Product Reviews

Arizona

Antigua Golf Apparel – Turning 30 and feeling good about it


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Antigua Golf... PEORIA, AZ – It’s safe to say, many of us look back on turning thirty with a sense of amusement – about how we dreaded getting ‘old,’ with our college days in the past and paranoid delusions that all of life’s good... Read More

Antigua Golf Apparel – Watch Your Golf Shirt Perform


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Antigua Golf... PEORIA, AZ – “Why should I buy your product?”... It’s a question I always present to golf manufacturers. First, I’m looking for brand differentiation, and second, I’m trying to determine if they believe their own marketing material.... When it comes to golf apparel maker... Read More

California

TaylorMade’s R9 Driver – 24 ways to love your Driver


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of TaylorMade Golf... CARLSBAD, CA – Logic would make you believe that complicating a product cannot possibly make it simpler and more useful, but that’s exactly what the folks at TaylorMade have accomplished with their latest and perhaps greatest creation – the R9 Driver.... TaylorMade’s been... Read More

Callaway ERC Fusion Driver and HX Tour Golf Balls – Solving the Mystery of Flight


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Callaway Golf...  ... CARLSBAD, CA – The mystery of flight.  Humans tried for centuries to discover the secret, and then it seems the 1900’s revealed the answers, in many different forms....  ... We’re not just talking about airplanes, either.  The game of golf also took to the... Read More

Callaway Golf's RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver and X Hot Fairway Woods -- Moving the needle on distance


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Callaway Golf... CARLSBAD, CA – “Distance was the main goal with the RAZR Fit Xtreme,” remarked Callaway Golf’s Senior Director, Global Woods and Irons, Luke Williams, when asked about his company’s hopes for the driver that’s been a real force on Tour as well... Read More

Callaway Golf’s Big Bertha Fusion Irons and FT-3 Driver – Making Us Better


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Images Courtesy of Callaway Golf...  ... CARLSBAD, CA – Lost amongst the chatter on golf club equipment technology and its alleged negative impact on the highest levels of the game is the fact that 99.9% of golfers leave lots of room for improvement....           ... Sure, it makes for sexy... Read More

Callaway Golf’s X Forged Irons -- Ending the Search for Sound, Feel, Look and Consistency


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Callaway Golf... CARLSBAD, CA – “We don't necessarily chase ball speed or dramatic distance improvements in this better player iron category – it’s more about developing for the best possible sound, feel, look and consistency,” said Luke Williams, Senior Director, Global Woods and Irons... Read More

Cleveland Golf's 588 Custom Driver -- Something for Everyone


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos Courtesy of Cleveland Golf... HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – The complete driver package. It’s something every golf manufacturer seeks to realize, a big stick that performs for all levels of players.... Cleveland Golf believes they’ve found it in the 588 Custom Driver, the company’s latest offering in the... Read More

Cleveland Golf's Smart Square Putter -- Proving it really is Hip to Be Square


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Cleveland Golf... HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – “Two squares are better than two circles,” states the Cleveland Golf website, proudly touting the company’s latest putter creation, the Smart Square Putter.... In so boldly claiming squares’ superiority to circles, Cleveland is all but declaring that its new... Read More

Club Glove Golf Bags – Classic Excellence


By Chuck Hancock...  ... HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA -- Classic Excellence....  ... I must admit, before seeing, and using, the Club Glove FCO (For Carts Only) Luxury Cart Bag I never gave much thought to what type of bag I used to carry my clubs.  However, after having had an opportunity to use this bag, my... Read More

Cobra Golf Clubs – Different on first sight


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Cobra Golf... You can tell that Cobra Golf is different just by looking – viewing their funny commercials with David Feherty, glancing at their distinctive driver shapes and colors, and seeing their innovative iron heads.... Right away you’re figuring that there’s more to it than... Read More

Cobra S2 Irons -- Holding their own in a highly engineered world


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Cobra Golf... CARLSBAD, CA – “We live in a highly engineered world, and many of the advancements in other fields in terms of materials and manufacturing processes trickle down into the golf industry,” remarked Cobra Golf’s Principal Design Engineer Ryan Roach, commenting on how... Read More

Devereux Golf Apparel -- Fusing Fashion and Golf into Clothes that Fit


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Devereux... LOS ANGELES, CA – Clothes that “fit” -- what a concept.... For so long, especially in the golf world, we’ve been going to the shop, picking out some new duds and buying them in our size, only to find they’re too baggy when we... Read More

Dockers Tour – Fit, Familiarity and Comfort, the Golf Apparel Solution


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Images Courtesy of Dockers Tour...  ... IRVINE, CA -- You see it at almost every golf facility you play these days – at least the upscale courses.  “Appropriate dress required, no blue jeans, cut-off shorts or T-shirts permitted on the course or the clubhouse.”  While this ‘restriction’ isn’t... Read More

