Broken Club On The Course

Eldorado Golf Course, Michigan

I saw this broken piece of shaft just off the fairway on the 18th hole and wondered about the back story.

Was it a club destroyed in a tantrum after a botched shot? Or is this the product of a shaft failure on a routine play?

Where is the rest of the club? Did some one get hit by the flying head? Or did it end up in the nearby pond?

Why would the owner take the head and leave the shaft to litter the ground?

I imagine a money game—not for big stakes, but for pride. On the last hole, with everything tied, the owner hits a shot that falls well short of expectations. Infused with Tommy Bolt-like rage, he breaks the club over his knee and flings the two parts into the air. The shaft falls nearby, but the weight of the head carries it soaring into the pond on the right. The shaft is left as silent testament to the meltdown.

October 23, 2014 |  Category:
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Fall Color On The Golf Course In Michigan

Whiffletree Hill Golf Course

I wish that the fall would last forever in Michigan. Crisp, bright days. Spectacular views Courses empty but for dedicated golfers. Steep discounts on greens fees.

Perfection.

October 23, 2014 |  Category: Michigan Golf
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Titleist 915 Woods

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Titleist 915 Fairway Wood

Titleist’s 915 Fairway wood employs a channel toward the front of the club that is supposed to reduce spin by changing the pattern of deflection in the crown and sole at impact. It’s an interesting thought, and I certainly could use a club that produces less spin. Launch monitors consistently show that I have more spin on my ball than is good for distance.

The 915 is also an adjustable club, with a hosel that produces 16 loft and lie combinations.

And as is standard on clubs these days, Titleist boasts of its thin face and low moment of inertia design.

October 23, 2014 |  Category: EquipmentFairway Woods
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A Very Friendly Course

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A course I played recently had this sign in the window:

Welcome
Im (sic) Out On Golf Coruse
Enjoy Golfing
Plese (sic) Pay When
Your (sic) Done
Call 517-937-1206
For More Info

I was charged $10 for the 18.

Friendly place.

October 22, 2014 |  Category: Michigan Golf
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Knockoff Pro V 1x Balls From China

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The Chinese are legendary for their ability and willingness to knock off American products. This one, found at Chinese online superstore Ali Express, is a classic.

Take a close look at the listing (it is actually one of many that are virtually identical on that site): It is for a Brand New PRO V1x TWO PIECE Golf Ball.

That’s right. TWO PIECE. Here’s another:

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I think I’ve come up with a very profitable, but likely illegal business plan: Buy about fifty dozen of these and take them to local golf shows to sell them at a table at, say, $33 a dozen. That’s still a 50% discount over a real Pro V1x, but nets a nice 33% profit.

Now that I think about it, I’m sure that’s what some of these discount golf ball outlets are doing.

October 22, 2014 |  Category: EquipmentGolf Balls
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Nike Vapor Pro Combo Irons

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Nike Vapor Pro Combo 4-PW,AW Iron Set with Steel Shafts

The Vapor Pro Combo Irons are a premium set of forged irons with RZN cavities in the long irons and a muscle cavity in the short. Nike says that this is the “perfect combination of shot-making tools for any game.”

Features:

Modern Muscle:

  • Modern Muscle geometry balances the CG in the center of the face for maximum ball speed, the highest stability, and the purest feel

  • Ultra-fast Spring Steel faces amplify ball speed

  • RZN cavity long irons (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) and muscle cavity short irons (8, 9, PW, AW) for the superior combination of stability and shot-shaping workability

    Progressive Trajectory:

  • Weight distributed for high-flying long irons and piercing short irons

  • Progressive sole widths with a beveled leading edge for forgiveness and enhanced versatility

  • Machine milled X3X grooves for enhanced spin control and shot-to-shot consistency

  • Forged 1025 carbon steel body in concert with RZN cavity for refined and consistent feedback

  • Midsize profiles progress from long length, lower profile long irons, through to classic short irons

  • Forgiveness and Workability:

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    Fall Golf Putting Problems

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    Fall golf in Michigan presents some challenging problems. I could spend time sweeping the leaves away from my line, but I often don’t bother. The way I figure it, a leaf is just as likely to deflect my ball toward the hole as away from it.

    October 21, 2014 |  Category: Michigan Golf
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