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Greatness in a Golf Towel - with Choices of Color and Trim

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Pros: Liteweight, Pouch-Design Towel, Not too Large, A Brillo-Like Cleaning Area, Two Lanyard Adjustments, Various Colors and Trim Available

Cons: Doesn't wet itself?

To get a 5 star rating, you've got to be ... special.   I have used a waffle like towel that has gained popularity over the last 4-5 years. It kept on falling off the club that was carrying it around the big hole in the middle - big con. I did not want the typical generic microfiber towel - doesn't do anything for me or my game.   I wanted a towel that actively helped my game, and dry my hands if needed.   I own a Frogger ... it's sentence to die in my garage. Its crime is that it is not playable ---  too heavy, thick, and not as versatile or maneuverable as the Spotless   So I found Spotless Swing ... (Frogger type) pocket without the cons, plus great...
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Lamkin introduces a comfortable, tacky 5 Star grip for temperate conditions in Spring 2015

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Pros: Great Feel, Tacky and Not Too Soft Nor Too Firm with a "sanded" helical and smooth wrap

Cons: If you play in hot and humid or wet conditions, or your hands sweat, look to the Lamkin UTx as your grip

Yes, these are the grips that the most interesting golfer in the world uses on his clubs. While the Mechanic has aced a few holes with this grip in his hands, read on to see if these grips will fit your needs.   The above rating is somewhat misleading.    It is a 5 Star Rating if the golfer plays in dry temps under 85F and just warms up and plays a round.   It is a No-Go  (0 Stars) if you are a range rat, your hands sweat, or you play in hot and/or humid conditions (which causes your hands to become moist). If that is the case, then the Lamkin UTx or UTx Wrap is a wise option.   As a result, the overall rating for the Wrap-Tech  is middle ground...
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Easy Rocket Launcher with Cup Face Forgiveness in a Versatile Fairway from Jesse Ortiz

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Pros: Forgiveness with High Tech Cup Face Tech, Rounded Sole, Shallow Face, Low COG, Maneuverable in the Rough, Pleasing Appearance at Address

Cons: Limited Adjustability

From renown designer Jesse Ortiz comes the latest evolution of his Tri Metal Fairways. It's deeper, stronger, lighter, thinner, longer, forgivinger... forgivinger? Okay, it's good! errr... gooder. If you want an easy to launch fairway that provides versatility with forgiveness and a hot face, I give you the Bobby Jones Black for your off the deck pleasure.   Remember this?    It is now...       Jesse Ortiz says he brought back many of the elements of the sole from his best selling late 1990's Tri Metal fairways. Some features are timeless, requiring little updating. The new sole has an adjustment feature for closing the face either 1 or 2 degrees...
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Finally, a distance fairway that works!

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Pros: High Launch, Forgiving, Lightweight, Aero, Hot Face, High Tech, Great Sole, Modern Nostalgia

Cons: No on-the-fly adjustability (Big Bertha must do something more)

Taking off from last year's Optiforce lineup, Callaway evolves its initial speed offering into the Big Bertha Lineup by renaming it the V Series ... Velocity, Speed, Aerodynamics. One might as well label it the incredible lightness of being -- it's that good or rather ... heavenly (Yes, there is a Heavenwood Option). If you need more distance, keep reading.     Yes, it's about speed. I haven't bagged a 3 wood for over seven years. Except for Adams Golf, most companies went with deep faces and heavier swing weights. They were/are difficult clubs to hit well for speed-challenged lower to mid handicap golfer (high hc should probably stick with a good 5 wood). I was...
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Jesse Ortiz Offers a Stable, Well Balanced, Quality Driver with Forgiveness and Length ... in Flat Black

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Pros: Cup Face Tech, Forgiving, Stable, Stealthy, Well Balanced, High Quality, Launches Well, Goes the Distance

Cons: High pitch sound typical of cup faced drivers - can be muffled with a touch of hot melt, Adjustability is limited.

From the creator of the classic HipTi Driver comes this flat black, easygoing, straight driver with distance. Jesse Ortiz has always carved his prototypes from wood by hand. It was the way he was raised by his father, a man who designed and carved wooden golf clubs. An innovator in clubhead design, Ortiz favors stability and forgiveness with distance. When Taylor Made declared the "triangle" dead in 2011 saying golfers preferred a round head over triangular function, Ortiz said "Function matters." Of course, it was Ortiz who began the triangle revolution in the first decade of the 2000's. TM copied him. They eventually copied his thin faces (Ortiz's faces were thinner and livelier), use...
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Tour Ball for the Masses

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Pros: Drop and Stop, Soft Feel, Launches Well, Excellent Aerodynamics

Cons: Not the most durable... cover is soft, More than you want to pay but you can find them for $41 if you look.

For golfers with average swing speed, about 93 or less with a driver who desire tour-like control around the green and a high launch off tee and irons, Callaway offers you the SR1 for your golfing pleasure.   Launches well (good carry) without significant spin for golfers at this level. For those 20-30 yard delicate shots, you receive what you deserve ... if you have the shots, you get controllable spin and stopping power. You need to know what you're doing around the greens because this ball will respond.   On full shots, you get mostly drop and stop depending on conditions. It has Callaway HEX Aerodynamics, so the design helps in the wind on a solid shot.   Off...
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Want Your Own Custom Headcover? Why not...

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Pros: You Will Get What You Ordered in a Leather-Like Premium Cover that Will Guard Your Putter, Woods and Say What You Like.

Cons: Can you wait 12 weeks? Time flies.

Verdict: High quality execution of your own headcover design that looks as if it will last for years with a high quality magnetic enclosure in a premium, leather-like cover.   Story: The cover of the Bobby Grace Amazin' Grace Mallet is less than a year old but it already suffers from an overdose of thin poly-vinyl. It is frayed, torn, and looking gaunt.  It was also meant for a center shafted mallet, and the putter is heel shafted. The cover had also not done its job as shown by a couple of scratches at the top of the putter near the face. I like my putters and prefer they look almost new several years into use (all two of them). It's my OCD. While I was at it, I thought the...
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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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