PING Scottsdale ZB S Putter - cilck to magnify
Welcome to the 3rd installment of my 2011 PING Scottsdale putter review series. To date I’ve covered the PING Scottsdale Shea and the Scottsdale Senita putters, as well as the related iPING putter App. Today’s putter is the new PING Scottsdale ZB S Putter.
PING Scottsdale ZB S Putter Overview
The new ZB S is a conventional blade putter with a simple and clean design. The putter has a dark matte finish on the top and a black shiny chrome finish on the bottom, as do the other Scottsdale putter models. The look is very sharp and the matte finish prevents glare. (more…)
GEAR HEAD ALERT!
Big day in the press release department. TaylorMade Golf has announced their new gear for 2012. Below is a listing of the new gear, images/image llinks (what I could get at the time) and links to the TaylorMade full press releases.
TaylorMade R11S Drivers and Fairways
TaylorMade R11S Driver - click for more
The new TaylorMade R11S series is white, with a 5-way adjustable sole plate and 3° Flight Control Technology Sleeve (FTC).
For complete information, including pricing and availability refer to the TaylorMade R11S press release here.
TaylorMade RocketBallz Driver - click to enlarge
TaylorMade RocketBallz Irons-Driver-Fairway-Rescue
New for 2012 also is the interestingly named “RocketBallz” line. Here is the story behind the name RocketBalls.
The new line includes RocketBallz Fairway Woods and RocketBallz Rescues/Hybrids, as well as a RocketBallz Driver and RocketBallz Irons. The previous links go to the full TaylorMade press releases relating to each RocketBallz model.
TaylorMade RocketBallz Irons - click to enlarge
Product Reviews ASAP
I’ve talked to TaylorMade this morning and they will be sending in product for review when it becomes available. I’ll put them to the test as soon as possible and post my findings here on HOG so stay tuned.
For you gear heads who want to drool over all these new 2012 model clubs from TaylorMade, check out the full Hooked On Golf Blog TaylorMade image gallery.
I can’t resist doing one more post in the very popular Hooked On Golf Blog Holiday Golf Gift Guide Series. Part one of the holiday golf gift guide covered golf accessories, golf apparel and golf training aids. Part two covered golf clubs and golf balls. I have a few more random golf gift ideas to suggest not in those categories so here we go.
Golf Buddy GPS - click to read review
Golf GPS and/or Laser
Golfers would love to find a golf GPS or laser rangefinder in their Christmas stocking. My GPS suggestion would be the Golf Buddy Platinum World GPS, which has every feature imaginable.
GPS’s are cool, but I’m more of a “laser” guy. For years I used the Bushnell Tour V2 with “pinseeker” technology. I’ve recently switched to a Callaway laser rangefinder by Nikon, but have yet to post a review on that one.
Prazza Golf Ball Locator - click for more
Golf Ball Location System
If a golf GPS or laser isn’t high tech enough, a cool golf gift idea is the Prazza micro-chipped electronic golf ball location system. This is a system in which golf balls have battery powered transmitters which communicate with a locator unit. The locator guides you to what would have been your lost ball. How great is giving the gift of never losing a golf ball again?
Round of golf at a killer course
Here’s a great gift idea for a golfer. Buy that golfer a round of golf at an awesome course! If you aren’t sure what courses to pick from, check out the Hooked On Golf Blog course reviews. My top two public course selections would be Black Mesa in New Mexico and Sand Hollow in southern Utah. If you really want to blow them away, buy them a round of golf at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course in Florida.
Lessons with a PGA Pro
Golf is hard. Gear is great, but all the best gear in the world won’t help somebody who needs swing help. A fantastic golf gift idea is to give a lesson or set of lessons from a PGA pro at your local course.
Along with a lesson, or just by itself, you could give a swing analysis as a golf gift. See if you have a golf lab in town which does such a thing. Locally I found the TaylorMade Performance Lab to be fantastic, though the end goal is ultimately to sell you their gear.
The ULTIMATE golf gift - A trip to St. Andrews
The ULTIMATE Golf Gift
For my final golf gift suggestion I’m throwing out the budget. Assuming you have somewhere between $3,000-$10,000 as a budget, I’m suggesting that the best gift you could EVER give a golfer is a golf trip to St. Andrews, Scotland. The memories your lucky gift recipient will have will last a lifetime. I’d suggest at least five days and if you can manage, make it 10.
Anyone who feels so inclined to give me the ULTIMATE golf gift will be forever on my Christmas card list…
Welcome to part two of the Hooked On Golf Blog 2011 holiday golf gift guide, covering my suggestions for every club in the bag and golf ball gift suggestions. HOG Holiday Golf Gift Guide Part One covered everything other than golf clubs and balls. The suggestions below for golf holiday gifts are all products which have been reviewed here on Hooked On Golf Blog, each with a link to the original post.
Wouldn't complain if this PING putter was in my stocking.
Man I’ve reviewed a TON of putters and there are SO many good ones to choose from. The new PING Scottsdale Senita and Scottsdale Shea putters are fantastic.
Tiger Woods’s uses the the Nike Method putter which I reviewed back in April of 2010.
My favorite putter in the world, my “gamer” is the Dornoch Putter Bird Dog One. Might be tough to get a Bird Dog by Christmas though as they’re hand made in Dornoch, Scotland.
A Vokey wedge is NEVER a bad gift idea!
I’ve been happily playing my Carnahan wedges for most of the year. Really like them.
