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Golf Tip of the Week

Titanium 101.... There is a difference!
Author: Tom Erwin

Titanium has taken the world of golf by storm. Manufacturers of some of the world’s top golf clubheads have chosen to use titanium as their chief ingredient in assembling space age, state-of-the-art components. But why is this?

There are many materials as strong if not stronger than titanium. So why is titanium the material of choice? Titanium is not only one of the “hardest” metals known to man but unlike these other hard materials, titanium is extremely lightweight. Because of these weight characteristics, manufacturing advances have enabled clubhead designers to build drivers of ever increasing size while not being inhibited by added clubhead weight.

Three different types of titanium are used in the manufacturing of today’s clubheads: 9-6AL-4V, 15-3-3-3 and SP700. There are 3 characteristics that are used to gauge the quality of each type of titanium. Tensile strength represents the material’s resistance to breaking or cracking. The higher the value the more resistant the clubhead is to cracking. Elongation is the percentage each type of titanium will flex or spring upon impact. The higher the percentage, the more spring each metal will experience. HRC Hardness is fairly self-explanatory, exhibiting values that correspond to the metals hardness. The higher this figure, the less likely the metal will dent or become deformed upon use. 

When evaluating the types of titanium and the figures used to do so, clearly noted is the separation between 9-6AL-4V and 15-3-3-3 / SP700. A golfer should avoid the purchase and use of 9-6AL-4V as the minimal cost savings (typically $20 to $40) do not warrant the inferior playing characteristics. As one can surmise, a clubhead made with 9-6AL-4V is much more likely to crack or dent through continued use. In addition, the elongation percentage is not nearly as high as the others mentioned therefore, a golfer would not experience the potential gains in distance/yardage that he/she would if using either of the other titanium’s.

Titanium’s 15-3-3-3 and SP700 offer tradeoffs when considering which may be better to seek when making your next purchase. 15-3-3-3 has the highest tensile strength of the 2 but a smaller elongation percentage. Meanwhile, SP700 still possesses considerable tensile strength but does add a few percentage points in the category of elongation. How does this translate? SP700, through its’ higher elongation figure, can impart more spring upon impact and thus deliver more energy to the golf ball thereby increasing distance. 

So what are the trade off’s? Simply put—dollars for distance. Though this figure varies widely, the SP700 titanium is typically a bit more expensive than the 15-3-3-3, usually on the order of $20 - $40. This amount is oftentimes minimized by using SP700 strictly in the face of the driver head. Also, the higher one’s clubhead speed, the more realized benefit that could be realized from the increased spring effect of SP700. Golfers with a lower swing speed may not notice substantial yardage gains when comparing the two and therefore may not wish to pay this premium. Truly though, it is hard to go wrong with using either titanium as both offer such incredible playing characteristics, such vast improvements over stainless steel 

Please feel free to visit TourPureGolf.com ( http://www.tourpuregolf.com ), where we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding clubheads, titanium, golf technology etc. We have a wealth of knowledge obtained from over 20 years of experience in designing and building golf clubs. We specialize in only the best in tour quality golf clubs and equipment and using only the finest in materials. Inferior grades of titanium will never be tolerated with us. 

You can visit our website to learn more about our club selection and how selection of clubs can dramatically improve your golf game. 

About the author: Tom Erwin is President and co-founder of TourPureGolf.com at www.tourpuregolf.com. An avid golfer and club-craftsman for 20+ years, he and the staff at www.tourpuregolf.com are strictly focused on improving the golf game of each customer through technology and the proper fit of each golf club.

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Top 100 Courses!

A few months ago we asked our readers to vote for their favorite golf courses. The prime criteria being that any course nominated must be accessible to the public. Meaning, no private facilities could be nominated.

Our readers responded and the votes have been tabulated. And there are quite a few surprises. Some facilities that we expected to be at or near the top were either further down the list, or were not able to garner enough votes to even be in the top five in their respective state.

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A 17-year golf commentator for CBS Sports, a 25-year PGA Tour veteran and Champions Tour multiple champion, Gary McCord is a golf celebrity of many talents. Even non-golfers recognize him for his role as himself in the movie Tin Cup, starring Kevin Costner. Aside from his well-known wit and humor, many may not know of his teaching abilities. He instructs and consults more than 20 Tour players and co-founded a golf Learning Center in Arizona. It is the unbeatable combination of his experiences, knowledge, golfing ability and unique delivery of information that has been captured in Dose-A-Day. More information here...

