March 2010 The Clubmaker Report
Sponsored by Aldila Voodoo and Tacki Mac Itomic Golf Grips
Aldila Voodoo
  Aldila Voodoo
What sets the VooDoo apart from other shafts is its patent pending S-core, or stabilized core, Technology designed to increase distance and provide outstanding accuracy with each swing. The real "magic" of the VooDoo is the high modulus carbon stabilization rib running the length of the shaft. "Our S-core Technology dramatically stabilizes the shaft's cross-section through the use of an internal carbon-fiber rib system," said John Oldenburg, Aldila's Vice President of Engineering. "The innovative rib structure increases hoop strength/stiffness so much that it is 80 percent greater than conventional graphite, and up to 60 percent greater than competitors' attempts at cross sectional stabilization." Visit the Aldila Voodoo Web Site here http://aldilavoodoo.html . For a chart showing launch and spin characteristics of the entire Aldila line, go here The price of the Aldila Voodoo is now $199 (was $299 last year). Good value for a premium shaft!

In coming weeks make sure you read The Clubmaker Report and watch for details on a drawing to win a Aldila RIP Staff Bag. If you've already entered the NV Giveaway there is no need to re-enter for the RIP Staff bag. To enter the RIP bag contest, follow this link to a page I set up with information on the new RIP shaft. Send me a quick note and include one feature of the RIP shaft, doesn't matter which feature you include. I'll do the drawing and make the announcement the week after the Masters. Congrats to Bob Forberg, winner of the week three Voodoo NV giveaway.

Miura CB-501 Irons
Like all Miura irons, the mild-steel CB-501s are hand precision-forged and custom crafted by Katsuhiro Miura, Miura Golf Inc.'s 67-year-old founder, whose forged clubmaking skills over the past 49 years have prompted the Japanese to claim he has "the Hands of God." Mr. Miura is director of manufacturing and product development at his Japanese company, Miura Giken Co. Ltd., which operates manufacturing facilities in Himeji, Japan. "We obviously are very excited about the CB-501 irons," says Bill Holowaty, VP of Operations for Miura Golf in North America. "During development, Mr. Miura's goal was to combine the best features from his favorite Miura irons, both past and present. Well, needless to say, Mr. Miura has done it again." Mr. Miura's goal was to create an iron that featured the ideal ball flight, enough offset to promote playability, the perfect head size and a sole grind that would accommodate a broad range of players. He started with a full cavity back that possessed a bit more offset than the company's CB-202, which has almost no offset. Mr. Miura worked on the sole grind until he had something that would not only appeal to a Tour player, but also was forgiving enough for a mid-handicap golfer. At that stage, the ball flight was still not what Mr. Miura envisioned, so he borrowed a design feature from the company's past-the sweet-spot muscle-back, which was used in a very different Miura iron, the CB-1003, back in 1996. In all, Mr. Miura spent two years integrating these design variables in different ways until he found the blend that worked best for the widest range of golfers. The result is the CB-501-a cavity-back iron featuring a small muscle-back located behind the sweet spot that delivers the trajectory of a blade iron when the ball is struck on the center of the face. This style of iron also offers cavity-back forgiveness and ball flight, as the contact point moves away from the center of the face. "Golfers who are connoisseurs of forged irons should make it a point to hit the CB-501 irons," Holowaty says. "We are confident the CB-501s will quickly become your new best friend if you do."

Besides the new CB-501, Miura Golf's current product line also includes the Tournament Blade; MC-102 (Mid-Size Cavity Model); CB-202 (Cavity Back Model): CB-301 (Cavity Back Model); Wedges (Wedge Series and Black Wedge Series, each available in six lofts); Series 1957 Small Blade Irons; Y and C Grind Wedges; Blade and Classic putters (two models); Precious Edition Driver, Fairway Wood and Utility Wood.

A nice way to experience the Miura forged clubs is to try one of their wedges. There's a unique new "fluted sole" model , the beautiful black wedges (also in satin silver) , and special edition C Grind and Y Grind models.

I'm a Miura Select Dealer and offer the entire lineup of Miura products. Send me a note for a quote.

