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ClubTest 2011: Meet the Testers

Testers, ClubTest 2011
Marc Serota
ClubTest 2011: Testers get down to business after hitting some sticks.

We had 40 Average Joes evaluate 27 drivers at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Here is a little more information about each player.

All data recorded by Hot Stix Golf fitters using TrackMan launch monitor.

1. Chris Klamkin
My Game: I'm a fade-biased feel player who produces good length. My relative weakness is putting.
Handicap: 2
Age: 26; Height: 5'10"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Occupation: Technology Sales
Residence: Hoboken, NJ
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium fade
Ball speed (mph): 170
Launch angle (deg.): 9.2
Spin rate (rpm): 3,579
Total distance (yards): 290

2. Barry Fasenmyer
My Game: I play with more power than finesse, but I'm working on it.
Handicap: 3
Age: 47; Height: 5'11"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Occupation: President/ CEO, Investment Advisory Firm
Residence: Pittsburgh, PA
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium draw
Ball speed (mph): 153
Launch angle (deg.): 12.0
Spin rate (rpm): 1,719
Total distance (yards): 284

3. Drew Isaacman
My Game: I like to work the ball right to left. I produce medium length with driver but I'm a relatively short hitter with irons.
Handicap: 3
Age: 44; Height: 5'10"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Occupation: Owner, Outdoor Furniture Refinishing Company
Residence: San Diego, CA
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium draw
Ball speed (mph): 140
Launch angle (deg.): 12.9
Spin rate (rpm): 3,236
Total distance (yards): 256

4. Lee Neisler
My Game: Good all-around game from tee to green but can be a balky putter.
Handicap: 4
Age: 47; Height: 5'10"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Occupation: Financial Planner
Residence: Cramerton, NC
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium draw
Ball speed (mph): 155
Launch angle (deg.): 11.6
Spin rate (rpm): 2,402
Total distance (yards): 281

5. Randy Rochefort
My Game: Play 200-plus rounds per year. I have an aggressive smash-and-gouge style with a good short game.
Handicap: 4
Age: 36; Height: 5'11"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Occupation: Power Distribution Mapping
Residence: Birmingham, AL
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Med. straight
Ball speed (mph): 164
Launch angle (deg.): 13.5
Spin rate (rpm): 2,570
Total distance (yards): 300

6. Peter Aronstam
My Game: Hit the driver well and have a good short game. Irons are too inconsistent, miss too many greens.
Handicap: 5
Age: 58; Height: 6'1"
Weight: 195 lbs.
Occupation: Finance
Residence: Boca Raton, FL
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Low draw
Ball speed (mph): 149
Launch angle (deg.): 8.5
Spin rate (rpm): 2,142
Total distance (yards): 266

7. Tommy Dee
My Game: Former club pro. I don't play or practice often these days. Still, strengths are short game and putting.
Handicap: 5
Age: 34; Height: 5'7"
Weight: 145 lbs.
Occupation: Marketing/ Social Media
Residence: Hawthorne, NY
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium draw
Ball speed (mph): 135
Launch angle (deg.): 13.9
Spin rate (rpm): 2,607
Total distance (yards): 242

8. Mark Haberstroh
My Game: Good course man
Age:ment and short game. My draw has a tendency to turn into a hook. Not as long as other single-digit
Handicap:pers.
Handicap: 5
Age: 57; Height: 5'9"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Occupation: CPA
Residence: Springboro, OH
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: High draw
Ball speed (mph): 138
Launch angle (deg.): 14.1
Spin rate (rpm): 2,135
Total distance (yards): 250

9. Jeremy Ross
My Game: Power fade-type game. Longer than aver
Age: off the tee. Strength is irons and short game. Weakness is accuracy off the tee.
Handicap: 5
Age: 33; Height: 6'
Weight: 285 lbs.
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Residence: Lakewood, CO
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium fade
Ball speed (mph): 159
Launch angle (deg.): 9.3
Spin rate (rpm): 2,769
Total distance (yards): 274

