July 2010 The Clubmaker Report
Sponsored by the Aldila Voodoo and Tacky Mac Itomic Grips
Itomic Grips by Tacky Mac
  Itomic Golf Grips
Sponsor 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. I'm getting great feedback from Clubmaker Report readers on the Itomic grips. Give them a try!
Golf Equipment News on Twitter
I've been doing a Twitter feed called Golfcast for a while now. I typically do one or two short tweets a week on new equipment and Tour results.

The Twitter feed is an easy way to follow equipment news at your own pace, sign in to your Twitter page whenever you like and catch up on all the news from Aldila, True Temper, Graphite Design, Fujikura, Harrison, UST and more. If you're not already doing so, golf manufacturers with equipment news should feel free to pass the information along to me at jhm@clubmaker-online.com for consideration.

You can also get updates via SMS by texting "follow golfcast" (no quotes) to "40404" (no quotes) in the United States

Project X Victory #7
Winner at last weeks AT&T had Project X in his driver through wedge. They tell me it's Project X 7th win this year with Project X in either the driver (5 times) or fairway wood/hybrid (twice).

I get a lot of requests from better golfers looking to lower launch and spin with a tight feeling shaft. The Project X wood shafts fit the bill. The Project X woods have a similar bend profile to the Project X iron shafts that you're probably familiar with.

Project X Woods are available in a standard and Tour Issue model.

Geek DCT Sets European Longdrive Record
I'm told by the head Geek that a Geek DCT 5.5 loft driver was used to record a Euro longdrive victory with a record setting blast of 437.5 meters (478 yd and 1.36 '). I'd have to be standing on the top of a mountain with a concrete fairway to hit one that far. Nice job, Geekster!

Just because the Geek heads can hold up to the hurt that the longdrivers inflict on a club doesn't mean that us regular pansies can't hit them. The FSIII Geek head is a bit more forgiving and has a bit softer feel vs. the DCT head. The DCT fairway is excellent and those of you looking for a little non-conforming driver fun, try the LB130 to blow your drives past your friends.

Pink Leather Headcovers, anyone?
I've been selling Skins headcovers since I started my web site back in 1996. They're made in the U.S. from super premium leather. I get regular email from long-time customers telling me that they've had the same set for 15 years or so and they're thinking about finally replacing them.

The black leather is the most popular but they come in shoe leather brown, bomber jacket brown, red, black and white, and my favorite, all white. The make a nice model with a sock to help protect your graphite shafts and also a clubglove model that is nice as it easily slips over the clubhead without fumbling around when you're moving along to the next shot. The 3X driver model uses about 1/2 a cow...it doubles as a nice hat, too. :-)

Getting back to the headline, I've been thinking about buying some nice pink leather but I need to do a bulk order to have the pink leather done. I get requests for the pink for ladies, outings, and breast cancer awareness functions. Send me a note if it's something you'd be interested in and if I can get enough orders I'll have some made up in the clubglove model. Maybe I'll send one along to Bubba Watson to match that pink Bimatrx shaft he plays.

Hot Shots
I mentioned a few weeks ago that a friend of mine had his first hole in one in a 9 hole beer league I'm in using a club I made for him. Last week a different friend of mine missed his first hole in one by a foot on the same hole using a club I made for him. It was pretty exciting. Maybe I can say something like "guaranteed hole in one or your money back".

I use the Bangomatic driver head from Bang Golf for my Senior Longdrive club. The Bangomatic driver head is available in lofts up to 20 degrees!! Many of you may not know that the Bangomatic is also available in a nice fairway wood ($99 head only 3 wood thru 9 wood) and hybrid at $59.95 each (15, 21, 24, 27 loft). Driver head is here http://www.clubmaker-online.com/bang.new.html

I've had a chance to play around a bit with the new Matrix Radix and I think they've got a winner. It's got a lot of the same tech as the $300 HD tour proven model but at a mid-price point. Comes in a bunch of different weights and flexes. Well worth a look. Heavy hitters might prefer the premium HD model, much tighter feel and lower launch/spin.

Aldila Voodoo
  Aldila Voodoo
The Aldila RIP should be out any time. Watch this space for details, pricing, and a review after I've had a chance to pop one into my R9 for testing. You might consider subscribing to my Twitter feed to get the announcement when it happens. I've got a picture and specs here http://www.clubmaker-online.com/products/aldila.rip.html Free shipping continues on the Aldila Voodoo NV and Voodoo VS shafts. Link below for further information. 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 http://www.clubmaker-online.com/products/aldila.launch.html If you're looking to upgrade the shaft in your hybrid, you might consider the Aldila Voodoo (link below). Same S-Core technology as in the wood shaft that, according to Aldila VP of Engineering, John Oldenburg, " resists shaft ovaling and deformation during the swing, which maximizes energy transfer to the ball and yields unparalleled distance and accuracy."


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