Going Long -- and Short -- with TaylorMade’s Penta TP5 ball, Ghost Manta Putter and ATV Wedge


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of TaylorMade Golf... CARLSBAD, CA – One of the most interesting aspects of covering golf products in the past decade is seeing the growth of specialization in the manufacturing industry. It used to be that companies like TaylorMade Golf were known for making high-performance metal... Read More

Miura Golf MG Hybrids -- Expanding Options in the Golf Bag


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images by Miura Golf... HEMIJI, JAPAN – Hybrid. According to the Webster’s dictionary, it means “something made up of a mixture of different aspects or components.”... In the golf sense, many people used to treat hybrid golf clubs as if they carried some sort of disease, but there’s... Read More

Miura Golf's Series 1957 Wedges -- Good golfers will find them


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Miura Golf... HEMIJI, JAPAN – Japanese golf club-making guru Katsuhiro Miura is a confident fellow, and has adopted a philosophy for the company which bears his name: ‘The good golfer will find me.’... Miura has a reason to be confident, having been in the club design... Read More

Miura Golf’s CB 201 Irons – Ancient Craftsmanship Meets Modern Performance


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Miura Golf ...  ... In the age of mass production, sometimes craftsmanship gets lost – especially when you’re talking about the golf industry.  Large companies pay top dollar for the computer software to design the most technologically advanced golf clubs ever, and then invest heavily... Read More

Taylor Made RAC Irons – Finer Sound Produces Less Fury


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Taylor Made Golf...  ... CARLSBAD, CA – In our never-ending search for golfing perfection, it seems we’re constantly looking to fine-tune our performance.  In this pursuit, you might be trying to discover that elusive ‘secret’ through taking lessons, testing the latest swing aid from the... Read More

TaylorMade r7 XD Irons and r7 425 & r7 460 Drivers – Distance is More Fun


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Images Courtesy of TaylorMade Golf...  ... CARLSBAD, CA – Hit it longer, have more fun....  ... People always want more – higher positions, bigger houses, more toys, and more satisfaction.  It’s an insatiable individual drive towards status and perfection that transcends existence.  Darwin called it Natural Selection.  We’ll call it... Read More

TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2 Fairway Woods -- Pounding Out a Few More Yards


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of TaylorMade Golf... CARLSBAD, CA – A few extra yards, that’s what it’s all about.... There’s no doubt, a few extra yards in golf can make all the difference, especially with the long clubs in your bag. In the case of the TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2... Read More

TaylorMade Tour Preferred Irons -- Forging Beauty and Elegance


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images from TaylorMade... CARLSBAD, CA – Of all the products on the golf market today, forged irons appear the most resistant to change. Even with new manufacturing techniques being employed, most forged golf clubs still look much like their cousins from yesteryear.... But as is the case with... Read More

TaylorMade's Wedges and Monza Spider Putter -- Emphasizing the 'short ball' like never before


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of TaylorMade Golf... CARLSBAD, CA – If you asked a hundred golfers to name the first thing that pops in their heads when you say ‘TaylorMade golf clubs,’ you’d likely get all one hundred answering the same way: ‘drivers and metal woods.’... This golfer would concede that... Read More

TaylorMade/Adidas Golf’s Miscela Clubs and Women’s Apparel and Shoes – Finally, Remembering the Ladies


By Shari Rendall, Images Courtesy of TaylorMade/Adidas...  ... CARLSBAD, CA – Many times, when it comes to golf, you might very well believe it’s a man’s world....           ... Walk into any golf shop, and there’s invariably a bias – not towards rich or poor, old or young (but that’s debatable), but most definitely... Read More

TaylorMade’s r7 Quad Drivers, Rescue Fairway Woods and MATT Fitting System – Golf’s Ultimate Mix and Match Exercise


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Images Courtesy of TaylorMade...  ... CARLSBAD, CA – There’s an age-old mystery that’s beset golf club makers since the beginning of recorded golf time – how to make a golf club that fits every swing?...  ... Teaching professionals tell us that we all have a tendency.  Some folks ‘naturally’ fade;... Read More

TaylorMade’s white clubs stand out for more than color


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Images by TaylorMade Golf... CARLSBAD, CA – Let’s face it, as golfers, we’re mostly creatures of tradition and culture. We tend to like using the same brand of clubs, playing at the same courses and even teeing it up with the same foursome – but sometimes, a little... Read More

Titleist’s Scotty Cameron – Craftsmanship on the Putting Green


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos Courtesy of Titleist...  ... CARSBAD, CA – “Make the best and they will come,” replied putter making guru Scotty Cameron, when asked to synopsize his philosophy on designing putters....  ... And making the best is what Cameron’s been doing since childhood – hand-crafting putters to specifications that only a... Read More

