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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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Nice tees, but not my style.

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Pros: Durability

Cons: Practicality

The Tornado Tee is one of the numerous new tees on the market claiming to improve your performance in some way or another.  Their claim is that the reduced spin will give you an extra 10-15 yards in distance AND reduce your side-to-side dispersion by 5-10 yards.   I have always been skeptical of these type of grand claims in any piece of golf equipment, and especially in tees - partially because I've yet to see a Tour player use anything besides a normal wooden tee.  Regardless, I wanted to see for myself so I took these tees out to the range and the course this weekend to give them a try.   The tees sort of resemble a miniature badminton shuttlecock, with...
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Sturdy Water Bottle

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Pros: Insulation, Volume

Cons: Diameter

The Goodlife water bottle from Tyent is a slick option for your hydration needs.  It is made from stainless steel, and comes in two sizes; 700mL and 1000mL.  It also comes in 4 colors; silver, purple, red, and gold.  I tested the 700mL bottle in gold.  The first thing that stands out is the sturdiness.  Because of the stainless steel construction, I believe this thing could take a pretty good beating.  (I made a conscioius effort NOT to drop or throw mine around so I guess I can't say for sure)  It has a screw on cap, which I prefer to a lot of the different flip tops, straw tops, or squirt tops out there.  The cap is easy to remove and replace,...
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Not A Rules Expert? These Are For You.

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Pros: Small, colorful, easy to read.

Cons: None.

  If you are like me, you know the rules of golf, but when it comes down to actually applying them, you can never remember if it's 1 club length or 2 or if yellow stakes mean water or lateral.  With these new "Rule Tagz" by Skillzys, the guesswork is gone.  6 colorful, credit-card sized plastic tags, each with the basics you need to know for a particular rule, at the ready whenever you need them.   One tage each for Yellow Stakes, Red Stakes, White Stakes, Obstructions, Unplayable Lies, and "Common Rules."  On the back of each are everything you need to know for that particular rule.  As an example, on the back of the Red Stakes card it gives you all...
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