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The Big Dawg Review: RocketBallz Stage 2

by Jeff Skinner Each year TaylorMade Golf continues to come up with new and different driver designs to keep their death grip on leading the world in driver sales.  They turned heads with their new white headed drivers that now have all the manufacturers breaking out their Crayolas trying to one up TaylorMade with red, blue and orange drivers. But white is the color of choice at TaylorMade as their new R1 and RocketBallz Stage 2 drivers continue to dominate… Continue Reading

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Nike’s Method Midnite Lets You Love Your Putter

by Jeff Skinner Dr. Bob Rotella is a leading sports psychologist who works with many high profile golfers.  I’ve read every one of his books and try to adhere to his “Ten Commandments” that are designed to keep you relaxed and able to play your best golf.  Number ten on his list is “Love Your Wedge and Your Putter.” I do, I honestly do.  I’ve been using the same putter for fifteen years, ever since I stole it from my… Continue Reading

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RocketBallz Driver Lives Up to Its Name

It’s a never ending battle: golfers trying to hit the ball longer.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a world class tour player chasing a major championship or a weekend hacker try to win a few dollars from your buddies, we all want to hit the ball longer. This year TaylorMade has once again set the driver market spinning with the name of its latest product, RocketBallz.  Yes, the name started some controversy and snickering when first introduced but no one… Continue Reading

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Nike VR_S Driver: Sounds Good & Hits It Long

by Jeff Skinner Every golfer is looking for more from their driver and many will go to great lengths to find just the right big stick.  In an effort to help with that search Nike Golf has introduced the VR_S Driver this season as a follow on to their VR line. The VR_S boasts plenty of cutting edge technologies to aid the average golfer in getting longer and straighter off the tee.  NexCOR Face Technology allows the center of the… Continue Reading

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Nike Speed Trials: Yours vs Theirs

by Jeff Skinner There isn’t a golfer alive that isn’t looking to get longer off the tee.  Yea, we drive for show and putt for dough but if you can’t get off the tee you have no chance at the dough.  A few more yards is what we are all in search of and the people at Nike Golf have made it easy for us to find those extra yards. Nike has come up with a unique promotion: The Nike… Continue Reading

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Tour Reps & “Rocketballz”

by Jeff Skinner The professionals might be getting ready to start their season at Kapalua but for many of us the start is still a few snowstorms and some months away.  If you don’t live in a “year round” golf environment the best you can do is fantasize about your first round when you open up with you best round ever.  Remember, I did say fantasize. Maybe we can do more than that like dream about some new clubs that… Continue Reading

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The “New Look” Golf Shoe

We have all seen Freddy Couples sporting the low profile ecco’s this season, and it seems like the golf shoe will be taking on a much different look in the near future. Almost-Sponsor-Free Ryan Moore just signed an endorsement contract with TRUE linkswear golf shoes, and we are now seeing new brands like kikkor and even veteran brands like NIKE are introducing this “new look” to the golf shoe.  For those of you who were hoping to get some of… Continue Reading

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Top Ten Golf Innovations of the Past 20 Years

by Jeff Skinner Check out Golf World’s Senior Editor Mike Johnson as he breaks down his top ten golf innovations of the past twenty years.  In my opinion the most obvious is the big 460cc driver.  Everyone plays the biggest of the Big Dogs now.  But the innovation with the most impact has probably been the ball.  300 yard drives are the norm even for double digit hackers.  If Nicklaus played with these balls he would have never lost.

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Heavy Putters Feel Great

As Phil Mickelson demonstrated at the end of the season, the putter can be a “weapon of score reduction.” After a few hours with putting guru Dave Stockton, Phil went on to win two tournaments and The Presidents Cup, putting lights out the whole time. The putter is the club that can reduce your score the quickest but at the same time it can be the club that causes us the most aggravation. It’s critical to have a putter that… Continue Reading

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Slappy Magee Makes the Cut

by Jeff Skinner Each week we watch the pros on The PGA Tour play at beautiful locations throughout the season.  They play for million dollar checks on a weekly basis. The PGA Tour is a walking millionaires club.  Ninety one tour members earned over a million dollars on The PGA Tour last year and the top fourteen earned well over three million each, led by Tiger Woods with $10,508,163.  One win usually gets you a million bucks and a bunch… Continue Reading

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