Mizuno JPX900 Driver Review

The Mizuno JPX900 driver delivers a ton of adjustability. Can it keep up with the top driver models this year? (You might be surprised.)

Mizuno JPX900 DriverThe Mizuno JPX900 is the brand?s performance counterpart to its game-improvement JPX-EZ (which I thought was a pretty decent game improvement driver). The 900 is lower spinning and more workable, and provides a wider range of adjustments to fit your swing. I mean a really wide range.

The 900 replaces the JPX850, a pretty solid, lower spinning driver that required a reasonably good swing to produce consistent results.

CrocBox Back-Yard Hitting Net Review

The CrocBox is an easily foldable multi-sport hitting net that enables nearly instant practice sessions in your back yard. If it works… what could be better?

CrocBoxWhen we ask golfers why they aren’t better than they are, we’re told a few things. Number one on the list of common responses with a bullet and a healthy margin is “I just don’t have the time.”

I live about two miles from a practice range at a great course, I work at Golf Evolution, an indoor, year-round practice facility that’s about seven miles (by car, not as the crow flies) from my house, and even I find that a small desire to practice is often tempered by the time it will take to get my clubs in the car, load up my camera or tripod (or both), head out to the course or our facility, get balls, and film. The travel alone may take anywhere from 10-25 minutes, and in that time I could have completed a pretty good practice session if I just had a net in my backyard.

Backyard nets are nothing new. We have many, many topics on them on the forum. There are several solutions out there, too… from the homebrew models put together with PVC pipe and some netting to actual practice nets produced by some known companies, ranging in price from $80 to $1,000 and up. While the convenience of a backyard hitting net is unmatched, mowing around the net can be a pain, and they’re a bit of an eyesore.

I’ve recently been getting a lot more practice in lately – in bursts as short as five or ten minutes – because of the CrocBox. The CrocBox is a collapsing net system that folds into a weather-proof box that installs at ground level. CrocBox promises the convenience of a backyard hitting net without the negatives: mowing around it, having to stare at a net in your back yard, or traveling to a golf course or facility to get in a little practice.

Let’s take a deeper look at the CrocBox.

Sun Mountain Speed Cart GT Review

Reviewing the newest push cart offering from Sun Mountain.

Speed Cart GT HeroWhen I got the notification about a Sun Mountain push cart available for review, I jumped at it. The brake on my old Bag Boy cart was permanently stuck, and I had a long summer of men’s league matches ahead of me. I knew I’d want the extra convenience and energy that comes with not having to lug my stand bag around.

The Speed Cart GT is firmly at the top of Sun Mountain’s push cart line. It’s light, it folds up small, and it’s full of space to put your stuff. It also costs an enticing $210.

Is it worth it?

Let’s find out.

Volume Five Hundred Seven

Dustin Johnson overpowers Glen Oaks Club, Jordan Spieth, en route to FedExCup Playoff event win.

Hittin the LinksWelcome one, welcome all to another week of Hittin’ the Links. Dustin Johnson overpowered Glen Oaks Club this weekend, winning the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs in sudden death over Jordan Spieth. Lucas Glover, meanwhile, didn’t have quite as nice of a week.

We’ll also check in with the LPGA Tour, Michelle Wie, and some real nice new irons from TaylorMade. All that, plus recognition for Ernie Else and the USGA’s final plea for Rules feedback.

Let’s hit the links!

Volume Five Hundred Six

All Jordan Spieth, all the time.

Hittin the Links Welcome back to Hittin’ the Links, ladies and gentlemen. This week is wall-to-wall coverage of Jordan Spieth and the Open Championship.

Spieth proved victorious after outlasting Matt Kuchar down the stretch on Sunday, recovering from near-certain disaster to pull ahead for good with Rory McIlroy lurking a few shots behind. Spieth was nearly derailed after a disastrous tee shot on the 13th hole, but rebounded with an incredible stretch of golf to close out the round.

We’ll also check in on the PGA, Web.com, and LPGA Tours, and of course your local Woods Wrap-Up.

Let’s hit the links.

Volume Five Hundred Five

Xander Schauffele breaks through with first PGA Tour win.

Hittin the Links Welcome to another edition of Hittin’ the Links! This week we’ll take a look at rookie Xander Schauffele winning for the first time on the PGA Tour, on the same day that another young former PGA Tour winner, Chesson Hadley, won on the Web.com Tour.

We’ll also look into a few shakeups at NBC, as Johnny Miller has announced that next year will be his last and Jim Mackay has signed on to work the Open. We’ll also take a look at a pair of female golfers, one breaking through for the first time, the other back in the win column after a long seven winless years.

Let’s hit the links!

Deep Dive Analysis of SlowCelica’s Golf Game

We profile our second TST member in this article by looking at eight of his GAME GOLF rounds, and we use a modified assessment technique from Lowest Score Wins.

Introduction

The Numbers GameIn November 2016, we started a new feature where a volunteer steps forward and works with us to analyze a bunch of representative rounds to shed some light about their game. You can find the first article in the series here, with all the appropriate background on the goals of this series.

In this second article, we will take a close look into @SlowCelica’s game (from now on, referred to as SC). We will intentionally throw a lot of numbers at you, so if that is not your style, then there is no need to read on. There are lots of charts below, so if you want to just skim, you’ll likely get the gist. Later, we will create a thread in the discussion forum, where we can have a dialogue with SC about the analysis.

The point is to see what useful knowledge we can get from of the numbers, not to simply geek out with stats. We will also get a baseline of where SC stands now, and as we get deep into the season, we intend to check back in with SC to see how his game progressed.

Custom Headcovers and Accessories by DelilaH Club Covers

If you’re in the market for custom designed hand-crafted headcovers, valuables pouches, or alignment stick covers, Delilah Club Covers has you “covered.”

Delilah LogoDon’t let the domain name throw you off… Delila Harvey conducts her business online at girlygolfer.com, but the products she makes are great for man, woman, boy, and girl!

I recently had the pleasure of working with Delila on some headcovers, a valuables pouch, and some alignment stick covers, and though this is filed under “Review” I’m going to do something a bit unusual and share my opinion or review right up front, then talk about the process whereby these items came to be.

If you’re in the market for anything custom-made – putter, driver, or fairway/hybrid headcovers, valuables pouches (she calls them “caddy bags”), alignment stick covers, or other leather golf accessories, you won’t go wrong availing yourself of Delila’s services. In about two months, you’ll have a product that pleases you in every way, with finely crafted materials and attention to detail in craftsmanship and design.

Volume Five Hundred Four

Brooks Koepka wins the 2017 U.S. Open.

Hittin the Links Welcome to another edition of Hittin’ the Links! It’s all U.S. Open all the time this week, and we’ve got you covered wire-to-wire.

Brooks Koepka is your champion, winning by four shots over Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama. It was an impressive showing by the young American, who overpowered the golf course off the tee and excelled on shots into the green as well.

We’ll also hear stories about Justin Thomas, an elderly fan whose last steps were on the grounds at Erin, and a former U.S. Open contender making waves on the Web.com Tour. All that, plus some news from Tiger Woods.

Let’s hit the links!