SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING (1960) …item 2.. FSU News – Swinging away students’ stresses (10:02 PM, Jan. 13, 2013) …item 4.. Robin Trower – Twice Removed From Yesterday (Full Album) …

SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING (1960) …item 2.. FSU News – Swinging away students’ stresses (10:02 PM, Jan. 13, 2013) …item 4.. Robin Trower – Twice Removed From Yesterday (Full Album) …

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Stress, meanwhile, is another reason to install swings as soon as possible. FSU has events every semester to help reduce stress during finals week. These include bringing dogs onto campus to be pet and offering free, brief massages. All well and good, but they are small, momentary efforts thrown in at the last minute to fight stress that has been building among students for months. A swingset would serve as a permanent release valve every day, all year long.
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…..item 1)…. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (film) …

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning is a 1960 British film. It is an adaptation of the 1958 novel of the same name by Alan Sillitoe. Sillitoe wrote the screenplay adaptation and the film was directed by Karel Reisz.

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The film is among the first of the social-realist or "kitchen sink dramas" which followed the success of the play Look Back in Anger. Others include Tony Richardson’s (a producer on this film) The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (from Alan Sillitoe’s 1959 collection of short stories of the same name) and A Taste of Honey; and John Schlesinger’s A Kind of Loving and Billy Liar.

It was at the forefront of the British New Wave, films dealing with working class life in a serious manner for the first time and portraying the more realistic side of sex and abortion. The film received an X rating from the BBFC upon its theatrical release and later was submitted for re-rating for the home video release and given a PG rating.[2]
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…..item 2)…. Swinging away students’ stresses… FSU News … www.fsunews.com

Writer makes case for a permanent swing-set on Landis green
10:02 PM, Jan. 13, 2013 |

Written by
Adrian Chamberlin
Senior Staff Writer

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The world needs more swingers; and no, I don’t mean those swingers. I am talking about people who see a set of swings on a playground and, no matter how old they are, run over to play for a minute—or ten. Childish as it sounds, the benefits of swinging are plentiful, especially for college students.

First and foremost, playing on a swing is fun. Most of us played on them as children, whether at school or at a park with our families, and the memory of the revelry should be particularly fresh in the minds of young adults like myself. Tragically, some adults and students at Florida State may not have ever played on swings, or may not recall what it was like to lose yourself in the joy of the act. These poor souls need our help.

Stress, meanwhile, is another reason to install swings as soon as possible. FSU has events every semester to help reduce stress during finals week. These include bringing dogs onto campus to be pet and offering free, brief massages. All well and good, but they are small, momentary efforts thrown in at the last minute to fight stress that has been building among students for months. A swingset would serve as a permanent release valve every day, all year long.

With the trees, expanses of grass, pull-up bars and athletic activities going on, Landis Green is already more of a park than it is anything else, and the swings just round out the image. Even so, I recognize some students, faculty and alumni will have concerns about cost and how the swings might negatively impact the appearance and legacy of the Green. That being said, the worry is unnecessary.

As far as funding goes, I am willing to bet students would be eager to chip in. The University charges small fees for stuff like FSU cards: I don’t think many students would be upset about a similar small charge being assigned to offset the cost of installing five or six swings for all to use. It really does not even need to be a mandatory charge. Broke as many students may feel, it would be hard to resist if chipping in something as small as $5 to help add something great to an already amazing place.

Changing the legacy of Landis Green is a different story. Though there are already pull-up bars on one side of the grassy expanses, a bunch of swings will be much more visible and the process of installing them much more obtrusive. Even so, it will be more than worth it when students flock to the swings to take the edge off a hard day of classes, long study session, difficult exam, or off of life itself.

Playing on swings is childish, but it is childish in a way that somehow seems more responsible than drinking and going clubbing. Compared to some of the other ways our money and time could be spent, I think building a swingset is one of if not the best options around.
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….item 3)…. Let’s just hope they used protection! … Mail Online … Daily Mail … www.dailymail.co.uk

Steamy footage of couple romping at Exeter University Safer Sex Ball spreads across campus

… Students’ Guild looking into the leak after the video was shared online
… It was recorded from CCTV on a smart phone and shared among students
… Girl and boy shown in steamy clinch at a table in the Ram Bar

By EMMA REYNOLDS
PUBLISHED: 08:25 EST, 15 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:42 EST, 15 January 2013

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262740/Exeter-Universit…

CCTV footage showing two students in a steamy clinch at a university ball promoting safe sex has been leaked online.

The video was recorded in the University of Exeter’s Ram bar at the annual event, at which most students wear only sexy underwear, and quickly spread across campus like wildfire.

The incident was today being investigated by the Students’ Guild after the four-minute CCTV clip of a male and female student frolicking at a table was apparently recorded on a smart phone and posted online.
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Embarrassing: The University was also recently forced to closed down its Exeter Uni Confessions site where students submitted their most ‘disgusting and hilarious confessions’

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The pair are seen fondling each other at a table before the romp in ‘the video everyone is talking about’ at the university.

Police say those involved in the incident may have committed an offence, along with those who leaked the footage online.

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One male student said he was concerned ‘people can go into the monitor rooms and put footage of us all at university on the internet’.

Hundreds of students went to the Safer Sex Ball in December, where they were handed free contraceptives.
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Graphic: The four-minute, steamy video clip has been circulated among students and online

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The Safer Sex charity Aids Awareness Ball has been running for more than 20 years, raising up to £30,000 each time for charity, and pop star Will Young was on the organising committee when he was a student at Exeter.

A Guild spokesman said: ‘The Students’ Guild recognise that confidential CCTV has been filmed without permission. The Guild is making sure the affected parties will be supported during this difficult time.

‘Measures were in place to provide high levels of security but we are aware that irresponsible behaviour has taken place and we are working hard to rectify the situation.

‘A full investigation is underw ay in which action proportionate to the seriousness of the situation will be taken.’

The University was also recently forced to closed down its Exeter Uni Confessions site where students submitted their most ‘disgusting and hilarious confessions’.

Devon and Cornwall Police said it was not investigating the sex tape because there has been no official complaint.

A spokesman said: ‘If it was reported to us, we would investigate, but it looks like the university is dealing with it internally.’
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Provocative look: Students dress up – or down – for December’s Safer Sex Ball at Exeter University (NOTE: None of the students pictured were involved in the leaked video)

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Former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe today blasted the University of Exeter for allowing the ball.

She said: ‘It seems to me to be the height of irresponsibility to have a lot of people running around in their underwear talking and thinking about sex.

‘Is this really the image of Exeter University that the authorities want to portray? Will it make people proud of Exeter?’

One 20-year-old student, who did not want to be named, added: ‘The whole ball is disgusting anyway.’

‘They pretend it’s about safe sex and AIDS to give them an excuse to wear nothing and get off with each other.

‘I’m sure having sex in the corner goes on quite a lot at that do but this time they forgot to check the room for CCTV.’

Organisers came under fire before the ball for choosing a tribal theme – dubbed racist by some students.

A Devon and Cornwall police spokesman said: ‘Putting CCTV footage on the Internet without permission could contravene the law. That would namely be data protection laws and human rights legislation – the right to privacy.

‘Engaging in sexual activity in a public place could also constitute an offence, depending on the form of sexual activity. But we would have to see the footage in question to officially comment on the incident itself.’

Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said parents would be ‘appalled’ by the actions of the romping students.
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Extreme: The charity ball – for which former student Will Young was once on the organising committee – has been slammed as ‘irresponsible’ and ‘decadent’

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Mr McGovern said: ‘It’s regrettable when a university has to go along this particular path in the name of promoting safer sex.

‘This is rather decadent and more reminiscent of something out of the decay of the Roman Empire.

‘We’re in favour of safe sex but this is not the way to go. They should be focusing on their learning for heaven’s sake.

‘I would have thought it would only discredit the university and I think many parents whose children are at this university will be appalled.’

Kitty Howie, writing in the University’s magazine Exepose, said: ‘Absolutely no consideration was given to the students in the video or the reputation of the university. It’s unfortunate that the Guild are once again having to face the backlash of something related to the Safer Sex Ball.

‘CCTV and the footage that it inevitably produces in its role as a safety aid have been recklessly used to cause controversy and harm, rather than protect those caught in the camera’s gaze.

‘It numbs my brain to think that there was even the slim possibility that the footage could have appeared online in the first place. How it was possible that a small minority of ill advised individuals was able to create such a damaging illusion, which consequently threatened the students involved in the video and the university itself, deeply distresses me. A full investigation is underway.’

In 2006, the university banned initiation ceremonies after fresher Gavin Britton drank himself to death in an alcohol game based on golf.

Gavin, 18, downed beer, cider, whisky, vodka and alcopops in the pub crawl with 16 fellow students.
He wore fancy dress and had to knock back drinks in a ‘par’ number of gulps just six weeks into his course at the university.

Gavin, of Barton-on-Sea, Hants, visited 13 pubs and clubs in three hours, downing drinks in each.

The student, who dressed up in a Borat-style black wig, was found dead the next morning after he choked to death on his own vomit.

Speaking later, his parents Ian and Susan said: ‘We hope lessons can be learned from our tragedy.’

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…..item 4)…. youtube video … Robin Trower Twice Removed From Yesterday Full Album …

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Jimmy McCormick

Published on Apr 18, 2013
5 Stars = Masterpiece

For most Robin Trower fans, "Bridge Of Sighs" is probably their favorite album. As for myself, I enjoy his first, "Twice Removed From Yesterday," a fret better.

"Twice Removed From Yesterday," just exudes Trower’s famous brand of ethereal cosmic spacey heaviness. His acute sense of beautiful melodic grandeur, all spun into a sonic delight of many musical journeys, through Trower’s magnificent guitar, & James Dewar’s magnificent soulfully emotive baritone vocals. This is truly a match made in the heavenly cosmos, for us that live on earth below.

Yes, this album is Trower’s most Hendrix like. Conjuring up memories of Hendrix’s own ethereal master piece, "Axis Bold As Love," but Trower takes it to the next level, if that’s possible? Transcending the grandmasters genius! Perfecting the art! Perfecting the idea of a man & his guitar as one, indivisible, a true extension of Trower’s soaring soul, through his godly instrument of inspiration, his guitar. A grand statement from a humble man, who can communicate through his guitar, better than most people can through their spoken language, with one note. Yes, Trower communicates to us from his soul, through his guitar, through our ears, right down to our souls, enlightening our souls with his majestic magic!

I could go on to a song by song description, but I feel I don’t need to. For many of you are already acquainted with Trower’s magic. If you’re not, than give this album a try. Let it float through your ears, into your brain, & visit your soul with the pure beauty of one man’s musical vision, that will take you away into the realm of ethereal genius!

1. I Can’t Wait Much Longer
2. Daydream
3. Hannah
4. Man Of The World
5. I Can’t Stand It

6. Rock Me Baby Right
7. Twice Removed From Yesterday
8. Sinner’s Song
9. Ballerina

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The Best Putter Grip For YOU – Our 2013 Run Down

The Best Putter Grip For YOU – Our 2013 Run Down

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By Dave Wolfe

Are you looking for that last minute golfer gift? Are you snowed in and looking to golf gear fiddle? Do you need a small purchase that will keep you from making that big, impulsive eBay purchase? Maybe it’s time you take a look at your putter grip. You may not realize it, but 2013 was an amazing year for putter grips.

In fact, I think that 2013 could easily be called the Year of the Putter Grip. At first pass, you may think that a putter grip is a silly, and not significant enough to name a whole year after, but I bet you will see what I am talking about if you stay with me.

Think back to the golfing days of yore, like two or three years ago, and you will remember a time when your putter grip options were very limited. There were a few grips to choose from in the club repair part of your shop, but they, for the most part, all had the same shape and same boring black color. Then things started to change.

I remember when the first brightly colored Iomic putter grips came on the scene. Many, myself included, balked at their, at the time, unusually high price, but bought them anyway so we could add color, and a different feel, to our prized putters. Bright colored Iomics immediately became my go to custom putter grip option.

In 2012, we saw SuperStroke go from a small company redesigning a previously not-so-successful large grip to a huge, arguably putter grip paradigm changing beast. SuperStroke grips started showing up more and more on tour, and probably more and more at your home course as well. Jason Dufner showed us that the big grip from SuperStroke was a winner.

Then came 2013. Putter grips have gone wild this year. Established companies have expanded their offerings, while new companies expanded market presence beyond what they could have ever expected. We saw grips in new shapes, various diameters, and various lengths. We saw the traditional materials retained, but materials also expanded into the realms of high tech polymers, natural rubber, specialized leather, and even cork. Even stock grips stepped it up with brighter colors, new geometries, and different textures.

