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Made in the USA, High Tech Roller by a Putting Innovator - Tech that Works

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Pros: High MOI Triangle Design with 5 sets of Tungsten Weights, 38 inch length and 50g backweight; Insert retains energy on off-center strikes, tight roll

Cons: It will not win a beauty contest, but then no high MOI roller wins the bathing suit competition - this is as simple as it gets

This is Industrial, High Technology in a "Born in the USA" High MO! Roller.   Verdict: High Technology Face Balanced Roller with Sufficient Weight for High MOI Yet Easily Maneuverable (it feels like a real putter, not a Tank) and an insert with Tight Roll; and for me, aims where intended.   I know, my fans () will be shocked, shocked! I tell you to learn that after almost 5 years, I've given my Edel Blade a rest on the bench. It's not the Edel, it's me. I've gotten nerves on some holes - notably the first couple of holes and the last holes, and I want a stable, heavier, high MOI, back-weighted putter that swings itself and doesn't show my nerves over the stroke.  ...
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True Chukka High Top Black/Mud 2013 - A Winter Shoe for the Discerning Golfer who wants additional protection

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Pros: Comfortable, flexible, light, good grip; Minimalist design allows you to feel ground and contours of green.

Cons: More cushion under balls of feet would be welcome

If you're interested in a performance golf shoe that offers more protection from the weather and is comfortable, it's time to look at the True Chukka High Top 2013.   Verdict: If you want a flexible, comfortable, and somewhat fashionable waterproof, winter shoe that you can wear on and off the course, this is your shoe.   Summary: True is a minimalist shoe, designed so you can feel more intimate with the turf and places you in a natural position where your heel is slightly lower than your forefoot.   Right out of the box, the True Chukka is flexible and comfortable. I feared the lack of cushion around the ankle, but those fears were unfounded. My discomfort...
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For the <95 Driver Swingspeed Golfer Who Likes Carry and Distance and Good Wind Control

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Pros: Launches High and Carries Well, Stops on Full Irons, Offers the Control of a Urethane Ball but not Stop and Drop

Cons: Wish it Applied the Brakes More Around the Greens; But for under $29 on sale, it's a relative bargain

Verdict: The Callaway HEX Chrome is for the player who desires the greenside control of urethane, but doesn't have the swing speed for a premium priced ball and wants more carry and distance; or doesn't want to pay the premium for a Pro V1 and will sacrifice some braking distance around the greens.   I've played this HEX Chrome ball for two seasons. And I really do have guys who play distance balls ask me what ball I play when I nail the green and the ball stops. And like the RBZ U, I toss them one and say, "Play it."   They like it - it stops for them, too. But they have a tough time spending $25-29/dz when they are spending <$20. Golfers - we're all...
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Great Ball for the 95 and under SwingSpeed Crowd Who Want Distance and the Greenside Control of a Mid-Priced Urethane Ball

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Pros: Launches High and Carries, Mid-Spin off Driver, Stops on Full Irons, Offers the Control of a Urethane Ball but not Stop and Drop

Cons: Wish it Hammered the Brakes More, But for under $29 on sale, it's a relative bargain

Verdict: The RBZ Urethane is for the player who desires the greenside control of urethane, but doesn't have the swing speed for a premium priced ball and wants more carry and distance.   I'm 88-90 Driver Swingspeed guy who could buy a Pro V1, but does not think it is worth the extra $15-20 for that ball. I can find the RBZ Urethane on sale for a little more than $25 per dozen when I buy three packs - so that's the road I go for distance and consistent green side control. Okay, it's not sexy green side control - she doesn't spin like a top like a Pro V1. She rolls out more.   Now, some people will pay for a Titleist  Pro V1 when it's 4 for 3 time, or when they are...
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High Quality, Well Designed, Fashionable, Shaped, Durable Headcover

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Pros: Looks Great, Screams Quality

Cons: Screams at your Wallet

Des here to whisper that you've got to tell your significant other" to get this on your Santa Hot List:   Iliac Headcover   Verdict: It feels sexy, Made in the USA, it is lined to comfort your metal wood, and it is liteweight.   And did I mention form-fitting?   Take a Look:   A competitor on the left with a draped, dour look - this is your homely girlfriend who doesn't want to show that 10 lbs she put on during the holidays.   On the right, we've got an hourglass figure of a Sexy Woman! err, head cover.   Do you want one until you sell the club, or do you want a keeper?   Marry the Iliac.   She's high in value...
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Stockton is a feel player and instructor - once you've got proper mechanics, or your signature stroke, the game is about mentally freeing yourself.

