Today I’m reviewing a very interesting golf ball series from a company called Polara. The Polara golf ball is unique in that its dimple pattern is designed to reduce side-spin. Side-spin is what causes the golf ball to curve off line, either hooking or slicing, drawing or fading. Polara has four models in this self-correcting ball series, the XD Extra Distance, XDS Extra Distance & Spin, Ultimate Straight and Ultimate Straight XS.
Polara golf balls reduce slices and hooks
Before I go any farther with my evaluation I should clarify that this ball does not conform to USGA or R&A rules. It is not legal to play this in an official handicap round or tournament. Being legal is not the point for Polara. The point is keeping the ball in play and increasing the FUN a player experiences in a casual round of golf. (more…)
Belly putters are the rage. Some big PGA Tour players have seemingly resurrected their careers by switching to belly putters, like Adam Scott, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els. Other younger players have succeeded right out of the gate with bellies, like Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson. Today I’m doing my best attempt at a review of the Boccieri Heavy Belly Q2-M belly putter. I say attempt. Read on.
Boccieri Golf’s Heavy Putter Q2-M – click to zoom
Boccieri Heavy Belly Q2-M Overview
First lets discuss the Q2-M model. This model is available in standard and belly lengths from Boccieri, as are all of their putters. The head is a traditional heel/toe weighted toe-droop blade with a plumber’s neck hosel. The head has a full shaft offset. This is a very good setup for me personally with regards to regular length putters.
The putter is “heavy” in that a 200 gram weight is inserted in the butt end of the shaft. If you haven’t tried a Heavy Putter before, you should. The extra weight makes it very hard to jerk the putter or break the wrists, two sure ways of putting poorly. The heavy weight promotes a smooth and straight stroke. (more…)
PGA Tour – FedEx Cup Finale
TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
Dates: Sept. 20-23
Venue: East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga.
Golf Channel Airtimes (Eastern):
Thursday 1-6 p.m. (Live) / 8:30 p.m. -1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 1-6 p.m. (Live) / 8:30 p.m. -1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday Noon-2 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-11:30 p.m. (Golf Channel / NBC Replay)
Sunday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 7-11:30 p.m. (Golf Channel / NBC Replay)
NBC Airtimes (Eastern):
Saturday 2-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 1:30-6 p.m. (Live)
Navistar LPGA Classic
Dates: Sept. 20-23
Venue: The Senator Course, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Prattville, Ala.
Thursday 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Friday 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-3 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1:30-5 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-3 a.m. (Replay)
Otsego Club & Resort, Gaylord, Michigan – click to zoom
Welcome to the final in a long series of reviews from my recent HOG World Tour stop to northern Michigan and the golf mecca town of Gaylord. Today’s piece is a quick review covering Otsego Club & Resort, a resort which I stayed in for a couple of days during my trip, and which has one course I posted a review on yesterday, the very fun Otsego Tribute course.
Otseto Club & Resort Overview
Otsego Club & Resort is a facility which features many winter and summer activities including two golf courses, skiing and snowboarding, dining, swimming, bar, meetings, weddings and more.
The resort has 117 guest rooms on site, in various buildings and condos, some dating back to the mid-1800’s. But don’t make a mistake about the rooms, they’re clean and modernized inside without losing that rustic flare.
Lodges at Otsego include the Tyrol Lodge, Hilltop Lodge, Blue Spruce Lodge, Loft Lodge, White Birch Lodge and the Chalets. Prices for the lodges and condos varies from $69 for the most basic lodge to $529 for a Chalet. (more…)
The Michigan golf posts just keep rolling in. This is the last course review on the list from my trip to northern Michigan last month. For links to all related reviews from my recent Michigan Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour stop, see the related heading at the end of this article.
Elevation changes are a key feature at Otsego Tribute. Click to zoom.
Today I’m reviewing the Otsego “Tribute” course. I have to make a confession on this review though. I only played the back nine. Unfortunately my schedule didn’t quite allow for me to get the entire 18 in before heading to the airport to head home. I DID however, tour every hole of the front as well as capture images of the entire course. Having seen the front, I truly regret not being able to play it. What a fun track! (more…)