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Three Reasons Why the Callaway Epic Driver Should Be in Your Bag

Thursday, February 16, 2017 7:03:01 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Three Reasons Why the Callaway Epic Driver Should Be in Your Bag

Today we’re going to talk about something pretty great.  How you can get more distance and land your drives in the fairway more often by doing just one thing.  That thing happens to be buying a new driver, but we’re in the golf business, so at Austad’s, this is definitely a recommendation we can get behind. 


Chances are by now, you’ve heard something about Callaway’s Great Big Bertha Epic Driver.  You’ve either caught a Callaway commercial or seen an ad in a magazine or maybe you’ve seen one of Callaway’s tour pro’s hitting the Epic.  I’ll put it simply – this driver is awesome and has quickly become the hottest driver in our stores this year.  Don’t take my word for it though, let Dave Austad give you the rundown on why Epic is the perfect name for this club:


1. Jailbreak Technology

Callaway Jailbreak Technology

I’m going to get a little technical here for a minute so bear with me.  With most drivers, when you hit the ball, the impact actually causes the crown and sole to spread apart vertically.  It’s hard to see and you probably don’t really notice it, but this diverging of the sole and crown actually causes the driver to lose energy and when you lose energy, you’re missing out on power and more distance.


To combat this energy loss, Callaway engineers designed two 3g titanium bars right behind the face of the Great Big Bertha Epic driver.  These bars connect the crown and sole and actually stiffens the structure.  This means that the face has to flex more, which gives you more ball speed.  What does more ball speed mean?  Say it with me kids – more distance!  The Epic Driver is the only club on the market with Jailbreak Technology so if you want to see if it works (and it does), you’ll have to give Callaway a try.


2. Carbon Crown

Callaway Carbon Triaxial Crown

There are a couple of technological advancements in golf that have revolutionized equipment.  The realization that a thinner, lighter crown is the key to moving weight around and optimizing distance was one of those discoveries that set drivers on a new path.  The crown on the Callaway Epic Driver is primarily Triaxial Carbon, which is a ridiculous 30% lighter than previous versions and 64% lighter than the titanium crown on the Callaway XR 16.  In other words, this driver is built for distance.


52% of the body is actually Triaxial Carbon (which is a lot) and that Carbon is bonded to the Titanium on the inside of the driver. This design allowed for an extra 37g of weight to be moved around and played with, which leads me to my next point.


3. Callaway Opti-Fit

If you like to tinker with your clubs and really “dial in your game” as the kids are saying, you will love the Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic Driver.  You can easily adjust the loft on the shaft by using Callaway’s OptiFit Hosel. 


Callaway Epic Weights

Callaway also brought in some technology that we first saw with the reintroduction of the Big Bertha Driver.  There is a 17g weight in the sole that can be moved in any one of 17 positions to help create a draw, fade or straight shot.  It can actually vary the spin by up to 450rpm and create up to 17 yards of “correction”.  What that means is if you know how to use this technology (and it’s very intuitive), you should be able to land the ball in the fairway more often.


To know if the Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic Driver is right for you, you really need to swing it.  Stop by any Austad’s Golf location to try the Epic Driver today or better yet, sign up for a custom fitting session online and have one of our Master Fitters work with you to compare the Epic to other options and let the data tell you what driver is right for you. 


A note here – we do charge for our premium fitting services, but the cost of any fitting session is applied to a club purchase within 30 days.  If you’re really interested in getting new clubs this year, getting custom fit will ensure that you get clubs that will help you play better and have more fun on the course.



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Posted in Custom Fitting Golf Insider By Sara Austad

Austad's Golf is a Golf Digest Best Club Fitter for 2017!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 1:53:21 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

Golf Digest Best Club Fitter 2017 

Well it’s official, Austad’s Golf has been named one of the Top Club Fitters in America for 2017!  And not just one location, all 8 (soon to be 9) stores have made the list.  We are pleased as punch that one of the most well-respected industry publications has decided to recognize us for our commitment to club fitting.


