In The Sand Golf Gifts Review

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In The Sand Golf Gifts
Grade: B+
Teacher’s Comments: Very clever, but the print quality on the mug and ball marker could be better.

In The Sand Golf offers a very clever line of golf gifts using aerial photographs of sand traps that look like the letters of the alphabet. Helicopter pilot and photographer Mary Whitworth created the company after noticing the shapes of sand traps while flying over golf courses in Florida. For a year, Whitworth dedicated herself to the task of finding a trap to match every letter. Then she launched In The Sand Golf.

The company offers prints suitable for framing, mugs, glasses, coasters, ball markers and tote bags, all of which can be personalized. I received a mug and ball marker for review.

I really like the concept, but feel as though the printing on the mug and ball marker could be a bit more crisp. I don’t know whether the photos were not high enough resolution, or if the images lose something in whatever printing process the company uses. The image just seem a little soft. Perhaps the prints for framing are sharper. Or maybe my photographer’s eye is just being a bit too picky.

At around $10 for a mug, though, the prices are very reasonable.

If you’re looking for a unique gift for the golfer in your life, In The Sand Golf is worth a look.

October 1, 2014 |  Category: Golf Gifts
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Greg Norman Epic Rain and Wind Proof Chino Review

Greg Norman Epic Rain and Wind Chino

They look and wear like a pair of chinos, but resist rain and wind like a pair of rain pants.

They’re the perfect gear for the chilly, windy fall days that are soon to come.

 

October 1, 2014 |  Category: Apparel
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Stonehedge South 17th Hole, Augusta, Michigan

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Stonehedge South, in Augusta, Michigan is a great course that’s worth a drive from the metro Detroit area. I’ve played it several times now, and it was just as good on my most recent excursion (from whence this photo). You can see my review here.

September 30, 2014 |  Category: Michigan Golf
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Pro V1, TaylorMade Balls, Cleveland Wedges On Woot!

Woot! has several golf deals right now:

Sport.Woot has the TaylorMade Golf Balls and Cleveland Wedges

while the regular Woot page has Woot!t has the Pro V1 balls.

Everything on Woot! is on deep discount, and these golf items are no exception.

September 30, 2014 |  Category: Deals
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Courses Should Issue A Warning About Aerated Greens

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Fall golf in Michigan is accompanied by aerated greens. The goal of aeration is to ease compacted soil, and control the buildup of organic matter which soaks up too much water. If not relieved, root growth will suffer and grass diseases spread. It’s a necessary operation if greens are to be in top shape the next season.

It also doesn’t affect play for very long. A few days—a week—and the top dressing settles over and into the holes, returning to a relatively smooth surface.

That said, courses should warn players about aeration. On a recent road trip to play a new course for review, I was a little miffed to find that the greens had been aerated, but no warning issued.

As a courtesy to customers, courses should warn players making a tee time about the condition of the greens. It may cost a course a few tee times in the short run, but will generate good will in the long run.

Here’s a nice video on the aeration process:

September 30, 2014 |  Category: Golf 101
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Stance Golf Performance Socks Review

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Stance Performance Golf Sock
Grade: A
Teacher’s Comments: A little too edgy in design for my own tastes, but the fit and feel is wonderful.

I walk virtually every round I play, so over the years, I have become a connoisseur of comfortable, properly fit shoes and socks. Hiking thirty six holes in a single day does not even begin to phase me—so long as the dogs are happy.

The best socks fit snugly so they don’t slide and cause blisters; have cushioning on the heel for impact; and wick moisture to keep the foot dry (and again, blister free).

Stance’s performance golf socks meet all those criteria—in spades.

Both the high and low versions I tested fit snugly without feeling tight. Clever design, such as deep heel pockets, elastic arch support and a seamless toe, combined with the spandex content keep the socks from sliding around. The socks also feature “managed compression,” which I did not notice in the short socks, but was very noticeable in the calf-length ones. I may actually wear these the next time I go on a long plane flight. I think they could help to keep my legs from stiffening.

Cushioning is just right, with the heel area feeling nice and soft.

Finally, the Stance Socks keep my feet feeling nice and dry. That is important not only for immediate comfort, but also for preventing blisters.

I like these socks a lot, but I just wish they came in a more plain-Jane option. To paraphrase The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper: In an infinite number of universes with an infinite number of GolfBloggers, in none of them am I wearing socks with flowers.

Ok. Maybe occasionally. Like in the Bahamas.

September 30, 2014 |  Category: Apparel
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Adams XTD Ti Hybrid

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ADAMS XTD Ti Hybrid

Adams’ XTD Ti Hybrid features progressive face thickness, which the company says results in up to 29% more speed on off-center hits. It’s also got a Cut-Thru slot and titanium brazing for more speed and distance.

Interestingly, it’s also adjustable. You can change the loft by 1.5 degrees in either direction.

It’s an expensive club, though, thanks to the titanium and the adjustable features.

September 30, 2014 |  Category: EquipmentHybrids
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