ProPlay Club Set and Fitting System Review / February 2009

Last year GolfTest USA was retained by ProPlay to test a new glove and grip fitting system that was designed to help golfers consistently grip the club correctly. The results of that test clearly demonstrated that the majority of golfers improved their golf scores as the direct result of having the correct grip on each swing of the club. Subsequently ProPlay came back to us to have us test their new golf clubs that incorporated the ProPlay Fitting System. They also produced an instructional DVD that showed golfers how to have the correct grip, address the ball and develop the proper swing.

We were told by ProPlay that the golf club set took the advantages of the ProPlay Fitting System and added some additional features to help all golfers and especially new golfers learn how to play golf quicker and with less frustration.

Testing Protocol: In setting up the protocol for the test we decided to have 3 groups.

Group A consisted of 10 new, beginner golfers who used a ProPlay starter club set that consisted of the following clubs: A 460cc driver, a “3” hybrid club, the 5, 7, 9 and PW irons and a generic putter. Each tester was custom fit to the correct size golf glove and the clubs had the corresponding colored coded grips matched to their glove size. Each club has a white alignment mark on the head which assists the golfer to assure that they are properly swinging the club on line and on plane. A ProPlay instruction DVD was provided and they were instructed to view it and follow the directions to properly grip the club, address the ball and swing the club. The DVD is very basic and does not fill the golfers with too much technical information which could tend to confuse the testers with more information than they could reasonably process.

Group B also consisted of 10 new, beginner golfers who were provided with a generic set of golf clubs. They were instructed to practice at least three times a week and after a month play one or two rounds of golf. They were told not to get any outside instruction or assistance. We wanted to see how they would progress on their own.

Group C consisted of 15 high handicap golfers who indicated they wanted to try and improve their golf game. Each tester was custom fitted with a ProPlay glove and a 6 iron with the corresponding color coded grip. They also received the same ProPlay instruction DVD as Group A and were directed to practice with the 6 iron and view the DVD as often as necessary to insure they were following the directions for working on their grip, address and swing properly. At the end of the month we had them play a couple of rounds of golf and then evaluate how much if any had they improved.

GolfTest USA has compiled the results from each group. Below are the findings on what we feel they represent.

strong>Group A Portion of Test

Test Methodology: GolfTest USA would like you practice and play with this set of ProPlay golf clubs. We ask that you try your best to practice at least 3 times a week over the next month. Try to work on all aspects of your game. We want you to watch and refer back to the ProPlay DVD as often as needed so that you are familiar with the instructions and pointers regarding how to properly grip the club and work on your swing. We would prefer that you do NOT get any outside instruction or advice. This test is being conducted to see if new and beginner golfers can benefit from the use of the ProPlay Fitting System and also see if being exposed to the basics of the golf swing can help to reduce the frustrations and learning curve for a novice golfer. Please review the questions below and keep them in mind while practicing and playing so that at the end of the test you will be able to complete this evaluation form in a fair and unbiased manner. If at any point during the test you have any questions please contact Wayne at GolfTest USA at 393-8624. Around November 20th we ask that you plan to play at least one round of golf or maybe two if you can work it into your schedule. Keep close track of your score and try to count all strokes. We will not release your score to anyone so don’t worry about it.

Questionnaire:
Please answer the following questions based on how you feel you have progressed from the beginning of the test to the time after you have played one or two rounds.

Following are the average of the ratings from the 10 testers based on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best.

Question # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Group A Rating 8.0 9.3 7.5 8.2 9.3 9.3 9.8 9.6 8.7 9.2 8.3 8.4 10.0 7.9 8.4 9.0

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best, rate the following questions.

1: After using the ProPlay set for the past month how strongly to you feel you have improved?
The testers rating of 8.0 indicates that they made significant progress learning how to play using the ProPlay club set.

2: How much did the ProPlay set help you to grip the club properly?
The rating of 9.3 confirms that the ProPlay Fitting System insures that the testers learned how to properly grip the club.

3: How much confidence did you have using the ProPlay set?
Most of the testers had confidence learning to play with ProPlay set.

4: How easy was it to use the ProPlay set?
The testers found it easy to use the ProPlay set.

5: Rate the “Appearance” of the ProPlay set?
The testers really liked the appearance of the clubs in the ProPlay set.

6: Rate the “Quality” of the ProPlay set?
The quality of the ProPlay was highly rated.

