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/
If you’ve never been to southern Utah, you are missing out on some of the most beautiful terrain in the world: Red Rock Country. In Red Rock Country there are stunning red rock plateaus, canyons and mountains. An old wives tale says the reason the rocks are red is because they are burned by the desert sun. If you go there in the summer, you too will turn red.
In the heart of this beautiful terrain in Washington County (5 minutes north of St. George, Utah) is Green Spring Golf Course. In 1991 Golf Digest rated Green Spring one of the top five new courses in the country.
I’ve been happily wearing Footjoy golf shoes for about 20 years. I’ve gone through many of their styles and technologies and been completely satisfied with all of them…until now.
My Footjoy FitDogs finally wore out after two years of heavy use. I had about $150 in pro shop money at a local club so I decided to get some new shoes. I didn’t bother with anything but the most expensive shoe FJ had to offer: the Dryjoys P.R.O. Costing around $160 this was the golf shoe to end all golf shoes!
The Dryjoys P.R.O. just look impressive. They are beefy and very stylish. They have an Aluminized Fiberglass Stability Bridge (wow, say that 10 times real fast). Basically that technobabble is short for “fiberglass arch.” They have a 2 year warranty and use the fast twist spike system. Wow, let me catch my breath. (more…)
For the last two days there has been a big “demo days” deal going on at our biggest practice range in town. All the major golf companies were there. I decided to do the rounds and demo a bunch of clubs. I hit about 10 balls with each club. That’s not really enough to make a solid conclusion, but enough to get the idea of the club’s performance.
First stop was to talk to my new buddy Matt from Bridgestone. They have a whole line of clubs but you don’t see them as often as some of the other companies. Apparently they are quite big in Japan. I had thought they were just a ball company, but they aren’t.
First I tried their J33B forged blade irons. They felt quite solid. My shots all went right on line but I couldn’t get the impression that I was hitting them on the sweet spot. That’s blades I guess.
PING Craz-E Putter - click for more
The Ping company has been long recognized for it’s pioneering design of golf clubs. There is always a buzz about the new Ping drivers, wedges or irons. But I don’t think Ping gets enough credit for it’s putter design and innovation.
The Ping Craz-E putter is a whole new concept in design. The face has a blue urethane insert which gives it a soft feel. The blue urethane insert line behind the face provides a strong alignment visual.
The weighting of the putter is heavy in the heel, toe and rear of the putter which gives it that “low center of gravity” that all golfers seem to need. The crescent shapes along with the blue line gives an optical aid which helps you aim and align properly. Ping calls this the Optigraphic Effect.
I don’t really know if the Optigraphic Effect is why the putter works so well for me. I think that the putter just “feels” great. It is just a static piece of metal and plastic but when I put it in motion it feels very smooth and wants to travel square to the target line. The weighting is balanced perfectly and helps you produce a pendulum like stroke.
Two other typically unimportant items that are overlooked with putters are the cover and the grip. Ping’s design is equally as great here. The cover is a very nice thick leather with a magnetic seal. I like the fact that they didn’t use velcro, which over time wears out and looks shabby. The Winn AVS grip (right) is the best feeling grip I’ve ever used.
There are also 5 shaft/hosel configurations to match your taste.
My rating on the Craz-E putter is a 9 out of 10. They got it all right on this one.