Video Log – November 12th, 2019

Well, it’s that time of the year. Winter has come. Even though the calendar suggests otherwise. We had our first winter storm of 2019/2020 and the game goes on. If you want something bad enough, you have to go after it.

 

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

Golf Playoffs and Golf Fitness

A rare PSA. Tomorrow is Remembrance Day (Canada Day/The United Kingdom/Commonwealth), Veteran’s Day (United States) and Armistice Day (France). Please respect those that have fought, fallen, sacrificed or continue to fight for our freedom by observing a minute of silence at 11 a.m. 

On the 11th Day, of the 11th Month, at the 11th Hour the guns fell silent to signal the end of WWI in 1918. If your country wears a poppy please wear one out of respect.

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below….”
– In Flanders Field by John McRae
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The National War Memorial. (Photo Credit: Crystal Toth)

In a show of hands. Who amongst us likes the current playoff formats for the respective professional golf tours around the world? I admit it, I can’t see the hands but speaking for myself I cannot stand them nor have I ever liked them.

It doesn’t matter which tour it is. It could be the LPGA Tour (Race to CME Globe), the Race to Dubai (European Tour), the PGA TOUR and their FedEx Cup Playoffs or the PGA TOUR Champions (Charles Schwab Cup). It’s of little consequence to me.

I don’t like them and I think it’s because it’s partially convoluted (too many moving parts) and personally speaking I think that it’s overthought. Honestly, I think they have the system sort of correct where they whittle down the field gradually. To a point wherein the case of the FedEx Cup they get the field down to 30 for the TOUR Championship at East Lake. However, after that, you need to be a mathematician and algorithm genius to figure things out. Look no further than this weekend at Charles Schwab Cup finale in Arizona on PGA TOUR Champions (can’t we just go back to Champion’s Tour?). Instead of getting a headache I’ll let esteemed writer Ron Mintz take the lead from Tweets this morning.

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Just reading it, I get overwhelmed with a headache. But yes, that’s how it cracked down if you’ve been watching this week at all. Between this (as I describe it) “tomfoolery” it seems like the system isn’t quite right. But I have a suggestion and maybe I’m oversimplifying things a tad. What about using the points system as they have in place and when it gets down to the final 30 or 40 or even 50 reset the points to zero. Introduce Match Play to the final event. Where the winner takes all? Too easy?

Golf fitness. I’ve recently posted about there being #nooffseason when it comes to golf. There’s always something that needs to be improved. Maybe you need to experiment with a grip change. When the snow flies, this is a great time to do it. Or maybe, your putting stroke needs work? By getting a Big Moss, PuttOut or BirdieBall putting matt you can work on your game if your season is hampered by the blast of “Old Man Winter’s Wind”. I will be experimenting with a few things. I’m looking for a little more distance during my golf “cease-fire” and it’s the distance that I lost after my stroke. But, I’m having a little gander and David Leadbetter’s “A Swing” because I’m thinking of making things a little more compact. But I’ve also gotten back to the gym.

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Hoping to turn my chicken legs into at least turkey legs.

I bought my gym membership a few days ago, but I was feeling really off. A combination of cardiac-type issues and depression. I managed to force myself up and out a few days ago and since I haven’t had a day where I didn’t work out. Who knows, maybe it’ll lead to a better mind and better golf. Seeing that I’m just getting back into it, I am going easy. I’m combining circuit-training and then alternating days of legs/back with arms/chest. Core days are every day. Cardio is important of course for weight maintenance (I want to lose a few pounds/gain muscle and tone). So I’ll be trying to post updates. Above is my blank canvas. Man, I got so weak. Today, I added “Battle Ropes” to my repertoire. Yep, those are going to be fun and the death of me.

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Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

Dabbling in Golf Photography

So, I’ve been going through pictures that my wife and I have taken over the last… 5 years or so. In some cases, the pictures go further back. You know, it’s hard to fathom where time has gone. We’ve seen pictures from trips up north with our two children when they were really small (we’re grandparents now… two times over) and of course pictures that are more recent like from the 2019 PGA Show.

