Tips For Planning Top-Notch Atlantic City Golf Trip

7 Jan

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Atlantic City has flown under the radar as a golf destination for years, with heavyweights such as Myrtle Beach and Ocean City gobbling up much of the attention.

But with golf suitable for every budget and level of playing ability, Atlantic City’s 25 regional courses (13 of which are less than a 20-minute drive) offer variety and a fully customizable trip. Having lived within driving distance of the casino destination all my life, I’ve had the chance to play quite a few of the gems in this part of the state.

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Adams CMB Irons: A beautiful blend of precision, forgiveness

6 Jan

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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

Kentwool rolls out 19th Hole lifestyle sock to complement golf line

6 Jan

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True story: The first time I heard about Kentwool socks, and saw the price sticker, I thought, “I can get a six-pack of socks at Target for less than that.” Then I tried a pair and wonder why I’d been so cheap with my feet all these years.

Going back to 1843, Kentwool has a long history as a family-owned textile company, based in Greenville, S.C., and it was just a few years ago they realized they could start building golf socks. Wool, they knew, would be cool in the summer, warm in the winter and comfortable all the time. They’ve been a hit, growing rapidly and becoming popular on the PGA Tour with stars such as Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar wearing the socks. Continue reading

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

30 Aug

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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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Adidas Tour360 ATV Review: Golf Shoes With Bite

22 Aug
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The new models of adidas ATV 360 offer even more color options.

Walking 18 holes of golf racks up somewhere around 5 miles of steps on your feet, yet your typical golfer will spend far more time and energy finding a driver to squeeze out 10 more yards than find a pair of shoes that maximize comfort and performance.

Traditionally there have been the high-end golf shoes that look nice at a country club, but until you break them in (if ever), you’re bound to trade looks for a pair of shoes that feel like you just walked 15,000 steps in your father’s wingtips. You don’t play golf in a shirt and tie, why wear uber-fancy shoes just for show?

On the other end of the spectrum is the sporty segment, sneakers that simply look out of place in certain settings, with long pants, or when you’re trying to impress your client (or boss, if you’re lucky enough to have a boss that thinks the course is a great place to do business). But for casual, everyday rounds, these shoes help when walking, wearing shorts or when your only concern is relief for the feet.

Luckily for us as golfers, the footware industry has recognized there is a strong market for a shoe that combines the best of all: Comfort, technology and looks that can be either dressed up or down.
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UST Mamiya Proforce VTS Review: Shaft Adds Torque to Fitting Puzzle

22 Aug
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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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Golf review: TaylorMade R11S driver lives up to the hype

22 Jun


There’s something to be said about the adjustibility and ease with which you can tune your driver these days. TaylorMade might not have invented the adjustable driver, but they’ve nearly perfected it.

For the past two months I have put a TaylorMade R11S TP driver through the paces, both at the range and through a dozen or so rounds on the course. The company that scored major marketing and visibility points for its shift to white driver heads that are all the identifiable in the hands of the pros on TV, I entered the review skeptical. As much as I’d dismissed some of the success as a biproduct of marketing minds, rather than tech geeks. But my opinion was quickly swayed.

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