Golf Equipment Reviews
June 12, 2013
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 Bettinardi Studio Stock 15
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Of all the clubs in a golfer's bag, the putter is, by far, the most intimate. Drivers come and go with the flavor of the month, iron sets are routinely swapped, but the putter seems to have a staying power that transcends trends and technology. The common sentiment is that a good putter is a [...]

May 12, 2013
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Outside of golf, I've always been a big fan of performance cars and that particular industry.  During my formative years in the auto scene, I remember learning how Ford introduced the concept of a modular engine, a manufacturing practice that allowed the company to reconfigure an entire plant in a matter of hours to produce [...]

April 15, 2013
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 9.5 PRO, Project X PxV 6.5 flex
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If you're even a casual golf fan, you've no doubt been influenced by the new Callaway.  A new team of guerilla marketers are working with metallurgical geniuses to create a new line of clubs that already have amassed a cult following.  The unleashing of the new RAZR Fit Xtreme was a worlwide #1 Twitter trend [...]

March 28, 2013
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 Super S Driver, Matrix Radix S shaft
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Current wisdom dictates that if you're playing a driver more than 3 years old, it's time to upgrade. With the current crop of  2013 models, I'd start the argument that your driver, regardless of age, is out of date. Quality stock shafts, increased forgiveness and new adjustment technology make the case for visiting your nearest [...]

January 3, 2013
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Significant time has passed since the R&A began enforcing the revised iron groove rules.  Without going into the science, they basically sought to restrict groove sharpness and depth of any club lofted greater than your typical 5 iron.  Where it was meant to impact the most (and has) was in the short game clubs….your wedges, [...]

November 23, 2012
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 V4 hybrid and forged irons 3-GW stiff steel shafts
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Game improvement irons get a bit of a bad rap amongst most golfers.  With wide soles and thick top lines, game improvement irons are seen as crutches for the weekend hacker.  Truth be told, that attitude is all ego and no fact.  While GI irons may not look like that sweet set of blades you [...]

November 12, 2012
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 B.Asha 4X, 7785 flex
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The cat is out of the bag in regards to Japanese golf equipment.  Once a best-kept-secret, the high-end golf market is full of elite offerings from companies like Yonex, Miura and Bridgestone.  Japanese shafts are also a staple alongside the quality club forgings coming from the island of golf, and Miyazaki is leading the charge. [...]

March 20, 2012
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 OS-1 irons 4-AW, TT Dynalite shafts
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Background Hang around your local range or course for any amount of time, and eventually you'll see a fitting cart.  It's a dizzying array of club heads, shafts and other tools that give quick access to an infinitely custom experience for demos.  Often, you'll see golfers hitting shots off of a lie board, which show [...]

March 12, 2012
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 5 wedge system - 42, 46, 50, 54, 58
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Think about your typical round of golf in terms of clubs utilized. Say you typically play bogey golf, and shoot somewhere between 88-92 raw strokes. How many times did you use your driver? 9 or 10? Of those times, how many times could you have taken a 3 wood or hybrid to put you in [...]

January 11, 2012
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 7.5*, Miyazaki C.Kua 59X shaft
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The youth movement in golf is full steam ahead. Equipment manufacturers have responded in kind, trying to draw in the heat that the young guys are generating on TOUR. Ghosted clubs, neon grips and names that draw from import tuner cars rather than golf clubs are becoming the standard fare in even the most elite [...]

November 27, 2011
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From the Blog: The fact is, we as golfers are in the middle of a putter revolution.  The spotlight in 2012 shone most brightly on the belly putter movement, but not far behind was an uprising in the smaller makers finding prominence on tours of all levels.  Piretti, a small shop based in Houston, is [...]

August 29, 2011
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As Tested: 54* sand wedge with 9* of bounce, true temper DGS300 shaft Availability: Full range of custom bounces and lofts through Miura dealers Price: $225 each through Miura dealers   From the blog You probably think you've never heard of Miura, but you have.  many of your favorite pros play clubs that are forged [...]

July 21, 2011
Get Fit to Get Low
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 48.06, 54.10, and 58.08 Wedges
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Availability: $119.99 each, available at all major retailers, check http://www.clevelandgolf.com Summary: A set of short game tools that shine as a fitted package, do yourself a favor and hit these on your next trip to Golf Galaxy or Edwin Watts   From the blog If you’ve bought a wedge in the last year or so, [...]

June 12, 2011
Cheaper, Longer, Better
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AS TESTED: 9*, 455cc, MOI Rebellion shaft in stiff flex (powered by Harrison) PROS: 46", high torque shaft makes a setup for the long drivers accessible to slower swingers CONS: Head cover could be punched up a bit, otherwise, still looking AVAILABILITY: $200, available at http://www.moigolf.com/darkside-2-pro-sf/   From the blog: MOI Golf is quietly and efficiently [...]

May 21, 2011
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AS TESTED: Ogio Ultralite Velocity stand bag PROS: Super light, super functional, 9" club holder, tons of storage CONS: The straps for carrying the bag chafe during a long round AVAILABILITY: $195 via http://ogio.com/golf/ultralite/velocity   From the blog: One of the lightest, most functional bags I have ever put into play, with a few caveats.  Upon [...]

April 17, 2011
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As tested: 3-PW with stiff flex Apollo shafts and Tacki-Mac grips.  Custom options available via MOIgolf.com PROS: One of the softest, best feeling castings I've ever hit, excellent looks, pleasing price tag CONS: Finishes wears very easily, grips lose tack rather quickly OVERALL: A $500 set that plays to easily double that price.  If you're [...]

March 1, 2011
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PROS: Softer than Country-Crock in the microwave, classic styling, heavy weighting, lower-than-normal loft ensures a true roll off the face CONS: A little pricey for a smaller manufacturer, some golfers find the weight to be too much OVERALL: Worth a roll if you're looking for a conversation starter that can actually sink putts From the [...]

February 28, 2011
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Available Specs: Lofts: 3-PW Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 (upgrades available via Titleist) Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Finish: Bright Chrome As Tested: 4-PW with TT DGS300 shafts (stiff flex), GP Tour Velvet Grips PROS: Compact, Forged, soft 1025 carbon, pleasantly forgiving CONS: Thinner-than-normal-for-a-blade sole, slightly intimidating at address, offset more-so than most blades [...]

February 15, 2011
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Available specs: Lofts: 17*, 19*, 21*, 24* Shafts: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana 'Ahina and Kai'li for Titleist (other options available via custom order from Titleist) As tested: 21*, 'Ahina stiff-flex shaft PROS: Larger than last years 909, SureFit Tour adjustability, hot face, great distance off the deck or the tee CONS: Black face wears with use, [...]

February 12, 2011
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  5 years ago, buying a new driver was a far less scientific purchase than it is today.  Marketers hyped up volume…most drivers were between 380-420cc, and all you needed to know was that bigger was better.  I remember when a good friend of mine got an early Nike Sasquatch that was 460cc and I [...]

Not your father's driver
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Available Specs: Loft: 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 Shafts: Aldila RIP gamma (high launch) or alpha (low launch) in R,S,X flex Length: 45.5" Volume: 460cc As tested: 9.5, RIP Alpha S-flex PROS: Forgiving off the tee, great stock shaft, very long, no center marker CONS: No center marker, black finish on face wears easily OVERALL: A bargain [...]

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