Some of the shots that we’ve uncovered have been shots of golf courses that I nearly forgot about (or totally for that matter). So, I’ve been doing some experimenting with them. Like an artist, I’m trying to get a look that I’m after with Photoshop or similar. More often than not I’m not pleased with them and I don’t see what my vision wants. Oh, the life of a temperamental artist.

I’m going to start posting a little more golf photography… or shall I say course photography? I’m a total amateur so take it easy on me. Here are the first few shots. Golf courses really are all masterpieces if you stop for a moment and take a look around.

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The sun setting at an afternoon at the Leadbetter Golf Academy. ChampionsGate, Florida

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The signs of branding are everywhere.

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Looking back down a fairway. It’s always good to look back… But looking forward is much better.

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A real nice historic muni. I loved this hole. Hole #3 Azalea Course at Cleveland Heights Golf Course. Lakeland, Florida

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Golf courses really are a work of art.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

 

TPT Golf Launches “The Future of Your Game” Promotion with Leadbetter and Club Champion

RENENS, SWITZERLAND — TPT Golf has teamed up with Club Champion and the world-renowned Leadbetter Golf Academy to launch a new promotion that allows golfers to win “The Future of Your Game.”

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Golfers who purchase a TPT Golf shaft from Club Champion through December 15 will be eligible to win a grand prize that includes 3 months of Online Coaching from a Leadbetter Certified Golf Instructor, a mental game assessment, and much more, to help them take their game to the next level.

Golfers can locate their nearest Club Champion location to schedule a fitting here.

“As a company, we believe in the unique ability of materials technology, professional club fitting, and individualized coaching to help golfers make dramatic improvements in their game,” says TPT Golf Director Sebastian Sebayang. “We wanted to bring those elements together for this promotion through our partnerships with Club Champion and the Leadbetter Golf Academy.”

 

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Known as “The Hottest New Shaft on Tour,” TPT Golf is an upstart, Switzerland-based golf shaft manufacturer that has earned 10 professional victories on seven professional tours around the world over the last year, including four PGA Tour victories.

All TPT Golf shafts are created with “Thin-Ply Technology,” the process the company uses to manufacture thin and precise carbon fiber prepreg material that’s as light as 15 grams per square meter — four-times thinner than a human hair and one-quarter the weight of a page of paper.

Just as importantly, TPT Golf shafts are created with a patent-pending, automated manufacturing process the company developed called the “Thin-Ply Winding Method.” It’s this innovation that allows TPT Golf to position its prepreg in the exact locations and orientations necessary to create a new level of performance in a golf shaft.

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With a properly fit TPT Golf shaft, golfers are able to contact the sweet spot more often due to its more axially consistent design. They will also likely swing TPT Golf shafts faster because of their optimized bend profiles. It’s this combination of more consistent impacts and TPT Golf’s optimized bending profiles that result in significant distance gains and a tighter dispersion.

TPT Golf shafts are currently available at more than 175 Authorized Fitters across the world, including all Club Champion locations. Golfers can locate a TPT Golf Authorized Fitter near them.  Use this link to find a fitter:  https://tptgolf.com/where-to-buy/ 

 

About TPT Golf

TPT Golf is the golf division of North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT), a Switzerland-based technology and composites company with a track record of delivering innovative solutions for high-performance industries.

The company’s portfolio of advancements includes developing a process for producing America’s Cup yacht sails, as well as lightweight bodywork of F1 race cars, skis, and snowboards. It has also created the materials technology found in satellites and Richard Mille luxury composite watches. The record-breaking, solar-powered aircraft “Solar Impulse” also relied on NTPT-produced materials for its epic journey.

 

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

TPT Golf Launches 15-LKP-LT-LW Shaft, A Proven Winner on Tour

TPT Golf. One of the “new kids on the block” has been making waves in the golf industry. The premium golf shaft manufacturer from Switzerland had a very successful 2017 in the first year of their launch. A second place finish in the Ricoh British Women’s Open (Jodi Ewart Shadoff) and a red hot finish by Justin Rose where the Englishman captured three titles whilst playing the soon-to-be launched TPT Golf 15 Series LKP-LT-LW golf shaft in his TaylorMade Golf M1 driver (2017). Additionally, in December during the week of the QBE Shootout Major Champion Jason Dufner was testing the new shaft.