Golf Digest considers a number of factors when choosing the cream of the crop in club fitting.  Here are just a few reasons why Austad’s Golf was chosen as one of America’s Best Club Fitters: 


1. Vendor Relationships

At Austad’s, we not only carry all of the top brands in the industry like Ping, Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade, Mizuno and Cobra, but we have the know-how and tools to fit for all of them.  Our strong relationships with our vendor partners mean that our staff is educated directly by the individuals who are designing and manufacturing the golf clubs that we sell.  These relationships mean that we can back every purchase with a price, quality and satisfaction guarantee that is unmatched by anyone else in golf.


2. Technology

One of the things that Austad’s has excelled at is adopting new technology to provide a better custom club fitting experience.  Every one of our locations is equipped with a full range of demo clubs, hitting bays and launch monitors to help our certified fitting pros find the perfect clubs for our customers.  From honing in on the right shaft in your driver to the perfect lie angle and grip size for your irons, every Austad’s Golf Store has the technology to help our customers find the perfect clubs for their game.


3. Expertise

While having the right clubs and the right technology is obviously important, they don’t mean anything unless you’ve got the know-how to put them to use.  At Austad’s, all of our staff goes through a rigorous training process so that they not only know the ins and outs of all of the latest clubs, but they also know how to use the technology to provide a perfect custom fitting experience every time. 


Again, we’re honored and exceptionally proud to have been named one of Golf Digest’s Best Club Fitters for 2017.  If you want to learn more about the custom fitting process, you can check out our handy custom club fitting overview.  Or if you’re in the neighborhood, feel free to stop by one of our nine golf retail locations and have a chat with one of our certified custom club fitters today.



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Posted in Industry News Custom Fitting By Sara Austad

Top 100 Callaway Golf Fitter

Thursday, August 25, 2016 9:22:19 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

Callaway Top 100 Fitter

Callaway Sales Rep, Brian Winge, presenting Ryan Austad with the 2016 Callaway Top 100 Fitter Award.


Austad's Golf has once again been recognized as one of the top custom club fitters in the country.  This time, our good friends at Callaway Golf have named us as one of the top 100 Callaway Fitters in the country.  We are honored by the recognition and will continue to provide all of our customers with top notch service.  So how did Callaway come to the conclusion that Austad's was one of the premier custom club fitters?  


1. Expertise

We take pride in the fact that all Austad's staff members go through rigorous training.  When you get fit for a new set of Callaway Golf Clubs at Austad's, you can rest easy with the knowledge that your custom fitter has gone through custom fitting training at Austad's and has gone through Callaway's Custom Fitting Certification Program.  We also work directly with Callaway through tech nights, one-on-one training and even sessions with Callaway Club Designers to ensure that we are just as knowledgeable as Callaway staff about product, custom fitting and technology.


2. Technology

Custom fitting technology has improved dramatically over the past 10 years and Austad's we have scaled right along with it.  Every Austad's Golf location is fully equipped with the most up to date technology so that we can find you the perfect Callaway golf clubs.  From the length to lie angle to shaft flex to grip size, our certified fitting pros work with you to find the right club specs to help you play your best golf.


3. Callaway Sales

We won't mince words here - we sell a lot of Callaway.  When you've got one of the best product lines in the industry backed by Callaway's stellar commitment to quality and service, why wouldn't we?  Bottom line, at Austad's, we're never going to tell you what you should buy or push you into something you don't like.  However, we feel confident that when we put a Callaway club in your hands to test out, chances are that you're going to like it.


Want to learn more about custom golf club fitting at Austad's Golf?  Read up on the Austad's Custom Fitting Process and then call or stop by to speak to one of our Certified Custom Club Fitters today.



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Posted in Custom Fitting By Sara Austad

M1 vs M2 - Which Driver is Right for You?