7: How “strongly” would you recommend the ProPlay set to other beginner golfers?
At a rating 9.8 is apparent that the testers felt all new golfers would benefit from learning to play golf using the ProPlay set.

8: How “likely” would you be to continue to use the ProPlay set?
The testers felt very strongly that they will continue to use the ProPlay set.

9: Do you feel the ProPlay set helped you hit more consistent shots?
The strong rating of 8.7 confirms that the ProPlay set helped the testers hit more consistent shots.

10: Did the DVD provide you with the information you needed to learn how to grip the club?
11: Did the DVD provide you with the information you needed to learn how to set up at address?
12: Did the DVD provide you with the information you needed to learn how to properly swing the club?

Testers felt the DVD helped them to learn how to properly grip, address and swing.

13: Were the instructions on the DVD easy to understand?
All the testers felt the DVD was very easy to understand.

14: How “strongly” do you feel the ProPlay set helped you “pick up” the game of golf quicker? Most of the testers indicated the ProPlay club set helped beginners pick up the game.

15: How “strongly” do you feel the ProPlay set helped you “learn” the game of golf more easily?
Again most of the testers indicated the ProPlay club set helped beginners learn the game more easily.

16: Taking into account all factors that are important to you about a golf club set how would you rate the ProPlay set “overall”:
The testers in Group A highly rated the ProPlay club set with an average rating of 9 out of 10.

Please write in your answers to the following questions.

17: What did you like best about the ProPlay set?

I loved it. Played much better and my drives improved as I went along.
As a beginner the set allowed me to concentrate on my swing because the grip is automatic and lining up the ball is easy.
Set up & grip
Appearance & grip
Liked having the reminder to line up grip with the lines. Easy to find proper plane
Easy hand placement using glove.
I like how everything is marked so you do things correctly.
I liked it all

18: Is there anything you did NOT like about the ProPlay set?

A little one on one instruction

19: Is there anything you would change about the ProPlay set?

Address where your feet should be in relation to the ball.
Better instruction on DVD for stance and swing for consistency
Include sand wedge

Comments:

My husband was amazed at some of the great shots I hit and now I can play with the girls. It was actually more fun than I expected. The grip set up helped me grip the club the same way every time so it took those errors out of the equation.

The set was great. Besides the help with the grip, I liked how the club was heavier than a normal club. I think this helped me control my swing. I hit a lot of good shots. My bad shots were due to my form.

Well, I started playing poorly but I now have been introduced to the correct way so I will continue to play and try to improve. But I might go get some instruction with a pro.

At first the set was hard to use but got way better and easier to use as I continued to use it.

Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

I was actually complimented by another golfer on my correct hand grip.

 

Summary of Group A Testers

GolfTest USA looked at the ratings from all the questions and we can clearly draw the conclusion that the ProPlay Club set helped all the testers learn to play golf quicker, easier and with less frustration then they would have done without the benefits the ProPlay clubs, glove, grip and DVD. Golf is one of the most difficult of all sports to learn and to play consistently. The ProPlay set provides the essential components needed to help beginners learn to play golf quickly, easily and with less frustration. Most of the testers said they had fun learning and that made them want to practice more and they enjoyed the experience.

Jack Nicklaus recently spoke at a First Tee Clinic regarding learning how to play golf. He was quoted in the USA TODAY as follows: “I try to do everything as natural as possible,” he told the students. “The grip,” he added, “is the most important thing in the golf swing. If you have a good grip, your can play golf.”

The ProPlay Glove and Grip Fitting System lay the foundation to develop the proper golf swing. By using the ProPlay golf club set and the instruction DVD any new golfer has a real chance to learn the game quicker and with less frustration than any other process we have seen in all our years of testing golf products.

strong>Group B Portion of Test

Test Methodology: GolfTest USA would like you practice and play with this set of golf clubs. We ask that you try your best to practice at least 3 times a week over the next month. Try to work on all aspects of your game. We would prefer that you do NOT get any outside instruction or advice. This test is being conducted to see how new and beginner golfers progress in learning how to play golf without any other assistance or instruction. Please review the questions below and keep them in mind while practicing and playing so that at the end of the test you will be able to complete this evaluation form in a fair and unbiased manner. If at any point during the test you have any questions please contact Wayne at GolfTest USA at 393-8624. Around November 20th we ask that you plan to play at least one round of golf or maybe two if you can work it into your schedule. Keep close track of your score and try to count all strokes. We will not release your score to anyone so don’t worry about it.