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I had the pleasure of testing and reviewing the counterpart to the 15 Series LKP-LT-LW shaft (15 Series MKP-MT-SW Review) and it tested extremely well. If this new addition to the TPT Golf stable is anything like its predecessor than TPT Golf could see an even bigger year on Tour in 2018. Below is the press release from TPT Golf and Mary Beth Lacy.

TPT Golf Launches 15-LKP-LT-LW Shaft, A Proven Winner on Tour

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RENENS, SWITZERLAND – TPT Golf is proud to announce the official launch of its 15-LKP-LT-LW, the shaft that was used to claim three professional victories this fall: the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, the Turkish Airlines Open (European Tour) and the Indonesian Masters (Asian Tour).

The 15-LKP-LT-LW joins TPT Golf’s 15 Series, shafts that are designed to meet the needs of high-speed golfers. Within the 15 Series, the 15-LKP-LT-LW offers the lightest weight (63 grams). It is also the lowest-torque shaft in the entire TPT Golf lineup.

Like TPT Golf’s 10 other shaft designs, the 15-LKP-LT-LW has a perfectly concentric, seamless design. This is the direct result of TPT Golf’s fully automated manufacturing process called “Thin-Ply Winding,” which gives TPT Golf the ability to independently tweak each shaft design parameter. This revolutionary, robot-driven process ensures unrivaled consistency and unlocks superior performance for golfers of all abilities. Unlike other shaft manufacturing processes, the patent-pending Thin-Ply Winding Method enables TPT Golf to create shafts that are exactly the same time after time.

“Every product we create at TPT Golf is on the cutting edge,” said TPT Golf Technical Director Jeff Meyer. “Our design and manufacturing processes give us a huge advantage over standard industry methodologies. The 15-LKP-LT-LW is a product that was developed to meet the needs of the best golfers in the world.”

With the 15-LKP-LT-LW, LT stands for “Low Torque” while LW stands for “Light Weight.” These specific characteristics are enabled through the unmatched precision of the Thin-Ply Technology, as well as the use of a higher-modulus carbon fiber material that offers the lower-torque performance certain high-speed golfers need to achieve their full potential.

“With the Thin-Ply Winding Method, we have an infinite design window to achieve any design parameter,” Meyer added. “We can achieve virtually any bend profile that we need to fit any golfer.”

The 15-LKP-LT-LW ($700) will officially debut at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. It will be available for purchase through TPT Golf’s worldwide network of authorized fitting locations later this month.

About TPT Golf

TPT Golf is the golf division of North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT), a Swiss-based technology and composites company with a track record of delivering innovative solutions for high-performance industries.

The company’s portfolio of advancements includes developing a process for producing America’s Cup yacht sails, as well as lightweight bodywork of F1 race cars, skis and snowboards. It has also created the materials technology found in satellites and luxury composite watches (Richard Mille). The record-breaking, solar-powered aircraft “Solar Impulse” also relied on NTPT-produced materials for its epic journey.

Until The Next Tee!!

Review – TPT Golf Shafts

One of the many things that I learned on my trip to Florida and in particular during my visit to the World Golf Hall of Fame is that technology has really advanced in golf shafts. From the era of hickory shafts to the advent of steel. Even for a brief period in time aluminum was used. Eventually golf found graphite… a light material that would give golfers more kick measuring more distance. It wasn’t until Frank Thomas in 1967 joined Shakespeare (fishing rod manufacturer) who gave him a task. Build a golf shaft using the latest space-aged materials. In 1970 Mr. Thomas’ creation was unveiled at the PGA Merchandise Show.

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So we fast forward the clock to 2017 and this year’s PGA Merchandise Show. Leading up to the PGA Show I was approached by Mary Beth Lacy of golf media relations firm Mary Beth Lacy Inc if I wanted to attend the launch of a new golf shaft company. I accepted the invitation and was given the details. In the parking lot of Orange County National where Demo Day was being held I (and others) would be picked up by a well-equipped black limo bus with the letters TPT emblazoned on it at 3 o’clock. I made my way to the parking lot and approached the bus. I was met by individuals from TPT. Sebastian Sebayang introduced himself to me as did CEO of NTPT James Austin and Chairman and Co-Founder Francois Mordasini. Before continuing on I should first of all explain what NTPT does.

