I’ve been experimenting with a crazy wedge lately called the Bandit Wedge. This wedge reminds me of those no-shank F2 wedges which I reviewed clear back in March of 2006.
In working on my review here I’ve been trying to do some research on the Bandit Wedge, but there’s nothing out there. No web site to be found. I can’t find anything about this club anywhere online. So I’ll proceed solely on my experience with the club.
Many people shank their wedges. I played with a guy who did it all the time. It is hard to watch. Fortunately I don’t shank my chips, but I do hit an occasional shank with full shots. I won’t be doing that with this club.
The Bandit has a bent hosel to prevent shanks. The head is perimeter weighted to make it easy to hit.
Camillo Villegas, a long time Cobra/Titleist guy, will be joining the Taylormade-adidas tour staff starting in 2011.
Villegas, 28, will play TaylorMade® clubs, a TaylorMade ball, wear TaylorMade headwear, wear a TaylorMade glove, use a TaylorMade staff bag and wear adidas Golf footwear. More details on the relationship between Villegas and TMaG will be revealed on September 9.
Currently Camilo is ranked 25 in the world, but ranked #1 with the lady golf fans…
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.
While at the PGA Show this year, I managed a good trade. The booth across from ours was the Drizzle Stik both. They wanted a hat bad and told me they’d trade it for a Drizzle Stik. That was a good deal for me, since I would have given them a hat anyway. Little did I know how much I’d like using this thing.
What is a Drizzle Stik?
A Drizzle Stik is a mini umbrella which fits on top of a golf bag to keep the golf clubs from getting wet, or from getting a sunburn. We’ll call it a golf bag umbrella, but it could also be used as an umbrella for a really skinny person.
An inner layer (pictured in Drizzle Stik image gallery) covers the frame of the umbrella on the underside, which keeps it from hooking on any clubs or the bag. It also prevents any scratching of clubs.
The unit folds to a nice compact size which easily fits into pockets of your golf bag or even a backpack. Extended the handle reaches 49 inches. I put the handle into my bag and it slides in like a club and keeps my clubs dry in the rain. To get clubs out I just slide the unit up.
On the course
Living in a desert, it is difficult to find opportunities to test devices which are to be used in the rain. But we had an abnormally rainy spring, so I had many opportunities to put my Drizzle Stik into play, and it performed well. During my many rainy rounds I’ve played with my Stik, my clubs and grips have remained dry and given me the best chance to hit good shots in wet conditions.
At $19.99, this is a great investment in golf accessories. The Drizzle Stik protects the clubs from the rain in a convenient way, and can double as a thin umbrella on the course or out and about. The compact size makes it easy to store and bring with you anywhere.
Drizzle Stik web site
More Drizzle Stik images
Those of you who have followed this web site know that I take my golf product reviews seriously. I don’t just swing a club three times and write a two paragraph review about it. I play it for weeks and dozens of rounds. I don’t just wear a pair of golf shoes two times and write an uninformed review about them. I wear them for 30-40 rounds. I pride myself in the time I spend and the attention to detail I take when reviewing golf products and my reviews can be several thousand words. I take pride in the fact that 99% of the product photos here are original, and not provided to me or taken from some other web site.
This review is perhaps one I’ve spent the most time on; testing, evaluating, pondering, experimenting, tweaking, pushing the limits. This product is one I tested every day for months straight, usually in the morning. I evaluated this product in every type of condition the environment presented. Sometimes I tested it out in the evening or even a few times per day. Other times I may have I tested it out after having some very hot Mexican food the day before or perhaps those times when I’d had some chicken the day before which wasn’t quite fresh.
Why is my putting so good this season?