Questionnaire:

Please answer the following questions based on how you feel you have progressed from the beginning of the test to the time after you have played one or two rounds.

Following are the average of the ratings from the 10 testers based on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best.

Question # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Group B Rating 4.5 6.4 5.4 5.0 6.5 5.4 3.4 4.3

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best, rate the following questions.

1: After using this set of clubs for the past month rate how much you feel you have improved?
It is apparent that most of the beginners did not feel they improved much.

2: How strongly do you feel you can grip the club correctly?
The testers didn’t feel they could properly grip the club.

3: How strongly do you feel you can address the ball correctly?
Again the testers weren’t very confident that they correctly could address the ball.

4: How strongly do you feel you have developed the correct swing?
The testers didn’t feel they had developed the correct swing.

5: How much confidence did you have using this set of clubs?
The testers had some level of confidence with this set of clubs.

6: How easy was it to learn to play golf over the last month?
Based on the rating of 5.4 the testers didn’t feel it was very easy to learn using the generic set.

7: How “strongly” would you recommend other beginner golfers to learn to play without any instruction or assistance?
A rating of 3.4 indicates that the testers didn’t feel it was a good idea to learn to play golf without any instruction or guidance.

8: How “likely” will you continue to learn to play golf without any instruction or teaching aids? Again most of the testers feel it would be better to have help or instruction to learn how to play golf.
Comments:

Enjoyed playing with the clubs but game is about the same.

Enjoyed the clubs and my game improved.

Fun clubs. 7 iron felt comfortable, putter improved my aim and had good balance. The woods also had good balance.

Really liked the clubs and found the driver and hybrid two of my best shots.

I liked the clubs and found myself improving over the test period.

I had more consistency in my shots. The hybrid was excellent.

I experienced straight drives with this set of clubs. Putter was my friend.

I enjoyed playing with the clubs. No change in strokes.

Summary of Group B Testers

The conclusion we can draw from the testers who did not have any instruction or advice is that the test results show it is extremely important to have a good quality set of clubs and have some basic instructions showing a new golfer how to grip the club, address the ball and swing the club. Without these basic skills many golfers will probably experience many years of frustration trying to improve. Once a golfer has the basics mastered it is then easier to make improvements to other parts of their game.

Group C Portion of Test

Test Methodology: You have indicated that you are a high handicap golfer and you would like to make some improvements to your game and lower your scores. Therefore GolfTest USA would like you practice and play with this ProPlay 6 iron. We ask that you try your best to practice at least 3 times a week over the next month. We want you to watch and refer back to the ProPlay DVD as often as needed so that you are familiar with the instructions and pointers regarding how to properly grip the club and work on your swing. We would prefer that you do NOT get any outside instruction or advice. This test is being conducted to see if high handicap golfers can benefit from the use of the ProPlay Fitting System and also see if being exposed to the basics of the golf swing can help you improve your consistency. Please review the questions below and keep them in mind while practicing and playing so that at the end of the test you will be able to complete this evaluation form in a fair and unbiased manner. If at any point during the test you have any questions please contact Wayne at GolfTest USA at 393-8624. Around November 20th we ask that you plan to play at least one round of golf or maybe two if you can work it into your schedule. Keep close track of your score and try to count all strokes. We will not release your score to anyone so don’t worry about it.

Questionnaire:
Please answer the following questions based on how you feel you have progressed from the beginning of the test to the time after you have played one or two rounds.

Following are the average of the ratings from the testers based on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best.

Question # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Group C Rating 7.5 8.1 7.0 7.6 8.2 8.9 7.9 9.0 6.2 7.3 7.5 7.9 8.5 7.1 8.0

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best, rate the following questions.

1: After using the ProPlay 6 iron for the past month how strongly to you feel you have improved? Most of the testers made some improvement.

2: How much did the ProPlay 6 iron help you to grip the club properly?
Most testers benefited from a better grip.

3: How much confidence did you have using the ProPlay 6 iron?
Several of the testers improved their confidence from using the ProPlay 6 iron.

4: How easy was it to use the ProPlay 6 iron?
Most of the testers felt it was easy to use.

5: Rate the “Appearance” of the ProPlay 6 iron?
Testers liked the looks of the ProPlay 6 iron.

6: Rate the “Quality” of the ProPlay 6 iron?
Everyone rated the quality of the ProPlay 6 iron very high.

