Easy To Launch and Longer, Straighter and More Forgiving Than All Major Brands
There is a hole at my home course in the Pittsburgh area, No. 8, a par 4 that doglegs to the right and features a couple of trees that stick out on the corner like a defiant goalpost. It’s a long-ish hole and easily the toughest par on the front nine.
I teed up a Knuth Golf High Heat 3-wood there a few weeks ago, and launched one well. The ball flew between and well above those imaginary goalposts and bounced down the fairway into wedge range. My son, Mike looked at me, I looked at him. We had did-that-just-really-happen expressions on our faces.
The High Heat 3-wood is as easy to hit high as a 5-wood but it has the power and length of a 2-wood (if you’re old enough to remember persimmon 2-woods, or brassies—I had one, a nice hand-me-down).
Here’s what makes the 3-wood so remarkable. Knuth, a former Navy man who later worked for the United States Golf Association and invented the SLOPE rating system, created the High Heat 3-wood (along with the also highly rated High Heat Driver and High Heat Hybrid) without the resources of the big equipment makers.
“The major brands get tour pros playing their clubs so they can advertise but they’re trapped making clubs for them and not amateurs who have much slower swing speeds and different performance needs,” Knuth said. So what do amateur golfers need to achieve their optimum performance?
“You have to have a deep and low center of gravity and that’s nonexistent in the major brands. Their centers of gravity are forward and up. The other thing I did was work on the face. It’s a low profile but the face is titanium instead of steel offered by all major brands and on average eight millimeters wider than the major brands. Together, that gives amateur golfers a much larger sweet spot, so they can hit it almost anywhere along the face and get about the same distance, which results in more GIR, fewer bogies from landing short of the green or being on the green but 20+ feet from the hole.”
A deep and low center of gravity (CG) also raises the moment of inertia (MOI), Knuth said, and makes the High Heat clubhead more stable. That also adds to the gear effect, which means that shots hit off High Heat’s toe or the heel will tend to come back toward the target line compared to major brands.
High Heat clubs are available online at www.knuthgolf.com ($299 for the 3-wood).
At one recent demo day head-to-head versus a big-name clubmaker, Knuth said High Heat sold 20 clubs, the big clubmaker sold 3.
“Hitting is believing,” Knuth said. “We’ve got a 30-day guarantee because we’re sure people will like our product. We have had very few returns. You’d think some people would say, ‘I’ll just hit it for a few weeks and send it back,’ but they keep it and write to us about they love our clubs and have lowered their scores”
What the High Heat is missing is a multi-million-dollar marketing budget and a fancy story to tell. For the latter, the best Knuth can do is explain that the High Heat has a titanium face with a steel body. “Nobody else has figured out how to combine those because you can’t weld them together,” he said. “It’s braised with silver, an expensive process, but we use titanium because it provides additional distance compared to steel faces in major brands because steel has very little trampoline effect on off-center hits.”
My High Heat 3-wood analysis in a nutshell: I’m a believer.
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