Golf Chipping Tips, Drills And Lessons Video By Phil Mickelson | Swing Tips For Beginers

Golf Chipping Tips, Drills And Lessons Video By Phil Mickelson | Swing Tips For Beginers

Golf Chipping Tips And Instructions Many golfers are great on the green but struggle on the rough. If that is you, then you need to watch this entire video. …

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The Nike Golf Tee: 10 Years Later

The Nike Golf Tee: 10 Years Later

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Written By: Tony Covey

From time to time golf companies need a little help reinvigorating, energizing, or re-branding themselves. And sometimes companies just need help stepping out of their own tightly-packed corporate boxes. When those needs arise, the biggest names in golf often turn to industrial design firms to bring the sexy back to stale product lines.

Although you may never have heard of them, design firms like Priority Designs and The Hive have played major roles in designing products for the biggest names in golf. While their corporate logos never made it onto the clubs, these companies are responsible for products like TaylorMade’s R7 series and Nike’s VRS Covert lineup.

Not Every Design Becomes Reality

Of course, not everything these design firms create makes it to a retail shelf near you. Sometimes what looks like a really cool idea never makes it past the concept phase. Take for example these concept drawings of what could have become Nike’s High Performance Golf Tees.

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In 2004 a “product innovation firm” called Altitude Inc. was asked to design a better golf tee for Nike.

“As part of our effort, we were also tasked to re-invent the golf tee, increasing its height to enhance the performance of Nike’s new over-sized driver. We analyzed incumbent golf tees, the physics of the swing, ball set-up, and other tactical elements. We also examined the attributes customers desired, such as performance and convenience. Our research and design efforts yielded a diverse range of 33 concepts, and a standing ovation from Nike. Provided free with Nike clubs, these distinctive tees demonstrate Nike innovation, while helping golfers perform better and enjoy the sport at an elevated level. Nike is currently evaluating the four prototype designs for large-scale production.” – Altitude Inc.

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The more noteworthy concepts from Altitude’s include:

Card (pictured left) – a flat design that enables easy storage.

Spline (pictured right) – a design the cradles the ball and moves it away from the stem, reducing club interference. Score lines on the stem make it easy to set the tee at  a consistent height.

Genie (pictured middle) – the upper (made from recycled cellulose powder) is designed to disintegrate on impact, while the bottom half (made from time-released fertilizer) is designed to stay in the ground and help keep the course healthy.

Mojo Interior – features a liquid center that Altitude suggested be brewed from Tiger Woods’ sweat, turf from Scotland, sand from Pebble Beach and tears from the Nike goddess.

Mojo – a bright orange power core increases visibility while the hourglass shape helps manage friction.

According to the Altitude website, at one point in time Nike was evaluating 4 of 33 prototype designs they created for large-scale production. The designs were featured on the cover of Innovation Magazine and also won a 2004 Business Week/IDEA Gold award in 2004. Despite the accolades within the design community; as far as we know, not a single one of these tees made it to retail.

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The Tee Matters

In our MyGolfSpy Labs article on Golf Tees, we showed that the tee can make a huge difference in performance (in once case 15.7 yards more than the standard wooden tee), so we’d certainly be interested to see how these prototypes would perform in the real world. Who knows why Nike never let them see the light of day, but as Nike is fond of saying, “there is no finish line”. So within that context, it’s possible that it’s not too late for these interesting (and shall we say unique?) designs to become reality.

 

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Charity Is At The Heart of Golf Tournaments; LPGA’s Marathon Classic Distributes Checks

Charity Is At The Heart of Golf Tournaments; LPGA’s Marathon Classic Distributes Checks
One of the best things about the current professional golf tournament structure is that they’re staged to benefit local charities. It also is something that often is overlooked. There’s a…

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The Shoe Philes – Nike Lunar Clayton

The Shoe Philes – Nike Lunar Clayton

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Written By: Tony Covey

“Nike Golf introduces the Nike Lunar Clayton, a shoe that celebrates the heritage and history of the sport of golf while providing athletes with superior comfort, supportive fit and an aesthetic appeal suitable for wear both on-and-off-course.”

