Cleveland Golf Launches HiBore XLS Line: Driver, Fairways, and Hybrids

Cleveland Golf comes out with a new sweet spot for their HiBore.

Bag DropThe folks at Cleveland Golf have been quite busy as of late as they have introduced new putters, a couple of new iron sets, as well as the latest incarnation of the HiBore drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids – all within the past month.

The “scooped-out” shape still remains in the HiBore XLS line but new for this year features a higher Moment of Inertia (MOI), more customization options, and even larger heads.

Let’s take a look at version 3.0.

Volume One Hundred Thirty Two

We have Tiger, so where are all those other guys?

Hittin' the LinksHello and good day to you from Hittin’ the Links. For all you football junkies out there, we know it’s tough trying to kick the pigskin habit when the season ends. Hopefully some golf talk can ease your withdrawal symptoms a touch.

In this volume we make our rounds reporting the winners from around the world, listen in on the European Ryder Cup buzz, and look into who Pat Perez gets to play at the Accenture Match Play. In addition, we take an early peek at the 2015 U.S. Open venue, see what Natalie Gulbis was doing at Pebble Beach, and take inventory on how Els, Mickelson, and Singh ended up this week.

Ode (and Owed) to a Goat Pasture

Not all of us play on premium-grade, hyper-manicured tracks.

Trap Five LogoMany of us from time to time find ourselves playing courses that are probably more akin to those once played by Scottish shepherds than to those that Tour players trod each week. In short… I’m talking about golf pastures. These courses are the great-unwashed of the golf world – ill kept, underwatered… and dearly loved.

What’s to like about a sub-par course? Plenty.

Golf Talk [Episode 077]

Odds of Tiger Woods winning the grand slam? Let’s put it this way: Annika Sorenstam has less of a chance of getting back to the top of the World Rankings.

Golf Talk PodcastTiger Woods goes 2-for-2, coming back in Dubai, and J.B. Holmes goes 2-for-3 at the FBR Open. Also, Ian Poulter’s comments, Phil the Fake, Ernie the Choke Artist, a blind hole-in-one, and much more in this week’s episode of Golf Talk.

You can subscribe to the RSS feed for our podcasts here or download Episode 077 as an MP4 file. For those who want to subscribe to us in iTunes, click here.

For this week’s Show Notes – links to articles we discuss in the show and additional information – just read on.

Cleveland Golf Introduces VP Milled Putter Line

Cleveland Golf cans the insert and goes milled for 2008.

Bag DropNow that Cleveland Golf is getting settled in with their new parent company, they can get back to the business of what they do best: making golf clubs. What they are coming out with however, may surprise you a bit.

Cleveland Golf purchased this little putter company called Never Compromise back in 2003 and has had pretty good success on the PGA Tour with the distinctive black and gray putters. While still maintaining the Never Compromise brand, Cleveland continued to make its own line of putters and is coming out with a new line in 2008: the VP Milled putters.

Let’s take a look.

Volume One Hundred Thirty One

Ernie Els Learns How Far He Cannot Hit a 5 Wood

Hittin' the LinksHello everyone. I hope this finds you all well and ready to take on the upcoming week. Let me also take this opportunity to congratulate the Giants for a fantastic upset, and console all the New England Cheaters, errr, Patriots fans. I can’t believe it happened either. At least you Bostonians still have your beloved Red Sox.

What a week to be in Arizona. If you couldn’t find something to do in Phoenix this weekend you have some serious social problems. In this volume of Hittin’ the Links we take in some of that fantastic Phoenix weekend, look in on Mr. “Unbeatable” Woods in Dubai, and drop in on some of the PGA Tour’s equipment vans. Also in this edition, we find out why golf is not boring, check in down under at the Women’s Australian open, and get our weekly Nationwide Tour report.

Field Testing the Titleist AP1, AP2, ZB, and ZM Irons

Proving that you can’t judge a book by its cover, the Titleist AP1, AP2, ZB, and ZM are put to the (field) test.

Titleist AP2 IronWhat do Adam Scott’s final-round 61 and three-shot victory at the Qatar Masters and 2007 European Tour Rookie of the Year Martin Kaymer’s first win a week earlier have in common? Both were fired with new Titleist irons. Adam Scott won with the Titleist Forged AP2 irons while Martin Kaymer played the Forged ZM irons in taking the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship by two.

The existence of these irons (and their two siblings) has been official for a few days now, but the details were made known in our Bag Drop “Titleist Introduces New Irons for 2008” of a few weeks ago. Titleist is replacing every iron in their set with the new AP1, AP2, ZB, and ZM irons. Gone are the well-liked 695 (in CB and MB variations). Gone is the 735.CM. Gone are the 755s and the 775s. Five models are being replaced by four, three of which are forged, and one of which aims to bring incredible feel and performance to the “aspiring golfer” crowd.

Though no Acushnet company (Titleist, FootJoy, Cobra, Pinnacle) has displayed at the PGA Merchandise Show in several years, Titleist was nearby prepping sales representatives and their vast club pro network on the changes coming in 2008. For many of the sales reps, that meant familiarizing themselves with the 2008 irons lineup.

The Sand Trap was there, and I’ve hit all of the irons. What follows are my quick observations. As a quick teaser, I will tell you this: you cannot judge a book by its cover.

Nine Holes with the Tiger Taunters

You don’t tug on Superman’s cape.

ProfilesTaking a tiger by the tail is supposed to be a good thing. It’s akin to slaying a dragon. Of course, the unspoken part of taking that tiger’s tail is that you have to actually come out on top. Otherwise, it’s more like tilting at windmills. Brave words, but no accomplishment.

For the most part, PGA Tour pros are very careful of what they say about fellow competitors. Those who dare diss Tiger Woods, whether outright or inferred, tend to pay a hefty price. It seems Tiger feeds on afronts, even when they are not meant as such.