Volume Three Hundred Thirty Seven

Rory and Tiger take the weekend off.

Hittin' the LinksHello golf fans and welcome to the 2013 Golf Season! I am back again with a collection of all that is interesting and golf related. This is the beginning of my sixth year here at The Sand Trap, and I have enjoyed every minute. Here is to another great year of golf!

In this first 2013 edition of HtL we begin with a look at Bubba’s charitable side, then investigate what Tour players think of Rory’s switch, and find out how that switch worked out for him. Also, we check out Stricker’s semi-retirement, look into Rory’s decision for the Olympics, and do a wrap-up of the weeks events. Read on!

Mizuno MP-H4 Iron Review

Mizuno’s newest addition to the MP line invites mid-hadicap players to the party, but can they retain the buttery feel that players have come to expect from a Mizuno player’s iron while bringing a new level of forgiveness?

Mizuno MP H4For the last few years now, Mizuno has maintained a lineup of clubs that included two different families of irons. For better players, there is the MP line of clubs which offer great feel and workability but little in the way of forgiveness. For players seeking more forgiveness, Mizuno has also offered a game improvement line; first it was the MX line and in more recent years, the JPX line. With the release of the new MP-H4 irons, Mizuno has blurred the line between players and game improvement irons, and let me tell you, it’s a good thing.

New Drivers, Woods, Hybrids, and Irons from Adams Golf

Adams Golf unveils two new product lines; the SUPER S and the SUPER LS.

Bag DropAdams Golf, long known as the “number one hybrid on tour” is releasing two new product lines at the end of this month; the SUPER S and the SUPER LS. This release of products is special for Adams because the SUPER S line represents the first time that the company has released an entire family of products (driver through irons) under the same name. According to the company, this is because the clubs share much of the same technology and at its core is designed to make golf more enjoyable.

What to Watch for in 2013

2012 was quite a year, I take a look at 2013 and what to expect from the PGA Tour.

Thrash TalkNow that the PGA Tour is about to kick off the West Coast swing, it is a good time for some thought on what to expect for 2013. In retrospect, 2012 was a really good year. I have already reviewed the season’s majors here, but the rest of the season had tons of intrigue as well. Tiger won three times, Rory won three times and took player of the year honors, and a new crop of rookies made their mark as well.

Odyssey Metal-X Two Ball Review

Odyssey has reinvented the Two Ball putter and made a great product even better. Any fan of the Two Ball would do well to give the newest version a look.

Metal-X Two BallI’ve been the type of golfer that switches putters a bit more frequently than I should. For some reason I like to tinker a bit and the grass always seems greener on the other side of the pro shop.

When the new Two Ball putters were announced I was, of course, intrigued. During my iterations of putters one that I did try and actually used for probably longer than any other putter was the classic Two-Ball from years ago. I was eager to get my hands on one to see what they could improve with a putter that has been very popular and remains in the bags of golfers across the globe.

Read on to see what I thought about the newest addition to the Two Ball family after putting it to some extensive use.