Forget your opponents; always play against par.  ~Sam Snead

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Nickent spent over one year to develop the next generation of state-of-the-art hybrids. Three different multi-material combinations were tried to find the best possible performance. In the end, Nickent developed the first hybrid to utilize a patented brazing technology that fuses a titanium crown with a steel body; all while making the crown the thinnest it has ever been on a golf club head. 

 

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ARC Blade by Nickent

Targeted for mid to better players, these dynamically cast steel clubs feature advanced peripheral weighting for restricted twist and added stability, replacing much of the inner steel core with a lighter, rubberized elastomer that absorbs and rebounds energy. The effect is a club that maintains the enhanced feel of a traditional blade, yet plays far easier.

Genex Arc Technology

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Nickent 3DX Tour

Nickent Golf's new drivers are making serious waves in the golf industry. The 4DX and 3DX Square drivers were launched in April and have already set new company records for number of drivers in play on the professional tours and number of drivers sold at retail. Plus, Nickent claimed their first ever driver victory on the PGA Tours. Nickent is launching two limited edition versions of these popular models in order to expand the tremendous success of the original designs.

 

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 As part of there alread impressive BURNER series of drivers TAYLORMADE has introduced the BURNER DRAW driver. Allowing you the opportunity to have a little extra draw on your drive which in turn adds a little distance to your drives.

Highlights: 

» Promotes faster speed and a right-to-left ball flight for longer distance Image

» Incorporates more slice-correcting features than any other TaylorMade driver

» 460 cc bullet-shaped head pulls CG far back to launch the ball high and super-deep

» SuperFast Technology reduces total club weight to 299 grams from average of 320

» Effective MOI that exceeds 5800 (USGA conforming)

YES Putters adds Valerie to their list of putters.

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Meet Mr. Harold Swash. A long time devotee of the science and art of putting. Indeed, in Europe Harold is affectionately called the “Putting Doctor” and has been the coach to the majority of Europe's Ryder team.He’s also a self described “sawdust engineer” who has spent nearly as many hours hunched over his workbench by night as he has hunched over a putter by day. So, in a way, it came as no surprise when he developed the most significant advance in putter technology in 1995.

Knowing that every putter face made forces a ball to skip, skid and spin in its critical first few inches of travel, he also knew if he could design a club that avoided this, he’d have a winner. The result, of course, is his patented C-Groove technology that allows balls to achieve forward roll almost immediately, so they have a better line and are less likely to be deflected en route to the cup.

The Valerie is designed for those people that enjoy the mallet style putter with C-groove technology.

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In simple terms manufacturers have upped their game because players are putting a lot more of these types of clubs; perhaps the advent of the hybrid has spurred on the growth in this department, as well as technology improving the ability to hit this type of club.Image

Types of Fairway Woods

Lower Woods

These woods, 2 to 4,  are mostly employed as tee-shot alternatives to your driver as well as a 2nd shot to a par 5.  They will have a smaller head and shorter shaft than your. Also used from fairways, the smaller head design makes them simpler to get off the ground. Added to the 2, 3 and 4 woods range, some manufacturers offer plus sizes ie 3+ meaning the less lofted club like a 2 wood but the same size as the three. A newer innovation recently is the ‘draw’ version of the club: giving you the option of little extra draw shape giving a bit more distance with a little run on the fairway. The ‘draw’ (a subtle right to left) shape is renowned for those characteristics.

Higher  Woods

These woods, 5 and lower, were generally designed to replace the longer irons for those that have difficulty, and offer a better alternative out of rough, replacing the 3 to 4 iron and perhaps even the 5 iron. The construction of these woods typically involves the weight of the head being positioned, a lower centre of gravity, thereby creating maximum forgiveness. This will help produce a higher ball flight that is more consistent than a long iron. The size of the head will increase as the loft increases.

Head Construction

Steel

Almost all fairway woods heads are constructed from steel as it is not required to be large, the metal can offer a more forgiving feel.

