Aimed at low-handicappers and pros the 919 Tour model replaces the 900 Tour a.k.a. the Brooks Koepka model and features an improved shape with a bit thinner topline that the many Tour players who game the iron prefer. A new more durable Pearl Brush finish reduces glare while providing a bit more refined look than the previous matte finish.
In addition the Z 785 comes stock with the exceptional Project X HZRDUS Black shaft which is hand made in San Diego for the utmost consistency (fyi – they go for about $300 in the aftermarket). For those considering this good-looking new stick it promotes a more boring low-spin trajectory and enhanced workability over the non-adjustable Z 585 model.
Companies like Odyssey Ping Scotty Cameron and TaylorMade produce fantastic flatsticks But it’s also true that there are some smaller lesser-known manufacturers who also make some really terrific putters.
A significant key to the Hot Metal design is the use of stronger and more expensive Chromoly rather than carbon steel in the manufacturing process. The stronger material allows for a multi-thickness cup face for more ball speed and distance than the previous 900 Hot Metal as well as redesigned sound ribs in the cavity for precisely tuned vibration and feel at impact.
A combination of extreme foam cushioning and molded traction elements in the sole that can hold any surface provides the kind of comfort one would expect from a premium-priced shoe. A model with BOA’s laceless closure system ($189.99) is also available for those who want a more exacting fit in the heel.
Puma’s progressive take on shoe design continues with the stylish and athletic Ignite PWRSPORT which features 39 multidirectional traction lugs in the sole as well as another 24 placed in critical areas that require more grip.
Start at address so you can ensure that you have a flatstick that fits your body and posture. Unlike full-swing clubs that droop and bend significantly in a dynamic motion putters stay about the same during the stroke so getting a length and loft that complement your setup is an important first step.
Now Mizuno is launching a newly revamped JPX 919 line with a traditional look and impressive technologies that make the three new models worth a serious look for players of all handicap levels.
The Z 785 driver is revolutionary for Srixon for a number of reasons but mostly because it produces up to 3 mph more ball speed than the previous model yielding up to ten more yards of total distance. The key to the impressive improvement is a new Ti51AF Cup Face which is lighter and significantly stronger allowing it to be made 10% thinner for more COR and ball speed at impact.
The Mini Driver which TaylorMade offered in SLDR and AeroBurner models was a very cool product. It nicely bridged the gap between a driver and fairway wood. For a lot of players that was a perfect fit as the added loft and shorter shaft of the Mini gave them exactly what they needed.
That doesn’t make your flatstick immune to the benefits of clubfitting. In fact even a basic tweak of your putter’s most innocuous specs can pay huge dividends. Here’s what to keep your eye on courtesy of the fitting experts at True Spec Golf.
Since Mizuno irons were number one on Tour back in the 90’s anchored by Nick Faldo Tiger Woods and numerous others who appreciated the buttery forged feel of the MP-14 and MP-29 models purists have held the brand in exceptionally high esteem.