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November 30, 2010

Which Is Faster, Walk or Ride?

We've played cart-only courses where there have been 16 golfers playing -- but mostly waiting around on -- one hole. It was maddening as the morning moved slowly and the concentration, mood and scores suffered. And we've played other courses where walking is permitted and our foursome flew through the round.

So we were curious about this unscientific experiment by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). GCSAA TV observed four average golfers who walked nine holes and then played the same nine while riding. The goal was to find out if walking or riding was faster.

The video points out that all sorts of factors come into play regarding the time you need to finish a round. For example, as one golfer points out, it's probably faster to play with a cart when you're spraying the ball all over and faster to play and walk when you are hitting them straight.

Clicgear 3.0 Push Cart

Sun Mountain Speed Cart V1-2008

ClubRunner TS-1 Distance Electric Cart

ClubRunner TS-1 Electric Cart

Sun Mountain MicroCart 4-Wheel Push Cart

Bag Boy Mini GT Push Cart

November 29, 2010

Mizuno's New JPX-800 Irons

Mizuno has consistently created some of the best irons in the industry--for better and average players. So when it says its new JPX global brand is a "quantum leap in game-improvement irons," we listen. Leading the way are the JPX-800 and JPX-800 PRO irons.

The JPX-800 ($699.99 steel, $899.99 graphite) promises longer distances for recreational players by combining MAX COR Technology, Hot Metal Face construction and an exotic pocket cavity (unusual for Mizuno). Hot Metal construction, according to Mizuno, uses a new manufacturing process that increases the material’s natural strength to create an ultra-thin face for maximum distance.

The JPX-800 PRO ($799.99 steel) features Mizuno's highest COR developed in its one-piece Grain Flow Forged iron. A large cavity is created using a milling process the company says thins the face to raise ball speeds for maximum distance; this also optimizes a low, deep center of gravity for increased forgiveness on imperfect shots.

Mizuno Men's JPX-800 Irons - (Graphite) 4-AW

Mizuno Men's JPX-800 Pro Irons - (Steel) 4-AW

Mizuno Men's JPX-800 Irons - (Steel) 4-AW

November 24, 2010

Phil's 2-Ball Bunker Trick Shot

Maybe it's because he's a southpaw and sets up to the golf ball (if not the world) in a different way. Or maybe Phil Mickelson was a links lizard when he was young and became bored by hitting 'em so straight so often that he decided to learn and create trick shots. Whatever the reason, he is associated with lots of them.

Take this one, the 2-Ball Bunker Trick Shot. You will never use this shot on the golf course, and practicing it will not improve your game a bit. And yet, it's bound to add to your foursome's pre-round or post-round fun--and it's one of those rare trick shots that's not too difficult to pull off.

Hey, you may also earn money performing this shot. Make a bet that you, who probably have trouble backing up the ball, can back up a ball 100 feet!

Check this one out!!!!!

November 23, 2010

Curious Pricing on These New Nikes

Nike Golf's new VR Combo irons come with an unusually high price tag compared with competitors. The set, selling for $1079.99, changes from a pocket cavity (3, 4 iron), to split-cavity (5, 6, 7 iron) to blades (8, 9, PW).

There's nothing particularly new about the "graduated’" concept, so Nike Golf must figure the VR Combo's new linear Center of Gravity (CG) Mapping warrants the price. The linear CG Mapping moves the CG "gradually and consistently" throughout each club in the set for optimal launch and consistent distance control. The CG continues in a straight line, Nike Golf says, throughout the iron set, starting low and elevating naturally.

Given the SRP, the VR Combo irons likely will carry a shelf price of around $899. But irons are a tough sell at any price these days. We'll see how the VR Combo irons fare when they begin shipping on November 26.

Nike VR Pro Combo Irons - (Steel) 3-PW

November 16, 2010

Best Indoor Training Tool--Period

No balls, no bettering.

Translation: Your game won't get better in the off-season unless you hit golf balls. Pretty basic, but chipping and pitching in the living room is not an option (the spouse will never forgive you for shattering that lamp), and the driving range can be inconvenient and costly. What to do?

Hit The Floppy. This is a soft, collapsible ball with the feel and flight of a real ball. You can safely thump it off walls and windows--without driving the spouse up the wall. The Floppy has a tough, hacky sack hide (see video). over a rubber shell, with proprietary bean-like fillers inside.

