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RocketBladez Irons and TaylorMade on a Roll With 2 Early Wins on PGA Tour

Those of you who try to avoid full time golf addiction by trying not to watch PGA Tour coverage this early in the season may be unaware of the big news. Two of the first three tournaments of 2013 were won with TaylorMade’s new RocketBladez Tour Irons. From where I sit, that is not just big, it’s monumental.   We’re accustomed to TaylorMade leading the driver count on tour, and the RocketBallz Fairway Wood phenomenon of 2012 proved that creative design can squeeze ever more yards from a club and still conform to USGA standards. But who would’ve thought TaylorMade would dominate the early 2013 PGA Tour season with an iron design offering forgiveness and distance? Aren’t those attributes created for the handicap golfer? Well, yes…and no, apparently.  As you might surmise from these tour victories, the new RocketBladez and RocketBladez Tour Irons are the real deal. Read the rest of this entry »

Get The Latest From Callaway: The New X Utility Prototype Iron Is Here

Callaway teased us for a good part of the summer following its announcement in May of a new X Utility Prototype Iron, available only for Tour Staff. Introduced in May at the Byron Nelson Championship, the X Utility Prototype, available in lofts of 18, 21 and 24 degrees, went into the bags of notable Callaway staffers Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson, among others. Prior to the US Open, Callaway specifically announced they had no plans to market to the public, but would consider it if one of their staffers won.   Whether an intentional marketing ploy, or simply a realistic assessment of the somewhat limited market for this “player’s” utility, the decision paid off later in the summer when Ernie Els won the Open Championship with three of the prototypes in his bag. It helped also that Ernie led the field in greens in regulation and fired a tidy 4 under 32 coming home on Sunday.   As the Tour season progressed, more and more players decided they liked the look, feel, sound and workability of the X Utilities, so much so that players with 10 club deals with other manufacturers (a pretty common arrangement) began lining up to give these a try. Following Ernie’s win golf junkies were salivating with the hope that Callaway would go to market. Well, they have, and the new X Utility Prototype Iron is here at DGW and ready for your bag.   The X Utility is probably not for everyone, but for those among us reluctant to let go of our longer irons, these are the ticket. The X Utilities will be available in the same 18, 21 and 24 degree lofts as those made for the pros, which makes them suitable replacements for your current 2, 3 and 4 irons (or hybrids). They are constructed using a hollow forged body made of 1020 carbon steel and tungsten with a high-strength maraging steel face that produces higher ball speeds than long irons for hybrid-like distance. The hollow construction with a low CG creates higher launch and more forgiveness. The shaft lengths are more akin to irons than hybrids, and there is a lack of bulge radius on the face that helps create a straighter, more consistent ball flight than hybrids.   The X Utility offers something further for the better player that hybrids do not—workability. You can work the ball consistently in either direction, so there’s an element of versatility that allows iron-like control with hybrid distance.   The X Utilities from Callaway are available as a limited edition model (at least for now), with your option of either True Temper Project X PXi steel shafts or Graphite Design G Series 95 shafts. Place your order today at DGW and experience the power of a hybrid combined with the feel and workability of a forged iron.      

Get Your New Titleist 913D Driver Today

The day for delivery of the much anticipated Titleist 913 Driver draws near. Titleist begins shipping the new 913s today, November 1, 2012.. If you haven’t ordered yours, you’ll want to. Trust me when I say that this. The 913s are far and away the best Titleist driver made to date. Read the rest of this entry »

TaylorMade RocketBladez Innovation: It’s Real and It’s Here

For weeks golf geeks everywhere have been speculating about TaylorMade’s teaser ad featuring Sergio Garcia and a tag line suggesting he was about to get “freakishly longer.” Today, TaylorMade released its “secret” to the public with the announcement of the new RocketBladez Irons. TaylorMade says this new design is a “once-in-a-lifetime innovation that revolutionizes iron performance.” Read the rest of this entry »

