ClubTest 2011: Meet the Testers

ClubTest 2011: Meet the Testers

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

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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