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We have had a grip’plosion, grip’apalozza, grip’stival, grip’y birthday party, or grip-whatever.

It all comes down to the simple fact that the golfer now has more styles and colors of putter grips to choose from than ever before. This sounds great, in theory, but this much choice can be daunting too. Just think about how many different cans of soup there are at the market. So many choices can make choosing difficult. But that is why we are here today.

What I bring you today is a clearinghouse of 2013 putter grips. A 2013 Putter Grip Annual, if you will. Unlike most other mygolfspy articles, this is not a review. I have asked the companies to share with you the features of their grips that make each unique, and with that knowledge, you can find one that you want to try.

Why no data? Why no scoring of desirability? Basically, many of the aspects of putter grip selection are too subjective. For example, I love the color orange, and I try to select orange grips whenever possible. You hate orange. I like a larger grip because it seems to take my hands out of the swing. You hate the large grip because it wrecks your touch. You see where I am going here? This is why I am writing this in more of an educational vein, as opposed to a competitive one.

Learn what is out there, and try the one that sounds good to you.

Share your thoughts later, of course. I am always curious about what grip ends up on someone’s putter and why.

Additionally, I have asked the companies to respond with their ideas about what the performance issues are when playing with a worn grip, and what the golfer could expect should he or she re-grip with one of the grips.

 

The Putter Grips of 2013

Best Grips

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1. What are the possible putting performance issues that come from putting with a worn grip?

Putting is all about confidence. If you don’t think you can make the putt, you won’t. An easy way to build up confidence is repetition of the same stroke. A worn out grip and most grips in general make the same stroke difficult, because the grip is always changing. If you have to re-learn the grip every time you use it, how can you expect to stroke it the same every time?

2. What are the key new features for your 2013 putter grip(s)?

The Major Leaguer is the culmination of knowledge from our decade with leather grips and the experiment in “sport” leathers (made from the same leather used by the big three major sports). What we have is our softest, most reliable leather to date. The Major Leaguer is made from the same leather used to make professional baseball gloves. It’s pre broken in and will only get better with age. In fact, the idea for the Major Leather came after finding a 15 year-old baseball glove in the garage and how well it had aged (the rubber grips it was sitting next to…, now that’s another story).

3. What should a golfer expect if he or she re-grips with your putter grip?

A grip that will enhance your natural stroke, not destroy it with the latest gimmick. Our pistol and d shapes are designed for strokes with arc and without (respectively) and handmade in the USA with the most reliable material you can make a grip out of – age defying genuine leather.

Dave’s Take on Best Grips
Best grips has made a strong showing in the past few years, both in the MyGolfSpy Forum and in the golf industry as a whole. I really like the soft and tacky feel of the Major Leaguer and I like that they make it stitches out and in. Now I just need to see one of these in purple. People play baseball with purple gloves, right?

 

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What are the possible putting performance issues that come from putting with a worn grip?

Believe it or not, this is the only grip where a worn grip really doesn’t mean much. In fact I have experience with many Tour players that would never consider changing their putter grip for fear it might change the feel of their putter. Because the stroke is at such a slow velocity the worn aspect doesn’t really come into play with the traction you need to hold onto the club as it does with a swing club.

The major factors to consider when replacing your putter grip is based on the size of the grip and what feels comfortable in your hands. If you can’t place your hands comfortably, it is unlikely you will ever place in them in the same place twice, hence you will never be a consistent putter.

What are the key new features for your 2013- 2014 putter grip(s)?

The Secret Grip is the only grip in the industry that instantly counterbalances any putter. This is achieved via a tungsten weight in the butt-end, combined with a rubber compound 40-percent heavier than what is used in standard grips. The added weight raises the putter’s balance point, bringing it closer to the player’s hands to help create a more reliable and repeatable stroke. In addition, raising the total weight of the putter forces the body’s larger, more stable muscles to be used, resulting in increased stability and eliminating wrist breakdown. It features an oversized design with a traditional pistol shape and is available in either black and green or all-black options.

As I mentioned above size of the putter grip is a major factor to consider when considering a replacement. So for 2014 we have added a Jumbo version as well as a Classic version at the request of many Tour players who grew up playing the Pro only style grip. The difference is our Classic version weighs in at 100 grams and it will give the tour player the first opportunity to experience the benefits of Counter Balanced Grip Technology. We are expecting to have a large number of tour player joining the Secret Grip ranks next year.

What should a golfer expect if he or she re-grips with your putter grip?

For the past decade our company has been shouting from the mountain top about the immense benefits of counter-balancing the golf club, an idea that Jack Nicklaus benefitted from throughout his career. With our Heavy Putter lines, and most recently with the Secret Grip, we are proud to be the leaders of the counter-balance crusade within the industry. During 2013, virtually all of the major OEMs took our lead and released some type of counter-weighted putter, although most featured a much lighter and less effective weighting scheme than found in our products. What is beautiful about the Secret Grip is that you can now test this technology without having to buy an entirely new club. The Secret Grip can be installed quickly and easily on equipment from any manufacturer, so players can experience the benefits without giving up a putter they’ve grown accustomed to. We’re just taking what they already like and making it better. Anyone that tries the grip is going to see an immediate increase in control and consistency – two fundamentals necessary to play better golf.

Dave’s Take on The Secret Grip
Some may not agree, but I believe counterbalancing in the putter market will continue to expand. The secret grip is a great option for someone to try out the counterbalanced feel on his or her own putter. You buy the grip for about $25 and try it out. If you like it, great, if not, you are only out a little cash and you didn’t permanently alter your putter.

 

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1. What are the possible putting performance issues that come from putting with a worn grip?

Same as swinging grips: slippage causing mis-hits and inaccuracies in shot dispersion. Also, a worn putter grip will cause the player to squeeze the grip tighter than normal. This increased tension can result in a lack of touch or feel which are crucial on fast or complex greens.

2. What are the key new features for your 2013 putter grip(s)?

The Players Wrap combines style and touch with its smart look and innovative design. The Tour Tradition’s standard size, all-rubber construction provides increased feel and responsiveness for truer putts. With the larger diameter, the Tour Classic putter keeps the wrist action to a minimum for improved putting accuracy.

3. What should a golfer expect if he or she re-grips with your putter grip?

Increased touch and feel, more solid putts struck in the middle of the putter face (a very important but often under-rated piece in putting).

Dave’s Take on Golf Pride
Golf Pride is one of the big player in the golf grip game, arguably the big player. These putter grips are classic, and likely the place where most golfers will go for re-gripping. The differing shapes are welcome, but I wish that they ventured out a bit more with the color. They have had other colors in the past. I know, I have a yellow one.

 

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1. What are the possible putting performance issues that come from putting with a worn grip?

Feel comes first and slight twisting and moving in your hands while putting the ball with a worn grip. With Iomic putter grips you will never have this problem. Our putter grip stays tacky for as long as you own the grip.

2. What are the key new features for your 2013 putter grip(s)?

100% waterproof, Non fading material, Smooth buttery feel, and Longest lasting material

3. What should a golfer expect if he or she re-grips with your putter grip?

The smooth feeling and longevity of the putter grip.

Dave’s Take on Iomic Grips
As I mentioned before, Iomic grips have been my go to custom putter grip for a few years. Though there are more choices today than before, few others feel as good in my hands as the Iomic Jumbo. Some will really like the addition of the texture in the Absolute X line. If you are looking for color, Iomic really should be on your short list.

 

Lamkin

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1. What are the possible putting performance issues that come from putting with a worn grip?

The most common performance issue that comes from playing with a worn grip is the tendency to grip with too much pressure and tension.  Old, worn out grips have lost their surface tack and don’t feel as secure in a golfer’s hands.  Therefore, the player feels the need to grip harder to maintain their connection.  One of the keys to successful putting is using a relaxed, light-pressure grip.  That’s hard to accomplish with an old, slick grip.

2. What are the key new features for your 2013 putter grip(s)?

The E.B.L. Smooth Pistol is made with Lamkin’s patented 3GEN compound, which provides increased surface tack, exceptional durability and unmatched vibration dampening.

The thinner shape of the grip offers increased shot feedback and greater distance control.

A smooth surface enhances the comfortable and tacky feel of the grip.

3. What should a golfer expect if he or she re-grips with your putter grip?

Some of the world’s best putters use a traditional, smaller shaped putter grip, like the EBL Smooth Pistol.  The shape provides exceptional shot feel and control.  The smooth surface of the EBL maximizes the contact area between a golfer’s hands and their putter.  And, the tacky feel of the 3GEN material provides exceptional gripping confidence.

Dave’s Take on Lamkin Grips
These grips have the classic flat-top putter shape and a nice level of tackiness. You should see how grass stuck to them when I was shooting photos. My only gripe is again lack of color options. Lamkin has AMAZING color options in their club grips. The orange and purple are awesome! But for putters, we get red, white, blue, and black. Am I alone on this? Do you want your colors too?

 

Pure Grips

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1. What are the possible putting performance issues that come from putting with a worn grip?

Putting is all about feel which is often lost when your Putter grip gets old worn out and slick.

2. What are the key new features for your 2013 putter grip(s)?

What are the key new features for your 2013 putter grip(s)?  Our PURE Classic Putter grips are for Golfers that prefer a standard size grip with a soft and tacky feel.  The grip molds perfectly into your hands without any harsh or sharp edges and the tackiness gives you confidence over every putt.

Our PURE Classic Midsize Putter Grip is for golfers that prefer a slightly larger putter grip with a soft and tacky feel.  Like the PURE Classic it molds perfectly into your hands without any harsh or sharp edges and the tackiness gives you confidence over every putt.

3. What should a golfer expect if he or she re-grips with your putter grip?

What should a golfer expect if he or she re-grips with your putter grip?  Both Putter grip designs are made in the USA and carry the same 12 month Guarantee that we offer on our full swing grips.  Golfers should expect a quality Putter grip at a Fair Price.

Dave’s Take on Pure Grips
I’ve been a fan of Pure Grips for a while. Somewhere around MGS there are some reviews that I have written on their club grips. I remember when they added color to those grips, and the colors were amazing. The color on these are impressive, but like their club grips, these are fully functional as well. How nice are the Pure Grips putter grips? Nice enough that companies like Miura and Bettinardi are using them as their stock grips. That, to me, says a lot.

 

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1. What are the possible putting performance issues that come from putting with a worn grip?

Performance issues include loss of feel for putting, annoying “black stuff” rubbing off on your hands, and not playing your best because you’re not looking your best (your grip looks like crap and/or every other grip that’s out there).

2. What are the key new features for your 2013 putter grip(s)?  

Key features of our 2013 Salty Grips are that they’re oversized yet light, classic looking, and completely customizable.  The grips are made of natural cork and are lighter than other, similarly sized grips on the market.  Cork serves as an excellent vibration dampener and provides greater feel during the putting stroke.  Engraving of names, initials, corporate and club logos allows everyone to put a personal touch on the club they use most.  From your piece on putters – “Each one of those grips is a little billboard for the company, making golfers more aware of the brand, and awareness, leads to sales.”  We’ll also be adding a new size between our Mid-Plus and Oversize in the next month or two.

3. What should a golfer expect if he or she re-grips with your putter grip?  

When a golfer adds a Salty Grip to their putter, they can expect greater feedback on putts and more control over their stroke than they’ve previously experienced.  The grip is firm, but not slippery and has a velvety texture that can be refreshed with sandpaper.  The golfer should also expect to be approached regularly on the practice green and course.  People seem to be naturally drawn to Salty Grips and often reach out with questions or just to say they look cool.

Dave’s Take on Salty Grips
I think that I may have been one of the first people to instal a Salty grip. It was an early model that didn’t even have a hole in the butt end. That design element came later, and so has a huge degree of fine tuning. Zinger told us a lot of the Salty story a few weeks back. The cork feel is unique. You can ask Golfspy Tim about his Salty. I don’t see it leaving his putter any time soon.

 

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1. What are the possible putting performance issues that come from putting with a worn grip?

Worn putter grips, like any golf grip, can cause extra tension during the stroke.  This is especially evident at impact where a player will typically have issues squaring the face.

2. What are the key new features for your 2013 putter grip(s)?

Not only are our grips tacky but firm, we included a texture we refer to as “CrossTraction” technology that adds another dimension to the feel of our grips.  All of these features ensure more confidence with every stroke.