Colorado

Yes! Golf Putters – C-Grooving your way to the bottom of the cup


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Yes! Golf... DENVER, CO -- There are no ‘safe’ shots in golf, but some shots are safer than others – or at least that’s how it seems.... Staring down a 200-yard carry from the tee is intimidating for even those who fly the ball a... Read More

Connecticut

Book Review: Sweetspot – Confessions of a Golfaholic


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos Courtesy of John O’Hern... WESTPORT, CT – Deep down inside many an avid golfer beats a heart of compulsion, a desire for perfection so intense that it can rarely be assuaged or satiated. For these folks, even when they’re playing well, they still believe they can... Read More

Fairway & Greene Golf Apparel -- It's All In The Cotton


By Shari Rendall, with contributions from Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... SHELTON, CT -- It's difficult setting exceptionally high standards, because sometimes you must travel the earth to meet them....  ... That's exactly what they've done at Fairway & Greene, based in Shelton, Connecticut.  The company was founded in 1995 by Rick Martin (who continues... Read More

Fairway & Greene Golf Apparel – Where style meets performance


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Fairway & Greene...  ... SHELTON, CT – There’s lots of good-looking golf apparel out there – at least when you peruse the golf shop.  But it always comes down to the inevitable question:  how can you tell the difference between one piece and another, other... Read More

Sonic Golf System-1 – Hearing is Believing


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Sonic Golf... BETHANY, CT -- “Tempo is everything, perfection unobtainable,” mused ‘Tin Cup’ Roy McAvoy as part of his ‘golf poem’ driving range lesson in trying to describe the golf swing to a beginning golf student.... Truer words were never spoken, and though I’m not... Read More

Florida

Inside Approach/CCM Marketing – From Infomercial Hell To Golf Swing Heaven


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Images Courtesy of Inside Approach & CCM Marketing...  ... NAPLES, FL -- Tell me this hasn’t happened to you.  You’re flipping channels, nothing really grabs your attention – then you find the Golf Channel, and you see a product infomercial flashing across the screen....  ... Before your mind sends out... Read More

Lovett (Wedge) Means Never Having to Say


By Kevin Gaydosh, Photos Courtesy of Lovett Golf Company...  ... NAPLES, FL -- What’s the old saying: “Love is patient. Love is kind. ….”  Like so many other things involving that four-letter word, this club takes a little work to make it a happy relationship.  But things do work out in the... Read More

Georgia

Bridgestone Golf (e-Series golf balls, J40 wedges and hybrids) – Upgrading performance throughout the bag


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Bridgestone Golf... COVINGTON, GA – If there’s truth in the notion that the good can always be made better, than the new Bridgestone e-Series golf balls amply demonstrate the point. For 2013, the always price-reliable e-Series has improved on performance that was already more... Read More

Bridgestone Golf Balls – Danger lurks in playing an un-fit ball


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Bridgestone Golf... COVINGTON, GA – Walking through the tall grass at your local golf course, you’re frustrated because one, you’ve just hit a shot badly off-line, and two, if you don’t find your ball, you’re penalized on the scorecard. It also doesn’t help that... Read More

Bridgestone Golf's J40 Irons and Drivers -- Living Large on Playability After Killing Spin


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Bridgestone Golf... COVINGTON, GA – Spin. It’s something that everyone talks about in golf, yet something that’s decidedly impossible for the average player to sense or measure.... It’s also the thing that largely determines how your golf shots perform. With drivers, too much spin is... Read More

Bridgestone's 2012 Tour B330 Family -- More than just 'Spin' on Golf Balls


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Bridgestone Golf... COVINGTON, GA – There’s a scene from the movie ‘Bruce Almighty’ where the lead character starts hearing so many people talking at once that he can’t decipher individual voices – and hence, can’t even tell what any one person is saying.... That’s a... Read More

Mizuno JPX 825 – Not Just Game Improvement, Game Perfection


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Mizuno Golf... NORCROSS, GA -- Just admit it… Someone mentions “game improvement irons,” and your panic impulse summonses that little voice in your head screaming, “Game improvement? I’m not that bad – give me the pro-level stuff!”... It’s ingrained in most of us who have... Read More

Mizuno JPX-800 Irons and Drivers -- Performance that's built right in


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Mizuno Golf... NORCROSS, GA – You certainly wouldn’t know it just by looking at a golf club, but a lot of technology is already “built-in” to the head.... It’s true, every golf club, to some extent, looks just like every other finely shaped chunk of... Read More

Mizuno MP 59 Irons -- Performance You Can Stand to Look At


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Mizuno Golf... NORCROSS, GA – It’s an underrated part of the equipment equation, simply how a golf club looks.... We spend a lot of time talking about how a club performs, and that’s ultimately what we’re all after. We want a driver that hits it... Read More

