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May, 2012

PING i20 Driver Review

May. 18, 2012     By     Comments (7)

PING i20 Driver BeautyPING's 2009 i15 driver was aimed at players ranging from low single digit handicaps to players at the tour level and ran into some design issues. The CoG (center of gravity) was fade biased, and the bulge was too pronounced making it too hard to control even for most tour players. There was a small following of players that loved it because it was lower spinning and since the CoG was closer to the face, the ball came off hot. PING learned from this endeavor when engineering the new PING i20 driver. PING has also been able to broaden the handicap range for the i20 making the i20 a forgiving "players" driver. The newest i-series driver is still targeting players looking for a lower launching, lower spinning driver but with the needed forgiveness that the i15 was lacking.

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Are You Married to Golf?

May. 10, 2012     By     Comments (19)

Thrash TalkWhen the wife and I fight, which really isn't that often, it is almost inevitably about golf and how much time I am spending on it. After spending quite a bit of time on golf forums I know that I am not alone. I often see guys hiding their new golf purchases by shipping their new clubs to the office, or rushing home at the end of the day to get the UPS box that has Callaway written on it before the wife sees it. Sadly even if the logo was not on the box, the shape and size of box holding a golf club is unmistakeable, especially to the eagle eyes of wives. My wife, when reaching her point of most upset, will without fail say "Why didn't you just marry golf?"

Golf is certainly a time-consuming sport. Consider the average round of golf is four hours plus driving time to and from can be anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, then add in lunch and a beer after the round and you are now at the six to seven hour mark from garage down to garage up. If there's a tournament, well then all the schedules are thrown out the window, as some could take most of or even all of the day. Some guys at my club try to cheat time a little by teeing off around at dawn and finishing in a little over three hours be home before 9:00. One of the guys told me he is home before his wife even wakes up. This is clearly one way to manage it, but it is still is a great deal of time essentially wasted.

Nike Releases the VR_S Driver and Woods

May. 8, 2012     By     Comments (0)

Bag DropEarlier this week, inthehole started a thread on the forum basically asking what most golfers would rather have, distance or accuracy. While I think many of us say accuracy we know that there is just nothing better than smoking a ball off of the tee and so that is where much of the focus is for club manufacturers.

Recently, many companies have come out with drivers that are lighter with the thought that since they can be swung faster, the ball will be hit further. Nike is no exception and has rolled out the Nike VR_S line of clubs.

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Volume Three Hundred Thirteen

May. 7, 2012     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksHello there golf fanatics, and welcome to the three hundred and thirteenth volume of Hittin' the Links. I can't help thinking that the Sponsors of the Wells Fargo Championship were a little disappointed with the play of some of the elite players in the field at Quail Hollow. With Tiger, Keegan Bradley, and Bill Haas missing the cut and Lefty and Lee Westwood making it on the number it was looking like possibly a rather dull weekend. Good thing for everyone that was certainly not the case as Quail Hollow ended up hosting what I think was some of the best weekend golf of the year. Congratulations to Rickie Fowler on his first PGA Tour win.

In this edition of HtL we begin by analyzing Tiger's media stunt, then check out a player doing it the hard way, and find out what has Ryan Moore so upset. Also on tap, we take a look at a very famous foursome, investigate a Bubba absence, and do a wrap-up of the week's events. Read on!

Callaway RAZR X Black Driver Review

May. 2, 2012     By     Comments (14)

Callaway RAZR X Black DriverI must admit, when I was first asked to review this driver, I was very excited. I had heard about the new Callaway RAZR X Black from advertisements and in golf magazines. I am an avid Callaway driver user; I have the 2011 Callaway RAZR Hawk and the Callaway Diablo Edge Tour driver as well. The RAZR X Black is this season's new hot club following in the footsteps of this years RAZR FIT driver. At my local golf store this club is on the shelf, but there are not very many on display because it is selling quite well.

Callaway has gone through a bit of a lull but I think with the latest line of drivers they are coming on strong. Let's see how the RAZR X Black driver stacks up, shall we?

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Volume Three Hundred Twelve

May. 2, 2012     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksWelcome again golf fans to yet another edition of Hittin' the Links. It's been quite a month for Masters Champion Bubba Watson. First, he and his wife adopt a new baby boy, then he wins the Masters, goes on a media tour, tweets about 100,000 times, and he even finds some time to get home and change a few diapers. It's no wonder he showed up in New Orleans this week with bags under his eyes. He didn't play too bad either, aside from a wayward shot or two that found their way into his eagerly awaiting gallery of fans.

In this edition of HtL we begin with a look at PGA Tour Rookie John Huh, then turn our attention to a golf scientist of sorts, and then check out how Bubba "connects" with his fans. Also on tap, we see how some Tour players went old school, find out what the R&A has in store for this year's Open, and do a wrap-up of the week's events. Read on!

Why Bubba Won’t Win Another Major

May. 2, 2012     By     Comments (10)

Trap Five LogoFor the seventh major championship in a row, the victor of this year's Masters was a first-time major winner. Not since Phil Mickelson in 2010 has someone won their second major, and by my count that is the longest such streak ever. With Tiger Woods perpetually on the mend and endlessly ineffective, and Phil Mickelson often too headstrong for his own good, Bubba Watson is another in the line of new entries to the major winner's circle.

Bubba, as a sold player but not of Hall-of-Fame caliber, faces stiff competition. Never before has there been so many players that match his level of play.

In addition to the state-of-the-sport challenges Bubba faces, his game has some glaring holes. While it would be a disservice to say Bubba was handed the Masters, he didn't exactly steal it away until that famed shot from the tress (and even that was only a par). Bubba has missed the cut in about a third of the events he has played over his career, and while his relatively homegrown swing might make him a nice poster-child for the anti-instructor movement, it could prove to be his ultimate undoing.

I have nothing against Bubba personally (he seems like a good guy and I did a ProFiles article about him last year), and watching his go-for-broke play is very entertaining, but I don't see him winning another major championship.

Read on to find out why.

From Glory to Horror, in Just One Foot

May. 2, 2012     By     Comments (2)

Thrash TalkI was watching the event live, I saw the birdie putt slip past the hole about a foot and I went for the remote. I had entered the new channel and just as it was about to change I saw the putt horseshoe around the hole. I frantically switched back, but by that time they were hugging and beginning to walk off the green. Watching I.K. Kim miss that one-foot tap-in makes you begin to ask yourself where this miss ranks in the history of golf.

Of course those of you who don't follow the LPGA, I.K. Kim would lose in the playoff to a birdie on the first playoff hole but at that point the damage was done. Expecting her to sum up any amount of strength to play the playoff hole was a difficult ask. My first thought after she missed it was that she still had a chance, but after watching her walk off the green I could tell that the miss destroyed her and she would have no chance.

New ATV Wedge and Ghost Manta Putter from TaylorMade

May. 2, 2012     By     Comments (0)

Bag DropIt seems that every few months TaylorMade has some new piece of equipment coming out. Usually it is some new driver or iron set but this time it's a new putter and some new wedges.

The new putter, the Ghost Manta, continues TaylorMade's use of white putter heads and promises to make alignment simple. For the wedges, the company has dropped the xFT (exchangeable face technology), and has introduced the ATV (or All Terrain Versatility) wedge which can be hit from nearly any lie.

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