I’m not sure how the boss is going to feel about turning MyGolfSpy into MyShoeSpy this week, but he keeps telling me that we’re an equipment site, and so now it’s my job to convince him that what the golf companies keep telling me is true:

“Footwear (golf shoes) is equipment” – Nearly everyone who makes a golf shoe

As I mentioned when I wrote about PUMA Golf’s new Monolite, I’m fully aware that there are plenty of you that get excited – maybe even unnaturally so – about golf shoes (Not that there’s anything wrong with that). And so, given the initial reaction to the pics we posted from Nike’s Innovation Unleashed event, I have no doubt that some of you are going to be downright titillated by the release of Nike’s new for 2014 Lunar Clayton.

If you need some alone time, by all means…

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Meet Clayton

In perhaps more politically correct terms, Clayton is Nike’s modern take on the classic wingtip style. In the white model the Lunarlon outsole (I believe the color is Nike’s Venom Green) gives the shoe a bit of a modern twist that’s recently been described as “subtly loud”.

I like loud. I can learn to live with subtle.

More to the point (my point anyway), with its retro good looks, and spikeless design, Clayton brings some serious pimp style to the golf course. I thought I heard “Shaft” playing the first time I slipped them on my feet.

Whether or not that’s what Nike was going for…who knows?

Clayton was inspired by seriously high-end Italian footwear, and well, once Nike gets inspired, some pretty cool things almost always happen. I’ve learned that Nike Golf pretty much lives at the intersection of innovation and inspiration, so it’s not completely surprising that Nike would develop a high-end, handcrafted, spikeless golf shoe. Non-conformity is also sort of a Nike thing.

Nike believes there’s a market for Clayton. Whether or not that proves to be true is more or less up to you.

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Deconstructing Clayton

Clayton’s upper is made of waterproof leather. We’ve already mentioned Nike’s Lunarlon (cushioning) outsole. The two are joined by a leather welt (part of that whole classic look thing), which helps to keep everything together (and keep your feet dry). Toss in a new lacing system, a molded rubber outsole, and a premium sock liner, and you’re left with what Nike claims is handcrafted leather shoe that, unlike other high-end leather golf shoes, requires zero break in.

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But How Does it Fit?

I’m always a little wary of declaring any golf shoe uncomfortable. My feet are different from yours. If you want to get into specifics, mine are probably shorter and fatter than yours. Depending on the shoe, I’m sometimes better off in a wide (for reference, anything narrower than the adidas adizero, and I need a wide). What fits me well might not fit you, and vice versa.

My samples of the Lunar Clayton are size 9.5. My foot…it’s probably a solid 9 ¼, which means 9.5 is usually right (9.5 is what I wear in every other pair of Nike Golf Shoes I’ve ever owned).

Comparatively speaking, the Clayton’s run a bit longer (closer to a 9 ¾, maybe even 10), and are noticeably narrower than say Nike’s Lunar Control. There’s not a chance in the world I could wear the Lunar Clayton in my standard size 9.5, and that’s a bummer.

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I’m waiting to hear back from Nike on the availability of wide sizes, but for now my advice is that fat-footed among you stay away from the standard medium width models.

The good news is that in addition to the 2-year limited waterproof warranty, Nike also offers a 45-day limited comfort warranty. Basically, if you’re not happy with the comfort or cushioning (which is really still just comfort), grab your receipt, bring them back to the authorized retailer you bought them from, and Nike will give you your money back.

Can’t beat that, right?

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My Personal Clayton Devastation

Friends, I am a devastated (as a man can be about shoe troubles) that the Lunar Clayton doesn’t fit. This is one seriously boss golf shoe, and its incompatibility with my foot nearly ruined Christmas. I’ll keep you posted on wide-sized availability. If it happens, you can bet I’ll be near first in line to check them out.

Pricing and Availability

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The Nike Lunar Clayton (available in White and Black) hits retail Jan. 1, 2014 for a suggested retail price of $249.

Have Your Say

Let’s do another shoe poll. Tell us what you think about the Nike Lunar Clayton.

