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Does Exactly What it Says - And Does it Well

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Pros: Finely machined, very rugged, versatile (mats, grass), sturdy, attractive, simple operation

Cons: Pricier than shoving a stick in the ground

Driveway markers are some of the best training aids available. At a cost of about $2.99, they're readily available to those of us who live in the northern states where we, sadly, need to mark out our driveways and sidewalks with these bright orange fiberglass (often) sticks so that we don't snowplow our yards for the many months we have snow.   But the irony is that in these same northern states, and of course in any southern state as well, sticks don't work very well when you attempt to shove them into concrete, wood, carpeting, or other sorts of indoor flooring. Enter the Swing Plane Perfector (http://www.swingplaneperfector.com and on The Facebook at ...
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Quality Belt, Unique Style

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Pros: Attractive appearance, quality stitching, interchangeable buckles, fine leather

Cons: None (then again it's just a belt and buckle)

Since the 70s - and with the exception of Ian Poulter and perhaps Rickie Fowler - golf fashion has become rather sedate. Plain colored pants, shirts with a stripe or two, and somewhat more sneaker-like shoes are the norm. If you're daring you'll wear a patterned shirt or some unusual shoes. Bright colors are in, but they're usually solid prints that rely on their technicolor wonder.   The one area reasonably fit golfers are accessorizing? Their waists, with buckles and belts that show off.    New York-based Nicholas Mariano has been making belts for years, and they've recently come out with a line of interchangeable buckles and straps that are targeted at the...
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Great Product - Too Bad Not Legal :(

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Pros: Accurate, Fast, Small, Well Built

Cons: Just the fact that the face plate swap-ability doesn't make it legal :(

The GX-4 was released under the hopes that the bright yellow "faceplate" would make the device legal when the "silver" faceplate was on. The yellow version "enables" (likely via completing a circuit or something basic) the "slope measuring" capability of the GX-4.   Unfortunately, as the actual device still has the hardware to measure slope, Leupold failed in that regard to get by the rules.   So it's kind of tough to justify the added cost for an item you can't legally use in tournaments or sanctioned play, even those that allow distance measuring devices (DMDs).   But rules issues aside, the device works GREAT. It's small, heavy duty feeling, and fast. The...
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Perfect Marriage of Form and Function

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Pros: Small, Lightweight, Secure Hold on Stick, Both Landscape/Portrait

Cons: Can't keep your case on your iPhone

  90% of the time I take my high-speed camera to the range when I go to practice. I realize that feel isn't real and I make use of video constantly to improve and maintain my golf swing.   The 10% of the time I leave my camera at home, or I run out of batteries or forget my SD card, I've been stuck. Now, I'll at least be able to use my iPhone, with the ProtoSports Holster for the iPhone coming to the rescue.   The Holster is a lightweight plastic "holster" (duh) for the iPhone. You slide your iPhone in, and then use the unique clips on the back of the Holster to clip onto a driveway marker or alignment rod. You shove the alignment rod in the ground or, if you're...
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Good but Not for Me

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Pros: Durable, Consistent Height

Cons: Can't adjust height, looks lame, too tall

I'm not one that's beholden to tradition for the sake of tradition, so I looked forward to trying these tees out. If there's one problem with the three-pronged Zero Friction tees I use now it's that they are sometimes difficult to set a ball on, requiring a little adjustment to how straight the tee is put in the ground. But the Zero Friction tees also don't break very often at all, and that's one of the big selling points of the Bugle Tee.   The other selling point is that the tee height is consistently the same. Unfortunately, even the 2 3/4" tee is too tall for my driver on most occasions, and there are no tees short enough for clubs meant to be hit with a downward...
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Solid Towel

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Pros: the scrubbers actually work

Cons: it's white so everything shows up

This towel has one unique feature: one side is made of little "scrubby" bristles that are invisible from normal distances. These little scrubby things do a surprisingly good job of getting down into the grooves of a golf club to clean the club thoroughly.   The towel is large enough to last awhile, but the white color (they have a grey model too) shows every bit of dirt there is, which isn't the most attractive thing to hang from your bag.

Best Grips on the Market

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Pros: Easy Installation, Feels great, lasts forever, sharp looks

Cons: slippery when wet, but little more than other grips

From the conclusion of my full review at http://thesandtrap.com/b/accessories/pure_grips_review:   These grips perform at a price point that's lower than most grips on the market. They're easier to install and remove than any other grip I've ever used. Saying that they wear well implies that they show wear, which is almost a mistruth - these grips will last even those who are tough on their grips a year or more of use.   PURE doesn't (yet?) have the widest of distribution, so if you've got an air compressor at home you might just want to buy directly from PURE.   Since Golf Pride introduced their New Decade Multicompound grips, I've been a staunch...
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Super Comfortable

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Pros: Super comfortable, waterproof

Cons: Some slippage

From the conclusion of the full review here: http://thesandtrap.com/b/apparel/true_linkswear_tour_shoes_review   I don't have the fashion sense of Ryan Moore, but as far as I'm concerned the guy is a thought leader in the world of comfortable golf shoes.   The TRUE Tours are, hands down, the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn on the golf course and are, frankly, very nearly the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn anywhere. They fit well, hold up well, and leave my feet feeling great at the end of a long day of teaching or golfing. While they may not be ideal in slippery conditions, they're a winner every other day of the year.   I believe in taking care of...
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