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Given TaylorMade-adidas Golf's success in metal woods, it's easy to overlook the company's irons. Advice: Don't do it. TMaG has three new forged iron models that are worth considering: the Tour Preferred Muscleback, Tour Preferred Muscle Cavity and Tour Preferred Cavityback.
Each is a solid performer designed for different skill levels. We're partial to the TP Cavityback because it's the easiest of the three models for mid-handicappers to hit. In fact, we were a little surprised at how easy it was to hit, especially the 5 and 6 irons. The ball reacted well off the club face and, most importantly, went where we aimed it.
Low handicap players prefer the TP Muscleback, with its classic shape, or the TP Muscle Cavity. But we'll stay with the TP Cavityback ($899 per set) because it's easy to hit and easy to draw and fade the ball.
Have you ever played with golfers who complain endlessly about their driver, their putter, the greens, the weather--you name it! Tired of it? Well, ask Tom Herbert to play in your group. The complaining ceases when he steps on the course.
Herbert lost his hands and forearms in a railroad-track accident when he was 22 months old. And yet, he has overcome his disability and loves to play golf. Not only does he play, but he plays pretty well; he's a 14 handicap as he takes on North Carolina's toughest courses three times a week. Herbert doesn't make excuses about his disability and hits from the men's tees along with the rest of his buddies.
Want more inspiration and less complaining? Play a round with Tom Herbert.
May 17, 2011
"10 Strokes Off My Last Round"
Ten strokes? Really?
This is only a partial quote from one of our product testers. Full quote: "After practicing with the To-It targets for one week, it took 10 strokes off my last round."
The key word is "practicing," but the key product is the To-it Short Game Training System. Not all testers claimed this kind of improvement, but they gave the system an 88 percent approval rating.
To-It makes short game practice enjoyable. The system includes three targets: Pitch To-It, Chip To-It and Putt To-It, which is the size of the hole. Also included are an instructional DVD and a carrying pouch.
Tester comments: "It helps to focus and visualize shots. But best of all, it easily translates to the course."
"After practicing with the pitch and chip targets, I had a better idea of where to land my shots to get them close to the hole."
May 16, 2011
The Truest Way to Gain 20 Yards
The best way to become a bigger boomer is to build golf-specific muscles. Sure, many club makers promise extra yardage, and some of their clubs fulfill that promise. But it's hit-or-miss and costly determining which is which.
Well, here's a hit but it's not a club; it's The Extra 20 Yards, a new home weight machine designed to build strength, increase swing speed and add distance.
The weight-pulley device mimics the golf swing and engages all the important swing muscles. Do a workout for five minutes a day, three to four days a week and you'll get stronger and longer off the tee and on the fairway.
A swivel pulley set at the correct swing plane angle for both right- and left-handed use
A weight stack
A golf grip attached to a cable to pull the weights
May 09, 2011
Be a Man, Putt With "Ann"
Like many of us, Adams Golf needed a good putter. It's been a major player in the equipment market, especially with hybrids, for a decade, but it lacked a good putter brand. Well, Adams Golf got it last January when acquiring Yes! Golf, best known for C-Groove technology.
Adams Golf has re-launched the Yes! Golf brand with eight models, including the Ann, Christina and Laura, that are new to the U.S. It's good to see Adams Golf keep its familiar female putter names and keep the Yes! Golf brand instead of re-branding with the Adams name.
It's also good that Adams Golf President Chip Brewer retained Blair Philip -- the man behind C-Groove technology -- as director of product development for putters. Acquisitions don't always work, especially in the golf industry, but here’s betting that Adams Golf has a winner with Yes! Golf.
Our golf giveaway starts with David Wood. Play a round with Wood (been there, done that), and you realize he's a funny guy who takes golf seriously. Wood, a former stand-up comedian who has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, sold his Seattle home and almost everything else, and set out to write a book based on his golf-playing adventures all over the world.
Don't know about you, but whenever we buy a really good golf ball (rarely), we're afraid to use it for fear of losing it. (Hey, we're tightwads.) When forced to hit this ball, we feel even more pressure--which often leads to a lost ball.
We've discovered that Guaranteed Golf Balls eases the tee tension on us tightwad golfers who'd like to play with good balls. This is an online source of good, hand-selected used golf balls at discounted prices.
Guaranteed Golf Balls divides their recycled balls into three categories:
Mint quality are the best available.
Near mint are clean and playable. They may have one or two small surface blemishes, minor to moderate ink marks and/or corporate or sport team logos, but they retain the integrity of the original covers.
Standard are playable and have no serious cuts or damage; they may have some surface blemishes and discoloration.
Before Callaway's oversized Big Bertha driver revolutionized the equipment world in 1991, Jim Flood's cone-shaped Power Pod driver helped thousands of golfers "cure" their slices.
It's taken a while but there's now the Power Pod II from Tiger Shark Golf. It has a more conventional shape than its predecessor and has a heavier head than most drivers; this helps you "feel" the club head all the way through the swing.
Best of all, the Power Pod II works better than the original. That is, it's almost impossible to slice thanks to its taller face and a spin-reducing 45-degree shaft angle. The Power Pod II, which sells for around $250, is a great option for a player who fights a severe slice. A word of advice: Swing easy because the Power Pod II's closed face makes it easy to hook the ball. But that's better than a slice.