Golf Equipment


Review: Rife Hybrid Tour Mallet Putter

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
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Sometimes it really sucks to be a golf blogger.  I mean, it is no fun at all to have to test awesome golf gear.  It really sucks to have to go play golf round after round, testing and evaluating high end golf gear.  I should quit this gig and take up something more enjoyable some day.  I hear there’s an opening for photographers at Playboy.

Rife Putters

Rife Putters are very popular these days and winning many tournaments on all of the professional tours, and for good reason.  Rife Putters are awesome.

Rife Hybrid Tour Mallet Overview

The Hybrid Tour Mallet fits right into the awesome category.  The Hybrid Mallet has two weighted bars behind the club face which aid in two ways.  First they provide a great visual feedback of the target line, promoting a straight back and straight through stroke.  Second, they physically promote that same line due to the weighting and weight distribution.

Design

The Hybrid Tour Mallet is simple and elegant in it’s design.  The body is cast from 304 stainless steel while the face insert is milled from anodized aluminum.  The face insert’s grooves promote better roll on the greens.

The putter comes with two sets of milled stainless steel weights for the bars in the head: 15 grams and 22.5 grams each.  I’ve had such great results with this putter I haven’t even changed out the default 15 gram weights yet.

Included in the box

The putter comes with a soft Winn AVS grip which feels very nice.

Stepless stainless steel shaft.

The putter comes with a lie bending tool so you can fine tune the putter for your personal setup.  This can be a little scary, but it is fun tweaking the putter.

A Putting to win DVD is available if you ask for it.

Head cover which has a zippered pouch for storing extra weights.

Critiques

I have one critique.  The head cover on this putter is weak.  I’m not a fan of Velcro seals on head covers because they wear out and look shabby.  This head cover is no exception.  In fact, after only about five rounds of golf the stitching which holds the Velcro on the cover has come undone (see image to right).  I got tired of fidgeting with the head cover and replaced it with a generic magnetic one.

On the next revision of the head cover, I suggest magnets instead of Velcro.

Options

Available shaft lengths include 33, 34 and 35 inches.

You can order this putter with a custom lie between 65-75 degrees.  Keep in mind you can tweak the lie yourself with the included lie bending tool.

Custom lofts include 1, 1.5, 2, 3 and 4 inches.

Customization charge is $19.95.

Sorry lefties, there’s no left handed version of this putter available.

Conclusion

There’s a reason why so may pro golfers use Rife Putters.  This is a great putter.  Though I’m not typically a mallet player, I really enjoy putting with the Hybrid Tour Mallet, especially on my bumpy home course greens.

The weighting and MOI of this putter keep the face aligned square during my strokes.  This helps out if I lose concentration a little as the putter simply wants to stay square.

Related links

Rife Web Site

HOG Rife Photo Gallery


Review: New and improved Upright Caddy Racr – 4 Wheel Golf Push Cart

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
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Back in February 2009 I did a review on the “Upright Caddy Racr.” The Racr is the only four wheeled golf push cart where the golf bag is mounted in a vertical position.  As I stated in my previous review, the vertical orientation of the bag makes accessing clubs way easier than any slanted cart.  The clubs go in and come out of the bag so much easier.  The vertical orientation also makes accessing the various pockets of the bag more convenient as well.

Upright Caddy Racr Features

  • Unique vertical mounting of the golf bag for ease of use with accessing clubs or bag pockets
  • Four wheels
  • Super lightweight aluminum tubing
  • Folding design and removable rear wheels for ultra compact size during transport and storage
  • Adjustable handle
  • Handle mounted parking brake

Racr video

Improvements for the new 4th edition Racr

In my previous review I raved about how great the Racr and the concept was, but I also had a few critiques which I felt needed to be resolved before I could fully endorse the product.   I met in person with the passion and brains behind the Racr, Mr. Andrew De Carlo, and we talked at length over the design strengths and weaknesses.  Andy didn’t waste any time revising the Racr and making huge improvements in the 4th edition of the unit.

Improvement 1: Airless tires

How many times have you gotten to the course and your push cart’s wheels were flat?  This has happened to me more times than I can count.  Naturally the pump was nowhere to be found, so I’d have to leave the cart in the car and carry my bag or ride a motorized golf cart.  If I was assertive enough, I’d find the cart barn and use their pump to pump up my tires.  PITA.

The new Racr has airless tires.  No longer do I have to worry about pumping up the tires on my cart before my round, or worry about a tire going flat during a round of golf.

Improvement 2: Ball, cup, scorecard, pencil holder

One of my biggest problems with the previous Racr was the ball, cup, scorecard, pencil holder.  The old ball holder’s holes were too small and the pencil holder was about 2x too big to fit standard golf pencils.  Those problems have been resolved.  The cup holder has been improved as well, but I’d still tweak that a bit if I could by adding two additional straps to cover the bottle/cup on four sides.

Impovement 3: Handle padding and features

One problem with the previous revision of the Racr involved the pad on the handle of the cart.  When folded up the pad could stick to other parts of the frame, then tear off pieces of the padding when unfolding.  The new version of the Racr addresses this problem and improves the handle.  Thicker padding covers the handle, and a Velcro section around the handle replaces the area where the tear would occur with a place to hang a golf glove to dry.  Great idea.

Improvement 4: Longer strap and telescoping frame

One problem with the old unit was on very large bags the straps weren’t long enough.  This problem has been resolved with straps which are much longer and now can handle any bag I threw on the unit.

