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  1. I haven't hit the I20's, but if they are anything like my I15's then I would strongly recommend them. I've found they are surprisingly forgiving for a players iron - especially in the progressive long irons, which I've always struggled with in other player sets. One other thing... don't fall into the trap of going with forged blades too early... with the misconception that it will improve your ball striking. I think that's a load of hooey. Practice improves your ball striking but it takes time and going with an iron that is appropriate for your handicap will make the game more enjoyable.
  2. Case in point.. took my newly acquired i15 Ping irons out for a spin today for the first time. It's been a while since I've had that much offset in my irons. As a result, I hooked more than a few shots and it cost me. But, overall, the added forgiveness helped. I also stuck a 5 iron to about 3 feet on a flushed shot from the first cut of rough. It's been a while since I've done that.
  3. Same here. Hope you're doing well. Saw your post regarding your efforts to improve. Sounds like you're doing all the right things and making some excellent progress.
  4. There is a saying in the military... Amateurs talk about hardware (equipment), professionals talk about software (training and mental readiness). With that said, I like trying different equipment. For me it's the hobby side of the sport. I don't think it usually improves my game in a measurable way. In fact, often times the churn in my bag ends up hurting my ability to score.
  5. My view has changed on this. I used to fear playing cavity backs would make my iron game sloppy. But, I've learned that unless you play quite often, the extra forgiveness is needed. Hell, even pros are playing them now. I believe a few of Ping's PGA pros even play the G20's (yes, I said the G-series).
  6. Everything said in the video is true. It's ironic however that Mizuno is the sponsor since far too many mid-handicap players game their MP series irons and end up hurting their score rather than helping it in the process. I can't tell how many times I've seen their pretty blades in the bag of a player that had no business hitting them in the first place.
  7. I used to play an all Ping bag when I lived in Phoenix. It was very easy to buy stock clubs online and them take them to the facility to have them worked on (loft, lie, grinds, etc.). And I've always loved their stuff. Since I've strayed due to one reason or another, but I plan on working more Ping product back into my bag over time. The first change were my irons - I used to play Bridgestone J36 Pocket Cavities and now I've just recently switched to more forgiving Ping I15's. I'll probably look at driver next with either the I20 or the G20 being in the bag by Christmas.
  8. God how I hate Taylormade. Why did it have to be them?
  9. Guys, I'll get my hands on one of these next week as they've asked us to participate in an internal focus group to help provide on-course feedback on ways to improve the next iteration (I work for Motorola). Getting paid to play golf and test cool stuff? Yeah, I love my job. BTW, yes... the rumors weren't true. I didn't kick the bucket on the course or after a "vigorous workout" with my 20 year-old girlfriend. Just took a long hiatus from the online golf world to clear my virtual head.
  10. Last year, I posted an article on A2G:The Golf Digest Hot List is a Joke (And We're Not Laughing) The indictment from Tom Wishon really opened my eyes. I later got contacted by Mike Stachura's assistant letting me know that Mike "wanted to talk to me". I said "sure" and gave her my information but he never followed through.
  11. I did end up getting my Dad that Burner Superfast driver for Christmas. No report yet from Texas on whether it has helped his banana ball drives or not. I'm guessing not, but hey, he wanted it and he's my Dad and the guy did contribute to my birth so I decided to treat him.
  12. The Fast 10 might be my only club purchase in 2011. Pretty much set after switching out my entire bag this past season. My Adams BUL is the only holdover and I think its time for a technology update. I plan on evaluating other clubs but when it comes to the fairway category I am pretty loyal to Adams.
  13. I wondered when somebody was going to take a different approach with ball materials. It has been a while. Any idea on pricing for these? On a less important note - hate the packaging. Looks like something Maxfli would put out.
  14. Unbelievable. Dave, I'm going to start having you pick my Powerball numbers...
  15. A Leupold GX Laser Range finder would do quite nicely. It isn't going to happen but a guy can dream - right?
  16. I was looking at the Ghost, but ended up with the White Ice Sabertooth. For me, the Tooth provided me better feel on lag putts. But I think both are great putters if you're looking for something that will give you some extra forgiveness on off days.