10. Jeff Bones
My Game: Not a long hitter but I keep the ball in play off the tee. Irons from the fairway are my weakness but I'm good with hybrids. Very good with wedges.
Handicap: 6
Age: 63; Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Occupation: Retired
Residence: Longwood, FL
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Low draw
Ball speed (mph): 129
Launch angle (deg.): 12.3
Spin rate (rpm): 2,599
Total distance (yards): 224

11. Bob O'Brien
My Game: I'm a straight driver, have an accurate iron game from 160 yards in, plus a good short game. I'm weak from 170-190 yards, where I rely on hybrids to just get on the green.
Handicap: 7
Age: 70; Height: 5'10"
Weight: 230 lbs.
Occupation: Retired
Residence: Fort Mill, SC
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Med. straight
Ball speed (mph): 136
Launch angle (deg.): 11.4
Spin rate (rpm): 2,343
Total distance (yards): 246

12. Jeff McKinney
My Game: I've learned to control the driver and use power only when necessary. My driver and overall length are now strengths. Biggest weakness is putting.
Handicap: 8
Age: 50; Height: 6'2"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Occupation: Police Officer
Residence: Aylett, VA
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium draw
Ball speed (mph): 151
Launch angle (deg.): 13.2
Spin rate (rpm): 3,460
Total distance (yards): 266

13. Doug Lair
My Game: Good course man
Age:r with solid iron play and a sporty short game. I'm shortish but consistent off the tee. Mediocre with the flatstick.
Handicap: 9
Age: 52; Height: 5'9"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Occupation: Stay-at-Home Dad
Residence: Austin, TX
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium draw
Ball speed (mph): 137
Launch angle (deg.): 12.3
Spin rate (rpm): 3,335
Total distance (yards): 235

14. Mike Nastasi
My Game: Self-taught with unconventional, flat, compact swing. I'm a long hitter despite a lack of flexibility, and I control my short irons and wedges well.
Handicap: 9
Age: 43; Height: 5'10"
Weight: 230 lbs.
Occupation: Homebuilder
Residence: Owings, MD
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium draw
Ball speed (mph): 159
Launch angle (deg.): 12.3
Spin rate (rpm): 2,084
Total distance (yards): 293

15. Jack Record
My Game: I'm a good iron and wedge player but can be hot or cold with the driver.
Handicap: 9
Age: 35; Height: 5'11"
Weight: 245 lbs.
Occupation: Software Sales
Residence: Atlanta, GA
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium draw
Ball speed (mph): 153
Launch angle (deg.): 8.2
Spin rate (rpm): 3,865
Total distance (yards): 254

16. Jeff Delfs
My Game: I benefit from a strong wedge game, plus good midand short irons. But I struggle with the driver.
Handicap: 10
Age: 31; Height: 6'2"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Occupation: Senior Project Man
Age:r
Residence: Atlanta, GA
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium draw
Ball speed (mph): 153
Launch angle (deg.): 11.5
Spin rate (rpm): 2,596
Total distance (yards): 273

17. Zach Fasman
My Game: A good iron player, I have a mediocre short game and am erratic off the tee.
Handicap: 10
Age: 62; Height: 5'8"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Occupation: Attorney
Residence: New York, NY
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Low draw
Ball speed (mph): 139
Launch angle (deg.): 8.3
Spin rate (rpm): 3,391
Total distance (yards): 236

18. Kirk Fischer
My Game: I hit it medium length, play a consistent game, and make lots of pars. Weaknesses are length and an inability to hit it close to the hole.
Handicap: 10
Age: 57; Height: 5'11"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Occupation: College Professor
Residence: Temple, TX
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium draw
Ball speed (mph): 131
Launch angle (deg.): 15.5
Spin rate (rpm): 2,731
Total distance (yards): 232

19. Michael Kaye
My Game: I drive the ball reasonably well and am a fairly long hitter. My weaknesses are accuracy with my irons, sand game and course man
Age:ment.
Handicap: 10
Age: 53; Height: 6'1"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Occupation: Engineer
Residence: Fair Haven, NJ
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Low straight
Ball speed (mph): 155
Launch angle (deg.): 6.1
Spin rate (rpm): 2,824
Total distance (yards): 262

