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Bridgestone J15 Driving Forged Irons Review

Sep. 6, 2015     By     Comments (2)

Can a hidden-cavity iron (from a company better known for golf balls) perform like the best players cavity backs?

The Bridgestone J15DF IronIt's been some four years since Bridgestone released the J40 line of irons. I had always admired the good looks of the J40 Cavity Backs. So when I heard that Bridgestone had a new line out, I had to take a look.

With Bridgestone and Tourstage, the company has owned two of the most popular brands in Japan for some time. In the U.S. Bridgestone sells a lot of golf balls, but you can hang out at a bag drop for the better part of a morning before a set of Bridgestones comes through. Maybe that should change.

Bridgestone's 2015 product line is their most extensive for the U.S. market in some time. (The entire J40 line featured just a Cavity Back set, a Dual Cavity Back set, and a Combo set that mixed the two. The J15 lineup includes, from most workable to most forgiving, the J15 Muscle Back, J15 Cavity Back, J15 Driving Forged (J15DF), J15 Dual Pocket Forged, and J15 Cast.

I typically play cavity-back irons on the more workable end of the spectrum (though I suffer from that choice at times). So initially it was the J15CBs that caught my eye with their sleek lines and no frills good looks. Not to mention that when I heard the words "dual forged" I pictured those older hollow-bodied, thick-soled driving irons that came out about a decade ago. But as I learned more about the Driving Forged irons, I became quite interested in finding out how they perform.

And then I saw them.

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TaylorMade RSi 2 Irons Review

Sep. 6, 2015     By     Comments (3)

TaylorMade's newest innovation is Face Slot Technology and promises that you'll love your mis-hits. Do they deliver?

TM RSi 2 Irons HeroMis-hits happen. TaylorMade's marketing strategy for their RSi lineup is to focus on the forgiveness of their irons as opposed to how long they claim the clubs will hit the ball. If you're like me, you're probably a little skeptical of TaylorMade's marketing claims. Year after year they have claimed to have created the longest clubs ever. I can only absorb so much hyperbolic marketing before I basically become immune to it and tune it out.

So now they have shifted the direction to forgiveness. Their studies have shown that 76% of shots hit by golfers are mis-hits, so they say that their engineers have set out to design the ultimate irons to help golfers have better mis-hits. They claim that you're going to shoot lower scores and hit more greens because of these clubs. While I'd love for that to be true, I just don't believe that I'll score better simply by switching a set of irons.

I know that sounds a bit negative, but I just don't buy into marketing hype. The more aggressive the campaign, the less I tend to pay attention to it, which is a shame because TaylorMade does make excellent irons. I've played with a set of TaylorMade irons for years: a set I never even wanted to try at first because I was turned off by the marketing. I didn't want to make the same mistake with the RSi 2 irons.

Yes, there's a lot of hype, but there's also a lot of technology and engineering that went into making them. Do they really make mis-hits better? Let's find out.

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Volume Four Hundred Forty-Eight

Aug. 31, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Playoffs? We're talking playoffs?

Hittin' the LinksWhat a year we are witnessing on the PGA TOUR. We came into the year with Rory McIlroy being the undisputed world number one. Then Jordan Spieth seemed virtually unbeatable for a few months. Those two, along with Rickie Fowler, were even being dubbed "the new big three."

Now Jason Day has joined the party in a big way. With his fourth win of the year coming Sunday at the Barclays, Day has replaced Fowler in the conversation or made it a big four. His 63-62 over the weekend was an incredible display.

Things are shaping up nicely for some epic duels in the future. And just imagine what it will be like if Tiger and/or Phil can get their games together when it matters. It's going to be fun. Let's hit the links.

Should I Buy or Sell My Jordan Spieth Stock?

Aug. 30, 2015     By     Comments (8)

Jordan is at the top of his game, but does he win more, or has he peaked?

Thrash TalkIn today's economy it seems that one of the key indices of a healthy market is how the stock market is performing. Currently as China stock market underwent a crash it got me thinking about prospecting. I mainly wonder "If Jordan Spieth were a stock, would I buy or short him?"

There is no question his price in this Golf Street market would be extremely high. Two major wins and two extremely close calls; there is no other way to describe it than to measure it against Tiger's 2000 season. It was not as good as that season, in fact, not really even that close but it is the closest comparison one can make in recent history. You need to go back to Ben Hogan's 1953 season to find another to compare it to. Add to this the fact that the 2015 season isn't over, a win at the season-ending Tour Championship would only add more fuel to a season already full of big fireworks.

Volume Four Hundred Forty-Seven

Aug. 24, 2015     By     Comments (1)

The old Tiger shows up as does the Davis Love, and math is hard.

