Last week I played a very frustrating, windy and cold round up the canyon. I pretty much lost my will to live when my score ballooned in the cold wind. I’m a 25 handicap if the temps are below 70 and a two handicap if they’re above 80. I was on my way to the car when I saw the Bridgestone tent down on the range. This was my first real opportunity to try a ball fitting and I felt like I needed to give it a try even though I was tired and my back was tight.
About Bridgestone ball fitting
When you get a ball fitting, the techs have you hit balls on their launch monitor. Bridgestone’s system shows you your club head speed, ball speed, launch angle, side spin RPM’s, spin in RPM’s and carry distance. Based on your swing speed they can recommend the best ball for you.
I’ve compiled a list of a few good suggestions as Father’s Day golf gifts. Some of these are items I’ve reviewed, know about or carry in the TGS SHOP. They’re not in any particular order, just the order in which they leaked out of my cranium.
MySack – $14.99
MySack is the best selling product in the TGS SHOP. The sack has a recognizable shape which is sure to get some attention from the lady golfers. The Sack is soft and brown and holds two balls, tees, accessories and more.
Click here to buy your MySack.
Sumi-G Head Covers – $28-39
I admit it. I’m biased! Sumi-G head covers are the best head covers in our solar system and beyond. Made of molded EVA plastic, their “rigid exoskeleton” protects expensive woods while providing a cool look. The cover can be easily scooped up off the ground onto the head of the club with one hand!
Click here to buy Sumi-G head covers.
Frogger Brush Pro – $19.95
Back in May of 2007 I reviewed the Frogger Brush Pro. My unit is still going strong and keeping my golf club grooves clean. The Frogger Brush Pro is the best golf brush I’ve ever used.
Click here for a Frogger Brush Pro.
Potty Putter – $19.95
I’ve been testing out the Potty Putter for a while now. That’s why my putting is so good lately, all that time spent practicing every morning. The Potty Putter comes with a green which goes around the toilet, a mini putter, a golf hole, a do not disturb sign and two balls.
Click here for a Potty Putter.
Sumi-G Golf Belts – $85
Sumi-G golf belts are the higher end Father’s Day golf gift. Sumi-G golf belts are very stylish and made of high quality Italian leather. They come with a magnetic ball marker too! Beware. If you buy one of these awesome golf belts, you may need to upgrade your pants.
Click here for Sumi-G golf belts.
Bridgestone B330-RX & RXS Golf Balls – $42.99
Unless Dad is on the Champions or PGA TOUR, his swing speed is probably less than 105mph. In that case, he probably can’t compress a golf ball unless it is a softer core model like the Bridgestone B330-RX series. The RX and RXS are designed for amateur swing speeds and I can personally vouch for the added distance. In my case it is a good 15-20 yards.
Bridgestone Golf balls can be found in any golf shop.
I’ve played 2-3 rounds now with the new Bridgestone B330-RXS. It has been a while since I’ve had an RX in play and I’d forgotten how damn long these things are, even on a day like the first one when it was very cold.
The RXS’ compression level is perfect for my granny swing and the slower club head speed said granny swing generates.
I’ll be doing a full review on the RXS as soon as I have enough rounds under my belt for a full evaluation.
My last 10 rounds or so I’ve been testing out the new Tour Yellow Srixon ZStar. I’ve gotten some interesting comments from other golfers about playing a yellow ball. Some think it is cheesy and ask me why I’m playing a range ball on the course and some say it looks cool. The ball itself is very highly visible and bright, and especially easy to see on the course. The one guy who made fun of it two days ago was thinking otherwise when I shot a 73 with the thing for my first round of the year at his club.
Is there something to the color?
This ball isn’t just yellow. It is green, yellow and looks to have some sort of metallic looking flakes or crystal in there. The ball is highly reflective. It is much easier to spot this ball from 200 out than a white ball and Srixon actually has factual data to back that up. According to them, yellow is the most visible color in the visual spectrum. I’m sure they didn’t realize how redundant that statement is, because I’m sure there isn’t a “most visible color not in the visible spectrum.” Ahem. (more…)
Acushnet (parent company of Titleist) has won a jury verdict against Callaway regarding four patents which Callaway owned related to the previous generation of Pro V1 golf balls. I wonder if this means Titleist will alter the next generation ball to utilize that technology again, now that they’ve been found not to be infringing on Callaway’s patents? I noticed quite a difference in the balls from the two different years, not in performance per se, but in the feel, durability and tackiness of the ball.
Official Acushnet press release below