3. What should a golfer expect if he or she re-grips with your putter grip?

Our non-taper technology helps players alleviate unnecessary tension in the wrists and forearms and enhances the pendulum putting stroke.  Players choosing SuperStroke technology will make more putts, regardless of their current playing level.

Dave’s Take on SuperStroke Grips
I don’t need to tell you my take on SuperStroke grips. Their tour performance speaks for itself. The texture change in 2013 was a great addition, as was the MidSlim grip. The Flatso is a different animal all together. The top is flat and wide and will impact your stroke. My only wish for the next incarnation of the grips is that they flip the white and the colored sections. I’d like more color to go with the Super-ness.

 

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1. What are the possible putting performance issues that come from putting with a worn grip?

  • Lack of feel and feedback
  • A good putter grip that has tack to it which will allow less grip pressure and that is ideal when you are putting

2. What are the key new features for your 2013 putter grip(s)?

  • Very soft and tacky which improves feel and allows for the proper release of the putter head
  • Embossed pattern providing traction in strategic areas and enhanced control
  • Offered in four sizes (standard, midsize, jumbo and super jumbo)

3. What should a golfer expect if he or she re-grips with your putter grip?

  • Better feel and feedback
  • Less grip pressure allows for the proper release of the putter

Dave’s Take on UST Mamiya Putter Grips
UST Mamiya is a bit of a dark horse in this round-up. They are well known as a shaft company, but the grips are new. Their putter grips are simple in color, just black or white, and basically all made with the same texture pattern. Shapes are very different though. There is a nice size progression from standard to super jumbo, and we are talking super jumbo. The super jumbo grip is in the SuperStroke Fatso diameter category. It may even be a little larger. It still feels light though, 82g for a grip of that size is not too stout. Now let’s talk about some colors and adding one to a FST putter shaft…

 

That’s A Dragon’s Horde of Putter Grips!

I’m not sure if compiling all of these grips in one place has made selecting a new grip easier or more difficult. Do you go with the natural leather Best Grip, or the natural cork Salty? Maybe you are drawn to the vivid colors of Pure Grips and Iomic. Why not go large with Super Stroke, or jumbo with UST Mamiya? Your options are many, and swapping out a grip is a whole lot cheaper than swapping out a putter.

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MyGolfSpy’s Top 13 Posts of 2013

MyGolfSpy’s Top 13 Posts of 2013

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The Year in Review

We know that even our biggest fans sometimes miss an article or two (or three or four). So just like we did last year, we thought it would be cool to round up what we think is some of our best work for the year and put it all in one place. It’s a great chance for you guys to get caught up, or maybe reread some of your favorite articles. It’s also a great chance for new readers to find out what we’re all about. Finally, it’s a great excuse for the staff at MyGolfSpy to reflect on the year that was.

Our selections include some of biggest and best reviews of the year, live event coverage, our most epic April Fool’s prank to date, and plenty of the commentary that illustrates exactly what it is that separates MyGolfSpy’s from the pack. We think these articles are some of our best work of the year.

ICYMI (For those not keeping up, that means “In case you mised it”), these are MyGolfSpy’s Top 13 posts of 2013.

 

TaylorMade CEO Mark King Delivers An Uppercut To USGA

Think there needs to be a second set of rules for amateur golfers? It’s a controversial topic for sure…and one that has been debated for years. But if you thought it was controversial before…just wait until you see what two of the top heavyweights in the game had to say.

What Taylormade Golf’s CEO (Mark King) told Score Golf’s Rick Young is potentially the biggest story to come out of this year’s PGA Show. In a nutshell King basically said that in 10 years the USGA would be a “non-entity” and also that they have become “obsolete”. Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein also weighed in with his point of view. We discuss both sides of the discussion and GolfSpy T tells you how he feels on the topic as well.

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MyGolfSpy Labs: The Worst Kept Secret in Golf

What loft is your driver? Is it a 9.5°…maybe 10.5?

What if I told you that what you thought was a 9.5° was actually a 12°? Paying attention now? Whatever loft is written on the sole of your driver is probably wrong. To be more exact, in our study we found that 92% of the time it’s wrong!

Shocked? You shouldn’t be: the fact that most OEM drivers are stamped inaccurately is one of the worst kept secrets in golf. But why? We went straight to the biggest names in golf and asked, so check into the “MyGolfSpy Lab” to learn why your 9.5* is probably an 11*…and why that might not be a bad thing.

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The New Callaway Golf – Things Are Different Now

Callaway Golf screwed me. I had specific expectations. That was my mistake.

Callaway wasn’t talking about making golf easy and fun, becoming the most desirable, or overthrowing The Kingdom. Instead, the Callaway guys…the ball guy, the club guy, even the PR guy – to a man they all fell back on a single word: Performance…and nothing but.

Bleh. And each and every time that word came up the confident team at Callaway spoke as if performance is the only thing that matters. They’re not new at this. They must know different, right? Maybe not.

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The Fairway Wood is Dead

The fairway wood isn’t dead yet…but it sure as hell looks like it’s dying.

Yes, I’ve heard of RocketBallz, but in this case, Stage 2 means terminal. Never mind Speedline, Adams should call their next fairway wood the Flatline. Why call them fairway woods at all? Calling them panda woods seems more appropriate. Extinction is all but certain.

So how did we reach a point in time where the once mighty fairway wood is slowly going the way of the jigger? The way I see it, you can’t point the finger 3 places; neglect, hybrids, and the PGA Tour.

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Callaway Golf Announces Revolutionary Versa Driver

CARLSBAD, Calif., April 1, 2013 — Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY) today announced worldwide availability of the new Versa Driver. Originally codenamed “Oreo Smash” because of the distinctive black and white crown graphics and sledgehammer-like feel, the revolutionary Versa driver is designed for easy alignment, incredible control, and precise positioning at all points of the golf swing.

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2013 “Golf’s Most Wanted” – BEST OVERALL

We’ve arrived at the moment you’ve been waiting for. After teasing you with the Longest Driver of 2013, and the Most Accurate Driver of 2013, it’s time to reveal MyGolfSpy’s Most Wanted Driver of 2013. Simply put, the #1 Club on this list, is the Best Driver of 2013. Period.

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Tiger Woods is Killing Nike Golf

2013 should be a banner year for Nike. Most of the world has moved on from the scandal, Josyln James, and whatever mostly nameless Perkins waitress you want to throw in the mix. The Sergio mess aside, Tiger is healthy, he seems happy (as happy as Tiger ever seems), and most importantly for Nike, he’s not only winning again, one could make a legitimate argument that he’s playing the best golf of his life.

In any other sport this kind of success would be a slam dunk for the company in Nike’s position, but this isn’t any other sport, it’s golf, and while I’m hard-pressed to explain exactly how it’s different, I’m certain that it is.

If Nike is serious about becoming the #1 Company in Golf, and they’ve told me as much on a few occasions now, they need to realize they’ve outgrown Tiger Woods. He’s not only taken them as far as any one man could have, the company’s apparent continued reliance on him to take them even further is killing Nike Golf.

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TaylorMade vs. Callaway: The Fight for #1 Gets Dirty

Golf companies make one ridiculous claim after another 10 more yards, 17 more yards. If even half of it were true we’d all be driving the ball 400 yards. Where’s Ralph Nadar when you need him?

Why do they even bother to put a number on it, they might as well just say “we’ve got the longest driver in golf” and be done with it.

That’s basically what Callaway did last November when they kicked off their Tweet to Unleash campaign. At the time, and for most of the spring, Callaway billed the RAZR Fit Xtreme as the longest driver in golf. They even had a hashtag (#LongestDriverinGolf).

Not surprisingly, TaylorMade had a really big problem with this…even the Twitter part.

Rather than take their dispute to court, TaylorMade filed a complaint with the National Advertising Division. The results of the action could change the future of how golf clubs are marketed.

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2013 Swing Trainers – {Buyer’s Guide}

Last year I said that the Swing Trainer Shootout was The #1 Most Requested Review, even more than Rocketballz, and that may have been a stretch. This year, it is not a stretch to say that theSwing Trainer Buyer’s Guide is the single most in-demand review that MyGolfSpy has done. Since the PGA Show in January, not a week has gone by that I haven’t gotten a comment, email, forum post, or tweet asking when it would be done. And now, it’s finally here.

Last year we tested Golf Sense, Swing Byte, and Swing Smart. This year, the field has more than doubled to include: Swing SmartSwing ByteGolf SenseSwingTIPNoitom MySwing,SkyPro, and 3Bays GSA PUTT.

Which of this swing trainers is the best fit for you?

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Results You Can Trust – The Best Way to Test Golf Clubs

Can You Really Have the Best Golf Club Testing System Without Using Robots?

It has been our goal from day 1 at MyGolfSpy to create the best golf club review process on the planet. We thought if we use a range of handicaps, swing speeds, and swing types, provide more data, more detail, and be more analytic than anyone else, we could do just that.

I believe we have.

Using humans, imperfect as most of you are, to test golf clubs was a no-brainer for us. We’ve put hundreds of hours into developing, tweaking, and refining our review process. We spent hours on the phone with designers, engineers, performance specialists and club fitters trying to make our process even better. At every step of the way we were certain that, despite a total lack of consistency (even the best players in the world can’t touch a robot for repeatable precision), golf clubs that are played by humans need to be tested by humans

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Smashing the Box – TaylorMade to Buck the USGA Through Non-Conformity

The equipment world, might never be the same from this point forward.

Reputable sources are telling us in no uncertain terms that TaylorMade is planning to launch a line of non-conforming golf clubs.

That’s right. Non-conforming clubs from the #1 Company in Golf…or at least from one of the brands under the TaylorMade-adidas umbrella.

If it proves true, I don’t think it’s overstating to say that TaylorMade would be poised to flip the entire equipment industry ass-end-up, while setting up what could be a very tense showdown with the USGA over its governance of the recreational game.

This is potentially nothing less than the biggest equipment story since…well…maybe ever.

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“2013 GOLF’S MOST WANTED – BLADE PUTTER”

Yesterday in Day 1 of the “Golf’s Most Wanted!” – Blade Test, we met the 28 competitors and also reemphasized that accuracy is the ultimate factor that matters when we have our putter on the course. Reviewing our trial conditions, we had each tester take five putts at distances of 5, 10, and 20 feet. 15 putts per putter with each tester, gives us a total of 150 putts per putter.

Once the distances from the edge of the cup were adjusted for the five and ten foot putt, the scores from all of the testers were combined to generate a total accuracy score for each putter. “Golf’s Most Wanted!” Blade Putter, should be the most accurate, regardless of the person swinging the stick.

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Nike Golf Innovation Unleashed – Live Coverage

Nike held last year’s Non-Stop Innovation event was casual, informative, and for me anyway, really set the tone for Nike Golf’s 2013 equipment season. Fortunately, it also proved to be the most tweetable event anyone in the golf equipment industry put on all year.

At this years event, “Innovation Unleashed” (Nike HQ – Beaverton, Oregon), my expectation is that we’ll get our first real look at the Covert 2.0 metalwood lineup, the 3rd generation RZN golf ball, and since this is Nike, a healthy dose of 2014 footwear and apparel as well. Once again, we’ll be covering it live. Check back often to see what we’re seeing pretty much as we see it.

Perhaps this may seem like a strange choice for our Top 13 list, but live event coverage is most definitely a big part of our future plans, and it’s only going to get better.

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As Always…There’s More to Come

We hope you enjoyed our 2013 reviews, commentary, and event coverage. We have even bigger things (HUGE things) planned for 2014.

Stay Tuned…

 

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Buyers Guide – Winter 2013 Golf Apparel

Buyers Guide – Winter 2013 Golf Apparel

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MyGolfSpy’s 1st Seasonal Golf Apparel Buyer’s Guide

In case you missed the introduction to this new exciting feature, my name is KaraKoo.  Each season, I will be Your Personal Golf Apparel Stylist”, and will present 10 complete great looking golf outfits to prepare you for yet another season of golf with your buddies.

I will share two choices each, for 5 different styles of golfers: Bold, Classic, Trendy, Athletic and Traditional.  Or, for those of you ready to jump out of your comfort zone and be a little more versatile, which I strongly recommend, there will be several options to consider.  You will be able to preview images of these options on a model from every angle so you don’t have to try it on.  Plus, you can click to immediately buy these entire outfits from our online retail partner FairwayStyles.com, without ever having to go out and shop.