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Pros: Dave tries to get you away from thinking about mechanics and releasing the athlete in you - "see it, hit it" is his mantra. Good routine.

Cons: He could spend more time on green reading and seeing the line -- a little more science would work - but Dave is not a science guy.

Why Should You Buy this Book?    I purchased this book, not for mechanics, but for Dave's pre-shot routine and what to look at over the ball (a spot).   Is Stockton Big on Mechanics?   No. Stockton eschews a lot of modern day mechanics, as opposed to a guru like Mike Shannon, who will put you through a rigorous SAM and video analysis, and tell you about the angles that PGA Tour players own, and how their putter moves through the zone.   Dave would probably say "bull hockey" to all of that ghee-whiz gizmo stuff.   Stockton says you've got to have the proper mechanics for your body type, and that each of us have a swing signature. After you get that,...
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Bobby Jones by Jesse Ortiz Hybrids make the game fun -- Tour Quality in a Consistent, Versatile, High Launching, Forgiving Club

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Pros: Rounded Sole with medium footprint for Versatility, easy to launch, consistent, accurate, playable from all lies, adjustable lie, well balanced club

Cons: Not Adjustable for Loft

Verdict: For the golfer who wants a tour quality club with great feel. These clubs offer confidence from any lie, launch easily and high, and are sufficiently forgiving with excellent, but not extreme distance as the shaft is more traditional in length for greater consistency.   On approach shots, you will gain a high trajectory that stops the ball on the green. This club is the very definition of a hybrid -- more forgiving than the comparable iron, higher flight, accurate, big enough to offer confidence, yet still playable from any lie - fairway, rough, bunker, divot. It thrives on initial clean contact and then releases through the ball. It is not a flat sole club ...
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Easy to Launch, Forgiving, Versatile Tour-Quality Fairway

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Pros: Shallow face makes it easy to launch, Rounded sole makes it versatile, pleasing, tour-like feel, face angle is adjustable

Cons: If it has a con, then it's not adjustable for loft

This review is for the Bobby Jones Golf Fairway Woods introduced in 2012 by renowned club designer Jesse Ortiz.   Verdict: An tour-like, hot, zingy fairway for the player who likes the XHot but wants a more penetrating trajectory and versatility with a traditional length, quality stock shaft.             The finish and shape of this club - Lexus Pearl Paint with a subtle red outline at the edges - says this club is well thought out and attractive ( I did not find it distracting in the sun). Your eyes go to the design of the high forgiving toe as they recognize the soft and stable high MOI triangle...
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Finely Tuned Machine

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Pros: If You Want Adjustable, Low Spinning, and High Ball Speeds, White Crown/Decal looks large and is Confidence Boosting

Cons: Additional TMAG weights are expensive, sound and feel are lacking, not a big sweet spot, a club for those who can hit a sweet spot consistently

I am not in love or lust with the R1. It performs, but at times it is temperamental. Well, it's a driver, aren't they all?  The R1 is adjustable ... and that is its best feature, besides the white crown, of course. I demoed the Stock R1 in February and while not impressed with the stock shaft, was impressed with the extent of adjustability. My swing was in transition and that aspect was attractive. Since it is a lower spinning head, adjusting the loft up would not detrimentally effect the carry like higher spinning drivers. TMAG also has a free R1 app for fitting. Use it. The R1 arrives with a wrench for adjustment.  Bought the R1 in April and played around with it -...
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If You Want Feedback... Get a Bender Stick

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Pros: It give feedback and it helped me immensely. Fits in your bag easily. Easily bendable into various positions

Cons: Wind can blow the fuzzy ball around; Getting into a hitting position with the stick takes patience.

Squint here ... with good news. This bendable pole with the fuzzy ball improved my ballstriking immensely.   You need feedback on the range to improve, or an instructor ... preferably both. For the times when an instructor is not around, the golf gods invented training aids. Maddening things really ... most of them collect dust. I recycle my collection and did so with the Big Fuzzy, also known as the Bender Stick.   When I purchased the Bender Stick over a year ago, I took it out a few times and then put it back in the closet. Another $90 ... busted. Then I had this problem. No, it wasn't anything Cialis could cure... I kept thinning shots and fatting them ......
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