Mizuno MP-4 Irons -- Playing to the Blade Lover's Ego


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos Courtesy of Mizuno ... NORCROSS, GA – “The MP-4, we like to say, was almost like hitting the reset button on a blade-style golf club,” remarked Chris Voshall, in discussing the background of Mizuno’s ultimate attempt to satisfy the most discerning of muscleback iron-loving golfers.... As Mizuno’s... Read More

Mizuno MP-58 Irons -- The secret is in the forging


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Mizuno USA... NORCROSS, GA – Several years ago we took the opportunity to try out the Mizuno MP-60 irons, and wrote of their ‘trophy’ looks in addition to their exceptionally high performance. Some things never change – at least for Mizuno – as their latest... Read More

Mizuno MP-60 Irons – ‘Trophy’ Looks, Forgiving Performance


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Image Courtesy of Mizuno USA...  ... NORCROSS, GA – ‘Those are some great looking irons, how do you like them?’...  ... I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked this question with the Mizuno MP-60 Irons in my golf bag.  In an age when golf clubs are being... Read More

Mizuno MX-700 Driver – Hot titanium morphs your golf game


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Mizuno Golf... NORCROSS, GA -- You’ve got to hand it to the minds behind the Terminator movies – they’ve found several new ways over the years to make their time-traveling machines even more frightening and borderline indestructible, to the delight of movie audiences everywhere.... Though I... Read More

Hawaii

Maui Jim Sunglasses -- Clarity and Color on the Golf Course


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Maui Jim... LAHAINA, MAUI, HI – There’s no question about it, if you can’t see it, you can’t do it – at least when it comes to golf. Of course, there are the human interest stories of vision impaired golfers who carry their love... Read More

Illinois

Bettinardi Golf Putters (Featuring the Kuchar 2) – Seeing the Past, Present and Future


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Bettinardi Golf... TINLEY PARK, IL – “One day in 1991, my dad walked into a golf store and saw an advertisement for a milled putter,” said Sam Bettinardi, talking about how his father, Bob, got started in the business of making top-end putters.... Sam (who... Read More

SMT Golf's 455 Deep Bore Beta Titanium Driver -- Red with Envy


OSWEGO, ILLINOIS -- How often it seems that watershed moments in history are traced back to scribbles on a napkin.  The Internet search engine, overnight package delivery service, the space shuttle, a fruit named garage-based computer start-up, as well as countless episodes of international espionage and romantic rendezvous all have... Read More

Maryland

Clicgear Golf Cart – And Away We Go!!


By Chuck Hancock, contributor to GolftheMidAtlantic.com; Photos courtesy of Clicgear...  ... The walking golf bag cart.  Many of us (myself included) most likely have had such a device at one time or another.  You remember the ‘old’ days, when courses weren’t built with holes being a 10-minute walk apart from each other, allowing those of us who wished... Read More

LASIK Surgery with Eye Doctors of Washington (Drs. Clinch and Kang) – Enhancing your Playing Lifestyle


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Eye Doctors of Washington...  ... BETHESDA, MD – Here’s a truism -- If you can’t see, you can’t play… at least when it comes to the game of golf....           ... Occasionally we’ll learn of a rare exception, about a blind golfer who’s overcome his physical challenge... Read More

Massachusetts

Footjoy Classics Tour Golf Shoes – Much Walking On Your Shoes


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Footjoy...  ... FAIRHAVEN, MA – ‘A lot is riding on your tires.’...  ... We’re all familiar with the famous Michelin Tires’ advertising slogan, and we’ve seen the cute commercials with babies sitting in the big rubber tubes – it just helps to emphasize the point… buy these... Read More

Titleist x58 Stand Bag -- New Stand Bag A Winner for Walkers


By Mike Tanner, Images Courtesy of TitleistFAIRHAVEN, MA -- In the beginning, every golfer walked the course. The more affluent hired caddies to carry their playing implements, while the less well-off either carried their sticks in the crooks of their arms or stashed their clubs in small, lightweight bags and... Read More

Titleist's AP1 irons -- Blissful marriage of forgiveness and feel


 By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Titleist... FAIRHAVEN, MA – Compatibility – it’s certainly a concept that’s familiar to every marriage, with the two spouses in a constant search for the perfect and perpetual combination of factors that lead to blissful harmony.... Judging by America’s high divorce rate, it’s a place... Read More

Titleist's New Pro V1 and Pro V1x -- Premium Really is Better


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Titleist... FAIRHAVEN, MA – There’s a common belief in golf these days that lower-swing golfers are wasting their money and potentially hurting their on-course performance by buying premium, Tour-level golf balls. A few manufacturers have even made humorous TV ads in the attempt to... Read More