Friday, February 19, 2016 10:45:34 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

TaylorMade M1 vs M2

If you’re a golfer, your’re in a great position because there are no shortage of fantastic driver options on the market.  TaylorMade is one company that year after year, seems to crank out the most dominant metal woods on tour and for the average joe.


New for 2016, TaylorMade has two fantastic driver options that will add distance to your long game and give you an extra dose of forgiveness.  The M1 and M2 drivers may seem similar in both name and style on the surface, but there are some key differences that mean one driver might be just the thing you need while the other can stay on the shelf.  Here’s what you need to know about TaylorMade’s new drivers and how you can choose the right model for you:


Both the M1 and M2 drivers were constructed with the same materials.  The “M” actually stands for Multi-Material, meaning that both drivers use a combination of metals to move weight around to get you the optimal amount of distance and forgiveness. 


TaylorMade’s big highlight on both clubs is the 7-layer Carbon Composite Crown.  What this boils down to is an ultra-thin, ultra-light and ultra-strong top, which allows TaylorMade to save weight and put it where you really need it.


Key Differences: None really.  Both the M1 and M2 utilize the same materials and were constructed essentially the same way.



Here’s where the big differences between the M1 and M2 come into play.  In a nutshell, if you like to tinker with your shots and desire the ability to really dial in your game, the M1 gives you whole lot of adjustability.  The M2 offers some of the same adjustability features, but TaylorMade designed this club to be as forgiving as possible, meaning you may not need the ability to tweak the club settings.


TaylorMade M1 DriverTaylorMade M1 Adjustability:

There are two areas where you can adjust this driver to really personalize your shot.  The T-Track System is TaylorMade’s revolutionary system which consists of a front and back track with 25 grams of adjustable weight. 


  • The front track gives you one 15 gram weight, which can be used to craft multiple draw, neutral and fade settings.
  • The back track gives you one 10 gram weight, which can be adjusted for multiple high, medium and low launch and spin settings.


The M1 also offers a Loft Sleeve, which allows you to adjust the face angle up to 2 degrees in either direction (4 degrees total with 12 settings).  Available lofts include 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12.


TaylorMade M2 DriverTaylorMade M2 Adjustability:

While the M2 Driver does not include the T-Track System, which allows golfers to dial in almost any shot, it does boast an absolutely massive sweet spot.  It was engineered with a high MOI, Inverted Cone Technology and a redesigned Speed Pocket, all meaning, that you’re going to have a long, accurate drive with this club.


The M2 does feature the same Loft Sleeve as the M1 giving you 4 degrees of face adjustability with multiple loft options.


Key Differences: Both clubs offer the Loft Sleeve, giving you multiple options for lie, loft and face angle, but if you really want adjustability, the M1 is the way to go.


Head Size:

Both the M1 and M2 drivers are offered in a USGA max 460cc’s.  The M1 is also offered in a 430cc head size, which is geared toward better players.





The other major difference between the M1 and M2 driver is the price.  The M1 starts at $499.99 while the M2 retails for $399.99, so if price is a factor, you may want to opt for the slightly more affordable M2.



In the end, if you’re looking for a new driver this year, you’ve got two awesome options in the TaylorMade M1 and M2.  Stop by any Austad’s Golf location and speak to a Certified TaylorMade Custom Fitter.  They’ll let you swing both clubs, and help you determine which driver is really best for your game.




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Posted in Custom Fitting Golf Tips By Sara Rubin

Six Reasons Mizuno Irons Will Make You a Rock Star on the Course

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 2:31:35 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

Mizuno Irons Rock Star


We're all busy people, so I'm just going to come right out and say it - if you're thinking about a new set of irons and haven't given Mizuno a try, you are crazy!  Year after year, Mizuno consistently produces some of the best irons on the market and there is absolutely no reason why anyone who wants to play better golf shouldn't put a Mizuno iron set in their bag right now.  Need a little convincing?  Here are 6 rock-solid reasons why Mizuno irons will make you a rock star on the course:


1. Mizuno makes clubs for everyone

Whether you're a scratch golfer, a 30+ handicapper or someone who falls in the middle, I guarantee that Mizuno has a set that will help you play better golf.  From the clean lines and forged head of the MP-15 to the ultra-forgiving and easy to hit JPX line, Mizuno has made it a priority to engineer clubs for players of all ability levels.  


