A few years ago, I sold a set of Mizuno MP-60s and have been ruing the decision pretty much ever since. At the time, I thought I'd found a better fitting set for my game (plus, newer clubs are always better. Right?). Unfortunately, I haven't found an iron with that same sweet feel that those MP-60s had. The MP-57s were very close, but the MP-52s and 62s seemed to lack the buttery feel that solid impact delivered with the 60s. Plus, that "Cut Muscle" design employed by Mizuno on the MP-32, -57, -60 and -67 made for some very good looking golf clubs.
In sports, whether we're talking about a single player, a team, or even the equipment our favorite athletes use, every entity forms a certain image, or a certain formula that people get to know that entity by. Generally speaking, if you have a successful formula, you stick with it, and over time, with a tweak here and an enhancement there, it may evolves. Sometimes it radically changes for no reason (see Harrington, Padraig), and other times, it gets a little bit too stuck in its ways and resists evolution, even when the situation calls for it (see Pittsburgh Steelers). Though more often is the case that these entities are able to evolve while at the same time staying true to their roots.
Enter Nike Golf. In a little short of a decade, they have kept that balance of both evolution and staying true to what got them to the big game. Technology has been the name of their game for quite a while, and a lot of times it's out there and in your face, like it or not. But ever so slowly, their products evolved as well, by combining that technology with more traditional appearances, while still keeping options alive for players that don't mind a little bit of that technology to be visible. I think the products we've got for you this week prove just how far they've come in a relatively short time. Follow along as we take a look and see what I mean.
Some of my best memories in golf come on the short, crisp, leaf-strewn days of fall in the Northeast. The grass is always greener, the oppressive heat of the summer is a distant memory and the crowds have thinned out.
So as most of the country bids farewell to the 2010 playing season, packs up their gear and cleans out the trunk, I say, "welcome to fall, embrace it, and enjoy it."
The 2010 PGA Tour season was certainly a wild one. After Tiger's Thanksgiving escapades of late 2009 revealed a lot of dirty laundry, Phil Mickelson and John Daly got a different kind of groovy. Phil started his season well, by winning the Masters, as did Dustin Johnson, who won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. DJ subsequently choked away two majors but won a Playoff event to finish on a high note. Johnson was unable to take home the big trophies though, as Jim Furyk won the FedExCup and the European team capped off a strong year with a win in the Ryder Cup. Finally, adding to the international resurgence, Lee Westwood is now the number one ranked golfer in the world.
It's November, and that means it's time to start looking forward to the 2011 golf season. The PGA Tour wrapped up its Fall Series last weekend, and the players won't play competitive golf again until early January with the exception of Tiger's tournament in California. Over the next month or so, I'm going to discuss and break down ten questions I have for 2011.
The first question focuses on the two most popular figures in golf, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The 2010 season wasn't great for either, although Lefty did win The Masters. Nonetheless, both will be looking to perform much better next year. Which golfer will win more events in 2011? Keep reading to find out.
For all of us northern golfers, this time of the year marks the traditional end of the season. Luckily, now more than ever, you don't have to go from November to April with no golf. You can play almost real-world golf in your basement, you can get in a little putting practice, and there are even several ways to actually hit some golf balls. These winter golf methods will not only keep the rust off, but they can actually help to advance your game.
We first mentioned the TRUE Linkswear shoes in our Bag Drop article. The first and only "TRUE" shoe - the "Tour" model - was introduced back in September and has been shipping since earlier last week.
I've had the opportunity to try out a pair of the Tour shoes (I'll likely slip and call it the TRUE several times throughout this review, but for now the terms are almost synonymous) for the past several weeks, and though I don't want to give away the ending, I will say this: Ryan Moore ain't a dummy for wearin' them.