Equipment & Product Reviews


Tom Watson - New Advanced Lessons of a Lifetime II PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno



Last year we reviewed Tom Watson's lessons of a lifetime. In 2014, Watson

added a new DVD of over 20 new gems to cover the nuances of the game.

From Mental keys like dealing with pressure and nervousness, using Sam

Snead's swing as a vision of rythm, and advice Jack Nicklaus gave to Greg

Norman the night before one of his Open Championship victories . . . these

are just a few the many useful tips "Tom Terrific" doles out.


Tom's Secret #2 makes reference to the lower body and it's role in the

swing. Rarely if ever can you get instruction from a legend of this magnitude

. . . Watson gives insight into why amateurs struggle with the 40 yard wedge

shot, and perhaps my favorite tips are from the late Bruce Edwards and Earl

Woods on making short putts.

 

The beautiful setting at the Greenbrier is the perfect backdrop not only for

the aesthetics of the videos, but it also provides a legitimate forum for the

8-time major champion to illustrate how to hit certain golf shots.


The great thing about owning the DVD set is you can refer back to them

whenever your game needs a quick re-fresher course in a certain area -

any of the nearly 70 lessons (of the full 3 DVD set) are right there for you

to instantly access.


 

Of course the new advanced lessons can be purchased separately or as

an add on to the original two disc set. To purchase or for more info visit:

http://www.tomwatson.com/pro-shop/tom-watson-lessons-lifetime

 

Final thoughts: In our opinion, along with Butch Harmon's "Aboout Golf"

DVD set, Watson's Lessons of a Lifetime are the best on the market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Crocs Golf Shoes PDF Print E-mail

By Jason Bruno

 

Crocs Drayden

Crocs new Drayden golf shoe features a breathable mesh upper to keep your feet cooler on the

course . . .  new styling keeps you cooler than your buddies.

 

A few years back Crocs entered the world of golf shoes, and although some purists scoffed at

the idea, Crocs has created a niche in the casual spikeless market. As I've said in many shoe

reviews . . . in order to win over the masses, comfort for the walking golfer and built in performance

features are a must. Throw in some catchy styling and great color combos and you got a winner.

 

The original line of Brayden/Drayden were very simple styling, similar to the classic Vans skateboard

and BMX shoes . . . which seemed like a smart way to go as the new kid on the block hoping to

appeal to the forward thinking linkster. As a matter of fact I still wear mine nearly everyday (in fact

I'm wearing them as I write this review). They're so comfortable that once the nubs got somewhat

worn (from wearing them off the course), I turned them into street shoes.

 

 

The new line branches out with style and performance. Still superlight, the new Drayden looks so

good as a casual shoe you'll want to wear it off the course too.

 


 

Available in Gray/Blue, White/Red, and Black/Lime. The Drayden is available in half sizes (new to

the Crocs Golf line). While the upper gets the attention, it's the new outsole that's the biggest

upgrade. The center section is softer which means even more comfort, and the cleats on the

perimeter of the sole keep you feet attached to the "terra firma" even during the hardest swings.

The Drayden retails for $99.

 

Men’s Drayden 2.0 Golf Shoe details:

  • Breathable mesh uppers
  • Dual-comfort Croslite material footbed w/ ultimate heel cushion & forefoot liner to help w/ moisture management
  • Croslite™ material midsole delivers high-energy return and minimal weight for all-day comfort
  • 4-piece TPU stability system around the outsole maximizes flexibility and traction
  • Outrigger tab reduces forefoot movement for maximum stability
  • One of the lightest golf shoes in its class

 

 

All Cast Duck

The All Cast Duck is designed to battle inclement weather, (from the cleated sole all the

way to the mid-upper, the Duck is a seamless waterproof shoe) and although it was

introduced in 2013, it is still a relatively new concept for the golf industry.

 

 

 


Certainly, the styling is funky . . . but I find it appealing - it's definitely something different.

This shoe is not only the perfect golf companion for soggy summers in South Florida (no

more rain please!), but also when taking a journey to Bandon Dunes or across the pond -

these should be mandatory equipment. Of the nearly two dozen golf shoes I own (yes, I need

an intervention), I get asked more about these shoes than any other. I tell everyone that asks,

if keeping your dawgs dry, and extreme comfort are what you seek - these are your shoe.

