Golf For Women
GEAR HEAD ALERT!
Big day in the press release department. TaylorMade Golf has announced their new gear for 2012. Below is a listing of the new gear, images/image llinks (what I could get at the time) and links to the TaylorMade full press releases.
TaylorMade R11S Drivers and Fairways
TaylorMade R11S Driver - click for more
The new TaylorMade R11S series is white, with a 5-way adjustable sole plate and 3° Flight Control Technology Sleeve (FTC).
For complete information, including pricing and availability refer to the TaylorMade R11S press release here.
TaylorMade RocketBallz Driver - click to enlarge
TaylorMade RocketBallz Irons-Driver-Fairway-Rescue
New for 2012 also is the interestingly named “RocketBallz” line. Here is the story behind the name RocketBalls.
The new line includes RocketBallz Fairway Woods and RocketBallz Rescues/Hybrids, as well as a RocketBallz Driver and RocketBallz Irons. The previous links go to the full TaylorMade press releases relating to each RocketBallz model.
TaylorMade RocketBallz Irons - click to enlarge
Product Reviews ASAP
I’ve talked to TaylorMade this morning and they will be sending in product for review when it becomes available. I’ll put them to the test as soon as possible and post my findings here on HOG so stay tuned.
For you gear heads who want to drool over all these new 2012 model clubs from TaylorMade, check out the full Hooked On Golf Blog TaylorMade image gallery.
I can’t resist doing one more post in the very popular Hooked On Golf Blog Holiday Golf Gift Guide Series. Part one of the holiday golf gift guide covered golf accessories, golf apparel and golf training aids. Part two covered golf clubs and golf balls. I have a few more random golf gift ideas to suggest not in those categories so here we go.
Golf Buddy GPS - click to read review
Golf GPS and/or Laser
Golfers would love to find a golf GPS or laser rangefinder in their Christmas stocking. My GPS suggestion would be the Golf Buddy Platinum World GPS, which has every feature imaginable.
GPS’s are cool, but I’m more of a “laser” guy. For years I used the Bushnell Tour V2 with “pinseeker” technology. I’ve recently switched to a Callaway laser rangefinder by Nikon, but have yet to post a review on that one.
Prazza Golf Ball Locator - click for more
Golf Ball Location System
If a golf GPS or laser isn’t high tech enough, a cool golf gift idea is the Prazza micro-chipped electronic golf ball location system. This is a system in which golf balls have battery powered transmitters which communicate with a locator unit. The locator guides you to what would have been your lost ball. How great is giving the gift of never losing a golf ball again?
Round of golf at a killer course
Here’s a great gift idea for a golfer. Buy that golfer a round of golf at an awesome course! If you aren’t sure what courses to pick from, check out the Hooked On Golf Blog course reviews. My top two public course selections would be Black Mesa in New Mexico and Sand Hollow in southern Utah. If you really want to blow them away, buy them a round of golf at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course in Florida.
Lessons with a PGA Pro
Golf is hard. Gear is great, but all the best gear in the world won’t help somebody who needs swing help. A fantastic golf gift idea is to give a lesson or set of lessons from a PGA pro at your local course.
Along with a lesson, or just by itself, you could give a swing analysis as a golf gift. See if you have a golf lab in town which does such a thing. Locally I found the TaylorMade Performance Lab to be fantastic, though the end goal is ultimately to sell you their gear.
The ULTIMATE golf gift - A trip to St. Andrews
The ULTIMATE Golf Gift
For my final golf gift suggestion I’m throwing out the budget. Assuming you have somewhere between $3,000-$10,000 as a budget, I’m suggesting that the best gift you could EVER give a golfer is a golf trip to St. Andrews, Scotland. The memories your lucky gift recipient will have will last a lifetime. I’d suggest at least five days and if you can manage, make it 10.
Anyone who feels so inclined to give me the ULTIMATE golf gift will be forever on my Christmas card list…
Ecosox Rocks - Click to see more
For my last few rounds of golf, and the last few rounds at the gym I’ve been sporting some new Ecosox. Ecosox are not regular socks. They’re not made from cotton or wool or some sort of synthetic fabric. Ecosox are made from bamboo.
Bamboo is just about the most “green” and replenish-able source material there is. Bamboo is one of the world’s fastest growing plants and produces 35% more oxygen than an equivalent set of trees.
One of the biggest benefits to the person wearing the socks is the high moisture wicking. These socks soak up about 60% more moisture than cotton socks do. My lower legs and feet are where I sweat from the most, so this is a really big deal. To go with the high level of absorption, these socks do a far better job than cotton at controlling odor. No stinky feet!
Yani Tseng, the #1 female golfer on this planet, may get a sponsor’s exemption to play in the PGA TOUR’s Puerto Rico Open. I’ve covered the Puerto Rico Open, which struggles to get a good field and major air time. It goes up against the World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship which is in Doral at the TPC Blue Monster, March 5-11. The WGC event pulls the top 50 players in the world, so the Puerto Rico Open struggles for sloppy seconds.
So a great way to create a buzz and generate a lot more media attention for the Puerto Rico Open would be to have the #1 female golfer in the world tee it up against the men. That is apparently the plan of the general chairman of the event, Sidney Wolf:
“Having the number one player here would open our event to a broader audience. It could open up the possibility of a LPGA event here, and ultimately help us raise funds for our charities. It would also create awareness of Puerto Rico globally, which would economically be very positive for the island.”
Tseng however, hasn’t accepted the exemption because strangely she hasn’t been contacted.
“It’s a little odd that this came through the media without Yani being contacted first about her interest. The Puerto Rico Open still hasn’t contacted anyone from Yani’s team. This is all coming to her indirectly through the media.” ~Ernie Huang, Tseng’s management team
Can Tseng Compete On The Course?
The PR Open is held at Trump International Golf Club, a fairly flat track with some rolling hills lining the holes. The length of the course is a massive 7,569 yards at SEA LEVEL. With an LPGA leading driving distance of 267.911 (yes they go three decimal points on the LPGA), that would put her at quite a disadvantage. The PGA TOUR average in driving distance is 290, and her 267.911 would be good enough for 187th place on tour in that category–dead last. Tseng would definitely need to rely on her short game and putting to make up for her distance disadvantage.
As I’ve admitted here many times, I don’t watch a ton of women’s golf. Ever since Annika Sorenstam retired I’ve found it a bit tough to hang. But I DID watch quite a bit of the Solheim Cup this weekend and was thoroughly entertained. I love match play, and the intensity of the players was fantastic. It was great to see the likes of Michelle Wie, Suzann Pettersen, Morgan Pressel and Sophie Gustafson crank up the intensity, playing some amazing clutch/pressure golf. It is simply great to see the best players in their sport competing like this.
The crucial match between Wie and Pettersen was fantastic. Pettersen’s three birdie finish to win the match 1UP was very impressive, especially under that kind of pressure. Wie, who I’ve made light of many times here, did perform very well up until that final wedge shot on the last hole which she knocked in the bunker. It was like watching two champion heavyweights trade punches for a championship.
Congrats to Europe for the win, 15-13. They now posses the Solheim Cup for the first time since 2003. Great job on both sides. I’ll watch more in 2013 for sure.