nike-vrs-covert-ironsAll right so it’s time to get new irons. Why? Let me guess… you’re not sure if you need new irons because your set looks okay but, you think that a newer irons will help you play better.? uhm… I think I actually projected my self with that statement he he.

Well if you’re a beginner that may be your case also, but like my first golf instructor told me I must tell you… “Not even the best golf clubs in the world will fix your swing faults”.

And though that statement is true, I have to say that some golf clubs do help us a bit to play better. Nevertheless, this is not about telling you “hey before buying new clubs first learn how to swing your clubs”, if you are reading this is because you want an honest review from an average golfer and that’s what I’m about to give, so here it goes:

Top 5 Forgiving Iron Sets (2016 Model Reviews)

Adams Idea

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Price Range$545 – $700
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Adams Golf has always been known for making easy-to-hit golf clubs having the average weekend golfer in mind. But this time they outdid it in creating game improvement technology. The Idea 2016 set includes 3 enhancement technologies in one set:

1) Hybrid technology (club head is a mix between wood and iron) on 3, 4 and 5 irons.

2) Slot technology (a slot that kind of wraps around the club head creating more launch and ball speed) on 6 and 7 irons.

3) Deep Cavity Technology (a hollow or pocket shape in the back of club head that increases forgiveness).

Besides the club design is nice and the feel is awesome. These are great clubs for either beginners or senior golfers.Continue reading

wedge-which-golf-brandSo you figured out you want to get a golf wedge eh? Good for you! (And your golf bag) but now the other trickier question… “What type of wedge and brand should I get?” Well if you’re expecting an answer from a golf pro or golf tech specialist, you surely won’t get it from me he he.

Like I already stated in my profile page and in a few posts here, I don’t pretend to be a pro nor a scratch golfer, but I’ve been playing for a few years now and have spent good cash in many golf products, golf clubs included. And that should give me some kind of knowledge from experience… at least enough to help newbies, and that is my mission!

Okay so enough jibber jabber!! let’s get down to business, so what wedges do I recommend for beginners? I will break my answer into 3 categories as follows:

1) BY WEDGE TYPE:

What kind of wedges do I need?

Like already explained a bit in the What Wedges Should I Carry I suggest if you are a beginner, you just have to worry about getting a SW (Sand Wedge) assuming that you already have a complete set that includes a PW (Pitching Wedge or 10-iron).

And last but not least, if you are already experimenting with flop shots you may want to get a LW (Lob Wedge).

Again, your wedge priorities while you’re a newbie are (in order of priority):

  • PW (44º to 48º) which is likely already included in your golf starter set.
  • SW (54º to 58º) this is crucial to play around the green and bunkers.
  • LW (60º to 64º) only if you want to get more creative with the short game, but you won’t need it for a while.

I have never found a need to buy a GW (or AW). I’ve tried that club borrowing it from a couple of friends a few times. I just can’t find a reason to trade a long iron or hybrid in my bag, in order to fit a wedge to make shots that I can do with the PW or the SW. But then again, maybe that’s why I’m not a scratch golfer lol.Continue reading

Hey! how’s it going? If you’re new at golf or are a casual golfer that’s looking to get a new golf set (maybe your first?), you’ll be glad to have found this page because within the following list are some great suggestions for you to buy the best golf set for beginners for less than $300 USD to get you ready for rolling the fairways.

Later on, I’ll post some of my picks for each type of golf club from drivers to putters, but for now let’s take a quick look at complete starter golf sets that will help you get from tee to green on a low budget.Continue reading

clone-golf-clubsTo better understand what are clone golf clubs, let’s put the following example: If you ever heard the term “after-market” in the automotive industry, you’ll know that there is a community of auto part manufacturers mostly in Asia, that make the parts for the big car companies like Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Ford and Chevrolet just to name a few.

Most of the parts and accessories sold by the actual big car company dealers are in fact made by the same manufacturers as the aftermarket, and many car savvy people in the car repair industry, actually buy from this after-market at lower prices at the exchange of shorter warranties that do not come from the brand company of the car.

one industry, which uses this term very often and recognized by the consumer is the computer industry… I’m sure you’ve heard phrases like “are you going to buy an HP, a Dell or a clone PC?”