Entire fabulous outfit choices to fit your style, handed to you each season, and the ability to purchase these outfits from home.  I know…it seems too good to be true…but it’s not.  It is officially time to stock up on some fresh, new winter golf apparel.  Let’s start scrolling…

Solving A Simple Problem:

Shopping for golf clothes in stores or online simply doesn’t work for most guys. It simply takes too much time, too much energy and there are too many choices. It’s overwhelming.  Now, we will do the work, we will find your style and we will make it easy! 

Bold

You don’t have to wear crazy in-your-face color all the time, but a little color in the closet should be considered necessary.  Not every guy can pull off a bold look, but if you have a confident and fun personality, and you are not afraid to try something daring and different, this is your zone.  Be prepared to be noticed.

Bold Look 1

Bold Look 1 pairs a basic Travis Mathew polo with a dynamic pair of Abacus plaid paints and an Abacus vest that screams, “Caution, I might be too much to handle, or I might be just the excitement you are looking for!”

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Bold Look 2

Bold Look 2 is a mix of Puma and Sligo Wear, worn by two of the most noteworthy guys on the PGA Tour when it comes to style and fashion, Rickie Fowler and Graham DeLaet.  Their golf game isn’t too shabby either, so you might take note. 

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Classic

Not to be confused with traditional looks, the classic style consists of elements that continue to remind us of the country club lifestyle.  Kelly green & navy, rich colors such as burgundy and the everlasting argyle print.  Anyone can pull off a classic look.  Fashion labels that like to push the bar to increasingly new heights will question our loyalty to heritage pieces, but, why fix what will never be broken?

Billy Horschel was one of the best dressed golfers on the PGA Tour in 2013, representing the Ralph Lauren RLX line in perfectly classic style.  Horschel demonstrated that primary colors look fantastic with a nice pair of brown golf shoes and matching brown belt.

Classic Look 1

Classic Look 1 showcases a top and matching sweater by A|U|R and Nike Golf pants.

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Classic Look 2

Classic Look 2 also includes a smooth argyle sweater by A|U|R and a Travis Matthew polo, paired with pants and belt by the Travis Mathew counterpart of Matte Grey.

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Athletic

Was your first thought when you saw the outfits for the athletic look below, “Umm are we sure these are sporty and athletic?  Aren’t they more bold?”  Good.  I am pushing your comfort level here.  Typically guys that go for the standard adidas or Nike polo and tech fabric pants, are actually falling into the new “traditional” or as I like to refer to it, “plain” category.  Hey athletic guy!  I know you can step it up another notch.

Add a bit of fresh, sporty color and a touch (I said a touch) of a well-designed pattern to your polo, but feel free to still grab for those high-performance pants.

Athletic Look 1

Athletic Look 1 may at first seem more like spring with the neon green Abacus polo and gray Nike golf tech pants.  However, when topped off with one of my favorite jackets of the season, the Abacus Tiverton Wind Jacket, it is a fun fall/winter look!

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Athletic Look 2

Athletic Look 2 is one of the best Oakley combos I have seen from them in 2013.  Bubba Watson had to wear some pretty awful shirts on the course this year, so I started to think Oakley was not capable of greatness.  Yet, this unique wine colored polo with complimentary jacket won me over.

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Trendy

I say trendy, you say “Travis Mathew.”  Look, I don’t decide what is trendy, I just sit back and observe.  Truth be told, I am not a huge Travis Mathew fan.  However, when athletes and other celebrities hit the golf course in Travis Mathew,  the weekend golfer seems to follow along.  That’s just how it works.  To be fair, the label has an incredible marketing plan (note to all you entrepreneurs out there) and it is working.

I will also use this category to feature designers and pieces you might not consider, or see in your local golf retailer.  If anyone is willing to try something new and hot it is you trendy fellows right?  Good for you!

Trendy Look 1

Trendy Look 1 is so smooth.  I have to be totally transparent and give this look my vote for “Oh yeah, if I saw a guy wearing this on the golf course I would totally look twice!”  Everyone’s favorite Travis Mathew,  paired with the ever fabulous J. Lindeberg and topped off with a sharp Hollas jacket.  Do not overlook the statement this Matte Grey belt makes.  It is a must buy for this look.

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Trendy Look 2

Trendy Look 2 hails from the collection of not only one of my favorite golfers, but also one of the most striking dressers on tour, Graeme McDowell.  G-Mac by Kartel had me turning my head more times this season than any other label.  Give it a try.

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Traditional

Here is where we really begin to develop our trust, because I am going tell you flat out that this is my least favorite category of golf apparel.  It almost pained me (ok it pained me) to make these selections for you.  However, I do realize that it may take a while for me to convince you to experiment with your style and try something new.  That’s ok, I will be here to keep encouraging you.  The fact is, you are not alone.  The market shows that traditional brands more than dominate.  All that means to me is that I have a LOT of you to convince to step out of your comfort zone.  These options are honestly not super by-the-book traditional, but they were as far as I was willing to compromise.

Traditional Look 1

Traditional Look 1 comes from the Nike Tiger Woods collection.  Nice shade of blue paired with gray pants to pick up on the gray accents in the polo.  Grab a simple Nike TW pullover and head to the golf course.  This selection is for all you WWTD (What Would Tiger Do) guys.  Though, I will never condone you wearing a white belt.

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Traditional Look 2

Traditional Look 2 finally offers you a pair of khaki pants and a basic cotton polo.  Navy is safe and looks nice on everyone so try this Linksoul version with flat-front adidas khaki pants and a nice Oakley jacket that doubles as a vest for a warmer day.

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See You In January

Look for our Spring Golf Apparel Buyers Guide in January! Until then, please join the conversation on MyGolfSpy or by following @KaraKoo on Twitter.

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RIP – Here Lies – Your Old Rain Jacket (19?? – 2013)

RIP – Here Lies – Your Old Rain Jacket (19?? – 2013)

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“I just love how my rain jacket feels when I swing the golf club.” (said by: no one ever)

Let’s face it golfing in a Florida 10 minute downpour or Chicago wind by firing squad isn’t the most pleasant of feelings.  Now add to that reaching in that bag of yours to grab that crusty, old stale, and stiff rain jacket and you have a recipe for one of the most forgettable (memorable) rounds of your life.

Rain Jackets…they suck…have for years.

Nike Golf Apparel…they don’t suck…haven’t for years.

Pound for pound, I think they make the best apparel in the golf industry.  They know materials, and let me tell you, the material they created for this new Nike HyperAdapt Rain Jacket will officially kill every rain jacket that came before it.  And honestly, I think they’re only gettin’ started.  It’s a pretty safe bet that they are just scratching the surface of what’s possible with modern apparel.

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RESULTS! – “2013 GOLF’S MOST WANTED – BLADE PUTTER”

RESULTS! – “2013 GOLF’S MOST WANTED – BLADE PUTTER”

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Let’s Get to the Testing!

(Written by Golfspy Dave) Welcome to Day 2 of the “Golf’s Most Wanted!” – Blade Awards. Today we unveil the best blade putter for 2013!  Remember in this competition, like with the preceding Most Wanted Mallets, accuracy is everything. Here are the testing parameters:

  • Location of Testing:  Outdoor Practice Green at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex
  • Ball Used:  Wilson FG Tour 2014 PROTOTYPE
  • Number of Testers: 10
  • HCPs of Testers: 2-20+
  • Putters Tested: 28
  • Total Balls Rolled Per Putter:  150
  • Total Balls Rolled Per Tester: 420 over two sessions
  • Time for each tester to complete test: Approximately 4.5 hours

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Accuracy Scoring

Yesterday in Day 1 of the “Golf’s Most Wanted!” – Blade Test, we met the 28 competitors and also reemphasized that accuracy is the ultimate factor that matters when we have our putter on the course. Reviewing our trial conditions, we had each tester take five putts at distances of 5, 10, and 20 feet. 15 putts per putter with each tester, gives us a total of 150 putts per putter.

Once the distances from the edge of the cup were adjusted for the five and ten foot putt, the scores from all of the testers were combined to generate a total accuracy score for each putter.  “Golf’s Most Wanted!” Blade Putter, should be the most accurate, regardless of the person swinging the stick.

Based upon our years of testing & data, we selected a total miss distance of 127.5 inches from the cup as the ideal accuracy value that a putter could achieve for a given tester. This number represents the total adjusted miss score for all fifteen putts for a given tester and equates to an average miss of 8.5 inches per putt.  Individual putters were then scored against this ideal accuracy value, with the final score representing a percentage of that ideal.  All numbers were rounded off to the nearest whole number. Here is an example of how the final accuracy score is calculated:

EXAMPLE: Accuracy Score Calculation

:: Total Miss Distance (all testers, adjusted for distance)= 1686 inches
:: Average Miss Distance Per Tester (Total/12)= 140.5 inches
:: Percentage of Accuracy Ideal Value (127.5/Average Miss Per Tester x 100)= 91%

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Why Looks No Longer Matter

Some of you might be saying, “Wait a second, where is the looks category, this only shows accuracy, the looks of a putter matter!”  But do looks really matter when testing or purchasing a putter?  Most of you would say yes and so would every other knowledgeable putter expert in the industry. Both you and the industry would be wrong. Looks do catch your eye in the shop, making you buy that putter. However, liking how a putter looks is not going to make you better on the green.

Conventional wisdom states that a golfer’s views regarding the looks of a putter can have a positive or a negative impact on putting performance (accuracy).  Just like with the Most Wanted Mallet Test, our data demonstrates that liking (or disliking) how a putter looks does not actually reflect how well one putts with that putter. Just like with the mallets, we had inaccurate putters that scored near the top for “Looks & Feel”, as well as some very accurate blades that the testers judged visually unappealing. I know that many of you still believe that liking the looks of your putter will make you feel confident and thus make more putts. You are welcome to go on believing that, but the data says otherwise.

“Golf’s Most Wanted!” –  The Results

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Not All Putters Are Created Equal

As you can see from the data, not all putters are created equal.

The results do show that the putter does influence the performance of the golfer.  The construction of some putters may make it more difficult for a player to put the ball into the cup, some have a moderate impact, and a select few can help any golfer to be more accurate, regardless of his or her skill level on the green.  Those putters are definitely the best of the class, and the best of the best represents the “Golf’s Most Wanted!” Blade Putter.

The “Golf’s Most Wanted!” Blade is a putter that is more accurate than its peers, and although, like with the mallet putters, the numbers were close, a putter did separate itself from the pack. The Nike Method Core MC01w was the most accurate of the mallets tested, the Machine M1A Adjuster finished in 2nd Place, just ahead of the Byron Morgan 006 that finished in 3rd Place.

The Winners

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The Nike Method Core MC01w putter is designed with tour weighting for optimal forgiveness, roll and accuracy. Polymetal Groove technology and a lower center of gravity team up for precision control on the green.

  • Lower and deeper center of gravity for a faster roll and more precise stroke
  • Mid-size Method Core grips for durability and enhanced control
  • Tour weighting for accuracy and more forgiveness
  • Multi-material insert and Polymetal Groove technology for a more consistent roll

Congratulations to Nike Golf!

Your Method Core MC01w is the 2013 MyGolfSpy “Golf’s Most Wanted” Blade!

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The M1A MACHINE Putters begin with proven, traditional designs, and are improved with precision CNC milling, our patent pending VMG face mill pattern, and significantly broadened with new hosel, fit and finish options to suit individual performance needs and tastes. From material choice of the head, to weight adjustability, to platings, coating, custom grinds and finishes, options in modular hosels, to alignment indicator options, the M1A model line gives you the options you need to make your perfect custom MACHINE putter.

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The Byron Morgan 006 is one-piece construction, milled from billet.  Its classic lines are easy to look at and line up.  Welded in sound slot gives a cool, custom look to the pocket and changes the sound of the ball off the face. The sound slot also removes 3-4 grams of weight from the center of the putter.

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The Data Doesn’t Lie, But What Does It Mean?

This test has given us a great deal of data to analyze and decode. Does a sight line make a putter more accurate? The difference in the Scotty Cameron ranking would suggest so, but then spots 2 and 3 are both line-less putters. Was it the neck? Could grip diameter be the tipping point? At this point we are still trying to decode the results. You can look at it this way. Many talented putter makers are out there putting out high quality putters, but how many of them test against others in the market like we have? My guess is very few. We have collected a bunch of data from the blade and the mallet tests this year, and we will get even more in the future years. It is likely just a matter of time until we can come up with some data supported claims regarding what characteristics will help a putter be more accurate for the majority of golfers. Stay tuned!

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CONTESTANTS – “2013 GOLF’S MOST WANTED BLADE PUTTER”

CONTESTANTS – “2013 GOLF’S MOST WANTED BLADE PUTTER”

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Contestants, Sharpen Your Blades!