Titanium

The basic lightweight nature of titanium makes it a useful face and is being used increasingly being used by companies in their fairway clubs. Due to its lightness the thin face means that the weight and centre of gravity can be moved lower, wider and further back to produce higher hitting more  forgiving wood.

Composite

Made from a combination of carbon material and steel or titanium this allows manufacturers to reduce the weight of the head which aids perimeter weighting. Less expensive than titanium, they are a cost effective alternative.

A Utility Club – What is it?

Utility clubs can be anything from a driving iron or rescue club to a chipping iron. One would choose a utility club generally based on a weakness in your game. Utility clubs are versatile and can offer a player many different options.

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Hybrid Wood

Filling the gap between long irons and woods many manufacturers are now offering sets from 5-PW, to allow space for a utility or hybrid club in the bag. The utility club has taken on from where the driving iron failed, and the following describes the types of utility clubs in the market:
 

The Rescue Club

One type of utility club is the rescue club. So called for its ability to rescue players from rough and it combines the forgiveness and distance and height of a fairway wood but has the reduced run of an iron.
The small narrow head makes it easier to hit from tough lies than either a fairway wood or a feared long iron. Shorter in length than a fairway wood it feels more like an iron in your hand. Can also be used off the tee it will typically travel as far as most players longest irons but much easier to hit. Some players have also used this is a little ‘chipper’ from just off the greens.

The Clubhead

The utility club has a relatively small head compared to fairway woods, which makes it easier to hit from rough. The narrow, smaller area on the head means there is less club head will not  get caught up in the grass and therefore produce better contact in tough lies.

Loft

The launch angle (aka loft) of utility clubs typically varies between 15 and 22 degrees. A 3 iron will have approximately 21 degrees of loft so this offers a nice alternative to using a long iron if you are not so inclined. May also travel a little further than an iron so will a little bit of a gap filler between woods and irons, much like a gap wedge between a wedge and sand wedge. A 21 -degree utility club will not produce the same distance as a 21-degree fairway wood because the smaller shaft length and head size of the utility club means it will not travel as far as the fairway wood of the same loft, a common misunderstanding by most players.

Shaft Length

The best kept secret of the utility club: its length. It is simply shorter than fairway wood which gives you more control but less distance. The shorter the shaft the normal means less flex , so more control but the utility club retains the ease of the hit of a fairway wood compared with a long iron.

Driving Iron

As the name suggests it is a great club off the tee. Better suited to a player is confident with longer irons it offers more distance and control than a fairway wood. The low spin and low trajectory is equal with the thinking that they are harder to get airborne of the tee. The driving iron is straighter than a rescue club or fairway wood and produces longer carry despite low spin and low height – a lower arc off the tee, also a nice alternative to a longer iron of the fairway because of its forgiveness due to bigger hitting area.

There's always a  set of irons that's just right for you. The type club, the iron, makes up 70% of your clubs in the bag and like any club they should right for you. Once you have bought a set of irons, if they were not fitted for you, get them fitted. We are not all the same and it would be impossible to make a set of clubs that fitted every one, or a company made a set of 100's of variations. Fitting means the right length of shaft, grip size, and perhaps each club needs slight bending to get the sole flat on the ground at set up. Th information below will give a sense of what you might be looking for.Image

Types Of Irons

Forged

Forging a club is the original method of making clubs and and in a way is like the blacksmith used to do. The hot metal is sunk into a rough shape and then hammered until the coorect shape. The maker recieves the raw forged shape and the carbon steel or chrome club is finished by milling, griding, sanding, and drilling. Generally is a softer metal with a smaller sweet spot but more 'feel' in the shot. Forged irons are aimed towards better players who place importance on the feel to be able work shots and control trajectory.

Cast

This type of iron involves pouring the liquid metal into a mold. Producing the metal through a mold means that the manufacturers can make more complex head designs. Therefore, cast irons are more suited to the design of today's irons that are perimeter weighted and intricate. Generally cheaper than forged as the productions costs are lower. 