  17. The sad thing is somebody probably owns a patent for that.
  18. Mudfish, you hit upon the exact reason why I went to the "tooth". I love the look of a blade putter and will always gravitate towards them. And I can putt with anything when my stroke is on. I think that is true of any golfer. But, during a round in which I might miss a handful of short putts (which happens more than I care to admit), I wonder why I torture myself unnecessarily. I've embraced technology in every other facet of my game - why not this one?
  19. I think your foray into the world of golf retail has turned you into a skeptic my friend.
  20. Fair enough. And if the guy was being a tool about it, then you should let him have both barrels.
  21. Much of the recent focus on golf technology has been in the driver and iron categories. But, equipment manufacturers have been incorporating the same multi-material and perimeter weighted design elements into putters and golfers should take notice. The putter is the most used club in the bag and amateurs drop far more shots on the green than off. One putter that caught my attention during a recent trip to my local golf big box was the new Odyssey White Ice Sabertooth. I liked it so much after trying it out in the store that I purchased it and put it in the bag. From the Manufacturer The new White Ice Putters from Odyssey combine Tour trusted shapes with a new look and better feel. Coupled with a new Dark Nickel finish to reduce glare, the new White Ice putters combine Tour-proven looks with Tour-inspired feel. * The multi-layer insert has been fine-tuned to enhance sound, responsiveness, resiliency and consistency. The inner core is 19.6% firmer to enhance the feel and 92% stiffer for better resiliency, leading to consistent distance control. The face surface has been roughened to enhance the sound at impact with softer golf balls. The rough texture also helps increase friction between the ball and the insert to promote forward roll. * In White Ice core models, Tour-tuned weight ports in the sole optimize the putter head with the shaft length to create the ideal balance that maximizes feel, control and accuracy. * Feature radical shapes with a high MOI for better stability and forgiveness Look The Millennium Falcon? A Cylon cattle brand? Opinions vary on what this club resembles - pretty much anything other than a Sabertooth tiger. For 2010, Odyssey went with a dark nickel finish and has replaced the red accents with black which effectively gives the radical shape of this White Ice version a sleeker, richer appearance at address which many will prefer. I game gunmetal wedges and the White Ice Sabertooth rounds out my short game set quite nicely. The finish also seems to be durable. I've had the White Ice in the bag in both wet and dry conditions and on sand finished greens. Wipe the putter dry after the round and you're good to go. No issues. The Sabertooth features both an aiming channel as well as two dots on the top line. I've played a two ball back in the day and I prefer this alignment system over that one. The cover features an attractive black and red color scheme along with a magnetic enclosure. The magnet in mine slipped into the body of the cover rendering it useless so I plan on contacting Odyssey for a replacement. Performance This putter definitely puts a good roll on the ball with minimal skid. At 355 grams, it pretty much swings itself if you let it. For me, anything under a few feet with the Sabertooth was automatic except for when I fell into the bad habit of trying to steer my putts. If you're struggling with short or even intermediate range putts, then I highly recommend you give the White Ice Sabertooth a try. Given it's high MOI, this is a very forgiving design. Lag putting is also improved. This is where the White Ice shines over the White Hot version. Odyssey claims this is their best feeling multi-layer insert to-date and I agree. But, even with the firmer insert, I still had some difficulty on faster greens. I'm certain that will improve over time - my previous putter was an Anser-style blade and therefore adjusting to a mallet like this one with a double bend shaft and generous offset takes time and some practice. I am willing to make that trade off given the Sabertooth's prowess on putts from inside 6-8 feet. One more item of note. The Sabertooth's design makes for an excellent ball retriever. You'll never have to bend over to pick up those gimmies. Not a reason to buy a putter to be sure, but consider it an "added bonus". Bottom Line The Odyssey White Ice Sabertooth is my favorite mallet design to-date. And it's performance on money putts will quickly make you (and your playing partners/victims) forget it's quirky look at address. The White Ice Sabertooth is available in both left and right hand models in stock lengths up to 35 inches and retails for $179.99. For more information on the Sabertooth and other White Ice designs, click here. For more product reviews and other content by Addicted2Golf, click here.
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