Pound Ridge acknowledgment of BJAGAThe Brooklyn Junior Autistic…

Pound Ridge acknowledgment of BJAGA

The Brooklyn Junior Autistic Golfers Academy invited Colin Rock and Duane M. Jackson for a round of golf at the invitation of Pound Ridge golf course for their support of BJAGA. Special thanks to Darren Wang, Managing Partner at Pound Ridge Golf Course for their acknowledgment of the work BJAGA is doing with youth who suffer with autism. On a beautiful September afternoon they got a chance to experience the meticulously carved out Pete Dye course design. Based on a posted handicap index you can match your playing ability from the five tees starting at 2636 yards to over 7,165 yards from the back tees par 72 slope rating 150. The course is a landscape of rock formations with a mixture of angles, opportunities and challenges off the tee So, yeah, for the first time player from the back tees you are certain to find the fairways tricked-up and bunkers well positioned. Pound Ridge is now one of BJAGA’s favorites hidden treasurer, one-hour from New York City, where you’re sure to find what you love about golf.

Honma’s Newest Game Improvement Clubs-XP-1By ED TRAVISA year…

Honma’s Newest Game Improvement Clubs-XP-1


A year ago, golf industry executive Mark King former TaylorMade Golf CEO became a “strategic advisor” for Honma Golf and even without any insider information the reason was apparent. The Japan-based Honma wanted a bigger presence in the American, indeed the world, equipment market. King has now moved on to the top spot at Taco Bell, but he left his imprint on their view of the equipment business.

The most obvious so far was the signing of Olympic Gold Medalist and the then world number one Justin Rose to an endorsement contract in January 2019 by King. Rose had been part of the TMaG stable, a slot he held for 20 years since turning professional.

All this is by way of introduction to Honma’s newest game-improvement club family XP-1. The newbies have some interesting features and retail in the upper end of the price range usually seen from major manufacturers.

The XP-1 driver has a double slot in the sole to allow the face to flex over wider area which of course is helpful for those times when impact is not exactly in the center and, acknowledging that 80 percent of recreational players slice the ball, weighting has a built-in draw bias to assist squaring the club for straighter shots. The super-light ribbed crown (Honma says is the thinnest in the industry) means the center of gravity is lower in the head, closer to the sole, which promotes a high launch and provides additional forgiveness.

To adjust the loft, lie and face angle the XP-1 driver has an innovative through-the-head design that does not require the shaft to be rotated when dialing in a setting. This is especially important since for best results the high response Vizard shaft is spine-aligned in the factory and when adjustments are made that alignment is retained.

The XP-1 Fairway Woods and Hybrids have a clean look similar to the driver and the 3-wood uses the lightweight carbon fiber crown construction. Both fairways and hybrids have the double sole slot construction and the fairways use an internal weight placement to provide better ball launch.

XP-1 Irons have a large traditional profile with a cavity back and a thin face for added ball speed. Turf contact is improved with the wide soles which also helps forgiveness by adding weight low in the head. Low and medium loft irons (4- to 7-iron) have a hollow construction and a tungsten sole weight while the high lofts (8-iron to sand wedge) have an extra deep cavity for better ball launch conditions.

WYNTK Honma XP-1 Family


Pear-shaped head with Double sole slot

Draw bias with ribbed carbon fiber crown

Shaft does not rotate with loft, lie and face angle adjustments

Stock men’s shaft 45 ¼” Vizard 43g or 63g

Stock ladies’ shaft 43 ¾” Vizard 43g or 39g

Retail price $599.99

Fairway Woods & Hybrid

3-wood carbon fiber crown, 5- and 7-wood steel crown

Fairway woods have internal weighting

Double sole slot design

Retail price Fairway woods $299.99, Hybrids $249.99


Thin faced head with traditional profile

Long irons have tungsten sole weight

Deep cavity design in short irons

Wide sole to minimize digging

Retail price steel shafts $174.99 each, graphite shafts $199.99 each

Images courtesy of Honma Golf

The Empire State Building shined its world-famous tower lights…

The Empire State Building shined its world-famous tower lights in red, yellow, white, and green, today in honor of the Arnold and Winnie Palmer Foundation’s 90th Anniversary. – The Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation champions the legacy of Arnold and Winnie Palmer by supporting efforts to better children’s health, youth character development, and nature-focused wellness. Through grant-making and initiatives, they continue the Palmer family’s devotion to children—especially to those facing challenges—and honor the family’s commitment to nature and its ability to enrich and to heal. Their vision is a #LifeWellPlayed for future generations.