Titleist’s 2005 ‘New’ Golf Balls – Better Than Before, and Still More To Come


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Images Courtesy of Titleist...  ... FAIRHAVEN, MA – ‘It doesn’t get any better than this.’  It’s not a statement that you’ll hear from a scientist, and it’s not something you’ll likely hear from a golf equipment manufacturer, either....  ... And though every club/ball maker will happily tout the merits of... Read More

Titleist’s 735 CM Forged Irons – Targeted for Good Players, Engineered to Perform


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Titleist...  ... FAIRHAVEN, MA – Niche versus mass marketing.  If you’ve got a business with an established brand, and you’re coming out with a new product, there’s a decision to make.  Some might think it’s best to promote towards the lowest common denominator – make... Read More

Titleist’s 905 Drivers and 904F Fairway Woods – Incremental Improvements, Moving Forward


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Titleist...  ... FAIRHAVEN, MA – When looking at Titleist’s 2005 line-up of ‘new’ golf balls, we theorized that a golf equipment manufacturer would never say ‘It doesn’t get any better than this.’...  ... Because if that were the case, they’d never be able to introduce new products... Read More

Mississippi

SkyCaddie Rangefinder -- Mapping your way out of a tight spot


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of SkyCaddie... RIDGELAND, MS – It’s a scenario that every golfer’s familiar with – you’ve just hit a shot that’s a little offline – or a lot – and you’re left wondering how far you should try and play your next shot.... It doesn’t matter if... Read More

Nevada

Butch Harmon About Golf DVD -- Play Better, Have More Fun


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos Courtesy of Butch Harmon Golf Events... LAS VEGAS, NV – It’s something the average golfer can only dream about – a private, four-hour lesson with teaching legend Butch Harmon. It’s about as likely to happen as winning a personal foursome with some of Harmon’s famous students,... Read More

New Hampshire

ECCO Golf Shoes – Look (and Feel) Good While Playing Bad


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Images Courtesy of ECCO USA...  ... USA – “It’s better to look good and play bad, then to look bad and play bad,” remarked Jeff Street, General Manager of the Golf Division for ECCO USA....  ... It’s also nice to feel good while playing bad.  That I can personally vouch... Read More

New Jersey

The Leaderboard Swing-Aid – Aussie Feel for the Golf Swing


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of the Leaderboard...  ... CALIFON, NJ – Just glance at a list of entrants to any PGA Tour event, and you’ll discover Australia’s contribution to professional golf.  Greg Norman may have brought prominence to the ‘Down Under’ continent with his performances during the 80’s and 90’s,... Read More

New York

AUR Golf Apparel -- Curing Golf’s Bad 'Green' Rap


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos Courtesy of AUR... MONTREAL, CANADA -- It could be said that golf has acquired a bad ‘green’ rap over the years, namely the reputation for being destructive to the environment. It’s a ‘rap’ because it just isn’t true – some of the most environmentally-conscious people I... Read More

ClubCrown Club Wraps -- Adding a Little Personalization to Your Golf Style


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of ClubCrown... NEW YORK CITY, NY – It’s often said that if you want to see what a person’s really like, play a round of golf with him.... Personality traits aside, there’s another way to get inside a person’s thoughts, just by seeing his or her... Read More

Sunice Golf Apparel -- Taking the Best in Class to Another Level


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Sunice... MONTREAL, CANADA – Golf and skiing really have very little in common, but that doesn’t mean that golfers can’t take a page out of ski fashion to improve their looks – and performance – on the links.   ... That’s exactly what Canadian golf... Read More

North Carolina

Great Golf Memories -- Preserve Those Moments for a Lifetime


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Images Courtesy of Great Golf Memories... PINEVILLE, NC – They don’t come very often, and that’s probably why we want to relive them when they happen – over and over.... I’m speaking of a “moment” in golf. Sure, we all hit some good golf shots… and more than... Read More

Ohio

About Golf Simulators – Growing the Game from the Inside


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Images Courtesy of About Golf...  ... MAUMEE, OH – Mark Twain once said (paraphrasing), ‘Everybody gripes about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it.’...           ... Well, now we can honestly say, somebody’s doing something about it – at least when it comes to the game of golf. ... Read More

Oregon

Nike Golf VR Pro Wedges & Midnight Method Putter Line - Helping Golfers Get Their Groove On


By Scot Rendall; images courtesy of Nike Golf... BEAVERTON, OR -- In the evolution of golf over the last 25 years, it would be tough to argue that the golf industry has spent a lot of energy creating and marketing wedge products to pull customers into pro shops. That is, until now. The USGA’s... Read More

Nike Golf – Form Following Function To Success


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Images Courtesy of Nike Golf...  ... BEAVERTON, OR – Louis Sullivan, widely considered America’s first truly modern Architect, is probably most famous for coining the phrase ‘form ever follows function,’ the notion being a building’s purpose should guide its design....  ... The same concept applies to modern improvements in golf... Read More

