Equipment & Product Reviews

Nike Shortgame Sticks PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno




As Nike Golf continues to build it's stable of world class tour players (Tiger, Rory, Michelle Wie,

Paul Casey and Suzann Pettersen just to name a few), their club designers and R&D dept. have

also moved the needle. Their latest entries into the shortgame market the VR Toe Sweep wedges

(with X3X grooves) and Method Mod putter series are worthy of a serious look. The Victory Red

Toe Sweep wedges (with X3X grooves) are an outside the box concept designed to assist with

the toughest of par saving opportunities.




The satin finish is a nice touch, X3X grooves provide the stopping power.



The Toe Sweep line comes in 56, 58, and 60 degree models. During testing, the Toe Sweep

wedges were like a get out of "jail free card" whenever in thick heavy rough or in a bunker with

soft loose sand. Stopping power with the new X3X grooves was as expected - excellent. From

the fairway impact was crisp and yardage control was precise. If you're looking for a wedge

that has a generous helping of bounce in the center of the sole to help you escape from gnarly

rough, and zero bounce in the heel for versatility, then the Nike Toe Sweep might be your

shortgame club of choice.





Nike's new premium putter line - Method Mod was inspired by classic putter designs of decades past. Method Mod 30 (shown above) was our test club.


The Method Mod 30 features an angle with 30 degrees of toe hang, a CNC milled face

and Nike's polymetal groove technology (which produces a truer more consistent



Set up at address looks clean and square



Each Method Mod putter is identified by the amount of toe hang, the Model 00 (top) is a

full-mallet, the Model 60 is a smaller mid-mallet.




The Method Mod 90 is a blade, reminiscent of the classic Bullseye



The heavy head weight (345 grams in 34"-35", 360 grams 33" model) and 2 degrees of

loft (most standard putters are 4 degrees) are features along with the satin chrome finish

that distinguish the Method Mod line from many other main stream production putters.

The first thing I noticed putting with the Method Mod 30, was how hot the roll came

off the face. Not quite sure if it was the difference in loft (the Nike MM comes

standard with 2 degrees, 4 is the industry average), or the poly-metal groove

technology . . . but either way it's quite different from my custom Scotty Newport 2

Studio Select.


Players that consider Scotty Cameron and Bettinardi as the standard of premium putters

will be impressed with the looks, feel and performance of Nike's new line of Method Mod

blades. Method Mod - $299




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Adams XTD Forged Irons PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno

Adams XTD stands for extra time & dollars (to develop the most advanced club

technology). The 6 iron shown above is considered a muscle cavity.



Forged irons are regarded as the very best our game has to offer in terms of quality,

appearance and feel . . . but to be honest, very few of these forgings have any new

technology at all. Most golf companies forged offerings are not much more than the

blades of yesteryear - a solid one piece forged head and the same 130 gram steel

shaft and basic rubber grip that's been standard equipment for the last 40 years.

Although considered "The Players" set of sticks, there hasn't been much in the way

of modern technology or value for the high price tag (most forged sets cost



The short irons are muscle back style - all about precision and feel.



The XTD Forged irons were designed for the player who wants a forged club with

today's technology built in, the combo set features a shallow muscle cavity in the

mid/long irons and muscle back blade in the 8 iron thru Pitching Wedge.

Adams is the first company to feature Cut-Thru Slot Technology in a forged head

. . . this allows for a floating face, thus producing faster ball speeds throughout

the set. Tungsten weighting in the sole - optimizes the center of gravity and

enhances forgiveness.



The eight piece set is not your typical 3-PW or 4-Gap, Adams included the DHy

hybrids in place of the 3 & 4 iron. DHy is far easier to launch than a typical long

iron, yet is still compact enough to provide the shot shaping control of an iron.

DHy has been the #1 hybrid on the PGA Tour. (Standard 3 & 4 XTD Forged iron

is available).







Appearnace: The set up at

address with the XTD Forged is

clean and sleek with minimal offset

. . . the technology is hidden from

this view. Just classic lines here,

players eye candy for sure.












These irons perform as good as they look . . .



Our set came with Aldila's new RIP Tour shafts featuring Hyperbolic Flex Technology, not

your run of the mill graphite here, these babies are stout. According to Aldila - This new

shaft technology provides a stiff tip section for optimal launch and control, combined with

a very firm butt section for a stable feel - the center section is softer to provide maximum

ball speed, available in 90 & 115 grams. These shafts are gaining traction on the PGA

Tour (Boo Weekley used the RIP Tour when he won Colonial last year).