20. Jon Kotraba
My Game: I feature the short game of a 5-
Handicap:per and the long game of a 15.
Handicap: 10
Age: 45; Height: 5'11"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Occupation: IT Director
Residence: Montvale, NJ
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium fade
Ball speed (mph): 146
Launch angle (deg.): 9.7
Spin rate (rpm): 4,116
Total distance (yards): 239

21. Marshall Strisik
My Game: Great off the tee and my short game helps me score. Not a great ballstriker; I struggle with long irons and in windy conditions.
Handicap: 10
Age: 35; Height: 5'9"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Occupation: Attorney
Residence: Bethesda, MD
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: High draw
Ball speed (mph): 146
Launch angle (deg.): 12.0
Spin rate (rpm): 3,334
Total distance (yards): 253

22. Matt Adler
My Game: Began playing six years ago. I swing hard, hit it far, and hope that good things happen.
Handicap: 11
Age: 47; Height: 6'
Weight: 235 lbs.
Occupation: VP, Trial Services
Residence: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium fade
Ball speed (mph): 156
Launch angle (deg.): 10.8
Spin rate (rpm): 2,819
Total distance (yards): 275

23. John Moore
My Game: I'm an accurate driver with a good short game, but I struggle with iron consistency.
Handicap: 11
Age: 46; Height: 6'1"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Occupation: Book Buyer
Residence: Royal Oak, MI
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: High draw
Ball speed (mph): 138
Launch angle (deg.): 16.0
Spin rate (rpm): 2,653
Total distance (yards): 240

24. Eric English
My Game: I man
Age: my game well. I don't mind hitting irons off the tee on shorter par 4s and unreachable par 5s. I lack consistency with the driver and have a so-so short game.
Handicap: 12
Age: 43; Height: 6'2"
Weight: 245 lbs.
Occupation: Police Major
Residence: Richmond, VA
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: High draw
Ball speed (mph): 151
Launch angle (deg.): 14.4
Spin rate (rpm): 2,190
Total distance (yards): 278

25. Tom Jennings
My Game: Consistent driver but not long. I hit 7 to 10 greens per round.
Age: has wreaked havoc on my short game.
Handicap: 12
Age: 57; Height: 5'11"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Occupation: CEO, Chamber of Commerce
Residence: Winder, GA
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium draw
Ball speed (mph): 130
Launch angle (deg.): 9.3
Spin rate (rpm): 3,366
Total distance (yards): 222

26. Bud Adler
My Game: Fairly long off the tee for my
Age:. Iron ball flight is typically higher than most, and an inconsistent short game is my big weakness.
Handicap: 14
Age: 69; Height: 5'10"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Occupation: Retired
Residence: Gold Canyon, AZ
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium draw
Ball speed (mph): 134
Launch angle (deg.): 12.5
Spin rate (rpm): 3,534
Total distance (yards): 238

27. Lynn Altadonna
My Game: I rely on good course man
Age:ment skills. I keep the ball in play and chip well. Rarely putt well, though.
Handicap: 14
Age: 66; Height: 5'7"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Occupation: Retired
Residence: Stowe, VT
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium straight
Ball speed (mph): 126
Launch angle (deg.): 14.0
Spin rate (rpm): 2,243
Total distance (yards): 227

28. Rich Bernstein
My Game: A good ball striker, though not long. The short game can let me down.
Handicap: 14
Age: 61; Height: 5'10"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Occupation: Retired
Residence: Waretown, NJ
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: High draw
Ball speed (mph): 131
Launch angle (deg.): 13.1
Spin rate (rpm): 3,060
Total distance (yards): 226

29. Mike Gorski
My Game: Greatest strength is mid-iron accuracy. Short-iron touch shots and putting are my weaknesses.
Handicap: 14
Age: 49; Height: 5'9"
Weight: 155 lbs.
Occupation: Real Estate Appraiser
Residence: Glendora, CA
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: High fade
Ball speed (mph): 137
Launch angle (deg.): 11.4
Spin rate (rpm): 4,195
Total distance (yards): 224

30. Mark Barrette
My Game: I typically drive the ball well. I'm not playing regularly, which leaves the short game in disarray. Putting is my biggest weakness.
Handicap: 15
Age: 39; Height: 6'3"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Occupation: Relocation Man
Age:r
Residence: Glendale, AZ
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: High fade
Ball speed (mph): 147
Launch angle (deg.): 12.9
Spin rate (rpm): 4,275
Total distance (yards): 241

