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Mizuno Launches New MP-Series Iron Hybrids, Wedges, and Irons

Sep. 29, 2009     By     Comments (13)

Bag DropFor you Mizuno fans, get ready for your favorite itch to be well scratched this week, as we look at Mizuno's MP line of clubs for 2010. If that's not enough, stay tuned for part two, where we'll give you the latest on what's new in the MX-series.

For now, we'll be taking a look at Mizuno's latest offerings in the MP line of products, including the MP FLI-HI, the MP T-10 wedges, and we'll finish up with the MP-58 and MP-68 irons. If you're not a Mizuno fan, you might just become one after seeing their latest offerings. Follow along to see what all the fuss is about!

Fall ’09 Releases: Sun Mountain MCB, Aldila En Fuego Shafts, and Nike Outerwear

Sep. 22, 2009     By     Comments (5)

Bag DropThis week at The Bag Drop we shift gears and take a look at some newsworthy releases you may have missed in the past few weeks. We here at The Sand Trap know you all lead busy lives, and we've taken time to condense some info on some of the latest equipment from various manufacturers for your reading pleasure.

Consider this The Bag Drop's equivalent to a buffet, but with zero calories and some added spice. Follow along as we look at a new full-featured cart bag from Sun Mountain, some hot new shafts from Aldila, and new all-weather apparel from Nike Golf that might make you want to play in the rain!

Goodbye, Eye Candy

Sep. 11, 2009     By     Comments (6)

Thrash TalkI woefully regret that it has taken me more a week to learn of the grim news. Eye Candy Caddies, a reputable British business entity which provides (theoretically) capable and attractive young women to serve as loopers is currently in the process of being blacklisted; it's services having been banned from a number of courses in England managed by the villainous entity known as Leaderboard Golf.

TaylorMade Prepares Penta TP Ball

Sep. 9, 2009     By     Comments (23)

Bag DropNormally, when choosing a ball, one takes into account that there is a subtle tradeoff between maximum distance and maximum spin around the greens. Golf ball technology has progressed so that there is less of a tradeoff, and TaylorMade claims to have eliminated it with a new ball they'll introduce soon: the Penta TP.

Titleist has been dominant in the ball market, despite challenges, for decades. Though TaylorMade's TP Red and TP Black were reviewed well, they did little to take away from Titleist's market share and have been heavily discounted at retailers for most of 2009.

The Penta TP is TaylorMade's next offensive attack.

Begging the Question(s)

Sep. 4, 2009     By     Comments (4)

Thrash TalkOne
If the FedExCup is starting to work the way it's supposed to and that "way" looks a lot like the traditional season money leaders list, what's the point?

Manufactured drama? More money for the Tour's elite? More FedEx commercials (which, I admit, are generally funny)?

Not, however, as funny as this.

What’s Next for Wiesy?

Aug. 27, 2009     By     Comments (5)

Thrash TalkAlthough I, like many, am neither a Wie-maniac nor a committed Wie-watcher, I was pleased with Michelle's performance at the Solheim Cup this past weekend. The Michelle Wie Story will always be one of failure to meet the ludicrous expectations which surrounded her. It is, of course, a wholly fruitless endeavor to speculate as to the exact genesis of said expectations, but the recipe is surely some part B.J. Wie, some part mass sports media hysteria of the Tiger Woods variety.

What do we make of Michelle's 3-0-1 record at this year's event?

Thoughts on the 2009 PGA Championship, Briefly

Aug. 20, 2009     By     Comments (10)

Thrash TalkAs Tiger Woods limped home Sunday (figuratively, this year) looking thoroughly befuddled and not at all the "Sunday Tiger," we've come to expect, a few disjointed thoughts were swimming about my own befuddled consciousness.

In no particular order of significance, I mulled over the following, which I don't present as any insightful recapitulation of the final round of this year's PGA Championship, or nuanced breakdown of Tiger's failure to secure victory after leading in the final round of a major (for only the second time in his career). Rather, I pen (alright, type) the following as a presentation of a few talking points loosely associated with my impressions of a few days ago.

2009 PGA Championship Final Round Live Blog

Aug. 16, 2009     By     Comments (21)

2009 PGA ChampionshipWe're live blogging the final round of the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Tiger Woods is poised to win a record-typing fifth PGA Championship (and his third consecutive) and his fifteenth major - each of which he's previously won with the third-round lead as he has this year.

Will major winners Padraig Harrington (two back at -6) or Lucas Glover (four back at -4) win the title, or will Y.E. Yang or Henrik Stenson capture their first? Could someone from -3 or further possibly go low enough to win, or is this a five-horse race? Let's put it this way: if Tiger shoots 70, Paddy and Y.E. have to shoot 67 to win, and G. Lover and Stenson have shoot 65. 67 is the lowest round of the week - and it's only been shot by two people. They're both playing in the final group.

Pos   Player                Tot     R1    R2    R3
---   ------------------    ---     --    --    --
1     Tiger Woods           -8      67    70    71
T2    Padraig Harrington    -6      68    73    69
T2    Y.E. Yang             -6      73    70    67
T4    Lucas Glover          -4      71    70    71
T4    Henrik Stenson        -4      73    71    68
T6    Ernie Els             -3      75    68    70
T6    Soren Kjeldsen        -3      70    73    70
T8    Ross Fisher           -2      73    68    73
T8    Brendan Jones         -2      71    70    73
T8    Martin Kaymer         -2      73    70    71
T8    John Rollins          -2      73    73    68
T8    Alvaro Quiros         -2      69    76    69

2009 PGA Championship Predictions

Aug. 12, 2009     By     Comments (6)

Thrash TalkFor this year's edition of The Sand Trap's PGA picks, we are both predicting and responding to the pressing questions you've been mulling over as of late, including, but not limited to, "Was Rich Beem's dance at the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine the worst victory celebration ever?"

More pertinent inquiries and speculation inside.

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