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B3 Heavy Putter Review

Oct. 22, 2005     By     Comments (64)

Heavy Putter LogoPutting instructors have long talked about the advantages of maintaining a smooth, pendulum stroke and in allowing the larger muscles of the shoulders and back to swing the putter instead of any wristy motions involving the smaller muscles in the fingers, forearms, and wrists.

Unfortunately, some would say, the traditional putter does not do all that it can to suit the proper putting stroke. Those "some" have banded together to form a company and a line of putters known as "Heavy Putter." With putters weighing 90% more than traditional putters, Heavy Putters seek to help players eliminate the twitchiness of the smaller muscles and to smooth out strokes.

Do they work? I've spent a few weeks putting with the B3 mallet style Heavy Putter, and my opinion is set. Read on to see what I think.

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Big Oak Putters T’ville Review

Oct. 14, 2005     By     Comments (3)

Big Oak PuttersI'm a huge fan of milled putters. I've had one (but used many) in my bag since high school and rarely play a putter that isn't milled. I've played Scotty Cameron's and Tad Moore's, among others, but recently I found out about Big Oak Putters, a company specializing in hand-crafted, milled putters. When I was looking through their product line, I found the T'ville and it really appealled to my eye, so I had to give it a try.

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TourEdge Bazooka JMax 460cc Carbon Driver Review

Oct. 7, 2005     By     Comments (6)

Touredge Jmax DrawThis review comes to us via our partners at GolfWRX.com. Specifically, we'd like to thank Sam Torrez (aka "Sam-Tee-Time"), who plays out of Dallas, TX, for this review.

TourEdge is a company that I've been aware of for their Bazooka JMax drivers, but I've never had the opportunity to test their clubs until recently, when I got my hands on the TourEdge Bazooka JMax 460cc Carbon driver. I was pleasantly surprised. Reading other Internet reviews of the previous model Bazooka drivers indicates that these are very solid, well engineered clubs that should be up for consideration for players of any ability level. As the limits to driver size has increased, TourEdge has responded likewise, with larger and larger clubheads that are now at the 460cc size limitations.

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TaylorMade Rescue Dual/TP Review

Sep. 30, 2005     By     Comments (13)

Taylormade Rescue Dual TPThe hybrid. In today's world, we have hybrid cars, hybrid plants and animals, and hybrid golf clubs. Which you choose to care about most is a matter of your personal, political, and playtime preferences. But here at The Sand Trap, we care about the golf clubs.

Though many can claim to have created the first hybrid (our money is on Cobra's Baffler from 20+ years ago), some of the first to get some serious ink started showing up in 2003 and 2004. TaylorMade found that it had one of the more successful hybrids when it released the Rescue Mid in late 2003/early 2004.

What, then, is TaylorMade to do with the follow-up to a verified hit? Why, the same thing they do to everything else: add movable weights to it! 2005 saw the introduction of the "Rescue Dual" where "dual" means two movable weights. What'd we think? Read on…

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Zero Friction Tee Review

Sep. 16, 2005     By     Comments (46)

460cc composite drivers with movable weights. The hybrids explosion (with movable weights). Lob wedges with y-grooves. Golf balls tuned to launch high with less spin. Launch monitors. Huge advances in agronomy.

The golf world has changed dramatically in the past ten years, but a few things have remained the same: the diameter of the hole, the location of The Masters, and the lowly golf tee.

Oh, wait, scratch that last one. Just this year alone we've reviewed several new kinds of tees, from the outrageous Brush-T to the fairly traditional Stinger Tee. We even reviewed a biodegradeable tee known as the Epoch-3. Now it's Zero Friction's turn at the tee, quite literally. How does it fare? Keep reading…

Orlimar VT380 Fairway Wood Review

Sep. 9, 2005     By     Comments (4)

Orlimar LogoOrlimar at one point was one of the big players in the fairway metal wood market. At courses around the world you could find their clubs in the bags of players of all handicap- and skill levels. Just like everyone else, I hit a few different Orlimar clubs when they were hot.

Since the Tri-metal line was introduced in the late 90s, Orlimar has not enjoyed much success. The struggling company has introduced the VT830 to help recapture that success and hopefully get themselves back into the game.

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Odyssey White Steel 2-Ball Blade Putter Review

Sep. 2, 2005     By     Comments (5)

Odyssey LogoOdyssey Golf has been on a roll since April of 1996. Though that spring's Masters is better remembered as the year Greg Norman lost a six-shot lead in the final round, equipment buffs remember it for the putter craze set off by winner Nick Faldo. Nick wielded a Dual Force Rossie 2 to great effect, and the "insert" putter niche was crafted.

Odyssey, a Callaway Golf brand, is almost always the first- or second-ranked putter each week in the Darrell Survey, and their tagline "#1 putter in Golf" is true for many - visit your local muni and you're bound to find plenty of 2-Balls or 2-Ball knockoffs. The insert market is, for the most part, owned by Odyssey, despite attempts by nearly every other putter manufacturer to best company with the hurricane-like logo.

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TaylorMade Rossa AGSI Putters Review

Aug. 26, 2005     By     Comments (15)

Rossa LogoI'll make you a bet. I'll name an equipment category and you name the top three brands on tour. If you lose, you have to read this whole review. Ready?

Putters.

If you didn't name TaylorMade, well, consider yourself average… and wrong.

TaylorMade has made serious inroads on the PGA Tour in a variety of categories in the past few years, including putters, where they've surpassed Ping and are slowly gaining ground on stalwarts Scotty Cameron (Titleist) and Odyssey (Callaway). The success of their drivers and now their irons and wedges has allowed TaylorMade to get their putters in the hands of some good golfers. For example, both Sergio Garcia (Booz Allen Classic) and Sean O'Hair (John Deere Classic) have won this year with a TaylorMade putter.

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Rosasen Apparel Review

Aug. 23, 2005     By     Comments (3)

Rosasen LogoThis might just be me, but I hate having separate clothes that I wear to golf in and that I wear everywhere else. I consider myself a stylish guy, and since I can remember, I've had a separate wardrobe dedicated to golf appropriate attire (Ashworth polos, khakis, etc.) and then my everyday clothes (more stylish shirts, pants, etc.). Having all those different clothes drove me crazy, it was just too much. Not to mention my golf clothes were really dorky looking, and I hated that. I remember in high school, grabbing a bite to eat after a tournament and seeing a girl I liked at a restaurant and being embarrassed because of my golf attire. It just wasn't cool.

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