Perhaps the greatest putter I ever had was my trusty old PING Zing. I was deadly with that thing. Unfortunately it was stolen right out of my bag a few years ago. I think some of my regular golf opponents put out a contract on it. So I’ve always had a soft place in my bag for PING putters…
PING Scottsdale Senita Putter
The Scottsdale Senita putter is what I’d call a descendent of the PING Craz-e putter. It is a mallet with some very funky designs behind the blade.
PING Scottsdale Senita Putter - click to magnify
Those funky designs don’t just give the putter a high tech look. They serve crucial purposes like providing proper weighting, moment of inertia and giving the player visual alignment help. (more…)
Bugle Tee - click for more
I’m in a tee’d off mood this week, with my 2nd golf tee review in a row! Today I’m talking about the Bugle Long Life Tee.
Bugle Tee is a two piece tee which has a hard plastic tip on the ground end, and a soft, flexible rubber top. The shape of the flexible rubber is obviously where the Bugle Tee gets its name.
The first advantage, and perhaps most valuable to me, is the ability to tee the ball at a consistent height. This is achieved via a circular stopper at the ground level of the tee.
A 2nd advantage is how solidly the ball stays on the tee. This one would be great for extremely windy conditions when it is hard to keep it on the tee. The width of the tee’s top is excellent for those who may have a bit of a shake in their hand and find it hard to get a ball on the tee.
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