Equipment & Product Reviews

Martin Golf Apparel PDF Print E-mail




Longtime golf apparel giant Rick Martin returned to the industry that he left five years ago when

it became abundantly clear to him that a certain element was lacking in the world of golf fashion

and performance.The slogan for Martin Golf Apparel is "Timeless As The Game", when you wear

one of these fine garments, you'll experience it's classic pedigree.


Martin is a true believer in high quality cotton fabrics for his golf shirts, a true belief that the

golfer's clothing revolves around a khaki pant that is versatile and goes with nearly everything.


Recently LinksNation caught up with Rick Martin and discussed his fine apparel line.





LinksNation: You were away from the industry for about five years, what brought you back?


Rick Martin: I never had any intention of coming back, I was retired . . . playing golf but my

daughter Teri who was with me at Fairway & Greene had tried to convince me to comeback . . .

I said no.I looked around the marketplace and saw alot of polyester and synthetic garments in

the pro shops, I had done pure finish (cotton) garments my whole life, that convinced me to



LN: Tell us about the company, is there a particular style you favor?


RM: We don't sell to big retail shops or online . . . we sell only to clubs, our main focus is the

PGA professional.Our target is the customer who prefers a little drape in his garment, a fuller

fit.Our customer is basically 40 years and up, the guys on tour wear these super tight fitting

clothes that are very costume like, most of us don't have 3 percent body fat.


LN: Is there a womens line?


RM: Yes, It will be out in 2014.






LN: I noticed the use of earth tones in many of your garments, during a time when most

companies are using nothing but primary colors.


RM: My philosophy is that everything should be worn with a khaki pant, it's what I have in my

wardrobe and what I think most people have in theirs.This is during a time when most players

on tour are wearing what looks like costumes . . . everything they wear matches, the shoes, hat

belt.We do primary colors aswell, but everything is worn with a khaki pant.My philosophy is to go

beyond the color pallet of the moment.







LN: Alot of the golf shirts on the market today have issues with a curling collar, what is your

solution to this small but aggravating detail?

RM: It's all in the consruction, one of our patented little secrets is the way we knit and finish our

collar, we add extra yarn and do a double locking technique . . . you'll never see one of our shirts

with a frayed collar or one that curls up.It's all in the construction, just like the mercerization, we

also have a patented process with our finish that gives it a luster and longevity that takes it into

a different league.




LN: What's next for Martin Apparel?


RM: We have expanded into the woven shirt business, a button down oxford.My guess is that

once the member who buys our golf shirts at his club, gets a chance to see these woven shirts,

he'll be just as thrilled to wear it when he's off the golf course as he is to wear our stuff on

the course.




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Tom Watson:Lessons Of A Lifetime DVD PDF Print E-mail
Written by BRUNO   




In Tom Watson - Lessons Of A Lifetime, the 2-DVD set covers Tom's 50 years of

knowledge about the golf swing and shortgame.In the 46 chapters, Watson gives

his tips to help you become a better player.The 2-DVD set is 2 hours 43 minutes

"I was fortunate to have received excellent instruction early in my life," says Watson

in a news release about the DVD set. "When I was six years old, my father, Ray Watson,

cut down a hickory-shafted 5-iron, then proceeded to teach me the grip, and how to

hook and slice the ball - all the basic fundamentals of the game. It's all this knowledge

I've accumulated that I'd like to share with golfers in Lessons of a Lifetime."

In disc one, Watson goes through all of the basic fundamentals and how to shape

the golf ball, as well trajectory control.In disc two, Tom gets indepth on how to save

strokes around the green, as well as how to stop slicing and hooking your shots.

Some of the highlights are:

- His re-creation of the chip that won him the '82 open at Pebble Beach

- His methods for playing the 4 different kinds of uneven lies

- "The Secret" he discovered in 1994 about how to make a better swing

- How to putt in high winds

- A tribute to Bruce Edwards


Tom Watson - Lessons Of A Lifetime retails for $49.95 - to order now click

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Cobra Amp Fairway Woods PDF Print E-mail


Since Cobra has created a major buzz in 2012 with the Amp driver, we felt it was only

right to follow up with a look and test drive of the Amp fairway woods.Our aficionado of

fairway woods (he's tried them all recently) Erik Schullstrom put each of the test sticks

through the paces (scroll down to see his analysis).


The fairways have the same features and style as the driver, Advanced Material

Placement, and adjustable flight technology (2 degrees of loft).




Dual roll and e9 face technology carry over to the fairway woods.