2. They've Got the Gold

Mizuno irons won a record-setting six gold medals in the 2015 Golf Digest Hot List Review.  What does that mean?  It means that when put up against other iron sets out on the market and tested by a panel of unbiased reviewers, Mizuno irons came out on top time after time.  Those kind of credentials mean that when you put a set of Mizuno clubs in your bag, you're officially playing with the best.  It also means that Mizuno has officially moved into the role of obnoxious straight-A student. 


3. Mizuno Irons are Technically Awesome

We could get into a lot of tech-speak here about how Mizuno uses a "Pure Select" combination of carbon steel and pure titanium to provide the ultimate feel on their forged irons.  Or we could tell you that the JPX line of irons was designed with a Dual Max Cor Pocket, which allows for the thinnest multi-surface face possible resulting in faster ball speeds and higher rebound.  But we don't really want to bore you.  What you do need to know is that the club engineers at Mizuno are geniuses who have crammed a whole lot of superior golf technology into every club, making their irons some of the longest and most forgiving on the market.


4. Custom is the Key

In our retail stores, over 75% of Mizuno irons sold are custom fit and there is a good reason for that.  The Mizuno custom fitting process is simple, intuitive and both Austad's and Mizuno know what a big difference having clubs with the right specs can make.  The easiest way to take your game to the next level is to make sure you are playing with clubs that fit your unique swing and playing style and that includes finding the right shaft, lie angle, grip size and set makeup.  The Mizuno custom fitting system is equipped to help you find the best set possible for your game.


5. Ridiculously Fast Ship Times

Alright, so you may not think that fast shipping is a real benefit when it comes to helping you play better golf.  However, you should know that a custom set of irons from Mizuno has a faster ship time than any other brand in the industry.  On average, it takes 7 days for a custom ordered set of Mizuno irons to be assembled and arrive back to us.  That's 4-5 days faster than any other vendor in the industry!  It also means that if you order a set on a Monday, you can be playing with it the following Monday.  Faster ship times means more golf and a better all-around experience.


6. Mizuno Irons Make You Look Good

Alright, I'll say it, Mizuno irons are pretty darn sexy.  They are just beautifully designed irons from top to bottom.  They are the kind of irons that you actually want to show off to your buddies and when you set up with a Mizuno iron, you actually feel good about what you're going to hit.  We obviously know that confidence breeds success and with a set of Mizuno irons in your bag, confidence will never be an issue again.


At Austad's we are proud to carry Mizuno golf clubs and equipment.  You can shop our Online Mizuno Store or stop in any retail location to see, hit and get custom fit for a new set of Mizuno irons today!



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Posted in Industry News Custom Fitting By Austad's Insider

Driver Buying Guide

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 11:54:25 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Driver Buying Guide

Getting the right driver in your hands will help give you higher swing speeds, longer drives and more accurate shots.  Isn’t it worth investing a little time to make sure you get the right club for your game?  Here’s our list of the key factors you need to consider when choosing your new driver:



The technological advances in clubhead design have done amazing things for golfers over the past few decades.  From lightweight carbon crowns to unique head shapes to adjustable weights, which allow you to craft your shot from the club up, driver technology has really given golfers a world of options.


Size – Most clubs on the market today feature the USGA maximum 460cc club head size.  The larger head size results in a bigger “sweet spot”, meaning that you have a bigger area with which to get the shot you need.  Smaller driver heads (380cc-430cc) are available in some models and the smaller head size allows better players the control that they crave.  For the majority of golfers though – get the maximum head size that you can find!

