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Miura CB-501 and Blade 2007 Irons Review

Jan. 28, 2011     By     Comments (10)

Miura CB-501 and Blade 2007 AddressIf you're into golf equipment, forged irons, Tiger Woods, or even perhaps Japanese samurai swords, you've probably heard about Katsuhiro Miura (or his golf clubs).

Though the common belief that Miura once forged samurai swords before moving on to golf clubs is a myth, it's true that Miura grew up in the area region of Japan famous for its steelwork and sword-making.

It's also true that though players like Tiger Woods have played clubs that have said "Mizuno" or "Titleist" or "Nike" on them, many of his clubs have been forged and shaped by the legend himself.

Katsuhiro Miura and the clubs he produces are surrounded by an almost mythic aura. The reverence people will show to a company like Mizuno or Scratch Golf ratchets up significantly when Miura is mentioned.

It all seems like a lot to live up to. Do the clubs live up to the hype? Let's find out. I've spent a few months with both the CB-501 and the Blade 2007 models.

The Hot List: How to Improve It

Jan. 28, 2011     By     Comments (2)

Bag DropWe're not going to waste much time here with introductions, just a quick background. Last week, we took a look at a lot of the common criticisms of Golf Digest's Hot List, and received a lot of quality feedback from the staff and forum members here.

The bottom line is that subscribers and newsstand customers want to see a change. As one of, if not the biggest name in golf media, you've got the money and resources to give us something better, something more helpful. What is it exactly that we want? Well, it's funny you should ask - I've got those answers for you right here.

TaylorMade Announces R11 Drivers, Burner SuperFast 2.0 Drivers, and Forged TP MB, MC, and CB Irons

Jan. 5, 2011     By     Comments (3)

Bag DropFirst and foremost, I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years! Now that we've got that out the way, it's time for Bag Drop to get back on track, and what a better way to do just that than with a huge release of products from TaylorMade?!

They're back at it again with the latest additions to the proven Burner and "R" lines of drivers, but they also churned out a what will likely be a real treat for fans of TaylorMade's forged players irons. We've got a lot to cover, so lets not waste any more time with introductions!

Mizuno JPX-800 Pro Review

Jan. 5, 2011     By     Comments (20)

Mizuno JPX-800 ProThough Mizuno said goodbye to the MX series this year, they had the new JPX series waiting in the wings to fill the game improvement gap. Of course I jumped at the opportunity to review the new JPX-800 Pro, since this new series would replace that which contained the MX-300s I loved so much.

Though a large number of players may not have been very excited about this change, Mizuno was there to reassure everyone, saying that this was their biggest commitment to the game improvement category yet, and that the JPX series may in fact be a game changer. When a global company such as Mizuno pools all of their talented engineers from around the world, you know they really do mean business. So how did that pay off in real world results?

Next Generation with Sean Foley DVD Review

Dec. 30, 2010     By     Comments (32)

Sean Foley DVDSean Foley made a splash in 2010. Though he was known prior to this year as the coach of Sean O'Hair, Justin Rose, and Hunter Mahan (along with lesser knowns Stephen Ames and Parker McLachlin), Foley's dim star became noticeable at dusk as rumors that Tiger Woods, dumped by his coach Hank Haney, was going to begin working with the 36-year old Canadian. When the arrangement became official around the time of the year's final major, the Foley star became one of the brightest in the sky.

Capitalizing on his new-found fame (and helping charity - see comments), Sean Foley has put together a Blu-Ray/DVD instructional video that shares his understanding of the golf swing with the masses. Tiger's already shown remarkable improvement, despite remaining winless in 2010, but with solid performances in the Ryder Cup, Australian Masters, and his own Chevron World Challenge. For about $50 USD including the $12.50 S&H charge, you too can learn from Sean Foley.

The Sand Trap’s Holiday Gift Guide, Part Two

Dec. 14, 2010     By     Comments (2)

Bag DropWe're another week closer to Christmas day, which means seven fewer days to shop. It's getting closer, but have you been able to scratch your favorite golfer off your list? If nothing really caught your eye last week, we've got another list of potential gift ideas that will definitely keep him or her smiling well after New Year's has come and gone.

In case you didn't catch last week's Bag Drop, we'll categorize a few items, broken down by price range, with $10 at the bottom end, up to $1000 at the top end. So let's get started!

Ouch! A Look Back at My Pathetic 2010 Predictions

Dec. 10, 2010     By     Comments (4)

Thrash TalkWhat's the point of making predictions if you're not going to own up to them after the fact? Especially when your predictions are as far off as mine?

But with 2010 wrapping up, it's time to review the season's highs and lows … and when it comes to my prognostications, it was pretty one-sided. How lousy? Let's call it Tiger Wood '10 bad.

There were a few gems mixed in, however, such as Dustin Johnson's arrival. Before I get too excited, I also thought it would be the year of John Daly's resurgence.

Ten Questions for 2011 #3: Which Golfers Need a Comeback Year?

Dec. 9, 2010     By     Comments (6)

Thrash TalkThe 2010 golf season saw the rise of several golfers including Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar, and the Molinari brothers. These golfers have had success in the past, but they are all inside the top 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking after breakthrough 2010 seasons. On the other side of things, there are several golfers who fell out of the spotlight in a big way this past season. It's something golf fans don't always see because they are so focused on the golfers having success on a weekly basis.

I've put together a list of golfers who struggled to find their way in 2010 and will be looking to have a bounce back year in 2011. All but one are Major Championship winners, and three of the four were in the top 20 this time last year. In addition, the game of golf is a better place when these guys are playing well. Without further ado, here is the list.

2010′s Unexpected Winners

Dec. 6, 2010     By     Comments (0)

Trap Five LogoAfter talking about the top surprising stories of the year a few weeks ago, this week I have decided to go through the year's most unexpected individual victories. From a major champion whose name no one can pronounce, to a multiple winner that nobody has heard of, 2010 had surprises down every turn. Because no one won more than three times, there were many opportunities for the journeymen to make a name for themselves. This year we saw Rocco get back in the winner's circle, Arjun Atwal win after Monday qualifying, and Geoff Ogilvy kick off 2010 the same way as 2009.

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