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SeeMore mFGP Putter Review: Technology Rich, Buttery Soft

18 May
SeeMore nFGP

The SeeMore mFGP features Riflescope Technology to help with alignment and ball position.

In the land of putters, you’ve got some giants with big names and bigger price tags. And you’ve got your boutique putters with their loyal following. It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle, and if you’ve overlooked SeeMore in favor of the brands with scores of samples and models at the box stores, don’t feel bad, you’re not the only one. But as I’ve learned since being introduced to the brand at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show, by skipping over (or not seeking out) SeeMore, you’re doing yourself and your game a disservice.

SeeMore has been around for decades, played most famously by the late U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart. More recently, Zach Johnson has captured a major and is a Ryder Cup mainstay with a a SeeMore in the bag.

For the past two months I have put the SeeMore mFGP through an extensive playing test, with several hours on the practice green and more than a dozen rounds of golf. How does it compare to the 10 putters I’ve fallen in and out of love with and which are now decorating my golf room? In a word: Admirably.

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Review: Callaway X Hot Pro Fairway Woods Rule From Tee, Off Deck

17 May
Callaway X Hot

Callaway’s new X Hot is all about versatility, thanks in part to a classic design: the Warbird sole.

Callaway jumps into the maxed out fairway woods game this season with the X Hot line, but instead of touting “distance, distance, DISTANCE!” Callaway is promoting the X Hot and X Hot Pro as incredibly easy club to hit both off the tee, but also off the fairway and even from the rough.

For many years, club manufacturers have left yards on the table in their fairway woods, because of the high material cost and the difficult design hurdles created by designing a max C.O.R. club that isn’t a driver. Tour Edge Exotics basically ruled the market for those looking for the longest 3 wood they could find, but they didn’t come cheap. Adams and TaylorMade have joined the fun, all making a splash talking about yardage gains. But Callaway’s new X Hot is all about versatility, thanks in part to a classic design: the Warbird sole.

How does the Callaway X Hot Pro measure? It’s about so much more than yards off the tee, as we found during an extensive playing review.

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Nike Covert Cracked! My New Driver’s Sudden Demise

23 Feb
Nike Covert Cracked

The plastic insert on my Nike Covert cracked at the driving range.

The Nike Covert captured my attention when I first heard about this cavity back head, low-spin design and shaft, its cool factor and the way it felt the first time I hit it.

During the PGA Merchandise Show, the Covert made a huge splash. It was easily the most talked about club at the show, and media and golfers were gaga over Nike’s biggest move since adding Tiger Woods to their lineup. Bringing Rory McIlroy into the mix over the winter fueled the buzz. I decided I needed one, and two weeks ago, I spent a few hours hitting the Nike Covert Tour. But I figured I shouldn’t drop $400 without seeing how everything felt, so I also demoed the TaylorMade R1, the Callaway Razr Fit Extreme and the TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2. It was far from a proper fitting, since it was indoors, but who am I kidding? I was just looking to buy the cool Covert.

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Adams Unveils 2013 Speedline Drivers: Super S and Super LS

19 Jan
Adams Super LS

The Adams Super LS is the latest in a long line of drivers by Adams, a favorite among equipment enthusiasts.

One of the first new drivers I used in my rebirth as a golfer was an Adams Speedline 9032ls. I liked it a lot, found it to be a wonderful upgrade from the decade-old TaylorMade it was replacing, and it had an X-stiff shaft, which was closer to a proper fit than I’d had in the past. So, when the 2013 batch of Adams Speedline clubs starting arriving around the holidays, I was intrigued and had warm memories of my previous Adams clubs.

I haven’t had much time to put the new models to the test, but . The Super LS is positioned as the players model and the Super S is more forgiving for the higher handicapper. The 2013 line of Adams clubs includes Super LS and Super S drivers, fairway woods and of course, since this is Adams, hybrids.

Continue reading for slideshows of pictures of each of the new Adams offerings.

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Adams CMB Irons: A beautiful blend of precision, forgiveness

6 Jan

cmb

Adams sits in an interesting position in the world of golf equipment. Heralded by gear geeks as one of the most successful companies when it comes to producing one solid product after another for low handicappers, Adams features a full line of clubs. But to the general public, Adams has been pigeon-holed as a maker of game improvement sets featuring lots of hybrids.

Recently purchased by TaylorMade, which says it will use the Adams brand to build its reach with older golfers, fans of the Adams gear aimed at better players fear we’re near the end of the road.

The past few seasons have seen multiple players irons from Adams, ranging from super demanding to super forgiving. The release of the CMB irons was much ballyhooed, particularly because they come stock with the KBS C-Taper shafts, a shaft that generated as much buzz as an iron shaft has in years.

I was especially excited to put them into play as they promised to be the blend of forgiving players iron that has proven to be a growing segment but one with a big range on the demanding to playable spectrum. Continue reading

Golf review: Mizuno MP-59 irons reward for top players

30 Aug

Mizuno-MP-59-Irons

When it comes to irons, there are blades and then there are cavity backs. And typically the more cavity, the more forgiveness.

Mizuno, as big a name as you’ll find when it comes to building irons designed for the best players, has refined, tweaked and re-invented its models within the blade-cavity back category. In their MP-59 line, Mizuno introduces titanium to the picture, promising to “deliver full cavity forgiveness in a player’s half cavity design.”

The look is pure Mizuno, classic and clean. But how do they perform?

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UST Mamiya Proforce VTS Review: Shaft Adds Torque to Fitting Puzzle

22 Aug
VTS

With the VTS shaft, UST Mamiya has brought torque into the fitting.

For golf equipment enthusiasts, there’s a sense that the quest for a perfect bag can never be achieved. It’s hard to perfectly fit and fine tune those 14 clubs to maximize your game.

I’ve spent a fair amount of time this summer learning about club fitting, TrackMan and all the ins and outs of flex, weight, launch, spin, etc. But the one variable that hadn’t come up often was torque. Shaft maker UST Mamiya is changing that.
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