Adjustability – There are several clubs on the market that feature moveable weights.  These adjustable weights allow you to optimize your driver for different shots.  For solid golfers, being able to adjust the specs of your driver on the course can open up shot options that might not have been available with a more traditional club head.  Note that an adjustable driver will generally cost $100-$200 more than a non-adjustable club.  Good golfers with consistent swings will benefit most from being able to adjust their driver.



As with so many things in golf, your ideal driver loft probably isn’t what you think it should be.  With today’s ball technology and larger driver head sizes, a higher loft will actually produce a longer drive.  Higher loft helps promote a higher launch angle and a higher launch angle equals greater distance.  So if you’re torn between a 9.5 and 10.5 degree, go with the 10.5 degree.  When in doubt, loft up!


Insider Tip: If possible, getting custom fit for your driver will always produce the best results.  Every Austad’s Golf features technology to help you find the right loft for your swing.



Choosing the right shaft flex is a key factor in maximizing your distance and accuracy.  In general, a player with a higher swing speed should choose a driver with a stiffer shaft (Stiff or X-Stiff), which will help increase accuracy.  Golfers with slower swing speeds should seek a driver with a more flexible shaft (Ladies, A-Flex or Regular), which will help maximize distance.  As a rule of thumb, you should choose the most flexible shaft that you can control.


Insider Tip: During the custom fitting process, a certified fitting pro will test to find your swing speed and provide a recommendation on the best fit.  If you don’t have access to a location that provides custom club fitting services, use this handy chart to find the right shaft for your driver:


Driver Swing Speed

Driver Carry Distance

Club from 150 yds.

Recommended Flex

105+ mph

260+ yards

8 or 9 iron

Extra-stiff (XS)

90-105 mph

240-260 yards

6 or 7 iron

Stiff (S)

80-95 mph

210-240 yards

5 or 6 iron

Regular (R)

70-85 mph

180-210 yards

4 iron or hybrid

Senior (A)

Less than 70 mph

Less than 180 yards

3 iron, hybrid or fairway wood

Ladies (L)



The grip is probably one of the most overlooked components of custom club fitting, but what you should know is that it can have a huge impact on how you strike the ball.  Conventional wisdom states that unless you have exceptionally large or small hands, you can probably play with a standard grip.  That may be the case for a lot of golfers, but you should still speak to a certified club fitter to determine what size is right for you. 


Every Austad’s location has a variety of grip styles and sizes for you to test out – take some time to find a grip that not only is the right size, but has a texture and feel that you like and you’ll be hitting longer and straighter drives in no time.


Insider Tip: Again, your best option is always to have a certified club fitter walk you through the fitting process, but if there isn’t a custom fitting location near you, use this chart as a quick reference for getting the correct grip size:


Hand Size*

Glove Size

Recommended Grip Size

Less than 7 inches

Men’s Small, Ladies Medium or Small

Undersize or Ladies

7 – 8 ¾ inches

Men’s Large or Medium, Ladies Large


8 ¼ - 9 ¼ inches

Men’s Large or X-Large


9 ¼ + inches

Mens X-Large or XX-Large


*Hand size is measured from the crease of the wrist to the tip of the middle finger.



Buying a driver is a big purchase and it’s one that can make the game infinitely more enjoyable if you get the right club.  Working with a certified custom club fitter is the best way to make sure that you’re getting the right club for your game.  At Austad’s, our primary goal is to help you have more fun on the course – that’s why every staff member is a certified custom club fitter and why equip our stores with the best custom fitting technology on the market.  When making your next driver purchase, stop out and speak to one of the friendly, knowledgeable staff members at any Austad’s location – they’ll walk you through the process and find the right driver for you – guaranteed.


If you can’t get to an Austad’s store – give us a call or email us.  We’d love to talk to you and help you find  the right driver to help you hit the ball longer and with more accuracy.

Posted in Custom Fitting Golf Tips By Austad's Insider

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