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Gorges Were Great, But Glides Are Better!!

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Pros: Versatility, Customization

Cons: No "bounce" options

I have been playing (and loving) Ping Tour Gorge wedges since they were introduced about 2 1/2 years ago.  I currently play a 54.5 and 59 SS, which I'm pretty happy with, so I chose to test the 54 and 58, also in standard sole.  I have a slightly larger than necessary distance gap between my 50 and 54.5, so I figured dropping down 1/2 degree might help that.   First off, out of the box these clubs are very nice to look at.  The satin nickel (I think that's the color) look is very appealing and, not surprisingly, matches up really well with my i20s.  The Gorge wedges had a little bit darker coloring to them.  The Glides are also very "minimalist" and simple...
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A Sturdy, Supportive Shoe

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Pros: Support, Traction, Waterproof

Cons: Traditional heel drop and spikes not good for green reading, Narrow

I've been a happy True Linkswear customer for a couple of years now and haven't felt any need to branch out, but when offered the opportunity to review the new Adidas Adipower "Boost" shoes, I couldn't resist.  I'm not going to know if I'm wearing the best shoes for me if I don't have something to compare them to, so I jumped at the chance.  I've never really been in-between sizes in my adult life - and pretty much every brand of shoe fits me just fine in a 13.  However, I recently bought some new tennis shoes from Adidas and they turned out to be a bit tight, so for these shoes, I went with 13-Wide.  They fit, pretty much perfectly, and so this basically confirms that...
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Good, Comparable Ball At Great Value

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Pros: Feel off the putter face

Cons: None

When I was offered the opportunity to test out the new Callaway Chrome Soft golf ball, I jumped at the chance.  Not because I was unhappy with my current ball(s), but because of their claims of being the Holy Trinity of golf ball performance – low spin for exceptional distance off the tee, low compression for incredibly soft feel, and excellent control.   The promotion material from their website boasts:   Low Spin Off The Tee For Exceptional Distance Low spin off the driver for maximum ball speed and distance with the SoftFast Core. The core is the key to long, straight distance off the tee, and our optimized HEX Aerodynamics makes Chrome Soft even longer by reducing...
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Has Potential, Not For Me.

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Pros: Provides Support, Comfortable While Standing

Cons: Uncomfortable While Bending or Sitting

I've dealt with back pain (herniated discs, L4/L5, and to a lesser extend L3/L4) for close to 20 years, and at its peak, the pain was debilitating enough to cause me to basically retire from golf for a couple of years.  After attempting various treatments, I was finally healthy enough in the last few years to pick the game back up.  However, no matter how good I feel, my back is still always some amount of sore or achy, before, during and after playing golf.  So I jumped at the chance to test out a product designed specifically for golf that claims to relieve back pain.   It is a stretchy, elastic-like belt that functions a bit like a weight belt, but is to be worn...
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A Very Solid Ball That I Will Continue To Play

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Pros: Distance, Softness around the greens

Cons: None.

I had already been experimenting with Bridgestone balls lately (successfully, I may add), so I was excited when I was given the opportunity to try out a ball from their 2014 line.  The first step in the review process was to get fitted.  The Bridgestone website has a very user-friendly fitting tool, and you can be paired with your ideal ball with either general information about you and your game (age, sex, driving distance, yadda, yadda, yadda) or if you have launch monitor data on yourself, you can go that route.  That is the route I sent, and the tool found that the B330 would be the perfect fit for me.   The B330 is the ball geared towards the players with ...
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Should have bought one a long time ago!

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Pros: Small, very easy to use, light.

Cons: Noise, hard to see

I was resistant to rangefinders for a long time, foolishly thinking that GPS was the way to go.  I thought that I'd have too much trouble with blind shots, or thought that I'd have trouble using the rangefinder.  I was wrong.  It is sooooooooooooo easy to use, especially in scan mode, that I know exactly what my distance is.  With GPS, I could get pretty close by guesstimating the location of the flag on the green and interpolating between front and middle, or middle and back.  But I could never know exactly what that distance was.  Plus, most greens aren't perfect squares or circles, so that tiny bit of doubt left in your head after using a GPS is no...
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Great Fitting Pants

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Pros: Comfortable, Lightweight, Elastic in waistband.

Cons: They look a bit "shiny" in certain light.

If you are reading this, I assume you are big, tall, or, like me, both.  In which case, you probably suffer the same type of frustration as I do when shopping for golf clothing.  When looking though the racks at the golf store, there is really no point shopping by style, because you know that they probably don't carry it in your size, so you're relegated to the clearance rack choosing between lime green and Ricky Fowler orange.  Well, finally, there is a player in the golf clothing market catering to us.  Aveo Big & Tall focuses 100% on the big and tall golfer.  I was fortunate enough to receive a pair of their flat front pants in Navy Blue for this review. ...
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Love these grips!

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Pros: Feel, Tackiness, Bold Colors

Cons: Only Bold Colors

This new offering from Golf Pride is the Niion all-weather, high performance grip, and is billed as its "most advance design yet."  At the same time, it is quite simple, in that it is an all rubber grip.  No cord, no velvet, no multi-compound ... just rubber.  I received a set of these grips a couple of weeks ago for this review, and was amused to open the box and find bright, almost neon, orange grips.  I'd venture a guess that they are almost too orange for Rickie Fowler!  OK, not really ... but they are bold and bright.  Here's a photo of them prior to their first use:     The grips I have been playing with prior to these Niions are...
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Jury's Still Out On C-Tack Golf Glove

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Pros: Durability

Cons: Feel

I was really excited when I first received my new Cutters C-Tack golf glove.  I've never been terribly picky when it came to golf gloves, and found that most were the same.  I pick a medium priced leather glove that fits, wear it until the thumb or, more commonly, the base of the palm pad wore a hole, and then go buy a new one.  I've not found one that I disliked because of feel.  Some lasted longer than others, but all eventually wore out in one of those two same places.  The Cutters glove seems to address that problem with a patch of their tacky "C-Tack" material on the thumb and palm pad.  Additionally, there are pads further up the palm, towards the...
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Like A Personal Golf Coach In Your Pocket

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Pros: Ease of use, Drills

Cons: Currently only for iPhone/iPod touch

The Golf MTRx iPhone (or iPod touch) app is a very easy to use training aid.  I was given the opportunity to try this out for the first time at the range the other day and I am really intrigued by it.  This program measures your hips during the golf swing and compares and analyzes the results, all right on your iPhone.  The idea behind the program is that you record your swings, save them with as much (or little) information as you'd like, analyze your swing based on four variables, and then improve your game with swing-specific drills and exercises.  And the best part is that the app takes care of all of those steps for you ... there is no guesswork.  ...
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