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Ernie Els Training System Review

Mar. 16, 2006     By     Comments (6)

Ernie Els Training SystemMy main goal for 2006 is to lower my handicap and I've made improving my short game my a priority. I've committed myself to spend more time at the putting greens both at my house and my home course. I've learned from Dave, who tells us week after week in the Numbers Game that the key to lower scores is hitting greens in regulation and putting. It's great to drive the ball well but you've still got to get the ball in the hole.

Enter the Ernie Els Training System. The Ernie Els Training System has a simplistic approach that almost makes you doubt its worth. After all, it's a late-night The Golf Channel infomercial product, isn't it? Perhaps, but after one practice session with this product I loved it. It hasn't left my bag since.

MyTPI Personal Fitness Review

Mar. 3, 2006     By     Comments (7)

MyTPITiger Woods sparked a lot of trends when he joined the PGA Tour ten years ago, but one of the most resounding of those was golf fitness. The old jokes about how anyone could win at golf - and with folks named "Lumpy" winning tournaments, they were true - faded away in the face of Tiger's workout regimen. Professional golfers became athletes - fine-tuned machines built for flexibility, strength, and speed capable of delivering a clubhead to a ball faster and with more strength than ever before.

Scratch Golf Wedge Review

Feb. 24, 2006     By     Comments (13)

scratch_golf_logo.jpgI've never had a club built and constructed for me before. I've been fitted for proper shafts and things, but never have I had a custom club built to my liking. At some point I found out about Scratch Golf Wedges, who specializes in custom-built wedges. As you'll remember from last week, I love wedges, so I had to get fitted for one of their wedges.

I don't know how I found out about Scratch Golf, but I will say that I was slightly nervous, as I had no experience with them, nor had I heard from anyone who had a wedge built for them in the past. But at the risk of spoiling the rest of review, I wasn't disappointed.

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Feel Golf Wedge Review

Feb. 17, 2006     By     Comments (9)

Feel Golf LogoI love wedges. No, not wedgies, wedges. As in sand wedges, lob wedges, pitching wedges, and gap wedges. I've probably used 30-40 since I started playing the game… and I'm only 26. Yes, I might be just a bit crazy.

My obsession began because when I was younger, chipping was the only way I could practice. Since I couldn't always get a ride to the golf course, I spent a lot of time chipping in the front yard. To the detriment of my parents, I learned how to hit flop shots in the backyard, trying to lob golf balls over the house (breaking only a couple of windows). Heck, I've went so far as to build a make-shift bunker in my parents' backyard. Maybe I'm weird? But I've always had an unhealthy obsession with wedges.

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F2 Wedge Review

Feb. 10, 2006     By     Comments (38)

Face Forward TechnologyAccording to Face Forward Technology there has not been a major innovation in wedges in the past 50 years. Taking a look at all the wedges in golf shops today and you'll surely agree that although there are subtle differences that none really stand out.

Enter the F2 Wedge and its radical design. In fact, the first time I had these out on the range a few passers-by even paused to take a look at this odd looking club. According to the company "both human testing and robotic testing proves that the F2 gets you into the Scoring Zone more often than any other wedge tested." We'll see about that…

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Shiperio Golf Card Game Review

Feb. 7, 2006     By     Comments (0)

ShiperioGood table games based on golf are as hard to find as birdies on the Road Hole at St. Andrews. In fact, outside of the truly addictive GOLO dice golf game, I've never played one.

Until recently, that is, when I had a chance to play a couple "rounds" with a card game called Shiperio. Aside from the obscure name (after a few beers, it became more like "Shipiro" with my playing partners), this card game is fun whether you are an avid golfer or not.

SwingJuice Energy Drink

Jan. 27, 2006     By     Comments (1)

SwingJuiceThere's been a change in the way players play and prepare for a round of golf. It used to be that players would eat a couple hot dogs and wash those down with a few cans of beer. There was no real thought to how nutrition might affect the player's score. As many of us are aware, proper hydration can help a player offset fatigue and finish a round strong.

For me, a couple bottles of water throughout a round can get quite boring. Normally, I'm grabbing any type of sports drink I can to supplement the water intake. Prior to the 2005 Newport Cup, I was introduced to a new product, SwingJuice.

The Fitness Secrets of Championship Golfers

Jan. 20, 2006     By     Comments (0)

Fitness for GolfIt is no secret to those who follow professional golf that the players have a vast array of resources at their fingertips. All they have to do is ask and they receive the best equipment, swing instruction, psychological training, course management ideas and nutritional information in the world. The average player often does not have these resources at their beck and call.

Susan Hill, the President of Fitness for Golf and widely recognized golf fitness expert, has brought together a team of experts in "The Fitness Secrets of Championship Golfers."

Titleist Forged 735.CM Irons Review

Dec. 16, 2005     By     Comments (29)

TitleistRarely are a set of irons so lusted after as Titleist's Forged 735.CM irons. The 735s - Titleist's first foray into "combo" or cavity-to-muscle "progressive" irons - were a rumor in March, reality in August, and had already earned a place in my bag by the time the Newport Cup rolled around in October.

Titleist 735.CM Spread OutIf you don't read past the first two paragraphs, take one thing away from this review: these clubs were worth the wait. It takes a lot to knock a set of irons out of my bag, but these irons effectively replaced the irons I was playing (Titleist's Forged 680) by the turn the first time I played with them. The 680s are a forged, muscleback club with a great amount of feel and feedback, which I had always deemed important to improving my golf game. I never thought a cavity-back club could replicate the feel of a finely crafted muscleback. Until I tried the 735s. They felt so good, I came up with a phrase that I'd rather not repeat here… (but you could find it in the forum quite easily).

They're that good.

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