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Callaway HX Pearl Balls Review

Jun. 9, 2006     By     Comments (12)

Callaway Hx Pearl Ball"Strong enough for a man. But made for a woman." The classic slogan for Secret deodorant may also apply to the new HX Pearl golf balls from Callaway Golf. The company has a long history of making clubs for women under the Ladies' Gems umbrella, and recently marketed the ultra-game improvement GES set toward women.

Now Callaway is turning their design attention toward what women want in a golf ball. I'm certainly no expert on what women want (I still can't believe my wife didn't like the table saw I bought her for Mother's Day), but I'm pretty sure they're looking for more distance off the tee just like us fellas are. Is the HX Pearl going to be a gem for ladies who dig the longball?

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Nickent 3DX Ironwood DC Review

Jun. 9, 2006     By     Comments (20)

Nickent 3DX Ironwood DC SoleLet's face it: we are the beneficiaries of significant advances in club technology. No longer does one need to fear the 1-iron, the 2-iron, the 3-iron, or even the 4-iron. Sweet-spots the size of neutrons are but a vague and unpleasant memory. Thanks to companies like Nickent, a recent and significant manufacturer of hybrid clubs, our confidence from about 170 to 230 yards has been restored.

Nickent released the 3DX Ironwood DC earlier this year along with the 3DX Utility DC. The 3DX Ironwood DC is an upgrade to the popular 3DX Ironwood. I've wanted to put one of these hybrids through its paces for some time and recently picked one up to see what all the buzz was about. I wasn't disappointed.

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Candywood Golf Club (Vienna, OH) Review

Jun. 7, 2006     By     Comments (1)

Candywood FlagCandywood Golf Club is a public course just across the Ohio border from Sharon, PA in a town called Vienna. The region boasts a lot of fine, affordable golf courses ranging from Tam O'Shanter to Yankee Run and Oak Tree Country Club (reviewed here).

Director of Golf Barry Good invited The Sand Trap to play a round at his course, and we readily accepted. He described the course as "a good mixture of open and tighter holes of varying length and difficulty." He also said that the greens were some of the best in the area.

Staff member Dave Koster's father Ed and I played Candywood in mid-May, just as the trees were beginning to blossom and sprout leaves. What began as a cloudy day ended up turning into a perfect afternoon: blue skies salted with clouds and peppered with a slight breeze that kept things cool and proper club selection an important factor.

Scotty Cameron by Titleist Circa 62 Putter Review

Jun. 2, 2006     By     Comments (38)

Scotty Cameron Circa 62 Number ThreeScotty Cameron's line of Titleist putters occupies a unique niche in the flatstick universe. After joining forces with Titleist in the mid-1990s, Cameron's milled product line essentially created the $250-plus premium putter market. Titleist regularly leads the PGA Tour in putters in play, and Cameron's putters have such a strong reputation - and resale value - that entire businesses are built around buying and selling them.

If you're one of Cameron's crazies, you probably know all about his new Circa 62 line. If you aren't, read on and find out what this new line of milled putters is all about, and what a $299 putter can do for your game.

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RadarGolf System Review

May. 26, 2006     By     Comments (12)

RadarGolf LogoPlay golf and you will quickly learn that a golf ball can and will find a place to hide from you. Play enough golf and you will spend a lot of time hunting down golf balls for yourself, your friends, and groups on neighboring holes.

Creating an easily findable golf ball is not the newest idea on the market. In fact, patents for similar "innovations" date back to 1925. However, we live in the 21st century, and the RadarGolf System is currently the leader.

I was able to spend some time with a RadarGolf system which promises to lower your scores and raise you enjoyment but the real question is, will you ever lose another golf ball again? Read on to find out…

TaylorMade TP Red/TP Black Ball Review

May. 19, 2006     By     Comments (35)

Taylormade TP Ball SleevesTitleist has ruled the "premium ball" roost since, well, since there was a roost to be ruled. In the pre-Tiger era, I remember seeing advertisements that said "The last 47 U.S. Opens have been won with a Titleist ball" (or something like that). Eventually, Tiger and his Nike R&D chums managed to put a stop to that streak, but Titleist still owns darn near 85% of the premium ball market, leaving Callaway, Nike, Bridgestone, and others to pick up the scraps.

Today, a new player officially enters the market: TaylorMade. We covered the launch of TaylorMade's "Tour Preferred" line of golf balls in several articles (here, here, here, and here), and since then we've been playing with both the TP Red and the TP Black.

Here, finally, are our exhaustive thoughts on the newest challenger to the throne the Pro V1 built.

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Cleveland HiBore Driver Review

May. 19, 2006     By     Comments (37)

Clveland HiBore SoleCleveland's HALO Hybrid is one of the more unique hybrids to hit the market. Featuring a "scooped back" design, the HALO succeeded at getting the ball in the air with a good amount of spin. Consumers voted with their wallets, and the HALO is the third-best selling hybrid at retail.

Cleveland, spurred on by the success of the HALO, has forged forward with the scoop-back design with the HiBore driver. The HiBore driver not only features the same dome-less crown as the HALO, but also the wider stance and lower center of gravity (CG). These changes, Cleveland says, marries the location of the CG with the center of the clubface, resulting in a super-long, super-forgiving clubhead.

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Sun Mountain RainFlex Pullover Review

May. 19, 2006     By     Comments (0)

Sun Mountain LogoKeeping dry on the golf course is important in many parts of the country all the time and in all parts of the country some of the time. Sure, you may have been blessed to live somewhere with very little precipitation, but the Pacific Northwest in not such a place.

They say that if you're not prepared for the rain in Washington, well, you'll be wet more often than dry. We've grown accustomed to playing golf in the rain, though not without the aid of technology. More than even Starbucks, Gore-Tex™ and other waterproof materials get us through the days.

Never Compromise GM2-HM Putter Review

May. 12, 2006     By     Comments (0)

Never Compromise GM2 HM FaceThe distinctive black and grey color scheme of Never Compromise's putters make them a stand-out on the PGA Tour. It doesn't hurt that Cleveland Golf - Never Compromise's parent company - has two of the world's top eight golfers stroking putts with the black and grey putters. David Toms and Vijay Singh guarantee Never Compromise abundant airtime.

There's a story behind the color scheme (though it's not nearly as exciting as the tale about lightning striking a black putter and burning off the finish, leaving only a silver/grey strip in the middle) but at this point it's become more a marketing gimmick. After all, TV viewers may not be able to tell a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 from a Ping Anser, but they can pick a black-and-grey Never Compromise putter from anything else.

Unfortunately, marketing doesn't make putts. I had the opportunity to try the Gray Matter 2 - Half Mallet (or "GM2-HM" for short) the past few weeks, and I made my share of putts. Read on for more.

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