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Resort of the Month!
In the cooling foothills of Pinnacle Peak, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale offers a truly handcrafted desert resort experience. Spacious casitas open to astonishing scenery. Heartbeat-skipping views garnish imaginative Southwestern fare. Celebrated Troon North golf is at your door. The spa is a refuge of head-to-toe pampering. Intuitive service adds freedom to every moment. Read more...

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Promontory - The Ranch Club is a second home mountain community overlooking Deer Valley and Park City, Utah. Developed by Pivotal Group of Phoenix, Arizona, Promontory lies over 10-square miles with 80 percent set aside for golfing, hiking, horseback riding as well as preserved open space. Convenience is one of Promontory's most compelling features - the community's North Gate is just 35 miles east of the Salt Lake International Airport using I-80 and just minutes from Olympic runs at the Deer Valley and Park City Ski Resorts. Read more...

Equipment Review
Adams IDEA a1 Hybrid Irons

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The Adams IDEA a1 Hybrid Irons (3-PW) have steel or graphite shafts and major features include: Easy-to-hit #3 i-wood replaces 3-iron; Hollow-back design 4-6 irons replace traditional cavity-back mid irons; Cavity-back design 7-9, PW irons complete the set; Game improvement offset helps square the face at impact; Confidence inspiring, game improvement topline, blade length and hitting area; Dynamic Gold Lite (Steel) steel shaft (+1" also available) or black Aldila graphite shaft (Graphite); Sets are 8 pieces total.

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Golf Scams!!!

We urge all visitors to read the following article. Golf scams are rampant and although we posted this article several months ago we continue to receive calls from golfers that have been ripped-off!

Shame on Them! Credit card scam artists have been targeting golfers in a big way the last few years. Obviously playing off a golfers biggest weakness to try something or anything that would improve his or her game. The scam usually involves a phone call offering the golfer the opportunity to test new equipment for no charge. In reality, they are charged excessive security deposits for inferior product. Read more...

Group Travel/Tournaments
There will be several group travel/tournaments in 2005 for our members. Check out what is available now. 2006 schedule coming soon!

Amateur Events!

DuPont Coolmax World Amateur Handicap Championship is celebrating its 21st year in 2005 (August 30 - September 3). The event is expected to attract over 5,000 golfers from 50 states and over 30 foreign countries. Men and women of all ages and skill levels will compete for over $400,000 in prizes and the title of World Champion. All you need is an established, verifiable USGA Handicap Index and the desire to play competitive golf. Call 800-833-8798 or visit their website at http://www.playdupont.com for more details.

Las Vegas Amateur Golf Classic. This tournament includes 5 days/4 nights at either the Bellagio or Mandalay Bay and 3 rounds of championship golf at Rio Secco Golf Club, TPC Canyons Course and Angel Park. Fee is $1,275 per player. Prizes include a luxury vehicle for the Grand Prize Winner. Dates are September 15 - 18, 2005 and the field is limited. Call 877-898-8780 or visit their website at http://www.amateurclassic.com for more information.

The Northwest Dodge Dealers Pacific Amateur Golf Classic, brought to you by the Central Oregon Visitors Association, is the driving force for championship-caliber amateur golf in the West. This prestigious event, held October 2 - 7, 2005, is open to all amateur golfers who possess an established USGA Handicap. The three-day, net, stroke-play tournament, culminating in playoff competition at Sunriver Resort’s Crosswater, is played on Central Oregon’s finest golf courses. Central Oregon was ranked #23 in the Top 50 Golf Destinations in the World by Golf Digest. For More information visit their web site at http://www.pacamgolf.com

4th Annual Adams Golf National Senior Championship in Kiawah Island, SC. This event will be held October 27 - October 29, 2005 and is open to individuals at least 55 years old with an 8 or less handicap. It is a 54 hole event played at scratch. Venues are the Ocean Course and Osprey Point. For more information visit http://www.golfweek.com

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Joke Of The Week!

Fast Golfer!

A young man who was also an avid golfer found himself with a few hours to spare one afternoon. He figured if he hurried and played very fast, he could get in 9 holes before he had to head home.

Just as he was about to tee off an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he could accompany the young man as he was golfing alone.

Not being able to say no, he allowed the old gent to join him.

To his surprise the old man played fairly quickly. He didn't hit the ball far, but plodded along consistently and didn't waste much time.

Finally, they reached the 9th fairway and the young man found himself with a tough shot. There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball - and directly between his ball and the green.

After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot the old man finally said, "You know, when I was your age I'd hit the ball right over that tree."

With that challenge placed before him, the youngster swung hard, hit the ball up, right smack into the top of the tree trunk and it thudded back on the ground not a foot from where it had originally lay.

The old man offered one more comment, "Of course, when I was your age that pine tree was only 3 feet tall."

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