Nike Golf’s Ignite Drivers and ONE Golf Balls – Tiger’s Wisdom to Pro Shop Shelves


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Nike Golf...  ... BEAVERTON, OR – Robots.  Science fiction writers love ‘em, consumer products manufacturers depend on ‘em, and Arnold Schwarzenegger made an acting career (political career?) out of playing one....  ... Maybe it’s because of their ‘human’ quality that robots are so mysterious – or maybe... Read More

Nike Golf’s Tom Stites and the STR8-FIT Driver – Taking the ‘vanity’ out of club fitting


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Images courtesy of Nike Golf... BEAVERTON, OR – It’s no secret, drivers are expensive – and they’re also ‘specialized’ to the point where you’ve got some crucial decisions to make when purchasing them, including loft, shaft flex and length at the very minimum.... And as is often the... Read More

Nike Golf’s VR_S Covert Fairway Woods – Putting a Little Heat in Fairway Play


By Scot Rendall, Images courtesy of Nike Golf... BEAVERTON, OR – Sometimes you have to travel to a strange place to discover the true attributes of a product.... On a recent summer golf outing to Palm Springs, California, for example, the 108 degree summer heat was no match for the hot performance... Read More

Nike Golf’s Women’s Verdana Club Line -- Giving the Ladies Their Due


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Nike Golf... BEAVERTON, OR – ‘Not so fast.’ When it comes to golf, ‘slow down’ is not always something we like to hear, but maybe it’s time that someone said it.... Just peruse golf ads these days and you’ll discover that they’re mostly about going... Read More

Nike Lunar Clayton Golf Shoes -- Living the Game in Style


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Nike Golf... BEAVERTON, OR – “Shopping for the right golf shoe is by definition a personal choice, but the type of golfer who would gravitate towards the Nike Lunar Clayton is someone who appreciates the lifestyle of the game, someone looking for the highest... Read More

Nike Sasquatch & OSS Irons – Geometry Rules on the Golf Course


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Nike Golf...  ... BEAVERTON, OR – Geometry.  For those similarly mathematics challenged, it was the class in between Algebra and Algebra II (or at least it used to be) in high school.  Geometry was full of formulas, theorems and proofs, most of which you didn’t... Read More

Nike VR Pro Combo Forged Irons -- The Best Really Can Get Better


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Nike Golf... BEAVERTON, OR – “At Nike, the pursuit of advanced performance, no matter how large or small, is a relentless commitment. Whether it be in material technology or manufacturing innovation -- when it comes to making a product perform better, ‘there is no... Read More

Nike VR Pro Limited Edition Metal Woods – Clean Looks, High Performance


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Nike Golf... BEAVERTON, OR – “It is a very ‘clean’ looking driver in the playing position,” remarked Nike Golf’s Tom Stites, the company’s Director of Product Creation for Clubs, explaining the appeal of the VR Pro Limited Edition driver and fairway metal woods.... The “clean”... Read More

Nike VRS Covert Forged Irons -- Change of Face Equals Longer and Hotter


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Nike Golf... BEAVERTON, OR – Nike Golf says its new VRS Covert Forged Irons are longer and hotter, and the reason is due to a change of face.... That’s right, a change of face. The new irons have added the company’s NEXCOR face technology (the... Read More

Rhode Island

Larry Lambrecht Photography – Factoring Luck Out of the Equation


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Images by Larry Lambrecht...  ... WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND – It’s fair to say, anyone can shoot a photo, but not everyone’s a photographer.  There’s always a time in everyone’s life when we’re at the right place at the right time to capture a brief glimpse of nature’s splendor... Read More

South Carolina

Fister Golf's Model I Driver -- Bringing 'The Beast' to Your Golf Bag


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Fister Golf... CHARLESTON, SC – “I’m not really competing with the big boys here, I don’t have the marketing budget,” said three-time world long-drive champion Sean “The Beast” Fister, in describing how he hopes to get a leg-up on the competition in selling his... Read More

Texas

Adams Pro Hybrid -- Recognition is a Good Thing


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Adams Golf... PLANO, TX – It’s only natural – when you do good work, you want to be acknowledged.... Lack of recognition was the dilemma facing Adams Golf when conceptualizing its new Pro Hybrid, the company’s latest offering in the ultra-competitive hybrid club category. The... Read More

AdamsGolf Idea a12 OS Irons -- Producing Solid Results for the Left-Handed Shot Maker


By Scot Rendall, Images Courtesy of Adams Golf... PLANO, TX -- Sourcing golf equipment for those of us who play from the “wrong” side of the ball has been a challenge ever since I took up the game in the mid-1970’s. And amazingly enough, in many respects, it hasn’t changed much... Read More