Using The Floppy, we're working on our wedges while watching football and basketball games. It's relaxing in our living rooms to break down the stroke, and then to bang away at The Floppy and build up a beaut of a swing for next spring.

The Floppy Ball (4 Pack)

November 15, 2010

How Much $$ for 8 More Yards?

Eight more yards, $299, Callaway. Really?

It's been a while since Callaway Golf Co. has had a good technology story to tell, but it has one with the new Diablo Octane (460cc) and Diablo Octane Tour (450cc) drivers. Each was designed with one thing in mind: distance. Add an attractive price of $299, and there's little doubt which market and competitors the company is going after.

Callaway, in conjunction with Lamborghini, designed the Diablo Octane using a new material Callaway calls "forged composite" on the crowns of the Diablo Octane and Diablo Octane Tour (for the pros). The result, Callaway says, is a lighter and faster driver that delivers up to eight yards more distance off the tee. The 46-inch shaft on the Diablo Octane drivers helps deliver that extra distance, too.

Callaway Diablo Octane Driver

Callaway Womens Diablo Octane Driver

Callaway Diablo Edge Hybrid Iron Set

Callaway Womens Diablo Octane Fairway Wood

November 09, 2010

Without Walking, Golf Isn't Golf

It seems silly that there's a website devoted to the act of walking golf courses. And yet the dominance of golf carts causes less and less walking, which affects the integrity of the game. In addition, cart paths leave a "long scar on the landscape" of the course and of the game itself, says The Walking Golfer Society.

Strong words, but this Society has passionate members who want to get golfers walking courses again with:

  • Walkability ratings of U.S. and Canadian courses, evaluating them as anything from "easy to walk" to "essentially unwalkable."
  • Course reviews from members in the U.S., Canada and Britain who comment on walkability, course design and playing strategy.
  • The benefits of walking, which include the physical, social and experiential. There also are some surprising benefits of walking and shooting lower scores.

November 08, 2010

5 Worst Golf Tournament Prizes

You smile broadly, say thank-you and head back to your table mumbling, "What do I do with this piece of junk?"

There's nothing worse than playing five hours in a charity or corporate golf tournament only to receive one of these lousy prizes:

  1. Anything tartan. Can we just leave the annoying plaid socks, shirts and skirts to the Scotsman? Unless you're heading to St. Andrews or Turnberry, this fashion statement looks ridiculous.
  2. Cheap golf balls. Good golfers want performance-based balls, not durable balls guaranteed to last a lifetime.
  3. Driver to long drive champion. Let's see, you just pasted the longest drive of your life and now they want you to change drivers? Not.
  4. Electronic wrist scorer. What's so wrong with a pencil and scorecard?
  5. Droopy golfer trophy. Your team just finished last in the tournament; do you really need more humiliation?

November 02, 2010

Guess Who Has Adjustable Drivers?

The Acushnet Co. is putting its own stamp on adjustable hosels with SureFit Tour technology in its new 910D2 and 910D3 drivers. SureFit Tour (SFT) hosel technology allows the loft and lie to be independently adjusted and set.

That independence is key because most other, if not all, adjustable-hosel drivers feature only a single angle for dependent adjustability. That means every time the setting is changed, it alters loft and lie, which limits the ability to optimize ball flight. SFT technology basically gives a player more options. It features a sleeve and a ring, each with four settings that make for 16 loft/lie combinations that determine flight pattern, launch and spin.

The Titleist 910D2 (460cc) and 910D3 (445cc) will cost $499 and be available Nov. 16.

November 01, 2010

Study: Cold Balls = -10 Yards

Anyone who plays "tundra golf" on Saturday mornings in the fall will say, "No spit, Sherlock" when they read that golf balls travel less distance when the weather's chilly. But just how much less distance?

The Sports Science Laboratory conducted this study of how temperature affects ball flight. Scientists used the USGA’s Iron Byron to whack 10 balls at 102 degrees F and another 10 balls at 38 degrees F. As the video shows, the hot balls went 10 yards farther than the cold.

The explanation as to why cold affects distances is as interesting as the final results. Check it out for yourself. And think about this maybe-goofy-maybe-not idea for cold-weather play: To keep your golf balls hot when the playing conditions are cold, carry a thermos of hot water and golf balls. Hmmm.

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