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  1. SPEED/REVIEW Lamkin Z5 Grips By Dan Mann Now in video format it's the return of the Speed Review! Today I take a look at the Lamkin Z5 Multi-Compound grip in under a minute. Enjoy
  2. SPEED REVIEW TIBA PUTT - Impact Zone Training Aid Written by:Dan Mann THIS PUTTER GADGET WILL MAKE YOU A STAR When I was offered a chance to test the TIBA Putt I scoffed. You see, I am Canada’s Self-Proclaimed Best Putter and I laugh at your training doodads. However, my wife, the beautiful and very talented Mrs. MBP, thinks she’s this great putter. She's not, but I dare not state this aloud at risk of rocking the perfect marriage. She takes way too long of a wavering backswing and decelerates hard far too often. So when the TIBA putt arrived I cunningly convinced her to try it, stating “You need this, you’re not that good.” I cooked dinner and washed the dishes that night, but I’m still the better putter in the house. PREPOSTEROUS WHAT?! It’s a cardboard box, with two orange pieces of plastic and four short tees. Not even three-inch tees that I can use after I stuff this thing in the back of a drawer only to be forgotten. I will admit the instructions are well laid out and setup is a breeze. I’m telling you people are looking at us funny on the putting green with our fancy orange thingies… Sigh… Now I gotta explain what we’re doing. This is TIBA Putt – Impact Zone Training Aid. It’s supposed to: Correct swing path Square face angle Improve distance control Ha?! Laugh at me now will you. PROGRESSIVE Day one, we’re 6 feet out with 2 sleeves of balls and spent an hour on the putting green. At the start, the Mrs. was hard pressed to make 50% of her putts, that’s 3 out of 6 for those counting. But I’ll tell ya, by the end of that hour she was ramming in 5 outta 6 no problem and this was with substantial gaps on either side. Who would have thought focusing an inch on either side of the ball would have such an "impact"? There’s truly something to be said for the visual and mental guide reinforcement TIBA putt presents. A week later, we went back out and ran the same tests with the orange guides pretty much putter width. There are 2 things that jump out here right away; she has a much shorter controlled backswing and a much more aggressive direct follow through. You can see her focusing on squaring the face and maintaining a smooth stroke. I’m keeping my mouth shut ‘because I’m still the better putter, but I won’t say it hasn’t helped me too. Here's a fancy image because the boss is all about #DATACRATIC PROFOUND I sprained my knee a month ago (everyone stop what they’re doing and feel very, very sorry for me right now) and I've done nothing but push a cart caddying for Mrs. MBP. This means I've had a lot of time to inspect her putting. Folks, listen very, very carefully: TIBA Putt really, really works. Kyle Henderson and Don Everhart TIBA Putt creators are onto something special here. I’m not sure who replaced my old crappy putting wife with this new version, but I’m blown away and diggin' it. It’s about the things I see that she doesn’t even realize are happening. On the course her stroke is very solid and direct. You can see how much squarer the putter face maintains through impact and by golly is she ever making a ton more putts inside 15 feet. I’m really blown away by the aggressive confidence she’s gained stepping up to short putts too. Oh and let’s not forget TIBA’s last claim there about distance control. Not only did the Mrs. notice a marked improvement, but I’ll go on record as saying it’s nothing short of phenomenal. THE WRAP PREPOSTEROUS PROGRESSIVE PROFOUND MBP APPROVES Yes I scoffed at the TIBA Putt's claims as sorcery and witchcraft when it first arrived, but I, Canada’s Self-Proclaimed Best Putter, was quickly swayed and am now a believer. Not only is it good for beginners, but its innovative design can easily adapt to and improve even the most established strokes. Trust me when I say you’re going to see this guy practicing with his orange pieces of plastic for the foreseeable future. This is one of those products you may overlook, but if a good friend recommended it, you’d buy. Consider me that good friend. For more info visit TIBA Putt TIBA Putt Seriously I was making like 6 outta 6 all day with the TIBA. Canada’s Self-Proclaimed Best Putter out.
