Callaway Big Bertha 454 Review

The Callaway Big Bertha 454 may not be Callaway’s top of the line driver now that the FT-3 is out, but it’s a solid everyman’s driver that’ll keep you in the fairway.

Callaway 454I’m a Titleist guy. I admit it. I’ve gone to counseling and it’s not helped. I’ve undergone shock treatments, withstood bribes, and watched Tiger Woods win major after major with “inferior equipment” following his move away from Titleist to Nike. I even saw Phil Mickelson shoot 59 after switching from Titleist. Still, I’m a Titleist guy.

But at the core, I’m a golfer, and one who plays fairly well. The line that separates “good enough” equipment from “perfect” equipment is a blurry one. I’m always looking for a bit of an advantage, and the Callaway Big Bertha 454 has gotten some rave reviews. Though Phil and Annika are playing the next Callaway driver (the recently introduced FT-3), the 454 promises to be an everyman’s driver – good technology that doesn’t require the ability to shoot 59 to handle it.

Barclays Classic Preview

Both Sergio Garcia and Vijay Singh will be looking for their third win at Westchester Country Club this week.

barclays_logo.gifNow that the U.S. Open at Pinehurst is in the past, it’s time for the golfers to get primed for the British Open next month. The first stop is this week’s Barclay Classic, the event formerly known as the Buick Classic. This event is always within a week of the second major championship, either the week before or the week after. Westchester Country Club is the course for the Barclays Classic, and it is a very solid venue all the way around. Many of the world’s best players make their way to this event, and this year will be no different.

U.S. Women’s Open Preview

Meg Mallon defends her 2004 U.S. Open victory this week in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado.

us_womens_open_logo.jpgCherry Hills Country Club sets the stage for the LPGA’s third major tournament of the year. Defending champion Meg Mallon will attempt to grab her share of the $3.1 million purse as she has done on two previous occasions.

A first-place check of $560,000 and the prestige of winning the beautiful sterling trophy has 155 of the best women golfers in the world chomping at the bit for a chance at the glory it represents.

The 72-hole championship originated in 1946 as a match-play event changing over to stroke-play the following year and is the longest-running tournament on the LPGA Tour.

Campbell Not Being Given his Due

A reader writes in with some poignant thoughts on the 105th U.S. Open and the media reaction to a Campbell victory.

We received an email from The Sand Trap reader Bruce Hardie on Tuesday, and we’d like to share it.

I’m a fan of The Sand Trap and you and the rest of your writers should be congratulated.

I’m surprised, and maybe even a little hurt, by some of the reactions to Michael Campbell’s win. Some of the press seem to think that he was some second rate scrub who got lucky.

Ned Barnett says “Campbell’s win was great for his career, his bank account and his family, but it wasn’t great for golf… The leaderboard was full of little-known international players who are little-known for a reason.”

Ryan Moore: The Next Big Thing

With Ryan Moore turning pro this week, will we see another amateur champion struggle on the PGA Tour?

Thrash TalkThe United States Amateur is one of the most familiar events in the world of golf, but I think it’s starting to lose some steam. Since 1990, Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard, and Tiger Woods have won the U.S. Amateur. Woods, as we all know, won three in a row from 1994-1996. These players have gone on to make their mark in a big way on the PGA Tour and for great reasons. Woods has nine major championships on the PGA Tour, Mickelson has one, and Leonard has one. Since Tiger’s win at the U.S. Amateur in 1996, however, the event winners have struggled in a bad way on the PGA Tour.

Rockin’ Chicks and a New

The PGA Tour gets a re-made website, and LPGA players leap onto your desktop. How can final-round action at the U.S. Open possibly hope to compare with this news!?

Paula Creamer WallpaperTwo quick tidbits today. First, thanks to BogeyLounge for pointing out these LPGA Tour desktop pictures. The LPGA Tour, as fourteen people (or fewer) know, has a new PR campaign. The catch phrase: “These Girls Rock.” Funny how far “rock” has come in its own evolution, as golf is probably the last sport to “rock,” but there you have it. Grab some desktops of your favorite LPGA Tour players in 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, and 1280 x 1024. I guess I’m out of luck (1920 x 1200).

Next, there’s a new out there, and the new design “will take you inside the ropes and alongside your favorite players. PGATOUR.COM’s focus on the sport of golf, players and competition will be unparalleled by any other site.” Or something like that… The new does feature in-depth statistics, including ShotLink statistics. More information is available here or, you know, at

Equipment at the U.S. Open

This week, The Bag Drop takes a look back at the U.S. Open and how equipment played a part at Pinehurst.

Bag DropIn this week’s installment of The Bag Drop, we’ll take a look at last week’s U.S. Open Championship from the equipment perspective. What tools did Michael Campbell use in his stunning victory, what did the boys in the tour van create specifically for Pinehurst No. 2, and further proof of how right the saying “drive for show, putt for dough” really is.

Volume Fourteen

This week, we have a lot of US Open linkage, a new perspective from Sergio, golf’s young punk and we’re getting prepped for the Sorenslam!

Hopefully everyone remembered to call their fathers yesterday. I did. I love my dad and it was a little weird to not have a tee time with him yesterday. This is the first year in a long time I haven’t been able to celebrate Father’s Day with my dad on a golf course. He’s in Texas, I’m in D.C.

Like many, my dad is the guy who introduced me to the game, and I couldn’t thank him enough. Luckily, he’ll be visiting over the 4th of July, and we’ll play then. I’m looking forward to it. Maybe I’ll let him beat me this for a change?!

Not! On to the links.

Bushnell PinSeeker 1500 w/Slope Review

The Bushnell PinSeeker 1500 is a $449 range finder that measures yardage and slope. How much would you pay to have an exact yardage to every pin?

Bushnell Pinseeker 1500Tiger Woods has long said that the secret to good golf is always being pin high. When you’re pin high, you don’t have to worry about water hazards, bunkers, or steep slopes beyond the green. You may miss right or left, but if you don’t short side yourself, you’ll likely be putting most of the time.

Though devices such as the Bushnell PinSeeker 1500 (and the SkyCaddie) are illegal for competitive play, they’re acceptable and legal for informal and handicap play. In fact, if you attend a professional tournament during a practice round, you’ll see plenty of caddies using the PinSeeker to double-check yardages.