7: How “strongly” would you recommend the ProPlay 6 iron to other high handicap golfers? Most of the testers said they would strongly recommend it to other golfers looking to lower their scores.

8: How “likely” would you be to continue to use the ProPlay 6 iron?
The testers all indicated they would want to continue to use the ProPlay club.

9: Do you feel the ProPlay 6 iron helped you hit more consistent shots?
There were mixed results on whether the testers were able to hit more consistent shots.

10: Did the DVD provide you with the information you needed to learn how to grip the club?
11: Did the DVD provide you with the information you needed to learn how to set up at address?
12: Did the DVD provide you with the information you needed to learn how to properly swing the club?

The majority of testers felt the DVD helped them improve their grip, address and swing.

13: Were the instructions on the DVD easy to understand?
The testers said the DVD was easy to understand.

14: How “strongly” do you feel the ProPlay 6 iron helped you improve your game?
Most of the testers had some positive results from using the ProPlay 6 iron.

15: Taking into account all factors that are important to you about a golf club how would you rate the ProPlay 6 iron “overall”:
The testers gave the ProPlay 6 iron a very positive overall rating.

Please write in your answers to the following questions.

16: What did you like best about the ProPlay 6 iron?

The grip. It did help improve my game

The line on the club was a great visual clue for me to remind me of how to swing the club. The grip really helped.

Balance, club head design, grip.

Easy alignment.

Easy to use to align correctly for a proper grip and addressing the ball.

The extra weight increased distance 30% over my other irons.

Grip position, loft, grip, line-up mark on head

Showing correct placement of grip

Grip match to the glove helps with all club.
17: Is there anything you did NOT like about the ProPlay 6 iron?

I tended to take huge divots half the time.

Shaft 1 ½ longer, head heavy, grip too small in diameter.

Hard to hit at first.
18: Is there anything you would change about the ProPlay 6 iron?

Actually I would change the glove to be mesh on top as I felt it was too confining and hot. I can’t normally play with a glove and I like the ones you can still see through them.

No, but if I had a 3 iron and an 8 iron with the same weight, I would not need all my clubs.
Comments:

I would like to try a full set of ProPlay clubs.

I like the glove very much. It helped me with my other clubs to grip them properly.

I really enjoyed this test and would be interested in trying the whole set. Thank you for this opportunity!

I seldom use my 6 iron. I used this in games where usually I would use a 4 or 5 iron and made better shots. It is excellent in short off the green chips also.

Overall, the DVD, glove and iron helped me with set up and concentration as my main problem is looking up and moving my head. Is the 6 iron the only club in the ProPlay series? I have been able to hit my 5 hybrid better since starting with the ProPlay. Thank you for this opportunity. I would like to continue with the club and see if more practice will promote more improvement.
Summary of Group C Testers

The test results from Group C indicates that the majority of golfers will be able to improve their game by watching the ProPlay DVD and following the instructions to properly grip the club. They will also be able to improve their address and swing the club on the proper plane and with better tempo. Not all of the testers benefited because of flaws that they have in their grip and swing that they may not have been able to eliminate after so many years of bad swing habits. These golfers could benefit by continuing to work on the tips in the DVD and also getting lessons from a golf instructor working in conjunction with the basics taught in the DVD. The previous test we conducted for ProPlay showed that golf instructors were able to use the ProPlay Glove and Grip Fitting System to show their students the proper grip and then focus on other aspects of the swing resulting in quicker progress for their students.
Subject: Summary Report: ProPlay Beginner’s Test Comparing Results of Group B to Group D

Testing Protocol:

Group B consisted of 10 beginner golfers who were provided with a generic set of golf clubs. They were instructed to practice at least three times a week and after a month play one or two rounds of golf. They were told not to get any outside instruction or assistance. We wanted to see how they would progress on their own. Once Group B group was finished with the test we selected 6 of the testers to redo the test this time with the ProPlay clubs, glove and grip and the ProPlay instructional DVD. This group was designated as Group D.
The evaluation form used is presented next.