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The Shoe Philes – PUMA Golf Monolite Spikeless

The Shoe Philes – PUMA Golf Monolite Spikeless

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You can bet that as we expand our selection of Buyer’s Guides, we’re going to be putting plenty of golf shoes to the test.  We also know that some of you take an almost unnatural interest in golf shoes. When a new shoe hits the market it, you want to see it…you want to see it bad. And so every now and again, between larger reviews, we’re going to give you a little taste of something to indulge your fetish.

If that means I’m enabling you, then so be it.

If you need to blame somebody to help make things right with your wife, I’m happy to be your patsy.

Our PUMA Monolite samples arrived just in time for Christmas, so we thought we’d show them off with a little holiday flare, which gives us the perfect excuse to find out what you guys think of the latest casual, spikeless design from PUMA Golf.

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But first…

Is the MonoLite Right For You?

“Designed for all the casual cool guys, rockin shorts on the course…the golfer that has an attraction (possibly an obsession) for athletic shoes. The Monolite features premium full-grain leather upper for a sophisticated look, an external heel counter for increased support and stability, and a super lightweight sole for all-day comfort on and off the course. There are flex grooves in the forefoot for increased flexibility and enhanced ground contact. The Monolite truly has it all- you are never going to want to take these off and luckily you don’t have to.” – PUMA Golf (Ripped form the Monolite webpage)

Are you a casual, cool guy, who rocks shorts? All I know for sure is Tiger wears pants.

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LiteStyle™ is Coming

PUMA Golf is no stranger to footwear designed to blur the lines between on and off the course. Earlier this year they released the sneaker-styled FAAS Lite and FAAS Lite Mesh. Both of these ultra-lightweight models were, according to PUMA Golf anyway, suitable for use both on and off the course. While I’ll be the first to suggest that perhaps the on-course traction could have been a little bit better, there’s no arguing that the damn things were supremely comfortable.

There’s actually some comfort to be had in knowing that even when you’re playing like crap, at least you’ve got nice shoes.

Contrast the FAAS series with the Clyde’s that launched just about this time last year and it’s pretty easy to see the new direction PUMA Golf is taking with their footwear. Don’t get me wrong, Clyde was cool…at least the idea was cool. Unfortunately Clyde was also painfully (literally) narrow, and a bit on the clunky side. Clyde was not a shoe I would wear on the course, or at all for that matter.

Monolite retains most of Clyde’s cool, mixes in equal parts trend and style, and unlike Clyde, can actually be worn comfortably on my semi-chubby feet.

Monolite also illustrates PUMA Golf’s relatively new-found commitment to creating almost nothing but lightweight shoes. They’re calling the new line LiteStyle, and Monolite is merely the first of what I suspect will prove to be a very robust footwear lineup from PUMA Golf. And oh, not for nuthin’ just wait until you see the more traditional spiked models.

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Monolite Features

One of the primary goals (arguably the primary goal) of Monolite was to create an ultra-lightweight, spikeless golf shoe (duh…there’s a reason it’s named Monolite). To do that they used materials like EverFoam (a slow recovery memory foam that shapes itself to your foot), and an EVA midesole and heel counter. The most surprising thing about the Monolite is that the upper is made of actual full-grain leather. In a time when synthetics (pleathers and whatnot) are basically taking over, cow hide might as well be dinosaur hide. It’s almost extinct.

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Despite the use of actual leather, PUMA Golf managed to keep the Monolite’s weight at a svelte 9.5oz (PUMA says that’s 30% lighter than comparable styles).

Did I mention that it’s actually comfortable, and they’ll be making the trip to the 2014 PGA Show with me next month?

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Does Monolite Move You?

Much to my surprise, whether they’re sneakerheads who play golf, or just golfers who love shoes, I’v discovered that there are plenty of you (alarming numbers, really) out there who’ll be reading this with great…umm…let’s call it interest (this is a family site). I’m still a casual shoe guy…that is to say my interest in shoes is casual at best (but I suppose I do also wear casual shoes), so I want to know what you hardcore guys think about this new offering from PUMA Golf.

Does Monolite move you (do you want it…bad)? Is it just another shoe that you spurs you to nothing other than flacid indifference, or does it almost literally rub you the wrong way (it’s a giant turnoff). Tell us, tell PUMA Golf.

