Most golfers like to shag balls out of the woods, the lake, hazards etc. I’ve always wondered what sort of performance loss, if any, those balls have after sitting there for days or weeks or years. Here on my home course we have a lot of water hazards. I’ve fished hundreds of balls from there, and the swampy surroundings. We also have many freeze/thaw days and nights in the spring and fall. I’ve wondered what effect freezing and thawing has or the ball sitting submerged in water for “x” days.
Now I have a tool to test my balls
All joking aside, Hexcaliber is a serious machine. This solid chrome steel unit performs three different tests on golf balls:
Test One – compression/hardness
Nike SQ Machspeed Black Driver - Click for more/larger images
I’m not sure how many times I’ve said this and I’m sure this won’t be the last. Being a golf blogger doesn’t suck. Case in point, I have the tough job of playing golf and reviewing the Nike SQ MACHSPEED Black (round) driver. Boy this is a tough gig. Where’s the complaint department?
SQ MACHSPEED Black Round Driver Overview
The term MACHSPEED comes from the optimal aerodynamics and light weight of this driver. Those qualities allow the driver to achieve higher swing speeds with equal or less effort from the player.
Now that my arm is in a sling, I’m sitting here on my couch looking out the window at the green grass wishing I could play golf. Normally the local courses would be closed right now, but we’ve had some warm weather and they’re open. I guess the closest I can get mentally to playing, is reliving a great round of golf I had a few weeks ago. That round featured the Bridgestone xFIXx golf ball.
About the xFIXx
The Bridgestone xFIXx ball is designed for “recreational golfers.” My interpretation of that is a golfer who plays occasionally and is about an 18 handicap. So perhaps it isn’t the best ball for me, a low handicap who plays 100+ times per year. Or is it?
Thanks to my pals at Pin High for hooking me up with some cool golf club labels. How many clubs have been lost which may have been returned if only the person’s name was on it? Yes there are jerks who would keep the club or put it on ebay, but there are honorable people who do turn clubs in to the pro shop when they find them or attempt to find the owner.
idlabels in action!
These aren’t wimpy labels. These labels actually have six different layers in their construction. The layers have specific traits which improve the durability, reflectiveness and adhesiveness. Without the durability and adhesiveness the labels may wear out or fall off, resulting in lost clubs possibly not coming back home to your bag.
Pin High’s labels come in three colors, so matching them with shaft colors is easy. The chrome and gold backgrounds have black text, and the black background has gold text.
Pin High's labels are available in three colors to match club shafts
Pin High’s labels can be customized and created right on the Pin High web site. Each label can accommodate up to four text lines with a maximum of 20 characters per line.
Tracking down a lost golf club can be a real pain, especially if you are like me and golf a lot. A club in the bag which doesn’t get used very often may have been lost several rounds ago and contacting all the courses is a hassle.
The cost for Pin High’s labels, $9.95 for 20, is a minor insurance policy which could pay huge dividends if you forget a club somewhere.
Ever notice that Tiger Woods and many other good golfers draw a straight line on their golf ball? They do that so they can have a good visual alignment aid on the green (and sometimes from tee as well).
AimPro is a ball sized ball marker which helps players visualize lines and get their golf ball line lined up. Wow does that sound like English? The AimPro has a line which helps line up the line on the ball which is supposed to be lined up on line with the line of the putt. There, that “line” is better.
All kidding aside, if you have a line on your ball and you’re not sure you have it lined up (oh no, here I go again) correctly, the AimPro system can help. Theoretically it may be easier to get the line on the marker set correctly than a spherical ball. So you get the line on the marker set right, and then line the ball’s logo or alignment “art” up with the marker.
Once the ball line is set right and you’ve removed the marker, you can then match the alignment marks on your putter (if the putter has them) with the line on the ball to help with the stroke and putter path.
If you have issues getting your golf ball lined up and consequently missing putts, the $9.95 it would cost to buy an AimPro is not much of a risk. And if you make a few more putts as a result, you may win back the $9.95 from your betting buddies.