Drive Tee - click to zoom
The Drive Tee is a golf tee engineered by Mike Cutino. His idea was to create a tee which allows the player to achieve a more consistent ball height. If the player can more consistently tee the ball at the same height, he or she can groove the bottom of the swing and make more solid and consistent contact.
Drive Tees come in a retail set which includes seven total tees of three varying heights. There are three separate heights to accommodate the different clubs one might tee off with, drivers, hybrids/fairways and irons. The shortest tee height puts the ball about 5/16ths of an inch above the ground. The middle tee height puts the ball about 1.25 inches off the ground and the longest 1.75 inches.
On The Course
Unless I’m trying to help ride a tail wind with my driver by hitting it really high, I don’t use the longest tee. I find that the mid length is great for me. So typically I have the two shorter tees in my pocket. I use the short one for everything but driver. And as advertised, it is nice to consistently tee them up the same height.
Nike Vapor X Golf Bag - click to zoom
Gear head alert. Nike has released their lightest golf bag ever, weighing in at under four pounds, the Vapor X.
Here is Nike’s press release on the Vapor X Golf Bag
There are seven higher res images of the Vapor X Golf Bag in the Hooked On Golf Blog Nike/vaporxbag photo album.
If you are familiar with the Tour Striker you’ll get the concept of the Pure Shot Driver, a training aid for hitting more shots on the sweet spot of the driver.
Pure Shot Driver Concept
The Pure Shot Driver has a convex face, or a face which sticks out. The sweet spot of the driver is the only flat spot, with the surrounding areas of the face curving away toward the edges.
The Pure Shot Driver promotes hitting on the center of the club face. Flies like it too... Click to zoom
The concept of this design is to force the player to hit the center of the club face, or face the horrid visual feedback of balls going sideways, straight up or straight down.
On The Range
I don’t smoke, but I have some golf buddies who do. I know they’re always putting their “ciggies” on the grass or on the side of the cart, then losing them. Some golf smokers (not my buddies) throw their cigarette butts on the ground when they’re done with them.
I just put a Duffer Snuffer into play in my group to solve the above issues. Now my buddies have a place to put their lit cigarettes, and also a place to discard them when they are done rather than chucking them on the ground. The discarded butts are stored in the ball chamber and can be thrown away later.
When in transport or being stored, the unit comes with a nice carry bag.
This is a bit of a novelty item, but fun for those who smoke I suppose and it serves one good purpose, keeping cigarette butts off the golf course. If they only had a unit for cigars…
iPING on my Ping Scottsdale Senita putter – click to zoom
I’m a not only a golf guy, I’m a Mac guy. In fact I have a Mac site and blog called The Mac Space which has been running for years which I work on occasionally. I put way more time in here though. Way more. So being a Mac guy does mean that I have an iPhone. I have many golf apps which have been submitted for review and I really hope to get to them, probably in the winter when there’s less time to play golf. Perhaps the coolest app I’ve gotten though, which I moved to the top of the review queue, is the iPING app and iPING putter iPhone cradle. This is cool! Check it out.
iPING is a two component system for analyzing and improving putting, which also happens to recommend a suitable PING putter when asked. Sure no problem. Love PING putters.
Component one is the iPING cradle, which mounts an iPhone 4 to any putter shaft. Sorry, but if you have any iPhone earlier than a 4 you are out of luck. Time to upgrade.
Component two is the iPhone application itself, which is truly amazing. This is no haphazardly put together rush job. The interface is beautiful and the features many.
The app is free, however the cradle is $30. But if you struggle with your putting, this could be the best $30 you’ve ever spent. (more…)