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Colorways, Pricing, and Availability

Available in two perforated leather options (Monaco Blue/Lime Green/White and White/Tradewinds/Pomegranate) and three smooth leather options (Tradewinds/White/Monaco Blue, Chestnut/Black Coffee/Vibrant Orange and Black/Castlerock/Deep Lavendar), each shoe comes with two laces to customize your look as often as you want.

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The Monolite Wns (the women’s version) is available in four trendsetting color combinations with an upper inspired by an oxford silhouette. Featuring a yoga mat sockliner (that is literally made out of yoga mat material) the Monolite Wns provides all day comfort and cushioning to keep your feet feeling relaxed and looking great.
The Monolite ($100) and Monolite Wns ($70) are available now.

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Callaway Wants You to Join Their Speed Regime (2014 Golf Balls)

Callaway Wants You to Join Their Speed Regime (2014 Golf Balls)

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Technically, the ranges (the regimes) are tied to ball speed, but for the most part you can use ball speed to extrapolate swing speed, and the reality is that while most golfers don’t know how much ball speed they produce with the driver, most have a pretty good idea how fast they swing the club.

Within each Speed Regime the ball is optimized for drag (the force that occurs as the ball leaves the club face – drag occurs in the initial stages of ball flight) and lift (what keeps the ball in the air as it descends). Understanding the basics of lift and drag are essential to understanding the differences in the 3 different Speed Regime golf balls.

“This is the first time we’ve had tour balls with zero compromise “ – Greg Sabella, Director – Golf Ball Marketing, Callaway Golf

Speed Regime 1

Speed Regime 1
  • 4-Piece Construction
  • Softest cover in the Speed Regime series
  • Optimized for swing speeds of 90MPH and below (135MPH and under ball speed), SR 1 will offer the best fit for senior golfers, women, and anybody else who doesn’t break the 90 MPH barrier.
  • Muli-layer, dual core construction with DURASPIN (Callaway’s new soft cover material) Urethane cover.
  • The aerodynamics of the Speed Regime 1 are optimized to maximize lift at lower swing speeds. Basically, SR 1 is designed to keep the ball in the air longer.
  • Unlike other balls designed for lower swing speed players (Titleist Velocity, for example), Callaway says slower swing speed players no longer have to sacrifice feel for distance.

Speed Regime 2

Speed Regime 2
  • 5-Piece Construction
  • Soft cover
  • Optimized for swing speeds of 90-105MPH (ball speeds from 135-155 or so), SR 2 will benefit a sizeable number of amateurs as well as LPGA players.
  • Well-balanced golf ball offering reduced drag for stable, penetrating ball flight and additional lift as ball begins its descent.

Speed Regime 3

Speed Regime 3
  • 5-Piece Construction
  • Soft cover, excellent short game spin.
  • Optimized for swing speeds of 105MPH and above (160 MPH+ ball speed), SR 3 is the ball most of Callaway’s PGA Tour staff is expected to play.
  • Aerodynamics are designed to reduce drag and produce a lower, more boring trajectory, and ultimately more distance for the higher swing speed player.

Speed Regime Comparison

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Beyond the specs, Callaway is saying that the new balls are softer than their previous tour offerings (they’re not as clicky). The Speed Regime 3, while the firmest of the 3, reportedly has a very similar feel to last season’s HEX Chrome +.

The combination of a soft cover and soft outer core, which is common to all 3 balls in the Speed Regime lineup, offers outstanding control and high spin around the green…at least so says Callaway.

The 1 Million Pound Gorilla

Our own surveys results suggest that while consumers believe Callaway makes a good ball, more than 60% of you told us that Titleist makes a superior ball. Getting over that hump is tough for Callaway…it’s tough for everybody not making the Pro V1.

If you’re going to take a shot with a new ball, you do it during an off year for Titleist (there won’t be a new Pro V1 in 2014), which is why Callaway, TaylorMade, Nike, and presumably Bridgestone will all be rolling out new versions of their flagship balls in 2014.

I can promise you this; everybody (Callaway included) believes they make a better ball.

The question is this:  In a market (the golf ball) where there is a clear leader (Titleist OWNs the ball category and PWNS the competition), and no clear 2nd; can anybody else in the industry make enough noise with the golf ball to convince some of that 60+% that somebody other than Titleist is making the best ball in golf, or that somebody else is even making a ball worth trying.

