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Maruman Shuttle i4000X Fairway Wood Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
Categories: Golf ClubsGolf EquipmentGolf GearReviews

I see a lot of golf clubs and seldom do I react like I did when the Maruman Shuttle i4000X 3-Wood arrived.  This club is quite a sight to behold.

Maruman i4000x Fairway Wood

Maruman i4000x Fairway Wood - Click to zoom. I highly recommend it!

Would the performance of the club match its aesthetics?

MarumanAbout Maruman

Maruman is a Japanese golf company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan which dates back to 1950.  They have two primary offerings, golf equipment and health related products.  The golf division makes a complete line of men’s and women’s golf clubs, golf bags, golf shoes, golf gloves and travel bags.

And now on to the Shuttle i4000X Fairway…

Shuttle i4000X Fairway Wood Design

The first major design point about the shuttle i4000X is the size. The 3-wood is the largest on the market at 230 cubic centimeters.

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Golf Greens SpeedReader – Personal Stimpmeter

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 12th, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews

If you have trouble with gauging distance on the putting green here’s a golf accessory which might help.

Personal Stimpmeter and measuring device can help you fine tune your distance control on the greens. Click for more images.

The Golf Green SpeedReader is a portable Stimpmeter and putting stroke measuring device.  There are two basic functions the device features.

2/3 Scale Stimpmeter

The first feature of the device is a 2/3 scale Stimpmeter.  A Stimpmeter is a device used to measure the speed of putting greens.  You may hear during the Masters or PGA Tour tournaments for instance, that the “greens are a 12 on the Stimpmeter.”  Slow greens measure on the “stimp” at around 8, medium 10 and fast 12+.

The Green SpeedReader is 2/3 scale, meaning that a ball which rolls 2 feet on the device would roll 3 feet on a Stimpmeter.

24 Inch Ruler

The second feature of the device is a simple 24 inch ruler.  The ruler is useful for a couple of different functions.  It measures the length ball rolls and can also serve as a measuring device for the putting stroke length.

How It Works

The process is simple.  Roll a few balls on the green with the unit and measure how far they travel.  Then lay down the ruler near your putter and work to figure out how long a putting stroke will send the ball precisely that distance.  You’ll have a visual representation and feedback on how long the putt will roll versus what Stimp rating the putt measures at.

Another useful byproduct of the ruler, is that it can be used close to the putter to align the stroke.

Related Links

Golf Greens SpeedReader Web Site

Hooked On Golf Blog Golf Greens SpeedReader Images


Movie Review: Seven Days In Utopia

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, September 2nd, 2011
Categories: Golf MediaGolf VideosMiscellaneousReviews
Seven Days In Utopia

Seven Days In Utopia opens TODAY

I was pleasantly surprised to hear early this year that the golf novel Golf’s Sacred Journey was being made into a movie.  I did enjoy the book, one of the few golf novels I’ve read in the last decade or so.  I wondered if the film would end in the same strange way that the book did.  You’ll have to watch it to find out and now you can since the movie Seven Days In Utopia opens in theaters today.

The Story

Without giving away what happens, the story line is one of the classic lines used in several golf novels which I break down in three bullets:

  • Golfer loses game
  • Golfer goes to some strange place and somehow meets zen like guru who helps him
  • Golfer finds game

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Club Stick

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews
Club Stick

The Club Stick in action - click to see more photos

Next time you play in one of those three club tournaments here’s your bag, the Club Stick. The Club Stick is a plastic stick which holds three clubs and can either stand up via a fork which goes into the turf, or a clip which hangs on the side of a golf bag.

Benefits

The main benefit to the Club Stick I can see is keeping clubs dry which you bring to the green area or away from your bag.  Nice to keep the clubs and grips off the wet grass.

Lately my greens in regulation is so bad (50%), that I’m always bringing 2-3 clubs to greens.  I put those three in the Club Stick and all I have to do is grab it and head to the green.  No digging in the golf bag for my putter, lob wedge and 8-iron (the three clubs I’ll need to get up and down).

Critiques

The Club Stick web site claims that the product will improve the golfing experience because it lets you “focus less on managing your gear.”  That seems a bit of a contradiction, since the unit would be an additional piece of gear to manage, but I get it.

Conclusion

One of the better accessory offerings for keeping club grips dry.  Convenient for the range or those who like gadgets on the course.  Don’t think serious players would use it, but the casual 18 handicapper might.

Related Links

Club Stick web site

HOG Club Stick photos


Cypress Classics Golf Keepsake Box

Written by: Tony Korologos a.k.a. mediaguru | Friday, August 26th, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews
Cypress Classics Golf Box

Cypress Classics Image Box - Click for larger image

I received a sample Large Box from Cypress Classics a few days ago. Seldom have I gotten this stoked and had such a great first impression of a product like I did with this one.

About Cypress Classics

Cypress Classics makes some very nice tee prizes, award plaques, keepsake boxes, awards, logo ball displays, throws and picture frames. The products are very classy looking and well made.  I particularly like the wood finish and the lamination.

Large Box

My Large Box is really neat.  It has a picture of Lake Nona on the top.  The image is atop a ceramic tile inlay in the lid as well.  Very nice.  Cypress can put any image you desire on the top of the box.

The fine wood of the box is a red colored maple hardwood and the lid’s hinges are made of brass.  Very elegant.

The inside of the box is lined with a forest green fabric which is great for putting fine items inside.  The large perfectly fits four sleeves of golf balls.

Cypress Classics Box

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Conclusion

Hard to write a 2000 word review on a golf keepsake box.  This review will top out at about 250, but I could sum it up in five words.  Cypress Classics products are cool.

I have my keepsake box on my dresser and put small valuables, pocket cameras, football tickets and my wallet in there.  Love it.

Related Links

Cypress Classics Web Site

HOG Cypress Classics Image Gallery


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