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Blame is big in golf. When things go wrong, it's absolutely essential to have a scapegoat (no scapegoat = no sanity). Hey, there's no way that we, ourselves, are gonna take the rap for this crappy golf we're playing. It's the club (that's why we carry so many clubs) sun, surf, turf, spikes, dew, ducks--ad infinitum, ad nauseum.
Or it's the caddy. Maybe you were a caddie and took your share of unfair blame, or maybe you've witnessed a caddie who was blamed for the golfer's poor play.
March 29, 2011
A Bag That Goldilocks Would Love
We're Goldilocks fussy when it comes to carry bags. We like them sturdy but not heavy and very light but not flimsy. We like some thought put into the pocket size and arrangement. In other words, we demand that they're juuuust right.
Well, we found one at the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show: the Sun Mountain Superlight 3.5.
The 9 1/2". top is roomy for easy club access. There are three integrated handles at the top and four club dividers.
Seven pockets store equipment and accessories, including a velour-lined valuables pocket and a water-bottle pouch.
A strap tunnel. We really like this feature because, while we love hoofing it, we're increasingly carting it. This new strap tunnel allows the cart strap to slide under the pocket--not over the pocket, which makes access difficult.
E-Z Fit Strap System is comfortable and a breeze to adjust.
Have you heard this? To be consistent with irons, you need to hit down, with hands ahead at impact. When you don't, you sometimes chunk it fat or skull the shot. It's the result of "flipping" the club head ahead of the hands at impact.
To help fix the flipping and hit "hands ahead," we've been using this odd-looking Tour Striker. There's little club face below the training club's sweet spot, so you intuitively learn to lean the shaft forward at impact, naturally increasing lag, club head speed and consistency. In short, there's no way to get the ball airborne unless there's a downward strike (see video), with the shaft leaning forward.
Some 60,000 Tour Strikers have been sold in just a few years; it's the top-selling training aid in golf. And we're thrilled to offer our Tour Striker package: the training club with a free bonus DVD (DVD valued at $30). Jump on this offer; you’ll save money, stop flipping--and stop flipping out!
"Some dog I got, too. We call him Egypt. Because in every room he leaves a pyramid." -- Rodney Dangerfield
If there's a golf ball that doesn't get its due (or respect, as Dangerfield would say), it's the new Srixon Z-Star. The ball is for players with swing speeds between 80 and 105 mph--average players. Advice: Try it, you'll probably like it.
The Z-Star, which features a urethane cover and a 324-aerodynamic dimple design, is terrific off the tee for ball flight and soft around the greens. Maybe too soft for some players, who need the new four-piece Z-Star XV. This ball's firmer and features what the company calls a large "Energetic Gradient Growth" core for better distance. The ball is for players with swing speeds greater than 105 mph.
The Z-Star and Z-Star XV come in white and yellow, and sell for $40 to $45 a dozen.
It's a 300-yard race on concrete, and the contestants are a golf ball and a race car. Which wins?
To find out, Big BreakDisney Golf competitor Mike Perez tees off against a 600-horsepower race car. The rules state that once Perez begins his backswing, the race car is allowed to accelerate; whichever crosses the 300-yard line first wins the race.
What makes this race interesting--and tough for predicting a winner--is when Perez hits the ball, the ball will be moving at over 150 mph. Keep in mind, though, that the ball will slow down as it approaches the finish line, which will give the race car a chance to catch up.
March 07, 2011
Best Line of Women's Clubs
Most major golf-equipment companies don't want to admit it, but their women's golf club offerings are an afterthought. Not so with the new Cobra S3 line; these are the best women's clubs we've seen in years.
For example, the S3 Max Driver ($325), geared toward mid- to high-handicap golfers, is available in a 15-degree loft to help get the ball airborne; it also has an offset design that helps square the club at impact. The S3 Driver ($375) is aimed at low- and mid-handicap women golfers looking for ball-flight optimization.