(written by: Dave Wolfe)

You have seen the Ultimate Fairway Wood.

You have rolled the Most Wanted Mallet Putter.

You have pounded Golf’s Most Wanted Driver

Today, I present to you 28 putters, from 15 of the top putter making companies, who are all vying for the coveted title of MyGolfSpy’s 2013 Golf’s Most Wanted Blade Putter.

Each putter enters the competition on even footing. Tour pedigree, research budget, or size of company grant no favors in this competition. We are not scoring looks. We are not scoring design. Here at MyGolfSpy, we only score what counts, and with putters, what counts is accuracy. To be the best, a putter must hit the hole more than its competitors. Period.

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:: The Head-to-Head Test

The Bettinardi Signature 6 was awarded the Most Wanted Mallet Putter of 2013 honor because it was the most accurate of the tested mallets. That accuracy was demonstrated, regardless of who wielded the putter. The Bettinardi Signature 6 gave a competitive edge to low and high handicap testers alike, scoring significantly better than the other mallets in the competition.

One of the blades that you see today will add its name to the 2013 Most Wanted roster. One of these blades will be more accurate than its peers, separating itself from the pack based upon data, not opinion. There is no eye of the beholder here. To win the title, the putter must perform, and perform in the hands of all the testers.

The “Most Wanted – Blade Putter” earns its accolades!

:: How We Tested

What do we really need a putter to do for us? Since the beginning of the game, golfers, fitters, experts etc. have equated an affinity for the looks of a putter with better putting.  But is this really true?  Is it actually supported by any data?  Well, after years of testing putters we poured through the actual numbers and discovered a shocking piece of information. Not to give anything away, but some of you out there who “know” that looks influence performance will be very surprised by our findings.

:: Accuracy Scoring

For the sake of consistency, all of our testers used the same ball, the Wilson Staff FG Tour 2014 prototype.  Blade accuracy was measured by having the testers roll five putts from three distances; five, ten, and twenty feet.  The distance from the closest edge of the cup was then recorded for each miss.  Because we know that missing a five-footer by two feet is not the same as missing a twenty-footer by two feet, the values were adjusted for distance as follows:

:: 5-Foot Score = Miss Distance (inches) x 2.0

:: 10-Foot Score = Miss Distance (inches) x 1.5

:: 20-Foot Score = No Adjustment

Once the values were adjusted for distance, the numbers were added together to generate a putter’s Total Accuracy Score.

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:: Example: Accuracy Scoring Protocol

PUTTER X Accuracy Scoring, Tester #1
:: 5-foot putts: (11″ miss distance  x adjustment of 2.0) = 22″ total miss distance?
:: 10-foot putts:
(16″ miss distance x adjustment of 1.5) = 24″ total miss distance?
:: 20-foot putts:
(120″ miss distance with no adjustment) = 120″ total miss distanceTotal Accuracy Score for Tester #1 with PUTTER X would be =  166″ inches (total miss distance)

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:: The Contestants

We sent emails to putter companies inviting them to submit their best blade putter for our testing.  From those inquiries, I bring you the following twenty-eight competitors.  Some of you will ask Where is ___________? or What about _________? Let’s just say that many were contacted, and not all chose to participate. If you are not seeing your favorite brand represented, let them know, via email or twitter, that you would like to see them in our next competition. Here are the entrants in alphabetical order by company:

Bettinardi BB1

Bettinardi BB1-1

Bettinardi BB1-2
Bettinardi BB1-4
Bettinardi BB1-3
Bettinardi BB1-5

Bettinardi Signature 5

Bettinardi Sig5-1

Bettinardi Sig5-2
Bettinardi Sig5-4
Bettinardi Sig5-3
Bettinardi Sig5-5

Bettinardi Studio Stock 14

Bettinardi SS14-4

Bettinardi SS14-5
Bettinardi SS14-2
Bettinardi SS14-3
Bettinardi SS14-1

Boccieri Golf Heavy Putter EL Q2-M

Heavy Putter 1

Heavy Putter 2
Heavy Putter 4
Heavy Putter 3
Heavy Putter 5

Scotty Cameron Select Newport

Scotty Cameron NP-1

Scotty Cameron NP-2
Scotty Cameron NP-4
Scotty Cameron NP-3
Scotty Cameron NP-5

Scotty Cameron Newport 2

Scotty NP2-1

Scotty Cameron NP2-5
Scotty Cameron NP2-1
Scotty Cameron NP2-3
Scotty Cameron NP2-2

Gauge Design Classic 2013

Gauge Design Classic-1

Gauge Design Classic-2
Gauge Design Classic-3
Gauge Design Classic-5
Gauge Design Classic-4

Gauge Design G2 Devon Cu

Gauge Design G2 CS-2

Gauge Design G2 CS-1
Gauge Design G2 CS-4
Gauge Design G2 CS-3
Gauge Design G2 CS-5

Gauge Design iL Tatto

Gauge Design il Tato-1

Gauge Design il Tato-2
Gauge Design il Tato-3
Gauge Design il Tato-5
Gauge Design il Tato-4

Machine M1A Adjuster

Machine Adjuster-2

Machine Adjuster-1
Machine Adjuster-5
Machine Adjuster-3
Machine Adjuster-4

Byron Morgan 006

Byron Morgan 006-1

Byron Morgan 006-2
Byron Morgan 006-3
Byron Morgan 006-5
Byron Morgan 006-4

Nike Method Core MC01w

Nike Method Core MC01-2

Nike Method Core MC01-3
Nike Method Core MC01-5
Nike Method Core MC01-1
Nike Method Core MC01-4

Nike Method Core MC02w

Nike Method Core MC02-1

Nike Method Core MC02-2
Nike Method Core MC02-3
Nike Method Core MC02-5
Nike Method Core MC02-4

Nike Method Midnight 006

Nike Method Midnight 006-1

Nike Method Midnight 006-4
Nike Method Midnight 006-2
Nike Method Midnight 006-3
Nike Method Midnight 006-5

Odyssey ProType iX 1

Odyssey iX 1

Odyssey iX 4
Odyssey iX 3
Odyssey iX 2
Odyssey iX 5

Odyssey Tank #1

Odyssey Tank1-1

Odyssey Tank1-5
Odyssey Tank1-2
Odyssey Tank1-4
Odyssey Tank1-3

Odyssey Versa #2 Black

Odyssey Versa 2 2

Odyssey Versa 2 1
Odyssey Versa 2 4
Odyssey Versa 2 3
Odyssey Versa 2 5

Ping Scottsdale TR Anser 2

Ping Scottsdale Anser2-4

Ping Scottsdale Anser2-5
Ping Scottsdale Anser2-2
Ping Scottsdale Anser2-1
Ping Scottsdale Anser2-3

Ping Scottsdale TR Tatum

Ping Scottsdale Tatum-1

Ping Scottsdale Tatum-2
Ping Scottsdale Tatum-3
Ping Scottsdale Tatum-5
Ping Scottsdale Tatum-4

Ping Scottsdale TR ZB

Ping Scottsdale ZB-1

Ping Scottsdale ZB-2
Ping Scottsdale ZB-4
Ping Scottsdale ZB-3
Ping Scottsdale ZB-5

Radius Roll High Five

Radius Roll High Tide-5

Radius Roll High Tide-4
Radius Roll High Tide-2
Radius Roll High Tide-1
Radius Roll High Tide-3

Rife Hero

Rife Hero4

Rife Hero5
Rife Hero1
Rife Hero3
Rife Hero2

Rife Iconic Z

Rife IconicZ-4

Rife IconicZ-3
Rife IconicZ-2
Rife IconicZ-5
Rife IconicZ-1

Seemore PTM1 Platinum

SeeMore FGP-1

SeeMore FGP-2
SeeMore FGP-4
SeeMore FGP-3
SeeMore FGP-5

STX Pitch Black 1

STX PitchBlack1-3

STX PitchBlack1-4
STX PitchBlack1-5
STX PitchBlack1-2
STX PitchBlack1-1

STX xForm 1

STX xForm1-2

STX xForm1-3
STX xForm1-4
STX xForm1-1
STX xForm1-5

TaylorMade Spider Blade Slant

TaylorMade Spider Blade-1

TaylorMade Spider Blade-2
TaylorMade Spider Blade-5
TaylorMade Spider Blade-3
TaylorMade Spider Blade-4

Tour Edge Exotics DG-v1.2

Tour Edge DG Proto-1

Tour Edge DG Proto-2
Tour Edge DG Proto-5
Tour Edge DG Proto-4
Tour Edge DG Proto-3

Ready, Set, Roll!

There are the twenty-eight contestants, fighting for the title of MyGolfSpy’s Most Wanted Blade Putter. Head-to-head. Accuracy is king. Tune in tomorrow to see what putter crushes the competition and takes home the title!

You have had a chance to make a prediction about the winner based solely upon the company name. Now that you have seen all of the contenders, are you sticking to that prediction? Do you have a new favorite that you believe will rise above the competition? Leave a comment below and let everyone know which putter you are backing!

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Can Volvik Golf Make 2013 The Year of the Colored Ball?

Can Volvik Golf Make 2013 The Year of the Colored Ball?

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Want to win a dozen Volvik balls? Check the end of the article for details.

Hi, my name’s Dave and I play a colored golf ball.

(by Dave Wolfe) That’s right, I said it. I prefer to play golf with a non-white golf ball. No, I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the increased visibility or maybe the color just improves my mood. All I know is that I just really like playing colored balls. Right now it’s the yellow Wilson Staff Duo, but I have also dabbled with the Yellow Callaway Hex Chrome and Srixon’s yellow Z-Star. I know that some of you white-ball-purists are already tuning out, but you get to like what you like. For me, it’s color.

For the past few years it seems like the golf ball makers have figured out that there are quite a few of us who like the non-white on the course. They have also realized that while we want color, we also still demand a ball that performs.

As much as I like colored balls, I am not going to play one if it ultimately hurts my score.

Head to the shop and look at the ball selection.  You will find colored offerings, mainly yellow, from Wilson Staff, Titleist, Srixon, Bridgestone, and Callaway. Those are some big names in the ball industry. Many of us remember when Srixon introduced the yellow Z Star, promoting it by somehow getting some of the PGA guys to play it for a tournament or two. I loved seeing those yellow balls being played on TV. Their tour play didn’t last, but it did seem to help keep the colored balls on the shelf, even if there are only one or two colors to pick from.

Look at those colors!

As a lover of colored golf balls, my attention is usually drawn to new ones that I see in the shop. That’s how I first became aware of the Volvik brand. The bright colors caught my eye. However, at the time, I didn’t know anything about Volvik, and as a result, I didn’t buy any. I found the bright colors appealing, but without some more information, I was not going to risk my golf money on them.

As fate would have it, a bit later I ran into one of the Volvik reps at a local golf expo. It became immediately apparent during that conversation was that the colored Volvik ball was not just a cosmetic novelty, but rather a high-quality ball that came in different colors.

What made me think the Volvik ball was high quality?

Data is king is the golf industry. If you make performance claims, you had better be able to back them up. If Volvik says that their balls outperform others in the market, they had better have some numbers that support that claim.

Here are some of the Iron Byron test numbers that Volvik’s uses as the basis for its performance claims:

Volvik Crystal

Crystal Specs
Crystal Core

 

Iron Byron Data: Volvik Crystal

3 PC Test – Driver Test 95 MPH w/ Taylor Made R11S with Aldila RIP Phenom Shaft and 8 iron test 95 MPH w/ Adams A2 Idea 8-iron with a True Temper shaftVolvik Crystal vs. Titleist NXT Tour S vs. Callaway Diablo Tour vs. BridgestoneE6  vs Nike PD Soft vs Taylor Made Penta TP3 vs  Srixon TriSpeed

  • Volvik Crystal tested #1 in Total Driver Distance, beating everyone
  • Volvik Crystal tested  #1 in Driver and 8-Iron Ball Speed, beating everyone
  • Volvik Crystal tested #1 in Total Driver and 8-Iron Distance combined, beating everyone
  • Volvik Crystal tested #1 in Yards after Landing, beating everyone
  • Volvik Crystal tested  #2 in Driver Spin, beating Bridgestone, Callaway, Nike, Titleist and Srixon
  • Volvik Crystal tested #2 in Total 8-Iron Distance, Beating Bridgestone, Callaway, Nike, Titleist and Srixon
  • Volvik Crystal Beat Titleist in Total Driver Dispersion
  • Beat Titleist by 3.7 yards in Total Driver Distance

 

 

Volvik Vista iV

Vista Core
Vista Specs

 

Iron Byron Data: Volvik Vista iV

4 PC Test – Driver Test 95 MPH w/ Taylor Made R11S with Aldila RIP Phenom Shaft and 8 iron test 95 MPH  w/ Adams A2 Idea 8-iron with a True Temper shaftVolvik Vista iV vs. Titleist Pro V1 vs. Callaway Hex Black Tour vs. Bridgestone Tour B330 RX  vs Nike 20XI S vs Taylor Made Penta TP5 vs  Srixon Z-Star XV

  • Volvik Vista iV tested tied for #1 in Total Driver Distance, beating Bridgestone, Callaway, Nike, Taylor Made and Titleist
  • Volvik Vista iV tested #1 in 8-Iron Spin, beating everyone
  • Volvik Vista iV beat Titleist by 508 RPM and Bridgestone by 1323 RPM in 8-Iron Spin
  • Volvik Vista iV tested #2 in Yards after Landing, beating Bridgestone, Callaway, Nike, Taylor Made and Titleist
  • Volvik Crystal tested  #2 in Driver Ball Speed, beating Bridgestone, Callaway, Nike, Taylor Made and Srixon
  • Volvik Vista iV beat Bridgestone and Callaway in Total Driver Dispersion

 

 

What Do Those Numbers Mean?