  3. SPEED REVIEW 3UP GOLF - 2S14 Ball Written by: Dan Mann Lately, there seems to be a rash of boutique brand golf balls popping up everywhere. Oh no, look out big OEM's, time to shut down your expensive research facilities! There's no way these small companies can compete with the big boys and produce a playable, quality and for that matter likeable ball. Tour balls are one thing, but today we're not talking tour level, we'll be looking at a 2 piece from 3UP Golf; the 2S14. So perhaps, this category is where the little guy can make a stand and go belly to belly with the big boys. I'm not optimistic to say the least… PEPPY Right away you'll notice the “Deep Soft” core which is supposed to allow more energy transfer between the club and the engine of the ball. This translated is “lower compression” and sure enough the 2S14 has no problem getting high real fast. So yes, it's a very spirited ball off the driver & irons and you should see a few extra yards especially at lower swing speeds. Now I'm not gonna be that guy and say “HOLY COW” this thing added 20 yards to my game, but it is a 2 piece with fancy dimples so distance will be gained. Comparing the 2S14 to other balls in its category it will be around on par as far as length is concern. My higher handicap tester, I call her wife and chief scrutinizer of all things sketchy, was actually quite impressed with the 2S14's distance, so this is a definite plus. PREDICTABLE The ball displays noticeably reduced sidespin. I tugged a few balls that I thought would miss the green, but was pleasantly surprised to find on the putting service. There was also a pushed drive that would normally slide over the fence, but stayed in bounds while maintaining decent distance. Short iron approaches into soft greens generally resulted in finding the 2S14 within a foot of its pitch mark and a good 6-8 feet release in firmer situations. I also managed to suck a sand wedge back 3-4 feet. My wife coming into the same holes with mid irons was seeing about 8-12 feet of release. Around the greens there's a skid on the first bounce and the ball will roll out. This is a very predictable trait with the 2S14 making it easy to work with once you know what to plan for. PERFORMER “Feel what you are missing” is 3UP's slogan and it certainly applies to the 2S14. I wasn't a huge fan of the 3F12 on the greens due to what I deemed a “sluggish” feel off the putter. The 2S14 is dubbed “Not too soft. Not too hard. Just right” and has a very nice roll as a result. My slower swing speed tester also felt this translated into a softer feeling golf ball. We spent one afternoon hitting pitch shots, followed by a round with the same balls. The “extra durable” ionomer cover preformed like a champ almost appearing new after a good wipe down. If you haven't figured it out yet, the 2S14 is more than serviceable ball for a mid-high handicap. Think about it; goes high, fairly long, can be spun and is quite durable. To cap it off it's got a really nice alignment marker already painted on the side. THE WRAP PEPPY PREDICTABLE PERFORMER MBP APPROVES My buddies gave me a hard time saying there was no way I was going to like this ball, but there's nothing wrong with it. No, the big companies won't be closing their doors anytime soon, but they should take note of what 3UP's doing because it equals and possibly bests my wife's Srixon Soft Feels. The 3UP 2S14 is a great ball for a mid-high capper in need a new gamer or low cap looking for a good fall/winter ball. The 2S14 ball can be found direct from 3UP GOLF for $23, but let's call it $20 because 3 of those dollars are going to charity. They come in a cool velvet bag complete with ball marker, tees and teecil. http://3upgolf.com/pages/2s14
  4. Speed Review Voice Caddie VC300 – Voice Guidance GPS Written by: Dan Mann Elegant Voice Caddie has hit a home run out of the gate with packaging alone. Upon delivery to my office many co-workers stopped by my desk to ask if I'd gotten a new iPhone. Nope - just a new golf front/middle/back GPS device, with a really sexy box and an inner velvet lining. Then I opened the box. The VC300 is seriously a good looking product with a stunningly modern and elegant design. It's clean, glossy and something that would fit right in on the bridge of JJ Abrams new Star Trek Enterprise. With some of the bulky & sometimes gaudy wrist based products out there, the Voice Caddie 300 is a refreshing treat and something that truly turns