This winter has been killing me with regards to getting to product reviews. The courses are closed, buried in as much as couple of feet of snow. The high temperature for about the last month has been below freezing. Spring can’t come soon enough.
Last month I received an amazing promotional box from Bridgestone Golf. I knew no matter what was inside I’d dig it. As it turns out inside was a sample of each of their new B330 golf ball series, the B330, B330-S, B330RX, and B330RX-S. I would have posted these pics earlier, but there was an “embargo” on. That meant I had to wait for a certain date.
During the waiting the box became buried in a bunch of other products which came in for review. I finally got the chance to open it up today and take some pictures.
I do plan to review all of these balls after the snow melts. I’ll need to get my hands on more than one sleeve of each model though. I could lose a sleeve on the first hole of my home course, before I even get off the tee box.
I need more putters… so I can put all of these grips on them! I just got a batch of samples in from TourMark. These are the exact type of feel I love, tacky and with some softness to them. Check them out:
There’s a Scotland themed one too. I neeeeeed that one. I hope to test some of these when the snow melts this spring. I may give a few out to some pals to test too. I can’t change putter grips that often. As much as I want to try them all I don’t want to muck the one part of my game up that is good, my putting.
Here’s the latest driver from Taylormade, the M5. The M in the name stands for “Mixer.” This driver’s inspiration comes from the audio mixing console, like you see at big concerts and stuff.
Golfers will be able to adjust the usual driver properties like loft, face angle, lie, and so on. New adjustments will include parametric filters on several different bands, balanced and unbalanced inputs, high and low pass filtering, inline compression with hard and soft knee adjustments, effects inserts (adding a plugin type architecture for 3rd parties to develop their own “driver APPS”), noise gating, tube pre amplification, dynamic range expanders, and a bypass button for when the adjustments get so crazy you need to turn them all off.
Perhaps this is the the peak of the adjustable driver era? I’m not sure there are many more ways we can adjust these things. Statistically all these club adjustments over the years have had NO effect on amateur golf scores, which have not improved in decades.
I need another golf bag like I need a hole in the head. But I had some pro shop money which was about to expire and this lovely University of Utah Utes themed golf bag caught my eye.
This is a great golf Christmas gift idea, a University themed golf bag. Most local pro shops around these parts at most of the golf courses have these bags for the local colleges and universities. If you have a person on your Christmas (holiday for you PC people) gift list, check with your local golf course or golf shop about a golf bag themed with your recipient’s favorite team.
After a few months of gaming the Golf Pride Tour Wrap grips on my newest irons, the Bridgestone J15DF Driving Forged Irons, I’m ready to post my findings.
I didn’t want to use these grips at all. I’ve been suffering from pretty bad golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow since last year. These grips are advertised as shock absorbing, but I didn’t believe it based on how hard they felt. But rather than ripping them off my irons without even trying them, I thought I’d give them a chance and I’m glad I did.
Tour Wrap Features
The grip is made to look like an old school leather wrapped grip, but it is really a one piece rubber grip. The rubber is extremely tacky, even after months of play and dozens of rounds. Unlike an old school leather grip, the rubber material in the Tour Wrap lasts a long time and is extremely durable.
The Tour Wrap is available in black (pictured), red, blue, and white.
A couple of the colors also have different sizing available. The white model is available in regular and midsize. The black is available in regular, midsize, jumbo, and undersize.
On The Course
Though these feel hard to me when just gripping them, somehow the grip does a great job of isolating and reducing vibration. That really has helped me stay in the game without experiencing a lot of pain with the elbows. In fact, since I switched the irons and put on these grips, my pain has nearly gone away completely.
The tackiness of the grip ensures ultimate control and feel for me. No slipping and no death grip needed to keep the club under control.
The only time I have a grip issue is in the rain. If the grip gets wet it can turn quite slippery.
Even after months, I barely see any wear and the grips are still as tacky as the day I first tried them.
Tacky, durable, great feel. What more could one want in a golf grip?