It had been awhile since I'd tested a premium forged iron, and after testing missile launching

game improvement sticks the past few months it took some coming back down to earth to get

in a groove with a set of forged players irons. Once I realized I was hitting a set made for

precision and feel, rather than pure distance . . . I was back in my comfort zone. Crispy

smooth impact  feels just right, exactly what you'd expect from an iron of this ilk.


The XTD forged is more forgiving than your typical blade, but still provides the feedback of

a mishit. It was nice to have the Aldila RIP shafts as an option to the typical Dynamic Gold,

Project X or KBS Tour (or any of the heavyweight/massively tip stiff powerplants that come

standard in nearly every forged iron). The long/mid irons were as easy to hit as the short

sticks - gotta love that. These are not macho sticks with jacked up lofts, they're plenty long

enough, but it's much more about a predictable ball flight and landing the shot on the specific #

- 6 iron carries the typical 175 yards, 8 iron 155 . . . just how I want it. Draws & fades are there

when you want them. The DHy 3 & 4 are so easy to launch, you probably will ditch the inclination

to add the standard respective long irons. I did. After weeks of testing, the Adams XTD Forged

exceeded expectations in every category . . . these are definite gamers -

"Own The Second Shot".


To find out more go to :

See the XTD Forged specs below.













2014 Father's Day Gift Guide PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno


Fathers Day, what a great event . . . for many it's a day to spend on the links. Why not treat your

Dad or yourself to something special this Father's day. Below are a few of our favorite items that

we've started testing recently (most of which will be full reviews posted later this summer).



Adams Golf

Adams Golf XTD line is the company's

flagship - the XTD Ti hybrids are among

the finest and most played on Tour . . .

equipped with the Matrix Red Tie shaft,

this utility is seriousously the cream of

the crop from the company that leads

the market. If you're looking for a Father's

Day gift for the serious player, these might

be spot on. $299




For the golfer looking for some help getting the ball airborne, Adams Tight Lies fairway

woods will have your Dad "Owning the second shot" $149.99





Swingbyte 2

The Swingbyte2 simply clips to the shaft of any golf club. This tiny device analyzes every part of your

golf swing instantly, and provides 3D imagery of the golf club in motion from setup to follow thru.

Easily access Swingbyte's data and imagery through your smartphone, tablet or laptop. $169




Maide Apparel

Maide Golf Apparel is a division of Bonobos - their highly acclaimed Highland shorts $88

match perfectly with their Nassau Polo $88 - both are a great gift for Dad to look his best

on the course.




Cobra Golf

Cobra's Bio Cell & Bio Cell+ Drivers feature the SmartPad sole and MyFly adjustability.

New stock shafts from Matrix (6Q3 Red Tie) and Project X are a big upgrade from

previous models.




Ogio Apparel

Ogio's known for high quality golf bags and gear, but it's their new apparel line that will have

Pops looking stylish on and off the links. Skid Golf Polo comes in three colors Chrome, White

and Sky (shown above)  $75.




Pyle Golf GPS

From the makers of fine Audio products - Pyle Sports GPS watches have all of features Dad

needs to navigate around the course. Comes in four colors Gray, Black, Light blue, White $169




Game Golf


The Game Your Game system tracks and stores your golf data - No more need to jot down

your shot by shot stats during a round, GameGolf has created the must have device for all

avid golfers. Just attach the Game Your Game unit to your belt, tag the unit with your club

before each shot and let the system record your shot info. Compare your stats with Tour

players and your buddies via their social network. The hype GameGolf has received in recent

months is legit, it's like having your own personal shot link.


GameGolf - $249





Stable26 Socks

Who doesn't need a little help with their tired sore feet, Dad definitely can use some relief

while walking the links. Golf power flows from the ground up, and according to Stable26 -

their footgear eliminates the small gaps between your feet and your golf shoes. Enhanced

stability and improved support at the rearfoot make for a better connection to the ground

and increased swing power. Four time Major Champion Ernie Els - who takes a million steps

each year walking the links around the world now endorses Stable26 footgear. $24.99





Mantis Putter

I'm reading your mind, I know . . . why is the putter green? The Mantis putter presents

the concept - look at the ball not your putter or the stroke, "No one ever says keep your eye

on the club". The green color is a visual that lets the putter blend into the background,

therefore freeing you up to make a natural free flowing pass thru the ball . . . Don't you think

Dad wants to make more putts? Mantis comes in Blade or Mallet style - $169










Nike RZN Golf Balls, TW '14 Shoes PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno

Nike RZN Golf balls come in four different models - Black, Platinum, Red & White

Nike Golf continues their steady climb in the industry, and it's with their "outside the box" innovation that

we see these new products from the Swoosh. The new line of golf balls from Nike is the RZN - which

stands for its Resin core. When I met with Nike's Rock Ishi earlier this year, he was very excited about

the RZN Line and specifically it's core. The new core has a knobby like pattern texture - this pattern helps

the core to lock on to the inner layers . . . which produces a much more stable and longer golf ball.