This applies to many industries like mobile phones, audio and video appliances, electronics, clothing and footwear among others. In fact one industry, which uses this term very often and recognized by the consumer is the computer industry… I’m sure you’ve heard phrases like “are you going to buy an HP, a Dell or a clone PC?”

Well the golf industry is no different. Most of the best brand golf clubs are manufactured overseas and then distributed to the US and other countries to be sold by their corresponding golf brand companies.

So a “clone product” is in essence the same product (or very close to it with a slight design variation) as the name brand product. And the main difference between the two relies in the use of the brand. Where the brand name product is selling at higher rates than of the clone product because it’s also selling something the clone product does not have or has it at a lower level… and that is, “prestige” because of its popularity and acceptance from the consumer due to massive media exposure.Continue reading

Here are all of the golf balls I’ve reviewed to date, forming an easy reference, golf ball comparison guide.  This post will give you a ‘birds eye view’ of the many types of golf balls available, and will hopefully help you to choose the best type of golf ball to enhance your game.

The rankings for each golf ball I’ve reviewed (based on power, feel, spin and price) form the basis of the golf ball comparison.  For further information, and my opinions on each of the golf balls, click on the link for each golf ball to take you to the review.Continue reading

The Srixon AD333 golf ball is one of the more subtle brands of golf ball which promises the best of both worlds – excellent yardage coupled with a soft feel for those greenside shots.  Features of the 2-piece AD333 include the following:

  • A Srixon-unique Rabalon blended elastomer cover for greater resiliency
  • 333-dimple aerodynamic pattern, delivering further carry
  • Energetic Gradient Growth core for a soft feel

In my opinion, these golf balls feel similar to a Titleist Pro V1 off the face of the driver – it offers good feedback on a well-struck drive, and the ball flight does seem a little higher than others.  I didn’t experience any adverse effects on my driving distance though – catch one of these flush and you should expect it to max out around the top-end of your driving yardage.

On a couple of occasions (okay, maybe more than a couple…) I managed to slice the ball off the tee, but I think this was more to do with the fact that I was ‘test-driving’ the ball, and was keen to give it a 100% swing to see how it performed.  This isn’t a negative reflection of the ball, but an indication of my driving technique!  Overall, very happy with the distance the Srixon AD333 provides off the tee.

With an iron in my hand, the AD333 held up well, giving me a solid and sustained flight path on well-struck shots.  This ball feels very soft with a sweetly struck iron, which is what I look for in a golf ball, so I was very happy from 150 yards and in.  The ball sits down on the green quite happily – I found that with a 6 or 7 iron, upon landing it took a couple of bounces and trickled onwards, whereas with my shorter irons (kill zone!!) I was able to generate enough spin to make the ball sit down quickly.

On the green, the Srixon AD333 golf ball, for me at least, was a little bit of a disappointment, but this is purely because I prefer a little more feedback from a putt.  I just felt like it was a little too soft for my liking, but again, this boils down to personal preference.  If you prefer a soft feel with your putter, then you’ll enjoy putting with this ball.

On to durability then, and I am happy enough that Srixon have delivered where they said they would.  The ball holds up well after a round, with no obvious signs of damage over and above the usual scuffs that may appear.  So expect to use one of these balls for two or three rounds before you consign it to the practice bag.

Finally, the price – well, I enjoyed playing with these balls, much more so because they fall into the mid-price range.  You’d expect to pay around $25 for a dozen of these, which isn’t exactly breaking the bank for a ball which gives you solid distance and decent feel greenside.  I’m happy keeping a few of the Srixon AD333 golf balls in the bag for future use.

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Power

Based on my reviews of the many power golf balls available to you, here are, in my opinion, the best power golf balls for power / distance. If you are after the type of golf ball which will guarantee you massive distance both off the tee and on the fairways, then you may want to consider picking up any of the following power golf balls.

Best in Class: Power

Nike Power Distance Long Golf Balls

Nike Power Distance LongThere are a few candidates for the title of longest power golf ball, but for me the Nike Power Distance ball just shades it.  Hit one of these flush and watch it go!

Best of the Rest: Power

Titleist NXT Golf Balls

This durable golf ball also gives you exceptional yardage with decent feel and spin into the bargain.

Srixon Distance Golf Balls

An excellent power golf ball at a very affordable price.

Callaway Warbird Plus Golf Balls

Another excellent power golf ball which ensures that you’ll maximize your driving and iron distance.

