GOLFTEC: Top 5 Equipment & Club Fitting Stories of 2020

We’re looking back at the top instructional articles from the past year.

By Sabrina Naccarato

As one of the most unpredictable, uneasy, and overall weird years winds down, we’re looking back at some bright spots of 2020, which happens to be in the golf space. From honing in your short game to finally curing your slice and the unbelievable technological advancements that accompanied equipment releases this year, there was a lot to unpack.

So as we wrap up a year that desperately needs to end, we’re revisiting the top instructional drills and equipment stories that helped shine a light on 2020.

5. Under the Hood: PING is bringing the heat with the new G710 irons

PING is turning heads with the new G710 irons, giving golfers an iron with a familiar feel but an aesthetic that we haven’t seen from them since the G30. We’re going to review these new beauties, take a look at a student success story and have a conversation about modern iron designs.

4. Under the hood: Mizuno is turning heads with the new ST200 driver

Mizuno, who is traditionally thought of as an iron company, introduced the new ST200 line of woods for 2020 featuring 3 driver models; ST200, ST200G, and ST200X. Today, we’re going to take a look at what you can expect from these new drivers.

3. Under the hood: What sets the Taylormade SIM apart from the rest?

When breaking down what makes a driver different from models of years past, it can be easy to get lost in the jargon. CG (center of gravity) and MOI (moment of inertia) are two things we measure on every driver and they’re also two things that many don’t understand.

Today we’re going to simplify these metrics and show you why the new TaylorMade SIM stands alone in the 2020 class of drivers.

2. Mavrik speculations, launch monitors and real-life fitting results

If you’re buying a new driver off the rack you’re likely doing yourself a disservice. If you’re buying one without first testing it on a launch monitor you’re just making a mistake. Quality launch monitors are extremely accessible today, but if you do not know what to focus on they can be overwhelming. This is why it’s best to have an expert club fitter help you through the process. But if you choose to go in alone there are three or four main numbers I would focus on aside from the obvious of distance and direction.

1. A rebel with a cause – the new Callaway MAVRIK driver

Last year we saw the first golf club ever developed with the assistance of A.I. and Machine Learning with the Callaway Epic Flash. Not only did this change the game for golf club engineering, but it also changed the game for Callaway. Once the company found success in utilizing a supercomputer, there was no turning back to the ways of old when it came to designing the face of a driver.

So, how does one outdo themselves when they’ve virtually revolutionized the entire golf industry? Add a more powerful supercomputer, apply A.I. throughout the clubhead, and thousands of virtual prototypes, and boom, you’ve got the most exquisite combination of distance, forgiveness, consistency and feel Callaway has ever built in a driver, a.k.a. the Callaway MAVRIK.

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