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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.

Callaway Big Bertha Fusion FT-3 Driver Review

Aug. 19, 2005     By     Comments (20)

FT-3 DriversCallaway Golf is enjoying a resurgent 2005 after a couple off-years. The company started the year by launching the Big Bertha 454 Titanium driver, which has been a success in the marketplace. With the golf season in full swing across the U.S., Callaway has released a new titanium-composite driver, the Big Bertha Fusion FT-3. Will the company's new driver succeed where the composite-based C4 and ERC Fusion drivers faltered? The early word is a resounding "Yes."

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TaylorMade r5 Dual Driver Review

Aug. 10, 2005     By     Comments (33)

TaylorMadeTaylorMade Golf has surged to the top of the driver marketplace over the last few years. The company which first popularized the modern metalwood fell off the pace a bit in the late '90s, but rebounded strongly with its 300 and 500 series titanium drivers. TaylorMade successfully followed those products with the r7 Quad driver, which stands as one of the most-played - and most-imitated - drivers on tour and at retail.

This year, TaylorMade applied some of the design principles of the r7 Quad to the new r5 Dual series. We had a chance to take one of the r5 Dual models for an extended test drive. Read on to see what we thought.

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Back-Nine Lytes Review

Aug. 5, 2005     By     Comments (0)

Back Nine LytesIt seems that whenever I play a round of golf in the summer, I can't keep my energy level up. I tend to lose my focus and become fatigued around the 14th hole. This is typically caused by dehydration. Most people try to combat that by drinking water. I've tried drinking water at every water station on the course and keeping a water bottle with me, but I end up feeling completely bloated and spend most of my time watering trees. Sometimes I'll turn to a sports drink, but those are a little too syrupy for my tastes, plus I feel like the sugar only provides temporary energy.

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