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Callaway XR16 Driver Review

Mar. 25, 2016     By     Comments (3)

For Callaway's update to the XR line of drivers they have collaborated with one of the world's foremost aeronautical companies in Boeing to help you hit the ball farther. Do they succeed, read on to find out.

XR16In the last few years golf equipment manufacturers have had to up their game in order to convince us golfers that we should upgrade from our current model. Each manufacturer is taking a slightly different route, but certainly a big focus nowadays is aerodynamics. The name of the game is reduce airflow in order to help you eek out as much distance as you can.

The engineers at Callaway went to the foremost expert on aerodynamics and partnered with them to make the XR16. They went to Boeing. In the airline industry the focus for the past few years has been remarkably similar to what has gone on in golf club design. They want to make planes lighter and they use materials like Carbon Fiber in order to accomplish this. They always want to reduce drag as much as possible to save on fuel costs as well.

PING G Driver Review

Mar. 24, 2016     By     Comments (1)

Following the extremely popular G30 driver PING looked to design even more aerodynamics into their latest release, the PING G driver, I took it for a test drive to see how it performs.

PING GIt is often said that nature often inspires the best designs. It is evolution that often provides the simplest and most beautiful solution to many problems. So when PING engineers sat down to improve upon one of the best drivers on the market, the G30, they looked to nature. The engineers who worked on PING G driver looked to nature to inspire and improve their design; in fact, they looked to the wings of a dragonfly.

One of the key features of the extremely popular G30 was the turbulators that were added to the top of the clubhead. The features the PING engineers gleamed from the dragonfly were geared to further improve the airflow of the clubhead. More speed to help you hit it farther. The idea being that larger clubheads particularly ones that are 460cc do not need to trade off aerodynamics. So PING set out to make a driver that has the aerodynamic features of a 3 wood, but the forgiveness and power given from a driver.

For this review I was give a 9° PING G driver with an stiff Alta shaft. Let's dive in to see if this merger of nature and technology helped me hit it any farther.

Volume Four Hundred Seventy

Mar. 21, 2016     By     Comments (0)

It's all about Arnie.

Hittin' the LinksJordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler kind of stepped in it last week by not playing. For two guys who generally do all the right things, their absence (and that of other top Americans) at Bay Hill was noticeable. Yes, their schedules are very hectic and both have been doing quite a bit of traveling this year. Still, it's Arnie's week.

All tour players owe a great deal to Arnold Palmer for popularizing golf beyond the country club set, for trailblazing endorsement deals, and so much more. Unfortunately, the number of times left that he'll be there to shake the winner's hand as they come off the 18th is dwindling. This year he will sit out the ceremonial first drive at the Masters because he can no longer hit it like he wants to. American pros, find another week to get your rest in, this one belongs to the King.

Best t-shirt at Bay Hill? "Arnie for President, 2016." We could (and probably will) do worse.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Sixty-Nine

Mar. 14, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Spring ahead... Golf, too.

Hittin' the LinksThis week we set the clocks ahead, which means that spring and the core of the golf season are almost upon us.

Next week is the Arnold Palmer Classic, a week later the WGC Match Play, then the Houston Open follows, and then the one we're always waiting for. Major season begins with the Masters in four short weeks.

But first, the Valspar Championship frustrated tour pros all week and gave us the game's #1 pro getting beat by the game's #1 amateur. So that was pretty cool.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Sixty-Eight

Mar. 12, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Wetting your putter, bowling on the course, and a tour pro can't break 80.

Hittin' the LinksThe WGC Cadillac Championship turned out to be quite a spectacle. The Donald turned up on Sunday amid cheers and shouts of "small hands." A crowded and quality leader board led to a late charge on Sunday by the eventual winner. There were rules controversies, big numbers, and narrow escapes. What more could you ask for?

In the end, Adam Scott beat fellow countryman Steven Bowditch by 49 strokes. Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Sixty-Seven

Feb. 29, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Rickie falters, Lexi rules, and Adam makes a quad and survives.

Hittin' the LinksDoes anyone else remember that Adam Scott started out last year putting well with a short putter before returning to the security blanket of the broom? Well, now he's won with the regular-length flat stick and, barring a retreat on the rule by the USGA, there's no going back.

Sergio, Sergio, Sergio. You were supposed to be the new rival for Tiger, more than 16 years ago. And you're still allergic to Sunday? Bogey-bogey-birdie finishes don't often work out.

On the women's side of things, Lexi Thompson proved once again that when the flat stick cooperates, she is very, very hard to beat.

Next week, we get our first stop at a Trump property with the presidential candidate leading the GOP field in an election year. This should be weird.

Let's hit the links.

Titleist SM6 Wedges Coming in March

Feb. 25, 2016     By     Comments (0)

A favorite among many, Titleist has updated the Vokey wedge lineup with the new SM6.

Bag Drop Over the last handful of years, one of the biggest trends in the golf industry has been the creation of equipment fit to the needs of the golfer using this. Obviously, where this is most evident is with drivers, where through the use of technologies like moveable weights and adjustable shafts, the golfer can fine tune the club to their swing. Wedges are now starting to follow suit. While there are any wedges with an adjustable shaft or a movable weight (yet) more and more companies are offering a greater variety. Instead of just four or five loft options mixed in with a couple of bounce options, companies are going to more lofts with a greater variety of bounces and grinds.

Volume Four Hundred Sixty-Six

Feb. 22, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Bubba wins again, Tiger sits on the couch (painfully), and Happy Gilmore turns 20.

Hittin the LinksBubba Watson won for the first time in 2016 this week, furthering the argument that he belongs with Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, and Rory McIlroy at the top of the golf world. This was Bubba's second win at Riviera, and came at the end of quite the busy week.

It was the opposite of a busy week for Tiger Woods, who is still unable to even hit chips after his third back surgery. It was reported that Tiger has had a setback in his rehab, though agent Mark Steinberg has issued a denial. Woods will also be the subject of an upcoming biography about his life and career.

In addition we'll touch on Jordan Spieth missing the cut, the LPGA Tour's dwindling ratings, and a big birthday for Happy Gilmore.

Let's hit the links.

Callaway Apex CF16 Irons Review

Feb. 22, 2016     By     Comments (2)

Callaway's latest flagship irons combine the precision of a player's set with the forgiveness of a game-improvement set in one package.

Callaway Apex CF16 Irons 7iron HeroIt seems more and more nowadays that the landscape of golf equipment is changing. Where there used to be fairly distinct categories of clubs meant for certain skill levels (blades and cavity-backs, players irons, game-improvement, and super game-improvement, etc.), clubs are designed now to benefit and appeal to a broader range of golfers. Equipment manufacturers have found that even better players appreciate additional forgiveness in their irons while less skilled players can still use workability and good feedback on mis-hits, just as long as they don't come with significant loss in distance or accuracy.

Callaway's newest flagship iron, the Apex CF16, is blurring the lines once again. As the first forged irons to feature Callaway's Cup 360 technology, it blends the characteristics normally found in a game-improvement iron with those of a forged iron. The Apex name has a long history of being top of the line in forged irons and the previous Apex offering, the 2013 Apex irons, lived up to the standard. With the CF16s, Callaway sets the bar even higher by pushing the limits of speed and distance out of an iron while maintaining the same high level of precision that Apex is known for.

Does it live up to the hype? Can Callaway have it's cake and eat it, too? Read on, to find out.

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