The Racr has a telescoping frame which supports the top and back of the golf bag, where the aforementioned strap attaches to.  The new tubes are slightly longer to accommodate taller bags.

Improvement 5: Bottom strap

The old Racr’s bottom strap, which secured the bottom of the bag, had a ball and loop fastener.  This worked OKAY, but sometimes was a bit tough to work with.  A new hook and loop system are a good improvement in the new Racr.

Improvement 6: Lever added to help release frame locks during folding

To fold the main frame down on the old Racr it took two hands, one for each back frame lock.  It also helped to have the brake on and/or stabilize the unit with a foot to pull them up.  Now folding can be initiated with the ease of one hand with the new crossbar which attaches to both locks.   What took two hands and possibly one foot, takes one hand now.  That was a bit tough to describe but please see my new Racr video to get the concept.

Improvement 7: Front mount straps for accessories or small cooler

To take advantage of the space behind the front wheels and in front of the golf bag, the new Racr has some straps which could hold a cooler.

New color

Last year’s model was silver/gray in color.  The new Racr can be identified by the deep semi-metallic red color.  More colors may become available down the road.

Conclusion

The new edition Racr 4 wheel golf push cart is ready for prime time.

I love to walk the course but having a bad back makes carrying my bag a tough option to swallow.  Pushing my bag on the Racr is very easy and fun, and allows me to walk the course without tweaking my back.  Having my bag mounted vertically is so great.  The Racr is very easy to set up, tear down and transport.

Related links

Buy the Upright Caddy Racr at The Golf Space SHOP

The HOG Racr photo gallery

Racr web site

Original Racr Review


Review: DivPro divot tool

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
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I’ve been using a very cool and shiny divot tool lately called DivPro. As you can see in the photos, this tool has a unique shape to it and it does quite a bit more than just fix ball marks.

Divot Tool

Of course the main reason to own/use a DivPro is fixing ball marks. Please folks, fix your ball marks. If I have the time, I fix 5-10 marks on every green. I believe the golf gods will award you with made putts if you fix enough ball marks.

The DivPro does a great job of fixing ball marks. The long prongs of the tool and the angle the tool is bent allow for plenty of leverage, even on the hardest of putting surfaces.

Ball Marker

The DivPro comes with a magnetic ball marker, which is nice.

The ball marker comes default with DivPro’s logo on it, but custom logos are available. If you are looking for a classy and unique golf tool to put your brand on for giveaways, golf courses, businesses or tee prizes, your logo on the DivPro’s ball marker is a great idea.

Bottle Opener

I’ve successfully snuck a couple of cold bottles of Corona onto the course. One problem, Corona is not a twist off cap! I’ve run into this situation a few times and had to smash the cap against the golf cart or a rock to get the cap off. With the DivPro’s bottle opener, I am no longer stuck with that problem and I don’t have to worry about breaking my precious Corona’s bottle.

Cigar/Club Holder

There are many devices and ways people use to keep their club grips from touching the wet ground. I’ve reviewed several golf gadgets which do just that job. The problem is that they’re not convenient.

With the DivPro’s built in club holder, I can easily keep my grips off the wet ground. No more slippery grips and wasted shots. The club holder can also double as a cigar holder. It may actually be more important to keep the cigar dry than the grips!

Critiques

My only critique of the DivPro is the size. This unit is much longer than a standard divot tool. The length does make the ease of use and functionality much better, but it does make it a bit difficult in your pocket. Sometimes the tool gets stuck in my pocket or jabs me. This isn’t a deal breaker and I’ll exchange digging a little harder in my pocket a couple of times per round for all the benefits of the tool.

Conclusion

The DivPro is a great divot tool with many convenient extra bonus features.  It performs perfectly for fixing ball marks as seen in the image below.


Related Links

The DivPro is available for purchase at The Golf Space SHOP, as well as the DivPro/No Joke web site.

More photos of the DivPro can be found in the HOG DivPro image gallery.


First look at the new Titleist AP1 AP2 CB and MB Irons

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, July 31st, 2009
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A look at new Titleist AP1 AP2 CB and MB irons this fall

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Titleist AP1 710 irons

Titleist AP1 AP2 Irons

Titleist AP1 710 irons – back

Titleist AP1 & AP2 Irons

Titleist AP1 710 irons – Topline

Titleist AP2 710 irons – Topline

Titleist AP1 and AP2 710 Irons

Titleist AP1 and AP2 710 Irons

Titleist MB 710 Irons – Back

Titleist MB 710 Irons – Topline

Titleist CB Irons – Topline

Titleist CB Irons – Back

Titleist AP1 710 irons – Address

Titleist AP2 710 irons – Back

Titleist MB 710 Irons – Address

Titleist CB 710 Golf bag


The Merry Mex switches to the B330-RX. Hey I’m a poet and I didn’t know it.

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, July 24th, 2009
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Lee Trevino will be playing the Bridgestone B330-RX golf ball for the next year in all professional and exibition events:

This spring, I was playing a round with some friends and stumbled across the B330-RX on the course.  It was like love at first strike.  I couldn’t believe how far I hit the ball and neither could my playing partners.  Not only did this baby go off the tee, but also the performance on and around the greens was pure tour.  It was then that I realized that I had found the Holy Grail of golf balls.

The Merry Mex will be starring in an ad with Fred Couples soon as well.


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