Spin

If you are after a power golf ball which also delivers excellent spin, then you’d do well to consider purchasing one of the following types of golf ball. These balls will give you great distance, as well as the ability to control the ball on and around the business end of the hole.

Best in Class: Spin

Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls

Titleist Pro V1The daddy of the power golf balls when it comes to spin generation – I don’t think there is another ball out there which matches the Pro V1 golf ball.

Best of the Rest

Pinnacle Dimension Golf Balls

The Dimension ball delivers excellent spin on and around the greens – this ball will sit down with ease.

Nike Power Distance Soft Golf Balls

This ball will travel further, spin faster, and stop where you want it to.

Titleist NXT Golf Balls

The NXT provides a good level of control with the short irons and wedges.

It was always inevitable that eventually I would get around to reviewing the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball. The Pro V1 is probably the most recognisable brand currently on the market, and based on the conversations I’ve had with various golfers (both on and offline) it seems that everyone is playing with them.

I would suggest there is an element of truth in this, as a high percentage of golf balls I find in the trees (a frequent occurence, I’m not good enough to call myself a regular “greens in regulation” golfer….) are Titleist Pro V1s. This may suggest that there are too many hackers playing with these top-of-the-range balls, but that’s a topic I’m saving for a future article – on with the review….

The Pro V1 ball delivers (at least for me) the types of distance off the driver which I would expect from a power golf ball – I usually hit my driver around 260 yards, but I find with this golf ball I can regularly add an extra 15 or so yards to this, sometimes more. The feel of compression off the face of the driver is great, and really gives me a sense of “crushing” the ball off the tee.

Take heed, however, that the Pro V1 golf ball will respond to misaligned swing paths (a pretty way of saying hooks and slices!) with venom – I can generally keep the golf ball straight with my woods, but on the occasions when I generate side-spin, I have ended up in the trees / water / out of bounds.

I find that it’s a similar story with my irons – I’m adding an extra 10 or 15 yards on a cleanly-struck mid-iron. I’m not ashamed to say that the Pro V1 golf ball feels magnificent on the fairways, it’s amazingly soft and gives the average golfer an opportunity to attempt their shot-shaping. This golf ball is one of, if not the best, at accepting the flight path which you are trying to give it, and it will hold it’s line with an eagerness which other golf balls may struggle to match. It will also hold up very nicely post-carry with cleanly struck shots – an obvious advantage when playing on fast or dry surfaces.

Down to the nitty-gritty then – my wedge play is one area where I sometimes struggle. But hitting the Pro V1 ball with a wedge from 100 yards and less provided exceptional spin generation. On the whole, I am not generally known as someone who can stop a ball dead on the greens – but on more than one occasion with this ball I have stuck a full-blooded pitching / sand wedge onto the green, and, miracle of miracles, the ball has bounced, checked, and spun back 5 or 6 feet! A rare sight indeed, and one which instantly made me very, very proud!

With chips around the green, the ball also checks nicely after landing, adding a further level of control which enhanced my short game further.

On the dancefloor, the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball performs in all the right areas – it feels fantastic when putting, holds it’s line really well and provides excellent feedback up the shaft. It also has the Alignment Integrated Marking sidestamp, allowing you to line up your putts. Little wonder this is one of the best golf balls I’ve putted with.

In terms of durability, this ball may struggle to keep up with other types of power golf ball. After playing one ball for 18 holes (not often that happens…) there were one or two minor scuffs across the face of the ball. I’ve heard other golfers complain that these balls just can’t withstand more than a couple of rounds before becoming unplayable – I can’t agree with this, but I understand where they are coming from – if you’re playing these balls all the time, expect to buy new sleeves / boxes fairly regularly.

Which brings me on to the price of the Titleist Pro V1 golf balls – unfortunately these are amongst the most expensive golf balls on the market, not just within the distance / power golf ball subset. You’ll have to splash out around $30 for twelve brand new balls – a hefty price to pay for a golf ball, but if you love these balls for the reasons I have outlined above, then this may be an ongoing cost you’re willing to accept.