Help for Recreational Golfers – Launcher HB TurboBy ED TRAVISTwo…

Help for Recreational Golfers – Launcher HB Turbo


Two years ago, when Cleveland Golf introduced the Launcher HB driver, they pointed out most recreational players do not need adjustability in their drivers. In fact, many don’t fully understand the benefits of adjustments and often leave the settings alone at one value, never changing. Added to that is adjustable hosels put weight in the wrong area of the clubhead so manufacturers must compensate to get the center of gravity properly located, and though adjustable sole weights may help with ball side spin and trajectory they also require design compensations.

The clincher according to Cleveland is in addition to a significant number of extra grams, all these adjustable features add to the price. For their latest answer addressing this problem look no further than the Launcher HB Turbo driver and fairways.

“Reintroducing Cleveland Golf Woods and Irons two years ago has been very successful,” said Brian Schielke, Marketing Director at Cleveland Golf. “However, the new Launcher HB Turbo woods represent a huge step up from the previous generation. They’re sleeker, faster, and more forgiving – exactly what all of us avid golfers are looking for off the tee.”

The original Launcher with a fixed hosel and no sliding sole weights produced high trajectory longer carry drives for straight distance and the new Turbo improves that with an even lighter hosel, deeper head weight placement and a reconfigured HB (HiBore) crown.

“The Launcher HB Turbo is engineered to help you hit long, straight drives,” said Jeff Brunski, Vice President of Research and Development at Cleveland Golf. “We’ve squeezed discretionary weight out of every corner of the club head in order to produce one of the most forgiving drivers we’ve ever made. We’ve paired it with a high-balance point shaft that’s easier to swing fast. Authentic technologies such as the Turbocharged Cup Face, the Ultralight Hosel, and a more aerodynamic crown help the Launcher HB Turbo earn its name.”

The cup face extends along the crown and sole and uses a variable thickness pattern Cleveland designed to create more ball speed when impact isn’t exactly in the center. The crown construction stands out with the a prominent HiBore stepdown that both reduces aerodynamic drag on the downswing and saves grams that were transferred to the sole pad. As a result, the center of gravity is 4.4 mm deeper and 2.2 mm lower than in the original Launcher HB.

The standard shaft is the new counterbalanced Miyazaki C. Kua. It helps to make the club easy to swing faster due to extra mass being added to the head balanced by the added weight in the shaft’s grip end.

Taking many of the same ideas aimed at giving the player added speed and distance Cleveland also has the Launcher HB Turbo fairway woods, a good choice off the tee or from the fairway.

WYNTK Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo Driver:

-Cup Face with a new variable face design for higher rebound over a larger area

-HiBore step crown moves center-of-gravity by 2.2 mm lower and 4.4 mm deeper

-Deep Weighting 35-gram sole pad increases MOI and forgiveness

-Ultralight Hosel with external and internal weight reduction redistributed for a higher launch and more forgiveness

-Counter Balanced Miyazaki C. Kua Shaft made specifically for Launcher HB Turbo with center of gravity relocated toward grip allowing for additional head mass to raise MOI

The Launcher HB Turbo Driver is available in two different models. The standard with loft choices of 9°, 10.5° and 12° and the Draw with 10.5° loft. Both carry a retail price of $349.99. The Launcher HB Turbo Fairway Woods offer a 15° 3-wood and 18° 5-wood for $229.99 each. The driver and fairway woods may be preordered on the Cleveland website and will be in shops Oct. 4. Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo