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Monday Morning Caddy - August 14, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017 10:24:31 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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Justin Thomas Wins First Major

Justin Thomas 2017 PGA Championship

Sunday at the 99th PGA Championship was one that 24-year old Justin Thomas will certainly remember for a long time.  Thomas had already racked up five tour wins in his short career, but the Wannamaker Trophy is certainly his most illustrious prize.  Thomas comes from a long line of golfers – his father and grandfather were both pros and Justin certainly made them proud with his win.


Thomas’ win at the PGA, along with his four other tour wins this year, also makes him a frontrunner for Player of the Year.  This is an honor that looked like it would probably be going to Thomas’ close buddy, Jordan Spieth until Thomas pulled ahead of Kisner and company on Sunday.  Whomever wins the Player of the year honor, it appears that these guys will support and cheer each other on, as witnessed at all of the major events this year.


Rory May Be Out for the Year

Rory McIlroy 2017 PGA Championship


Watching former World #1 swing at the PGA Championship this past week was painful in a few ways.  You could tell that he was not feeling his best and his score (a one over) reflected that.  David Duval, himself a former World #1, who was sidelined by a back injury, had this to say:


"He needs to go home. He needs to stop playing right now. He's hurt and I am watching his golf swing deteriorate," he said. "If only I could go back and tell myself 18-20 years go when I started having those problems, 'Stop, get healthy.' He could do himself a big service. He's always had a little bit of a hitch with the driver in terms of flattening out a little but it is getting a lot more pronounced right now and I think that is due to that rib injury."


After his final round, McIlroy did attribute his poor performance to a back injury and the still lingering effects of a rib fracture from earlier this year.  Rory is now heading back to Northern Ireland to rest and to determine if pro play is in the cards for the rest of 2017.


Watch John Rahm Hit an Epic Shot Backwards

Even though Jon Rahm was never really in contention at the 2017 PGA Championship, he did have a breakthrough moment on Sunday.  Rahm’s second shot on the Par 4 18th Hole landed just inside a hazard line near a creek.  Not wanting to stand in the water to hit his third shot, Rahm did the only logical thing and turned his back to the hole and swung one handed.  What was most incredible was the result – he landed that insane shot on the green!  He then went on to two-putt for bogey, but his backwards shot was incredibly entertaining.  Watch it here:



What’s in Justin Thomas’ Bag?

Want to know what Justin Thomas used to win the PGA Championship?  We’ve got all the dirty details here:

Driver: Titleist 917 D2 (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana BF60 TX shaft

Fairway Woods: Titleist 917 F2 (15°), with Mitsubishi Tensei CK 80 shaft, Titleist 917 Fd (18°), with Fujikura Motore Speeder VC9 Tour Spec shaft

Irons: Titleist 716 CB (4), Titleist Prototype 718 MB (5-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46°, 60°), Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (52°, 56°), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5 prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Shoes: FootJoy Icon



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PING G400 Driver: 5 Quick Things

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 10:52:58 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Ping G400 Driver: 5 Quick Things


If you haven’t heard the news, PING Golf is back with a brand new driver and it is packed with all the technology, innovation and quality that golfers have come to expect from PING.  The G400 Driver utilizes a lot of the same technology as it’s predecessor, the G, but it builds on the foundation and takes it to another level.  If the thought of pounding your drives farther and in the fairway more often has crossed your mind, the G400 is definitely worth a look.  Here are five quick things that set the Ping G400 apart from the competion:


1. The Head is Smaller…But Faster

It’s pretty much standard nowadays to for drivers to use the maximum 460ccs.  Club designers do this to maximize forgiveness, so if a driver is less than 460cc’s, it’s generally geared for a pro-level player who wants to maximize his swing speed.  What Ping has done with the G400 Driver is reduce the head size to 445 cubic centimeters without losing any of the forgiveness. 


Specifically, Ping has said that the head size has allowed for 0.75 mph more club head speed and has increased the MOI (moment of inertia), which is a measurement for forgiveness by 3%.  Here’s a great quote from a member of PING’s staff:


“We didn’t feel pressure to hit 460.  Volume was a free variable for us… and we made it even more forgiving than the G. To be clear, this is not a Tour-only driver; it’s for everyone.”


Bottom Line: The smaller head allows you to swing the G400 faster, which means longer drives.  Even though it’s smaller – it’s genuinely a club that was designed for the everyman.


2. It’s More Forgiving

As mentioned above, PING designed the G400 Driver to be not just faster, but more forgiving than it’s predecessors.  The same Dragonfly technology that was used in the G line was improved for the G400.  Dragonfly is that design on the crown of the clubhead that features raised portions extending out kind of like claws.  What that design does is make the crown stronger, allowing PING engineers to move weight around in the club to areas where golfers need it most. 


Ping G400 Driver Crown


Specifically, the G400 has extra weight in the back of the sole.  You can see the copper-colored elastomer and stainless steel insert, along with two tungsten inserts on the driver sole.  Moving the weight down and low helps produce the ideal trajectory and helps keep your ball from going too far offline on your mishits.


Ping G400 Driver Sole


Bottom Line: PING packed a whole lot of technology into this club, making it extremely forgiving – ideal for golfers of all levels.


3. It’s Not Adjustable, but You’ve Got Options

If you’re a guy or gal who really likes to tinker with their driver on every hole, the PING G400 Driver might not be for you.  That’s not to say that PING doesn’t have options for golfers’ natural swing patterns.  There are actually three versions of the G400 available, meaning that you’ve got some choice when it comes to finding the ideal G400 Driver for your game:


- Standard G400 (9 and 10.5 degrees): Tungsten is placed at the extreme rearward of the sole for maximum forgiveness and wide-spread appeal.

- SF Tec (10, 12 degrees): Tungsten is placed in the heel for 10-12 yards of draw bias, according to Ping.

- LS Tec (8.5 and 10 degrees): Tungtsen is placed more forward than the standard model, shifting center of gravity (CG) toward the face. This reduces spin, and encourages a penetrating flight. It also adds about 3 yards of fade bias. Ping says the G400 LS Tec is about 300 rpm lower spinning than the G LS Tec with the stock Alta CB shaft, and up to 500 rpm less spin with the Tour shaft, which 0.5 inches shorter.


It may be tough to determine which clubhead is right for you.  We recommend that you get custom fit if possible.  An expert fitter will help analyze your swing and ball flight to hone in on the right club.


Bottom Line: While the PING G400 Driver isn’t adjustable, there are three different options that work with your natural swing patterns.  Most golfers will be able to find a G400 that works well with their game.


4. New Materials Mean a Thinner Face

Have you heard?  Thin is in!  At least when it comes to the face of your driver.  The face of the new PING G400 Driver is crafted with T9S+ instead of T9S, which was used in it’s predecessors.  The new material boasts VFT (variable face thickness) and because it’s stronger, it allows for a 20% greater stretch.  What does that mean for you?  More ball speed at impact and longer drives, which is universally appreciated.


Ping G400 Driver Face 


Bottom Line: A thinner face means more ball speed and more distance.  You’re going to like the result.


5. The Shaft is Magic

One of the coolest things about the new G400 Driver is surprisingly the shaft.  PING engineers developed a special paint application that looks different at address than it does head on.  The shaft paint refracts light in different ways and appears copper when looking straight at it but black when you set up and address the ball.

Ping G400 Driver Shaft

The reasoning behind the color shift paint is to help eliminate distraction when you’re teeing up to bomb a 300 yard drive.


Bottom Line: Color shift technology is really cool and even if it doesn’t substantially improve your golf game, your buddies will be impressed.


PING G400 Drivers are available now.  You can order one of these awesome drivers online and have it delivered to your door or find an Austad’s Golf location near you and speak with a Certified PING Custom Fitter today.  Our fitting pros will work with you to determine the right head, shaft, grip and more.



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Posted in Industry News By Sara Austad

3 Reasons You Need to Try Volvik Golf Balls

Thursday, January 5, 2017 11:02:10 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Volvik Golf Balls


If you’re familiar with Volvik golf balls, you probably either follow the LPGA Tour or have heard the recent news that PGA Tour stud Bubba Watson recently inked a deal to play Volvik balls.  Volvik is known primarily for their bold colored golf balls, which is completely different than what every other golf ball manufacturer is doing.  On top of the awesome colors, Volvik golf balls also pack a serious punch.  If you haven’t tested them out yet, here are three solid reasons you need to give Volvik golf balls a try today:


1. Colored Golf Balls Are Bold

Anyone can play a plain old white golf ball from pretty much any brand.  It takes a bold personality and a confident golfer to play a neon green golf ball or a stunning matte pink ball.  A golf ball with a bold color not only ensures that you’ll always be able to pick yours out of the crowd, but will also give you the confidence to bomb your drive 300 yards down the middle of the fairway or drain that 12-footer for birdie.


2. The Technology is Impressive

With their bold, bright colors, you may think that Volvik balls are all sizzle and no steak.  On this, you would be sorely mistaken.  The technology that Volvik has put into their golf balls puts them right up with the best in class.  Volvik actually has 41 patents on their golf ball technology and all of their balls have been vigorously stress tested to ensure that they are among the most durable on the market.  Their motto is, “We Use Higher Grade Materials for Lower Scores” and that commitment has helped Volvik produce some of the best performing balls in the world.


3. If They Are Good Enough for Bubba, They Are Good Enough For You

We may be jumping to conclusions here, but if World Top 10 Golfer, Bubba Watson considers Volvik balls to be up to his standards, these golf balls should be more than good enough for non-pros.  A golfer of Bubba Watson’s caliber literally has his pick of golf balls – he could have played anything from Titleist to Callaway to Bridgestone, but he chose Volvik.  Why don’t you follow Bubba’s lead and give Volvik golf balls a try today?

Bubba Watson Volvik Balls


If you’re ready to push yourself and go a little bolder with your golf game, Volvik golf balls can easily help you get there.  Stop by one of our nine golf retail locations and pick up a sleeve today or shop our full selection of Volvik golf balls online anytime.   



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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

Titleist 917 D2 vs D3 Driver

Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:18:07 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

Titleist 917 D2 vs D3



The Titleist 917 drivers are officially here and the latest iteration of Titleist’s award-winning wood line is nothing short of awesome.  Fans of Titleist will be happy to see that a lot of what golfers have loved about previous versions drivers is still there.  However, Titleist has packed some great new technology into their two new drivers and we’re here to give you the low-down on the difference between the 917 D2 and the 917 D3.  Here’s what you need to know:



Here’s the good news, when it comes to advanced technology, both the 917 D2 and the D3 pack a serious punch.  Both drivers come with SureFit CG, which is a fancy way of saying that you can change weights out to create an optimal center of gravity.  This ensures that the spin and launch conditions are ideal for each individual player.


Additionally, Titleist has also employed something called Radial Speed Face 2.0 to create a thinner perimeter face width.  What this does is allow you to get more distance off the face no matter if you hit it the ball in the sweet spot or off-center.


Bottom Line: Both the Titleist 917 D2 and the D3 drivers are equipped with awesome technology.  You can’t go wrong with either club.



Head Size and Shape:

The 917 D2 is a full 460cc and features a full pear head shape.  The 917 D3 driver comes in slightly smaller at 440cc’s and in Titleist’s words, it’s “pear profile inspired”.  Both head shapes will be familiar to golfers who have hit previous versions of Titleist drivers and the sound at impact for both drivers is pleasing to the ear and confidence-inspiring.


Bottom Line: The larger head size on the Titleist 917 D2 driver will benefit golfers who are looking for more forgiveness off the tee.  The smaller head on the 917 D3 is ideal for better players who want to be able to work the ball.

Titleist 917 D2 DriverTitleist 917 D3 Driver


Launch Angle & Spin:

The 917 D2 Driver was designed to fit golfers of a wide variety of skill levels, which is why both the launch angle and spin rate are both higher than the 917 D3.  The higher launch angle and spin rate help get maximum distance off the tee for golfers with swing speeds that aren’t off the charts.  Conversely, the lower launch angle and spin rates will benefit golfers with high swing speeds.


Bottom Line:

There are lots of factors that can make a difference in a golfer’s spin rate and launch angle.  While various shafts and adjustments should be tested to find the optimal settings for each golfer, in general, better players with higher swing speeds will likely benefit from the D3’s lower launch angle and spin rates.



As mentioned earlier, the new 917 drivers both feature SureFit CG, which allows you to change out weight to create the optimal center of gravity.  In addition, both the 917 D2 and the 917 D3 feature the SureFit Hosel, which allows for 16 independent lie and loft settings with just one quick adjustment.  These two enhancements work together to allow you to create a more consistent and optimized ball flight.


Bottom Line: Both the Titleist 917 D2 and the D3 are fully adjustable and allow you to craft the perfect drive on every shot.

Titleist SureFitTitleist SureFit Hosel



If you are a golfer who likes the ability to tinker with your driver and adjust your settings, you’re going to love Titleist’s 917 drivers.  Ideally, you should stop by an Authorized Titleist Retailer to hit both drivers to find the right club for your game.  A certified Titleist club fitter will be able to work with you to test various shafts and settings so that the data can point you towards the right club.


In general though, the 917 D2 is a more forgiving club and fits a wider variety of skill levels.  The smaller head size and lower launch angle of the 917 D3 were designed for optimal workability and will benefit better golfers.  You can check out both of these awesome drivers at any Austad's Golf Store or shop for Titleist 917 D2 and D3 Drivers online anytime.



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Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver: 3 Quick Things

Thursday, September 29, 2016 1:05:13 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver


The new Callaway Fusion Driver has offficially landed and the good news is that it is a really solid club.  It’s also pretty cool looking with the carbon inserts and the design is different enough that Callaway has definitely set up the Big Bertha Fusion Driver to hold a unique space in the market.


You may or may not know it, but Callaway has a team of actual aerospace engineers that help them design their golf clubs.  They actually partnered with Boeing (yes, those same guys who make the planes you fly in) a few years ago to engineer clubs that move faster than anything else on the market.  Because they have a bunch of nerds working in their nerd labs out in California, they also throw out a lot of terms like “revolutionary titanium Exo-Cage” and “ultralight triaxial carbon crown.  Whether they are talking about some Star Trek technology or driver, tech, I’m not entirely sure, but it sounds pretty good.



To get down to brass tacks, the Callaway Fusion Driver is excellent for a number of reasons and definitely worth a look if you want your drives to go farther and end up in the fairway more often.  Here are Three Quick Things about the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver: 


1. It’s Massively Forgiving

Those ultra-techy things I mentioned above actually allow Callaway club engineers to do some very cool things.  To explain it very simply, these metals allow for substantially more weight to be positioned in the perimeter and far back from the face.  This makes the club much more solid and helps you avoid the torque and twisting that accompanies those big, booming drives. 


What this means for you: You’re going to end up with a whole lot more drives in the fairway and your miss-hits are going to be a lot closer to where you are aiming.


Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver Swing


2. It’s Very Very Fast

The ultimate job of an aerospace engineer is to figure out how to make things fly through the air with as little resistance as possible.  That’s probably why the group of Callaway engineers were able to create a driver that is wicked-fast.  The Big Bertha Fusion Driver features a unique streamlined head shape and utilizes Callaway’s proprietary Speed Step technology to help you swing the driver a whole lot faster.


What this means for you: Faster clubhead speeds = more distance off the tee.  And more distance means that you’re going to be out-driving your buddies a whole lot more often.


Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver Head


3. It’s Got a Funky Shape


I’m just going to say it – the head design for the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver is funky.  It actually looks a little like it’s already moving through the air and has been stretched out on the back end.  In reality, there are some very solid reasons for this unique design.  That “techy” thing I mentioned earlier – the triaxial carbon Exo-Cage allowed Callaway to break free from traditional club design.  This new setup combines fast aerodynamics with a very high MOI giving you more distance.  The new metals also allowed Callaway to do some acoustic engineering and this driver sounds fantastic at impact.


What this means for you: The new head design of the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion is actually faster and has been engineered to sound better than previous driverws.  You’re going to get more distance and more confidence off the tee – both things that will help you enjoy your round a whole lot more.


Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver Closeup


If you like the look of the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver, you can stop by any Austad’s Golf location to test out the club and get custom fit.  Austad’s is a Top 100 Callaway Club Fitter and our expert staff is on call to help you find the perfect driver for your game.  The Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver is available for sale now and you can find it online or at any Austad's Golf location.



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Mizuno JPX-900 Hot Metal Irons: 3 Quick Things

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 10:29:21 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Mizuno JPX 900 Hot Metal Irons


Mizuno is taking things up a notch this fall with the debut of three stunning new additions to their JPX line.  Traditionally, JPX Irons have been geared towards game improvement and forgiveness, but those ridiculously smart engineers over at Mizuno have found some new space-age metal to make this line of Tour, Forged and Hot Metal Irons ones that both tour players and bogey golfers are going to love.


Today, we’re focusing on what we think is probably the coolest new addition to the JPX line: the JPX 900 Hot Metal Irons.  Beautiful, quick off the face and forgiving, the Mizuno Hot Metal Irons are definitely worth a look and here’s why:



1. 360 Face Cup Design

A new steel alloy material with the catchy name of Chromoly 4140M allowed Mizuno club designers to create a full 360-degree deep undercut on the back of the iron, giving it the thinnest face in company history at just two millimeters. 


What does that mean for you?  The face on the Mizuno JPX-900 Hot Metal Irons is incredibly hot.  The ball comes off the club face extremely hot, giving you faster ball speeds and more distance.


Mizuno JPX 900 Hot Metals


2. Multi-thickness Face

That funky new Chromoly metal combined with the 360-Face Cup Technology allowed Mizuno club engineers to create a club face with varying thickness and an expanded hitting area.  


What does that mean for you?  A larger club face means a more forgiving club.  In a nutshell, your mis-hits are going to be straighter and shots hit well will show even better results.


3. Power Frame

The face on the JPX-900 Hot Metal Irons is incredibly thin and it’s kept strong with Mizuno’s Power Frame.  This technology allows for more mass to be pushed towards the outside of the club head for incredible MOI.


What does that mean for you?  This golf club sounds sweet!  The sound at impact is one of the best we’ve heard and that definitely inspires confidence.  More importantly, the increase in MOI means that the ball springs off the face with incredible speed giving you more distance.


Mizuno JPX 900 Hot Metal Set


Who are the Mizuno JPX-900 Hot Metal Irons for? 

Mizuno actually removed their handicap spectrum with the new lines of clubs, so they aren’t specifically recommending the Hot Metal Irons for a specific golfer.  That being said, the club face is a bit smaller than previous JPX generations, which better players will appreciate, while the new technology makes it a more forgiving iron, which is great for mid-high handicap golfers. 


Mid-handicap golfers (5-16 handicaps) will probably see the biggest benefit from these irons, but better players and players with high handicaps could also benefit from the forgiving and fast technology.  Your best bet is to meet with a Mizuno Certified Custom Fitter where you can test the Mizuno Hot Metal Irons along with several options to find the best club for your game.


The Mizuno JPX 900 Hot Metal Irons are available now to demo at any Austad’s Golf location.  Austad’s Golf is a Top 100 Mizuno Golf Fitter and our Certified Mizuno Fitting Pros can help you find the perfect club for your game.  Learn more about our golf club fitting process and call or stop by to find out what custom fit golf clubs can do for your game!



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First Look at the New Callaway Steelhead XR Iron

Thursday, September 1, 2016 8:55:41 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Introducing Callaway Steelhead XR Irons


The Steelhead is back baby!  Inspired by the incredibly successful Steelhead X-14 irons, the new XR version of Callaway's classic iron set is bolder, badder and we are absolutely loving it.  Here's a quick overview of what you need to know about the new Callaway Steelhead XR Irons from none other than Dave Austad himself:



Steel has long been the dominant material used for making irons. Yet Callaway stands alone for possessing unique steel-working talents that have allowed them to create a long history of sophisticated iron designs that combine modern performance-enhancing technologies with clean, strong shapes that appeal to the eye from every angle. It’s a skill that they've worked tirelessly to develop and which they guard closely.


Callaway Steelhead Iron Work


The newest addition to the XR family, Steelhead XR irons, combine the beautiful shaping and playability that made the Steelhead X-14 one of the most popular irons of all time. Callaway has paid special attention to some of the design aspects on the original Steelhead iron, including a slightly longer blade length, a slightly more rounded toe and the signature hosel-to-face transition.


The speed and distance of Steelhead XR irons is based on Callaway's next-generation 360 Face Cup™ technology, which allows the edges of the ultra-thin face to freely flex and release at impact with greater efficiency, adding ball speed that promotes more distance, especially on off-center hits. The boost in face-speed is so significant that it’s hiked the COR close to the USGA limit.

Callaway Cup Face Technology

More speed and distance on mis-hits is made possible by the modern Hollow Bore-Thru hosel design, which allowed Callaway engineers to remove useless weight from the hosel and reposition it in strategic areas within the head to:


1) Increase MOI for more forgiveness on mis-hits.

2) Precisely position the CG strategically in the long, middle and short irons.


Steelhead XR long-irons feature an exceptionally low and far-back CG to make them easier to launch high and long. Middle-irons have an exceptionally low and mid-back CG to promote easy launch and keen control. Short-irons have a low and mid CG to make them easier to promote lower, high-spinning shots ideal for attacking the pin.


Callaway Steelhead XR Iron


Great feel and sound come from Callaway's new steel-infused polyurethane layer positioned low in the head, behind the lower portion of the face. In addition to absorbing unwanted impact vibration to promote a remarkably satisfying sound and feel at impact, it also helps lower the CG to promote faster ball speed and higher launch characteristics for more distance.


Put it all together and you have an iron that delivers the finest combination of speed, forgiveness, distance and control to ever emerge from the Callaway R&D department. For a brand with Callaway’s history of innovation and performance, that’s saying a lot.


Callaway Steelhead XR Address


You can stop by any Austad's Golf location now to see the stunning Callaway Steelhead XR Irons in person.  You can demo the clubs and speak to a Certified Custom Club Fitter.  If you want to learn more about custom golf club fitting at Austad's Golf, check out our quick overview of 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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President's Cup 2015: Round 2 Predictions

Thursday, October 8, 2015 9:07:23 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Presidents Cup 2015

Well, the U.S. is off to another roaring lead after the first round in the 2015 President’s Cup with a 4-1 score on the books.  Historically, the U.S. leads the series against the international team 8-1-1, so posting huge numbers on Day 1 isn’t entirely out of the norm, but the 2nd round 4-ball matches will show just how quickly (or if) the U.S. will be able to put a pin in this thing.


What can we expect from the 2nd round?  I’m betting on another strong U.S. showing, even though International Captain, Nick Price, is certainly throwing all his ammo into these pairings.  The International Team will certainly have some motivation to close the gap here, but will they be able to do it? 


Here’s how it’ll break down:


Match 1 – 7:35 PM CST   |   Dustin Johnson & Jordan Spieth vs. Louis Oosthuizen & Branden Grace


Can we hope for a repeat from our awesome twosome on Day 2?  Day 1 saw “long ball” Johnson and “clutch putt” Spieth come away with a big win on Thursday.  They will be facing a South African team that came away with the only point for the International Team on Day 1.  What will happen?  This may be a close one and Oosthuizen and Grace will certainly be motivated to take down golf’s hottest duo.


Prediction: USA Win – 1 Point 


Match 2 – 7:50 PM CST   |   Rickie Fowler & Jimmy Walker vs. Danny Lee & Sangmoon Bae


This matchup is a bit like having a home field advantage for Korean-born Lee and Bae.  In particular, Sangmoon Bae is anxious to put on a strong showing for his home country and having been sat by coach Price for the first round, I think he’s going to come out of the gates ready for action.  However, the all-Korean team is facing off against a hot Fowler/Walker team who won handily on Thursday by a 5 and 4 margin.  Even with Rickie & Jimmy’s strong showing yesterday, I think that the hometown vibes are probably going to work some magic for the international team in this match.