After weeks on the range and rounds with all three sticks here were some of E's expert observations:

On ease or difficulty to hit-

"These woods are set up to be extremely easy to hit.The ball comes off the face with a lot of heat

. . .  had no problem getting the ball to go high and far.The five wood almost felt like I was cheating

it was so easy to hit, it instills confidence and there is no doubt there is a TON of technology in these



On appearance and set up-

"The grey top and black face is a nice contrast and feels easy to line up."

Ball Flight and Distance-

Off the ground I really liked the 4 and 5 wood. I repeatedly hit the same high slight draw ball flight

which was a very nice change of pace for me. I actually hit the five wood out of a divot on 15 and

it came out nice and high, hitting the green in two. I looked at the club and said, "Holly sh&t!". These

clubs just basically have a ton of juice, I used the 3 wood off of the tee and it was extremely long.


Any Drawbacks-

The 3 wood kind of felt like a small driver, which was great off the tee but on the fairway it looked

kind of large and intimidating to get the ball up. I did get a little more used to it the more I hit it.The

face had a tendency to look shut, but once I adjusted the setting to open it sat square and looked



Overall I really like these clubs, very easy to hit. Off the tee I hit some 3 woods that weren't that

far off my driver (distance wise). I would definitely recommend these clubs.


3, 4, 5 fairway wood in formation . . . the glossy brushed silver finish on the crown, and black face

looks sooo clean.




The orange R.E.L Lamkin grip means tons of traction and "more pulp".



Aldila supplies the horsepower.






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New Innovations In Golf Tees PDF Print E-mail


Recently we tested two of the latest golf tees to hit the market, both the Tee Square

Trainer and the Mirror XD17 are specialized for a specific part of a your game.Depending

on what type of peg your looking for, one of these is sure to work for your game.


The Tee Square Trainer is designed primarily towards helping you improve your swing

more than just being a peg for teeing up your golf ball.


During your swing, unwanted movement results in a loss of distance and decreased accuracy.  If you maintain a steady form, the disk will remain hidden throughout your swing.  If the disk becomes visible, your body is swaying during your swing.




Tee Square Trainer at Address - ball view should stay in this position throughout the




Tee Square Trainer view when the golfer sways off the ball on the backswing.

We found the short tee especially benefical during testing, for anyone who struggles to

"stay in the shot" or just is lacking crisp contact , try the Tee Square Trainer.


For more




The Mirror XD17 tee is designed purely for the moment of the strike, specifically with the

driver.The forward lean of the tee (as much as 17 degrees) greatly promotes the upward

angle of attack.


This photo illustrates the angle that the Mirror XD 17 can achieve.

The Mirror Tee® XD17™ Golf Tee offers a balance of optimum stability and forward lean

ability, even in windy conditions. The mirrored 45 degree angles of the ball seat create an

inset ball seat in relation to the outside diameter. The ball seat is partially protected from

the strike of the club.


During field testing, The Mirror XD17 definitely boosts confidence and the forward lean does

actually seem to promote an upward shallow angle of attack with the big stick.Nothing

better than launching it deep and with low spin.


The Mirror Tee XD 17 is now in my bag, if you want to try a new launching pad, try it for



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Sunice Typhoon Collection PDF Print E-mail


If you live in a cool rainy climate like Seattle or your traveling to Bandon to Play golf, or

headed to Chicago in late September for the Ryder Cup or perhaps to Ireland, or Scotland

for some links golf, then you're sure to need some rain wear or as they say across the pond






Sunice and their Typhoon Collection are the perfect solution . . . a light weight, soft and

stretchable garment that seals out all that mother nature can dish out.This particular style is called

Millbrook, and as usual Sunice delivers another quality piece of all weather gear for your game and

active lifestyle.


The Typhoon Collection allows you to play YOUR game when the elements present a distraction.

The Zephal coated fabric keeps you dry and comfortable when you need it most.The built in pocket

ball cleaner, waist cinching system and inner stretch tricot sleeves are features that set Sunice apart

from it's competitors.The Millbrook has become an instant mainstay for my travel to all future golf





-Waterproof & Breathable w/stretch inserts for complete freedom of movement

-Pro Trim waist cinching system for precise fit

-In pocket ball cleaner

-Velcro cuff tabs & stretch tricot lining keep water out

-Waterproof zippers

-V collar w/Neoprene finish

-Laser cut side pockets

-Zephal laminated woven shell

-Wx tech coating/3 year waterproof guarantee


The Millbrook style comes in black/charcoal, white/charcoal, regatta blue/charcoal,

midnight blue/red, and real red.



To see more on the Sunice Typhoon Collection click the link below:







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