There were two things that I looked at in their testing. First, what balls did they test against, and second, what were the conditions of the test? I think that the choice of competitors seems appropriate for each of the balls. The Volvik Crystal was pitted against the quality, but second-tier balls from the other companies while the Volvik Vista iV challenged the big name tour balls.

The “compared to what” part of the test seems solid. The testing parameters seem appropriate as well. All of you “ask the robot” guys will appreciate the Iron Byron part of the test, although many on the other side of the robot argument don’t think that Mr. Byron gives real world golfer type swings. Driver and 8-iron swings are fine for comparison, although I would like to see wedge scoring as well. My only real question comes from matching driver swing-speed with the 8-iron. Odds are that the person who swings a driver at 95 mph is also not swinging the 8-iron at that speed.

These concerns aside, lets look at the results. Iron Byron testing shows that the Volvik Crystal and the Volvik Vista iV ranked first or second in every category. Spectacular colors, supported by performance.

 

Tell me more about Volvik Golf Balls

You can see why this colored ball intrigued me. I needed to know more about Volvik and their Crystal and Vista iV lines so I posed these five questions to John Claffey, Volvik’s National Director of Sales and Marketing.

 

What is the common golfer’s perception of the colored golf ball?

“In the past I believe there has been two misconceptions that exist with color golf balls. One is that they are not high performance. The other is that color golf balls are only for women or seniors. We have recently come to market with our current line up to shatter these misconceptions.  Golfers are more open to color than ever before and it’s following a global pattern. I truly believe that with the Baby Boomers coming to a point where visibility in the air and knowing where you are on the golf course trumps following a traditionalist mindset that colored golf ball sales will climb as high as 25% in the US market.  It helps that the youth has embraced color in golf and that it’s considered cool again, but the reality of it is that color golf balls can make the game more fun to play, speed up the game and bring a little personality back to a segment of the game that has been geared towards a low-end, price point market for far too long.”

 

Where did this perception come from?

“The perception or misconceptions of colored golf balls came from years and years of color golf balls being made without the core golfer in mind. No one was focusing on a tour quality color golf ball and trying to get tour players using different colors other than a few instances. The way to change a perception in golf is always to do it through tour play. If they do it out there, it’s OK for other golfers to try it. It happens all the time in our sport. We saw an open niche in the golf market being the highest quality and performing color golf balls and also noticed an uptick in colored golf ball sales and ad dollars. But still people were holding onto the traditionalist mindset that they had to play a white golf ball. Just years and years of conditioning at work there. It’s still a hurdle, but we’ve seen a major sea change in a very short amount of time to people wanting to bring color to their game.”

 

Why is the Volvik colored ball different?

“We are very proud of the performance of our golf balls, regardless of color. We spend a lot more money on the manufacturing process and we feel we utilize different materials no one else has thought to use.  We combine a solid inner core encased in a softer casing that provides the optimal spin separation and optimizes the balance of both distance and control. Optimal spin generated by the more solid inner core creates longer distance off the driver and long irons the spin increases closer to the green due to the firm outer core, producing higher spin for total control and the ability to stop on a dime on the green.

Most other companies feature a soft inner core with a harder outer layer. Our secret is we do the opposite, a solid inner core combined with a soft outer layer. The dual core optimizes distance by transferring the power from the more solid inner core to the softer outer layer instead of transferring inertia from a soft inner core to a solid outer layer like the competition.

The outer layer also reduces excess driver spin, increasing the moment of inertia and centrifugal force, leading to more distance and more roll.  The outer core of the golf ball that contributes a great source of power, Bismuth, is compressed in a high temperature heating treatment. Unlike normal metal, Bismuth expands 3-3.5% in volume, leading to greater energy transfer.   Zirconium is the base material for ceramic and improves durability of a golf ball cover without sacrificing spin control. This is all our own technology, most of the dimple patents and everything else do. We’ve been making golf balls for 30 years, so we feel we are leading the way with this soft outer cover and solid inner core technology and not just following the leader so to speak.”

 

Will we see more colored balls on tour?

“By getting 4 different colors on play on the professional tours this year, we have the most different colors in play by a golf ball manufacturer in the history of golf. Regardless of color, Volvik has been as high as the #3 most played golf ball on the LPGA Tour this season and our stats have been very impressive. In the last 13 LPGA Tour events, players using Volvik colored golf balls have earned one Victory, 11 Top 10 finishes (including eight Top 5′s) and 23 total Top 25 finishes.

We also have 20 players using us on the Symetra Tour, where we are the official golf ball. We still need to penetrate more of the men’s professional tours, which we have started doing through the Web.com Tour this year. Three-time All-American from UCLA Erik Flores, our first male professional to sign a deal in the US, hit a 349-yard drive with an orange Vista iV ball the other week for the longest drive of the BMW Charity Pro Am on the Web.com Tour. So we are definitely breaking down barriers. We have several players on PGA, Web.com and Champions currently testing the ball. Our plan is to continue what we are doing with the LPGA and to expand on the Web.com and Champions and to evaluate we are with the PGA TOUR.”

“I did extensive testing with the golf ball and I found it to be an extremely high performance golf ball that does everything I need it to do,” said Flores. “I enjoy the strong flight of the ball and the heavier feel off the club face due to the solid core of the ball, as opposed to the soft core of other golf balls. This also adds more control to my approach shots. I am excited to be a part a company that is bold in their use of new materials and is not afraid to break the paradigm of the white golf ball. Finally a golf ball that contributes to my game and my style.”
Erik Flores, Web.com Tour Player

 

How does a smaller company like Volvik plan on competing with the giants in the market like Titleist, Callaway, Wilson Staff, and the others?

“The golf ball market is a tough and competitive arena. For us, it’s our performance that is leading the way. There are a lot of good golf balls out there, but because we make ours so much differently, we feel we have a good technology story to compete with. You add color to that mix and you have a company doing things much differently than the competition.

We know we have a golf ball that will stand up to the other great balls on the market and we feel we have all the earmarks to be the next new big brand in golf: we have the tour story, we have the #1 claim, we have the performance, we have the right golf ball for every skill level and we have the fashion and increased visibility golfers are looking for today. We also have the brightest colors in golf, which helps us stand out on the tour telecasts, so we have a nice buzz going and the word only spreads more when new golfers try our product and see what performance benefits we bring to their game.

We are doing very well with the better golfer. Some of them are better players in the region who are playing our Pink Vista iV for the mere reason that they like bombing a Pink golf ball past their buddies. We’re currently the only 4-piece tour ball being offered in Orange, Green and Pink. We also specialize in high performance, color, low compression, 3-piece golf balls for slower swing speeds, and no one else is catering to this specific market like we are. People have told me that people in the colored golf ball market don’t care about performance and that they only care about price.”

“If you get them 15-20 extra yards, greater durability and a ball that’s easier to see, that kind of thinking goes out the window. Everybody wants greater performance, that’s why they are out there.”- John Claffey, National Director of Sales and Marketing for Volvik.

 

Did you play them Dave?

I have had a chance to take both balls out on the course for some “testing”. I put testing in quotes because I am not an Iron Byron, and I don’t have a spare Flightscope lying around. Think of my testing parameters more like your buddy’s when you see him playing a ball and you ask him how he likes it.

The short report is that I enjoyed playing both balls. The colors really jump out at you on the course. The pink is crazy bright, allowing you to easily track ball flight from start to finish. You can find them rapidly, and I could see the simple change to playing colored balls speeding up pace of play. I prefer the putter feel of the Vista iV over the Crystal, but both performed similar for me in other areas.

Here’s an example of my play:

On two different occasions, one with the Crystal and one with the Vista iV, I found myself putting for eagle. I missed both putts because I had that “this is for eagle” thought before putting, but that’s not important. You see, those two eagle putts brings my total eagle putt count to three. One in my previous four years of playing, and then two in the past six weeks, both with Volvik balls. It’s not controlled, scientific experimentation, but I know that these balls have game in them. Buddy-trials have elicited similar results. Most guys start skeptical, and then flat-out refuse to give me the ball back after they play it.

Volvik Shot of the Day

Have you tried Volvik Balls?

I am curious if any of you have tried the Volvik balls and what your experiences are with them. If you haven’t tried them, you should. They are bright, long, and spin well. Price-wise, these come in at the same price-point as the balls they compete against.

You can get a dozen Volvik Crystals for $32.99, with the Volvik Vista iV retailing for $47.99. If you’re unsure about buying a whole box, see if your shop will sell you a sleeve. Check out the variety packs as well so you can try out the colors. I am a fan of the orange and the pink, but the green and yellow also jump off of the turf. Give them a shot and let me know what you think.

 

Win A Dozen Volvik Golf Balls

Two separate mygolfspy readers will win his or her choice of a dozen Volvik Crystal or Vista iV balls. To be eligible, just leave a comment below about which ball you would select if you win.

*Winners selected at random from eligible entries. Contest ends August 14th, 2013 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.

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It’s Back! – 2013 Adams Tight Lies

It’s Back! – 2013 Adams Tight Lies

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In the modern era of golf equipment there are very few clubs you can point to and definitely say “That one…that one changed the game forever”.

The clubs that immediately spring to mind include Gene Sarazan’s sand wedge, Gary Adams’s first Titanium Driver, Karsten PING’s Anser Putter, and without question, the Adams Tight Lies Fairway wood.

Not only did the Tight Lies put Adams Golf on the map – in 3 short years the company went from less than 1 million in sales to 36.7 million; its influence changed the way fairway woods were designed, it spawned the modern day hybrid, and just for the sake of a good footnote, it was indirectly part of the impetus for transforming Nickent Golf from a clone company into an original equipment manufacturer.

It’s not a cult classic. Cult Classics are for fruitcakes and hippies.

The Adams Tight Lies is a true classic.

I Don’t Know How to Put This, But…

The original Adams Tight Lies was kind of a big deal. Actually, that barely scratches the surface. The story of Tight Lie’s success is all the more remarkable when you consider that the original design was done without the use of any fancy technology.

In 1995 Barney Adams didn’t own a computer, and by his own admission, even if he had, he wouldn’t have had a clue how to use one. Instead he sketched his idea for what would become the Tight Lies – essentially an upside down fairway wood with a trapezoidal shape, shallow face, and low center of gravity – completely freehand.

Given what we know about golf club design today, it’s probably fair to say that Adams got more than a little lucky. The odds are against striking golf gold with little more than a pencil and a yellow pad, but with his Tight Lies design, Adams did just that.

Particularly noteworthy given the space Adams occupies in the market today; when most people consider the Tight Lies, they think about a fairway wood. That’s how it was classified, and that’s how it was marketed, but Adams’s original intent was to create a club to replace difficult to hit long irons.

One can make a pretty solid argument that the Tight Lies was the original hybrid.

Anybody who was around golf in the mid to late 90s likely remembers the impact Tight Lies had on the game. As the distance wars were heating up, Tight Lies succeeded with a reputation not as the longest club, but as a club that was easier to hit from anywhere.

The Birth of the Modern Fairway Wood (and the Death of Versatility)

In 1996 when Adams launched the Tight Lies fairway woods were small, compact, and versatile. For most of the fairway wood’s history, the average club on the shelf was well less than 1.25” tall and plus or minus 140ccs.

