Monday, July 23, 2007

It's all about MOI

MOI is the latest buzzword in the golf club industry. MOI stands for Moment of Inertia and all of the leading manufacturers are scrambling to get our products that have large MOI. I won't try to explain the scientifics of MOI (even if I could), but lets just say that when it relates to golf clubs it's supposed to mean straighter and further drives.

Just like the pro-line manufacturers, the component industry is hopping on the MOI bandwagon. One of the way all the manufacturers are increasing MOI is by using larger and different geometry club heads.

The new Snake Eyes Mamba uses a square head to increase MOI, as does the new Killer Bee B-Long driver. Both of these drivers are 460cc, titanium club heads.

Another example of increasing MOI is by expanding the overall dimensions of the club head. The new Snake Eyes Python XL driver head has been expanded to 5 inches, the maximum allowed by the USGA. This driver is a 460cc all titanium construction.

No matter which geometry you choose the end result is longer, straighter drives.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Alpha Golf C830.4 M-Fit System

Outside of the component and Long-Drive world, Alpha Golf is not very well know. But they make some killer components and their drivers are some of the best. The new C830.4 follows in the footsteps of the very successful C830.2, and is also a plasma welded, 460cc, Beta-Titanium club head.

With the 830.4 Alpha has introduced a new concept with the M-Fit System. This system has a sleeve that you attach to your shaft, and then attach the shaft to the club head by sliding the sleeve into the club head and screwing it in from the bottom of the club head. This allows for quick changes of shafts, as long as the shafts have the sleeve attached.

I think this is a very cool concept, mainly because I'm someone who likes to try many shafts and would love to be able to change them quickly. Especially when when new shafts come out and I want to try them with my current club head.

I plan on order one of these and I'll post my review of the whole system.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Titleist Pro V1 vs. Pinnacle Gold Long Drive vs. Top Flight D2

I'm not someone who feels the need to spend $45+ on golf balls. I tend to loose about 2-4 balls per round, so spending $3.75 per ball really seems expensive. That being said, I do like to play with new golf balls. I tend to buy whatever is on sale, but I like my golf balls to be white and have good feel around the greens. Pro V1's are considered the defacto standard of golf balls. At $45+ per dozen, that's pretty expensive to me and I was wondering, would I really notice the difference in how I played and especially my score.

So, I've decided to do a little test. I'm going to buy one box each of Pro V1's, Pinnacle Gold Long Drive, and Top Flight D2 Feel balls and play 3-4 rounds with each brand. I'll post my results at a later date.

Here is a cost break down of each;

Pro V1 - $45.00 per dozen, $3.75 per ball
Pinnacle Gold Long Drive - $15.00 per 15 pack, $1 per ball
Top Flight D2 Feel - $16.00 per 15 pack, $1.06 per ball