Barney Adams – Idea Man With Iron Will


By Jeff Janas and Jeffrey A. Rendall; Photos Courtesy of Adams Golf...  ... PLANO, TX – Everybody wants it; few ever get it.  Some people fall into it, while others blaze their own trails.  It’s the purpose in life for many, and the thing most people (outside your family) will remember you... Read More

Martin Golf Apparel -- One Company's Non-stop Quest for Perfection


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Martin Golf... DALLAS, TX – Just because something’s new doesn’t always mean it’s better – especially when talking about the world of golf apparel, where there’s a trend towards “performance” fabrics that look and feel like they’re just off a spaceship.... Enter Martin Golf, a... Read More

Utah

OGIO Golf Bags – All you’ll want from a golf bag, and then some


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of OGIO Golf... BLUFFDALE, UT -- Golfers are a pretty self-assured lot – generally speaking, we know what we want, and there are more than enough smart people amongst us to design what we need.... But sometimes there’s a product us golfers pick up upon that’s... Read More

Ogio Golf Bags – Giving Golfers What They Never Knew They Always Wanted


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Images Courtesy of Ogio...  ... BLUFFDALE, UTAH – ‘It’ll only have to last one more trip,’ I thought as I hauled the dusty soft cover bag out of the closet (one that I’d used for over a decade), hoping against hope that it would survive the rigors and... Read More

Virginia

Adams Redline Metal Woods -- Pushing Technology To The Limit of Legality


By Jeffrey B. Janas, Images By Adams Golf...  ... Nothing Is Constant, Except Change.  ...  ... As summer gives way to autumn for most of the country, signaling the beginning of the end of this year's golf season, we're again reminded of how difficult it is for golfers, particularly avid players, to adjust to... Read More

Book review: King of Clubs – The Great Golf Marathon of 1938


By Jeffrey A. Rendall... WILLIAMSBURG, VA – If not for award-winning author Jim Ducibella, one of America’s great golf legends may have been permanently lost to history.... Ducibella sweated over six years of exhausting research to present the story of J. Smith Ferebee, a Depression-era stockbroker with a penchant for accepting bets... Read More

Demo Days -- Be Fit Like a Pro


By Rob Canady, Images Courtesy of Cleveland Golf...  ... With golf manufacturing companies seemingly coming out with the club ‘du jour’ these days, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with everything that’s available out there.  Fortunately, now there’s a way to keep pace -- and if you haven’t been to a golf... Read More

Feedback's The Name In The Titleist DCI 762's Game


By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... Feedback, it's the stuff of change....  ... It seems we're bombarded with feedback requests these days. Just go on vacation and invariably you'll return home with some sort of feedback request on your destination's performance during your stay. Or go on a lunch meeting with your boss, and she'll... Read More

Footjoy Gel Fusion Shoes and DryJoys Tournament Pullover -- Accessorizing Comfort and Convenience


By Jeffrey A. Rendall...   ... Accessories, you can't live without 'em, yet you don't want to think about 'em....  ... The game of golf is rapidly becoming accessorized. Whereas the first golfers used to play it with wooden sticks and whatever they could find for a ball, these days you'll need the latest high-tech... Read More

FootJoy Products -- Contact Is All It Takes


By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... Contact. It's the key to the game of golf, and may just be the most essential element in every sport. It's the point where your club strikes the ball -- a simple proposition--no contact, no propulsion. Likewise, in football, you can't tackle without contacting the ball carrier... Read More

Homestead Golf Advantage School – GAS and Much More


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeff Janas...  ... HOT SPRINGS, VA – If there’s one thing you’ll take from golf school, it’s that next time you head to the golf course, you won’t forget your GAS....  ... We’re not talking about the stuff you put in your car’s fuel tank, and it has... Read More

Links 2001 -- Darn Near The Real Thing


By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... We don't need to go outside anymore to play golf....  ... Funny how it is in today's world, where machines supplanted so many of the daily activities human beings used to need to toil at. No one's really sorry -- I doubt very many folks lose sleep over not... Read More

Philosophers' Half True Axioms Exposed by the Taylor Made 300 Series


By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... A well-known golf axiom recites "Drive for show, putt for dough." That's only half true. Another well-known axiom reads "Satisfaction lies not in reaching the destination, but in making the journey." That, again, is only half true. I assert: you can't putt for dough if you don't... Read More

PING i3+ Irons -- Forgiveness Without Begging For It


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Ping Golf...  ... PHOENIX, AZ -- Forgiveness.  The word has many connotations, mostly positive.  If you fight with your boss, it's good to forgive her (and the other way around); if you're in debt, it's great to receive forgiveness from the bank.  If you commit... Read More

Slotline Putters – Searching the past for the answers of today


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images courtesy of Slotline... RICHMOND, VA – Looking at today’s golf equipment, there’s little doubt that things are much different than they were twenty or thirty years ago. Today’s oversized irons, big-head titanium drivers and funky putter styles certainly bear little resemblance to their forbears in golf museums... Read More

