I don’t read a lot of golf books. I get sleepy two pages into the read, regardless of how good the book is. It must be genetic. As a result my book review queue could fill up a small library.
But a book like Golfweek’s 101 Winning Golf Tips (Second Edition) I can and did read, because it isn’t a book that has to be read from front to back. This book is more of a reference which can be accessed for specific shots, situations or techniques. This is a great book to leave at your desk and just read a tip or two every day, or even better keep it handy in the bathroom…
As you may have guessed, there are 101 featured shots/tips with easy to read full descriptions on setup and execution. Many of the tips are supplemented with high quality color photos of famous tour pros executing the shot or the setup.
Author John Andrisani does a nice job of describing the techniques and setups needed to execute the 101 shots as well as telling the reader the best situations to use those shots.
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I have a killer water bottle thanks to my pals at Infinite Solutions. This bottle is made of 18/8 304L stainless steel. For those who aren’t up on their stainless steel, that is a good one. High quality stainless steel has an extremely low corrosion rate which makes the bottle great for beverages which are high in minerals, vitamins, magnesium etc.
The bottle comes with three lids:
1. Sports Pop Top
2. Twist off with carabineer clip
3. Golf ball lid, with included golf ball (how do you not go with this one?)
The bottle can attach directly to a golf bag via the carabineer, or if you were to attach the included insulated “cozy” case. The case has logoing, a carabineer to attach to the golf bag and a section where you can put in some golf tees.
For more images of this bottle, check out my Infinite Solutions gallery.
I met some nice folks from Visioneering Sports Products recently. They were kind enough to give me a set of their new product called Cover Guard. Cover Guard is a tethering system which you use to keep your boneheaded self from losing your head covers on the golf course. Some head covers can be pricey to replace, like on the new R11 or 910 drivers.
The Cover Guard tethers attach to your golf bag on one end, and to the head cover on the other. You can even attach head cover to head cover instead.
I should use the Cover Guard to tether my car keys to my head…
The stream of golf gadgets hitting my doorstep is endless. I can’t possibly wade through all of them, but I’m trying.
The Hip Check
If you have alignment issues and can’t seem to lay a club down on the ground to help you figure out if you are aimed right, then maybe you should look at The Hip Check.
The Hip Check hooks onto your belt or your pants above your hip bone and shows where your hip is pointing in an effort to get you aligned properly.
The one drawback to attempting to use this alignment tool would be if you naturally fade or draw all of the time and you have to set up open or closed in your stance to compensate. In that case, the Hip Check would be aligning to the line you want to start the ball out on, not the intended target.
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