Drive Tee - click to zoom
The Drive Tee is a golf tee engineered by Mike Cutino. His idea was to create a tee which allows the player to achieve a more consistent ball height. If the player can more consistently tee the ball at the same height, he or she can groove the bottom of the swing and make more solid and consistent contact.
Drive Tees come in a retail set which includes seven total tees of three varying heights. There are three separate heights to accommodate the different clubs one might tee off with, drivers, hybrids/fairways and irons. The shortest tee height puts the ball about 5/16ths of an inch above the ground. The middle tee height puts the ball about 1.25 inches off the ground and the longest 1.75 inches.
On The Course
Unless I’m trying to help ride a tail wind with my driver by hitting it really high, I don’t use the longest tee. I find that the mid length is great for me. So typically I have the two shorter tees in my pocket. I use the short one for everything but driver. And as advertised, it is nice to consistently tee them up the same height.
Nike Vapor X Golf Bag - click to zoom
Gear head alert. Nike has released their lightest golf bag ever, weighing in at under four pounds, the Vapor X.
Here is Nike’s press release on the Vapor X Golf Bag
There are seven higher res images of the Vapor X Golf Bag in the Hooked On Golf Blog Nike/vaporxbag photo album.
If you are familiar with the Tour Striker you’ll get the concept of the Pure Shot Driver, a training aid for hitting more shots on the sweet spot of the driver.
Pure Shot Driver Concept
The Pure Shot Driver has a convex face, or a face which sticks out. The sweet spot of the driver is the only flat spot, with the surrounding areas of the face curving away toward the edges.
The Pure Shot Driver promotes hitting on the center of the club face. Flies like it too... Click to zoom
The concept of this design is to force the player to hit the center of the club face, or face the horrid visual feedback of balls going sideways, straight up or straight down.
On The Range
I don’t smoke, but I have some golf buddies who do. I know they’re always putting their “ciggies” on the grass or on the side of the cart, then losing them. Some golf smokers (not my buddies) throw their cigarette butts on the ground when they’re done with them.
I just put a Duffer Snuffer into play in my group to solve the above issues. Now my buddies have a place to put their lit cigarettes, and also a place to discard them when they are done rather than chucking them on the ground. The discarded butts are stored in the ball chamber and can be thrown away later.
When in transport or being stored, the unit comes with a nice carry bag.
This is a bit of a novelty item, but fun for those who smoke I suppose and it serves one good purpose, keeping cigarette butts off the golf course. If they only had a unit for cigars…
Bridgestone Golf J40 3+ Fairway
I’ve been on a quest to find the holy grail of 3-woods for many years. That quest may be over.
J40 3+ Fairway Design
The new Bridgestone Golf J40 3+ Fairway Wood is a “strong” 3-wood, at 14 degrees. Standard 3-woods are 15 degrees. So this one should, and does, hit the ball a bit farther than a regular 3-wood. I’m not getting any
older younger and my swing speed isn’t increasing it seems, so the extra yards have come in handy.
The 190cc head is made of stainless steel with a very thin top or crown. The head is shallow in profile, meaning it is not very tall from bottom to top. The result is a longer width from heel to toe for added forgiveness.
The center of gravity of this club (CG) promotes higher launch despite the lower loft, longer carry and as a result, longer distance. There’s a cool looking weight near the heel which helps optimize the CG of the club as well, promoting low spin and helping accuracy. The weight, to my knowledge, is not removable or adjustable.