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June 28, 2012

A 3-Wood, 232 Yards and an Eagle

Steve Pike covers equipment for Partner Advice.

In this year of the fairway wood, the hottest of all might be Tour Edge’s Exotics XCG5 3-wood. In terms of ball coming off the club face, Exotics fairway woods have been "money" the past few years, and the XCG5 follows in that line. Any club that I can hit 232 yards to within 3 ft. of the hole for an eagle (yes, I made the putt) stays in my bag.

The XCG5 fairway ($299) features a beta titanium face insert for added distance and a heavy tungsten sole plate that provides 68 percent of the club head’s total weight. What that means is the XCG5 is long, stable and forgiving.

If you're looking for a new fairway wood, the XCG5 is a great choice.

Find online at: - The Golf Warehouse

June 25, 2012

Why You Can't Hit That Fairway Wood

Steve Pike covers equipment for Partner Advice.

I couldn't wait to hit the new Adams Golf Speedline F12 3-wood. It was said to be better than the F11 -- a club I can hit in my sleep. But when I hit the F12, I couldn't get the ball higher than my waist. Why? The F12 has a stainless steel head; the F11 I hit so well has a titanium head.

The takeaway: Fairway woods with titanium heads are easier to hit because they have a lower center of gravity. Unless you can hit the ball flush all the time, fairway woods with titanium heads will perform better than fairway woods with stainless heads.

In that regard, try the Adams XDT Super Fairway Wood ($299.99). It looks like a traditional fairway wood, but with the titanium construction and Adams' Velocity Slot technology, it's 36 percent hotter than a traditional fairway wood and launches the ball almost like a driver.

Adams Speedline Fast 12 Fairway Wood

Adams Speedline Fast 12 Fairway Wood - Womens

Adams Speedline F11 Titanium Fairway Wood

Adams Speedline LP Draw Fairway Wood

June 21, 2012

The Orange Whip

There's a difference between hitting the ball and hitting through the ball. Good players hit through the ball, while most high handicappers don't.

To help promote swinging through the ball, PGA Professional Jim Hackenberg designed the Orange Whip ($99 or $109 depending on length). It doesn't require watching hours of video; you just swing it, and it helps you:

  • Find your ideal swing plane
  • Create optimal lag
  • Achieve perfect sequence of motion
  • Promote balance throughout the swing
  • Build core muscle strength

The Orange Whip comes in three different lengths: the Trainer simulates a driver, the Golden simulates mid-irons or a ladies driver and the Hickory simulates a junior driver or an adult wedge.

The Orange Whip Golf Training Aid

June 19, 2012

First Adjustable Putter Shaft

No company in the golf industry knows more about putters than Ping Golf, so it's only fitting that it be the first major golf company to introduce a USGA-approved, adjustable-length belly putter shaft.

The adjustable putter shaft is offered exclusively on Ping's Nome 405 putter ($299.99); it allows you to self-adjust the length from 37-1/2 to 46-1/2 in.

Because comfort is a key factor with belly putters, adjustability is critical for players who want to use one better. A standard 42-in. belly putter only fits a narrow range of players. When the shaft is too long or too short, it alters your distance from the ball, your eye position and the path of your stroke.

Adjusting the Nome 405 is simple. An adjustment tool threads into a locking ring on the shaft. Turning the tool loosens the ring, allowing the shaft to slide telescopically. You then adjust the shaft to your desired length.

Found online at: - The Golf Warehouse

June 12, 2012

Rory's Swing at Age 3 and Then 23

As Phil ages gracefully and Tiger continues on his up-and-down comeback, golf fans are flip-flopping as to who will step up and dominate. The one most often named is Rory McIlroy, the floppy hair, young Irishman who can generate both awesome golf shots and the buzz we crave in big tournaments and majors.

Whether he's blowing away a U.S. Open field, crashing and burning at the 2011 Masters or tweeting constantly about his world-ranked tennis girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, McIlroy has already compiled some great video to watch for someone only 23 years old.

For example, here's an utterly amazing split-screen video of McIlroy's golf swing at age 3 compared to age 23. You won't believe it.

June 05, 2012

Feherty, Rory, Dads and US Open

Last year, the U.S. Open finished on Father's Day, as it does again this year. In this interview, David Feherty asks Rory McIlroy what his dominating win at the Congressional County Club meant to McIlroy's dad, Gerry, especially as Rory overcame the collapse he had at the Masters just two months before.

Obviously, it meant a lot to Gerry, but Rory was lamenting the fact that he was too wrapped up in the tournament to get Gerry a gift for Father's Day. "Oh, yes you did!" said Feherty.

In this packed, five-minute video, Feherty brings out the best in McIlroy as they discuss McIlroy wanting to prove he could bounce back and win a major after Augusta. And McIlroy proved to be masterful when discussing Tiger's impact on the game and wanting Tiger to be at the top of his game again so that he can beat him at his best.

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