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Range Finders: Legal Soon?

Aug. 1, 2005     By     Comments (7)

Bushnell Pinseeker 1500In last week's issue of GolfWeek, James Achenbach breaks the news that the USGA and the R&A are set to bust up one of the dumbest rules in modern-day golf: rule 14-3b, the "range finder rule."

The rule currently prohibits a player from using "any artificial device or unusual equipment for the purpose of gauging or measuring distance or conditions which might affect his play." This includes range finders, which are artificial measuring devices.

The stupidity of this rule was, of course, not always evident. Golf existed long before yardage markers and yardage books. However, with many courses publishing yardage books or marking sprinkler heads, the rule has become long in the tooth.

Bag Boy EZ Fold 12 Three Wheel Push Cart Review

Jul. 15, 2005     By     Comments (10)

bag_boy_ez_fold_push_cart.jpgAs Tiger Woods separates himself from the field at the British Open, I pay tribute to something they call a "trolley" across the pond. Though we call them "pull carts" or "push carts" here in the States, trolleys are a staple in the home of golf - a way to relieve players of the burden of carrying clubs without the necessity of a caddie.

Out With the Old
I've been lugging around my old two-wheel pull cart on the golf course for several years. It's old but reliable. Every round, it seems to get heavier and harder to drag. Casting my old cart aside, I felt it was time to enter the 21st century and try the latest in trolleys. My old cart was a pull cart. My new one? I push it like a baby stroller.

What better product to try than a push cart created by an innovative company like Bag Boy? With excitement, I opened the box to my new EZ Fold 12 Push Cart. I'm not particularly handy and leave all areas of assembly to my husband, but I heard that the EZ Fold was simple to put together. I told Barry to leave it to me.

Bushnell PinSeeker 1500 w/Slope Review

Jun. 20, 2005     By     Comments (15)

Bushnell Pinseeker 1500Tiger Woods has long said that the secret to good golf is always being pin high. When you're pin high, you don't have to worry about water hazards, bunkers, or steep slopes beyond the green. You may miss right or left, but if you don't short side yourself, you'll likely be putting most of the time.

Though devices such as the Bushnell PinSeeker 1500 (and the SkyCaddie) are illegal for competitive play, they're acceptable and legal for informal and handicap play. In fact, if you attend a professional tournament during a practice round, you'll see plenty of caddies using the PinSeeker to double-check yardages.

Bolle Kicker and Kickback Sunglasses Review

May. 12, 2005     By     Comments (1)

BolleI own a pair of Oakleys that are so old I can't even figure out what model they are (I think they're similar to the Fives 2.0 series). Anyway, I have kept them for so long because I can't seem to find another pair that will take their place. I love their gold iridium lenses and it seems that no other company makes something similar (or as good).

Until Bollé. Their line of "Action Golf' sunglasses is quite nice, so I decided to try them. I tried two models, the Kicker and the Kickback. To test them out, I've been wearing them on the golf course and around town the past few weeks to see if they're worth replacing my old ones. Bollé claims that "when you see like a pro, you putt for the dough." If that's the case, count me in.

I mean, Sergio Garcia is wearing them, so why shouldn't I?

SkyCaddie Review

May. 6, 2005     By     Comments (250)

SkyCaddieWe all know the routine. It's fairly well ingrained in every decent golfer, and it goes a little something like this:

  1. Arrive at your drive and set down your bag.
  2. Wander around looking for a sprinkler head.
  3. Pace forward or backward to get a better yardage.
  4. Estimate how much the angle of your approach affects the yardage.
  5. Estimate how deep the green is and where the pin is placed, and add those calculations to the mix.
  6. Perform complex math in your head, give up, and then just guess at the correct yardage.
  7. Choose a club and hit the ball.

Imagine cutting three steps from that ordeal:

  1. Arrive at your drive and set down your bag.
  2. Look at the location of the flag on the green.
  3. Unclip a device from your belt and read a number or two from it to get the precise yardage.
  4. Choose a club and hit the ball.

Ballzee, the Pocket Ball Washer

Mar. 9, 2005     By     Comments (0)

Ballzee LogoWhen I was a kid playing high school golf, I was content to pick up my ball on the greens, spit on it, rub it clean, wipe my hands on my pants, and putt out. As I've grown older (and had to launder my own clothing), I've become a bit more particular about where I wipe my hands. Carrying around a little towel - or unclipping your regular towel 18 times per round - can be a bit of a hassle.

Enter Ballzee, a ball washer for your pocket.

CaddyPatch

Feb. 8, 2005     By     Comments (2)

caddypatch.jpgHey there. Got a second? I'd like to ask you a quick question: How do you tell where your club hit the ball on a mis-hit?

If you're anything like I was a little over a year ago, your answer is probably some variation of "Look for the sky mark." But, as you play and improve, you'll eventually have a few lessons and the pro will pull out those little pieces of paper.

You put them on your club, you hit a few shots to see where you're hitting the ball on your clubface, and then you throw them away. The little papers work, but who wants to mess with peeling stickers every two or three shots? Besides, they sure are expensive, aren't they?

Enter the CaddyPatch.

G Clip

Feb. 4, 2005     By     Comments (7)

G Clip ColorsThroughout my years of golfing, I've developed a system. Tees and and coins in one pocket, pencil and ball mark repair tool in other. If I put my pencil in with the tees, well, it's hard to tell the difference quickly, and the same can be said of mixing repair tool and coin. If I'm thirsty at the turn and only have three quarters, well, it's PowerAde or ball markers for the back nine. PowerAde usually wins out.

I've tried ball markers in the past. One slipped on to the grip end of my putter, but after losing 27 ball markers in the bottom of my bag I gave up on it. The ball marker you find on gloves is inexcusably cheesy, as are the ones that you find on some shoes. They all paled in comparison to a simple quarter or dime.

Then I tried the 4-in-one G Clip.

Ogio Exo Stand Bag

Dec. 19, 2004     By     Comments (4)

Ogio Exo Bag LeftFor the past ten years, I've used a Titleist stand bag I purchased with my winnings in a golf tournament when I was 17. The Titleist worked well - and worked particularly well after I replaced its single strap with a dual strap from Izzo.

Unfortunately, in the past few years, the full-length (cloth material) dividers have torn up a bit. Putting a club away became an adventure in jiggling the bag and trying to find a slot into which the grip could fit. Otherwise, well, clubs were sticking out an extra six or ten inches all over the place. It had become just plain silly.

I like Titleist equipment, but their bags are simply overpriced. I've checked out the quality of the recent series of bags, and it's just not there. Rebranded Sun Mountain bags at a premium price didn't set well with me, so I looked elsewhere. And I found what may be one of the best stand bags around: the Ogio Exo stand bag.

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