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November, 2009

Mizuno MP T-10 Wedges Review

Nov. 30, 2009     By     Comments (26)

Mizuno MP-T 10 WedgesLate 2009 seems like an odd time to release your most aggressively grooved wedges to date, but that's just what Mizuno is doing with the MP T-10 wedges. The wedges are similar to the company's MP-T wedges (reviewed here) but up the ante a bit when it comes to grooves. Mizuno says their new "Quad Cut" technology provides strict control of the width, depth, draft angle, and shoulder radius of every groove.

End result? The biggest grooves and the most spin allowed under the rules.

And really, the end of 2009 is the perfect time to release aggressive wedges. Mizuno has all of 2010 to assemble and sell the clubs, and amateurs like you and I have anywhere from four to fourteen years to play the clubs.

Though I don't advocate "stocking up" on wedges to "beat" the groove rule changes coming down the pipe, I do advocate stocking up on the latest wedges from Mizuno simply because they're so good!

I've spent a few weeks with the MP T-10s. Read on to see what I think of the latest scoring clubs from Mizuno (if you couldn't figure it out already).

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Callaway Releases New JAWS Wedges and Odyssey White Ice Putters

Nov. 24, 2009     By     Comments (7)

Bag DropThis week, we come to you with more clubs designed to help out your game from 80 yards and in, this time from Callaway Golf (who, in case you didn't know, is the parent company of Odyssey as well).

The new Callaway JAWS wedges promise to give you the ultimate in spin and control in order to get on the green, while the new Odyssey White Ice putters are there to assist in rolling it true to the hole.

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Volume Two Hundred Fifteen

Nov. 23, 2009     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksGobble Gobble Sand Trappers and welcome to the Thanksgiving Edition of Hittin' the Links. It's turkey time around the U.S., and you know what that means, right? Black Friday for the ladies and a quick 18 for the guys. Make sure to get that tee time ASAP!

In this edition of HTL we begin by looking at what Rory McIlroy said, then investigate who is in the final stage of the PGA Tour Q-School, and check out some opinions on Silly Season. Also, we explore the golf ball litter problem, watch the best Seinfeld golf moments, and do a wrap-up of the week's events. Read on!

“Golf, Naked” Book Review

Nov. 21, 2009     By     Comments (3)

Golf, NakedThe holidays are just around the corner and if you're like me, you might be starting to put together a list to give your love ones on the golf-related items you want to receive (otherwise know as "Dropping a Big Hint"). While not everyone can afford to get you the latest driver, putter, or shoes there are many items that are quite a bit more economical and might in the long run make you a better golfer than the latest and greatest in club technology.

A book review probably isn't the first thing you think of when you consider the reviews we've done here at The Sand Trap. While the vast majority of reviews are equipment in one form or another, occasionally a book comes along that piques our interest. One such book is Golf, Naked by Greg Rowley, which was released by Pick It Up Publishing.

PING i15 Irons Review

Nov. 20, 2009     By     Comments (57)

PING i15 HeroI admit that I held out on the hybrid craze longer than made sense. I carried a two-iron in place of a 5-wood or hybrid and would use it from the tee, the fairway, and the rough when the lie was good enough to goad me into going for it.

What's that have to do with a set of irons? My two-iron was a PING Eye2, and until I tried the i15s, that single club represented the vast majority of my experience with PING irons. Sure, I'd seen how popular the Eye2s were with players in the 90s, but I never liked the look of the excessive high toe weighting, the bulge in the heel, the thicker topline, and the general look and feel. Even that two-iron had a bit too much offset for my taste - I had to watch that I didn't hook the thing off the planet.

Having played with the i15s for several rounds now, though, it's obvious to me that while PING has stayed true to their roots (the i15 is immediately recognizable as a PING iron), they've made substantive improvements through the years and deserve consideration from a wide variety of players.

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Golf Talk [Episode 129]

Nov. 19, 2009     By     Comments (0)

Golf Talk PodcastWe catch up on Tiger, Phil, Michelle Wie, the PGA Tour (and its first drug test failee), and everything we've missed in the past month, and a whole lot more in this episode of Golf Talk.

You can subscribe to the RSS feed for our podcasts here or download Episode 129 as an MP4 file. For those who want to subscribe to us in iTunes, click here.

For this week's Show Notes - links to articles we discuss in the show and additional information - just read on.

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What To Know Before You Buy New Clubs

Nov. 18, 2009     By     Comments (13)

Bag DropNew products are being announced left and right, and they're starting to make their way into stores. Surely, you're tempted by something, whether it's a new driver or a new set of irons. We've seen new clubs from Mizuno, Ping, Titleist, TaylorMade, Tour Edge, and others. Nike and Callaway have their new stuff waiting in the wings. Of course the latest and greatest is going to cost you a pretty penny. If you're going to drop even a single dollar on a new club, it's important to do your research and testing to find what's going to be best for you.

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Volume Two Hundred Fourteen

Nov. 16, 2009     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksHello again golf fans and welcome to Hittin' the Links. I am back in action this week, I would like to thank Alan Olsen for picking up the slack for me last week - a fine job he did.

In this volume of HTL we start off with a look at one dangerous golf hole, investigate why Hollywood isn't excited about golf movies, and check out the golf bra. Also, we find out who is atop the European Tour Order of Merit, see who is suing the PGA Tour, and do a wrap-up of the week's events. Read on!

Tiger, You’ve Crossed the Line

Nov. 15, 2009     By     Comments (51)

Thrash TalkAustralia wisely invested $3M to lure Tiger Woods to the JBWere Masters, and they were treated to nothing less than Tiger's best effort in a two-shot victory.

Fortunately for Tiger and those same Australians, nobody was treated for an injury caused by a flying Nike driver, which only moments earlier had let the world's best golfer down with a poor tee shot on the thirteenth hole Saturday.

I've excused Tiger's verbal outbursts in the past. Ben wrote an article about them and largely supported Tiger as well. I continue not to care about Tiger's verbal outbursts, and will point out that he seems to have improved both in volume and content in recent years.

But tossing a club into a crowd of people? Well, now, that's well across the line.

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