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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.

Stinger Tees

Dec. 1, 2004     By     Comments (9)

Ever since seeing The Golf Channel's Playing Lessons from the Pros with Cobra Long-Drive Champs Jason Zuback and Brian Pavlet, I've been intrigued by the "Stinger tee." Zuback and Pavlet recommended it as "necessary equipment" that gives them an advantage. When LPGA cutie Laura Diaz professed to using the same tees in her Playing Lesson I had to give Earl Weiss, owner of Stinger Tees, a ring.

A few days later, I had my grubby paws on some 2¼" and 3" Pro XL Competition Stinger tees. The tees are as attractive - the natural wood grain doesn't leave paint marks on my clubs - as they are functional. The thinner tees are easier to stick into hard ground and the sharper points make these tees great groove cleaners. My course's superintendent is a fan of Stinger tees too: "they don't chew up our mower blades as much as thicker tees or those damned plastic tees."

Burton Golf Club-Lok Bag

Nov. 19, 2004     By     Comments (0)

burton_clublok.jpgI've heard plenty of horror stories of people dropping their golf bag in the rack outside the pro shop, running into the bathroom or some such activity, coming out and finding clubs or even their whole bag missing. To try to curb this kind of theft, a new and interesting twist on golf bag design is here from Burton Golf called the Club-Lok golf bag, incorporating the Club-Lok Golf Club Theft Prevention System.

Utilizing a normal club organizer top with fourteen graphite shaft-friendly openings, the Club-Lok incorporates a hidden security system comprised of fourteen pairs of clamps which, when locked, prevent club removal. It appears from the animation on the product's web site, that the locking feature basically prevents the club grip from sliding through the opening of the clamp. I suppose this is fundamentally secure since grips are kind of hard to get off by yanking on the club head.

Epoch Tees

Nov. 17, 2004     By     Comments (10)

Epoch Pure LaunchWe've previously written about the epoch-3 tees from Evolve Golf here at The Sand Trap .com in an article titled "Tees Me." We've even reviewed another kind of tee, the Brush-T. What is up with all of these tee reviews? Tees are just a peg? You put your ball on them, then you hit the ball hard. Simple, right?

Not so, says Evolve Golf (and the Brush-T folks). When a ball is struck from a standard wooden tee, friction between the tee and the ball at the moment of impact can have a dramatic effect on both the distance and accuracy of your drives. This is true of deflection as well: the relatively hard lip of a standard wooden tee can redirect your ball slightly, imparting spin and sending it in the wrong direction. The Brush-T, for example, can grant you up to an extra four yards and 3% better accuracy! The epoch-3 was independently tested to deliver an extra 1.81 yards in distance and 2.34 yards more accuracy.

Segway as Caddy?

Oct. 1, 2004     By     Comments (0)

SegwayThe rumors are true: a golf-specific Segway is in the works. The "Segway GT" comes equipped to carry an ice chest, a scorecard, GPS equipment, and your clubs.

Segway officials showed off the GT at the PGA Fall Expo in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Several rounds of beta testing followed, and the company said that the product should be on the market by the end of the year (just in time for winter!). The suggested retail price is expected to be around or above $5,000, a number slightly higher than the Segway's top speed of 12.5 MPH.

Segway HT America, the Houston-based distributor of Segway LLC, said the GT allows a foursome to play faster by transporting each golfer individually to his or her ball, and along cart paths, inclines and fairways. The company said the unit's lightweight size and differential wheel is gentle on turf -- allowing access to areas where standard golf cars generally are not allowed.

Funny, but we here at The Sand Trap .com thought that walking allowed you to do that too. And save $5,000+!

Tees Me

Sep. 28, 2004     By     Comments (2)

Every once in a blue moon, we see some hack using an expensive brush tee trying to add another foot or so to his monster 220 yard drives. That's all well and good, but now a company called Evolve Golf has introduced the epoch-3 tees. These bad-boys are sleek and stylish, and should be available in September of '04.

Backed by some impressive independent test results, these tees just might actually provide you some distance and accuracy, and you won't look like a fancy-boy packing them in your bag.

P.S. We've previously reviewed the Brush-T here.


Sep. 25, 2004     By     Comments (6)

brusht.jpgThe Brush-T claims that it can help you hit longer, straighter drives by eliminating much of the friction between ball and tee:

The unique qualities of the Brush-T mean that the side spin or interference, all too often associated with plastic and wooden tees, can be eliminated. The bristles provide raised support for the ball, but still give unprecedented flexibility. Independent testing in San Diego and California, showing a marked improvement in the dispersion rate, thereby delivering greater accuracy.

Let's ignore for a moment the fact that San Diego is in California. Let's also ignore that "a marked improvement in the dispersion rate" can't "deliver" greater accuracy, it is greater accuracy. And hey, if we want to be technical, it's not greater accuracy but greater consistency. A loose group of balls in the middle of the fairway beats a tight cluster 20 yards right, doesn't it? :-)

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