Equipment & Product Reviews


Miura New Wedge Series PDF Print E-mail
Written by BRUNO   

 

 

Miura's new wedge series is exactly what you'd expect from the company who

specializes in precision forgings. When Katsuhiro Miura puts his mind to producing

finely crafted golf equipment, he and his company really raise the bar. The new

wedge series is the latest in a long line of exceptional products.


 

The forgings, grinds and finish are truly remarkable in the new wedges, which

come in odd numbered lofts 51, 53, 55, 57, and 59 degrees.The new series

features redesigned bounce grinds for the serious shortgame player.

 

True Temper DG Spinner is one of the shaft options.

 


As for the ability to perform, the interaction with

the turf feels just right and the sensation at

impact is soft like butter. We tested the 59 lob

with the True Temper DG Spinner shaft, a nice

combination of feel and performance . . . the ball

flight did not balloon, and the grind was perfect

for a plethora of shortgame situations, where

nothing but up & down will do.

 

Crisp spinning pitches and chips do exactly as you command. The soft carbon

steel is presented in a brilliant polished finish, and is stamped with the Kanji

character which means "Striving" or "Noble" effort.


 

 

Miura President Adam Barr knows the business, Miura is not a cookie cutter

crank out the volume company, premium quality is the emphasis here and

Miura knows their spot in the marketplace.

 

Check out all of Miura's golf products at http://www.miuragolf.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
2013 PGA Show - Best New Products PDF Print E-mail
Written by BRUNO   

 

It all kicked off on Wed at DemoDay at Orange County National


 

Once again the Golf industry descended upon Orlando for PGA Merchandise Show and Demo Day

(Jaunuary 23-26). It is the only week of the year where virtually all entities of the sport are

together in the same location to celebrate the game and see what's on the horizon (product wise)

for the coming year.

 

 

From the industry leaders to the smallest companies, it was the most attended show in years.

TMAG showed us all again why they sit at the pole position.

 

Here are our Best New Products of the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show:

 

Each new product highlighted in yellow is scheduled to be featured in

detail and tested/reviewed in the coming weeks on LinksNation.com .

 

 

Their were multiple entries in the new Driver category, so pick your flavor. . . here is what we

thought about each:


The TaylorMade R1, although somewhat unorthodox with the new racing stripe crown and compass

looking sole plate, it just oozes with updated technology. The loft now reaches from 8 degrees all the

way to 12 degrees with seven different face angle options that allows TM to produce multiple types of

drivers - fitting the tour pro to the 30 handicapper without needing different lofted heads.The stock

engine is once again the RIP phenom shaft. Their display at the show was once again unparalleled,

the industry leader is off and running already in 2013. http://taylormadegolf.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also in the Driver category is the Cobra Amp Cell, the original Amp took the industry by surprise

in 2012 and now the folks at Cobra-Puma kick into another gear with adjustable lofts from 8.5-11.5

degrees with their new MyFly technology, a new sole plate called the smart pad and 4 different

colors (silver, orange, deep red, and blue). This driver might be the sleeper to challenge TM's dominance

in the big stick category.




smart pad sole


The engine is the Fujikura Fuel.The rest of the Cell line (hybrids & fairways are just as Fly as the driver).

http://www.cobrapumagolf.com/





Still in the driver category, Callaway looks like it is finally pushing back with a few new toys, the new

XHot and the RAZR Fit Xtreme. The XHot is the new extreme distance driver, and the RAZR Fit Xtreme

is their fully adjustable model that looks like it can rival a few of the OEM's that have grabbed some

of their previous market share. The company had a good showing at this years event.

http://www.callawaygolf.com






Nike's new Covert was all the rage when they signed Rory McIlroy to a mega deal, but the big

question is: Without Tiger gaming it, can the product sell the way Nike hopes? A catchy new red

crown with a swoosh and a cavity back sole definitely shows serious innovation.


As far as the R&D team, they delivered on Covert, but their booth failed to capitalize on some

of the buzz. http://www.nike.com






Adams new offerings, the Super LS and Super S are among the best and cleanest looking of the

new drivers. The Super LS (low spin) is the tour head which comes with Mitsubishi's Kuro Kage.

The Super S comes with the Matrix Radix 50 gram shaft. Lofts on both heads are adjustable by

2 degrees (9.5-11.5 in the Super S, and 8.5-10.5 in the LS).

 

 

 

 

 

The best fairway wood and Hybrid at this years show should be a surprise to no one, the Adams LS

and Super S took our breath away.The speed slot or whatever it's called is now much narrower and

actually enhances the look, instead of in previous models where it just looked downright obtrusive.