New Yamada Milled Center Shafted Putter
Yamada putters has released a center shafted version of the beautiful Wide Blade model in their unique "burning copper" finish (follow the link below for a picture). If you're a "putter guy" and enjoy collecting fine putters, you owe it to yourself to try a Yamada putter.

From Yamada's web site: A Yamada putter is like no other putter in golf today- each process is overseen by Yamada from choosing the steel to the design of the putter to the hand finishing & balance of the putter. Yamada is a man tormented to provide golfers with the perfect putter.

No putter offers the super soft feel and performance of a Yamada milled putter. I can sell these assembled or as a component if you prefer to build your own putter. They are premium priced, send me a note for component pricing.

Bettinardi Putters
Here's a great addition to my putter studio lineup, the Bettinardi BB series putters. The 2010 BB Series is plated with our luxurious Black Nickel finish that guarantees the highest level of durability. Each model is milled with a single sightline to aid with alignment. Every putter is completed with a pistol style grip and a patented black Bettinardi headcover

Here's a bit of history: His objective clear, Robert Bettinardi set out in 1991 and began crafting some of the world's finest putters. Already a master engineer milling parts for the defense and medical industries, his talents were sharp and appropriate to make the move into the world of golf. After creating some of his own prototypes, Bettinardi was soon designing and producing putters alongside some of the industry's best and was in demand by golf's top OEM's. Over the next seven years Bettinardi would hone his skills and become recognized as the premier engineer of One-Piece milled putters. He was prepared and eager to put his own name on the putters he created and in 1998 Bettinardi Golf was born. Some of the original prototypes from that era are among the most sought-after by collectors today. His first milestone came in 1999 when Jesper Parnevik shot 23 under par for a tournament record 265 at the Greater Greensboro Open using a Bettinardi BB-10. A few years later with major tournament wins by Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh would seal the deal: Bettinardi was the name in milled putters. Bettinardi's staff has grown from a mere handful in the 90's to now over 50 employees designing, crafting, and fitting One-Piece putters (and now high-end, stylish Buckles) for players around the world.

Take some time to check out the Bettinardi B Series putters (you must click on the pictures to see top/back/side views) and send me a note for Clubmaker Report pricing. I now offer some of the finest putters you can buy from Bettinardi, Yes! Golf, and Yamada.

Hot Shots
I'm hearing rumors that there is a new graphite iron shaft coming from Matrix in 45-60 days called "Program". Supposed to have two sets in play on Tour.

It's not too early to order Skins Leather Headcovers for Mother's Day gifts (they take about two weeks to ship). There's a longneck version, clubglove, a unique hybrid, and putter designs. Also leather shoe bags, a nice leather weekender sports bag, and pouches.

R9 Reshafts continue to be a hot ticket. Send me a note if you'd like help choosing a shaft to hot rod your R9. I use a premium sleeve and feature UST, Mitsubishi, Fujikura, Project X, Matrix, Aldila Voodoo, Graphite Design, Penley, and Harrison ...about any shaft model made.

I've updated the Clubmaker Online homepage and most of the pages at the site (there are over 500 pages). Wander on by and check it out. There are resource articles, equipment news, Twitter feed, a clubmaker discussion group and much more. is the address.

I've added a Clubmaker Online Facebook page. Stop by and join the discussion on golf equipment. I'll be posting there regularly.

Tacki Mac Itomic Grips
  Itomic Golf Grips
I continue to get great feedback from those of you that are playing the new Itomic Grips. I reshafted an R9 driver for a customer and used the new black Itomic. It is the tackiest grip I've ever felt. They've added a Tour wrap version to the original Itomic. They clean up very nicely so I wouldn't be afraid to try the White, it's sharp. Also in Black, Red, and Blue.

Tacki Mac's colorful new ITOMIC grips are not like traditional rubber grips. They are made from a proprietary blend of elastomeric materials that are very tacky with a super soft (but firm) feel. This revolutionary blend of thermo-forming materials is both very durable, and high performing in all weather conditions. ITOMIC grips maintain their tacky feel and new look for years by washing them with warm soapy water. The new Itomic grips are available in black, white, red, or blue and in a new wrap style. Follow the link below to order Itomic grips direct from Tacki Mac.


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