Play Golf All Year With New Nike Outerwear

Fall is here, and for those who live in a four season climate, or in a place where the temperatures fluctuate greatly, that means some of the best golfing weather of the year. Cool, sunny days and firm, fast conditions make for great golf. There was a day when most of us would hang up our clubs following Labor Day and not play again until late March or early April. The reason we used to quit when the weather turned? There was no such thing as cold weather apparel–at least for the golfer. Anyone who played cool or cold weather golf back in the day knows that the clothing was simply not conducive to enjoying a round. Heavy, bulky sweaters and jackets made swinging a golf club a chore. A lack of wind-resistant fabric allowed the wind to cut through even heavy wool sweaters, dissipating the warmth offered by all those layers.   Today, golfers are fortunate to have lightweight, warm, breathable and wind resistant fabrics that make golfing in cooler, and even cold temperatures a much more enjoyable pastime. Consequently, there is no longer any reason to hang up the clubs for the winter. Nike Golf wants you to keep playing golf–all year long. Read the rest of this entry »

Game Improvement Irons From Mizuno–Who Knew?

If you’re a golfer grown accustomed to the forgiving nature of perimeter-weighted cast irons, Mizuno has something truly new for you. Yes, that’s right; I said Mizuno. The company best known for its pure blades and muscle-back “player’s” irons has upped their game, and quite possibly yours, with the introduction of four new iron sets. Read the rest of this entry »

Get Longer For Less: The New TaylorMade RocketBallz Bonded Driver Review

If you’re like me, you may have been intrigued when you learned TaylorMade was introducing another model in the line of RocketBallz drivers. The latest offering is called the

Play Like The Pros: Put Hybrids In Your Bag

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Longer Off the Deck With New Fairway Tech

You may recall that a few weeks ago I promised (or threatened, depending on your perspective) to discuss the remarkable advancements in fairway woods available this year. The new fairway woods (call them fairway metals if you wish—I won’t) are so truly “new” both in design and distance claims, I thought this would be easy to write, until I began wondering why fairway woods were suddenly stealing some of the driver distance marketing thunder. What’s so new in 2012? Well, I’d heard various theories as to why fairway woods got hot, but most of these theories were idiotic   So, I went to work researching the one rumor that had been given me by a reliable source as the reason fairway woods have taken such a big jump in distance this year: that the USGA restrictions on the permissible spring-like effect of a club face, or the Coefficient of Restitution (COR), do not apply to club heads under 410cc. Read the rest of this entry »

Life and Golf Are Good—Thanks to Demo Day

With apologies to the Beatles, and to those too young to remember their music, the working title to my as yet unpublished book used to be Can’t Buy Me Game. But I’ve had to revise the entire theme and concept of that book, which basically chronicles my ever- increasing ineptitude on the golf course as I’ve aged, and the title after I attended a Demo Day this past weekend. Demo Day changed my life forever…and it can change yours too. I love buying new equipment, but like so many purchases in my life, I have tended to buy equipment on impulse without any thought or investigation (see e.g. Too-small chinos, rowing machine, time share condo, a BMW and, I kid you not, a house). I’m serious about the house, by the way. Imagine this conversation, or at least my end of it, which I actually had with my wife before she knew I’d even looked at, much less signed a contract for the purchase of, the aforementioned house: “Hey honey, you know that really ugly house on the golf course? Well, it’s actually pretty nice on the inside. “Yeah, I know it’s still ugly on the outside, but you should see the inside. “Of course, I know you have to live with the outside, but you actually live in the inside, so you know the outsides not as important…” You get the drift. That particular purchase did not end real well for me. And while I’ve made a number of impulse golf equipment purchases that have turned out ok, it’s not the best way to buy clubs. Shoes, hats, shirts, shorts, etc? Sure, go for it—if it looks good to your eye, buy it, unless you’re buying a pair of one-size-too-small chinos, because they’re on sale, and you’ve been meaning to lose a few pounds, so what’s the harm, since they’re a steal at that price…Trust me, never buy pants that are a size too small, or even “just a little snug.” If you do, you might as well just take them directly from the shopping bag to the Goodwill, or your other favorite charity. Don’t even give them a chance to hang in your closet where they will confront you each morning laden with an ever-increasing coat of dusty mockery. I digress. We were talking about how Demo Day changed my life. Read the rest of this entry »
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