31. C.J. Bush
My Game: Relatively strong iron and wedge player, but I can struggle off the tee.
Handicap: 16
Age: 29; Height: 6'1"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Occupation: Mortg
Age: Specialist
Residence: Glasgow, KY
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium draw
Ball speed (mph): 146
Launch angle (deg.): 10.5
Spin rate (rpm): 1,960
Total distance (yards): 262

32. Kevin DiNapoli
My Game: A decent ballstriker but short game lets me down.
Handicap: 16
Age: 54; Height: 5'7"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Occupation: Physician
Residence: Whitefish Bay, WI
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: High draw
Ball speed (mph): 142
Launch angle (deg.): 15.5
Spin rate (rpm): 2,503
Total distance (yards): 244

33. Gary Wilson
My Game: A serviceable short game makes up for a real lack of distance nowadays.
Handicap: 16
Age: 62; Height: 6'
Weight: 235 lbs.
Occupation: Architect
Residence: Spring, TX
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: High draw
Ball speed (mph): 128
Launch angle (deg.): 17.1
Spin rate (rpm): 3,039
Total distance (yards): 223

34. Victor DeMarco
My Game: Typically a good driver but can be inconsistent with irons.
Handicap: 17
Age: 47; Height: 6'
Weight: 225 lbs.
Occupation: HVAC Sales
Residence: Austin, TX
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Low draw
Ball speed (mph): 150
Launch angle (deg.): 9.3
Spin rate (rpm): 3,348
Total distance (yards): 254

35. Stacey Fitts
My Game: A weekend warrior who's losing distance and flexibility with
Age:. I hit too many loose shots with big clubs; stronger around the green.
Handicap: 17
Age: 48; Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Occupation: Engineer, State Representative
Residence: Pittsfield, ME
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Low fade
Ball speed (mph): 137
Launch angle (deg.): 9.5
Spin rate (rpm): 2,720
Total distance (yards): 239

36. Eric Jack
My Game: My strength is hitting the mid-irons. My weaknesses are chipping and other short shots around the green.
Handicap: 17
Age: 52; Height: 5'10"
Weight: 270 lbs.
Occupation: CPA
Residence: Draper, UT
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium fade
Ball speed (mph): 132
Launch angle (deg.): 11.2
Spin rate (rpm): 3,962
Total distance (yards): 217

37. Casey Bartels
My Game: I hit it a long way and strike the ball well with irons, but I have trouble with accuracy. My short game is poor.
Handicap: 18
Age: 23; Height: 6'
Weight: 230 lbs.
Occupation: Freelance Writer
Residence: Long Beach, NY
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: High fade
Ball speed (mph): 160
Launch angle (deg.): 9.2
Spin rate (rpm): 2,600
Total distance (yards): 301

38. Jim Esther
My Game: I hit it straight off the tee. Lack of distance puts a lot of pressure on my iron game.
Handicap: 20
Age: 58; Height: 5'11"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Occupation: Physician
Residence: St. Louis, MO
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Medium fade
Ball speed (mph): 130
Launch angle (deg.): 11.6
Spin rate (rpm): 2,813
Total distance (yards): 225

39. Peter Kraus
My Game: I keep the ball in play off the tee most of the time. I play smart and avoid unnecessary risks. My main problem is overall inconsistency.
Handicap: 20
Age: 45; Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Occupation: Attorney
Residence: Woodinville, WA
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: Low fade
Ball speed (mph): 144
Launch angle (deg.): 8.0
Spin rate (rpm): 3,445
Total distance (yards): 243

40. John Dottore
My Game: I took up the game five years ago. My strengths are the driver and mid-irons, but I have a weak short game.
Handicap: 21
Age: 46; Height: 5'7"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Occupation: Commercial Real Estate
Residence: Orlando, FL
CURRENT DRIVER
Ball flight: High fade
Ball speed (mph): 141
Launch angle (deg.): 12.0
Spin rate (rpm): 3,508
Total distance (yards): 238

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