heads. My playing partners on the weekend commented immediately upon noticing, just how cool it is. Oooo, and they throw in a slick magnetic ball-marker to boot! Effortless Everything about the Voice Caddie VC300 is easy and that begins with charging. The company recommends a full charge before first use, so take the USB adapter and plug ‘er into the wall. Ya so easy you laugh, but having used competitor brands with quirky charging adaptor connections the VC300 really is a breeze. Initial set up is a few basic steps involving holding down the power button. Voice Caddie greets you, prompts user to select yards or meters and you're done. The remaining setup revolves around reading the manual which is so clearly laid out there's pretty much no going wrong here; you're simply up and running in 5 easy steps. Checking the on board course database and updates are simple as well. After creating an account on the VC website Users simple run the exe file, plug in their device when prompted and then you just cruise around the well laid out software interface. Taking advantage of the VC300's features is an effortless task to say the least. Volume plus/minus buttons are placed on the end for easy access. Swiping forward gives you back yardage, swipe back for front and just click middle for, well ya, middle of green. Exemplary SHE SPEAKS!!! Well, sounds like a female at least. It's “Voice Caddie”, what did you expect? Everything the User needs is a few words away. Volume level is adjustable of course and I found a setting of level 6/7 very easy to understand when outdoors. Course start up was fairly quick. On the first tee I powered the VC300, I'm greeted with “power level XX” and within under 2 minutes a heavenly voice spoke to me from above; “Course Detected”. Well that's a good thing, considering there's over 30,000 preloaded. Oh and when you walk onto the tee there's automatic hole detection, which of course is vocalized to you too. I did encounter an issue though with it finding the first tee one of the days. At Cove the 3rd tee is next to 1, VC could not find the first until I met up with Nidine on the ladies tee. Luckily the VC300 offers a manual hole adjustment feature and with a couple button clicks the problem was solved. Did I miss my laser? Once or twice when I needed to know a layup carry to or over a creek for example, but this is not a laser product so let's look at what it does do. The VC300 gives you front, middle and back yardage; and confirming with my laser it does it well, fast and quite accurately. And boy, when you're standing behind a mound with no line of site to pin, you don't have to run up the hill and laser it out; swipe or click away and that lovely voice whispers distance right to you. This is a fabulous product for not only beginners, but the experienced player looking to keep things fairly simple. I love the fact I don't need to go into the bag all the time and with a swipe I have the distance read to me I need to get to. I found myself using the back yardage a lot more and working back. This meant a lot more middle of greens and not coming up short as frequently. If you can calculate +/- say 5 yards fairly easily, which you better be able to, then this product is a no brainer. Another great feature of the VC300 is shot measurement. Simply hold down the main button until you hear “Now measuring shot distance”. Repeat this process when you arrive at your balls location and viola, Voice Caddie has tracked you distance. Awesome. So remember that issue with finding the first tee? Well I emailed Voice Caddie and they got back to me fast, assuring me they'll be updating the database real soon. Thanks Voice Caddie! As for battery life, the VC300 lasted 27 holes (18 one weekend and 9 the following) and still has some juice left. I'll charge though before next time out. The Wrap Elegant Effortless Exemplary MBP Approves - A lot I never thought I'd give up my laser, but with the ease and accessibility the Voice Caddie VC300 offers it's hard to not want to use it. I have a very good eye for distance already and just having a simple reassurance at a touch of what I basically already estimated is enough for me. If front, middle and back yardage is all you need then the Voice Caddie VC300 should be at the top of your list. Seriously I think this is the quintessential GPS product out there. http://voicecaddie.com/ http://voicecaddie.com/2013/product_vc300_01.php Sorry JJ, I couldn't resist.