Progress being what it is; like everything else in your bag, the fairway wood has evolved. It’s gotten larger, and as a direct consequence, it has all but lost its versatility.  With manufactures (Adams included) fighting for every additional yard, and borrowing design specifications from their drivers, the usefulness of the fairway wood for the average golfer has effectively been limited to the tee box and the occasional perfect fairway lie.

Rough, hardpan, sand…fuhgettaboutit.  That ain’t your daddy’s fairway wood you’re holding.

Fairway woods have become the driver-lite of the golf bag and not much else. They sure as hell aren’t easier to hit…not from anywhere.

Reviving a Classic

When any company revives the name of a classic club, my first reaction is that they’re making a nostalgia play. You don’t need to do anything revolutionary if you can play to sentimentality.

Cobra Trusty rusty anyone? Big Bertha? New Steelhead in 3, 2…

The truth of the matter is that the 2013 Tight Lies does have plenty in common with the original. Adams has retained the upright trapezoidal shape (the Tri-sole), the compact size (1.18” tall face, 133cc head), and as what Mike Fox, Global Director of Product Marketing at Adams Golf, describes as “a nod to the original”, 5 alignment lines on the stock Mitsubishi shaft.

It’s that upside down design that makes the True Lies what it is. According to Mike Fox, “the upside down design means the leading edge of the club will be longer/larger than the top line, creating a larger more forgiving surface where most golfers make contact”.

Of course, there’s more to reviving a classic then a new coat of paint. Even when you can trade on a name with the reputation that Tight Lies has, golfers still demand you include some modern technology.

With that in mind it’s not surprising that like every recent Adams fairway wood model, Tight Lies features a cut-through Velocity Slot designed for increased ball speed.

“This unsupported face is completely cut through, to allow a second area to store energy and allow the new Tight Lies to be long even with its low profile design.  The new TL has twice the speed as the original TL with a CT of 220.“ – Mike Fox, Adams Golf

It sounds long (and fast) right? It might very well be, but Tight Lies is about more than grip it and rip it. It’s a thinker’s club.

Distance Isn’t the Story

Perhaps the most remarkable piece of the 2013 Tight Lies story is that while Adams clearly feels their new club is long-enough, they’re not making distance the story.

I’ve frequently joked that a golf company would go broke trying to market a driver or fairway wood as the most accurate in golf, but to an extent, that’s exactly what Adams is doing with the new Tight Lies.

When Adams talks about the new Tight Lies they talk in terms of what they call overall distance. Similar to the PGA’s Total Driving stat, Overall Distance is what you get after you subtract how far offline you are from your target.

The argument is that 220 down the middle is better than 240 into the trees. I know…it’s now how I think either. I’m not a thinking man.

Targets vs. Distance

With the modern fairway wood, gapping and even hitting specific distances is almost an after-thought. The 3 wood is designed to be hit as far as it possibly can. The 5 wood is supposed to go almost as long (some actually hit their 5 woods longer, other hit them dramatically shorter). The 4 wood has become the compromise for the guy who doesn’t want to carry two fairway woods anymore.

Never mind versatility, even the notion of the fairway wood as a target club has been all but forgotten. Golf is a target game. Shouldn’t the same principles apply to the longer clubs as well? Adams thinks so.

According to Scott Blevins, Sr. VP of Sales, Adams Golf, unlike many fairway woods, Tight Lies is designed with a specific purpose in mind.

“The club is designed as a tool to do something very specific and that is to allow the player to hit a shot a specific distance from any lie.” – Scott Blevins, Adams Golf

According to Blevins, the worse your lie, the better the Tight Lies performs relative to the competition.

The 2013 Tight Lies isn’t intended to be the longest club in your bag, but Adams believes it will prove to be the most versatile, and the most reliable.

A True (and very depressing) Story

Just last week I was out on the course with one of our testers. Hitting his 2nd into a Par 5, he pulled what I thought was an unusual club choice. He explained that the club (in this case a hybrid) was his safety club. It’s the club he relies on when he’s got more than 200 to the target and absolutely needs to narrow his dispersion. As long as he’s straight he can afford to be a little short, or a little long.

When he asked me what my safety club was, I thought about it, and replied, “I don’t have one”.

It’s that void in my bag (and I’m sure I’m not alone) that the 2013 incarnation of the Adams Tight seeks  to fill. Tight Lies isn’t about chasing every last yard of distance. You’re not going to hear about a forwardly placed center of gravity, or a tall face, or anything else that inherently makes a fairway wood harder to hit.

Tight Lies is in a class of its own. It’s not a fairway wood or even a hybrid, it’s a Faithful Wood; the club you can count on from anywhere.

“Situations  golfers currently wouldn’t even think to hit some other market fairway woods, like out of the rough, side hill lies, hard pan, etc., the new Tight Lies is a real option. “ –Mike Fox, Adams Golf

Putting Tight Lies to the Test

I’m just short of positive that some of you are already looking forward to the new Tight Lies simply because you loved the original so much. In fact, I’m willing to bet some of you are thinking Adams couldn’t possibly make anything better than the original.

I’m also absolutely positive that there are some of you who absolutely love your fairway woods. You’re thinking there’s no way the Adams Tight Lies could be any better than your XHot, or your RocketBallz, or your whatever the hell you have in your bag.

Some of you will think this Tight Lies is nothing more than the latest example of marketing ‘crap’ run amok.

Well, we’re going to find out.

We’ve got some samples on the way that we’re going to be putting through their paces. We’ve come up with some clever real-world scenarios we’re going to use to determine whether or not the Adams Tight Lies really is easier to hit from everywhere.

Stay tuned. We’ll post the results as soon as we’re done.

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2013 Swing Trainers – {Buyer’s Guide}

2013 Swing Trainers – {Buyer’s Guide}

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Intro

By: Matt Saternus

Last year I said that the Swing Trainer Shootout was The #1 Most Requested Review, even more than Rocketballz, and that may have been a stretch.  This year, it is not a stretch to say that the Swing Trainer Buyer’s Guide is the single most in-demand review that MyGolfSpy has done.  Since the PGA Show in January, not a week has gone by that I haven’t gotten a comment, email, forum post, or tweet asking when it would be done.  And now, it’s finally here.

The Line Up

Last year we tested Golf Sense, Swing Byte, and Swing Smart.  This year, the field has more than doubled:

:: Swing ByteEmpower Your Golf Game with Real-Time Swing Data
:: Golf SenseAnalyze Your Stats. Get Real-Time Feedback. Improve Your Game
:: Swing Smart – Swing It, See It, Fix It
:: SwingTIP – The Shape of Swings to Come
:: Noitom MySwing – Your Personal Digital Swing
:: SkyPro – See, Groove, Improve
:: 3Bays GSA PUTTUltra Light & Ultra Small

An Important Note

Something that I came to appreciate only as I spent more and more time with these devices is that comparing them is not apples to apples.  To steal T’s line, it’s more like apples to Cheetos.  While all of these devices are small, digitial, and cool, they are not the same.  They don’t have the same features and don’t have similar user experiences.  On one hand, I wish they did: testing would be roughly 434,857 times easier.  On the other hand, the wide variety is really good for the consumer: you can find the device that delivers the kind of experience you want.

Ultimately, it was decided that declaring a “winner” was important, so we did, but just like with our Most Wanted Driver Test or Most Wanted Mallet Test, it is not necessarily true that the winner will be the best device for you.  I strongly encourage you to take a careful look at the all the information and ask yourself what you’re looking for in a swing trainer before making your purchase.

How We Tested

All of the devices were tested by up to five different MyGolfSpy writers.  In addition to this field testing, I tested each device against FlightScope to judge the accuracy of the data that was produced.

Similar to last year, we have produced two charts.  The first gives some broad information about features, price, and compatibility.  The second gives you letter grades in each of four categories, plus an overall score.  Below, you will see full explanations of each grade for each device.

One area that I intentionally ignored was Price/Value.  Price may be a determining factor for some people, but I came to the conclusion that it was best to judge each device purely on what it does and let the individual consumer decide what was the best bang for their buck.

*Note: The overall score is not an average, simply a reflection of the overall quality of the device.

 

Physical Device: As far as the on-shaft devices, Swing Smart is the best.  It attaches under the shaft, so it’s barely noticeable at address, it’s tiny and lightweight, and it doesn’t twist.  The only real negative about it applies to all of the on-club devices: you need to move the device (or at least the sensor) when you change clubs.

App: The Swing Smart app hasn’t really changed since last year.  The layout is very simple and shows all you need to know on one screen.  The 3D image is still good.  Customizing your clubs and changing clubs during a session are both very easy.  It’s still the fastest app in terms of how quickly it puts numbers on the screen.  My one complaint is that the device times out very fast: I had to put the phone down and swing quickly or else the screen would shut off.  There may be a way to adjust this, but I didn’t find it.

Data: One of the things I like best about Swing Smart is that it doesn’t overwhelm the user with numbers.  Instead, it provides four easy to understand, actionable data points that are consistent and good.  Face to Path was consistently within 2-3 degrees of FlightScope and swing speed was consistently 2-3 MPH below what FlightScope reported.  The one thing that keeps the Data grade from being an “A” is the lack of a “Club Path” number.

Instruction: The app includes videos of Peter Kostis explaining the different numbers and offering some tips on how to change them.  While it’s a little light, the presentation is good and the information is pretty solid.  Most importantly, it’s integrated into the app for easy access.

What’s Unique: Training Mode – use the device without hitting a ball

What’s Great: The most accurate 3D image.  The best on-club sensor.

What’s Not: The look of the app.  Lack of club path number.

Overall: Swing Smart is the most refined device in this category.  Where others have added new features, Swing Smart has opted for perfecting the motion capture that powers the whole thing.  Swing Smart still has virtues that set it apart, training mode and ease of use to name two, but its competitors have cut that list down.  While Swing Smart is still in the discussion for the best device in this segment, it is not the first and last word in that discussion like it was last year.

Matt’s Take: Swing Smart is a better-looking app and a Club Path number away from being a clear winner.  Everything that it does, it does very well.  I just want it to do a little more.  Regardless, if I had to make a blind recommendation of which device to buy, this would be it.

 

Physical Device: Swing Byte 2 is a major step forward from the original Swing Byte.  It is more secure on the club, doesn’t twist as easily, and is easier to align.  The only major negative about the physical device is that the lights which indicate on/off and Bluetooth connectivity are nearly invisible in the sunlight.

App: Swing Byte’s new app is, hands down, the class of the field.  It is the most feature-rich and the easiest to use.  There is never a time in using the app that you have to think, “How do I make it do ____?”  The video integration makes sense and doesn’t feel like an add-on.  The “Compare Swings” feature is the best in the field.

Note: I evaluated the new iPad app which differs from the app available for iPhone and Android at the time of publication.  I was told the Android tablet update is coming next, followed by iPhone and Android phone.

Data: While Swing Byte is up front about the fact that their device is not a mini-FlightScope, their device has improved immeasurably in terms of producing numbers that correlate with radar data.  Angle of Attack will always be steep because it is measured at a different point in the swing, but it’s now consistently within a 6* of FlightScope (not the case last year).  Club head speed was consistently within 3 MPH.  The Club Path and Face Angle to Path numbers were consistent, but they did show a draw bias of 2-3 degrees.  All in all, the data was consistent and very useable.

Instruction: At this time, Swing Byte doesn’t offer instruction.

What’s Unique: Truly integrated video.

What’s Great: The best “Compare Swings” feature on the market.  Lots of numbers.

What’s Not: Nearly-invisible on/off lights.  Updated app not available on all platforms yet.  Lots of numbers.

Overall: Swing Byte 2 and the new iPad app are a giant leap forward, right into the first tier of digital swing trainers.  Between the improvements that I have already seen and the improvements that are on the way (using video to create a target-line reference for the data, essentially making it like FlightScope), I think that Swing Byte is one of the devices that you should consider purchasing.

Matt’s Take: If you read last year’s Swing Trainer review, you know that this is a complete 180 for me: I hated the original Swing Byte, I love Swing Byte 2.0.  From what I’ve seen, Swing Byte has the most potential of any device.  If the target-line feature is well implemented, it could revolutionize this product segment.  Swing Byte already has the best sizzle (presentation); if they get the steak (data) to match this device could be the undisputed champ.

 

Physical Device: This device is a close second to Swing Smart among on-club sensors.  It’s very small, attaches easily, and stays put.  Aligning it on top of the club is recommended, but not required, though the white and orange are still plenty visible under the shaft.  I do have two complaints about the sensor: 1) it has to be re-calibrated every time you switch clubs (the process takes about 10-15 seconds) and 2) the range of the device (how close it must be to your phone) is not very good.  One interesting note: SkyPro does not have an on/off switch; it senses when a Bluetooth device is in range and powers itself on. 