Perhaps Cobra or Ping's new hybrids and fairways can make a dent, but right now Adams has a big

lead in this category. www.adamsgolf.com

 

Adams Super S - 3 wood

 

 

 

 

Matrix Shafts which we featured in 2012 (Black Tie M3 & RUL) is back at it again with the new M, Q

and X models. The Q3 Red Tie line is the updated version of the HD, and the White Tie X3 is the

updated version of the XCON model.

The M line is low Launch, The Q is Mid Launch, and the X is High Launch. Matrix also revamped the

Radix line and gave it a new look, gone is the sky blue paint scheme - in is a sporty new silver/gray

with lime accents . . . huge improvement. The hybrid Radix gets a new black color scheme. Premium

shafts might be the most underrated equipment upgrade in the game, Upgrade your equipment with

Matrix Shafts. www.Matrixshafts.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Accessory finds are a personal favorite every year at the show, here are a few gems we found:

 

 

GolfBuddy has upgraded last years Voice model with the + unit. Now with longer battery life

and front/middle/back yardage displays - $219 . . . but for those willing to wait a few months

the all new VT3 arrives this Spring. The VT3 comes standard in watch form, and has an

interactive touch screen, where you can move the pin position on the green for those players

who want more precise yardages to the hole. There is also a mute option for those who simply

want to use the display.Keeping score right on your device is now an option with the VT3 as

well. 36,000 pre-loaded courses with no fees. VT3 - $299  http://www.golfbuddyglobal.com/

 

 

 

 

 



The Players Towel is a great idea without having to reinvent the wheel. The Players towel was conceived

to find a better golf towel for the professional caddie. A microfiber material in a weave pattern that holds

more than 300 times its weight in water. Add some personal customization and you now have the #1

towel on tour. $24.95   https://www.playerstowel.com/







The GolfSwing Shirt which we featured here on LinksNation.com just a few weeks back, (and

is endorsed by Padraig Harrington) was the hit of Demo Day at Orange County National, and

on the floor at the PGA Show as well. Staying connected is something that very few of us

amateurs do . . .  if you don't shoot 68 regularly, then you probably could use this snug fit

elastic shirt with a built in front trunk sleeve that will get your arms and body working as one

unit again. Comes in White and Orange - $49.95 http://www.golfswingshirt.com/






The Goal putting device is a practical training aide that helps you to align yourself over the ball better

without having to use mirrors or other people to line you up.You simply place your alignment rods into The

Goal, look down your target line, and when the hole is sighted dead center between the uprights . . .

you are properly positioned with your eyes dirctly over the ball.It seems so simple you should have

invented it yourself, I thought the same thing.  $59.95 http://thegoalofputting.com/





Moving over to apparel, Druh the company which is known for its stytlish tour belts and buckles is

offering two different options when it comes to their premium interchangeable buckles and straps.

The Tour collection is their premium line and includes 2 buckles ($125),  the Players Collection - 1

buckle ($70). 50 different colored straps and 70 different buckles are sure to cover the color pallet.

Druh's new line of synthetic polo shirts are slim fitting, logo on the collar and reverse side.The dark

purple is a head turner. ($60) http://www.druhbeltsandbuckles.com/







Ashworth is back this year and really had a great show with their new line. Another brilliant acquisition by

TMAG, this line is really for the more classic and mature style but not in any way conservative. The new

line is primarily synthethics, but with the feel of a fine mercerized or Pima Cotton. Details are everything

at Ashworth. Justin Rose is the new pitchman and if his recent play is any example, the style looks right.

http://taylormadegolf.com/ashworth/ashworth,en_US,sc.html






Zensah, makers of compression apparel have some great new products for golfers.Presently we

are testing the compression sleeves and socks with great results. The sleeves are worn by many

players in the NBA, and if you suffer from any elbow or forearm issues they really do help relieve

some of the symptoms and support the muscles. The moisture wicking fabric is SPF 50 so you also

save on sunscreen while wearing them - $29.95. The socks come in argyle and solid, I wore them

while standing all day and walking the floor at the PGA Show and leg and foot fatigue was minimal.

