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January, 2010

Titleist 710-Series AP1 Irons Review

Jan. 8, 2010     By     Comments (6)

Titleist AP1 HeroLike a sports car (or any vehicle for that matter, I guess) evolves as model years pass, so has Titleist's Advanced Performance irons. The newer models might look pretty similar at first glance, and in some ways, they are, although there are loads of significant updates that shouldn't be overlooked. As you know, more weight here, less offset there, and some added horsepower under the hood can make a world of difference.

In 2008, Titleist broke their own mold a bit with the release of the AP1 and AP2 irons. Never before had the (in Alan's words) "traditionally traditional" Titleist released irons with more visible technology and with that they stirred quite a buzz. Fast forward to August of 2009 where we learned that Titleist had done some fine-tuning and enhancement to both the AP1 and AP2 irons. Luckily, I had the chance to give the Titleist 710 AP1 irons a spin.

Five Best Players Without a Major

Jan. 8, 2010     By     Comments (30)

Trap Five LogoIn this Trap Five you are going to be reading about one of the many things that are up for debate within the world of golf. I've decided to give you my top five picks for the best active professional golfers to have not won a major. Although a few them will most likely be contested (and with good reason), I looked through about 50 players' wins, top-tens, and stats.

These are my picks.

TaylorMade R9 Iron Review

Jan. 7, 2010     By     Comments (42)

TaylorMade R9 Iron HeroTaylorMade seems to have made it its mission in recent years to reinvent what the phrase "classic golf club" means. For example, they have taken the pear-shaped driver and morphed it into a geometrical tinker toy that looks both modern and classic at the same time. Now, their researchers and designers have turned their attention to creating a classic/modern iron.

Given the success of the r7 line, the expectations for the TaylorMade R9 line could not be much higher. Is it possible for a club to gain 10% of distance over the already long r7? Can the R9 improve its forgiveness while incorporating several characteristics of a classic golf club? Can a game-improvement club have a soft feel? Since the initial announcement, the forum has been buzzing with golfers interested in whether the R9s can truly live up to those expectations. Read on to see some the answers that I found to those questions.

PING G15 Hybrid Review

Jan. 5, 2010     By     Comments (31)

PING G15 HybridPING has been a major innovator in the industry for quite a while. No one can argue the significance of the innovations they've created to help all players. Even in PING's inception, Karsten Solheim made history as being the first to use heel-toe weighting in the custom putters he created. 50 years later, that tradition of forward thinking and advancement continues, as the new G15 lineup is evidence of how far along they've come.

Up until this point, my experience with PING clubs had been limited to their drivers and putters. Though I never pulled the trigger on it, the Rapture V2 was (in my opinion) one of the best drivers I had ever hit. The G10 however wasn't too far behind it, which is the reason I was pretty excited to have the opportunity to review the hybrid in the latest of PING's G-series.

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Volume Two Hundred Seventeen

Jan. 4, 2010     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksWelcome back Sand Trappers to the very first HTL of 2010. And what a break we had - it would be possible to link to nothing but Tiger stories if need be. But what fun would there be in that? There is much more going on out there besides Tiger.

In this first Hittin' the Links of 2010 we start off looking at the loss of a pioneer, see what Stevie is doing on his indefinite vacation, and find out what we can take from Tiger's debacle. Also on tap, we investigate Sergio's newest injury, do a recap of the best tournaments of 2009, and see who has stepped up on Tiger's behalf. Read on!

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