Designs Of Irons
  
Blade

The blade is a straighter less complicated design with the even distributed across the whole club, with the sweet spot in the middle of the club being quite small. Shots hit from the centre of blade are said to fly straighter and longer than other clubs, but the down side is that are more difficult to hit from a consistency point of view, and the 'off centre' shot will be relatively weak.
The blade iron is more responsive to the 'working the ball', ie trying draw fade hook or cut when needed, so suits a lower handicapper.  

   
Cavity back or perimeter weighted.

The cavity back iron is made from stainless steel that offers a harder hitting feel golf shot. The iron distributes the weight evenly around the perimeter of the head, producing a larger 'sweet spot'. In the increased sweet spot reduces the feel but increases the forgiveness, so is better suited the higher handicapper.

Hybrid Irons

A combination of a part wood part iron, the are aimed at the player that struggles to hit the long irons. Even PGA Tour players have replaced the 1 iron in their bags with a hybrid iron of sorts. Also easier to get out thicker rough. The center of gravity is lowerd in the club to produce an higher shot which is better for the mid to high handicap player. 

Note on shafts: Please see shaft guide as there are two main types: steel and graphite and is important in your choice of clubs.

A percentage of golf shots use a wedge to finish a hole, whether it is saving a shot from the edge of green or bunker or pitching into a par 5. One hundred yards and in is and important yardage to master; make sure you have the right equipment. Wedges appear to have made less progress and may emerge to not have changed as much since Gene Sarazen invented the sandwedge but this is untrue. The bounce and sole of the wedge is very important – you must have the right club for the general course that you play.

There are 4 different types of wedges.

Pitching Wedges (PW)

Using has a loft of 47-50 degrees, is the most common wedge. It is used usually used for fuller shots into greens and some longer pitch shots. Most sets today, tend towards a stronger Pitching Wedge (i.e. de-lofted Wedge) allowing space in your bag for a Gap Wedge.

Gap Wedges (GW)

This type of wedge fills the ‘gap’ between the Pitching Wedge and the Sand Wedge. Using varying degrees between 51 and 55 the club offers slightly more opportunities and variation from the fairway and around the green. Image

Sand Wedges (SW)

Usually in the range of 56-57 degrees, a Sand Wedge is primarily used for getting out of greenside bunkers but also for lop shots over obstacles and from 'grass bunkers'. Also use in approach shots to the green (approx no more than 80 yards) offers more variation in approach shots.

Lob Wedges (LW)

Increasingly becoming a more popular choice in the golfer’s bags is the Lob Wedge, as it can help shots from deep rough and sand more than other wedges with less loft. The loft is around 60 degrees to offer height in pitch and chip shots. More commonly used around the greens than an approach shot.

Loft & Bounce

The loft of a wedge is the angle at which it hits the ball from off the ground and range from 47 degrees to 64 degrees. Most professional or amateur golfers carry three or even four wedges, to offer a difference of shot selection to their short game.

The Bounce of a wedge incorporates many different features of the sole of the club. The ‘bounce’ centres on the part of the club that hits the turf, hence ‘bounces’

Finishings

Wedges are made of many different material and come in many different finishes and here are some of the main types and their benefits.

Nickel

– dull finish of the Nickel also reduces glare giving a more traditional look.

Black Nickel

– a special coloured chrome plating finish
– same durability and rust protection as the chrome finish as well as the same soft, solid feel. Chrome- provides a classic look,
– soft, solid feel as well as rust protection

Oil Can- heat oxide treated.
– a non-glare appearance as well as a very soft feeling wedge. Over time, the  Oil Can finish will wear resulting in a rusty raw wedge

Beryllium Copper
– This finish is similar to both the Oil Can and the Rusty/Raw finish produces a very soft feel off the club face will get darker over time as the oxygen affects the metal.

Shafts

Virtually all wedges come with steel shafts unless the wedges of a graphite set of clubs and the flex is on the stiff side, also due to the fact the shaft is shorter makes it stiffer and this is good for control on the short shots.

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