 

NTPT stands for North Thin Ply Technology a Swiss company that carved its niche in the creation of high performance sports components. If you’ve watched events like Formula 1 racing, the America’s Cup races, alpine skiing and/or snowboarding the chances are very likely that you have seen their products without even realizing it. Also, they have built components for very high-end watch company Richard Mille. Their materials have also been used on satellites that orbit our planet and the record-breaking solar powered aircraft “Solar Impulse”. Their wealth of knowledge in the composites business speaks for itself. So, it only made sense that they delved into the golf industry.

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TPT (Thin Ply Technology) has utilized a patent-pending manufacturing process that enables “golf shafts to be made with exceptionally accurate fibre placement in a highly uniform way around the shaft. This method creates a shaft with no spine and overcomes the inconsistencies sometimes seen in golf shafts produced by the more traditional table rolling methods. TPT golf shafts provide exceptional feel for the golfer leading to more accurate shot dispersion, low spin, and increased distance”. The key word if any from their press release is “spine” or the lack thereof. When golf shafts have no spine (almost all do… it’s why SST Puring was created) the shaft can simply load and kick more effectively. Also, the lack of a spine allows for more stability creating a shaft that is “smooth”. TPT would partner with Biomechanist J.J Rivet and one of the world’s best golf coaches David Leadbetter (both of whom worked together on “The A Swing”) in relaying vital technical information to TPT. I think it’s important to note that the team from TPT have no golf experience and Mr. Mordasini is passionate about learning about golf shafts and is quite eager to improve golfers through his material.

 

The contingent was driven to the David Leadbetter Academy at ChampionsGate where we took part in a presentation that gave us a more in-depth look at the TPT golf shafts. TPT golf shafts are said to be the first of their kind meaning that it’s the first time a shaft has been designed with keeping in mind physical capabilities and limitations. Unlike the usual flex specifications used in the golf industry (L,R,S etc) TPT does not do this. Instead they offer four different “Blue Series” of shafts (15, 16, 17, and 18) all of which are designed for various swing speeds. While the 15 Series will suit golfers with swing speeds ranging from 105-120 mph the 16 Series is geared towards golfers with swing speeds of 90-105 mph. The 17 Series is aimed at golfers with speeds of 75-90 mph whilst the 18 Series targets golfers in the slower 60-75 mph range. The shafts regardless of the series features shafts with two bend profiles. A mid-kickpoint and a low kickpoint are available. All shafts also feature a middle of the road torque rating which aids in feel as well.

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So having said all of this I proceeded to start the process of finding the right shaft. I should point out that the heads of all of the drivers were Callaway Golf Big Bertha Fusion. I thought that I would start with the 17 Series to see what would happen. As one might be able to predict controlling the ball with this shaft proved to be difficult.  Having dispensed with the fun and games I got down to business. Find the right fit. I was then placed into a 16 Series MK shaft and I noticed a ball flight that was a little higher than I like. While it was a little higher than expected the dispersion was terrific. I found the 16 Series TPT to be very smooth from takeaway to finish. In particular I found it to be very stable through impact. I was certain that this was the shaft and then the crew decided to try me with a 15 MK Series. The dispersion tightened even more and my ballflight was right where I would like to see it. There was no evidence of ballooning ball flights as the ball just penetrated and kept going.  We all liked what we saw and I went on the Trackman. We saw consistent launches of 12*, backspin rates of 2200 rpm and other than a couple of swings that were turned over through impact. Consequently, that was the only real miss. Just such a stable shaft.

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I think that the team at TPT has changed the way that golf will look at shafts and how they’re constructed. I have long said over the last several years that the parity in the industry from manufacturer to manufacturer and head to head is too close. Moreover, I have suggested that it really boils down to the shaft being used. TPT in my estimation has a game changer in it’s midst. Of note, European PGA Tour player Oliver Wilson was there and plays the shaft in his driver and is currently testing for the fairway wood. Also, LPGA player Jodi Ewart Shadoff happened to be there that day testing the shafts as well. From what I overheard she was really liking the shaft. Who knows… maybe TPT has the next big thing in golf. They definitely have the passion and knowledge to develop it.

 

Until The Next Tee!