App: For ease of use, this app is as good as any in the field.  It’s intuitive and works easily.  It also has the single best new feature in this category: Groove.  This practice mode lets the user choose one metric (tempo or backswing length, for example), choose their target value (3:1 tempo, backswing that stops at parallel), and then try to “groove” that over 10 swings.  The golfer can win gold, silver, or bronze depending on how well they do.  The basic swing mode is good and golfers can set the device to give “Alerts” when it detects certain swing flaws.  I think the Plane mode is borderline pointless, but it doesn’t hurt anything.

Data: Similar to Golf Sense, SkyPro does not produce many FlightScope-comparable numbers.  Club head speed is fairly accurate (lack of club customization hurts it in this respect) and shaft lean at impact (correlated to dynamic loft) is consistently good.  The other numbers that it produces are very consistent over time and were consistent with things I know that I do in my swing.  

Instruction: There are two ways to look at SkyPro’s Instruction: on one hand, there is no information about how to, for example, create more shaft lean at impact.  From that perspective, it has no Instruction.  The other view is that SkyPro, through all of its various checkpoints and recommended values, has a lot of Instruction (all of the recommended values can be edited, but I don’t anticipate many users doing so).  I take the second view.  While I am skeptical about a device prescribing how to swing, the values that are given are fairly middle-of-the-road and the ranges are wide enough to accommodate differing styles (and, again, they can be changed).  While I think the addition of a little “How To” would be good, I think that what SkyPro does offer is very useful.

What’s Unique: Groove mode.

What’s Great: Groove mode.  Very good sensor.

What’s Not: Changing clubs is time consuming.  Plane Mode.

Overall: SkyPro is going to be the device that the average golfer connects with most easily.  Most golfers want to be told how to swing and SkyPro does that.  SkyPro also makes practice fun with Groove mode.  It’s not a perfect device, nor a complete one, but what it does, it does very well, and it makes practice more fun.

Matt’s Take: SkyPro has the single best feature (Groove Mode) and some of the worst (Plane Mode, Pro Data screen).  If it included some of the FlightScope-type numbers that Swing Smart and Swing Byte have, it could be a clear favorite in this category.  As it is, it ends up being a niche product for guys who want to be told how to swing.  Yes, there are ways to customize the swing so that it’s not “one size fits all,” but the average golfer does not have the knowledge to do that well.  Much like Swing Byte, SkyPro has huge upside and I’m excited to see how they improve going forward.

 

Physical Device: Hands down, the group’s favorite sensor.  Attach it to your glove and go; don’t worry about alignment or moving the sensor from club to club.  The only possible gripe is from people who don’t wear a glove, but I think that’s a fairly small minority.

App: The Golf Sense app just got a little nip and tuck for 2013, but it was an important one: all of the swing data is now seen on the main screen.  Additionally, the basic functionality of Golf Sense has improved: the connection is extremely stable and it displays swing data almost immediately after contact.  The 3D image is good, though I think many people might like it to be larger.

Data: As was discussed last year, Golf Sense measures very  different things than other devices.  The only FlightScope-comparable number that you get from Golf Sense is club head speed (consistently good, though it trends about 2 MPH slower than FlightScope).  The other data that is produced is consistent from device to device and over time, but is otherwise unverifiable.  That is not to say that it’s not useful: the speed graphs (club and hand) are very useful as is the backswing-length measurement.  Ultimately, it’s up to the individual golfer to decide if Golf Sense’s data will help them more than the FlightScope-like data from other devices.

Instruction: Golf Sense has started to introduce instructional pieces via their website.  So far, what they have created has been of very high quality.  My main complaint is that it’s not accessible via the app, and it’s buried on the website.  My hope is that more content will be created soon and that it will be featured in a more prominent location on the site and in the app.

What’s Unique: On-glove sensor.  “Hand Path” 3D image.  Hip rotation measurement.

What’s Great: Fast readings.  Easy to use.

What’s Not: Lack of club data (face angle, path, etc).

Overall: Golf Sense is the most unique device in the field both for its sensor and the information it produces.  I think that some golfers will absolutely love the information Golf Sense produces, others will find it lacking compared to Swing Smart, Swing Byte, etc.  My advice is to look carefully at what Golf Sense has to offer and decide if its data points are the ones that you want.

Matt’s Take: If you’re someone who is already deeply involved in the FlightScope/Trackman world of club numbers, Golf Sense probably isn’t going to be your device of choice.  However, for your average golfer who doesn’t know, need, or want 53 numbers on their screen, Golf Sense’s common sense metrics are a great alternative.

 

Physical Device: SwingTIP is the worst physical device in the field.  The locking mechanism, though sturdy looking, is prone to popping open on thin shots (to be clear, the device doesn’t fly away, it just springs open).  Additionally, it is one of the largest, most visible sensors at address.  On the positive, the on/off light is easy to read and the mounting clip includes a bar to aid in alignment.

App: SwingTIP has one of the easiest apps to use.  The menu choices are pared down and simple, much like the data that’s given.  All of the information is presented on one screen, and the analysis of each swing is easily accessed.  The 3D image is good, though some people will take issue with the image of the golfer that is presented since SwingTIP has no way to know what your body is doing on a given swing.  The swing analysis is decent, though occasionally you do get contradictory comments.  On the negative side, SwingTIP is the slowest device in terms of reporting swing data.  Additionally, the video integration feels like an afterthought: it doesn’t work together with any other elements of the app.

Data: Instead of giving players numbers, SwingTIP tells golfers if their club face was open, closed, or square and if their path was inside-out or outside-in (it does give numbers for tempo and club head speed).  Unfortunately, even with these “dumbed down” measures, SwingTIP misses the mark.  Club head speed, though spot on at times, was off by as much as 7 MPH on some swings.  I think a lot of this is can be attributed to the fact that the club cannot be “customized” in the app (i.e. the user cannot tell the app the club’s length, shaft material, etc).  Club path was similarly erratic.  Face angle was simply inaccurate much of the time as was the “sweet spot” indicator.

Instruction: SwingTIP has the largest library of in-app instruction: 40 tips ranging from takeaway to generating more power.  Each tip consists of text and a video.  Overall, it’s a mixed bag: some of the tips are really good, some are weak.  Some of the videos are quite good (the ones by Jeff Ritter tend to be strong), some are not.  A lot of the tips tend to be more explanations of the “Analysis” than instruction, but that may be just as useful for golfers trying to dig their way out of the swing jargon.

What’s Unique: Simplified data.  Loads of instructional material.

What’s Great: Instruction is well integrated.  Easy to use app.

What’s Not: Poor physical device.  Erratic data.

Overall: I appreciate the different approach that SwingTIP takes, eschewing numbers in favor of easier to understand terminology, but I found the accuracy lacking.  The amount of instruction, and the way it’s integrated, is something other devices should look to emulate, but ultimately SwingTIP is a second tier device.

Matt’s Take: If the data were better, I could see myself recommending SwingTIP to lots of golfers who don’t want to be “bogged down” by all the numbers.  Unfortunately, at this time, the data is so inconsistent that I can’t suggest purchasing it.

 

Physical Device: 3Bays has one of the more unique approaches to this category: they plug their sensor into the butt of the grip.  I’m not sure if it twists on full swings (I don’t hit many 100 yard putts), but for putting this method was great.  The indicator light is super bright and the button is nice and sturdy.  Bonus: the device comes with a dedicated charger so you don’t have to plug it into your computer to power it up.  The only negative is that you need to hold the club perfectly still for a second before each stroke, something that may disrupt the rhythm of some golfers.

App: This app leaves me torn: I really like the look, the layout, the numbers, and some of the features, but I don’t find it particularly easy to use.  I kept asking myself, “How do I do ___ again?”.  I’m sure that feeling would go away over time, but, after seeing how intuitive other apps are, it’s a definite negative.  One of the best things in the app is the graph of each data point: in one graph you can see, for each stroke you made in a practice session, what your tempo was (or club face, speed, etc).  This gives you a window into your overall consistency and miss patterns, which is really important information.

Data: While I wasn’t able to confirm the numbers with a SAM Puttlab, the data that 3Bays produced was consistent with what I have seen from Puttlab in the past.  Additionally, the data was consistent from device to device and over time.  Like all of these devices, the reference point for everything is the club face, so alignment correctly is critical.

Instruction: None at this time.

What’s Unique: Some of the best data presentation graphics.

What’s Great: Good numbers and graphic presentation.

What’s Not: Putting and full swing in separate devices.  Being forced to stay perfectly still before your shot.

Overall: The 3Bays GSA PUTT is a really strong device in many ways: the sensor is small and light, the data is good and presented well.  As such, it earns its B+, as high a grade as any device in the field.  The app could be more intuitive, but that’s not a major issue.  For some, the need to keep the sensor still before your stroke could be a deal breaker.

Matt’s Take: Ultimately, 3Bays is just a little out of step with the rest of the market.  To get putting and full swing training, a 3Bays customer would have to spend $400 on two devices.  Swing Smart and Swing Byte offer full swing and putting in one device for $250 and $150, respectively.  There’s nothing significant the 3Bays does better to justify that price and convenience difference.

 

Physical Device: Despite looking like a high school science fair project, the mySwing device is fairly good.  The combination of rubber shaft band and Velcro, while a pain to put on, holds the device in place quite well.  It’s very light weight, but it is a little bulky looking on top of the shaft.

App: Again, not the best looking, but it does the job.  The main display screen is crowded, but it does have all the things you need to see.  One feature I particularly like is the bar graph in the session review that shows how frequently you created various numbers (example: Face Angle was open 2* 4 times, open 1* 5 times, square 2 times).  The 3D image is very average.

Data: mySwing produced a mixed bag of data.  Club path was 3-4 degrees off, consistently.  Swing speed jumped from being within 2-3MPH to being off as much as 6MPH for stretches.  Dynamic loft and face angle were typically within 3 degrees.  Ultimately, the numbers produced were good, but not the best.

Instruction: The mySwing app provides three pages of suggestions/instruction.  The first is a chart with mySwing numbers for average, Tour, and Long Drive golfers.  This is helpful, and I would suggest all apps provide this.  The third page shows a few different 3D golf swing images and diagnoses what’s good or bad about them.  Again, very helpful.  The top half of the second page suggests that golfers aim for a 3:1 tempo (Tour Tempo), which I agree with.  You may be asking, “Why did they get a D- for instruction if all of this is ok?”  The problem lies on the bottom half of the second page (and elsewhere in the mySwing packaging/website) where they have a chart with the “old” (read: WRONG) Ballflight Laws.  In 2013, this is totally unacceptable.

What’s Unique: Nothing.

What’s Great: Nothing.

What’s Not: The look of the app and the sensor.

Overall: mySwing is a device that I think 99% of golfers would dismiss because of the website, packaging, and look of the device…and that would be a shame because it’s actually quite decent.  It’s not among the best, but it’s not as bad as appearances would indicate.  It’s firmly in the second tier.

Matt’s Take: I don’t dislike mySwing, but it doesn’t do anything unique or uniquely well.  If it cost $99, I would say that it’s not a bad alternative for someone who’s really price conscious.  Unfortunately, it carries the same price tag as Swing Byte which makes it very hard to recommend.

 

Conclusion

If you were too lazy to read everything I just wrote, here’s the short version: there is a clear line between the Haves and Have-Nots in this category.  SwingByte, Swing Smart, SkyPro, and Golf Sense are the former, SwingTIP, mySwing, and 3Bays GSA Putt are the latter (in fairness, 3Bays GSA Putt is a good device, but it does half of what Swing Byte and Swing Smart do without being half the price).

In deciding between Swing Smart, Swing Byte, SkyPro, andGolf Sense, it comes down to what the user wants.  Each device offers something very different from the others.  Instructors and people who love Flightscope-esque number will gravitate towards Swing Byte.  People who want some numbers, but not too many will like Swing Smart or Golf Sense.  Golfers looking for specific swing instruction will want Sky Pro.

Just as with buying clubs, I would strongly recommend a trip to your local golf store to demo these devices before you buy.  Pro tip: Bring your own phone/tablet with the apps installed in advance (they’re all free).

If you have any questions about any of these devices, please post a comment below, and I will do my best to answer it.  I will also be encouraging all of the manufacturers to keep an eye on the comments section, so feel free to direct questions to them as well.

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