Prediction: International Win – 1 Point


Match 3 – 8:05 PM CST   |   Zach Johnson & Phil Mickelson vs. Adam Scott & Jason Day


Johnson and Mickelson are coming off a solid 2-up victory on Thursday and will face off against the all-Australian team of Adam Scott and Jason Day.  Side note here: Coach Nick Price’s strategy for pairings may be solely based on geography.  Day is one of the hottest golfers on tour right now, coming off a string of victories and excellent showings late in the season.  Johnson and Mickelson seem like a solid team.  Mickelson has said how much he enjoy’s Johnson’s energy.  All players here have excellent President’s Cup records, but I think the Aussie’s might just take this one.


Prediction: International Win – 1 Point


Match 4 – 8:20 PM CST   |   J.B. Holmes & Bubba Watson vs. Marc Leishman & Steven Bowditch


Another all-Aussie team will go up against two of the longest hitters on tour in J.B. Holmes & Bubba Watson.  Holmes & Watson are virtual birdie machines with both players being ranked in the top 10 in birdie average.  Conversely, Leishman and Bowditch were tied for that stat at 67th.  However, the Australians have a great repore with each other, having known each other since their amateur days.  I hope they enjoy the round because this one will be going to the Americans.


Prediction: USA Win – 1 Point


Match 5 – 8:35 PM CST   |   Bill Haas & Chris Kirk vs. Thongchai Jaidee & Charl Schwartzel


We’ve got some fairly well-rested players for the final match of the day.  Haas, Kirk and Schwartzel all sat during Thursday’s round.  Jaidee did play, but got thoroughly demolished by a tough Fowler/Walker team.  He’ll certainly want to make a strong showing in today’s match.  While Jaidee and Schwartzel may put up a valiant effort, I have a feeling the Americans will come out victorious in this match.


Prediction: USA Win – 1 Point


Final scores end of Day 2: USA 7, International 3





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Monday Morning Caddy - September 28, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015 10:33:22 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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Spieth Victorious!

Jordan Spieth Fedex CupAt the ripe old age of 22, Jordan Spieth became the youngest-ever Tour Championship winner.  Closing out the FedEx Cup in the same dominant fashion that he kicked off the 2015 season, Spieth has also set the record for the most earnings in a single-season by any golfer at over $22 million.  The fact that he isn’t even 23 yet and has a pair of majors and a Tour Championship under his belt are awe-inspiring for even the most seasoned pros.


While the victories and earnings are in and of themselves, pretty amazing feats, it’s just as much the way that Spieth competes that impresses.  Focused, driven and prepared are 3 words that could easily describe many golfers on the PGA Tour, but applied to a 22 year old with decades of promising career ahead of him, it’s inspiring to think of the possibilities.  We know that we’ll be watching closely to see what the PGA’s brightest rising star does next.



The Team Golf Effect

Dave Austad & Bob HarperLast week, we wrapped up Austad’s own version of the Ryder Cup which is held annually and affectionately known as “The Boondoggle”.  Like the Ryder Cup or Solheim Cup, it’s a two-team event, although the stakes are not nearly as high and it’s a whole lot more casual.  However, it is competitive and a lot of crap is both given and taken and being on the winning team is a matter of pride that you can hold over a lot of heads throughout the year.


What I found interesting is that for a sport that is incredibly focused on the individual, it’s a pretty awesome team sport.  Unless you played for a high school or college team, most golfers will have had very few opportunities to play golf as a team (outside of the random scramble outing.)  I would contend that the sport would be much more enjoyable if we played more team best ball or match play.  Every single one of my matches came down to the last hole and the sense of pride I felt when I dropped a 3 footer for par (net eagle) on the last hole to halve the match was amplified by about 100 since I was contributing to my team score.


While the golf continues to wrestle with itself about how to grow the game, I’m going to suggest that the next time you go out and play with your buddies, try teaming up.  It’ll make your match a whole lot more interesting.



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