Grind. They are reasonable prices the woods, irons, and wedges are killer and now with his new separate series AK Putters it completes the line up.
The new AK putters will be in the TSG ProShop Shortly, I am also shooting, testing, and writing up a blog post on the AK Blade as well. The AK01 Stealth retails for 400 dollars and TSG can also change the finish, specs, grip, paint fill as well.
Here you have it, Ako-san’s latest creation the DST utility wood also known as the Type-D. For those of you who are not familiar with A-Grind it is the vision of Yusuke Ako, Ako-san has been a part of the Japan Tour for over a decade and the designer at Royal Collection from 2004 till 2013 yes and he is the man who created the majority of the fairway woods including every Original Sonartec model that went to the states. In other words this man can design fairways and hybrids like no other and the early adopters of A-Grind’s products couldn’t agree more. The customer feedback is most often that A-Grinds products are shaped great, feel awesome and easier to hit that most. The Type-D (DST) series is the most forgiving fairway and utility wood in the brands entire line up. Ready for more? Follow the Jump!
A-GRIND DST Fairway Wood – The latest creation by A-Grind’s Ako-san! This one I have not hit but was able to stick onto a shaft for some photos, my review to come later but for now enjoy the pics and breakdown after the jump…
Scheduled for a May Release A-Grinds new DST has been showing up in a few tour players bags on the JPA tour. It’s Ako-san’s next gen fairway wood designed for more forgiveness a mid/high trajectory with minimal spin. This is still a better players wood just an easier one to hit when compared to the Original A-Grind Fairway wood.
The head is made of stainless steel 17-4 with a 455SS face that is thinner than his original model for a bit more distance. DST = driving slit tech but to be honest I don’t believe and can’t find any specific evidence in these types of so called “technologies” no matter what brand is using it. The head comes standard with a 1* open face angle a matte black head and dark chrome finish.
TSG will have these earlier than others for shipment; we can also build these clubs with the best shaft and grip options found anywhere in the world. Pre-order yours today via email@example.com
Introducing the A-Grind Y-PROTO Driver – Right now A-Grind has a total of 3 drivers in their line up, the Classic 350, 440cc, and now the new Y-PROTO in this blog post I will break down the type of player that should be using each one yet our main focus will be on the new Y-PROTO as you see in these pics after the jump…
A-GRIND CMB Combo Irons – It’s not often we see dedicated set of combo irons produced by a brand so kudo’s to A-Grind for releasing the all new CMB series which is designed as a true combo set matching the the MB & CB in shape, size, and performance along with a dedicated driving iron to replace the your long irons for more forgiveness.
Each of the 3 CMB products can be purchased ala carte as full sets irons ( non-combo ) but both A-Grind & TSG suggests #3/4 in the Driving Iron #5/6/7 in CB with #8/9/PW MB. Of course you can mix it up any way you want and I mean any way you can possibly think up given all the lofts they provide. Follow the Jump for comparison images of all the different models.
Last year A-Grind was officially started a new brand from famous club designer and tour service rep Yusuke Ako-san who was in the past the lead designer for Royal Collection in 2004 to 2013 for all their clubs including woods, irons, wedges, and utilities.
With 1 year under his belt and his own company he has made a lot of progress with nearly a dozen products released and in just a short time professional victories in the bags of winners. In this post we will go over his new version CMB Hybrid Iron or what TSG calls a driving iron, follow the jump to continue…
It’s not easy choosing the right wedge there a lot of variables come into play from your type of swing to your conditions plus more all play a strong hand in how well you do with wedges, In this post I’d like to talk about what I feel are the best of the best on the market today when it comes to Japan Forged and Hand Made Wedges. So you may be wondering why does it have to be Japan Forged, well of course TSG is highly discerning about what is good and what is not but bottom line is anywhere in life you want to start with the best materials and it’s fact that J.I.S standards are the better and highest when you look into the mineral structure in S15, S20, S25C Japan reigns supreme in this regard, so basically we start with the best ingredients and you can’t always tell yes we are splitting hairs in some cases but again you only live once why not strive for knowing what you hold in your hands to score is special.
Why Handmade? For so many reasons while automation and mass production is more precise it’s no craft, China, Taiwan and other countries don’t have the skilled grinders to do this type of artisan work, this is a skill passed down with many years of apprenticeship it’s very personal and with experience you can look at wedges and know where they came from and who the grinder is there is just something special about not every wedge being 100% the same also et’s not forget finish & feel best is RAW or a Golf Specific NiCr Japanese Satin/Mirror holds no equal in feel and beauty.
These examples apply anywhere in life, handmade motors are best! handmade pasta is better! we lust over hand crafted watches and clothing, Knives and more there is without a doubt something inherently better about the product that’s made by human hands and costs more to produce, I know I’d rather buy a single wedge that had manufacturing costs 8X-20X higher in price than mass a produced product. Rant Over! Time to Follow the Jump to see what is TSG approved…
Absolutely one of the best players Hybrids I have ever laid by hands on, The A-Grind UT PROTO. Currently A-Grind has 2 Hybrid Wood style clubs and 1 driving iron design and personally I think this is the better option of the three if your looking for a more traditional hybrid. For those of you who don’t know much about A-Grind Follow the Jump we will dive a bit into his history and then my Review…
A-Grind is on a role with recent releases like their new 440cc driver and this black oxide limited wedge, they also have another larger UT coming end of August. This limited series of black wedges is offered in 52/58* with only 250 pcs produced. It’s made of Himeji forged S25C and features a milled face with conforming grooves. This wedge will wear but the feel is soft and this finish is the most requested by JPGA tour players.
For more images follow the jump and if you have interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org to pick up a set before they are gone.