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TaylorMade ATV Wedge Review

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Pros: No chunks defense.

Cons: Poor spin.

These wedges have met some backlash from the golfing community (as much as a TaylorMade wedge could get, really), but from where I stand, it's somewhat undeserved. If you use a Vokey 60-degree with four degrees of bounce, and you continue to struggle with shots around the green, your wedges are not helping you. Four degrees on a wedge is practically suicidal, and only really aids you in hitting one sort of shot. TaylorMade's ATV wedges aren't the perfect wedge, far from it. I wish they'd have gone about the bounce issue a bit differently, the grooves aren't great, and I don't like the shape of the leading edge. But they've earned a spot in my bag because they take the chunked shot almost...
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Adams Idea Black CB3 Irons Review

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Pros: Soft, good size, inexpensive.

Cons: Lots of offset.

In the case of these irons, Adams has tried to appeal to everyone. They may not have succeeded 100 percent, but they've gotten darn close. Everyone will like the soft feel, and many will like the appealing club size and shape. I'm a low single-digit handicapper, and though I'm not yet sure if these will remain in my bag long-term, but I've yet to meet a golfer that cannot hit these clubs. I would prefer it if Adams offered customizable sets (I would probably swap out the gap wedge for a 3-iron, though even then my loft gaps would be messed up), and I'd like to see the offset reduced just a touch, but I have no major gripes with these irons. They hit the ball far and straight, and if...
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TaylorMade Penta TP5 Golf Ball Review

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Pros: Distance, no compromises.

Cons: Pricy.

As I found out last year when I reviewed the Bridgestone Tour B330 series, reviewing golf balls is different from reviewing a set of irons, or a fairway wood. You buy a set of irons once every few years, and shelling out a grand for a new set is a big deal. But people buy golf balls weekly, and rather than having to convince you that the newest balls are better (or worse) than what you already have, I just have to make a case for why the newest golf balls are better/worse than what else is out there. Those Bridgestones (the plain Tour B330, to be specific) were better for me because they offered a touch more distance for me than other premium golf balls (ProV1x, 20XI-X, and yes, PentaTP)...
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Adams Super S Hybrids Review

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Pros: Look good, launch high.

Cons: Large clubhead, don't like the white finish.

I like both of these clubs, I really do. Adams has never been a company that will blow you away with flashy marketing and exaggerated claims, and for that I can't fault them. But sometimes exaggerated claims have a grain of truth to them. TaylorMade-Adidas has positioned Adams Golf as their sort of "little brother" brand, a place where they can experiment, test out innovation, and keep costs down. And I can appreciate that, but you get what you pay for. You're not getting the full RocketBallz experience (nor should you expect it), but you are getting something very nice at a solid price. Adams has long been near the top of the industry in the worlds of hybrids and fairway woods, and...
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Nike VR_S Covert Drivers Review

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Pros: Great sound, look nice, feel terrific.

Cons: Low launch.

When we contacted Nike about doing a review of the Covert drivers, Nike was kind enough to send me both, and asked that one be sent back upon completion of the review. That means I, like most consumers out there, have a choice to make between what really aren't terribly different drivers. Why aren't they that different? Because, like most drivers on the market, with the right shaft adjusted for their launch conditions, anyone will hit them the same distance. They are both long off the tee, on par with anything else out there. They also both hit the ball reasonably high, with moderately low amounts of spin. The performance differences are subtle, and align right along with what you would...
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Adams Super S Fairway Woods Review

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Pros: Good looking, solid performance.

Cons: Awful head covers, don't adjust.

I like both of these clubs, I really do. Adams has never been a company that will blow you away with flashy marketing and exaggerated claims, and for that I can't fault them. But sometimes exaggerated claims have a grain of truth to them. TaylorMade-Adidas has positioned Adams Golf as their sort of "little brother" brand, a place where they can experiment, test out innovation, and keep costs down. And I can appreciate that, but you get what you pay for. You're not getting the full RocketBallz experience (nor should you expect it), but you are getting something very nice at a solid price. Adams has long been near the top of the industry in the worlds of hybrids and fairway woods, and...
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Nike VR_S Covert Tour Drivers Review

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Pros: Look great, good distance, easy adjustments.

Cons: Prone to hooking.

When we contacted Nike about doing a review of the Covert drivers, Nike was kind enough to send me both, and asked that one be sent back upon completion of the review. That means I, like most consumers out there, have a choice to make between what really aren't terribly different drivers. Why aren't they that different? Because, like most drivers on the market, with the right shaft adjusted for their launch conditions, anyone will hit them the same distance. They are both long off the tee, on par with anything else out there. They also both hit the ball reasonably high, with moderately low amounts of spin. The performance differences are subtle, and align right along with what you would...
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TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour Irons Review

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Pros: Look great, good distance.

Cons: Little on the large side.

Maybe it's just the clubs that I've had the opportunity to review, but I seem to come to this conclusion a lot: just about anyone can hit theses clubs. I play to a low single-digits handicap, and while there are some things I might change, I very much enjoy TaylorMade's newest offerings. Remember Nike's old Slingshot irons, or Callaway's Fusion Wide Sole irons? Both of those clubs were made for the highest of high handicappers, and I used to know a few people who gamed them. Those irons weren't great to hit from hairy lies, or even tight lies, but boy oh boy was the feeling of a purely-struck shot off a tee with one of those delightful. That much power should be outlawed. With the...
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TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Irons Review

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Pros: Very forgiving, solid distance.

Cons: Tons of offset, thick soles, strong lofts.

The first thing I noticed about these irons is that they feel and swing like a game improvement iron, even more so than they look. The toplines are thick, as are the soles, and the clubs have that top-heavy feel that most game improvement irons have. No one’s confusing the CBs for blades, but it goes a bit beyond that. These clubs have to play the balancing game between game improvement and low-handicap irons. Both groups of golfers have to find them appealing to look at and both groups have to find them enjoyable to swing. And to that effect, TaylorMade has pulled that off pretty well. The clubs are a little clunky, but all in all they've managed to keep high much of that clunkiness...
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Cobra Bio Cell+ Driver Review

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Pros: Looks great, high launch, good distance, extremely forgiving.

Cons: Price.

Cobra hasn't advertised the Bio Cell+ as hard as companies like TaylorMade, so I didn't quite know what to expect going into this review. Was I supposed to see 20 extra yards? Should blimps overhead have been afraid of the extra height I was going to get? Should I have expected to be wowed with its adjustably? All their website tells me is to anticipate “longer, straighter drives.” Well, duh. But what that relative lack of expectations let me do was hit this driver with a completely open mind. Free from knowing what Cobra said this club should do, all I know is what I've seen this club do. And that's quite a lot. I'm not sure I've truly mis-hit a single golf ball the entire time I've had...
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