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We're not talking about a rules violation. We're talking about playing a ball that's good for your status but not necessarily for your game. Or just playing any old thang that's white and dimpled. Either way, the ball may be wrong for your swing, which penalizes your distance and control around the greens.
Finding a ball-fitting event near you. They're going on constantly all over the country. You hit shots with your driver and a mid iron. Then you repeat using the ball a technician recommends, comparing launch angle, spin rate and distance.
"Persimmon is nature's gift to the game of golf," said Elmore Just. Just was founder of Louisville Golf, which still makes persimmon clubs that you can prize and play--and play well with even in these hi-tech times.
Persimmon is perfect for club making because the wood has durability, density and drop-jaw beauty.
For example, this Stimp Max-O putter (one of 24 Louisville Golf putters). Its beauty speaks for itself, but it's also built so you can roll some beautiful putts. Its 400 grams make this Louisville's heaviest putter; the heaviness neutralizes the hands and wrists, which helps limit moving parts in the stroke. A flat profile lets the head hover low to the green, which encourages a pendulum effect in the stroke. Scoring in the face gives you a true roll.
The Stimp Max-O, says Louisville Golf, "is the best mallet putter we can offer."
Tour Edge Golf has had considerable success with its Exotics line of metal woods and hybrids the past few years, with the Exotics drivers and fairway woods being among the hottest in the industry in terms of moment of inertia (MOI) and coefficient of restitution.
The head design of the new Exotics XCG-4 driver ($329), available in 276-gram super-ultra-light and 310-gram ultra-light editions, features a titanium face and sole, a carbon crown, two carbon sole inserts and two tungsten sole weights. The lightweight carbon frees up 27 grams of weight that's positioned in the lower rear of the club head to improve MOI.
That weight also allows Tour Edge to use lightweight shafts. The 276-gram version of the XCG-4 has the Graphite Design Tour AD 46-inch shaft (longer shaft adds distance), while the 310-gram version comes with a Fujikura Motore 45.5-inch shaft.
Have you ever played a five-hour or even a six-hour round?
Have you ever enjoyed those marathon rounds?
Have you ever said: "Golf would be perfect if it were just 12 holes?"
For most of us, the answers are yes, no and yes. And it's interesting that several golf courses are making changes so that golf is less expensive and less time-consuming.
An Icelandic golf course designer and opinion writer, Edwin Roald, is turning heads with his presentation titled "Why 18 Holes?" Roald reports, for example, that in Nipomo, California, there's the 12-hole Challenge Course at Monarch Dunes, which is owned by John Scardino. It costs $19 on weekdays and $21 on weekends, and you can play this challenging course in 90 minutes.
Says Scardino: "If every grill room were located next to the 12th green, you'd see 90 percent of golfers quit right on the spot."
Nike Golf is staying close to its corporate parent's footwear roots with the new Nike Zoom Advance. Lightweight and with a mid-foot harness that provides lateral stability, the Zoom Advance is probably the best Nike golf shoe on the market.
The Nike Zoom Air technology in the heel offers golfers the low profile that's popular in many golf shoes currently. The low profile generally helps prevent players' feet from "dancing" during the swing, and that translates into better stability and control.
The familiar Nike Power Platform outsole of the Nike Zoom Advance has been updated to incorporate a secondary Power Channel; this allows for even more stability and smoother weight transfer for maximum power through impact.
The Nike Zoom Advance, which carries a suggested retail price of $250 per pair, comes in color combinations of White/Metallic Silver-White; Black/Metallic Silver-Black; and White/Bronze-Brown.
With lush turf enticing animals in search for food, trees, vegetation and water, golf courses are irresistible to most animals. Forget the zoo; if you want to see wildlife, head to the golf course. Here are a few places where the course is truly wild and exciting:
How about a llama as a caddie? It's possible at the Sherwood Forest Golf Club in Cedar Mountain, North Carolina, which offers llamas as four-legged caddies every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
At the Fairmont Banff Springs course in Banff, Alberta, Canada, you can see as many as 50 elk wandering around the pristine fairways. Fortunately the elk don't seem to mind golf balls zinging past their heads.
January 04, 2011
A Muscle-Back Blade for Purists
TaylorMade-adidas Golf hasn't made its reputation on forged-blade technology, but that doesn't mean the company can't do it well. Case in point: the new Tour Preferred MB iron, a muscle-back blade designed with the purist in mind.
The TPMB features everything one expects in a classic muscle-back iron, including a compact head with clean lines and minimal offset. The TPMB also comes with a good price: $899 for a set of eight.
Obviously, the TPMB isn’t for every player, but it's nice to see TMaG digging a little deeper into the muscle-back category that most companies are trying to avoid. The TPMB, however, isn't altogether traditional. The iron features TMaG's new precision-weighting port in the back of the club head that the company says makes for an optimal and consistent center-of-gravity location in every club head. That’s particularly important for the performance of a smaller, forged blade.
January 03, 2011
You're Thinking Buddy Trip, Eh?
You and every golfer north of Natchez. Here are three dandy destinations to consider:
Panama City Beach, Florida. Home of Greg Norman's Shark's Tooth, Tom Fazio's Camp Creek and The Hombre, which annually hosts a PGA Tour Qualifying School stage. Diversions include phenomenal deep-sea fishing and scuba diving and restaurants like Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, Guy Harvey's Island Grill and Five Guys Famous Burgers.
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Alabama. Boasting some of the best value-priced golf in the nation, the Trail also has affordably priced resorts such as Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa and Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National.
Pinehurst, North Carolina. Golf is a way of life here, with great golf package deals at various daily-fee courses in the area. Rivaling the golf quality is the great pub menu highlighted by Dugan's Pub and the Darling House.