DORAL: Despite the 18th hole being the hardest hole on the PGA tour, Jose Maria Olazabal, Phil Mickelson and 2 others are at -8 (64) for the first round of the Ford Championship at Doral. Tiger is 1 stroke behind. Is this going to be another track meet like the Bob Hope?
MAXFLI BLACKMAX: I was able to play 18 holes today with one of the soon to be released Maxfli BlackMax golf balls. I don’t think 1 round gives me enough data to do a full review but my first observations are:
1. The ball feels amazing and is extremely responsive off my irons. I laser beamed several shots right at the flag today and they stuck right there. Even long irons felt awesome. I put a 6 iron to about 4 feet on the toughest hole of the course today and made the putt for birdie. I birdie that particular hole a couple times a year. Pretty good for March 2nd.
2. The ball is extremely durable. After 18 holes the ball almost looks brand new. There are no scuffs or shreds at all on the surface. I didn’t get to hit very many full wedges which can scuff a ball, so I still need to play a round or two more with one.
3. I didn’t hit my driver particularly well today and the temp was only in the 40’s and 50’s. So I can’t come to a conclusion on the distance factor until I play a round with better conditions and a better swing.
4. This ball seems to dislike being lost. On the 2nd hole I knocked the darn thing in the trees twice but found it. This is a great feature for a ball to have. If Maxfli can patent that one they’ll all be rich.
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With the recent conclusion of the Accenture Matchplay Championship at La Costa, I figured now was as good a time as any for my La Costa course review.
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View from the #1 tee (Par 5)
#10 tee (par 4)
The Titleist Oil Can get’s it’s name from it’s finish. Each Oil Can wedge is unique looking due to a heat oxide treatment. This process provides a non-glare appearance as well as a very soft feeling wedge. Over time, the Oil Can finish will wear resulting in a raw wedge.
If the wedge gets wet it will rust. I would soak mine in a wet towel overnight and there would be a great deal of rust on the surface. (Don’t use a nice towel because the rust stains won’t wash out). The rust would act as a coating which would give the club even more grip on the face of the club which allowed me to impart even more spin on my shots.
This club is excellent in design, look and feel. It performed perfectly from full swings to small chips and pitches. On full swings the square looking grooves did shave a few different brands of balls. It didn’t work extremely well out of the sand but that may have been due to the lack of bounce on the model I tested.
The Vokey Oil Can Wedges will provide you with great performance and feedback.
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Here’s my first DVD review! First of all I must say I love Gary McCord. Some people can’t stand him as an announcer but I happen to love his humor. Since I have a great Netflix account I rented the DVD.
Gary kept his strange humor under control for the most part in this instructional golf dvd. The dvd is maily geared for beginners (or dummies I suppose) but there’s plenty of good avice and drills for both beginners and golf veterans. I don’t know what the retail is on this but it’s worth a look.
Stars: 3 of 5