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Visiball Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, May 13th, 2005
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf EquipmentReviews

The Visiball glasses are supposed to make you see golf balls you might not see with the naked eye. Do they work? Here’s a quick little review to find out.
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The Science

The Visiball glasses are designed to reduce the the light reflecting off background objects and grass. Special pigments in the Visiball glasses cause white golf balls to emanate a “glow” effect, making the balls easier to spot.

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This image above shows the regular and Visiball image fields. The area shown has 4 golf balls in it. In the image on the left you can’t see the golf balls. In the right side Visiball image you can see them.

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MacGregor V-FOIL M5K-GT Putter

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, May 9th, 2005
Categories: Golf ClubsGolf EquipmentGolf GearReviews
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bobbygraceputter2I’ve been in discussions with MacGregor Golf for a few months about doing some reviews of their gear. Finally they sent the first piece of gear for me to review: The Bobby Grace designed V-FOIL M5K-GT. I’ve been using this putter exclusively in my rounds (including tournaments) for about the last 3 weeks.

To be honest, the reason I was so intrigued by this putter is because it just looks cool. This is quite an engineering piece of art considering all of the individual components and the specialized construction of each.

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TaylorMade releases new toys

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, May 2nd, 2005
Categories: Golf ClubsGolf Equipment

r5tpr7 FairwayTaylorMade has introduced some new toys!

First they’ve introduced the r5 Dual TP driver. Seems to me I remember our buddies over at TM saying “there’s no new driver coming out”… Now we know what that means next time eh?

Second they’ve introduced fairway woods to match their r7 drivers: The r7 TP Fairway Woods. Now they have fairway woods with the same cool movable weight technology as their r7 drivers!

I always seem to stumble across these news items right when I’m about to go to bed for the night. Since I’m too tired to elaborate now I’m going to include the press releases from TM (which are not easy to find, especially at the TM web site).

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Nike didn’t waste much time

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, April 30th, 2005
Categories: Golf BallsGolf MediaPGA Tour

Nike 16 Tiger Chip InI picked myself up off the floor following Tiger’s chip in on 16. What an incredible shot. I watched replay after replay of that Nike logo slowly rolling into the hole. I said to myself “What a Nike ad. They’ll be all over this like a cheap suit.”

I just saw the ad tonight for the first time. Nike talks about “control.” I’m as big of a Tiger fan as the next but I’m not quite sure they want to be bragging about “control” quite yet. Wouldn’t having “control” mean you hit more than 57% of your fairways on the season and rank higher than 156th in driving accuracy?

But then again these days driving accuracy doesn’t matter much any more. This is true especially at Augusta where the rough….er, a… I mean “first cut” is only about 1/2″ and is probably nicer than most fairways on any other course.

Let’s just see who has the most “control” at the US Open. If Tiger wins there, then Nike can brag about “control.”


Precept Laddie Extreme: $20 well spent

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, April 28th, 2005
Categories: Golf BallsGolf EquipmentReviews

I’m beginning to wonder if there are any bad golf balls out there. As a religious ProV1 user for years I thought there was only one ball. But having this fun blog is forcing me to have to try some new equipment. Most of the balls I’ve tested are excellent, even the budget ones. Ain’t technology great? Sorry Hootie.

I’ve seen Precept balls before. Never really hit them or bought a box at the pro shop. I’m still trying to figure out what the differences between Bridgestone, Precept and Brigestone Precept are. Are they not the same? (Actually Bridgestone is the Japanese side and Precept the American side).

So the local Bridgestone rep gave me some of these new Precept Laddie Extreme balls to try out. Since the balls were free I decided to try them on a very windy day at the tightest, most hazard ridden course I play.

The first thing I noticed was that the ball didn’t seem to be a “hard” ball. I just assumed these were distance balls because of their 2 piece construction. These balls, (like just about every ball on the market) are long off the driver. The Extreme also feels very nice off the irons. For me the key is the irons. Around the greens the Extreme has the right amount of spin, but not too much. And putting was equally nice.

These balls have 372 dimples which is a little less than the standard ball (a V1 has 392 and a V1X 332). The durability of the ball is excellent. These are much more durable than the HX Hour, One Black, ProV1 or the Hogan balls. Bridgestone says the Extremes don’t “shear” but I did have one crack.

If you find it hard to rationalize paying $40-50-60 a dozen for golf balls the Laddie Extreme would be a good choice for you. For $20 you can get performance that will be comparable with balls that can cost 2-3x more.

My rating: 7.5/10
MSRP: $29 STREET: $20
Web site: http://www.preceptgolf.com/


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