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Having a caddie is the cat's meow of playing golf. You have a "Sancho Panza" at your side as you quixotically tilt at the windmills of each hole. Get this: Here's a caddie that won't take tips but will accept blame without a grumble. One downside, however, is this caddie -- a robotic one that you can fold into your trunk (see video) -- is not much of a conversationalist.
The CaddyTrek automated golf caddy from FTR Systems responds to a pocket-sized sensor and follows in your footsteps; it can even advance to the next hole on its own. CaddyTrek ($1,595), running on a lithium ion battery that lasts for 27 holes on a full charge, can climb hills of up to 25 degrees. It's lightweight yet supports up to 150 pounds, and you can easily fold CaddyTrek for storage.
Steve Pike is a longtime golf-gear writer and contributor to Partner Advice.
Tour Edge is best known for its hot XCG5 metal woods, but its XCG5 irons shouldn't be ignored in terms of performance and price.
The XCG5 irons ($499.95 for a 4-PW set) have two additional tungsten sole weights, a deeper undercut cavity and a thinner sole. Tour Edge says these new features make the club more versatile while maintaining maximum forgiveness.
The XCG5 irons now have four tungsten sole weights that help lower the center of gravity, optimize trajectory and enhance the club's ability to resist twisting on impact.
Like the XCG5 metal woods, the XCG5 irons are manufactured with a thin face. Measuring only 2.2 mm at its thinnest spot, the face has varying levels of thickness for better distance and feel on off-center hits. The club's deep undercut cavity allows for weight to move to the outer edges of the club head, creating an enlarged hitting area.
If you're looking for a new putter to begin the season, check out Callaway Golf Company's great looking (and feeling) Odyssey Metal-X insert putters. Each putter features a lightweight aluminum face in front of a urethane-backer layer that gives great feedback in terms of sound and feel.
Metal-X putters ($179 standard length and $189 belly and long putters) are already played by numerous PGA Tour players, including J.B. Holmes and Danny Lee.
Callaway says the lightweight aluminum outer layer on the Metal-X putters has a face pattern unlike any other, with oval depressions that create at impact a "mechanical lock" with the ball's dimples. This mechanical lock, says Callaway, creates more friction, which causes a lower launch, optimized topspin, less skidding and a true roll. The urethane inner layer lightens the putter and provides a soft touch.
Here's a wrist device that would make Dick Tracy proud. Motorola's MOTOACTV Golf Edition is a new GPS golf tracker that you wear on your wrist, just like a watch. There have been other such devices in the past, but none is as sophisticated as this.
The MOTOACTV Golf Edition ($249.99), endorsed by rising PGA Tour star Bubba Watson, allows you to track your game on up to 20,000 golf courses worldwide. The GPS tracks the distances to hazards and to the front, center and back of greens. Its virtual caddy keeps track of your scorecards, clubs and key statistics.
You also can sync your rounds wirelessly to visualize and study your game online at the MOTOACTV Web site and view rounds from golf professionals.
Anytime comedian Ellen DeGeneres and musician Justin Timberlake get together on her talk show, anything can happen -- and it's usually hilarious. That's also true on the golf course.
DeGeneres thought she was invited to Timberlake's foursome only to find out she'd been invited to play in the "Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open." On the practice green and the driving range at the event, Ellen thumbs her nose at golf's traditions and etiquette and has some suggestive fun with her buddy JT.
When she's not getting 'N Sync with Timberlake (and a tournament player named Kevin Hooks), DeGeneres catches some rays while sitting on a chair in a bunker and puts her sandbox shovel to good use. The two of them remind us how much fun golf can be.
April 12, 2012
Why'd We Switch to This Ball?
Frankly, because we were asked. We were at a golf event, and a rep for Innovex Golf asked if we'd like to try the Innovex V-Motion. Sure, no problem. On the first tee, we put away our Titleist Pro V1s and opened a sleeve of V-Motions.
Result: We played (well) with the V-Motion, using just that one ball the entire round. We didn't miss the length and feel of the Pro V1 because we had the equal in the V-Motion ($32.95). BTW, The Innovex E-Motion is also a tour-caliber ball with excellent durability and value ($19.95).
Here's another reason we switched balls: We like the company. Innovex is young and tries harder, offering tour-level products without the additional cost of paying for pro sponsorships. The only issue with Innovex is finding the balls. If there is no Innovex Golf retailer in your area, you can purchase the balls online.
All of us are eventually going to spray the ball so that a tree or some obstacle is in our way for our next shot. Loss of stroke? Not necessarily. Not if you learn how to curve the ball out of trouble so that you still have a shot at the green.
Golf instructor Rickard Strongert shows us how in this video. He suggests that instead of chipping back onto the fairway, you should:
Use a low to mid iron
Set up as you would with your normal shot
Turn the clubface in or out according to how much you want to curve the ball, either drawing or fading the ball
As the video shows, the technique is not that tricky, and the green line in the video will help you visualize how much the ball can curve for you. Practice this and you'll have a valuable option for the next time you're in trouble.