- $49.95 www.zensah.com






Crocs shoes took the Links society by storm last year, now they have a new waterproof shoe (up to

the stitch lines) to tackle any storm. The new offering is called the Duck. The one piece sole/mid upper

means there is no seams for water to sneak through, all of that and a super comfortable golf shoe, what

else would you expect from Crocs. www.crocs.com/golf





The new rage in performance Golf shoes is LIGHT weight, and Adidas has its entry with the Adizero. At

10.6 ounces, it's the lightest and lowest profile CLEATED golf shoe on the market (most new entries into

the lightweight market are spikeless).The Adizero is now available in golf shops everywhere - $180




http://taylormadegolf.com/adidasGolf/footwear/adiGolf-footwear-adizero,en_US,sc.html





While still in the shoe category, Ecco must be mentioned. The new Biom Zero, (Yep, another ultra

light shoe, but the Biom Zero unlike the Adizero IS spikeless) adds some new technology to the

pioneer of the casual spikeless golf shoe. Ecco is more than just Freddy rockin his sockless Street

Premiere's. Biom Zero is the lightest most flexible and low profile shoe that Ecco has ever made.

The Caldera leather upper is treated with water repellent hydromax - $190. us.shop.ecco.com





In the golf ball market, all the companies are trying to bite into Titleist's market share and that

means more choices for the premium golf ball crowd. TaylorMade brought its new Lethal Ball to Orlando.

Lethal has an improved cover and dimple pattern (now only 322 dimples) for improved ball flight

especially off the tee, reducing the high spinning up shooter and more effective in crosswinds, according

to Dean Snell - VP of Golf Ball R&D at TaylorMade. The Penta line gives way to a ball meant to give a

serious run at its rival, the Pro V1.



http://taylormadegolf.com/TaylorMade/Lethal-Golf-Ball/DW-ST035,en_US,pd.html




The other ball that impressed at the show is the Bridgestone line (now #2 in the Market), especially the

B330 (S, RX, RXS). The new dimple in dimple technology and injection molded construction is pure quality.

Each Bridgestone ball is a technology marvel, these orbs are injection molded - no cover halves pieced

together here. The absolute leaders in ball fitting just notched their 200,000th player that was ball fit.

After most players are fit, they are surprised to see which ball is right for them, with the e line (5, 6, & 7),

and the B330 line, Bridgestone is sure to have a ball that fits you. http://www.bridgestonegolf.com/







In the irons category there were 3 that stood out, but because people are quite often loyal

to their irons set, it's a tougher upgrade for many Linksters. There are a few factors that

most people consider when looking for a new set: How easy is it to hit ? Distance/Accuracy,

and maybe the most underrated reason someone goes for the new set is appearance.The new

G25 from Ping made peoples heads turn.



There was a definite buzz at the Ping booth over the new G25 irons. Sporting a new sleeker design,

progressive sole and satin smoked finish . . . this might be the Ping that would make traditionalists

switch over to Karsten Nation. As we were checking out the product and chatting with Ping legend

Jerry Waitulavich we got a heads up that world #7 Lee Westwood was on his way to the booth for

a meet and greet - Right place, right time . . . Lee is looking lean and sporting a Palm Beach tan.

Word is that he and Luke Donald have a regular game at Old Palm these days - now that they are

living in neighboring communties. http://www.ping.com/



The other irons on our best list were the Rocketbladez/RocketBladez Tour and . . .





Ricky's new sticks, the Cobra Amp Cell forged, just a flat out sweet lookin blade.





Perhaps the most innovative product we saw and reviewed was the Pearl Putter from Pearl sports.

There really hasn't been alot of innovation in putters over the years, until now. The Pearl Putter

has a self adjusting lie between 60-80 degrees. The Billet Aluminum head features 5 degrees of loft

with a milled face. The Pearl is center shafted and comes in many colors and lengths between 32"

and 46". The putterhead is irregular shaped, but remember the last putter to be this innovative is

the greatest selling golf club design in the history of the game: the Ping Anser (copied by every

putter maker in the game). Once you try the Pearl Putter and experience the soft feel and pure

roll, you'll be hooked.        www.pearlprosports.com






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
New Products From InstaGolf PDF Print E-mail
Written by BRUNO   

 

Innovative inventor and entrepreneur Rick Hetzel (who created the great

idea for the InstaGolf Shoe) is always coming up with and developing golf

products to enhance the game on a simple, functional and stylish platform.

The Cloudburst Rain Cover, the Spider Divot Tool, and Cloudburst Rain Towel

are Rick's latest products from InstaGolf.


The Cloudburst Rain Cover is simply a large cover that fits right over the

top of any golf bag in inclement weather.Rather than digging out the stock

bag cover that snaps onto your bag (and can be a nuisance to attach when

the weather gets rough), the Cloudburst simply slides right over the entire

bag and slides off just as easily. $14.95


The Spider Divot Tool developed by Irishman Conor Fallon - is the best

divot repair tool we've seen or used . . . typical pronged repair tools

encourage improper repair of greens turf . . . no prying or pulling up soil.

