New this year at one of my three home courses are some bunker rakes with rounded handles. See image below:
Rounded handle good for many reasons - click to enlarge
I can think of several ways this handle is better for golfers or the course:
1. The handle doesn’t leave six foot long imprint in the sand, keeps bunker more pure
2. The handle is easier to grab when accessing the rake
3. The handle won’t stop a golf ball from rolling. Ball will roll under it.
Divot tool on spring loaded retractable belt mounted cable - click for more images
Golf inventors have so many ideas and gadgets that I could spend the rest of my life reviewing all of the ones which have come in to HOG Lab. The divot tool (sorry, green repair tool) has been reinvented more times than the wheel.
Another reinvention to the divot tool list is the Divot Up. This is a fairly nice divot tool, attached to a retractable and spring loaded cable which mounts on the player’s belt. This is great for those middle aged Harley dudes who like to attach their keys to their belt I suppose. Or perhaps the golf gadget addict who has everything else already.
The product is manufactured well and is very sturdy. The tool does in fact do a good job of fixing ball marks. Included with the green repair tool is a magnetic ball marker which can be customized.
Would any serious player wear this? Probably not.
Nike 20XI-X golf ball - click to read my review
The new Nike 20XI series golf balls should be available today in your local golf shop. There are two models in this series, the 20XI-X and 20XI-S. The 20XI-X is the distance ball and the 20XI-S is the spin ball.
Be sure to check out my Nike 20XI-X golf ball review if you aren’t sure which one is right for your game.
Dream54 keeps putter square and stroke on straight line - click for more images
For those of you who want to keep your blade square, and also keep your putter on a perfect straight line during the putting stroke, here’s an aid which may help.
Dream54 Putting Aid
Industrial Putting Technology is the maker of the Dream54 putting aid. This aid features two bars which attach to two different stand options. The first option sits on top of the ground or your floor in your house. The 2nd stand option is a set of spikes which you can put into the putting green to mount the unit for practice on a real surface.
A guide unit mounts onto any putter with the main wing sliding between the rails. Once setup, about a minute or two, you can work on the “straight back and straight thought” stroke and also keeping the putter face square.
This has been a fun and productive review for me. I’ve had the same wedges, great ones, in my bag for over five years. It was quite hard to take the old ones out and adjust to the new feel and look of my C. Carnahan Wedges. I’m happy to say I’m dialing them in more and more every time I play or practice.
Carnahan Wedges - Click for larger (even more dreamy) image
About C. Carnahan
C. (Chris) Carnahan is an Oregon based maker of what they call “boutique” golf clubs, found primarily in golf shops. When I first heard the description I wasn’t sure what it was supposed to mean. It could either mean they’re really awesome but uncommon. It could mean that they’re just an unknown trying to sound good. I’ll go with awesome and uncommon. Boutique to them means specialized, high quality and not mass produced.
Design / Construction
Carnahan Wedges are like many great and simple things on this planet: eggs, circles, Google, Apple products. Carnahan wedges are simple in design and function yet elegant, effective and easy to use.
The Carnahan wedges are a classic wedge design. No funny markings, designs, cavities, removable faces, adjustable heads, movable weights or clowns which pop out of them and blow up balloons into funny shapes.