The Black and Platinum models are the premium tour version, while the Red and White offer some help for

the mid and high handicap amateur.


RZN Black is a tour performance ball that combines an RZN core with an RZN mantle layer for lower spin off

the driver, but producing enough shortgame spin for the world's best players. Rory McIlroy plays RZN Black.


RZN Platinum while also a tour performance ball, it gives a softer compression and feel. The slightly softer

cover is Nike's ultimate ball for approach and greenside spin. For those who play the standard Titleist Pro

V1, the RZN Platinum is for you.


RZN Red is a ball for the player who seeks more carry distance. The lighter core and heavier outer layers

produce the highest MOI of any Nike golf ball. This ball would likely be the choice for many players who seek

more carry distance for those who have lost a few yards off the tee.


RZN White has all of the same high MOI properties of the Red, but without giving up too much feel around

the greens. The White boasts a softer core and cover for exceptional feel and playability.


Kudos to Rock Ishi, the new RZN line is another leap forward in Nike Golf's evolution.



NIKE TW '14 Golf Shoes



Nike debuted the TW '14 golf shoes at last years Players Championship, where Tiger

Woods went on to his 78th victory on the PGA Tour. Taken from the Nike Free platform,

the TW '14 is without a doubt one of most unique golf shoes on the market. Certainly

Tiger has had his share of lower leg injuries recently (knee, achilles and now he's

rehabbing from back surgery).

If you're looking for a featherweight golf shoe with no frills, this isn't your shoe. The TW

'14 is a shoe made for max support of your foot . . . and as a guy who suffers from being

dealt a bad hand genetically (long and narrow feet), I appreciate a shoe built to provide

complete comfort, excellent traction and stability.




Nike's Free Inspired outsole allows your foot complete freedom of movement and Champ

spikes provide the traction. Nike's Flywire Technology provides a snug fit. The styling has

been refined, sportier and more detailed trim are a nice upgrade from the previous model.



Whenever I want to walk 18, put in a heavy practice session, or the legs/feet are feeling a bit

rundown, I find myself lacing these up. For comfort, traction and complete freedom of movement,

the TW '14 is at the top of the list.



The new TW '14 Mesh is also now available.




To find out more on Nike Golf visit:










Nicklaus Golf Balls PDF Print E-mail




Earlier this year Jack Nicklaus unveiled his new line of golf balls to the golfing public. The

3 ball system which consists of Black, Blue and White is designed to simplify the choice

for the many golfers who are seeking to find the ball that fits their game.


The White, is for the slower swing speed player who plays the forward tees on most courses.

The Blue Nicklaus ball is designed for that player who plays the middle or blue tees, but wants

those extra yards that he or she may have lost over time . . . typically swing speeds in the 80-

95 range (with the driver). The black is the premium ball, designed for the single digit player who

often plays the course from the tips (or black tees), made to spin around the greens and for the

player who not only can generate speeds over 100+, but who also can control their trajectories

and shot shape.



“We all know that the game of golf can be challenging enough, so we are trying to simplify the

decision-making process of selecting the right golf ball and at the same time provide consumers

the highest-quality golf balls and at a price that encourages charitable support,” Jack Nicklaus said.

“By buying these balls, players will get the added benefit of supporting these wonderful charities

that help children in need as well as the families that dearly love them.




Nicklaus added, “For more than three years, we have contemplated entering the golf ball business,

so over that time, I have been researching and testing golf balls. There are a lot of very good balls

on the market, but I was not able to find a ball that fully met my expectations and hopes—not just

for me or other professionals, but more important, for the everyday golfer. So I simply decided not

to enter the business until I found that ball. Well, I found that ball. Actually, I found three.

“These golf balls are designed for every level of play, from the everyday or recreational golfer—be it

men, women, children, or seniors—to the tour professional. No matter the age or ability, there is a

golf ball to fit your game. Our strategy is based on a simple principle: skill level is an extremely important

factor when selecting the right golf ball. From the tees you play, we know your swing speed; this is

paramount when choosing a golf ball. But no matter the percentage of players who know their swing

speed, 100 percent of them know the tees they play.”


Profits from Nicklaus golf ball sales go to the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation. To learn more







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