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Nicely done.

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Pros: Quality materials. Good use of negative space for alignment.

Cons: Low visibility at a distance. A little on the pricey side.

The good people at WarSpec Golf were kind enough to ship me their new Warspec SPEC1 Black Ox ball marker for review.   As a former "use a line on my ball for alignment" putter I can say that this ball marker is absolutely perfect for those who use this technique. Many ball markers provide the golfer with a line or series of lines for this purpose but WarSpec has accentuated their lines by cutting them out rather than painting them on. The cutouts use negative space very effectively to provide a crisp, clean line to align your ball to.   *Note: The ball is placed further forward to provide a better view of the SPEC1, in actual play you would place the marker's concave...
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Stay dry and play whenever you want

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Pros: Very light and easy to pack.

Cons: Not very rugged.

I wanted to get some decent rain gear as our spring was pretty cruel to golfers. I was totally blown away by the costs of some of the higher end gear so I took a chance on these pants on a deal through Golftown's website. Nothing fancy about them, but they do their job and are very easy to pack away in your golf bag. Ultra light material, I keep them in my golf bag 24/7 and don't even notice the extra weight.   At $40 I can't fault these pants at all. They don't seem to be made of the toughest material and I wouldn't recommend them for camping or mountain climbing but they can handle a round of golf well enough. Great deal if you don't want to spend $150+ on a fancier pair.  ...
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Gets the job done.

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Pros: Small. Inexpensive. Durable.

Cons: Small. Tee holder didn't last very long.

I bought this little mat to keep from tearing up the backyard.   I was a little concerned about durability as the hitting area is so small that the abuse will be very concentrated without any way to spread it around a bit, but I've had it for several months now and the simulated turf seems to be good as new. The "turf" interaction isn't very realistic feeling but that's to be expected on such a small unit and I can tell a fat shot from a good one anyway. Due to the small footprint this mat doesn't protect the yard as well as I would have liked, but it's better than nothing and the crushed lawn under the mat after a practice session springs back pretty quickly as long as I take care...
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Quick and easy way to customize your putter's weight distribution profile.

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Pros: Inexpensive. Ease of use. Allows you to experiment.

Cons: Requires special tool for installation.

A few months ago I had the opportunity to visit with a very good putter fitter in Erie, PA. I learned some very important things about my putting stroke, feel and the way I interact with my putter. What I learned was: I don't aim my putter particularly well. I see "square" as "open" which means that when I line up to putt I tend to set up with a closed face. Because I set up with a closed face but still want to hit the ball to the hole, I tend to push my putts to compensate. My distance control is a little spotty.   Now the good news is there are solutions to all of these issues (the first one will require me eventually getting a putter that suits my eye better, the second...
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Volvik making a bid to gain some serious market share with a variety of new products.

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Pros: High visibility, great colour.

Cons: Felt hard and "clicky" off wedges and putter.

Volvik has recently made a big push to gain a foothold in the the North American golf ball market. I have had the opportunity to review two of their newer products, the Volvik Vista and the Volvik S3 White. This review is of the Volvik Vista, my review of the S3 can be found here.   Initial Impression   I have never been a fan of golf balls in any colour other than traditional white. Call me a traditionalist, a poser or a snob but I just have never liked the look of fluorescent yellow or nuclear orange golf balls. Having said that, the orange of the Vista is really cool looking, kind of pumpkin-like. These balls were definitely easier to pick out against a grey sky backdrop...
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Unusual approach to a common issue

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Pros: Better distance control and stroke awareness, excellent craftsmanship

Cons: Terrible grip, I mean God awful...

I have had the pleasure of testing the Bridgestone True Balance for the past month. This model is the TD-03 blade with the specially engineered lightweight graphite shaft and EVA grip, these two features (extreme lightweight grip and shaft) are the basis of what Bridgestone terms True BalanceĀ© technology. By moving the balance point to within 5" of the putter head, Bridgestone claims that golfers will have a better feel for the location of the head throughout the stroke and a more instinctual feel for distance control. I am a firm believer in the importance of having a putter whose weight distribution fits the individual golfers stroke and feel or sense of distance. My regular putter...
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Tour quality ball that can challenge any of the big boys.

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Pros: Feel, spin and visibility.

Cons: Price.

I received a sleeve of Volvic S-3s from the good folks at TST for the purposes of writing a review. I'm glad to have had the opportunity because this is a great product.   Initial Impression   As soon as I rolled one out of the sleeve I was struck by the eye-popping effect of the optic-white colouring. I wouldn't expect there would be a whole lot to say in the "aesthetics" part of a golf ball review: Round? Check.  Dimpled? Check.  White (if that's your thing) Check, but the "whiteness" of these balls is certainly worth commenting on. They seem to have a bit of a placebo type effect in so far as the high contrast optic white really "pops" and I felt as though my...
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