  5. SPEED REVIEW BEST GRIPS - MicroPerf Club Grip "Augusta Edition" Written by: Dan Mann NATURAL I had a lot of apprehension about putting these on my new gamers, I wasn't sure if the stitching or the non-tapered built up lower hand would bother me. For one thing I have small hands and often a given companies “standard” just doesn't work for me. Well I'm happy to say neither was an issue and really the MicroPerf's are the most natural feeling grip I've held to date. BestGrips has done a lot to make these feel like an extension of the golfer to link to the club. Now I'll admit these non-tapered grips won't be for everyone and that is why there's a variety of options on the market. But I applaud BestGrips for sticking to their vision and own personal beliefs of what a grip product should be like. Let's face it if they simply went with the popular vote what would differentiate them from everyone else? QUALITY BestGrips puts a lot of research and love into making every grip special. They have their own proprietary mold for hypoallergenic underlasts and a really expensive machine to ensure every piece of leather is rolled to a consistent thickness. Don't forget they're hand making these and sewing every stitch down in the heart of Texas. I'm shocked to not see a bit of fraying on any of the 8 grips or an extra tag or material on the end caps. The end caps show no sign of peeling or bending up either. I've seen other leather grips where the end cap is thin & stressed and sure to peel up going in and out of bags often over time. And most of all these SMELL like genuine leather. MBP's nostrils have perused a bevy of leather grips in the past & a lot of them reek of industrial glue, cheap knock off shoes and purses. BestGrips has also told me they estimate a life expectancy on these at 3-4 years. CONFIDENCE It's called ProTac people and it's a life changing experience. You think I joke, but living in a rain soaked, humid summer region of North America makes holding a golf club difficult at times. Protac simply put is “Tacky”, but in a good way, not a granny doily covered couch kinda way. Man these grips are sticky and the days of wearing gloves are over for me. But do not worry, this doesn't leave any residual residues, marks or stains on your hands. Confidence like this can take one less worry out of your mind standing over the ball and I think I can speak for most when I say we'd love to think less on the course. THE WRAP NATURAL QUALITY CONFIDENCE MBP APPROVES Hey, I'll be the first to admit leather grips aren't for every golfer. Everyone has their own individual preferences and ideas of what feels right to them. But what I do know is that BestGrips makes a damn good golf grip. Are they the end all? Possibly not, but BestGrips should be high up your consideration list when you make your next grip purchase. http://bestgrips.com/product/microperf-club-grip/ *IN FOR REVIEW! BestGrips.com MicroPerf Club Grips - Limited Edition AUGUSTA CLUB GRIP Everyone's favorite genuine leather grip making Texan, is back just in time for my favorite major; The Masters. These limited edition handmade beauts feature the same high quality leather as the standard MicroPerf line, I'm just lucky enough to get my hands on the sexy Augusta themed version. Check back in the future to catch my follow up review. The Augusta Club Grip is the latest Masters themed grip from BestGrips. You will see a lot of Green and Yellow "Limited" products, but none are as superb as the MicroPerf Club Grip. The Augusta Club Grip features a special edition BG Green MicroPerf leather and Yellow thread. - BestGrips The Augusta Club Grip will be available throughout April (in limited quantities). ORDER NOW AT BESTGRIPS.COM
  6. I've now had a chance to spend a few sessions with the TaylorMade RocketBladez and the SpeedBlade irons. Thoughts, impressions and numbers in a Speed review coming soon...
  7. Speed Review G-Pro Edge Putter Grip – By Garsen Golf Smart When I was first asked to look at Garsen Golf I was like, “a who?” So I looked them up, did a little reading and you know what? This is a smart idea. What Garsen have done is take the normally flat front putter grip and split it into two. These now meet along a raised center for what Garsen dubs; “A unique two-sided design”. The theory behind this is simple, but we'll let Garsen explain. "Its patented, two-sided design, which places your hands into a neutral position, turns your elbows into your body and sets your shoulders back. This puts your body in a relaxed position and eliminates unnecessary wrist breakdown. This creates a more repetitive straight-back, straight-through putting stroke. Together, these characteristics contribute to a more confident putting stroke, which will lead to making more putts." Fabulous (So says Mrs. MBP) If Garsen's vibrant pink grip is any indication, then they offer 8 pretty bold color choices. OK so 2 are black & white, but seriously none of these grips could be considered dull at all. The TPO rubber used in the G-Pro has a pleasant feel, think something along the lines of a Golf Pride Tour Classic/Iomic. And to charm the pants off the big grip crowd Garsen are set to release a PU material jumbo version. I will say that the size of the grip threw the balance off a little and I had issues getting a feel for the putter head at first. Effective What the... This thing actually works! The G-Pro really encourages you to keep your hands relaxed and I found myself not wanting to tighten my grip. Being as relaxed as you are with your elows into your body, you'll find it quite awkward to make a poor stroke. So really, once you're used to gripping the putter this way the whole process comes off a pretty natural. I'm really noticing a far more consistent roll. The Wrap Smart Fabulous Effective MBP Approves I don't know if Garsen's achieved their goal of the perfect grip, but it certainly couldn't hurt to try one. http://www.garsengolf.com/
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