OnCore’s Omen Golf Ball – click to zoom
My first post for 2011 Golf Ball Week is my review of the OnCore Golf Omen, a hollow metal core golf ball.
This is the only golf ball in the world with a hollow metal core. I’d call it a four piece ball, if you count air as a piece. There are three layers, plus the hollow metallic core. The kind of metal in the core isn’t really known other than being called a “proprietary metal” in one OnCore product description, and “steel core” in another. The high strength metal layer gives the ball its structure and helps with a high moment of inertia (MOI). Since all of the ball’s mass is outside the air gap, it is essentially a perimeter weighted ball!
The 2nd layer, which sits on top of the metal layer is a black polymer which helps to transfer energy from the impacting club to the metal core. The better the energy is transferred, the more it is translated to the core. The more energy translated to the core, the farther the ball goes.
There’s no doubt that Bridgestone Golf is blowing up (in a good way). Their golf balls are well known for being some of the very best on the market, but how about their clubs? Better call in the bomb squad.
Bridgestone Golf J40 Dual Pocket Cavity Irons – click to see more
J40 Dual Pocket Cavity Irons
Okay first things first. I’m going to mention the name “Bridgestone J40 Dual Pocket Cavity Irons” many times. So from this point on I’m going to Greg Normanize them to the abbreviation “J40DPC.”
The J40 is the newest version of the J38 Dual Pocket Cavity Irons that most recently Fred Couples won two events with on the Champions Tour. These are premium forged irons with a mid sized head and traditional look when standing over them. (more…)
Santa Claran Hotel – click to zoom
Quick quiz: What is the best hotel between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Durango, Colorado?
You guessed it, the Santa Claran Hotel and Casino in Espanola, New Mexico. And if you take my advice, you WILL be staying at the Santa Claran.
Why mention this place and where the heck is Espanola? When you travel to New Mexico to play one of the best courses on this planet and possibly my all time favorite, Black Mesa Golf Club, you’ll need a place to stay. There you have it.
Santa Claran Overview
The Santa Claran is a new hotel and casino, recently built by the Santa Clara Pueblo tribe. The location is in the town of Espanola, about 30 miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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.