The Spider Divot Tool simply gets pressed into the turf and with a few

simple twists - the pitch mark is repaired. Superintendents will appreciate

you for it, and players in the groups behind you will never see the damage.

$14.95

 

Watch the YouTube video on the Spider Divot Tool: http://youtu.be/R8P-ECH5Heo

 

 

The Cloudburst Rain Towel is a high quality micro fiber towel inside a water

resistant covering. InstaGolf's towel is very similiar to the Frogger towel,

but is more compact and practical in size (19" x 12").Perfect for the early

morning golfer, playing in inclement weather or just for everyday versatility.

$14.95

 

To see more on InstaGolf: http://store.instagolf.net or   http://www.instagolfshoes.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
The Golf Swing Shirt PDF Print E-mail

By Jason Bruno

 

The Golf Swing Shirt is one of the most unique golf swing training aids we've

ever tested. Derived from Hogan's sound principle of keeping the arms connected

to the body throughout the swing, the Golf Swing Shirt aims to do just that.I am

one who thinks that the best training aids are usually the most simple, and it

doesn't get much easier or simple than the Golf Swing Shirt.

 

 

 

 

The Golf Swing Shirt is made from a sturdy yet stretchable compression material

that allows movement but trains your arms to stay closer to your torso and move

in unison. During testing, the two biggest hurdles were: a)explaining to others on

the range that you are not wearing a straight jacket and b)getting used to the

correct feeling of having the club stay in front of the body throughout the swing.

 

To use the Golf Swing Shirt, slip it on over your existing shirt and place your arms

through the front trunk sleeve, the shirt will have a very snug fit to ensure that

you have the feeling of being connected (this is why giving your correct size and

weight will enable proper fit and maximum results).

 

After a few minutes hitting balls with the Golf swing shirt on, you start to really

groove the feeling of being connected.Many top 100 instructors have become

supporters of the product, Jimmy Ballard and David Glenz among them.

 

Another benefit to using the Golf Swing Shirt is the shortgame . . . especially

chipping and putting (where body rotation and quiet hands are essential).

 

The Golf Swing Shirt can easily fit right into any pocket in your golf bag, so you

take it anywhere you practice. It comes in three colors - orange, white and black,

and for less than the price of a premium golf shirt you can have one the most

important fundamentals (staying connected) mastered. Although it may look

strange to others as you practice, it won't look strange when you see your ball

striking improve.

 

 

 

 

For more info contact: http://www.golfswingshirt.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Titleist Protytype Pro-V1 PDF Print E-mail

Is this prototype the future Pro-V1 ?

 

 

 

The new 2013 version of Titleist Pro-V1 & Pro-V1x ball is not out yet, but recently we put the

prototype test balls through all the rigors of testing.The new ball has all of the aesthetic

qualities that we've all come to expect from the leader of the industry in golf ball sales, very

clean, with the typical off white color that players associate with a premium tour ball (cheaper

distance balls come in a shade of bright white that looks very cheap and plastic like).No slogans

here like long & soft, tour bite, or raw distance . . .  every golfer knows what to expect when

they open a sleeve of Pro-V1's, much like every consumer knows what to expect when they open

a bottle of Coca Cola . . ."The Good Stuff".Unlike soft drinks, golf companies are under enormous

pressure to keep out doing their competition and themselves.The 2013 balls are somehow

expected to be better then the 2012 version, fly further, straighter and spin better around the

greens.

 

Pro V1X

 

 

Is the 2013 prototype better than what we've been playing the last twelve months?In the

oncourse testing we did recently, we did notice a few subtle things that stand out.Although the

folks at Titleist don't divulge spec info before product launch, both new models clearly appear to

have new dimple patterns.There was a noticeable difference in the balls ability to handle windy

conditions, especially into the wind, but also on cross winds the ball seems to cut through and

be less affected than previous models.

 

Secondly, the Pro-V1 model seemed a bit firmer than past versions, where it was always known

as the marshmallow of the two models.The distance seemed more Pro-V1x like, slighty flatter

flight with less spin off the driver.The X ball seemed slightly longer as well, with both balls

showing their normal greenside control, but the Pro-V1 definitely didn't seem as soft around

greens as it's predecessor.

 

If these versions are what is about to launch in 2013, then I think Titleist somehow improved on

what is already the gold standard.Companies like TaylorMade, Callaway, Bridgestone and Nike

have their work cut out for them.


 


 




 
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