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May 24, 2012

Product Test: Hitting out of H2O

We can't promise that you'll be able to walk on water when you use this stroke-saving product, but you'll be prepared to pull off miracle shots when your ball lands in a hazard, but is still playable.

The Hazard Helper allows you to stand in a wet hazard and make a comfortable, relaxed swing. Two durable, waterproof and inexpensive ($7.95 plus shipping and handling) shoe-and-slack covers are made from polyethylene and are held up at the knees by elastic bands.

Nearly seven of 10 Golf Partners Club members liked The Hazard Helper. A sampling of comments:

"I used them in about eight inches of water and was able to address my ball on the edge of a bank -- and proceeded to hit it onto the green!"

"They are very easy to use and clean up."

"This is a great new product that'll save the embarrassment of walking around all day in wet or, even worse, stained clothing."

May 22, 2012

Feherty Has a Rude Conversation

Jeff Rude is one of the most popular journalists in golf today, and in his weekly show, "Hate To Be Rude", he disarms golfers and celebrities with his humor and poker-face sarcasm. In this interview, however, Rude has met his match in the witty David Feherty as Feherty is about to start a bike ride.

Rude attempts to throw Feherty off his game with questions such as:

  • "I see you have a new passion for biking. Is it true that you fell 23 times on your bike last year?"
  • Really ... you haven't played golf in six years?"
  • "What was it like meeting John Daly for the first time in South Africa?"

You'll see that Feherty can't be thrown off his game; he has no game other than to be naturally funny -- to the point where Rude gets rattled by the king of golf humor.

May 21, 2012

Whoa -- an Adjustable Putter?

Adjustability isn't limited to metal woods. Callaway Golf Co. has a new line of Odyssey Flip Face adjustable putters that allows golfers to change the face insert quickly to fine-tune feel and performance. Rules say that you can't change the insert during a round, but this putter is great if you're playing a course with fast greens one day and slow greens the next day.

By using a screwdriver (that doubles as a divot tool), you unscrew a single component in the self-contained putter head to rotate the face 180 degrees. This allows you to choose between the new Metal-X insert or the popular White Ice insert (my favorite).

The Flip Face Putter ($349) is available in three Odyssey models: the #1, a rounded heel-toe weighted blade putter; the #5, a rounded mallet putter; and the #9, a toe-weighted, heel-shafted, flanged-blade putter.

Steve Pike covers equipment for Partner Advice

Odyssey Men's Flip Face #1 Putter

Odyssey Men's Flip Face #5 Putter

Odyssey Men's Flip Face #9 Putter

May 17, 2012

Breaking Down the Belly Putter

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Does this happen too often? You have a short birdie or par putt, and yet you get nervous and miss the putt. Consider the belly putter. That's the message in this video.

Putting specialist Dave Pelz explains that the putting stroke is best compared to a pendulum. A pendulum, however, has a fixed top end, which is not the case with regular putters. With regular putters, it's virtually impossible for the putting stroke to have the pendulum-like, controlled motion because all the moving joints and muscles in the forearms and wrists cause chaotic motion that can result in a lip-out.

To see how the belly putter can help control chaotic motion by taking away the wrist hinge and reducing forearm rotation, check out this clip. It may convince you to try a belly putter.

Not sure if Belly Putter is for you: Try a Belly Putter for just $39.99! Convert your putter to a Belly Putter with Belly Putt!

May 15, 2012

Caddie Versus a Big Gator

Here's the scene recently at the 15th hole in the first round of the RBC Heritage. Brian Gay's third shot landed next to a 10-ft. alligator that was sunning on the bank of a pond near the green. His caddie, Kip Henley, grabbed a bunker rake and pestered the gator until it slid into the water.

"I wasn't going to go near him, but my caddie's not scared of him," Gay told the Myrtle Beach Sun News. "It took at least 10 minutes, and he just wouldn't move. There was a baby [alligator] about 20 ft. away on the bank, and we think that's why he didn't want to move. When he finally got in the water, he just stayed right there. So I couldn't get over there to hit."

Caddie to the rescue! Henley bonked the gator on the snout with the rake, and the reptile swam 30 ft. away.

May 14, 2012

Golf Ball Meets Steel at 150 mph

This 36-second video just might save you money and allow you to gain more distance. It's a close-up view of a golf ball hitting a steel plate at 150 mph.

While you're marveling at the video, tip your hat to golf ball technology. A ball is hard; you'd think that it should shatter on impact. Instead, you'll see its super resiliency as it flattens and then springs from the steel.

The fastest that a few pros (like Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes) can swing is 125 to 130 mph. You? You're probably between 85 and 105 mph. The point: Don't automatically buy the same (expensive) balls that the pros play. Those have a construction that will maximize distance when the swing speed is fast enough to fully compress the ball's layers and core.

If you can't compress, don't mess. Instead, buy balls that you can compress. You'll save money and get more distance with them.

Know your golf speed and purchase golf balls accordingly:

May 07, 2012

Hawk Talk: What About Bubba?

Golf Channel analyst John Hawkins writes for Partner Advice.

Bubba Watson, Masters champion? It actually makes a lot of sense, as Augusta National has always been kind to jumbo hitters who shape the ball. But now that Bubba has completed the talk-show circuit, hung up his green jacket and gotten back to golf, let us examine the player himself and his "superstar" potential.

No question, Watson is exceptionally gifted physically. His mental lapses have hurt him in the past (see Feherty interview), however, and that's a hard bugaboo to shake. High-strung, emotional guys don't win three or four times a year and eventually pick off a half-dozen majors--very few golfers of any disposition reach that level--but Bubba would have to settle down to maximize his talent.

One other thought: Watson has ranked in the bottom quarter of the PGA Tour's putting stats in four of the last five years. Great players consistently get to the hole quicker than everyone else, and Bubba hasn’t shown us that skill yet. He looks good in that emerald blazer, though.

May 01, 2012

6 All-World Temper Tantrums

Many of us have made a mess of a hole or a round and ended up going ballistic. Therefore, we can relate (sort of) when pros turn a temper tantrum into an art form. Check out these four impressive performances:

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