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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

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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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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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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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Equipment Corner: 10 questions with Bridgestone Golf

22 Dec
The Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back irons

The Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back irons

Relatively new to the U.S. golf equipment market, Bridgestone has established quite a bit of buzz and excitement among the most ardent gear heads. Following a recent in-house presentation of the upcoming J40 line of clubs, I had the chance to dig a little deeper with Bridgestone’s Golf Club Marketing Manager, Corey Consuegra.

MyGolfUniverse: Bridgestone has made its mark in the industry by focusing on fitting golfers into the right ball. How will that translate into equipment and will custom fitting be a key part of your strategy?
Corey Consuegra: Custom fitting will be an important part of our J40 club strategy.  Our new Club Hub strategy will focus on making the full J40 line available at retailers that offer extensive custom fitting programs and designated areas for testing the equipment. In addition, our trained ball-fitting technicians will be able to help consumers find the right clubs for their game at any of our 3,400 Bridgestone Ball Fitting Challenge events scheduled for 2012.

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