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Volume Four Hundred Fifty-One

Sep. 20, 2015     By     Comments (0)

It's Jason again, Tiger's back (again), and the U.S. in a stunner!

Hittin' the LinksThere's just one week left of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season. Despite missing the cut twice in the FedEx Cup Playoffs Jordan Spieth remains in atop the standings, but Jason Day is closing in.

And in Germany, a possible breach of etiquette lead to a fired up U.S. team rallying from four points back in the Solheim Cup.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Fifty

Sep. 14, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Ko's major win, Haas' picks, and Jenner's tees…

Hittin' the LinksIt was an off week for the FedExCup playoffs, but that doesn't mean that there weren't interesting golf stories to follow.

The LPGA held the final major of the year on Lake Geneva in France on one of the most gorgeous courses of the year, even when it's playing barely 6,000 yards.

At Royal Lytham and St. Anne's, the Walker Cup pitted the best amateurs from the U.S. against those from Great Britain and Ireland.

But wait, there's more! Let's hit the links.

TaylorMade Introduces M1 Driver, Fairways, Hybrid and PSi Irons

Sep. 13, 2015     By     Comments (1)

Gone from the company's lineup is the "R" Series, now being replaced with the M1. In addition, the TaylorMade makes improvements to their Face Slot Technology with the new PSi Irons.

Bag Drop TaylorMade, as we all know, is a company that makes release after release. Recently, @boogielicious was able to attend the TaylorMade event in Connecticut where the company unveiled their new driver, fairway woods, and irons and he asked about this issue. The response was surprisingly straight forward. The company sees itself as a leader in golf technology and likes to get the latest and greatest out as soon as possible, rather than sit on it. At times, that can make the company seem a bit gimmicky, but they don't care.

With the new set of clubs, TaylorMade seems to have put to bed the popular "R" series. In its place, there is now the M1 driver and woods. The company also continues to build upon their face slot technology with the new PSi irons. Read on to get the details on the new clubs.

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Volume Four Hundred Forty-Nine

Sep. 8, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Two down, two to go... the playoffs continue

Hittin' the LinksBig three or big four? The best young guns in the game? Rickie Fowler made a strong argument this week in his case for belonging in the heart of the conversation. Forget the Golf Boyz, Rickie. I think we have the makings of a great boy band, and I'd trade swings with any member of R2J2.

Next week, the LPGA will hold golf's final major of the year, the Evian Masters. And the FedExCup Playoffs continue outside of Chicago at the BMW Championship. Speaking of which, in case you need them, here are the current playoff standings.

Let's hit the links.

Callaway XR Pro Driver Review

Sep. 7, 2015     By     Comments (1)

Callaway released their follow up to the extremely popular X2 Hot Pro driver with the XR Pro model. How does it match up? I take it for a spin and find out.

XRPhysics tells us velocity multiplied by time equals distance. Distance is something that all golfers are looking for. We all want it; frankly we can't get enough of it. But just telling golfers that you are going to give them more distance just doesn't work anymore. We are tired of hearing it. Heck, if it were true I would be hitting 320 yard drives last season. We just won't believe you anymore.

So Callaway has come up with a creative strategy for telling us their XR line of drivers are going to help us hit it father. They don't simply tell us we are going to get more yardage, they tell us we are going to get more speed. Speed is really a simplified version of the velocity ingredient in our physics lesson above. The XR line of drivers is designed and built for outrageous speed. I for one appreciate the creativity from their marketing department and after getting to try their XR Pro driver I also appreciate their engineering department as well.


For this review I was given a 10.5 degree Callaway XR Pro driver with a stiff Project X shaft. Let's see how it performed.

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Bridgestone J15 Driving Forged Irons Review

Sep. 6, 2015     By     Comments (2)

Can a hidden-cavity iron (from a company better known for golf balls) perform like the best players cavity backs?

The Bridgestone J15DF IronIt's been some four years since Bridgestone released the J40 line of irons. I had always admired the good looks of the J40 Cavity Backs. So when I heard that Bridgestone had a new line out, I had to take a look.

