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Odyssesy Versa Two Ball Putter Review

Nov. 1, 2013     By     Comments (0)

Versa Two BallLast year I reviewed the Two Ball Metal-X putter. When I had the chance to get my hands on the new Two-Ball Versa I jumped at the opportunity.

This is now the third different version of the Odyssey Two Ball that I’ve had a chance to put in my bag. I kept the Metal-X for the better part of last year and didn’t replace it until the Versa came. While the changes last year were more in the materials of the putter, this year the changes are a lot more in the design.

Did they improve on what they had done last year? What are the big changes other than the color? Read on to find out.

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Callaway X-Hot Fairway Wood Review

Jul. 29, 2013     By     Comments (1)

CallawayOver 5 years ago I reviewed the original Callaway X-Hot fairway wood. I was drawn to it's length off the tee due to an extra inch on the shaft and a larger and more forgiving face. Since that time I've tried at least one fairway wood a year to see if I could replace it. Each time I felt like I was giving something up.

When the new Callaway X-Hot clubs were announced I jumped at the opportunity to take a few swings with the new version. While the shaft is a half-inch shorter, I felt like technology would make up the difference and also gain a bit in accuracy.

After a few sessions on the range and a handful of rounds all I can say is that I can guarantee that there will be an X-Hot in my bag the rest of the foreseeable future. Which one? Read on to find out.

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Odyssey Metal-X Two Ball Review

Jan. 5, 2013     By     Comments (2)

Metal-X Two BallI've been the type of golfer that switches putters a bit more frequently than I should. For some reason I like to tinker a bit and the grass always seems greener on the other side of the pro shop.

When the new Two Ball putters were announced I was, of course, intrigued. During my iterations of putters one that I did try and actually used for probably longer than any other putter was the classic Two-Ball from years ago. I was eager to get my hands on one to see what they could improve with a putter that has been very popular and remains in the bags of golfers across the globe.

Read on to see what I thought about the newest addition to the Two Ball family after putting it to some extensive use.

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Ping G20 Driver Review

Nov. 28, 2012     By     Comments (1)

PINGAfter owning one driver for 3+ years, I have been bouncing around from driver to driver trying ones with different lofts, shafts and spin rates. I struggled for a long time to find something that fit my game just right.

One day on the range, two friends of mine had new PING G20 drivers in their bags. Being the fickle with drivers I thought it would be worth my time to give it a swing. I didn't have high expectations because, yes, I had tried the previous PING driver with not much luck.

All I have to say is that I'm glad I did. Read on and I'll give you the details on why the PING I20 became my new favorite club in the bag.

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Callaway Hex Black Tour Golf Ball Review

Jun. 12, 2012     By     Comments (5)

Callaway Hex Black TourThe new Callaway Hex Black Tour ball hits all the marks to compete with the other premium balls on the market.

The premium ball market has been dominated by a certain company for - what seems like - an eternity. I was one of the many who followed along and used the newest ball that came out every year. That was, until last year.

I picked up a new ball (cough, Penta, cough) that felt just a bit better in nearly every aspect. What this did was open my eyes a bit more to the other balls on the market. One of those I tried was the Callaway Tour i(s). I hadn't hit a Callaway ball in years and didn't expect much. To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. This is coming from a bit of a ball snob.

So when the new Hex Black Tours came on the market I eagerly wanted to give them a try and see what they had to offer. How did they compare to the #1 ball on tour and my current favored ball? Read on to find out.

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PING i15 Fairway Wood Review

Mar. 19, 2010     By     Comments (7)

PINGThe newest line of PING woods comes in the form of the i15 line. The sleek design and profile of the i15 fairway metal is right in line with the current trend you see in the bags of professionals on tour.

I've sampled many fairway metals over the past few years. Going from a Callaway Steelhead to a TaylorMade r7 before settling on my current Callaway X-Hot. I even tested other Callaways and a Titleist during that time. None could really shake the Callaway X-Hot as it did a great job off the tee, which is where my fairway metals get the most use.

So now comes the PING i15. With some specific design features that intrigued me I was eager to put it to use. Whether or not it could supplant the X-Hot was the big question. Read on to find out.

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Mizuno MP-58 Iron Review

Jan. 15, 2010     By     Comments (32)

MizunoMizuno irons have long adorned the bags of many good players around the world. A large percentage of the near-scratch guys at my club are playing them and have consistently raved about them. In fact one of them just replaced an old set of MP-32s with a new set of MP-67s, never considering another brand. When I had the opportunity to review a set of Mizunos, I jumped at the chance.

The MP-58s were actually a good fit since my last set of Mizunos (yes, I also have had them in my bag) were the T-Zoid Pro IIs - a pseudo-cavity backed club. With the advancement in technology, though, this set was bound to be slightly more forgiving and consistent: two traits any golfer is looking for in a set of clubs they buy.

The biggest question that remains, though, is whether the MP-58s can give you the playability that a one-piece forged muscleback does? Sure, I was a previous Mizuno owner but I currently sport the Titleist 695 MBs. Taking them out side by side was the best and most sure way of answering that question. So what was the result? Read on to find out.

Mizuno MX-700 Hybrid Review

Jul. 27, 2009     By     Comments (16)

MizunoMizuno has long been a "name" in the golf industry. The irons they produce have been the gold standard for many tour players and can be found in the bags of quite a few good players at clubs around the world. I've owned a set and been a fan for a long time.

One area that they have struggled in market share is woods. Whether it's drivers, fairway, or now hybrids, Mizuno hasn't quite captured the hearts of golfers in this category quite as much as their irons have. That hasn't stopped Mizuno though. Over the past few years they have started showing up in bags of players of all skills.

The new MX-700 Hybrid is one of those clubs. I put a hybrid in my bag over three years ago and have loved it. More players than not sport at least one hybrid in their bags and Mizuno wants that market share. Their latest introduction, the MX-700 Hybrid, is aimed at a mid-level player looking for some more forgiveness but not sacrifice the feel and feedback that most Mizuno players have come to love. Will it do the job? Read on to find out.

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TaylorMade Rescue ’09 Review

Jul. 3, 2009     By     Comments (20)

Bobby JonesA TaylorMade Rescue has been in my bag for the past three years and I haven't found one to replace it during that time. I've tried nearly half a dozen that all had decent results but none could beat the overall performance of the TaylorMade.

When the chance came to review the latest offering from TaylorMade, I jumped on it. My older-generation Rescue has been in the bag since 2005 and has seen better days. While I've admired Mizuno and Titleist in the iron area, I've had a TaylorMade driver and Rescue or fairway metal in my bag for many years. Their dominance in this area has been the result of superior products, not just marketing.

The TaylorMade Rescue '09 offers some improvements that are hard to pass up, especially if you're like me and have skipped a few generations. The question is, though, will this new version be good enough and retain the qualities that I've come to love and appreciate about my old Rescue? Read on to find out.

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