Other great wedges I’d suggest for the golfer on your Christmas list would be Bobby Jones wedges, Mizuno wedges, Titleist Vokey wedges or Eidolon V-Sole wedges.
Might need a bigger Christmas stocking for the Bridgestone J40 DPC Irons!
I’ll mention a couple of sets of irons as suggestions for Christmas gifts. On the premium end, I really love the new Bridgestone J40 Dual Pocket Cavity irons. Very solid.
On the less expensive end, check out some of the irons by my buddies at Weszty Golf like their Zt-C irons or their Double U irons.
An Adams Idea Tech V3 hybrid gift would bring good holiday cheer and lower scores...
There are so many great hybrids out there. I rotate several brands through my bag during the course of the year depending on the conditions, and the condition of my game.
My all time favorites, more of a player’s club (a.k.a. harder to hit), are the Bobby Jones hybrids. My buddy Jesse Ortiz makes awesome hybrids for Bobby Jones and I’ve had them in my bag since 2007.
The Adams Idea Tech V3 Hybrid is a fantastic hybrid and highly recommended.
On the less expensive end of the spectrum, check out the Power Play SystemQ Adrenaline hybrid.
Bridgestone J40 Fairway Wood - great stocking stuffer
My best suggestion for a fairway wood is the Bridgestone J40 Fairways. These are the holy grail of fairway woods.
If you like super-light technology and need a bigger hitting surface, check out the Maruman Shuttle i4000X fairway wood.
Santa could carry a lot of these Nike drivers on his sleigh, since they're super-light.
I’ll cover three drivers, two premium and one budget driver. My gamer for this past season has been the Nike Machspeed Black ultralight driver. I’ve been hitting about 80% of my fairways with the Machspeed Black. Think how good Tiger Woods would be if his fairway percentage was that high!
My next driver suggestion which might have been my gamer except for the fact that my local pro took it from me and won’t give it back, is the new Bridgestone J40 445cc driver.
On the more cost conscious side of drivers, check out the Acer XF driver.
Deck the halls with Srixon Z-Star Yellow golf balls
I’ll make two “tour premium” ball suggestions and two “amateur” golf ball suggestions along with a “budget” tour level ball suggestion. My two favorite high end “tour” golf balls are the Srixon Z-Star and the TaylorMade Penta TP.
My suggestions for the best amateur golf ball are the Bridgestone B330RX series (RX and RXS) and the Srixon Q-Star.
My “budget” but tour quality golf ball selection is the Innovex Golf V-Motion golf ball.
As I was staring at my blank screen trying to feed my cerebral cortex with coffee, struggling to pry a blog post out of my cranium with a digital crowbar when my buddy John Duval from Into The Grain suggested that I do a holiday golf gift guide. Fantastic idea. I did do a Black Friday golf post a few days ago, but this guide below will be a more comprehensive top 10 list covering everything from clubs to bags to golf balls. Each suggestion will link to my product review so you can get details and links to the manufacturer’s web sites. Only products I’ve actually tested/reviewed will be on this list.
I review about 400 billion golf accessories every year, a fraction of the number that hits my doorstep. A few fantastic accessories have stood the test of time with me. Below are the best ones I can suggest:
Frogger BrushPro – Under $20
The Frogger BrushPro, which I reviewed clear back in 2007, is probably THE most used accessory in my arsenal. I use the brush pro to keep my grooves clean, so I can have the best spin and control on my irons and wedges.
Rain Wedge – Under $20
The Rain Wedge is such a cool invention. I did my first review of the Rain Wedge clear back in 2006 and I still use it. I have a newer model I’ve used and will post a supplementary review soon. Basically the Rain Wedge is a retractable rain cover for the golf bag, sort of like a half umbrella. But it easily folds out of the way when you need to grab a club or put a club away. When not in use, it fits easily into a pocket or into a club slot.
iPING Putter App & Cradle – $25
I recently reviewed the iPING iPhone putter app. This is a very cool tool to analyze and improve your putting stroke. You can even compare your stroke with tour pros, or find the best putter (PING of course) for your putting style.
Sumi-G Head Cover
Sumi-G Head Covers – $20-$40
Perhaps the coolest looking and most innovative golf accessory EVER, the Sumi-G head covers protect golfer’s expensive woods and hybrids. No need to bend over and pick them up off the ground either. Just scoop them up.
FootJoy Layering System
There are so many great apparel manufacturers in the golf world. On the higher end I love Greg Norman‘s offerings and have many Norman items.
Puma makes fantastic apparel items, but don’t wear the all orange Rickie Fowler outfit unless you want to be mistaken for a traffic cone.
Tattoo Golf is one of my favorites in the apparel world. Love Skulls.
My favorite socks come from Kentwool and also from Ecosox.
Kikkor Golf Shoes
My favorite golf shoe selection is a no-brainer: FootJoy is at the top of the list. I have several pairs of Puma golf shoes as well. Can’t go wrong with either, but stylistically very different.
On the casual end, the Kikkor golf shoes are my favorite.
For outerwear I strongly recommend Columbia Sportswear as well as the FootJoy layering system.
For hats I go with HOG partner Pukka Headwear. Pukka is the maker of the super mega killer HOG/Space Golf Hats.
Greens Speed Reader
Wow I could post a million of these. My buddy Lance makes a swing aid called a Zoom Boom, which is a swing trainer that seemed to help me learn how to release the club.
The Pure Shot Driver helps you hit your driver on the sweet spot, and accentuates miss-hits to give you feedback.
Greens Speed Reader is a personal stimp meter which can help golfers get the speed of greens down.