With Bridgestone and Tourstage, the company has owned two of the most popular brands in Japan for some time. In the U.S. Bridgestone sells a lot of golf balls, but you can hang out at a bag drop for the better part of a morning before a set of Bridgestones comes through. Maybe that should change.

Bridgestone's 2015 product line is their most extensive for the U.S. market in some time. (The entire J40 line featured just a Cavity Back set, a Dual Cavity Back set, and a Combo set that mixed the two. The J15 lineup includes, from most workable to most forgiving, the J15 Muscle Back, J15 Cavity Back, J15 Driving Forged (J15DF), J15 Dual Pocket Forged, and J15 Cast.

I typically play cavity-back irons on the more workable end of the spectrum (though I suffer from that choice at times). So initially it was the J15CBs that caught my eye with their sleek lines and no frills good looks. Not to mention that when I heard the words "dual forged" I pictured those older hollow-bodied, thick-soled driving irons that came out about a decade ago. But as I learned more about the Driving Forged irons, I became quite interested in finding out how they perform.

And then I saw them.

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TaylorMade RSi 2 Irons Review

Sep. 6, 2015     By     Comments (4)

TaylorMade's newest innovation is Face Slot Technology and promises that you'll love your mis-hits. Do they deliver?

TM RSi 2 Irons HeroMis-hits happen. TaylorMade's marketing strategy for their RSi lineup is to focus on the forgiveness of their irons as opposed to how long they claim the clubs will hit the ball. If you're like me, you're probably a little skeptical of TaylorMade's marketing claims. Year after year they have claimed to have created the longest clubs ever. I can only absorb so much hyperbolic marketing before I basically become immune to it and tune it out.

So now they have shifted the direction to forgiveness. Their studies have shown that 76% of shots hit by golfers are mis-hits, so they say that their engineers have set out to design the ultimate irons to help golfers have better mis-hits. They claim that you're going to shoot lower scores and hit more greens because of these clubs. While I'd love for that to be true, I just don't believe that I'll score better simply by switching a set of irons.

I know that sounds a bit negative, but I just don't buy into marketing hype. The more aggressive the campaign, the less I tend to pay attention to it, which is a shame because TaylorMade does make excellent irons. I've played with a set of TaylorMade irons for years: a set I never even wanted to try at first because I was turned off by the marketing. I didn't want to make the same mistake with the RSi 2 irons.

Yes, there's a lot of hype, but there's also a lot of technology and engineering that went into making them. Do they really make mis-hits better? Let's find out.

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Volume Four Hundred Forty-Eight

Aug. 31, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Playoffs? We're talking playoffs?

Hittin' the LinksWhat a year we are witnessing on the PGA TOUR. We came into the year with Rory McIlroy being the undisputed world number one. Then Jordan Spieth seemed virtually unbeatable for a few months. Those two, along with Rickie Fowler, were even being dubbed "the new big three."

Now Jason Day has joined the party in a big way. With his fourth win of the year coming Sunday at the Barclays, Day has replaced Fowler in the conversation or made it a big four. His 63-62 over the weekend was an incredible display.

Things are shaping up nicely for some epic duels in the future. And just imagine what it will be like if Tiger and/or Phil can get their games together when it matters. It's going to be fun. Let's hit the links.

Should I Buy or Sell My Jordan Spieth Stock?

Aug. 30, 2015     By     Comments (8)

Jordan is at the top of his game, but does he win more, or has he peaked?

Thrash TalkIn today's economy it seems that one of the key indices of a healthy market is how the stock market is performing. Currently as China stock market underwent a crash it got me thinking about prospecting. I mainly wonder "If Jordan Spieth were a stock, would I buy or short him?"

There is no question his price in this Golf Street market would be extremely high. Two major wins and two extremely close calls; there is no other way to describe it than to measure it against Tiger's 2000 season. It was not as good as that season, in fact, not really even that close but it is the closest comparison one can make in recent history. You need to go back to Ben Hogan's 1953 season to find another to compare it to. Add to this the fact that the 2015 season isn't over, a win at the season-ending Tour Championship would only add more fuel to a season already full of big fireworks.

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