I wonder if I can use my golf blogger web geek cred to get Srixon to sign me to a deal like Graeme McDowell’s? He has moved from Callaway to Srixon in a deal worth worth about $3 million per year. I’d probably sign for a little less than that, since I didn’t win the US OPEN last year like Graeme did. How about we call it $30 bucks, 24 dozen golf balls and a hat?
That is quite an upgrade in the dough department over Graeme’s 2009 endorsements. Last year Golf Digest reported that he pulled in a total of $2 million. I’m sure Graeme isn’t done finding new sponsors either.
Acer XF Black Driver - click to view larger version
Recently I pointed out that all white putters and all black drivers are the rage in golf equipment right now. I’m still waiting for all purple with green polka dots to come into vogue, then I’ll be happy. Until then, black will work just fine.
Acer XF Titanium Driver
If you’re looking for a new all black driver, take a look at the Acer XF Titanium driver by Hireko Golf. Like the white putter article previously posted, this is a cost-effective way to jump on the black driver bandwagon, but the performance level is that of drivers costing up to $300 more than the $99 sticker price.
Have you been salivating over the new “white” putters lately? Entertaining fad. Right now the hot golf items are white putters and black drivers. Personally, I’ll wait until the fad is purple with green polka dot putters and black/yellow zebra striped drivers. Better yet, let’s just put skulls on all the gear. Then I’m in…
If you are an aspiring white putter guy who wants to jump on the bandwagon, but the economy isn’t quite treating you right, read below.
Bionik 101 Nano White Blade
The Taylormade Daytona white blade putter runs about $130. It is a nice putter. But if you want to save $100 and get a blade putter similar, then check out the Hireko “Bionik 101” putter in white. Their price, with grip and shaft (assembled) is under $30 (below).
I putted with a Bionik 101 yesterday and it is actually a good putter, despite being so inexpensive. The head of the putter is made out of zinc, and the insert is aluminum a milled pattern in the face which gets the ball rolling nicely.
Bionik 105 Nano White Mallet Putter
If you are the guy above, the white putter guy, but you like mallets then you are also in luck.
The Taylormade Rossa Corza Ghost putter is a nice white mallet which will set you back $160. You’ll be the “cool guy in the group” if you own one. But if you’re a bit tight on the funds, probably from not making putts and losing bets on the golf course, you should look at the Bionik 105 Nano White mallet putter (below). They’re only $27.95 so you can save over $130 over the TM Ghost.
The 105 also has a milled aluminum insert in the face, but this pattern is a little different than the pattern in the 101.
I played with this putter yesterday as well. I put it in play on the 3rd hole. By the 5th hole I had the feel down and drained a 60 foot downhill birdie putt with it. It works, unfortunately for my golf opponents whose skins I won with this putter. Three holes later I drained about a 30 foot birdie.
The 105 works. If you miss putts with it, I’d bet $30 it is operator error.
Hireko web site
More Hireko white putter images
Fortune Brands is going to split into three units and sell off its golf and home products units, keeping its most profitable division which is in the alcohol realm (Jim Beam).
Fortune’s golf unit would include anything under the Acushnet umbrella, Titleist, Footjoy, Pinnacle etc. Cobra has already been sold off to Puma.
This essentially means that golf’s biggest brand will have one of those WalMart happy face stickers and be up for sale to the highest bidder.
“While the breadth and balance of our portfolio have served shareholders very well, we see the potential for even greater value by separating our businesses into focused companies,” ~ Chief Executive Bruce Carbonari.
So, I’ve just gone through my wallet. I managed to gather up $19.60. I’m willing to throw that in the pot. What do you say we pass around a golf hat and see if we can come up with enough dough to make the purchase? I think that would mean we could get a great deal on, or perhaps even scam some free ProV1’s…
Yesterday one of my buddies lost a ball in an area of grass which had a bunch of clippings. We were trying to find his ball by dragging our clubs through the clippings to see if the missing ball was underneath them when his wedge hit my new Dornoch Putter. It put a big ding in the face. Boy am I a sad camper right now.
Just before that happened my other pal was telling the guy who hit my putter with his wedge that my putter was the most beautiful putter he’d ever seen. Boo hoo. I’m on suicide watch now…