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Easy to hit

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Pros: Straight, hybrid-life feel

Cons: Lower ball flight off the deck

This wood is labeled a "Hybrid-FW" and it certainly feels like it. This fairway wood is similar to it's sister clubs the popular a4 Boxer series of hybrids. It has a box shaped head and feels like it has a slightly heavier head weight. I got the 3-wood with 15* of loft. Overall, I found it pretty easy to hit. Almost every half-decent swing produced a straight shot. It's reasonably, but not incredibly, forgiving distance-wise on mis-hits. Far toe shots lost a lot of distance, but anything near the center of the face got reasonable distance. On clean hits I hit it about 20 farther than my 19* a4 Boxer 3-hybrid. The launch angle is listed on the Adams website as "mid-high", and that seems...
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A convenient accessory

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Pros: Cleans the ball, keeps moisture in

This is a convenient accessory. It slips in your pocket for easy access when you want to clean your ball, which is usually on the putting green when your usual towel isn't conveniently located. Keeping it in my pocket saves me a couple of trips back to the towel on my bag per round. I'm glad I got it The plastic cover is very flexible and allows you to wrap it around the ball and scrub easily. If you wet the inside and keep it in a pocket, it will stay damp for at least a couple hours, even in the heat, and your pocket won't get wet. The cloth material inside is very soft. I would actually like it if the cleaning material where a bit more coarse to make the scrubbing a bit easier, but...
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Decent, but not a leader

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Pros: Good spin on solid shots

Cons: Driver distance

I was motivated to try the Q-Star because of the wedge spin ratings it got from the 2012 Golf Digest Hot List. It was the first Srixon ball I tried. It definitely did spin, but spin had to be earned. I think that it stopped as quickly as the most spinny mid-priced balls I've used, but only when it was hit solidly. It stopped much less impressively when struck less well. On the one end I had a couple of great full wedge approaches onto very soft greens that rolled out barely an inch. On the other end I had many somewhat decent approach shots onto harder greens that ran 12 feet past the pin. I stopped a 7-iron in 12 feet on a medium-hard green, but had several full wedge shots run out 15...
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Firewheel - The Bridges

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Pros: Good condition, good design

Cons: Carts only

Firewheel has three courses, the newest of which is The Bridges. Within The Bridges, there are three sets of 9 holes, two of which are active at a time. These sets of 9 are named "The Champion", "The Tradition", and "The Masters". I played The Champion and The Masters. The Champion is a slightly easier course. The par-3s are on the shorter side and the gap between the fairway and real trouble is fairly large, so fairway misses aren't punished too badly. The rough is grown a couple inches long though, so I had to club down on most fairway misses. The fairways did tend to be a bit tighter, so even though greens looked get-able from the teebox, a poor drive would change that. The greens...
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Comfortable, but wore out quickly

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Pros: Comfortable

Cons: Not durable

I thought the glove was decent overall, but it wore through very quickly. It was a fairly comfortable and had as good a feel as any synthetic glove. But it only took about 20 range trips and 5 rounds over the course a few months before I found a small rip in the middle of the heel of the hand. I noticed it in the middle of a round and five holes later it was a couple inches long. It also got the dark "dirty" look a lot faster than most gloves, which persisted even after a washing. I take decent care of my gloves and I don't grip the club too tightly. I don't think I've had a glove wear through that quickly.

Very convenient towel

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Pros: cleans club grooves

Cons: white

This is a very convenient golf towel. One side has a standard soft feel, the other side is course and can be used to clean the clubface and grooves more effectively than a soft towel can. I took it with me to the driving range on a day with some soft/damp ground. I was cleaning moist dirt off of my clubface every three or four swings. The towel was able to help me get the dirt out of my grooves with just a firm press and a couple swipes. There was a little bit left in the very corners of the grooves, but they were cleaned all the way to the bottom. I saw similar use on the golf course. It didn't clean dry dirt as well, and it didn't do too well with grooves that were already filled with...
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An Interesting and Educational Golf Story

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Pros: Detailed, practical, thorough

Keith Gockenbach was a star golfer in high school. In his 50s, he quits his job and decides to spend three years to trying to make it to the Champions Tour. He has the desire, physical ability, and financial resources to pull it off, but it's a long, hard journey. There are lots of other very skilled players contending at every event hoping for their own shot. The book is organized to cover his journey chronologically. He details his efforts as he goes through Q-school, and fights through dozens of qualifying (and pre-qualifying) rounds for Champions Tour events. He travels from coast to coast across the US and even overseas a few times. He manages to qualify for the US Senior Open. He...
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Two courses in one

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Pros: Varying design and difficulty, good conditions

One of the unique characteristics of this course is the difference between the front and the back 9 holes.The front feels like a prairie setting, with wide fairways and minimal trees. The back is set in a heavily wooded area, has more elevation challenges, and narrower fairways. They feel like completely different courses; as they were designed to. The front 9 felt easier than the back 9, but I think it also played a bit longer to compensate (I don't have my scorecard and can't verify the numbers) and the lack of protective trees let the wind have a presence that it couldn't on the back 9. Regardless, the course is definitely a challenge, with fairway bunkers, fast greens, and the back 9...
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Easy to understand and practical two-plane swing

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Pros: Practical, easy to read, lots of pictures

Cons: Shallow short game coverage

Hank Haney's approach to the golf swing in this book is pragmatic. His goal is to start with your existing swing and then fix the things you do poorly (or wrong) by working backwards from impact position. He acknowledges that there are different ways to swing the club effectively and doesn't dictate all the details to the reader, he prefers to work with their existing/natural/comfortable swing where possible. In this book, Haney teaches a pragmatic two-plane swing. His approach is to focus on the plane that the club shaft starts on. He does not advocate the shoulders be on this plane and the pictures in the book show quite clearly that at the top his arms and shoulder angles don't match....
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Height markers are great

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Pros: Colored height gauge bar is very useful

Since trying these tees, I really like the idea of having a colored bar on the tee to help gauge how far to push the tee down when teeing the ball. You can learn to get it right most of the time through habit, but I don't estimate those things well and I'm kind of picky about getting the exact right height. Little things like the length of the grass (or lack thereof) on the teebox and even the slope can throw of your visual assessment of the tee's height on your initial placement. Readjusting after you've placed it is a bit annoying (and looks a little dorky too ). I think if I'm going to tee the ball up with a variable-length tee, there should be some sort of marker to let me know about...
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