Can they make you believe their ball is better?

That’s a tough sell, and a tour ball for a sub-90 swing speed guy, that’s an even tougher sell, but here’s the thing, the golf ball matters. The right ball can absolutely lower your scores. Even if you can’t tell the difference, there is a difference.

You’ll never see it if you keep blindly pulling that same box of balls off the shelf year after year. Finding the right ball for YOU takes some experimentation. It takes trial and error.

Are you willing to invest the time and effort (and money), or will you continue to perpetuation the mythology of the #1 ball in golf?

Are you willing to try Callaway’s new Speed Regime?

Pricing and Availability

Retail price for all 3 balls in the Speed Regime lineup is $47.99/dozen.  Speed Regime is expected to hit store shelves in January.

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TaylorMade’s SLDR 430 Driver Is Smaller, Lower Spinning

TaylorMade’s SLDR 430 Driver Is Smaller, Lower Spinning

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As expected, TaylorMade has officially announced the SLDR 430 driver. SLDR 430 past rumor stage so long ago that I’m not even going to make a joke about being surprised.

All I’d ask in return is that none of you make the obligatory reference to the fact that TaylorMade releases lots of drivers. I’m over it.

Here’s what you need to know about the new driver:

  • With a volume of 430cc, it’s 30cc smaller than the pre-existing 460cc model (hooray rudimentary arithmetic).
  • We’re told the new model will spin even less than SLDR 460, which presumably means golfers will need to #LOFTUP-IER (you’ll likely need more loft still compared to SLDR).
  • TaylorMade is claiming the smaller head promotes “improved workability”.

If you’re familiar with the Trackman information on ball flight laws, or generally just believe in physics and other immutable laws of the universe, you’ll hopefully take that workability bit for the marketing buzzword that it is.

The rest of it…it’s practically nothing. That is to say that SLDR 430 is basically SLDR 460, only smaller. SLDR 430 is the most subdued driver release in the recent history of TaylorMade. TaylorMade has made more noise over a hat.

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The reality is that, as far as TaylorMade drivers go, SLDR 430 doesn’t have the same mass market appeal as most of what TaylorMade releases.

430cc heads aren’t for everyone, and almost everyone (including TaylorMade) knows it.

Competitors are relentlessly hammering away on SLDRs low MOI. A 430cc head will be lower still. The rest of the industry is queuing up their PowerPoint presentations as you’re reading this.

For the majority of golfers the 460cc head will perform better, and most will appreciate the larger footprint.

Essentially SLDR 430 is a niche product that reflects TaylorMade’s new commitment to moving away from “Tour Issue”, and making the same products that their Tour Staff players use available to the consumers that want them.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a great release, one I’m itching to get my hands on to try out (I love the smaller heads), but in the grand scheme of things, I’m certain TaylorMade isn’t harboring any illusions that SLDR 430 will be their biggest seller of 2014.

If it is, I’ll tattoo a TaylorMade…never mind…just never mind.

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Curious Timing Again

At this point it’s probably safe to assume that when either TaylorMade or Callaway announces anything, the other isn’t going to be far behind.

I’m a guy who probably has a reputation for reading too much into things. That’s probably fair, but what can I say? I’m highly dismissive of coincidence.

For basically the 2nd release in a row…for the 2nd time in less than 2 weeks, Callaway and TaylorMade have effectively announced product on the same day? I’ll ask again; any takers on pure coincidence?

This time around I’m inclined to believe it’s Callaway doing the “me too, me too” act. SLDR 430’s release date has been on the calendar for a few weeks. Callaway’s Speed Regime ball…technically that launches tomorrow, but Callaway gave media the green light to go a day early.

Odd right?

All’s fair in war…even when there’s absolutely no love involved.

TaylorMade SLDR 430 Specs, Pricing and Availability

Available lofts: 9.5°, 10.5°, and 12°
Stock shafts: Fujikura Speeder 67, Fujikura Speeder Tour Spec 7.3 (TP)
Retail Price: $399/$499

Retail availability begins December 20th (that’s this Friday!). For more information, visit TaylorMadeGolf.com

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