Taylor Made 300 Series Fairway Woods -- Bucking The Trends


By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... Pop culture is strange sometimes. Every so often, a new consumer product hits the shelves and people go wild -- then runs its course, and fades into oblivion. Think about it -- when was the last time you saw a Rubiks Cube? A Betamax machine? A Polaroid... Read More

Taylor Made R500 Series Drivers -- Putting the Screws to it Once Again


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Taylor Made Golf...  ... It's a shame that younger generations won't be learning to play golf with persimmon woods.  For those of us who did, we'll never forget the finely polished heads, the multicolored clubfaces and the 'screws' in the sweet spot, which helped coin... Read More

Taylor Made Rossa Putters -- A Colorful Move Towards Excellence On The Greens


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Taylor Made...  ... Red.  It's the color of aggression; the color of love (as in red roses); the color of blood; heck, even the color Tiger Woods wears on Sundays -- perhaps symbolic of his intention to pounce on another helpless victim like a big... Read More

The Burton Millennium Golf Bag--Keeping Pace With The Times


By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... The game of golf has come a long way. So have golf bags....  ... I remember my first golf bag; it was made of so much canvas you could've sailed it. It was a Christmas present when I was about 10, and I used it to drag around my... Read More

The Orlimar SF 302 Irons -- Putting The Weight Where It Counts


By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... Three; Five; Seven; Nine; '1' Wood; Three Wood; Putter....  ... It's a starter set. I don't know who designed it that way, but when most of us started the game as kids, the powers that be wanted us to learn it with half the clubs. And those starter sticks... Read More

The Strata Tour Ultimate Holds Its Line In The Golf Ball Wars


By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... There's a war going on, but I'm not afraid of getting drafted--or shot at. Compared to so many notable armed conflicts of the past, this particular feud isn't going to hurt anyone -- because there won't be any lead fired, bombs dropped, sorties flown or missiles dispatched.... Read More

The Titleist Vokey 'Oil Can Finish' Sand Wedge -- Genius With A Different Look


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Titleist.com...  ... CARLSBAD, CA -- It's been over two years since I first played a Bob Vokey designed sand wedge, and it's been nearly as long since I've considered trying a different one.  But recently, Titleist announced an entire new line of Vokey wedges --... Read More

Titleist's Scotty Cameron Studio Design Putters Even Things Out


By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... It's funny how the game of golf is geared towards equalization--with so many different ways to handicap golfers in order to make the game a little more even for duffers competing against each other....  ... First off, there's the USGA handicapping system, where the less gifted receive extra consideration... Read More

Titleist’s 983 Drivers and Pro V1 (and Pro V1x) Golf Balls – Translating Professionally Tested Technology and Performance into Your Language


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Images Courtesy of Titleist...  ... We see it in many facets of our world – professionally proven technology translating to the average consumer.  Millions of dollars and thousands of hours of research and development brings results, efficiency and convenience to scoreboards, kitchens and offices everywhere....  ... Think about it --... Read More

Wintergreen Golf Academy and Resort -- Delivering The Personal Touches


By Jeffrey A. Rendall... WINTERGREEN, VA -- The personal touch, it's underrated. Most businesses claim to offer it, but few truly deliver. That's why it's refreshing when it's promised and delivered, like at Wintergreen Resort's Golf Academy.... Wintergreen guarantees an instructor-to-student ratio of no more than 3-to-1, which means you won't be... Read More

Washington

Aerotech Golf Shafts (for irons) – Weight where it counts


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Aerotech Golf...  ... A couple years ago, we heard about a composite hockey stick manufacturer that was breaking into the golf shaft market, so we took a look at Aerotech Golf’s shafts in conjunction with a look at the Cleveland Launcher Comp driver.  Very satisfied... Read More

Aerotech Shafts and Cleveland’s 460 Launcher Comp Driver – Giving the Shaft Its Due


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Aerotech Sports and Cleveland Golf...  ... BELLINGHAM, WA – Chris Hilleary, Vice President of Aerotech Sports’ Golf Division, says the golf shaft is as important in today’s modern golf game as the club head or golf ball....  ... “All of the new equipment designs have certainly helped... Read More

Miura Golf Putters -- Passion Translates to Putts in the Cup


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of Miura Golf... HEMIJI, JAPAN – No one would deny that passion is important in any endeavor, especially in one that you’ve dedicated a lifetime to perfecting.... Japanese master club-maker Katsuhiro Miura understands passion for his life’s work, having started making golf clubs in 1957 –... Read More

Wisconsin

House of Carrington – Dressing for the moment


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Images courtesy of House of Carrington... HARTLAND, WI – Just take a look around, and you’ll notice the world’s gone ‘casual.’ You see it in the workplace, at the mall and even at the country club – a move towards looser fitting garments that walk a fine line... Read More