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September 11, 2012

Gorge Grooves for Gorgeous Shots

Steve Pike covers golf equipment for Partner Advice.

Ping Golf has always been a standard bearer when it comes to wedges and groove technology. IMO, the company has been at the forefront of groove technology for more than 20 years.

Now comes the Ping Tour wedge with "Gorge Groove Technology" that allows Ping's machinists at the company's Phoenix plant to hold tight tolerances and to monitor every groove variable: top-edge radius, width, depth, spacing and wall angle. Result: great control and gorgeous scoring shots.

Tour wedges ($140 a club in steel and $167.50 in graphite) are available in three sole widths to accommodate different swing styles and playing conditions: the WS (Wide Sole), the TS (Thin Sole) and the SS (Standard Sole). A custom tuning port in the back cavity expands the perimeter weighting, creating a high MOI and a very solid feel across the face.

September 17, 2012

The Best Way to Mark Your Balls

This product is guaranteed to put smiles in your golf game, and it has nothing to do with the classic 1996 comedy Tin Cup, starring Kevin Costner as a driving range golf pro. Nope, the Tin Cup were talking about in our new Stick It Close video is a ball marker that helps you personally imprint logos on your golf balls.

Whatever Tin Cup design you choose or create, it looks really cool and is easy to use (see Stick It Close video). Place the ball in the stainless steel cup with your design on the bottom, and then use an ultra-fine permanent marker to fill in the spaces of the design.

Tin Cup has more than 90 cups to choose from, including college logos. You can also choose marker colors and request your own personal design for marking your balls. Check out the Tin Cup blog to keep updated about new logos.

September 20, 2012

The Best 15-Minute Putting Warm-up

Before a round of golf, it's a good putting warm-up if you can bang more balls in the cup than not, right? Well, there should be more to it than that, according to Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Lou Guzzi. Check out his warm-up, which is the best pre-round practice routine we've seen.

This warm-up takes 15 minutes and involves seven drills. The first is designed not to sink putts but to get a feel for the greens. Take three balls and putt to the fringe about 25 ft. away; do this three to nine times, until you get used to the speed of the green.

Check out another of Guzzi's warm-up drills that was used by Jack Nicklaus before every round.

September 24, 2012

Wedge Review: TaylorMade ATV

Steve Pike covers golf equipment for Partner Advice.

I still like to hit the original RAC wedges TaylorMade-adidas Golf introduced a few years ago. They were among the most accurate wedges on the market. They still are, but now comes the TaylorMade ATV (All-Terrain Versatility) Wedge.

The ATV ($119) features a sole design in which every curve, angle and edge serves a purpose in the club's versatility. For example, relief at the toe, heel and trailing edge reduces resistance and significantly changes how the sole reacts with turf and sand, depending on how the club is positioned at address and how much the face is opened. Each ATV sole varies slightly, depending on the loft.

The ATV gives you more options in whatever lofts (50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 and 64 degree) you prefer. Justin Rose won the 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral with ATV 52- and 56-degree wedges in his bag.

TaylorMade Men's ATV Wedge
TaylorMade ATV Wedge

September 25, 2012

5 Best Ryder Cups

September 25, 2012 5 Best Ryder Cups
Ed Schmidt, Jr., covers golf for Partner Advice.

Raucous fans, in-your-face putts and fist pumps galore! Are you ready for some Ryder Cup? Here are my five favorites:

1999 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts
Who can forget Justin Leonard's long bomb putt (pictured) that helped seal victory at the "Battle of Brookline"? 1991 at Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort, South Carolina
Known as the "War by the Shore", this epic match won by the U.S. is a painful memory for Bernhard Langer and Mark Calcavecchia, who had heart-wrenching flubs. 2010 at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales
Led by captain Colin Montgomerie, the Euros captured this one in a thriller Hunter Mahan would like to forget. 1995 at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York
Europe executed an epic comeback thanks to the foibles of Curtis Strange; he relinquished what seemed like an insurmountable lead to Nick Faldo.

September 27, 2012

Workouts of a Long Drive Champ

Although Jamie Sadlowski is undersized at 5-11 and 165 pounds, the two-time RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion beats stronger long-drive competitors because much of his power comes from his flexibility. The question is: How does Sadlowski get the flexibility needed to generate his remarkable power?

Check out these three videos recorded when Sadlowski visited the Titleist Performance Institute and demonstrated the workout routines that are the secret to his success. He does a variety of exercises, including barbell twists to lengthen and strengthen the core (see video part two) and lat pull downs to strengthen the back and give a longer backswing (see video part three). Watch and learn so that you can increase your power with flexibility.

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