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The Bridgestone e6 golf ball is the type of power golf ball which golfers with an inconsistent swing will love – it promises to minimize those wayward shots off the tee, by reducing the effects of hooks and slices, whilst delivering great distance.  The Bridgestone e6 is comprised of the following features:

  • A large, soft, gradational compression core
  • A thin, anti-side spin inner layer
  • A soft, surlyn-based cover
  • A 330 seamless dimple design

This golf ball feels soft off the face of the driver – the compression core and the anti-spin inner layer do seem to help with getting the ball further and straighter down the fairway.  I consider myself to be semi-decent with my driver, but I always seem to have one or two lapses in concentration at some point during a round which results in wayward drives.  The Bridgestone e6 definitely helps to keep the ball in play during these times, so it will help with your driver consistency.  Even with slightly fat / thin strikes, the ball holds its course relatively well, albeit with a loss of distance.

The Bridgestone e6 golf ball also travels well with iron shots – in my case, I was adding around half a club length to each of my shots.  As with the driver, the ball feels quite soft off of the face of the irons, and I believe that this ball will keep you straighter with your approach shots then usual.  The trade-off here though, is that it is quite hard to produce any decent level of spin on your approach shots, apart from those full-blooded short irons.  As a result of this, a slight change in tactics are required for a lot of shots into the green – aim for the front of the green and allow the golf ball to run into the putting surface, as opposed to attempting to stop the ball dead by the hole – it’s just not going to happen with this ball.

It’s very much the same story with your wedge(s) and chipping greenside – allow yourself a little room to maneuver when approaching the flag, as you’ll have to factor in the roll of the ball after landing.  This is a common feature of many power golf balls out there though, so is not something which I am prepared to mark the ball down on.  It still feels nice and soft, but maybe doesn’t perform as you think a lot of soft golf balls might do around the greens in terms of spin generation.

Because of the soft feel, this ball (for me anyhow) feels great when putting – it does seem to hold it’s line very well, probably due to the dimple design.  The ball also has a pretty cool-looking alignment aid which gives assistance to the putting alignment – overall, this ball is superb on the greens.

The Bridgestone e6 golf balls are not cheap – you’ll pay somewhere in the region of $25 for a pack of twelve.  But these balls are quite hardy, and withstand playing a couple of rounds before any scuffs or cuts become apparent.  Couple this with the overall playability and standard of the ball, and the result is that I believe these balls are definitely worth the price.

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The Pinnacle Dimension golf ball is one of the Pinnacle family’s newest additions, and promises excellent distance coupled with an exceptional feel.  Key features of this power golf ball include:

  • A 2-piece construction with a large soft core
  • A durable “3D” ionomer cover
  • A 332 icosahedral dimple design

Pinnacle have named the cover a “3D” ionomer cover – the 3D standing for distance, durability, and dispersion.  It seems that there are a lot of golf ball manufacturers out there who delight in creating fancy new names for essentially the same set of characteristics, but hey, if it sounds good, then all the better.

The Pinnacle Dimension golf ball also comes with an alignment side-stamp aid – again, an increasingly common feature which will undoubtedly assist us to line up those tricky putts (and the straight ones…).  The durable ionomer cover also gives the ball a toughness which ensures a longer shelf life.

So how does it perform?  Well, this golf ball does travel further than your average ball – for such a soft golf ball, it is almost surprising that it holds it’s line really well too.  It’s not going to save you or me from a slice or a hook (what ball will?) but with slightly off-centre or misaligned swing paths, the golf ball will try admirably to keep you in the game.  It also seems to have a higher trajectory than most balls I’ve played with, which is a good thing if you’re the type of golfer who sometimes struggles to get the ball cloud-bound.

So how about spin generation?  I’m delighted to tell you that this ball will give you a level of control with your irons which other power golf balls on the market just cannot match.  Granted, it won’t sit down like a Z-Balata, but I think this ball gives you a great chance of producing those “TV shots” – hit one of these up in the air with a short iron or a wedge, and watch it land and stop with minimal roll.  A major plus.

The Pinnacle Dimension golf ball also feels like butter off the face on the greens – you’ll get really nice soft, solid action while doing the business with your putter.  Couple this with the aforementioned alignment aid, and you’ve got a recipe for a ball which really performs on the greens.

Finally, the question to ask is “Okay, these balls sound great, how much will I pay for them?” – I’m pleased to report that these balls fall on or around the mid-priced bracket – you’ll fork out around $14 for a pack of a dozen – to me, this is a superb price for a golf ball which performs with gusto in all areas.

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