Equipment & Product Reviews

Star Putter Traing Tool PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno



The Star Putter - putting tool is perhaps the simplest and most portable of any

putting aide on the market. The brain child of PGA Professional Rita (Mehrens)

Shuenemann, the beauty of the Star Putter training tool is the instant feedback

you'll get when aligning the putterface on the Star.






The Star isn't just for short putts, it also works great on breaking putts like this right

to left medium length putt. Just align the Star and your golf ball to the intended line,

you'll instantly get a sense of proper clubface alignment.





A great drill to use with the Star Putter putting tool - after impact stay down

and focus on the Star and LISTEN to the ball go in the hole. The beauty of this

drill is you'll learn to focus on the process instead of the result, and in turn, anxiety

is taken out the equation. What you'll also find is your putts will rarely be miss hit

because of how quiet the body stays throughout the stroke.




Notice my head and body position position in each frame - identical.

Even as the ball drops, my eyes are still focusing on the Star, nobody did this

better than Payne Stewart at the 1999 U.S Open at Pinehurst.




Endorsed by many of top instructors in the game, The Star Putter comes in six colors, and includes

a carry bag and ball markers.


To get more info on the Star Putter training tool:









Puma Faas Lite Golf Shoes PDF Print E-mail


Review By Jason Bruno


Puma Golf recently introduced their new line of lightweight spikeless golf shoes - Faas Lite

& Faas Lite mesh. For this review we tested the Faas Lite, a super lightweight performance

shoe constructed with a microfiber leather upper that features *stormCELL technology that

includes a 1 year waterproof warranty.

The Faas line is so light (actually 8.7 oz), that I handed them to anybody in the office or on

the course when they noticed and asked about the shoes (and everybody did). The first thing

that catches your attention is how sporty they look, but the what impressed me the most about

these new golf kicks (other than the feather like weight), was the comfort. The sole is Puma's

proprietary blend of foam and rubber called "Faas Foam", combining cushioning and traction.

Okay so the Puma Faas is light, comfortable and sporty . . . but will it really hold up while swinging

the big stick at over 100+ mph? I bolted for the range to see if these badboys would hold up under

the pressure of extensive range duty and out on the links.

They not only held up under the duress of my violent swings, but I found that when I left the course,

I didn't wanna take them off. The super lightweight of the Puma Faas kept my dawgs from being

seriously fatigued even after walking 18 holes in the hot Florida sun. So the question is not whether

the Faas Lite are among the supreme walking Links Golf shoes, it's whether you'll wear them everywhere

and turn them into your everyday casual shoes as I have. A good idea would be to have all three color

choices and rotate them. Faas lite are available in white/orange trim, white/blue & black trim, and black

with gray trim as pictured above.

Puma Faas Lite retails for $100

Lightweight microfiber leather upper Features:

  • stormCELL designation with waterproofing guaranteed for 1 year
  • Lace closure for a snug fit; packaged with two lace color options
  • Breathable EcoOrthoLite® sockliner for optimum fit and comfort
  • Lightweight FaasFoam+ midsole for improved resilience and increased step-in comfort
  • SmartQuill traction technology enhances ground contact for improved stability and traction
  • EverTrack carbon rubber in forefoot and heel for lasting durability
  • Corrugated flex grooves for flexibility and improved ground contact
  • PUMA Formstrip at medial and lateral sides
  • PUMA Cat Logo at forefoot and tongue, with PUMA Cat Logo and PUMA callout at heel
  • Heel to toe drop: 0mm
  • Weight: 8.7 ounces


For more info on the Puma Faas Lite:,en_US,sc.html











TaylorMade Lethal, New Srixon Z-Star & Z-StarXV PDF Print E-mail

Written by Jason Bruno




TaylorMade released their latest premium tour caliber golf ball this spring - Lethal,

which is basically an upgraded version of the Penta TP5 with an entirely new

cover/dimple pattern. Gone is the Penta line, but no worries the Lethal ball still has

the tour proven 5 layer technology.


Lethal is equipped with (LDP - low drag performance) a seamless cover that features

a new larger 322 dimple pattern (for more surface coverage on the cover) that

produces the most wind penetrating performance ball TaylorMade has ever made.

Taylormade found that many of the balls out there tend to spin and balloon with

todays high launch equipment. The new Lethal and its flatter ball flight is longer off

the tee and still offers the same soft feel and performance around the greens . . . a

solid upgrade from the Penta line, especially in areas where windy conditions are the




A small often unnoticed detail is the new Lethal side logo, definitely an improvement

(over the PentaTP5) as a putting alignment aide.


The Lethal can be customized with any personal number of choice.


To learn more about Lethal visit:







Srixon has two new offerings on the horizon for August 2013. The staple of their premium

line the Z Star and it's lower spinning brethren the Z Star-XV. The new Z-Star is a three

piece construction ball with it's new spin skin technology, which according to Srixon

engineers - is a coating on their urethane cover that allows for greater friction between ball

& clubface that is designed to improve greenside spin. The coating allows the cover to become

more flexible, therefore penetrating more into the grooves of the clubface.


Z-Star's new larger 344 dimple pattern feature stabilizes ball flight in windy conditions.

Z-Star features a large single large diameter core, the Z-Star XV which is designed for higher swing

speeds (105+) features a dual core.