Available in Light Gray/Charcoal and Black/Yellow. The All Cast Duck retalis for $119

 

For more info on Crocs Golf Shoes:

http://www.crocs.com/golf-shoes-for-men/mens-golf-shoes,default,sc.html?intid=mm_m_golf_140326

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Powerbilt Air Force One N7 DFX PDF Print E-mail

 

 

 

 

In the world of high end premium drivers, marketing plays a huge role. If potential

customers don't see your stick on TV (being played on tour by the best in the world)

how can it be any good? That's the perception. While we won't dispute that the clubs

we DO see on tour (like TaylorMade's SLDR, Cobra's Bio Cell and Nike's Covert 2.0 - all

drivers that we've recently tested) are all great high performance clubs, there is a niche

in the marketplace for companies like Powerbilt that have been around for decades,

and produce high quality products with innovation & high performance.

 


Powerbilt's latest edition of their Nitrogen charged driver is the Air Force One N7 DFX

(Deep Face Extreme).

 

Powerbilt looks to earn it's product credibility through performance. The AFO N7

comes in choices of 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and if lofting up is your thing, a 12.5 model

is available. 8.5 & 9.5 models are available in right hand only. Choose your model

wisely, the AFO N7 is a glue in club, no adjustability available.

 

The feature that is unique to Powerbilt drivers is their "Nitrogen Charged" technology,

known as N7 in the 2014 AFO. 80 PSI of compressed Nitrogen is used to reinforce the

clubface, and enhance ball speeds through maximum C.O.R (AFO N7 conforms to the USGA

and R&A rules of golf).

 

 

Appearance:

The all black clubhead looks the part of a serious players club, matte black crown,

and bold graphics are an upgrade from anything we've seen previously from Powerbilt.

Let's face it, the first thing we all do when we're shopping for or testing out new drivers

(or any other club for that matter) is, set the club down and see if it's pleasing to the eye

. . . not only from a color scheme and paint finish perspective, but also what it looks like

at address behind a teed up golf ball. The Air Force One N7 sets up square, not shut like

so many other drivers on the market. The classic shape, with no obtrusive graphics, deep

face and long hosel neck give it a first generation Titanium look.

 

 

 

 

Our test model came in 10.5 loft

 

 

 

 

We tested the AFO with Fujikura's Motore F3. Fujikura Fuel, Aldila NVS & RIP Beta are

options available as well as the Graphite Design G-Series. Custom shafts from Oban and

Mitsubishi are optional with an upcharge.

 

 

 

Performance Pros/Cons:

The ball jumps off the face, launch & ball speeds were consistent with the best drivers we've

tested in '14. The faster swingers in our testing, tended to launch the ball on the high side,

the Fujikura Motore F3 is a high carry launcher. For those seeking lower spin rates, the Oban

Kyoshi or Diamana Whiteboard might be a preferred choice. Sound and feel in a Nitrogen

filled driver has to be terrible right? Not at all, in fact, it was better than most premium drivers

on the market today. Impact was a crisp solid thwack . . . not crazy loud or clunky. The

clubface definitely has a lively springy pop, which can only exude confidence.

 

Deep face drivers are normally quite unforgiving, the AFO is just the opposite . . . swing away -

dispersion was a narrow section with the AFO.

 

My only beef with the new AFO-N7 would be the glue in head - It's 2014, we need adjustability.

However, as long as you get properly fit for the right shaft and loft, there's no issue (whether

retail shops have fitting carts or demos of the different loft and shaft choices is unkown).

 

 

 

 

To be honest, I was expecting gimmicky . . . and nothing could be further from the truth.

Powerbilt really put their time in with this product.

 

Bottom Line: The AFO N7 Deepface Extreme is a classic looking driver that packs a ton

of technology (and value), producing distance and accuracy that compares with the best

premium drivers available.

 

 

 

For more info: http://powerbilt.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Nike Shortgame Sticks PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

 

 

NIKE VR X3X TOE SWEEP WEDGES

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.

 

 

 

METHOD MOD PUTTERS MODEL: 00, 30, 60, 90

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

roll).

 

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

 

 

 

For more info: http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/method-mod-30-golf-putter/pid-881239

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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

$1000+).

 


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).


Performance:

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 :http://www.adamsgolf.com/



See the XTD Forged specs below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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