Test Methodology: GolfTest USA would like you practice and play with this set of ProPlay golf clubs. Keep in mind how you feel you have progressed vs. the test you did with the generic set. We ask that you try your best to practice at least 3 times a week over the next month. Try to work on all aspects of your game. We want you to watch and refer back to the ProPlay DVD as often as needed so that you are familiar with the instructions and pointers regarding how to properly grip the club and work on your swing. We would prefer that you do NOT get any outside instruction or advice. This test is being conducted to see if new and beginner golfers can benefit from the use of the ProPlay Fitting System and also see if being exposed to the basics of the golf swing can help to reduce the frustrations and learning curve for a novice golfer. Please review the questions below and keep them in mind while practicing and playing so that at the end of the test you will be able to complete this evaluation form in a fair and unbiased manner. If at any point during the test you have any questions please contact Wayne at GolfTest USA at 393-8624. Around February 20th we ask that you plan to play at least one round of golf.

Questionnaire:
Please answer the following questions based on how you feel you have progressed compared to using the generic set.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best, rate the following questions.

1: After using the ProPlay set for the past month how strongly to you feel you have improved vs.
the generic set? ___
2: How much did the ProPlay set help you to grip the club properly? ____
3: How much confidence did you have using the ProPlay set? ____
4: How easy was it to use the ProPlay set? ____
5: Rate the “Appearance” of the ProPlay set? ____
6: Rate the “Quality” of the ProPlay set? ____
7: How “strongly” would you recommend the ProPlay set to other beginner golfers? ____
8: How “likely” would you be to continue to use the ProPlay set? ____
9: Do you feel the ProPlay set helped you hit more consistent shots? _____

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best, rate the following questions.

10: Did the DVD provide you with the information you needed to learn how to grip the club? ____
11: Did the DVD provide you with the information you needed to learn how to set up at address? ____
12: Did the DVD provide you with the information you needed to learn how to properly swing the club? ____
13: Were the instructions on the DVD easy to understand? _____
14: How “strongly” do you feel the ProPlay set helped you “pick up” the game of golf quicker vs. the generic set? ____
15: How “strongly” do you feel the ProPlay set helped you “learn” the game of golf more easily vs. the generic set? ____
16: Taking into account all factors that are important to you about a golf club set how would you rate the ProPlay set “overall” vs. the generic set? ____

Please write in your answers to the following questions.

17: What did you like best about the ProPlay set?

18: Is there anything you did NOT like about the ProPlay set

19: Is there anything you would change about the ProPlay set?

20: What differences did you find between learning to play golf with a generic set and no instruction and now using the ProPlay set and having the benefit of watching a DVD showing how to properly grip, address and swing the club?

Comments:

Thank you for taking the time to participate in the ProPlay Test. Please return this form to GolfTest USA no later than February 25, 2009.
The results of the test are as follows:

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best, rate the following questions.

1: After using the ProPlay set for the past month how strongly to you feel you have improved vs. the generic set?
7.7 This rating shows that most of the testers made significant improvement using the ProPlay system.

2: How much did the ProPlay set help you to grip the club properly?
9.3 This rating indicates that all of the testers were able to improve their grip substantially.

3: How much confidence did you have using the ProPlay set?
7.3 All the testers had more confidence using the ProPlay set.

4: How easy was it to use the ProPlay set?
9.3 The testers found it extremely easy to use the ProPlay set.

5: Rate the “Appearance” of the ProPlay set?
9.2 The testers really liked the appearance of the ProPlay clubs.

6: Rate the “Quality” of the ProPlay set?
9.2 The testers felt that the quality of the ProPlay set was very high.

7: How “strongly” would you recommend the ProPlay set to other beginner golfers?
9.8 All the testers rated this question extremely high which confirms that all new golfers should seriously consider learn to play golf with the ProPlay System.

8: How “likely” would you be to continue to use the ProPlay set?
9.7 It was clearly apparent that all the testers want to continue using the ProPlay system

9: Do you feel the ProPlay set helped you hit more consistent shots?
8.7 This high rating is very telling that the testers felt they hit more consistent shots because it is unusual for golfers to make that much improvement in such a short time.

10: Did the DVD provide you with the information you needed to learn how to grip the club?
9.3 All the testers indicated the DVD really helped them grip the club properly.

11: Did the DVD provide you with the information you needed to learn how to set up at address?
9.2 Again the testers said the DVD helped them to properly address the ball.

12: Did the DVD provide you with the information you needed to learn how to properly swing the club?
9.0 The instructions on the DVD helped the testers improve their swing.

13: Were the instructions on the DVD easy to understand?
9.7 The testers all indicated that the DVD was very easy to understand.

14: How “strongly” do you feel the ProPlay set helped you “pick up” the game of golf quicker vs. the generic set?
7.8