Taken from Miura CB 57 Review-Southern Golf Review
I think the best way to start the actual review section is at the beginning, by that I mean the fitting. I was scheduled to get fitted by the great Chip Usher of Chip and Putt Golf in Savannah Ga. Chip is a legend on the web for being the premier club fitter and maker in the South. People from all over the world either send their measurements and requirements to him to have clubs made or they go in person. When you get through reading this review, do a Google search for Chip Usher, and take a look at what comes up. There are hundreds of forum posts where he has helped people with their equipment questions or needs. He is still referenced today in hundreds more posts. The guy is just phenomenal, both as a person and fitter. He’s a real no-nonsense kinda guy who has such a concise fitting process it will blow your mind. For a fitter who has been in the business for as long as he has and who has given so much to the online golfing community, he has no hint of ego or arrogance. Just a class act all the way around. Anyway, Chip took up about an hour with me talking about Miura and getting fit. As I already knew my swing speed and had all of my measurements, all he had to do was verify and move on. The hour was mostly taken up with me asking questions and just listening to him talk about club making in general. The actual fitting probably wouldn’t have taken thirty minutes if I hadn’t been running my mouth. I can’t tell you the significant gains to be made in your game by getting fit. Add to that being fit by the right person is just as essential.
SteelFiber Shafts Chip ordered my club heads and fitted them to my Aerotech. I have to admit, putting SteeFiber Shafts in a set of Miura CB57 irons should be considered cheating or at the very least unfair. We will have a full review on the Aerotech SteelFibershafts shortly, but suffice it to say they are awesome. You can see our interview with Aerotechs’ president, Chris Hilleary from the2015 PGA Merchandise Show here. One of the questions from Chip Usher was, what type of swing feel do you want. I can honestly say I had never been asked that before. With all the clubs we hit each year I had a good idea of what I like and don’t like. For me, I like to feel the club head a little during the swing. I’m not sure if I was transitioning from an off the rack cast set I would really know that. I think it’s worth tinkering around a bit with different shaft/head combinations to get to know what you like and Chip can certainly help you with that. The SteelFiber shafts definitely have a different feel and I think are a large part in having that “connected feel” to the club head during the swing. But, like I said, there will be a full review on them shortly.
Dear Chip – I want people to know what a good experience I had with your making my clubs for me.
I made an appointment to be fit by Chip. The man knows his stuff. He put me in Miura Passing Point Irons 1/2 inch long. I bought 6-PW with 51 and 59 degree wedges. He also built me two Miura hybrids and the 3 and 5 fairway woods. He reshafted a 10. SIT driver for me and he custom ground a BL-3 Mallet putter.
Chip built me a set of clubs that are the best golf clubs I ever played. I won’t buy clubs from anyone else. If I wear these out I will go back to Chip to repair or rebuild any issues I might have. This will be the last set of clubs I will buy. I’m a golf club junkie and have been buyingn golf clubs for over 50 years. I’m 71 years old and a 15 handicap.
I can’t say enough good things about Chip. He’s my guy. period. Thank you
Norman Lemieux 1.4.2017
October 13 by CenterCut on Golf Opinions! For whatever reason finding the perfect 3-wood seems to take more time and effort than any other club in the bag. For the past two seasons, I’ve played with a Sonartec ss-03 14* w/fuji vp80S. For me the ss-03 had the classic good looks, great feel, and controlled trajectory. The only downsides from my perspective was hitting hit out of moderate/deep rough or needing a high trajectory from a tight lie.
I talked with Chip Usher regarding my concerns with the ss-03 and he suggested the 14* ss-07. This time just to try something different I went with the fuji 869S. I have always liked the VP 80 and am sure this too would have worked well in the ss-07. For those of you who have worked with Chip before you are all to familiar with what I’m about to say, the club arrived to spec (43″ and D-3) and the craftsmanship on the finished club was immaculate. It makes all the difference in the world to get the shaft, flex, tipping, swing weight, and length correct for the club to fit you. Chip will walk through all of this with you.
The comparison. With regard to head size, the two are almost identical except the ss-03 face depth is greater by slightly more than 1/16″. The other dimensions as to length and depth are almost identical. Aside from the difference in face height, the other single biggest difference is the contour of the soles of the two clubs. The ss-03 has a more pronounced contour from the heel to the bottom to the toe than the ss-07. Consequently, the ss-07 sits lower to the ground. I should also mention the difference in color. While the ss-03 is jet black, the ss-07 is grey/black with what appears to be a more durable finish. Now for performance. Off the tee, I found the ss-03 to be slightly longer due to the lower trajectory and increased roll. Off the deck, I found the distance to be similar with the ss-07 being more friendly with a higher trajectory. I found the same to be true from the rough too. With regard to dispersion, I give the ss-07 the edge. The ss-07 just seemed easier to control than the ss-03. Overall, the ss-07 has overcome the weaknesses of the ss-03 and is firmly in the bag. This is a 3-wood with performance, looks and feel. It’s a winner.
CenterCut – Indiana
The clubs arrived late this afternoon and were put into play straight away with 14-holes at my home course. Firstly, the workmanship is superb as always and everything is exactly as I wished.
Secondly the performance, and although it’s early days I can tell a huge difference. The Nippon shaft is something else, incredibly responsive for the weight, stable and exceptionally long. You can really feel the weight of the shaft but it kicks like graphite yet remains tight in terms of dispersion, off the tee and deck. As for the SS-03/PI, I am genuinely amazed at the solidity of this combination, the flight and length is ideal and exactly as you described. I know it’s early days with my new equipment but first impressions last and mean the most and straight from the get-go I know I’m not going to have to try and get used to this set-up. (The driver also is first rate).
Thanks so much Chip, I will be writing a review on G.O and GEA and will be sure to name check Chip and Putt. I glad I put my trust in you and will continue to do so whenever I need re-shafting or more Sonartec’s and will always recommend you. The postage and import duty we have to pay here in the UK is worth it.
Wishing you continued success and thanking you for your time, patience and expertise.
Best wishes & Good Golf,
Stuart Harper in the UK
Hats of to Chip Usher I just wanted to give a hats off to Usher Golf (chipandputt.com) for their great work. Just got back my second reshaft job (a YS 8.1 in a Steelhead Strong 3 wood) and the quality is once again first rate. They also do an excellent job in packing their clubs to prevent shipping damage. I guess it pays to do business with the best.
EFNEF – Athens, Georgia
Ditto Same for me Chip just did a 983E Speeder 869 reshaft and the work is flawless. Thanks Chip and I have a few more to come your way.
Superreverb – Dallas, Texas
Same here; just had Chip reshaft my VFT Pro Series 13 and 17 degree woods with the Nippon Pro 95 steel shafts. Quality of work was excellent and a very fast turn around.
Don – Orlando, Florida
HE IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!! He put a Aldila 75 Proto in my 320 tour and the workmanship, service, packing and turnaround time could not have been better!
Chip also did a top notch job on an install of an Aldila 65 NV in my 300 Tour and it rocks, see my descriptions in the NV posts. He also has the best deals on the TRC FWs I could find.
Amen to all of the above!
Chip recently put a Fuji Speeder 652 in my TM 300 Tour.
Outstanding work and prompt service as well!!
He’s numero uno in my book!
knothead63 – Coastal Empire, Georgia