Hittin' the LinksIt seemed like it was going to be a fairy tale ending to the regular season for Tiger Woods. In second place after the third round, it just felt like Woods would finally break out of his slump and get his first win since 2013. Instead, a triple-bogey seven on number 11 was a fitting coda to Tiger's 2015 campaign. But the old Tiger just might maybe be back.

Another old guy, Freddy Couples shot 59… on Wednesday. And yet another won the Wyndham Championship. Let's hit the links.

PGA Tour Live App Review

Aug. 23, 2015     By     Comments (1)

PGA TOUR LIVE carries every event of the PGA TOUR live and on demand as well as the and Champions Tours and the Presidents Cup.

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Last month the PGA TOUR released a new app called PGA TOUR LIVE. The app allows you to watch live coverage of two concurrent featured group pairings during morning competition prior to the start of the regularly scheduled television coverage. It is available for iOS and Android.

The app also offers live-streaming coverage from select holes after early-round group coverage has concluded, as well as on select weekends. In addition, the app includes video-on-demand content such as subscription-only highlights as well as feature and historical videos in an easy-to-access environment.

The Basics
PGA TOUR LIVE, a subscription-based digital platform service, debuted in the first round of the Quicken Loans National. It's available on desktop, iOS, and Android devices. Other devices like Smart TV will follow soon.

The coverage is be available first as a seven-day free subscription when you register. After that, the subscription costs $4.99 per month.

The only live golf streaming I've previously done has been during the Masters. The Sand has partnered with the PGA TOUR LIVE team for the review and after a few days with PGA TOUR LIVE I experienced plenty of pros and a few cons. I reviewed this app based on my experiences with the iOS version on an iPhone 6 and a fourth-geneeration iPad.

Volume Four Hundred Forty-Six

Aug. 17, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Day triumphs, Spieth rises and Daly shows off his arm.

Hittin' the LinksWith nine top 10s in majors over six years, Jason Day has been on a lot of short lists to finally win one. On Sunday, on the shores of Lake Michigan, it happened.

His final round showdown with Jordan Spieth was great theater, but Day's six-under 66 proved too much on this day for even the young Spieth who shot 68. The 2015 PGA Championship provided great story lines on a Dye course where birdies seemed about as likely as double bogeys (and where Dustin Johnson made a double-par eight on his opening hole Sunday).

Elsewhere, Brooke Henderson won the LPGA's Cambia Portland Classic in an eight-stroke romp. And Tiger Woods, who missed the cut at Whistling Straits, announced that he will play the Wyndham Championship in a bid to extend his season.

Let's hit the links.

Leupold PinCaddie 2 Laser Rangefinder Review

Aug. 13, 2015     By     Comments (5)

The $200 laser rangefinder you'd pay double for.

PinCaddie 2 HeroThe debate between GPS systems and laser rangefinders hasn't ended, and probably won't for some time. GPS is convenient for a quick glance, and the course mapping is nice, but I always feel a little dissatisfied whenever I use a GPS unit. The touchscreens are generally poor, the distances take a few precious seconds to update (particularly annoying when you're driving in a cart), and you're still at the whim and mercy of whoever mapped the course in the first place (not to mention GPS accuracy, cloud cover, etc.).

The GPS systems in use for golf simply cannot match the accuracy of a laser rangefinder, and I've yet to come across a GPS unit constructed as well as even an entry-level laser rangefinder. (And that's without mentioning smartphone app GPS systems, which I find virtually unusable due to the massive amounts of cellular data and battery they gobble up.)

Oh, and did I mention membership fees? What about battery charging? Or course data syncing?

2015 PGA Championship Staff Preview

Aug. 12, 2015     By     Comments (1)

The PGA Championship is headed to Wisconsin! The TST staff looks into their crystal balls to preview the 2015 event.

Thrash TalkWhistling Straits has hosted two previous PGA Championships. 2004's edition was won by Vijay Singh in a very exciting three-man playoff, and in 2010 Martin Kaymer nipped then-majorless Bubba Watson in a playoff after Dustin Johnson failed to recognize a bunch of sand as a bunker. Knowing the course offers very exciting finishes we should probably expect to have just as many fireworks as in past events. Rory is claiming he is healthy and has raised expectations he is ready to defend his title. Tiger is coming off his best finish in 2015 and also his swing is looking better as well. Jason Day has recently won, and don't forget about the guy who won the season's first two majors and then missed the playoff for the third by a single shot - Jordan Spieth.

It seems that anybody who is anybody in golf is playing well and ready to tackle the event. So lets see who the TST staff thinks has the hot hand, and what other expectations they have for the event.

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