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Top Golf: A Unique Driving Range

At Top Golf, you don’t make your way to a driving stall, and just wail away on 100 or so balls, and head home. Instead you aim for circular light-up targets down the range to score points.

Product Review: Eidolon Wedges

eidolon-56-backviewIt’s golf gospel: more than 50% of your shots are taken with 100 yards of the green. While putting is a likely culprit, one shouldn’t over look chipping or those longer shots. Since the end of last season my game has changed due in large part to three new Eidolon wedges in my bag. While still a high handicapper, I’m scoring more consistently with these clubs.

Terry Koehler, the president of Eidolon Golf, and I were in touch about his clubs. This guy knows his stuff. The clubs came with a little booklet that really brought wedge play in perspective. First, Terry suggests you get the feel for you wedges and know how far you can hit these clubs. Then, play the hole to your desired approach distance. While every hole can’t be played this way, I have changed my club selection off the tee to accommodate this philosophy.

Prior to playing the Eidolon clubs I was playing Vokey wedges – 50, 56 and 60. After a little back and forth, Terry sent over a 48* pitching wedge, adjusted to 49*, a 52* gap wedge adjusted to 54*, and a 56 sand wedge adjusted to 58*. I noticed a few things about these clubs coming out of the box: (1) the hosel creeps up a little higher on the shaft (2) the shaft length is about an inch or two longer and (3) the club face was slightly bigger.

After twenty plus rounds of play, I truly depend on these clubs. Full swings with these clubs have become my favorite part of the game. The ball flies 20% to 30% higher. I relish the 100 yard approach shot with my 52*. Touch shots around the green are no problem. If I’m looking for a little roll, I’ll pull out the 48* and make that putting type swing. The 58* gets the ball up in a hurry, I have no problem carrying a bunker on a short pitch. In the sand it’s the same story, if I make a good swing the ball comes out and lands soft. My set’s pitching wedge is gone in favor of the 48*. And, I don’t miss the Vokey 60* at all. I did receive these clubs gratis as part of the review. If they asked for them back, I’d gladly drop the cash for them again which is saying something at $129 per club.

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Product Review: Antigua Golf Shirts

antigua-logoThe first thing you notice when you slip on an , it’s soft and light. After wearing these newer high tech materials; you won’t be running back to basic cotton anytime soon. Antigua’s version is called DESERT DRY™ (pictured to the below). I’m not sure what it’s made of, but it sure is comfortable. I’ve only put it through the wash once; it came out looking new. At $50 to $60 price point is a bit high. That said, I’ve seen shirts of this quality run over $100. All in all, I give this shirt a strong buy recommendation.

Here’s a little about a the company:deo-redshirt
Headquartered in Peoria, Ariz., The Antigua Group, www.antigua.com and http://shop.antigua.com, through its license sports division, holds license agreements with Major and Minor League Baseball (MLB), the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA), along with numerous American universities and colleges for men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, headwear and outerwear. Antigua additionally designs, produces and supplies product for corporate America and specialty retail managed under its corporate division. Its golf division also holds license agreements with the PGA TOUR, LPGA and the PGA of America.

Product Review: 2010 Sunice Rain Jacket Review

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The good people at Sunice sent over a their 2010 Tornado rain pull-over for a late season review. I didn’t get to put it through its paces on-courses – that’ll have to wait till next year. I did get a chance to take this jacket for a spin in the rain through the streets of Brooklyn. It performed just as advertised; rain beaded up and rolled right off.

Sunice, started in Alberta, Canada, has its roots in the ski wear industry. Over thirty years of experience on the slopes translates well to the links. Details like Velcro wrist bands and taped zippers show just how well thought out this jacket is. Sunice stands behind their waterproof fabric with a four year guarantee. Fit seems really good, I’m interested to see how it handles on-course. The styling is muted with a reflective accent on each side. Personally, I’m more interested in function than form in a rain jacket.

Product Review: Loudmouth Golf

bubblegumStrolling onto the first tee sporting Loudmouth Golf gear elicits comments and stares. That’s exactly the point.

You’ve seen the styling, either it’s your thing or it’s not. I’m digging my bubblegum colored pants.

Other than style, these pants are good – not great. The fit comes in several varieties: ‘euro’ for the thinner people out there, ‘regular’ for everyone else and par fives that claim to fit like jeans. The mostly cotton blend wears well… That said, on a hot days you’re going to want something that has some wicking proprieties. The only other con I could find are the smallish pockets; I prefer empty pockets while playing anyway.

Product Review: Phresh Wear Golf Gear

Phresh is aiming their product at us younger guys (and gals) with a bit more style than your average Ashworth shirt. For me, golf appeal is first about function and then form. That all said, Phresh performed great. The high-tech fabric is both light-weight and comfortable. On a hot and humid day, I could how this shirt would be a huge plus with its wicking properties.

Product Review: D-tee

Clad in a deep red velvet-bag, the D-tee arrived in my mail box. To be honest, I never gave much thought to tees. I usually go with whatever they have at the course.

Bottom Line: The D-tee won’t cure your busted swing, but, in my very unscientific study, I think they added some yards to my tee shots.

Club Review: Adams Idea a2 Hybrid

Playing a long par 5 early this season, I was faced with 250+ into the green from some short rough. As I pulled out my 2-iron, my playing buddy scolded me for not carrying a hybrid club. He handed me his brand new Taylor Made Tour Hybrid which I promptly smacked straight for a short pitch into the green. It was time for me to add this club to my bag.