The Z-Star is played by Miguel Angel Jimenez and the hottest player on earth, World #1 Inbee Park,

while the Z-Star XV is played by 3 time winner around the world (in 2013), Graeme McDowell.


Both the Z-Star and XV come in "Pure white" and "Tour Yellow", both Srixon models retail for $45


For more info on the Z-Star & Z-Star XV:









Maide Golf Apparel by Bonobos PDF Print E-mail
Written by BRUNO   



Maide Golf Apparel


There is a new line of golf apparel by Bonobos called Maide. I wasn't sure what to expect,

but when the product arrived I was stunned by the quality and detail of the Highland Pants &

Barton shorts. Made from polyester for superior performance, this fabric is not your run of

the mill - off the rack microfiber issue (with many of these it's questionable the thin fabric will

hold up through one summer).

The Maide brand has found a way to combine sleek, stylish, classy and functional all in a

performance offering that could double for casual business or social attire. The Maide Golf

pants & shorts are a thicker material that grabs your attention the first time you put them on.

Highland Golf Pants


The Highland pants are straight leg style, loaded with unique features in assorted colors and

maximizing in comfort and performance. Note the pocket logo (a nice touch).




- 2" zipper at the hem allows you to adjust the break of the trouser at the shoe





- fabric is 100% performance polyester

- The rise and thigh both have a special cut to look stylish and sporty but keeps you comfortable

- The curved waistband prevents bunching


Scorecard waist & inseam measurements inside the lining are a nice touch




Barton Golf Shorts


The Barton shorts incorporate the same great features of the Highland pant, and make

the ideal attire for hitting the links during the summer rounds, whether walking or riding.



During Memorial Day, I was able to put the Barton shorts through a rigorous field test: 36 holes

on foot at Streamsong Resort in Central Florida. That's 8 hours of walking up and down sand dunes

and the unique terrain shaped by Crenshaw/Coore & Tom Doak in the Florida Sun. Other than being

extremely comfortable and durable, I noticed how well the design of the pockets have been thought

out - ample enough for scorecards and yardage books in the back, and ball markers, tees and the like

up front . . . but not cumbersome like many golf shorts on the market today.


Note the gel lining inside the waistline to help keep your golf shirt tucked and tidy throughout

the round.



Another pet peeve of mine is when clothing makers have white or pale yellow pants in their

line, and the fabric is so thin that you can see the undergarment beneath. With the Maide

Brand, that's not case - you get a true fabric density and comfortable wear that looks and

feels great from tee #1 to the clubhouse afterwards.



The buttons are also sturdy and unique, snap it in and notch it over





Berwick Golf Shirt



Maide's entry into the Golf shirt market is their pique polo called the Berwick. Very

old school in it's style, the Berwick features solids with an accent stripe on both

the collar and sleeve band, the sleeves are also a throwback in the fact that they

are shorter than most performance shirts of today. The moisture wicking properties

of the Berwick are exceptional, and is a fine compliment with any item from the Barton

or Highland Collection.



Despite being a newbie to the Golf Apparel biz, Bonobos has scored with their new Maide

Golf brand, their Highland pants and Barton shorts are atop our list of the finest we've

reviewed to date . . .


To find out more about Bonobos and Maide Golf Apparel :









New Threads From Antigua Apparel PDF Print E-mail
Written by BRUNO   


Antigua Golf Apparel has been a staple for stylish linksters for over three decades,

and in 2013 they introduced a new line of performance golf wear called the Antigua

Performance-72 Collection. Many of the garments in the Performance-72 Collection

(PRF-72) feature bright eye popping accents, like Lapis, Margarita, Apple, Melon,

Phlox and Zest - all on Antigua's proprietary Desert Dry and Desert Dry-Lite fabric

with moisture management technology. Antigua refers to their new usage of mixing

the palette as Color Stories.

PRF-72 Style: Pulse        Colors: Steel/Black/Melon

Each color is designed as a collection, and the PRF-72 trim color is coordinated to

match each color theme, enabling even the fashion challenged player to match up

his attire and hit the links with confidence.

Lapis is a traditional Blue that will match up well with items already in most golfers

wardrobes. Margarita is a neon Lime, that goes extremely well with neutral colors, and

also pops when paired up with black. Apple is a more traditional Green, that is often

used with Navy as a nice contrast that creates a color story all its own. Zest is a lemon

drop Yellow that is often used with Black and neutral colors to pop the look. Melon Orange

and Phlox Pink are also used as strong pop accent colors to enhance neutral shades.

New performance fabrics were developed with finer yarns to create ultra lightweight knits

in textures and in flat jerseys. By using the finest denier yarns available, Antigua has

achieved super soft, super lightweight fabrics that provide the same coverage as other

poly knits, but allow for faster wicking, additional breathability and less restriction in


Apparel truly is another piece of equipment, especially when the temperature elevates and

the stakes of your match are increased. The PRF-72 fits just right, room under the arms for

freedom of movement, but with no excessive material to inhibit the free flowing motion of an

aggressive golf swing . . . and the feel is silky smooth.


As good as these garments look, the performance is unmistakable. If your looking for a color pop,

and great performance from your golf wear this summer, be sure to check out Antigua's

Performance-72 collection.


For more information on The Antigua Group, visit them online at or contact Mary

Beth Lacy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (760) 346-6942.




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