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November 05, 2012

Over Spin Means Under Par

If you ever want a shot at breaking par on a hole or for a round of golf, you have to putt well. And proper roll in the putting world means "over spin," where a ball tumbles toward the target instead of skidding off the club face before moving toward the target.

The next generation of Nike Method putters -- the
Method Core Weighted putter -- puts a greater emphasis on over spin by using fixed weights on the heel and sole to provide proper weighting according to putter length.

You need to keep the center of gravity (CG) of the putter as low as possible so that it never gets higher than the CG of the ball. If you do this, the putter won't create backspin on the ball and will create over spin.

The Method Core Weighted putter is available in five models (four blades and one mallet), each with a satin-chrome finish. The shelf price is $139.99, which is a good price given many putters today sell for $250 and more.


November 06, 2012

Who the Heck Is Gil Hanse?

He's the hottest name in golf-course architecture. A relatively unknown just a few months ago, Malvern, Pennsylvania-based Gil Hanse took down Nicklaus, Palmer, Player and others to secure the bid to design the course for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.

Hanse's philosophy: "We create courses that are simple and elegant in appearance, yet sophisticated in strategy and intent." Here are four Hanse gems you can play:

  1. Inniscrone Golf Club, Avondale, Pennsylvania.
    Billing itself as "the best kept secret in the region," this affordably priced layout has green fees ranging from $25 to $55.
  2. Prairie Club Horse Course, Valentine, Nebraska.
    Framing the rim of the Snake River Canyon, this phenomenal par-three course is a scenic sensation.
  3. Rustic Canyon Golf Club, Moorpark, California (pictured).
    This value-priced gem in Ventura County is a wonderland of contoured green complexes and sculpted bunkers surrounded by hills peppered with cactus, sagebrush and native grasses.

November 08, 2012

5 Golf Videos You Must Watch

When the flubbed chips, three putts and worm-burner drives get you down, what should you do? Go to the videos, please. They'll help your game, and/or they'll thoroughly entertain you until the next time you tee up. Check out these all-time classics:

  1. Golf Tip from Ben Hogan
    One of golf's greatest offers a simple tip while displaying his fluid, flawless swing.
  2. The Golf War
    In this hilarious, well-produced epic, all heck breaks loose when a golf-cart patrol is ambushed by a golf-ball hitting sniper.
  3. Padraig Harrington Channels Happy Gilmore
    Paddy goes happy duplicating the crazy swing popularized in the offbeat golf movie starring Adam Sandler.
  4. Golf Boys
    This zany production stars Bubba Watson, Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan wearing bizarre outfits as they sing, rap and dance like no other PGA Tour players you've ever seen.

November 13, 2012

How About a Neon-Pink Grip?

Expect to see more colorful drivers next year from Cobra and even Callaway, but driver heads aren't the only piece of equipment that's making the rainbow connection. Lamkin Corporation is expanding its colorful R.E.L. 3GEN grip line to include several vivid options in the standard, midsize and oversize models. Suggested retail price is $4.99 (standard), $5.49 (midsize) and $5.99 (oversize).

The expansion of the R.E.L. 3GEN line will include a neon pink option in a standard size model, as well as red, blue, orange, gray and electric blue in the midsize and oversize models.

Featuring a no-slip surface pattern, the R.E.L. 3GEN grip is among the more popular on the market. Lamkin says 3GEN technology provides better vibration dampening and improved grip durability. The design of the grip was created to maximize surface area contact with a golfer's hands to ensure a controlled connection between the golfer and the club.

November 15, 2012

Seeing Circles With New Putter

Here's kind of a blast from the past: Orlimar Golf, best known for its fairway woods, has a new putter called Montego. The Montego is a milled mallet putter with a 360-degree alignment aid that the company says improves accuracy.

The golfer aligns the three-dimensional array of circles to achieve proper stance and alignment. The circle closest to the face is a cutout with an inset-alignment circle. The golfer centers the inset circle within the perimeter of the cutout circle to ensure proper stance over the putter; the circular design ensures 360-degree alignment. The two split white circles provide linear and spherical visual cues for proper putter alignment with the ball.

Got that? It seems like a lot of work, but it really isn’t.

The Montego putter (suggested retail price $149.99) is available in a 35 in. model with a loft of 3 degrees and lie of 72 degrees.

November 19, 2012

Glove Beeps When Grip's Too Tight

Gary Legwold is Editor of Partner Advice.

You've probably heard the advice that you should grip the club with about as much pressure as you would grip a goldfinch (enough to hold the bird but not to strangle it). I assumed that I did until I tried SensoGlove.

SensoGlove is a cabretta-leather glove with fingertip sensors that monitor grip pressure throughout your swing and yet don't affect your feel. The sensors feed data to a removable 1.2-in. LED sweat-proof digital monitor that beeps when grip is too tight; it also reports on the screen which finger is too tight. (See how SensoGlove works.)

During my practice swings at the range, SensoGlove was silent (and I was smug). Then I hit the ball and got beeped, and the screen said there was too much pressure at my index finger. BTW, my shot was not so hot. When I backed off the grip pressure so that I wouldn't get beeped, it seemed to send a signal to the rest of my body to relax, and my shots were solid.

November 27, 2012

Salute to Fairway for Warriors

You gotta salute this golf group! Fairways for Warriors teaches the game of golf to combat soldiers and wounded veterans from all wars. This non-profit organization is located in Central Florida, with the majority of its members being veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

While the goal of Fairways for Warriors is to introduce a lifetime sport to veterans, the larger purpose is to get disabled servicemen and servicewomen together regularly. Part of the group's mission is to help our country's recovering service personnel with physical and emotional rehabilitation.

Fairways for Warriors is focusing its efforts (hosting clinics and tournaments) initially in Central Florida and Fayetteville, North Carolina, (Fort Bragg), with the goal to expand the program in other locations. Consider making a tax-deductible donation of money and/or equipment.

November 29, 2012

Olazabal, Magician and 2 of Hearts

This video has pulled in 1,132,215 views at the time of this writing, and it's soooo guaranteed to make you shake your head and grin. Heck, it just may be that all those views have come from a handful of golfers who've gone nuts watching this thing repeatedly. It's that good.

A magician named DMC has a group of European Tour players at his mercy. He does card tricks, of course, and crushes golf balls into powder with his bare hands. But these two tricks stand out:

  • DMC studies Paul Lawrie as Lawrie hits two 3-iron shots. Before the third shot, DMC stands 10 yd. in front of Lawrie and tells Lawrie to hit the ball to the right of DMC. Lawrie swings ... and DMC catches the ball barehanded. Or did he?
  • DMC asks Jose Maria Olazabal to leave a putt just short and right of the hole. After the putt, DMC crouches about 12 ft. from the hole so that the ball is between DMC and the hole. Then DMC flips a 2 of hearts (see image) and curves the card around the ball and into the hole!

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