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Excellent guide to short game shots around the green.

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Pros: Simple easy swing approach to short and long wedge approach shots.

Cons: None really.

I picked up this book after it was posting for discussion in the Reading Room section of The Sand Trap.  James Sieckmann is a former PGA Pro who turned to coaching.  His methods were developed after analyzing great short game players like Seve Ballesteros,Corey Pavin, and Raymond Floyd on video.  He spent countless hours going over the swing for short game shots and determined what worked best.  He has also worked with Titleist Performance Institute, TPI, and showed that the best short game swings do not have the same elements as full swings.    Approach   Sieckmann's breaks down the wedge game into Finesse and Long wedge shots.  Finesse wedge...
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Very comfortable shoe with a bit more support than

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Pros: Zero drop sole gets you closer to the ground. Wide toe box keeps toes comfortable. Quality construction. Sole provides great grip without spikes.

Cons: People with narrow feet may have trouble with sizing

New this year from True Linkswear is the TRUE motion.  Set at $119.95, it is a step up from last years TRUE vegas shoe.  From True Linkswear:   The Motion was inspired by the popular TRUE street style models of the past, now with an improved leather upper, updated styling that's perfect for on and off course, more aggressive barefoot tread and improved comfort essentials.   The shoe is a bit more 'athletic' looking to me, which l like.  I don't need to play with dress looking shoes.  Golf is an athletic endeavor for me.  I purchased the Black model which has subtle while stripes and the True 'T' on the side.  The sole is white, which won't...
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Excellent belt. Comfortable, easy to use and very fine adjustment

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Pros: High quality leather belt with innovated adjustment mechanism for fine adjustment

Cons: Not really a con but the ratchet release requires a small amount of practice to master.

The stunningly handsome George Clooney look-a-like below is actually me wearing my new Mission 40mm black leather belt with the awesome The Sand Trap logo.  This is an excellent, high quality leather belt from the folks at Mission Belt Company.  Mission started in 2012 in Provo, Utah with, well, a "mission" to provide customers with a top quality belt with an innovative ratcheting adjustment and be socially responsible at the same time.  This means you get a great belt with finer adjustment than ordinary belts and you provide a $1 for each belt you buy to help people break the poverty cycle.  Mission Belt Company works with Kiva, a non-profit...
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Great hybrid iron.

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Pros: High launching. Great in the rough. Smooth Mizuno feel at impact.

Cons: Mizuno doesn't make it anymore.

I purchased this iron in April of 2013 because I was not launching my Mizuno MP-57 4 iron high enough to hold greens.  I am not a particularly high ball hitter.  There were several par 3 holes that I play that could use a higher launching club for 180 yard shots.  Also, my 4-iron in light rough would dig in and I would lose distance.  I had read about the Fli Hi and decided to give a shot.  I found one on e-Bay with the same shaft as my MP-57, Nippon 950GH stiff.   Aesthetics   First off, this is a nice looking club.  It is made of the same grain flow forged 1025E steel as other Mizuno MP irons.  The club is hollow with a thinner faster,...
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Pricey and shrinks a size in the wash

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Pros: Comfortable at first

Cons: Shrinks in wash to a size below.

When you spend $24 for a pair of underwear, you expect a few things.   Comfort Durability Feels the same use after use.   Mack Weldon makes these claims for their Boxer Brief, but misses out on number 1 and 3.  Why, because the 47.5% Long Staple Cotton / 47.5% Modal / 5% Lycra fabric shrinks in the wash.   I've purchased performance underwear before, namely REI brand and ExOfficio brand.  The advantages of these briefs is the material keeps the same fit during wear and wash after wash.  I saw the Mack Weldon ad pop up in the margin of my The Sand Trap homepage and thought I would give them a try.  Their description is below.   Wear...
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Great overall top for cooler weather. Comfortable and not restrictive

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Pros: Warm enough for cool weather, comfortable, not restrictive for your swing

Cons: $75 is on the high end of pricing.

I like to play in cooler weather.  What I don't like it bulky outerwear that restricts my golf swing.  I searched out a number of lighter weight tops for fall golf.  I tried on Oakley, Adidas, Puma, Snake Eyes, etc.  Some were decent, but this Nike Dry-Fit had what I wanted, a lightweight fabric with some insulating properties, but no thick fabric feel.     I purchased a XL size in the blue above to give myself a bit of room to add layers underneath.  The sizing was spot on.  It allows me to add a full length undershirt for warmth, without becoming too tight.   Product Description   Layer up in style with the Nike Men's Dri-FIT...
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Fitness App with video drills has great potential, but never explains how to really use the program

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Pros: Excellent videos of fitness drills. Many different drill to try to keep workouts fresh.

Cons: There is no guide on how to use the program or how to access your progress.

I have been doing golf specific workouts 2 - 3 times a week for a couple of years.  The beauty of these workouts is they address flexibility and core strength of the hips and shoulders, which helps out more than just golf.  That is why I was excited to hear about FishFit.  Andrew Fischer is a fitness guru who has worked with many PGA players including Bubba Watson.  Fischer even took time to talk with The Sand Trap's own Jamieson Weiss in this article.    ‚Äč    The App, available for both iPhone and Android costs only $1.99.  This is a great price for access to fitness drills by a top notch instructor.     Function I...
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Excellent grip with good tack and firm feel.

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Pros: Firm feel, easier on the hands than chord, air installation, easy to wipe.

Cons: If you need build up tape, then installation is not as easy and shown in the video.

I finally broke down and tried the Pure DTX grips.  I have been using Golf Pride NDMC grips for the past couple of years because I like the firm feel and excellent grip tack when my hands are moist due to sweat.  I have tried other rubber compound grips like Tour Velvet, Winn Dry-Tac and Lamkin Crossline, but the cord feel of the NDMC was the best.  The Pure DTX is one of their newest models and is designed to feel closer to firm cord grips.  Below is the Pure DTX company description.   Quote: The DTX is our first collaboration with Hank Haney. A combination of contrasting textures, the DTX delivers a great simulation of a cord feel, but adds our...
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Well crafted shirt but lacks the cooling power of the towel

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Pros: Comfortable, moisture wicking and nice color

Cons: A bit pricey. Does not cool as well as advertised unless it is windy.

Let me start by saying that I sweat.  A lot.  If we had a handicap system for sweating, I would be scratch.  It is particularly troubling for me in the hot humid summer.  So needless to say, I look for apparel that will help manage my sweat.  Light, moisture-wicking and quick drying is a must.  I wear wrist bands that tennis players wear just to keep my hands dry.  I carry two towels.   I have tried quite a few shirts and hats that are designed for this issue.  CoolmaxTM, Dri-FitTM, ClimachillTM fabrics are designed for moisture-wicking and quick drying.  I have tried these materials with varying degrees of success.  So I was...
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Works as advertised. Relieves stress on the SI joint during a round of golf

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Pros: Comfortable, easy to put on, not noticeable and does a great job supporting the SI Joint

Cons: Can feel a bit constricting if you tighten it too much or when wet after a workout.

I am a skeptic at heart when it comes to some medical devices.  The sacroiliac joint is located in the lower back at the point where the sacrum (the bottom plate of the spinal column) joins the ilium (the large hip bone.  There are ligaments that stabilize the joint, but it is basically bone on bone with a little buffer area.         I first hurt my sacroiliac joint in high school.  I was running track and doing hurdle practice outside in the winter.  I skidded on ice and went down hard.  I did not know it at the time, but, the joint was displaced slightly on my right side and became inflamed.  The next day, during a meet, it hurt so...
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