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Dean Thompson, Inventor of Z Factor Perfect Putting Machine

Nov. 14, 2007     By     Comments (7)

Throwing DartsToday's interview is with Dean Thompson, inventor of the Z Factor Perfect Putting Machine, which made it to the final five on The Golf Channel: For Inventors Only show.

Dean graciously gave us a few minutes of his time to share his thoughts on Fore Inventors Only, developing the "perfect putting stroke," and what product he thinks should have won. We hope you enjoy the interview.

Brian Howenstein Swing Analysis

Nov. 3, 2007     By     Comments (7)

Swing CheckBrian Howenstein is an athletic player who struggles with consistency due to some bad habits he's developed at the start of his golf swing. He is a young player who just graduated from college. Brian has been playing golf on and off since his sophomore year in high school.

Brian's misses tend to be to the right in the form of large fades or giant slices. He hits his driver around 275 yards, but admits that number varies considerably depending on how he is playing that day. His 5-iron is his 200-yard club, which tells me he must hit his irons better than his driver. Lately Brian has been working on his swing path, keeping his head still, and shifting his weight to his left side, all of which can be good aspects of the swing to work on. But as we dissect his swing, we will find out some of these are not his main problems.

Srixon Buys Cleveland Golf

Nov. 2, 2007     By     Comments (21)

Bag DropThe speculation can finally end. For months, golf industry observers have been wondering who was going to snap up Cleveland Golf and the Never Compromise brand of putters from surf duds company Quiksilver. The surprise suitor is the parent company of Srixon, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, a leading Japanese tire company.

Quiksilver has agreed to sell Cleveland Golf to the SRI Sports Limited division for $132.5 million. The deal is expected to close during the fiscal quarter ending Jan. 31.

The Markers Club Redefines Luxury Golf Membership

Oct. 24, 2007     By     Comments (0)

Mitch Brinton and Ron Wade had a dream and a passion for the game of golf. The high school pals wanted to live at and play on the best private courses in the country, and they wanted to let others do the same. With The Markers Club, they've done so.

The Markers Club is perhaps best described as an exclusive, virtual golf club. With membership and luxury homes at 11 of top golf destinations in the U.S., Mexico, and Scotland and an additional 13 planned, including spots at St. Andrews and in Ireland, The Markers Club has gotten quite a start on the dream.

Extending the Season

Oct. 19, 2007     By     Comments (9)

Trap Five LogoEven if you are not lucky enough to live in place blessed with a 12-month golf season, you can still get more golf out of your year (as long as you're willing to make a few concessions to Mother Nature). As JP recently pointed out, many of us in the northern half of the northern hemisphere are facing another winter with less golf than we can enjoy in the summer. Here in Ohio, we are currently enjoying bonus rounds (in shorts!) at the moment, but Old Man Winter will surely rear his ugly head at some point.

Mizuno Introduces MP-57 Irons, MP-T Wedges, MP-600 Driver, Black Carbon Putters, and More

Oct. 10, 2007     By     Comments (13)

Bag DropWhen we last checked in with Mizuno at the Bag Drop they were introducing a hybrid fitting system. Apparently that didn't wear Mizuno out as they've recently unveiled eight - yes, you read correctly, eight - new products covering every type of club in the bag, every skill level, and every gender.

This week's Bag Drop is Mizuno-heavy, with a new MP iron, new Bob Bettinardi putters, new wedges, drivers, fairway woods, hybrid iron sets, women's sets, and more.

Read on for the details.

Random Musings from the Thrash Pit

Oct. 4, 2007     By     Comments (9)

Thrash TalkI'm filling in this week, and I've got a laundry list of topics to discuss in "Quick Hit" fashion. I'll discuss things like the Ryder and Presidents Cup captaincy, drug testing on the PGA Tour, the (possible) "tweaks" to the FedExCup, and a few other stories.

Grab your hard hats and strap yourselves in - it's going to be a bumpy ride.

2007 Presidents Cup Staff Predictions

Sep. 27, 2007     By     Comments (4)

Thrash TalkThe seventh edition of the Presidents Cup match play event begins today at Royal Montreal. Unlike their performance in recent years' Ryder Cup matches, the U.S. has had a pretty successful run in these international matches since the inaugural event in 1994. Will it continue? Read on to hear our soothsayings.

The Good, Bad and Plain Old Ugly of the FedExCup

Sep. 21, 2007     By     Comments (3)

Trap Five LogoThe PGA Tour's first FedExCup (FEC) is in the books, and the Cup is in Tiger's hands as most of us thought it would be. For the most part, the "playoffs" were a success. They attracted more attention to the Tour, post-PGA Championship, as it was supposed to. The best player from the regular season was also the hottest player going into the FEC, and sure enough, he continued to be the hot player in the playoffs.

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