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  1. 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. ;)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. B)

  5. So our TM rep showed up today with a bag full of ghosted goodies: R11 driver, FW, and 2011 Rescue, and the Superfast 2.0 driver. Here's what I learned:

     

    Overall comment: the white looks GOOD. Also, early testing indicates that it can take a beating. We were not the reps first stop and some of the earlier testers found their way onto the crown and hosel of the club without causing any paint to chip. Finally, FWIW, the lone female in our shop thought the white clubs looked great.

     

    R11 Driver: stock shaft is the Fujikura Blur. Feels very soft in the non-TP version, the TP version feels pretty solid. The sole plate really does make a big difference in how the club sits. The sales pitch is that the FCT is all about changing loft now and the sole plate (ASP/AST?) changes face angle. You would be hard pressed to convince me, however, that you've done anything at all if you crank the FCT all the way shut (add loft/close the face) and then set the sole plate open. -2 + 2 = 0, at least in my world. My other thought was that the alignment aid is really heel-biased. Club felt very very good, but I can't comment on the numbers because the white toe made our Vector go loco.

     

    R11 FW: WOW. Best feeling fairway I've EVER hit. Unbelievably solid. Easy to hit, the Blur shaft felt good. Nothing bad to say about this at all. The FW has both FCT and the adjustable sole plate.

     

    2011 Rescue: No AST here, just FCT. Again, the alignment aid is towards the heel of the club, even more so than with the driver. The club felt good (better than the current version, less tinny), but the alignment aid was really troubling to me. Probably not headed for my bag unless A) it performs out of this world and/or :rolleyes: it's free.

     

    Superfast 2.0: Same shaft options as the Superfast, Matrix 4.8 (?) in the standard, HD6 in the TP. Both feel pretty soft. Only hit the TP once or twice. Felt good, but I wasn't overwhelmed. I am definitely more the R guy as opposed to the Burner type.

     

    If anyone has any questions about these, I will do my best to answer them if I can.

     

    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. :lol:

  6. I recently found a tour issue Adams Fast 10 that the seller didn't realize was from the tour department - otherwise, I'm sure the asking price would've been considerably higher ... http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rt=nc&nma=true&item=380283443611&si=wmzkmfXsFz9xCDUc7eRGBVRus%252BI%253D&viewitem=#ht_3109wt_1139

     

    I'm actually finding this easier to hit than some 15* and 16* hybrids I've used. The milled heel and toe weights on the sole really give a high launch, so I'm curious to see how it'll play on the course.

     

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. Cool review... I have the original Sabertooth, and I love it... I used to lose control of the putter in my backstroke and the club head would wobble, causing inconsistent ball striking. The high MOI is great for me, and I can attest to the forgiveness of the putter...

     

    people make fun of my Star Wars putter every time I play, but it works...

     

    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?

  9. The power of suggestion is a wonderful thing. It's similarly remarkable how 9/10 golfers can tell me after 2 swings that the (fill in name brand OEM) club feels WAAAYY better than the (fill in name of "lesser" brand) club, even if both shots were shanks. I wish I had great hands like that.

     

    I think your foray into the world of golf retail has turned you into a skeptic my friend. B)

  10. No wind, no bends on the hole, just dead straight. Garrigus averages 315; I've hit a couple 390+ drives and several 350+, but I wouldn't say I average 300+. Do I hit the ball over 300 on a regular basis? Yes, but I also hit a lot off the toe in the 270 range too. Going by hitting 25 balls into a screen with my current driver, I have an average of 294 (longest 327, shortest 268).

     

    Normally I don't get pissy with people acting like that, but normally they aren't jerks like this guy was. Usually on the course mentioned, if it is backed up I'll hit 5 iron off the first tee, so I don't catch any crap. On this particular day, it was my practice round for qualifying for the city tournament, so I was playing each hole how I planned to play it during qualifying.

     

    Fair enough. And if the guy was being a tool about it, then you should let him have both barrels.

  11. 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.

  12. I can't stand the guys behind you, doubting what you are capable of. I was playing a while back and it was backed up on the 340yd first hole. I was waiting on the green to clear and the guy behind me says "what the hell are you waiting on? It's 340yds to the green", to which I responded "actually it's 340 to the center, only 330 to the front". As soon as the group leaves, I hit my ball, it landed on the front and rolled up 12' right of the pin; I turned around and said "any more questions?".

     

     

    Actually Bones, I might have been that guy. That kind of stuff impacts pace of play 99% of the time. I'm assuming the wind or course design helped you there because the longest driver on the PGA tour right now is Robert Garrigus averaging 315.9 yards.

     

    Regardless, it's pretty reasonable for the group behind you to question that because they'd be on the money most of the time. So, you can be pissed if you want but I'd cut them a break.

  13. #3. People who buy a whole new set of clubs every year (or season) and say "Hey check out my 2010 bag!" My God, how much money do you have!? I can understand if a club breaks or you like to collect unique putters...but come on. Give some money to charity or something. $2000 a year on clubs is stupid.

     

    This one hit a little too close to home... LOL.

     

    Things that Bug Me (but not 10 because I'm lazy):

     

    #1 Courses that let you book tee times without informing you ahead of time that they are aerating their greens

     

    #2 Senior citizens that take 15 minutes to check you in for a tee time. Lady, can you type any faster?!#

     

    #3 Crowned tee boxes pointing the wrong direction

     

    #4 Hard greens that won't hold a golf ball (a real problem here in the Midwest this time of year)

     

    #5 Golfers that are better and younger than me (e.g. MSaternus)

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